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10 Potential Breakout Actors Of The Fall Film Season

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2012 12:05 PM
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One of the most exciting things about the coming of the fall movie season is the chance to see some new talent emerge from some of the prestige fare that'll be hitting theaters in the next few months. Last year, for instance, saw the likes of Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Eddie Redmayne, Rooney Mara, Shailene Woodley, Elizabeth Olsen and Felicity Jones go from virtual unknowns to, if not household names, than certainly performers whose next moves would be watched closely.

New Pics 'Killing Them Softly' Featuring Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2012 10:39 AM
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While much of the hype on The Weinstein Company's fall slate has centered around Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," one film still flying well under the radar is Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly" starring Brad Pitt. Though it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this spring, and has a new October release date now set (essentially swapping places with PTA's movie), it's still the only film of the bunch without a trailer. So until then, some images will have to do.

'Killing Them Softly' Star Scoot McNairy & Ruth Negga Join Steve McQueen's 'Twelve Years A Slave'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2012 5:27 PM
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Scoot McNairy is on a hell of a run at the moment. The star of "In Search Of A Midnight Kiss" finally turned heads in a big way with Gareth Edwards' 2010 low-budget spectacular "Monsters," and ever since then he's been the toast of the town: he met for roles in "Prometheus" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," but ended up going down more grounded routes, with parts in Ben Affleck's "Argo," in Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land," with Matt Damon, in Lynn Shelton's "Touchy Feely" and in Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," for which McNairy earned rave reviews at Cannes this morning (read ours right here).

Scoot McNairy Joins New Lynn Shelton Pic 'Touchy Feely' With Ellen Page And Rosemarie DeWitt & Gus Van Sant's 'Promised Land'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2012 12:17 PM
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A new Lynn Shelton movie appears to be brewing out of nowhere, while the latest from Gus Van Sant and Matt Damon has added an actor, and at the center of it all is rising "Monsters" star Scoot McNairy.

On The Rise 2012: 10 Actors We're Tipping For Stardom In The Future

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 29, 2012 3:30 PM
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Last week, we took a look at the relative dearth of leading men in Hollywood: why Tom Cruise, Will Smith et al remain at the top of the tree, and why so few serious competitors have emerged since. But one of the most exciting things about our job is getting to watch the new names that emerge, breakouts who have the potential to join the A-listers, or at the very least, deliver a host of hugely exciting performances for decades to come.

'Monsters' Star Scoot McNairy Latest On Board Ben Affleck's 'Argo'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 5, 2011 1:23 AM
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Scoot McNairy is having a pretty good twelve months. The actor had a minor indie hit a few years back with "In Search Of A Midnight Kiss," but it was his turn in last year's lo-fi genre smash "Monsters" that really started to turn heads. The film was a big hit on the festival circuit last year, and McNairy was courted for a number of massive films, including "Prometheus" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," before taking something far more interesting: a lead role, opposite Brad Pitt, in Andrew Dominik's eagerly-anticipated crime flick "Cogan's Trade." Oh, and he managed to find time to marry "Monsters" co-star Whitney Able as well.

Jamie Chung & Scoot McNairy To Star In Megan Griffith's Indie-Drama 'Eden'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 28, 2011 2:23 AM
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After bit part roles in such films as "Grown Ups," "Sucker Punch" and the 'The Hangover' sequel, Jamie Chung is now set for quite the 180 degree turn top-lining "Eden," an ironically-titled indie-drama by Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths which also co-stars Scoot McNairy.

Cast As The Lead Next To Brad Pitt. Not Bad: Who Is Scoot McNairy & Why Is He Suddenly Everywhere?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 17, 2011 6:32 AM
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Momentum. In terms of building a career, there's nothing quite like it, and it's something we've commented on before -- with the rise of names like Tom Hardy, Michael Fassbender and Taylor Kitsch, actors who are, as yet, unproven as box office draws, and yet find themselves linked to every high-profile role in town. The more times they crop up on these wishlists, the hotter they become -- the snowball effect, essentially.

Scoot McNairy Lands Major Role in 'Cogan's Trade'; Eyed For 'Prometheus' & 'Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2011 4:22 AM
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Casey Affleck Looks To Be Out Of The Picture, But Young Unknown Is On The Verge; Ben Mendelsoh Also Joins CastUpdate: And speaking of inexpensive, on-the-rise talent, Variety reports that "Animal Kingdom" thesp Ben Mendelsohn (who played the nervy Pope in the acclaimed Aussie flick) has also joined "Cogan's Trade." He and McNairy will play junkies who hold up the high stakes poker game, with Pitt tasked to find them.

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