Dec 05
2010

Many thanks to Klara for sending in some brand new scans from the December 2010 issue of the Swedish Amelia magazine.

Dec 04
2010

Empire Magazine’s Year in Review features a page on Noomi with an article on her international success this year and the launch of her Hollywood career. The scan can be found in the gallery, with many thanks to Mariana for contributing it!

Dec 02
2010

Will one of the year’s best performances go unrecognized? ask The Hollywood Reporter. Noomi Rapace’s role in ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ is ineligible for a Globes nomination. One of the year’s best performances likely will go unrecognized. Noomi Rapace, star of the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, isn’t eligible for a Globes nomination; the film unspooled in Europe in 2009, which rules it out. She is not excluded, though, by the Academy. But neither the film’s Swedish producers nor U.S. distributor Music Box can afford a half-million-dollar Oscar campaign. “They wouldn’t make any more money on the film,” one insider says. “And the original Swedish producers are involved with the David Fincher remake. They don’t want Noomi to outshine Rooney Mara.” But don’t cry for Rapace — she got the female lead in the Sherlock Holmes sequel, now shooting in London.

Nov 27
2010

Here’s a fantastic new interview by Deadline Hollywood: This year Hollywood types everywhere were discussing the Swedish films made from Stieg Larsson’s Millennium trilogy of books – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest. Noomi Rapace has already won the Swedish equivalency for her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander. But the most recent actress to appear in a small foreign film, get an out–of–the–blue nomination, win the Best Actress Oscar, then land big roles in major studio tentpoles was Marion Cotillard. Noomi’s U.S. agents and managers have assured her: “You can have that same journey.” Pete Hammond recently spoke to Noomi Rapace about her role and Oscar chances:

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Nov 27
2010

The Swedish Bon Magazine has a real treat for Noomi fans. Not only did they interview the actress on 15 (!) pages in their Winter 2010/2011 issue – the stunning photoshoot by Max Vitali of Noomi, surrounded by black Friesians, is accompanied by an online video – “I” – in High Definition on Youtube.

Also, here is a fantastic preview of the magazine and photoshoot. To catch Noomi’s interview, be sure to grab your copy of Bon on newsstands. My sincere thanks to them for sharing this great material. Enjoy!


Nov 22
2010

Article courtesy The Herald Scotland. I’m telling her about the London press screening for The Girl Who Played With Fire. Such was the buzz about the second instalment of the hit adaptations of the late Stieg Larsson’s bestselling Millennium novels, the cinema was mobbed. So much so, a second screening had to be hastily arranged for the overflow of critics eager to see Rapace reprise her role as antisocial hacker Lisbeth Salander. For a Hollywood film, this would be unusual. For a Swedish movie with subtitles, it’s unheard of. Then again, this is the Millennium trilogy we’re talking about. A complex, compelling saga of corruption and evil in which Salander must fend for herself in a male-dominated world, the books have sold more than 30 million copies in 40 countries. For Rapace, they have brought her the role of a lifetime, one that’s seen her become world cinema’s brightest new star. Like Marion Cotillard before her – who went from winning an Oscar for her portrayal of Edith Piaf in La Vie En Rose to starring in blockbusters Public Enemies and Inception – Rapace is being sized up for a Hollywood career.

We meet a month after she returned from a summer spent in the US, meeting big-name directors including Ridley Scott, McG and James McTeigue. “I met some wonderful people whom I respect and would love to work with,” says Rapace, who is 30. It’s a heady time – not least with her discussing roles alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible 4, McTeigue’s Edgar Allan Poe adaptation The Raven and McG’s spy comedy This Means War. What’s more, the US distributor of the Millennium films is already talking up a possible Oscar nod for Rapace for playing Salander.

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Nov 14
2010

With many many thanks to Klara, here are some exclusive scans from the November 2010 issue of Situation Stockholm, including some great pictures. Enjoy reading!

Nov 14
2010

With many thanks to my friend Mariana, exclusive scans from People (United Kingdom, November 2010) and Empire Magazine (United Kingdom, December 2010) have been added to the gallery. The first is a brief interview on the “Millenium” trilogy and working with Robert Downey, jr. The second is an extensive report on the Stieg Larsson pehnomenom – “how the world and Hollywood caught the Millenium bug” – a very interesting article, so don’t miss. Enjoy!

Nov 08
2010

Article courtesy People Magazine: When Noomi Rapace won the role of the gutsy Lisbeth Salander in Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films, she knew it would change her life. But not quite the way she expected. “I thought everyone would hate me!” says Rapace, 30, who transformed herself into an androgynous, punky, chain-smoking computer hacker for the three Swedish movies. “The readers of the books have such a strong relationship with her as a character, I thought they’d never accept what I did with Lisbeth. It felt like a suicide mission to accept the role.” To prepare, Rapace trained kick-boxing four times a week for seven months, dieted, got a motorcycle license, cut her hair and pierced herself a total of six times. Her 7-year-old son – with Swedish actor Ola Rapace – was at first hesitant about his mom’s new look. “For the first movie, he asked me, ‘Mom, why do you want to look like a teenage boy?'” she says. “For the last movie, I shaved my head on both sides like a Mohawk. I brought him with me when I did it, because I didn’t want to come home and look like Edward Scissorhands and scare him! He sat there and looked at me and said, ‘Mom, why are you doing this?’ After a while, he said, ‘I think it looks good! I want a hairdo like that, too!’ That’s when I said, ‘Stop!'”

Nov 07
2010

With many thanks to Mariana, scans from the December 2010 issue of the British Marie Claire magazine have been add to the gallery. Enjoy reading!