Emma Watson to Reteam with PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Director Stephen Chbosky on WHILE WE’RE YOUNG

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Emma Watson is poised to reteam with The Perks of Being a Wallflower writer/director Stephen Chbosky on another adaptation.  While Chbosky adapted Perks from his own novel, Deadline reports that the director has now signed on to helm an adaptation of Adena Halpern’s book 29, which will be titled While We’re Young.  The book revolves around a young-at-heart 75-year-old named Ellie who feels she has more in common with her 29-year-old granddaughter Lucy than her 55-year-old daughter Barbara.  On her birthday, Ellie wishes she could be 29 again for just one day, and is surprised to find that the wish magically comes true.  The story explores three generations of women and how one day changes everything they know about each other.

While the premise sounds a tad saccharine, so did the logline for Perks and Chbosky crafted that film into a mature, emotional, and honest look at young life; he’s more than earned the benefit of the doubt.  Hit the jump for more. 

Emma Watson Rejoins YOUR VOICE IN MY HEAD; Francesca Gregorini to Direct

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The lead casting for Your Voice in My Head has come full circle.  The adaptation of the Emma Forrest memoir was initially set to mark the next project for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates, and he quickly signed Emma Watson to star.  The film offers up a meaty lead role as it chronicles Forrest’s troublesome and self-harming behavior, as well as her relationship with her psychiatrist.  Yates subsequently dropped out of the project as a result of scheduling issues, and then Watson was replaced by Emily Blunt earlier this year.

Now it has been announced that Watson has rejoined the project in the lead role, with Francesca Gregorini (Tanner Hall) onboard to direct.  Stanley Tucci was previously in talks for the coveted male lead, but it appears that he is no longer involved with the project.  Production is now finally set to begin on November 4th with a script by Forrest.  Hit the jump to read the press release.

Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH Still Set for March 28, 2014 Release [UPDATED]

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[Update: Paramount has reached out to inform us that Noah has not moved off its March date after all, and a mixup on their website led to the confusion.  Our original story follows below, but Noah will still be hitting theaters on March 28, 2014.  As you were.]

It looks like we’ll have to wait just a little bit longer to see director Darren Aronofsky’s iteration of the Great Flood.  Paramount announced today that the Black Swan director’s biblical epic Noah has been delayed from its March 28, 2014 release date to an undisclosed summer date.  The push is likely due to the film’s extensive visual effects, as Aronofsky’s vision of the tale involves 11-foot-tall fallen angels called Watchers.  It’s also possible that Paramount feels the tentpole will do better in the midst of the summer movie season.  Whatever the case, I’m really looking forward to this one.

Wes Bentley Joins INTERSTELLAR; Newcomer Taron Egerton Boards SECRET SERVICE with Michael Caine and Emma Watson Eyed for Roles

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Director Christopher Nolan has completed casting on his next film, the secretive sci-fi pic Interstellar.  The folks over at Heat Vision report that Wes Bentley is the last piece of the casting puzzle, which now includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck, Topher Grace, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, and Timothee Chalamet.  As expected, details regarding Bentley’s role are nonexistent, but it is described as “a meaty supporting role.”  The story centers on “a heroic interstellar voyage to the furthest reaches of our scientific understanding,” and is based on a script written by Nolan and his brother Jonathan NolanInterstellar opens in theaters on November 7, 2014.

Hit the jump for plenty of casting news for X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn’s next film The Secret Service, including which actresses are being eyed for the female lead and which A-listers have already passed on the villain role.

New Images from Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH Starring Russell Crowe, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and More

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New promo images have been released for Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah.  The adaptation will expand on the biblical tale, and take a closer look at the details of the story.  For example, while the ark is usually portrayed as a ship, in Aronofsky’s film, it’s literally an ark designed simply to withstand the flood rather than something that’s designed for travel.  As you’ll see from these images, the dress is also far rougher than the cheesy biblical version of robes and sandals.  And when it comes to the character, lead actor Russell Crowe says that this Noah isn’t a benevolent figure, but “a guy who can get the job done.”  It’s going to be a new take on an old story, and I can’t wait to see what Aronofsky has in store.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Durand, Martin Csokas, and Mark MargolisNoah opens March 28, 2014.


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When I’m in line at the supermarket, I see the covers of celebrity magazines, and I wonder, “Who buys this stuff?  What compels them to be so interested in the lives of strangers?”  We have an artificial familiarity with celebrities based on the entertainment we consume.  Today, “celebrity” has even become a profession whereas it used to be you had to have some kind of tangible skill usually relating to public performance before you were constantly in the public eye.  Even though celebrity worship has become engrained in our society arguably since Clara Bow became “The It Girl”, media saturation has brought us to critical mass.  Despite the fascinating origins of this obsession, Sofia Coppola‘s The Bling Ring skips over the interesting, unexplored aspects, and heads straight to pedestrian observations of celebrity fixation.  While it’s certainly spot-on and is peppered with humorous moments, audiences can gleam the same observations from a plot synopsis.  Moreover, Coppola’s criticisms fall flat when the existence of her film plays into the celebrity culture she aims to critique.

Emma Watson and HARRY POTTER Producer David Heyman Reunite for Fantasy Franchise QUEEN OF THE TEARLING

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Emma Watson has successfully created an acting career past Hogwarts.  She’s carefully moved forward with supporting roles in notable films such as My Week with Marilyn, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, a small part in This Is the End, and next year she’s co-starring Darren Aronofsky‘s biblical epic, Noah.  But now it looks like she’s ready to step into a lead role, and do it in a franchise of her own.  According to Variety, Watson will re-team with Harry Potter producer David Heyman for an adaptation of Erika Johansen‘s trilogy of fantasy books, Queen of the Tearling.

