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Sony Chief Pascal Is Gung Ho on Strong Women, from Salander to Cleopatra

Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal is gung-ho on "Zero Dark Thirty." At the film's Hollywood premiere Monday night, the studio chief, who acquired the film from financeer-producer Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, was proud of the film's tough CIA agent heroine, played by SAG nominee Jessica Chastain, who could score big during awards season. The studio is giving the movie a big awards push in advance of its limited holiday and wide January release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2012 1:01 PM
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'Dragon Tattoo' DVD Release Maintains Anti-Establishment Attitude with Pirated Disc

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" DVD release has, according to TheWrap, "created the sort of mystery that even Lisbeth Salander might have trouble solving." It looks like a blank, pirated disc with the title seemingly hand-scrawled across it...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 22, 2012 3:30 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Ren Klyce Talks Sound and Subways for Fincher's 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

For David Fincher, the sounds of silence are equally as disturbing as loud noises. This is clearly evident in sound designer Ren Klyce's Oscar-nominated work for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Indeed, the underlying soundscape is a freezing, unsettling horror that perfectly complements the disturbing, graphic imagery.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 22, 2012 1:29 PM
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Oscar Talk: Critics Choice vs. Oscars, Moore Doc Reform and DGA Updates, Rise of 'Dragon Tattoo,' Fall of 'War Horse'

On this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I revisit Thursday night's Critics Choice Movie Awards, and predict whether the Globes and Oscars will repeat the same winners. We update the latest news on Michael Moore's reform of the Oscar Documentary Rules, Pros and Cons, as well the DGA doc nominations and Cinema Eye Honors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2012 2:11 PM
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'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' Opening Titles

OK folks, here are the controversial opening titles for David Fincher's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." I find them too nail-on-the head misleading. Do you like them better than I do?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 12, 2012 11:20 AM
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IN THE WORKS: Girl with Dragon Tattoo Sequel Does Not Have a Green Light UPDATED

UPDATE: Sony is going ahead with the second and third installments of the Millennium Triology, "The Girl who Played with Fire" and "The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest." Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig are on board but David Fincher won't necessarily return...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 9, 2012 11:28 AM
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Inside Look: Behind the Costumes in 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" turns out to be a decent boxoffice performer, although it may have cost too much. But that shouldn't displease moviegoers. Check out Vanity Fair on the creative process behind the stunning visuals in the David Fincher film.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • January 8, 2012 12:34 PM
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Five Reasons Why The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Didn't Kick Ass at the Holiday Box Office

No question, Sony isn't happy with the early holiday returns on David Fincher's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Why did the studio put this violent R-rated counterprogrammer into the holiday window opposite "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"? It got creamed, grossing only $19 million over the four days and $24 over six days in release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 29, 2011 12:40 PM
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'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo': Zaillian Streamlines, Improves on Detective Duo in Larsson's Neo-Noir

Hollywood studio execs consider Steve Zaillian to be their number one literary adapter. He won the Oscar for "Schindler's List," after all, and could wind up with an Oscar nomination for "Moneyball" as well this year, which he serially co-wrote with another alpha Oscar-winner, Aaron Sorkin (the two have agreed only to talk about the film together).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 27, 2011 3:49 PM
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Holiday Box Office Caps Disappointing Year; Only 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol' Scores

If Hollywood was hoping that the holiday box office during the highest-volume ticket-selling period of the year would turn around their fortunes they were mistaken. Only one of the big-ticket studio tentpoles scored really big over the four-day holiday weekend, Friday through Christmas Day, which fell on a Sunday this year. This means that Saturday night was indeed silent at the box office. Compared to last year's four-day holiday weekend, which included Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, this year's box office is up 8%. The box office should improve Monday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 26, 2011 1:54 PM
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