Emma Roberts, who most recently starred in Fox pilot Delirium, is nearing a deal to join American Horror Story: Coven, our sister site TVLine reports. Roberts (Scream 4) will play a self-involved party girl named Madison. She’ll join previously announced Oscar winner Kathy Bates, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Frances Conroy, Taissa Farmiga, Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone and Gabourey Sidibe for Season 3.
IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Scott Coffey’s comedy “Adult World,” starring Emma Roberts as an employee at a sex shop.
IFC is planning a day and date release in theaters and on VOD. “Adult World” premiered April 20 at Tribeca.
Evan Peters, John Cusack, Armando Riesco, Cloris Leachman and Shannon Woodward also star. Producers are Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen of Treehouse Pictures with Joy Gorman, Alex Goldstone and Manu Gargi.
Story, penned by Andy Cochran, centers on a young woman living with her parents who’s anxious to get her poetry career off the ground. She begrudgingly accepts a job at Adult World, the local sex shop.
Ronnie Schieb wrote in her review for Variety: “Coffey’s loose, casual style, tilting toward the performance-centric and improvisational — as with his 2005 debut, ‘Ellie Parker,’ starring genius-caliber actress Naomi Watts — cannot fully accommodate the presence of former kidvid starlet Emma Roberts (‘Nancy Drew’), heading an otherwise comfortable, quite excellent cast. Nevertheless, the film’s coyly titillating subject matter and John Cusack’s delicious star turn as a curmudgeonly, once-lionized poet should support a limited run.”
The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.
This year’s pilot season has claimed its first online fandom victims.
Fox has decided to not move forward with Delirium, an ambitious sci-fi novel adaptation starring Emma Roberts as a 17-year-old in a dystopian future where love is outlawed. Billy Campbell also starred. The pilot was based on the bestselling young adult novels by Lauren Oliver. Instead Fox ordered J.J. Abrams’ robot cops drama, a Sleepy Hollow series, and two others.
A second project with a notable following that was rejected Wednesday: NBC’s adaption of the comic book series The Sixth Gun, which is based on a best-selling supernatural graphic novel that follows the story of six mythical guns, each with its own other-worldly powers. Michiel Huisman and Laura Ramsey starred in that one.
NBC also passed on a present-date update of the feuding families tale Hatfields & McCoys. Virginia Madsen and Rebecca De Mornay starred. Which NBC pilots are getting picked up has yet to be announced.
We recently raised the idea that broadcasters should consider the Amazon model of putting pilots online and letting viewers weigh in before making these decisions. You have to wonder: Would Fox and NBC’s choices have been any different? (Delirium had fans pushing a Twitter campaign urging Fox to pick up the show). And, if network decisions were different, would the choices have performed better or worse, ultimately? Interesting to consider, though no way to really know.
For the current list of pilots that are in contention, have been picked up, and are considered dead, see here.
O well on to the the next project!
Check out video and online interviews from the Tribeca Film Festival below!
Paul Giamatti, Sam Rockwell, William H. Macy, John Cusack, Emma Roberts, Melissa Leo, Julianne Moore, Emile Hirsch and Zac Efron are among the stars in 43 premieres announced Wednesday for the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
The fest’s first group of films, comprising World Narrative and Documentary competitions and Viewpoints, were announced on Tuesday. The new announcement comprises the Spotlight, Midnight, Special Screenings and Storyscapes selections.
The festival runs from April 17-28.
The Spotlight section features 33 films — 21 narratives and 12 documentaries.
Highlights include “Adult World,” in which Emma Roberts plays a starving poet forced to work at a sex shop while being mentored by a reclusive writer played by John Cusack. In the buddy comedy “Almost Christmas,” Paul Giamatti and Paul Rudd (above left) play two hapless troublemakers making a quick buck selling Christmas tree in New York City.
Adult World: Directed by Scott Coffey, written by Andy Cochran; U.S. World Premiere, Narrative. Emma Roberts is forced to work at a sex shop to support her poetry career while under the mentorship of reclusive writer played by John Cusack.
Source: thewrap.com; indiewire.com
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