Brie Larson Enters Lenny Abrahamson’s Captivity Drama ‘Room’

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 10:49am PDT

brie larsonEXCLUSIVE: Spirit Award-nominated Brie Larson has boarded indie drama Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson. She’ll star as Ma, a woman kidnapped as a teenager who has been held captive for years in a tiny … Read More »

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‘Terminator’ Update: Emilia Clarke, Brie Larson On Short List To Play Sarah Connor

Mike Fleming

emiliaEXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Paramount and director Alan Taylor are looking closely at Emilia Clarke and Brie Larson to play the role of Sarah Connor in the Terminator reboot that is being assembled for a July, 2015 … Read More »

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2013 Gotham Awards: ‘Inside Llewyn Davis,’ ‘Fruitvale Station,’ ‘Short Term 12,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club’; Lee Daniels Talks Racism: “I Became Very Angry At White People”

IFP's 23nd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards - ShowThe Coen brothersInside Llewyn Davis won Best Feature tonight at the fourth annual IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards but lost some of the spotlight to presenter Lee Daniels, who made some eyebrow-raising remarks. Kicking off awards season in NYC, the trophy show propelled the CBS period folk music drama and Fruitvale Station, Dallas Buyers Club, and docu The Act of Killing toward the Oscars. The raucous audience at Cipriani Wall Street chattered so loudly during Daniels’ tribute speech his The Butler star Forest Whitaker that he tried to shush them with a few f-bombs. Gotham Awards 2013“Forest would like to hear all you talking through my speech, so shut the f*ck up,” admonished Daniels. He wasn’t the only presenter to complain onstage about the Gothams crowd, as Julie Delpy threatened to set herself on fire to get their attention while presenting another tribute, to Before Midnight helmer Richard Linklater.

Jared Leto GothamsBig wins went to Fruitvale Station, which nabbed Best Breakthrough Director and Actor for Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan, respectively. Dallas Buyers Club star and Oscar hopeful Matthew McConaughey won the Gothams’ inaugural Best Actor award and accepted via iPhone through co-star Jared Leto with his signature “All right, all right, all right.” Short Term 12‘s Brie Larson nabbed Best Actress honors, boosting the SXSW winner’s awards profile. Presenting Best Documentary, Morgan Spurlock took a shot at public television (“PBS: We pay more money than IFC”) before presenting the Gotham to Joshua Oppenheimer’s Oscar hopeful The Act of Killing.

Related: OSCARS: An Early Look At The Best Picture Race – Frontrunners In A Crowded Field

Host Nick Kroll (Kroll Show, The League) struggled with the ambivalent room early on with a roast of the indie scene: “To the people from L.A. or abroad, I hope you’re enjoying your tiny hotel room you had to pay for out of pocket because Magnolia or IFC wouldn’t pony up.” Riffing on the night’s nominees, he quipped, “A common theme in this year’s movies are the horrors we inflict upon one another – slavery, war, folk music… .” Unfortunately for Kroll, he was upstaged by New York Mayor Bloomberg. “Independent filmmakers and New York have a lot in common… We both want Harvey Weinstein to be nice to us.” Boosting local filmmaking versus runaway production to neighboring Canada while presenting the tribute to his Media and Entertainment Commissioner Katherine Oliver, Bloomberg joked, “For the record: the mayor of Toronto and the mayor of New York do not have a lot in common.” Read More »

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OSCARS Q&A: Brie Larson On Indie Drama ‘Short Term 12′

By | Wednesday November 27, 2013 @ 6:00pm PST

In the first leading role of her career, Brie Larson has been getting rave reviews for playing a teacher working with AwardsLine.LogoBW troubled kids in writer-director Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12. Cinedigm picked up distribution at this year’s South by Southwest festival, where the film won the Grand Jury and Audience Awards, and Larson most recently earned a Gotham Award nomination for best actress. Although Larson also appears in two higher-profile films of the season—Don Jon and The Spectacular Now—it’s her performance in this tiny indie that has everyone talking.

brie-larson-short-term-12AwardsLine: Did you initially read the script for Short Term 12 with the idea that you would play Grace?
Brie Larson: I didn’t know what the role was or what the movie was about. I just couldn’t believe that what I was reading was a script. I kept thinking that I was reading some sort of transcript. It felt so honest and natural. I had never read dialogue that was so revealing and simple and complicated with no manipulation. I was totally intimidated by the material. It’s never been easy for me to book any job so I couldn’t imagine that something this rich would be easy for me. I tried to apply for a bunch of volunteer jobs before and learn as much as possible so I could have an in-depth, intelligent conversation with Destin about (the role). I wanted to be viewed as a collaborator and someone who was interested in the subject. I didn’t tell him that I had been rejected by all the volunteer jobs. At the end of a very short conversation—20 minutes or something—he asked if I would do it. I was totally and completely shocked. I hadn’t booked a job before where I haven’t had to audition multiple times. I knew at some point that he had seen my reel, but I don’t even know what’s on that thing. But I know there were certain scenes where he thought, “Why did she put this on her reel? She’s not even in this.” Then he’d rewind it and watch it again and see that it was me. The fact that I blend into whatever character I’m playing was interesting to him, that there wasn’t some sort of set thing that I do every single time. Read More »

