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David Fincher was very particular about Rooney Mara's nipple piercing

30 December 2011 6:00 AM, PST | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

David Fincher is known as an exacting director, which should come as no surprise given the sheer level of detail in so many of his films. And any of his fans will be happy to know that he brought his (welcome) micro-managing to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and took actress Rooney Mara, who plays the decidedly punky and strange Lisbeth Salander, with him. Both the director and actress have spoken about how important it was to get her look exactly right, from the mohawk to the bleached eyebrows to the... nipple piercings: Then there was that Salander look, which she and Fincher worked hard to perfect. “Rooney’s a beautiful girl,” says Fincher. “She can look like Audrey Hepburn—but she can also look like a boy. So we’d decide where we wanted to put the stud through her eyebrow by asking, ‘Where is it going [...] »

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Fincher: 'We wanted Rooney Mara to be distracting in Dragon Tattoo'

29 December 2011 2:25 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

David Fincher has said that he wanted Rooney Mara to be "distracting" in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The director revealed that he and Mara worked hard to accomplish the actress's appearance as Lisbeth Salander in the film. "Rooney's a beautiful girl," Fincher told Entertainment Weekly. "She can look like Audrey Hepburn - but she can also look like a boy. "So we'd decide where we wanted to put the stud through her eyebrow by asking, 'Where (more) »

- By Tara Fowler

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This Week's Cover: Why we're so fascinated by Lisbeth Salander in 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'

29 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

She’s pierced, tattooed, socially awkward, and seethingly angry — and yet somehow we can’t seem to get her out of our minds.

In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, writer Mark Harris explores what makes the character of Lisbeth Salander one of the most interesting of our time. Of course, the edgy heroine from Stieg Larsson’s novels is already known around the world — tens of millions have read the Millenium Trilogy, and Noomi Rapace depicted the dark female in the Swedish film adaptations — but with the release of David Fincher’s new The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo adaptation last week, »

- EW staff

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My favourite film: Breakfast at Tiffany's

29 December 2011 6:08 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Lisa Allardice continues our writers' favourite films series with the sparkling escapist fantasy that can dispel any hint of the 'mean reds'

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To admit that Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of your favourite films, these days, is to out yourself as the emotional and intellectual equivalent of a cupcake. The iconography of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly has become as neatly packaged and commodified as a duck-egg blue Tiffany's box – a world away from Capote's booze-and-nicotine-fuelled 1958 original. A revisionist feminist take on Breakfast at Tiffany's would be as unconvincing and ill-advised as Mickey Rooney playing the Japanese Mr Yunioshi – there's no getting away from the fact (although Hollywood tried) that Holly takes money "for the powder room", and that she is in many ways the creation of a series of Svengali-like men. »

- Lisa Allardice

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My favourite film: Breakfast at Tiffany's

29 December 2011 3:35 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Lisa Allardice continues our writers' favourite films series with the sparkling escapist fantasy that can dispel any hint of the 'mean reds'

Is this review perfectly groomed, or does it need restyling? Write your own here or strike a pose in the comments section below

To admit that Breakfast at Tiffany's is one of your favourite films, these days, is to out yourself as the emotional and intellectual equivalent of a cupcake. The iconography of Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly has become as neatly packaged and commodified as a duck-egg blue Tiffany's box a world away from Capote's booze-and-nicotine-fuelled 1958 original. A revisionist feminist take on Breakfast at Tiffany's would be as unconvincing and ill-advised as Mickey Rooney playing the Japanese Mr Yunioshi there's no getting away from the fact (although Hollywood tried) that Holly takes money "for the powder room", and that she is in many ways the creation of a series of Svengali-like men. »

- Lisa Allardice

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Doe Avedon obituary

26 December 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Model and movie star whose life story was the inspiration behind the film Funny Face

In 1944, the 21-year-old Richard Avedon, just starting out as a professional photographer after leaving the Us merchant marine, walked into a bank in Manhattan, New York, and saw a 19-year-old clerk called Dorcas Nowell. It was love at first sight. He called her Doe because of her deer-like eyes, and they soon married. Doe Avedon, who has died aged 86, was the first muse of the man who was to become America's leading fashion and portrait photographer.

