In The Perks of Being a Wallflower, an introverted boy named Charlie survives the hardships of high school by finding his place in a group of misfits. The magic of Stephen Chbosky’s novel and movie is that the warmth and spirit of these friends leaps off the page, making you believe in their relationships and feel like you too are a part of their quirky group. Miraculously, the same thing happens in Chbosky’s movie — and we think that’s due to his intuitive casting process which gathered a group of actors who became fast friends on the set in Pittsburgh.
“We sort of all fell in love with each other immediately and we still are to this day,” Mae Whitman, who plays Mary Elizabeth, told VH1 Celebrity. “I mean we spent every night together hanging out in hotel rooms and playing music and being loud and crazy. It was really like an experience of a lifetime for me. It was really amazing.”
Ezra Miller (Patrick) also told us about those afterparties. “The best times for me were in these stuffy hotel rooms where all of us would amass nightly and just play music and kind of lose ourselves in sound and in our relationships with one another,” he recalled.
That kind of instant friendship seems to be rooted in the fact that these were all people Chbosky himself clicked with right away. “We had auditioned two people for [Charlie], and [Logan Lerman] was the second one. Five seconds into the audition, and I knew he was the kid,” he told us. “I knew these characters so well, and I knew them from the inside out, far more than what I thought they looked like. When I sat down with Emma in NY I knew I met a kindred spirit and I knew I had Sam. And when I did the callback with Ezra over Skype, even though it was over Skype, I just knew I’d found Patrick. Read more…
Some of us love to pore over every fall movie preview we can get our hands on, reading reviews from Cannes and Toronto, marking our calendars with premiere dates and pre-ordering our tix on Fandango as soon as we can. For others, that sounds way too much like homework. That’s why we made this quick little guide to the top 10 flicks we’re dying to see, with the kind of blurb that won’t tax your short attention spans. And sure, we’re leaving out a whole bunch of Oscar contenders, guilty pleasures and interesting films we’ll eventually watch, but this is a list based on fandom, gut instinct and, yeah, intense crushes. Here they are in (order of premiere date):
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Logan Lerman will make you cry, you will wish Emma Watson and Ezra Miller were your best friends, and you will go home and hunt down your long-lost mixtapes. In select theaters September 21.
Pitch Perfect: No one does smart-talking like Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson is our new imaginary girlfriend, and we think Elizabeth Banks (who produced) can do no wrong. In theaters September 28.
Alex Cross: We can’t wait to see how Tyler Perry does with someone else’s lines … as a sexy detective, no less. And Matthew Fox’s weightloss is purely fascinating. In theaters October 19.
Skyfall: Daniel Craig is our weakness — and in this James Bond installment, we’ll get to see the skeleton in Q’s closet. Let’s forget Quantum of Solace ever happened. In theaters November 9.
Silver Linings Playbook: Jennifer Lawrence finally gets to have some fun in a movie, opposite Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper, and they’re both playing mentally unstable people in a movie directed by possibly mentally unstable filmmaker David O. Russell. In theaters November 21. Read more…
This little fashion showdown is heating up. Perks Of Being A Wallflower features two gorgeous ladies — Emma Watson and Nina Dobrev. Now that they’re on the premiere circuit for the film, we’ve been so stoked to see what they (or their stylists) are going to pull out of their wardrobes for the red carpet. It’s the general consensus that Nina won the TIFF premiere round in her Monique Lhullier dress versus Emma’s Erdem frock, over the weekend. But the L.A. fashion walk-off that went down at the Arclight Cinerama Dome on Monday night is a lot closer. Nina was the siren in a red Reem Acra dress with lace overlay on the sleeves and shoulders. That’s a lot of cleavage, but Nina still makes it look classy. Strappy Rupert Sanderson black heels completed the ensemble. But hello, neckline. We can’t get over it! How is she breathing in that?
