According to Entertainment Weekly, Emma Stone has read with Andrew Garfield for a part in the “Spider-Man” Reboot film.
As such, the studio is casting a rather wide net. It flew Mia Wasikowska, best known as Alice from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, in from New York to meet with Webb and Garfield. While, most recently, Easy A’s Emma Stone read with Garfield for the role.
The studio is being very mum as to who could possibly be the front runners for the two parts and declined to comment for this story. Other names are also said to be circling the high-profile project. Yet it’s easy to imagine that the two roles could go to both Stone and Wasikowska. The red-headed Stone has starred in four movies for the studio and is said to have a great relationship with Sony head Amy Pascal. Stone has come on strong ever since last year’s Zombieland and only solidified her place as a go-to young actress with the success of Easy A, which bowed last weekend to just under $18 million. Stone is currently filming The Help for DreamWorks, where she stars as the lead character Skeeter Phelan in the period piece based on Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel.
This rebooted Spider-Man is supposed to begin filming by the end of the year and is already scheduled for release in Summer 2012.
Emma Stone is featured inside the October 2010 issue of “InStyle” magazine and I have just added 7 photos from her feature!
The story should sound familiar to anyone aware of popular culture in 2004: A redheaded, up-and-coming starlet makes it big in a teen comedy that manages to skewer high school politics with enough intelligence to appeal to young and old alike. She’s not the typical, winsome blonde, but she instead charms audiences with a smart sassiness and spot-on comedic timing.
Yes, it’s Lindsay Lohan — or, rather, it was her when “Mean Girls” hit theaters in 2004 — but now it’s Emma Stone, the alt-cool actress currently starring in “Easy A.” And it hasn’t gone unnoticed among those zeroed in on pop culture that Stone’s career launch coincides with the lowest point of Lohan’s thus far. The latter has failed a drug test and could now go back to jail, where no one wears pink on Wednesdays and the girls are a hell of a lot meaner. So can Emma Stone be the ingénue that Lindsay Lohan failed to become?
First, let’s acknowledge that we do Emma Stone a disservice by thinking about her as the second coming of La Lohan. Despite all appearances — the most striking being both gals’ red hair, as noted by EW.com and others — Stone has none of Lohan’s DNA and has the additional benefit of being raised by neither Dina nor Michael Lohan. (Points in Stone’s favor, we say.) Lohan appeared in films as a child, while Stone made her on-screen debut at the age of 17. Lohan began in cutesy fare like “The Parent Trap” and “Freaky Friday,” but Stone entered the public eye with the teen sex comedy “Superbad” and the undead splat-a-thon “Zombieland.”
It’s only with the release of “Easy A” that Stone’s career path seems to mirror Lohan’s, but it’s also worth noting that her critically praised teen flick has thrived without the benefit of the queens of “Saturday Night Live” — Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, and Tina Fey, the last of whom both wrote and starred in “Mean Girls.” Granted, “Easy A” boasts a supporting cast that includes Lisa Kudrow, Thomas Haden Church and other respected actors, but none of them suggests “instant comedic gold” the way those “SNL” vets do. Coincidentally, Stone will host “SNL” on October 23, just as Lohan did after the release of “Mean Girls.” And while a then-untarnished Lohan rocked the stage during her first hosting gig, time will tell whether Stone fares as well with live comedy. (Lohan’s December 4 hosting gig seems questionable, meanwhile.)
So, yes, they’re different enough — but can Stone do what Lohan couldn’t? All signs point to yes. From our perspective, as people who (thankfully) don’t stand in Lindsay Lohan’s inner circle, the “Mean Girls” star met her downfall as a result of kookooballs parents, an association with a hard-partying crowd (clubmate Paris Hilton is facing her own drug charges, don’t forget) and roles that declined in quality in direct proportion to the number of tabloid headlines she appeared in. Stone should fare better than Lohan if she simply focuses on her career while avoiding fly-by-night friends who enjoy stepping out of limousines without proper “privates protection.” So far, Stone’s attitude of not wanting to be the “token sexy girl” (as she recently told People) should serve her well.
Finally, there remains the question of whether Stone and Lohan could coexist in the movie business without stealing each other’s roles. Again, we say yes. We doubt Stone is gunning for the role of porn star Linda Lovelace in “Notorious,” the biopic delayed because Lindsay Lohan’s legal troubles may prevent her from performing the lead role. Besides, the notion that Hollywood couldn’t support two non-Barbie doll actresses is ridiculous. Both Lohan and Stone are beautiful, talented young women. For Stone, the appeal lies in her status as a new, undiscovered property. Lohan, meanwhile, can draw crowds and praise if she finally sobers up and rediscovers her acting abilities — at least her “Machete” co-stars are rooting for her.
