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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

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‘The Social Network’ Facebook movie script now online

Don’t get too excited, as we’ve only found the first 10 pages of the script and have not gone to any advanced screenings, but io9 has seen the entire script, and directed us on where to find those 10 pages.

io9’s Editor-in-Chief Annalee Newitz read Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay. She called “The Social Network” “a riveting amorality tale.”

While she and others have started writing reviews based on copies of the script, Italian site Macchianera has given the public a sneak peek into this much-buzzed-about movie, as they did when they put 6 pages of the “Lost” finale online in May.

Despite the anonymous source (who) gave us the entire script, we chose to publish only the first 10 pages because we do not want to ruin the movie before all to see, or cause damage to the director, screenwriter, actors or production house.

The official wide release date is Oct.1, with a New York premiere Sept.24. The film is based on the book, “The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal” by Ben Mezrich.

Facebook is a hot topic on the big screen right now. Besides “The Social Network,” indie film “Catfish,” with Facebook as a peg, is also generating a lot of excitement.

I won’t give away too much, but suffice to say the opening scene of “The Social Network” revisits one of the most humiliating social experiences: getting dumped. And for those who think the Ivy Leagues — particularly Harvard — spawn an obsessive elitism and hands-on d-lord training, from what we’ve seen and read about this movie, you’re probably right. The early focus on final clubs, the elite social clubs at Harvard, motivate the first seeds of what comes to be the biggest social network in the world.

Read those pages for yourself and you’ll get a sense very quickly that this film is not going to be kind toward Mark Zuckerberg, the face of Facebook and whom the fictional Mark in the movie is based on.

He told All Things Digital’s Kara Swisher in June, “It’s what a lot of people will think I am like, because it’s a movie and that has impact on their perceptions.” Continue reading ‘The Social Network’ Facebook movie script now online

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Rooney Mara: Can She Fill Those Big Dragon Tattoo Shoes?

Talk about pressure.

Rooney Mara has a lot to live up to in the U.S. movie adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Read on to find out what one of her Social Network costars had to say about Ms. Mara tackling Lisbeth…

“I’ve seen the original and I think Noomi Rapace did an amazing job, so she’s got some big shoes to fill,” says Brenda Song. “But I know Rooney can do it because she is an amazing actress. I think she’s going to shock everyone.”

Their Network director, David Fincher, is also directing Mara in Dragon Tattoo. “You just have to trust him,” Song said.

Earlier this week, Fincher explained to HitFix’s Drew McWeeny how the casting came about .”She’s smart and capable and works really hard,” he said. “She is ridiculously photogenic in a very interesting way—she can be plain or she can be exquisite in a matter of moments—and she’s a great listener. Lisbeth is a very tough role to cast—the audience needs to project into a mystery, so we need a mystery for them to fill.”

Back to Social Network for moment. As we all know, Justin Timberlake also stars in the movie. “When I first him,” Song recalls, “I was like, ‘Hi, Justin, I’m Brenda. I love you, but I was a Backstreet Boys fan.’ He said, ‘I don’t blame you.’ ”

Source: E Online