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Judd Apatow‘s past collaborators have exceeded him.  Left to make a movie without his direct oversight, stars Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson have made a film with the influence of Apatow’s past work, but none of his recent weaknesses.  That’s not to say that these actors are only indebted to Apatow or that their comic talent came from working with the successful writer/director/producer.  But they’ve all worked with him in the past, and their latest effort, guided by a script and direction from Rogen and Evan Goldberg, leaves behind comic one-upmanship and endless riffing to provide a balanced comic dynamic that’s able to navigate a loose plot to big laughs.

New High-Resolution Images from ELYSIUM and THIS IS THE END

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Sony Pictures has released some new high-resolution images from two of the studio’s most highly anticipated 2013 releases.  First up, a new image from director Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi pic Elysium teases an intense showdown between Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley.  I saw a bit of this sequence at Comic-Con last year and it is absolutely brutal; you will be shocked at just how badass Copley is with this character.  The film opens on August 9th.

Additionally, Sony has released a handful of images from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s directorial debut This Is the End.  We see Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel, and Craig Robinson handling an apocalyptic event in a variety of ways, but the images also give us new looks at the film’s other supporting characters (ie. more actors playing themselves) including Emma Watson, Michael Cera, Rihanna, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.  The film opens on June 12th.  Hit the jump to check out images from Elysium and This Is the End.

New Clip from THIS IS THE END Featuring Emma Watson Explaining the Zombie Apocalypse

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The apocalypse scenario in This Is the End hasn’t been explained, but it looks like the film is employing more than one.  There are people being abducted by aliens, the ground opening up to swallow Aziz Ansari, monsters, and now, according to Emma Watson, zombies.  There’s a good joke in here of the guys reacting to the news, but this clip seems to be a lead-in to a better scene, and I’m excited to see how Watson plays into the comedy.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film stars Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny McBride, and Craig RobinsonThis Is The End opens June 12th.

New Trailer for Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING Starring Emma Watson

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A new trailer for writer/director Sofia Coppola’s new film The Bling Ring has been released online.  The film is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between October 2008 and August 2009, coming away with over $3 million worth of loot from the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan.  I found myself shaking my head throughout this whole trailer, which is a testament to how well Coppola has captured the celebrity-obsessed culture that surrounds us nowadays.  Watson looks to give a strong performance here as one of the oblivious and self-obsessed teenagers, and I’m eager to see how the story plays out through Coppola’s lens.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Emma Watson, Taissa FarmigaIsrael Broussard, Katie ChangClaire JulienGavin Rossdale, and Leslie Mann.  The Bling Ring will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and opens in limited release on June 14th.

Emma Watson Pole Dances in First Clip from THE BLING RING; Plus New Images Featuring Gavin Rossdale and Leslie Mann

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Some rather interesting new materials from writer/director Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film The Bling Ring have made their way online.  Most notable is the first clip from the film, which is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between October 2008 and August 2009, coming away with over $3 million worth of loot from the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan.  The clip shows the group of youngsters raiding a rather ridiculous “closet” that presumably belongs to one of the aforementioned celebrities, and we see Emma Watson’s character trying out a stripper pole in the process.  I’m really interested to see Coppola’s angle on this celeb-obsessed story, and it’s looking like The Bling Ring might make a nice double feature with Harmony Korine’s culture portrait Spring Breakers.

Hit the jump to watch the first clip and to check out a batch of new images.  The film also stars Taissa Farmiga, Israel Broussard (Flipped), Katie ChangClaire Julien, Gavin Rossdale, and Leslie MannThe Bling Ring opens in limited release on June 14th.

New Images from Sofia Coppola’s THE BLING RING Starring Emma Watson

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A number of new images from writer/director Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film The Bling Ring have landed online.  The pic marks Coppola’s follow-up to her 2010 film Somewhere and is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of the rich and famous between October 2008 and August 2009, coming away with over $3 million worth of loot from the likes of Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, and Lindsay Lohan.  It’s most definitely an interesting choice of topic for the Lost in Translation filmmaker, but the pic’s first trailer and these new images promise a fascinating look into the celebrity-obsessed, material-based culture that spurred the film’s real-life events in the first place.  The new images also give us another look at Emma Watson’s rather interesting character transformation.

Hit the jump to view the images.  The film also stars Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Israel Broussard (Flipped), Katie ChangClaire Julien, and Leslie MannThe Bling Ring opens in limited release on June 14th.

New Trailer for THIS IS THE END Starring Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, and Craig Robinson

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After the first red-band trailer debuted earlier this week, a new green-band trailer for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s This Is the End is now available.  The film definitely looks funny, but I’m wondering how long the premise of celebrity-self-parody can last.  Usually, this kind of performance is a cameo, but This Is the End is all about Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel, and Craig Robinson playing “versions” of themselves.  I’m assuming that as long as the quips and jokes keep coming as quickly as they do in this trailer, then the self-parody won’t wear out its welcome.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Jason Segel, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Martin Starr, and more.  This Is the End opens June 12th. 

First Red-Band Trailer for THIS IS THE END Starring Seth Rogen and James Franco

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As promised, the first red-band trailer for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s comedy This Is the End has dropped.  It’s a more violent and foul-mouthed version of the green-band trailer they screened at WonderCon (which will debut later this week).  There’s plenty of apocalyptic story to be told in this two-and-a-half-minute trailer, but a lot of the great comedic beats and celebrity appearances/deaths are spoiled right off the bat.  The movie’s premise is already a great hook so I’m hoping that not too much more is revealed in the months to come.

Starring Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jason Segel, Danny McBrideCraig RobinsonMichael Cera, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Jay Baruchel, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Martin Starr and more, This Is the End opens June 12th.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

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