October 10, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“The Perks of Being a Wallflower” turned out to be such a win-win for everyone involved that it’s no surprise director Stephen Chbosky and star Emma Watson are planning on doing another film together. Deadline reports Watson is now attached to star in Chbosky’s next, “While We’re Young.”
As if the “Perks” duo weren’t enough pedigree, “While We’re Young” will be scripted by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter, who are majorly on the rise following the successes of “(500) Days of Summer” and “The Spectacular Now.” The story follows a 75 year old grandmother who still feels young and like she has more in common with her 20-something granddaughter than her 50-something daughter. She’s granted a birthday wish to be young again for one day, allowing her to go on an adventure with her granddaughter, who’s now her same age. The story follows three generations of women, with Watson likely in the role of the granddaughter (though a newly young grandmother may not be out of the question).
Watson, forever immortalized as Hermione Grainger in eight “Harry Potter” films, has done a pretty good job of transitioning to more grownup roles, with “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” a good pitstop that won her critical acclaim and a smooth transition out of the magical realm. She recently wrapped Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” and has memoir adaptation “Your Voice in My Head” next on her plate, and is also rumored to be the frontrunner for the lead role in Scarlett Johansson’s directorial debut “Summer Crossing.”
September 4, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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.
August 12, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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.
June 13, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
After choosing roles as different from Hermione Grainger as you can get post-”Harry Potter”, Emma Watson is now ready to step back into the fantasy genre, with Variety reporting the young Brit is attached to star in “Queen of the Tearling”, an adaptation of an upcoming fantasy novel trilogy.
Described as a female-driven “Game of Thrones”, the novel’s 19-year-old heroine was partly inspired by the idealism of a 2007 Barack Obama. Erika Johansen’s debut novel/trilogy, set three centuries after an environmental disaster where an evil Red Queen rules the land, will be published in 2014 by HarperCollins. The film is in the development stage and a writer and director have not yet been hired, so this might be a ways off for both readers and moviegoers.
Watson opens this weekend in Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring”, which premiered at Cannes last week, where we called it “not Coppola’s strongest work but remains an enjoyable, fun and cautionary tale for our time.” She also stars in this weekend’s apocalyptic comedy “This is the End”, playing a fictionalized version of herself opposite James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill. She recently wrapped Daren Aronofsky’s “Noah” with Russell Crowe and Logan Lerman and earned very high marks last year for her role in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
May 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Logan Lerman is enlisting for David Ayer’s WWII tank actioner “Fury”, according to Deadline. Brad Pitt has the lead role, with Shia LaBeouf also on board.
Set in 1945 as the Nazi regime collapses, Pitt plays the Commander of a Sherman tank who leads a five-man crew in a battle against desperate German troops. Lerman plays Norman Ellison, the youngest member of the crew thrust into becoming the tank’s gunner. Filming begins in September.
Last seen opposite Emma Watson in Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his own novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, Lerman recently wrapped up a reunion with Watson on Darren Aronofksy’s “Noah”, in which he plays one of Russell Crowe’s sons, and will next be seen in “Stuck in Love” opposite Lily Collins. He also reprises his titular role in sequel “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”, out in August.
May 1, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Fox buddy comedy “Let’s Be Cops” have landed James D’Aarcy and Nina Dobrev for pivotal roles opposite Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr, according to Variety.
Johnson and Wayans will play two friends looking for something more in life. Somehow that turns into impersonating cops for fun, but things get real when they run afoul of a ruthless mobster, to be played by D’Arcy. Dobrev will play Wayans’ love interest and Luke Greenfield, who wrote the script with Nick Thomas, will direct.
Dobrev is the lead of long-running CW series “The Vampire Diaries”, which has been renewed for its fifth season and which has already spawned a spinoff series. She last appeared as Logan Lerman’s older sister in Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his own novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” D’Arcy played Anthony Perkins opposite Anthony Hopkins as “Hitchcock” and is currently shooting the Wachowskis’ “Jupiter Ascending.”
