In the past five years, Emma Stone has gone from playing the goofy sidekick in movies like Zombieland and Ghosts of Girlfriends Past to the serious heroine in The Help and Gangster Squad (in theaters January 11). Her breakthrough role in the surprise hit Easy A, in which she portrayed a high school girl who amps up her popularity by pretending to be promiscuous, introduced Stone as a leading lady. She not only was very pretty but also had a sly sense of comic timing and a knack for physical humor.
Growing up in Arizona, Stone worshipped Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live and Steve Martin in The Jerk—which explains her propensity for giving a slightly loopy twist to even her most dramatic performances. In Crazy, Stupid, Love, she and Ryan Gosling have a cinematic date that has probably encouraged a million real-life dates, and Stone is so convincing that her character believably changes the life of a committed womanizer. Anyone who is able to out-sexy Gosling at his sexiest, with largely improvised dialogue, has true movie star appeal. Last year’s The Amazing Spider-Man prequel, in which Stone, 24, played Gwen Stacy opposite her boyfriend, the actor Andrew Garfield, was a triumph of personal chemistry over special effects and pyrotechnics. Like all the great screwball actresses, Stone knows how to set off her own kind of sparks.
In Gangster Squad, Stone reunites with Gosling, and their love scenes have an intensity that gives the movie an emotional center. Although her part is underwritten, Stone does something new: She channels a glamorous woman of mystery.
Who do you play in Gangster Squad?
Grace Faraday, who moved to Hollywood in the ’40s to become a star and ended up falling in with Mickey Cohen, a very well-known gangster, and his brood. Grace is also having an affair with Jerry Wooters, portrayed by Ryan Gosling. He’s one of the cops investigating Mickey Cohen. Grace is playing with fire—she’s constantly torn, caught in that classic conundrum between good and evil.
I’ve added some gorgeous new photos of Emma’s shoot in the upcoming issue of W Magazine to the gallery. Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more very soon! Be sure to take a look.
Guillermo del Toro has found the first occupant for his haunted house thriller “Crimson Peak” — Emma Stone is in early negotiations to star in the Legendary Pictures movie.
While the deal is not completed, Stone is expected to sign up for the chiller that del Toro will direct.
Plot details are being kept under wraps as del Toro and Lucinda Coxon rewrite the original script penned by del Toro and Matthew Robbins.
Legendary will produce and be a participating financing partner on the movie, with Universal Pictures retaining an option to finance at a later date. The film is set to begin shooting in February 2014.
Haunted house pics have seen a resurgence in recent years after FilmDistrict’s “Insidious” and Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity” franchise hit big at the box office.
Jessica Chastain is following up her Oscar-nominated role in “Zero Dark Thirty” with Universal’s horror pic “Mama,” which bows this weekend and is also exec produced by del Toro.
New Line has “The Conjuring,” which stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson with James Wan directing. The studio is so high on the project that they have dated it to bow in the thick of the summer box office season on July 19.
Stone was most recently seen in Warner Bros. “Gangster Squad,” which opened last weekend and lends her voice to the DreamWorks Animation pic “The Croods.” She is also expected to start shooting Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ sometime this year.
I have added HQ scans from the InStyle UK February issue of 2013. A lovely black&white Emma.
LOS ANGELES, CA — Emma Stone is in the new film “Gangster Squad” as a mob girlfriend. She is chatting with FOX 4 Film Critic Shawn Edwards about this new role.
Also added few pictures, hoping to find much more.
On the latest edition of After Hours with MTV News’ Josh Horowitz, Stone’s ability to shout stuff at random is put to the test, and she’ll also have an opportunity to name the members of One Direction that aren’t Harry.
The second Spider-Man movie is about to start production, and Emma Stone was here to tell Ellen her thoughts on her superhero co-star, Andrew Garfield.