Richard Avedon, who had begun to get work as a photographer for the fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar, made his wife into a top model, against her own inclinations. Although Doe gradually backed out of the limelight as a model – one of the last photos Richard took of her was posing in a fur-lined Christian Dior coat and hat at »

- Ronald Bergan

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Doe Avedon obituary

26 December 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Model and movie star whose life story was the inspiration behind the film Funny Face

In 1944, the 21-year-old Richard Avedon, just starting out as a professional photographer after leaving the Us merchant marine, walked into a bank in Manhattan, New York, and saw a 19-year-old clerk called Dorcas Nowell. It was love at first sight. He called her Doe because of her deer-like eyes, and they soon married. Doe Avedon, who has died aged 86, was the first muse of the man who was to become America's leading fashion and portrait photographer.

Richard Avedon, who had begun to get work as a photographer for the fashion magazine Harper's Bazaar, made his wife into a top model, against her own inclinations. Although Doe gradually backed out of the limelight as a model – one of the last photos Richard took of her was posing in a fur-lined Christian Dior coat and hat at »

- Ronald Bergan

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Daily Briefing. Cahiers du Cinema in English 11

25 December 2011 4:28 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Happy holidays indeed: Letter to Jane editor Tim Moore presents his last copy of Cahiers du Cinema in English (you may remember a couple of others). Number 11, from September 1967, features "Orson Welles and Jack Falstaff," a dossier with an interview with Welles and contributions from Serge Daney and others, plus articles on Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson, Luis Buñuel and more — and editor Andrew Sarris publishes stills Curtis Harrington sent to him from the set of Games (1967).

Lists. For the Wall Street Journal's Joe Morgenstern, Asghar Farhadi's A Separation is the best film of 2011; the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle goes for Michel Hazanavicius's The Artist.

Obits. "Doe Avedon, a bookish beauty reluctantly transformed into a high-fashion model at the hands of a visionary photographer, Richard Avedon — a story that inspired the 1957 musical Funny Face, about a bookish beauty (Audrey Hepburn) reluctantly transformed into a high-fashion model at the hands »

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Breakfast At Tiffany's House Up For Sale

23 December 2011 8:01 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Fans of Audrey Hepburn's classic movie Breakfast At Tiffany's will have the chance to live in the style of Holly Golightly as the townhouse featured in the film has gone up for sale.

The New York brownstone building, which served as home to Hepburn's character in the popular 1961 movie, has gone on the market for almost $6 million (£3.8 million).

Hepburn starred as young New York socialite Golightly who becomes fascinated by a new man in her apartment building, and although the interior scenes in the movie were shot on a soundstage in California, all the exteriors were filmed at the Manhattan house.

The property is currently split into a pair of two-bedroom apartments. »

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Doe Avedon Dead: Model, Actress and 'Funny Face' Inspiration Dies at 86

23 December 2011 2:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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If the story of Dorcas Nowell -- and her rise from a Long Island office worker in the 1940s to a famous fashion model and celebrity -- sounds like a Hollywood production, that's because it actually was: Dorcas, a part-time model, caught the eye of famed fashion photographer Richard Avedon, changed her name to Doe Avedon after marriage, and their whirlwind romance wound up being the basis of 'Funny Face,' the 1957 film with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Doe Avedon passed away on Sunday at the age of 86, following complications from pneumonia.

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- Christopher Rosen

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Dialect Coach Robert Easton Dies: Henry Higgins of Hollywood Coached Anne Hathaway, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Travolta

22 December 2011 12:06 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Actor and dialect coach Robert Easton, known as the "Henry Higgins of Hollywood," died of "natural causes" on Friday, Dec. 16, in the Los Angeles suburb of Toluca Lake. Easton was 81. Even if he never coached My Fair Lady/Pygmalion's Audrey Hepburn, Julie Andrews, or Wendy Hiller, according to the Los Angeles Times obituary Easton's dialect students included Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, John Travolta, Patrick Swayze, Ben Kingsley, Charlton Heston, Arnold Schwarzenegger (who learned to talk with a Russian accent, as per the Times), and Forest Whitaker, who learned to talk like Idi Amin Dada for his Oscar-winning role in The Last King of Scotland. When not coaching, Easton taught at UCLA and USC. Additionally, he had small supporting roles in movies such as Joshua Logan's Paint Your Wagon (1969), starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin, and Jean Seberg; Mike Nichols' Working Girl (1988), with Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, and Harrison Ford »

