I’ve added new candids of Rooney Mara out in West Hollywood on November 5, 2010.
- (x004) Candids in 2010: In West Hollywood – November 5
I’ve added new candids of Rooney Mara out in West Hollywood on November 5, 2010.
Noomi Rapace had never heard of Rooney Mara, the young actress who was recently tapped to play Lisbeth Salander in the English-language version of of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” before she was cast in the part.
But Rapace, who, of course, originated the Salander role in the three Swedish films adapted from author Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, says she now endorses the choice.
“I don’t know her. I haven’t seen her,” said the 30-year-old, who was in Hollywood to promote the Friday U.S. release of the final film in the trilogy, “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.” But, she added, “I think that David Fincher is a great filmmaker, and he probably made a good choice…. I don’t think that people should ever know so much about an actor that they go into the theater and can’t see the character.”
Since she was cast in the Salander role several months ago, Mara has faced criticism (perhaps inevitable, given the affection for Rapace) about whether she could walk in the actress’ footsteps. Mara has sought to answer those critics by throwing herself into the role. It’s been reported that Mara, who has been in production on the remake in Sweden since September, recently pierced her nipples and dyed her hair to get into character.
Rapace herself famously went to similar lengths to play Salander, cutting off her hair, buffing up and getting seven body piercings. “I’m overwhelmed by how people have embraced my performance in the films,” Rapace said. “I didn’t expect that at all.”
Rapace, on a brief respite from production of Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” sequel in London, said, despite the acclaim it brought her, she was not eager to reprise the Salander role. “I was done with it, and I was very clear that I didn’t want to do it again. And when people knew that it was David Fincher, everybody came back to me and said, ‘Have you changed your mind?’ No. Why should I?”
The actress says she has not been asked by the filmmaker or Mara for advice on how to approach Salander. “I don’t think I could help her, because she has to find her own [version]. I don’t know more about this book than she does, because she’s probably read the books, and she has to find her own truth and give something from her to it. She will probably do something completely different.”
Source: LA Times
I have uploaded new candids photos of Rooney Mara shopping at H&M.
Alexandra Daddario keeps it simple and chic as she arrives at the Grand Opening of the Esquire House LA With International Medical Corps Benefit in Los Angeles on Friday night (October 15).
The 24-year-old actress will next be seen in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as a young Harriet Vanger. The older version is played by Joely Richardson. Do you think they look alike?
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is about journalist Mikael Blomkvist, who is hired by a grieving man to find his niece Harriet, who disappeared years ago. Mikael is aided by Lisbeth Salander, played by Rooney Mara.
Source: Just Jared
As far as Rooney Mara, Fincher has said he was looking for an actress that could scare him. You can see in this movie why she could — what did you see in her?
EISENBERG: She’s incredible, and she’s very difficult to impress — and I spent a few days trying to! That’s part of what made her perfect for Erica, as well. She’s sitting with the smartest guy in the world and she doesn’t appreciate what’s sitting across from her.
SORKIN: I was around when David fought for her for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which they’re shooting right now — that’s why David’s not here. Every actress that would come to mind wanted the part, people with higher profiles than Rooney has right now — though Rooney’s profile is about to change considerably. But David knew what he wanted, and damn the torpedoes.
Source: Rolling Stone
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“I have an attraction to playing complex characters, and they don’t come around that often, especially for women.”
Rooney Mara shares this piece of info from the set of her next film in Sweden. The film, of course, is “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” David Fincher’s adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s bestselling posthumous book. And her role is the much-hyped lead: Lisbeth Salander.
Clearly, Mara has struck “complex character” gold. The twentysomething Salander is a world-worn, tough-as-nails computer hacker. She has crude oil-colored hair, a plethora of piercings and a short fuse of a temper. As a child, she was beaten by her father, and only later did she enact her revenge.
Outside of the book (the first in a trilogy), the character of Salander has been interpreted by a Swedish film adaptation of “Dragon Tattoo,” which made its Stateside debut earlier this year. But Mara is quick to set this upcoming version apart from the previous film.
“I don’t categorize it as a remake,” she says. “We are making our interpretation of Stieg Larsson’s book. I don’t plan on ‘borrowing’ anything. I plan on giving my interpretation of the character.”
When it was announced that Mara would be playing Salander, there was some skepticism. At the time, Mara was a relative unknown. That was only two months ago.
It’s amazing how quickly things change in this industry. Mara recently appeared in the Fincher-directed “The Social Network.” Her character kicks off the film by breaking up with Mark Zuckerberg, appearing sporadically throughout, sometimes simply as a Facebook page. Her screen time was brief, but found Mara flawlessly chewing Aaron Sorkin’s savory dialogue.
Mara certainly had a strong track record prior to “The Social Network.” She appeared in “Youth in Revolt,” “Tanner Hall,” and this year’s reboot of the “Nightmare on Elm Street” franchise. Her work on indies “Dare” and “The Winning Season,” both premiering at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, earned her a spot on Filmmaker’s list of “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”
“She has depth and wisdom beyond her years,” says Tanner Hall director Francesca Gregorini. “She has so much going on behind her eyes.”
“The Social Network” is clearly a boost in Mara’s profile — others can notice what Gregorini knew all along — and marks a turning point in her career.