Think about it: How happy would we all be if an older, wiser Lindsay Lohan makes that big comeback and pulls of a role that reminds us why we saw such promise in her? And, failing that, I guess we could also look forward to Emma Stone playing Lohan in some tawdry biopic. I’m hoping for the former.
If you DON’T like Emma Stone, I think there must be something wrong with you. Stone has lit up the screen in several supporting roles from The House Bunny to Zombieland. Finally carrying the tag of lead actor in Screen Gems’ Easy A, Stone plays Olive Penderghast who finds herself through — some fault of her own — at the swirling center of a rumor mill that leads to her being ostracized much like literary character Hester Pryn (from the book she’s studying in English Class). At the Easy A press junket, Stone had plenty to say about adolescence, the challenges of carrying a film, and how she feels about the Zombieland sequel. Watch the full interview after the jump.
In the interview, Emma Stone is incredibly honest about adolescent and her current fears that pop up from time to time. She gushes about the possibility of working with her Zombieland cohorts again, and is so candid about her role in the real life rumor mill that she even takes me by surprise. Yup. At the end of the interview, Emma Stone ADMIRAL AKBARS me. That. Happened. She also absolutely embodies the witty, warm, wonderfully headstrong Olive in this delightful film. Seriously, how is everyone not crazy about this girl? Screen Gems’ Easy A opens September 17th.
Emma Stone and director Will Gluck must be riding high on the success of “Easy A,” the teen flick that garnered a grand reception from both critics and audiences. Fortunately those of us who were fans of the movie, the dynamic duo are working together on another upcoming rom-com that we’re super excited for: “Friends With Benefits” (the one with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis).
Though Justin will soon make girls to swoon as Sean Parker in “The Social Network,” Emma said she had a great time being the woman who got to break his heart. “I gotta tell you, breaking up with Justin Timberlake is really fun,” she told MTV’s Kara Warner. “It’s a feel-good time. He’s such a nice, funny guy. It was really fun. We had a good time.”
While he’s making a splash in the film industry, JT can never truly say byebyebye to his pop-star persona. Emma said she would hear a hum or a scat escape Justin’s lips every once in a while on set, but that must have been because Justin was saving his serenades for director Will Gluck.
“He sings everything,” Will said. “He sings when we’re waiting to shoot, he sings when he’s pointing out paparazzi, he always sings everything. The funny thing is, unlike other people humming, every time he sings, you’re like, ‘That’s Justin Timberlake! He’s singing a song about “the boom just hit me in the face”!’ and it could be a pop song if he does it right.”
He added that he would often have to get the crew to stop focusing on Justin’s singing and concentrate on their work. We think we would definitely have some concentration problems if Justin Timberlake was singing and dancing only feet away from us. In fact, we would definitely have some problems focusing.
“He does like to sing, and he’s good at it,” Will said. “And even when he does a little dance [to go along with the song], he’s good at it.”
Fresh off the buzz from their charming teen comedy “Easy A,” star Emma Stone and director Will Gluck are already waist-deep into an equally fun-sounding next project called “Friends With Benefits.” The film revolves around two recently dumped individuals, played by Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, who eventually help each other get over their “evil” exes, played by Stone and Andy Samberg.
Amid idle chatter about how Stone needed an oxygen tank after filming her fake-sex scene in “Easy A,” she said filming her breakup scene with Timberlake was equally hilarious.
“I gotta tell you, breaking up with Justin Timberlake is really fun,” she said. “It’s a feel-good time. He’s such a nice, funny guy. It was really fun. We had a good time.”
We then asked Stone if she was privy to any of Timberlake’s rumored serenading on set. “There was some humming,” Stone recalled. “Maybe some scatting.”
It seems as though JT saved his pipes for his “Benefits” director, as Gluck had a little bit more to say on the subject.
“He sings everything,” Gluck said. “He sings when we’re waiting to shoot, he sings when he’s pointing out paparazzi, he always sings everything. The funny thing is, unlike other people humming, every time he sings, you’re like, ‘That’s Justin Timberlake! He’s singing a song about “the boom just hit me in the face”!’ and it could be a pop song if he does it right,” Gluck said, adding that he would have to persuade his crew to refocus on their work and not Timberlake’s vocal stylings.
