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Brie Larson: Oscar Winner and ... Pop Star? Inside the Actress's Early Career in Music

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Long before she was a Best Actress Oscar winner, Brie Larson had a different title: wannabe pop starlet. Joining the ranks of early 2000s teen queens Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff, Larson nabbed a record deal, releasing tracks like "She Said" in 2005 at only 16. In the music video for "She Said," her highest-charting single from first album Finally Out Of P.E., Larson rocked out on a green guitar while donning the fashions of the day: a zebra-print shirt and frayed miniskirt. Larson even hit the road, joining Teen People's 2005 Rock in Shop mall tour with the likes of Jesse McCartney.
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Star-Studded Film Sets Record For Worst Opening Ever

Star-Studded Film Sets Record For Worst Opening Ever
Even famous faces Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal couldn't help "Won't Back Down," which set a record over the weekend for worst film opening ever.

"Won't Back Down" took in a rough $2.6 million its opening weekend, according to Box Office Mojo, setting the record for worst opening of a film that released in over 2,500 theaters. The flick beat Rainn Wilson's "The Rocker," Drew Barrymore's 2007 romantic drama "Lucky You," Luke Wilson's family comedy "Hoot" and Jennifer Aniston's remake of "Rumor Has It" for the dubious honor.

"The Rocker" had been in the top spot since 2008.

"'Won't Back Down' wore the dunce cap last weekend, mostly because its marketing was almost non-existent," Jeff Bock, box office analyst for Exhibitor Relations told Yahoo! Movies.

The film also stars Oscar-winner Holly Hunter and focuses on two mothers fighting to transform an inner city school suffocating under bureaucratic issues.
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On The Rise 2012: 10 Actresses Poised For The Big Time

While there are still not enough good roles for women out there, particularly in mainstream Hollywood, that hasn't stopped a batch of young female stars from exploding from out of nowhere in recent years. Head-turning performances have helped launch faces like Carey Mulligan, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Felicity Jones and many others into the stratosphere, and the success last weekend of "The Hunger Games" has hopefully put to rest the fallacy that huge audiences won't turn up to big movies carried by a woman.

With that in mind, and hot on the heels of our ten picks for actors on the rise yesterday, we've chosen ten actresses who, while yet to be household names, have wowed audiences and casting directors in recent years, and look like strong contenders to headline the big movies of the future. Check our picks our below, and weigh in with your own tips in the comment section.
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'The Lorax' Movie: Environmental Message & SUV Spokesman

March 2 is Dr. Seuss' birthday (he would have been 104) and also, not by coincidence, the release of "The Lorax" in theaters. "The Lorax," which was published in 1971, is Seuss' environmental fable that inspires kids to think about nature (the lovely Truffula trees) versus material goods (those trendy but unnecessary Thneeds), and the movie does a good job of translating that theme into a charming animated movie kids will love. But then the studio's marketing geniuses have to muck up the story's message by making the Lorax shill everything from SUVs to Ihop specials. Maybe we've all become desensitized to the consumerist nature of family films (I admit I had so many Happy Meal toys in my house I finally called a moratorium on McDonald's when I nearly broke an ankle tripping over a plastic Chipmunk), but there's something particularly off-putting about the Lorax shilling for so many products --
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Courageous Ahead of 50/50, What's Your Number? Fourth-Worst 3,000+ Debut Ever: Box Office

Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Dream House This past weekend (Sept. 30-Oct. 2), Dolphin Tale grossed slightly less than estimated according to North American box-office actuals found at Box Office Mojo. Directed by Charles Martin Smith, and featuring Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Austin Stowell, and Morgan Freeman, Dolphin Tale pulled in $13.91 million, or about $300,000 less than originally estimated. At no. 2, Bennett Miller's Moneyball collected $12.03 million, or about $500,000 less than estimated. Brad Pitt stars, along with Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, and Chris Pratt. At no. 3, The Lion King 3D added $10.61m, also below estimates but more than enough for it to remain well ahead of both Mike Nichols' The Graduate and Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park on Box Office Mojo's inflation-adjusted chart of all-time box-office champs. Originally released in 1994, The Lion King features songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, and the voices of Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones,
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Anna Faris-Chris Evans/What's Your Number?: One of Worst Box-Office Openings Ever

