EXCLUSIVE: Coming off the Zach Braff-directed Sundance premiere Wish I Was Here, The Twilight Saga alum Ashley Greene has been set to play Priscilla Presley in Shangra-La Suite, the Eddie OKeefe-directed drama which stars Boardwalk Empire‘s Ron Livingston as Elvis Presley. O’Keefe wrote the script with Chris Hutton. Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger and Tariq Merhab are producing. The film isn’t a study of Elvis’s courtship of the young Priscilla. It’s set in 1974 and focuses on two troubled 20-year-olds who set out to kill The King. Shooting just began in Los Angeles. Greene, who’s repped by CAA and McKeon Myones, most recently completed Staten Island Summer and the Joe Dante-directed Burying The Ex.
EXCLUSIVE: The former Twilight Saga actress is going for the laughs. Ashley Greene has joined the cast of the Lorne Michaels- and John Goldwyn- produced comedy Staten Island Summer. Helmed by longtime Saturday Night Live director-producer Rhys Thomas and written by the late-night show’s head scribe Colin Jost, the pic follows the summer after high school graduation that friends Danny and Frank spend as poolside lifeguards. With the former off to Harvard and the latter unsure of what he wants to do next, the movie lays out the different directions the pals’ lives are about to take. Greene’s character in the Paramount movie is member of the pool club and the daughter of an overly protected mobster. It is also fair to say the actress plays the object of at least one of the boys’ desires. Set to start production later this month in New York, Staten Island Summer makes four the number of films Greene now has coming out. She stars in CBGB, about the famed NYC punk rock club, The Weinstein Company’s Random and Zach Braff’s Kickstarter funded film Wish I Was Here. Greene is repped by CAA and McKeon Myones Management.
Ashley Greene has replaced her former Twilight Saga cohort Anna Kendrick in Wish I Was Here, the film Zach Braff is making with a little help from a Kickstarter funding campaign. She joins Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin and Josh Gad. Greene will next be seen in CBGB, the film about the famed punk rock club, and Random for The Weinstein Company.
Lionsgate-Summit delivered 28 actors from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, and Twilight fans converged on Comic-Con ahead of the movie’s panel Thursday to get a glimpse of their heroes and the woman who created them. Signing autographs last night clockwise from top right are author Stephenie Meyer, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Peter Facinelli and Kellan Lutz.
The last night at the 2012 Young Hollywood Awards Presented by Bing (and produced by Deadline’s parent company PMC). Held at the very decked-out Hollywood Athletic Club, the 14th annual show celebrated significant rising talent from movies, television, music, and beyond — and all very much on the up-escalator of their careers.
Twilight star Ashley Greene, 25, and Alex Pettyfer, 22, of the
upcoming Magic Mike took home the biggest prizes of the night –
Superstars of Tomorrow — and Nickelodeon mainstay Miranda Cosgrove,
19, won Crossover of the Year for her recent foray into music. (Greene
also hosted the event.)
That trio felt altogether veteran next to 12-year-old Kiernan Shipka,
who plays the scarily mature Sally Draper on Mad Men, and Modern
Family’s charmingly daffy Rico Rodriguez and Nolan Gould, both 13, who
won the Scene Stealers awards.
The Male Breakthrough of the Year went to Asa Butterfield, the
15-year-old star of Hugo, who, as tradition holds, got his award from
last year’s winner (and Oscar nominee for True Grit), Hailee
Steinfeld. Perhaps the line of the night came from Aubrey Plaza of
NBC’s Parks and Recreation, who, accepting her award for Female
Breakthrough of the Year, declared that she was “never going to die.”
We think she was serious.
Twilight co-star Ashley Greene has been tapped for the female lead opposite Anthony LaPaglia in ABC’s drama pilot Americana, a soap about a famous fashion industry clan. It centers on iconic fashion designer Robert Soulter (Anthony LaPaglia), the patriarch of a sprawling family who just welcomed a new member, Alice Clarke (Greene), a young designer whose shocking arrival turns the family and the legendary label inside out. Playing a character named Alice won’t be new for Greene, best known for her role as Alice Cullen in the blockbuster Twilight franchise. Americana reunites the actress with ABC where she recurred on Pan Am this season. Michael Seitzman wrote the pilot with Phillip Noyce directing for ABC Studios and the Mark Gordon Co.
Warner Bros has slated previously undated The Apparition for August 24, 2012. Directed by Todd Lincoln, the supernatural thriller with Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan goes up against Summit’s horror movie Sinister as well as David Koepp’s Premium Rush from Sony with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jamie Chung.
EXCLUSIVE: Rogers & Cowan has acquired New York-based firm Lantern PR. Founder Lindsay Galin becomes vice president of R&C’s entertainment division in New York. She will bring with her clients that include The Twilight Saga’s Ashley Greene, Yvonne Strahovski (Chuck), Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief) and Allison Williams (Girls). Galin will report to R&C co-chairman Paul Bloch.
EXCLUSIVE: DFFF, the German state feature film fund, has awarded €1.8 million ($2.3 million) to David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method and €952,348 ($1.2 million) to Dark Castle’s The Apparition, starring Ashley Greene (Twilight: Eclipse). It’s also backing Joe Wright’s action movie Hanna from Focus Features, but hasn’t fixed the amount yet.
Christine Berg, head of DFFF, tells me Hollywood funding applications are coming in much later this year. It shows how difficult it has become piecing together multiparty finance. “But I’m not worried. Applications come in a little later and later each year,” she tells me.
The DFFF has awarded €10.5 million to 32 projects in the first half of 2010. It has €60 million annually to play with.
A Dangerous Method, which shot at Cologne’s MMC Studios, has already picked up €1.2 million from Germany’s Federal Film Board and regional fund Filmstiftung NRW.
Last year, the DFFF awarded €22.1 million to 38 international big-budget features including Inglorious Basterds, Anonymous and Unknown White Male.
Ashley Greene reprises her role as vampiress Alice Cullen this weekend in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. But she has found another role to sink her teeth into. She’ll costar alongside Miley Cyrus in LOL, the Lisa Azuelos –directed Mandate Pictures comedy that also stars Douglas Booth and Demi Moore. Greene will play Cyrus’s nemesis in a coming of age story that takes place in the age of Facebook, iTunes and Youtube. Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher are producing. Azuelos wrote the script for the remake of the 2008 French film, which she also wrote and directed. Shooting begins July 20 in Detroit.