I’ve added pictures from T-Mobile Google Music Village At The Lift which was held on January 22, 2012. Also, I’ve added 2 portrait sessions for “The First Time”. (Thanks Peter for the HQ!)
Thanks to VA, I’ve added a few more pictures from the 2012 Sundance Film Festival including twitter pictures. Also below are a few reviews of the “The First TIme“. I’m so happy that it’s getting such good reviews!
*** (three stars)
Jonathan Kasdan’s “The First Time” is, by design, “a very John Hughes-ian romantic comedy,” as the director put it. And it is indeed a lot like one of those great ’80s teen movies updated for the 21st century.
Dylan O’Brien stars as Dave, a high school senior who pines for Jane (Victoria Justice). But he’s not cool enough for her. One Friday night, Dave meets Aubrey (Britt Robertson), and over the next two days the initially awkward pair fall in love. Culminating, 43 hours after they meet, with them having their “first time.” And it doesn’t exactly go well.
“The First Time” perfectly captures the awkwardness of being a teenager. It’s funny, it’s heartfelt and the perfomances are great. It’s a bit talky at times, but then so are teenagers.
It’s hard not to be won over by “The First Time,” though, since TV vets Britt Robertson (“The Secret Circle”) and Dylan O’Brien (“Teen Wolf”) are so utterly charming. Robertson, in particular, brings a brainy-pixie vibe that reminded me of the late, great Adrienne Shelley in those early Hal Hartley movies.
As for O’Brien, he’s certainly charismatic, but he’s tough to buy as the nerdy sensitive-guy (who another character actually calls “average-looking”) when he could clearly be an underwear model. Nonetheless, the two actors click as slightly-eccentric adolescents who feel like real people, even if they don’t always talk like them.
Still, even if Kasdan bobbles the dialogue, he gets a lot of high school life just right, from messy keggers to Saturday night at the multiplex to the difference between calling a girl on her cell versus calling her parents’ number. Teenagers are probably likely to be way more forgiving of the beyond-their-years sophistication of the witty chat, and they might even make “The First Time” a hit.
“Coming from television . . . the process of rehearsing and developing the characters [was] amazing,” O’Brien said. “This experience is different from any experience I’ve had,” added the actor, who is making his first major film appearance.
A handful of stars have successfully made the transition from the small to the big screen — Michelle Williams, Blake Lively and Shia LaBeouf, to name a few. But the shift is challenging for many young TV stars, with most teen soaps and comedies not exactly helping actors forge a diverse skill set. And even those who do it successfully can take a long time getting there; witness Williams’ turns in gems like “Halloween: H20″ before she became an Oscar contender.
The trio of “First Time” actors–all between the ages of 18 and 21–showed a little of their inexperience when they came on stage after the screening. Justice, who no doubt has done her fair share of press as a Nick star, was the most animated, cheerily recounting anecdotes from the set. But Robertson and O’Brien appeared less comfortable, rolling on the balls of their feet and passing off the microphone to other cast members on a few occasions instead of answering questions themselves.
“First Time” is seeking a U.S. buyer, and though the comedy isn’t broad enough to merit a studio acquisition–”American Pie” this ain’t–the movie’s charm could be enough to land it a midsize deal and release.
Director Jon Kasdan talks about casting Dylan and Britt Robertson for his movie “The First Time“ in his this new interview with Film Maker Magazine.
Filmmaker: Britt and Dylan both give really surprising performances here. How did you come across these two relative unknowns?
Kasdan: My least favorite part of the process is casting because you meet hundreds of incredibly talented and versatile actors and actresses that all bring something unique and special to their roles – and then you have to pick two of them. The casting process on this movie was lengthy and intense – partly because the teenagers reading for these roles seemed to respond very personally to the script. They were very invested – which was great in a way, but also really tough ’cause almost mpme of them got to do it.
I had brilliant casting directors in Amy Britt and Michael Nicolo, as well as the experience and wisdom of my producers Martin Shafer and Liz Glotzer. It was a collaboration between the five of us. Ultimately, we came down to about ten phenomenal kids (five boys/five girls) and had them read the scenes together, mixing and matching, trying different combinations. All of them would have been interesting (and totally unique) versions of this movie but Britt and Dylan, both incredibly exciting in their own rights, had a special chemistry together.
Britt is extremely experienced for someone her age (or any age). She’s done tons of movies and several television series. Her skill and experience put me at ease, particularly with a role as challenging as this one. She’s really the emotional soul of the movie for me. Dylan had relatively little experience at the time, but he possesses a totally innate, natural charisma and comic instinct that, combined with his physicality, creates a pretty dynamic package. They couldn’t be two more different kinds of actors, with more wildly different approaches, but they worked – I think, I hope – incredibly well together.
Dylan O’Brien stars in MTV’s “Teen Wolf” as the werewolf’s best friend. Britt Robertson stars in The CW’s “Secret Circle” as a witch.
The two star together in “The First Time,” a romantic comedy about two teenagers, which premieres Saturday, Jan. 21 at the Sundance Film Festival. “It’s pretty funny,” Robertson said. “Totally a coincidence, but kind of weird.”
O’Brien added: “We were constantly making jokes about how the two leads are on supernatural television shows. We knew that would be something people would be talking about.”
“The First Time” is writer/director Jonathan Kasdan’s tale of Dave (O’Brien), a high-school senior who pines after popular girl Aubrey (Robertson), who seems out of his reach until they meet at a party one weekend.
There are some parallel between the characters and the actors who play them. Robertson, 21, has a long list of movie credits. O’Brien, 20, was making his first real movie, hot on the heels of his first real role of any kind in “Teen Wolf.”
“He was so sweet and so amazing to work with,” Robertson said. “He had this wide-eyed innocence about him.”
“Working with Brittany was the best experience of my life,” O’Brien said.
While “The First Time” is entered in the U.S. Dramatic competition, Robertson said, “it’s really more of a comedy.” “I think that the relationship between my character and Brittany’s character is really funny,” O’Brien said. “But it’s less about the funny and more about the relationship and how it evolves so quickly, over one weekend.”
I’ve added a HQ movie still and 2 MQ (Thanks shineon-media.com/ for the MQ) movie stills from “The First Time”. One of the MQ quality still is a better quality of one that we already had in the gallery.
Dylan O’Brien Online has a brand new layout thanks to kperryorg! I love the colors she choose and I hope that all of you like it too! Also, Dylan’s co-star Tyler Posey recently did an exclusive interview for tyler-posey.com and Dylan can be seen in the background cooking. You can view the video below.