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Indiewire By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire October 21, 2011 at 6:57AM

This week on indieWIRE, we spoke to Sean Durkin and Elizabeth Olsen about "Martha Marcy May Marlene," “In the Land of Blood and Honey” got a trailer, we compiled a list for the 13 underdog actors who deserve Oscar’s attention this year and much more.
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This week on indieWIRE, we spoke to Sean Durkin and Elizabeth Olsen about "Martha Marcy May Marlene," “In the Land of Blood and Honey” got a trailer, we compiled a list for the 13 underdog actors who deserve Oscar’s attention this year and much more.

News

“Descendants,” “Martha Marcy” Lead the Fox Searchlight-Friendly Gotham Award Nominations
The 21st Gotham Independent Film Award nominations have been announced, with Sean Durkin’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” leading the pack with three nominations each.

Richard Peña to Step Down from Film Society of Lincoln Center Posts in 2012
Richard Peña, Program Director and Head of the NYFF Selection Committee The Film Society of Lincoln Center Program Director and Head of NYFF Selection Committee will step down from his posts at the conclusion of next year’s 50th New York Film Festival, and his 25th year with the Film Society.

Magnolia Takes To Sarah Polley’s “Take This Waltz”
Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Sarah Polley’s follow up to “Away From Her,” “Take This Waltz.”

David Fincher Says Despite A Great Audition, Scarlett Johansson Was Too Hot To Play Lisbeth Salander
While Rooney Mara eventually won the coveted lead role of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher‘s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” it was an arduous wait and the list of the contenders was fierce.

Box Office: Pedro Almodovar’s “Skin I Live In” Scores Strong Limited Debut
Pedro Almodovar’s “The Skin I Live In” debuted to exceptionally strong numbers this weekend, according to estimates.

Here Are the First Two Winners for Christine Vachon and Ted Hope’s Masterclass
The first winners for tickets to Christine Vachon and Ted Hope’s first-ever stateside masterclass in producing, Killer/Hope Masterclass: Get Your Movie Made, Make It Well, Make It Great, Get It Seen & Survive to Do It All Over Again, have been selected.

Kino Lorber to Release “Alps,” New Film from “Dogtooth” Filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos
Kino Lorber has announced that they will be releasing “Alps” the new film from Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos, whose critically praised last film “Dogtooth” garnered an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

“The Artist” & “The Fairy” Among Top Winners at Hamptons International Film Festival
“The Artist” by Michel Hazanavicius and Marc Levin’s “Hard Times: Lost on Long Island” took the audience awards at the Hamptons International Film Festival Sunday evening, while “The Fairy,” directed by Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, was named the winner of The Golden Starfish Narrative Feature Award.

Wim Wenders’ “Pina” Among Nominees for European Film Awards’ Best Documentary
The 24th European Film Academy has announced the three documentary nominees for this year’s European Film Awards. The ceremony will take place December 3 in Berlin.

AFI FEST 2011 Announces Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings
The American Film Institute today announced its Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings for the 25th edition of AFI FEST 2011.

34th Mill Valley Film Festival Wraps Up
Mill Valley may sit just north of San Francisco in Marin County, but its annual film festival proves once again that it’s not too far from Hollywood.

San Francisco Film Society Will Close Online Film Site SF360.org
Film website SF360, a five-year-old online publication devoted to covering the San Francisco Bay Area’s film community, will cease operations next month.

Fox Launches Writer’s Initiative For Experienced Minority Film/TV Writers
Experienced writers who still need a break, listen up.

Vendome Pictures Hires Former Paramount Vantage Exec Guy Stodel to Head Production
Former Paramount Vantage exec Guy Stodel has been named president of production for Vendome Pictures, producers of “Source Code.”

New York Film Critics Move Up Their Awards Date
The New York Film Critics Circle have announced a significant change in their annual awards procedure: The group will now vote for their winners on Monday, November 28th.

Warner Bros. Swings Around The Pole For Steven Soderbergh’s "Magic Mike"
Joe Manganiello reveals character costumes for some of the strippers in the movie.

Abu Dhabi Film Festival Unveils Emirates and Short Film Winners
The Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF), now in its fourth year, has announced the winners of its Emirates Film Competition (EFC) and its International Short Film Competition.

Cine Foundation International to Launch an #OccupyCinema Movement in November
Late last year, London-based filmmaker Tobias Morgan organized Cine Foundation International (CFI), an NGO which “produces films, coordinates video and broadcast projects, and takes direct actions in the protection and promotion of humanitarian causes, especially surrounding the censorship or imprisonment of film artists.”

Reviews

REVIEW | Aki Kaurismaki’s “Le Havre” Is a Deadpan Delight
Eric Kohn reviews Aki Kaurismaki’s "endearing" film “Le Havre.”

"Adventures of Tintin" Early Reviews are Mixed: Delightful, Dazzling, CG Wizardry, Vidgame Action
Anne Thompson rounds up early reviews of "The Adventures of Tintin."

REVIEW | “Being Elmo” Studies Master of Puppets Kevin Clash
Erik Kohn reviews "admirably sweet-natured" puppeteer doc "Being Elmo."

REVIEW | Post-Cult Trauma Explored in Haunting “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
Appearing fragile and terrified from her first scene until her last, Elizabeth Olsen brings an alarming quality to writer-director Sean Durkin’s quietly unsettling “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”

REVIEW | “Elevate,” A Sincere Portrait of African NBA Aspirants, Amounts to “Hoop Dreams”-Lite
“The rest of the world views us as lazy,” says a coach to teen basketball aspirants at the SEEDS Academy, a boarding school in Dakar, Senegal.

