Last week, the fantastic adaptation of Me and Earl an the Dying Girl hit theaters in a limited run, and this week the lively Dope also arrives on the big screen. Both are spectacular coming of age tales from two very different sides of the spectrum, but they both have wonderful young characters, engaging relationships, and are special in their own ways.
And with these two magnificent coming of age movies hitting the big screen recently, we thought it was a good time to look back at some of the great films to come out of this subgenre. But since everyone has gushed over films like Stand by Me, The Breakfast Club and Say Anything for years, I decided to put a more modern focus on coming of age films by counting down my picks for the Top 25 Best Coming of Age Movies of the Past 25 Years. That means you won’t find anything on here from before 1990. Do your favorite movies make the cut?
Check out my list of the Top 25 Best Coming of Age Films of the Past 25 Years after the jump! Read More »
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Summit today dropped a bunch of high-res images from the studio’s slate for much of 2012. We’ve seen images from a few of these films — Gone, with Amanda Seyfried, the (sorta) zombie rom-com Warm Bodies with Nicholas Hoult, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower with Emma Watson and Logan Lerman — but here are a few new stills. There are also shots from Man on a Ledge (for which we’ve seen a trailer and is already screening — it’s a solid little b-movie) and some debut shots from the Ethan Hawke thriller Sinister. Read More »
There was a moment where it looked like Emma Watson might not do much acting at all after the Harry Potter series ended, but she quickly shot a small part in My Week With Marilyn (now in post-production) and then took a role in the film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, opposite Logan Lerman. That film is shooting now, and the young Mr. Lerman has sent out a few sneaky first looks at the film via Twitter. That’s a cropped look at one of them, above, and you can see a more full image after the break, along with a couple other images of the cast. Read More »
One of the consistently great things about Scott Pilgrim vs the World was Johnny Simmons, who didn’t get a lot of screen time but still managed to shine as the wide-eyed aspiring bass player Young Neil. He’s only been in The Conspirator since, and was announced for The Hand Job. Now he has scored two new roles, in 21 Jump Street and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Read More »
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Summit is pinning some hopes on Stephen Chbosky‘s adaptation of his own novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The project has been waiting for Emma Watson to be finished with Harry Potter so she can play a lead role, and also has Logan Lerman, Mae Whitman and Paul Rudd in the cast. (Logan Lerman is the titular wallflower.) Now Nina Dobrev is going to jump into the cast from The Vampire Diaries as a character named Candace. [Deadline]
After the break, Billy Bob Thornton goes to the disco, and Fox hires more cast for Chronicle. Read More »
It has taken Stephen Chbosky some time to really get a film adaptation rolling of his book The Perks of Being a Wallflower. We first talked about it in May 2010, when he had Logan Lerman and Emma Watson in talks to appear. In February of this year he still had those two set. Kind of a big thing, as the film is one of the very few post-Harry Potter projects to which Emma Watson is committed. Waiting for her schedule to clear up as Harry Potter winds down is a small thing to deal with, that being the case.
Now the film is finally getting ready to shoot, and Mae Whitman (her?) is going to play a role, too. Read More »
The final Harry Potter film hasn’t even been released yet, but Emma Watson‘s post-Potter career is already proving to be — if you’ll indulge my British compulsions a moment — a smashing success. Prior to now, the only acting she’s done outside of the Harry Potter series is some voice work in The Tale of Despereaux and a TV movie in the UK titled Ballet Shoes. That’ll soon change in the coming years though, as she’s playing a vital role in the upcoming My Week With Marilyn (which stars Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe). She’s also the top contender to take on the role of Claudia in Fox’s adaptation of Catherine Fisher’s teen fantasy/sci-fi novel Incarceron (which has Taylor Lautner attached to star).
Now there’s another film to add to the list: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, based on Stephen Chbosky‘s novel of the same name. Learn more after the break. Read More »
James Franco was just cast in the Planet of the Apes prequel, which instantly makes me a bit more interested in that movie, but in the meantime he’s also booked a smaller picture. Franco will star in Ricky Stanicky, a comedy by Jeff Bushell, writer of Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
That dubious credit aside, the spec is intentioned as an R-rated ensemble comedy. And while that means The Hangover is inevitably invoked in the description, the story is about “three teens [who] pull a prank and burn down a house in their neighborhood. They create a fake person to take the blame — Ricky Stanicky did it! Twenty years later, we see that the three guys have been using this alibi to get out of every uncomfortable situation in life. When their wives force them to set up a meeting with Stanicky, they hire an actor (Franco).” OK, not actually a bad setup, and with Franco as the ‘imaginary’ character, it could work. [THR]
After the break, The Perks of Being a Wallflower finds its, um, wallflowers, and Gerard Butler sings! Read More »