by Jason Barr Posted: February 16th, 2013 at 10:23 am
Before I dive headfirst into what could be considered overselling to the “nth degree”, I have a disclaimer: I’m a total sucker for nostalgia-inducing, high school-centric, coming of age films. With that out of the way, I cannot recommend enough that you watch author/writer/director Stephen Chboksy‘s adaptation of his own novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, as soon as possible. The pic hit Blu-ray/DVD this past week and over the course of 24 hours I rented it, watched it, loved it, returned it (yes, somehow late fees are still a thing…), and purchased it for my own collection. I could go on and on about the emotional note the movie hit for me at every turn but I’ll spare you the fanboy torment. Suffice to say that I’ll be looking back fondly on this one for quite a while.
My “Blu-ray/DVD pick of the week” aside, this week’s installment features a week of Die Hard that includes Matt revisiting the entire franchise and A Good Day to Die Hard interviews with Bruce Willis and more, coverage from Steve’s visit to the set of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, a slew of video interviews from this year’s VES Awards including talks with Ang Lee and Wally Pfister just to name a few, Beautiful Creatures interviews with Emmy Rossum and more, and a healthy amount of images from the floor of Toy Fair 2013. Yep, you guessed it, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found on the other side.
The romantic drama Beautiful Creatures tells the story of 17-year-old Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), whose world is shaken up with the arrival of Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), the niece of Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons), the reclusive owner of gothic Ravenwood Manor. Immediately drawn to each other, it becomes apparent that Lena is a Caster with powers beyond her control, and the two are faced with a curse that will claim her for either the Light or the Dark on her 16th birthday.
At the film’s press day, Collider spoke to co-stars Thomas Mann (who plays Ethan’s best friend and wingman, Link) and Zoey Deutch (who plays Emily, Ethan’s former girlfriend and head of the popular clique at school), in both a 2-on-1 and a roundtable interview, about auditioning without getting to read a script first, their reaction once they finally did get to read it, understanding where their characters were coming from, working with Emma Thompson, the bits about their characters that didn’t make it from the book to the film, and what’s next for them, as actors. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
When last we reported on the development of the Vampire Academy adaptations, we were only half-way through the Twilight Saga. Now, it looks like the first of six possible films is set up with stars Zoey Deutch (Beautiful Creatures) and Lucy Fry (Lightning Point) playing the leads of Rose and Lissa with Mark Waters (Mean Girls) directing from a Daniel Waters (Heathers) script. Based on the best-selling young adult book series by Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy centers on half-human Dhampir bodyguards and their vampire charges who both train at St. Vladimir’s Academy. The film treatment will also get the catchy new title of Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters in preparation for an ongoing franchise of adaptations. Hit the jump for more.
New posters have popped up online today for Michael Bay’s Pain and Gain and Richard LaGravenese’s Beautiful Creatures. Pain and Gain, based on a true story, stars Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg as two weightlifters who get involved with a kidnapping and extortion scheme that goes horribly wrong. Also starring Ed Harris, Anthony Mackie, Ken Jeong, Tony Shalhoub, Rebel Wilson and Rob Corddry, Pain and Gain opens on April 26, 2013.
Two new character posters have popped up for Beautiful Creatures stars Jeremy Irons and Zoey Deutch. Adapted from the Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl novel, Beautiful Creatures stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich as two star-crossed lovers caught up in supernatural events transpiring in their small town. The film opens February 13, 2013. Hit the jump to check out all the posters.
Even though the trailer for Richard LaGravenese‘ Beautiful Creatures is online, I decided to go into the New York Comic-Con panel cold. This approach worked well for The Conjuring, and I’m always ready to be pleasantly surprised by a film. LaGravenese’s film certainly has a cast worthy of our attention: Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons, and Emmy Rossum star alongside up-and-coming lead actors Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich. But as for what the movie is about, that’s a bit harder to explain.
Hit the jump for my recap of the Beautiful Creatures panel, and click here for all of our New York Comic-Con coverage.