Emma is nominated for an MTV Movie Award along with Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter for their kiss scene in We’re the Millers!
Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams – “American Hustle” (Columbia Pictures)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson – “Don Jon” (Relativity Media)
James Franco, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens – “Spring Breakers” (A24 Films)
For those who are headed to anti-Valentine’s Day bashes and ordering up black roses, we suggest an entertaining alternative: Adult World, an edgy, funny indie whose black little heart is more genuine than all those fake red ones.
Emma Roberts portrays Amy, a Syracuse University grad and aspiring poet, whose parents make her get an actual job. The only available employment is at an adult bookstore called Adult World (double entendre intended).
Something of a Reality Bites for millenials (minus the love triangle), Adult World’s sharp, witty, wise writing concurrently recalls the earnest idealism of being a 22-year-old, while observing her absurdities with wry detachment. Amy worships Sylvia Plath and despondently puts her head in an oven before deciding that would be “suicide plagiarism.” Devoid of irony (“We’re bohemians” she tells a landlord) and prone to delusions of grandeur, she is convinced that because she got straight A’s, she is the voice of her generation (Amy, meet Hannah Horvath).
Obsessed with a punk poet/professor named Rat Billings (John Cusack), whom she compares to Rimbaud, Amy convinces him to take her on as his assistant/protégé. Cusack is great, a Lloyd Dobler 25 years down the road – still alternative, his edges chiseled by age and pragmatism. Having peaked in the ’90s, Billings, in his threadbare apartment, is rife with nimble wordplay (“Can I offer you a Triscuit, a trinket?”) and resignation (“Not everyone gets to be famous. Fame is your generation’s black plague.”)
Director Scott Coffey, whose first film, Ellie Parker, was a 2005 Grand Jury Prize nominee at Sundance, has cameo as a bookstore owner, wearing a Sub Pop t-shirt, a nod to the Seattle indie label for whose bands, Handsome Furs and Death Vessel, he’s directed videos. Like Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, Coffey artfully photographs upstate New York—both its snowy beauty and its hardscrabble downtowns.
Billings betrays Amy’s trust while compiling an anthology for Urban Outfitters, the co-opter of alt-lifestyles (isn’t a mass-produced CBGB T-shirt an oxymoron?). He reminds Amy that she’s a kid who needs life experience before she can write, even as her sweet-natured co-worker (Evan Peters) introduces Amy to artists who create art for its own sake. “Don’t you ever write just for yourself?” he asks her. Or to quote Lester Bangs in Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous, “Write…just to write.”
▪ What do you have in common in Amy?
EMMA ROBERTS: Amy was so fun to play because I definitely related to the fact of being that age where you’re not really an adult but you’re not a teenager anymore and you’re trying to figure out where exactly you fit in in the world and what exactly you want to do. That’s what I loved about the script—that kind of time that it explored. I felt it was very pertinent to kids of my generation. It was fun to play a girl in that space and I could definitely relate to that.
▪ Amy experiences a great deal of failure and you have had career success.
ROBERTS: I’ve had a lot of failures as well and rejection. As actor, it’s actually mostly rejection but people think it’s mostly success because they only see your successes—the films that get made. So I could definitely relate to Amy getting rejected over and over again. She has an unrelenting confidence that’s admirable. What I loved about her is that she kept going through it and she kept finding a new avenue to go down and try to succeed at. I know that that’s where a lot of the heart and comedy came from in the movie.
▪ Did you, growing up, have a crush on Lloyd Dobler in Say Anthing…?
ROBERTS: Definitely! I’m such a John Cusack fan. I remember when they said he was doing the movie, I was like, ‘Is her really? Really?’ because I love all his movies, especially Say Anything… and High Fidelity. I was wondering what he was going to be like on set. And he so fun. You always hear a million different stories before you work with someone and he was just the coolest, nicest guy. Also so interesting—he would be telling me stories and stuff and I’d be sitting there, like, “John Cusack’s telling me a story!” It was really cool.
▪ Can you share one of those stories with us?
ROBERTS: They can’t be repeated! [laughs] But it was funny stuff and also, most of the stuff you see in the movie between John and I is all ad-libbed. He’d start making things up and then we would go off on a tangent. There was one take that was probably 10 minutes long of us sitting there talking, all improv. It was funny that a lot of it actually made it into the movie.
