Lisbeth Salander (American film adaptation)
Following in the ferociously anti-social footsteps of Noomi Rapace, who portrayed the surly investigative hacker in the original Swedish film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara sustained plenty of tension under the direction of David Fincher. In place of credibility-defying superhero shenanigans, Rooney’s Lisbeth used wile to avenge her tormenter in one of the year’s most unsettling sequences.
Editor’s Correction: HollywoodLife.com mistakenly identified another attendee as Rooney Mara. We apologize for the mistake.
The original HollywoodLife article reported that we spoke to Rooney Mara, when it was another party attendee. We apologize for the mistake.
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An eyewitness tells us that Rooney and Catherine Hardwicke came to a pre-Oscars event together and were chatting up a storm.
Could Rooney Mara be Catherine Hardwicke‘s next muse?
“I am a huge of Catherine’s and would love to work with her. We have something planned, but I can’t talk about it yet. I am really excited though,” Rooney told HollywoodLife.com exclusively at the Women In Film Pre-Oscar Cocktail Party.
Sources add that Catherine and Rooney were talking to each other all night.
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‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ actress, who has been nominated for best actress, won’t pick what’s fashionable necessarily, only if she feels right in it. Rooney, who had a dramatic transformation for her role as Lisbeth Salander complete with nipple rings, says she is a fan of fashion but other people’s opinions don’t affect her style.
“I don’t think about it [choosing a dress] in terms of what people say or like or think. I try to find something that I feel comfortable in. I do like fashion, but if it’s not comfortable, I won’t wear it,” Rooney told USA Today.
According to celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, it’s important that when picking the right Oscars gown the star has “to be happy” and she agrees with Rooney.
“Your client has to be happy and feel beautiful. There are so many people scrutinizing the red carpet that it’s about having fun and playing with something original, something couture, something interesting, but also giving people what they want: a glamorous Hollywood moment,” she said.
Rachel was behind Anne Hathaway’s eight Oscars looks, so she knows a thing or two about dressing up stars for THE event of the year.
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Lisbeth Salander, misanthropic Watson to Mikael Blomkvist’s investigative journalist Sherlock Holmes in Stieg Larsson’s novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is by nature a rule-breaker. Look no further than her day job as a hacker; a means of assaulting the society that scarred her. To get Lisbeth to jump off the page, it required an actress with both an adolescent punkish attitude as well as a glacial resilience. Furthermore, like Noomi Rapace who originated the part in the original Swedish trilogy, the role required a starlet whose image wouldn’t cloud moviegoers’ perception of the character’s unorthodoxy (reasons why such Salander candidates as Natalie Portman or Scarlett Johansson were passed over for Sony’s Stateside remake). Director David Fincher’s expectations were smashed by Rooney Mara, the straight-laced girl he cast to reject Jesse Eisenberg’s Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. Through a half-dozen screen tests Mara proved her worth to Fincher and eventually bowled over Sony’s reticence. Mara certainly has gotten the town’s attention, landing a role in Terrence Malick’s upcoming Lawless as well as best actress Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for the role. AwardsLine’s Anthony D’Alessandro interviewed Mara.
AWARDSLINE: Did you know someone like Lisbeth Salander growing up?
MARA: No, I don’t think anyone does. That’s what’s great about her: She’s unlike anyone you’ve seen or read about before.
AWARDSLINE: When you started auditioning for David Fincher, did you have the Swedish accent under control?
MARA: He asked for the actresses to do a Swedish accent for the audition. It’s a really hard dialect to figure out and there aren’t a lot of people who specialize in it here in Los Angeles. There’s no such thing as a Swedish accent. Everyone sounds completely different. Some sound British or American. People from the North sound different from the people in the south. When I was auditioning the accent wasn’t as perfected as it sounds in the movie.
AWARDSLINE: Any idea what it was that made David Fincher decide you were the one to play Lisbeth?
MARA: I don’t know. Initially he didn’t want to see me. I had just finishedSocial Network and I was something completely different in that. I am all the things in that movie that Salander was not. So it was hard for him to wrap his head around the notion that I could be this other girl. I think when he saw me the first time [for Lisbeth], it dawned on him that I could be. I’m not sure what it is he saw in me that made him know that I could be the girl. I think he was trying to find someone who at their core had a lot in common with this girl. Continue reading Oscars Q&A: Rooney Mara On The Girl Who Would Be Lisbeth Salander
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara has emerged as the most desirable Oscar-nominated actress this year, beating fellow nominees Michelle Williams and Jessica Chastain.
The 26-year-old grabbed the third spot on AskMen’s 2012 99 Most Desirable Women reader-generated list, reported
Playing one of America’s most desirable icons in history in My Week With Marilyn earned Michelle Williams a spot at No. 63. Chastain, nominated for best supporting actress for her turn in The Help, was voted the 86th spot.