February 28, 2013 | Posted by Araceli Roach
MARCH 11TH UPDATE: Watson has decided to pass on playing Cinderella for Disney. The search continues.
ORIGINAL POST: “Harry Potter” may have made Emma Watson a household name, but the young star’s next potential role is poised to continue that trend. Variety reports Watson is in early talks to play the lead in Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Cinderella”, to be directed by Kenneth Branagh from a script by Chris Weitz.
Curiouser and curiouser, this film is just the latest in a line of recent live-action fairytales, including “Alice in Wonderland,” “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” and next year’s “Maleficent”. Disney apparently considered other actresses for the iconic character, such as favorites Alicia Vikander (“Anna Karenina”), Imogen Poots (“Need for Speed”) and Gabriella Wilde (“The Three Musketeers”), but ultimately decided Watson was their best choice to fill the glass slipper. Cate Blanchett has already been cast as the evil stepmother. “Cinderella” is scheduled to begin production this fall for a 2014 release.
Watson has had no problem moving on from her breakout role as Hermione Granger. She recently received rave reviews for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and will next star in Seth Rogen’s “This Is the End,” Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”.
February 25, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Canadian actor Zane Holtz, who played Logan Lerman’s older brother in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, has been cast in indie thriller “The Curse of Downer’s Grove”, another YA book adaptation, according to Variety. Bella Heathcote plays the lead in the film, with Lucas Till, Kevin Zegers and Penelope Mitchell rounding out the cast. Earlier reports had “Friday Night Lights” star Aimee Teegarden also part of the cast, but there’s been no mention of her in more recent articles.
Derek Martini will direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Bret Easton Ellis, based on the novel “Downer’s Grove” by Michael Hornburg. Heathcote will play the lead character of Chrissie, an unusual high school senior in a suburban town who juggles family drama, unwanted attention from a school bully and attraction to a hot older man all while worrying about the curse that seems to exist in her town: Every year before school ends a member of the graduating class is killed in bizarre fashion. Holtz will be a drug-addicted sidekick to Zegers’ charcter, presumably the overly amorous school bully. Filming is expected to start in the spring.
Holtz made a brief appearance in Stephen Chobsky’s adaptation of his own novel “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, and recently wrapped up starring roles in two indies: Russell Friedenberg’s “Wind Walkers” and Danny Buday’s “Another Stateside.”
January 29, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
UPDATE: Eva Green has been cast in the female lead role of Ava Lord, the titular Dame to kill for.
Indie rising star Julia Garner is the latest to join the ever-growing cast of sequel “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For”, according to Deadline. She joins fellow newcomers Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Juno Temple, Josh Brolin, Ray Liotta and Jeremy Piven in Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s follow-up to their 2005 stylized hit “Sin City,” based on Miller’s graphic novel of the same name.
Miller and Rodriguez are already underway filming on the sequel to 2005′s “Sin City” based on Miller’s graphic novel, and a large chunk of the original cast is returning, including Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Jaimie King, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson. Gordon-Levitt will play a newly created character named Johnny, while Garner will play a young stripper. Green’s Ava Lord is a femme fatale described as “every man’s most glorious dreams come true, she’s also every man’s darkest nightmares.” “Sin City: A Dame To Kill For” will be released on October 14, 2013.
She played a member of the cult Elizabeth Olsen escapes from in “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and a classmate of Logan Lerman’s in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, and Garner was back at Sundance this year, taking the starring role in a gruesome family drama/horror “We Are What We Are”, which premiered in the Park City and Midnight category and was picked up for distribution by Entertainment One.
December 31, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
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Another end-of-year list upon us, and just like last year, the two of us once again appear to have disparate taste when it comes to the year in movies. Sixteen different movies populate our two Top 10 lists, though we did both love “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, “Moonrise Kingdom”, “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” enough to list them. What movies were our favorites of the year? Which were yours?
Without further ado, below are our Top 10 Movies of 2012.
Click here for Linda’s Top 10 | Click here for Rebecca’s Top 10