Each week, ScreenCrush will analyze the Oscar potentials. This past weekend saw the opening of three big studio films in wide release, with a handful of limited releases shining even brighter. It’s the little guys and festival favorites that are already garnering the most Oscar buzz: Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation and A24’s Room. But can Netflix and the up-and-coming indie distribution company make it all the way to the Academy Awards?
Following her highly acclaimed role in Room, Brie Larson is continuing her winning streak with Battle of the Sexes. The actress will replace Emma Stone in the upcoming tennis drama that pits her against Steve Carell in the true story of the riveting tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
If you feeling like throw up for a couple hours, take a look at the Wikipedia page for the Elisabeth Fritzl case. Fritzl was imprisoned in 1984 by her father Josef; she didn’t escape until 2008. In the intervening years, Josef repeatedly raped his daughter, and she gave birth to seven of his children; four of them remained incarcerated with Elisabeth, while the other three were adopted by Josef and his wife (he claimed he found them abandoned). Finally, after 24 years of the worst torture imaginable, Elisabeth managed to break free.
A couple of weeks ago Straight Outta Compton star Corey Hawkins joined the cast of Kong: Skull Island, which has recently been diversifying its lineup with Samuel L. Jackson also in talks to co-star. Today brings news that Skull Island will feature a mini-Straight Outta Compton reunion, as Jason Mitchell has also joined the cast.
Kong: Skull Island is preparing to head into production in Hawaii with stars Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson on board, but they’ve got one more stop to make before they officially begin shooting — Jurassic World screenwriter Derek Connolly has been tapped to do a little last-minute scripting on the project.
All right, so Room has nothing to do with The Room. (Unfortunately.) It is not a remake of the camp classic, with the fabulous young actress Brie Larson in the Tommy Wiseau role (although I would pay all of the monies to see that on the big screen). Instead, it’s a new film from Lenny Abrahamson, the director of the recent indie hit Frank, about a woman (Larson) and her son (Jacob Tremblay) who’ve been imprisoned in a tiny underground cell for years, which they’ve dubbed “Room.”
Joe Swanberg has gone from prolific director of divisive mumblecore indies to director of more widely-seen and loved indie features, like Drinking Buddies — although Swanberg has been making films for over a decade, Drinking Buddies was his mainstream breakout. Or as mainstream as indies can get, anyway. As you can see in the trailer for his latest, his appeal is only growing.
I’m not sure when we stopped talking about The Gambler, the movie now on DVD and Blu-ray that we’re both here to promote, but somehow actress Brie Larson and I have spent the past five minutes or so talking about mushrooms and sex. I’ll admit that I...
Let’s go back. Back in time before Paul Feig swooped in to direct an all-female ‘Ghostbusters’ reboot which we’re actually excited about. Back in time to when the long-gestating ‘Ghostbusters 3’ was still a possibility, a sequel that most people didn’t really want. Back here in the land that time forgot, original ‘Ghostbusters’ director and producer Ivan Reitman was planning to helm the long-delayed third installment in the franchise, and according to some recently uncovered e-mails from Sony, we now know what that sequel would have been called—and who might have starred in it.
The first thing you notice about Brie Larson is her unexpected height, forever putting her in my own personal “this actor was much taller than I expected” club, where she joins the likes of John Cusack and Colin Firth. The second is that she’s, pleasantly, a bit of an oddball, meant in the most endearing and interesting way possible. With a single answer, she has the ability to be aloof and on point at the exact same time. Larson seems to have it all figured out without even trying. In other words: She’s winning a game that even she admits is impossible to win.