June 13, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
After choosing roles as different from Hermione Grainger as you can get post-”Harry Potter”, Emma Watson is now ready to step back into the fantasy genre, with Variety reporting the young Brit is attached to star in “Queen of the Tearling”, an adaptation of an upcoming fantasy novel trilogy.
Described as a female-driven “Game of Thrones”, the novel’s 19-year-old heroine was partly inspired by the idealism of a 2007 Barack Obama. Erika Johansen’s debut novel/trilogy, set three centuries after an environmental disaster where an evil Red Queen rules the land, will be published in 2014 by HarperCollins. The film is in the development stage and a writer and director have not yet been hired, so this might be a ways off for both readers and moviegoers.
Watson opens this weekend in Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring”, which premiered at Cannes last week, where we called it “not Coppola’s strongest work but remains an enjoyable, fun and cautionary tale for our time.” She also stars in this weekend’s apocalyptic comedy “This is the End”, playing a fictionalized version of herself opposite James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill. She recently wrapped Daren Aronofsky’s “Noah” with Russell Crowe and Logan Lerman and earned very high marks last year for her role in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
May 16, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” opens with a scene those of us familiar with popular culture will recognize – young teenagers on CCTV apparently breaking into someone’s house. It is of course the aforementioned Bling Ring, five teenagers who spent several months entering – but never actually breaking in to – celebrity houses and stealing clothes, bags, shoes and jewelry. Today’s generation is the generation of no consequences and director Sofia Coppola and her cast of young newcomers, in dramatizing these real events that took place in Los Angeles, make this very clear.
April 23, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Emma Watson goes full blown Valley Girl in the newest trailer for Sofia Coppola’s Cannes-bound “The Bling Ring”, an exploration of the wealth and celebrity-obsessed youth culture of Los Angeles. And it’s based on real events, of course. Newcomers Israel Broussard and Katie Chang lead the gang of ditzy, spoiled Los Angeles teenagers who decide to rob a string of celebrities’ homes, for fun, and then revel in a bit of celebrity themselves.
Coppola has always been adept at exploring the inner workings of the lives and minds of bored youths, and this looks like no exception. Can’t. Wait. “The Bling Ring” will be released on June 14th and will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month, where it will open the Un Certain Regard sidebar. See the full length trailer below.
April 17, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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Ahead of the announcement of the full competition slate tomorrow morning, the Cannes Film Festival announced today that Sofia Coppola’s highly anticipated “The Bling Ring” will open the festival’s Un Certain Regard slate.
Typically reserved for younger artists and thus a surprising slot for Coppola to land, Un Certain Regard runs parallel to the festival’s main competition lineup and Coppola’s film will not be eligible for the Palme D’Or, but will compete for Un Certain Regard’s own prize, judged by a different jury. This year Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg will preside over the jury, while Steven Spielberg takes Presidential duties over the main jury. “The Bling Ring” will premiere and open Un Certain Regard on May 16th and we hope to bring you exclusive coverage straight from the Croisette.
The true life tale of affluent teens gone wild burglarizing celebrities stars Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga along with a cast of unknowns led by newcomers Katie Chang and Isreal Broussard. The first teaser and first clip were recently released, no doubt in anticipation of today’s news, and it has a June 14th release date in the US.
Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” will kick off the Cannes Film Festival on May 15th.
April 13, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Hermione goes very, very bad in the first clip from Sofia Coppola’s highly anticipated true life crime caper “The Bling Ring”, which sees Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga and gang infiltrating a very posh celebrity’s closet and going a little wild.
No word on who the victim of this first robbery is – it could be Paris Hilton, Rachel Bilson, Megan Fox or any number of other celebrities who would have walls full of shoes and a, um, fully-equipped “nightclub room” inside their home – but the teenage robbers, who are all very well-off themselves, are clearly in awe of the kind of wealth even they could not comprehend. The gang is led by newcomers Katie Chang and Israel Broussard, but obviously all anyone is going to be talking about is former good girl Watson taking a turn on the pole.
“The Bling Ring” will be released on June 14th and will likely have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month. The full trailer will be released today during the MTV Movie Awards and the first clip can be viewed below.
April 2, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
All of Young Hollywood parties it up at James Franco’s house just as the end of the world hits in this summer’s apocalyptic comedy “This is the End”, and a new red band trailer shows off some of the side-splitting doom and gloom that will see the gruesome deaths of Michael Cera, Rihanna and Aziz Ansari. As the world collapses around them, survivors Franco, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen (who also co-directed the film with Evan Goldberg), Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Jonah Hill struggle to stay alive, which is made all the more difficult when Emma Watson shows up and demands their scant resources with the help of an axe.
This looks funny enough, and is probably worth a ticket just to see so many of Rogen’s celebrity friends show up and play themselves before meeting impending doom but we are hoping Watson sticks around for more than the “Hermione just stole all our shit” cameo. “This is the End” will be released on June 14th and the new red band trailer can be viewed below.
