April 21, 2014

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New York Film Critics Circle moves its date back … by one day – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: The New York Film Critics Circle took a beating in the press when they decided to preempt the National Board of Review by moving their end-of-year to a date that was pretty far away from the end of the year. Want to tell them how badly they’re messing things up? Well, now you can tweet them a message with a proper hash tag.
The group announced today that they will be posting their awards during their annual vote via twitter. Track their progress at @NYFCC2011.
In making the announcement, the NYFCC also revealed that they’re moving their voting date back one day to Tuesday, Nov. 29. It was believed that David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” might not be ready to screen in time for the group’s vote. I wonder if that affected the change?
“We were looking forward to voting on Monday, Nov. 28, but due to conflicting schedules, we have made the decision to move back a day to ensure all of our voters have the opportunity to see all of the eligible films.”


With the absence of a clear frontrunner, I will be genuinely excited to see where the NYFCC throws its support. Will their votes boost a campaign for “The Artist” or “The Descendants?” Will they spread the love to fringe players like “Shame,” “Martha Marcy May Marlene?” Or will they go completely off the board for a deserving title that hasn’t been given the attention yet?
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David Fincher talks “Dragon Tattoo” and film’s Oscar chances – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: David Fincher knows his way around the Oscar dance, having just maneuvered the lengthy awards season last year for his brilliant “The Social Network” and ahead of that for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” So when asked if he thought his upcoming picture, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” has Best Picture aspirations, he bluntly explains that it doesn’t … and why.
“There’s too much anal rape in this movie,” Fincher jokingly points out. “I think we’re very safe.”
The director was talking to EW.com about his “Tattoo” adaptation, which hits theaters on Dec. 21. And while he says he isn’t necessarily pushing for Oscar, he understands that these things tend to work themselves out on their own.
“When it came to ‘Benjamin Button,’ I wanted it for Brad [Pitt] more than Brad wanted it for himself,” Fincher tells the site. And for “Social,” he lobbied for screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and star Jesse Eisenberg.
“I thought that kid f—ing brought it, and I was incredibly thankful to be able to be there and record that performance. It’s an exceptionally brave and tremendous performance. When a movie is celebrated in whatever way, I think it’s bad form not to engage in some way, because people shower you with goodwill. It seems only polite to acknowledge it and be thankful for it. And then there’s 90 percent of it that is, ‘If you’re going to do this Q&A, you have to do this Q&A. if you’re going to do this, you have to do that.’”
“It’s an incredible drain — a cosmic drain,” Fincher continues. “Because you have to be on your best behavior. Every little weird facial tic that you may already have is now going to come under weird scrutiny on f—ing YouTube.”
The man gets it. Whether Oscar responds to his latest is undecided, but you have to admire Fincher’s candor, as always.
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“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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Is David Fincher’s “Dragon Tattoo” screening at New York Film Festival? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Let the speculation begin.
Organizers at the New York Film Festival have revealed that a “work in progress from a master filmmaker” will screen Monday night, Oct. 10, at Avery Fisher Hall. The film “is due to be released in theaters this year,” which has Internet tongues wagging about what screening possibly could be. (Full release HERE)
The majority of commenters weighing in online hope that it’s David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” The auteur chose to world-premiere his “The Social Network” in New York last year, meaning there’s a pretty good chance that he’d bring his next film, due in theaters on Dec. 21, back to the fest. Sony also has done a decent job building up buzz by releasing an 8-minute teaser and a shorter, more-effective two-minute trailer for the anticipated adaptation. I have a hard time believing that the studio would reveal the Oscar hopeful on a Monday night in the middle of a festival, but with Fincher, you never know.
Stephen Daldry’s 9/11-themed “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” makes a ton of sense, seeing as how the subject matter would appeal directly to Gotham’s residents and the picture’s positioning itself for an Oscar run. But multiple Oscar trackers say Warner has denied that “Loud” will debut at NYFF, so we likely can rule that out.
Another possibility would be “The Iron Lady,” with Meryl Streep as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, though I’m not sure Phyllida Lloyd (“Mamma Mia!”) qualifies as a “masterful” filmmaker just yet.
Other titles tossed out by speculators include Martin Scorsese’s 3D effort “Hugo,” and Jason Reitman’s “Young Adult.” My guess? Francis Ford Coppola could be bringing his work-in-progress “Twixt” to New York after stops in multiple film festivals all year. Coppola certainly qualifies as a “masterful” filmmaker, and “Twixt” is supposed to come out at some point later this year. That seems to make more sense for a Monday night screening. We’ll find out what it is soon enough. What are your thoughts?
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Latest “Dragon Tattoo” trailer hits, edits down 8-minute reel – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Between the eight-minute sizzle reel and the international trailer, we have seen more than enough evidence to prove that David Fincher was the absolute right choice to helm “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” The icy landscapes. The effectively unnerving score. Rooney Mara. All of Fincher’s choices appear to be working. Best that you just unplug from the Internet and experience the film cold (so to speak) when it opens in December.
Or, you could watch the new, two-minute trailer that just hit.