“He does like to sing, and he’s good at it,” Gluck said. “And even when he does a little dance [to go along with the song], he’s good at it.”
Fingers crossed that Gluck will add a reel of Timberlake’s on-set singing to the “Friends With Benefits” DVD.
Because she’s a spunky, pretty redhead in a high school comedy, Emma’s breakthrough performance in Easy A is naturally being compared to Lindsay’s own star-making turn in Mean Girls — but she’s already twice the actress that Lindsay ever was!
I’ve got some serious advice for you, HollywoodLifers, so listen closely. GO SEE EASY A NOW. You won’t regret it. In fact, you’ll probably thank me for pushing you into the movie theatre on a beautiful fall day as soon as you realize how utterly fantastic breakout star Emma Stone is; she is THE reason to see this film and, in my opinion, Hollywood’s newest “It” girl!
Before I continue, I have to clear one thing: Emma is no Lindsay Lohan. Yes, both girls are redheaded, freckled, funny and have starred in high school comedies, but the similarities end there. Sure, Lindsay — who was arrested for the umpteenth time today after failing yet another drug test – did have talent once upon a time, but she couldn’t carry the 2004 comedy Mean Girls the way that Emma, 21, rules Easy A. Tina Fey wrote Mean Girls‘ hilarious script and a slew of Saturday Night Live stars like Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler and Tim Meadows helped to give her credibility as a comedienne. All she had to do as formerly home-schooled teenager Cady Heron was sit there, look pretty and say “shut up” — a lot.
But Emma is a different story entirely. Easy A is amazing BECAUSE of her, not because it’s such such a fabulous film by itself. She is equal parts funny, fabulous, touching and REAL — I got a sense that this whole semi-ridiculous story about a high school student that pretends to have sex with losers to amp their street cred (she’s like Rob Hood, if Robin was a fake de-virginizer) could have actually happened in reality. She brings real warmth and originality to Olive Penderghast, a senior who gets branded a slut after accidentally telling her best friend (Aly Michalka) she had lost her V card to a random guy. After being a branded a harlot by the student body, Olive has no problem helping gay schoolmate Brandon (Cougar Town’s Dan Byrd) by pretending to deflower him. However, things soon escalate beyond her control and she realizes that, like the boy who cried wolf, no one believes her when she insists she isn’t the slew-bag she pretended to be…especially after she starts accepting gift cards from Home Depot for “services rendered.” To further alienate herself, she starts wearing corsets to school and sewing a red “A” on her clothing to ape The Scarlet Letter’s wrongfully accused protagonist, Hester Prynne (not-so-coincidentally she happens to be ready Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic while her situation occurs).
The plot sounds kind of funny, but also kind of silly, right? Trust me, Emma makes the movie magic. But if you need other reasons to shell out the big bucks at the theatre this weekend, here they are!
* Easy A is one big, old love letters to John Hughes movies! If you love the ’80s, this is the film for you! There are nods to The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Sixteen Candles and Say Anything – including Penn Badgley’s adorable boombox-holding window scene (you’ll know what I mean when you see the film)!
* Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson are LOL-funny as Olive’s parents, Dill and Rosemary. Seriously, you can only dream about having parents this cool and funny. Spoiler alert: Rosemary was a pretty loose lady in high school herself!
* Penn Badlgey. After years of appearing as annoying, arty Brooklynite Dan Humphrey on Gossip Girl, only now do I get Penn’s sex appeal. He’s utterly endearing as Olive’s sweet, cool love interest, Woodchuck Todd, a guy who refuses there’s anything less than awesome about his dream girl. Plus, I kind of enjoyed the indignity of seeing him in a woodchuck costume instead of skinny jeans.
* Emma Stone, Emma Stone, Emma Stone. Sorry, guys, I couldn’t resist.
This film certainly isn’t as flawless as it’s star. Aly Michalka is deeply annoying as Olive’s BFF Rihannon and there was absolutely NO need to have such a dumb subplot about a religious freak (Amanda Bynes) who tries to save Olive from herself. Still, I’ll be seeing this movie again – and again and again and again. I literally can’t wait to see what the sensational Ms. Stone does next. Trust me, she’s no flash in the proverbial pan a la Lindsay Lohan.
I have just added 5 photos of Emma Stone from two different photo sessions! She looks so amazing in them!