Miley Cyrus, the star of the Disney children’s television show Hannah Montana, has spoken of how easy she found her first love scene, with the actor Douglas Booth, in the forthcoming film LOL.
That was quick! After a short and highly limited theatrical run, Miley Cyrus‘ latest movie, ‘LOL,’ will be released on DVD next month.
‘LOL,’ which costars Demi Moore, features Cyrus as a teen going through some issues with sex, drugs, drinking and generally growing up. It’s her edgiest film role yet to date.
Unfortunately, it was also her least lucrative. Only released in 105 theaters, ‘LOL’ was considered a box office bomb. It’s speculated that heavy spending and promo for ‘The Hunger Games’ (which starred Cyrus’ boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth) was behind the studio’s decision not to heavily promote the film, so it’s a bit unfair to chalk it up only to Cyrus’ allegedly fading star power (after all, we are writing about her right now). The limited release likely also limited fans’ ability to get to see the film at all.
To add insult to injury, Lionsgate released the movie on May 4, competing with record-shattering juggernaut ‘The Avengers’ on its opening weekend, effectively dooming the movie to be D.O.A.
Hollywood Life reports that ‘LOL’ will be available on July 31 on DVD and Blu-Ray, complete with special features including audio commentary and behind-the-scenes featurettes.
In what may be brighter news for the starlet’s acting career, Cyrus’ next movie, ‘So Undercover,’ his screens on June 27. The Daily Mail reports that Cyrus learned a bit of hand-to-hand combat for the role, in which she plays an FBI agent. “I’ve been doing fighting, like learning how to box,” she said. “I have a trainer and I have bruises everywhere from, like, kicking the bags … and I’ve learned how to use guns, which was really scary.”
A new interview of Miley appeared on the web. She talks about LOL, but also her relationships with her family, boyfriend Liam Hemsworth, and more. Make sure to read it all, what Miley says is amazing. I don’t know for what magazine it is yet.
Growing up fast, Miley Cyrus, 19, stars in LOL, a coming-of-age romantic comedy opposite British actor, and Burberry model, Douglas Booth, as well as Hollywood legend, Demi Moore, who plays her mother.
In real life, the Tennessee-born popstar-actress is going out with Australia’s Liam Hemsworth (Hunger Games) and she chats a little about him, as well as her onscreen boyfriend and preparing for their sex scenes. She also talks candidly about growing up in the public eye, and the need to have a safe haven for her and Liam away from prying eyes.
Q: You went to school until you what age?
Until 6th grade and then I moved here to LA.
Q: Do you think you avoided some of life’s dramas by not attending regular school?
No. Anytime there was drama, instead of it being on Facebook it was the cover of AOL, Google or whatever it was. I think people relate and teenagers can relate to me more than they actually think. Just because I wasn’t at school doesn’t mean I didn’t get my heart broken and meet people and figure out what love is and friends betraying you and bullies and mean girls and the girl you’re jealous of, the popular girl. That all still happens no matter what, no matter where you’re experiencing it.
Q: When you watch teenage dramas from the 80s and 90s does this movie remind you of any of them?
I think it reminds me so much of Sixteen Candles. Like, every time I see that, my mom is like, ‘This is what it reminds me of.’ It’s one of those kinds of classic movies. I think that is what makes it so interesting. I don’t really feel like there’s been a film like this besides Mean Girls. But even Mean Girls is a little more drama exaggerated. This is, like, real.
Q: I think it portrays very well what teenagers go through nowadays or any days.
Any day yeah. Now with like the internet makes it so much harder.
Q: It makes it harder but yet again it’s supporting it as well because you have a lot of information at hand where you had to have your sex talk with your mom.
Q: You have other sources now where you can find your information.
Yeah. My mom is connected with a lot of her friends from high school on Facebook or whatever. I think that use of it is really great and being able to connect with people. It’s like we’re more connected than we ever have been but we’re more disconnected than we ever have been, if that makes any sense. It’s like you’re on the phone or Tweeting instead of being with the person right there but you’re maybe connecting with someone that you wouldn’t have connected with before if you hadn’t got online. It’s like, so weird. You’re not present. That’s the problem I feel. It’s really more about the status updates than anything.
