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Linda studied Film & Digital Media at the University of California. She likes David Fincher, New York City, and cats. She founded Up&Comers in 2010. You can find more of her film reporting at Bleeding Cool, book reviews at and random ramblings, 140 characters at a time, on Twitter.

The Toronto International Film Festival announced this morning the first forty or so films set to have their world premieres or special screenings at this year’s festival. Among the highlights include the world premiere of Chris Evans’ directorial debut “Before We Go” (formerly “1:30 Train”), dueling Anna Kendrick films in dark drama “Cake” and musical adaptation “The Last Five Years,” ensemble comedy “This is Where I Leave You” starring Corey Stoll, Adam Driver and more, Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women and Children” with Ansel Elgort, Kaitin Dever and others, and “99Read More
Our friends at Film Divider have done some digging on a new HBO project that’s flown a bit under the radar, and uncovered plot and cast details aplenty. The series is called “Westworld,” which JJ Abrams and his Bad Robot have been developing for HBO, and now the casting process is underway, with Evan Rachel Wood being one of the actors offered lead roles in the remake of the 1973 futuristic Western. “Westworld” was a science fiction western-thriller film written and directed by novelist Michael Crichton in 1973, set atRead More
Dominic West and Ruth Wilson find themselves unwittingly drawn into an extramerital dalliance that may have deadly consequences in the mysterious first teaser trailer for Showtime’s latest drama “The Affair.” The tension between the waitress and the family man is palpable and it’s clear these two are going to become intimately acquainted, even as she has a boyfriend (Joshua Jackson) and he’s married (to Maura Tierney’s character) with kids, but that’s all pretty typical. Where it gets interesting is that their affair seems to be framed as flashbacks that leadRead More
Netflix’s “Daredevil” is about to meet the love of his life. According to THR, “True Blood” breakout star Deborah Ann Woll has landed the role of Karen Page, described as the series’ female lead, opposite Charlie Cox as the Marvel superhero. Cox plays Matt Murdoch, the blind lawyer by day and crimefighter by night, while the rest of the cast also includes Elden Henson as Franklin “Foggy” Nelson, Matt Murdock’s friend and legal partner, Vincent D’Onofrio as villain The Kingpin, and Rosario Dawson in a mysterious role that may orRead More
We now have an official real-life Princess Elsa from “Frozen,” and she looks very, very similar to her animated counterpart. Just Jared have the first photos of actress Georgina Haig in full Elsa garb on the set of “Once Upon a Time.” Haig was cast earlier this month to play the role after a “Frozen” crossover was teased in the “Once” season 3 finale. Joining Elsa in Storybrooke in season 4 will be her sister Anna (to be played by Elizabeth Lail) and ice merchant Kristoff (Scott Michael Foster). TheRead More
In between stints on USA’s “Graceland,” Aaron Tveit is set to do some more undercover work in his newest film, an indie comedy called “They Might Be Kennedys,” the production company announced today. Tveit is set for the leading role of Johnny Manicotti, one half of a 1980s duo who try to escape their dead end lives by pretending to be Kennedys up in Hyannis Port. “Glee” star Kevin McHale is set for the role of Maicotti’s friend, Teddy Mulligan. Filmmakers describe “They Might Be Kennedys” as “Wedding Crashers meetsRead More
“Smash” alum Raza Jaffrey will be pretty busy coming up this fall TV season. In addition to booking a recurring gig on Showtime’s “Homeland,” now TVLine reports Jaffrey has landed a recurring role on the new season of CBS’ “Elementary” as well. This casting news comes on the heels of Ophelia Lovibond joining the show as a new companion to Sherlock (Jonny Lee Miller). Jaffrey will be a new boyfriend of Joan’s (Lucy Liu). Jaffrey’s character Andrew is described as the anti-Sherlock and the two will be civil when theyRead More
Season 4 of Showtime’s hit CIA thriller “Homeland” gets a bit of a makeover after losing its leading man in Damien Lewis. The action moves mainly to Pakistan, and a plethora of new faces and characters will be joining Claire Danes and Rupert Friend in their continued work in anti-terrorism, as glimpsed in the first teaser released from the new season. Danes stars as Carrie Mathison, the CIA officer who became convinced that Lewis’ freed POW Nicholas Brody was actually a secret Al-Qaeda agent. After Brody was killed off inRead More
“Game of Thrones” actress Rose Leslie has landed the female lead role in supernatural thriller “The Last Witch Hunter” opposite Vin Diesel, reports THR. The Breck Eisner-directed film is set to begin shooting in August and follows a “semi-immortal witch hunter (Diesel) wandering the streets of modern New York City forced to partner with his natural enemy, a female witch (Leslie). The two must stop a villainous witch queen from obtaining a relic and unleashing plague upon humanity.” Scottish actress Leslie played Gwen Dawson on ITV’s “Downton Abbey” before landingRead More
Charlie Day, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sharlto Copley, Josh Groban, Randall Park, Ashley Dyke and Mary Kay Place have all joined John Krasinski’s directorial debut “The Hollars,” the actor/director announced on Twitter. Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins and Margo Martindale had previously been announced to star alongside Krasinski in the film, in which he will have the starring role as John Hollar, who returns to his Midwest hometown with his girlfriend (Kendrick) after learning that his mother (Martindale) has to undergo brain surgery. Once there, he must “navigate the dysfunctional rhythms ofRead More