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Sundance Review and Roundup: 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'

Writer-director David Lowery has been putting in his 10,000 hours over the past few years, working as an editor and cinematographer for hire on many micro-indie projects, as part of the growing multi-tasking barter indie culture. SXSW has championed the Texas filmmaker, playing his shorts and features; "Saint Nick" showed promise on a meager $6000 budget. His 2011 Sundance short "Pioneer" was a ramp-up to this feature film. Now he has collected all his chits and ideas in one exquisitely crafted neo-noir western, "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." The title was a misreading of an old American folk song; Lowery felt that it captured the right "classical, regional" feel, he said at the Saturday premiere press conference.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 21, 2013 6:41 PM
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Movies to Look Forward to in 2013

Anne Thompson and TOH! writers Matt Brennan, Bill Desowitz, Beth Hanna, Maggie Lange, Matt Mueller and Sophia Savage share the movies they are most looking forward to in 2013.
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  • December 31, 2012 4:27 PM
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Top Stars of 2012 According to IMDb: Tom Hardy, Jennifer Lawrence, Hemsworth Brothers & Rooney Mara

IMDb names the top ten stars of 2012, as well as the top emerging stars, as determined by total page views on the popular movie database. "The Dark Knight Rises" stars Tom Hardy (#1), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (#4) and Christian Bale (#5) scored high in the top ten, pushing Johnny Depp to his lowest-ranking ever...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 18, 2012 3:15 PM
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Sony Chief Pascal Is Gung Ho on Strong Women, from Salander to Cleopatra

Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal is gung-ho on "Zero Dark Thirty." At the film's Hollywood premiere Monday night, the studio chief, who acquired the film from financeer-producer Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, was proud of the film's tough CIA agent heroine, played by SAG nominee Jessica Chastain, who could score big during awards season. The studio is giving the movie a big awards push in advance of its limited holiday and wide January release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2012 1:01 PM
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Trailer Watch: Mara Experiences Tense 'Side Effects' in Soderbergh's Latest (And Last For a While)

The trailer for Steven Soderbergh's psychological thriller "Side Effects" (previously titled "The Bitter Pill") has landed, and looks to be characteristically taut and engrossing. Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones star.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 2, 2012 3:08 PM
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'Dragon Tattoo' DVD Release Maintains Anti-Establishment Attitude with Pirated Disc

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" DVD release has, according to TheWrap, "created the sort of mystery that even Lisbeth Salander might have trouble solving." It looks like a blank, pirated disc with the title seemingly hand-scrawled across it...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 22, 2012 3:30 PM
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Up Close with RED Camera's Rooney Mara, Shot by Fincher

The marriage of movies and fashion endures. RED cameras are advertised in the latest issue of Vogue, featuring a glamourous Rooney Mara shot by her "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" director David Fincher...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 12:19 PM
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Oscar Nominees Luncheon - Best Lead & Supporting Actress Contenders Meet the Press: Davis, Williams, Close, Mara & More

Each of the 2012 Oscar-nominated actresses -- save Meryl Streep and Jessica Chastain -- showed up to meet the press at the annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton on February 6. (Streep did attend the lunch and posed for the group picture.) Questions ranged from Oscar dresses and nipple piercings to Marilyn Monroe and honeymooning at George Clooney's Italian villa. Below, what each had to say:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 6, 2012 5:21 PM
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Chastain, Lawrence, Mara & Wasikowska Star in Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue

Vanity Fair's February Hollywood issue spreads eleven often unrecognizable actresses -- Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen, Adepero Oduye, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins, and Brit Marling -- across its cover, shot in glammed-up old-Hollywood-style by Mario Testino.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 31, 2012 12:18 PM
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Inside Look: Behind the Costumes in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" turns out to be a decent boxoffice performer, although it may have cost too much. But that shouldn't displease moviegoers. Check out Vanity Fair on the creative process behind the stunning visuals in the David Fincher film.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 8, 2012 12:34 PM
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