April 24, 2014

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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.
Read our review of the film right here!
“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 [...]

Brad Pitt, “Pariah” and the “Dragon Tattoo” in today’s Oscar news – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: A few quick new items on the Oscar front this morning before I run off to interviews on behalf of David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (which I’ll have on the site shortly):
- Brad Pitt opens up about the behind-the-scenes negotiations that led to Steven Soderbergh being bumped off of “Moneyball.” It’s a great read, if you liked the film as much as I do. In the piece, Amy Pascal calls Pitt the “soul and spirit of this movie. He is the driving force behind it, in all of its troubled times and all the best times. He championed it all the way and never lost heart.” Totally agree.
- Christopher Plummer (“Beginners,” “Dragon Tattoo”) will receive a Modern Master Award at this year’s Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
- Focus Features has invited Writers Guild of America members to view Dee Rees’s “Pariah” through an exclusive screener site operated by fulfillment house Deluxe Media Management. The digital screener was made available to WGA members until Jan 6, 2012. The free rental is for a 48-hour period, which allows WGA members to watch the 86-minute feature film straight through, or to pause their viewing and then return to it within the allotted time period. I have to wonder if this, indeed, is the future of FYC screeners.
- And while I run off an speak with the cast and crew of Fincher’s “Dragon Tattoo,” here is the director and his collaborators on the Charlie Rose Show:

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- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gavin O’Connor for “Warrior.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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David Fincher’s “Dragon Tattoo” named year’s best film by MTV – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: This time of the year, everyone has a Top 10 list (even us, which we’ll post soon). This morning, MTV got into the annual ranking competition for the first time, naming David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” as the Best Film of 2011.
Coincidentally, I’m writing this in an airport waiting to board a plane to go speak with Fincher and his cast. I’ll be sure to ask them about this prestigious recognition.
The network says “Dragon Tattoo” star Rooney Mara, who accomplishes the unenviable task of bringing gothic enigma Lisbeth Salander to life, will accept an award on behalf of the film this evening (at 4:59 p.m. ET) on MTV.
Read our review of Fincher’s latest right here.
“We all fell in love with this movie from the moment we saw it,” MTV News’ Josh Horowitz tells THR. “We all love the work of David Fincher, we all were blown away by Rooney Mara, in this amazing performance of this iconic character, and thrilled by the kind of world that David Fincher created.”
MTV’s complete Top 10 also included:
2. Drive
3. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2
4. Bridesmaids
5. Hugo
6. X-Men: First Class
7. The Muppets
8. 50/50
9. The Descendants
10. Attack the Block
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- Harvey Weinstein
- The cast of “The Artist.”
- Sir Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz for “Hugo.”
- Tilda Swinton for “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
- Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer for “The Help.”
- Tate Taylor for “The Help.”
- Gary Oldman and Colin Firth for “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
- Charlize Theron, Patton Oswalt, Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody for “Young Adult.”
- Steve McQueen for “Shame.”
- Glenn Close for “Albert Nobbs.”
- Seth Rogen and Will Reiser for “50/50.”
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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 [...]

David Fincher addresses Denby’s “Dragon Tattoo” embargo bust – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Virtually every critic under the sun had something to say over David Denby’s illogical shattering of a press embargo set for David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” as well as producer Scott Rudin’s measured slap-down of Denby’s selfish actions.
But one voice not yet heard in the matter is “Dragon Tattoo” director David Fincher, who addressed the situation during an interview with Rene Rodriguez, chief film critic for the Miami Herald.
Here’s Fincher’s take on Rudin’s reponse to the embargo smashing:
“I think Scott [Rudin]‘s response was totally correct. It’s a hard thing for people outside our business to understand. It is a bit of a tempest in a teapot. But as silly as this may all look from the outside – privileged people bickering – I think it’s important. Film critics are part of the business of getting movies made. You swim in the same water we swim in. And there is a business to letting people know your movie is coming out. It is not a charity business. It is a business-business.
“This is not about controlling the media. If people realized how much thought goes into deciding at what point can we allow our movie to be seen, they would understand. There are so many other things constantly screaming for people’s attention. I started shooting this movie 25 days after I turned in The Social Network. We have been working really hard to make this release date. And when you’re trying to orchestrate a build-up of anticipation, it is extremely frustrating to have someone agree to something and then upturn the apple cart and change the rules – for everybody.
“Embargoes … look, if it were up to me, I wouldn’t show movies to anybody before they were released. I wouldn’t give clips to talk shows. I would do one trailer and three television spots and let the chips fall where they may. That’s how far in the other direction I am. If I had my way, the New York Film Critics Circle would not have seen this movie and then we would not be in this situation. I would be opening this movie on Wednesday Dec. 21 and I would have three screenings on Tuesday Dec. 20 and that would be it.
“That’s where [Rudin] and I get into some of our biggest fights. My whole thing is, ‘If people want to come, they’ll come.’ But [...]

