Justin Timberlake is really making a play at a dedicated acting career, lack of award recognition for his work in The Social Network be damned. He was great in that film, carrying forward the good work he’d done in Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan, and, yeah, Southland Tales. He’s currently shooting Now for director Andrew Niccol, but before that hits we’ll see Timberlake in two comedies that are already in the can: Friends With Benefits and Bad Teacher. Read More »

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Easy A is shaping up to be one of my favorite pieces of entertainment from this past summer, and possibly for the year. It’s not the best film I’ve seen by a stretch, but it is one of the most entertaining in a pure sense. Of a lot of my faves from 2010 it is high on the list of things I’d throw in the DVD player to kill a couple hours.

So it’s good news that the film’s director and star, Will Gluck and Emma Stone, are going to make another comedy together. Read More »

Yesterday we posted the movie trailer for Ghostbusters/Meatballs director Ivan Reitman‘s new comedy No Strings Attached starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman. The film actually started out with another title, Fuckbuddies. Of course, Paramount didn’t want to face the problems associated with releasing a movie under that title, so they changed it to Friends With Benefits, which eventually got changed into the truly horrible title No Strings Attached (at least they didn’t go with “No Strings”, the abbreviated title they were testing).

The reason they moved on from Friends With Benefits is that another film had already staked claim to the title Friends With Benefits, an R-Rated romantic comedy starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis featuring a very similar premise. Today, Screen Gems has released an uncensored red band movie trailer for their film. Written and directed by Easy A helmer/writer Will Gluck , the film tells the story of the relationship between two friends, which “gets complicated when they decide to get romantic.” The film co-stars Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jenna Elfman, Patricia Clarkson, Richard Jenkins, and Andy Samberg.

This film seems like the more edgy version of No Strings Attached, but in the tradition of romantic comedies, just a generic. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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The First Ten Minutes of ‘Easy A’ Are Online

In preparation for the film’s imminent opening, Sony and Screen Gems have put the first ten minutes of Will Gluck‘s high school comedy Easy A online. The movie stars Emma Stone as Olive, a girl who sorta accidentally gets a reputation, and features Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm MacDowell, Aly Michalka and Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson as Stone’s parents, who steal every scene they’re in. Watch the extended clip after the break. Read More »

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Emma Stone‘s first collaboration with director Will Gluck, Easy A, hasn’t been released yet, but she’s already set to work with him once more. Stone and her Zombieland co-star Woody Harrelson will be directed by Gluck in Friends With Benefits, which has already lined up Justin Timberlake to star. Read More »

Early Teaser Clip: Emma Stone in Easy A

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/Film reader Kelly E alerted us to this early teaser clip for Screen Gems comedy Easy A starring Emma Stone (Superbad, Zombieland).

After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl (Emma Stone) sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne’s in “The Scarlet Letter,” which she is currently studying in school – until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.

Directed by Grosse Point/The Loop/Andy Richter Controls the Universe writer/producer Will Gluck and written by shooting-star playwright Bert V. Royal. The film costars Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Cam Gigandet, Lisa Kudrow, Malcolm MacDowell, Aly Michalka, and Stanley Tucci. Watch the one minute teaser clip after the jump.

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Emma Stone Goes for an Easy A

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According to Variety, Emma Stone is currently negotiating her first lead role. Easy A has been scripted by Bert V. Royal, shooting-star playwright, and will be directed by Will Gluck, previously responsible for Fired Up. Mini-reviews of that one would be appreciated in the comments, just to provide some kind of indicators of potential success or failure.

I like Stone a great deal. There were some scenes in House Bunny that featured little more than Anna Faris and Emma Stone talking to one another and those were easily the best bits, with some seriously strong comedy chops on display from both parties. Stone has also been strong in her other turns, from the good-o of Superbad to the semi-crock of The Rocker, and though the character she’s been landed with for The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past seems a bit broad, I trust Mark Waters and Stone enough to feel some guarded optimism for the finished film. Sadly, though, the premise of Easy A seems a little underwhelming.

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