Noomi Rapace captured the attention of filmgoers with a gripping and explosive performance in the Swedish film "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2009). The actress played a gutsy and troubled compute...
Actress Noomi Rapace is beginning to come around to having a pet again after working at an animal rescue centre in Queens, New York in preparation for her role in new movie The Drop. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star plays a woman caring for an abused dog in the adaptation of Dennis Lehane's story and she felt she needed to get closer to canines again after one she had as a pet when she was a girl left her heartbroken when he died.
She explains, "I grew up on a farm and we had lots of horses. My best friend was a dog. He was a b**tard; he was a mix of different things. He was big and black and quite aggressive but he loved me. He was always next to me, slept in my bed and I loved him.
"He was my best friend and we lived out in the middle of nowhere so it was just me and him pretty much. Then he died on me. He was hit by a car when I was 11 and he broke my heart. After that I thought I won't survive again, so I kind of closed my heart a little bit to pets."
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace was left tongue-tied when she first met her larger-than-life The Drop co-star James Gandolfini because he was everything she feared he would be. The new thriller was The Sopranos star's final film and Rapace can still vividly remember the day he walked into a diner to meet her and director Michael Roskam for the first time.
She recalls, "He was very real. I was sitting in a restaurant with Michael and it was the first time both of us met him. He was a big man. This big thing comes in the room and I feel something come in and both of us look up and Michael was like, 'Holy s**t, that's James and he's gonna be in the movie! What am I gonna do?' He was a fan.
"Then he stood up and said, 'Hey, I'm Michael, you're gonna be in my movie!' There was this awkward moment and I stood up and he was massive and his hands were, like, three times my hands, and I have big hands! I don't really get shy but I couldn't say anything."
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The Teen Choice Awards have been throwing surfboards at the most popular things in teen pop culture for over a decade, and last night's ceremony continued the tradition with huge wins for films like The Fault in our Stars and Divergent. While the organization doesn't always lend to the most surprising list of winners, but there have been cases where shockingly good (and shockingly bad) things have walked away with the night's big prizes. Here is our list of the top five best and worst winners of the Teen Choice Awards.
Black SwanWho knew teens loved Darren Aronofsky? The soul-crushing drama Black Swan earned the director the well-deserved Teen Choice Award for Choice Drama, something even the Academy Awards failed to do that year. You can't surf an Oscar, so we'd say Mr. Aronofsky came out ahead.
Toy Story 3The Teen Choice awards rightly heralded Pixar's Toy Story 3 as the best animated film of 2010, presumably because it was impossible to vote for The Vampire Diaries in this category.
Jennifer Hudson for DreamgirlsActress and singer Jennifer Hudson was awarded the hallowed surfboard in 2007 for her theater-shaking performance in Dreamgirls. We're sure the gigantic, sea-worthy trophy enjoys a place of distinction right next to Hudson's Academy Award, which the actress won for the same performance.
The Sixth SenseBack in 2000, when director M. Night Shyamalan was being heralded as the next Spielberg (boy have things changed), the filmmaker netted the Teen Choice Award for Choice Drama for his spooky thriller, The Sixth Sense.
The Hunger Games: Catching FireThe second installment in the Hunger Games franchise winning the award for Choice sci-fi film has always been a foregone conclusion, given the film's audience, but The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is actually a fantastic science fiction film in its own right, and the best one to be released in 2013. The film would have won the award regardless of its quality, but a broken clock is right twice a day, and this time, it was on the money.
Taylor Lautner for AbductionResidual heat from the Twilight series is the only explanation we can fathom for Taylor Lautner winning anything for Abduction. Despite the fact that hardly anyone actually bothered to see the film (it only managed to gross $28 million domestically) and it was universally panned by critics (currently sitting pretty at a 4 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), the actor walked away with the Choice Action Star flotation device in 2011. The film also won the award for Choice Action Film over Mission Impossible: Ghost Protoc0l, but let's not even open up that can of worms.Rihanna for Battleship2012's Battleship didn't do Taylor Kitsch many favors, but it did net Rihanna an award for acting. The R&B mega-star took home the Choice Breakout Star award, even though her performance is almost exclusively made up of one line utterances and exclamations like "What happened?", "Ahhhhhhh!", and "You look like Colonel Sanders, actually." The even bigger crime was that Noomi Rapace was passed over in the same category.
Adam DeVine for Pitch PerfectNow there's nothing particularly awful or even wrong with Adam DeVine's smarmy performance in Pitch Perfect. In fact, we even sort of liked him in the movie. Unfortunately, DeVine earns a spot on this list for the sheer quality of talent he beat out for the Choice Villain award. Acting heavyweights Javier Bardem, Tom Hardy, and Ben Kingsley left the Teen Choice Awards empty handed in favor of DeVine.
Drake Bell for Superhero MovieThankfully, the string of awful spoof movies that ran rampant in the 2000s is finally over, but back in the craze's heyday, Drake Bell won the Choice Breakout Star award for Superhero Movie. Anyone that has seen more than one frame of Superhero Movie knows why that's a travesty.
Ashton Kutcher for KillersRemember that film with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl where Kutcher plays a secret assassin? No? Good.
Oscar winner Jared Leto has reportedly dropped out of negotiations to replace Will Smith in the movie adaptation of Marcus Sakey's novel Brilliance.
The Men in Black star withdrew from the project in May (14) due to scheduling issues following a delay in production, and last week (ends22Jun14) it was reported Leto was in talks to step into the role as a talented federal agent on the hunt for a terrorist.