▪: Which scene?
ROBERTS: When we were sitting in his living room, sewing his shirt.
▪ What is he like as a scene partner? Does he like a lot of takes? Is he always into improv?
ROBERTS: He’s so fun. He improvs a lot and made it really interesting. He uses a lot of props. It was his idea to be sewing the shirt in that scene. I wondered, why is he doing that? He’s brilliant.
▪ So it sounds like he’s the kind of actor who hangs out on set and doesn’t hide in his trailer between takes.
ROBERTS: This movie was so low-budget that none of us had trailers! So we had to hang out on set between takes [laughing], which was fun. The director, Scott Coffey, is a close friend, so it was just cool to be with everyone on set. We did all of John’s scenes in a week or two.
▪A lot of Syracuse University alums work in media in New York City. I’m sure they’d like to hear what you thought of shooting in Syracuse and where you hung out.
ROBERTS: It was so cold there! I’ve still never been as cold as I was in Syracuse. I didn’t want to go outside unless I had to. We’d do these scenes outside and I’d be in just this little jacket; I can still remember the coldness. It was crazy. We worked so much, so fast, that we barely had time to hang out, outside of work, other than getting together at this little hotel we were all staying in. We’d hang out in the bar there. Literally I have no recollection of going outside to a restaurant; it was too cold!
▪ Your fiancé, Evan Peters, plays your love interest in Adult World, and is also in American Horror Story: Coven. What’s it like working with him, particularly in such different roles?
ROBERTS: It’s really fun doing Adult World with him, especially because I loved the characters—my character but also everyone else’s; I loved the story. It felt very real. Then going to American Horror Story, which was actually really last minute— I got a call, do you want to be on the show—and it was more of a coincidence that I was on the show. It wasn’t pre-planned that we’d work together again. So to get to do a character who’s very different than anything I’d ever done before and to work with all these amazing actors and actresses on American Horror Story was a dream job. I have the greatest time working on that.
▪ It must be great to work with Jessica Lange.
ROBERTS: She’s amazing. Working with her is definitely one of the highlights of my career.
▪ Tell me about your next movie, For the Dogs.
ROBERTS: Sam Worthington is someone I’ve really wanted to work with. It’s very action-packed. You think he’s kidnapped me and as the story unravels, you find out that’s not really the case. Lots of twists and turns and bad guys. I never did an action movie before, so it’s exciting.
▪ What have you learned about acting from your father and your aunt Julia?
ROBERTS: I wish I had a much more interesting answer to that, but we’ve never really talked about it. I can’t say I’ve really learned from them directly but obviously I love their movies. Just from watching them, they’re both incredible. My aunt especially, I love all of her movies. I still watch My Best Friend’s Wedding; I have it on my computer. It’s my favorite movie.
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I had no idea that there were blowup sex dolls that also made sex noises. Did you know that before doing this movie? [There’s a scene where he inflates and tests one with his hand.]
No, I didn’t really know that either. It was pretty interesting playing around with that doll — hilarious, actually. Emma and I were just dying laughing; we were cracking up at the ridiculousness of the doll. Honestly, when you look at the thing in real life, it’s pretty cheap-looking and I don’t know who would want to use that particular doll. It just doesn’t seem like it’s usable, for lack of a better word.
Emma told Chelsea Handler that she had a crush on you while you were shooting the movie, but that you didn’t talk to her —
Well, I had a crush on her, too, and I didn’t really know how to approach her or talk to her or any of that stuff. And at the time I was a more introverted actor, trying to kind of stay into it and stay focused and not talk too much. But, yeah, I tried to talk to her a few times and, I don’t know, I kept saying the wrong thing. I was really kind of awkward and stupid and like, Oh God, this is just not working out well. I’m just going to shut up and not talk.
What were you saying that was so bad?
I would just try to make jokes, you know? But they weren’t going over very well. You know how when you like somebody and then you say things, kind of like a fifth grader? You like the person so you kind of tease them a little bit or you joke around a little bit? Emma didn’t get that I was joking so it just kind of came off all wrong.
Well, something worked.
Yeah. It all worked out. We started hanging out after the movie and I relaxed a little bit and she started getting my sense of humor.