Not a ton of new footage, particularly if you caught the eight-minute feature. Just a solid job of setting up the story, with Daniel Craig recruiting Mara’s Lisbeth to solve a decades-old mystery.
The American “Tattoo,” adapted from the best-selling novels of Stieg Larsson, reaches theaters on Dec. 21.
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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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Sony teases “Dragon Tattoo” with 8-minute clip – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Those mysterious “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” messages sent out to fans of the Twitter feed Mouth-Taped-Shut didn’t alert followers to sneak previews of David Fincher’s upcoming take on Stieg Larsson’s moody thriller … but they did tease an 8-minute preview that Sony wisely attached to screening prints of “Straw Dogs” in select markets.
Audience members settling in for Rod Lurie’s “Dogs,” which opens this Friday, were treated to a mega-trailer for Fincher’s “Tattoo,” which casts Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara in the December release.
Reaction has been over-the-top favorable so far, specifically for Trent Reznor’s score.
“The trailer is awesome,” writes Peter Sciretta on Slash Film. “While some two minute trailers completely ruin an entire movie, this 8-minute piece gives you enough to understand the story but not so much that you feel like you’ve seen it all. … The look and tone is very sterile yet moody. … The score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross feels unlike anything from Social Network.”
Alex Billington from FirstShowing added, “Suffice it to say, this was a hell of a trailer, and I wish I could see it again and share it with everyone (I can’t wait to hear Reznor’s full score, too).”
Word is the clip won’t be attached to “Straw Dogs” when it reaches theaters. This was a one time deal for audience members in lspecial cities, and it will be repeated tonight (Thursday night) in other markets including Miami, New York and Atlanta. I’m lobbying Sony hard to be able to run the clip on the site. It will have to get out eventually! Until then, be patient, Fincher fans. We’ll continue to track “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” as we approach its late December release.
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Is David Fincher’s “Dragon Tattoo” about to screen? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Is David Fincher’s adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” finished and preparing to screen for test audiences Thursday night in several key markets across the country?
That’s what followers of the Twitter feed “Mouth Taped Shut” are being led to believe, as messages calling for RSVPs in such cities as Austin, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Chicago, Toronto and New York were posted late Tuesday night.
The feed is believed to be linked to Fincher’s upcoming thriller, which stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in an American version of Larsson’s best-selling story. Over on its official Web site, MTS has posted a steady stream of behind-the-scenes “Dragon” photos and stories.
Minutes after the tweets, “Mouth” posted another message thanking fans for the “overwhelming interest,” stating that “all positions have been filled.”
Could Sony be advance screening Fincher’s December release in an effort to generate buzz? I reached out to my regional studio rep, who had no idea what the screenings were (and seemed extremely honest in the answer).
So if you are reading this, and happened to RSVP to one of the mysterious events, drop me a line and let me know what happens.
The rest of us will have to wait until Dec. 21, when Fincher’s film officially reaches theaters.
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