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Rising comedic actor Nicholas Braun is the latest to join the remake of horror classic “Poltergeist”, according to The Wrap. Rosemarie DeWitt and Sam Rockwell play the leads in the new film, with Jared Harris and Kyle Catlett in supporting roles.
Tobe Hooper directed the 1982 original which saw a family terrorized by a ghostly presence in their home, culminating in the kidnapping of their daughter. Considered one of the best films released that year and a classic of the horror genre, the film spawned two less successful sequels. The 2013 remake will be a “revisionist” take on the tale, following the Bowen family, and was written by David Lindsay-Abaire. Braun will play a grad student documenting the supernatural events, gradually losing his skepticism. Gil Kenan will direct.
Braun is currently shooting monster mash-up comedy “The Kitchen Sink” and also appeared in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” He also has coming of age comedy “Get a Job” with Miles Teller and Anna Kendrick awaiting release.
Chuck Bass goes undead. “Gossip Girl” alum Ed Westwick is in negotiations to join the ensemble cast of teen monster mash-up comedy “The Kitchen Sink”, according to The Wrap.
Westwick is joining the likes of Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Vanessa, Hudgens Josh Fadem and Chris Zylka in the Robbie Pickering film described as being in the vein of “Zombieland.” A group of teenagers form an unlikely alliance with monsters like vampires and zombies in order to take down an alien army. Hudgens will play a popular teenager in a small town which is invaded by alien forces, while Denis Leary plays one of the town’s prominent residents, and Westwick is eyeing the role of a vampire who would like to snack on Davis.
“The Kitchen Sink” marks the British actor’s first movie role since wrapping up playing slimy rich kid creeper Chuck Bass on five seasons of The CW’s “Gossip Girl.” Next month he’ll be seen as Tybalt, cousin to Hailee Steinfeld in Carlo Carlei’s new adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet.”
Chris McCoy is getting ready to direct his Black List script “Good Kids”, and he’s set rising stars Nicholas Braun and Jane Levy to star in it, according to Deadline. The film, which is out to financiers, follows four overachieving high school kids who reinvent themselves over the summer after graduation when the “summer people” come to town.
Levy is the star of ABC sitcom “Suburgatory”, heading into its third season this fall, and most recently appeared in the “Evil Dead” remake. She recently wrapped up indies “Frank and Cindy” and “About Alex”, and is attached to thriller “In a Dark Place.” Braun is currently shooting monster mash-up comedy “The Kitchen Sink” and also appeared in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” He also has coming of age comedy “Get a Job” with Miles Teller and Anna Kendrick awaiting release.
Vanessa Hudgens is the latest to join Sony’s monster mash-up genre flick “The Kitchen Sink”, according to The Wrap. Denis Leary is now also aboard the film which features young rising stars like Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Josh Fadem and Chris Zylka.
Robbie Pickering is directing the film which is described as being in the vein of “Zombieland.” A group of teenagers form an unlikely alliance with monsters like vampires and zombies in order to take down an alien army. Hudgens will play a popular teenager in a small town which is invaded by alien forces, while Leary plays one of the town’s prominent residents. At one point, this film had been eyed by Jonah Hill as his directorial debut, as well as Miles Teller as one of the stars, but it looks like it will be moving on without either of them.
Hudgens, an alum of all three “High School Musical” installments and Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch”, made a name for herself this year as one of the young stars of Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” alongside fellow former Disney good girls Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson. More indies including “The Frozen Ground” opposite John Cusack and “Gimme Shelter” with Brendan Fraser are up next.
Dylan Kidd’s recession era coming of age comedy “Get a Job” has rounded out its impressive cast of young rising stars with Nicholas Braun, “Community”‘s Alison Brie and Brandon T. Jackson in supporting roles, it was announced today via press release. Miles Teller stars alongside Anna Kendrick, Bryan Cranston and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.
Teller plays a recent college graduate who must readjust his goals after having trouble landing his dream job in this tough economic climate. Braun, Jackson and Mintz-Plasse play his three best friends (Charlie, Ethan and Luke) who are going through similar crises, while Kendrick will be his type-A girlfriend, who lives by a strict set of rules, and Brie is a sharp-witted co-worker. Even the grown-ups have problems, with Cranston playing Teller’s dad, who searches for a job at the same time as his son. Filming begins next Monday in Los Angeles.
Braun was last seen in Kevin Smith horror flick “Red State” and Disney teen comedy “Prom.” Upcoming projects include Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn’s “Neighborhood Watch” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Brie plays over-achiever Annie Edison on NBC’s cult favorite series “Community” (returning March 15th – set your DVRs!) and was last seen on the big screen in “Scream 4.” She’ll play Emily Blunt’s sister in Tribeca opening film “Five Year Engagement.” Jackson appeared as Grover in the first “Percy Jackson” film and will reprise his role in sequel “The Sea of Monsters.”
