For quite some time now, there's been a remake of the 1984 Kevin Bacon-starring classic "Footloose" in the works. First, "High School Musical" star Zac Efron was pegged for the lead role, but he later dropped out in order to pursue different opportunities. Then "Gossip Girl" star Chace Crawford replaced Efron. The news today is that Crawford is out -- his TV shooting schedule got in the way -- and the studio will now begin casting to put an unknown in the part. In related news, the studio also wants "Hustle & Flow" director Craig Brewer to take the reins, but his schedule might make that impossible. Head over to MTV.com for the full story.
If the future of video is online, then Craig Brewer is already there. As the writer and director of "Hustle and Flow," Brewer rode his film into one of the biggest deals in Sundance history, and saw it launch Terrance Howard's career.
Now Brewer is back, teaming with MTV New Media, to launch a music-flavored webisode series titled $5 Cover. The concept is a novel one: each roughly 8-minute webisode follows a local musician in Memphis, Tennessee. The players are real, but their stories are often fictionalized, and the "characters" will drive in and out of other episodes. There will be 15 webisodes in total, so click here to check out Craig Brewer's "$5 Cover," and get the low-down in the video below.