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Rooney Mara has claimed that she never wanted her role in A Nightmare on Elm Street. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo actress played Nancy Holbrook in the 2010 horror film remake, a part which she confessed that she deliberately tried to sabotage her chances of getting during the audition process. "You kind of learn to self-sabotage with things you don't want to get. Sometimes you don't want to get something but you do a really good job and you get in anyway," Mara told Entertainment Weekly. "That's (more) »
- By Jennifer Still
Some people in Hollywood simply cannot appreciate their position. There are countless examples of such people, and the list recently expanded to include "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" star Rooney Mara, who David Fincher single-handedly turned into a known actress. One of Mara's first jobs was in 2006 on an episode of "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," which is considered her big break. During a recent interview with NY Post, the actress described the episode as "awful" and "stupid." She also went on to trash the entire series, stating: "People are obsessed with that show. I don't get it." Mara eventually apologized, but then told Entertainment Weekly about the "nightmare" of getting a much sought-after role in Warner Bros' "A Nightmare on Elm Street" remake. "You kind of learn to self-sabotage with things you don't want to get," she said of her audition. "Sometimes you don't want to get something, »
If you were one of the many people who didn’t care very much for Samuel Bayer’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street” remake, then join the party. Not only did a lot of people didn’t like it (although the film did go on to earn $115 million worldwide from a $35 million dollar production budget), but the film’s star, Rooney Mara, doesn’t care for it very much as well. A year later, and the actress is still all kinds of miffed about the film. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the current “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” had some very unflattering things to say about the horror remake that she did just a scant year ago. She tells the mag (perhaps channeling her inner Lisbeth Salander just a tad too much): You kind of learn to self-sabotage with thing you don’t want to get. Sometimes you don’t »
It's easy to be dismissive now that Rooney Mara is on top of the world. But when the star of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was cast as Nancy Holbrook in the 2010 remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, I guarantee she was excited. It was a pretty huge step up from her role in Urban Legends: Bloody Mary. Now that Mara is a big star, she's comfortable downplaying a role other actresses would have killed for. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly she explains that she didn't want the role, and even tried to sabotage her chances. "You kind of learn to self-sabotage with thing you don't want to get," she tells the magazine. "Sometimes you don't want to get something but you do a really good job and you get in anyway. That's kind of [what happened] with A Nightmare on Elm Street-I didn't even really want it. »
There's nothing more tragic and horrifying than the loss of a child, which may be why filmmaker Gaby Dellal ( On a Clear Day ) decided to explore it in her new drama Angels Crest . Based on the book of the same name by Leslie Schwartz, it stars Thomas Dekker ( A Nightmare on Elm Street ) as Ethan, the young father of 3-year-old son Nate, who vanishes when alone in the car in the wilderness outside their small Rocky Mountain town. Lynn Collins ( X-Men Origins: Wolverine ) is the boy's absent mother Cindy, an alcoholic always in trouble whose grief is overwhelming when she learns the son she had to give up custody of is now dead. Over the course of the film, we see how the two of them react and place blame for Nate's death and how the rest of the community starts to take sides on »
Seems like a big sector of movie news this week is about Rooney Mara, even when it isn't. The actress, starring now in David Fincher's version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (and killing it, I might add) was in a 2009 film called Tanner Hall that didn't get much distribution or attention. A peek at the trailer  for the movie might suggest the reason for the film's minor profile. Still, Mara was set to play the title role  in Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes from Tanner Hall director Francseca Gregorini until scheduling got in the way. (Suggesting that David Fincher was talking about A Nightmare on Elm Street rather than Tanner Hall when he said of Mara , "I know that her first foray into being the center of a movie was an incredibly draining, unproductive and bad experience for her.") Now Kaya Scodelario will play that role »
- Russ Fischer
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" star Rooney Mara was recently nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actress, and told "Extra," "We just had three premieres in three days in three countries, so I was really tired, and I completely forgot that was happening, and it was a nice surprise."
The 26-year-old said she wasn't afraid to get naked for the role, saying, "I wasn't scared for the nudity. I'm naked in so much of the film. »
It didn't take long for Rooney Mara to go from acting in student films at Nyu to giving an on-screen Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) a much-needed reality check in "The Social Network." Being handpicked by David Fincher for the lead in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is taking Mara to the next level. Plenty of high-profile actresses were vying for the role of Lisbeth Salander, a character beloved by fans of the Stieg Larsson books and original Swedish film trilogy. All eyes are on her as the protagonist of one of the most anticipated films of the season.
Hometown: Bedford, NY
What She's Done: Besides being one of the only female characters in "The Social Network," Mara costarred in the remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" with Jackie Earle Haley and in the underseen teen comedy "Youth in Revolt" with Michael Cera. You can also catch her »
- Jenni Miller
Rooney Mara is set for her big breakout in the upcoming "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," but it's not as if the 26-year old is making her Hollywood debut. That came in a 2006 episode of "Law & Order: Svu," though she seems to rather regret that first big show business outing.
"It was so awful. So stupid," Mara tells Allure of her turn on the show. "Me and my boyfriend -- although I [didn't] look old enough to have a boyfriend -- went and beat up these fat people, and at the end of the show you find out that I used to be obese and I hate fat people. It's ridiculous. Who would ever do that? Who would beat someone up because they're fat?"
Unfortunately, the answer is that a lot of people would, which is probably why it made it to the ripped-from-the-headlines show. In any case, it was »
- Jordan Zakarin
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" star Daniel Craig walked the red carpet at the premiere on Wednesday, telling "Extra's" Aj Calloway he didn't feel the pressure to live up to the Swedish version, saying, "I just felt that we were gonna set out to make the best movie we could."
