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The 25 Best Breakthrough Performances Of 2013

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • December 3, 2013 2:20 PM
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25 Breakthrough Artists of 2013
One of the great pleasures of being a movie fan is the discovery of new performers. Faces that, months earlier, you'd have passed by in the street, suddenly gifted the role of a lifetime, and whose lives will never be the same again. It feels to us that 2013 was an especially strong year for new faces: festivals like Sundance, SXSW and Cannes, not to mention films that went straight to wide release, unleashed a veritable hurricane of talent that we'll be seeing for years to come.

'Inside Llewyn Davis' & 'Fruitvale Station' Big Winners At Gotham Awards, '12 Years A Slave' Shut Out

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 11:08 PM
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Inside Llewyn Davis Justin Timberlake Oscar Isaac
To the prognosti-box! The first statues have been handed out and the Oscar race has changed! (At least for his evening until the next batch of trophies roll around). The Gotham Awards were handed out tonight in New York City and one highly touted film and another indie upstart led the pack of those taking home statues to fill up their mantle.

Watch: 'Making A Story' Short Films With Cate Blancett, Greta Gerwig, Bradley Cooper & More Directed By Janusz Kaminski

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 26, 2013 9:02 AM
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Making A Scene Cate Blanchett
When Janusz Kaminski isn’t lensing his often Oscar-nominated work on a batch of Steven Spielberg’s finest films, including “Schindler’s List," “Saving Private Ryan," and most recently “Lincoln," the cinematographer also occasionally settles into the director’s chair. Three films (including the underwhelming Winona Ryder horror “Lost Souls”) and a TV episode of “The Event” have allowed Kaminski full cinematic reign so far, and just as Canon performed with their own short film campaign this month that found actors at the helm, the NY Times have created their own — and allowed Kaminski 11 unique vignettes within which to work.

'12 Years A Slave' Leads Gotham Award Nominees; 'Inside Llewyn Davis, 'Upstream Color' & More Earn Nods

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2013 10:44 AM
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12 Years A Slave
... and here we go. Even though we're not even in November, and with two more months of movies and awards season contenders to come, the Gotham Independent Film Awards have announced their nominees for 2013. While this may be "the first major awards ceremony of the film season," the real accomplishment here is shining a light on the kind of well-made, acclaimed movies that will unfortunately be forgotten as the heavier hitters with more money behind them elbow their way to the Dolby Theater in February.

Watch: Zac Efron, Miles Teller & Michael B. Jordan Bro Out In Red-Band Trailer For 'That Awkward Moment'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2013 4:15 PM
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It was inevitable that at some point, another group of dudes would try and replicate the easy, raunchy camaraderie of the Apatow gang (i.e. everyone who was in "The Is the End"). And while we really like the dudes in "That Awkward Moment," this attempt at being just like that relatable bunch of bros doesn't quite work, though that may be because underneath all the supposed attitude is a rom-com in waiting.

Which Of These Rumored 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Titles Do You Like? 'Return Of The Sith' Or 'Rise Of The Jedi'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2013 1:41 PM
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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
Another day, another morsel of "Star Wars" rumors, which is basically how it's going to go until 2015, so just deal with it. So what do we have today? How about the actual name of "Star Wars: Episode 7"?

Saoirse Ronan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Margot Robbie & More Up For 'Fantastic Four' Roles

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 6:35 PM
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So remember way back when names like "Girls" star Allison Williams and "Fruitvale Station" lead Michael B. Jordan were being tossed around as possible contenders for "Fantastic Four"? Well, that list just got a helluva lot longer.

'Independence Day' Sequel 'ID Forever Part 1' Wants 'Fruitvale Station' Star Michael B. Jordan

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2013 3:05 PM
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It's a pretty good time to be Michael B. Jordan. The actor, who broke out in the low-budget superhero hit "Chronicle," saw his profile raised tremendously in 2013 thanks to a strong turn in "Fruitvale Station," and it has put him on the map in a big way. It seems every franchise wants the actor, who is already working on "Creed" with his 'Fruitvale' helmer Ryan Coogler, while his name has come up in talks for "Fantastic Four" and "Star Wars: Episode 7." And now another blockbuster wants his talents.

J.J. Abrams Aims To Make "Emotional And Authentic" 'Star Wars 7,' More Names Linked To Sequel

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 20, 2013 9:01 AM
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J.J. Abrams,  'Star Wars'
With over two years to go until its rumored release date, it’s time for another check-in with Disney’s plan for world domination, “Star Wars: Episode 7.” EW caught up with the man of mystery himself, J.J. Abrams, for a couple of questions and there’s another casting rumor floating around.

‘Fruitvale Station’ Director & Star Ryan Coogler & Michael B. Jordan Making ‘Rocky’ Spinoff ‘Creed’ With Sylvester Stallone

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 24, 2013 12:32 PM
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To be certain, the "Fruitvale Station" team of director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan spent some considerable time wrapped up in the devastating true story that anchored their Sundance and Cannes selected film. And with the recent outcome of the George Zimmerman trial following the death of Trayvon Martin, it once again brought up those issues of race and class as the duo were out promoting the film. So perhaps something lighter isn't exactly surprising, but you may be taken aback by the upcoming project's shape.

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