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Emmy Rossum has herself a little brother in Kyle Gallner. Variety reports the “Nightmare on Elm Street” star is set to join the cast of Warner Bros adaptation of paranormal teen romance “Beautiful Creatures”, based on the best-selling series of books by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Newcomers Alden Ehrenreich (who replaced Jack O’Connell) and Alice Englert play the star-crossed lovers and are rounded out by a cast that also includes “Project X” star Thomas Mann, Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons and Emma Thompson.
In the Richard LaGravenese adapted and directed film, Ehrenreich’s Ethan is a popular high school student in a small southern town plagued by dreams of a mysterious girl – who then magically shows up in his town. Englert’s Lena, an outsider who’s also harboring a dangerous and… bewitching secret, is that girl. Rossum plays bad witch Ridley, while Gallner will be her little brother Larkin, who doesn’t show up until the second book, raising the possibility his role could be a small one that will be expanded if the film is successful enough to garner sequels in the vein of “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games.” Filming is set to begin soon in and around New Orleans.
Gallner, who played the male lead opposite Rooney Mara in 2010′s “A Nightmare on Elm Street” remake, will next be seen in last year’s Sundance premiere “Little Birds” which will finally see a release next month, and this year’s Sundance premiere “Smashed.” He was also in Kevin Smith’s “Red State” and will star in the director’s next, “Hit Somebody”, as well.
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.”
Michael Angarano sure has a thing for older women. After his charming but misguided wooing of Uma Thurman in Max Winkler’s “Ceremony”, the quirky indie actor now has his sights set on Julianne Moore. According to Variety, Angarano has booked the romantic lead in “The English Teacher”, which sees Moore in the title role and also co-stars Nathan Lane.
Craig Zisk directs the film about a small town high school teacher whose world is turned upside down by the return of a former student, whose journey to New York to try to make it as a playwright has ended in failure. Angarano would play the writer, who Moore’s charcter falls for.
Angarano, recently seen in Kevin Smith’s “Red State” and teen comedy “The Art of Getting By” opposite Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts, was shortlisted for Marc Webb’s “Amazing Spider-Man” and always seems just on the verge of something big. He recently wrapped dark comedy “The Brass Teapot” opposite Juno Temple and is part of Steven Soderbergh’s ensemble actioner “Haywire”, starring alongside the likes of Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender and Ewan McGregor.
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.”
Today is the official first day of the annual Sundance Film Festival, so we are just around the corner from discovering some of the year’s best indie features and tomorrow’s breakout stars. Two years ago, Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique broke out in a big way in “Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire”, riding buzz all the way to the Oscars, and who could forget last year, when “Winter’s Bone” premiered in Park City and people haven’t stopped talking about Jennifer Lawrence since?
There are sure to be some surprises that come out of nowhere to grab the attention of the festival and soon, the country, but based on what we know right now – the casts in particular – here are just a few of the films that we’re excited to see.
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”.
The first poster from Kevin Smith’s political horror film “Red State” has been revealed, and the filmmaker would like to spread the word that its release was in response to a generous donation of $1,000 in only 30 minutes from fans to The Wayne Foundation, aimed to “crack down on scumbag kid-fuckers”. Please do visit their website to find out more about this worthy cause and how you can help. Props to Smith and the fans who donated on the clever philanthropy mission.
The poster shows Kerry Bishé as Cheyenne, aka “The Virgin”. Smith has described his first horror film, centered around a band of misfits who encounter extremism in Middle America, as being about sex, politics and religion. “The first 17 minutes of the movie are about sex, the next 45 minutes to an hour…are about religion, and then the last third of the movie is pretty much about politics.” It stars John Goodman, Kyle Gallner, Michael Angarano, Melissa Leo and more. Smith has submitted the film to premiere at Sundance 2011.
See the full high resolution version of the poster below.
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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