March 11, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Harry Potter” star Emma Watson has fallen out of the adaptation of memoir “Your Voice in My Head”, and has been replaced by fellow British actress Emily Blunt, according to Stanley Tucci, who co-stars in the film.
Speaking to Digital Spy during press rounds for “Jack the Giant Slayer”, Tucci broke the news that it won’t be Watson, but Blunt who will play writer Emma Forrest, whose life is saved from suicide by a terminally ill psychiatrist. Forrest adapted her own memoir for the big screen. Tucci will play the psychiatrist and also reports filming will begin in the spring. It’s likely Watson fell out after her “Harry Potter” director David Yates dropped out nearly a year ago, but there’s been no news of who has replaced him. Come on, Stanley, spill more!
This will be the second time Tucci and Blunt have worked together, the first being “The Devil Wears Prada”, and Tucci is also married to Blunt’s sister Felicity. After that film, Blunt seemed poised for stardom but stalled after getting stuck in studio duds like “Gulliver’s Travels” and “The Wolfman.” But she had an amazing comeback in 2012 thanks to a star-making turn in Rian Johnson’s time travel sci-fi thriller “Looper.” She’s currently filming the female lead opposite Tom Cruise in Doug Liman’s “All You Need is Kill.”
Thanks to U&C reader Emma for the tip!
March 8, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Sofia Coppola‘s “The Bling Ring” was already one of our anticipated flicks of 2013 but today’s teaser trailer release has amped up our excitement – and increased our hopes it might premiere at Cannes this year.
Courtesy of Pathe’s YouTube channel, the teaser showcases Emma Watson in the lead role, partying, flirting, gambling, and “shopping” – and also offers up a glimpse of what could be a new style for director Coppola, who is usually rather more sombre and moodier (“Somewhere”, “The Virgin Suicides”). This is an energetic, loud and fun teaser, and the use of CCTV footage reminds us that this was a true tale.
Also starring Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang, Claire Pfister and Israel Broussard, the film follows affluent and popular Los Angeles teenagers who decided to rob a string of celebrities’ homes in 2009 and 2009. Victims included Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel Bilson and Orlando Bloom, and the group of six youngsters stole over $3 million worth of cash and belongings.
Click below to watch the teaser.
February 28, 2013 | Posted by Araceli Roach
MARCH 11TH UPDATE: Watson has decided to pass on playing Cinderella for Disney. The search continues.
ORIGINAL POST: “Harry Potter” may have made Emma Watson a household name, but the young star’s next potential role is poised to continue that trend. Variety reports Watson is in early talks to play the lead in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Cinderella”, to be directed by Kenneth Branagh from a script by Chris Weitz.
Curiouser and curiouser, this film is just the latest in a line of recent live-action fairytales, including “Alice in Wonderland,” “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” and next year’s “Maleficent”. Disney apparently considered other actresses for the iconic character, such as favorites Alicia Vikander (“Anna Karenina”), Imogen Poots (“Need for Speed”) and Gabriella Wilde (“The Three Musketeers”), but ultimately decided Watson was their best choice to fill the glass slipper. Cate Blanchett has already been cast as the evil stepmother. “Cinderella” is scheduled to begin production this fall for a 2014 release.
Watson has had no problem moving on from her breakout role as Hermione Granger. She recently received rave reviews for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and will next star in Seth Rogen’s “This Is the End,” Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”.
December 13, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Another day, another list of nominations annnounced. Today it’s the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Golden Globes, and pushing its reign further towards Oscar success is Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty“, which picked up nominations including Best Picture, Best Director for Bigelow and Best Screenplay for Mark Boal. Quentin Tarantino‘s “Django Unchained” is bouncing back from being left out of yesterday’s SAG nominations with five nominations including two in Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio.
“Zero Dark Thirty” star Jessica Chastain has been nominated in the Best Actress in a Drama category but making for a change, Chastain won’t be competing against her currently expected Oscar competitior Jennifer Lawrence, as Lawrence has been nominated in the Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy category. Chastian will come up against Marion Cotillard for her brilliant turn in “Rust and Bone” and Naomi Watts in “The Impossible”.
Lawrence’s “Silver Linings Playbook” co-star Bradley Cooper also gets some love from the HFPA with a nom in the Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy category, alongside Hugh Jackman for “Les Miserables” and Jack Black in the critically acclaimed but little seen “Bernie“.
There were several notable films and performances left out though, including “Beasts of the Southern Wild” nor the Globes-friendly “Magic Mike” and “Pitch Perfect“. The cast of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower had begun to garner small wins with critic’s groups, and the Golden Globes seemed like a good place for their awards hopes to expand but there was no room for Ezra Miller nor Emma Watson.
Click below for a full list of nominations. The Golden Globes ceremony will be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, and will air Sunday, January 13 on NBC.