February 18, 2014 | Posted by Linda Ge
Post-“Short Term 12″ breakout, Brie Larson continues to line up an intriguing upcoming slate. Her latest, according to Variety, is a far cry from the heavy, gritty indie drama that made her an in demand rising star. Larson is now in talks to join Judd Apatow’s latest comedy “Trainwreck,” which already stars comedian Amy Schumer and “Saturday Night Live” alum Bill Hader.
Schumer has the lead role in the comedy whose tagline is being kept under wraps. However, earlier rumors have pegged Schumer’s role as a “trainwreck” who attempts to kep her life together. Hader may be playing her best friend, Larson perhaps her best friend, but there are other various supporting characters that need to be filled so we really know nothing at this point. “Trainwreck,” however, does already have a release date: July 24, 2015.
One of our Breakout Stars of 2013, Larson impressed in her first lead film role ever in Destin Cretton’s “Short Term 12″ last year. She also had a supporting role in Miles Teller-Shailene Woodley drama “The Spectacular Now” and has since booked the female lead in Rupert Wyatt’s “The Gambler” remake and the female lead in Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ adaptation of Matthew Quick novel “The Good Luck of Right Now.”
February 2, 2014 | Posted by Linda Ge
Miles Teller is set to bring real life boxer Vinny Pazienza to life on the big screen, according to THR. Aaron Eckhart will also star in the film, called “Bleed for This,” which will be executive produced by Martin Scorsese.
A former world champion boxer nicknamed The Pazmanian Devil, Pazienza had a nearly 20 year career in the lightweight and light middleweight weight classes. The film is expected to focus on a near fatal car accident in 1991 after which doctors doubted he would ever be able to walk again, let alone fight. Instead, he made a comeback within 3 months, training under Kevin Rooney (Eckhart) to beat future WBC world Jr. Middleweight champion Luis Santana. Ben Younger will write and direct “Bleed for This.”
Teller, one of our Breakout Stars of 2013, is a recent Sundance favorite, having won a Special Jury Prize for Acting last year for “The Spectacular Now” and headlining this year’s Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner “Whiplash” this year. He can currently be seen in the disappointing “That Awkward Moment” and in March he’ll appear in YA franchise hopeful “Divergent.” He’s also attached to play Dan Akroyd in an upcoming John Belushi biopic opposite Emile Hirsch.
January 18, 2014 | Posted by Linda Ge
It’s been a big couple of days for Miles Teller. His new film “Whiplash” just earned raves and a $3 million distribution deal at Sundance, and now he’s lined up his next role. THR reports that Emile Hirsch announced tonight in Park City that Teller will be joining him in Steve Conrad’s new biopic about comedian John Belushi.
Hirsch is playing Belushi, an alum of “Saturday Night Live” who starred in “Animal House” and “The Blues Brothers,” was one of the biggest comedy stars of the 1980s who ultimately died of a drug overdose at the Chateau Marmont at the age of 33, in another all-too-familiar tragic story of fame getting the best of young stars. Conrad’s film, which has the approval of Belushi’s widow Judy Pisano and will see Belushi’s best friend and fellow iconic comedian Dan Akroyd as an executive producer, will focus on the height of Belushi’s fame and tell the story of “a man that embodied both the glory and the tragedy of the American dream.” Teller will play Akroyd in the film.
Teller was one of our Breakout Stars of 2013 with his breakout role in last year’s Sundance winner “The Spectacular Now,” but is looking to have a pretty big 2014 as well. This month he stars opposite Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan in rom com “That Awkward Moment” and in March he reunites with “Spectacular Now” co-star Shailene Woodley in YA franchise hopeful “Divergent.” Then there’s “Whiplash” waiting to be released and he may be one of Josh Trank’s new “Fantastic Four” as well.
