Rooney Mara is ready to go to extremes again in a “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” sequel. The film has gotten the green light from Sony Pictures, even though it had a so-so outing at the box office.

“[‘Dragon Tattoo’] continues to do strong business and nothing has changed with respect to development of the next book,” a Sony exec told Entertainment Weekly.

Mara and Daniel Craig, who star as Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist, both confirmed at a New York news conference that they are willing to do the sequel. The next film is titled:  “The Girl Who Played With Fire.”

The film is a remake of the first of a three-film Swedish series based on the “Millennium Trilogy” crime novels by the late Swedish author Steig Larsson.

In the complex calculus that often goes into decisions to make sequels, the “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” apparently has done well enough to move on to the next book.

It’s taken in just over $62 million in North America since it’s release just before Christmas, and about $12.7 million overseas, according to boxofficemojo. But the $90 million film is still in the red.

Although it is “R” rated with strong sexual content it has managed to make it into almost 3,000 theaters at its widest distribution. It’s also still being rolled out overseas, according to Sony.

Films Win Library of Congress Recognition

“Forest Gump,” Disney’s “Bambi,” “Norma Rae,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “War of the Worlds” and Charlie Chaplin’s first full-length pic, “The Kid,” are being added to the National Film Registry this year.

The Library of Congress, which maintains the registry, added 25 films in all. The six pics are part of a typically eclectic mix of titles added.

The registry was created in 1989 to ensure the survival of works considered culturally, historically or aesthetically significant. They were selected from more than 2,200 titles nominated by the public during 2011. Good choices indeed.

Reflections on a Television Season

When all is said and done in TV this year, or, at least this season, J.J. Abrams’ “Person Of Interest” has got my vote as the No. 1 and No. 2 best show of the year Homeland would be my other choice!

The basic premise of the show is about someone who has invented a machine that watches everything and can successfully predict trouble before it happens.

Michael Emerson plays the inventor, the brilliant Jim Caviezel his emissary, Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapman as the conflicted police detectives.

The writing has been off the charts, but the acting is even better. Caviezel (“Passion of the Christ”), who we’ve loved for years, is mesmerizing as the mysterious man-in-black.

Emerson, straight from “Lost is just as good. It’s such a pleasure to watch terrific writing and acting, yes, you’ve got to pay attention … but, a stunner of a show for sure.

Names in the News

Judd Bernard, Brian Lowry, Tom Cuddy, Andrew Saffir, Lisa Richie, Luke Fonteau, David Salidor, Jason Simos, Sandy Hicks, Michael Gelman, Bill Adler, Bruce Carbone, Freddy Bastone, Chelsey Northern, Carol Kayos, Victoria Lang.