April 21, 2014

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The Sound and Music of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is a 2011 English-language drama/thriller film. It is the second film to be adapted from the Swedish novel of the same name by Stieg Larsson. The first was a 2009 Swedish-language/English dubbed film. The 2011 film was written by Steven Zaillian and directed by David Fincher. Daniel Craig stars as Mikael Blomkvist, and Rooney Mara stars as Lisbeth Salander. In essence, the film follows a man’s mission to find out what has happened to a girl who has been missing for 36 years, and may have been murdered.

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Sony still planning to do “The Girl Who Plays With Fire” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: To date, David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” has earned $72.2 million worldwide, an impressive haul for a remake of a popular book, but not a figure that screams “sequel” right away.
And yet, Sony is letting it be known that they’re interested in moving ahead with an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s second Millennium book, “The Girl Who Played With Fire.”
“[Dragon Tattoo] continues to do strong business and nothing has changed with respect to development of the next book,” a Sony rep told EW.com. The site goes on to say that “Dragon Tattoo” writer Steven Zaillian is moving ahead on his script, but it’s unclear at this moment if Fincher will return.
In an interview in New York City, Fincher told us that if he did return, he would lobby to shoot parts two and three together, since they essentially tell one story and the idea of going to Sweden, coming home, going back, and coming home to film two separate films would be too daunting.
Whomever comes on board to film, they’ll have stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in place, as both actors are signed on to return for the last two anticipated films.
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David Fincher’s otherwise pointless and neutered The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake – Rooney Mara

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo feels like a James Patterson novel drained of all color and pulpiness while given a somber air of alleged gravity and importance. That is not entirely an insult, as I enjoy trashy crime fiction and the kind of thrillers Paramount used to put out with regularity in the late 1990s. So if I tell you that this film plays like a drawn-out, overly pretentious, and ice-cold extended episode of Criminal Minds, that’s not quite the insult you might make it out to be. I rather enjoy Criminal Minds and its James Patterson meets Justice League construction. But how I wish that this film, which is arguably less suspenseful and (by virtue of its toned down violence) less sensational then the Swedish original, embraced its pulpy roots just a bit more. Come what may, if I may paraphrase Ty Burr, asking David Fincher to direct this material is like asking Picasso to paint a fence. What it earns in earnestness, it loses in pure entertainment value.
For much of the running time, it is a rather dull thriller in which a relatively dull reporter (Daniel Craig) attempts to solve a mystery with absolutely no urgency. The would-be investigation mostly comprises of Mr. Craig (admittedly more charming than usual due to not having to play a pure alpha male) conducting painfully dry interviews with generally uninteresting people which generally yield no real information and provide little insight into the cast of characters. And, without going into details, the major reveal is made painfully obvious pretty much right from the get-go (and a second major reveal is strongly hinted at pretty early on), which makes the majority of the film 2/3 into a bit of a chore when the focus is on cracking the case. As for the ‘breakout character’, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) is barely in the film for the first half, and her scenes are so disconnected from the main narrative that her arc feels like a separate (and arguably superior) film altogether. Yes, Salander and Craig’s Blomkvist eventually do cross paths, and the film is better for it when they do, but the first half of the picture is basically a very boring and conventional mystery occasionally interrupted by a far more interesting character study.
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David Fincher, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig open up about “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Lisbeth Salander is back on the hunt.
The cyber-punk heroine of Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy has been resurrected from the pages of the best-selling novel for a maudlin, stormy adaptation guided by cinematic master David Fincher. Though audiences around the world are intimately familiar with Larsson’s missing-persons mystery from the book and a 2009 Swedish film version, those who check out the latest “Dragon Tattoo” will find invigorating new translations courtesy of Fincher’s relentlessly unique approach to some of the story’s universal themes.
In New York City lately, the director addressed the media with his two leads – Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig – in tow for a lively conversation about unlikely relationships, Larsson’s appeal, and the power of Lisbeth, who Mara does not want to treat like an up-and-coming feminine superhero.
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“I hope not. That was never our intention. We always wanted to make her human. We never thought of her as a comic-book hero,” Mara told the press.
When casting for Lisbeth, Fincher says he was looking for “a magnetic” response to Craig’s protagonist.
“They’re sort of unable to be close to one another. They sort of push off of each other,” the director explained. “So I started looking at the things about Lisbeth that I wanted to see. And I didn’t see them initially in anyone that we were looking at. And Rooney was right under our noses in that I’d already spent four or five days with her on ‘The Social Network.’
“But again, when you cast somebody, you cast them for an inherent kind of quality,” Fincher continued. “You are going to be shooting 14-hour days. You are going to be tired. You’re not going to be able to conjure an armor or a façade every single moment. You want the actor to have a quality that you can’t beat out of them with a tire iron, that is that thing. And innate quality that they have. Rooney was somebody that we brought back time and time again, not because we didn’t see what we were looking for, but because initially … the problems that she was solving for me in ‘The Social Network’ – she was intensely feminine, very mature, warm, verbal, trying to build a bridge desperately to Jesse [Eisenberg] in that five-and-a-half minutes that she’s on screen – none of those qualities apply [...]

