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Caring Rooney Mara

Once reluctant to pursue the career that made her older sister, Kate Mara, a movie star, actress Rooney Mara never hesitated to follow a calling that often takes her 7,337 miles from her native Bedford.

In just her early 20s, Rooney Mara is the founder of a charity that benefits young orphans in Kibera, an African slum of about 1 million people living in 1 square mile of Nairobi, Kenya. And through Sunday, her online auction of sports- and entertainment-themed rarities will raise thousands more dollars to help build and support a facility on land she bought for Faces of Kibera.

”I went there, one of the last times I was there, in my pigtails, and bought 6 acres of land,“ she says with a wide smile. ”It was crazy.“

It’s a passion for the Fox Lane High School alumna, born Patricia Rooney Mara, but one she admits can be difficult to sustain with her growing silver-screen success.

”When we started it, I was not working, really, ever,“ she says. ”Now I’m trying to figure it out … I need to do both; I can’t just do acting.“

Following a year stockpiling indie cred with roles in ”Dare,“ ”The Winning Season,“ ”Tanner Hall“ and ”Youth in Revolt,“ she’s poised to star in the mainstream ”Nightmare on Elm Street“ franchise that reboots this April.

”Why not?“ she says, citing ”The Bad Seed“ and ”The Others“ as two of her favorite horror flicks.

It’s a solid start for someone who’d admired her sister’s blockbuster résumé — which includes ”Brokeback Mountain,“ ”We Are Marshall“ and ”Shooter“ — but as a child resisted the occupation, in part due to Kate’s success.

”I always wanted to be an actor, but I was always fighting it,“ Rooney Mara says. ”It never seemed that honorable to me, and I guess I was always afraid that I might fail. … I love my sister and have looked up to her my whole life — to the point of annoying her and wanting to be like her. I followed her around and stole her clothes; I still do.“ Continue reading Caring Rooney Mara

'Nightmare On Elm Street'

First Review: A Nightmare on Elm Street the Remake

The first review for Platinum Dune’s A Nightmare on Elm Street redux is now alive and kicking. Good? Bad? It’s both a little and a lot of both, if that makes any sense. Then again in Krueger land … does anything really make sense?

The Samuel Bayer directed remake stars Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kyle Gallner, Katie Cassidy, Thomas Dekker, Kellan Lutz, Clancy Brown and Connie Britton and focuses on a serial child molester murdered by angry parents, who returns with a burnt face and a razor glove to terrorize teens in their dreams.
Check out the first review over at AICN and let us know what you think or have to add below. Let the speculation begin! Something tells us we’re going to be in for a very long ride.

Source: Dead Central

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‘Nightmare On Elm Street’ Reboot Goes ‘A Bit Deeper,’ Jackie Earle Haley Says

Don’t believe that Freddy Krueger is one of the greatest icons of modern pop culture? Or that Wes Craven’s 1984 horror film “A Nightmare on Elm Street” will be remembered far longer than many of that decade’s Oscar winners? For proof, look no further than your own doorstep Saturday night — and all the scarred, razor-clawed, striped-sweater-wearing baddies you’ll see begging for your Butterfingers.

Now, “Watchmen” star Jackie Earle Haley is stepping into the dreams of “Nightmare” fans worldwide, answering their call to succeed Robert Englund as the new Freddy. And the questions surrounding his April 2010 unveiling are as obvious as Freddy’s hatred for teenagers: What will be different, and what will he keep the same?

“I think the glove is pretty familiar,” the Oscar-nominated Haley said, sitting down for a rare on-set interview with MTV News while wearing his variation on Englund’s classic red-and-green-striped sweater. “It’s really important for us, I think, as we’re reimagining this that there is a good, strong sense of new and fresh — yet there’s some recognizability, you know?”

The strategy makes sense. Regularly ranked as one of the top 10 villains in the history of cinema, Freddy has yielded eight movies, a TV show, video games, comic books and enough memorabilia to fill a small airport hangar. A quarter-century later, his fans are still grabbing their crucifixes and staying up late, afraid they’ll never sleep again.