And then you worked together on American Horror Story: Coven. What was more awkward for you guys to shoot: the threesome scene, or you strangling her to death?
[Laughs.] They were both pretty awkward to shoot. The threesome scene was probably the most awkward, just because it was … bizarre. Super weird. But the way we did it was pretty tasteful. It calmed down a little bit from what it was. We just didn’t want to — we wanted it to be tasteful. If that could be tasteful in any way. Because Emma and I are dating and then poor Taissa [Farmiga]’s there and we had to get together and do this thing and it’s weird.
Ryan said in an interview with EW that he was worried about the strangling scene because you and Emma are “madly in love.”
It was like me and Emma were in an acting class, doing a scene. We were both so gung-ho about it and ready to get into it. It was almost kinda fun; we were feeding off each other. On my close-up, she’s like, “Ow, too hard, too hard. You’re getting too into it.” I was like, “Oh, sorry, sorry, sorry, babe. I didn’t mean to.”
How do you rank the AHS seasons so far?
I always like the first one the best. And then the second one was cool because it was completely different from the first one and I was pretty central. It was a lot of work. And very challenging. And then the third one was fun because I got to work with Emma and be in New Orleans for seven months. There was a lot more comedy this year as well, a funnier tone and it was just a little bit lighter.
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In Adult World, Emma Roberts—you know, Julia’s niece—plays Amy, an aspiring poet who’s fresh out of college and frustrated by the lack of instant literary fame and success she deserves expected and her day-job at a sex-toy shop. In the real world, she’s sharp, funny, and so over texting. We rang up Roberts to talk about the film and why you should just pick up the phone already.
▪ Adult World tackles all those millennial stereotypes that are out there.
There’s just so many things in the movie that are so true! It’s my generation: you grow up in this world of everyone’s told that they’re going to change the world and very few actually can and do. And, also, in this weird world of the Internet and Instagram and Twitter and texting—it really has a weird effect on people that we’re just starting to see. I loved that Adult World kind of assessed all of that.
▪ What about Amy did you identify with most?
I mean, I’m coming out of it, but I definitely identified with being that age where you’re not an adult and you’re not a kid. I just turned 23 Tuesday and I was driving and thought, So what do people do when they’re 23, like what is it? Amy kind of has that thing, she knows exactly what she’s doing and where she’s going and then it slowly kind of falls to like, Wait what am I really going to do?
▪ You spend so much of your screen-time with John Cusack who plays your grumpy poet mentor—is there anything you learned from him on set?
He’s so great to work with because he loves to adlib, and he loves to use the whole set—like, we’ll be doing a scene in a room and he’ll just walk out of the room in the scene and then walk back in the room, and I’m like, Oh my God, that didn’t even occur to me that that was OK to do! Now I want to walk out of the room!! He just does stuff that you don’t see on the paper, and then he does it, and you’re like, That’s so genius.
▪ And now, some questions from our lady questionnaire: who was your biggest celebrity crush as a kid?
The one that really hung in there for the long haul was Orlando Bloom. It was just all about Orlando Bloom for, probably, four or five years.
▪ What is the sexiest non-sexual thing that someone could do to win you over?
Be funny. I love, in a guy, a good sense of humor, and someone that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. Because I’m very sarcastic and I’ve had some disastrous moments with guys where I’ll be joking and they take it very seriously and then are very offended by me.
▪ If you could live a day in the life of another person’s body part, who, and what, would it be?
Kim Kardashian’s butt so I can get all the gossip.
▪ Is there a trend that you really just don’t understand?
I don’t understand most trends, but the one I really didn’t get: neon. I was really scared it was going to be a downward fashion spiral into the eighties, but luckily it went away.
▪ In what way, if any, are you old-fashioned?
I guess when it comes to dating, I’m old-fashioned. I’m very like, Pick up the phone. I hate having to decipher text messages between people. Can they just call? And stop being weird? And then making me feel weird when I want to talk on the phone?
▪ Do you have any dating red flags or deal breakers?
When people act different in front of their friends, especially guys. Like, when you’re talking about how sweet someone is and then you’re around them in a group and they’re like kind of trying to be cool, or rude to you, or whatever—that to me is always like, Hmm. Noted.
