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written by Grace on June 10, 2013
Management 360 has signed Rooney Mara, who is coming into her own after breakout turns in The Social Network and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Mara continues to be repped by WME. She followed those films by starring with Channing Tatum, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones in the Steven Soderbergh-directed Side Effects and most recently in Ainâ€™t Them Bodies Saints, which premiered at Sundance and will be released later this year.
There is still every hope sheâ€™ll reprise her role as goth heroine Lisbeth Salander, as Andrew Kevin Walker is working on a rewrite of that script for Sony. She got an Oscar nomination for her first turn in that role. Mara next stars in the Spike Jonze-directed Her, and she stars with Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender in the new Terrence Malick film.
written by Grace on March 18, 2013
Hollywood’s female actors tend to fall into one of two categories when talking about themselves. The sexy starlet types will try effusively to convince you they were tomboys growing up, while the serious actors â€“ irritated to be talking about anything but the art – will begrudgingly allow you to write that they were dark-minded toddlers or troubled teens. So,Rooney Mara: which were you?
“I like that. That’s good.” She smiles, and it takes her extraordinarily malleable face from blank to beautiful in an instant. “Well, OK: when I was three or four, I decided to dress up for Halloween as Clara, the crippled girl in the Heidi books. I wanted to make it authentic so I insisted my mom wheel me around in a buggy; you know, because the crippled girl needed a wheelchair.”
Did she agree to that? “Sure she did. She was totally on board.”
Certainly, then, one couldn’t accuse Rooney Mara of lacking the requisite, natural-born imagination from which to draw the range of characters she’s created, from her blistering tour de force as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, to her short but memorable turn as Mark Zuckerberg’s quietly furious girlfriend at the start of The Social Network. But it’s her face, sculpted in the tradition of a Mary Pickford or Mae Marsh â€“ all Slavic cheekbones, porcelain skin and cool, intelligent eyes â€“ that instantly mesmerises. It’s an extraordinary face: plain and pretty at the same time, she gives away nothing in person but everything when in front of the camera. Steven Soderbergh, director of her latest film Side Effects, describes it as “[a] very classical, almost silent-movie face; very ‘shootable’.” • Read full story »
written by Grace on December 17, 2012
Rooney Mara is up against Emily Blunt and Rebecca Hall to star alongside Johnny Depp in sci-fi movie ‘Transcendence’, taking on the female lead.
Rooney MaraÂ is up againstÂ Emily BluntÂ andRebecca HallÂ to play the female lead in ‘Transcendence’.
The ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ actress is one of the favourites to star alongsideJohnny DeppÂ inÂ Wally Pfister‘s first directing effort.
According to Deadline.com, Emily’s dates for ‘All You Need Is Kill’ are still being worked out, which may affect her availability versus Rooney and Rebecca.
Johnny will play a scientist whose brain is uploaded after his death into a supercomputer by female scientist Evelyn, who will be played by one of the three actresses.
Filming starts in March and the screenplay is written by newcomer Jack Paglen and was developed by Annie Marter and Straight Up Films.
Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are executive producing for their longtime collaborator Pfister.
Wally recently spoke of his joy about getting Johnny to sign up for the sci-fi movie.
He said: ”I’m thrilled, and feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Johnny. He is a creative and intelligent artist whom I feel will bring great depth to the character and the overall narrative.” • Read full story »
written by Grace on October 24, 2012
Since zooming to stardom in last yearâ€™sÂ The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara has gone from virtual unknown to that rare combination of serious actress and fashion-world darling. Recently named a face of Calvin Klein, Mara is no ingenue. Instead, she evokes the intensity of the seventies, when the world of filmmaking was dominated by passionate auteurs. As with those directorsâ€”and her brilliant mentor, David Fincherâ€”Mara is both complicated and uncompromising.
Source:Â W Magazine
written by Grace on September 22, 2012
THE Metropolitan Museum of Artâ€™s Costume Institute will stage a tribute to the punk movement next May. The Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition will be launched on May 6 2013 at the annual Costume Institute Gala â€“ otherwise known as the Met Ball.
The installation, which will be open to the public from May 9 to August 11, will focus on haute couture and ready-to-wear creations inspired by the punk era.Â Rooney Mara, Riccardo Tisci, Anna Wintour and Lauren Santo Domingo will act as co-chairs for the exhibition.
â€śPunk broke all the rules when it came to fashion, and everything became possible after punk,â€ť said Andrew Bolton, Costume Institute curator. â€śIts impact on high fashion became so enormous, and continues at the same time.â€ť
The exhibition will feature over 100 Punk-influenced pieces of both menâ€™s and womenâ€™s fashion, including the iconic Gianni Versace safety-pin dress worn by Elizabeth Hurley back in 1994.
â€śPrimarily the biggest legacy is DIY and deconstruction,â€ť said Bolton. â€śPunk has had one of the biggest influences on fashion over the last 30 years, and sometimes people wear punk without even realising it.â€ť
Other designers to be featured in the exhibition include Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Rodarte, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang â€“ to name but a few. We canâ€™t wait to see what this means for the red carpet dresses at the 2013 Met Ball.
