4 items from 2015
Dakota Johnson may not be a household name just yet, but folks salivating in anticipation over “Fifty Shades of Grey" which opens next month (just around the time of Valentine’s Day too, yuck), will surely get to know her all too well. Johnson’s put in her Hollywood dues for a few years now, popping up in films like “The Social Network” and “21 Jump Street,” and although she’s never been graced with a particularly memorable role, she’s an agreeable, natural presence in almost everything she’s in. Johnson is in the new short film “In a Relationship,” in which she plays romantic paramour to a charming young suitor played by fellow Hollywood up-and-comer Nicholas Braun (“Red State,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”). Directed by Sam Boyd, the short looks into the lifespan of a hip, young, beautiful couple: with its measured, dry depictions of cuddle sessions, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Michael B. Jordan in “Fruitvale Station.” Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley in “The Spectacular Now.” Oscar nominees Quvenzhané Wallis and Abigail Breslin in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” respectively.
All of those performances were once the talk of Sundance, where stars threaten to break-out each year. The 2015 edition of the frosty festival is no different, with no shortage of young stars poised to launch their careers in Park City and make a name for themselves in Hollywood. »
- Jeff Sneider
TheWrap was inside the Artios Awards nominee party to mingle with contenders at Lisa Vanderpump’s West Hollywood lounge
Hollywood’s most acclaimed casting directors came together at the 2015 Artios Nominee Party on Tuesday at Sur in West Hollywood, in a joint production between the Casting Society of America and Breakdown Services.
As casting directors still strive for recognition — it may just be the last branch not to have its own category at the Academy Awards — the tight-knit community gathered to celebrate each other’s achievements over the past year ahead of the official Artios Awards ceremony on Thursday, Jan. »
- Travis Reilly and Linda Ge
When Edgar Wright and Marvel parted ways in a very public split related to script changes for Ant-Man, the beloved British helmer soon announced that he’d be taking on a much smaller-scale project for his next gig: crime-thriller Baby Driver, which Wright wrote for Working Title Films. Now, that film has taken a major leap forward with word that The Fault in Our Stars lead Ansel Elgort is in discussions to star.
Elgort, who came out of absolutely nowhere to co-star in the Carrie remake then quickly snag major roles in the Divergent franchise, teen sensation The Fault in Our Stars and Jason Reitman’s (meritless) Men, Women & Children, will play a getaway driver who relies on his own soundtrack to make him the best driver in the game. When he ends up in over his head working for a crime boss, he finds that the doomed heist he »
- Isaac Feldberg
4 items from 2015
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