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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 27, 2010 at 10:55 AM

Movie news: “Dragon Tattoo,” a 3D “Ring,” and more

As we all continue to happily ponder the wealth of movie shampoo scenes (hey, and nobody’s mentioned “Shampoo” yet), some news items from all over:
— More mumblings about the U.S. version of “Girl with a Dragon Tattoo”: Anne Thompson reports on her blog that Carey Mulligan is getting closer to a sure thing to play Salander, with Brad Pitt (Brad Pitt?) now in the running for the role of Blomkvist. (No offense to Pitt, but he’s wrong, wrong, wrong. I’m still thinking Jeremy Renner, or maybe Philip Seymour Hoffman.) But none of this is a done deal yet, and won’t be until Steve Zaillian’s script is final. Thompson does note that she can confirm that the U.S. version will be set in Sweden, so at least that’s something.
— The “Ring” franchise, based on the way-scarier Japanese horror flick in which something nasty was residing in a videotape, will return in 3D: Paramount has announced a third “Ring” movie, to be more “teen-centric” (surprised?) and to be titled, somewhat unimaginatively, “Ring 3D.”
— Speaking of 3D, “The Green Hornet” has been moved from its prestigious December 22nd release date to January 14. The movie, which stars Seth Rogen and Christoph Waltz and is directed by the ever-intriguing though uneven Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), needs the extra time for 3D enhancements, according to its studio. Sony is valiantly spinning this as a necessary delay. Bottom line, though: It is never, ever a good sign when a movie’s release date moves from Christmas week — when everybody goes to the multiplexes — to mid-January, when the turkeys get dumped.

And back to hair for a moment: Here’s Matt Damon admiring his handiwork on Franka Potente’s head in “The Bourne Identity.” (photo copyright 2002 Universal Studios)

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