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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 first footage from a new “Star Wars” movie is here. Is this real life?! The first 88 seconds from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” introduces us to John Boyega as a storm trooper, Daisy Ridley driving some sort of large vehicle through the desert, and Oscar Isaac as an X-Wing pilot. These are the first character details we’ve gotten on any of the actors who were cast earlier this year, though of course the whole thing remains pretty mysterious. There’s also a shot of a mysterious new villain withRead More
The Independent Spirit Awards announced their nominees for the 2014 awards, led by “Birdman” with six nominations. Among those nominated for the Alejandro G. Iñárritu film is Emma Stone, landing her first nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Other up and comers nominated include Jenny Slate for “Obvious Child” and David Oyelowo for “Selma.” Below is the full list of nominations. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on February 21, 2015. BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue ofRead More
It’s finally here, the first full trailer for “Jurassic World,” which promises there will be dinosaurs and plenty of danger for guests of the newly opened park. Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins play a pair of young kids who are visiting the park solo (for some reason) on the worst day possible, as the park’s scientists, led by Bryce Dallas Howard, have just invented a new hybrid dinosaur, and it’s pretty dangerous. Enter Chris Pratt as another park employee who can see right off the bat how dumb of anRead More
The world of Joe Wright’s “Pan” has been unveiled in the first trailer for his reinterpretation of JM Barrie’s clasic children’s novel. Wright has imagined a totally different origin story for the boy who never grew up. He’s an orphan, as played by newcomer Levi Miller, in World War II, abandoned by his mother (Amanda Seyfried) for mysterious reasons. One night, Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) and his gang kidnap him, along with hundreds of other little boys, and take them to Neverland. There, he makes friends with James Hook (Garrett Hedlund)Read More
Carey Mulligan does a little singing and falling in love in the first trailer for Thomas Vinterberg’s “Far From the Madding Crowd,” based on the classic novel by Thomas Hardy. The story follows Mulligan’s Batsheba and her choice between Gabriel, a shepherd (Matthias Schoenaerts); William, a rich older farmer (Michael Sheen); and Troy, a handsome young soldier (Tom Sturridge), through a number of years and dramatic episodes as she grows up and learns what is truly valuable in life. “Far From the Madding Crowd” will be released in Spring 2015.Read More
This 20 second clip is pushing the word “teaser,” but it does feature our first look at some humans and a bunch of dinosaurs from “Jurassic World,” so here it is. The full trailer will go live on Thursday, November 27, so check back for that. Bryce Dallas Howard in some kind of control room, Chris Pratt in an elevator looking pretty serious, some kids (likely Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins) in a definitely futuristic type Jurassic World theme park vehicle, riding alongside a stampeded of dinosaurs, and yeah, thisRead More
After a trailer or two, we’re finally getting to hear some real singing from Rob Marshall’s adaptation of “Into the Woods.” The first clip from the film, below, features Meryl Streep singing one of the musical’s most famous songs, “Stay With Me,” to her daughter Rapunzel, played by Broadway actress Mackenzie Mauzy. Trapped in her tower, the Witch implores her to stay inside to avoid all the evil that could be lurking in the woods. Out in the woods, Anna Kendrick as Cinderella, Chris Pine as her Prince, James CordenRead More
She may be going from fairy tale princess in “Maleficent” to mutant superhero in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” but in between, Elle Fanning is doing something a little more down to earth. People Magazine have the first photo from the now-filming indie drama “Three Generations,” featuring Fanning as Ray, a 16 year old New York City teenager who’s made the decision to transition from female to male, causing turmoil with her mother (Naomi Watts) and grandmother (Susan Sarandon). Gaby Dellal is directing the film from a script by Nikole Beckwith.Read More
Aca-awesome! The first trailer for musical comedy sequel “Pitch Perfect 2″ has been released, and it looks like the Bellas are just as entertaining as they were the first time around. Anna Kendrick’s Beca and Rebel Wilson’s Fat Amy are the veterans this time around as they prepare to lead the Barden Bellas to the a cappella world championships in Europe. Brittany Snow’s Chloe also returns (for some reason, even though she graduated) and the Bellas also welcome a new face in the form of Hailee Steinfeld. “Pitch Perfect 2″Read More
“Orphan Black” is welcoming a new face into the Clone Club. “Shameless” star Justin Chatwin has joined the cast of the BBC America sci-fi drama for Season 3, it was announced on Wednesday. The show stars Tatiana Maslany (and Tatiana Maslany and Tatiana Maslany and…) as several different women who discover that they are all clones, among other mysteries. By the end of season 2, Sarah, Allison, Cosima and the sisterhood have discovered that they are not the only clones in the world and that in fact, there’s a setRead More