However, Leto has reportedly turned down the starring role, according to Nikkifinke.com. Noomi Rapace is still on board as the female lead.
Oscar winner Jared Leto is in talks to replace Will Smith in the movie adaptation of Marcus Sakey's novel Brilliance. Leto, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his gender-bending role as an AIDS victim in Dallas Buyers Club, is tipped to join Noomi Rapace in director Julius Onah's film about people with extraordinary abilities.
If Leto signs up, he will portray a talented federal agent on the hunt for a terrorist, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Smith withdrew from the project in May (14) due to scheduling issues following a delay in production.
Actor Will Smith is no longer set to star in the film adaptation of Marcus Sakey's bestselling book Brilliance due to scheduling issues. The Men In Black star recently signed on to play a federal agent, one of a rare set of people born with extraordinary abilities, called "brilliants", who is tasked with hunting down a terrorist with similar talents to prevent him from starting a civil war.
However, he has since exited the project after delays in production.
Filming is slated to begin this summer (14) and moviemakers are now scrambling to find a replacement, according to Deadline.com.
Noomi Rapace is also in negotiations to join the film, which will be directed by Don't Look Back filmmaker Julius Onah from a script penned by Mission: Impossible screenwriter David Koepp.
Captain America's new movie sidekick Anthony Mackie is set to take Andre 3000 on at the box office after re-signing to play Jimi Hendrix in a new biopic about the last nine days of the guitar great's life. Mackie will play the rocker in director Ol Parker's movie Jimi, which has been in the works for several years.
Parker's wife Thandie Newton will appear opposite Anthony and Noomi Rapace, the star of the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, will portray Hendrix's ex-girlfriend Kathy Etchingham.
Anthony was attached to the project when Paul Greengrass was on board to direct, but resistance from the Hendrix estate torpedoed the film.
Outkast star Andre Benjamin, aka Andre 3000, will hit the big screen this summer (14) as the guitar legend in the biopic All Is By My Side.
Rooney Mara has used her appearance at the Cannes Film Festival in France to propose a campaign to persuade movie bosses to make a sequel to her film The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
The actress took over the role of Lisbeth Salander, made famous by Noomi Rapace in the Swedish film series, in a U.S. adaptation of the first installment of Stieg Larsson's book trilogy. Fans have been waiting three years for a sequel based on the second novel, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and Mara admits she doesn't know if the project will ever materialise, so she has urged fans to start a petition.
Speaking during her appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, she tells E! News, "I would love to do it. Maybe start a petition, because I want to do it."
Publishers in Sweden have commissioned a follow-up book to continue Stieg Larsson's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trilogy. The novelist's books became huge international best-sellers and were translated for the big screen in a popular Swedish film series starring Noomi Rapace and Michael Nyqvist, as well as a Hollywood movie with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara.
Larsson died in 2004 before his books were published, and a fourth novel in the series, which he was working on at the time of his passing, has yet to be completed due to an ongoing dispute amongst his heirs.
However, bosses at Norstedts Forlag, the Swedish company which originally published Larsson's trilogy, have now confirmed they are moving forward with plans for a new installment.
They have hired journalist/author David Lagercrantz to write a fourth book in the series, which will continue the exploits of Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist.
The novel is scheduled to be published in August, 2015.
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A few cinemas in Sweden have added a new rating–a Bechdel test rank. The test (devised by feminist graphic novelist Alison Bechdel) measures whether two named female characters talk for any period of time about something that is not a man. It's surprising how few films pass the test: none of the Lord of the Rings or Star Wars films would pass, and only one of the Harry Potter movies would receive an A.
Of course there are movies that can be seen as positive for women that don't pass the test (Run Lola Run), as well as movies that are offensive or that could be seen as damaging to feminism that do (Sucker Punch). But what these cinemas are accomplishing is drawing attention to a discrepency in the cinematic big picture. Would people go to a sci-fi film in which men rarely spoke? Maybe that film will have to be made in order to tell. Just by making this their policy, these Swesish movie theaters have drawn attention to an issue and solution that has previously only been known to a select few.
Find out if your favorite films pass the test at BechdelTest.com.
Made English-language debut opposite Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law in Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows"
Landed breakthrough role as computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Co-starred as an archaeologist who leads a space mission in "Prometheus," directed by Ridley Scott
Earned critical acclaim for her portrayal of a troubled teen mother in Danish film "Daisy Diamond"
Once again reprised role of Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest"
Co-starred with Colin Farrell in neo-noir crime thriller "Dead Man Down"
Landed first acting role at age seven, a non-speaking role in "Í skugga hrafnsins"
Made TV debut playing the part of Lucinda Gonzales on Swedish series "Tre kronor"
Reprised role of Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl Who Played with Fire"
Noomi Rapace captured the attention of filmgoers with a gripping and explosive performance in the Swedish film "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2009). The actress played a gutsy and troubled computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander, a character based on Stieg Larsson's 2005 best-selling novel of the same name. Rapace's performance resonated among critics and audiences who loved to watch a strong yet complex female character on screen. Rapace reprised her breakout role in two other films from Larsson's "Millennium Trilogy" (2005-07) - "The Girl Who Played with Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" - both released in 2009. Even though she was not cast in the American film version, Rapace capitalized on her popularity and landed featured parts in mainstream Hollywood projects. Still, it was the commitment and passion she threw into the physically and emotionally demanding role in the original "Dragon Tattoo" that catapulted Rapace from an independent film ingénue into an internationally renowned star.
Spanish; Rapace has said she saw her father only occasionally before his 2007 death