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At just 23, Emma Roberts (“It's Kind of a Funny Story,” “The Art of Getting By,” “Celeste and Jesse Forever”) is about the same age her aunt Julia was when she shot to stardom with the iconic hit “Pretty Woman.” But times have changed, and in Emma’s latest rom-com — Scott Coffey’s “Adult World,” which premiered last year at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival — she plays not a hooker with a heart of gold, but a virginal Syracuse graduate. Roberts is Amy, a post-collegiate aspiring poet who lives in snowy upstate New York with her parents; what she lacks in life experience she makes up for in pluck and aspiration. Her inability to be self-sufficient will feel familiar to a lot of 20-somethings, as today’s economy has created a state of delayed adulthood; coming-of-age so rarely happens at 18 anymore. When Amy’s parents pull the financial plug on her dreams »
- Kristin McCracken
Each Monday we present you with the most up-to-date list of the top 10 (indie) movies in the iTunes store, combining rentals and purchases. Fueled by Oscar buzz, in second first week on the list, Focus Features' "Dallas Buyers Club" maintains its #1 spot, followed by "All is Lost." Three day and date releases "Someone Marry Barry," "Adult World" and "Easy Money: Hard to Kill" also hit the list. The top 10 indies in iTunes are listed below (number represents North American gross, where applicable): 1. Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features, $24,304,000) 2. Enough Said (Fox Searchlight, $17,550,872) 3. All is Lost (Roadside Attractions, $6,255,562) 4. Someone Marry Barry (FilmBuff, N/A) 5. The Spectacular Now (A24, $6,854,611) 6. The Summit (IFC, $243,550) 7. Spinning Plates (The Film Arcade, $112,449) 8. Adult World (IFC, N/A) 9. Easy Money: Hard to Kill (Cinedigm, N/A) 10. Fruitvale »
- Paula Bernstein
We've all had those post-collegiate jobs, the ones that keep the bills paid until real work comes along. Whether it's slinging fries, holding down a cubicle in a call center or working a retail counter, it's the kind of experience that in the best of times will build character or at the very least serve up some good anecdotes down the road. And we're sure once Emma Roberts' Amy Anderson moves on from "Adult World," she'll have some stories to tell as well. Directed by Scott Coffey, "Adult World" tells the story of Amy, a recent college grad and aspiring poet, who takes a job at the titular bookstore — which specializes in XXX material — to help pay off her mounting debt. But things change when crosses paths with Rat Billings (John Cusack), an aging punk poet who agrees to mentor Amy, who learns that she might not be the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This weekend looks to be one of the weakest in years for new product. With only the non-specialized "Beijing Love Story" (China Lion) reporting grosses among new specialized films, the openers didn't look strong in any case. IFC opened Cannes and New York Film Fest entry "Jimmy P." from veteran French director Arnaud Desplechin in one theater, while their VOD-playing "Adult World," aimed at Valentine's Day audiences opened in two. Other films showed little action. None of these films received any better than consensus average reviews. With awards contenders slackening even more (most head to home viewing venues in upcoming weeks), two foreign language entries, "Gloria" (Roadside Attractions) and the long-run "The Great Beauty" took up some of the slack as they both add to their already impressive (in the subtitled specialized market) grosses. The rest is fairly grim. Opening "Beijing Love Story" (China Lion) - Metacritic: 41 $128,000 in 9 theaters; PSA (per screen average):. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Emma Roberts recently confessed to E!'s Chelsea Handler that she had a crush on Evan Peters when they worked on Adult World in February 2012. The actress admitted she was too nervous to make the first move on her future fiancé—and as it turns out, Peters was just as anxious around his costar! "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," Peters revealed in an interview with Vulture. "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 »
Evan Peters has been dead several times on American Horror Story, and he’s making a questionable Quicksilver this summer, but next up he stars with his real life girlfriend Emma Roberts in Adult World, which takes place in an adult book store. And the props were really not up to par. “They were pretty cheap props. Nothing that you’d want to use. Pretty gross stuff. It wasn’t second-hand, it was just kind of low-quality. Like it’d been through the ringer by Ups.” So he’s more familiar with upscale toys?
The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that second parent adoption is allowed by state law, paving the way for both parents in same sex relationships to adopt their children.
