January 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Funny girl Emma Stone may be moving into a genre she’s never tackled before: horror. And who better to introduce her to the genre than Guillermo Del Toro himself? Variety reports Stone is the first to enter early negotiations for Del Toro’s next feature, a haunted house horror film called “Crimson Peak.”
Plot details are scarce and Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon are working on a rewrite of the script which he first co-wrote with Matthew Robins. Of course, Del Toro is busy at the moment finishing up on his potential summer blockbuster “Pacific Rim”, and filming on “Crimson Peak” isn’t expected to begin until February of 2014.
It’s smart to lock down the ever-busy Stone quickly, as her dance card tends to fill up fast. She’s due to begin shooting “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ imminently and also has Cameron Crowe’s next feature opposite Bradley Cooper awaiting production this year. Stone managed to eschew the Scream Queen role that seemingly every other young actress has not been able to avoid early in their careers, earning her stripes on comedies like “Superbad” and “Easy A” instead. She’s proven herself talented and increasingly bankable since, with the one-two punch of “The Help” and “The Amazing Spider-Man” quickly solidifying Stone’s stance at the very pinnacle of the go-tos of Young Hollywood.
November 7, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Diego Boneta and Cam Gigandet will take roles in revenge thriller “In the Blood”, according to Deadline, who reports Boneta is set, while Gigandet is in talks. The guys will be supporting new action star Gina Carano, who signed on to headline in February.
John Stockwell will direct the film from a screenplay by James Robert Johnson and Bennett Yellin, which revolves around Carano’s character Ava, who goes after two men she believes have kidnapped her husband during their South American honeymoon. Gigandet is playing the husband, while Boneta will play a local who is roped into helping her.
Stockwell recently directed Gigandet in “Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama bin Laden”, which went directly to TV. The original “Twilight” villain. Gigandet has also appeared in “Easy A”, “Priest” and “Won’t Back Down.” Boneta has appeared on teen TV series like “90210″ and “Pretty Little Liars”, but is mostly known for his lead role in this summer’s musical “Rock of Ages.”
June 18, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s a “Twilight” reunion for director Catherin Hardwicke and baddie vampire James Cam Gigandet, as Variety reports the actor has joined the director’s newest feature, “Plush.” Gigandet joins Emily Browning in the “erotic thriller” set in LA, with Gigandet playing a psychic psychologist who delves into the dreams and memories of his patients to help them unlock past demons. He meets his match in Browning’s young teenager, who shares his gifts.
Gigandet was reportedly Hardwicke’s choice for the role of Emmett in “Twilight”, but he didn’t want to commit to four movies and the role went to Kellan Lutz instead. Gigandet followed up his one “Twilight” commitment with roles in “The Roommate”, “Burlesque” and “Easy A.” He has also wrapped up on “Code Name: Geronimo”, John Stockwell’s Osama Bin Laden movie which will rival Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” when it’s released later this fall.
April 20, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
We all loved Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in “Crazy Stupid Love”, and can’t wait to see them together again in “Gangster Squad”, but is the world ready for a third dose of Gosling/Stone? The filmmakers behind their first collaboration certainly hope so. Deadline reports Glenn Ficarra and John Requa have made a deal to direct their script “Focus” for Warner Bros, and they are hoping Gosling and Stone will join them.
“Focus” is set in the world cons and tells the story of a veteran conman who gets romantically involved with a newcomer. Things don’t work out but complications ensue when they are reunited in the future. Presumably Ficarra and Requa are eyeing Gosling for the pro and Stone as the newcomer, though Deadline reiterates that things have not progressed that far with the studio yet.
Gosling and Stone completed filming on Ruben Fleischer’s “Gangster Squad” earlier this year and there is no release date yet. Stone is one of the most sought-after young comedic actresses today after breaking out in a major way in “Easy A”, which landed her a Golden Globe nomination. This summer she’ll be seen as Gwen Stacy in Marc Webb’s reboot “The Amazing Spider-Man”, and she’s reportedly one of the favorites to play the female lead opposite Johnny Depp in Rob Marshall’s “The Thin Man.” Gosling is currently in Thailand shooting boxing drama “Only God Forgives” with his “Drive” director Nicholas Winding Refn, and the two are set to work together a third time on a remake of “Logan’s Run.” This fall he’ll also shoot Terrence Malick’s newest feature, formerly titled “Lawless”, opposite Christian Bale and Natalie Portman.
January 5, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Emma Stone remains one of the busiest and most in demand young actresses around and continues to build a nicely diverse portfolio of roles, with Deadline now reporting she has attached herself to star in “Little White Corvette”, a drug deal comedy written by “30 Minutes or Less” scribe Michael Diliberti.
Stone will play a wild young woman who, along with her nerdy little brother, travel to Miami to try and sell a million dollar stash of cocaine that they find in their late father’s car. Stone has been circling the project since last summer and shooting is expected to begin in late summer, though no director has jumped on board yet.
Stone caught Hollywood’s attention in her 2007 breakout role in “Superbad” and then in 2009′s “Zombieland”, but it was “Easy A” that showed her true movie star potential and landed her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress to boot. This year, she headlined rom-com “Crazy Stupid Love” and Civil Rights era drama “The Help”, an Oscar front-runner in several categories. She recently wrapped up the role of Gwen Stacy in Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” and is currently shooting period mob drama “Gangster Squad”, reuniting with “Crazy” co-star Ryan Gosling. Stone is also attached to romanic comedy “He’s Fuckin’ Perfect” but that appears to still be in the early stages.