These two are seriously one of my favourite young hollywood couples, if not my absolute favourite.
The American Horror Story actor Evan Peters just opened up about his fiancé Emma Roberts.
"Well, I had a crush on her, too, and I didn’t really know how to approach her or talk to her or any of that stuff. And at the time I was a more introverted actor, trying to kind of stay into it and stay focused and not talk too much. But, yeah, I tried to talk to her a few times and, I don’t know, I kept saying the wrong thing. I was really kind of awkward and stupid and like, Oh God, this is just not working out well. I’m just going to shut up and not talk."
"I would just try to make jokes, you know? But they weren’t going over very well. You know how when you like somebody and then you say things, kind of like a fifth grader? You like the person so you kind of tease them a little bit or you joke around a little bit? Emma didn’t get that I was joking so it just kind of came off all wrong."
Emma Roberts has joined the cast of Sam Worthington‘s upcoming film For The Dogs, JustJared.com can exclusively confirm.
The 22-year-old actress would take on the role of a college girl named Ella Hatto, replacing Hailee Steinfeld in the Jonathan Mostow directed thriller, which starts shooting in March/April in Germany.
For The Dogs centers on “an assassin who agrees to help a college girl (Roberts) exact revenge on the murderers of her parents and younger brother.”
Emma Roberts Auctions Met Ball Dress for New York Cares!
Emma is auctioning off her Escada dress that she wore to the 2012 Met Ball Gala to help raise money for New York Cares‘ relief and rebuilding efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims.
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Emma Roberts and her boyfriend Evan Peters were reportedly kissing heavily during Golden Globe celebrations.
The actress and her American Horror Story: Asylum actor beau have managed to keep their relationship private since they began dating in spring 2012.
Apparently the pair couldn’t contain their affections for one another at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes afterparty Sunday night. They were seen “making out” at the Sunset Tower Hotel.
"At one point Evan was sitting on Emma’s lap as a joke,” an onlooker told Us Weekly magazine.
Apparently Emma and Evan have an incredibly tight bond.
The pair are enamoured with one another.
"[They are] so in love,” an insider revealed to the publication.
"Evan dotes on Emma — he’s always holding her hand… They are super cute together! I’ve never seen her so happy with a guy… Emma and Evan really support each other, one hundred per cent."
Emma and Evan co-star in upcoming comedy Adult World.
Not only did Emma Roberts make her relationship with Evan Peters red carpet official over Golden Globes weekend, she also introduced him to family! The We’re the Millers actress, 21, bumped into Aunt Julia Roberts at the Help Haiti Home Gala in Beverly Hills on Saturday, Jan. 12 while attending the event with Peters, 25.
An insider tells Us Weekly that Julia, 45, noticed her niece first. “‘I’ve spotted Emma, so I’m going to go say ‘hi’,’” she told husband Danny Moder before leaving his side.
The Oscar-winning actress then greeted the young couple. "Julia gave Evan a big hug while shaking his hand. It looked like Emma was introducing him," the eyewitness tells Us. After introductions were out of the way, Julia gave her relative a big hug too.
"They only hung out for a couple of minutes though before Julia went about her business," the insider says. During the live charity auction, Julia and her husband were photographed sitting at a table with Leonardo DiCaprio and Richard Gere. DiCaprio placed a winning bid of $200,000 to spend the day with President Bill Clinton.
Emma and Peters kept a low-profile at the event, but the following evening made their first joint red carpet debut at the Instyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes after party.
A source told Us that Emma is “so in love” with Peters. The couple costarred in the movie Adult World, and the source said, "Evan dotes on Emma — he’s always holding her hand … They are super cute together!"
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New Partnership With Americans for the Arts and Increased Program Funding Raises Expectations to Reach Even More With “Art in Schools” Message
CYPRESS, CA—(Marketwire - Jan 3, 2013) - Vans is sounding the call for hundreds of high schools across the country to take part in the 4th edition of Vans Custom Culture, a nationwide art contest. Schools can now register at vans.com/customculture for the chance to compete for a $50,000 award to their art program and the opportunity to travel to New York City to exhibit their art-adorned Vans shoes at the final art showcase.
