Sure, the Wizard of Oz tells us there's no place like home. But as any movie that exists outside a complete fantasy world is quick to remind: When home means dealing with your family, sometimes you'd be a lot happier if you stayed away. Then again, it could be a lot worse. However bad your own family, it's almost certain you'd have a worse time traveling across the country to sip eggnog and open presents with any of these clans — all, admittedly, great fun to watch in a theater.
see Movie Families You Wouldn't Want to Spend the Holidays With >> Posted 12.24.12 by reelz
Some fans balked at news of an American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on the first book of the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy of thrillers. A Swedish version had already been released in 2009 and was finally arriving on the American DVD market just as Larsson's novels were becoming best-sellers.
For many, it was the performance by Noomi Rapace as the book and movie's heroine, Lisbeth Salander, that seemed irreplaceable. Rapace's Dragon Tattoo director, Niels Oplev, publicly expressed his frustration with the American version citing that Rapace had "captured" the character of Salander and "it should always be all her". Unfortunately for Oplev, another actress is getting the chance to portray the tattooed and pierced computer hacker.
Director David Fincher went on an exhaustive search of actresses for the role before finally casting Rooney Mara, whose most recent work was in Fincher's The Social Network. While Rooney's Salander has been caught in "spy pics" from the set, W Magazine has the first official look at the American version, looking very much in keeping with Rapace's version. Fincher told W why he cast Mara, who descends from the Rooney and Mara families that own the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants. Fincher and Mara on casting, serial killers and more >> Posted 01.12.11 by Ryan
It's far from the first time Hollywood studios have taken a recent foreign movie and decided to remake it, but the latest is director Niels Oplev's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Based on the first novel of the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's internationally famous Millennium trilogy, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo premiered in Scandinavian countries to wide acclaim, particularly the performance of Noomi Rapace as computer hacker Lisbeth Salander. The movie opened in the United States earlier this year, followed by the sequels The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, just as reports spread that David Fincher would direct an American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, with Daniel Craig as journalist Mikael Blomkvist and Rooney Mara as Salander.
Speaking with Word and Film, Oplev expressed his frustration with the American version. Oplev not a fan of remakes >> Posted 11.11.10 by Ryan
Casting is not yet complete on David Fincher's adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but Sony is already preparing a sequel. Based on a trilogy of novels by the late Swedish author Stieg Larsson, screenwriter Steven Zaillian (American Gangster) was hired to adapt the first script, and Deadline reports that the movie studio is negotiating with Zaillian to write the sequel, The Girl Who Played with Fire. Sony clearly is hoping to launch into the sequel after production finishes on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, though with Daniel Craig cast as journalist Mikael Blomkvist, Sony will have to contend with a potential Cowboys and Aliens sequel and James Bond 23, should MGM ever get the project off the ground again. What's the rush? And who else has been cast? >> Posted 08.04.10 by Ryan
With Daniel Craig already cast as a journalist examining the 40-year disappearance of a woman, David Fincher is in search of a female lead for his American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The thriller is based on the first of a trilogy of novels by the late Swedish author, Stieg Larsson, and a Swedish movie adaptation was released last year. The search has not been an easy one for Fincher, and Deadline reports that he is currently testing a short list of actresses to play Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker with a penchant for piercings and goth make-up. See who may get the part >> Posted 07.31.10 by Ryan
It's busy times for Daniel Craig. Still working on Jon Favreau's adaptation of Cowboys and Aliens, Deadline reports that Craig will move from Cowboys to the American adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, a thriller based on the first of a trilogy of novels by late Swedish author, Stieg Larsson, that follows a journalist and a computer hacker who examine the 40-year disappearance of a woman.
David Fincher is directing the movie, from a script by Steven Zaillian (American Gangster). A Swedish adaptation was released last year. What about 007? >> Posted 07.27.10 by Ryan
Rumors are spreading all over the web that MGM has permanently canceled the upcoming sequel in the long-running franchise, tentatively called James Bond 23. While a promising start brought Sam Mendes on board to direct a script written by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) and screenwriting partners Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Quantum of Solace, Casino Royale), the impending bankruptcy of MGM has been threatening to shut down production since the beginning. However, all may not be lost.
Deadline reports that the project isn't dead, but continues to languish in development hell while MGM resolves its financial situation. "Development will resume once MGM is viable again," a source told the site's London editor. "No idea when this will get resolved." Will Craig and Mendes save Bond 23? >> Posted 07.08.10 by Ryan