The Emma Stone comedy Easy A has received highly positive buzz coming out of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. When you see the first ten minutes of the movie that studio Screen Gems has put online, you’ll begin to understand why. While the framing device of Emma Stone’s character narrating her story via a video blog reminds me of this, there’s also plenty of wit and Stone looks like she could be giving a breakthrough performance. This intro does a great job of selling the movie and after watching these first ten minutes, I’m betting you’ll want to see the other eighty.
Hit the jump to check out the first ten minutes of the film and click here to see eight clips plus a featurette. Easy A opens this Friday.
Will Gluck is a filmmaker with an authentic voice who usually writes the material he directs and creates projects that have something to say about popular culture in a unique way. After Fired Up, his first foray into the high school genre, met with a less than enthusiastic reception, he was wary of doing another high school movie again. But that changed after he read Easy A, Bert Royal’s sharp and funny script about Olive Penderghast, a smart high school senior who acquires a sudden reputation as the campus slut after a little white lie she tells hits the social network sites with lightening speed and takes on a life of its own.
Gluck is currently in production on his next feature, Friends with Benefits, starring Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis, Woody Harrelson, Patricia Clarkson, and Richard Jenkins. He is also lined up to direct Rehab from a screenplay by Sam Laybourne and has written the comedy Taildraggers about a group of young Alaskan pilots who face off against a local taxi company. On the small screen, he is currently developing an untitled show about the Catskills gas rush for HBO with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo. More after the jump:
Stanley Tucci is no stranger to playing intelligent characters and delivering masterful performances such as George Harvey, the creepy neighbor in The Lovely Bones, Nigel, the sarcastic fashion consultant to an infamous fashionista boss in The Devil Wears Prada, and Frank Nitti, Al Capone’s right-hand man in Road to Perdition. His latest performance in Easy A, an outrageously funny teen comedy directed by Will Gluck from a smart script by Bert Royal, is no exception.
We sat down recently with Stanley to talk about his new film. The actor-director told us what attracted him to the role, how he enjoyed working with Will Gluck, and why he’s fascinated with the way other directors shoot film. He also updated us on the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger, what it was like starring opposite Cher in the musical Burlesque, and how he’s developing Mommy & Me, his first studio film, which he plans to direct next year with Meryl Streep and Tina Fey.
Emma Stone and Woody Harrelson survived a zombie apocalypse together in 2009′s Zombieland. Now the two will attempt to overcome something which has, on occasion, been equally as frightening — an American-made romantic comedy. Both Stone and Harrelson have signed onto Friends with Benefits, which will reunite the former with Easy A director Will Gluck.
The pair join Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake (who are playing — get this — two friends who are debating taking their relationship to the next level), as well as Patricia Clarkson, Richard Jenkins, Jenna Elfman, and Andy Samberg. To see who else may be joining the cast, hit the jump.
Justin Timblerlake will play the male lead in the Screen Gems romantic comedy Friends with Benefits. Directed by Will Gluck (the upcoming Emma Stone comedy Easy A), Deadline says that in the story a headhunter recruits a magazine editor and since each is too busy to find a mate, they agree to sleep together with no strings attached. Things get complicated when the guy falls for the girl, who’s dating someone else. I don’t find Timberlake convincing in a movie like this because if you’re a woman, who could possibly be a better choice than Timberlake? He’s just too good looking. What actor would you put next to Timberlake and say, “Yeah…Timberlake is handsome and charming and all that, but maybe the girl should go with this obvious Baxter.”
This film is not to be confused with Ivan Reitman’s film of the same name starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher. Deadline says it will likely be Reitman’s film that has to undergo the name change.
Timberlake will next be seen this October in David Fincher’s The Social Network, which is about the creation of Facebook.