Fox has found its young male lead for Delirium.
The Secret Life of the American Teenager’s Daren Kagasoff has landed the male lead opposite Emma Roberts in the network’s adaptation of the books by Lauren Oliver, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The books depict a world in which love is deemed illegal and is able to be eradicated with a special procedure. With 95 days to go until her scheduled treatment, Lena Holoway (Roberts) does the unthinkable: she falls in love.
Kagasoff will play Alex, the object of Lena’s affections. He’s a uniformed police officer who on the surface appears tough, smug and a rigid enforcer of the government’s rules. Underneath, he’s a man with a secret agenda: He’s a member of an anti-government group led by Lawrence Tack, one that is infiltrating the most oppressive elements of society while hiding the fact that he still has a mind of his own. A vehement opponent of the government’s plan to eradicate love, Alex finds himself intensely attracted to Lena. To explore a future together, he must protect her from receiving the government’s curative procedure and convert her to his cause.
Prison Break’s Karyn Usher will pen the pilot and executive produce the 20th Television entry alongside Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Paul Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan. The Killing’s Billy Campbell will play Thomas Fineman, a conservative political leader who opposed the social chaos caused by “delria” and supports the use of brain modification that prevents citizens from falling in love.
Kagasoff, repped by CAA and John Carrabino Management, plays Ricky Underwood in ABC Family’s recently canceled Secret Life, which ends its five-season run in June.
Emma Roberts is returning to TV as the star of Fox’s Delirium.
The Nancy Drew and Scream 4 actress has been cast in the lead role in Fox’s pilot based on the bestselling young adult novels by Lauren Oliver.
The books take place in an alternative present-day Maine when civilization has been partly destroyed by war and a totalitarian government teaches that love is literally a disease (commonly called the delirium). There’s a surgical cure for love that’s mandatory for citizens 18 and older. The story follows 17-year-old Lena (Roberts) who is eagerly awaiting her turn to get the cure when she falls in love with an Invalid (a person who hasn’t taken the cure that lives in the wilderness). Not surprisingly, the story has draw some comparisons to “The Hunger Games” and “Twilight”.
Roberts previously starred in the Nickelodeon series “Unfabulous” then went onto big-screen roles including the upcoming Empire State and We’re the Millers. Karyn Usher (Prison Break) wrote the pilot and is an executive producer alongside Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan on the 20th Century Fox TV project.
This is awesome news! Hopefully works out and get to see Emma a whole lot more!
How Vans Custom Culture works -
• The first 1,500 U.S.-based public or private high schools registered for Vans Custom Culture by a teacher or school administrator will receive four pairs of Vans shoes to make their own custom creations. Each pair of shoes must represent one of four themes: Action Sports (Defined as boards and bikes, not stick and ball!) Music, Art, and Local Flavor (Inspired by surrounding community, city or state).
• Schools then submit photos online via the Vans Custom Culture website. Vans staff then select 50 semi-finalists (10 schools per region, 5 regions total) which will be posted to the website for public voting ( beginning April 22nd, 2013).
• The top five finalists, determined by online voting and announced May 14th, will travel to New York City for the final event
The final event -
• The final event includes surprise celebrity judges and the chance to win a $50,000 grand prize for their school’s art program.
• Runner ups will receive $4,000 prizes for their programs too.
• A final prize from Vans’ partner, Journeys, will also award $10,000 to the school with the best Local Flavor themed shoe
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Celeste (Rashida Jones) and Jesse (Andy Samberg) are high school sweethearts who married young and are now at a crossroads at the age of thirty. While Celeste is a success in business, Jesse is unemployed and adrift. Celeste thinks that if they divorce now they could still remain friends. Jesse passively accepts the decision even though he is still in love with her. As reality sets in, Celeste slowly and painfully realizes she has been cavalier about their relationship, but her timing with Jesse is less than fortuitous.
Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
“The Making of ‘Celeste & Jesse Forever'”, Los Angeles Film Festival Red Carpet Premiere and Q&A.
Vans is sounding the call for hundreds of high schools across the country to take part in the 4th edition of Vans Custom Culture, a nationwide art contest. Schools can now register at vans.com/customculture for the chance to compete for a $50,000 award to their art program and the opportunity to travel to New York City to exhibit their art-adorned Vans shoes at the final art showcase.
Vans Custom Culture inspires creativity among students through art and design while at the same time aiming to shed light on diminishing school art budgets. Since its 2010 inception, Vans Custom Culture has reached tens of thousands of students, at thousands of participating schools and awarded more than $175,000 to support high school art programs. In 2013, Vans sets the bar even higher with a goal that more than 1,000 schools nationally join in.
“In a time when schools are faced with shrinking budgets, art education is an often overlooked discipline,” said Doug Palladini, Vans Vice President of Marketing. “Supporting creative expression through art and design is very important to all of us at Vans and the Custom Culture program should inspire young art students and draw attention to the importance of high school art programs nationwide.”
In 2013, Vans will donate $50,000 to the school that wins the Custom Culture contest and launch a new partnership with Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Through this partnership, Americans for the Arts and Vans will distribute $2,000 grants to an additional ten schools across the nation, and Vans will make a $50,000 donation to Americans for the Arts to support their work to create opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additionally, returning national retail partner Journeys will award a $10,000 ‘Local Attitude’ award presented to the school that creates the most compelling ‘local flavor’ design.
“Journeys couldn’t be more excited to partner with Vans Custom Culture for a second year,” said Kari Irons, Journeys Vice President of Marketing. “Arts education is a vital part of a student’s school experience and ensuring that young artists have the funding they need to pursue their creative passions is something Journeys feels very strongly about.”
To further encourage students to register, Vans Custom Culture is pleased to announce that actress Emma Roberts (Valentine’s Day, It’s Kind of a Funny Story and the much anticipated We’re the Millers and Empire State), will serve as the face of the program as the Vans Custom Culture Celebrity Ambassador. “As a huge Vans fan I am so excited to work with Vans Custom Culture on this great initiative,” said Roberts. “Not only does it help to inspire high school students across the U.S. to embrace their creativity, but it also raises awareness for the importance of art in high schools all over the country.”