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Greta Gerwig & Stars Turn Out for NYC Premiere of Lola Versus

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The Cinema Society & Brooks Brothers with Grey Goose host a screening of "Lola Versus"==
SVA Theatre, NYC==
June 5, 2012==
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Current "It-Girl" Greta Gerwig, Joel Kinnaman and Zoe Lister Jones were among the cast who turned up for the New York premiere Tuesday night of director Daryl Wein's Lola Versus, hosted by the Cinema Society. A bumper crop of other actors and socialites also joined in on the fun at the screening in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, including Zachary Quinto, Noah Baumbach, Olivia Munn, Parker Posey, Russell Simmons, Eve Plumb, Jesse Peretz, Gaby Hoffman, Ed Droste (lead singer of Grizzly Bear) for the screening and after-party at the Boom Boom Room atop the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking District.
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Lola Versus: Drool Over Greta Gerwig As She Cries Over Your New RoboCop, Joel Kinnaman

Greta Gerwig and Joel Kinnaman in Lola Versus

Maybe it's because I've been obsessing more than usual over Joel Kinnaman since rolling through all of Season 1 of AMC's The Killing in a matter of days (I know, late to the party), but I dare any other Kinnaman-lover out there to watch the new trailer for Lola Versus and not fixate on the future RoboCop's 10 seconds of trailer screen time. Phew. That said, it's quite winning on its own, thanks to Greta Gerwig's charm and the hazy-golden gleam of the New York City streets she's traipsing along as she tries to figure out what to do after fiance Kinnaman calls off their engagement.
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WonderCon: Fox Searchlight Wants You to Join the Cult of Sound of My Voice

Sound of My Voice

Screening the first 12 minutes of Sound of My Voice and a dynamic new trailer, Fox Searchlight opened WonderCon 2012 with everything they've got -- footage, star/co-writer Brit Marling and director Zal Batmanglij, that viral secret handshake, and an in-character appearance by the film's cult members Klaus and Mel, who addressed the Anaheim Convention Center crowd with a pitch to join them on a spiritual journey. Their invitation: Join them at Booth #348 today, where they'll be happy to meet you, discuss their beloved leader from the year 2054, and "answer any questions and help you with your future."
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Watch the First 12 Minutes of Sound of My Voice: Brit Marling and Cult Jam

Sound of My Voice

Festival darling Brit Marling burst onto the scene last summer with the sci-fi indie Another Earth (and will be seen in the upcoming fiscal thriller Arbitrage opposite Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon), but her turn as a mysterious cult leader in this April's Sound of My Voice is the more impressive introduction to the charismatic up and comer. Hit the jump to watch the first 10 minutes of Sound of My Voice, courtesy of Fox Searchlight, and see for yourself.
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SUNDANCE: John Hawkes/Helen Hunt Drama Surrogate Goes to Fox Searchlight

SUNDANCE: John Hawkes/Helen Hunt Drama Surrogate Goes to Fox Searchlight

As sort of presumed, the John Hawkes/Helen Hunt-starring, man-in-an-iron-lung-virginity-losing, awards-ready indie drama The Surrogate made an impressive market showing Monday following its Sundance premiere, selling for $6 million -- more than twice the figure noted in last week's festival bidding-war preview -- to Fox Searchlight. Not bad! The studio also has all but closed a deal on director Benh Zeitlin's Beasts of the Southern Wild; drop back by for more coverage of each from Sundance and, for The Surrogate in particular, from next year's awards season. Ahem. [Deadline]

Attractions || ||

Mark Romanek Pairs Never Let Me Go with Fahrenheit 451 in Los Angeles

Mark Romanek Pairs Never Let Me Go with Fahrenheit 451 in Los Angeles

Director Mark Romanek's dystopian sci-fi romance Never Let Me Go never seemed to quite receive its due when it was released in 2010 and subsequently written off as a commercial disappointment. But many found the restrained Kazuo Ishiguro novel adaptation gorgeous and hauntingly heartbreaking, among them New Beverly Cinema programmer Julia Marchese, who recently wrote about her quest to bring Romanek and his film to screen in Los Angeles for a two-night engagement that starts Wednesday, January 11.
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Adventures in Twitter || ||

Surprise! Rupert Murdoch Liked The Descendants

Surprise! Rupert Murdoch Liked The Descendants

Maybe the apocalypse is nigh: News Corporation kingpin Rupert Murdoch rang in 2012 on Twitter, dashing off his appreciation for in-house treats ("Great oped inWSJ [sic] today on Ron Paul. Huge appeal of libertarian message"), urban atmospherics ("NY cold and empty, even central park. Nice!") and, naturally, the movies of Fox and its subsidiaries. Good news: The Descendants scored some much-needed awards love! Bad news: Said love came from a man who extolled equivalent appreciation for We Bought a Zoo.

