Prabal Gurung Continues to Makes Magic on the Red Carpet

Of all the designers that breakout star Jennifer Lawrence could have selected to wear for the LA premiere of the highly-anticipated film The Hunger Games last night, she chose Prabal Gurung. The stunning gold lame gown from the designer’s FW12 collection has already received a resounding thumbs up from the fashion world, similar to the instant hit of his eye-catching SS12 design worn by Rooney Mara at the NY premiere of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Now that he’s knocked it out of the park for two of the world’s most talked-about cinematic It-girls, it’s clear that Gurung has the magic touch. And given that The Hunger Games is poised to reach success of Twilight proportions, we’re certain that this isn’t the last red carpet that Lawrence sees. We hope that she goes Gurung again and again.

‘The Girl Who Played With Fire’ Might Happen Without Daniel Craig

Before David Fincher was busying himself with Netflix programming and the upcoming adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s runaway bestseller Gone Girl, he was getting all gaga over the punked-out Rooney Mara in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Based on Stieg Larsson’s trilogy (as well as the original Swedish films), the American version was supposed to blow everyone’s minds. Well, the first film was a box-office success and picked up some Oscar nominations, but everyone agreed that there was something a little disappointing in the nearly shot-by-shot remake. 

The studio execs still want to pursue the film’s two sequels, and want to keep Fincher on board. They’re less attached, however, to Daniel Craig, simply because the James Bond actor costs too much. 

Although 2011’s Tattoo made $233 million worldwide — not a bad haul for a hard-R movie that came on the heels of a wildly successful Swedish-language trilogy also based on the books by Stieg Larsson — the $90 million-budgeted film was not perceived as a runaway hit, and the studio is said to be hellbent on reducing the cost of the next chapter.

Sources close to the project say the biggest holdup isn’t Fincher’s involvement but star Daniel Craig’s. The studio has options on Craig for two sequels, but the actor is said to want a pay raise, not a cut, in the wake of Skyfall grossing $1 billion worldwide. If Sony can’t bring Craig back to reprise his role as journalist Mikael Blomkvist, the sources say the studio could write the character out of the sequel.

Rooney Mara, however, is still on board. Remember when she wouldn’t stop talking about how crazy she had to look for the movie, with the hair and the shaved eyebrows and the nipple piercings? Can’t wait to get into all of that again. 

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Watch Four New Trailers for Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’

Set to premiere next week, Netflix’s new television series, House of Cards is amping up the anticipation with four new trailers now streaming. The political drama focuses on Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood, a ruthless and cunning congressman who takes us through Washington, D.C.’s dark underbelly filled with sex, greed, and corruption. Starring Robin Wright as Underwood’s wife and Kate Mara as a young reporter, the political drama looks sufficiently David Fincher-esque right off the bat—which makes sense as he acts as a producer and director of the pilot and second episode. We saw Wright in his take on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo last year, which happened to also star Mara’s youngster sister, Rooney. But the brooding atmosphere and slick dark aesthetic feel right at home for Fincher and perfectly akin to the world he’s portraying. Penned by Beau Willimon of Farrgut North and the film it inspiredThe Ides of March, the show’s proceeding episodes will be directed by James Foley, Carl Franklin, and Joel Schumacher. 

Check out the four trailers here and some character still from the show below.

 

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Comediva’s “BAMF Girls’ Club”: A Fandom-Spoofing Series We Can Believe In

When fans of a particular series of creative works—particularly in the sci-fi/fantasy realm—begin creating fan-made works based on said series, the results can be a bit hit-or-miss. For every “Potter Puppet Pals,” there are a few thousand yawn-worthy spoofs. And when crossovers occur, the results are often even worse.

Not so with “The BAMF Girls’ Club,” a fun new fantasy-fan web series from Internet collective of funny women Comediva. The premise: a reality show featuring badass women of popular literary and television works—Hermione Granger, Buffy Summers, Lisbeth Salander, Katniss Everdeen, Michonne from The Walking Dead and Bella Swan (one of these things is not like the other…)—sharing a house. They drink, they hunt, they argue about house rules, and the parody feels both loving and well-researched. The Bella jokes are a bit one-note (save for one involving an unlikely meal in the pilot episode), but it’s extremely fun to watch each actress take on her character—Iselle Slome, who plays Lisbeth Salander, is particularly on-point.

