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In the last few years, Rooney Mara has quietly racked up films made by a string of A-list directors like David Fincher, Terrence Malick, and Steven Soderbergh, but her latest film, "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" with Casey Affleck, comes from a relatively unknown director, but one that's adored on the awards circuit, David Lowery.

When Josh Horowitz spoke with Mara, she recalled being struck by Lowery's screenplay, which tells the story of a husband who aims to reunite with his wife and child after escaping from prison.

"I can't remember exactly the timeline, but I think this movie was the first thing that I signed on to do after doing 'Dragon Tattoo.' It wasn't the first thing I made after 'Dragon Tattoo,' but it was the first thing I committed to," she said. "I just loved the script so much. David is a phenomenal writer. When I met with him in person, I could just tell he was special and he knew what movie he wanted to make. He has a very special voice. I just knew I wanted to be a part of it."

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Yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter claimed that it was Daniel Craig's salary demands that have held up production on a sequel to "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." Since the first film didn't fare as well as hoped, corners would have to be cut for the characters of Steig Larsson's popular novels to appear on screen again stateside.

But when MTV News' Josh Horowitz spoke with Rooney Mara on the red carpet for Steven Soderbergh's "Side Effects," she was quick to dismiss the talk as baseless rumors.

"I've been talking a lot with ['Dragon Tattoo' director David Fincher] about the sequel, and I don't know where that rumor was started — but it would never be a possibility," Mara said. "He wouldn't be written out."

With the creators of "Dragon Tattoo" remaining cagey on what might happen with "The Girl Who Played With Fire," we'll have to wait and see what becomes of Craig and the series.

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Hey, Channing. You might want to be careful. We've seen the previews for "Side Effects," the upcoming movie from director Steven Soderbergh, and the new clip from the movie, exclusively on MTV News, and Rooney Mara is acting strangely. It's almost as if she's up to something.

Well, we warned him.

Anyway, as we just explained to Channing Tatum, that's an exclusive clip from "Side Effects" up above, and we're pretty excited about it. It comes from Soderburgh and Scott Z. Burns, who last teamed up on the underrated "Contagion."

In the clip, Tatum wakes up to loud music and Mara's character running around the house, preparing for a guest he doesn't know about and probably doesn't exist. Creepy.

"Side Effects" opens in theaters on February 8.

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Side Effects

Since the end of last year, Steven Soderbergh has been riding an incredibly productive hot streak that included the underrated "Contagion," the kickass "Haywire," and the surprise hit "Magic Mike." That's exactly what makes his claims of retiring after this year so unfortunate. It also doesn't help that the trailer for his "final" theatrical release, "Side Effects," looks so good.

The psychological thriller comes from the mind of writer Scott Z. Burns, a recent Soderbergh collaborator, who also wrote "Contagion," and stars Rooney Mara, Jude Law, Channing Tatum, and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

In the film, Mara stars as Emily Hawkins, a woman whose husband (Tatum) will soon be getting out of prison. To cope with the change, she turns to a prescription drug, which turns out to have some unexpected—umm—side effects.

Check out the trailer after the jump!

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Dragon Tattoo

We haven’t heard anything about the planned sequel to 2011's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" for a while now, so it doesn't come as much of a surprise that the movie isn't slated to hit theaters until at least 2014.

Still, since we haven't heard much about "The Girl Who Played With Fire" at all, it's nice to hear that the project is still in the works. Entertainment Weekly spoke with a source close to the production who says that screenwriter Steven Zaillian is still working on the screenplay for the project, which has lead to some of the hold-up. The movie won't move forward on anything -- casting, location scouting or even getting a director -- until the script is in good shape, so there's no way it can get through production in time for its hoped for late-2013 release date.

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MST3K Headboard

There are few better ways to sleep than under the silhouettes of your favorite movie-hating robots, and this Mystery Science Theater 3000 headboard is probably the best way to do it.

Also, Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson reflect on life and Saul Goodman rocks out with Tenacious D, all in today's Dailies!

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Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara has replaced Blake Lively as the troubled lead in Steven Soderbergh's "The Side Effects," marking her first project since "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" hit theaters. Meanwhile, Sarah Jessica Parker has officially replaced Demi Moore in "Lovelace," Tom Hiddleston joined an upcoming vampire flick and Michelle Williams could be taking a break from acting.

It's January 30, and you're tuning in for today's casting call.

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We're just under a week away from the premiere of David Fincher's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," one of the most anticipated movies of the holiday season. There has been so much talk about every aspect of the upcoming film, but none has received as much attention as Rooney Mara, the woman bringing the film's heroine to life.

This new TV spot focuses on Mara as Lisbeth Salander, the disturbed genius research assistant Daniel Craig's Mikael Blomkvist brings in to help find a killer inside an influential family in a remote part of Sweden.

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Girl with the Dragon TattooSome actors mentally transform into their roles for a movie, but "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" star Rooney Mara had to do it physically.

The last time Mara appeared in a film (appropriately David Fincher's "The Social Network"), she had long, luscious brown hair and a very girl-next-door overall vibe. But no longer. Mara and Fincher open up to Entertainment Weekly in this week's issue and talk about how the prestigious director told his leading lady right up front that she was going to have to change a lot for the role.

"I told Rooney, 'You're going to be emaciated, you have to be naked, you have to get raped [on screen], get pierced, smoke cigarettes, ride a motorcycle,'" Fincher recalled saying. "'I need you to really concentrate and tell me this is something you want.'"

Spoiler alert: it was.

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"Blomkvist and Salander have an odd relationship." Daniel Craig seems to be putting the emotional core of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" a bit lightly in the excerpt from this month's Empire magazine cover story, but that relationship is exactly what the sexy photos released from the issue are highlighting.

From Craig's Blomkvist handcuffed to a chair, to Rooney Mara's Salander blowing cigarette smoke into his mouth, the newest images from the film are showing off director David Fincher's knack for sexy, sexy filmmaking. As if you had any doubts, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is looking much closer to Fincher's work on "Fight Club" than on last year's "The Social Network."

Check out the rest of today's film news after the jump!

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