MGM and Lakeshore Book Asher for FAME

December 5, 2008

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ — Lakeshore Entertainment and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) Pictures confirmed Asher Book as the final addition to the cast of FAME, a reinvention of the Oscar(R)-winning film from director Kevin Tancharoen. The joint announcement was made today by producer Tom Rosenberg, chairman & CEO of Lakeshore Entertainment and Mary Parent, chairman, MGM Worldwide Motion Picture Group.

Inspired by the 1980 film, FAME follows the education of a group of dancers, singers, actors and artists over four years of tribulation and triumph at the prestigious New York City High School of Performing Arts. Book will play Marco, a charismatic singer from a working class Italian-American family whose vocal skill is matched by his prowess with the opposite sex. “Asher brings an exciting strength as an actor and invaluable experience as a performer to the ensemble,” said Parent.

Vice President of production Becky Sloviter is overseeing the film for MGM. FAME opens in theaters on September 25th, 2009.

In addition to guest-starring roles on Medium, Poprocks and Zoey 101 Asher Book is a member of the Warner Brothers Records pop vocal group V Factory. He is represented by Cunningham Escott Slevin & Doherty, Manager Bryan Leder of Management 101 and attorney Bob Myman of Myman Abel Fineman Fox Greenspan Light.

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world’s largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units include Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., Ventanazul, MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Domestic Networks LLC, MGM Distribution Co, MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Worldwide Digital Media, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching nearly 120 countries. MGM ownership is as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), TPG (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

About Lakeshore Entertainment:

Lakeshore is currently in pre-production on “FAME,” the dynamic reinvention of the Oscar(R)-winning film and globally successful TV series. In 2009, Lakeshore will release a slate of films that include the romantic comedy “The Ugly Truth” starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, directed by Robert Luketic; “Underworld: Rise of the Lycans,” the third installment of the “Underworld” franchise; “Game,” a dystopian action thriller starring Gerard Butler; and “Crank 2: High Voltage” from the directing team of Neveldine and Taylor, with Jason Statham reprising his role as Chev Chelios.

SOURCE Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures

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