- Andre Soares

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'The Dark Knight Rises' Trailer – Impressively Depressing

21 December 2011 1:07 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

If you were at all curious about the tone of Christopher Nolan's final Batman flick, the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises should make it pretty clear. Be warned — despite Batman's best efforts, Gotham City is still an aggressively grim place to visit.

This preview opens with the dulcet tones of a certainly doomed choirboy singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" while Michael Caine's Alfred the butler scolds Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne in a Cockney patois that reminds me of a septuagenarian Alfie, which is appropriate considering Caine played Alfie in Alfie (in 1966) and is now in his 70s.

Also making an appearance here is Tom Hardy's Bane, reimagined as a barely intelligible terrorist, and Anne Hathaway’s Selina Kyle, who looks like Audrey Hepburn and sounds like Cassandra.

Though Nolan might not be the funnest filmmaker around, he is mondo-talented. I know The Dark Knight Rises is going to be great, »

- Theron

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Doe Avedon Dies: Inspired Audrey Hepburn Character in Funny Face, Married to Don Siegel (Dirty Harry)

21 December 2011 12:14 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Model and actress Doe Avedon Siegel, best known for her marriages to photographer Richard Avedon and to Dirty Harry movie director Don Siegel, died Sunday in Los Angeles. She was 86. Born Dorcas Nowell (on April 7, 1928) in Westbury, New York, she was discovered by Avedon, who married her in 1944. (Avedon herself told journalists she began her acting career while working as a waitress.) A highly romanticized version of their courtship was turned into a would-be play by Leonard Gershe, Funny Face, which finally was produced as a Paramount musical in 1957, starring Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn under the direction of Stanley Donen. By then, the Avedons had been divorced for six years. Doe Avedon's stage debut took place in 1948, in the Broadway production of N. Richard Nash's The Young and Fair, which also featured Julie Harris, Rita Gam, and future Oscar winner Mercedes McCambridge. For her efforts, Avedon was »

- Andre Soares

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Blacklisted screenwriter wins credit for Roman Holiday after 58 years

21 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Writers Guild of America has posthumously given Dalton Trumbo official recognition for writing the Oscar-winning screenplay for the Audrey Hepburn classic

The blacklisted Oscar-winning screenwriter Dalton Trumbo has finally received posthumous credit from the Us's most powerful screenwriters' body for the 1953 Audrey Hepburn classic Roman Holiday, 58 years after the film hit cinemas.

Trumbo, one of the original "Hollywood Ten" of blacklisted film industry workers, wrote the screenplay while living in exile in Mexico. He had been labelled an "unfriendly witness" by the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947. His friend Ian McLellan Hunter, who was later blacklisted himself, took credit for the work under an agreement between the two men, with Hunter later sending his fee for the film on to Trumbo.

The Writers Guild of America agreed to officially acknowledge Trumbo as the screenwriter of the film following a deposition from his son Christopher, who died earlier this year, »

- Ben Child

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Daily Briefing. "The Tree of Life" Tops indieWIRE's 2011 Critics Survey

20 December 2011 7:23 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Though it barely edged out Asghar Farhadi's A Separation in indieWIRE's "Annual Critics Survey 2011," Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life is enjoying an even stronger run in the major polls than David Fincher's The Social Network did last year. Fincher's Facebook movie was voted the best film of 2010 in polls conducted by indieWIRE, Sight & Sound and the Village Voice, but came in second behind Olivier Assayas's Carlos in Film Comment's poll. We've yet to see the Voice poll, but so far this year, The Tree of Life has come out on top of Sight & Sound's poll of 100 or so critics and curators ("by a country mile," according to editor Nick James), Film Comment's poll of over 120, and now indieWIRE's survey of "162 critics, journalists and other tastemakers," as Eric Kohn puts it in his introduction.