Q: You have so many Twitter and Facebook followers. It’s amazing. I went on your Twitter site and wow, my goodness.
It’s really good to have Twitter for me for work. It’s really nice so I can say, ‘Hey I’m working with this producer, I’m interested in this film.’ Whatever. That is really great to be able to do that but other than that it’s hard because I don’t put up where I am or really what I’m doing at the time, like, am with my family and my dog – otherwise it can kind of become like you lose reality and you lose any bit of privacy.
Q: Yeah that’s very much true. What did your parents not tolerate while you were growing up?
I barely ever heard my mom cuss. My mom is the sweetest lady ever. She spells the word crap. My mom is so sweet. That was her thing that she really hated. Like when you first start hearing cuss words and you start saying them – I remember like one time I think I called my sister a bitch for the first time. I was done. I was locked in my room, my mouth washed out with soap, everything. I was like, “Mom she is. That’s what she is. She’s a bitch.” I was like in so much trouble. I’ll never forget the first time I did that. I got in so much trouble. That was kind of the thing that my mom was like really mad about. My dad, I think he probably wouldn’t say it but he might have thought it was a little funny. Like a little kid hearing it and then saying it. That was like the one thing that my mom – and my mom is really weird with TV. My dad would always let us watch The Simpsons. We would stay up all night and watching Cartoon Network with my dad and she hated it. She just thought everything – even Tom & Jerry was too violent. My mom hated it. My dad would always let us watch any cartoon that we wanted. My mom was really weird with TV. We didn’t really watch a lot of TV. She’s like, ‘I don’t want to see the commercials. I don’t want you guys being sold on everything like so young.’ If you watch Nickelodeon or whatever there is like all the commercials for every kind of game and dolls. She just didn’t really want it.
Q: And then you work for Disney.
Luckily we don’t have commercials selling anything. That was actually the one thing. I mean they sell their TV shows or whatever, but they don’t merchandise on TV. That was the one thing. Then I became the biggest franchise ever. But my mom was like really weird with TV. She’s not good about it.
Q: Would you ask a boy out how it was in the movie? Would you make the first move?
I think, you know, whatever. I’m probably more gutsy than any guy. I think I have probably. I think I actually asked my boyfriend out like the first time. I did. He was like, ‘Wow. She’s like coming on strong.’ He tells me that now but I don’t even remember that. I don’t remember, like, even doing that but, whatever, it works. Three years later it’s all good. I think I asked him out first.
Q: You guys look very happy.
Yeah. I did a good job. My grandma actually was the one that was like, “He is so cute. He reminds me of the guys that I used to write letters to like back in the day in war.” I’m like, “Heck yeah.” He is really cute. Even my grandma thinks he’s a hottie.
Q: I just interviewed him for Hunger Games. He’s a cool guy.
Yeah. He’s really awesome.
Q: You’re a pretty couple.
Q: About the first time is one of the biggest issues in teenagers anyway. Does the first time make you a woman? What else makes you a woman if that is not the only thing?
I think it does change you as a person a little bit because in a way you start thinking maybe that’s like what guys want from you a little bit. You start feeling things differently as a woman, when you’re looked at differently and whatever. I think it is a big part of growing up because it opens a whole new connection and heartbreak.
Q: Which musician did you have a crush on as you were growing up?
Mine were like really weird. Mine were people like… weird…but George Strait – you know George Strait’s music? Do you know George Strait? He’s country. He wears like the biggest cowboy hat. He’s cheesy but he was like the love of my life. Like every morning to school I would listen to George Strait. I loved him so much. It was like me and my nanny because she was, like, 60. She loved him too. We would just like sit there and swoon over like he was amazing. He was one of my first big crushes. And then I had a crush on this kid that obviously like everyone did from Hansen. That was like my first concert. I just thought they were the most talented group alive. That was like one of my big crushes too. Me and my sister stopped and stood outside the tour bus.
