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Empire State – Casting + Filming News

Empire State, the drama that stars Liam Hemsworth and Dwayne Johnson, has filled out its cast with Twilight Saga‘s Nikki Reed, Michael Angarano, Emma Roberts, Entourage‘s Jerry Ferrara, Paul Ben-Victor, Shenae Grimes and Greg Vrotsos. Chris Diamantopoulos already had been added. The latter marks a convergence of Moe’s, with Ben-Victor playing Moe Howard in the ABC biopic of The Three Stooges, and Diamantopoulos just played Moe in the feature film. Empire State production kicks off Tuesday in New York City and New Orleans with Dito Montiel directing an Adam Mazer script about two friends in the ’80s who pull off a heist at an armored car company. Pic’s financed by Emmett/Furla Films with Georgia Film Fund 14, and will be distributed by Lionsgate. David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, George Furla and Randall Emmett are producing, while Norton Herrick, Stepan Martirosyan, Bill Chase and Cheetah Vision Films are exec producing.


ending my evening with this brilliant movie and my favorite boy, ever, Michael Angarano.

I’m loving this shirt, Michael!
Michael: I really do appreciate that, thank you.
And I really do mean it. I’ve got a passion for that. What was the inspiration behind that this morning?
Michael: I don’t even think I wore the shirt for my own reasoning…
Emma: I told him specifically to not wear that.
Michael: I just wanted to wear it to annoy her, and I’m getting complimented on it all day.
Emma: I know, and it’s annoying me more!

Cinema Society with Alice+Olivia host a screening of The Art of Getting By, June 13.

Emma Roberts Wouldn’t Mind Getting Raunchy


Emma Roberts certainly isn’t known for doing outlandish comedy, but no matter.

The young starlet wouldn’t mind being a part of a Bridesmaids-like flick.

That’s just one of the many things we touched upon when I sat down the other day with Roberts and Michael Angarano to talk about their new movie, The Art of Getting By (out June 17), a quirky coming-of-age dramedy about a high school senior (the adorable Freddie Highmore) on the verge of being thrown out of school.

Roberts plays the troubled teen’s unlikely love interest while Angarano is a recent grad who befriends both of them. Read on to find out what they told me about their own high school years, having a certain Twilight star playing Roberts’ very inappropriate mother and more…

  • How did you both get involved with the movie?

Emma Roberts: I read the script a while ago and then I was attached to it and then it went away and then I was reattached to it and then all of a sudden we’re shooting in New York.

Michael Angarano: I actually had read the script three or four years before for Freddy’s role and that just shows you how long scripts just linger around.

  • What were you like in high school? Probably not typical high school since you were working, right?

ER: I didn’t go to high school. I was home schooled, but all my friends were in high school so I would go to all of their like proms and football games and stuff to a point where people thought I went to the school but I didn’t. So it was fun for me. It was cool for me cause I could pick my group of friends and I didn’t have to deal with the other people cause I was home schooled.

MA: I came from New York. I was born in Brooklyn and raised in Staten Island. But I moved to L.A. when I was about 12 and I really couldn’t go to normal school because I was always working. By the time high school came I was on Will & Grace…So it was very strange for me because I really didn’t know anybody at all for the first few months of high school. It was a very strange time the first few months of high school.

  • Do you feel like you missed out?

ER: No. To be honest, I had a really great social life and I was really popular. I’m not even going to lie about it.

  • I love your honesty.

ER: I’m just saying I was popular and I had a lot of friends and I had a great time and no one ever wants to admit that.”

  • Elizabeth Reaser [of Twilight] plays your drunk mom.

ER: I texted her on Mothers Day and was like “Happy Mothers Day, Mom.” I have friends whose moms are like that, really inappropriate. It’s those parents that are a lot older that don’t realty care what you think about them.”

  • This being summer, what movies do you really want to see?

MA: I saw Tree of Life and I was so so excited by it.

ER: I was going to say I want to see Tree of Life. What’s coming out this summer that’s like a really big summer movie? I want to see Bad Teacher. It looks really funny.

  • Have you seen Bridesmaids?

ER: I’ve never laughed so hard in my life. When she’s in the chocolate fountain and fighting with the cookie!

MA: When she gets on the horse to ride up to the wedding ceremony and she’s in high heels and a little skirt. I know it’s small, but I just thought it was so funny.

  • Would you do a raunchy comedy like that?

ER: Ya! It’d be really fun.

  • Do you have that kind of comedy in you?

ER: I don’t know, but I think so.

MA: In a lot of the movie I’m kind of mentoring Freddie Highmore’s character and talking to him about how he should make a move on Emma’s character. I would just say some stuff every once in a while and [director Gavin Wiesen] would be like, “You need to go do like a raunchy sex comedy, because that’s what movie you’re in right now.”

  • What did you say?

MA: [Smiles] I have no idea. I think I blocked it out.

A TV spot for The Art of Getting By, which releases limited in the US on June 17th.

The Art of Getting By - International trailer.

Which releases September 23rd in the UK

Michael Angarano and Emma visit Young Hollywood Studio, June 6.