A24 bought U.S. rights to Room, an adaptation of the Emma Donoghue novel that has Brie Larson set to star and Lenny Abrahamson directing with production to begin this fall. People have been buzzing about this one. It revolves around the love between a mother and her 5-year-old child, who live together in a single room. Over the course of his fifth birthday, it becomes apparent they are not in that room by choice; she has been imprisoned there, and they plot their escape. Ed Guiney will produce and Andrew Love is exec producing for Element Pictures and Tessa Ross, Sue Bruce Smith and Rose Garnett are exec producing for Film4, which developed it with the Irish Film Board. UTA repped by the film and FilmNation is selling international rights.
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EXCLUSIVE: 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 room where she lives with her 5-year-old son Jack. To the boy, Room is the only home he’s ever known. Emma Donoghue adapted the script from her own 2010 bestseller which was itself partially inspired by the 2008 case of Austrian woman Elisabeth Fritzl, who escaped from a basement after a 24-year captivity during which she gave birth to seven children. Larsen is coming off of her award-winning central turn in last year’s Short Term 12. She’ll next be seen in Paramount’s upcoming The Gambler opposite Mark Wahlberg, Judd Apatow’s Trainwrecked, and DreamWorks’ The Good Luck Of Right Now. Room is produced by Ed Guiney for his Irish shingle Element Pictures. Larson is repped by The Gersh Agency and Authentic Talent & Literary Management. UTA reps Donoghue and the film and is putting financing together alongside Element.
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EXCLUSIVE: 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 release. Both actresses have tested for the producers, and they are the frontrunners. I have heard that Clarke has an edge, and that would not be surprising. Before Taylor helmed Thor: The Dark World, he directed Clarke in HBO’s Game Of Thrones. She, of course, plays the unforgettable dragon-commanding heroine Daenerys Targaryen in that massive HBO series, and has demonstrated the mettle to capably play one of the screen’s most formidable heroines as originated by Linda Hamilton in James Cameron’s first two films in the series.
Larson is emerging from distinguished work on the indie film circuit that this year includes Short Term 12 and The Spectacular Now. She also did 21 Jump Street, and she’s attached to star in the remake of The Gambler. I’ve also heard that Kyle Reese, played by Michael Biehn in the original film, will be a character in this version, as will John Connor, so it seems like a jump into the future might be part of the plot line. The completion of this franchise is expected to span at least two films. They are casting the Sarah Connor role before Reese and … Read More »
The Coen brothers‘ Inside 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. “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.
Big 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.
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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 »
In the first leading role of her career, Brie Larson has been getting rave reviews for playing a teacher working with 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.
AwardsLine: 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 »
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 are in a very early stage and details of her role are sketchy, but it could all come together in the next few days. The role would be another step into studio movies for the actress, who starred in 21 Jump Street last year. Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes helmer Rupert Wyatt is set to direct the new Gambler from a script by William Monahan. Larson may not be the only new addition: The studio and producers are looking to bring American Horror Story star Jessica Lange on board as well. In August, Larson won the Best Actress Award at the Locarno Film Festival for her turn as a troubled social worker in Short Term 12, and she also was recently seen in the Sundance pic The Spectacular Now and Joe Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon. She is repped by Gersh and managed by ROAR.
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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 »
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 23. Check out the first trailer:
Director 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. The 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 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 to help anyone else. The script won the Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowship. Cretton’s last film, I’m Not A Hipster, premiered at Sundance. Short Term 12 is based on a short film he made, one that won the Jury Prize for Best Short film at Sundance two years ago.
Larson next shoots Peter Bogdanovich’s Squirrel To The Nuts opposite Owen Wilson and Olivia Wilde and she wrapped The Spectacular Now and the Joseph Gordon Levitt-directed Don Jon’s Addiction. Larson was most recently in 21 Jump Street and US of Tara. Brie is repped by Gersh & ROAR.
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 and Shailene Woodley co-star in the film. Shawn Levy & Tom McNulty are producing. Larson is in the upcoming comedy Relanxious with Oliva Wilde, and Saturday Night Live’s Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen. Larson also recently joined the cast of Squirrel to the Nuts. Owen Wilson and, again, Olivia Wilde co-star. Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach are producing Squirrel to the Nuts. Peter Bogdanovich is writing the script. Larson is repped by Gersh and managed by ROAR
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 produced by Daniel Dubiecki, who recently launched The Allegiance Theater; and Lorene Scafaria, writer/director of the upcoming Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Relanxious will shoot this summer in Chicago.
Wilde plays Barrett, an anxiety-ridden woman who meets and is smitten with George. Played by Sudeikis, George is agoraphobic and so their courtship is limited to phone conversations in which they discuss the dates they would go on if their phobias didn’t stand in the way. As the fantasies develop, the two must decide if they can put aside their fears in order to find real-life romance. Larsen plays Barrett’s sister, and Armisen plays George’s friend and only contact with the outside world. Wilde recently wrapped the Steve Carell-Jim Carrey comedy Burt Wonderstone, while Saturday Night Live castmember Sudeikis starred in Horrible Bosses. Larsen is in 21 Jump Street and Sudeikis’ fellow SNL castmember Armisen is moonlighting on the IFC series Portlandia. WME packaged the film.
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), a commitment-phobic ad agency exec who, after getting dumped by his longtime girlfriend Laura (Larson), realizes he has to continue working with her one cubicle away. Chernin Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV are producing. Larson, repped by Gersh and ROAR, co-starred on Showtime’s dark comedy United States Of Tara and will next be seen in the 21 Jump Street feature reboot.
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 theatrical release on March 23, 2012, per Variance founder Dylan Marchetti. Hall plays 35-year-old Morris Bliss, who is clamped firmly in the jaws of New York City inertia. He wants to travel but has no money; he needs a job but has no prospects; and he still shares an apartment with his widowed father (Fonda), who treats Morris with a mix of disdain and exasperation. When he finds himself juggling a bizarre relationship with the sexually precocious 18-year-old daughter (Larson) of a former classmate and the advances of his very forward neighbor (Liu), Morris realizes that even though his life is unraveling, it’s also opening up in ways that are long overdue.
“The Trouble With Bliss absolutely charmed me,” said Marchetti. “The characters aren’t phony, the lessons learned aren’t clichéd, and any chance to see a cast like this work together is worth it in my book.” Knowles wrote the script with Douglas Light, based on Light’s novel East Fifth Bliss. The film was acquired after it played the Newport Beach Film Festival. It was produced by John Ramos and John Will.