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VIDEO: Watch Fincher’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Trailer

Daniel Craig and Rooney MaraRemaking an already highly-acclaimed Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher had a lot to live up to. Columbia Pictures finally released the official trailer for the film, and -- as if you'd expect anything less from the guy who put out the amazing trailer for The Social Network -- it looks terrifyingly good.

Of course, hiring Daniel Craig as his lead actor didn't hurt.

Set to a Karen O and Trent Reznor cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," the trailer (seen after the jump) promises to be the "feel-bad movie of Christmas." Upon the trailer's release, some were quick to point out the many clues, revelations, and integral scenes interspersed among the quick cuts. I, for one, can't feel bad for anyone who hasn't seen the original trilogy. Furthermore, who's going to remember all the shots from a one minute and thirty-nine second trailer when the film hits theaters on December 21?

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James Bond Release Date Confirmed

Daniel Craig as James Bond

James Bond is to return to movie screens next year.

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as the suave British spy in the 23rd screen adventure in November 2012, after the film was finally given the go-ahead, nine months after it was originally shelved amid money problems for studio MGM.

Sam Mendes will direct the film, while legendary actress Dame Judi Dench is believed to be returning as M. Frost/Nixon actor Michael Sheen has reportedly been approached to play the villain while a Bond girl to play opposite heartthrob Craig is yet to be decided.

"I think I'm going to be needed in spring of 2011. That's a message I got," Judi previously said.

Actor Simon Russell Beale has been linked with a role after being watched twice by Bond producer Barbara Brocolli in his current West End play Deathtrap - and is also playing King Lear in 2012 under the direction of Sam Mendes. "Every actor wants to be in Bond and I'd love to be a baddie," he recently said.

The script, meanwhile, is being penned by regular contributors Neal Purvis and Robert Wade along with John Logan who worked on Hollywood hits Gladiator, The Aviator and The Last Samurai. Shooting will start later this year and its release will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film, Dr No.

Cowboys and Aliens: This is Happening

Daniel Craig. Harrison Ford. Sam Rockwell. Olivia Wilde. Jon Favreau. Steven Spielberg. Ron Howard. If you attach all of these names to one movie, does it legitimize the movie? Many Harry Potter fans had to ask themselves this question over the weekend when they were treated to the trailer you’ll find in the video above. The project is called Cowboys & Aliens, and this is not a joke.

Craig plays protagonist Jake Lonergan, who wakes alone in the desert with no memory of who he is. He knows only that he is alone, and has a mysterious metal shackle around his wrist. Things go from bad to worse when he learns that he is a criminal, wanted by the chief lawman in the nearest town (Harrison Ford).

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MGM Bankrupt, But Bond Will Go On

MGM may have filed for bankruptcy earlier this week, but the 23rd James Bond movie will receive the financial support it needs. The studio announced that they’ve picked up a partner to foot the bill on Bond.

Daniel Craig, the current Bond, recently released a statement urging MGM to get their movie projects together, so he should be thrilled with this news.

Meanwhile, MGM is still shopping for a partner to pick up the bill on The Hobbit, which comes with a $265 million price tag.

Production for the next 007 film will start soon in order to get it ready for its November 2012 release date.

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Daniel Craig: Eager to Play James Bond Again

Daniel Craig“Unless MGM can sort themselves out, we can’t make a movie,” , also known as James Bond, offered this less-than-positive comment in a recent interview. “I’m really keen to get going, it’s as simple as that.”

Apparently not. Bond 23, the next planned 007 flick, has been indefinitely suspended by MGM, which is suffering from serious financial difficulties.

“I’d like to fulfill the circle with the story,” Craig said, but added that “there is nothing really to say” until MGM straightens out their financials. “There’s no chance of getting it made until those things are taken care of.”

Bummer, James Bond fans. The franchise will just wait for another day … or year.

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Rooney Mara Lands Coveted Dragon Tattoo Role

Rooney MaraI hope Emma Watson doesn’t regret cutting her hair now.

One of Hollywood’s most highly coveted parts has finally been cast. , most recently featured in the Nightmare on Elm Street remake, will now play the lead in the remake of another film: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Although a number of A-list actresses had reportedly been in contention for the role of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, director David Fincher decided to narrow his focus on lesser-known stars. Rooney, who will be seen later this year in The Social Network, was the one who eventually won the part over names like Carey Mulligan, Natalie Portman and Mia Wasikowska.

Mara will alongside Daniel Craig, who was previously cast as journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Shooting on Tattoo will begin next month in time for a December 21, 2011 release.

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Kristen Stewart is Not the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Kristen StewartKristen Stewart is the fan pick for the next Girl With the Dragon Tattoo film project, which has already snagged Daniel Craig in the role of Mikael Blomkvist. The Girl of the title is a brilliant, troubled bisexual - and the role seems to fit K-Stew like a glove. Unfortunately, it looks like the girl better known as Bella Swan can’t possibly do the movie due to a scheduling conflict.

In a bitter twist of irony, Twi-hards won’t get to see K-Stew in Dragon Tattoo because they’ll be enjoying her in , which begins production at the same time as the aforementioned flick. Both films are scheduled to begin shooting in the fall; Breaking Dawn in Louisiana, Dragon Tattoo in Sweden.

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Daniel Craig Joins Dragon Tattoo Remake

Daniel CraigDaniel Craig is now officially attached to the remake of .

The Casino Royale star will play journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the adaptation of the Stieg Larsson novel. He’ll begin work on the film in Sweden after wrapping up Jon Favreau’s Cowboys and Aliens.

Director David Fincher and producer Scott Rudin have not yet announced which actress will play opposite Craig as Lisbeth Salander. Possible names have included Ellen Page, Mia Wasikowska and Rooney Mara.

The U.S. version of Tattoo is expected to hit theaters in December 2011, with possible sequels - and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest - to follow.

Craig has plenty of time on his hands since production on the 23rd James Bond film has been suspended indefinitely due to financing problems at MGM.

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Casting Corner: Ashley Judd, Jeremy Renner and More

Ashley Judd

Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Ashley Judd: The actress will return to the big screen in Flypaper, an indie project being helmed by The Forbidden Kingdom‘s Rob Minkoff. Judd replaces the originally-cast Liv Tyler in the bank heist film. The movie written by The Hangover‘s Jon Lucas and Scott Moore also includes Patrick Dempsey and Tim Blake Nelson.

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Remake News: The Crow, Logan’s Run and More

The Crow: A remake that was announced back in December 2008 is finally starting to take shape. Shooting on The Crow, a new adaptation of the comic book tale, should begin later this year. In the 1994 film version, actor Brandon Lee - who was tragically killed as the result of an accidental shooting on set - played the deceased man who comes back to avenge his fiancee’s death. Director Stephen Norrington’s script will feature new backdrops and a different form for the title character. “The Crow itself is a creature in this movie — it’s not just a bird,” producer Edward Pressman told MTV. “It’s got a personality and a character. Not like Godzilla exactly, but it’s very different [and has] a more active role in the story.”

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