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The Top 15 Actresses Under 30: Rooney Mara

We’ve run our annual “girl power” list for seven years now, and tweaked the rules from time to time – originally we had a top ten under 25, and last year we expanded that to a top 20 under 30.

This year we’re compromising on a top 15, in part because heavy-hitters like Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams (and this year’s discovery, Jessica Chastain) no longer qualify, but also because as yet, there is very little room to choose between the likes of Juno Temple, Blake Lively, Emily Browning, Felicity Jones and Zoe Kravitz. All are excellent prospects, but as yet none has really shown us more than flashes of potential. We’ve also sidelined some more established stars, like Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson for example, Abbie Cornish and Ellen Page… excellent actresses who command high salaries, but who haven’t shown us their best work this past year.

Better to consider this list a spot-check; a snapshot of whose careers are in the ascendant right now, based on the reception of their releases over the past 12 months, and on our best guesses about the projects they have lined up for the next year or so. To arrive at our rankings, we do look at the box office, and also at awards and critical reception – but also, less scientifically, we try to take the measure of career momentum by looking at the caliber of these actresses’ projects and collaborators, the kind of roles they they are playing and the buzz they are generating. It’s an inexact science to say the least, but if we have omitted True Grit discovery Hailee Steinfeld, for example, that’s not because she was less than terrific in the movie, it’s just that so far, there is no evidence this is anything more than a one-off, and we will have to wait and see if the planned Romeo And Juliet film she has lined up for 2012 proves otherwise.

15. Rooney Mara
Age: 26
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Debits: The Spirit, Scoop, The Nanny Diaries, The Island, Home Alone 3

Easily the best thing about the Nightmare on Elm Street remake (she was Nancy), Rooney Mara impressed David Fincher in her relatively small role as the girl who isn’t impressed by Mark Zuckerberg at the beginning of The Social Network. So much so, he chose her for probably the most hotly contested female lead of the year, Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It’s a career-defining role, and who better than Fincher to lead you through it? At the same time, the sexually explicit teaser poster for this movie has a lot of fans worried about where Hollywood is taking it.

Source: Love Film


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Rooney Mara Invited to Join the AMPAS

Jackie Weaver, Rooney Mara, Gerard Butler, Bradley Cooper, Vince Cassel, David Duchovny, John Hawkes – just some of the names invited to join the Academy – wow, does this mean they are actually evolving forward just a wee bit?  Maybe.

Russell Brand – “Arthur,” “Get Him to the Greek”
Gerard Butler – “The Ugly Truth,” “300″
Vincent Cassel – “Black Swan,” “Eastern Promises”
Robbie Coltrane – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” “Mona Lisa”
Bradley Cooper – “Limitless,” “The Hangover”
John Corbett – “Sex and the City 2,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”
Rosemarie DeWitt – “The Company Men,” “Rachel Getting Married”
Peter Dinklage – “Find Me Guilty,” “The Station Agent”
David Duchovny – “Things We Lost in the Fire,” “The X-Files”
Jesse Eisenberg – “The Social Network,” “The Squid and the Whale”
Jennifer Garner – “Arthur,” “Juno”
John Hawkes – “Winter’s Bone,” “The Perfect Storm”
Thomas Jane – “The Mist,” “The Thin Red Line”
Nastassja Kinski – “An American Rhapsody,” “Tess”
Beyonce Knowles – “Dreamgirls,” “Austin Powers in Goldmember”
Mila Kunis – “Black Swan,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Winter’s Bone,” “The Burning Plain”
Tea Leoni – “Ghost Town,” “Spanglish”
Anthony Mackie – “The Hurt Locker,” “Million Dollar Baby”
Lesley Manville – “Another Year,” “Topsy-Turvy”
Rooney Mara – “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” “The Social Network”

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Rooney Mara “Frightening” as Lisbeth Salander, Says Dragon Tattoo Costar

For all you of out there who have been worrying that director David Fincher’s Hollywood adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo won’t be true to the best-selling novel, I’ve got good news for you.

Fincher, one of the flick’s costars just told me, hasn’t strayed at all from author Stieg Larsson’s words and story…

“It’s so loyal to the book that we didn’t feel we were cheating or diverting from it at all,” says 81-year-old acting legend Christopher Plummer, who plays retired businessman Henrik Vanger in the movie. “David is a marvelous director, and I think he truly has caught the atmosphere of the book.”

Plummer, best known for playing Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music, has equal praise for Rooney Mara, who stars as Lisbeth Salander. “It’s extraordinary,” he said of the actress’ unrecognizable physical transformation for the role. “And because she looks so young, it’s very frightening. The innocence makes it even more terrifying. She is going to be the most wonderful Tattoo Girl.”

The much anticipated film opens in December.

I caught up with Plummer earlier today from New York, where he was promoting Beginners, his wonderfully sweet new film (in theaters June 3) about an artist (Ewan McGregor) whose father comes out as a gay man at age 75 shortly after his wife of 45 years dies.

The story is based on writer and director Mike Mills’ real life. “I met Michael over drinks and he told me it was his father,” said Plummer, 81. “Privately I thought, Oh my god, I am going to have to be like his dad. I’m not sure I want to go through with this. But then he assured me not to think a second about that and to be myself and do whatever I wanted. I said, ‘Well then, I’m yours.'”

Plummer’s much younger lover is played by fellow Dragon Tattoo actor Goran Visnjic. He laughed when I asked what it was like kissing the former ER star.

“We both being madly heterosexual went into fearsome discussions of, ‘My god, it’s happening tomorrow,'” Plummer said, laughing some more. “But then of course the minute the cameras roll, all fear goes out the window. I said to him after, ‘You know, you’re not bad.'”

Source: E Online