July 31, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Selena Gomez will lead indie coming of age comedy “Parental Guidance Suggested”, according to THR, and will be joined by fellow teen TV stars Nat Wolff and Austin Stowell.
Based on the novel “While I’m Dead…Feed the Dog” by musician Ric Browde, Wolff plays Ric Thibault, a teenager in the 1970s, who goes on a rock n’ roll journey involving “narcoleptic nuns, nymphomaniacs, the Mafia, a huckster televangelist, dying Latin teachers, corrupt school administrators, inept policemen, unscrupulous lawyers, buffoon reporters, half — witted rock and roll musicians, transsexual record company presidents, drug addicted disc jockeys, greedy family members and the lovely Nina Pennington”, played by Gomez. Stowell plays her overbearing boyfriend. Tim Garrick adapted the screenplay and will direct the film in Los Angeles.
Gomez rose to fame on Disney Channel series “Wizards of Waverly Place” and last appeared on the big screen in “Monto Carlo.” She heads to Venice next month as part of Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” opposite James Franco and Vanessa Hudgens. Wolff’s rise to stardom is similar as one of Nickelodeon’s “The Naked Brothers Band”, and he too is headed for the festival circuit in family drama “Writers” with Lily Collins and Logan Lerman, premiering at Toronto in September. Stowell, who recurs on ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” opposite Shailene Woodley, recently completed Vietnam War drama “Love and Honor” opposite Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer.
April 27, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
The last time Elizabeth Olsen ended up in upstate New York at a new age commune, it didn’t work out so well. But thankfully, the hippies who occupy “Peace Love and Misunderstanding” look much less sinister than the ones who terrorized her in “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” Here, Olsen plays daughter to Catherine Keener’s soon-to-be-divorced mother, who drives her kids (Nat Wolff plays Olsen’s younger brother) to grandma Jane Fonda’s house in Woodstock, New York. There, the three generations deal with family drama as well as relationship woes and Olsen finds some relief from writer’s block in the form of Chace Crawford.
The Bruce Beresford film was actually Olsen’s feature debut and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last September. “Peace Love and Misunderstanding” will open in limited release on June 8th. Watch the first trailer below.
June 12, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Chace Crawford is still trying hard to prove he’s not just a pretty face. The “Gossip Girl” star, who’s not given much to work with on the long-running hit CW series, routinely takes darker material when he does films on his summer hiatus and continues that trend now with indie political drama “The House Gun”, reports The LA Times.
In the film, based on the novel from Nobel Prize-winner Nadine Gordimer, Crawford plays a young South African man accused of murder, with Pierce Brosnan playing his father, an architect who is convinced of his son’s innocence. The father and son duo hire a black lawyer for their defense and unravels “a story of morality and race in post-apartheid South Africa”. No director has yet been set and financial backing for the independent film is still being worked out.
Crawford is just one of several “Gossip Girl” stars hoping to break out on the big screen, though the TV-to-movie success rate is not great, particularly on a teen oriented network like The CW. However, with Blake Lively taking one high profile movie after another, Leighton Meester staking a claim on the comedy side and Ed Westwick recently wrapping Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar”, “Gossip Girl” is turning out to be quite a launching pad for potential future movie stars. Crawford has wrapped “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” opposite Sundance breakout Elizabeth Olsen and recently signed on to play an ex-babysitting charge and new love interest to Katie Holmes in “Responsible Adults”.