Says the actress: “After ‘The Social Network,’ I was re-inspired to give it my all.”
LUCKY BREAK: “The Social Network”
FAVORITE FILMS: “Can I only pick one?”
THE CAREER I’D LIKE TO EMULATE: “Daniel Day-Lewis. Though I don’t think that’s humanly possible.”
Disney’s “Secretariat” may not prove a hopeless nag, but it certainly wasn’t a quick-starting thoroughbred in its domestic debut as a sturdy rival ended up in the winner’s circle after a lackluster box-office derby.
Sony’s “The Social Network” fell a modest 31% in its second outing to nab the weekend laurels, with a $15.5 million performance yielding $46.1 million in cumulative coin and bolstering hopes of a leggy run by the critically lauded legal drama. Warner Bros.’ romantic comedy “Life as We Know It” — starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel as a couple contrived via involuntary parenthood — adopted an estimated $14.6 million to place second in its opening frame, while “Secretariat” was third with $12.6 million.
Whether that puts the high profile horse-racing drama in the money is another matter.
“Secretariat” was produced for just $32 million, but as a major movie release it also carries hefty marketing expenses. Disney wouldn’t disclose the costs of its campaign, though a studio insider put marketing outlays at $30 million-$35 million, or notably below the Hollywood norm.
In many cases, a movie reaches the break-even point once its U.S. and Canadian box office matches production costs. If it fetches a similar sum abroad, that equates to exhibitors’ split of receipts, while ancillary revenue from home entertainment and TV distribution can be viewed as a means of recouping marketing expenses.
Picture profitability aside, Disney needs a decent theatrical ride with “Secretariat” to salvage corporate pride. So execs now will look to the next couple of weekends to pad the film’s poor opening stake.
The Burbank studio hasn’t had much recent luck at the multiplexes, except for summer’s Pixar-produced “Toy Story 3.” Disney will screen the 3D animated family-fantasy “Tangled” for exhibitors attending the annual ShowEast confab in Orlando on Monday night.
Directed by Randall Wallace (“We Were Soldiers”), “Secretariat” stars Diane Lane as the 1973 Triple Crown winner’s middle-aged owner Penny Chenery. Opening audiences were comprised 65% of couples, while females represented 54% of the PG pic’s support, and 60% of patrons were aged 35 or older.
“The people who have seen it loved it,” Disney distribution boss Chuck Viane said. “So we’re going to hope that it will have legs.”
“Secretariat” lagged its historical comparison in its first frame. Universal’s 2003 racing drama “Seabiscuit” debuted with $20.9 million and grossed $120 million overall domestically.
Rated PG-13 and helmed by Greg Berlanti (“The Broken Hearst Club”), “Life” was produced for an estimated $35 million and was co-financed by Village Roadshow.
Its opening audiences skewed 68% female, with 70% of patrons aged 25 or older.
“We had a nice weekend,” Warners exec vp distribution Jeff Goldstein said.
Two other movies opened wide during the weekend to dismal results.
Rogue Pictures’ Wes Craven-penned and –helmed 3D horror pic “My Soul to Take” took fifth place on the frame, scaring up just $6.9 million despite premium ticket prices in more than 1,900 locations playing the R-rated pic in 3D. Its 3D venues contributed a whopping 86% of opening grosses.
Universal distributed Stateside and Alliance in Canada, attracting audiences comprised 54% of females and 52% of moviegoers aged 25 or older. “Soul” was produced for an estimated $25 million.
Also, Uni’s specialty division Focus Features unspooled “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” — a dramatic comedy rated PG-13 and starring Zach Galifianakis — in a barely wide 742 theaters and grossed $2 million, or a disappointing $2,712 per venue. Support came 54% from females and skewed 52% to patrons under age 25.
Collectively, the pre-Columbus Day weekend’s top 10 movies rang up $77.3 million, or almost 17% less than top performers in a comparable frame last year, Rentrak said. (Though a federal holiday, Columbus Day isn’t considered part of the box-office weekend, which remains a three-day session.)
Among the weekend’s limited bows, Overture unspooled “Stone” — a dramatic thriller starring Robert De Niro, Edward Norton and Milla Jovovich — in four New York locations and two in L.A. and grossed $73,000, or a solid $12,167 per site. The R-rated pic represents the last Overture release before its operations are swept up into Relativity branding.
Sony Pictures Classics bowed the Stephen Frears-directed “Tamara Drewe,” an R-rated comedy starring Gemma Arterton, in two locations in New York and two in L.A and grossed $19,282, or an acceptable $4,820 per site.
The always-prolific specialty distributor also debuted financial-crisis documentary “Inside Job” in a pair of New York theaters to gross $42,017, or an auspicious $21,008 per venue.
The Weinstein Co. opened “Nowhere Boy,” a biopic about John Lennon’s boyhood days, with $56,065 from four playdates. That represented a tuneful $14,016 per engagement.
Looking ahead, two pics open wide on Friday – Paramount’s youth-seeking 3D threequel “Jackass 3D” and Summit Entertainment’s adult-targeting action comedy “Red.”
Source: Hollywood Reporter
I have uploaded new filming photos of Rooney Mara leaves a van when shooting scenes for the movie ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘ at the district court in Stockholm, Sweden, October 9, 2010. Huge thanks to Dunda for the headup!