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Movie Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
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Girl with the Dragon TattooThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Directed by David Fincher
Written by Steven Zallian
Starring Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgard, Steven Berkoff, Robin Wright, Goran Visnjic, Joely Richardson
Release Date: December 20, 2011

Crusading journalist and magazine publisher Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) has just taken a major hit to his finances and reputation in a libel suit brought against him by billionaire businessman Hans-Erik Wennerström (Ulf Friberg). As he’s trying to figure out his next move while keeping his personal life afloat, Mikael is summoned by retired industrialist Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) to his palatial estate on an island in the Swedish countryside. The older gentleman offers the disgraced Blomkvist a golden opportunity that will replenish his bank account and restore his reputation as an honest reporter if he will use his investigative skills to solve the mystery of the disappearance of Vanger’s great-niece Harriet, whom he believes was murdered four decades ago. Blomkvist is reluctant to take on such a task, but when Vanger also offers to give him the crucial evidence he needs to bring Wennerström to justice, the embattled writer accepts the job.

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Watch Now: ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ 8-Minute Trailer
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Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Columbia Pictures has released an even longer trailer for the upcoming David Fincher film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which you can watch here below.

The 8-minute trailer was first made available last week at iTunes when the soundtrack went up for pre-order. Despite being more than three times longer than the average trailer, the extended scenes presented in this trailer (complete with an original score composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross) have a nice, orderly flow to them and don’t reveal too much of the story.

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Deal: The Sound of Music: 45th Anniversary Blu-ray/DVD Box Set
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Sound of Music box set

Today’s Gold Box spotlight deal of the day over at Amazon today is the The Sound of Music – 45th Anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo box set for only $32.99 (that’s 63% off the list price of $89.99).

Note, this deal is only for today, Monday, October 17, 2011, until midnight PST while supplies last.

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‘Skyrim’ Voice Cast Includes Christopher Plummer, Joan Allen, Max Von Sydow & Wonder Woman
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Skyrim Banner

The voice cast for Bethesda Softworks’ upcoming mega–game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has been officially announced, and it includes some very interesting names.

The first and already known actor is of course Max von Sydow, who gave us an early sample of his work in the game’s announcement trailer back in December. Sydow is an Oscar–nominated actor (for Pelle the Conqueror) who’s many films have included The Exorcist, Minority Report, Shutter Island, Robin Hood, and of course, Ghostbusters II as the voice of Vigo!

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Digital Deal: ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’
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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered CountryAmazon is offering up Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country for purchase for only $3.99 through their Video On Demand service.

This digital deal is only for today, Thursday, October 7 until midnight PST, so grab it while you can. The digital version is regularly $9.99, and the 24-hour rental is $2.99.

Visit the Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country product page to purchase the film.

Released in 1991, this is the final film in the franchise to feature the entire original Star Trek cast, including William Shatner as Kirk and Leonard Nimoy as Spock. The film also saw the return of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan director Nicholas Meyer to the director’s chair (previous occupied by Nimoy for Star Trek III & IV and Shatner for Star Trek V). A very young, pre-Sex and the City Kim Cattrall has a major role as a Spock’s Vulcan protege, while Christopher Plummer stars as a Klingon.

Synopsis: The crews of the Enterprise and the Excelsior must stop a plot to prevent a peace treaty between the Klingon Empire and the Federation.

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‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Adds Christopher Plummer To Cast
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Actor Christopher Plummer (Up, The Last Station) has joined the cast of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the adaptation of the acclaimed novel of the same name by author Stieg Larsson. The book was first adapted in the 2009 Swedish film, which has received critical acclaim since its release.

The movie tells the story of a journalist and a tech-savvy girl who are hired by a former CEO who wants them to solve a 40-year-old cold case involving the disappearance of his great niece. As their investigation moves forward, many deep and dark secrets about the family come to surface.

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Geek Discussion: 82nd Annual Academy Award Winners & Losers!
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Oscars

As always, we like to have the results of the big awards ceremonies here for all to see, and tonight was the biggest of them all: the 82nd annual Academy Awards.

This, the king of all awards shows, has faced much criticism the last few years, and their nominations this year did not help bring validity to their cause. Many of the films and actors were very deserving of their nominations, but many others were passed over in lieu of some big box office successes of questionable overall quality. And though they made a valiant effort to increase the excitement of the show with 10 Best Picture nominations, the end result was frustrating to we the film lovers of the world?

In the end, some fantastic films and performances were justly awarded, and as always, there were a few that rubbed the wrong way. Continue on over to the other side to see all of the final results!

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82nd Academy Awards Nominations: ‘District 9′! Oh, And…’The Blind Side’!?
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82nd Oscars

For we the movie fanatics of the world, the Academy Awards are just as exciting as the Super Bowl. Many of us throw or attend Oscar parties, and even go so far as to print out that ballot and lock our picks into place.

Over the past few years, this and a lot of other awards shows have kind of lost their flare. It has become apparent that deciding nominees and voting for winners is not about who is the best and who is most deserving, but about what has the best side-story and what the popular names and titles are. This massive flaw is hard to swallow, and the appeal of the whole event is bordering on non-existent.

To help bring more appeal to the game, the folks behind the Academy Awards chose to make a few changes in the format of the show. The biggest of these alterations was of course changing the amount of Best Picture nominees from 5 to a whopping 10, which meant that all of the deserving but not-so-traditional contenders (The Dark Knight) could get their chance to be underdog heroes.

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Doom Discussion: 67th Annual Golden Globe Winners & Losers
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Globes

Well, the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards were just handed out, and the winners and losers are now here for us to talk about.

The popularity and integrity of the Globes has consistently declined over the years as it became apparent that those who were voting were typically voting based on popularity and not so much on those who are deserving (a trend among awards shows, it would seem). Still, these are the awards that set the table for the big one, the Academy Awards, and what we can start to expect when those are handed out.

The show was actually better than it usually is. Ricky Gervais was a brilliant host, and even though he likely pissed a lot of people off with his edgy humor, it will be impossible to ignore the positive feedback you will hear from his job this evening. The awards played out as expected with a few pleasant surprises and the typical sickening winner from time-to-time.

For those of you who missed the Golden Globes or just didn’t watch them, click on over to the other side to see a rundown of highlights to seek out on YouTube and low points to avoid. Also to be found below is the entire list of nominees, with the winner in each category in bold if you don’t care and just want to peek at who won.

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Golden Globe Nominees Revealed; What Do You Think?
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Globes

The list of nominees for the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced earlier today, and you can check out the whole list below.

The Globes aren’t the most respected of all awards ceremonies (not that many…if ANY are these days), but they are good for one important thing: Academy Awards potentials. Many of the nominees and winners of Golden Globes will go on to land Oscar nominations as well, so movie fans watch with sharp eyes.

Just a glance over the list of nominees, you can see why so many people have trouble taking awards like this seriously. There’s a select group of movies that feel like they’re given these nods just because of their status and not due to their quality. These movies could in fact be the very best of the best this year — I do not know for sure — but when you see films like Nine which hasn’t even been released yet getting so many nominations, you scratch your head, especially knowing how much love musicals get JUST for being musicals. Or maybe even Avatar grabbing a massively unexpected nod in the Best Motion Picture Dramas category. Hopefully the majority of these are indeed the most deserving of the honor, and may the best films win.

Head on over to the other side to see the entire rundown of Golden Globe nominees and please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!

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