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Hot Trailer: Gia Coppola’s ‘Palo Alto’

By | Saturday April 5, 2014 @ 1:58pm PDT

After hitting the fall film festival circuit of Telluride, Venice and Toronto, Gia Coppola‘s edgy coming-of-age directorial debut Palo Alto based on the short story series by James Franco will bow at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24 before its limited release on May 9.  Emma Roberts portrays April, a shy, sensitive virgin who falls for introspective artist Teddy (Jack Kilmer), while negotiating a dangerous affair with her soccer coach Mr. B (James Franco).  Meanwhile, Teddy’s loose cannon friend Fred (Nat Wolff) zeroes in on Emily (Zoe Levin), a promiscuous loner.  Ah, high school life as set in the titular northern Cali town. Chris Messina and Val Kilmer also star. Tribeca Film, which acquired domestic rights back in December, will expand the film throughout May. Gia is Francis Ford Coppola‘s grandaughter; her father being the late Gian-Carlo who died in a 1986 boat accident.  Before making her directorial debut with Palo Alto, Gia worked as a costume assistant on her aunt Sofia Coppola’s 2010 feature Somewhere and was a creative consultant on her grandfather’s vampire indie film Twixt. Speaking with Deadline at the American Horror Story: Coven PaleyFest panel, Roberts, who has been an acquaintance of Gia’s for some time, assured us that “She captures youth in a way that hasn’t been seen before on the big screen.”  You be the judge:

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Emma Roberts To Star With Sam Worthington In Action-Thriller ‘For The Dogs’

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 8:50am PST
Mike Fleming

emmarobertsEXCLUSIVE: Emma Roberts has replaced Hailee Steinfeld as the female lead opposite Sam Worthington in the Jonathan Mostow-directed action thriller For The Dogs. The film is an adaptation of the Kevin Wignall novel. Paul Leyden originally adapted, and the most recent draft is by Oren Moverman.  FilmEngine Entertainment’s Anthony Rhulen and Navid McIlhargey will produce with Worthington, John Schwarz, and Michael Schwarz via their Full Clip Productions banner, and Leyden. Jimmy Costas, Sharon Hanson and Paul Rock are exec producing. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales for the film and Paradigm will be handling domestic sales in what will be a buzz title in Berlin.

A solitary assassin (Worthington) agrees to help a young woman (Roberts) exact revenge on those who mercilessly murdered her parents and younger brother. His guidance unleashes events that ultimately stoke her thirst for vengeance while he desperately seeks peace and absolution. Roberts, repped by CAA and Sweeney Entertainment, is coming off the New Line sleeper hit comedy We’re The Millers, which is in the early stages of being sequelized. And for Roberts, tonight marks the season finale of the Ryan Murphy series American Horror Story: Coven.

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Emma Roberts Joins FX’s ‘American Horror Story’

By | Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 12:08pm PDT

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.

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Emma Roberts To Star In Fox Drama Pilot ‘Delirium’

By | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Emma Roberts has been tapped as the lead of Delirium, Fox‘s drama pilot from Karyn Usher, 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment. Based on Lauren Oliver’s bestselling book trilogy about a world where love is deemed illegal and can be eradicated with a special procedure. With 95 days to go until her scheduled treatment, Lena Holoway (Roberts) does the unthinkable: she falls in love. Usher executive produces the pilot with Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Paula Mazur.

This marks Roberts’ return to television, where she rose to fame as the teenage star of the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous. The actress, daughter of Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts, had been focused on features for the past six years despite multiple pilot offers from the broadcast networks. Roberts, repped by CAA and manager David Sweeney, recently completed the New Line comedy We’re The Millers, Lionsgate’s Empire State and the indie Palo Alto Stories.

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Emma Roberts Joins ‘We’re The Millers’

By | Friday July 13, 2012 @ 6:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

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.

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Hyde Park International Boards ‘Adult World’ For Global Sales

By | Friday April 27, 2012 @ 1:26pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Hyde Park International will launch worldwide sales on Scott Coffey’s Adult World in Cannes next month. The coming-of-age comedy stars Emma Roberts as a post-grad setting out to become a famous poet. But loan debt and unemployment lead her to take a job at an erotic bookstore. Evan Peters and John Cusack also star. Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen of Treehouse Pictures are producing with Joy Gorman and Alex Goldstone of Anonymous Content and Manu Gargi. The film is currently in post-production. Cloris Leachman, Shannon Woodward and Armando Riesco round out the cast.

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Shannon Woodward To Star Opposite Emma Roberts In ‘Adult World’

By | Tuesday February 21, 2012 @ 2:55pm PST

Shannon Woodward will play Candace, a punk/goth anarchist sporting a nose ring and a Ramones shirt. Deadline previously reported that Emma Roberts, John Cusack and Evan Peters were cast in Adult World, which began production this month in upstate New York via TreeHouse Pictures and Anonymous Content. In Adult World, Candace and her friend Amy (Roberts) bond over their mutual rebellion becoming roommates who decide to live the down-and-out life together. Directed by Scott Coffey (Elle Parker) with a script by Andrew Cochran, Adult World examines the “contemporary state of post-graduate life in America,” TreeHouse president Justin Nappi told Deadline earlier this month. “This is a smart satirical comedy that will resonate with a lot of people.” Woodward currently stars on Fox’s comedy Raising Hope and previously starred in FX’s The Riches. She is repped by Untitled and Gersh.

