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In Search of Lisbeth Salander

In Search of Lisbeth Salander (photo)

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With Daniel Craig locked down to play Mikael Blomkvist in David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” there remains only the question of who will play Lisbeth Salander, the punk genius tattooed bisexual possibly autistic heart of the thriller and its two sequels.

The Daily Beast quotes an unnamed agent as saying “This is the biggest role for an actress in the last five or six years. If the movie works and the actress is good, it’s a role they could be [Oscar] nominated for. And it’s a big global footprint to get other jobs. It’s a game changer.”

Such a game changer, it seems, that the name of every elfin starlet from Carey Mulligan to Mia Wasikowska has been tossed around as being under consideration for the role. But according to that same Daily Beast article, Fincher is taking a similar route to the one that led Swedish producers to cast Noomi Rapace as Salander in their adaptations of the novels and has narrowed the field down to four mostly unknowns. Here’s a runthrough:

Sophie Lowe: Australian actress who’s so far only worked in local productions that haven’t made it to these shores, like James Rabbitts’ horror film “The Clinic” and Rachel Ward’s drama “Beautiful Kate,” the trailer for which is here:

Rooney Mara: An American, Mara’s largest role to date has been Nancy Holbrook in the remake of “A NIghtmare on Elm Street.” She played parts in various private school-set indies like 2009’s “Dare” and “Tanner Hall” (trailer below), but will soon be appearing in the biggest private school movie of them all, David Fincher’s own “The Social Network.”

Léa Seydoux: The 25-year-old granddaughter of the chairman of Pathé, the French Seydoux played the central pensive teenage object of desire in Christophe Honoré’s “La Belle Personne” (trailer below), and has appeared in other imports like “Lourdes” and “The Last Mistress.” While she had a small role in “Inglourious Basterds,” she had a larger one in Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” as King John’s mistress Isabella of Angoulême.

Sarah Snook: Another Australian, Snook has the fewest credits to her name of the four — she has a role alongside the better known Emily Browning (who was considered for the part as well) in Julia Leigh’s 2011 “erotic fairytale” “Sleeping Beauty” and another upcoming Aussie production, a TV movie entitled “Sisters of War.” Here’s a trailer from a Sydney stage production:

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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