"Inside Llewyn Davis"Why They're On Here:
stole the show in his first lead role as fictional folk singer Llewyn
Davis in the Coen Brothers' Cannes entry, navigating the 60s folk scene in New York with charm and appeal.
His performance is already generating a lot of Oscar buzz. He also
arrested our ears with a stellar voice, but no surprise there -- it turns
out he's been singing since he was young, and he even played lead
guitar and sang vocals in his own band.What's Up Next:
of things. Isacc's acting resume is already pretty long, but he's
playing some big parts in the future. He has a meaty part in the
upcoming adaptation of "Therese," the Emile Zola novel. Isaac is
thrown in with the likes of Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Mackenzie
Crook, and Jessica Lange in a world of love and sexual repression in
1860s Paris. He co-stars opposite Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen in
"The Two Faces of January" as a Greek local who gets wrapped up in the
suspicious activity of a husband and wife con-artist team. His next
bona-fide lead will be the title role in "The Ballad of Pablo Escobar,"
the true story of a Colombian drug lord. He has several more projects in
development, but details are scant.
Writer, director, actressBreakout Film:
"Upstream Color," "Sun Don't Shine"Why They're On Here:
Amy Seimetz is having a moment. The writer-actress-filmmaker has for the
better part of a decade been making a name for herself on the indie
film circuit by working with everyone from Lena Dunham on "Tiny
Furniture" to Joe Swanberg" in "Alexander the Last" to anchoring Megan
Griffith's acclaimed Sundance character study "The Off Hours." This year, however, marks Seimetz biggest one yet. First came Shane
Carruth's "Upstream Color," in which she co-starred with the
writer-director in one of the most perplexing indies to come along in
ages. And this summer saw the theatrical release of her directorial debut "Sun
Don't Shine," a 16mm shot, micro-budget portrait of a couple (Kentucker
Audley and Kate Lyn Sheil) on the run for murder, in addition to her appearing on the small screen in Christopher Guest's HBO comedy series "Family Tree," and the surprise third season of AMC's "The Killing."What's Up Next
: In August you can
catch her in Adam Wingard's acclaimed horror pic "You're Next," opposite
Ti West and Swanberg. She also has three features in the can, including West's upcoming horror "The Sacrament."Lake BellProfession:
Writer, director, producer, actressBreakout Film:
"In a World..."Why They're On Here:
Lake Bell, the tall and lanky comedienne best known for her work on
Adult Swim's "Children's Hospital" and HBO's now-defunct "How To Make It
In America," proved herself to be a quadruple threat when "In
a World...," her feature writing-directing debut (which she also
stars in), world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to a rave response from the packed house at the Library Theater. It was picked up by Roadside Attractions and opens August 9.What's Up Next:
She's currently filming the sports drama "Million Dollar Arm" opposite Jon Hamm, Bill Paxton and Alan Arkin, under the direction of "Lars and the Real Girl" helmer Craig Gillespie. Thoma McCarthy ("The Visitor," "Win Win") penned the screenplay.Onata AprileProfession:
"What Maisie Knew"Why They're On Here
She was only 7 when she made "What Maisie Knew," but she grabbed our
attention as a young New Yorker caught in the middle of her parents'
custody battle. She garnered praise and affection from her adult costars
and acted with subtle honesty, even though her mom still had to help
her learn her lines. In fact, she dominated the film, and surprised her
co-stars with her process. Co-star Alexander Skarsgard is a fan, saying
"She's so sensitive, and real. I work for months, and I think about my
character, I analyze everything. Then you show up on set, and she’s a
million times better than I am. I'm like, 'Come on!! This is not fair!'"What's Up Next:
No projects yet, but the world seems to be captivated by this little
ball of energy, who doesn't let her adorable real life personality get
in the way of a serious role. She seems to be heading for great things.
Elizabeth Debicki, "The Great Gatsby"
"The Great Gatsby"Why They're On Here:
While Baz Luhrmann's Cannes opening night entry, "The Great Gatsby," earned mixed
agree on one thing: That Australian newcomer Elizabeth Debicki stood
out among the starry cast, despite only appearing in a handful of
scenes. As the golfing, long limbed beauty Jordan Baker, Debicki
radiated a cool confidence -- no small feat considering she landed the
role mere months after leaving the Victorian College of the Arts, and
had to act opposite a heavyweight like Leonardo DiCaprio, under the
direction of one of her country's most revered filmmakers.
What's Up Next:
She's currently performing in a production of "The Maids" for Sydney Theater Company with Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert in Australia.