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Post by Sylvia's girl » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:31 pm

Interesting read..

Who's On Top?: The Audience's Sexual (Re-)Positioning in Fincher's DRAGON TATTOO

http://twitchfilm.com/news/2011/12/whos ... tattoo.php

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Post by Sylvia's girl » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:36 pm

Dragon Tattoo Exclusive: Legend Christopher Plummer Visits Movie Fanatic


Speaking of Mr. Craig, who knew he has his biggest fan in Christopher Plummer? “Personally, he’s a charming, very funny guy,” he said and laughed. Professionally, Plummer was blown away by his subtle power and the selfless act of Craig’s playing a man whom we don’t normally see from the actor who is Bond.

“And as an actor, he is simply wonderful in an extremely difficult role. He’s playing a loser. The way he tackled it was fascinating because he didn’t push it. He was in himself and doing a job and getting it done. Suddenly, later on in the story, his warmth comes through. You see there’s something behind this guy. She sees it too because she needs it, even though she denies it most of the time [laughs]. I’ve always admired Daniel since his work in Munich, he was absolutely marvelous. Then, he did the James Bond. I thought, 'Yes, he is extremely good as James Bond -- a real, tough guy, man.' But, he’s such a more wonderful actor than that. And here he is in a wonderful part and if he goes on doing the trilogy which sees his role becoming deeper, I think he’ll make a great success out of this. He’s only going to do films of great quality and James Bond, too. Why not?”



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Post by khenton » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:42 pm

Sylvia's girl wrote:Interesting read..

Who's On Top?: The Audience's Sexual (Re-)Positioning in Fincher's DRAGON TATTOO

http://twitchfilm.com/news/2011/12/whos ... tattoo.php
Gee. Zeitgeist revisited. And I just thought the books were a good but long read and the movies---movies. Little did I know that the future of male sexuality in the arts hinged on the character of blomquist Silly me :wink:
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Post by sasha » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:45 pm

Sylvia's girl wrote:Dragon Tattoo Exclusive: Legend Christopher Plummer Visits Movie Fanatic

Speaking of Mr. Craig, who knew he has his biggest fan in Christopher Plummer? “Personally, he’s a charming, very funny guy,” he said and laughed. Professionally, Plummer was blown away by his subtle power and the selfless act of Craig’s playing a man whom we don’t normally see from the actor who is Bond.
“And as an actor, he is simply wonderful in an extremely difficult role. He’s playing a loser. The way he tackled it was fascinating because he didn’t push it. He was in himself and doing a job and getting it done. Suddenly, later on in the story, his warmth comes through. You see there’s something behind this guy. She sees it too because she needs it, even though she denies it most of the time [laughs]. I’ve always admired Daniel since his work in Munich, he was absolutely marvelous. Then, he did the James Bond. I thought, 'Yes, he is extremely good as James Bond -- a real, tough guy, man.' But, he’s such a more wonderful actor than that. And here he is in a wonderful part and if he goes on doing the trilogy which sees his role becoming deeper, I think he’ll make a great success out of this. He’s only going to do films of great quality and James Bond, too. Why not?”

Love Christopher Plummer, how smart of him to notice DC's "warmth" and deep layers. Great sum-up of DC's acting abilities. I think DC would be happy to read this.

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Post by caramel » Thu Dec 22, 2011 5:58 pm

Do we have Ebert's review here? Sounds a bit lukewarm but doesn't matter I guess.

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Post by Sylvia's girl » Thu Dec 22, 2011 6:33 pm

The Paramount pic has collected $8.6 million since opening nationwide Tuesday night; David Fincher's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" also off to strong start.

In a promising sign for Paramount and co-financing partner Skydance Productions, M:I4 earned an A- CinemaScore. And, including the $17.1 million earned in 425 IMAX and large-format sneaks that began last Friday, the franchise installment is all in with $25.7 million. Brad Bird directed the film, which also stars Jeremy Renner.

Overseas, MI:4 has grossed north of $85 million since launching last weekend in select markets.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, from Sony, also got off to a strong start, grossing $1.6 million on Tuesday night and $3.6 million on Wednesday for a total $5.1 million. Directed by David Fincher, the English-language adaptation of the blockbuster Swedish novel stars Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara and Christopher Plummer. The film received a glowing A CinemaScore.

