Piano prodigy Rio Mangini has joined the Alex Zamm-directed reboot of The Little Rascals from Universal Pictures and 1440 Productions. Doris Roberts and Greg Germann also star in addition to Jet Jurgensmeyer and Eden Wood. Mangini, son of three-time Oscar-nominated sound designer Mark Mangini (Aladdin, The Fifth Element), is also a classical pianist who’s performed twice at Carnegie Hall. Earlier this year Mangini played an autistic child in the short Six Letter Word which also starred Rumer Willis. He’s repped by Abrams Artists Agency and PMG.
Bre Blair will play Michael Douglas’ fiancé in Last Vegas. Blair has appeared in numerous TV shows including Two And A Half Men, Make It Or Break It and 90210. Last Vegas is directed by Jon Turteltaub, and Dan Fogelman wrote the script about four childhood friends who hook up for a wild Las Vegas bachelor party. Lawrence Mark, Amy Baer and Good Universe are producing the CBS Films release. It also stars Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Kevin Kline, Romany Malco and Mary Steenburgin. Blair is represented by SDB and Manager Lisa DiSante-Frank.
True Blood regular Lauren Bowles has booked roles in a pair of independent features. In The Starving Games she plays Effoff, a spoof of Elizabeth Banks’ character Effie in The Hunger Games. Cast includes Maiara Walsh (Switched At Birth) as Kantmiss Evershot. Starving Games is written and directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (Date Movie, Meet the Spartans and Vampires Suck) and is currently shooting in New Orleans. She also stars in the kidnap drama Vanished directed by Tara Miele. Shje plays an extremely easygoing mom whose daughter disappears. The daughter is played by Teen Wolf‘s Gage Golightly. Bowles is managed by Main Title Entertainment and Progressive Artists Agency.