Craig's co-star, Rooney Mara, spoke about the film's intensity, and prepared for her role as Lisbeth Salander with real piercings on her body. "Most of them are real, »
Filmmakers Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg made their writing and directing debuts with Tanner Hall, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD December 13. The film also marks the feature debut of Rooney Mara, who starred as Fernanda long before her roles in A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Social Network, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I recently had the chance to speak with Francesca Gregorini and Tatiana von Furstenberg over the phone about their directorial debut. Here's what they had to say below.
It seems like this had quite a road from inception to completion. Can you talk about the first kernel of an idea you had for this, and when you started writing it?
Francesca Gregorini: Well, Tatiana and I are best friends, and we have been ever since we met at Brown. »
Yahoo! Movies got their hands on this brand new movie trailer for the upcoming thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by director David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fight Club, Se7en) and starring Daniel Craig (Bond 23, The Adventures of Tintin, Dream House), Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Oldboy, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Robin Wright (Princess Bride, The Congress, Beowulf) and Stellan Skarsgard (Thor, Americana, The Avengers). Click here for the latest movie stills and behind the scenes photos. Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer »
- Brian Corder
Noomi Rapace, Swedish star of the foreign film "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," and Rooney Mara -- who is the new Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's American interpretation of the movie, will undoubtedly be compared when the film is released next week.
"Extra" breaks down five interesting facts about both actresses. Will the real Lisbeth Salander please stand up?
The Extra List: 'Dragon Tattoo's' Noomi Rapace vs. Rooney MaraBackgrounds
Photo: Mara (left), Rapace (right) Rooney Mara, »
Well there we have it! After a few weeks of teasing, American Horror Story put it all out on the table last night in regards to one of the central characters' fates, confirming some of our suspicions and giving us even more cause to wonder if Anyone will be alive by the time the season ends in two weeks (my money's on Marcy - she's a scrapper!).
The episode also tied up a few more loose ends and filled in some more chinks in the masonry involving Larry's burns and his missing ghost family.
Let's join them at the cutest li'l tea party in Hell to discuss, shall we?
The episode begins - as all episodes should, really - with a close-up of an enormous baked ham that has been punctured all over with spears of pineapple and maraschino cherry. It is like a juicy, delicious Saint Sebastien. Seriously - »
A Nightmare On Elm Street remake made $32.9 million in its first three days of its theater release. This is nearly enough to cover the production costs of a new Freddy Krueger flick. Warner Bros. was already planning on developing a sequel that will allow us to see Jackie Earle Haley and his bladed glove. There's a possible chance that this sequel will be in 3D. As many of you remember that producer Brad Fuller was in a difficult position for se… »
Here’s a brand new movie poster for the upcoming thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by director David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fight Club, Se7en) and starring Daniel Craig (Bond 23, The Adventures of Tintin, Dream House), Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Oldboy, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Robin Wright (Princess Bride, The Congress, Beowulf) and Stellan Skarsgard (Thor, Americana, The Avengers). Click here for the latest movie stills and behind the scenes photos. Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker. Follow @Shockya on Twitter »
- Brian Corder
Watch an eight minute clip from the upcoming thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” by director David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fight Club, Se7en) and starring Daniel Craig (Bond 23, The Adventures of Tintin, Dream House), Rooney Mara (The Social Network, Oldboy, A Nightmare on Elm Street), Robin Wright (Princess Bride, The Congress, Beowulf) and Stellan Skarsgard (Thor, Americana, The Avengers). Click here for the latest movie stills and behind the scenes photos. Synopsis: Journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker. Follow @Shockya on Twitter for »
- Brian Corder
The beauty and the wonder of science fiction is that the genre allows almost any kind of story to be told, and by its very nature has room for breathtaking creativity and wild invention. And yet cinematic science fiction keeps telling us the same stories over and over again... in this case, that’s the literal truth. This useless, entertainment-free xerox copy of John Carpenter’s 1982 film of the same name purports to be a prequel, in that it wants to tell the story before the story, and in the process ruins the wonderful mystery by lifting a veil that didn’t need to be lifted and then offering nothing in the least bit interesting or even varying from the story we already know. Seriously: everything that happens at the Norwegian Antarctic research station in the wake of the resident scientists’ discovery of an alien spaceship buried in the ice »
- MaryAnn Johanson
New Line Cinema is reportedly developing a big-screen adaptation of Midway Games‘ classic arcade game Rampage. The game revolves around a trio of mild-mannered humans who are mutated into a giant Godzilla-like lizard, a werewolf and a gorilla, respectively, and fight the military while destroying buildings.
THR reports that the project is being produced by John Rickard (Jack the Giant Killer, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and New Line is aiming for a tone similar to Ghostbusters and Independence Day. The studio and producer are currently meeting with writers to pen the adaptation of the video game.
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No production or release dates have been announced for Rampage. »
- Jason Moore
New Line Cinema has begun development on a feature film adaptation of “Rampage,” a classic video game about monstrous apes and lizards that reduced cities to rubble.
John Rickard, who co-produced the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake and Final Destination 5, is meeting with writers, according to the story handed to the Hollywood Reporter. Before 2010 Rickard is credited only as an assistant to Brett Ratner, the director and former Oscar producer who resigned in disgrace this month.
The game centered on three ordinary citizens who morphed into a Godzilla-like lizard, a King Kong-like gorilla, and a giant werewolf. The object was to destroy climb and destroy buildings while battling the military (and I played it every day on Nintendo). The movie will essentially borrow the title and visuals, and take on a somewhat comedic tone “in the vein of Ghostbusters or Independence Day.” A big budget movie that »
- Jeff Leins
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