- Ed Kennedy
This weekend, the cult-classic "RoboCop" returns with a modern reboot, Kevin Hart and company try to take their relationships to the next level in "About Last Night," Colin Farrell wishes to save his lost love in "Winter's Tale," and a forbidden romance heats up the screen in "Endless Love."
A reboot of the 1987 original, "RoboCop" stars Joel Kinnaman ("The Killing") as a loving husband and good cop whose near-fatal injury leads a multinational conglomerate to use him to finally create a part-man, part-robot police officer. Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, and Abbie Cornish star in supporting roles.
Starring Kevin Hart, "About Last Night" follows two couples as they attempt to take their relationships from the bedroom to the real world. Directed by Steve Pink ("Hot Tub Time Machine"), the romantic-comedy stars Michael Ealy as Hart's friend, and Joy Bryant and Regina Hall as the duo's love interests. The film is a »
- Jonny Black
Plot: Amy (Emma Roberts) is a recent college grad. An English major focused on writing poetry, she fully expects to take the literary world by storm, but her lack of talent and crushing student debt forces her to take a menial job at a porn shop called .Adult World. which is populated by an eccentric cast of characters. Review: Adult World is a film that's pretty much doomed right from the get-go. It starts off with perky Amy, inspired by the poster of Sylvia Plath that hangs on her »
- Chris Bumbray
It's hard to believe, but American Horror Story's Evan Peters is playing a totally normal, not dead guy in his upcoming indie, Adult World (out Friday). Granted, that guy works in a porn shop. But everyone's gotta eat, right? Emma Roberts stars as his unwilling co-worker, a Sylvia Plath obsessive who aspires to be a poet but isn't very talented. We spoke to Peters, who is now dating and rumored to be engaged to Roberts, about trying (and failing) to make her laugh on set; strangling her to death for their second collaboration, Ahs: Coven; and inflating a blowup doll that makes sex noises.You’ve been acting since you were very young, so I’m guessing you never had a job stocking shelves or working at a register. No, no. I started acting when I was 15, in commercials and guest roles. I was definitely a working actor, »
- Patti Greco
R, 1 Hr., 33 Mins.
In this lightweight indie comedy dripping with faux quirkiness, Emma Roberts is a naive would-be Sylvia Plath who splits her time between manning a porn-shop counter and stalking a washed-up bad-boy poet (John Cusack). Imagine Wonder Boys if none of its characters had humor or talent. (Also available on VOD) C —Chris Nashawaty
R, 1 Hr., 40 Mins.
Andy Garcia and Vera Farmiga play lonelyhearts who meet while touring a small liberal-arts college with their respective children. He’s a cardiac surgeon who’s like a Eugene Levy character played straight »
- EW staff
Every once in a while a terrific small-budget indie comes along and nobody even blinks. Adult World, directed by Scott Coffey (known mostly as an actor, particularly for his roles in David Lynch movies like Mulholland Dr. and Lost Highway) and written by Andy Cochran, could easily get lost in the waves of well-intentioned but ultimately undistinguished little movies that wash up on the VOD shores every week. But it's so smart — and so specific about the way young people's expectations of glory can either funnel more crap into the world or stem that crap's flow — that it deserves to be plucked from the drink.
