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Revisiting On The Rise: Where Are Our 2012 Picks Now?

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  • September 11, 2014 12:22 PM
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On The Rise: Where Are Our 2012 Picks Now
Over recent weeks, in addition to our coverage of the fall festivals, we’ve been indulging in what’s become our annual orgy of prognostication, our On The Rise series. We expanded the remit this year, including more picks in each category as well as more categories. We looked at the Actors, Actresses, Screenwriters, Cinematographers, Composers, Directors and Actors Under 20 we believe are going to be Big Things in the coming months and years, and there’s been quite some heartache, recrimination and frosty pointed silences round the Playlist dinner table as a result.

On The Rise: 20 Actors To Watch That Are Under 20

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  • September 4, 2014 3:00 PM
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On The Rise: 20 Actors To Watch That Are Under 20
In what’s become an annual tradition over the last few years, we’ve been running our On The Rise series of talent on the way up in the last few weeks. We’ve looked at Composers, Cinematographers, Actors, Actresses, Directors and Screenwriters. But what about the next next generation? To continue the series, we’ve picked 20 actors and actresses who are 20-years-old or under, a selection of teenaged stars-to-be who’ve caught our eye this year and could well be making a bid to become major stardom tomorrow.

On The Rise 2014: 12 Directors To Watch

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  • August 28, 2014 3:17 PM
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On The Rise, Directors, 2014
After looking at musicians, cinematographers, actors, actresses and screenwriters, there was only one natural place to go with our On The Rise series: directors. After all, film is still an auteur's medium, and the director is the one who hires all of the above, stitching together the various elements to create a final product that only they could have made.

On The Rise 2014: 13 Actresses To Watch

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  • August 20, 2014 3:39 PM
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OTR Actresses, 2014
We’re about to hit a real sea-change with the kind of movies Hollywood is making. For years, studio bosses shied away from the idea of making movies with female leads that weren’t weepies or romantic comedies, but last year saw the three of the top-grossing movies — “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Frozen” and “Gravity”—star women, all in genres that are traditionally more male driven.

On The Rise 2014: 13 Screenwriters To Watch

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  • August 19, 2014 1:05 PM
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Screenwriters On The Rise, 2014
"'I loved 'Gravity,' but the screenplay sucked" went the relatively common refrain. We'd wager that the people who said that were often the same who expressed confusion when silent film "The Artist" was nominated for an Oscar nomination for its original screenplay. You can find fault with the writing in "Gravity" and "The Artist," but if you enjoyed both, that's in large part down to the writing, and the popular conception that writers are responsible only for the dialogue is just one of the reasons that screenwriting remains one of the most misunderstood and curiously unsung aspects of filmmaking.

On The Rise 2014: 12 Actors To Watch

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  • August 14, 2014 3:39 PM
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Actors OTR 2014
In Hollywood, you can be on top of the world one minute, and then a public indiscretion, or a handful of box office disasters, or the simple fact of getting old, can each result in fewer and fewer calls (you can count on hearing from Millennium Entertainment no matter what). Bad news for the old guard, but good news for the many aspiring and talented performers looking to fight their way to billboards, bus shelters and the front few rows of the Academy Awards.

On The Rise 2014: 12 Film Composers To Watch

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  • August 13, 2014 3:31 PM
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On The Rise: Composers - 2014, feature header
At times, the eagle eyed film enthusiast could be forgiven for thinking that there were about four composers scoring high profile films. Hans Zimmer scored five films last year, and four films this year. Alexandre Desplat managed six in 2013, and five in 2014, while Christophe Beck topped both with seven last year, and six in 2014. Once you're in demand, you're really in demand, and the top tier of movies is very much dominated by established figures to the extent that up-and-comers must feel that it's impossible to break through.

On The Rise 2014: Cinematographers To Watch

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  • August 6, 2014 3:57 PM
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On The Rise -- Cinematographers in 2014
In what’s become an annual tradition, this week we’re kicking off our On The Rise series of features in which we take a look at emerging and blossoming talent across a variety of fields. This year, we’re expanding our remit to encompass a couple more categories and subcategories, but we’re starting with a perennial favorite: cinematographers.

On The Rise: 12 Directors To Watch In 2013

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  • March 28, 2013 4:20 PM
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On The Rise: 12 Director's To Watch In 2013 (photo)
So far in our On The Rise series this year, we've looked at talent on the ascension in front of the camera, with a cluster of actors and actresses who look set for great things. We've also highlighted promising cinematographers, writers and composers who've already proven their worth, and look like they're about to be more and more in demand as time goes on.

On The Rise: 10 Screenwriters To Watch In 2013

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 20, 2013 2:45 PM
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Screenwriters historically get a rough ride in Hollywood. If a film works, they're normally skipped over when it's time to hand out the credit; if it doesn't they're the first to be blamed. They're rewritten, fired, replaced, rehired, fired again, underpaid, made to do free drafts, generally abused, and disrespected. And then the star takes the credit for the best lines anyway. And yet, no movie that you love would exist without a screenwriter to come up with the damn thing in the first place; they're the most consistently and perplexingly undervalued part of the process.

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