The adaptation of teen favourite The Perks of Being A Wallflower, starring Logan Lerman (The Three Musketeers) and Harry Potter star Emma Watson, is now finishing up in post-production and we here at Up and Comers are getting rather excited.
A coming-of-age tale that follows 15 year old Charlie (Lerman), an outsider who struggles to to cope with mental illness, first love and the suicide of his best friend, as well as trying to find out where he belongs, the film features a whole cast of rising stars including Nicholas Braun, Nina Dobrev, Mae Whitman, Ezra Miller and Johnny Simmons.
Although we’re unsure how this beloved novel will translate to the screen, it has been adapted and directed by the author Stephen Chbosky, and we’ve already seen some behind-the-scenes footage. These new images, courtesy of CinemaBlend are further easing a few doubts we’re sure many had.
Mostly featuring Lerman and Watson, as well as one with Chbosky, click on the high-res gallery images below and let us know your thoughts.
“Saturday Night Live” alum Will Forte has joined the ever-growing comedic ensemble cast of “Neighborhood Watch”, reports THR. Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn lead the alien invasion comedy along with a cast that also includes Jonah Hill, Rosemarie DeWitt, “Submarine” director Richard Ayoade and most recently, “Red State” star Nicholas Braun.
The Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer directs the film about a group of bored suburbanites who form a neighborhood watch group as a front for male bonding and inadvertently stumble across an alien plot to destroy the world. Forte’s character will be Sergeant Bressman, perhaps indicating he will not be one of the dads but rather be involved in some sort of law enforcement subplot.
Forte, a prolific writer and producer, has worked on series including “Late Show with David Letterman”, “3rd Rock from the Sun” and “That ’70s Show.” As a veteran of “SNL” since 2002, he has stayed close with the tight-knit group of comedians, often appearing in other cast members’ projects, including “30 Rock” with Tina Fey and “Parks and Recreation” with Amy Poehler. An attempt to capitalize on one of his SNL personas – the hapless “MacGruber” – as a feature film failed in 2010, but Forte’s film career is still on the rise. He’ll be seen opposite fellow SNL alum Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler in next year’s “I Hate You, Dad” and had a role written especially for him in Adam Shankman’s upcoming musical “Rock of Ages.”
Nicholas Braun seems to have a knack for joining ragtag teams of misfits. The star of Kevin Smith’s “Red State” and Disney’s “Prom” has signed on to be part of Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn’s “Neighborhood Watch”, reports Variety. Directed by the Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer, the film follows a group of bored suburban dwellers who form a neighborhood watch group and stumble upon an alien invasion plot. Jonah Hill and Rosemarie DeWitt are also part of the comedic cast.
Braun hit it off with Smith on “Red State” and has subsequently been cast as the lead in the director’s two-part hockey comedy “Hit Somebody.” He recently appeared in “Chalet Girl” opposite Felicity Jones and wrapped up a supporting role on “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” with Emma Watson and Logan Lerman. He has one of the two leads in Lionsgate’s currently filming comedy “Gay Dude.”
Kevin Smith has been spoiling his fans with glimpses of his first horror film, “Red State”, for weeks, and today, the first real look at the film in action in the form of a teaser trailer. A creepy, quiet sermon set against quick cuts of chaos and horror – gunfire, screaming, is that a kid locked in a cage? – Smith packs in a lot of information but doesn’t reveal much at all, the perfect recipe to get people engaged and interested in the March 2011 release. Here’s what we do know: starring such up and comers as Michael Angarano, Kyle Gallner, Haley Ramm and Kerry Bishe, along with veterans such as John Goodman and Melissa Leo, it tells the story of a band of misfits who encounter religious extremism in middle America. Sensing there might be a metaphor or a message in there somewhere…
The March release date at the end of the trailer is also a bit of news, though the film is still scheduled to premiere at Sundance next month.
Kevin Smith continues to auction off the exclusive first look rights to character posters from upcoming political thriller “Red State”, and today “The Sons” debuts thanks to a donation of $1,700 from Pussy Eating Club to The Kenny Gordon Foundation, which supports various charitable causes in memory of the late Kenny Gordon. Previously Smith revealed the first “Red State” poster featuring Kerry Bishe as “The Virgin” benefiting The Wayne Foundation. The film is headed to Sundance next month.
“The Sons” feature a trio of up and coming younger actors: Michael Angarano of “Sky High” and “The Forbidden Kingdom”, Kyle Gallner from the 2010 “A Nightmare on Elm Street” remake, and Nicholas Braun, slightly less known but recently cast as the lead in Smith’s next feature “Hit Somebody”.
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