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Venice '11 Review: Mary Harron's 'The Moth Diaries' Is A Teen Vampire Tale Without Any Fangs

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 6, 2011 6:09 AM
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It's remarkably tough to get any film financed, at least one that doesn't have 3D talking animals from a popular cartoon series. So it's no surprise that some filmmakers, for all their best efforts, can go three, four, five or more years between pictures. Worryingly, it seems to be doubly true for female directors. Look at Kimberley Pierce, who's only made one film in the twelve years since "Boys Don't Cry," or Tamara Jenkins, for whom nearly a decade separated "Slums of Beverley Hills" and "The Savages," or even Kathryn Bigelow, who might be an Oscar-winner now, but had a six-year break before "The Hurt Locker." One of the key examples here is Mary Harron, who since her 1996 debut "I Shot Andy Warhol" had only made two other films: "American Psycho," and the biopic "The Notorious Bettie Page," the latter of which was five whole years ago. None of her films to date have been stellar, but she's always displayed more than enough filmmaking nous to make an upcoming Harron picture something to look forward to.

Universal Drops Mary Harron's 'Wicked Lovely' After Only 2 Months Of Director Being Attached

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2011 2:37 AM
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Universal continues their year of cleaning house having already put "At The Mountains Of Madness," "Memphis," "In The Heights," "The Dark Tower," "Clue" and "Ouija" out to pasture, and now yet another project has been given the pink slip.

First Look At 'American Psycho' Director Mary Harron's 'The Moth Diaries'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 11, 2011 3:17 AM
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It has been six years since we've heard from Mary Harron, at least on the big screen. The director who made waves with the one-two knockout of "I Shot Andy Warhol" and "American Psycho" stumbled with the workmanlike and disappointing "The Notorious Bettie Page" and spent the next few years largely working in television. Well, she's back and headed to Venice with the hopes that her latest effort "The Moth Diaries" will put her on the map. Certainly, with the story centering around vampires, she's locked onto a genre that is currently en vogue.

'American Psycho' Director Mary Harron Gets 'Wicked Lovely'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2011 3:34 AM
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Mary Harron came into the film world in a blaze of glory. With a one-two punch of the colorful "I Shot Andy Warhol" followed up with the contemporary classic "American Psycho," it seemed that the director was a vibrant, exciting new voice, but her subsequent efforts failed to live up to that promise. "The Notorious Betty Page" was a sturdy, if not particularly memorable biopic and since then she's padded out her television directing CV and has a Canadian vampire flick, "The Moth Diaries," in post-production right now. But it looks like Harron is going to get her first taste of potential franchise fare.

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