There's lots of big news in this week's casting update, including the latest tidbit that Justin Timberlake has signed on to play '70s record executive Neil Bogart in a biopic. Meanwhile, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman are taking on Shakespearean roles, and small screen star Nina Dobrev will take a big screen role in a comedy. James Franco has found his next directorial project, and Colin Firth is in talks for not one, but two upcoming parts. Click through to find out where your favorite stars are headed next!
Emma Watson was the recipient of the MTV Movie Awards Trailblazer Award honor in LA on Sunday night. The golden popcorn win was even sweeter, since her statue was presented to her by Eddie Redmayne and Logan Lerman. Emma costarred with Eddie in My Week With Marilyn and played opposite Logan in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Emma and Logan were also in the running for best kiss, though they lost out to Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, but Emma still has a shot at taking home the best female performance statue for her role in Perks.
No longer a wallflower, Logan Lerman returns as the half-blood son of Poseidon for the Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters trailer. In the follow-up to 2010's Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Percy and his pals (Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson) find themselves in search of a Golden Fleece that can save their half-blood haven. The problem is that this particular magical blanket is hidden in the sea of monsters, which houses — you guessed it — terrifying Odyssey-type monsters.
Following his turn in last year's The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Lerman has swiftly become one of my favorite young actors, and I'm on board to see him slay some monsters. Plus, the adaptation of Rick Riordan's book (one of the many YA novels to read before they hit theaters) is in 3D, which means that dizzying cyclone monster is going to be legitimately scary. The movie is set for an Aug. 16 release date; until then, you can watch the trailer after the jump.
It's a tangled web of romance, loss, and self-doubt in the trailer for Stuck in Love. Greg Kinnear stars as novelist Bill Borgens, a man who can't seem to get over his ex (Jennifer Connelly) even though she's with another man. Bill's beautiful, candid neighbor (Kristen Bell) does her best to get him back in the dating game, makeover and all. Meanwhile, his cynical daughter (Lily Collins) — also a writer — starts to fall for a hopeless romantic (Logan Lerman), while Bill's son (Nat Wolff) finds love for the first time.
In dealing with the dynamic of a family whose members are falling in love and moving past heartbreak, the film is unmistakably similar to Crazy, Stupid, Love. Still, it looks sweet and touching in its own right. Stuck in Love opens in theaters June 14, and you can check out the trailer after the break.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower succeeds on a multitude of levels: it's a coming-of-age story that accurately reflects the agony and ecstasy of getting older, it's a showcase of some fantastic young talent, and it's a satisfying big-screen translation of a beloved book. Directed and adapted by the novel's author, Stephen Chbosky, the movie is the story of Charlie (Logan Lerman), a teen who begins high school with trepidation and a troubling past. When he encounters Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller), seniors and stepsiblings, they welcome him into their group of friends, and Charlie begins a journey of acceptance, friendship, and first love. It's a ride that's both joyful and painful.
The book on which the movie is based has a fairly bare-bones structure (it's a series of letters written by Charlie to an unknown recipient), but Chbosky colors in the details and visuals in an impressive, fitting way. The ensemble cast members (including Paul Rudd, Nina Dobrev, and Mae Whitman) commit themselves fully to their roles for performances that are great for different reasons, ranging from commanding to understated. To find out what else I liked about The Perks of Being a Wallflower, keep reading.
In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Logan Lerman stars as Charlie, a high school freshman who finds solace in a group of friends after struggling with depression and his painful past. When we visited the set last year with a few other reporters, we chatted with Lerman about taking on the role of the sensitive protagonist, what it was like to work with costar Emma Watson (who also shared her thoughts about the movie), and how the film had to differ from the novel.
Stephen Chbosky, the director, said he knew he had found his Charlie when he met you. What made you understand the character so well?
Logan Lerman: I guess I was very similar to Charlie in many ways, growing up, and I just really responded to the material. Yeah, it was just an instant understanding, and I just knew I had to play the part.