Whatever the reasons behind the two sets of results, 2010 and 2011, they can't be the same. »

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Dalton Trumbo, Dead Since 1976, Finally Gets His WGA Credit for 'Roman Holiday'

19 December 2011 12:18 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Dalton Trumbo, one of the best-known figures from Hollywood's blacklist era, has received a posthumous vindication, the Writers Guide of America, West announced Monday. Also read: Consumer Groups Warn: Anti-Piracy Law Creates Destructive Blacklist The Oscar-winning writer's screenplay credit for "Roman Holiday," the 1953 romantic comedy that marked the big-screen debut of Audrey Hepburn, has been restored. The full credit to the film now reads: "Screenplay by Dalton Trumbo and Ian McLellan Hunter; Story by Dalton Trumbo." Hunter, who served as a front for Trumbo, originally received the Academy Award for the "Roman Holiday" screenplay. »

- Kurt Orzeck

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Full The Dark Knight Rises Trailer Hits: Merry Christmas

19 December 2011 10:47 AM, PST | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

Christmas comes early for anyone looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises (that’s all of us then); as Warner Bros. has released a full trailer telling us absolutely everything we need to know before the film hits cinemas next July, i.e. nothing.

This is not quite true; the trailer is a good one. It tantalises without giving anything much away regarding plot that we do not already know. Gotham is on the eve of a revolution, hinted at by sultry Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), aka Catwoman, and seemingly instigated by the near silent menace of Bane (Tom Hardy). It is an uprising against the privileged and decadent, something that has always been a popular theme in the Batman mythology.

Costume designer for The Dark Knight Rises, »

- Chris Laverty

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WGA Restores Blacklisted Writer Dalton Trumbo’s Screen Credit On ‘Roman Holiday’

19 December 2011 7:21 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Los Angeles — After 58 years, another wrong from the Hollywood blacklist era has finally been made right, thanks to a death-bed promise between childhood friends. The Writers Guild of America, West restored legendary writer Dalton Trumbo’s screenplay credit for the 1953 classic film Roman Holiday. The Guild’s Written By magazine reveals the inspiring back story in its January issue. Only a few insiders knew the truth behind Audrey Hepburn’s iconic movie debut on that famous Vespa with Gregory Peck. The scene had initially been imagined by a blacklisted screenwriter working anonymously in self-exile in Mexico. Two who knew were Guild writers Christopher Trumbo and Tim Hunter. They knew because their fathers had co-written Roman Holiday. All their lives, Trumbo Jr. and Hunter Jr. shared much in addition to membership in the Wgaw. Both are sons of famous screenwriters, Dalton Trumbo and Ian McClellan Hunter. Both grew up in the »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo finally receives credit for Roman Holiday

19 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | Nerve | See recent Nerve news »

I guess this one goes under "Decades-long injustice finally righted." Dalton Trumbo, who some of you will probably recognize as having written Johnny Got His Gun, has finally been given credit for writing the 1953 Audrey Hepburn/Gregory Peck film Roman Holiday. Trumbo was one of the Hollywood Ten, a group of writers and directors hauled in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee, and he served eleven months in federal prison for refusing to testify to Congress. Blacklisted, he continued to write while living in exile in Mexico, under fake names and fronts. The screen credit and Academy Award for Roman Holiday were originally given to Ian McLellan Hunter, one of Trumbo's fronts. Trumbo was awarded his Academy Award for Roman Holiday posthumously in 1993, but his writer's credit has just officially been restored by the Writer's Guild of America, West. Wgaw President Chris Keyser: &[...] »

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The TVLine-Up: TV Worth Watching This Thursday

15 December 2011 6:54 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

On TV this Thursday: Another act gets X‘d out, multiple Persons of Interest, The Mentalist gets his con back on, finales for Burn Notice and Sunny, and more. Here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.

8 pm The X Factor (Fox) | The final four become three; judge Nicole Scherzinger performs/writhes while singing to a backup track.

8 pm Community (NBC) | It’s a slow night, so here’s a repeat worth giving a second look: Last year’s stop-motion animated holiday special, “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas.”

8:30 pm Rules of Engagement (CBS) |  Jeff and Audrey engage in a battle »

- Matt Webb Mitovich

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