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Casting: Rooney Mara Replaces Jessica Chastain In 'Secret Scripture,' Ed Helms Leads Iñárritu‘s 'One Percent' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2014 9:05 AM
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Jessica Chastain may seem like she can do it all, but there's one project it looks like she just can't squeeze in. Attached as recently as this spring to "The Secret Scripture," Cineuropa now reports that Rooney Mara is the young female lead opposite Vanessa Redgrave in the film.

Watch: First Trailer For Stephen Daldry's 'Trash' Starring Rooney Mara

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2014 6:06 PM
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Trash, Rooney Mara
Here's the deal: if you see a trailer this week for a prestige, awards contender seeming movie, the chances are you'll likely see it somewhere on the fall festival slate. And so, even though we weren't quite sure where Stephen Daldry's "Trash" would fit on the calendar, it's done, in the can, a trailer is here, and now you can see if the Oscar race is being shaken up.

David Fincher & Rooney Mara Possibly Reteaming For ‘Red Sparrow’ Adapted By ‘American Hustle’ Screenwriter

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 9, 2014 10:12 PM
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Side Effects, Rooney Mara
While the sequel to “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” may not be moving forward any time soon (read, ever), bffs David Fincher and Rooney Mara have found a way to move forward together. But this time, it’s an entirely different project. The director and actress are circling “Red Sparrow,” an espionage book that’s being adapted by Eric Singer, the screenwriter of “American Hustle.” 20th Century Fox, who are distributing Fincher’s next film, “Gone Girl,” are currently in talks with Singer to adapt the spy thriller by Jason Matthews.

First Images Of Cate Blanchett & Rooney Mara In Todd Haynes' 'Carol'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 19, 2014 10:12 AM
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Carol
With filming on Todd Haynes' "Carol" having wrapped at the end of April, the big question is when we'll get to see the film. Will the director manage to have it all finished in time for the fall festival circuit, or will it be held for next year so the filmmaker can take as much time as needed to craft something special? Either way, we can't wait for the movie, Haynes' first since 2007's "I'm Not There" (though one can't forget his excellent 2011 HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce").

Rooney Mara To Play Tiger Lily In Joe Wright's 'Pan'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 12, 2014 3:15 PM
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Tiger Lily Rooney Mara
Well, let's cue up the controversy machine. Tiger Lily, the Native American princess of Neverland, is going to be played by someone not of Native American descent (nor from Neverland). We're being a bit cheeky, but we're sure this news is going to raise a few culturally-concerned eyebrows.

Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2015 Best Actress Contenders

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 11, 2014 2:10 PM
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Premature Predictions: Actresses, 2015
You know the deal by this point, so we'll get to it as quickly as we can. Every year, to draw a line under the awards season, we take a moment to look ahead at some of the possibilities for the films and performances that we could be talking about in the context of the Oscar race in the eleven months to come. We've already discussed the Best Picture and Best Actor possibilities, and now, we've picked out some potentials to succeed Cate Blanchett as the winner of the Best Actress Academy Award.

Watch: Celebrate Facebook's 10th Birthday With 11 Clips From David Fincher's 'The Social Network'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2014 9:05 AM
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The Social Network
Remember when you could poke people on Facebook? Or how about the first time someone liked your status update? It's hard to believe, but today Facebook celebrates it's tenth birthday, with the site officially launched on February 4, 2004. And it can be easy to forget how massively Mark Zuckerberg's site reshaped the way we interact online and infiltrated pop culture, and so, here's a reminder.

Review: Spike Jonze's Funny & Insightful 'Her' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Amy Adams & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 18, 2013 6:13 PM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
Is social media anti-social? Has the information age divided us as much as it has been meant to unite? Is peer-to-peer simply an ironic term or are inter-personal, face-time relationships ripe for redefinition? While these are not the primary concerns of Spike Jonze’s lovely and perceptive relationship drama, “Her,” such implications are impossible to ignore in a movie that uses innovative and unconventional methods to explore some very universal anxieties.

Watch: 4 Clips From Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ Ask “What Are Real Feelings?” Plus New TV Spot

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 16, 2013 9:22 AM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix
December is traditionally viewed as the time for studios’ most fitting awards season offerings, but this year the hopefuls also happen to be some top filmmakers’ most singular and personal films yet, including work from the Coen Brothers, David O. Russell, and Martin Scorsese. One of the most narratively and visually daring of these though is Spike Jonze’s “Her” which depicts a futuristic romance between Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson’s disembodied voice, and in the lead up to its release this week we’ve got a slew of clips to show exactly what we mean.

For Your Consideration: 10 Overlooked Actresses Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 4, 2013 3:05 PM
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Received wisdom says that most years, including this one, the Best Actress field of contenders for the Oscars is "weaker" than their male counterparts, with a fairly limited group of possibilities who are plausible nominees. To which we can only say: horseshit. Every year, but this one in particular, we watch scores of fine female performances be overlooked because they're in small indie movies or because they were overshadowed in reviews by male co-stars or because they're not Meryl Streep.

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