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SXSW Review: 'Short Term 12' A Heartrending, Heartwarming & Authentic Portrait of Life At A Foster Care Facility

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • March 10, 2013 5:00 PM
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It’s Nate’s (Rami Malek) first day at the adolescent foster care facility Short Term 12, and his new coworker Mason (John Gallagher Jr., scruffy and soulful) is regaling the staff with a silly monologue about an unfortunate sharting incident he suffered in the line of duty. It's a funny tale, but it also lays out exactly what kind of people these workers are, willing to forego all bodily comfort in order to make sure these kids are okay. They’re a no nonsense bunch who’ve seen it all and remain unflappable, particularly supervisor Grace (Brie Larson), a steely and impenetrable young woman.

Sundance Review: Wise & Mature 'The Spectacular Now' Marked By Strong Performances From Miles Teller & Shailene Woodley

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 19, 2013 1:13 PM
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Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) is the charming, good time guy who lives in the moment. Self-assured, he’s the life of the party, popular and he and his girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson) breeze through their high school experience. Sutter and Cassidy are like a teenage power couple that rule parties thanks to their appeal and all the social lubricants at hand. But, writing an admission letter to the Dean of a university, Sutter reveals his life is at a crossroads. Thinking she's caught him with another girl, Cassidy has dumped him, when the truth is that Sutter was using his good-time skills to help get his timid friend Ricky (Masam Holden) laid. But Cassidy isn’t having it and Sutter can’t see why this is the straw that broke the camel’s back with her.

Brie Larson To Star In Bollywood Musical 'Basmati Blues'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2013 2:46 PM
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Film financing these days is coming from increasingly diverse and exotic places, from overseas investors to billionaire children of a software mogul (ie. the Ellison brood). And joining the ranks of deep-pocketed kids with an interest in the arts is Jeffrey Soros, the nephew of George Soros, who is now trying his hand at the filmmaking game. With a Bollywood musical...

Brie Larson Lands Guest Spot On 'Community' As Season 4 Start Gets Delayed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2012 12:11 PM
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It hasn't been an easy ride for the critically loved, but mainstream-ignored "Community." After NBC put season three on a hiatus midstream, many wondered if the show would even return. And while it has (losing creator Dan Harmon, bitterly, in the process), it has come in the form of a shortened, thirteen episode season four, which seems to indicate it's the last gasp for the program. And the woes for the show may not be over, as the network are still trying to figure out what do with it.

Tom Wilkinson To Investigate A 'Felony,' David Thewlis Joins 'Red 2,' 'Artist' Director Michel Hazavanicius Takes Acting Role

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 8, 2012 5:48 PM
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As in demand as he is right now, something that Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" is only going to cement, Joel Edgerton seems intent on marching to the beat of his own drum. So for his next film, rather than taking the Hollywood dime, he's working on thriller "Felony," based on his own script, and according to a press release, he's just got a great co-star, in the shape of Oscar-nominee Tom Wilkinson. In the Matthew Saville-directed project, Edgerton who plays a cop who accidentally hits a child in his car, only to lie about the accident, while Wilkinson plays the lead investigator of the incident. Sounds promising, although we're curious to see whether this turns out to be set in Australia, or in the U.S.

Brie Larson Joins Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Directorial Debut 'Don Jon's Addiction'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 6, 2012 5:00 PM
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We placed Brie Larson on our list of actresses poised for the big time earlier this year, and with good reason. Larson has slowly been amassing an impressive CV, breaking out as Toni Colette's daughter in the Showtime series "United States of Tara," and making memorable turns in "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World," Oren Moverman's powerful "Rampart," and this spring as the object of Jonah Hill's affection in "21 Jump Street." And she's been piling on one promising gig after another with roles in Peter Bogdanovich's "Squirrel To The Nuts," "Relanxious" with Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, and "The Spectacular Now" with Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller, all coming up. And now she's adding another movie to the pile.

Brie Larson & Miles Teller Join 'The Spectacular Now' With 'The Descendants' Star Shailene Woodley

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • June 21, 2012 4:41 PM
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The name Brie Larson may not be one that’s readily on the tip of the average cinema-goer’s tongue, but she may just have a face that many are starting to remember. With impressive and fairly memorable roles in the likes of “Rampart,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” and most recently “21 Jump Street,” Larson has started to get the attention she deserves away from her TV gig on “United States of Tara.” She has “Relanxious” with Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis, and “Squirrel to the Nuts” with Owen Wilson and (again) Olivia Wilde on her upcoming schedule, and now she’s added a new comedy in the form of “The Spectacular Now."

Owen Wilson, Olivia Wilde & Brie Larson To Star In Peter Bogdanovich's 'Squirrel To The Nuts' Produced By Wes Anderson & Noah Baumbach

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2012 9:25 PM
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Nothing ever truly dies in Hollywood, and even though intel about "Squirrel To The Nuts" dropped way back in the fall of 2010 without much heard of it since, it seems lots has been happening behind the scenes, with the pic now making some giant strides, with three of our favorite filmmakers helping it happen.

On The Rise 2012: 10 Actresses Poised For The Big Time

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 30, 2012 4:48 PM
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While there are still not enough good roles for women out there, particularly in mainstream Hollywood, that hasn't stopped a batch of young female stars from exploding from out of nowhere in recent years. Head-turning performances have helped launch faces like Carey Mulligan, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Felicity Jones and many others into the stratosphere, and the success last weekend of "The Hunger Games" has hopefully put to rest the fallacy that huge audiences won't turn up to big movies carried by a woman.

10 Reasons Why '21 Jump Street' Exceeded Expectations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 19, 2012 12:57 PM
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On paper, "21 Jump Street" was not an enticing proposition. A reboot of a 1980s TV series with a ludicrous premise -- fresh-faced cops go undercover as high school students. Produced by Neal Moritz, a man whose last attempt at an action-comedy reboot of a famous property was the dreadful "The Green Hornet." Directed by two first-time live-action feature directors. Written by the man behind "Project X." And starring Jonah Hill, coming off a terrible R-rated comedy flop, in "The Sitter," and Channing Tatum, a man whose previous turns weren't so much performed as whittled out of wood. 

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