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Brie Larson In Talks To Join Mark Wahlberg In Paramount Remake ‘The Gambler’

By | Thursday October 17, 2013 @ 12:38pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Seems the stakes are rising on Paramount’s The Gambler. Brie Larson is in negotiations to play the female lead opposite Mark Wahlberg in the remake of the 1974 James Caan pic, I’ve learned. Talks … Read More »

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Brie Larson Takes Best Actress At Locarno Film Festival

By | Saturday August 17, 2013 @ 12:38pm PDT

The Locarno Film Festival drew to a close Saturday night in Switzerland with the top Pardo d’Oro prize going to Story Of My Death. The Spanish film is directed by Albert Serra and imagines the last days of Giacomo Casanova. American actress Brie Larson took the Best Actress prize for Short Term 12, Destin Cretton’s drama about a woman working at a foster care facility. The film also received a special mention. The jury prize went to Joaquim Pinto’s E Agora? Lembra-Me. Best Director was South Korea’s Hong Sang-soo for Our Suhni and Best Actor was Fernando Bacilio for Daniel and Diego Vega’s El Mudo. A complete list of winners follows: Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Short Term 12′

By | Monday June 3, 2013 @ 1:41pm PDT

Brie Larson earned kudos out of SXSW 2013 for her turn as a troubled social worker in Destin Daniel Cretton’s Audience- and Grand Jury Prize-winner. Cinedigm snapped up Short Term 12 a few weeks after its Austin premiere and will release it August … Read More »

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SXSW: ‘Short Term 12′, ‘William And The Windmill’ Take Top Honors

By | Tuesday March 12, 2013 @ 7:40pm PDT

Short Term 12 SXSW WinnerDirector Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12, featuring a breakout turn by Brie Larson, nabbed top narrative honors at the 2013 SXSW Film Awards held tonight at Austin’s Paramount Theatre. Cretton’s script won the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship and was based on his own Sundance-winning short. In the docu competition, Ben Nabors’ Kickstarter-backed William And The Windmill won the Grand Jury Prize for its profile of William Kamkwamba, the teenage Malawian inventor who took TEDGlobal by storm in 2007. SXSW 2013 WinnersThe fest unveiled juried award honors in narrative and documentary feature, short film, design, and special categories. SXSW is an Oscar- and BAFTA-qualifying shorts festival and the winning narrative, documentary, and animated shorts will be eligible for the Academy Awards and Orange British Academy Film Awards. The 2013 SXSW Film Festival hosted 133 feature films and 110 shorts and continues through Saturday, March 16; Audience Award winners will be announced that day. Scroll down for full list of winners.

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Brie Larson Lands Lead In ‘Short Term 12′

By | Thursday August 30, 2012 @ 10:01am PDT
Mike Fleming

Brie Larson is set to play the lead in Destin Cretton’s Short Term 12. She plays a counselor for troubled kids in a foster home, and coming from a difficult past herself, struggles with feeling worthy enough … Read More »

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‘21 Jump Street’s Brie Larson Joins ‘The Spectacular Now’

By | Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 2:17pm PDT

Brie Larson has joined the cast of The Spectacular Now. The actress, who recently starred in 21 Jump Street, will play “Cassidy,” one of the leads in the comedy. James Ponsoldt is directing The Spectacular Now. Miles Teller … Read More »

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Olivia Wilde And Jason Sudeikis Star In Agoraphobe Meets Anxiety-Prone Hottie In ‘Relanxious’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Olivia Wilde, Jason Sudeikis, Brie Larson and Fred Armisen will star in Relanxious, a relationship comedy that marks the directorial debut of writer Christopher Storer. The film will be … Read More »

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Brie Larson To Play Female Lead In CBS’ Nick Stoller Comedy Pilot

By | Tuesday February 21, 2012 @ 1:10pm PST
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EXCLUSIVE: Brie Larson has nabbed the female lead opposite Michael Angarano in CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot from feature writer-director Nick Stoller (The Muppets). Stoller wrote and will direct the untitled project, a twentysomething ensemble comedy that centers on Jake (Angarano), … Read More »

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Variance Acquires Indie ‘Trouble With Bliss’ With ‘Dexter’s Michael C. Hall

By | Wednesday November 30, 2011 @ 10:53am PST
Mike Fleming

Variance Films has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to The Trouble With Bliss, the Michael Knowles-directed film that stars Michael C. Hall, Brie Larson, Peter Fonda, Lucy Liu, Brad William Henke, Sarah Shahi, and Chris Messina. The film will get a … Read More »

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