Q: Do you think that growing up famous took away from your normal teenager experience?
I think in a sense it’s like you can’t do anything without people commenting or people saying whatever they feel like you did wrong or whatever and pointing the finger at you. I just feel like that’s something that changed growing up a little bit. I didn’t really let it change. I never really cared to say, like I’m perfect. I never really wanted to be. That was never my shtick. That wasn’t my selling point, because I want people to like me for me. I think my true fans really do still feel that way.
Q: How was working with Demi Moore? What advice did she give you?
I was so inspired by working with her. One thing that she did that I really loved was when she – a few years ago when she first started having a baby – she went away and lived on a farm and spent time away because she just wanted to raise her family and raise them somewhere other than LA which is later down the line that’s something that is really important to me. I don’t necessarily want to ever have a family here and grow up here. It’s scary out there. It’s a war zone. She kind of told me that’s what she did. So when I got home, I got a little puppy dog and I bought a house and I moved out and I just wanted to stay there in my own sanctuary and make it a place that I don’t have to leave besides to go to the grocery store and that’s about it. I have now four dogs. I love being home with my pets. I don’t really want to leave. She really taught me to have that place, have that one place that’s yours. That no one can come on there. That’s your space. It’s beautiful being able to have a place. It’s like now especially with Liam going through what he’s going through with Hunger Games, it’s like we both have somewhere that is like our own little piece of heaven. It’s like no one can come here. No one can talk about us. No one can judge us. This is like for whatever we want to do and whoever we want to be with and each other. It’s nice. That was something I really learned from her.
Q: Very cool. It’s a refuge that you need. Everybody needs their own space.
Everybody does. I was kind of telling someone about it earlier was that even animals are like that, that’s why lions have a den. I was kind of explaining it to him like they’re the fiercest of them all but even then they go back and they protect their babies and they go into the den and that is like their safe zone. Everyone needs to have that. Me and Demi always say that. That’s who we are. We go out and we act like we’re the strongest ones in the jungle but at the end of the day, you’ve got to go and have that little safe haven.
Q: How did you prepare for the rather intimate scenes? Mint, mood music…
Mint, little crunches, go get a spray tan, all that jazz. Do workouts, make your boobs look bigger, perk them up, wear like four bras. It was actually funny because I wasn’t sure that scene was actually coming up. This was the first scene Douglas and I shot together. First day it was like, here is the sex scene.
Q: Right away?
Yeah. First day. I forgot to shave my legs. I was in the trailer and I was like, “Give me a razor.” I have no idea. It was actually really funny like having someone lie with the camera and being like, “Okay put your leg in your hand. Can we see movement?” You’re like, ‘Oh my God.’
Q: Did you know each other before?
No. It was four days. We hung out. The first night we all went to dinner. We ended up hanging out until like four or five in the morning. They actually let us keep the hotel area. It was kind of like bar-restaurant kind of thing. They let us keep it open so we could have a party and people wouldn’t complain upstairs. We wanted one night where we could all hang out at least and get to know each other rather than just going into party scenes and never having spent any time. We ended up randomly meeting this Detroit rapper. He came in rapping and we were all having the best time listening to the music. It was really great but that was only hangout and then we got there that day and they’re like, ‘Okay. Sex scene first.’ We were like, ‘Alright. Sweet. Great.’
Q: Nice. Now kiss please.
Yeah, you’re like first day. This job ain’t so bad because this could be worse.
Q: Douglas is so cute. He’s so pretty. I love his lips.
I’m like, ‘Dude if you put a wig on, you’d be the hottest girl in life.’
Q: He’s so hot.
Yeah. He’s gorgeous. He’s like one of the coolest dudes ever. He’s really funny. We always called him princess because he had like this – it’s like anywhere like anyone with an accent but he has like a very posh English accent. It seems like old Shakespeare or something. We went out on these really crappy jet skis one day and he’s like, ‘This is no St. Barts.’ I’m like whatever. I’m like “You princess. You’ve been living in London way too long.’ He likes comes in and we’re going on a boat, he’s got like his shirt tucked in perfectly and everything. How do you look perfect? We’re all like sweaty and gross and like laying out and you like coming here and looking like a perfect model which you are. We always called him princess. It was hilarious.
