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David Fincher Gets The Girl

The darkly obsessive director of Fight Club and The Social Network takes on the biggest franchise since Harry Potter­—The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. An exclusive first look from the set of the year’s most anticipated film.

On a dark, icy afternoon in late November, director David Fincher was in a photo studio in Stockholm adjusting blood. The blood, which was of course fake, covered the hands of a young actress named Rooney Mara, but to Fincher’s mind, which is prone to reimagining reality in cinematic terms, the bloody hands belonged to Lisbeth Salander, the heroine of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Salander—an androgynous, bisexual computer hacker with multiple piercings and a distinctive tattoo on her back—is the complicated star of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” series, a trio of novels that have sold more than 50 million (and counting) copies worldwide. Larsson described Salander in opposites: slender but tough, “spidery” but elegant. Fincher, who is directing the American movie version of the first book in the series, has taken that gamine, biker-chick, downtown-girl template and tweaked it. Now she’s his.

The transformation began with the hair. Mara’s long brown mane was dyed black and cut in a series of jagged points that looked as if she had chopped it herself with a dull razor. The bangs were cropped very short and uneven, and the rest of the hair was layered into an extended shag. The final result was a mash-up of brazen Seventies punk and spooky Eighties goth with a dash of S&M temptress. That look, which could also describe Salander’s nature, was echoed in her wardrobe—a collection of ripped stockings, low garter belts, skintight leather, and heavy-soled boots. In all the angry, attractive darkness, Mara, who is 25, lithe, and petite, radiated an intriguing mix of menace and vulnerability. Fincher’s Lisbeth Salander, as channeled by Mara, is unique—a brilliant but childlike avenging angel with an understanding and an appreciation of violence. In essence, she’s a lot like her creator, David Fincher.

“I think we need more blood,” Fincher said as he stared at Mara’s outstretched hands. Fincher, who is tall and looks like an outdoorsy grad student, was dressed in jeans and winter hiking fleece to combat the chill. Like all great directors, he has a God complex, a need to create people and worlds. Those fully realized realms (which masquerade as movies) are intricate, built to exacting standards, and replete with highly developed personalities that particularly intrigue Fincher. In such films as Se7enFight Club, and Zodiac, Fincher masterminded parallel universes filled with violence, decay, and obsession. In The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which he characterizes as “a grand romance about death,” he invented a land where a man aged backward. And more recently, in The Social Network, Fincher took a “true” story about Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook and transformed it into a multilayered microcosm of great ambition and lost friendship—a parable, like most of Fincher’s films, about America and the times in which we live. Read more here

Source: W Magazine

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Access Hollywood’s “Top 10 Movies We Can’t Wait For 2011”: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” has make the list of Access Hollywood’s “Top 10 Movies We Can’t Wait For 2011”.

#3 – “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”
Starring: Rooney Mara, Daniel Crag, Christopher Plummer
Directed by: David Fincher
Release date: December 21, 2011

Why we’re excited: Rising star Rooney Mara has scored one of the most talked-about roles in recent memory, nabbing the part of edgy hacker Lisbeth Salander in the U.S. big screen adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s literary set, The Millennium Trilogy. There has already been a Swedish film version of the trilogy. And, watch out soon for the announcement of a fourth book in the series. In the story, Mara and Daniel Craig (who will bring Mikael Blomkvist to life for American audiences) cross paths as they search for the missing niece of an ailing industrial tycoon. As the first installment in the series, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” sets the table for the drama and suspense to come throughout the much-buzzed about trilogy, the latter two parts of which will be rolled out in 2012.

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Rooney Mara to be ‘beautiful’ Salander

Stellan Skarsgård thinks Rooney Mara will “do something beautiful” in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

The 59-year-old Swedish actor will portray Martin Vanger in the thriller, which is set for release in 2011 and also stars 25-year-old newcomer Rooney and British heartthrob Daniel Craig as the two lead characters. It is based on the first novel in a trilogy by deceased Swedish author Stieg Larsson, and tells the story of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist as they embark on solving a gruesome crime together.

There has already been a Swedish movie adaptation of the novels starring Noomi Rapace in the role of Lisbeth, and although Stellan thinks Noomi gave an outstanding performance, he is sure Rooney will be just as successful.

“I’m convinced she can take it on. I’ve only had a few very short encounters with her. Most of my scenes are with Daniel Craig. But, I think she’s good enough,” he told Collider. Continue reading Rooney Mara to be ‘beautiful’ Salander

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SAG Injustice: Brenda Song, Rooney Mara, and Rashida Jones snubbed in favor of body double

In the afterglow of the SAG nominations, when publicists, stars and pundits are all aglow with congratulatory messaging of every sort and critics are bemoaning the fate of talented but snubbed performances, one annual dismaying group of snubs always slips through the cracks. I’m talking about the people who contributed to the movies nominated as Best Ensemble but weren’t actually included when the nomination was awarded.

The Social Network ~ The Facebook movie has the most bizarre and confusing case of the internal snubbings. Obviously the triumvirate of Eisenberg, Garfield and Timberlake are accounted for as are the Winklevi (both played by Armie Hammer) and their business partner (Max Minghella). But what’s most curious is that the body actor Josh Pence who helped to play the Winklevi but whose face does not appear in the film was nominated but the following six actors were not.

Noticeably absent: Rooney Mara’s soulful portrayal of Erica kicks off the entire successful dynamic of the film’s rapid-fire dialogue which in turn reveals, comments on and delights in every badly managed personal relationship within the film. The film is smart enough to return to Mara on three key occasions but she was not nominated. All of the lawyers, officials and interns are also absent. You can’t include everyone of course but a few people’s contributions are very noticeable including Douglas Urbanski’s audience-beloved cameo as Larry Summers, John Getz and Rashida Jones as Zuckerberg’s council, Denise Grayson as Eduardo’s lawyer and Brenda Song as Eduardo’s terrifying girlfriend?

Source: Film Experience

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UK critics laud ‘Social Network’

David Fincher’s “The Social Network” won film of the year and screenwriter honors for Aaron Sorkin at the fifth Richard Attenborough Film Awards, Blighty’s regional critics’ kudos, at a ceremony in London on Sunday.
Christopher Nolan nabbed filmmaker of the year for “Inception,” while Colin Firth took best actor for his role in Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech.”

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” topliner Noomi Rapace picked up actress of the year. Chloe Moretz was lauded as rising star for her perfs in “Kick-Ass,” “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Let Me In.”

Michael Caine won the All Time Legend award.

There are 14 categories in the Richard Attenborough Film Awards, or Rafas. Seven are chosen by regional film critics and seven are decided by the public. Continue reading UK critics laud ‘Social Network’

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Rooney Mara on W Magazine February 2011 Cover

Rooney Mara who is currently shooting The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as Lisbeth Salander – a cyberpunk hacker – will appear on W Magazine’s February 2011 cover.

The cover was originally supposed to go to Vanity Fair, but they didn’t take kindly to the film producer’s request to use their own photographer – Jean-Baptiste Mondino – and pass on Annie Leibovitz. So instead, they went with W Magazine who’s editor in chief – Stefano Tonchi – worked with Mondino before.

Source: WWD