Emma upped the glamour ante wearing a nude-blush, flowing, tiered, backless Giorgio Armani gown with slicked-back hair, startling eyes and a red lips. She wore absolutely no jewelry at all, because she didn’t need to. Dainty, elegant, yet sexy. Unfortunately, the sides of that very lovely gown decided to creep inwards and caused a bit of a wardrobe malfunction. Luckily, Emma being the lady she is, was prepared for a situation like this and had nipple pasties on. And she corrected the dress quickly, but still … a little embarassing no? And risque, as seen below.
On the fashion front, the 2012 Video Music Awards have been a night of surprises. Rihanna debuted an angelic pixie cut, complemented by a simple but sexy white gown, Pink‘s body looked bananas in a tight Stella McCartney frock and America’s favorite gymnasts flaunted their fashion sense, each in their own cute mini dress. Peek our Top 10 Best Dressed below… well…22 if you count each member of One Direction, The Wanted and the Fierce Five.
How supremely chic does Emma Watson look on the cover of the October issue of Glamour? Which one, you ask? Good question — because the actress is on the cover of both Glamour U.K and Glamour U.S‘ October editions. The cover on the left, of Emma looking remarkably elegant in the purple off-shoulder dress is the U.K edition. And she’s talking about her love life, probably because romance is in the air for her, due to her relationship with student, Will Adamovicz. “I wish someone had told me at 15: ‘You accept the love that you think you deserve.’ [a quote from Perks Of Being A Wallflower] I would have approached my relationships completely differently if they had. I like this idea of quality control: that we don’t have to accept just anyone into our lives. People talk about love as though it just happens to you – as though you’re a victim in it all, when actually you can make good choices and bad. But women have a natural tendency to want to nurture and take care of men,” the actress says, adding, “You always think that the guy is going to end up coming around and that you’re going to be the one that saves him – like the Oasis song. Actually I don’t think that you can change other people, but women always hope for the best.” Preach!
She’s singing some of the same tune on her other Glamour cover — the U.S version you see on the right — that’s far edgier than its U.K counterpart, but no less gorgeous. While she discusses her obsession with Lena Dunham, working with a stylist and university life, she also talks about getting caught making out with a “mystery man” at Coachella. It turned out to be boyfriend Will, and Emma says, “… My friend got me tickets for my birthday, and what am I going to say? No, I’m not going to go, because I don’t want to be photographed? But it was a huge crowd, and I thought there was no way anyone could get pictures of me, but somehow they found me. It’s difficult on my dating life, because anyone I get photographed with is automatically my boyfriend. So it just makes it look as if I’ve had, like, 6,000 boyfriends!” Okay, not 6,000 — just one very cute boyfriend. And two awesome covers! Good one, Emma!
Based on this new Perks of Being a Wallflower clip, we’d say Charlie really lucked out: validated for his coolness, toasted by a crop of new friends, welcomed by a gorgeous Emma Watson. If this movie was based on our life, we’d get into a fight with our outcast friends about being four hours late to pick us up at Dairy Queen, and then they’d throw our shoes in the ditch. Haha, just kidding! It would be a Dunkin’ Donuts. Good thing everyone we’ve talked to so far absolutely loves Perks, or we’d be downright consumed by jealousy.
When it comes to wanting more awesome outcast friends, though, we of course mean our own personal Patrick, as portrayed by the illimitable Ezra Miller. “Ezra’s a force of nature. He is so free and he is generous and he is so nice, and we, God did we luck out because I had Emma and Logan [Lerman] really early on, I knew I had Sam and Charlie covered,” Perks director Stephen Chbosky told MTV, who debuted the clip yesterday. “Patrick was the wild card, we auditioned a lot of people, some really good people, but ultimately, he was the only choice for that part. And he brought so much life and freedom to the role, just I count my lucky stars. I cannot believe it.” Man, why can’t Patrick tell us, “You see things and you understand. You’re a wallflower”? Plus, Charlie gets to drink some kind of milkshake? Come on. Come on.
