Screening Room: Emma Roberts May Have a Big 2012 in Store

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Trailer of the Week
Fat Kid Rules the World

Matthew Lillard may be in the midst of an unlikely career revivial. After his impressive turn in last year's The Descendants, Lillard is following it up with a role in Trouble with the Curve, co-starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, and Justin Timberlake. What may be more impressive is Lillard's directorial debut, Fat Kid Rules the World, which just launched a very cinematic trailer and will screen at South by Southwest this week. The film follows an overweight depression case who attempts suicide only to be saved by another troubled teen. The two form a bond over punk rock and a friendship is formed. Lillard's best movie is 1998's SLC Punk so it's apt he's based Fat Kid in some familiar subject material. I'm drawn to films about hopeless teenagers who find a reason to carry on. There's something about teenage angst and the plight of a loser that makes me rush to the theater.


On Set Photo of the Week
Bardem on the Skyfall set

We got our first look at Javier Bardem in costume on the set of Skyfall this week. Don't be fooled by the police getup, the Spanish actor will play the as-yet unnamed villain in the new James Bond film.

Javier Bardem On The Set Of 'Skyfall'
Actor Javier Bardem pictured shooting a scene for the new James Bond movie 'Skyfall' in London, UK on March 11, 2012. Javier Bardem plays the baddie (FameFlynet Pictures)more pics »
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  • Javier Bardem in Javier Bardem On The Set Of 'Skyfall'
  • Javier Bardem in Javier Bardem On The Set Of 'Skyfall'
  • Javier Bardem in Javier Bardem On The Set Of 'Skyfall'
  • Javier Bardem in Javier Bardem On The Set Of 'Skyfall'
  • Javier Bardem in Javier Bardem On The Set Of 'Skyfall'

Casting Corner
Roberts, Hardy in new action films

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  • Vulture reported this week on Warner Brothers' confidence in Tom Hardy as one of Hollywood's next real leading men (something virtually assured since he made Bronson in my opinion). With The Dark Knight Rises ready to destroy box office records this June, the studio has just inked the English actor to a new first-look deal that will include a biker film produced by John Linson (Sons of Anarchy). The movie will take place in the 1960s so we're guessing Hell's Angels territory here. Hardy would play a Vietnam veteran who returns home to San Francisco to lead the pack.
  • Emma Roberts and Liam Hemsworth will star together in Empire State, directed by Dito Montiel. Variety reported on Roberts' casting this week. The film is set in 1982 and based on true events. Hemsworth will play a thief who plots to rob an armored car depository. Roberts will play his girlfriend and Dwayne Johnson has been cast as the cop chasing him. Roberts is already having a big 2012. She appeared in two films at the Sundance Film Festival (The Art of Getting By and Celeste and Jesse Forever) and is filming Adult World right now with John Cusack.

On Set Photo of the Week 2
Spring Breakers girls on scooters

Yes, it's the second week in a row for the Spring Breakers girls in this column, but this one deserves some mention. Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Benson in bikinis on Vespas? We're guessing there will finally be a real market for a Harmony Korine movie.

Vanessa, Ashley And Selena Ride Mopeds in Bikinis
Actresses Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine film in bikinis on Vespa scooters while filming "Springbreakers" in Florida. (Pacific Coast News)more pics »
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  • Vanessa Hudgens in Vanessa, Ashley And Selena Ride Mopeds in Bikinis 2
  • Vanessa Hudgens in Vanessa, Ashley And Selena Ride Mopeds in Bikinis 2
  • Vanessa Hudgens in Vanessa, Ashley And Selena Ride Mopeds in Bikinis 2

Blu-Ray of the Week
Young Adult

Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody's funny, sad, and authentic film comes to Blu-ray this week. Charlize Theron's nuanced performance as a young adult author who concocts a terrible plan to win her old flame back is one of the best of 2011. Many Oscar pundits had her earmarked for a nomination but comedic portrayals are usually left in the cold. Patton Oswalt also deserves high praise for his performance. Young Adult is a return to form for Cody, who penned the Oscar-winning screenplay for Juno in 2007.

Young Adult (2011)
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Starring: Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Patrick Wilson






Oscar Watch 2013
Buzz about Seth MacFarlane's new movie

Mark Wahlberg and his buddy, Ted. We can't say Seth MacFarlane's first real foray into feature films will be on anyone's Oscar radar, but Ted is shaping up to be one of the more interesting films of 2012. The R-rated black comedy features Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, and MacFarlane himself lending his voice to a CGI teddy bear named Ted. Details about the film are starting to emerge as we draw closer to its June release date. Slashfilm has some details and some minor spoilers. We don't want to ruin anything, but the film revolves around Wahlberg's character and his old Christmas present, Ted, who comes to life and becomes very famous somehow. Apparantly the bear will curse like a drunken sailor and engage in sex acts (with human women presumably). It's doubtful there are many other living stuffed animals around. Although, knowing MacFarlane, you shouldn't put it past him. Furries everywhere are clamoring for this one.

2013 Best Picture Nominees

  • Aside from the new poster for Moonrise Kingdom showing up this week, there hasn't been much movement along the front lines of the Best Picture race. Lincoln is still the prohibitive favorite with The Master close behind.

  1. Lincoln
  2. The Master
  3. The Dark Knight Rises
  4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  5. Moonrise Kingdom
  6. Les Miserables
  7. Gravity
  8. Django Unchained
  9. Great Expectations
  10. Anna Karenina
Managing Editor, Zimbio — entertainment writer, critic, and reporter since 2011. Bay Area. Origin: Shark City.
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