Director Stephen Chbosky to Follow THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER with SANTA IS REAL

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Well this is certainly an unexpected project for The Perks of Being a Wallflower writer/director Stephen Chbosky to tackle as his followup, but that probably means it’s the interesting, right thing to do. Chbosky is attached to direct Santa is Real, a family musical from New Regency and Walden Media.  The script will be written by Larry Stuckey (who also wrote Little Fockers.)

This movie is actually based on a true story that will be chronicled in the upcoming book by Charles E. Hall and Bret Witter titled Santa Claus Is For Real: A True Christmas Fable About the Magic of Believing.  I didn’t really think this would be the next move for Chbosky, but that’s what I get for making assumptions.  Hit the jump for more on Santa is Real.

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. 

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Blu-ray Review

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Coming of age movies are incredibly difficult to get right.  The film and TV marketplace is flooded with sappy and self-important stories of high school drama, angst, and ennui, and so when something comes along that captures this universally formative period in such a raw and honest way, it’s almost hard to believe it exists.  However, writer/director Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his own novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of those rare gems of the coming of age genre that just “gets it,” and with a sharp script, three-dimensional characters, and emotionally honest performances, the film is destined to speak to audiences for generations to come.  Hit the jump for our review of The Perks of Being a Wallflower on Blu-ray.

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK Dominates Independent Spirit Awards with 4 Wins Including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress

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Though the 85th Academy Awards are a mere day away, tonight an awards ceremony of a different sort took place to celebrate the best of independent film.  Unsurprisingly, Oscar player Silver Linings Playbook took home the most awards of the night with four wins, including Best Picture, Best Director for David O. Russell, Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, and Best Screenplay for Russell.  The crowdpleasing pic beat out the likes of Beasts of the Southern Wild and Moonrise Kingdom for the top prize, but John Hawkes was named Best Actor for his swell work in The Sessions.  The Best First Feature prize deservingly went to The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Hit the jump to read the full list of winners for the 2013 Independent Spirit Awards.

SBIFF 2013: Ezra Miller Talks about THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, His Reaction When He First Read the Book, and More

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Actor Ezra Miller has rightfully earned a reputation for his willingness and ability to give fearless performances, including the one he gave as Patrick in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Recognized for his emotionally moving work in that film, he was honored with a Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF).  Collider was there to cover and attend the event, and we’ve compiled the highlights of what the actor had to say, both on the press line and during the Q&A.

While there, Ezra Miller talked about how amazing it’s been that the film has been able to reach kids in the way that they’d hoped, his reaction when he first read the book at 14, how exciting it was to play a fully realized and confident gay character, the unfortunate reality of the American high school experience, the first time he saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and throwing out the choreography and doing the film’s fight scene for real.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Adam Predicts the 2013 Oscar Nominees

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At last, Oscar is upon us.  Back in November I shared a look at the early awards season race by way of our 2013 Oscar Preview articles, and now nearly two months later there’s still quite a bit up in the air.  This truly is one of the more exciting awards races in recent years, as 2012 is so stacked with quality that there are a surprising number of uncertainties this close to the Academy Awards ceremony.  Nevertheless, I am once again foolishly going to attempt to predict how the Oscar nominations will shake out when they’re announced tomorrow morning, January 10th.  Hit the jump to check out my predictions.

TOP 5: Fantastic Fest 2012 Coverage, LOOPER, THE AVENGERS Blu-ray, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

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For the first time, I’m writing from the comfort of my newly remodeled “mancave” or, as my wife likes to lovingly refer to it, the “nerdcave”. For a space that used to be an attached garage/dungeon, I have to say that the end result is pretty cozy. I guess there really are no living quarters that a substantial amount of time, money, and framed movie prints can’t fix. Now, if only I could find a way to fit and/or afford a mini-fridge, classic stand-up arcade games (i.e. The Simpsons, and X-Men), theater-style seating, and a projection screen that comes down from the ceiling via hand-clap command, I may finally be able to fulfill my dream of never leaving home again.

All praises of my new space aside, this week’s incarnation of the Top 5 brings a look back at our Fantastic Fest 2012 coverage, Looper interviews with writer/director Rian Johnson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt, The Avengers Blu-ray interviews with members of the pic’s visual effects team, The Perks of Being a Wallflower interviews with Emma Watson, writer/director Stephen Chbosky and more, and Hotel Transylvania interviews with Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez just to name a few. As you might expect, a brief recap and link to each is holding down the fort after the jump.