Scott Rudin fires back after stupid “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” embargo bust – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: In the realm of contemporary film criticism, publishing first — or “First!” for those who subscribe to gonzo, “Toldja!” journalism — has its advantages. Getting ahead of the eventual surge of reviews from rival outlets often generates serious traffic, and can help grab headlines for a positive or negative review.
But at what cost?
We’re finding out this morning as Scott Rudin, Oscar-winning producer of David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” continues to react to The New Yorker’s decision to break an agreed-upon embargo surrounding the upcoming thriller by publishing David Denby’s review … nine days ahead of the studio’s stated embargo.
Denby, a member of the New York Film Critics Circle, only was able to see Fincher’s film because Sony bent to the will of the organization’s selfish, early deadline. And the NYFCC members only were able to see “Tattoo” if they agreed to honor the embargo. Denby didn’t. He broke his word. And now he deserves whatever punishment comes as a result.
Banishment from future Rudin screenings could be an option, as emails obtained by The Playlist seem to suggest. In response to Denby’s empty explanations as to why the magazine felt the need to break the embargo, Rudin tells the longtime critic, “Your seeing the movie was conditional on your honoring the embargo, which you agreed to do. The needs of the magazine cannot trump your word. The fact that the review is good is immaterial, as I suspect you know. You’ve very badly damaged the movie by doing this, and I could not in good conscience invite you to see another movie of mine again.”
And do you know what? He’s absolutely right.
As a film critic, I’m largely opposed to publishing embargoes … particularly when they prevent me from releasing a review that already has been posted by the trades or select Web sites that are conveniently overlooked by the studios. It often seems like there are multiple embargoes assigned to each individual film, with different outlets receiving permission to publish early. There needs to be some consistency to the embargo policy, because in reality, there are times when embargoes are enforced and times when they are ignored.
But embargoes are made crystal clear by studio reps — I can tell you that the embargo notice in my “Dragon Tattoo” screening invite is in bold, all caps, AND underlined — and [...]

David Fincher’s eight-minute “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” teaser online, with soundtrack extras – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Now that we’re weeks away from David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” adaptation reaching theaters, the marketing campaign for what’s shaping up to be a visceral take on Stieg Larsson’s best-seller can kick into high gear.
Not that Sony hasn’t been adequately teasing “Tattoo” to this point. Hide-and-seek competitions originating at the Web site Mouth Taped Shut have led dedicated fans to collectible “Dragon” items.
An eight-minute trailer laying out Larsson’s dense plot was attached to Sony’s features in September and October. It’s now available for streaming, free, via the iTunes store. Follow this link to open a player.
In addition, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ take on Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song,” featured prominently in early “Dragon Tattoo” teasers, is now available as a standalone track … and it rules. It’s single-handedly getting me pumped for Fincher’s film, which reaches theaters on Dec. 21.
Can you wait?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko6tduPnGzo
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Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life” builds awards momentum – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Oscar trackers will tell you that a series of relatively smaller victories for a film can build momentum and add up to one big win at the Academy Awards. So Monday, from an Oscar perspective, was a successful day for Terrence Malick’s meditative “The Tree of Life,” which added two notches to its awards belt as it hopes to generate buzz heading into the thick of Oscar season.
Early in the day, it was revealed that “Tree” topped Sight & Sound’s Best of 2011 list. An annual compilation if international critical opinion, the Sight & Sound list recognizes the “best, favorite and most important” films of the year. “Tree” edged out “A Separation” (No. 2); “The Kid With a Bike” (No. 3); “Melancholia” (No. 4); and “The Artist” (No. 5). David Fincher’s “The Social Network” led last year’s list.
Ah, yes. “The Social Network.” A warning that sweeping the early-season critical groups doesn’t necessarily make you a shoo-in to win the Oscars. So “Tree” should take these moral victories with a grain of salt, knowing that the opinions of critics don’t always mesh with those of the Academy.
“Tree” wasn’t done celebrating, however. Monday evening, Malick’s film was named co-feature of the year (opposite Mike Mills’ “Beginners”) at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, giving the movie its second “win” in a 24-hour frame.
Will the wave continue this week, as the Independent Spirit Awards reveal their annual nominations and the New York Film Critics’ Circle vote on their year-end favorites? We’ll see. This is a very busy week in the Oscar marathon, and the support shown for Malick’s challenging “Tree” can only grow.
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Selena Gomez gets serious in ‘Interview’ magazine

HollywoodNews.com: Selena Gomez is featured in the newest issue of ‘Interview’ magazine, and she is trying to show fans a different side.
In the magazine, Gomez is excited to not be the Disney girl fans grew up knowing, states Just Jared. “Nobody has seen me like that before. For one, I’m not smiling—which is refreshing,” Gomez commented.
And it seems she wants her career to take that same path: “I’m the type to show up on David Fincher’s doorstep and say, ‘I promise I’ll be good!’ What happens next—that’s the scary-slash-brilliant part.”
Do you think she’ll have a long-term career?
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Gotham Indie Awards: Which films will emerge triumphant? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Awards Alley is gearing up for an abnormally busy week.
Several groups will begin handing out their year-end distinctions (even though we still have a month to go before 2011 wraps), while two or three of the last remaining unknown films (from David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” to Angeline Jolie’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey”) reportedly will begin screening for long-lede consideration.
Up first will be Monday evening’s Gotham Independent Film Awards, which will be choosing its Best Feature from a pool that includes “Beginners,” “The Descendants,” “Meek’s Cutoff,” “Take Shelter” and “The Tree of Life.”
Before the Gotham’s can announce their picks. I figured I’d go out on a limb and guess which films the membership might go with Monday evening. Here are the 2011 nominees. My selections have been bolded.
Best Feature
Beginners
The Descendants
Meek’s Cutoff
Take Shelter
The Tree of Life
Best Ensemble Performance
Beginners
The Descendants
Margin Call
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Take Shelter
Best Breakthrough Actor/Actress
Felicity Jones – Like Crazy
Elizabeth Olsen – Martha Marcy May Marlene
Harmony Santana – Gun Hill Road
Shailene Woodley – The Descendants
Jacob Wysocki – Terri
Best Breakthrough Director
Mike Cahill – Another Earth
Sean Durkin – Martha Marcy May Marlene
Vera Farmiga – Higher Ground
Evan Glodell – Bellflower
Dee Rees – Pariah
Best Documentary
Better This World
Bill Cunningham New York
Hell and Back Again
The Interrupters
The Woodmans
Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You
Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
Green
The Redemption of General Butt Naked
Scenes of a Crime
Without
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