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June 18, 2013 | By Susan Denley
We got pretty used to seeing actress Rooney Mara looking pretty fierce when she hit red carpets to promote "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. " She was definitely reminding people of her character, dark and gothic computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, in that 2011 film. So it was a bit of a surprise when she arrived at a Los Angeles Film Festival screening of "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" a few days ago looking very girlie in a JW Anderson ruffled bustier and skirt, with Jimmie Choo sandals, her hair in a topknot and some midriff showing as she posed with Casey Affleck.  The new film, in which she stars with Affleck, Ben Foster and Keith Carradine, is due to open in August.
November 10, 2011 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
With late-arriving prestige pictures "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" (Stephen Daldry!) and "War Horse" (sentimental Steven Spielberg!) and the looming shadow of Oscar magnet Meryl Streep playing England's "Iron Lady" Margaret Thatcher, the award season, at its outset, sported an air of uncertainty all but absent from last year's front-loaded race. Or it did, until right about the time we handed out candy to a kid dressed up like J. Edgar Hoover (the angry old guy version) and realized that, yes, some spots continue to be up for grabs, but in terms of who'll get the nominations, the major races have already narrowed into focus.
September 9, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Like detention, "Tanner Hall," the new coming-of-age-in-a-boarding-school drama, allows room for a lot of thinking about other things — its cast most notably, since watching their struggle to move beyond the mundane is painful. I found time to wonder how Rooney Mara, the film's studious Fernanda, will do morphing into the angry punk enigma Lisbeth Salander for director David Fincher's version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" in a couple of months. And why Tom Everett Scott, who blows in like an autumn wind as major crush material and can do sexy-brooding intellectual so well, doesn't turn up in better films.
January 6, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Low-cost horror movie "The Devil Inside" will try to do what Sherlock Holmes, Alvin and the Chipmunks and a girl with a dragon tattoo couldn't: knock Tom Cruise out of the top box-office spot. "The Devil Inside," about a woman investigating her mother's exorcisms, probably will open this weekend to between $12 million and $15 million, people who have seen pre-release audience surveys said. That should put it very close to Cruise's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," which after two weekends in the No. 1 spot is expected to drop to about $15 million.
December 22, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Thursday. R. Kelly says he is ready to film 32 new chapters of his infamous melodrama hip-hopera series, "Trapped in the Closet. " All he needs is a little funding. ( TMZ ) "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" is already doing well at the box office. Look out, "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" -- the No. 2 spot is up for grabs. ( Los Angeles Times) Josh Krajcik sings a duet with Alanis Morissette during the final performance episode of "The X Factor.
October 22, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
The drama around Darren Aronofsky's "Noah" was already pretty thick, what with a hurricane tearing through its set a year ago and studio and director reportedly arguing over the cut ahead of the March release. Into that mix Tuesday came a leaked (double entendre intended) trailer. (It was here , but may well be gone by the time you read this.) The material shows a bearded Russell Crowe warning civilization about a diluvian future, the construction of the ark to protect from said future and the ensuing flood and revival.
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