Q: Yeah that’s true. He has been modeling for Burberry.
Yeah. He always like came in, in full Burberry outfits. I’m like, damn you. Give me some slack. Come on.
Q: Has a boyfriend ever cheated on you?
Let me think that. Maybe but not that I know of. I’m sure. I just feel like I would always maybe know though, but I don’t know. That chick better watch out if I ever found out. I don’t know. Not that I know of but I’m sure.
Q: What do you think is the message of the movie for teenagers?
Always remember that you’re growing up and that growing up means you’ll make some mistakes. Don’t blame yourself. Don’t even think of it as a mistake. Think of it as an experience. It’s like having a little scar. It’s good. It gives you character. Then when you’re older and you have kids or whatever, remember to understand and to remember what you felt then.
Q: I like your rings.
It says on the inside – it’s engraved. It says, “Liam” for Liam across it. He got them for me.
She first found fame as a Disney starlet with a famous dad but now Miley Cyrus has truly come of age – by filming her debut movie romp.
In rom-com LOL the 19 year old pop-star turned actress has a steamy sex scene with her hunky Brit co-star Douglas Booth.
When asked how she prepared for the raunchy role Miley said: ‘Breath mints, stomach crunches, spray tan. Plus workouts to make my boobs look bigger, perk them up.’
Teen idol Miley Cyrus might have a shrinking waistline, but she is no shrinking violet – as her new movie LOL’s sex scenes reveal.
Miley, who many will know best as Billy Ray Cyrus’s daughter, confessed that her initial nerves filming the steamy scenes soon vanished.
The confident tween star confessed that things ‘could be worse’ than kissing 19 year old former Burberry model Booth.
Miley is equally comfortable talking about her sex life in real life as she is discussing it in her work.
She admitted that her own ‘first time’ made her think differently about things saying:
‘I think it does change you as a person a little bit because you start thinking maybe that’s what guys want from you.’
Last Friday, Miley Cyrus’ soapy teen dramedy “LOL” opened to a limited release in nine states. The film, by all accounts, didn’t perform the way a film starring Cyrus, “Twilight” star Ashley Greene and one-time screen siren Demi Moore, might be expected to.
“LOL,” an English-language adaptation of a French Film of the same name, grossed only $46,500 in 105 theaters. While it’s hard to tell why the film underperformed, it seems that a lack of marketing leading up to its debut may have played a role in that. The flick follows the story of a teen, Lola (played by Cyrus), as she faces the strife of first love in a world driven by technology.
“It’s really hard to say because we’ve heard absolutely nothing about it. I think there was some buzz about this was sort of going to be a different type of breakout role for Miley. I’m not a fan of Miley, but I would actually like to see that and I think a lot of people would,” Brooke Tarnoff, a senior editor at Next Movie, told MTV News about the lackluster interest in the flick once it dropped.
With so few eyes on the release leading up to May 4, it’s hard to tell if the performance had anything to do with Cyrus. Tarnoff added, “Maybe the selling power of Miley has diminished. I think her fanbase may be less loyal than it was in the ‘Hannah Montana’ days, but it’s all kind of moot.”
The film had gotten some attention when Cyrus and Greene were spotted filming it back in 2010. But, after shooting wrapped, little else was heard about the film until a trailer dropped in mid-April, three weeks before the limited release.
“There’s obviously an audience for pretty much anything,” she continued. “And this one having a ‘Twilight’ star and Miley Cyrus, who still has some cache, it’s just [a missed opportunity].”
Regardless of the film’s box-office performance, Cyrus seemed proud of it. She took to Twitter over the weekend and brushed off the low numbers. “Thank u so much for everyone who went to see LOL,” she wrote. “It is a film I loved making and I am proud of…. That’s really all that matters to me.”