Rooney Mara NEW Photos – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

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In The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker.
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David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – Our review – AWARDS ALLEY

Unlike David Denby, we waited until Sony took down their press embargo to post our review of David Fincher’s anticipated “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” a methodical adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novel. If successful, it’s expected to kick-start an American version of the extremely popular Swedish trilogy (though no word yet if Fincher would return for subsequent installments). So, now that we’re able to discuss the film at length, here’s my review of Fincher’s latest:
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (*** out of 4)
Yep, that’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Audience members taking their first plunge into Stieg Larsson’s icy den of Swedish snakes likely will muster more enthusiasm. The 40-year-old missing-persons mystery and the captivatingly shocking personification of mythological anti-hero Lisbeth Salander should resonate with “Tattoo” virgins.
And really, isn’t that the point of Fincher’s film? To lure in patrons who’ve avoided Larsson’s pulpy launch of the “Millennium” trilogy or skipped the sufficient 2009 adaptation? Because the story driving Fincher’s latest is instantly recognizable to the millions who’ve either skimmed Larsson’s novel or watched the Swedish take. And while this new “Dragon” benefits from a tight squeeze through Fincher’s calculated, cold filter – and, you know, does away with those pesky subtitles — knowing the answers to the film’s sordid mysteries strips away most of the picture’s punch.
Hewing closer to Larsson’s book, Fincher moves a few set pieces around but still recounts the herculean efforts of besmirched journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) to locate Harriet Vanger, who vanished off of her family’s island and was never seen again. Blomkvist’s investigation on behalf of Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) eventually pairs him with gifted computer hacker Salander (Rooney Mara), and the two unearth the buried history of a serial killer who has quietly prayed on the Swedish countryside for decades.

But, of course, you likely knew this. “Girl” sold millions of copies, and Noomi Rapace’s transformation into the angel of vengeance that is Lisbeth propelled both the character and the actress to the forefront of our pop culture.
Fincher’s translation of Larsson’s material also embraces key themes that propped up the original book and movie. Actions have consequences. Murder, like film direction, is the science of a thousand details (and Fincher, as usual, masters nearly all of them). Men hate women, but occasionally, women fight back. The dark, abusive material can be tough to endure, especially when you [...]

“Dragon Tattoo” TV spot boasts new footage – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Today seems to be a day of glorious reveals for films with Oscar dreams that’ve yet to fully pull back their curtains. This morning, we brought you an international trailer for Meryl Streep’s Margaret Thatcher biopic, “The Iron Lady,” which revealed far more footage than had previously been screened. And this afternoon, we turn our attention to David Fincher’s U.S. adaptation of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”
A brand-new, one-minute TV spot for Sony’s upcoming thriller has made its way online (via TheMovieBox). It focuses primarily on Lisbeth Salander, the mysterious cyber-hacker (played here by Rooney Mara) who begrudgingly assists Daniel Craig’s journalist in solving a missing-persons case.
The clip continues to open doors for Fincher, who looks like he has nailed the dangerous moods of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium trilogy. I still question his motives. Don’t we want creative voices like Fincher working on wholly original material instead of remakes? Still, if “Dragon Tattoo” is going to be remade, Sony is wise to put it in the hands of a storytelling guru.
Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” opens on Dec. 21. I hope it starts screening, soon.

