Ashby stars Mickey Rourke and Nat Wolff with Emma having a supporting role. Awkward Ed Wallis (Nat Wolff) needs help fitting in and turns to his neighbor Ashby Holt (Mickey Rourke) for help. Ashby’s unforgiving brand of tough love soon tests their friendship, and it hardly helps when Ed learns that Ashby is a former CIA assassin. The film will make its debut at the Tribeca film festival in New York in April so hopefully soon will see a theatrical release (most likely limited).
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Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Roberts and Evan Rachel Wood will be honorees at the 2014 Maui Film Festival, it was announced today by Barry Rivers, Director of the event. The festival will be held June 4-8, 2014 at the Wailea Resort on Maui. All awards will be presented at the brand new Seaside Cinema Music Cafe and Sunset Lounge located at the Grand Wailea. Tickets and passes to tributes, films, and special events are available now.
“For an event that’s often been referred to as a ‘jewel box’ film festival, this year’s intelligent, talented and beautiful (both inside and out) list of luminaries seamlessly fit into the tapestry of ‘diamonds, rubies and pearls’ we have honored since our inception in 2000,” said Rivers. “To say the least, we’re thrilled beyond words.”
Emma Roberts will receive the 2014 Maui Film Festival’s Shining Star Award on Thursday June 5th, which honors “a film artist who dares to dream big dreams and delivers brilliantly charismatic and revelatory performances every time that opportunity knocks.” Roberts can currently be seen in Gia Coppola’s directorial debut PALO ALTO alongside James Franco and Jack Kilmer. In February 2014, Roberts starred in ADULT WORLD, directed by Scott Coffey. She also recently starred in the third installment of Ryan Murphy’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN. Roberts will next appear in AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW scheduled to premiere in Fall 2014. In August 2013, Roberts starred in the summer hit comedy WE’RE THE MILLERS opposite Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis from director Rawson Marshall Thurber. Roberts lso recently had a memorable supporting role in the 2012 Sundance Premiere CELESTE AND ESSE FOREVER. Other films that Roberts has appeared in include EMPIRE STATE, THE ART OF GETTING BY, SCREAM, IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, 126.96.36.199, TWELVE, WHAT’S WRONG WITH VIRGINIA, VALENTINE’S DAY, HOTEL FOR DOGS, LYMELIFE, THE WINNING SEASON, NANCY DREW, BLOW, BIG LOVE, GRAND CHAMPION, AQUAMARINE, and on the Nickelodeon hit comedy series UNFABULOUS.
Also new to Bankside’s growing slate is comedy-drama Ashby set to star Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff, Emma Roberts and Sarah Silverman. CAA and UTA rep North America.
Writer-director Tony McNamara’s script charts the relationship between a high school student (Wolff) and a retired CIA assassin (Rourke) who only has months to live.
Producers are Kevin McCormick, Rory Koslow, Josh Kesselman, Compton Ross and Phil Hunt.
Principal photography will commence on June 16 in North Carolina for five weeks.
Emma will be appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers tonight (May 12) on NBC, check local listings for times! Check out two interviews below Emma did to promote Palo Alto …
The teens are lost, the adults are wrecks, and everyone is grasping for some meaning in Gia Coppola’s feature debut Palo Alto, based on James Franco’s 2010 collection of interconnected short stories of upper middle class teenage angst.
Emma Roberts stars as the heartbreaking April, a quiet teen who catches the leering gaze of her adult soccer coach, played with unsettling charisma by Franco. As April navigates the increasingly inappropriate attention and escalating physicality of her relationship with Mr. B, her classmates drift in and out of trouble, parties, and desperation in Coppola’s dreamy portrait of this grim, privileged suburb.
EW got a chance to speak to Roberts and Coppola about the film, Franco material, and how they reimagined some of the more intense scenes for the big screen. Check it out after the jump. (There are some slight spoilers.)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Hi, thanks for taking a few minutes to talk to us.
GIA COPPOLA: Emma, hi! I didn’t realize you were on this call too.
EMMA ROBERTS: Oh, hey!
Can we talk about your character April?
EMMA: I found her really interesting just because she’s so opposite me. She’s much more of an observer and a listener. She’s not the social girl in high school. I was definitely the social girl.
GIA: I always loved the story “April in Three Parts” because it was always very romantic and sweet that these two kids liked each other but are just being pulled in opposite directions. What was so interesting about James’ writing is that he was really able to tap into a young girl’s emotions so well.
EMMA: He really did!
GIA: He articulated how I felt when I was that age and all those insecurities. It was pretty much all there. Obviously I was working with short stories, so at times I kind of used my own experiences, but I think she’s a combination of all of our experiences. Of course Emma made her come to life.
EMMA: That’s what made it so fun. It was a nice collaboration of what me, James, Gia, and all the other actors felt and experienced when we were younger.
