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'Palo Alto' director Gia Coppola and star Emma Roberts talk teenage angst, days of the week underwear

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The teens are lost, the adults are wrecks, and everyone is grasping for some meaning in Gia Coppola’s feature debut Palo Alto, based on James Franco’s 2010 collection of interconnected short stories of upper middle class teenage angst.

Emma Roberts stars as the heartbreaking April, a quiet teen who catches the leering gaze of her adult soccer coach, played with unsettling charisma by Franco. As April navigates the increasingly inappropriate attention and escalating physicality of her relationship with Mr. B, her classmates drift in and out of trouble, parties, and desperation in Coppola’s dreamy portrait of this grim, privileged suburb.

EW got a chance to speak to Roberts and Coppola about the film, Franco material, and how they reimagined some of the more intense scenes for the big screen. Check it out after the jump. (There are some slight spoilers.) READ FULL STORY

'Palo Alto' trailer: Emma Roberts and James Franco strike up a student/teacher affair -- VIDEO

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Palo Alto — Gia Coppola’s film based on a book of short stories by James Franco — is a high school drama with an interconnected narrative. The heart of the story lies in a forbidden relationship between popular soccer player April (Emma Roberts) and her coach Mr. B. (Franco), a single father she frequently babysits for.

Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'Palo Alto': See the poster for James Franco's new movie -- EXCLUSIVE

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Palo Alto may be Gia Coppola’s first credit as a director and writer, but filmmaking is in her blood. She spent much of her upbringing on the set of her aunt Sofia Coppola’s films, and her grandfather is, of course, director Francis Ford Coppola.

The 27-year-old first came to the film while hanging out with her friend, James Franco, who’d just written his debut collection of short stories, Palo Alto, and wanted to see it adapted for screen. “He said, ‘If you like it, let’s do it,'” Coppola recalls. She¬†was inspired by the stories: “It really captured teenagers in an accurate way, which I don’t think is easy to do, and I hadn’t seen it in a while.” READ FULL STORY

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