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Annapurna and Rooney Mara Win Bidding War for Memoir 'A House of the Sky'

Annapurna Pictures beat out its rivals in a bidding war to option Rooney Mara project "A House in the Sky." The New York Times bestselling memoir is written by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett. Mara will star and serve as a producer with Annapurna’s Megan Ellison. Annapurna’s Chelsea Barnard will oversee the day-to-day development and production.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 25, 2014 3:57 PM
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FIRST LOOK: Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara Start an Affair to Remember in Todd Haynes' 'Carol'

Exciting news for fans of Patricia Highsmith, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Todd Haynes (that about covers everyone, right?). The first image from Haynes' "Carol," the adaptation of Highsmith's landmark lesbian novella "The Price of Salt" (originally published under the pen name Claire Morgan) on the romance between an unassuming shop girl and a glamorous New York socialite, has arrived. Take a look.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 19, 2014 1:20 PM
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Stream This: Five Films Critics and Audiences Should Pay Attention to This Awards Season

Here are five films now streaming that critics and audiences should take a second look at as awards season gets underway.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • December 3, 2013 7:25 PM
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Casting Watch: Rooney Mara Replaces Mia Wasikowska in Todd Haynes' 'Carol,' Starring Cate Blanchett UPDATED

UPDATE: Rooney Mara will play one of two leads in Todd Haynes' "Carol," adapted from Patricia Highsmith's landmark lesbian novella "The Price of Salt." Cate Blanchett is set to play the title role, while Mara will play Therese Belivet, an aspiring set designer who falls for the elegant and older Carol. Mia Wasikowska was previously attached to the role of Therese.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 29, 2013 11:28 AM
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'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Exclusive Video Interview with David Lowery UPDATE

Writer-director David Lowery has been putting in his 10,000 hours over the past few years, working as an editor and cinematographer on many of his friends' micro-budget projects, as part of the growing multi-tasking barter indie culture. He's helped many of the geographically disparate friends he's met on the festival circuit with their films; he edited with director Shane Carruth the much-talked-about "Upstream Color." SXSW has championed the Texas filmmaker, playing his shorts and features; "Saint Nick" showed promise on a meager $12,000 budget.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 15, 2013 3:20 PM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Spike Jonze's 'Her,' Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and the Voice of Scarlett Johansson

The first trailer for Spike Jonze's "Her" has landed. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as a lonely writer who falls in love with a computer operating system (calling itself "Samantha" and given the husky voice of Scarlett Johansson), the film also stars Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde and Chris Pratt. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 7, 2013 12:39 PM
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Casting Watch: Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen Join Stephen Daldry's 'Trash'

Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen are on board for supporting roles in the upcoming film by Stephen Daldry ("Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"), "Trash." Sheen will play a priest, and Mara an NGO worker in a story adapted from Andy Mulligan's 2010 novel of the same name.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 9, 2013 11:50 AM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Lyrical Western 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints,' Starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara

The first trailer for David Lowery's lyrical Western and festival favorite "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" has landed. The film, which hits theaters August 16 and VOD August 23 via IFC Films, stars Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Ben Foster in a tale centered on an outlaw's dangerous ordeal to reunite with his wife and child. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 24, 2013 2:45 PM
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Rooney Mara Talks with Steven Soderbergh in Interview Magazine -- the "Finch," Loving the Oscar, Nudity and More

Rooney Mara submitted to an email chat with her "Side Effects" director Steven Soderbergh for this month's Interview Magazine. The two smartypants engage in sarcastic banter about David Fincher, the Oscars and, er, the "reverse cowgirl."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 22, 2013 2:22 PM
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Fincher, Soderbergh, Tatum Talk the Rooney Mara Mystique in Newsweek Profile

Newsweek's profile of actress Rooney Mara looks at the Girl with the Cool-As-Ice Demeanor, and what makes her so alluring to some of Hollywood's biggest directors. After being nominated for an Oscar in 2011 for David Fincher's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 4, 2013 12:50 PM
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