Thank u so much for everyone who went to see LOL. It is a film I loved making and I am proud of…. That’s really all that matters to me. ❤
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) May 7, 2012
Lisa Azuelos, who wrote and directed both versions, talked about the box-office response in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
“I really thought this movie could be universal,” she said. “Usually teen movies are tender or scary or have vampires in them, but they’re never realistic. This story isn’t too dirty and not too stupid.”
Miley Cyrus got the shaft. So did Demi Moore, Ashley Greene, Golden Globe nominated actor Thomas Jane and Hollywood legend Marlo Thomas. LionsGate Entertainment Corp left them all twisting in the wind.
The film studio pulled the rug out from under their movie, “LOL: Laughing Out Loud,” to focus on block busters.
While the actors, crew and director Lisa Azuelos-Alessandrin, were all hurt by the studio, Miley is bearing the brunt of this fiasco because the picture was a starring vehicle for her.
It’s a shame because LOL may not be an Academy Award contender, but it’s certainly on par with any of the rom-coms Jennifer Aniston has cranked out. The French version, also directed by Azuelos, was a smash hit.
But it never got the support required to launch a successful movie. Lionsgate did virtually no marketing. Not surprising since it was struggling itself, and on the verge of a hostile takeover by corporate raider Carl Ichan.
It acquired the U.S. distribution rights from Mandate Pictures in Oct. 2010, while it was under Ichan’s assault. Mandate was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lionsgate, operating as an independent brand. LOL marked the first collaboration between the two, according to Variety.
Ichan dropped his bid in late 2010 and last January, LionsGate acquired Summit Entertainment , home of the “Twilight” franchise, in sort of a reverse merger. Since then, it’s shifted its focus to big blockbuster films.
Its signal success since the merger has been “The Hunger Games,” the first of four movies based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novels.
Against the riptide from that film, LOL was swept out to sea. The film was released in just 105 theaters last weekend, and went up against the biggest film of the year, “The Avengers.” Needless to say, it never had a chance. It gross just $46,500 over the weekend.
Which is not surprising since marketing for “LOL” was dumped on the studio’s home entertainment division. Without the muscle of its theatrical marketing arm, it was doomed from the start.
In fact, the film would have gone straight to DVD, if not for a contract provision requiring a US release to support the film’s overseas distribution, according to deadline.com.
That poor theatrical showing led critics like Variety’s Joe Leydon to pronounce Miley’s career all but over.
“That Lionsgate gave this star vehicle such a half-hearted theatrical dump May 4, speaks volumes about the dimmed wattage of toplined Miley Cyrus, whose charisma-free performance may, in turn, serve as a cautionary example for teen pop phenoms seeking to break out into ‘mature’ screen roles,” he wrote.
And what would that example be? Watch who you do business with?
Say what you will about Miley’s off-screen antics, she’s a proven winner as an actress. She’s also not the first actor to get stabbed in the back by a studio.
The LOL fiasco says nothing about her acting ability or star power. Hopefully it won’t dim her prospects down the road.
Miley Cyrus has brushed off criticism of her new comedy Lol after it flopped at the U.S. box office, grossing just $46,500 (£29,063) in its opening weekend (04-06May12).
The singer/actress stars in the coming-of-age film alongside Demi Moore as her onscreen mum, but the movie, which is based on a popular French release of the same name, was only shown in 105 theatres in just eight states – excluding New York.
The Lionsgate-produced Lol failed to attract fans and the studio didn’t even release official box office figures for the picture, although it is estimated to have only made a total of $46,500, according to MovieCityNews.com.
But Cyrus insists she isn’t paying attention to the disappointing takings.
In a post on Twitter.com, she writes, “Thank u (sic) so much for everyone who went to see Lol. It is a film I loved making and I am proud of…. That’s really all that matters to me.”
Lol opened on the same day that highly-anticipated superhero blockbuster The Avengers hit U.S. cinemas – scoring box office gold with a massive $207.1 million (£129.44 million) from its first three days on release.
Miley Cyrus’ long-awaited “LOL,” which was intended to be her vehicle to transition into more grown-up roles, has apparently not gotten much attention from Lionsgate who acquired the domestic distribution rights.