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Fox Searchlight Oscar-Fetes Win Win, Shame, Descendants, and More

Fox Searchlight Oscar-Fetes Win Win, Shame, Descendants, and More

Spirits were bright Wednesday night in West Hollywood when Fox Searchlight celebrated the season with their annual holiday party -- really, just an excuse to fete Oscar candidates Win Win, Tree of Life, Shame, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and The Descendants like debs at a coming out ball. Movieline caught up with Fox Searchlight's hopefuls at the early awards-season shindig.

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Fox Searchlight Will Release Fassbender-Mulligan Pic Shame This December

Well, lookie who just officially entered the Oscar race! Fox Searchlight excitedly Tweeted today that they'll release filmmaker Steve McQueen's hot festival pickup Shame on December 2, 2011. That means two things: A) Rejigger those early Oscar charts to allow for stars Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, and B) get ready for some erotic, angsty December sexytime. Just in time for the holidays! [@FoxSearchlight]

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Black Swan Interns Seeking Class-Action Lawsuit to Curb Exploitation of Unpaid Labor

"The only thing I learned on this internship was to be more picky in choosing employment opportunities... Black Swan had more than $300 million in revenues. If they paid us, it wouldn't make a big difference to them, but it would make a huge difference to us." Recent college grad Alex Footman didn't pick up many useful lessons during his time making coffee on the set of the Darren Aronofsky Oscar pic, but he and a fellow intern are attempting to change how Hollywood exploits labor does business. Good luck to the little guys? [NYT via MovieCityNews]

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Brit Marling on Another Earth, Arbitrage, and Learning from Your Doppelganger

Brit Marling on Another Earth, Arbitrage, and Learning from Your Doppelganger

Earlier this year, Verge designee and writer-producer-actor Brit Marling took the festival circuit by storm with not one, but two knock-out indie films which she starred in and co-wrote: the philosophical sci-fi pic Another Earth, directed by Mike Cahill, and the cult drama Sound of My Voice, directed by Zal Batmanglij. This summer, Fox Searchlight will release the first of the Brit Marling two-fer, Another Earth, starring Marling as a young woman haunted by a chance tragedy in her past who finds hope of a sort when a duplicate Earth appears in the sky. Finally, the world will see what all the fuss was about.

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Stoners May Enjoy Terrence Malick's Tree of Life

Stoners May Enjoy Terrence Malick's Tree of Life

A tweet from the official Fox Searchlight Twitter account today brought to mind a surprising new target demographic for Terrence Malick's Cannes-winning Tree of Life in the Los Angeles area: "LA: Are you aware Arclight Hollywood showtimes for TREE OF LIFE include a 4:20 screening daily?" Just remember, weed and Tree of Life go together better than LSD and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Right, 2001 acid-freakout guy?

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TRAILER: Brit Marling Yearns for a Second Chance in Melancholy Sci-Fi Drama Another Earth

TRAILER: Brit Marling Yearns for a Second Chance in Melancholy Sci-Fi Drama Another Earth

It's Brit Marling Day at Movieline! Since you'll be seeing a lot more of her in the near future, take a gander at the new trailer for Another Earth, the first of two Marling-starring Sundance flicks coming to theaters courtesy of Fox Searchlight. Alternate planets, tragedy, romance, and Marling's captivating screen presence -- it's all here. As a bonus, it's also got Ethan from Lost! Bet this ends better.

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Fox Searchlight Picks Up Sundance Fave Sound of My Voice with Brit Marling

Fox Searchlight Picks Up Sundance Fave Sound of My Voice with Brit Marling

Three months after its Sundance debut, Zal Batmanglij's stunning drama Sound of My Voice has landed a distribution deal with Fox Searchlight. The studio previously nabbed rights to Sundance '11 pick-ups The Art of Getting By (AKA Homework), Martha Marcy May Marlene, and Another Earth -- the second of two sci-fi-tinged Sundance entries co-written and starring phenom Brit Marling. Read Movieline's Verge interview with the multi-talented Marling and get ready to want to follow her anywhere. [Deadline]