We entertainment writers do our best not to assume that all celebrities know each other or all actors are just like their characters, or other amateur business like that. But after seeing Rooney Mara kick major ass and rescue Daniel Craig in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, we thought she might possibly be a fan of other stories in which the lady saves the day. Like, for instance that other little best-selling trilogy, The Hunger Games?
“I haven’t read the books,” Mara confessed to VH1 News on the Oscar red carpet last night. “But I would like to. I’ve heard that they’re great. I think I’ll try and see the books first and then go see [the movie].”
Please do, Rooney! We see a lot of similarities between Lisbeth Salander and Katniss Everdeen, actually. They’re both scrappy, emotionally damaged girls who will do anything to survive but always wind up risking their necks to save others too and seem surprised to find themselves as heroines. And we wonder, would they like each other? More important: Who would win in a fight? (Forgive us, and our fried post-Oscar brains, please.)
Sadly, The Artist star Jean Dujardin is not asking where you want these spare mannequin parts. Instead, the Oscars Best Actor nominee is in fact advertising his new French sex comedy Les Infideles, though we guess writing “French” and “sex comedy” is kind of redundant. Dujardin and the film’s creators are currently receiving a lot of criticism for the ad campaign’s depiction of women. Or, you know, one woman’s lower torso.
“We already feel that this campaign is against the rules … even if it relates to the subject of the film, a comedy about adultery,” France’s advertising watchdog told French paper Le Parisien. “As a preventative measure, we’ve already counseled JC Decaux, who are in charge of the billboards, to take them down.” The spots will allegedly go down on Friday, but let’s be real. This isn’t the first time filmmakers have used sex to get people interested in their movies. In fact, take a minute and enjoy some of our favorite filthy movie posters, including that graphic Hungarian poster for Michael Fassbender‘s Shame. At least Jean didn’t take it there. Yet.
That wacky Hollywood Foreign Press Association is at it again. The HFPA announced the nominees for the 69th Golden Globe Awards, and the list has a few surprises, and lots of things we actually like. The fact that the Globes separate drama movies from musicals and comedies always makes for a rather inclusive group of nominees. Previous 2012 awards season frontrunner The Artist tops the nominations here again with six, and The Help and The Descendants are tied in second place with five apiece. George Clooney’s busy year has garnered him plenty of recognition here: He’s up for best drama actor for The Descendants, and for best director and best screenplay for The Ides of March. Both films are up against each other for best drama (up against The Help, Hugo, Moneyball and War Horse). In the lead drama acting categories, Ryan Gosling (for Ides) and Rooney Mara (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) are the two newcomers. The supporting actor and actress categories also line up with the trends, with the exception of Jonah Hill (Moneyball) and Viggo Mortensen (A Dangerous Method). Seriously, for the others, look back at every other list we’ve published so far.
Bridesmaids, 50/50, The Artist, Midnight in Paris and My Week With Marilyn make up a very solid musical/comedy category. And we can’t even imagine how to place bets for the musical/comedy actresses: Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) is the only actress on the list not to be an awards season regular. The musical/comedy actors are a more eclectic bunch: Ryan Gosling (for Crazy, Stupid, Love.), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (50/50), Brendan Gleason (The Guard), Jean Dujardin (The Artist) and Owen Wilson (Midnight in Paris). One more anomaly worth mentioning: Madonna, whose W.E. track “Masterpiece” is up for best song. Read more…
Merkin Christmas, everybody, and a Happy Pube Year! Have we discussed how much we truly love merkins? You know what we always say: if a movie doesn’t require actors to wear a tiny pubic wig, then it’s not worth watching. Luckily, it sounds like the upcoming film The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo has the request crotch costuming to make it one of our favorites.
Said the film’s star Rooney Mara to Metro, “There was a lot of discussion that went into my merkin for the movie, because I was naked quite a lot. And I don’t think a lot of people will notice all of the attention that went into that. But there was a lot of discussions around that.” Ah, but what of Daniel Craig‘s merkin? We would like to have a discussion about that! Mara continued, “Well, you know, in the book she’s meant to have strawberry-blonde hair originally and she dyes it, so we had a special merkin made that was, you know, strawberry-blonde so that it would fit.” We can all breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the soon-to-be-released thriller is so committed to authenticity. Then take a few more breaths as we gasp in delight at other celebrity merkin experiences:
Evan Rachel Wood, Mildred Pierce: “I looked at Kate and she was like, ‘You’ve got to do it. Trust me, it’s so brave. Put a merkin on and you’ll be fine,'” Wood said, reminiscing about her nude scene in the HBO miniseries. “Let’s just say, I had to wear a wig because it was in the 30s, and everything had to look like it was in the 30s.”
Kate Winslet, The Reader: “I had to grow the hair down there. But because of years of waxing, as all of us girls know, it doesn’t come back quite the way it used to,” Winslet remarked about her 2008 Oscar-winning role. “They even made me a merkin — a wig — because they were so concerned that I might not be able to grow enough.”
