Julianne Moore and Michael Angarano Talk THE ENGLISH TEACHER, Their Characters, the Film’s Tone, MAPS TO THE STARS, HEAT, and More

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The indie dramedy The English Teacher tells the story of Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore), a 40-year-old, unmarried high school English teacher in small town Pennsylvania. With no children and no relationships to speak of, her life is uncomplicated, which is just how she likes it.  Her greatest passion and her biggest fulfillment comes from helping her impressionable young students discover their own creative voices, until a former star student (Michael Angarano) returns and threatens to undo it all.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, co-stars Julianne Moore and Michael Angarano talked about how they came to the project, what they enjoyed most about playing their characters, and how much they enjoyed the experience of working with each other.  Julianne also spoke about the next film she’ll be shooting, Maps to the Stars, directed by David Cronenberg, while Michael spoke about how he’s shooting the remake of Heat with Jason Statham, and they both talked about why Hollywood loves remakes, and what might entice them to working in a really great role on cable television.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Lily Collins Talks THE ENGLISH TEACHER, THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES, and LOVE, ROSIE

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The indie dramedy The English Teacher tells the story of Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore), a 40-year-old, unmarried high school English teacher in small town Pennsylvania.  With no children and no relationships to speak of, her life is uncomplicated, which is just how she likes it.  Her greatest passion and her biggest fulfillment comes from helping her impressionable young students discover their own creative voices, until a former star student (Michael Angarano) returns and threatens to undo it all.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, actress Lily Collins (who plays teen ingénue Hallie Anderson) talked about what drew her to this film, wanting to work with Julianne Moore, who she’s admired since she was little, why she loves the independent film world, how much fun it was to be encouraged to improvise, shooting the play with a real audience of 300 people.  She also talked about the overwhelming fan reaction to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, in which she plays the film’s lead Clary Fray, that she’s willing to really fight for the roles that she’s passionate about, and how much she’s looking forward to getting to use her real natural accent for her next film, the British romantic dramedy Love, Rosie.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

First Trailer for THE ENGLISH TEACHER Starring Julianne Moore, Michael Angarano, and Greg Kinnear

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The first trailer for director Craig Zisk’s comedy The English Teacher has been released online.  The film stars Julianne Moore as a high school English teacher whose life takes a turn when one of her favorite students (Michael Angarano) returns to his hometown as a failed playwright.  The teacher convinces her former pupil to stage the unproduced play at her school, but all does not go according to plan.  The comedy appears to be of the screwball variety, with plenty of pratfalls and physical comedy on full display in this here trailer (plus a solid David Mamet joke thrown in for good measure).  There does seem to be a strong emphasis on character, though, and it should be interesting to see how the numerous relationships teased in this clip play out in the full film.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, and Nathan LaneThe English Teacher opens on May 17th.

First Images from THE ENGLISH TEACHER Starring Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Lily Collins, and Michael Angarano

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The first images from director Craig Zisk’s (The Big C) comedy The English Teacher have been released.  The film stars Julianne Moore as a high school English teacher whose life takes a turn when one of her favorite students (Michael Angarano) returns to his hometown as a failed playwright.  The teacher convinces her former pupil to stage the unproduced play at her school, and all does not go according to plan.  The film sounds like a nice character-centric piece, and I’m interested to see what kind of tone Zisk has settled on when a trailer comes our way.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also stars Lily Collins, Greg Kinnear, and Nathan LaneThe English Teacher opens on May 17th.

Lily Collins Set Opposite Julianne Moore in THE ENGLISH TEACHER; Katheryn Winnick Joins Charlie Sheen in SWAN

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Lily Collins has joined the cast of the indie comedy The English Teacher. The actress joins Julianne Moore, Nathan Lane, Greg Kinnear, and Michael Angarano in Craig Zisk’s feature directorial debut. The pic centers on a high school English teacher (Moore) whose life takes a turn when one of her favorite former students (Angarano) returns to his hometown as a failed playwright. The teacher convinces her former pupil to stage the uproduced play at her school, and all does not go according to plan. Collins will play “a popular high schooler who comes into conflict with the teacher.” The actress is currently filming the starring role in Tarsem Singh’s Untitled Snow White Project.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning Roman Coppola’s Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan. [Update: We've been sent the press release for Collins' casting. It's included after the jump].

Nathan Lane in Talks to Join Julianne Moore and Greg Kinnear in THE ENGLISH TEACHER [Updated with Press Release]

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Last week, we told you about Julianne Moore and Greg Kinnear taking roles in the indie comedy The English Teacher. Today, it looks as if Nathan Lane will partake in the fun as the actor is currently in negotiations to join the pic. The English Teacher will see Moore take on the role of Linda Sinclair, a high school English teacher whose life takes a turn when one of her favorite former students returns as a failed playwright.

Per the report, Lane is in talks to take on the role of a drama teacher who Moore turns to for help in crafting a stronger play. Production on The English Teacher will begin next month in New York. Lane is currently shooting Relativity’s Untitled Snow White Project alongside Julia Roberts and director Tarsem Singh. That film is due out on March 16th, 2012.

[Update: We've received the press release confirming Lane's casting. Check it out after the jump.]

Julianne Moore and Greg Kinnear Set for THE ENGLISH TEACHER

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Julianne Moore and Greg Kinnear are set to star in the indie comedy The English Teacher. The film will mark the feature directorial debut of TV helmer Craig Zisk (Weeds, Nip/Tuck), with a script by Dan and Stacy Chariton. Variety reports that the story centers on a high school English teacher (Moore) whose life takes a turn when a former star student returns after failing as a playwright in New York City. No word on Kinnear’s role, but I’m assuming he won’t be playing the student as Moore would have been two years old when he was born. The flick starts production next month in New York. Moore recently wrapped her role as Sarah Palin in Jay Roach’s HBO movie Game Change.

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