Warner Bros.' Sherlock Holmes--A Game of Shadows, opening last Friday, grossed $4.3 million on Wednesday to come in No. 2. The sequel--reteaming filmmaker Guy Ritchie with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law--has cumed $54 million, but still lags behind the original

Chipwrecked beat Steven Spielberg's 3D family film The Adventures of Tintin, which opened Wednesday to $2.3 million. The movie is already a hit internationally, grossing north of $240 million. Paramount and Sony, which partnered on the film, have always known the character, created by Belgian artist Herge, is far more popular overseas

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Post by sf2la » Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:37 am

Oops! Sorry if this is in the wrong place. Was looking for member reviews but couldn't find it. Saw the movie for 2nd time. I guess it took my pea brain twice to fully appreciate the movie's beauty, the abbreviated story, and Daniel's sexiness. He is really very handsome and masculine in this. And to know he was doing Rachel at the same time. Lucky, lucky, but deserving woman.

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Post by caramel » Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:39 am

sf2la wrote:Oops! Sorry if this is in the wrong place. Was looking for member reviews but couldn't find it. Saw the movie for 2nd time. I guess it took my pea brain twice to fully appreciate the movie's beauty, the abbreviated story, and Daniel's sexiness. He is really very handsome and masculine in this. And to know he was doing Rachel at the same time. Lucky, lucky, but deserving woman.
Go ahead and brag, why don't you! :thumbdown:

Its here sf-
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Post by sf2la » Fri Dec 23, 2011 9:26 am

caramel wrote:
sf2la wrote:Oops! Sorry if this is in the wrong place. Was looking for member reviews but couldn't find it. Saw the movie for 2nd time. I guess it took my pea brain twice to fully appreciate the movie's beauty, the abbreviated story, and Daniel's sexiness. He is really very handsome and masculine in this. And to know he was doing Rachel at the same time. Lucky, lucky, but deserving woman.
Go ahead and brag, why don't you! :thumbdown:

Its here sf-
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Post by sundance » Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:03 pm

I just booked my ticket.
I'm gonna enjoy Daniel on Monday December 26-th at Bluewater (UK)

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Post by caramel » Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:18 pm

It is certified fresh at RT - right now at 85% with 135 fresh and 23 rotten.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_gir ... on_tattoo/
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Post by calypso » Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:44 pm

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The surprise upon meeting Daniel Craig is his gentleness. It isn't that you expect him to be scarred and basted and bleeding, as he is throughout much of Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, the two films in which he has played James Bond. (He is currently shooting a third, Skyfall, which will open next October, and is rumoured to have signed up for a further five.) But he goes beyond politeness: he's relaxed, even goofy, and quick to laugh, especially at himself. The blue eyes, which can seem glacial in his closeups as Bond, are warm and zesty. His features are as deeply etched as the grooves of a wood carving; the hair is sandy-coloured and fluffy. What else? There's the genuine embarrassment when he finds he has stumbled into mentioning his charity work. The hands clasped primly in his lap. The cardigan. (Mahogany-brown, possibly with some loose Werther's Originals clacking together in the pockets.)


We meet in a London hotel suite where he has been installed on a sofa for the day to talk about David Fincher's frosty, glossy new version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Craig makes a cheerfully bumbling Mikael Blomkvist, the crusading Swedish journalist who teams up with an abrasive pixie-punk, Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), to investigate a 40-year-old murder case. He carries some extra weight in the film, and works his way through a selection of Puffa jackets and chunky-knit pullovers that lend him the look of a catalogue model for the gentleman rambler.

He can talk about the character all you like: "He's normal. When someone shoots at him, he does what most of us would do: he runs away. The worst situation you can have in a thriller is a lead who looks like he can handle himself." And he will happily tell you how long he took to decide whether to make the film: "Steve [Zaillian] wrote a brilliant script. David wanted to direct it. It's, like, [shouts] 'Yes! When?'" Just don't ask him about acting. "I can't really tell you what I do. I know what I like in other actors: truth. That's the best. It makes you say, 'OK, I'll go with you on this.' That's the only thing I try to stick to. You've got to be selfish. You've got to defend your character and ask, 'Do I believe in this?'" Even this textbook admission appears to make him cringe a little. "I take my work seriously. On the other hand, you can slip very easily into wankerdom."

