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'Tanner Hall' Filmmakers Talk Directing Rooney Mara In Her First Leading Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 12, 2011 12:04 PM
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Getting a first feature off the ground if no easy feat, but couple that with making a movie centered entirely around the perspective of four young women, and you've got a mountain to climb. "Tanner Hall" marks the debut outing of filmmakers Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg, not only did they beat the odds, they also managed to luck into a dream cast. Even though stories about women are difficult to finance, not only did the directing pair get their story told, but they rounded up a cast that includes current "it girl" Rooney Mara, Brie Larson, Amy Sedaris and in a surprising dramatic (and partially comedic) turn, Chris Kattan. With the film arriving on DVD and BluRay this week, we caught up with the filmmakers to talk about the movie, and the talent Lisbeth Salander showed in her first leading role.

Review: 'Tanner Hall' Is An Amateur-Hour Panoply Of Boarding School Girl Cliches

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 9, 2011 3:30 AM
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While featuring a promising cast of on-the-rise newcomers and comedy veterans, a strong production design, plus a visual aesthetic that proves digital cinematography can be warm and capture light in a pleasing autumnal manner, the one-dimensional indie flick "Tanner Hall," has almost nothing else to redeem it.

Watch: Senior Year Is A Beautiful Drag In Trailer For 'Tanner Hall' With Rooney Mara & Brie Larson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 6:01 AM
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Oh, senior year. So much heartbreak, so much drama, and if you're in an all girls boarding school, we can only imagine those sensations are heightened. Certainly that's the case for the students at "Tanner Hall." Vulture unveiled the trailer and as we mentioned just a couple of days ago, the film is notable for featuring on-the-rise and soon-to-breakout stars Rooney Mara and Brie Larson and is finally hitting screens after premiering at TIFF two years ago.

Poster & Pics For 'Tanner Hall' Featuring 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Star Rooney Mara

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2011 6:59 AM
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It's amazing what can happen in the course of a year or two. When "Tanner Hill" hit the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009 the film's stars Rooney Mara and Brie Larson were virtual nobodies. And now? They are each on their way to the top. Mara, of course, has become the muse of David Fincher, so impressing him with her work in "The Social Network" that she became a top candidate and eventually won the lead role in the forthcoming "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." As for Larson, she appeared in "Greenberg" and "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" last year, is a regular on "The United States Of Tara" and has "Rampart" and "21 Jump Street" on the way. So, when Anchor Bay picked up the rights to the film earlier this year at Sundance, they knew they had something with two fast rising stars on their hands.

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