How much of a coup would it have been have been for Rooney Mara to show up alongside Daniel Craig at today’s premiere ofThe Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in London with a deep tan, blond highlights and frilly pink cocktail dress? We all knew that wasn’t going to happen, of course; Rooney seems committed to radiating “vaguely sociopathic computer genius” on the red carpet as well as on the big screen, this time with an icy white lace cut-out gown. On one hand, it’s not a bad dress. On the other hand, does everything she wear have to be cold and edgy to match her upcoming role? Either way we bet Rooney is dying to slip on something pastel or a pair of Uggs just as soon as the film is released next Wednesday. We can just see it in her eye…brows.
So, we may have actually considered changing our holiday vacation plans to accommodate the release date of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. We may even be considering getting our own. But just because we’re fans of the Stieg Larsson series, the Swedish movie adaptation and most probably the upcoming David Fincher version, doesn’t mean we aren’t also super excited to see the trailer hilariously spoofed by Funny or Die today.Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, watch out. Emma Roberts and Joe Manganiello could totally steal your roles for the sequel. That is, if Lisbeth Salander becomes a gum-popping Jersey girl and Mikael Blomkvist suddenly becomes so obsessed with his new detective image that he studies David Caruso’s CSI: Miami glasses-removing technique at home every night. OK, never mind, we want Rooney and Daniel to stay right where they are. But we also want studios to take note of Joe’s acting chops, even with his shirt on. Check out his many different dramatic looks.
Eerie. Unsettling. Swedish. Yup, the new trailer for “the feel bad movie of Christmas” is definitely keeping our interest piqued. Less bizarre and artistic than the first sneak-peek, the new Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trailer delves deeper the plot of the upcoming David Fincher remake (aka murder, hacking, and the creepiest all-blonde family you’ll likely ever meet). The new footage also showcases more of the girl herself Rooney Mara, who we…kind of like more than the original movie’s leading lady Noomi Rapace? Rooney’s protagonist seems more like an actual badass person than your stereotypical tattooed robo-hacker (you know the kind), though can we really tell that from a handful of trailers? The point is: as long as this film has Daniel Craig, terrifying wealthy Europeans and massive explosions, which it does, then you know we’ll be seeing it opening night.
If the upcoming film The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo can make a stoic like Daniel Craig squirm, the rest of us are going to be shrieking into our popcorn buckets. “It’s as adult as you can possibly make it,” Craig tells Esquire about working on the movie with Rooney Mara and director David Fincher. “This is adult drama. I grew up, as we f—ing all did, watching The Godfather and that, movies that were made for adults. And this is a $100 million R-rated movie. Nobody makes those anymore. And Fincher, he’s not holding back. They’ve given him free rein. He showed me some scenes recently, and my hand was over my mouth, going, Are you f—ing serious?” Let’s see: murder, torture, elderly Nazis, assymentical haircuts. Yup, we can feel that scream rising in the back of our throats right…now.
Even creepier, the Cowboys and Aliens star, newly married to Rachel Weisz, says it’s those moments we don’t see that are more off-putting than even The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trailer would suggest. “It’s not that he simply showed me footage that was horribly graphic,” Craig reveals. “It was stuff that was happening, or had happened. And somehow you don’t see it. There’s more than one way to sense violence. Much more powerful ways than seeing it step-by-step.” Hope the ushers are prepared to drag us out of the theater in hysterics. We should probably warn them beforehand: we’re biters.
Note: do not see this movie with your family for the holidays, even if it does comes out December 21, unless you want to make your time with your in-laws even more uncomfortable. Like, everyone-avoiding-eye-contact, change-your-flight-home uncomfortable. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trailer boasts that it’s” the feel bad movie of Christmas,” and anyone who’s seen the original Swedish version of the dark, hyperviolent mystery, or read the books, know they are not joking around. Rooney Mara replaces Swedish actress Noomi Rapace as heroine Lisbeth Salander, who must go up against ex-Nazis, suspected murderers and home-grown creeps of every variety alongside Daniel Craig‘s ruggedly handsome journalist Mikael Blomkvist. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo red band trailer leaked over the weekend; watch it if you need anymore convincing that your Memaw and Pepaw do not need to be dragged out through the snow and to the theater to see it with you.
Feast your terrified eyes on the first official photos of Rooney Mara in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Even if you’ve seen Mara as Erica, the girl who got away from Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network, you probably won’t recognize her now. In an interview with W, Mara reveals how she in one “very intense” day, she had her hair butchered and her lip, ear, eyebrow, nose and nipple pierced. “I didn’t even have pierced ears. They put four holes in each ear, and, weirdly, that hurt the most,” Rooney claimed. The ears hurt the most? Excuse us while we lay down on the floor here until the wave of nausea passes.
Still in the midst of shooting, Mara joined her Social Network pals at the Palm Springs International Film Festival this weekend complete with pasty skin and reverse half-mullet. “When preparing for the role, I locked myself in a room for a week and read all three books, and decided I really wanted to be Lisbeth,” Mara explained. As anyone who’s seen the original Swedish version knows, Dragon Tattoo is definitely not a movie to see with your parents…or your kids…or alone with the lights off. As director David Fincher explained to W, his experience directing dark films like Fight Club helped him land his current gig. “Now they offer me Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. They think, No one does perv quite like this guy,” he joked. Yeah, definitely do not watch this with the lights off.