News Nuggets: Sony cracks down over ‘Dragon Tattoo’ press embargo

David Denby angers Sony by reviewing “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” early: “The New Yorker will publish their review … in this week’s edition of the magazine, breaking the agreed-upon embargo by more than a week. Emails from [producer Scott] Rudin to Denby (obtained by Indiewire’s Playlist blog) describe Denby’s decision to review the film, which is released in the states on 26 December, as ‘a very, very damaging move.’ ‘I could not in good conscience invite you to see another movie of mine again,’ Rudin said.” GUARDIAN

Madonna debuts a new single from her film “W.E.“: “Madonna has been off the musical radar for a while, but she’s getting an early start on her expected reign over 2012. She’s officially performing at the Super Bowl, and there’s also a new song called ‘Masterpiece’ that is slated to be included on both her upcoming new album as well as the soundtrack to her film ‘W.E.’ The version streaming online sounds a little hollow, but overall ‘Masterpiece’ is an uncluttered presentation that recalls the Material Girl’s outre mid-’90s period, which saw the birth of an eclectic batch of hits like ‘I’ll Remember’ and ‘Take a Bow.'” EW.COM

Tyrannosaur” wins three at the British Independent Film Awards: “Starring Peter Mullan as a drinking, gambling, washed-up widower, it was surprise winner of the best film award from a particularly strong shortlist that included ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,’ ‘Shame,’ ‘Senna’ and ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin‘ … [Paddy] Considine, best known as an actor, was given the Douglas Hickox award for best debut director. The film’s hat trick of prizes was completed by Olivia Colman – who won best actress for her portrayal of Hannah, a charity shop manager who befriends Mullan’s character.” GUARDIAN

How can small films stand out amongst the glut of high-profile Oscar-season releases? “The thing about Oscar season is that it’s not about getting people to like your movie. It’s about getting people to watch your movie … Everyone is going to watch ‘War Horse,’ ‘The Artist,’ ‘The Help‘ — movies everyone is talking about. The trick is getting people to put your movie into the player, too. So you get creative. J.C. Chandor‘s ‘Margin Call,’ for instance, landed at Sundance way back in January. An October 21 limited release was set but it was in danger of losing ground to the more visible awards heavies of the fall. A video-on-demand release strategy has kept it not only relevant, but caused it to appear unique amid the fray.” IN CONTENTION

The Artist” and “Hugo” win in Washington: “The WAFCA (Washing DC area film critics) has announced their winners — and ‘The Artist’ continues its run as winner – meanwhile, Martin Scorsese picks up Best Director.  ‘The Artist’ and ‘Hugo’ are kind of companion pieces, I think.  And something tells me watching Martin Scorsese and Michel Hazanavicius for a Q&A on movies would be something spectacular. They both pay homage to cinema, in every way, including how magical they both are to watch.” AWARDS DAILY

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