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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.

z-for-zachariah
They’re facing the end of the world, but Margot Robbie, Chris Pine and Chiwetel Ejiofor take a bit of a moment to relax and have some fun in the first clip released from Sundance drama “Z for Zachariah.” Craig Zobel directed the film, which follows Robbie’s character, who thinks she’s the last survivor on Earth after an apocalyptic event. Her world is turned upside down when two fellow survivors (Ejiofor and Pine) show up on her farm out of nowhere. The three are clearly enjoying not being totally alone anymore,Read More
kaya-scodelario
After testing for the role, Kaya Scodelario has landed the female lead role in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth installment in the popular Disney pirate franchise. Johnny Depp reprises his role as Captain Jack Sparrow, while Scodelario will play opposite Brenton Thwaites, cast as the new male lead in the film. Scodelario chemistry-tested with Thwaites in December and beat out the likes of Gabriella Wilde, Lucy Boynton, Jenna Thiam and Alexandra Dowling for the role, which is still unspecified. Thwaites plays Henry, a BritishRead More
outlander
When “Outlander” returns for the second half of its first season, Starz will give fans of the fantasy romance more of what they’re looking for: Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). The story will shift from being told in the point of view of our heroine Claire (Caitriona Balfe) to the voice of Jamie, her new husband. In the first minute-long scene released from the upcoming episode 1.09, also the first scene of the episode, Jamie skips stones in front of a stream and muses on his childhood and the nature ofRead More
the-returned
Even more zombies are coming to television. But these are the artsy, human-looking kind, not the flesh-eating Walker kind. French drama series “The Returned” became so popular that an American remake has inevitably ended, and now we have the first trailer featuring the likes of Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Sophie Lowe, Mark Pellegrino and Jeremy Sisto dealing with friends, family and neighbors long dead coming back into town. The show also shares many similarities with ABC’s “Resurrection,” now in its second season, which also deals with a small town left inRead More
jennifer-lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence sure likes to keep working with directors she’s already worked with before. For her next project, Lawrence will tackle diving drama “The Dive,” which will be directed by Francis Lawrence, with whom she did the last three “Hunger Games” movies. TheWrap reported the news. “The Dive” follows real life freedivers Francisco “Pipin” Ferraras and his wife Audrey Mestre, who competed to travel as deep as possible underwater on a single breath of air. Lawrence will play Audrey, who died during an attempt to beat her own world recordRead More
orphan-black
Tatiana Maslany is definitely not the only set of clones running around “Orphan Black” anymore. Ari Millen is stepping up in Season 3 of BBC America’s hit sci-fi thriller and the latest photo released introduces a new incarnation of Project Castor’s male clones. The new photo shows off Rudy, aka Scarface, with some seriously scary facial scarring lending to an overall dangerous look. Good thing it works for him, since Rudy is described as “brutal and crazed” — and he has a gun. So Sarah and company should probably watchRead More
targon-egerton
British rising star Taron Egerton is set to play the country’s first Olympic ski jumper in a new biopic also starring Hugh Jackman, according to The Daily Mail. “The Eagle” is the title of the film, named for the skier it’s chronicling, Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, who at the 1988 Olympics became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in ski jumping. Egerton will play Edwards, while Jackman will play Chuck Berghorn, who helps train the down-on-his-luck young athlete. Egerton beat out the likes of George MacKay, Jamie Bell andRead More
the-voices
Ryan Reynolds is driven literally insane in the first trailer for last year’s Sundance hit “The Voices,” but at least the voices in his head belong to a couple of adorable pets. Anna Kendrick and Gemma Arterton play two women Reynolds’ character works with, though his romantic infatuation with each of them goes slightly better for Kendrick than it does for Arterton. As the trailer spoils, Arterton ends up beheaded and she joins the lineup at Reynolds’ House of Crazy where his dog and cat talk to him… and giveRead More
Scarlett Johansson Coen Brothers
Margot Robbie out, and now Scarlett Johansson is officially in as the lead of anime/manga adaptation “Ghost in the Shell,” according to Variety. The original story, published in Japan, followed Motoko Kusanagi, a member of the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization called Public Security Section 9, in a futuristic, dystopian Japan. The manga was so popular after it was published in 2003 that it spawned feature length anime films and sequels, video games and a TV series. Rupert Sanders will direct the American live-action adaptation. Johansson is obviously keen to extend herRead More
jane001
Will 2015 finally be the year we get to see Western revenge thriller “Jane Got a Gun”? Judging by the new batch of images from the film just released (via Empire), the answer may just finally be yes. The film, starring Natalie Portman as a frontier woman who must turn to an ex-lover (Joel Edgerton) for help defending her land when her wounded husband comes home, bringing a gang of angry outlaws on his tail with him, has had an infamously troubled production. Its original director, Lynne Ramsey, quit aRead More