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Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy getting graphic novel treatment – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy has attracted millions of readers, inspired a cinematic trilogy, and triggered a Hollywood remake directed by David Fincher (in theatres on Dec. 21). Up next? A graphic novel series.
DC Entertainment will release print and digital copies of books based on Larsson’s novels, according to THR. “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” the first in the series, will be released in 2012, with subsequent graphic novels coming out in 2013 (“The Girl Who Played With Fire”) and 2014 (“The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest”).
“The intricate characters and stories Larsson created in the Millennium Trilogy are a perfect match for the graphic novel format, where we can bring Lisbeth Salander to life in entirely new, visually compelling ways,” Dan DiDio, co-publishers of DC Entertainment, said in a statement. “It’s a distinct honor to work on a story that is already so popular with millions of readers around the world.”
We just don’t know who will be working on them just yet, as THR reports no writers or artists have been announced for the project. Perhaps more details will emerge from New York Comic-Con later this month.
“Stieg always liked comics and it will be exciting to see the unforgettable characters he created come to life on the comics page,” says Stieg’s brother Joakim Larsson.
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David Fincher’s first full “Dragon Tattoo” trailer – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: A full-length trailer for David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” arrived online, giving movie fans their first official glimpse at the director’s anticipated adaptation as it steamrolls toward its Dec. 21 release date.
The trailer arrives on the heels of an 8-minute feature Sony attached to select prints of “Straw Dogs” screenings and “Moneyball” previews over the past two weeks. This new clip is- half as long, but equally effective in setting up the story (and dark tone) for anyone who’s unfamiliar with either Stieg Larsson’s “Tattoo” novel or the Swedish adaptation that precedes Fincher’s work.
Here’s the trailer:

The trailer confirms what most of us expected, that Fincher’s the right choice for an American remake, and that Craig’s a suitable stand in for Michael Nyqvist as besmirched journalist Mikael Blomkvist.
The revelation is Rooney Mara, who’s tasked with stepping into Noomi Rapace’s shoes as Lisbeth. And from what I see in this trailer, she’s more than up to the challenge. Her short, chilly line deliveries are spectacular. They are as much a part of Fincher’s snowy backdrop as they are daggers to the picture’s heart.
Consider me on board for Fincher’s “Dragon Tattoo.” Now I’m wondering if a trilogy is possible if and when this movie take off over the holiday season.
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“Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” footage from last night

HollywoodNews.com: Obviously, the eight-minute preview for David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is not online and probably won’t be at least until after the weekend. I do not know if it will be playing in theaters before theatrical prints of Straw Dogs or whether it was just something to get the film critics/pundits excited.
The footage is basically a primer for those completely unfamiliar with the franchise. We meet the main characters, we see Christopher Plummer lay out the primary mystery, and we get a look at our heroes in action, both when on the case and on their own time. First and foremost, let me just say that the footage looks absolutely breathtaking. While the pallette of choice is dark (think grey skies), there is a haunting and epic feel to the film that arguably surpasses its TV-movie of the week subject matter. But, it’s also the kind of specifically shot and grey-hued film that can look bloody awful when projected incorrectly. So unless I end up attending a press screening, I’m definitely forking out Arclight money for this one.
Having said that, the footage highlighted what I’d argue was a key problem with the original film. Namely, it’s not a very exciting or gripping story and it’s only the entertainment value provided by Lisbeth Salander that gives the film any juice. Rooney Mara certainly looks and acts the part, and I could easily see her scoring an Oscar nomination if the film breaks out. Her Salander comes off less like a standard ‘tough chick’ than a mentally scarred and fragile figure who happens to also be a computer genius who is able to defend herself when necessary.
But, other than her intriguing look and the somewhat unique nature of her character (plus hopefully strength of her Mara’s performance), the film is still a relatively cut-and-dry mystery picture. It looks absolutely beautiful, but I cannot help but think that having David Fincher remake this picture is a bit like asking Thomas Keller to cook a hot dog. Obviously, if you’re a fan of the original series, feel free to disagree and know that you’ll be in heaven come December 21st.
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