December 30, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
and Rebecca Lewis
For the third year in a row it seems the two of us have differing taste when it comes to our favorite films of the year, and with new contributor Melanie Abernathy adding her two cents for the first time this year, we have a larger list than ever. Twenty-seven films span the thirty available spaces (with only “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Gravity” having some cross-over appeal amongst ourselves) but this was also the most difficult year for narrowing down. It was a year of incredible and challenging films, from the light-hearted and joyous to the serious and provocative, and it’s taken us up to the moment of publishing to finalize our lists. Check out our final Top 10s below, and let us know your list in the comments!
Linda’s Top 10 | Rebecca’s Top 10 | Melanie’s Top 10
December 16, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Jason Reitman is gathering up an impressive young cast to play teenagers in the midst of their sexual coming of age in his next film, “Men, Women and Children,” which has begun filming in Austin, Texas. THR reports “Divergent” star Ansel Elgort and “Short Term 12″‘s breaktout Kaitlyn Dever are among the latest to join the cast, which also includes Timothée Chalamet, Olivia Crocicchia and Elena Kampouris, as well as the previously announced Katherine Hughes and Travis Tope.
The adults in the film, parents to the kids, will be played by the likes of Emma Thompson, Judy Greer, Dean Norris, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner and Rosemarie Dewitt. Chad Kultgen’s novel of the same name follows families of junior high students having their sexual awakening in the internet era. But the teens aren’t the only ones going through “sexual pressures.” Adult characters include the strict mom trying to keep her kid away from internet predators, a divorced dad entering the dating world, a mom selling suggestive pictures of her daughter online, and a porn addict.
Elgort, who made his film debut in this year’s “Carrie” remake, have much brighter prospects in his future, including a major supporting role in “Divergent” and the male lead in “The Fault in Our Stars,” both opposite Shailene Woodley. Woodley has also worked with Dever, in this summer’s “The Spectacular Now.” Dever then went on to star opposite Brie Larson in “Short Term 12,” a major critics’ darling this awards season. She heads to Sundance next month to premiere Lynn Shelton’s “Laggies” with Chloe Moretz, and has also wrapped coming of age drama “Grass Stains” with Tye Sheridan.
November 26, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
+ “12 Years a Slave”
+ “All Is Lost”
+ “Frances Ha”
+ “Inside Llewyn Davis”
October 17, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
“Short Term 12″ breakout actress Brie Larson has landed and is in early negotiations for the female lead role in Rupert Wyatt’s remake of “The Gambler,” starring Mark Wahlberg, according to Deadline.
Based on the 1974 James Caan film, which was in turn inspired by Dostoyevsky’s short novel of the same name, Wahlberg is taking over the Caan role as a professor who seemingly has a great life but is secretly hiding a serious and growing gambling problem. It’s unclear what role Larson would play, but if it’s like the original, she’ll play Wahlberg’s character’s girlfriend, who suffers the consequences of his addiction. Deadline also reports Wyatt and filmmakers are hoping to bring Jessica Lange on board as well, though that’s on shakier ground than Larson’s deal.
Larson is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013 and she’s having a hell of a year indeed. In addition to supporting roles in such festival hits as “The Spectacular Now” with Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s “Don Jon,” she starred in SXSW’s Grand Jury Prize-winning “Short Term 12,” the intimate and complex character study from Destin Cretton. She’s also wrapped up a full blown Bollywood musical, “Basmati Blues,” and has booked a return to NBC sitcom “Community.”
October 10, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Television, TV Casting
A pre-“Short Term 12″ breakout Brie Larson guest-starred in one memorable episode of “Community” last year, and it looks like she’s re-enrolling in the NBC community college sitcom for at least one more episode when the show returns for season 5 this winter.
Larson appeared as a coat-check girl who’s just mysterious and geeky enough to be Abed’s (Danny Pudi) perfect match and now TV Line reports she will reprise her role in the episode following the exit of Donald Glover’s Troy. As fans knows, Troy and Abed (In the Morning!) are sort of a package deal and one of the highlights of the show, so perhaps Larson’s return will make the unwelcome transition to a solo Abed a bit smoother. Larson’s episode will also be chock full of guest stars you may recognize, including Nathan Fillion, Katie Leclerc, Paget Brewster and Robert Patrick.