Mark Mylod, Anna Faris on the set of What's Your Number? Christian Movie Courageous Solid, Joseph Gordon-Levitt-Seth Rogen's 50/50 Disappoints: Box Office Released by Universal, directed by multiple Oscar nominee Jim Sheridan, and starring James Bond aka Daniel Craig, Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, Oscar nominee Naomi Watts, and Marton Csokas, the widely panned mystery thriller Dream House raked in only $8.2 million at 2,661 locations in North America this weekend (Sept. 30-Oct. 2), according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Dream House's average was a highly disappointing $3,085 per theater. That's Daniel Craig's second box-office flop this year, following the highly disappointing performance of Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens, Craig's highly expensive summer pairing with Harrison Ford. Craig, in fact, hasn't been very box-office friendly when not in Bond mode. Prior to his three-year hiatus from films, Defiance, The Invasion, Flashbacks of a Fool, and The Golden Compass were all domestic financial misfires,
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Brie Larson Lands in 21 Jump Street

Columbia Pictures has selected Brie Larson to play Molly, the female lead in the upcoming film adaptation of 21 Jump Street.

Toni Collette’s naughty and sarcastic daughter in Showtime’s “United States of Tara.” has joined Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube in the TV-to-film adaptation “21 Jump Street.”

Some of her past film credits includes Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Greenberg, Hoot and 13 Going on 30. She was also a talented pop rock singer/songwriter. Deadline reports that Larson will take over the role that Emma Stone previously was forced to live to make time in her schedule for The Amazing Spider-Man.

The film will be based on the Fox Network’s television series that aired from April 1987 to April 1991, with a total of 103 episodes. The television series focused on the cases of an undercover police unit consisted of youthful looking officers that specialized in underage crime among high schools,
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Brie Larson to Be Female Lead in ‘21 Jump Street’ Film Adaptation

It’s back to school for Brie Larson. Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, has selected Larson to play Molly, the female lead in the upcoming film adaptation of “21 Jump Street.” Larson’s most known role was playing Toni Collette’s rebellious and sarcastic daughter in Showtime’s “United States of Tara.” Some of her past film credits includes “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “Greenberg,” “13 Going on 30,” and “Hoot.” She was also an accomplished recording artist. The film will be based on the Fox Network’s television series that aired from April 12, 1987 to April 27, 1991, with a total of 103 episodes. The television series focused on youthful-looking undercover police officers investigating crimes in high schools, college and other teenage hangouts. The original television series was created by Patrick Hasburgh and Stephen J. Cannell. The series also helped launch the career of Johnny Depp. Depp played Officer Tom Hanson through the
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Emma Watson and Logan Lerman Could Get 'Perks of Being a Wallflower'

As "Harry Potter" film franchise is going to end with "Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows", Emma Watson has begun looking for her new starring vehicle. According to Variety, the British star is now circling "The Perks of Being a Wallflower". She will possibly team up with Logan Lerman as he is reportedly also in talks to take a lead role in this upcoming drama, but the characters that might be tackled by the two are not yet known.

Despite the big names mentioned as contenders for the cast, the movie itself is planned to be a low-budget indie production. Directed and written by Stephen Chbosky, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is based on Stephen Chbosky's 1999 novel of the same title which tells the story of a shy and unpopular teenager who describes his life by writing a series of letters to an anonymous person and explores the awkward times of adolescence,
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Danny Devitos New Film: House Broken

I have always been a fan of Danny Devito's. The fact that an average guy with alot of talent became a big star says alot for me about what is right in the world. Its been awhile since I have seen his name attached to a project but his newest film is House Broken and we have the details and poster.

