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David Fincher Says Despite A Great Audition, Scarlett Johansson Was Too Hot To Play Lisbeth Salander

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2011 7:00 AM
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David Fincher Views The Series As A "Pervy Franchise"While Rooney Mara eventually won the coveted lead role of Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," it was an arduous wait and the list of the contenders was fierce. Sarah Snook, Sophie Lowe and Léa Seydoux were said to be the final candidates, and a mix of established and lesser known names like Ellen Page, Natalie Portman, Carey Mulligan, Emma Watson, Mia Wasikowska, Emily Browning and Katie Jarvis were all in the running at various points. However, people might remember that just before Mara snagged the part, Scarlett Johansson was surprisingly being tipped as a "shoo-in." At the time it seemed somewhat unlikely, but talking to Vogue magazine as part of a profile on Rooney Mara, Fincher confirms that Johansson did indeed deliver strongly at the audition but that she was ultimately just too darned attractive to play the squirrely, oddball and rebellious Lisbeth Salander.

Don't Worry, Blake Lively Won't Be In ‘Pride And Prejudice And Zombies’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2011 2:18 AM
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And the list of actresses who have better things to do than star in "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" continues to grow.

The Amazing Race: Will The Best Actress Category Be A Battle Of The Biographies?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 30, 2011 4:59 AM
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If the Best Actor category, which we examined last week, is competitive, Best Actress is even more so -- as has been the case in the last few years, in fact. While there are plenty of thankless girlfriend and love interest roles most of the year, people are writing good roles for women, thank god, and there's a plethora of great actors, both veterans and newcomers, capable of taking the role and knocking them out of the park.

Rooney Mara Reportedly Eyed For Spike Lee's 'Oldboy' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2011 2:44 AM
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Could the girl with the dragon tattoo move from one twisted tale right into another? According to Twitch, Mandate Pictures and director Spike Lee are hoping the answer to that question is yes, as Rooney Mara is being sought to take the pivotal female lead role in the "Oldboy" remake.

Watch: Extended Trailer For David Fincher's 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Looks Pretty Damn Good

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 22, 2011 9:39 AM
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Is it just us, or are trailers getting shorter? Obviously, there have always been brief teasers around, but even the final clips rarely seem to top out over two minutes these days, happy to tantalize audiences with money shots and the "Inception" fart-trombone noise -- the days of old, with four-five minute trailers, sometimes even introduced by the cast or director themselves (like this all-time favourite of ours) seemingly long gone. Of course, you can rely on David Fincher to buck that trend.

8 Minute Preview Of 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Shows David Fincher Is Right At Home

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 15, 2011 11:45 AM
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Last night, advance screenings of Screen Gems' "Straw Dogs" around the country were preceded by a pleasant/nasty surprise from parent company Sony, in the form of an eight-minute preview of David Fincher's Feel-Bad Movie Of Christmas, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." While it was cut together like a trailer, and it may surface online, it was strictly for the hardcore fans, and, while un-spoilery, did indeed lean towards the R-rated end of the spectrum.

Rooney Mara Reportedly 'Locked' For Lead In Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2011 9:54 AM
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But Andrew Garfield Apparently Won't Be Doing ItAfter the publication last year of Peter Biskind's biography "Star," his victory in a "Dick Tracy" lawsuit, and his wife Annette Bening's Oscar-nomination this year, Warren Beatty has been more visible of late than he has been in a decade; the actor hasn't directed a film since 1998's "Bulworth," and hasn't been on screen since the 2001 train wreck "Town & Country." With all this attention, the 74-year-old star has done something productive with it; namely, started moving towards a new film: a comedy that seems to be the Howard Hughes project that Beatty's been working on for decades.

Review: 'Tanner Hall' Is An Amateur-Hour Panoply Of Boarding School Girl Cliches

  • By The Playlist
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  • September 9, 2011 3:30 AM
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While featuring a promising cast of on-the-rise newcomers and comedy veterans, a strong production design, plus a visual aesthetic that proves digital cinematography can be warm and capture light in a pleasing autumnal manner, the one-dimensional indie flick "Tanner Hall," has almost nothing else to redeem it.

Terrence Malick Chooses The Relatively Unknown Haley Bennett For Christian Bale Drama

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 8:29 AM
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Terrence Malick, whose output seems to be exponentially increasing, has no fewer than three projects actively on his docket: cosmic documentary "Voyage of Time;" an untitled Ben Affleck/Rachel McAdams drama rumored to be called "The Burial;" and a third project, starring Christian Bale, which should begin production in the summer of 2012. The Bale film just became a lot more concrete, as relative unknown Haley Bennett has been cast as the female lead, according to Variety.

Christian Bale Reteams With Terrence Malick For Another New Mystery Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2011 6:56 AM
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Rooney Mara, Haley Bennet, Clemence Poesy & Mia Wasikowska Vying For Female Lead; Film Will Shoot In Early 2012For much of Terrence Malick's career, his workflow has been defined by single projects taking years at a time to take shape and finish before he moves on to the next one. Now, it seems the guy is making up for lost time. With "The Tree of Life" hitting theaters this spring, the director currently has his untitled film -- aka "The Burial" -- in post-production and is also at some stage of development with his "Voyage of Time" documentary which recently added Emma Thompson as a narrator alongside Brad Pitt. Earlier this year word cropped up that Malick was starting another film, one that would be small in nature that would potentially shoot late summer/early fall. Not much has been heard since, but it looks like that film is now moving full steam ahead with an early 2012 start being eyed.

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