Emma Roberts stars as Amy, an aspiring poet living in a small, sleepy American city. She has just graduated from college in that city, an »
Everyone wants to be commended for their work. One of the inalienable facets of the American education system, and one that’s stirred up a fair amount of criticism in recent years, is a focus on numbers as an end-all. A high Gpa, strong Act scores and a large amount of course credits are valued above all else in high schools and colleges, to the point where students actively compete to see who can score highest. The C, once meant to imply an average score, is no longer acceptable – only the golden A will do. The system’s critics claim that boiling education down to numbers is really missing the point, and that all the A’s and 36′s can’t help students if reaching those targets prevents them from understanding the purpose behind their education or, worse, deluding themselves into believing that high scores are enough to guarantee career success. »
- Isaac Feldberg
To help you sift through an endless VOD selection, we've compiled a list of 10 new indies coming to VOD this month. Click on the films' titles to learn more. "Adult World" (February 14) Soctt Coffey's feature premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. A girl fresh out of college (Emma Roberts) believes she's destined to be the next big poet, but it all seems to be heading nowhere as she lives with her parents and takes a job at the local sex shop. In an effort to launch into her ideal life, she pursues a mentorship with a published and reclusive writer (John Cusack). Where to watch: iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube, Playstation, Xbox, Vudu, Time Warner "Alan Partridge" (February 27) Steve Coogan's longtime kooky character has come from spoof show to TV to film. In "Alan Partridge," the titular Alan tries to revive his quasi-successful career while trying not to get »
- Taylor Lindsay and Nigel M Smith
Emma Roberts' fiancé Evan peters took a little convincing for that first date - Emma says he thought she was ''weird'' when they first met. The couple - who got engaged over the Christmas period - were introduced to each other while filming 'Adult World' in 2012, but the 22-year-old actress admits her beau Evan Peters, 26, didn't show her an ounce of interest at first, despite her endless flirting. Speaking on chat show 'Chelsea Lately' she said: ''We met on the movie. Everyone thought we dated on the movie and we didn't, not for a long time after. I actually, on the set, was like, 'Oh yeah, we're totally gonna date.' ''And I would like flirt with him, which ended up looking like I had something in my eye because I'd be like, 'Hey, what's up?' and he literally didn't speak to me the entire movie. »
"We met on the movie. Everyone thought we dated on the movie and we didn't, not for a long time after," usmagazine.com quoted Roberts as saying.
"I actually, on the set, was like, 'Oh yeah, we're totally gonna date.' And I would try to like flirt with him, which ended up looking like I had something in my eye because I'd be like, 'Hey, what's up?'"
"And he literally didn't speak to me the entire movie. He thought I was so weird," she added.
- Ketali Mehta
The 22-year-old actress added that she used to try to flirt with Peters and used to end up looking like she had something in her eye while batting her eyelashes, which made him not talk to her the entire movie. (Ani) »
- Arun Pandit
When Emma Roberts met fiancé Evan Peters, it was hardly love at first sight. The American Horror Story: Coven lovebirds met earlier while filming the upcoming indie Adult World, but Peters wasn't exactly bewitched by his future wife. "On set, I was like 'Oh yeah, we're totally going to date,' and I would try to flirt with him, which ended up looking like I had something in my eye," Roberts, 22, told Chelsea Handler on Wednesday night's Chelsea Lately. "He literally didn't speak to me the entire movie, like thought I was so weird." She fully understands why Peters didn't return her affection at first. »
- Michele Corriston
Emma Roberts had her eye on fiance Evan Peters long before they got together!During an interview on "Chelsea Lately" on Wednesday, the "American Horror Story" starlet confessed that she fell for her man on the set of "Adult World," though he didn’t take to her right away."We met on the movie," the engaged star explained. "Everyone thought we dated on the movie and we didn't, not for a long time after. I actually, on the set, was like, 'Oh yeah, we're totally gonna date.' And I would like flirt with him, which ended up looking like I had something in my eye because I'd be like, 'Hey, what's up?' And he literally didn't speak to me the entire movie. He thought I was so weird."Roberts also mentioned that her wardrobe for the flick was less-than-ideal for attracting Evan's attention."I had no makeup, it »
- tooFab Staff
Weirdly lovable? During a Wednesday, Jan. 29 appearance on Chelsea Lately, Emma Roberts shared the story of how she met fiance Evan Peters on the set of the 2013 comedy Adult World -- and why it wasn't exactly love at first sight. "We met on the movie. Everyone thought we dated on the movie and we didn't, not for a long time after," Roberts, 22, told host Chelsea Handler of filming Adult World with Peters, 27, in 2012. "I actually, on the set, was like, 'Oh yeah, [...] »
Emma Roberts had her eye on Evan Peters when they filmed the dark comedy Adult World—but her future fiancé wasn't looking in her direction at the time. "We met on the movie. Everyone thought we dated on the movie and we didn't, not for a long time after," Roberts revealed on the Wednesday, Jan. 29, episode of E!'s Chelsea Lately. "I actually, on the set, was like, 'Oh yeah, we're totally gonna date.' And I would like flirt with him, which ended up looking like I had something in my eye because I'd be like, 'Hey, what's up?'" she recalled, batting her eyelashes. "And he literally didn't speak to me the entire movie. He thought I was so »
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