In the third installment of the series, which hit the web this week, the housemates adopt one of the fantasy world’s littlest badasses: a fresh-from-community-service Arya Stark from Game of Thrones. When she goes sword-crazy with Katniss and Michonne (leading to a rather uncomfortable case of mistaken identity on the part of Katniss), hilarity ensues. Watch below, check out the previous episodes and if you’re of a particular ilk of nerd, cross your fingers with us for a guest appearance from Dana Scully. Please?  

Now You Can Remix Your Own ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Soundtrack

Last year, Trent Reznor came one step closer to joining the coveted EGOT club when he and collaborator Atticus Ross won an Academy Award for Best Original Score for The Social Network. This year, David Fincher’s crack composing team for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is nowhere to be found (guess they needed two spots for John Williams this year, or something). Proud members of the "Trent for EGOT" club who are still sour over the snub will be happy to know Mr. Reznor has a special treat for them.

Reznor, always one for sharing with the fans, has posted the multi-track stems of several selections from the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack for free download. The stems will be available for free download until March 31st, 2012 and are only available for personal use, so, you know, no trying to go out and sell your super awesome mashup album on the Internet. Get ’em over at TuneCore.

The Real Mystery of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’: Why Was It So Long?

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: did you see it? And by "see it" I mean, "Did you really spend two and a half hours of your life experiencing Steig Larsson’s crime thriller in all its bleak, pedantic, and simultaneously boring and horrific glory?" If not, you might not want to read ahead as this piece contains some major spoilers. Then again, you’ve probably already read the books.

While there are many reasons to like this film (the opening sequence alone might be worth the ticket price), there is no justification for having the movie stretch out so long. Was there not enough room in the budget for a film editor? Was it just a terrible adaptation, in that the film couldn’t figure out what sequences to leave in (anything involving Lisbeth, up until the extended denouement) and what to cut out (90% of the scenes in the library or in which characters looked through filing boxes)?

I could have read the whole book in the time it took to watch the movie. This is only a slight exaggeration. If you just spread the time out over a matter of days, a speed reader would be able to digest this pulpy crime novel in less than two and a half hours total. Not the same could be said for David Fincher’s movie, which – like an angry, sadistic guardian — sits your ass down and makes sure you watch every second of the less-than-riveting expository scenes. When you get right down to it, the major clues to figuring out the Vanger family mystery involved finding a photograph of someone else taking a photograph. And even then our hero Mikael Blomkvist needed the ending spelled out for him. You’d think with Lisbeth’s help they would have been able to cut some of these scenes down to a more slimming total.

Here’s a suggestion: why not group all the horrific rape scenes together? It would have been nice not to have a heart attack right in the middle of would have been a gentle, snow-filled slumber right before jolting out of our seat as the movie drastically cut back and forth between Mikael’s sleuthing and Lisbeth’s attacks. It was somewhat important to juxtapose our two heroes’ journeys on parallel tracks before they meet, but when Daniel Craig is just sifting through boxes and Rooney Mara is getting *explicative* up the *explicative* with an *explicative*, it just adds extra time to your film, when you could just as easily group all the boring stuff and all the horrifying bits into different parts of the movie and sell it as a double feature, Kill Bill-style.

And honestly, what American movie-goer wouldn’t be able to figure out the killer’s identity as soon as he’s introduced on screen? Stellan Skarsgård is like the Chekov’s gun of movie villains. It’s a well-known rule that if you put the Good Will Hunting actor in your movie and the bad guy hasn’t been revealed by the second act, you can expect his Swedish ass to reveal a secret death chamber blasting Enya and knockout gas in the third. (Even his son, Alexander, has a hard time playing the good guy. See: True Blood and Straw Dogs.) Even those of us who haven’t already read the books can pretty much deduce Martin Vanger as the true culprit responsible for Harriet’s disappearance the moment he appears on screen with that creepy Nordic smile.