“LOL,” which was filmed in 2010 finally received a limited release date for May 4 and had little promotion. According to the Los Angeles Times, the film narrowly avoided going straight-to-DVD due to a contract with foreign distributors which stipulates that the film must be shown in at least 100 theaters domestically.
The movie, which is based on a 2008 French film of the same name, stars Cyrus as Lola, a high school girl growing up in the era of social networking who is dumped by her boyfriend and is subsequently pursued by her best friend Kyle, portrayed by Douglas Booth. Demi Moore plays Lola’s mother, Anne who “accidentally” reads her daughter’s racy diary and tries to bridge their communication gap.
The movie also stars Ashley Greene, Douglas Booth, Thomas Jane, Gina Gershon and Jay Hernandez.
Lionsgate has reportedly been busy promoting high profile movies like “The Hunger Games” and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and “lost their enthusiasm” for “LOL,” according to the Times. Lionsgate earned over $336 million on the recent release of “Hunger Games,” which stars Cyrus’ boyfriend Liam Hemsworth opposite Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.
Filmmaker Lisa Azuelos, who wrote and directed the original film and American remake told the Los Angeles Times that Lionsgate “couldn’t take care of my movie, and I waited in line.”
Cyrus has starred in a number of high-earning movies including “Hannah Montana: The Movie” and the 2010 film “The Last Song,” which earned $79.6 million and $63 million respectively.
“Your country is so big, so I’m very flattered the movie is being released,” Azuelos said hopefully. “I wish it would be a national release. And I’m still hopeful that in those seven cities it’s going to be big and grow and grow.”
Cyrus herself hasn’t done promotions for the movie, aside from thanking fans on Twitter for promoting it. A Lionsgate spokeswoman told the LA Times that Cyrus was not available for interviews about the film, due to her busy schedule. Meanwhile, Cyrus has been spotted going to Pilates daily and Tweets regularly about walking her dog, watching Prison Break and her Gluten-free lifestyle changes.
Earlier in the week, Cyrus was rushed to the emergency room after slicing her finger on a blender while cooking at home.
Cyrus was thankful that her fans were promoting the film, Tweeting on April 17,
“I’m loving my street team…im do [sic] grateful. I’m really proud of this project. I hope at least a few people see it & enjoy.”
“LOL” is slated to hit theaters on May 4.
In “LOL,” Miley Cyrus plays a hard-partying, rebellious teen who just can’t be tamed.
Judging by the trailer, this movie will practically scream, “I’m not Hannah Montana anymore.”
The film, also starring Demi Moore as Cyrus’ high-strung mother, is a remake of the 2008 French comedy of the same name. In the mother-daughter dramedy, party girl Lola (Cyrus) discovers her boyfriend cheated on her and decides to get revenge by dating one of her close friends (Brit Douglas Booth). Of course, things start to go ary when Lola actually starts to fall for her super good-looking BFF.
“LOL” also marks the 19-year-old’s first on-screen sex scene as Lola loses her virginity on an impromptu trip to Paris.
The former Disney star seems eager to let people know she’s an adult, even if she’s still playing a teenager. “It’s pretty gnarly,” Cyrus told Reuters. “It is about a daughter who is involved with all the wrong kids, doing drugs, failing school, but the mother has her on this perfect pedestal. I just fell in love with the story.”
There’s no doubt that Cyrus can relate to her character and understands the pressure to live up to other people’s expectations. Cyrus has recently come under fire for her thin frame, causing the young starlet to take to Twitter to set the rumors straight. “For everyone calling me anorexic I have a gluten and lactose allergy,” she wrote. “It’s not about weight it’s about health. Gluten is crapppp anyway!”
“I had been wanting to get out of what people think as the obvious choice for me to do next,” Cyrus said of the role. “It was so freeing to not be, like ‘Alright, I’m happy!” and getting to be real and working with life’s real emotions. People are so used to me playing the happy girl.”
A few months ago, Miley did an interview to promote her new movie, LOL : Laugh Out Loud. The movie will be released on February 10th in India! Make sure you take a look at it!