Palo Alto is now playing in select theaters in NY and LA you can find if playing near you here! Since the release I have added some Palo Alto related photos below! Some new stills and alternate posters plus on set photos! The film is featured in the latest V magazine with photo spread by James Franco, click “read rest of this entry” for the article, which James interviews Emma. Check out new clips here from the film! Emma plus Evan Peters were spotted at LAX on May 9th headed to New York for the X-men premiere today, which photos will be added in another update soon…
Emma arrives at Tribeca Film’s ‘Palo Alto‘ Premiere in Los Angeles on May 5, 2014. Check out HQ and MQ photos below, plus after party photos! Emma was seen visiting the Extra at Universal Studios Hollywood today (April 6) in LA. TV Reminder: Emma will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight!
Adapted from James Franco’s book of stories by the same name, this month’s Palo Alto is a portrait of suburban teen malaise. First-time director Gia Coppola and leading lady Emma Roberts tell us what it was like to revisit those angsty days.
Marie Claire: Gia, can you start by telling me how this film came to be, and how Emma got involved?
Gia Coppola: I met James, and he had his book of stories, and was looking for someone else to direct it. When I showed him my photography, I guess he thought I was the right fit. I’ve never really directed anything, only short films with my friends, but he believed in me. The casting: Emma just kind of kept popping into my life.
Emma Roberts: We just kept running into each other non-stop.
GC: I always say something was cosmically pushing us together. She was coming up in conversation, and she loved the book and the script, so it was really a good fit.
MC: Emma, had you read the book already when you heard it was being made into a movie?
ER: I bought it at Book Soup in L.A. the day it came out. I’m a big James Franco [fan] and I love to read. When I heard that they were making it into a movie, and that he was also going to be part of it, and Gia was, I thought that was interesting. I thought it was a really special, cool project.
MC: Emma, you play April, a high school senior who is simultaneously infatuated with her soccer coach (James Framco) and her classmate (Jack Kilmer). Were there elements of that character that you both related to?
ER: I remember when you’re a teenager and you’re right in the thick of it. Like, what does it all mean? Everything is the end of the world. It’s just a crazy time; once you get out of it you’re like, there’s something nice about that time.
To hear the cast tell it, the set of Palo Alto, Gia Coppola’s feature directorial debut, was one big youthquake. “It was a kids’ club; all of us were under the age of 30,” says Emma Roberts. “We all were really young and so passionate about the project, and we all really just came together.” In theaters May 9, the film “is a solid voice in a generation of pit vipers,” declares Keegan Allen. Nat Wolff agrees. “I don’t think there’s anything that’s false [about Palo Alto]. It came from a really real place.”
Coppola (niece of Sofia and granddaughter of one Francis Ford) adapted the screenplay from James Franco’s book of short stories. Centering on a group of wayward suburban high schoolers, the highly stylized film has a dreamy, lo-fi quality balanced with refreshingly awkward dialogue delivered, in many cases, by actual teenagers. Its emotional honesty — due in large part to the closeness between the young cast and their 27-year-old director — strikes a similar nerve to Larry Clark’s Kids and grandpa Coppola’s The Outsiders. “Gia and I are both women so close in age and we really understood each other,” says Roberts, who has known Coppola for years from growing up in L.A. “That’s part of the reason she cast me in the movie. We just had an understanding of working together.”
We’re almost halfway through the year, but Emma Roberts has already owned it. Her stint as Madison Montgomery in American Horror Story: Coven spawned a meme for the ages and fans will be happy to know she’s returning next season for Freak Show. But, before all that, she’s in Palo Alto, Gia Coppola’s film adaptation of James Franco’s book. Roberts plays April, a well-rounded high school student dealing with all the things a teenager of the Internet Age deals with (partying, love, and, you know, this little thing known as life after high school.)
Lucky for Roberts, she’s found her footing at a young age. No one knows what the future holds, but she radiates so much confidence, it’s clear she’s not worried. She’s got an authentic air of joy about her and that smile sure is enviable. Ahead, Roberts on her love of TV, selfies with James Franco, and ignoring bad advice.
Let’s start with Palo Alto: What about April intrigued you? Why sign on to this story?
“I read the book and was a big fan. At the time I read it, I was 17, [and] it felt very original — like something I hadn’t read in a long time. It was really capturing youth in a way that I felt was really honest, instead of using the formula that books about teenagers use. I really liked that; I liked that the script stayed really true to the book. But, it also had this real Gia flavor to it. It was going to be something that would be creatively so fun to be a part of. I really wanted to work with James on something, so that was really cool too.”
How did April challenge you?
“Well, I’m so not like her at all, and I wasn’t when I was younger, so it was really interesting to play a character who was so opposite of me. I’m really outgoing and loud and she is really soft-spoken — and, a lot of the time, doesn’t even respond to people in the movie. So, when we were doing a lot of ad-libbing scenes, I would have to remind myself that I wasn’t myself and to not laugh like the loudest person in the room, and to not comment on something. Instead, I would sit and observe. It was cool to play more of a looker than a talker.”
The introvert versus the extrovert? That’s great. The ad-libbing was so seamless! What scenes?
“Most of it was ad-libbing! In every scene, in pretty much every take, things were different. The script was the bones of it, then once they cast everybody and saw our interactions, they encouraged us to ad-lib. Gia would have me do something and not tell Jack so we would get a reaction out of him. We wouldn’t know and it would make the scene have a whole other layer to it, which is cool.”