When he was offered the role of Bond six years ago, he had some understandable misgivings. Roger Michell, who directed Craig in The Mother and Enduring Love, remembers him asking for advice. "He was very ambivalent about taking it on. It's a life sentence, after all. I think he was initially excited by the work but also daunted by the attendant tap-dancing – the constant attention, the public speaking. He found that all pretty oppressive."

There were worries, too, that it would restrict other opportunities and lead to typecasting. Does Craig think audiences will accept him easily as Blomkvist? "Hopefully by the time people have got into the movie, they'll have forgotten Bond and can believe in me as someone else. That's all I set out to do. It was a struggle, as you can imagine, because obviously you can see how cool I am." It's a self-deprecating remark, but I'm not sure exactly which part of him is being deprecated (the cardigan?). We both chuckle anyway, as if it's crushingly obvious what a total dork he is.

Rather encouragingly, Craig's elevation to superstardom has done nothing to limit his range. In the first stage of his film career, he pinballed from playing Francis Bacon's sadomasochistic boyfriend in Love Is the Devil to Lara Croft's rival in the first Tomb Raider film, from Ted Hughes in Sylvia to brutes of a different stripe in Spielberg's Munich and the Brit gangster thriller Layer Cake. Since slipping into Bond's tuxedo, he has been no less eclectic, starring in dramas high-fibre (Defiance) and offbeat (Flashbacks of a Fool), as well as blockbusters (The Adventures of Tintin), schlock (Dream House, on which he fell for his co-star, and now wife, Rachel Weisz) and the odd folly (Cowboys and Aliens, described by its own studio head as "mediocre" and "not good enough").

Michell believes the actor's strength comes from having put in the donkeywork – studying at the Guildhall drama school in London before moving into theatre and television. "He was an actor before he was a film star. He learned his craft long before being thrust into the public eye. That's getting rarer these days. And he's a character actor as well as being a leading man, which is another weird thing. You don't often find those aspects together. From Cary Grant onwards, most film stars are wonderful at being versions of themselves. Dan has other skills. He's full of paradoxes: gentleness and violence, kindness and madness. He has this visible warmth, but beating away inside you can feel these madman's drums; you can sense he's on the boil."

Craig had not yet been cast as Bond when Martin Campbell was hired to direct Casino Royale. "Oddly enough, I wasn't sure about Daniel at first," Campbell says. "My vision of the character was steeped in that handsome, Sean Connery/Pierce Brosnan image. Daniel's good-looking in a more rugged way. I tested other actors for the part, but [producer] Barbara Broccoli had no doubt at all that Daniel would make a terrific Bond. She was the one really pushing for him." It was Craig's performance as a drug dealer in Layer Cake that persuaded Campbell. "He has a charm in that movie, a sense of mischief, that convinced me he could be Bond."

Whereas Bond movies once hinged on gadgets and weaponry, there was no call for such frivolity once the part was inhabited by an actor who himself resembled some kind of blunt instrument, a cosh or a club. Weirdly, Craig is at his least threatening when he is brandishing a gun; his body is all the hardware he needs. His arrival heralded an entire shift of tone for the Bond series, a daredevil plunge into the dour and the gritty, and it seems laughable now that much of the media derided his appointment. "The press complained because he was blond, and said he looked like Vladimir Putin," Campbell recalls. "I asked Daniel, 'Do you listen to all this crap?' He said, 'Yeah. What I do is I make sure I've seen it all and that everyone on set knows what's been in the press, then there's nothing to hide.' I thought that was a very perceptive way of dealing with it."

Even if the role is still as much albatross as icon, Craig denies he chooses films based on how they will play through the prism of Bond. "I'm genuinely not aware of it. I probably was when Casino Royale came out; I'm sure there was a point when I thought [squeals] 'Fucking hell! What now?' But I don't think, 'This will look good next to that …' If that's what you do, you're inhibiting yourself against instinct, which is just … wrong."

So there's nothing in his contract to say he has to run his other film choices past Broccoli first? "No. It's not even an issue." Could he play, say, a child-killer between Bond films if he wanted to? "'Course I could. Whether I'd want to is another matter. I think it would smack slightly of, you know, 'Oh, he's only doing that to get away from Bond.' I've got no desire to escape the role. I love playing Bond – it's fantastic."

