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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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"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" could very well get a sequel after all — it just might happen without Daniel Craig.

A new report published by The Hollywood Reporter examines exactly where the "Dragon Tattoo" sequel, "The Girl Who Played with Fire," stands. According to the article, it appears that Craig is the hold-up due to "Skyfall"-fueled salary demands. But since the character he plays, crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist, has a reduced role in the second Stieg Larsson novel the movie is based on, it's reported that Sony might move forward with a sequel without Craig or Blomkvist in tow.

Yeah, I know. I completely agree: it makes no frickin' sense.

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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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Nine films are nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards this year, begging the question: who deserved a tenth spot on that list? "Oscars 2012: 10 Spot" answers that question, as the MTV Movies team highlights some of 2011's greatest films and argues why they deserved a nod as the tenth Best Picture nominee.

"The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" specifically points out what's wrong with the Best Picture race this year. Of the films in the conversation, David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's best-selling novel did deserve a nomination for the Oscar top prize in 2011, but in almost any other year, I think the snub would have been justified.

That is because "Dragon Tattoo" has one thing that all of the Best Picture nominees, with the exception of "Tree of Life," severely lack: an edge.

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Say what you will about the guy, but it looks like nothing is "impossible" for Tom Cruise.

The actor's latest entry to the "Mission" franchise — the Brad Bird directed "Ghost Protocol" — made the impossible happen by topping the holiday weekend box office with a healthy $46.2 million haul, bringing the film's total to $78.6 million after 11 days in theaters.

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In addition to being one of the most anticipated films of the season, "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is also marketing itself somewhat subversively: as the "feel bad movie" of the year, something sure to put a damper on your Christmas morning. With a plot heavy on rape and murder, it's definitely not fun for the whole family.

But "Tattoo" wouldn't be the first inappropriate holiday movie, not by a long shot. For families really upset about the way their annual Yankee Swap turned out, there's a long history of violent and messed up films being released on Christmas weekend. Below, our top five picks for the worst way to spend a Christmas afternoon.

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"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is awesome. It's the top-ranked flick on our list of the Best Movies of 2011. What more do you need to know? David Fincher's adaptation of the first book in the Millennium Trilogy is as faithful as it gets (with an important deviation here and there), complete with gruesome twists and stellar performances—indeed, it hosts what could very well be the greatest performance of the year.


Rooney Mara talks Salander!

If all that isn't enough incentive to check out "Dragon Tattoo" this week, here are five other reasons you need to see this movie.

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by Lauren Kearney

It’s time to turn off the Christmas music and put down your credit cards: "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" hits theaters today. And you need to check it out, not least before MTV named it the best movie of 2011. But if a trip to the movies doesn’t seem to be in the cards today, don’t worry. We’ve got a few clips to keep you up to speed.

In this first clip, Mikael Blomkvist first meets Lisbeth Salander. Blomkvist gives Salander a run for her money, after barging into her apartment and interrupting a hookup session (awkward), crossing boundaries that Salander does not take well.

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Harry Potter

With award season running at full-throttle, it's the perfect time to get your Best Picture predictions in before the Academy Awards in February. But which movie will it be? Does "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" stand a chance against the big Oscar bait movies at the end of the year?

The race is wide open, and with no clear front-runner, we need you to help pick which movie is the most likely to take the top prize. Vote for your choice of most likely to win Best Picture in our poll below!

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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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