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Girl with Dragon Tattoo: Who Should Play Salander?

As the Swedish global hit opens stateside and the English-language version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo gets under way, screenwriter Steve Zaillian plans to place tough, bisexual hacker/sleuth Lisbeth Salander front and center, recognizing that she's the star of Stieg Larsson's Millenium Trilogy. So who should play her?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 18, 2010 3:59 AM
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Oscar Party Circuit: HBO and Weinstein Co.

Oscar Party Circuit: HBO and Weinstein Co.
The Oscar party circuit continued Saturday night with HBO's Peninsula party, presided over by documentary doyenne Sheila Nevins. (Five out of the eight doc Oscar-nominees are connected to HBO.) Rob Kenner admitted that he's never been involved with a movie that has done as much publicity as Food Inc., while Roadside Attractions co-heads Howard Cohen and Eric d'Arbeloff were crossing their fingers that Oscar predicters are right to place The Cove as the front-runner to win the doc Oscar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 7, 2010 9:09 AM
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Woody Allen Sells Stranger to Sony Pictures Classics, Shoots Next in Paris

As expected, Sony Pictures Classics continues to release Woody Allen's Euro-financed pictures, acquiring North American rights to his latest, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, starring Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Freida Pinto and Naomi Watts. Shot last August in London, the film was financed by Spain's Mediapro, which backed Vicky Cristina Barcelona. SPC also released Allen's Whatever Works in 2009 and Sweet and Lowdown in 1999. Expect a Cannes debut followed by a fall opening stateside.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 3, 2010 3:42 AM
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Post-Sundance Indie Landscape, New Faces

Post-Sundance Indie Landscape, New Faces
The Sundance Festival unfolds in two parts: what gets seen during the festival itself, and what happens afterwards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 22, 2010 1:55 AM
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Oscar Watch: Sony Pictures Classics Lands Three on Foreign Short List

Oscar Watch: Sony Pictures Classics Lands Three on Foreign Short List
The Academy has announced the foreign film short list of nine, culled from 65 submissions. The foreign branch voted for six of these, while three were added by the foreign branch executive committee led by producer Mark Johnson, just in case such films as the critically-hailed Cannes entries A Prophet or The White Ribbon (both released by Sony Pictures Classics) failed to make the Phase One selection. Another committee of 30 voters from New York and L.A. will whittle the nine down to five for nominations morning, February 2.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2010 6:29 AM
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Sony and Marvel Pick Webb for Spider-Man

Sony and Marvel's choice of music-video director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) to helm the next installment of Spider-Man is revealing of what they want that movie to be: stylish and comedic.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 20, 2010 12:32 AM
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Oscar Watch: WGA Eligibility Issues Dog An Education, Weinstein Films

Oscar Watch: WGA Eligibility Issues Dog An Education, Weinstein Films
It's good to get an Oscar boost from the various guilds, but eligibility requirements often make that attention and credibility lift impossible.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 6, 2010 9:51 AM
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Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Expands

After a successful platform launch in four theaters, Sony Pictures Classics will expand The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus to about 400 theaters on January 8. Not sure how many moviegoers will be wooed by this TV spot. Most likely the film, Heath Ledger's last, will sell well when it is released on DVD, when the movie's devoted fan site will be included in the extras.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 5, 2010 5:04 AM
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Sherlock Holmes vs. Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Sherlock Holmes vs. Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
One is slick, the other isn't.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 30, 2009 12:57 AM
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Things I Learned on the Weekend Party Circuit

Things I Learned on the Weekend Party Circuit
1. There's girl-on-girl snogging between Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as bisexual rock stars in The Runaways. That's why it's R-rated.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2009 2:00 AM
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