The directorial debut of hit screenwriter Sam Harper (Just Married; Cheaper By The Dozen 1 and 2; Rookie Of The Year), Housebroken stars veteran comic actors Danny DeVito (Solitary Man; It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), Katey Sagal (Sons Of Anarchy; 8 Simple Rules) and Tom Wilson (Biff Tannen from the ‘Back To The Future’ movies) alongside up-and-coming young stars Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World; United States Of Tara; Hoot), Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars; Friday The 13th), Skyler Stone (Stuck On You; The Rules Of Attraction) and Kiernan Shipka
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Brie Larson Interview United States Of Tara and Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Brie Larson has been acting since the age of six. After moving to Los Angeles, the Sacramento native soon landed a series regular role on the television series Raising Dad and segued into films, such as Sleepover and Hoot, all while nurturing a singing career.

Now, she can currently be seen as Kate Gregson, Tara’s (Toni Collette) teenaged daughter on the Showtime series United States of Tara, which returns for Season 2 on March 22nd. She will also be seen in the features Greenberg, due out March 19th, and the highly anticipated Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, from Edgar Wright.

In a recent interview, Brie Larson talked about exploring new aspects of her United States of Tara character, working alongside the accomplished Toni Collette and the musical jam sessions with her, Collette and John Corbett. The now 20-year-old also shared some insight on her role in Scott Pilgrim. Check out
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'Spider-Man' reboot: Logan Lerman may be next Peter Parker

Logan Lerman, star of the upcoming "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," may be up for the role of our favorite webslinger.

The 18-year-old actor has been in talks with Sony to play Peter Parker in the "Spider-Man" reboot, reports "Access Hollywood."

"There have been a few discussions, it's definitely something I'm looking into," Lerman told Billy Bush on Thursday, Feb. 4.

"It's one of my favorite characters ever and I'm a huge fan of the series," he added. "I'd love to have more conversations about it. I'm definitely very interested in it."

For those who wanted a relative unknown in the lead, Lerman might fit the bill, but perhaps not for long. He stars as the titular "Percy Jackson" (in theaters Friday, Feb. 12), a modern-day teenager who discovers he's the demigod son of Poseidon (Kevin McKidd), Greek god of the sea and earthquakes. In typical Greek fashion, he goes
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tMF Featured Trailer: Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief!

(Note to self: Should keep an eye on young actor Logan Lerman!) I've watched Logan acting alongside Christian Bale in 3:10 to Yuma and man, he can act! But even before that notable role, I remember him as Bobby McCallister in Jack and Bobby - he was simply awesome! I think this guy knows how to make the transition from television to the big screen.

More on Logan: Logan Lerman decided that he wanted to be an actor at the age of two. He appeared in two commercials, and made his film debut in 2000's The Patriot. Lerman's role in the 2003 made-for-television film, A Painted House, won him a Young Artist Award for "Best Performance by a Leading Young Actor" in a television production.

Continuing his feature film work, Lerman appeared in Hoot, The Number 23, and 3:10 to Yuma. Later this year, Lerman will appear in the dystopian science-fiction film Gamer.
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

tMF Featured Trailer: Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief!

(Note to self: Should keep an eye on young actor Logan Lerman!) I've watched Logan acting alongside Christian Bale in 3:10 to Yuma and man, he can act! But even before that notable role, I remember him as Bobby McCallister in Jack and Bobby - he was simply awesome! I think this guy knows how to make the transition from television to the big screen.

More on Logan: Logan Lerman decided that he wanted to be an actor at the age of two. He appeared in two commercials, and made his film debut in 2000's The Patriot. Lerman's role in the 2003 made-for-television film, A Painted House, won him a Young Artist Award for "Best Performance by a Leading Young Actor" in a television production.

Continuing his feature film work, Lerman appeared in Hoot, The Number 23, and 3:10 to Yuma. Later this year, Lerman will appear in the dystopian science-fiction film Gamer.
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

tMF Featured Trailer: Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief!

(Note to self: Should keep an eye on young actor Logan Lerman!) I've watched Logan acting alongside Christian Bale in 3:10 to Yuma and man, he can act! But even before that notable role, I remember him as Bobby McCallister in Jack and Bobby - he was simply awesome! I think this guy knows how to make the transition from television to the big screen.

More on Logan: Logan Lerman decided that he wanted to be an actor at the age of two. He appeared in two commercials, and made his film debut in 2000's The Patriot. Lerman's role in the 2003 made-for-television film, A Painted House, won him a Young Artist Award for "Best Performance by a Leading Young Actor" in a television production.

