I Am Michael stars James Franco and Zachary Quinto with Emma having a supporting role. A gay activist and magazine founder (James Franco) is saved from his homosexuality after turning to God, and later becomes a Christian pastor. The film is currently making its debut at film festivals so hopefully soon will see a theatrical release (most likely limited).
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Miley Cyrus better watch out because Emma Roberts might be moving in on her man…onscreen, that is. Emma is staring alongside Miley’s fiancé, Liam Hemsworth, in the upcoming action flick, “Empire State,” which is currently filming in New Orleans.
MTV News caught up with Emma at Seventeen magazine’s Pretty Amazing Contest event, where she didn’t want to talk Liam’s engagement, but did reveal that she just might be locking lips with “The Hunger Games” star.
“I do play a waitress, and I play kind of friend, love interest to Liam Hemsworth,” Emma revealed. “It’s based on a true story, and it’s a heist movie, so it’s pretty awesome.”
The film, which also Dwayne Johnson, Nikki Reed and “90210” star Shenae Grimes, is a true story from the ’80s, which follows two childhood friends as they attempt to rob an armored car depository in New York.
And in between filming it seems that Emma is just taking in the sights and sounds of the Big Easy.
“New Orleans, I haven’t been there in years. The last time I was there was actually rebuilding houses after Hurricane Katrina, which was insane,” Emma said. “So to go and experience the city now rebuilt is really awesome and really great, and I think it’s really great we are shooting a lot of movies down there to help them out.”
It seems that every young starlet in Hollywood has been mentioned for the role of Anastasia Steele in the upcoming film adaptation of E L James’ hit erotic trilogy, “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Many fans have opinions as to who they feel will be a perfect fit to play the naive, love-stricken character, whose story began as “Twilight” fan fiction.
Fan favorite Kristen Stewart, who we know has read at least part of the book, is certainly topping the list for some fan sites, while Nina Dobrev may pass on the opportunity to play the role if her “Vampire Diaries” co-star Ian Somerhalder lands the part of Christian Grey.
Most recently, Selena Gomez decided to take herself out of the race, calling the role “a little too much” for her and saying that someone a bit older should take it on.
Could that older someone be Emma Roberts?
MTV News caught up with Roberts at Seventeen magazine’s Pretty Amazing Contest event in New York, and it seems that the young star might be putting herself into the competition for the role. There’s just one problem: She still has to read the book.
“Everyone says read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’ I don’t really understand,” Roberts said. “But everyone on the plane was reading it, and I was like, ‘I should probably just get it.’ ”
Roberts may be perfect to take on the part of Ana, since, at 21, she is around the same age and already has the dark hair to match. But would she be willing to do those steamy love scenes?
“I haven’t read it, I don’t even understand, but yeah, it sounds awesome. Anything racy, hot,” Roberts said. “Sure, let’s get hot.”
Empire State, the drama that stars Liam Hemsworth and Dwayne Johnson, has filled out its cast with Twilight Saga‘s Nikki Reed, Michael Angarano, Emma Roberts, Entourage‘s Jerry Ferrara, Paul Ben-Victor, Shenae Grimes and Greg Vrotsos. Chris Diamantopoulos already had been added. The latter marks a convergence of Moe’s, with Ben-Victor playing Moe Howard in the ABC biopic of The Three Stooges, and Diamantopoulos just played Moe in the feature film. Empire State production kicks off Tuesday in New York City and New Orleans with Dito Montiel directing an Adam Mazer script about two friends in the ’80s who pull off a heist at an armored car company. Pic’s financed by Emmett/Furla Films with Georgia Film Fund 14, and will be distributed by Lionsgate. David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, George Furla and Randall Emmett are producing, while Norton Herrick, Stepan Martirosyan, Bill Chase and Cheetah Vision Films are exec producing.
Check out a sneak peek of Emma’s Punk’d episode below which airs next Thursday(May 24th)!
Don’t miss all the action when Heather Morris punks Cody Simpson, Joe Jonas and Emma Roberts. Episode airs Thursday(5/24) at 10/9c pm.
Check out the link below for more candids from the 28th of April where she was seen leaving Fred Segal’s Cafe.
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Check out the first official trailer for Virginia, which will release May 18th to theaters(limited)! Plus HQ captures have been added to the gallery!
This film was shot in 2010 and premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival then went into another editing process and finally found a distribution deal earlier this year.
Written and directed by Dustin Lance Black (MILK), VIRGINIA stars Jennifer Connelly in the title role as a beautiful yet unhinged single mother who struggles to raise her son Emmett (Harrison Gilbertson) while dreaming of escaping her small Southern boardwalk town. Her long time affair with the very married, Mormon Sheriff Richard Tipton (Ed Harris) is thrown into question when he decides to run for public office. Things are further complicated when Emmett begins a romantic relationship with Tipton’s daughter (Emma Roberts). Virginia and the town–populated by Amy Madigan, Toby Jones, Yeardley Smith–are full of secrets and everyone knows Virginia can only keep things together for so long. VIRGINIA is a funny, touching drama that looks at the American Dream and what it takes to keep it together.
Emma will be gracing the cover of a French fashion magazine entitled, Flavor, below is a video of her on set of her shoot. Can’t wait to see the spread! Stay tuned for more info soon…
Below is an interview with US Weekly and a video with Hollywood Life of Emma promoting Seventeen’s Pretty Amazing contest, which she is one of the guest judges. Also a few twitter/instagram photos of Emma at Seventeen’s office have been added to the gallery(click on the image below to see more).
“If I’m having a really bad day, I always have a girlfriend — or even a guy friend — who I can call,” the actress, 21, told Us Weekly Wednesday while promoting Seventeen’s Pretty Amazing contest in NYC. “They’ll listen to me wallow for a minute and then be like, ‘OK, let’s stop. Everything’s great. Let’s figure out how to fix whatever’s bothering you.'”
“I’ve gone through times where you’re feeling low and you don’t reach out to people and you just keep wallowing in that, and I think that’s when things turn into a bigger deal than they need to be,” she explained. “I think it’s important to have people who will pull you out of that, whether it’s family or friends.”
The Scream 4 actress teamed up with Seventeen for its second annual Pretty Amazing contest, which asks young girls to share their stories of personal achievement for the chance to appear on the cover of the magazine’s October 2012 issue. The winner will also receive a $20,000 scholarship, courtesy of Neutrogena.
“It’s a cool contest because even the girls who don’t win, the fact that they took the time to sit down and think about something that’s great about themselves, I think takes a lot,” Roberts, who will help choose the winner, told Us. “A lot of people think that comes off as bragging and they want to [downplay their story]. So I think the fact that these girls are saying, ‘I did do something cool and I am good at this’ is really admirable.” (For more details on Roberts’ involvement in Seventeen’s Pretty Amazing contest click here.)
Roberts, who recently wrapped production on the dark comedy Adult World with John Cusack, will begin filming Empire State with Liam Hemsworth, 22, “in the next month or so.”
“It’s really cool — like an ’80s heist movie,” Roberts said of her new project. “I’m really excited about that. I play his love interest.”