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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.


Posted On September 18, 2014By Linda GeIn Casting

Kate Mara Offered ‘The Martian’ Opposite Matt Damon

“House of Cards” star and future Invisible Woman Kate Mara has been offered one of the lead roles in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi actioner “The Martian” starring Matt Damon, according to Deadline. The adaptation of Andy Weir’s book follows Damon as an astronaut who is stranded alone on Mars after an accident and must survive long enough in order to be rescued. Jessica Chastain, Cate Blanchett and Kristen Wiig were all previously linked to the project, though it’s unclear which of them are still involved or what roles they would play.Read More
King Kong origin film “Skull Island” has cast Tom Hiddleston in the lead role, with “Kings of Summer” director Jordan Vogt-Roberts stepping behind the camera, it was announced today. Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year’s San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside thisRead More
It’s all out war in the first full trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1,” which sees Jennifer Lawrence‘s Katniss Everdeen go from reluctant symbol of the revolution to reluctant leader. The third installment will take the riled up oppressed citizens of Panem into battle under the leadership of Katniss, who herself is being manipulated by more powerful forces who need her to inspire the troops. Gale (Liam Hemsworth) is all too eager to fight, while Katniss is more concerned with saving Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), who’s been capturedRead More
David Gordon Green’s political dramedy “Our Brand Is Crisis” has added Scoot McNairy to star alongside Sandra Bullock, reports Variety. Based on the 2005 documentary of the same name, “Our Brand Is Crisis” focuses on a group of American political campaign specialists who’s hired to work on the campaign of a controversial South American candidate, exposing the marketing techniques and manipulations that go into elections. George Clooney is producing the film with partner Grant Heslov and filming is slated to begin this fall. McNairy, one of our Breakout Stars ofRead More
Wyatt Russell, Blake Jenner and Tyler Hoechlin have been offered the lead roles in Richard Linklater’s next film, a baseball-centric college drama called “That’s What I’m Talking About,” according to Deadline. The film is said to be similar to Linklater’s classic stoner comedy “Dazed and Confused.” It’s set in the 1980s and follows a college freshman who moves into the baseball house on his college campus and has fraternity-like party-hard experiences with his new teammates. “That’s What I’m Talking About” will be Linklater’s first film since “Boyhood,” the groundbreaking dramaRead More
At long last, a first full trailer for Susanne Bier’s long, long awaited “Serena” has arrived, giving us a first glimpse of Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper’s third on-screen collaboration together – which they filmed all the way back in 2012. It’s set in 1920s North Carolina, and they play newlyweds and ambitious lumber tycoons, whose marital woes soon turn deadly when she realizes he fathered a child before he met her and she can’t have any of her own. Based on the novel by Ron Rash, “Serena” always seemedRead More
Rachel Brosnahan
Long gestating family drama “Louder Than Bombs” may finally be getting underway, and now it’s added “House of Cards” and “Manhattan” star Rachel Brosnahan to star opposite Jesse Eisenberg in Norwegian director Joachim Trier’s English language debut, according to Deadline. The drama follows a father (Gabriel Byrne) and his two sons (Eisenberg and Devin Makenzie Druid) three years after the death of their wife and mother, a wartime photographer. On the eve of a retrospective of her work, the family discovers an unsettling secret about her past. Brosnahan will playRead More
Disney’s Coast Guard drama “The Finest Hours” is set to begin production, and has added Holliday Grainger in the female lead role opposite Chris Pine and Casey Affleck, the studio announced today. Based on the 2009 non-fiction book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, the film is set in 1952 and tells the true story of the US Coast Guard’s heroic rescue mission after a massive storm hits the New England coast, causing two oil tankers to collide and endanger the lives of the crew members. Craig Gillespie willRead More
Fresh off its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival and distribution deal with TWC-RADiUS, the first clip from musical adaptation “The Last 5 Years” has been released. In the Richard LaGravenese adaptation of the Jason Robert Brown musical, Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan sing their way through the ups and downs of a relationship – she from the end, and he from the beginning. In the first clip released from the film, Kendrick’s Cathy sings “I Can Do Better Than That,” wherein she hits that honeymoon phase of herRead More
French actress Melanie Laurent has joined what is sure to be already a most highly anticipated upcoming drama. Tout le Cine reports the “Inglourious Basterds” actress has joined Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in their first onscreen team-up since “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” a character study drama called “By the Sea.” Jolie co-wrote and will direct the film, which Tout le Cine reports will be about a Hollywood couple falling prey to marital woes and paparazzi on a remote Mediterranean island. Filming will take two and a half months onRead More