“A lot of what was in that first movie is also in this movie, as far as the structure of it and how it plays out,” revealed Haley, who’ll terrorize Kellan Lutz (“Twilight”), Katie Cassidy (“Melrose Place”) and relative newcomer Rooney Mara as the new Nancy Thompson. “It’s a little bit deeper; we dove into Freddy’s background a little bit more.

“It’s a very similar background to what we know about him,” Haley explained of the backstory involving the bastard son of 100 maniacs, as depicted in the later “Nightmare” sequels produced by Craven. “But we dove into it a little bit more. I think it’s going to be a neat homage to Wes’ original film.”

But the elephant in the room, of course, is whether Haley will embrace Krueger’s “cheesy” side — as depicted by everything from smart-alecky lines like “Well, this ain’t Dr. Seuss!” to MTV guest-VJ gigs to hanging out with the Fat Boys, Dokken and Will Smith.

“You know, I think my Freddy is a bit more serious,” Haley said, promising a return to Freddy’s dark, shadowy roots. “He’s not much of a comedian.

“But I am working on my tap-dancing lessons,” he grinned. “Just in case they do a sequel.”

Source: MTV News


‘Kaboom’ adds four to cast

Gregg Araki is detonating his next picture.

The writer-director (“The Doom Generation”) has cast Roxane Mesquida, Thomas Dekker, Kelly Lynch and Haley Bennett in “Kaboom,” which follows the sexual awakening of a group of college students. Araki is shooting the indie feature now.

Araki, repped by Untitled Entertainment, is the director of “Smiley Face,” “Mysterious Skin” and “The Living End.”

Repped by APA and Untitled, Mesquida has appeared in “The Last Mistress” and “Fat Girl.” This will be the French actress’ American feature debut.

Dekker, repped by ICM and the Schiff Co., starred in “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and recently appeared in the feature “My Sister’s Keeper.” He next appears in the remake of “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” releasing in April.

Lynch, repped by Talent Works and Crestview Entertainment, appeared on Showtime’s “The L Word” and in the features “Charlie’s Angels” and “Road House.”

Bennett, repped by WME and the Schiff Co., has appeared in “The Haunting of Molly Hartley,” “Music and Lyrics” and “Marley & Me.”

Source: Hollywood Report

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Rooney Mara Join David Fincher’s ‘Social Network’

The “Donnie Darko”/”Southland Tales,” director tweeted yesterday, “Just read that one actor (Armie Hammer) will play the Winklevoss twins in [David Fincher’s] ‘THE SOCIAL NETWORK.’ Cool!” So we went digging and discovered ala Aaron Sorkin’s Facebook page that several young actors have joined the cast including the aforementioned Hammer (from “Gossip Girl”), Max Minghella (“Agora” and “Artschool Confidential”), Rooney Mara (young sister of Kate Mara), Dakota Johnson (daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith), Disney Channel actress Brenda Song, and model Josh Pence.

Sorkin writes (quoted by a user, that would never bother making up names so obscure) that “20 others” are set to join though it’s doubtful they’ll be bigger names than the film’s three leads Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake (who has the smallest role of the three leads) or the ones already mentioned.

Shooting began yesterday, Oct. 19th in Cambridge, MA. Justin Timberlake hasn’t been spotted in Cambridge yet, but that’s because his scenes all take place in Los Angeles (he plays Napster co-founder Sean Parker) and a Boston location manager recently confirmed that Timberlake indeed won’t be appearing in MA at all. The pop star is apparently growing out his hair as well so he can pull off Parker’s curls.

Rumored to be around $40 million in budget, it’s nice to see some limitations that forces directors to have to reach out to interesting actors that won’t inflate the budget skyward. Though to be fair, Fincher would have probably chosen these guys anyhow, but as evinced by what happened to Joe Wright’s “Indian Summer,” yesterday (put on the backburner due to cost), you’re going to see a lot of dramas these days hit a budget ceiling of around $30-40 million until the economy picks up. That means that ambitious and expensive dramas like ‘Benjamin Button’ should be happy they were made before the recession.

Source: The Playlist