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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”.
Director Kevin Smith has set little-known actor Nicholas Braun to play the lead role in his hockey comedy, “Hit Somebody”, according to Collider, who heard the news from Smith himself via his Smodcast podcast. The film is based the song of the same name by Warren Zevon, and is about about a young hockey player who isn’t very good at handling the puck, but is exceedingly talented at beating people up. Smith hopes to shoot next summer.
Braun worked with Smith in his recently completed “Red State”, which is headed for Sundance next month, and Smith states that many actors from “Red State” – which may include the likes of Kyle Gallner and Michael Angarano – will also pop up in “Hit Somebody”. Braun will next be seen in Disney’s “Prom” and has starred in “Sky High” and TV’s “10 Things I Hate About You”.
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