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Sony Officially Plans To Make 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequels, But David Fincher Is Looking To Direct '20,000 Leagues' Instead

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 9, 2012 10:49 AM
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While the quiet opening last month of Sony's big budget "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" had many speculating that the studio would quietly kibosh the planned the sequels in the face of underwhelming box office, David Fincher's film has shown some remarkable legs. The film is still in the top five at the domestic box office, and looks like when all is said and done, it will crack $100 million domestically -- not bad for a very adult, R-rated thriller that runs more than two-and-a-half hours long. Morever, with recent PGA and WGA nominations, 'Dragon Tattoo' is looking poised to be a bigger Oscar player than expected as well. And while Sony has already said they're continuing to pursue the planned sequels "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest," it became even more real over the weekend.

Weekend Box Office: Audiences Hate 'The Devil Inside' All The Way To The Top Of The Box Office

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 8, 2012 12:04 PM
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The smash-and-grab -- who needs a fourth or fifth weekend, when you can nail down a profit after your first day? Paramount dipped into the kitty and spent a million producing “The Devil Inside” (through their low budget shingle Insurge) and a little bit of marketing later, we have our first big winner of the new year. Final estimates have the studio looking at a big $30 million+ weekend for the latest in a wave of cheap found-footage horror films.

'Bridesmaids,' 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' & 'The Ides Of March' Surprise With PGA Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2012 12:42 PM
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Let's get the other stuff out of the way first. Yes, the Best Picture frontrunners you've expected all during the awards season -- "The Artist," "The Descendants," "The Help," "Midnight In Paris" -- have all earned PGA Award nominations for the top movie prize, the Darry F. Zanuck Producer Of The Year Award. But as always, it's the surprises that are the most fun, and this year, the PGA has a quite a few up their sleeve.

Sony Insists It's Moving Ahead With 'Dragon Tattoo' Sequel 'The Girl Who Played With Fire'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 3, 2012 9:41 AM
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Sony took a big risk this holiday season. Could a 160-minute hard-R-rated movie full of gore and sexual violence, based on source material that was adapted only two years ago in a popular Swedish film, be the start of a rare thing -- a franchise for adults? Signs immediately after the release of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" weren't positive. Despite the presence of director David Fincher, and a massive marketing campaign, the film was slow out of the gates against more family-friendly competition, taking a disappointing $20 million in its first five days.

Weekend Box Office: Strong Rebound Numbers For Entire Marketplace, With 'Mission: Impossible' On Top Again

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 1, 2012 1:55 PM
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Yes, it was a down year at the box office in 2011, but sometimes it’s all about scheduling. While the family’s all together for Christmas, they might not exactly spend a holiday at the multiplex, particularly with many theaters closing early. The weekend after, when everyone’s glad to see their friends again, however, is just enough motivation to plunk down that $10-$12-$20 on an overpriced box office ticket and a mammoth, bladder-clogging, sugary fountain drink that can’t be good for you.

Steve Zaillian Talks 'Dragon Tattoo,' 'Moneyball' & The Difficulties Of Getting Adult Dramas Made In Hollywood

  • By The Playlist
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  • December 27, 2011 9:45 AM
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Last week, David Fincher's "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" opened, and with it returns something that's been missing from the big cineplexes for a while: a big, expensive movie that is made for adults. It doesn't dumb anything down and it wears its R-rating like a badge of pride and not a scarlet letter. We got to talk to screenwriter Steve Zaillian, who as a screenwriter, director and producer, has somehow managed to land many of the grade-A assignments that don't involve robots that transform into cars and then transform into another type of car.

Weekend Box Office: 'Ghost Protocol' On Top Of Weak Holiday Weekend

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 25, 2011 7:22 PM
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Twas the night before and/or the night of Christmas, and all through the theaters, it was empty and chilly, no maintenance, no heaters. Most moviegoers selected the 'Ghost Protocol,' with the legend from "Legend" and that guy from "Paul." "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" couldn't beat the Tom Cruise sequel. Not even the Steven Spielberg-Peter Jackson collaboration could be its equal.

Drew Taylor's Favorite Films Of 2011

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 24, 2011 9:25 AM
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2011 was undoubtedly the year of Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life." It just wasn't for me. After winning the Palme d'Or on the same day that I saw the movie, I was left feeling baffled. Like I had missed something.

In Theaters: 'We Bought A Zoo' Enters The Cage & Gets 'Extremely Loud' With 'Dragon Tattoo,' 'Tintin,' 'War Horse' & More This Xmas

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • December 23, 2011 3:24 PM
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Hello my Christmas Elves, are you all snug as a bug in a rug with your star-print knit booties and oversized red LOS ANGELES sweatshirt and zebra pajama pants? The most festive of all holiday outfits? JUST ME THEN?! Well, I hope you have all been enjoying cookies and cider and whatever are your most cherished holiday traditions. Like going to the movies? Seriously, Hollywood is banking on some people being really bored with their families this week because the glut of prestige movies opening this week is kind of insane. Let's go open our presents!

David Fincher Says 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Has "Parallels" To 'Chinatown'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 23, 2011 11:10 AM
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As it should be in Hollywood, people who have their share of negative press usually still have a number of dedicated collaborators who speak well of them. So while “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” director David Fincher has picked up a reputation for being ornery and difficult, it only makes sense that these traits would get spun as positive attributes by others who work with him. The guy doesn’t get $100 million budgets for nothing. The director, writer and cast recently descended on New York City to talk about adapting the film, bringing to the big screen, and yes, Fincher's pursuit of cinematic perfection.

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