2012 May 4

Hip Hicks

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Emma Roberts and Chloe Moretz Emma Roberts and Chloe Moretz
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(NEW YORK) Though a layer of dew and drizzle ruled (and sometimes rued) the week's weather forecasts, the atmosphere inside the Crosby Street Hotel Thursday night wasn't dampened in the slightest. A stylish crowd assembled for a screening of Hick hosted by Cinema Society and Phase 4 Films, including the film’s stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Rory Culkin, director Derick Martini, writer Andrea Portes, producers Teri Duke-Moretz, Trevor Duke-Moretz, Charles de Portes, and Christian Taylor. Guests flocking to SoHo to check out the coming-of-age story included Emma Roberts, Charlotte Ronson, Fern Mallis, Kieran Culkin, Shaun White, Matthew Settle, Russell Simmons, Ben Rappaport, Pablo Schreiber, and Aaron Carter.

The film follows the adventures and misadventures of 13-year-old small town girl, Luli, who runs away from alcoholic and abusive parents and sets out on a trek to the starry lights of Las Vegas. Moretz, looking lovely in a floral Dolce & Gabbana, was kind enough to share a short synopsis pre-screening for your Daily's reference: "it's about a young girl who is fed up with her life." Hormone-fueled mood swings? No, not exactly: "her parents leave her, she’s abandoned, and she decides she’s going to run off to Las Vegas to become a star.”

Want more deets on the flick? Luli meets a handful of quirky characters along the way, including alluring con artist Glenda, played by Blake Lively, and drifter and young cowboy Eddie (Eddie Redmayne). As for Moretz's own roadtripping experiences: drives to Telluride, Colorado in the winter months, which necessitate ample tech devices to ensure smooth and/or entertained travels. Luli’s odyssey of a roadtrip is dappled in danger, darkness, and heartbreak, but also touching moments of wonder and warmth. The young blonde star adds, “it’s interesting because she realizes that maybe she shouldn’t have ventured out and encountered adult things that she wasn’t ready for.” Equally applicable words for some of Moretz's industry peers, perhaps. Guests headed out to celebrate at new resto Ken & Cook post-screening. Gotta love a new Nolita haunt! 

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