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Columbia Pictures Finds Its Girl with the Dragon Tattoo!

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After the incredible success of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy – and three international hit films starring Noomi Rapace – David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has found its Lisbeth Salander.

Rooney Mara [The Social Network] has been signed to play the brilliant, intensely antisocial hacker, Lisbeth Salander, joining Daniel Craig, as crusading journalist, Mikael Blomkvist in the North American fil adaptations of the trilogy.

Details from the press release follow the jump.

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Eat Pray Love – She’s Selfish But Honest!

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Eat Pray Love is a breezy, leisurely travelogue that is held together by one woman’s search for enlightenment. Directed and co-written [with Jennifer Salt] by Ryan Murphy [Glee, Nip/Tuck], this is a movie that looks great – check out the panoramic looks at Italy, India and Bali – has a mostly easy to take script, and features an amazing cast. So, why am I of two minds on it?

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The Other Guys: There’s a New Accountant in Town!

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It’s taken all of a week for Dinner for Schmucks to be replaced as the funniest movie of the summer, so far – especially because The Other Guys is the unlikeliest of movies – a funny parody of cop/buddy movies. Unlikely because there have been so many in the genre that more than a few have lapsed into self-parody, and the ones that have tried to be funny simply weren’t.

Why does The Other Guys work where others have failed? Will Ferrell’s best performance in years; Ferrell’s best material in years and, in Mark Wahlberg, an actor who is absolutely fearless in putting himself out there.

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The Smurfs – First Photo!

While I was never a fan of the Smurfs, the film, which doesn’t open until August of next year, has put together a terrific cast that includes Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria [as Gargamel, no less], Jayma Mays, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, Anton Yelchin and Sofia Vergara – to name but a few. I’m intrigued by that cast.

Here’s a look at how the Smurfs look when they pop up in Times Square.

Grouchy, Papa and Clumsy Smurf in Columbia PIctures' THE SMURFS.

Crank Up the Flaming Cycle: Neveldine and Taylor to Direct Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance!

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If you loved the manic energy and subversive style of the Crank movies – and the dark satire of Gamer, for that matter – then you’ll love this: according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, the co-directors of those films, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, are in talks to direct Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Nicholas Cage is in early talks to star in the sequel as well.

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MOVIE NEWS: Spidey 3-D!!

It looks like Sony’s Spider-Man reboot will be taking us to new heights.

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Sony announced to day that its fourth Spider-Man film, a reboot, will be shot in 3-D to premiere on July 3, 2012. For the present, the project – to be written by Zodiac’s James Vanderbilt and directed by [500] Days of summer’s Marc Webb – will be known only as “untitled.”

"Spider-Man is one of the most popular characters in the world, and we know audiences are eager and excited to discover Marc’s fantastic vision," said Sony’s worldwide marketing & distribution chairman Jeff Blake.

MOVIE REVIEW: 2012 – Great Bad B-Movie Fun on an Epic Scale!

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It starts with an Indian geologist, Dr. Satnam Tsurutami [Jimy Mistry] alerting American geologist Dr. Adrian Helmsley [Chiwetal Ejiofor] of rising temperatures in the world’s deepest copper mine [handily already mined out]. This is tied into abnormally strong sun flares and sufficient neutrinos that they have a mutating effect… Well, you get the idea. Scientific technospeak sets up Helmsley’s warning to Carl Anheuser [Oliver Platt], an influential member of U.S. President Thomas Wilson’s [Danny Glover] team. Before you know it, the heads of the most powerful heads of state in the world have come to an agreement to find a way to ensure human survival after the apocalypse to come.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Taking of Pelham 123 Zips Right Along!

Though it’s a remake, The Taking of Pelham 123 has an intriguing pedigree. It’s written by Brian Helgeland [L.A. Confidential, Conspiracy Theory, and Mystic River among other things] and directed by Tony Scott [Top Gun, True Romance and Deja Vu – but also The Fan and Domino], whose career hasn’t been exactly hot of late. The Talking of Pelham 123 may make Scott an in demand director again and it certainly won’t hurt Helgeland’s career, either.

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It doesn’t seem like a particularly bad day for Walter Garber [Denzel Washington]. He’s running a section of dispatch for the New York City subway and things are going smoothly. We know that’s going to change because we see a series of quick cuts with determined looking men boarding a particular train – one of them is Ryder [John Travolta]. An unexpected moment of violence puts their plan into action a bit early, but it goes smoothly and the determined men take control of the train.

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