Mr. Fincher and writer Steven Zaillian must have also forgotten that we as an audience don’t give a crap about Wennerström, the evil magnate who has Blomkvist convicted on libel charges in the beginning of the film. Roughly half an hour is tacked onto the end of this movie in a haphazard fashion so we can see Wennerström get his due long after the Vanger mystery has been solved and the killer has been, well, killed. And in this half-hour there is more action and plot development than in the first two hours of film, so right when you are ready to leave the theater, you are crammed with all this extra information about a character you forgot about twenty minutes in. Sure, it might have been in the books, but we didn’t need it.

One part of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that they actually could have explained more thoroughly? How our hero kept mysteriously losing his accent. Perhaps a greater mystery than how a family of Nazis was allowed to live on a death island without the Swedish government’s interference is how, as Mikael Blomkvist, Daniel Craig couldn’t find twenty minutes to try to locate where his diction went. Oh there it is! No wait, he lost it again.

Then again, maybe they’ll just address that in the sequel: The Man Who Confused Squinting with Acting.

See the Video for Trent Reznor & Karen O’s “Immigrant Song”

The soundtrack for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been released digitally so chances are you have heard some of it or at least Trent Reznor and Karen O’s super agressive cover of Led Zeppelin’s "Immigrant Song". Now, you can see the creepy, bizarre video.

Head over to Pitchfork to take a look.

"I plead total ignorance to Led Zeppelin,” Karen O told The Sun when asked about the song. "I didn’t even hear the name right when I was asked. I thought they said The Pilgrim Song and I was like, ‘What’s that?’ Yeah I know, it’s pretty embarrassing."

The highly anticipated film comes out on December 21st. If this video is any sort of indication, it’s going to be good.

Dig Deep Into ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’’s Backstory

Remember Hard Copy? Probably not: though the tabloid-styled news show ran for nine seasons, its outrageous reporting and uber-violence didn’t gain it many fans in critical or fan circles (see: the 2.7/10 IMDB rating). But as you know, retro is in, and so Hard Copy made a return today in a nine-minute video promoting the release of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

If your spoiler sense tingled too much to get you through the eight-minute trailer, rest assured: this is all backstory, glorious backstory. Weaving together classic commercials and scratchy film reel, the special Hard Copy report takes us through the disappearence of Harriet Vanger, the girl at the heart of Tattoo‘s mystery. Touching on subjects like the history of the Vanger clan and the inconsistencies surrounding Harriet’s abduction/death/who knows???, the video’s got a wonderfully strange feel, certainly helped by the staged recreation footage at the start.

MGM is putting a lot on this film — aside from the expected Oscar and Christmas pushes, there’s little touches like this and big ones like the 39-song, released-across-six-vinyl-records soundtrack. Obviously, anything less than a box office gross of a zillion dollars is completely unacceptable. If your taste for Tattoo ephemera isn’t yet satisfied, you can head over to Mouth Taped Shut, a resource of mysterious photos and somewhat viral material related to the film.

The video, posted on Entertaiment Weekly, is un-embeddable, so click over and check it out here.

Stream ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’’s 8-Minute Extended Trailer

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo comes out in less than three weeks (December 21st), but you can’t wait that long, can you? Good news, you impatient child: an eight-minute trailer for David Fincher’s adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s novel is streamable on iTunes, and it is fun stuff.

At eight minutes, the trailer is 1/9th the length of many feature films (the 81 minute Run Lola Run comes to mind), but it astoundingly doesn’t really provide any spoilers. It truly is an “extended” trailer, as it merely elongates the scenes from the original preview. Take a look here

You’ll notice the haunting pings and pangs of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ score in the background, and as we reported earlier, the soundtrack is available for pre-order. The full three-hour opus comes out on December 9th, but you can bide your time by streaming the first six tracks here: