THEWRAP.COM – “Pretty Little Liars” star Ashley Benson has joined the cast of Sony’s Adam Sandler action-comedy “Pixels,” TheWrap has learned.
Kevin James, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage co-star alongside Michelle Monaghan and Brian Cox.
“Pixels” is based on Patrick Jean’s buzzed-about short film, which depicted popular 1980s video game characters attacking New York City.
The feature follows aliens who misinterpret video-feeds of classic arcade games as a declaration of war against them and attack Earth, using the games as models for their various assaults. President Will Cooper (James) has to call on his childhood best friend, ’80s video game champion Sam Brenner (Sandler), to lead a team of old-school arcaders (Dinklage and Gad) to defeat the aliens and save the planet. Monaghan plays the team’s weapons specialist.
Benson will play Lady Lisa, a beautiful warrior from the fictional ’80s video game Dojo Quest.
Chris Columbus is directing the big-budget 2015 summer tentpole, which was written by Tim Herlihy and Tim Dowling, based on a story by Herlihy.
Sandler and Columbus are producing with Mark Radcliffe and Allen Covert, while the executive producers Barry Bernardi, Michael Barnathan, Jack Giarraputo, Heather Parry, Steve Koren, Benjamin Darras, Johnny Alves, Matias Boucard, Seth Gordon and Ben Waisbren, as well as Herlihy and Jean.
Production is currently under way, as the film is slated to invade theaters on May 15, 2015.
After starring on “Days of Our Lives” and “Eastwick,” Benson landed the star-making role of Hanna Marin on the hit ABC Family series “Pretty Little Liars.” On the big screen, she most recently starred alongside Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and James Franco in Harmony Korine’s indie hit “Spring Breakers.”
Benson is represented by WME, LBI Entertainment and attorney Dave Feldman.
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The return of ABC Family’s smash hit series, Pretty Little Liars, is a little over a month away, but we know that many of you (like us!) have been counting down the hours, minutes, and seconds until we can be reunited with our fearless fivesome.
Well, we’ve got a little something that will help make this painfully long hiatus worth the wait: Your very first sneak peek at season five! Do yourselves a favor and immediately click on the video above for 30 adrenaline-pumping seconds packed with twists, turns, and terrifying confrontations. (20+ masked men? No thank you!)
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The first wave of the 2013 Teen Choice Award nominations have finally been revealed and Pretty Little Liars is up for 3 awards, including Choice TV Show: Drama, Choice TV Actor: Drama (Ian Harding), Choice TV Actress: Drama (Troian Bellisario).
Check out who they are up against in each category below. The awards ceremony is set to air Sunday, Aug. 11, on Fox.
Choice TV Show: Drama
“Pretty Little Liars”
“Switched At Birth”
Choice TV Actor: Drama
Penn Badgley, “Gossip Girl”
Joshua Bowman, “Revenge”
Lucas Grabeel, “Switched At Birth”
Ian Harding, “Pretty Little Liars”
Nick Wechsler, “Revenge”
Choice TV Actress: Drama
Troian Bellisario, “Pretty Little Liars”
Blake Lively, “Gossip Girl”
Vanessa Marano, “Switched At Birth”
Hayden Panettiere, “Nashville”
Emily VanCamp, “Revenge”
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The Paley Center for Media will hold a special preview screening of Pretty Little Liars season 4 premiere and panel discussion with members of the series cast and creative team this coming June. The atendee list has yet to be finalised.
Pretty Little Liars: #PLL is @paleycenter
Monday, June 10, 2013
7:00 pm PT
Scheduled to appear:
Members of the cast and creative team
From ABC Family and Warner Horizon Television, Pretty Little Liars—the addictive and suspenseful drama series that revolves around four teenage girlfriends who begin receiving threatening messages shortly after the disappearance and apparent death of their friend, a notorious Queen Bee—is routinely one of TV’s most tweeted-about series. In fact, PLL boasts one of the most passionate followings in the social media universe. On the (stiletto) heels of the third season’s twists and thrills, and the recent announcement of an upcoming spinoff (Ravenswood), PLL is a new kind of media phenomenon, with an engaged audience that’s thrilled to be along for the ride. The series cast and creative team gather at the Paley Center to offer a special preview of their highly anticipated fourth season premiere and give us an insightful look behind the scenes of this TV hit.
On sale to General Public Thursday, May 16 at noon.
This event will be live streamed starting approximately at 7:15 pm PT/ 10:15 pm ET.
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Check out this sneak peek clip of “Pretty Little Liars” Season 4 premiere, titled “A is for A-L-I-V-E.”
