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Exclusive: Fox Searchlight's new 'Crazy Heart' poster

CrazyHeartOne-Sheet Fox Searchlight has just given us a sneak peak at the studio's new poster for "Crazy Heart," which opens in mid-December and has already earned a host of rave reviews, especially for Jeff Bridges' soulful performance as a down-on-his-luck country singer.

As is pretty obvious from the poster, Bridges will be Fox's big selling point for the film, with the hopes that the well-liked actor will be a leading contender in the Oscar best-actor race. The tag line -- "The Harder the Life, the Sweeter the Song" -- perfectly captures the tone of the film.

But tell me what you think of the poster image. I have to say that I like it. Seeing Bridges in brooding profile reminds me of an old Willie Nelson album cover, except that Willie just has regular old grey in his hair, not all those nice blonde highlights that Bridges gets to show off.

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Love the tag line.

This looks fantastic, I can't wait to see this film.

Jeff Bridges is the Robert Mitchum of our time, a consummate actor who always makes the very difficult art of great acting look easy. If Bridges at last wins a much deserved Academy Award, I will also be raising a glass to his predecessor on Oscar Night. Best of luck to you, Mr. Bridges!


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