Emma Roberts To Star In Coming Of Age Tale Adult Worldpublished: 2011-03-24 01:07:12 Author: Eric Eisenberg
Now 20 years old, Emma Roberts is at a point in her career where she has to separate herself from the movies she did when she was younger - like Nancy Drew, Aquamarine and Hotel For Dogs - and start taking on more mature roles. She's already done a solid job of doing so, starring in the indie comedy It's Kind of A Funny Story and the upcoming Scream 4, but now she ready to enter the adult world by literally entering Adult World.
The Playlist reports that Roberts has signed on to star in the coming-of-age film, which will be directed by Scott Coffey. The actress will play a recent college grad who wants to become a poet, but is "stuck working in a mom-and-pop bookstore." The site also reports that the production is looking for a male lead and an "older character," though nobody has yet been cast.
Roberts has actually been building up some pretty strong indie cred recently, having also starred in What's Wrong With Virginia and Homework in addition to the aforementioned Funny Story, while also keeping her face in the mainstream as well. If she keeps this up, a transition into a legitimate adult acting career could easily be had.
Megan Fox's Passion Play To Be Released May 6, Gets New Poster
published: 2011-03-24 00:42:36 Author: Eric Eisenberg
While covering the Toronto Film Festival last year, own our Katey Rich had the opportunity to see a film titled Passion Play, starring Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox and Bill Murray. To put it mildly, the whole thing sounds like a masterpiece of awful. The movie was so incredibly bad, in fact, that Katey actually decided not to write a standard review, and instead wrote up a list of 15 things you need to know about it, including the fact that a group of ninjas pop up at the beginning and are never explained and that Rourke and Fox "have fairly graphic sex." Needless to say, we watched in amazement as the film was actually picked up for distribution, and now Entertainment Weekly has learned that it will actually make its way to theaters.
According to the site, previous reports that the movie would go straight to DVD are incorrect, and that the film will be given a limited release in New York and Los Angeles - but it won't be around long. Set to hit theaters on May 6, the DVD release date (no word of a Blu-ray in the article) is May 31, which may very well set the record for fastest movie to go from first theatrical release to home video. To go with the news, EW also received the first one-sheet for the film which, surprise, surprise, isn't anything spectacular.
Check out the poster below and see it full size over at EW.
Jason Schwartzman To Work With Wes Anderson Again In Moonrise Kingdom
published: 2011-03-23 21:57:43 Author: Eric Eisenberg
Ever since making his first feature film, Bottle Rocket, back in 1996, Wes Anderson has made a habit of casting the same group of actors in all of his movies. Owen Wilson, Luke Wilson, Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, and Jason Schwartzman have all appeared in no less than three of Anderson's six movies, and now the last name on that list is joining the cast of his newest.
The Examiner Providence is reporting via The Rhode Island Film & Television Office that Schwartzman has officially signed on to play a part in Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. As reported back in November, the film already stars Murray (who has been in every one of the director's films since Rushmore), Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton. Set in the 1960s, the plot centers on a young couple who decide to run away together, but everyone in town is convinced that they require rescuing. The movie will shoot this spring in Rhode Island.
The pairing of Schwartzman and Anderson has yet to let me down, and I don't expect it will this time either. Now all we have to do is wait to see if the Wilsons and/or Huston want to join the party as well.
Easy A Director Hired To Direct Sex On The Moon
published: 2011-03-23 21:27:46 Author: Eric Eisenberg
Last year there was no film that surprised me more than the Will Gluck-directed Easy A. Though from the outside it looked like your typical dumb high school comedy, it actually had a lot of heart and was bolstered by a fantastic turn by Emma Stone. As a result, I've found myself interested in watching Gluck's career trajectory, and now I'm happy to report that he's landed one of the more odd-ball films I've reported on this year.
The LA Times is reporting that the director has been hired to helm Sex on the Moon, based on the book by Ben Mezrich. As reported back in January, the book was picked up after the massively successful adaptation of Mezrich's The Accidental Billionaires, also known as The Social Network. Based on a true story, the book tells the tale of a NASA employee who decides that the best way to impress a girl is by stealing moon rocks from the Johnson Space Center. Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, the producers behind The Social Network, are also lined up behind this project.
Gluck's next film, Friends With Benefits, will be released on July 22, and it will be interesting to see if Easy A was just a fluke or the sign of something real. Can't be any worse than No Strings Attached, right?
Kirk Jones Will Tell You What To Expect When You're Expecting
published: 2011-03-23 13:45:32 Author: Katey Rich
It's one thing to base a movie on a novel that everybody loves-- people who read The Da Vinci Code knew exactly what to expect from the movie version, and as much as the Harry Potter movies may need to condense the lengthy books, they're still basically the same idea. But when it comes to adapting reference books, they're literally operating off nothing but name recognition. He's Just Not That Into You was a sprawling rom-com spinoff very loosely from the original advice book, and now the mini-trend is repeating itself for What To Expect When You're Expecting, the upcoming romantic comedy from Lionsgate.
Now Kirk Jones, the director behind Waking Ned Devine, Nanny McPhee and more recently the Robert De Niro family dramedy Everybody's Fine, will be tackled with turning the pregnancy reference book into a movie worth watching. Deadline reports he's been brought on direct the script adapted by Heather Hach and Whip It writer Shauna Cross; the story follows five different couples as they figure out, well, what to expect when expecting a baby. Cross's participation had been pretty much the only thing keeping me from dreading this project, but Jones doesn't seem like such a bad choice either. I'm not expecting the salvation of the romantic comedy genre here, but it if winds up being less irritating than He's Just Not That Into You, we're at least headed the right direction.