It's that time of the year: time for top 10 lists, time to start gearing up for awards season, and picking the contenders and ensuring we shout their names in all caps from behind our laptops, and a time for critics to champion our favorite movies and performances -- which is why I think it's time to take a look back at my favorite female-centric (and gender politic-centric) films and female performances of 2013.
From those getting their long-awaited big breaks to newcomers making a splash, this next heap should be closely watched come Oscar time and in the years to come.
Once director Alan Taylor finishes with all the 'Thor: The Dark World' promotional rounds, he'll reportedly have to deal with 'Terminator 5' next (though he's been a bit wary of officially stating he's on board). But who will be the new faces of this next installment, besides Arnold Schwarzenegger, of course? A new report has emerged pointing fingers at some of the hottest names of the moment, including some from 'Game of Thrones,' '21 Jump Street' and 'The Wolf of Wall Street.'
'Community' creator Dan Harmon may not have enjoyed his year off from the series in season 4 (read: he despised it), but at it seems at least one positive from the season will return for season 5. Not only will '21 Jump Street' star Brie Larson return as a person of interest to one Abed Nadir, but so too will the cameo-heavy installment feature 'Terminator' and all-around genre vet Robert Patrick, among others.
I caught 'Short Term 12' at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival almost accidentally. It just happened to be playing and I just happened to be available. And I just happened to see the best film at the festival and one of the best films of the year. As Matt Singer wrote in his review, it's a "brilliant and amazing movie" with a revelatory performance by actress Brie Larson.
The actress, who you probably know from her supporting roles in 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' or '21 Jump Street,' is poised to take a major leap into stardom this year. Along with her star-making turn in 'Short Term 12,' Larson has equally impressive work in 'Don Jon' and 'The Spectacular Now' also in theaters this fall. It's hard to look at Larson at this point in her career and not draw comparisons to Jennifer Lawrence - another actress who received critical acclaim for an indie film ('Winter's Bone') and went on to super-stardom.
We spoke to the young actress about the depressing work on 'Short Term 12,' if she's prepared for the next level of fame and starring in 'X-Men' and 'Star Wars: Episode 7.'
Brie Larson is having an amazing year. She stars in three great movies in the second half of this year alone: Joseph Gordon Levitt's directorial debut 'Don Jon,' 'The Spectacular Now' and 'Short Term 12,' the latter of which features a breakthrough performance that could put her right in the mix of the upcoming awards season. It's a year that could turn Brie Larson into an A-list star and the lead of her own big franchise. But, there's one franchise she won't be a part of. We spoke to the actress today and she confirmed she won't be returning for '21 Jump Street 2.'
These days, it seems like the whole of 'Community' season 4 is being kept under lock and key, especially torturous considering we're only a little over a week until the premiere of the first episode under new showrunners David Port and Moses Guarascio. And while 'Community' season 4 remains under a 13-episode order for the moment, we're always up for a fancy new guest star, and this time it's Brie Larson! So, who might the '21 Jump Street' and 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' actress be playing?