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Brie Larson Joins 'Room,' Carrie Brownstein Lands Role In Todd Haynes' 'Carol' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2014 4:57 PM
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Brie Larson,21 Jump Street
An array of casting news has filtered down today, so let's just get to it. First up, Brie Larson has signed up to star in the adaptation of Emma Donoghue's critically acclaimed, best-selling novel "Room." Lenny Abrahamson, who broke out with "What Richard Did" and has the already hotly buzzed "Frank" on the way, will direct this one about "a woman kidnapped as a teenager who has been held captive for years in a tiny room where she lives with her 5-year-old son Jack. To the boy, Room is the only home he’s ever known."

Interview: Director Lenny Abrahamson on Michael Fassbender’s Giant Head, Faking SXSW in 'Frank' & More

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • March 12, 2014 4:05 PM
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Frank, Fassbender
Obscuring the terrifically expressive and sometimes terrifying (“12 Years a Slave”) face of actor Michael Fassbender may seem like sacrilege, but that’s just what director Lenny Abrahamson (“What Richard Did”) does in “Frank,” a film that premiered atSundance but is—appropriately, for reasons that will be explained—also playing this week at South By Southwest. Screenwriters Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare at Goats”) and Peter Straughan (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”) have expanded on a memoir by Ronson to create a wholly unique, comi-tragic portrait of one band’s evolution.

Watch: First Trailer For Art Rock Comedy 'Frank' Starring Michael Fassbender, Domnhall Gleeson & Maggie Gyllenhaal

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 6, 2014 1:39 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Frank, Sundance
An unexpected little treat has arrived on the eve of SXSW: the trailer for “Frank,” one of our favorite films from the Sundance Film Festival. Starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scott McNairy, “Frank” is a wickedly funny yet poignant look at outsider art, misfits, freaky rock n’ roll and more. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (“What Richard Did”), the film is loosely based on the story of Chris Sievey, aka Frank Sidebottom, an English musician who became notorious for always wearing a giant papier–mache head whenever he played live.

The Ones To Watch: 20 Breakout Actors, Directors & Talents From The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 28, 2014 2:40 PM
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2014 Breakout Talent From Sundance
Because we're usually far too busy for the partying and snowboarding, the highlights of the Sundance Film Festival are, of course, the movies themselves. But almost as pleasurable as the films, is discovering new voices and talent, and seeing for the first time the performers and filmmakers whose careers will grow and rise long after the locals have reclaimed Park City for another year.

Sundance Review: ‘Frank’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson & Maggie Gyllenhaal

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 18, 2014 11:06 AM
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Are some diamonds in the rough so special they can only exist on the fringes? When a rare species enters the ecosystem of the mainstream, does its fragile, sensitive needs break down amongst the polluted elements around it? These are some of the ideas expressed in “Frank,” an off-the-wall and terrific paean to the misfits and freaks of the world, their dreams, visions and togetherness.

‘That’s My Boy’ Helmer Sean Anders Will Direct 'Horrible Bosses 2,' Kevin McDonald Takes On "Young" Elvis Biopic & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 4, 2013 2:00 PM
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Horrible Bosses
The Toronto International Film Festival is upon us, and with it flurries of announcements like the snows of the Canadian summer (or something), with new projects being lined up for original "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" director Niels Arden Oplev, an Elvis Presley biopic for "Last King of Scotland" director Kevin MacDonald, the "We're the Millers" team of Sean Anders and John Morris, "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" director J Blakeson, while a big screen adaptation of Emma Donoghue's best-selling coming-of-age novel "Room" inches closer to fruition.

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