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David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, adapted from the popular novel by Gillian Flynn, is one of the most anticipated films of 2014. With reports on potential plot changes and wild reactions to the film’s casting, fans have been following production from the start. But is the final product worthy of the hype?
Because we can’t wait until the official release date, and there are too many book-to-movie adaptations flooding the box office this fall, let’s break down what we’ve learned from the first official reviews. Spoilers ahead (duh).
The Film’s Ending Does Not Stray from the Book
Yay? Flynn adapted her 2012 novel for the film and stayed extremely close to the book. While early reports claimed that the lackluster ending your book club has been griping about for two years could be getting a big screen makeover come October, The Hollywood Reporter says don’t hold »
- Emily Exton
Take another look @ footage from the set of director Zack Snyder's currently filming "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice", including an action sequence as 'Bruce Wayne' aka 'Batman', rescues a young girl from the collapsing 'Wayne Financial' building, plus a birds-eye view of a car chase, with hundreds of people running for their lives:
"Also starring are Diane Lane as 'Ma Kent'...
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice"...
- Michael Stevens
The first reviews for David Fincher's Gone Girl have arrived and for the most part they are positive. On the supportive side of things Variety calls it "surgically precise, grimly funny and entirely mesmerizing"; The Wrap says it will "plenty of loud shouts of applause, awed sounds of surprise, and shocked laughter, but what makes it worthy of them is all the hushed, uneasy conversations it's guaranteed to inspire in the long, unsettled silence to come after" and Vulture says it "is phenomenally gripping--although it does leave you queasy, uncertain what to take away on the subject of men, women, marriage, and the possibility of intimacy from the example of such prodigiously messed-up people..." Those not so supportive include Screen Daily calling it a "a standard police procedural that promptly loses momentum"; The Hollywood Reporter says it plays like Fincher's adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, »
- Brad Brevet
AMPAS' Academy Originals series continues to be not just a dynamic peek behind the creative process for filmmakers and actors, but a nice look into what makes inspires some of the most gifted individuals working in the sphere, what makes them tick, and screenwriter Eric Roth is a great subject. I've known Roth for close to 10 years now. He's a fascinating writer to me, and reading his work on the page can be exhilarating. He has such a way with painting a picture for you, navigating the waters of a screenwriting format that can often be unbending, rigid and dry by its very nature. Roth is also rather old school. He writes his script in a Dos program without any access to the internet while he's fleshing out his work. It eliminates distraction (not that Eric's surfing Twitter at any given moment), but it also keeps the script from leaking out or anything. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Gone Girl has released a new extended TV trailer ahead of the film's cinema release next month.
View the latest pictures from Gone Girl below: »
Ben Affleck and Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil movie doesn't get lot of love from the fans because it was kind of a terribly made film. Marvel knows this, so they aren't going to make the same mistakes this time around when developing their Netflix series.
Marvel television executive Jeph Loeb was interviewed by Kfi Am 640, and during the interview he used the opportunity to comfort the fans of the comic who hated the movie saying:
"When we started talking to our actors and to our directors, this is with all due respect to the film, if you want to know what we're not doing, go watch the movie. If you want to know what we're doing, it's very much steeped in the world of the comics, but it also has a life of its own and that's really what television and our films really do is that we take the best. »
- Joey Paur
The first reviews for "Gone Girl" have come in and, with one notable exception, they are raves. David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestseller about a husband (Ben Affleck) who finds himself the prime suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) goes missing is to world premiere at the New York filmfest this Friday (Sept. 26), a week before its wide release -Break- Many of the reviews make mention that "Gone Girl" marks a return to form for Fincher. His last film -- "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" (2011) -- was also an eagerly anticipated screen verison of a beloved book but that one was a critical and commercial disappointment. However, he still holds an Oscar Iou from four years ago when his critically adored "The Social Network" was bested by "The King's Speech." Oscars predictions update: Experts back 'Boyhood,' 'Birdman'; 'Imitation Game' rising &q...' »
It’s hard to think of a director better suited to direct an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s twisted missing-person mystery novel Gone Girl than David Fincher, whose filmmaking career so far has woven a successful path from gory serial killer thrillers like Se7en to true-life drama about the evolution of the social media age in The Social Network.
Adapted for the big screen by Flynn herself, Gone Girl lies somewhere between these extremes. Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, a magazine writer who finds himself out of work after the recession and the rise of the internet, and moves back to his Missouri home town with his seemingly perfect wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike). One their fifth wedding anniversary Amy ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
"When we started talking to our actors and to our directors, this is with all due respect to the film, if you want to know what we're not doing, go watch the movie," he said in an interview with L.A. radio station Kfi Am 640. He continued, "If you want to know what we're doing, it's very much steeped in the world of the comics, but it also has a life of its own and that's really what television and our films really do is that we take the best....We hope and we're very confident that this is the beginning of something that's very exciting on Netflix."
