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Rooney Mara’s ‘Girl With a Dragon Tattoo’ Vogue Cover!

Rooney Mara, who stars in David Fincher’s upcoming ‘Girl With a Dragon Tattoo’ movie, graces the November cover of Vogue. The magazine pictures and interview promote the highly anticipated movie.

I can’t wait to see this movie! I watched the Swedish films, and I loved them. It’s going to be hard for me to watch Lisbeth being portrayed by anyone other than Noomi Rapace. I think she did an amazing job. I hope Rooney can portray Lisbeth as well as Noomi did before her.

Mara on the poster with her exposed breast: “There’s a certain way people are used to seeing nude women, and that’s in a submissive, coy pose, not looking at the camera,” Mara says. “And in this poster, I’m looking dead into the camera with no expression on my face.” She smiles and flicks a cigarette into the street. “I think it freaks a lot of people out.”

Fincher on adapting the books: “Look, there are parts of the book that I don’t love, and parts of it that make it a maddeningly difficult story to turn into a movie. We are walking in other people’s footsteps, and we have to be careful.” He is referring to the fact that a lot of people already love the Swedish film versions. “I am a contrarian by nature, so all it does is make me want to take real risks. I am like, ‘If we are not out on the ledge juggling chain saws, then we are doing ourselves a huge disservice.’ ”

Daniel Craig on Fincher and Mara’s mentor-protégée working relationship: “It’s f-cking weird!”

Fincher gives Mara permission to eat: When a waiter appears to take our order, we are all looking at our menus, but I see out of the corner of my eye Fincher nudging Mara. He says with quiet seriousness, “You can eat.” I look up to see her reaction. Mara rolls her eyes, and Fincher laughs. “You can have lettuce and a grape. A raisin if you must.” She orders a piece of fish and barely touches it. “One of the things that make our version that much more heartbreaking,” says Mara, “is that even though I am playing a 24-year-old, I look much younger. I look like a child.” I ask if she had to get unhealthily skinny for the role. She says, “Umm . . . not really.” “It hasn’t been too hard for her,” Fincher quickly adds.

Fincher on casting Rooney, and auditioning Scarlett Johansson: “I had seen a lot of actresses,” he says. “I was beginning to get to the point where I was thinking, Maybe conceptually you are talking about a person who doesn’t exist.” One day his casting director said, “What about Rooney?” He resisted at first. “I believe in casting people whose core—that essential personality you can’t beat out of them with a tire iron—has to work for the character.” He needed someone who was dissociated, antisocial—the exact opposite of Erica Albright. But when he saw Mara’s audition, he was “struck by how different it was from what I felt I already knew about her.” Meanwhile, Fincher was also screen-testing every conceivable Salander on the planet. “We flew in people from New Zealand and Swaziland and all over the place,” he says. “Look, we saw some amazing people. Scarlett Johansson was great. It was a great audition, I’m telling you. But the thing with Scarlett is, you can’t wait for her to take her clothes off.” He stops for a moment. “I keep trying to explain this. Salander should be like E.T. If you put E.T. dolls out before anyone had seen the movie, they would say, ‘What is this little squishy thing?’ Well, you know what? When he hides under the table and he grabs the Reese’s Pieces, you love him! It has to be like that.”

Mara on her personal transformation: “Before, I dressed much girlier,” she says. “A lot of blush-colored things. Now I literally roll out of bed and put on whatever is there. I have really enjoyed being a boy this last year.” If it took a lot of work to make Mara look the part, in some ways she already possessed the right stuff. “I am very slow to warm,” Mara says. “I’ve always been sort of a loner. I didn’t play team sports. I am better one-on-one than in big groups.” This, she says, is one reason she gets the character. “I can understand wanting to be invisible and mistrusting people and wanting to understand everything before you engage with the world.”

Daniel Craig on Rooney: “I wish I’d had someone like David at Rooney’s age just to guide me and say what’s good and what’s bad. You don’t know at that age. You are full of confidence, but you are also full of huge insecurities.”

Mara on anticipation: Mara knows all too well she is breaking out at the very top. “Where do I go from here?” she says. “I’ve been trying to really live in the moment because I will never get this part of it back. As soon as the movie comes out, everyone will turn it into what they believe it is, so I’ve really been trying to appreciate every minute of now. Because I know what’s coming.” She is perhaps rightfully wary about the media circus that is sure to accompany the film’s release. “That kind of fame is not something I ever wanted for myself,” she says. “It just so happens that this huge, gigantic monster of a film came around that also happens to have the most incredible character that I ever could have dreamed up. But my fear with a movie like this is the kind of exposure you get from it. I think that can be death to an actor. The more people know about you, the less they can project who you are supposed to be. It’s unfortunate that you really only get one shot at that. After this, I won’t be able to be that girl again.”

Vogue via Celebitchy

The pictures are gorgeous, I can even look past those horrific bangs.

Posted Monday, October 17th, 2011 at 12:12pm
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Angelina Jolie doesn’t want to portray Cleopatra as a sex symbol, because she wasn’t.

I was reading this article in the Huffington Post, and they are saying that Angelina Jolie is the new Elizabeth Taylor. I just don’t know what I think about that. Do we think Angelina could even hold a candle to Liz?

As Hollywood knows more than ever these days, the same stories are continuously recycled, told over and over, directly or thematically, with new context and stars. Sequels, remakes and updates are the norm now, in both movies and stars.

Beyond even its most beloved, lucrative franchises and properties, Hollywood treasures its proven leading ladies; even more so than established characters, its top lining women have the ability to inspire generations of moviegoers and dreamers. And at the top of that list, in rarified air, is the torch once held by the late Elizabeth Taylor, the headline maker both on screen and off. To many, Angelina Jolie is the recipient of that torch, her generation’s Liz Taylor.

The comparisons between the two are many: the talent, the looks, the steamy co-star romances. It’s a fine guiding light for Jolie to have — to follow in the footsteps of the most famous actress ever — but she’s also synthesizing one of Taylor’s biggest professional missteps in an attempt to avoid the same famous pitfall when their stars brush closer than ever.

Angelina is set to star as Cleopatra in director David Fincher’s take on the classic film, ‘Cleopatra’. Elizabeth Taylor once said starring in the movie her “greatest disappointment.”

“She has been very misunderstood,” Jolie told the Telegraph about the famous queen. “I thought it was all about the glamour, but then I read about her and she was a very strong mother, she spoke five languages and she was a leader.”

As such, Jolie says that she’ll play Cleopatra with that brains over beauty bent, even if it means the character isn’t quite as alluring as Taylor’s portrayal.

“My performance will never be as lovely as Elizabeth’s,” Jolie said. ‘We are trying to get into a different truth about her as a pharaoh in history and not as a sex symbol, because she really wasn’t. Even this idea of her having many lovers – it was possible that it was only two. She is very interesting, but she wasn’t a great beauty.”


Posted Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 at 12:12pm
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