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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.

Toby Kebbell has rounded out the cast of YA adaptation of “A Monster Calls,” reports THR. Kebbell joins a cast that already includes Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson. The book tells the story of a young boy who escapes into a fantasy dream world when real life gets too difficult with an ill-stricken mother and bullying classmates. But his dream world isn’t a walk in the park either, and he is often confronted by a monstrous tree-like creature. Jones is playing the mother, which seems to indicate theRead More

Posted On August 19, 2014By Linda GeIn Images

First Look at Paul Rudd as Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

Marvel’s latest superhero film began filming yesterday, and today the first official image from “Ant-Man” has been released, featuring Paul Rudd as his Scott Lang alter-ego. Rudd is seen rather roughed up, wearing a dark hoodie and jacket and gloves, perhaps heading into or coming out of a heist. Scott Lang eventually becomes the Marvel superhero and eventual Avengers team member Ant-Man, but in this movie, the first person to wear that moniker – as in the comics – will be scientist Hank Pym. He will be played by MichaelRead More
ABC’s “Agents of Shield” is adding another Marvel character from the comes, and they’ve cast a familiar face to play her. THR reports “Friday Night Lights” alum Adrianne Palicki is joining the season 2 cast as Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird. The appearance of the super-spy from the comics was first teased by Patton Oswalt – who plays Billy Koenig and Sam Koenig – at the show’s Comic Con panel last month. Palicki will first appear as Mockingbird in the season’s 5th episode, with the door open to return for more.Read More

Posted On August 18, 2014By Linda GeIn Casting

Juno Temple Joins Olivia Wilde in ‘Meadowland’

Indie thriller “Meadowland” has rounded out its cast as it heads into production. Juno Temple, Giovanni Ribisi, Scott Mescudi, Mark Feuerstein and Kevin Corrigan have joined the previously cast Olivia Wilde and Luke Wilson in the film directed by Reed Morano from a script by Chris Rossi. Wilde signed on in February to produce and star in the film to play a mother whose son disappears, “a jolt that puts her on an unexpected and dangerous path toward acceptance as she seeks out a relationship with a neglected boy andRead More
“Homeland” has gone through quite a casting makeover in the wake of killing off leading man Damien Lewis in the season 3 finale, and season 4 is set to introduce a whole new group of people to interact with Claire Danes. The newest trailer shows Carrie (Danes) being forced to relocate her work for the CIA to Pakistan, where she will encounter new faces including Corey Stoll as Sandy Bachman, “CIA Chief of Station in Pakistan and a rising star in the agency’s firmament.” Laila Robins, “Life of Pi” starRead More
Jason Reitman turned around his newest film fast, and now we have the first look photos from “Men, Women and Children,” which will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and which was just set for a release in October. The drama follows a group of teenagers and their parents as they navigate the complicated new world of coming of age in the age of the internet. The first photos from the film feature Ansel Elgort and Kaitlyn Dever, who play two of the youngsters. Emma Thompson, Judy Greer, DeanRead More
New Doctor, new companion? Before “Doctor Who” has even properly introduced Peter Capaldi as the new Time Lord in the season 8 premiere, set to air next week, rumors are swirling that the Doctor’s current companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, is on her way out. British tabloid The Mirror are reporting that Coleman’s exit is being hammere out and may happen in a big Christmas storyline. The Mirror says the decision is a mutual one. “The conversations about Jenna’s exit have started, and a plan is in place which isRead More
“Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner has been set to play “Frankenstein” author Mary Shelley in a revisionist take on the young writer’s life called “Mary Shelley’s Monster,” according to Deadline. Jeremy Irvine has been cast as Percy Shelley, the poet Mary marries at 21. “American Horror Story” star Taissa Farmiga also has a supporting role as Mary’s stepsister. “Mary Shelley’s Monster” reimagines Mary’s quest to write her seminal sci-fi novel as “the story of the most extraordinary 19th century teenage heroine told in a visceral, sexy, contemporary way.” CokyRead More
The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival has added new films to its roster, and with the announcement, we have our first look at Jeremy Irvine in “The Reach,” one of the films that will be making its world premiere next month in Canada. Michael Douglas plays a hunting enthusiast who hires Irvine’s character as a guide to trek through the desert in the two-hander. The two men don’t get along, and things take a turn for the worse when the hunter’s true nature is exposed after killing a prospector. HeRead More
The CW is staying in business with Aly Michalka, and has cast their “Hellcats” star in their newest series, “iZombie,” according to TVLine. This is a recast, and Michalka is replacing Alexandra Krosney, who played the role in the pilot. “iZombie,” from “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas, follows Rose McIver as Liv, a graduate student who finds herself turned into a zombie and forced to take a job with the coroner’s office in order to stay close to the human brains she must now consume in order to survive. HerRead More