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Steve McQueen's Twelve Years A Slave: Brad Pitt To Star with Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor

We knew that Plan B was producing Steve McQueen's Twelve Years A Slave, but we didn't know that main man Brad Pitt would take on a role in the period drama, alongside Michael Fassbender and Chiwetel Ejiofor. This project just keeps sounding better. Fassbender and Pitt together in the same film is almost too good to be true (wait a second, they co-starred in Tarantino's Inglourious Bastards); let's hope further casting updates on this project are as promising.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 25, 2011 12:00 PM
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Almodovar Picks Horror Thrillers as AFI FEST Guest Artistic Director, Heads for LA

As you would expect, Pedro Almodovar's selection of films as guest artistic director at this November's AFI FEST is absolutely fabulous. (His current release The Skin I Live In, starring Antonio Banderas, is playing well in art houses.) Besides Almodovar's already planned screening of his own Law of Desire, which will play during AFI's Evening With Pedro Almodóvar Gala presentation on Monday, November 7, accompanied by Banderas, the flamboyant Spanish auteur's program of classic horror films and thrillers are all must-sees for any cinephile: Eyes Without a Face, (Georges Franju, 1960), Le Cercle Rouge (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1970), Nightmare Alley (Edmund Goulding, 1947) and The Killers (Robert Siodmak, 1946). And they all make perfect sense as movies that influenced Almodovar's own aesthetic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 25, 2011 7:47 AM
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Jackson will Direct Next Tintin Along with The Hobbit; Secret of the Unicorn Opens Abroad October 26

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn opens abroad this week (the U.S. waits until December 21), so what better time to confirm that producer Peter Jackson will direct the second installment of the franchise? Most critics have been pretty high on the commercial-looking performance capture action movie, whether or not they have a history with Hergé‘s comics, so a second Tintin is a safe bet.
  • By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage
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  • October 25, 2011 7:40 AM
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EFA To Honor Danish Actor Mads Mikkelsen, of After the Wedding, Valhalla Rising, Casino Royale

EFA To Honor Danish Actor Mads Mikkelsen, of After the Wedding, Valhalla Rising, Casino Royale
The European Film Academy will honor Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen with their European Achievement in World Cinema Award at the December 3 event in Berlin. High cheek-boned Mikkelsen--from his performance as villain Le Chiffre in Casino Royale to his starring roles in Susanne Bier's Open Hearts and After the Wedding, plus Nicolas Winding Refn's Valhalla Rising, Ole Christina Madsen's Flame & Citron and Jan Kounen's Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky--is an immensely watchable actor, and one of our favorites (some trailers below). On receiving the award, Mikkelsen sent the following statement:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 25, 2011 6:14 AM
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CASTING WATCH: John Cusack and Malin Akerman Hop On Board The Numbers Station

John Cusack, who's been busy with James McTeigue's The Raven (March 2012; the goods from Comic-Con), Lee Daniels' The Paperboy (in post; details) and Scott Walker's Frozen Ground (filming) has boarded The Number Station, along with Malin Akerman. Directed by Dane Kasper Barfoed and written by F. Scott Frazier, the action thriller will begin shooting in November.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 25, 2011 6:12 AM
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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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