It’s not every day that you take a chainsaw to a $100,000 handbag, destroy a pair of designer shoes or direct actors to be bound to train tracks, chomp on raw meat and spontaneously sport a fresh black eye for fun.
But that can be a typical day for Tyler Shields, the controversial celebrity photographer (and now actor and director) notorious for accessorizing young Hollywood’s elite with guns, knives and murderous Barbies. In addition to appearing in two upcoming movies and making his feature directorial debut with the Nasser Entertainment and Prospect Park thriller Final Girl starring Abigail Breslin, set to begin shooting later this year, Shields will release his first photo book, The Dirty Side of Glamour. The book will debut with HarperCollins and IT Books publishing, available fall 2013.
“A big part of this book is about showing the freedom of yourself,” Shields told The Hollywood Reporter. “People get caught up in the idea of celebrity, fame, luxury, excess — but all they really are is an idea. I mean, every celebrity goes to the bathroom! They all eat; they’ve all had their heart broken! They’ve all done everything that every person has done, but they just live under a microscope.”
The cult of the celebrity is a theme Shields has explored with Hayden Panetierre, Alex Pettyfer, Demi Lovato, Josh Hutcherson and the casts of Glee and Revenge. Shields’ girlfriend Francesca Eastwood was captured pepper spraying a SWAT team, and Ashley Greene has voluntarily been gagged and roped to train tracks. Lindsay Lohan has alternated between blood, knives and a portrayal of Linda Lovelace. Emma Roberts — who Shields says “will text me five ideas in a day” — has posed alongside bloody and beheaded Barbie dolls and while biting a pile of hundred dollar bills.
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Sexy, gripping and action-packed! This exciting crime thriller tracks 4 best friends over 3 days they’ll never forget. For hardworking Jo (Emma Roberts), adventurous Cassandra (Tamsin Egerton), defiant Kerry (Shanika Warren-Markland) and troubled Shannon (Ophelia Lovibond), life changes forever when a chance encounter with some deadly thieves sends their worlds on a collision course with the players in a major diamond heist. With just one shot at the big time, what could possibly go wrong.
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Emma Roberts is in early talks to co-star in New Line’s “We’re the Millers” opposite Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis.
Rawson Marshall Thurber will direct.
Pic follows a veteran pot dealer who creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico. Hahn will portray the wife of a DEA agent who’s on vacation.
Will Poulter and Ed Helms have also recently joined the “Millers” cast.
Tucker Tooley, Vincent Newman, and Happy Walters are producing, and production is set to begin July 23 in North Carolina.
CAA reps Roberts, whose upcoming pics include “Adult World” and “Empire State.” Her next film, “Celeste and Jesse.”
Emma Roberts is in talks to join the Rawson Thurber-directed New Line comedy We’re The Millers opposite Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. Roberts will play Julia, a 20 year-old runaway with a dark side who pretends to be the daughter of Sudeikis’ and Aniston’s fake family while on a cross country vacation. Roberts recently completed the starring role in the indie film Adult World opposite John Cusack and the love interest to Liam Hemsworth in Empire State for Lionsgate. She is repped by manager David Sweeney and CAA.
Hope she gets the part! Would love to see her work with Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis! UPDATE: Emma got the role and filming begins next week in North Carolina!!!