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Trailer Watch: Pinto Stars in You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Miral

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 21, 2010 at 9:00AM

Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto turns up in two upcoming films: Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, which premiered modestly well at Cannes (Sony Pictures Classics opens it stateside September 22, presumably after the Toronto Film Fest), and Julian Schnabel's Miral, which is set to debut at Venice before its December release, and could kick up some controversy for Weinstein Co., due to its pro-Palestinian subject. (The French trailer is below.) Rula Jebreal adapted her novel about a Jerusalem orphanage run by a Palestinian (Hiam Abbass); Pinto plays one of her teen orphans.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto turns up in two upcoming films: Woody Allen's You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, which premiered modestly well at Cannes (Sony Pictures Classics opens it stateside September 22, presumably after the Toronto Film Fest), and Julian Schnabel's Miral, which is set to debut at Venice before its December release, and could kick up some controversy for Weinstein Co., due to its pro-Palestinian subject. (The French trailer is below.) Rula Jebreal adapted her novel about a Jerusalem orphanage run by a Palestinian (Hiam Abbass); Pinto plays one of her teen orphans.

In Tall Dark Stranger, Pinto is the object of desire for unhappy writer Josh Brolin; his marriage to Naomi Watts isn't going well, and neither is his novel. Pinto, however, lights up his day. While there's no question Allen's career is on the downward slope from his peaks in the 70s and 80s, this is one of his funnier, sharper relationship comedies; he's still more than able to lure terrific actors to bring his scripts to life.

This article is related to: Festivals, Video, Cannes, 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.