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John Cusack and Evan Peters Join Emma Roberts In ‘Adult World’

By | Thursday February 9, 2012 @ 1:02pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: John Cusack and Evan Peters have joined Emma Roberts in Adult World, a film that has just begun production in upstate New York through TreeHouse Pictures and Anonymous Content. Scott Coffey (Elle Parker) directs from the script by Andrew Cochran. “Adult World examines the contemporary state of post-graduate life in America,” said TreeHouse Pictures president Justin Nappi. “This is a smart satirical comedy that will resonate with a lot of people.” Read More »

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Emma Roberts, Craig Roberts Attach To Derick Martini’s ‘I Am My Family Secret’

By | Tuesday January 24, 2012 @ 8:01am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Emma Roberts and Craig Roberts (Submarine) are attached to I Am My Family Secret, the next film by helmer Derick Martini. Martini made his directing debut on Lymelife, which starred Emma Roberts. The new film involves two brothers, wildly different, who discover their parents have been hiding a startling and life-altering secret from them for over two decades. Montecito is producing, and Paramount Pictures will distribute. Martini’s repped by ICM and Principato-Young, Emma Roberts by CAA and Sweeney Entertainment and Craig Roberts by WME and Curtis Brown Group.

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Young Hollywood Lining Up For Indie Films

By | Wednesday March 23, 2011 @ 6:41pm PDT

Young Hollywood loves indie films, and this time the beneficiary is Adult World, the coming-of-age drama being produced by Michael Ohoven at Infinity Entertainment (Capote, Saved) and Kevin Turen (Arbitrage) from a script by Andrew Cochran. Meeting for the female main character with director Scott Coffey (whose Ellie Parker was in the main competition at Sundance) were hot talent like Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan, Rooney Mara, Emily Browning, Juno Temple and Brie Larson. But Emma Roberts snagged the part. Turns out Coffey wrote a female-driven script for Fox Searchlight that had Emma’s aunt Julia Roberts attached once upon a time. (Emma is Eric’s daughter.) What a small world Hollywood is, eh? Anyway, Adult World now has offers out to Zach Galifianakis and Shiloh Fernandez for great male roles, too. It’s a funny satire about an over-validated generation of American kids who think they’re all special and have a right to fame only now they face the reality of real life. Roberts, who recently signed with CAA, was a teen star (Nancy Drew, Hotel For Dogs, the upcoming Scream 4) now seguing into her first adult female roles. She already has done theFox Searchlight indie film Homework, set for a June 17 release.

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CAA Signs Young H’wood’s Emma Roberts

By and | Friday March 18, 2011 @ 11:39am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: CAA has landed up-and-coming actress Emma Roberts. Deadline told you Wednesday that her longtime manager David Sweeney had arranged a series of meetings for Roberts, looking for an agency to transition the teen star to adult parts. CAA just made the signing. It comes at a time when Roberts stars in Scream 4, which opens April 15. She most recently starred in Homework, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was bought for acquisition by Fox Searchlight. Before that she starred in It’s Kind Of A Funny Story, which premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

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Young Hollywood’s Emma Roberts Is Taking Agency Meetings

By | Wednesday March 16, 2011 @ 10:49am PDT

Teen star Emma Roberts just turned 20 and has decided to take an agent. David Sweeney of David Sweeney Management, who has repped her for 12 years, is organizing a series of meetings at the major tenpercenteries for Roberts, who is Eric Roberts’ daughter and Julia Roberts’ niece. But what an interesting TV/movie career she already has. Starting out as Johnny Depp’s daughter in the film Blow for the late (and great) Ted Demme, she became a big teen star on Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous. That led to starring roles for her in Warner Bros.’ Nancy Drew and DreamWorks’ Hotel For Dogs. She’s co-starring in Scream 4 in theaters this April and also starred in Homework, the Sundance film that sold to Fox Seachlight for a June 17 release. Already, she’s been on the covers of Vanity Fair, Teen Vogue (twice) and of course Seventeen. As for an agency, she and Sweeney are looking for reps who’ll help groom her to be a serious actress, aka “the next Natalie Portman.”

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Sundance: ‘Homework’ Sells To Fox Searchlight

PARK CITY, UT January 23, 2011 – Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired most worldwide rights to the film HOMEWORK.  Written and directed by Gavin Wiesen in his directorial debut, HOMEWORK stars Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Rita Wilson, Sam Robards and Blair Underwood.  The film was produced by P. Jennifer Dana, Kara Baker, Gia Walsh and Darren Goldberg.  The film is scheduled to be released in 2011.

“Homework is a real coming of age story, it touched us with its genuine performances, depth and wit,” said Utley.  “We’re thrilled to continue Searchlight’s tradition of being a home to first time filmmakers.”

“We couldn’t have found a better home than Searchlight, a company renowned for championing new storytellers,” says Wiesen.

“We are delighted to have found an impassioned partner for Homework.  Searchlight shares our passion for this gem of a film.  We couldn’t be in better hands,” say Dana, Baker, Walsh and Goldberg.

HOMEWORK stars Freddie Highmore as George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who’s made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, who is befriended by Sally, a beautiful and complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.

The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s Vice President of Acquisitions Ray Strache, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford, Senior Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien and International Creative Management, which represented North American rights.  ICM

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