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written by Angelic on January 25, 2012
And you thought having lunch at your favorite burrito place on Wednesday meantÂ youÂ were having a good week! On Sunday evening, New York Giants senior vice president of player evaluation Chris Mara watched as the Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers in overtime of the NFC Championship Game to earn a trip to the Super Bowl. Then on Tuesday, he watched as his daughter, Rooney Mara,Â earned her first Oscar nomination.
“I watched it at home by myself,” Mara, whose late father Wellington owned the Giants for many years,Â told the New YorkÂ Daily News. “I was kind of in between going to work and I didn’t want to get stuck in traffic. So I stayed home and watched it.”
That decision paid off, as Rooney grabbed a surprise nomination for her work in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” putting her in league with Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Michelle Williams and Glenn Close.
“I wasn’t expecting it,” he said. “I knew she was somewhere on the bubble and I really don’t know how those things work. So I let out a pretty loud roar. I cried for a while, then went to church and lit a few candles and I drove to work.”
Rooney, whose sister Kate is also an actress, was also at the NFC Championship Game on Sunday with her father, this despite the fact that it was held in enemy territory.
“It’s a rough crowd out there. It’s not like it used to be,” Chris said about Rooney’s experience in the stands in San Francisco. “But then again, I think she’s learned how to handle herself after the last film.”
Out now, “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” also earned nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing.
Source:Â New York Daily News
ThanksÂ Luisa for the headsup!!
written by Angelic on January 24, 2012
Rooney Mara speaks to LA Times on her reaction to Oscar noms:
… and to The Hollywood Reporter noms:
written by Angelic on January 24, 2012
Congratulations to Miss Rooney Mara for scoring the catergory for ‘Acrtress In A Leading Role” for “The Girl With The Dragon” film! Additionally, the film itself has also scores the catergory for ‘Cinematography’, ‘Film Editing’, ‘Sound Editing’, ‘Sound Mixing’ for “The Girl With The Dragon”!
written by Angelic on January 18, 2012
Who’s that boy with the girl with the dragon tattoo?
Actress Rooney Mara, best known for herÂ Golden-GlobeÂ nominated, man-hating, butt-kicking character Lisbeth Salander, has been spotted out and about with a tall, brooding redhead: her beau Charlie McDowell.
The two, who have been an item since at least 2010 â when they wereÂ photographed kissingÂ â were hand-in-hand in Manhattan last week,Â wearing matching beanieswhile out shopping. That weekend they jetted from JFK to LAX, just ahead of Mara’s turn on the red carpet.Â
You may not recognize him, but McDowell, 28, comes from Hollywood royalty. His father isÂ A Clockwork OrangeÂ star Malcolm McDowell and his mom, actress Mary Steenburgen is currently married to Ted Danson.
Despite his famous folks, McDowell’s more of a behind-the-scenes kind of guy. The aspiring director has served as a production assistant onÂ Curb Your EnthusiasmÂ and, in 2006, he wrote and directedÂ Bye Bye Benjamin, a short comedy featuring Danson.Â
But McDowell is probably best known for his popular website andÂ Twitter account,Â Dear Girls Above Me, which features hilarious quotes and commentary about his real-life neighbors upstairs.
In 2010 McDowell toldÂ Glamour.comÂ that he began eavesdropping on his neighbors and writing about them after going through a bad breakup.”She had broken up with me outside my building and I went inside and was hysterically crying,” said McDowell, “that’s the first time that I heard the girls above me.”Â
McDowell’s previous heartbreak may have come from actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth, who he dated in 2008 and reportedly split from in 2009. Be gentle Rooney, he’s sensitive.
written by Angelic on January 17, 2012
On Sunday night, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will present the Golden Globes to honor excellence in film and television. Among this yearâs nominees for Best Actress â Motion Picture Drama is Rooney Mara for her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincherâs film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Mara will face stiff competition from past winners Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) and Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), as well as from two other terrific performers: Viola Davis (The Help) and Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk about Kevin).
So, on the eve of Maraâs coming out party as one of Hollywoodâs major actresses, we at CT feel that itâs important that you get to know her better â to understand that sheâs more than the girl with the dragon tattoo.
Mara is a scion of the two families that helped found two of the National Football Leagueâs most respected and successful franchises â the New York Giants (through her uncle John Mara, the Giantsâ longtime co-owner) and the Pittsburgh Steelers (through her great-grandfather Art Rooney, Sr., the Steelersâ founding owner, and her great-uncle Dan Rooney, whoâs the current chairman of the Steelers and the United States Ambassador to Ireland). She attended New York Universityâs Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she not only honed her acting skills by performing in a few student films but also studied nonprofit organizations and international social policy. • Read full story »
written by Angelic on January 11, 2012
Sony Officially Plans To Make ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Sequels, But David Fincher Is Looking To Direct ’20,000 Leagues’ Instead
While the quiet opening last month of Sony’s big budget “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” had many speculating that the studio would quietly kibosh the planned the sequels in the face of underwhelming box office,David Fincher’s film has shown some remarkable legs. The film is still in the top five at the domestic box office, and looks like when all is said and done, it will crack $100 million domestically — not bad for a very adult, R-rated thriller that runs more than two-and-a-half hours long.Morever, with recent PGA and WGA nominations, ‘Dragon Tattoo’ is looking poised to be a bigger Oscar player than expected as well. And while Sony has already said they’re continuing to pursue the planned sequels “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest,” it became even more real over the weekend.
