Of all the segments I have done for the TODAY show in the last 3 years, this was by far the most challenging and visually dynamic one I’ve done. The concept is simple: discuss three cultural topics, under 5 munutes, on three stages with three hosts. It sounds like an obstacle course, right? Lol. From what I was told, these types of segments have been done before but with THREE contributors. The fact that TODAY producers allowed me to do all three means they have tremendous trust in me which I highly appreciate them for it. Also, I found out it was the first time they were testing out the new format so whatever you see here has never been done before on their show. I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity and for actually pulling it off!
Sevenmonths from the awaited release of “The TwilightSaga:BreakingDawn– Part2″, two newpics from SummitPictureshave been revelaed withthe threeprotagonistsstars– KristenStewart,RobertPattinsonand TaylorLautner.
In the first still, we seeStewartandPattinson (dating inreal life)looking at yonder.Pattinsonlooksconcerned, whileStewart is on a cheerful note.Ishe expectingan attackand is shehappy to bea vampire?The secondphotograph is ofLautnerdeterminedand courageous, readyfor any situationwhere he candefend hisbelovedStewart.Theseharmlessspeculations, will be answered via the new trailer in due time.
Theofficial synopsisof the filmthe astonishing conclusion to the series, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN, PART 2, illuminating the secrets and mysteries of this spellbinding romantic epic that has entranced millions.
“The TwilightSaga:BreakingDawn– Part2″opens inU.S.theaterson November 16.
Actress Rooney Mara has been officially casted to play Lisbeth Salander, the lead in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first of three Sony Pictures films based on the late Swedish writer Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy book series.
If you are unfamiliar with the young thesp, join the club. We did some research and found out she is a New Yorker who belongs to the Mara family, owners of the New York Giants football team. She has been in a few movies, nothing worth boasting about – Dare, The Winning Season and Tanner Hall in 2009. In 2010, she appeared in Youth in Revolt and starred in A Nightmare on Elm Street, a remake of the 1984 horror film. I saw ‘Revolt’ and the ‘Nightmare’ and barely remember her.
This book to film franchise is the hottest thing in Hollywood right now. David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network) is set to direct and Daniel Craig and Robin Wright are set to star along with Mara.
Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Ellen Page, Harry Potter’s Emma Watson and Alice in Wonderland’s Mia Wasikowska were rumored for the role, I imagined they auditioned for the part too, but Mara must’ve blown the lids off the producers to get this highly sought after gig.
Mara’s contract also includes an option to cast her in two further films, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
For those of you who have not yet seen the original Swedish film version, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, is a gripping, thrilling yet sexually disturbing piece of work that will discompose more than a few viewers. Ultimately, its more than 2 hour duration is a satisfying product worth your time and investment.
Mr. Fincher reportedly plans to start shooting The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo in Sweden next month, though one assumes the Scandinavian country will be doubling for a part of North America. He will also be in charge for the two sequels, while Craig has also signed on for three films. The first movie is due to hit cinemas on December 21, 2011.
Larsson died in 2004, and his books were only published posthumously. Like his character, Blomkvist, he was the editor of a left-leaning magazine with a talent for documenting and exposing Swedish extreme right and racist organisations. His novels have sold more than 27m copies around the world, and he recently became the first writer to have sold one million e-books on Amazon.com.
Here is Rooney Mara in a clip of her most recent film, the remake of ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street. Do you think she can pull off playing the tough and complex hacker played so well by her Swedish counterpart Noomi Rapace? Check out the clip and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Prolific novelist and “ER” creator Michael Crichton has passed away. He was 66.
Perhaps best known for being the author of Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World, which were turned into a hugely successful movie franchise, his numerous books have sold over 150 million copies worldwide.
In what his family calls an unexpected death, it was revealed that he was waging a private battle against cancer.
“While the world knew him as a great storyteller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us — and entertained us all while doing so — his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes,” his family tells ET. “He did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget.”