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Two days into the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and the first discovery of a talent on the rise has been made. After its premiere today, everyone is buzzing about Sean Durkin’s feature debut, the cult drama “Martha Marcy May Marlene” (one of the 10 Sundance films we’re excited for) and in particular its star, 21-year-old Elizabeth Olsen. Yes, that Olsen: she is the younger sister of media mogul twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. As we covered in our first feature on this promising new star, the youngest Olsen sibling eschewedRead More
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Robert Pattinson is still looking for a wife. First it was Marion Cotillard, then Keira Knightley attached to play the young, mysterious wife to his Eric Packer in David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis”. Now Knightley’s involvement is back in question as Alfama Films website has removed her name from the film’s page, after an internet firestorm was set off proclaiming she was on board based solely on their inclusion of her name in the first place. Truthfully, though Pattinson would be lucky to work with such great talents as Cotillard and KnightleyRead More
Today is the official first day of the annual Sundance Film Festival, so we are just around the corner from discovering some of the year’s best indie features and tomorrow’s breakout stars. Two years ago, Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique broke out in a big way in “Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire”, riding buzz all the way to the Oscars, and who could forget last year, when “Winter’s Bone” premiered in Park City and people haven’t stopped talking about Jennifer Lawrence since? There are sure to be some surprisesRead More

Posted On January 12, 2011By Linda GeIn Features

Up and Comers Presents: 20 Faces to Watch in 2011

We’ve said goodbye to 2010 and saluted the Breakout Stars of the Year, now let’s turn our attention to the next crop of rising talent coming soon to a theater near you. Some of these faces might be familiar to you, some you may have never seen before, but we think these 20 up and comers have an exciting year full of great projects that could propel them into another level in their career, some maybe even into household names! Keep an eye on the guys and girls on thisRead More

Posted On December 14, 2010By Linda GeIn Features, Lists

Up and Comers Presents: The Breakout Stars of 2010

Every year, a new batch of youngsters (and not so youngsters) come out of nowhere to capture the attention of the world with their talent, charisma and onscreen presence. This is the first year Up and Comers has been online, and 2010 truly has been a great year to watch Hollywood’s rising talent get noticed, land awards and high profile roles, and solidify their paths to becoming the stars of tomorrow. Given the focus of this website, you can imagine how excited we are to bring you our favorite BreakoutRead More
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Up until recently, Dakota Fanning was the front-runner for the leading role of Mia in Summit’s “If I Stay”, a film based on the YA novel of the same name. Although there was never an official casting announcement, Fanning was reported to be in the final stages of joining the film under the direction of Brazilian filmmaker Heitor Dhalia. Fans of the actress and the book were quite certain that Fanning had nabbed the role and that it was only a matter of time before the film would commence pre-production.Read More
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Posted On November 18, 2010By Lindsey YoungIn Casting, Features

Casting Katniss Everdeen: who will win the prize role?

With the continuing surge of books being adapted into movies, fans are always eager to see who will be cast in the films, bringing their favourite characters to life. Perhaps one of the most anticipated roles soon to grace the big screen is the role of Katniss Everdeen, the 16-year-old heroine from Suzanne Collins’ much acclaimed book series “The Hunger Games.” “The Hunger Games” tells the story of Panem, a country built out of the ruins of a post-apocalyptic North America, wherein the ruthless ruling Capitol annually hold a televisedRead More
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Zack Snyder and the team over at Warner Bros have begun casting a “wide net” to find their Clark Kent for 2012’s “Superman: Man of Steel”. Deadline reports that they are looking to make a star out of a relative unknown aged 28-32. He could be a total newcomer or perhaps someone who’s had roles on TV but who is no movie star. Production is slated to begin next summer, so before actual candidates start filtering through, we bring you a few guys who we could easily see embody bothRead More

Posted On November 15, 2010By Linda GeIn Features, Lists

Breaking down THR’s “New A-List” list

The new issue of The Hollywood Reporter features Chris Pine on the cover and a list of young male actors who are “pushing – or being pushed” into taking over Hollywood as the new “A-List”. With most established movie stars all well into their 40s, it does seem high time to start forecasting their successors. But how on target is THR’s list? Are the nine young men the studios putting their money and tentpoles on talented, likable and versatile enough to take over for the likes of Tom Cruise, WillRead More