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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 light-of-day.net and random ramblings, 140 characters at a time, on Twitter.

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Disney has found its new Han Solo, and Alden Ehrenreich has landed the much-coveted role in a new “Star Wars” spinoff prequel film, according to Page Six. Ehrenreich first emerged as a contender for the role in March and became a frontrunner to play the younger version of the character made iconic by Harrison Ford in April. Other young actors in contention included Miles Teller, Taron Egerton, Scott Eastwood, Ansel Elgort and Jack Reynor. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will direct the film set to be released in 2018. Ehrenreich,Read More
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Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard and newcomer Oakes Fegley star in Disney’s remake of “Pete’s Dragon.” The first teaser trailer has been released and shows a decidedly different tone from the half-animated/half-live-action original film. Fegley plays a young boy who’s survived in a forest all alone – or not so alone – for six years. “Pete’s Dragon” was directed by David Lowery will be released on August 12, 2016.Read More
Tye Sheridan

Posted On February 27, 2016By Linda GeIn Casting

Tye Sheridan Lands ‘Ready Player One’ Lead

“X-Men: Apocalypse” star Tye Sheridan has landed the lead role of Wade in Steve Spielberg’s adaptation of “Ready Player One.” The film is based on Ernest Cline’s novel of the same name, which is set in a futuristic society where most of the population live in squalor but spend most of their time in a virtual reality. Sheridan will play the role of Wade, who sets off on a treasure hunt along with the rest of the population put on by the mysterious inventor of the VR environment they logRead More
allegiant
Shailene Woodley is back as Tris Prior in the first of the two-part finale to the “Divergent” series, “Allegiant.” The newest trailer teases a very different world for Tris and her friends, including Four (Theo James), Peter (Miles Teller), Caleb (Ansel Elgort), Christina (Zoe Kravitz) and Tori (Maggie Q). “Allegiant” is based on the book of the same name by Veronica Roth, but the second part of the book will be adapted into a separate film, called “Ascendant,” a change from “Allegiant – Part 1” and “Allegiant – Part 2,”Read More
saoirse-ronan
Fresh off her second Oscar nomination, Saoirse Ronan has signed on for her latest project, starring in Greta Gerwig’s writing and directorial debut, “Lady Bird.” Deadline reports that plot details are sparse, but Ronan will play a high school student who is spending her last year at home in Sacramento, CA. Ronan was just nominated for Best Actress for her work in John Crowley’s “Brooklyn” (our #1 movie of 2015. She is making her Broadway debut this spring in Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible.” Gerwig is known for roles in NoahRead More
top-10-movies

Posted On December 31, 2015By Linda GeIn Features

Up and Comers Presents: Our Top 10 Movies of 2015

We counted down our Top 10 TV Shows of 2015, and now it’s time to count down the movies that moved us, made us laugh and cry and think this year. Sci-fi seemed like a big theme this year. There was a new “Star Wars” movie, and it’s not the only long-awaited sequel to make the list. Movies that came out of Sundance had staying power, and the partnership of Jennifer Lawrence and David O. Russell continued to pay dividends. Check out our final Top 10 below, and let usRead More
doctor-strange
The first look at Benedict Cumberbatch as Marvel’s latest superhero is upon us, with the first photos from “Doctor Strange” released via EW. “These gestures are ways of creating the magic. It’s a beautiful thing, it’s balletic, it’s very dynamic,” the actor told EW. “And once the boys in the backroom get to work on it, there’s going to be crazy s–t going on.” “Doctor Strange” also stars Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Tilda Swinton, and will be released on November 4, 2016. See the photos above and below.Read More
top-10-tv
With over 400 scripted television programs on the air in the past year, it was harder than ever to narrow it down to just the top 10 shows of 2015. From returning favorites that were better than ever to new instant favorites, it was a great year for shows to make us laugh and cry, and sometimes throw things at the screen in frustration. In only the best ways. Check out our final Top 10 below, and let us know your list in the comments! 10. The Affair Season 2Read More
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Posted On December 16, 2015By Linda GeIn Featured, Reviews

REVIEW: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

It’s been fifteen years since the last “Star Wars” movie and, let’s face it, more like thirty-two since the last really good one, but “The Force Awakens” more than makes up for lost time. The JJ Abrams-directed film is a “Star Wars” movie through and through, with all the adventure, fun, good vs. evil archetypes, adorable droids and characters to relaunch the franchise successfully for an all new generation. Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill are all back, mostly for the nostalgia factor for longtime fans, but it’s reallyRead More
independence-day
The original “Independence Day” may have seen aliens defeated, but they’re back with a vengeance in the first trailer for long-gestating sequel “Independence Day: Resurgence.” This time, a new generation of young soldiers, including Liam Hemsworth, Maika Monroe and Jessie Usher, are tasked with fighting the aliens, as returning cast members including Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch and Vivica A. Fox bestow their experience and advice. “Independence Day: Resurgence” will be released on June 24, 2016.Read More