I poured through Stieg Larsson’s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo book series in, like, three weeks, utterly captivated with the compelling story line(s), complex characters, and great writing, somewhat of a rarity for page-turning beach reads. Most of all, I was obsessed with the character of Lisbeth Salander, the unlikely heroine of Larsson’s trilogy. Tough as nails, emotionally guarded, and utterly brilliant, with dozens of piercings and tattoos, Lisbeth is a victim turned warrior. I am excited to see Rooney Mara make the character her own in the American film adaptation of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” which hits theaters Dec. 21. (Check out an exclusive photo from the film, above!)
In Lisbeth’s honor, here are 12 other kick ass female film and TV characters and the women who played them.
“Ru Paul’s Drag Race” Season 4 looks absolutely sick! Based on this preview, we should prepare to gag on some serious eleganza because these queens are serving up reality realness like never before. Work! January 30, 2012. Calendar marked. The only thing that could make it more of a main event in my life is if Ru invited me to be a extra special guest. Nobody cares about Kelly Osbourne, right? And I’m not just throwing shade. [NYMag]
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On is becoming quite the celebrity! After garnering millions of fans with his YouTube videos, Marcel just released a book, and may soon be seen in a new TV show. He and his parents, Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer-Camp, were recently interviewed on Williams’ new show “Rock Center,” and Marcel was not shy about giving as good as he got. When Williams asked Marcel what it was like having only one eye, the little shell shot back, “Has having one nose affected you in any way?” Boo-yah.
After conservative groups complained, home supplies company Lowe’s pulled its commercial support of a new TLC program called “All-American Muslim.” And just a day later, music mogul Russell Simmons stepped in and purchased the advertising space necessary to keep the show on the air.
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