You’ve seen it before, you’ll see it again, but you’ll rarely get tired of it. It’s the New York City romance. From Annie Hall to When Harry Met Sally and Spider-Man, falling in love in the Big Apple seems incredibly simple. So simple, in fact, that even brooding, whip-smart high school kids can do it.

In The Art of Getting By, which was formerly called Homework and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Freddie Highmore is a quick witted New York high school student, devoid of ambition, who begins to find himself when he starts hanging out with his crush, played by Emma Roberts. As Peter said in his review of the film at Sundance, “While the movie doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel (not even a little bit), [The Art of Getting By] is a comfortable break….[it shows] New York City in a beautifully romantic light, the catchy soundtrack is front and center, and the performances are natural across the board.” Written and directed by Gavin Wiesen, it’s scheduled for release June 17 you can watch the first trailer after the jump. Read More »

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If you’ve been reading this site for any regular period of time, you know that I’m a sucker for coming of age films — especially the brand of indie romdrams that usually play at the Sundance Film Festival. Gavin Wiesen’s feature directorial debut Homework premiered this week at the festival, and quickly sold to Fox Searchlight (my indie mini-major of choice).

Homework tells the story of George (played by former child star Freddie Highmore), a lonely underachieving teen who is about to fail high school in the end of his senior year. He is befriended by his crush, a girl named Sally, but he is unable to express his feelings for her. His parents are fighting, and he must complete a year’s worth of homework in a two week period or face expulsion.

And did I mention that the story is set in New York City and indie it girl Emma Roberts plays the romantic interest? Sounds like your typical Sundance coming of age romantic drama… and it is.

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The ‘special forces soldier versus Mexican gangs’ action film Protection has gone through a lot of changes. Originally to be directed by Simon West, the film got a new director in District 13: Ultimatum helmer Patrick Alessandrin. Paul Walker was originally the lead, then he was replaced by Clive Owen. Now the film has a new lead and needs a new director.

Dwayne Johnson is now attached to star in Protection, and Allessandrin has left the project, with no one yet replacing him. Brandon Noonan‘s script is still in play; it follows ” a disgraced former Special Forces soldier who takes on a Mexican cartel in an attempt to rescue and protect a judge’s 21 year-old daughter, who has been targeted by the cartel for agreeing to testify against one of its members after she witnesses her father’s murder.” Given all the movement on this one, it’s hard to believe we’ll see it any time soon, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Johnson do an actual action movie for a change. [The Wrap]

After the break, a host of actors for Goodnight Moon (not based on the kids’ bedtime book) and Emma Roberts does Homework. Read More »

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