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'Perks of Being a Wallflower': How the cast bonded during the 'best summer ever' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a high-school movie, capturing the trials and tribulations of adolescents trying to find their place in the world, but for the actors in Perks, the set felt a lot more like college.

“We were kind of living in a dorm environment,” star Logan Lerman said of the nights in the hotel during production with Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, and other castmates.

A featurette on Perks’ DVD and Blu-ray (available today) called “Best Summer Ever” puts a spotlight on the bonding the young cast did in that dorm-like environment. Check out an EW exclusive clip from the featurette below, then read on for what Lerman had to say about shooting Perks and his next project with Watson, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. READ FULL STORY

Writers Guild Awards honor 'Perks' and 'Looper' among surprises


The tricky thing about the Writers Guild Awards is that some of the major contenders for the Oscar aren’t eligible.

So the absence of Django Unchained and Amour in the original screenplay category has more to do with the work not being covered by the guild than an actual snub of the writing. The same goes for the adapted screenplays Les Miserables and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

Still, the work nominated today by the writers union could each still be major Oscar players. READ FULL STORY

CONSIDER THIS: James Franco on 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'



With Oscar voting in full swing, EW’s Prize Fighter is kicking off the “Consider This” series, asking folks with Oscar histories of their own to share their personal favorites of the year. James Franco, a lead actor nominee for 127 Hours two years ago, made his breakthrough on the coming-of-age TV series Freaks and Geeks and gave us this love letter to another story in that genre: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which stars Logan Lerman as a meek kid grappling with a troubled past, Emma Watson as a girl isolated by a bad reputation, and Ezra Miller as their defiant gay friend (nicknamed “Nothing”) who refuses to be shamed into hiding who he is. 

It’s hard to do a film about high school nowadays and not have it suck. READ FULL STORY

Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes): How Pittsburgh landed 'The Dark Knight Rises'


Move over, Wilmington. Pittsburgh has declared itself the new Hollywood of the East. Although people have been making movies in the Steel City practically since the video camera was invented, the city’s film industry really took off when Pennsylvania introduced a tax credit program for filmmakers about 10 years ago. Since then, Pittsburgh has seen a steady increase of film work — culminating this year, when five major studio movies shot in southwestern PA hit theaters, including The Dark Knight Rises and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. A murder story starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, a new TV show starring Chloe Sevigny, and Fisher Stevens’s adaptation of American Pastoral are currently being shot there. All told, the film industry has brought more than $100 million in revenue to Pittsburgh and the surrounding area for the last three years in a row. EW spoke with Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office, to learn how the town Sienna Miller once called “Sh–sburgh” reinvented itself as a movie mecca.

For more stories behind this year’s top TV and movie moments, click here for’s Best of 2012 (Behind the Scenes) coverageREAD FULL STORY

'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' sets Blu-ray release date -- EXCLUSIVE

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which stars Emma Watson in the screen adaptation of Stephen Chbosky best-selling novel, will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD on Feb. 12. (It can be downloaded digitally three weeks earlier, on Jan. 22.) Chbosky himself directed the film, his cinematic debut, which tells the story of a timid Pittsburgh high-school freshman (Logan Lerman) who comes out of his shell under the guidance of two independent-minded seniors (Watson and Ezra Miller). While the film hasn’t proven an enormous financial hit ($14.6 million so far), it’s been warmly embraced by critics, with EW’s Owen Gleiberman calling it “a graceful and beguiling drama” that “turns into an ecstatic expression of the beautiful solidarity of youth.”

The film also stars Mae Whitman (Parenthood), Nina Dobrev, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh, Joan Cusack, and Paul Rudd. Click below for all the package’s special features. READ FULL STORY

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