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Rebecca has been a contributor to Up & Comers since its humble beginnings and now works behind the scenes editing and sporadically working with Linda on features. By night, Rebecca is a NCTJ Gold Standard qualified journalist living in London and working for HELLO! magazine. On weekends you can find her in the pub. Follow Rebecca’s nonsensical pop culture ramblings here.

Newcomer Katherine Hughes has joined Jason Reitman‘s “Men, Women and Children” as one of the female teen leads. An adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s book that charts the sexual frustations of teenagers and their parents in the new digital age, this will be the first major film role for Hughes. Reitman, who is coming off of a great year with critical acclaim for “Labor Day”, starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet, has also potentially booked “Labor Day” actress Elena Kampouris – although The Wrap caution that this remains unconfirmed. As wellRead More
The shaky cams are gone and the glorious costumes are back in Frances Lawrence’s adaptation of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, as we see a Panem that has been changed by the events of “The Hunger Games” – and a film which has also been changed by its director. Lawrence, perhaps best known for sappy romantic drama “Water for Elephants,” has delivered in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” a darker, more mature film, for just as its protagonist Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) must grow as she faces upheaval so tooRead More
Joel Kinnaman is surely hoping the new “Robocop” will be his breakout role and with this latest trailer we think he may just be in luck. Following an earlier trailer, this remake of the 1987 classic was directed by Jose Padilha from a script by Josh Zetumer. Set in a world where every major city is policed by robots, the US remains one of the last country’s whose residents do not want robots patolling their streets. When Kinnaman’s police officer is suspiciously murdered, he is turned into Robocop – aRead More
It would be safe to say that Freida Pinto is still best known for 2008’s “Slumdog Millionaire” but now it looks like the Indian actress is looking to branch out, joining comedy film “Mis-Fits” with Guy Pearce. The directorial debut of L.D Napier, Variety reports that “Mis-Fits” stars Pearce “as a Brooklyn detective, whose job is to find dead relatives.” Pinto will play the love interest. Producer Doug Claybourne said of Pinto: “We’ve been looking for just the right combination of warmth and chutzpah and Freida is the perfect fit:Read More
Is this a flashback? We hope so because the first set pictures of Bradley Cooper and Rachel McAdams filming the still-unnamed Cameron Crowe project in sunny Hawaii have us wondering why they look like they’re still a married couple! An ensemble pic also starring Emma Stone, John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Bill Murray, the previously titled “Deep Tiki” was written by Crowe and has been in development since 2008. It sees Cooper as a defense contractor who’s assigned to oversee the launch of a weapons satelliteRead More
It looks like “Fifty Shades of Grey” may actually be going ahead, despite already being one month behind the planned production date. In case you still don’t know, the adaptation of the worldwide bestselling novel – which itsel was fanfiction based on another worldwide bestseller “Twilight” – follows Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who enter into a relationship despite Grey’s unstable past which leaves him with the need to dominate his girlfriends. We have our Christian (Edward) and Anastasia (Bella) in Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, and now Deadline reportsRead More

Posted On October 21, 2013By Rebecca LewisIn Casting

Evan Rachel Wood Goes “Into The Forest” with Ellen Page

It’s been ten months since we first reported that Ellen Page was attached to star in an indie adaptation of Jean Hegland‘s sci-fi novel “Into The Forest“, and today Variety updates with news that the Canadian actress is still attached – and Evan Rachel Wood has joined her as her sister. The story centers on the relationship between two sisters who live alone in a remote Northern California forest, and their struggle to survive after the collapse of society in the not-too-distant future. Patricia Rozema has adapted the book forRead More
Rose Leslie, one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow 2013, has joined the cast of British Channel 4 series “Utopia” for season two. Digital Spy reports that season two of critically-acclaimed but little-seen dark thriller will also star Tom Burke (“The Hour”), with Leslie and Burke joining returning members Alexandra Roach, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Adeel Akhtar, and Neil Maskell. Written by Dennis Kelly and directed by Marc Munden, season one of the show followed an unconnected set of people who found themselves in possession of the manuscript for a legendary graphicRead More
Adaptations of Robyn Davidson’s cult classic autobiography “Tracks” have been circling Hollywood for decades, and now 35 years after Davidson undertook the near-impossible task of trekking 1,700 miles from Alice Springs to the Indian Ocean with just four camels and a dog for company, John Curran’s “Tracks” has made it on to the big screen. It’s a gorgeous love letter to the beauty of the Outback but an empty story with no depth afforded to this remarkable woman. Davidson’s reason for the trek, which took nine months and covered theRead More
Before Jack O’Connell was placed on Hollywood’s radar thanks to landing Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” and before Hollywood courted him for big budget comic book adaptations like Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four” and Matthew Vaughn’s “The Secret Service,” the young British actor shot a small British indie and it is this film which I hope he will be remembered for breaking out in – the ultra-violent, incredibly gritty prison drama “Starred Up,” which had its European premiere at the London Film Festival this past week. “Starred Up” is based onRead More