Mara, who is featured on this month’s Vanity Fair cover, has been well-praised for her work in the tense adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s thriller. The role of Lisbeth Salander required Mara to strip down for both typical sex scenes and depictions of sexual abuse which were difficult to watch.
Other Hollywood beauties on the desirable list are Scarlett Johansson at No. 7, Mila Kunis at 13 and her Black Swan co-star Natalie Portman at the 21st spot.
Anne Hathaway and Demi Moore also make appearances, respectively coming in at 37th and 80th on the list. Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara took the list’s top spot, with model Kate Upton, Mara, Victoria’s Secret Angel Miranda Kerr and rapper Nicki Minaj rounding out the top five.
Source: Hindustan Times
In her first lead role since her Oscar-nominated turn inThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Rooney Mara has just committed to starring in Side Effects, the Steven Soderbergh-directed thriller. Mara will replace Blake Lively in a film that also stars Jude Law, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Mara plays Emily Hawkins, a sexy but unsettled young woman who is taking serious amounts of prescription drugs to deal with anxiety and depression surrounding the pending release of her husband from prison. Her husband has been in prison for three years and after taking a new medicine she was prescribed, she unknowingly murders her husband and stands trial for murder.
Scott Z. Burns wrote the script, and Open Road will distribute in the U.S. It looked like Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures would be financier, but I have been hearing that is a bit shaky. Greg Jacobs and Lorenzo di Bonaventura are producing. Shooting begins in April.
Since her breakout performance as Lisbeth Salander, Mara has been courted for several major roles, including the female lead in the Kathryn Bigelow film about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. That film clashed with her promotional schedule on Dragon Tattoo. Mara is currently in Tokyo promoting the film. She is repped by WME and attorney Neil Meyer.
The much-awaited Daniel Craig starrer The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo won’t be seeing an India release as the film’s director David Fincher has refused to cut some scenes as specified by India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).
The scenes in question include two lovemaking scenes between the film’s principal female lead Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) and Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) ; a lesbian scene featuring Lisbeth and a woman she meets at a bar; a scene where Lisbeth is raped and tortured. In a follow-up scene, she tortures her tormentor as a video of her being assaulted plays in the background.
“Sony Pictures will not be releasing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in India. The Censor Board has adjudged the film unsuitable for public viewing in its unaltered form and, while we are committed to maintaining and protecting the vision of the director, we will, as always, respect the guidelines set by the Board,” said a statement released by Mumbai-based Sony Pictures India which had earlier announced that the film was to open here on Feb. 10.
According to media reports here Saturday, a CBFC official was quoted stating that “the protocol usually is to blur out the scenes that have frontal nudity.” But a spokesperson from Sony Pictures was also quoted stating that the scenes were specifically asked to be cut and not blurred.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Recently, Metro had separate one on one interviews with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, stars of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Our full interview will run in Metro New York on December 21st. (Be sure to pick up an issue. They’re free, like the Internet!)
But we wanted to share this exchange early, especially for fans worried that the film is disloyal to the book. According to Mara, she and director David Fincher took every detail very, very seriously.
Metro: What’s the one part of Lisbeth that’s depicted in the movie that might get overlooked, a detail that you hope people catch?
Rooney Mara:I can’t think of a serious answer to that question, but I can think of a ridiculous answer to that question.
Ridiculous answers work, too.
Well, her merkin. There was a lot of discussion that went into my merkin for the movie, because I was naked quite a lot. And I don’t think a lot of people will notice all of the attention that went into that. But there was a lot of discussions around that.
What sort of discussions are we talking about?
Well, you know, in the book she’s meant to have strawberry-blonde hair originally and she dyes it, so we had a special merkin made that was, you know, strawberry-blonde so that it would fit. [laughs]
The Santa Barbara Film Festival kicks off today with the world premiere of Lawrence Kasdan’s Darling Companion, starring Diane Keaton, Kevin Kline and Dianne Wiest. The opening night program also will include a showing of the new Pixar short film, La Luna.
The festival, which runs through Feb. 5, will close with Nadine Labaki’s anti-war comedy Where Do We Go Now?
For its centerpiece gala, the Santa Barbara Film Festival has booked the U.S. premiere of the documentary Samsara, from director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson.
The festival is also set to honor recent Oscar nominees Demian Bichir (A Better Life), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), as well as Patton Oswalt (Young Adult), Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) at its 2012 Virtuosos Award program on Feb. 3.
Several other Oscar nominees will also receive awards throughout the fest including Viola Davis, who will receive the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award, Christopher Plummer, who will get the Modern Master Award, Martin Scorsese, who is set to receive the American Riviera Award, and Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo will be honored with the Cinema Vanguard Award.
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