Vans Custom Culture inspires creativity among students through art and design while at the same time aiming to shed light on diminishing school art budgets. Since its 2010 inception, Vans Custom Culture has reached tens of thousands of students, at thousands of participating schools and awarded more than $175,000 to support high school art programs. In 2013, Vans sets the bar even higher with a goal that more than 1,000 schools nationally join in.
"In a time when schools are faced with shrinking budgets, art education is an often overlooked discipline," said Doug Palladini, Vans Vice President of Marketing. "Supporting creative expression through art and design is very important to all of us at Vans and the Custom Culture program should inspire young art students and draw attention to the importance of high school art programs nationwide."
In 2013, Vans will donate $50,000 to the school that wins the Custom Culture contest and launch a new partnership with Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. Through this partnership, Americans for the Arts and Vans will distribute $2,000 grants to an additional ten schools across the nation, and Vans will make a $50,000 donation to Americans for the Arts to support their work to create opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additionally, returning national retail partner Journeys will award a $10,000 ‘Local Attitude’ award presented to the school that creates the most compelling ‘local flavor’ design.
"Journeys couldn’t be more excited to partner with Vans Custom Culture for a second year," said Kari Irons, Journeys Vice President of Marketing. "Arts education is a vital part of a student’s school experience and ensuring that young artists have the funding they need to pursue their creative passions is something Journeys feels very strongly about."
To further encourage students to register, Vans Custom Culture is pleased to announce that actress Emma Roberts (Valentine’s Day, It’s Kind of a Funny Story and the much anticipated We’re the Millers and Empire State), will serve as the face of the program as the Vans Custom Culture Celebrity Ambassador. “As a huge Vans fan I am so excited to work with Vans Custom Culture on this great initiative,” said Roberts. “Not only does it help to inspire high school students across the U.S. to embrace their creativity, but it also raises awareness for the importance of art in high schools all over the country.”
From January 2 through February 11, 2013, U.S. based high school art programs can register for the 2013 competition on the Vans Custom Culture website (vans.com/customculture). After registration, each school will be tasked with customizing four favorite Vans styles: the Authentic, 106 Vulcanized, Sk8-Hi and Classic Slip-On. Students are charged with designing each pair of shoes to fit within one of three themes representing the Vans lifestyle, including action sports, art and music and then also a fourth “local flavor” theme reflecting regional inspiration.
After an internal Vans team narrows down the selection, the public will have the opportunity to vote through the Vans Custom Culture website from April 22 to May 13, 2013. The top five schools will be invited to New York City to showcase their designs for the crowd and celebrity judges at a special event in June 2013, where the grand prize winner will be announced.
In March 2013, the designs created by 2012 Vans Custom Culture winners Rio Rancho High School (Rio Ranch, NM) will go on sale at Vans and Journeys stores as well as the Vans online shop. Rio Rancho claimed the $50,000 prize last year as well as Journeys’ “Local Attitude” award when their designs were recognized amongst the nearly 900 participants.
For more information both students and teachers alike can visit Vans.com/customculture. The website is the central hub for the contest, providing registration information, contest rules, an exciting kick-off video and program updates.
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Emma Roberts has had the chance to work with some A-list actors and actresses, but no one could top Jennifer Aniston — at least in her mind.
Roberts, 21, chatted with HuffPost Celebrity about her experience on “We’re The Millers” and why working alongside Aniston was a “dream come true.”
“Jennifer Aniston is a genius. I’ve been such a fan of hers for so long, so to get to work with her was one of those dream come true, check-off-my-list kind of things that I’ve always wanted,” Roberts told HuffPost. “I think we all worked together really well and I think there was a good chemistry between us,” she added of Aniston and Sudeikis. “We became friends outside of work, so it translated well.”
Roberts also discussed starring alongside James Franco in the upcoming movie “Palo Alto,” which is based on his book of the same name.
“It’s a fictitious take on James Franco’s life,” Roberts said of the movie. “It’s all of these stories interwoven about these young kids growing up in Palo Alto. He plays a teacher and I play his student and we have kind of a weird relationship. It’s been a really fun experience working on that.”
As for Franco, Roberts says he’s an incredible guy.
“He’s amazing, we had a lot of fun working together. He’s such a great serious actor, but also a lot funnier than you would think in person.”