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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.

Review: 'Anna Karenina' Is A Bold Reimagining Of A Classic That's (Mostly) Thrilling & Inventive

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 2, 2012 7:53 PM
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When it was announced that Joe Wright was going to direct a new film version of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina," starring his cinematic muse Keira Knightley, most people probably knew what to expect. After all, the two had collaborated on both Wright's debut "Pride & Prejudice" and "Atonement" (both also produced by Working Title Films) and it was easy to assume that their take on the Russian classic would be along similar lines; a handsome period piece taking advantage of the best British actors available, and with a few showy camera touches that would set it apart from your average costume drama.

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.

'Pirates 4' Star Sam Clafin & Newcomer Alicia Vikander Win Leads In 'The Seventh Son'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 1, 2011 1:31 AM
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For the most part, the spate in recent years of teen-targeting franchises based on successful young adult novels have left us pretty cold. There've been a few gems ("Bridge to Terabithia," "The Spiderwick Chronicles"), but generally speaking we've found little to like in the "Twilight"s or "Percy Jackson"s of the world -- even the "Harry Potter" series, while mostly solid, doesn't really raise our pulses. But with that series drawing to a close, a new slate of potential giants are lining up, and while some are less than enticing ("Mortal Instruments," "Incarceron"), there's also a few unusually promising ones on the way.

Felicity Jones & Riley Keough Among Frontrunners For Lead In 'Snow White & The Huntsman'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2010 2:23 AM
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Newcomers Bella Heathcote and Alicia Vikander Also Linked To Role It's been a few months since there was any news on the duelling 'Snow White' projects set up at Universal and Relativity -- the former has newcomer Rupert Sanders attached to direct, the latter visual stylist Tarsem, and while both have had names rumored to be involved, no solid word has come out for some time. But suddenly, the floodgates have opened, with news coming in last night that Relativity want Julia Roberts to play the evil queen in their project, "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White," while, as rumored, Charlize Theron is on the verge of signing on for the equivalent role in Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman."

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