November 3, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Armed with terrific comedic talent and the critical and commercial success of “Easy A”, it’s no surprise Emma Stone is poised to become the next romcom sweetheart of Hollywood. She will take one more step in that direction as she enters negotiations to star in Fox 2000 romantic comedy “He’s Fuckin’ Perfect”, reports Deadline.
As the title suggests, this isn’t your typical Julia Roberts-Sandra Bullock movie. Stone would play a thoroughly modern, thoroughly cynical media savvy girl who uses the internet to screen all her friends’ potential dates. When her search uncovers a guy she thinks is “fuckin’ perfect”, she uses her skills to mold herself into becoming his perfect match. Written by Adam McKay’s current (but soon to be ex) assistant Lauryn Kahn, the script was never supposed to be shopped around before Stone’s attachment, but it leaked and ended up starting a bidding war between four studios.
Stone caught Hollywood’s attention in her 2007 breakout role in “Superbad” and then in 2009′s “Zombieland”, but it was “Easy A” that showed her true movie star potential and landed her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress to boot. She recently wrapped up the role of Gwen Stacy in Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” and is currently shooting period mob drama “Gangster Squad” opposite Ryan Gosling. She has no other film commitments so “He’s Fuckin’ Perfect” could head into production quickly to accommodate her sure to be brief period of availability.
October 12, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Twilight” and “True Blood” fans may clash from time to time in their respective unwavering support of the two very different vampire sagas, but could the combined spending power of the vastly popular franchises give a boost to independent filmmaking? Variety reports Cam Gigandet, bad guy in the first “Twilight” film, and Anna Paquin, female lead of HBO series “True Blood”, have been set to co-star in indie drama “Free Ride”, which also stars Drea De Matteo, Liana Liberato, Ava Acres, Jeff Hephner and Brit Morgan.
Paquin will also act as a producer on the project that sees her starring as an abused single mother who moves with her two young children to Florida “amid the colorful yet turbulent culture of the late 1970s.” Gigandet will play her love interest. Shana Sosin will direct from the screenplay she also wrote – based on a true story – later this month in Sarasota, FL.
Gigandet played villainous vampire James who met an untimely demise in the first installment and thus was not part of subsequent “Twilight” films, but has kept busy since, starring in “Easy A”, “Priest”, “Bulesque” and other cinematic masterpieces. Paquin, Oscar winner at age 13 for “The Piano” in 1993, also played Rogue in the original “X-Men” trilogy and was last seen being sliced and diced in “Scream 4.” She is now into her 5th season of playing Sookie Stackhouse on “True Blood.”
July 26, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like these guys can’t get enough of Emma Stone. The meteorically rising young actress is about to tread some familiar territory as she enters negotiations for “Gangster Squad”, a film that will reunite her not only with her “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer, who is helming the pic, but also with “Crazy, Stupid, Love” co-star Ryan Gosling, who is the star. Stone and Gosling will be joined in the 1940s drama by Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Anthony Mackie.
In the Will Beall-scripted crime drama based on a true story, Penn will be notorious Los Angeles mobster Mickey Cohen, a charismatic figure who was also a bit of a celebrity, even being featured in a Life Magazine profile. But he was also considered a sociopath with a dark side, and Gosling and Brolin’s pair of cops are called in to put a stop to his dealings when innocent people start getting hurt. Mackie will play former LAPD lieutenant Rocky Washington, while Stone, according to Variety’s Showblitz blog, is in talks to play a “sharp-tongued siren” who gets caught in a love triangle between Penn’s mobster and Gosling’s good guy.
She broke out on the scene with a supporting role in 2007′s “Superbad” but it was 2010′s “Easy A” that showed Stone had serious potential as a future A-Lister. She just wrapped up playing Gwen Stacy opposite Andrew Garfield in “The Amazing Spider-Man” for director Marc Webb and will next be seen showing off her dramatic chops in August’s “The Help”, based on the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett.
July 25, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
ABC Family star Shailene Woodley, who plays teen mom Amy on the network’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, is set to make a play for the big screen, taking one of three lead roles in Fox Searchlight’s new comedy “A Thousand Words or Less”, according to Variety. The studio picked up the spec script from “Easy A” screenwriter Bert Royal, who will also make his directorial debut on the film.
“A Thousand Words” revolves around a national essay-writing competition that “sends three ambitious teenagers into a sexy game of one-upmanship.” Who knew writing essays could be sexy?! That being said, a little 2007 Sundance film called “Rocket Science”, in which an unconventionally sexy Anna Kendrick seduces Reece Thompson into becoming her debate team partner, comes to mind, so we are intrigued by this potentially similar premise. Woodley will presumably play one of the three teenagers, and no word yet on who her rivals will be.
The studio seems to be keen on the young actress, casting her in “A Thousand Words” after she starred in the upcoming Alexander Payne directed “The Descendents” for them, playing one of George Clooney’s daughters. The November 23rd release, thanks to its pedigree actor/director combo, is considered an early favorite for the 2012 Oscar season, making it one hell of a big screen debut for the primarily TV actress.