Source:Â Vogue UK
written by Grace on August 23, 2012
When it was first announced thatÂ Rooney MaraÂ and Daniel Craig would be starring in David Fincherâ€™s English language remake of the Swedish hit THE GIRL WITH THEDRAGON TATTOO, the first question on everyoneâ€™s mind was when/if they would start filming the sequels.Â The original trilogy starred Noomi Rapace andÂ MichaelÂ Nyqvist and covered all three of Stieg Larssonâ€™s novels.Â Although the original films were an international sensation, Fincherâ€™s film didnâ€™t inspire the obsession in America that the Swedish version did around the world.Â Personally, I thought it was fantastic and was one of my favorite films of the year, but the only thing that matters these days is a filmâ€™s box office return and in that regard, $102 million, although successful, is on the border as to whether or not a sequel is a done deal.
But for those of you that are looking forward to seeing Rooney Mara back in action as Lisbeth Salander, youâ€™re in luck.Â Â EWÂ is reporting that screenwriter Steven Zaillian is hard at work on the script for THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE and the film might see the light of day in 2014.Â To date, this isÂ the bestÂ indication weâ€™ve gotten that Sony will move forward with the sequel.Â And donâ€™t worry about Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig; both of them are already signed on for the trilogy.Â The only question is whether or not David Fincher will return to the directorâ€™s chair.
written by Grace on July 24, 2012
Evolution Independent, Lagniappe and Paradox Entertainment have come onboard to financeÂ David Lowery’sÂ thriller “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,”Â starringÂ Rooney Mara,Â Casey Affleck andÂ Ben Foster.
Shooting began July 9 in Shreveport, La.Â Film centers on outlaws, played byÂ Affleck andÂ Mara,Â who are brought downÂ by the law in the hills of Texas.
The financing was split three ways between Evolution Independent, Paradox Entertainment and Lagniappe. Producers areÂ James JohnstonÂ and Toby HalbrookÂ for Sailor Bear; Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen for Parts & Labor; Amy KaufmanÂ for Primary Prods.Â and Cassian ElwesÂ for Evolution Independent.
Pic isÂ execÂ produced by Mark Burg and Mike Menchel for Evolution, Daniel Wagner and Fredrik Malmberg for Paradox and Logan LevyÂ and Jesse KennedyÂ for Lagniappe.
Nate Parker (“Red Tails”) and Keith Carradine have also been cast.
Lagniappe has recently wrapped principal photography on its first film, “A Case of You,”Â starring Justin Long, Evan Rachel Wood, Brendan Fraser and Sienna Miller.
All international territories for “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”Â are being handled by the Weinstein Co.
written by Grace on June 10, 2012
Channing Tatum may have battled evil ninjas (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Celtic tribesmen (The Eagle) on screen, but in real life, all it takes is an intense skinny lady to terrify the 32-year-old.
In particular, one intense skinny lady: his costar in upcoming film The Bitter Pill, Rooney Mara.
“She’s the most mousy and terrifying person I’ve ever met,” Tatum told E! News of his experience working with the The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star. “She’s such a little introvert.”
But, like all actors who have to occasionally kick-ass on the big screen, Tatum is a pro at hiding his internal fright and, having gotten to know the actress a bit better, now claims Mara is “also the sweetest little thing you’ve ever met.”
In the Steven Soderbergh-directed Bitter Pill, Tatum plays a stockbroker who returns home after serving four years in prison for a white collar crime to find his wife (Mara) suffering from depression.
“Rooney can get this glazed over like look in her eyes that you’re like, ‘Oh, Godâ€”I hope I never see that coming my way,’” Tatum says of his 27-year-old costar. “She’s truly one of the most fabulous actresses. She has a skill set that I have never seen with the actresses I’ve worked with. Everybody’s different and have the things that they’re strong at, but she’s special, for sure.”
Asked by E! whether we’ll have the pleasure of seeing Mara’s glazed-over look during the couple’s onscreen sex scenes, the upcoming star of Magic Mike quipped, “There will be hot scenes in The Bitter Pillâ€”during the end credits!”
Source: The Province
written by Grace on May 22, 2012
Rooney Mara is attached to star in a big-screen adaptation of Colm Toibin’s best-selling novel Brooklyn penned by British novelist and screenwriter Nick Hornby.
Mara will play the lead in Toibin’s story set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s about a young woman torn between her family in Ireland and the American who wins her heart.
The project is being put together by the team that brought audiences the Carey Mulligan-led An Education, with producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey formalizing their working relationship in Posey’s Wildgaze Films.
Dwyer joins Posey’s Wildgaze Films as a partner while novelist and screenwriter Nick Hornby, who is also Posey’s husband, will “take a hands off role” in the new look set-up. • Read full story »
written by Grace on May 01, 2012
Rooney Mara is in list of this year’s lucky nominees who will by battling it out for the coveted Golden Popcorn trophy live from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Sunday, June 3? Fan voting opens in all categories Tuesday at 8 a.m.