Continuing his feature film work, Lerman appeared in Hoot, The Number 23, and 3:10 to Yuma. Later this year, Lerman will appear in the dystopian science-fiction film Gamer.
See full article at The Movie Fanatic »

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief Teaser Trailer

Attached to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in theatres this week is the teaser trailer for a brand new fantasy film franchise called Percy Jackson & The Olympians. I hadn't even heard of this young adult series until now, but the premise sounds pretty cool even if the teaser trailer doesn't show much worth getting excited about (yet). Written by Rick Riordan, the Percy Jackson books are about a 12-year-old boy who discovers that he is the son of Poseidon, and that the gods of Greek mythology still exist today. The first book is called The Lightning Thief and the movie is directed by Chris Columbus, who of course did the first two Harry Potter flicks. Clearly they're hoping this series will be able to carry on in place of the Harry Potter franchise once it wraps up. Thus far there are five main books in the series plus two spin-off titles,
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Alexandra Daddario to star in "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" for Fox.

Alexandra Daddario has been cast as the female lead in Fox 2000's "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief." She joins Logan Lerman ("Hoot," "The Number 23") and Brandon T. Jackson ("Tropic Thunder") in the Chris Columbus-directed film. Columbus and Craig Tiley ("Cheaper by the Dozen") are adapting the screenplay based on the book by Rick Riordan.   The story follows a young boy who, after discovering he's the descendant of a Greek god (Zeus most likely) goes on adventure to settle a continuous battle waged between all the gods.   Columbus produces alongside Michael Barnathan and Karen Rosenfelt and filming is set to start sometime in April this year in Vancouver.   Columbus has finished production on "I Love You, Beth Cooper" starring Hayden Panettiere, Samm Levine and Alan Ruck.          
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Alexandra Daddario to star in "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" for Fox.

Alexandra Daddario has been cast as the female lead in Fox 2000's "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief." She joins Logan Lerman ("Hoot," "The Number 23") and Brandon T. Jackson ("Tropic Thunder") in the Chris Columbus-directed film. Columbus and Craig Tiley ("Cheaper by the Dozen") are adapting the screenplay based on the book by Rick Riordan. The story follows a young boy who, after discovering he's the descendant of a Greek god (Zeus most likely) goes on adventure to settle a continuous battle waged between all the gods. Columbus produces alongside Michael Barnathan and Karen Rosenfelt and filming is set to start sometime in April this year
See full article at Upcoming-Movies.com »

Alexandra Daddario to star in "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief" for Fox.

Alexandra Daddario has been cast as the female lead in Fox 2000's "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief." She joins Logan Lerman ("Hoot," "The Number 23") and Brandon T. Jackson ("Tropic Thunder") in the Chris Columbus-directed film. Columbus and Craig Tiley ("Cheaper by the Dozen") are adapting the screenplay based on the book by Rick Riordan. The story follows a young boy who, after discovering he's the descendant of a Greek god (Zeus most likely) goes on adventure to settle a continuous battle waged between all the gods. Columbus produces alongside Michael Barnathan and Karen Rosenfelt and filming is set to start sometime in April this year
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Tropic Thunder Star Joins Columbus’ Latest

Brandon T. Jackson, who played the hilarious hip-hop-star-turned-actor Alpa Chino in last year’s Tropic Thunder, has landed a leading role in Percy Jackson, an adventure/fantasy flick being directed by Chris Columbus. Logan Lerman (The Number 23, Hoot) has also signed on to star. Lerman will play the title character, whose world is turned upside-down when he discovers that his father is actually the Greek god Poseidon. The story kicks off with Percy becoming the prime suspect when Zeus' master lightning bolt is stolen. The boy has just 10 days to find and return the stolen property to bring peace to the warring gods. Jackson will play Percy's best friend Grover, and according to the trades Fox 2000 is looking to place a number of big-name actors in the smaller roles of the gods. Craig Titley (Cheaper by the Dozen, Scooby-Doo) and Columbus adapted the script from The Lighting Thief, the
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