Even though the film is still rolling out internationally, Deadline has re-confirmed with Sony that the studio is pressing ahead with the followups, with the plan to get them in front of cameras by the end of this year or in early 2013 (we presume that will dependent on Daniel Craig’s “Skyfall” promo schedule). Steve Zaillian is penning the scripts for both movies, and it’s expected they will shoot back-to-back. But the million dollar question remains: will David Fincher return to direct the sequels? • Read full story »
written by Angelic on January 06, 2012
As awards season rolls on towards Oscar, the Santa Barbara Film Festival jumps into the fray to honor some standout performances of the year. The six recipients have all garnered critical praise and are all deserving of awards attention, but letâs face it, they all seem to be longshots for that elusive Oscar, so itâs nice to see them get rewarded for their brilliant work elsewhere.
Via press release: âThe actors who were selected to be recognized for their exceptional performances are:DemiĂĄnÂ Bichir for his earnest portrayal as Carlos, a virtuous father struggling to provide for his son in A Better Life;Â Rooney MaraÂ for her dark and provocative performance as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincherâs The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo;Â Melissa McCarthyÂ for her role as the hilariously outspoken Megan in Bridesmaids;Â Patton OswaltÂ for masterfully navigating between the realms of comedy and drama as Matt Freehauf in Young Adult;Â Andy SerkisÂ for stepping into the mind and body of an ape through his master of performance-capture technology in his role as Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes; andÂ Shailene WoodleyÂ for bringing an emotional complexity to a character rarely seen at her age as Alexandra in The Descendants.â
Part breakout, part performance, the Virtuoso Award went to Lesley Manville, John Hawkes, Jacki Weaver and Hailee Steinfeld last year, three out of four of whom actually did go on to score Oscar nominations. This yearâs recipients will be fetted on Friday, February 3rd. Other stars being honored by the Festival include Viola Davis, who gets the Performer of the Year award while Christopher Plummer will receive the Modern Master award.
Source:Â Up & Corners
written by Angelic on January 04, 2012
I’ve added new event photos of Rooney Mara arrive for the premiere of âThe Girl With The Dragon Tattooâ at the Callao theatre in Madrid, on January 4, 2012. She looks stunning as usual!
written by Angelic on January 03, 2012
According to Sony, the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sequel, The Girl Who Played With Fire, is still moving forward despite the lingering perception that Dragon Tattoo has underperformed.â[Dragon Tattoo] continues to do strong business and nothing has changed with respect to development of the next book,â a Sony rep tells EW.
In November, Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal told us that The Girl Who Played With Fire was definitely a go, with a targeted late-2013 release date. But Dragon Tattoo, which has grossed $60 million in the U.S. since its release on Dec. 20, is being perceived as something of a box-office disappointment (although moviegoers are enthusiastic â it received an A from audience-survey firm CinemaScore â and it seems to be holding up well over time as it chugs toward the $100 million mark). Given the filmâs merely decent performance, thereâs been much speculation about whether Sony will now actually move forward with the sequel. But the Sony rep tells us that âdevelopment continuesâ on the sequel andSteven Zaillian is still working on the script as planned. So far no director has committed to the project (Fincher hasnât yet decided whether to return), but according to Pascal, stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are both already signed up for the other two films.Last month Mara told EW sheâd love to play Lisbeth again. âI donât feel finished with the character,â she said. âIâm not ready to go back there yet, but I think by the time we start, I will be.â
written by Angelic on December 29, 2011
“I spent over a year at 100 miles-per-hour, just working on pure adrenaline for a lot of it,” Mara says of role
It took Rooney Mara two and a half months and five screen tests to land the sought-after role of Lisbeth Salander.
The competition for the fierce heroine of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” included some of the biggest names in Hollywood. The director, David Fincher, is well known for his extreme attention for detail â which Mara had witnessed firsthand in her small but memorable performance in his “The Social Network.” He shot her largest scene, the opening verbal volley between Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and his girlfriend (Mara), in 99 takes.
To become Lisbeth, Mara had to prove she shared her mettle.
“It was like I couldn’t imagine what I would be doing if I wasn’t doing that,” says Mara. “I couldn’t see forward in my life without doing it.”
It was her tenacity, ultimately, that won over Fincher, who, in an unusually drawn-out audition process, also considered Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, and Carey Mulligan, among others.
“The thing that put it over the top for me, to go, ‘Guys, this is my final choice,’ is: She just wasn’t going to be denied,” says Fincher. “And that indomitability was so important to Lisbeth. That is the most important thing. Forget 98 pounds, forget black hair, forget the tattoos, forget the piercings. I needed somebody who wasn’t going to stop. She just kept going.” • Read full story »