March 20, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Michael Angarano has joined the cast of “Heat”, a remake of the 1986 Burt Reynolds film that will star Jason Statham, according to Deadline.
The official synopsis of the film, not to be confused with the 1995 Michael Mann film of the same name, reads as follows: “This tightly-wound, fun action-thriller, tells the story of a tough recovering gambling addict (Statham) who makes his living providing protection in the rough edges of the gambling world. Statham’s character refuses to resort to gunplay, strictly using hand and edged weapon combat. When a dear friend (Sofia Vergara) is brutally beaten by a high-rolling mobster, he helps her get her revenge and he ends up in more trouble than he ever imagined.” Simon West is directing, and Angarano will play Cyrus Kinnick, who hires Statham’s character as a bodyguard. William Goldman adapted both the 1986 film and the new remake from his own novel.
Angarano can currently be seen in dark comedy “The Brass Teapot” opposite Juno Temple and will soon head to Tribeca to premiere “The English Teacher”, in which he stars opposite Julianne Moore and Lily Collins. He also has heist thriller “Empire State” with Liam Hemsworth awaiting release.
March 6, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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The 12th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, which runs this year from April 17th – 28th in New York, has unveiled the majority of its films for 2013, and quite a few up and comers will have new movies premiering. In addition to films that have already made the festival circuit like Ramin Bahrani’s “At Any Price” starring Zac Efron and Maika Monroe, “Greetings From Tim Buckley” with Penn Badgley and Imogen Poots and Neil Jordan’s vampire saga “Byzantium” with Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan and Caleb Landry Jones, world premieres will also bring the likes of Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Zoe Kazan and Evan Rachel Wood to Manhattan.
Films making their world premiere in the high profile Spotlight section of the fest include “Adult World”, a dark comedy with Roberts and John Cusack, romantic comedy “A Case of You” with Wood and Justin Long, Kazan’s “The Pretty One”, which also co-stars “New Girl” actor Jake Johnson and “The English Teacher”, with Julianne Moore in the titular role and Angarano and Lily Collins as students.
The full lineup in the Spotlight, Storyscapes, Midnight and Special Screenings sections can be found below.
May 24, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Liam Hemsworth thriller “Empire State” has rounded out its supporting cast with “Twilight” star Nikki Reed, Michael Angarano, “Entourage”‘s Jerry Ferrera, Paul Ben-Victor and Chris Diamantopoulos, according to Deadline.
Dwayne Johnson and Emma Roberts had already been cast in the heist thriller described to be based on “the true story of a 1982 NYC armored car company robbery thought at the time to be the largest cash heist in U.S. history.” Hemsworth plays one of two friends who pull off the daring heist in the 1980s-set thriller. No word who the other friend may be (our guess is on Angarano), though Roberts will play a waitress and Hemsworth’s love interest, while Diamantopoulo will play a mob boss who suspects the two youngsters while the rest of New York believes it was a major mob conspiracy. Production begins next Tuesday in New York, with Dito Montiel directing from an Adam Mazer script.
Reed appears in the final installment of the “Twilight” saga, “Breaking Dawn: Part II”, this November. Angarano was last seen in Steven Soderbergh’s “Haywire” and recently completed two indie comedies, “The Brass Teapot” opposite Juno Temple and “The English Teacher” opposite Julianne Moore and Lily Collins.
January 4, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like Lily Collins is getting to that stage in her career where she wants to start distancing herself from that kid-friendly, good-girl image that’s made her a rapidly rising star in the last couple of years. Bloody Disgusting reports the actress is the first to sign on to the remake of Sam Raimi horror classic “Evil Dead”, and she will be playing an ex-drug addict whose past erratic behavior makes her something of an unreliable “girl who cried demonic monsters” to her friends.
Raimi wrote the script for the new take on his original film, and this time five friends – David, Natalie, Eric, Olivia, and Mia – vacation in a remote cabin in the woods and discover a Book of the Dead, which unleashes an evil demonic force that possesses each of them until only one is left to survive. David and Natalie are engaged, while Collins’ Mia is an ex-drug addict hoping to detox in the cabin. Olivia is her best friend while Eric is the one who unleashes the demons upon the group. Collins’ Mia is recovering from a recent overdose and has trouble convincing people when she begins seeing weird stuff again this time around. Diablo Cody did revisions on the script and Fede Alvarez will direct.
Collins, daughter of Phil Collins, made her big screen debut in 2009′s Sandra Bullock Oscar contender “The Blind Side” and has been on an upward swinging career trajectory ever since. She headlines Tarsem Singh’s Snow White redo “Mirror Mirror” in March and has long been attached to the lead in potential teen genre franchise “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.” She recently completed work opposite Michael Anagarano and Julianne Moore in indie dramedy “The English Teacher.”
October 29, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Filming is underway on what is turning out to be a very promising project and local uptown New York news blog Tarrytown Patch has the first images of Michael Angarano and Julianne Moore on the set of indie dramedy “The English Teacher.” The two filmed at an art gallery which has been converted into a coffee house, and huddled under an umbrella together in some makeshift rain.
Moore plays a high school teacher whose life is turned upside down by the return of a former student (Angarano) whose journey to becoming a successful write in New York City has ended in failure. Nathan Lane and Lily Collins rounds out the cast under the direction of Craig Zisk. By the glasses on Moore’s face, it’s obvious her character is supposed to be frumpy and not all that attractive. Oh, magical movie glasses, the way superheroes and hot women simply disappear behind them.
October 24, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
The ever-busy Lily Collins continues to add to her diverse and rapidly filling up upcoming slate, as Deadline reports the young rising star has joined the cast of indie dramedy “The English Teacher” opposite Michael Angarano and Julianne Moore. Charlie Saxton and Nathan Lane co-star.
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. Collins will play a popular high school student who clashes with Moore’s teacher. Filming begins this week in New York.
Collins recently appeared opposite “Twilight” werewolf Taylor Lautner in the awful actioner “Abduction”, but has plenty of more promising projects on the horizon. She’ll be seen in the title role opposite Evil Queen Julia Roberts and Prince Armie Hammer in Tarsem Singh’s still untitled “Snow White” and will headline teen fantasy romance “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” opposite another “Twilight” star, Jamie Campbell-Bower. She presumably remains in contention for the title role in revisionist Shakespeare tale “Rosaline.”
October 12, 2011 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
After last week’s casting announcements, THR are reporting that Bandslam star Charlie Saxton has joined Michael Angarano and Julianne Moore in indie drama The English Teacher.
The film, to be directed by Craig Zisk, follows a small town high school teacher (Moore) whose world is turned upside down by the return of a former student (Angarano) – a playwright who has returned home after a failed career in New York City.
Saxton has spent the last few years in little known films, such as 2010′s Twelve, starring fellow young actors such as Chace Crawford, Zoe Kravitz, Emma Roberts and Rory Culkin, but has a bigger presence on TV, where he stars in HBO’s Hung.
In The English Teacher, Saxton will play one of Moore’s students, but no word yet on when production will begin.
October 4, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
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.