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For Your Consideration: 10 Overlooked Actresses Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 4, 2013 3:05 PM
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Received wisdom says that most years, including this one, the Best Actress field of contenders for the Oscars is "weaker" than their male counterparts, with a fairly limited group of possibilities who are plausible nominees. To which we can only say: horseshit. Every year, but this one in particular, we watch scores of fine female performances be overlooked because they're in small indie movies or because they were overshadowed in reviews by male co-stars or because they're not Meryl Streep.

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.

Brie Larson Won't Be Returning For '22 Jump Street'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 31, 2013 1:59 PM
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21 Jump Street Brie Larson Jonah Hill
A few months ago we ran into Brie Larson and asked her if she'd be returning for the hotly anticipated sequel to last year's surprise breakthrough "21 Jump Street." She sounded totally in and was looking forward to returning to the lighter world of big budget studio fare after spending a lean year making thought-provoking independent features (like this summer's amazing "The Spectacular Now" and "Short Term 12"). Apparently, this is no longer the case, as she recently told ScreenCrush that she would not be back for another round of R-rated hilarity alongside Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill.

Watch: The First Trailer For Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Directorial Debut 'Don Jon'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 22, 2013 3:29 PM
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After becoming a hit at Sundance and South by Southwest (our review called it "impressive and charming", Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut, the porn addiction comedy "Don Jon," finally has a trailer. And judging by the brief glimpse at the movie, it's easy to see why audiences went loony for this – it looks pretty damn charming, with Levitt leading a amazing cast (including Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza, and Brie Larson) and an original, totally identifiable take on the modern romantic comedy.

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.

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.

Review: 'Tanner Hall' Is An Amateur-Hour Panoply Of Boarding School Girl Cliches

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 9, 2011 3:30 AM
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While featuring a promising cast of on-the-rise newcomers and comedy veterans, a strong production design, plus a visual aesthetic that proves digital cinematography can be warm and capture light in a pleasing autumnal manner, the one-dimensional indie flick "Tanner Hall," has almost nothing else to redeem it.

Jake Johnson Latest To Join Cast Of '21 Jump Street'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 21, 2011 1:02 AM
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Considering it's the kind of project that we'd normally run a mile from (namely, a big-budget remake of a 1980s TV show that no one really gives a shit about), we're curiously optimistic about "21 Jump Street." Like the show, which launched the career of Johnny Depp, the movie will focus on a group of fresh-faced cops who go undercover in a high school, but the new version is an R-rated action-comedy take on the material, described as "Bad Boys" meets "John Hughes."

'United States Of Tara' Star Brie Larson Heads To '21 Jump Street'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2011 10:07 AM
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"21 Jump Street" just a got a little more crowded.

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