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Girl with Dragon Tattoo Signs Mara as Salander, Craig as Blomkvist

Girl with Dragon Tattoo Signs Mara as Salander, Craig as Blomkvist
All the Lisbeth Salander casting rumors just bit the dust. David Fincher has closed the deal to star his The Social Network discovery Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander in the English-language version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, written by Steve Zaillian and produced by Scott Rudin for Sony. Shooting will start in Sweden next month after Daniel Craig finishes Cowboys & Aliens.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2010 5:41 AM
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Gibson Crashes Car in Malibu, Unharmed

This news story about Mel Gibson crashing his Maserati into a Malibu cliffside Sunday night makes sure to say that alcohol wasn't involved. Gibson was unhurt. The car was smashed. I'm sorry, but driving alone into a hillside is not a good sign.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2010 5:25 AM
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NYFF: Eastwood's Hereafter Closes Fest, Line-Up Announced

With David Fincher's The Social Network and The Tempest as two already-announced linchpins of this fall's New York Film Festival, Monday the Fest announced the closer: Clint Eastwood's Hereafter, starring Matt Damon as a San Francisco psychic and Bryce Dallas Howard in a small role as his girlfriend. Eastwood calls this film, written by Peter Morgan, his "chick flick," and Damon tells EW it has a French "vibe."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2010 4:54 AM
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Lisbeth Salander: Next Generation Bond or Holmes?

Amid all the hubbub over the casting of Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood film version of the Millenium Trilogy, David Chute delivers a compelling argument for why Salander is a defining character for the ages. We shouldn't fuss over the different movies, Swedish or American, he asserts, because there will be more versions to come, ala James Bond, or yes, Sherlock Holmes:Fans should not be too quick to denounce as greed-heads Hollywood producers who envision the "Girl" series as a potential mystery/action franchise, one that could carry on telling new stories indefinitely -- not when their inspiration could turn out to be the drafts and outlines for seven additional books left behind on the legendary laptop. That it was Larsson's plan, in the first instance to write a long series about Blomkvist and Salander isn't necessarily the best argument in its favor. A jaded author might not be the best judge of the richness of his own creations; more likely than his readers to regard them simply as puppets. Perhaps we should feel grateful in a way, that it hasn't yet come to that. It may seem morbid to say so, but like an actor or singer who dies young, with his or her legend untarnished, who never gets fat or loses his hair, the Millennium Trilogy stands now as an origin story that has not been diminished for us in retrospect by "going to series" and being boiled down to a formula.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2010 10:05 AM
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David Michod Talks Aussie Gangster Flick Animal Kingdom: Sprawl vs. Menace

David Michod Talks Aussie Gangster Flick Animal Kingdom: Sprawl vs. Menace
Australian hit Animal Kingdom, which just opened in limited stateside release to stellar reviews, is that rare movie that surprises you with the discovery of an exciting new writer-director. David Michod's crime drama won the Grand Jury Prize for dramatic world cinema at Sundance last January, where Sony Pictures Classics scooped it up. One performance is emerging from the film's ensemble as a potential awards contender: Jacki Weaver's powerful matriarch.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2010 8:00 AM
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Trailer and Awards Watch: Love and Other Drugs

Twentieth Century Fox is planning an awards-campaign for its R-rated sexy romance Love and Other Drugs, from writer-director-producer Edward Zwick (Glory, The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond). He is that rare studio director who is conversant in both the language of mainstream big-budget moviemaking and intimate drama. He and partner Marshall Herskovitz delivered the acutely-observed TV series Thirtysomething, Once and Again, Relativity and My So-Called Life. So much sweat and tears go into such long-running shows that Zwick can be forgiven for steering toward testosterone action in his movie work.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2010 6:36 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Expendables Pulls Men, Eat Pray Love Gets Women

Both Sylvester Stallone and Julia Roberts marked their best openings in years with a boost from a raft of action stars in The Expendables and femme fans of the Elizabeth Gilbert bestseller Eat Pray Love, respectively. Comic-book youth film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World stumbled out of the starting gate. Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • August 15, 2010 4:19 AM
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Trailer Watch: James Brooks' How Do You Know

This How Do You Know trailer looks promising. Closely observed relationship comedy is what writer-director James L. Brooks does best. He sweats years over these originals to make them come out looking effortless and funny, and only rarely does he miss (Spanglish). And each of the stars--Reese Witherspoon and her two swains, Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson as his father-- look sweetly comfortable inside their wheelhouse. I'm there. Sony opens the movie December 17--an award-season friendly position.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2010 1:15 AM
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Boyle's 127 Hours To Close London Film Fest

Danny Boyle's 127 Hours is set to close October's London Film Festival (after playing Toronto, and most likely, Telluride, which debuted Slumdog Millionaire). London also played Brit Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire in 2008. 127 Hours portrays the true struggle of Aron Ralston, the American hiker who was trapped under a boulder in 2003 and managed to survive by severing his arm with a dull pocketknife. James Franco stars in the Fox Searchlight film, which opens stateside November 5.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2010 12:23 PM
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Should Universal Bet $200 Million on Branded Battleship?

Partly I blame the hugely successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise--based on Disney's e-ticket theme ride--for the current Hollywood mania for branding entertainment. If a title doesn't mean anything to anyone, the studios don't want to have to market something from scratch. They're allergic to it. Too much risk.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 13, 2010 11:39 AM
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