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It’s one of our favorite annual traditions and it’s here! Every March, the Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue introduces, celebrates and spotlights some of the hottest rising actors around (so you see why we love it so much) and this year is no different. Choosing to go all-female (unlike last year), the new issue features eleven of our favorite young actresses, who are everywhere at the moment – or soon will be. Rooney Mara, Jennifer Lawrence, Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain take the front panel and are joined on the insideRead More

Posted On December 31, 2011By Linda GeIn Features, Lists

Up and Comers Presents: Our Top 10 Movies of 2011

As with all such year end lists, the hardest part may be choosing only a few from many worthy contenders. It’s a fun problem to have, but it can also make writers fickle. Such is the case here with our top 10 movies of 2011. Those of you who listened to our podcast a few weeks back may be slightly befuddled. Yes, indeed, both of our top 10 lists have changed somewhat in the weeks since. Our lists still remain delightfully different, with 17 movies represented between our two listsRead More
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Posted On December 30, 2011By Linda GeIn Features, Lists

Up and Comers Presents: The Breakout Stars of 2011

Just like last year, it was a great year for watching the discovery and rise of new young actors. While a few on the list were already on our radar heading into the year, the exciting part was discovering brand new talent that came out of nowhere to grab our – and the world’s – attention. There were a lot of wonderful actors to choose from, from new Sundance darlings to action heroes, Oscar hopefuls and future A-listers, and it took us a lot of work to narrow it down.Read More
Just like last year, in our estimation THR has picked some great names for their Next Gen Class of 2011. From indie darlings to future superheros and fairy tale princesses, THR has cast their vote for the fastest rising stars of the moment. Indie stars represented are up from last year, and in a year that saw the stunning arrivals of Sundance breakouts Elizabeth Olsen, Felicity Jones, Adepero Oduye and Shailene Woodley, it’s well deserved. They each did one tiny little indie movie and find themselves, at year’s end, onRead More
So green the only images available are their headshots (and not even a headshot to be found yet for one), the BFI London Film Festival has shot four completely unknown young actors into international spotlight by nominating them for the Best British Newcomer Award at this year’s event. They are as new to us as they are to the world, but we can’t wait to see more from: Candese Reid of “Junkhearts”, Aimee Kelly of “Sket” and Tom Cullen and Chris New of “Weekend.” Click below to learn more aboutRead More
The Hollywood Film Festival have their breakout stars, and now the Hamptons International Film Festival have named their own. Interestingly enough, thus far there are no overlaps, perhaps indicating there is an especially rich pool of emerging talent on film this year. For the annual Hamptons fest, actors Stine Fischer Christensen, Emily Browning, Ezra Miller and Anton Yelchin have been named the Breakthrough Performers of 2011. All four have films screening at the festival. Yelchin will be represented at HIFF as the star of “Like Crazy”, recently named the CenterpieceRead More
The LA Times Magazine proclaims “Hollywood is ripe for a new generation of leading ladies” (we couldn’t agree more) and puts the focus on four lovely young actresses who have that certain indescribable “It factor” that could propel them onto the A-List. Lo and behold, the magazine has included a few of our favorites. So just how bright are the rising stars of Imogen Poots, Jessica Chastain, Deborah Ann Woll and Mary Elizabeth Winstead? We take a closer look at the careers of each actress below.Read More
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Awards Season 2012! As the summer blockbuster season begins to draw to a close, a different breed of films are getting ready to roll out across the fall festival circuit. Today Canada kicks off the race for Oscar by revealing its selections for the Toronto International Film Festival, where many an award winner has bowed, including last year’s Best Picture winner, “The King’s Speech.” This year, Toronto will play host to world premieres of early awards favorites and star studded ensembles alike as Brad PittRead More
William and Kate have met and mingled with BAFTA’s inaugural class of British actors to watch for, but there’s plenty more talent where they came from. Screen Daily released recently their annual list of UK Stars of Tomorrow, names less known than the ones BAFTA chose, but who have shown incredible promise for a bright future in acting both in the UK and internationally. And Screen Daily’s got a good track record, having discovered in recent years the likes of Carey Mulligan, Dominic Cooper, Rebecca Hall and Aaron Johnson. “AsRead More
On July 8th, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be in Los Angeles attending the inaugural BAFTA Brits to Watch event, during which they will meet and hob nob with 42 hand-picked British writers, directors, cinematographers, producers and more filmmakers, who have shown great promise and are on their way to hugely successful careers. BAFTA said the names are “generally not complete beginners in their industry, and will have already begun to show real promise.” Among the 42 names, which also include writer/directors like Joe Cornish (“Hot Fuzz”) andRead More