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David Fincher weighs in on “Dragon Tattoo” rumors

Fans of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo held their breath on Wednesday when it was reported that the upcoming Hollywood film adaptation — currently in production in Sweden — had to shut down after star Rooney Mara injured her shoulder. Sony quickly shot down the rumors, saying that the new Lisbeth Salander is fine.

Now director David Fincher is also speaking up to assure fans that all is well: “It’s total bulls—,” he told EW this morning in NYC, where he’s promoting the world premiere of his new film The Social Network at the New York Film Festival. “She’s alive and well,” he confirms. “We don’t even shoot with her until October.”

Fincher also said that leaked photos appearing to show Mara in full Salander garb aren’t the real deal, either. “There have been no photos of her in costume,” he says. “There have only been photos of her learning to ride a Harley 350.”

So breathe easy, Dragon lovers: Salander will ride another day.

Source: EW

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Facebook Movie: Even Darker Than You Thought

The dark heart of ‘The Social Network’ isn’t just Mark Zuckerberg. How the Facebook movie lays bare the hollowness haunting us all.

Fifty years before Mark Zuckerberg arrived at Harvard—back when facebooks were actually books, back when poking a friend had a whole different set of connotations—Thornton Wilder came to campus to deliver the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures. He devoted one of them to “the loneliness that accompanies independence and the uneasiness that accompanies freedom.” Raising such difficult subjects made him uncomfortable, he recalled later, but he felt better knowing that all of his listeners were American. It meant that “these experiences are not foreign to anyone here.”

What Wilder called “the American loneliness” ran rampant long before he talked about it in 1952. And to judge from the stories our culture has produced in the last few months, all our Skype calls and Gchat sessions haven’t stopped it from running just as rampant now. The latest and most vivid example comes courtesy of The Social Network, and its nickname is Zuck. Continue reading Facebook Movie: Even Darker Than You Thought

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Rooney Mara NOT Injured on Set of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

Word arrived this morning via a Swedish website that Rooney Mara was “severely injured” on the set of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’, and that production on the film was shut down indefinitely. The report claimed Mara injured her shoulder while filming and that she was rushed to the hospital from the set. Well, from what we’ve just learned, it appears the new Lisbeth Salandar is just fine.

Cinematical reached out to Sony regarding the matter, and they’re claiming the story is not true at all. So relax, take a breath and go about your daily business knowing Ms. Mara is still equipped to film what’s easily shaping up to be one of the most anticipated films of 2011. Directed by David Fincher, ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ is the first English-language adaptation of the popular series penned by Stieg Larsson. There are three books all together in the series (‘Dragon Tattoo’, ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’, ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest’), and all three have already been adapted into Swedish films, with newcomer Noomi Rapace drawing critical acclaims for her portrayal of Lisbeth Salandar.

Sony seems to be taking one step at a time, however, beginning with only one English-language adaptation of the first book before they commit to shooting all three. Daniel Craig will star as journalist-turned-amateur detective Mikael Blomkvist in a thrilling, multi-layered story about a shamed journalist convicted of libel who teams up with an anti-social outcast (Mara) on the decades-old case of a missing girl from a rich and powerful family.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is set to hit theaters on December 21, 2011. Those who want to watch the Swedish version first, though, can now find it via their Video-on-Demand provider, or at their local video store.

Source: Movie Fone

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“Lisbeth Salander” seriously injured

Rooney Mara was taken to hospital after accident – now postponed “Millennium” recording up

Rooney Mara seriously injured when she was preparing for the role of Lisbeth Salander.

Now Hollywood filming of “Men Who Hate Women in danger.

On Monday came the shooting of the lavish movie started. Scenes with extras filmed in Ingarö in the Stockholm archipelago.

Now Amusement sheet reveal that Rooney Mara, 25, who will play Lisbeth Salander, have been injured so severely in the shoulder that several major recording days to be moved.

The actress is in Stockholm for several weeks now to prepare for the role as the eccentric datahackern.

She exercises on a motorcycle and train hard to build muscle and learn to fight.

In addition, she is in a language coach to learn how to break in Swedish for the role.

Managerial catch up

The day before yesterday visited Rooney Mara Private Hospital Sophiahemmet in Östermalm in Stockholm. In a gymsal inside the hospital, she was training to rehab as quickly as possible to get in shape for the role again, all of the recordings will be affected as little as possible.

– It’s in preparation for the role as she has been injured so seriously that she can record some scenes now, “says one person who saw the actress on Sophiahemmet.

Malte Forssell, who is a Swedish project for film shooting, claiming that he is not familiar with Rooney Mara injury.

– Not that I know, “he told Entertainment blade.

In the 60th century environment

During next week the American team is planning to film in Uppsala. Parts of Queen Street is being converted to 60-century environment for use in the flashbacks that are important to the film’s plot. But the scenes will not be affected by Rooney Maras injured shoulder because her character only appears in the contemporary scenes to be filmed.

All over Sweden

A total of 31 shooting days scheduled for the center of Stockholm and the archipelago in the fall and next spring.This autumn, recordings also take place outside Katrineholm and Segersta Bollnäs. Although Söderhamn Gävle and has been mentioned as possible recording sites.

Source: Aaftonbladet

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‘Social Network’ to open Tokyo

David Fincher’s “The Social Network” will open the Tokyo Intl. Film Festival, the fest announced on Tuesday.

Ben Affleck’s suspenser-actioner “The Town” is skedded to close the 23rd edition of the fest, which will unspool Oct. 23-31 in Tokyo.

The lineup of guests has yet to be announced, but given the fest’s track record as a B.O. launch pad for its opening and closing pics, talent from “The Social Network” and “The Town” will no doubt be present in force.

The opening pic last year, “Avatar,” finished its Japan run with nearly $180 million.

“The Social Network” is skedded for release by Sony on Jan. 15, while Warner will bow “The Town” sometime in 2011.

The Tokyo fest also announced a special screening of Claude Chabrol’s 2009 pic “Bellamy,” as a tribute to the late helmer, who died on Sept. 12, as well as the 10-pic lineup of its World Cinema section, which will include Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” and Michel Gondry’s “Thorn in the Heart.” Pics in this section have screened at major fests around the world, but have not yet secured a Japan distribution deal.

Source: Variety

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Rooney Mara should own ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

In the very first scene of David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” Rooney Mara quells any doubt that she’s qualified to play Lisbeth Salander in Fincher’s version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

As a woman who decides that she can no longer date a bundle of insecurities and ambitions named Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), she anchors the entire film with her decency and sanity and trust in her own instincts. All the other characters, at one time or another, over-value mere brilliance.

Mara and her character bring the movie rare emotional intelligence. She’s under a lot of pressure as a performer here — in just a few minutes she must operate as a flesh-and-blood Rosebud in a film that is the ‘Citizen Kane’ of the Facebook generation. But Mara pulls it off. It isn’t a showy role but it’s a crucial one, and for my money Mara embodies it as superbly as Judi Dench did Queen Elizabeth in “Shakespeare in Love.” (In other words, award-givers should ignore the brevity of the part and take note of Mara’s mettle.)

Those who worried about Mara playing Salander should now be avidly anticipating what she can do under Fincher’s direction in the plum female role of the decade.

Source: Baltimore Sun