Emma Watson and Writer-Director Stephen Chbosky Talk THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER; Reveals Blu-ray Should Have 15 Minutes of Deleted Scenes

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Now playing in limited release and expanding next weekend is Stephen Chbosky’s fantastic movie The Perks of Being a WallflowerChbosky wrote the adaptation of his own novel and also directed the feature.  In the film, Logan Lerman plays an introverted high school freshman who finds acceptance in two senior students, played by Emma Watson and Ezra Miller.  The film also stars Mae Whitman, Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Rudd.  Over the past few years I’ve seen a number of coming of age movies.  Usually they play out the same way and touch on the same themes.  What makes Perks so special is that it tackles serious issues with honestly and believability.  In addition, all the actors are great and it’s Lerman’s best work to date.  I strongly recommend checking it out.

At the Toronto International Film Festival Perks premiered to glowing reviews.  Shortly before the premiere I spoke to Emma Watson and Stephen Chbosky.  They talked about what it means to premiere at TIFF, how they collaborated to make sure everything felt real, and more.  In addition, Chbosky reveals 15 minutes of deleted scenes should be on the Blu-ray.  Hit the jump to watch.

TIFF 2012: THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Review

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The indie coming-of-age drama is a plague on the indie festival, and Stephen Chbosky‘s The Perks of Being a Wallflower is the cure.  In place of the quirky, self-centered protagonist is a lonely, scared individual who finds the courage to greet the world with wonder rather than malaise.  In place of contrived conflict designed to occupy a sad and droll life, Perks tackles serious issues that would be difficult for anyone to face, let alone teenagers.  Free from a twee character and a lazy script, actor Logan Lerman delivers a wonderful, eye-opening performance in Chbosky’s big-hearted and finely crafted adaptation of his 1999 novel.

15 New Images from THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Starring Emma Watson and Logan Lerman

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If you enjoyed the first round of images from Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, you’ll enjoy today’s post as we have fifteen more shots to share with you.  Chbosky wrote the adaptation of his own novel and also directed the feature, which is a coming-of-age story that touches on all the keystones of adolescence.  Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Mae Whitman, Paul Rudd, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev and Ezra Miller, The Perks of Being a Wallflower opens September 21st.  Hit the jump to check out the new images.

First Trailer for THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

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The first trailer from writer/director Steven Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower has gone online.  The film adaptation of Chbosky’s acclaimed novel by the same name features Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) as an introverted high school freshman who finds acceptance in two senior students, played by Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) and Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk About Kevin). Also starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd and Mae Whitman, The Perks of Being a Wallflower opens September 14th.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, THE TALL MAN and PITCH PERFECT All Get Release Dates

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Check out the new release dates for the following films:

  • The Tall Man, a horror/mystery/thriller starring Jessica Biel (The A-Team) and Jodelle Ferland (Silent Hill), will open August 31st, 2012.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, starring Emma Watson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)  and Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) opens September 14th, 2012.
  • Pitch Perfect, with Anna Kendrick (Scott Pilgrim vs the World) and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick-Ass), opens Octboer 5th, 2012.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

First Look at THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson

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Summit Entertainment has released the first images from The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Stephen Chbosky directs the adaptation of his own novel, which centers on “15-year-old Charlie (Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs.”  The novel has a devoted following since it was released in 1999, but it sounds like it’s in the vein of The Art of Getting By, Restless, and every other whiny teenage guy coming-of-age story that I want to punch into oblivion.  But I’m curious to see how the lead Harry Potter actors will perform beyond the characters they defined, and perhaps have defined them.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Mae Whitman (Parenthood), Johnny Simmons (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), Ezra Miller (We Need to Talk about Kevin), and Dylan McDermott.  No release date has been announced, but it’s likely we’ll see The Perks of Being a Wallflower in 2012.

Set Photos from THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER Starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson

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Logan Lerman has been tweeting photos from the set of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.  Author Stephen Chbosky wrote the script and is directing the adaptation of his 1999 novel of the same name.  The coming-of-age story stars Lerman as “15-year-old Charlie (Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Emma Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs.”  The film also stars Mae Whitman, Johnny Simmons, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, and Dylan McDermott.

Hit the jump to check out the set photos.

VAMPIRE DIARIES Star Nina Dobrev Lands Role in THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

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Actress Nina Dobrev, star of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, has landed a role in Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The cast now includes Emma Watson, Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson series), and Mae Whitman (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World). Deadline reports that Dobrev will play Candace in the coming of age story “about 15-year-old Charlie (Lerman), an endearing and naive outsider, coping with first love (Watson), the suicide of his best friend, and his own mental illness while struggling to find a group of people with whom he belongs.” Summit Entertainment is distributing the film.

The report also mentions Paul Rudd as being a part of the cast, though doesn’t specify which role he will play. Whitman is poised to take on the role of Mary Elizabeth, a tattooed vegetarian who acts as the protagonist’s first girlfriend. Hit the jump for a synopsis of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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