Pudi tells TVLine about Larson’s return: “There’s a nice reason for her comeback. It’s a nice wrap-up to the storyline for Abed in this episode. And it’s a really great way to see another side of this character — especially this year with Troy leaving… Things have been introduced with Abed [in past seasons] that we’ve never really revisited, so it’s nice to see something that we go back to — especially with Brie, because she’s great. She’s an incredible actor.”
Well, duh. Anyone who’s seen “Short Term 12″ knows the depths of Larson’s talent and it’s nice that Hollywood may finally be starting to take notice. Even smaller supporting roles like in “The Spectacular Now” and “Don Jon” have been standouts, so we just have one request: Please cast her as Hillary Clinton in James Ponsoldt’s “Rodham”!
August 7, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
One project we’ve been keeping a very close eye on is “Rodham,” James Ponsoldt’s take on a young lawyer named Hillary Clinton. We have our favorites for the role, and since Carey Mulligan won’t be playing her, when we got the chance to chat with one of our fantasy casting choices, we couldn’t help but raise the possibility.
Turns out, Brie Larson is more than aware of the project. She told our own Heather Lashaway at yesterday’s junket for her upcoming film “Short Term 12″ that she “would definitely be interested in the role,” adding, “They’ve sent me the script. I just haven’t been able to read anything lately. I have a stack of scripts and I’m just…maybe, I have a long flight coming up, maybe I can read it then… But yeah, I’m interested.”
So it sounds like a lot could come down to whether she connects with the script, but Young Il Kim’s script didn’t land on the Black List and then draw the interest of a rising director like Ponsoldt for nothing. Whoever lands the role will play the future First Lady, Secretary of State (and maybe President one day) as a young Yale Law graduate working her way up the Washington, DC ladder, juggling the demands of a career on the hill and life as the girlfriend of an aspiring Arkansan politician whose presence was exceeded only by his ambitions.
After seeing the gravitas she brings to “Short Term 12″, it’s obvious that Larson would bring a special grounded complexity to the role. It’s also worth noting that Ponsoldt and Larson have already worked together, on “The Spectacular Now”, and both have described her audition for the role of Cassidy as one of the best moments of their professional lives, so a good working relationship is already established. Larson’s obvious interest in the role (and if we may infer that the interest is reciprocal since she’s been sent the script) has us hopeful that she’s in contention.
“Short Term 12″ will be released on August 23rd and you can check back for our full interview with Larson closer to that date.
August 5, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Miles Teller has spent much of the promotional tour for “The Spectacular Now” speaking of his desire to do a musical, and it looks like he may get just a tiny bit closer to that goal with his next project. Deadline reports Teller has signed on to star in “Whiplash”, which co-stars J. K. Simmons and which began its life as a Sundance Short Film Jury Award winner.
Damien Chazelle, who also wrote the short, will direct the film set in the world of an elite music conservatory. Teller will play a young, ambitious drummer who hopes to become the drummer of the top jazz orchestra in the country. Enter Simmons as the school’s brutal jazz teacher, who begins to beat down and break down Teller’s naive but increasingly cynical character. Watch a bit of the short film to get a sense of that toxic relationship. Filming on the feature is set to begin in September.
Teller is one of our Faces to Watch in 2013 and obviously for very good reason as the world begins to pay attention to the charismatic and talented star of “The Spectacular Now”, which came out this past weekend. He’s also completed filming on his first rom coms, “Two Night Stand”, opposite Analeigh Tipton and “Are We Officially Dating?” opposite Zac Efron and Michael B. Jordan. and he’s dipping his toes into the franchise pool, completing a villainous turn in “Divergent” opposite “Spectacular Now” co-star Shailene Woodley and recently rumored to be in contention for the “Fantastic Four” reboot.