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Maxim unveils this year’s Hot 100 list and Ashley made it to number 82. While she is far from the top, this is the first time she made the cut, so congrats, Ash! Check out the full list here!
We may or may not have seen Ashley Benson on Days of Our Lives, The O.C., and Bring It On: In It to Win It. Now she’s on the scandalous teen drama, Pretty Little Liars, and can also be seen starring opposite James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, and Selena Gomez in Spring Breakers.
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Harmony Korine’s edgy Spring Breakers starring James Franco, Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Rachel Korine will be partying on Blu-ray and DVD beginning July 9.
Spring Breakers was made on the cheap for $5 million in Panama City Beach, Florida and has gone to earn $13.8 million domestically to date. The film is rated fresh at Rotten Tomatoes with a 65% score and should be a hit on Blu-ray and DVD considering the theatrical release never expanded much further beyond 1,100 locations.
Spring Breakers comes to Blu-ray in 2.35:1 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Extras include:
- Breaking it Down: Behind Spring Breakers – A Behind-the-Scenes 3-Part Documentary
- Part 1 – Film Makers: Spring Breakers
- Part 2 – Breaking Convention
- Part 3 – Spring Breakers Forever
- Deleted Scene/Outtakes
- Harmony’s Ear Candy featurette – An Insightful Look at the Music of Spring Breakers
- Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Harmony Korine
- VICE featurettes – An Inside Look at the ATL Twins and Real Life Partying in Panama City Beach
- Theatrical Trailer/TV Spots
The Spring Breakers Blu-ray cover art above is as it should be with the young ladies looking raucous and Franco looking dope, the same key art as the main theatrical one-sheet movie poster.
Click here to pre-order Spring Breakers on Blu-ray for $19.59 at Amazon.com, 30% off the $27.99 list price.
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Hold onto your pretty, little hats, LiArs! We have some big news for you today. There’s an ALL NEW Pretty Little Liars recap episode coming your way! Pretty Little Liars: A LiArs Guide to Rosewood (a recap special encompassing all three previous seasons of Pretty Little Liars!) will premiere on Tuesday, June 4 at 8/7c. Featuring new voice over from the all-seeing Mona, this special will recap the Liars history with “A” from the very first text message, to the most recent spotting of Red Coat.
Then, only one week later, Pretty Little Liars returns with ALL NEW episodes! In the season four premiere, titled “A is for A-l-i-v-e,” the Liars are desperate to uncover what new scheme “A” has in store for them in the wake of the lodge fire, and have no choice but to turn to Mona for answers, now that she is also being targeted. Aria struggles with seeing Ezra in the wake of their breakup, and Emily starts to make plans for life after high school. Meanwhile, “A” sets Toby on a new path, what’s in the trunk is revealed, and a shocking discovery reverberates through Rosewood.
Get excited, LiArs!
Don’t miss the recap episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, June 4 at 8/7c – and the much-anticipated summer premiere on Tuesday, June 11 at 8/7c!
Pretty Little Liars has staged sensational surprises in nearly every single episode over the last three seasons, but the biggest shocker to date happened off screen as it was announced on April 30 that ABC Family’s recently announced spin-off was bringing Tyler Blackburn’s Caleb along for the Ravenswood ride.
Now, for the first time, PLL executive producer and Ravenswood co-creator Marlene King is exclusively revealing why Hanna’s hottie was tapped to front the new series.
“In terms of the mythology of Ravenswood, there is a reason his character was chosen,” King tells ETonline. “Caleb has an ambiguous past. He doesn’t know as much about where he comes from compared to the other [characters] and we’re going to use that as we unfold the Ravenswood story.”
Once fans got over the initial shock, thoughts — and Twitter trending topics — immediately turned to the following question: “OMG!!! What does this mean for Haleb?!?!?!?!” Turns out, Ashley Benson had the exact same thought after finding out her scene partner was packing up his laptop and amazing conditioner.
“I was so sad,” Benson recalled of hearing the big news. “This is the thing, I’m so happy for Tyler, he deserves it so much, but he’s like my other half! He’s just amazing. When the day comes to shoot his last scene, I’m not going to be able to do it. I mean, I don’t want to give him away to these other people. But, I talked to Marlene about [how Caleb will be written off PLL] and I’m excited for people to see that because I’m pretty happy with how she told me their story would end.”
So what did Marlene tell Ashley? You know I got that answer. “Hanna and Caleb are such a great couple and we’ve designed this beautiful Casablanca moment for them,” King teased. “Hanna really gives Caleb permission to leave Rosewood and, basically, go to this other show [laughs]. I hope our fans embrace it as much as we’ve embraced it as writers. That’s important to us.”