That said, it wasn't long ago that Craig was considering deserting the series after only two films. MGM, the studio that owns the franchise, was in severe financial trouble; it filed for bankruptcy last year, leaving Bond in limbo. "There was that long hiatus where Bond maybe wasn't happening," Craig recalls. "I'd got it into my head that if it went another two years on top of the two-year gap we'd already had, then they should probably find someone else. And I should think about getting on with things."

Fortunately, MGM came out the other side, and Skyfall was announced earlier this year with Sam Mendes, who worked with Craig on Road to Perdition, as director. "Who knows what the result's going to be?" Craig shrugs. "I think it will be fairly spectacular. I get paid a lot of money to do something I love to do, and whatever it is – the way I was brought up, or whatever – I feel if you're getting paid you should put the work in. Maybe I'm stupid and everyone's looking at me and saying: 'Chill out, take the money and run.' I can't do that. I feel the more we put into it, the more we'll get out. How best can we spend all this money? You don't just take it and go, 'Yay! See ya!' I want millions of people to watch the movie. So why not make it good?"

Evidently, he is still sore from the frustrating experience of making Quantum of Solace. "We were hamstrung by the writers' strike. We had half a script and lots of pressure. We suffered because of a lack of preparation. That doesn't necessarily mean that Skyfall is going to be better – I don't want to jinx it – but I can say we've worked solidly on this script for two years. Sam's involvement has brought in people like Ralph [Fiennes] and Javier [Bardem]. He's a very visual director, and I think audiences want something visually beautiful in a Bond movie. Also, we got rid of a lot of the old characters in Casino Royale, the ones that had been set in stone. That's just the way it happened, and I think now we can start reintroducing them." It was revealed last month that Ben Whishaw will play Q, while there is speculation that Moneypenny will return in the near future.

"Before we started, Sam and I sat down together and rubbed our hands and said, 'Right – what shall we do?' We watched the films, we read the books again, just to find what makes a great Bond movie. And I think we've managed to put in all the wit we love about the series, and all the kind of …" He stops short. "Look, I'm really very excited about it." Then he admonishes himself ("Shut up!") and offers me some advice on how to wrap up the article. "Just write, 'He waffled on for fucking hours …'" And now I have.
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Post by JEC57 » Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:02 pm

Just watched a 10 minute documentary on Film4.....though it seemed a lot longer than 10 minutes.

Fascinating stuff and one to watch out for on Youtube, if it has not been captured by someone here already.

"It's the kind of film I would have crept into when I was 14 and lied about my age in order to see it"......Daniel.
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Post by calypso » Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:14 pm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/ar ... ffice.html

It's not exactly a wonderful life at the box office this weekend. A string of high profile new releases, including The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and We Bought a Zoo are failing to live up to expectations, so far.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, an adaptation of Stieg Larsson's novel by the same name, pulled in a weak $4.6m on Friday and is expected to gross just $15.1m Friday-Sunday.

That is considerably less than the $26.5 million that Sony Studios had forecast for the highly anticipated, $90m action film.

The family film We Bought a Zoo starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson opened on Friday with a disappointing $3m.

But Santa Claus has delivered a bit good news for three holdovers from last weekend.

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol continues to show signs of strength after opening strongly last weekend in limited release.

The Tom Cruise led action flick took first place at the box office on Friday, ringing up an estimated $9.7m.

While wildly popular abroad, Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin earned just $3.5m on Friday in North America.

Warner Brothers, meanwhile, is reportedly griping about the way that rival studios are tallying their box-office totals this weekend.

The studio claims that Sony the studio that released The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo on Tuesday -- and Paramount, which released Mission Impossible, are bundling Tuesday evening's numbers in with their Wednesday midnight totals.

However you stack the numbers, the top 12 movies this weekend are only expected to bring in a total of about $112m.

That's down 15% from the comparable weekend last year and not even close to the previous three years.


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Post by cheryl1700 » Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:20 pm

JEC57 wrote:Just watched a 10 minute documentary on Film4.....though it seemed a lot longer than 10 minutes.

Fascinating stuff and one to watch out for on Youtube, if it has not been captured by someone here already.

"It's the kind of film I would have crept into when I was 14 and lied about my age in order to see it"......Daniel.
bet he was little bugger when he was teenager, his mum would have had to keep good eye on him. :wink:
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