We just realized — there’s just a little over a month to go until Perks of Being a Wallflower comes out (in select theaters, on September 21). Will the film end up being a cult classic like the novel it’s been adapted from? Only time will tell, but this new lot of photographs from Summit Entertainment, makes us want to grab some caramel popcorn and watch it now. That’s a good sign. More than anything, these photographs articulate everything we know of the movie’s characters already. Who wouldn’t want to be tight with Emma Watson‘s Sam? Even though the photograph above looks a tad Titanic-esque. The trailer for Perks of Being a Wallflower was released two months ago, and it had all the signs of turning into the go-to film this fall. Epic shots, the trials and tribulations of growing up, the angst of teen romance … what’s not to love? More than anything, Emma, along with Logan Lerman‘s Charlie and Ezra Miller‘s Patrick have real chemistry together as an ensemble. Take a look at the gallery below of all the latest photographs to see what we’re talking about.
FYI, this has been the second time the movie’s been in the news this week. The first was because of the Out September cover featuring Miller, Lerman and Johnny Simmons (who portrays Brad) where Ezra comes out as “queer” saying, “I’m queer. I have a lot of really wonderful friends who are of very different sexes and genders. I am very much in love with no one in particular. I’ve been trying to figure out relationships, you know? I don’t know if it’s responsible for kids of my age to be so aggressively pursuing monogamous binds, because I don’t think we’re ready for them …” It’s a really lovely piece that weaves together the making of the film, with the lives of the three actors, so have a read. But first … to the gallery!
While we wish this GIF wall contained a healthy – er, gluttonous – dose of Pattinson, there were still many memorable moments at last night’s MTV Movie Awards. From Elizabeth Banks grinding up on the Magic Mike men (I mean, who wouldn’t?!) to Kristen Stewart making out with herself to Charlize Theron beating up Michael Fassbender, there was no shortage of GIFable material. And can we talk about the over-the-top cuteness that is Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield?! It was very tempting to make this entire wall those two lovebirds.
Check out our Ultimate MTV Movie Awards GIF Wall after the jump. Read more…
While Charlize Theron and Kate Beckinsale predictably brought their red carpet A-game, it was the under-25 crop of starlets who caught our eye at tonight’s MTV Movie Awards. Trailblazer Award winner Emma Stone, Wallflower darling Emma Watson and perpetual Best Kiss winner Kristen Stewart each took a risk and pulled it off adorably. Stone went for an unconventionally cut ivory and black Martin Grant dress with matching Brian Atwood pumps, while Watson wore a wildly printed Brood mini and Stewart rocked a fitted Guishem frock. We loved their daring choices, along with Shailene Woodley‘s pantsuit and Kat Graham‘s deep-cut all-black gown. Check out our Top 10 Best Dressed below.
Based on the trailer that premiered during tonight’s MTV Movie Awards, the biggest perk of being a wallflower would be getting to hang out with Emma Watson and her perfect pixie cut. That prom scene! We swooned. We squeed. Joined by costars Ezra Miller and LoganLerman, Watson sparkles as new friend/possibly requited crush Sam to Lerman’s titular wallflower. “And in this moment, I swear we were infinite,” his Charlie wonders aloud from the back of a pickup. Um, seriously. Never has driving into Pittsburgh looked so epic!
But we’re not just into the film for Emma’s crop, though that is 60% to 70% of why we love this trailer. We’re also into the sweet little nerdling romance! “Why do I and everyone I love pick people who treat us like we’re nothing?” Watson’s Sam wonders. “We accept the love we think we deserve,” Charlie tells her. Yup, we are already ready to tear up. “You see things and you understand. You’re a wallflower,” Miller’s Patrick proclaims. Sadly, all you wallflowers are going to have to wait until September 14 to see Emma in action, but boy, is our journal going to hear about this!