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Daily indieWIRE Clicks: Richard Peña Steps Down, Scarlett Johansson’s Too Darn Hot and More

Daily indieWIRE Clicks: Richard Peña Steps Down, Scarlett Johansson's Too Darn Hot and More

Today on indieWIRE, Film Society Program Director Richard Peña stepped down from his position after 25 years, David Fincher said Scarlett Johansson is too hot to play Lisbeth Salander, Eric Kohn reviewed two new releases and much more!

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.

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.”

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

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.

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

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.

“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.”

“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.

Congrats to “Crisis Call 211,” This Week’s Project of the Week
Thanks to your votes, the financial crisis doc from the guys behind “Taxicab Confessions” “Crisis Call 211” won this weekend’s Project of the Week contest for last week!

iW’s Project of the Day: Gay Love in a Small Town in Texas in Yen Tan’s “Pit Stop”
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

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