By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Did you have to Google Rooney Mara when you heard she’d scored the coveted Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher’s planned “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” remake? Did you hit up her IMDB page?
You’re likely not alone. Mara isn’t a household name. She’s certainly not as recognizable as some of the other actresses who were reportedly in the running for the part. Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart were the biggest stars in the running. Even Carey Mulligan could point to her recent Oscar nomination (for “An Education”) and her upcoming turn in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” sequel when it came to backing up her acting resume.
But Mara? There’s not much to discuss. Not yet, anyway. She first caught my eye, quite literally, as the scantily clad roommate of Michael Cera’s girlfriend in “Youth in Revolt.” And to be honest, it was Mara’s figure, and not necessarily her acting chops, that stood out in the very small part.
Though Mara has other films and TV spots to her credit, audiences got their longest look at the actress in Samuel Bayer’s new “Nightmare On Elm Street.” It wasn’t pretty.
Mara played Nancy, a part that put Heather Langemkamp on the map (to a certain degree) when she went toe-to-toe with Freddy in her dreams. Mara’s performance, however, was more of a nightmare. She gave a low-wattage turn – very strange for a scream-queen part. She also barely connected with her co-stars. I didn’t leave “Nightmare” forgetting Mara’s performance. I walked away notably turned off by her lack of energy.
And Salander, if nothing else, is an energetic force to be reckoned with.
So is Mara the right choice? Only Fincher knows. And he did just work with Mara on “The Social Network,” so maybe we’ll see something in that picture when it opens later this fall that convinces us why Rooney was Right for Lisbeth.
Because it takes a lot more than a tattoo to play Lisbeth Salander.
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By Sean O’Connell
In the wake of “Anchorman 2” going into production limbo, Will Ferrell’s director guru Adam McKay is eyeing to helm the big screen comic book adaptation of the adult themed “The Boys.”
Buzz about this comes from “Nightmare on Elm Street” director Sam Bayer who was passed over for the job in favor of McKay.
“It’s so funny, I would die to do that comic book. From what I’ve heard from the producers on the movie is that Adam McKay is doing it. He did Anchorman, I guess. The studio is really hot on him and…” Bayer tells website Film School Rejects.
Bayer did hint that if “Nightmare” does perform well this weekend, then he might be reconsidered for the job. And it looks like luck is on Bayer’s side as “Elm Street” generated over $15 million in its first Friday.
Written by Garth Ennis, “The Boys” follows a superpowered CIA squad in the modern-day world who keeps a watch over other caped avengers; and eliminates them if necessary.
McKay’s next film is the Ferrell cop comedy “The Other Guys.”
BY KEVIN CRUST
As we head head into the final weekend of spring before movie summer kicks into high gear, it might be a good time to catch up with some of the releases that will soon be evicted from theaters by “Iron Man 2″ and the tentpoles that follow. This week’s new offerings are thin to say the least, unless you have a fondness for Freddy.
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
Jackie Earle Haley parlays his Oscar nomination for “Little Children” and roles in “Watchmen” and “Shutter Island” into the presumably lucrative gig of wearing Freddy Krueger’s hat. Haley takes over Robert Englund‘s nasty habit of scaring the sleep out of teens and slashing them to bits with bladed glove. Rooney Mara and Kyle Gallner head the cast of preyed upon young ‘uns who desperately try to stay awake to avoid Freddy. Wesley Strick and Eric Heisserer are credited with adapting Wes Craven‘s 1984 original. Veteran commercial and music video director Samuel Bayer (Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”) makes his feature debut.
For a horror movie to even be screened for critics is a bit unusual, but “Nightmare” took the challenge with mixed to poor results. EW’s Owen Gleiberman had high hopes for this revival, especially with the casting of Haley, and rates it above the rest of the horror reboot wannabes, but ultimately, he’s disappointed by the slick, “by-the-numbers” rendering. A.O. Scott of the New York Times credits the filmmakers with returning to the spirit of Craven’s version rather than some of the campier successors, but also cites the “overly familiar scare tactics.” Other critics report that Freddy has been declawed and made generic with Elizabeth Weitzman of the New York Daily News laying the blame on writers Strick and Heisserer, calling the remake a “bludgeoning” of the original.
From a business standpoint, a horror remake is the perfect film to release this weekend as it will be one-and-done once IM2 lands. According to B.O. pundits, “Nightmare” should easily win the weekend, raking in approximately $30 million, but will likely fall short of the $40m+ earned by New Line’s last horror relaunch, “Friday the 13th.”
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