In what ways did you feel similar to Charlie?
LL: I guess with his awkwardness and trying to figure things out in that time period and how to socialize and fit in. I guess I wasn't as naive as him, but I definitely had the morals that he had, so it kind of . . . I don't know. I really can't explain it very well . . . I’m just very similar to him, I guess. A lot of situations in the script have actually happened to me in real life, so I just connected with it.
What is it like working with Emma Watson?
LL: She's great. She's really a great person and easy to work with and a fantastic actress. [I am] a big fan of Harry Potter. Yeah, it's really exciting to see her outside of the series and what she's able to do. She's not only pulling it off, but she's blowing people away with her performance.
Read more of what Lerman had to say about Perks after the jump.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower comes out Sept. 21, and when the trailer came out, we were excited because it looked like a pretty faithful adaptation. The movie stars Logan Lerman as main character Charlie, Emma Watson as Sam, and Ezra Miller as Patrick, and if you need some time to get the actors in your head as the characters, then check out this new crop of photos from the film. You can get a glimpse at memorable scenes from the book, like the prom, graduation, and the staging of the The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
As a big fan of the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I've been dying to see footage from the film adaptation of the coming-of-age tale. Good news: the trailer is going to drop during Sunday's MTV Movie Awards, but before that, we do have a look at the movie poster! It's reminiscent of the lime-green cover of the book and shows off three of the main characters: Patrick (Ezra Miller), Sam (Emma Watson), and Charlie (Logan Lerman), who tells the story of himself and his high school friends. It's not a ton, but it still has me pumped to see the preview. Get a closer look at the poster after the break.
The Three Musketeers Cast Gets Candid About Kissing Scenes, Bonding Over Beer, and Working With "Orly"
We sat down with the cast of The Three Musketeers in London earlier this month to chat about their 3D action film, which hits theaters this Friday. Luke Evans, Ray Stevenson, and Matthew Macfadyen make up the movie's famous trio and they opened up about bonding while filming and training for their exciting action scenes. Logan Lerman gets in on the musketeer fun and strikes up a romance with Gabriella Wilde in the remake and the duo talked about their kissing scenes and working with director Paul W.S. Anderson. Watch now!
The Three Musketeers was short two Musketeers at WonderCon today. Logan Lerman who plays the young rebel D'Artagnan came out to support the project along with Luke Evans who costars as Aramis. But Matthew Macfadyen (Athos) and Ray Stevenson (Porthos) were absent, as was Orlando Bloom, Milla Jovovich, and Christoph Waltz. Not to worry though, because the panel still helped shed light on the upcoming retelling of the classic story. Read below to get the dish on what to expect.
- The panel started with the same teaser we saw just a couple weeks ago; however, this time I was definitely more on board with the film. Watching it on a big screen with surround sound made it much more exciting.
- Lerman talked extensively about his training for the film, particularly the fencing he had to learn. In the big, intricate fights, he had to perform as many as 150 moves in just one scene! That's a lot to remember, but it was dangerous too. "Every time the swords hit, there were sparks!" he said. Even though the actors did their own fight scenes, no one got seriously injured. Evans noted that there were a few sword cuts. He quipped: "You want us to say there were fatalities, don't you?"
- Lerman talked a bit about his costars who weren't in attendance. He describes Jovovich's character in the film as an "asskicking m'lady" who terrifies the Musketeers, and joked that Waltz "brought his Oscar every day" to set."
- While the Musketeers have been portrayed in film before, both of the stars promised that this new version will bring its own slant to the story. "We're looking at it as the untold chapter of the story," said Lerman. "Make them the James Bond, Navy SEALs of their time." Evans suggested that there's always room for another film version."They're good stories," he said. "They last forever, and they deserve a place in everyone's generation. This one is the same."
- As for their look in the film, apparently it comes down to one thing: hair. "I had a lot of hair in this one, it's true," laughed Lerman. "Sexy hair," added Evans.