REVIEW | Todd Rohal Takes a Goofy Priest to the Woods in “The Catechism Cataclysm”
“The Catechism Cataclysm” marks the sophomore feature of writer-director Todd Rohal, whose peculiar ensemble piece “The Guatemalan Handshake” made the festival rounds in 2006.

Features

For Your Consideration: 13 Underdog Actors Who Deserve Oscar’s Attention This Year
Peter Knegt profiles 13 deserving underdog actors from this year’s batch of eligible films.

Critical Consensus: “Martha Marcy May Marlene” Is The Pick of the Week
One of the most anticipated American indie releases of the year, Sean Durkin’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene” is the pick of the week for opening specialty films, according to the folks polled on criticWIRE.

Now What? NYFF Chairman Richard Peña Looks Forward and Back as He Enters His Final Year
On Monday, less than 24 hours after the conclusion of the 49th edition of the New York Film Festival, Richard Peña sat in the conference room at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and considered his past and his future.

The Porno Clause and Other Legal Tips Filmmakers May Not Know, But Will Wish They Had
Here are four items that could be overlooked on your legal checklist and absolutely should not be.

Roger Ebert on Martin Scorsese: An Excerpt from “Life Itself: A Memoir”
indieWIRE has long been a fan and inspired by one of the greatest film minds of our time, Roger Ebert. So iW reached out to him about sharing an excerpt from his latest book, “Life Itself: A Memoir,”, recently published by Hachette Book Group’s Grand Central Publishing.

How Do You Do a Film Festival? Philadelphia’s Michael Lerman Breaks It Down
Today is the start of the two-week Philadelphia Film Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

Here Are The Top-Grossing Films Set On Wall Street
In honor of the release of J.C. Chandor’s “Margin Call” this weekend, here’s indieWIRE’s list of the top-grossing films set (to a large degree) on Wall Street.

10 Things You Want To Know About Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson made a stop at the BFI London Film Festival this week to chat at one of the festival’s many Screen Talks, where actors and directors at the festival sit down to discuss their careers in front of an audience.

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Interviews

Zachary Quinto Talks Wall Street Drama "Margin Call," "Star Trek," Comes Out
Anne Thompson talks to Zachary Quinto about his new film, "Margin Call."

Charlie Bucket and Veruca Salt! The “Willy Wonka” Stars Talk for the Film’s 40th Anniversary
This year marks the 40th anniversary of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” possibly the finest children’s film of the 20th century.

INTERVIEW | It’s Good to Be Elmo: Kevin Clash and Constance Marks Talk About “Being Elmo”
Love or loathe, but almost everyone knows Elmo. And after the release of “Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey,” audiences will know—and likely love—the man behind the Muppet, Kevin Clash.

INTERVIEW | Jason Zada, The Director Behind That Creepy “Take This Lollipop” Website
On Tuesday, we told you about “Take This Lollipop,” a website that creates a horror movie starring you, your Facebook profile and your information.

FUTURES | Sundance’s Golden Boy Sean Durkin, Director/Writer of “Martha Marcy May Marlene”
For a first-time director, Sean Durkin came into the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with a lot of history.

INTERVIEW | “Le Havre” Director Aki Kaurismäki: “I’m not interested in the upper class.”
It’s absurd understatement to say that Aki Kaurismäki finds humor in unusual places. But then Kaurismäki’s movies are all about absurd understatement, from the chic retro style to the deadpan humor.

INTERVIEW | Elizabeth Olsen On “Martha Marcy,” “Silent House” and Staying In School
With the entire town of Park City deeming her this year’s big breakout, Elizabeth Olsen was one of the biggest talking points at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Videos

iW’s Online Video of the Day: Matt Damon, Sean Penn, Ben Stiller and Others “Brainstorm” For Clinton
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Clinton Foundation, a who’s who of Hollywood Democrats poked them at themselves in a hilarious new Funny or Die video.

Video: Matthew Broderick Interviewed by Alec Baldwin at Hamptons Film Festival
Over the weekend, actor Matthew Broderick took the spotlight for an hour-long onstage interview moderated by Alec Baldwin at the Hamptons International Film Festival.

VIDEO ESSAY: ON THE GO, PART 1: BULLITT, THE FRENCH CONNECTION AND THE SEVEN-UPS
The subtitle of Aaron Aradillas and Richard Seitz’s series “On the Go” says it all: “The Golden Age of the Car Chase, 1968-1985.”

iW’s Video of the Day: Mark Ruffalo Explains Occupy Wall Street
Need another reason to love Mark Ruffalo?

iW’s Video of the Day: Kevin Corrigan Behind the Scenes of “Tales From Beyond the Pale”
Just in time for Halloween, the audio theater series “Tales From Beyond the Pale” from Larry Fessenden’s production outfit Glass Eye Pix (responsible for “The Last Winter,” “The House of the Devil,” “Wendy and Lucy” and “Stake Land”), is now available in a 5 disc box set as well as online.

In Their Own Words | “The Swell Season” Co-Directors Share a Scene From Their “Once” Doc
Fans of “Once” will no doubt be curious to check out “The Swell Season,” a documentary that offers a candid behind-the-scenes look at the real-life couple behind the film’s Oscar-winning music.

Watch: Promising Trailer for Angelina Jolie’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey”
Finally, a trailer for her Bosnia-set love story has surfaced and we’re happy to report it appears to be truly promising.

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