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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Image Gallery with Character Profiles: Oldman, Firth, Hardy

Taking a page from the marketing campaign behind The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, for which these character profiles were done, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has a new image gallery on iTunes that profiles the leading men--including Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy--of the Tomas Alfredson film based on John le Carré's novel. Check them all out here and below.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 25, 2011 5:55 AM
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New Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Poster Looks Like Martha Marcy May Marlene

David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets a new poster, and while impressive, it does look somewhat familiar. Check out the full poster below, along with one from Martha Marcy May Marlene's marketing campaign (MMMM is currently in theaters). We like them both.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 25, 2011 5:54 AM
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Sundance Institute Finds Media Relations Director: Ex-Sundance Channel Honcho Sarah Eaton

Sundance Institute Finds Media Relations Director: Ex-Sundance Channel Honcho Sarah Eaton
After a long and exhaustive search, Sundance Institute's Keri Putnam has selected New York PR veteran Sarah Eaton as her new Director of Media Relations. Eaton replaces outgoing Sundance Fest PR chief Brooks Addicott, but will be running a larger more ambitious year-round operation to raise awareness of the non-profit Institute out of Sundance's Santa Monica offices. Eaton is a pro who cares deeply about Sundance and its independent mission; she's a good get.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 25, 2011 3:56 AM
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Video: Zoller Seitz's Montage for Malick's Tree of Life; Bring Whatever You Want To It

"You can take Tree of Life however you want, and bring whatever you want to it, and I think that's the point of it," says Matt Zoller Seitz in the beautiful two-part video montage he put together on Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life for the Museum of the Moving Image. (Parts One and Two, which he narrates, are below.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 25, 2011 2:14 AM
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English Teacher Starts in NY, Lily Collins joins Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Nathan Lane

One of the recurring themes of this weekend's Film Independent Forum was the growing fluidity of television and indie film. For example, TV director Craig Zisk (The Big C, Nurse Jackie, Weeds) is making his film debut with indie comedy The English Teacher, which starts filming in New York this week. He has just added Snow White star Lily Collins to his cast, which includes Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear and Nathan Lane. As indie film remains a labor of love for most participants, it makes sense to work for hire in quick-form television, and return intermittently to longer form indie production.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2011 12:57 PM
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IN THE WORKS: Damon & Affleck Together Again for Bulger; Bana as Elvis; Akira Casting

It's about time. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon will work together again along with Casey Affleck to bring life to the story of Whitey Bulger at Warner Bros. Bulger was a New England mob boss and subsequent 16-year fugitive before being caught in Santa Monica, CA, last June. Affleck will direct as well as co-produce and co-star with Damon, who will play Bulger. Neither of the Affleck brothers' roles are confirmed. It gets better: Boardwalk Empire writer and creator Terence Winter is writing the script, which will track the mobster's youth in Alcatraz, his rise to the top of the crime world and his secret involvement as an FBI informant.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 24, 2011 11:04 AM
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Elizabeth Olsen-Starrer Silent House To Open March 9; Impeccably Choreographed but Underwhelming

Elizabeth Olsen-Starrer Silent House To Open March 9; Impeccably Choreographed but Underwhelming
Open Road and Liddell Entertainment wisely waited for Fox Searchlight to spend their marketing and PR energy to promote Elizabeth Olsen in Martha Marcy May Marlene before scheduling the opening of their own Sundance Olsen-starrer, Silent House, for March 9. Directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau (Open Water) shot the horror thriller--which places a young woman locked inside her family's isolated lake house with no contact to the outside world-- in one seamless 79-minute shot. (How they did that is another story.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2011 10:45 AM
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Peter Bart on Clint Eastwood and J. Edgar

Clint Eastwood, the wily old coot, has long been adept at winning friends in influential places, and knows how to work the press better than anyone. His usual early-screening suspects include such critics as Scott Foundas and Todd McCarthy. Perhaps betraying his lack of awareness of how behind-the-pay-wall Variety is, Peter Bart was one of the hand-picked folks tipped to an advance Carmel Film Festival showing of J. Edgar, which opens the AFI Fest November 3 before hitting theaters November 9: At a moment when Hollywood is flailing about with tired remakes, Clint Eastwood, one of its more senior filmmakers, seems more determined than ever to stake new ground. His gripping new film "J. Edgar" is the polar opposite of contemporary studio product -- a searing biopic about a megalomaniacal right-wing ideologue. Under his four-decade reign, J. Edgar Hoover used the FBI to blackmail presidents and manipulate the media to mold his image as the nation's lone protector against gangsters and "Bolsheviks." Top politicians and reporters were scared to reveal that J. Edgar (superbly played by Leonardo DiCaprio) was a mama's boy with a gay lover. Eastwood's picture opens Nov. 9, so I am not going to review it here other than to say that it's consistent with Clint's legacy. His protagonists are a study in surprise -- who else would roam from Dirty Harry to Walt Kowalski (of "Gran Torino"), from Josie Wales to Nelson Mandela, from the troopers of Iwo Jima to a "Million Dollar Baby."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2011 9:40 AM
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Walking Dead 2.2 - Wandering Aimlessly?

Walking Dead 2.2 - Wandering Aimlessly?
It's quiet out there, says David Chute. Too quiet."I'm starting to get a bad feeling about this" -- as characters are too often moved to suggest on genre shows less consistently well-written than The Walking Dead.
  • By David Chute
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  • October 24, 2011 8:29 AM
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Media Watch: Isaacson's Steve Jobs Biography, Reviews, 60 Minutes Profile

Clearly, we can't learn enough about the late Steve Jobs, so his official biographer Walter Isaacson's new book Steve Jobs--over 600 pages--which is published today, two and half weeks after his death, should help to feed our hunger for more details about the fascinating co-founder of Apple. Here's an excerpt about Jobs and Gates.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2011 8:18 AM
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