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Moving Fest Slots For Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, J. Edgar; Young Adult Bypasses Circuit

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 1, 2011 at 7:02AM

Here's the new poster for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which Focus Features is opening November 18 after its debut in Venice, which is timed before its European release in September. That's the reason why the film isn't in the Toronto Film Fest line-up. There's speculation that the film might turn up as a centerpiece gala or closing night offering at the New York Film Festival, along with Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio (October 21). There's still time for these potential Oscar contenders to jockey for prime fest positions at the four fall fests, Venice, Toronto, New York and Telluride, which keeps its selection a secret until the last possible minute. Angelenos who take the Charter from LAX to Montrose, Colorado at the start of the Labor Day weekend are handed the schedule as they board the plane.
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Here's the new poster for Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which Focus Features is opening November 18 after its debut in Venice, which is timed before its European release in September. That's the reason why the film isn't in the Toronto Film Fest line-up. There's speculation that the film might turn up as a centerpiece gala or closing night offering at the New York Film Festival, along with Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar, starring Leonardo DiCaprio (October 21). There's still time for these potential Oscar contenders to jockey for prime fest positions at the four fall fests, Venice, Toronto, New York and Telluride, which keeps its selection a secret until the last possible minute. Angelenos who take the Charter from LAX to Montrose, Colorado at the start of the Labor Day weekend are handed the schedule as they board the plane.

Roman Polanski's Venice-booked Carnage (SPC, December) nabbed the opening NYFF spot, to the consternation of Telluride and Toronto.

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One film that won't be in the festival line-ups at all is Jason Reitman's follow-up to Up in the Air, Paramount's Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron (December 9). Reitman has historically launched his films at Telluride, but he talked up his last film so much through the long awards season only to come away empty-handed, that he told me after last year's Oscars that he would never do so much press again.

Check out the earlier poster and trailer here.

This article is related to: Awards, Box Office, Directors, Festivals, Genres, Headliners, Independents, Studios, Video, Fall Movies, Oscars, Fall, Clint Eastwood, Jason Reitman, Toronto, Telluride, NYFF, Thriller, Drama, Colin Firth, Warner Bros./New Line, Universal/Focus Features, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics, Paramount/Vantage/Insurge/CBS, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.