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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.

Season 3 of “Orphan Black” will introduce yet more clones, but for once, Tatiana Maslany won’t be the only one shouldered with playing all the new characters. We met the first male clones at the end of Season 2 and welcomed Ari Millen to the Clone Club, and in the first image from the third season, the clones will meet. The two clones – Sarah and the Castor clone we now know is named Rudy – look to be having a tense meeting in another shady, closed off room. WhileRead More
Steven Spielberg has a history of discovering young, untapped talent, and has added another rising actor to the list, joining the likes of Drew Barrymore, Christian Bale and Jeremy Irvine. Ten-year-old newcomer Ruby Barnhill has been cast as the lead in the director’s latest, “The BFG,” it was announced this morning. “The BFG,” based on the Roald Dahl book of the same name, follows a little orphan girl (Barnhill) who is befriended by a Big Friendly Giant (BFG). Mark Rylance will play the giant. “After a lengthy search, I feelRead More
Terrence Malick shot two films back to back last year, and with the release of a new trailer, we finally have a good look at the first, “Knight of Cups.” Christian Bale stars in this one, apparently as a power player at the center of Hollywood, surrounded by beautiful people, including Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Jason Clarke, Freida Pinto, Imogen Poots and Teresa Palmer – at least from what we can gather in the trailer. Many more actors filmed parts of this movie, though until the whole thing premieres, weRead More
It was announced this morning that Jonah Hill and James Franco’s fact based dramatization “True Story” will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and with it, the first few still images from the film have been released. Rupert Goold directed the adaptation of former New York Times writer Michael Finkel’s nonfiction book of the same name. Hill plays Finkel, whose memoir revolved around his entanglements with accused murderer Christian Longo (Franco). In 2002 Longo was arrested in Mexico for murdering his entire family, but he was livingRead More
Disney’s fourth sequel to “Pirates of the Caribbean” has found its new young male lead in Brenton Thwaites, and now he needs a love interest. Variety reports young actresses going in for the female lead role in the film include Kaya Scodelario, Gabriella Wilde, Lucy Boynton, Jenna Thiam and Alexandra Dowling. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” features Thwaites as a young British soldier who must team up with Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) on some new maritime adventure. The actresses in contention will go in for chemistryRead More
Lupita Nyong’o’s first project post Oscar and “Star Wars” may be shaping up to get going. Variety reports David Oyelowo is signing on to star opposite the “12 Years a Slave” star in “Americanah,” based on the acclaimed novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Nyong’o is playing the role of Ifemelu, a beautiful and self-assured Nigerian youth who journeys to America, leaving her love, a young man named Obinze (Oyelowo), behind. She “suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something sheRead More
Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are back in the world of “Divergent,” and in the first trailer released for sequel “Insurgent,” they are fighting back. In sequences that seem to differ greatly from source material, Four and Tris are up against Kate Winslet’s Jeanine again, but this time she’s holding some sort of mystery box that “tests” the hidden Divergent nature of the population in this futuristic dystopian Chicago, and for some reason not yet revealed, Tris is the “perfect subject.” It’s not necessarily a bad change fromRead More
The nominations for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards have been announced, and some of our favorite up and comers of the year are among them. Over in Film, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones were nominated for Best Actor, Drama and Best Actress, Drama, respectively, for their performances in Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything,” while David Oyelowo was nominated for Best Actor for playing another iconic real life figure, Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Selma.” Another biopic actor nominated is Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Alan Turing in “The ImitationRead More
A massive earthquake hits Los Angeles, and Alexandra Daddario is caught in the rubble, in the first trailer released for action flick “San Andreas.” Luckily, in this universe, Daddario is the daughter of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who’s a rescue helicopter pilot, and he’ll stop at nothing to rescue her. She’ll probably be okay in the end, but for two hours it’s going to be a lot of collapsing buildings and crumbling roads to defend against. “San Andreas” will be released on May 29, 2015.Read More
The first trailer for Richard Lagravenese’s adaptation of hit Off-Broadway musical “The Last Five Years” has been released, and features Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan singing all their feelings. The story starts at the end, with Kendrick’s Cathy grieving over a marriage that’s ended, courtesy of a goodbye letter left her by Jordan’s Jamie. The action then goes backwards from Cathy’s point of view, and from the beginning of their relationship forward from Jamie’s. “The Last 5 Years” will be released on Valentine’s Day 2015.Read More