On the tone and scope or the Daredevil series, as well as the other Defenders-based »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Critics have set a high bar for the hotly buzzed "Gone Girl," which bows at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's New York Film Festival on September 26 before opening wide October 3. While the two-and-a-half hour thriller's Oscar status remains up in the air, players Affleck and Pike and director-writer team Fincher and Flynn are all picking up praise. Fincher seems to be returning to the hardboiled storytelling of 2007's "Zodiac," another long and twisty thriller where the criminal investigation is a red herring for a much darker, deeper exploration of American life. Here's a sampling of the chatter. Trailer below. David Edelstein, New York Magazine: "The movie is phenomenally gripping—although it does leave you queasy, uncertain what to take away on the subject of men, women, marriage, and the possibility of intimacy from the example of such prodigiously messed-up people. Though a woman wrote the script, the male gaze dominates, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Marvel Exec Assures Fans That Daredevil Won’t Be Like the Film. Everyone may have remembered how much of a failure Ben Affleck’s film Daredevil was in 2003 but rest assured, Marvel TV executive Jeph Loeb won’t make the same mistakes on Netflix’s take on the blind [...]
Continue reading: Daredevil: Marvel Exec Says The Series Is Nothing Like the Movie »
- Mufsin Mahbub
By Anjelica Oswald
Offering us glimpses into new worlds and stories, movie trailers have just a few minutes to show the premise of a film and what viewers can expect to see. Teasers are often a minute or less. These minutes have the potential to create or destroy excitement surrounding a film. Potential Oscar contenders, such as Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, still haven’t released trailers to the public. As of right now, the only glimpse of Anderson’s anticipated film is in a minute long preview for the 52nd New York Film Festival. Many of the projected contenders have released their trailers or teasers, though. Here are some of the best trailers/teasers available:
- Anjelica Oswald
As you might've expected, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's score for Gone Girl sounds as eerie as Ben Affleck's shifty eyes look. The Nine Inch Nails front man and his co-writer released a sneak peek of the soundtrack this weekend (according to HitFix, from a track called "The Way He Looks at Me"), and it's just as disturbing as their previous scoring work, which includes both The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network. For proof, here is Reznor's description: "Think about the really terrible music you hear in massage parlors ... The way that it artificially tries to make you feel like everything's Ok. And then imagine that sound starting to curdle and unravel." »
- Lindsey Weber
As anticipation and positive buzz for David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' builds, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and composing partner Atticus Ross have unleashed the first snippet of the film's score — a layered wall of sound that takes the duo into new territory. The track, reportedly titled “The Way He Looks At Me," opens with a diffused chime's haunting bellow, before layering in percussive kicks, synthy blips, bass horns, and what sounds like power saws cutting through sheet metal. Knowing Reznor, it could be. The track evokes the stress-filled scenario concocted by "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn, who also penned the screenplay. After his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), vanishes, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) treads water in a sea of murder accusations and investigatory inquiries. Reznor premiered the track on the homepage of the Nine Inch Nails website, though fans have already isolated the music for easier (headache-inducing? »
- Matt Patches
Oh, what a stunning opening shot—a prelude to damnation—director David Fincher serves up in his elegantly wicked suburban noir Gone Girl, adapted by Gillian Flynn from her best-selling novel. It’s the back of the head of a woman (Rosamund Pike) on a pillow, her golden tresses aglow. An unseen man (Ben Affleck) narrates; he suggests that the only way to know what’s in a person’s mind would be to shatter her skull. Then the woman turns her face to the camera. It’s creamy-skinned, sleepily beautiful; her eyes open wide and she stares into ours. The look is teasingly ambiguous. Juxtaposed with the narrator’s violent words, the image poses the question: Who could want to violate a façade so exquisite? You want to pore over it, study it for clues to what’s underneath.You get that chance for many of Gone Girl’s 148 minutes. »
- David Edelstein
Director: David Fincher; Screenwriter: Gillian Flynn; Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Patrick Fugit, Kim Dickens, Emily Ratajkowski; Running time: 145 mins; Certificate: Tbc
How well can we ever truly know the ones we love the most? That's the question at the heart of David Fincher's new film Gone Girl, a thriller that boasts career-best turns from Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and an intricately weaved plot that'll leave viewers on the edge of their seats.
Those who tore through Gillian Flynn's source novel (she returns here as sole screenwriter) will recognise the twists and turns in this faithful translation, but that doesn't detract from the finished product – it's as much about the journey as the destination, and the Gone Girl movie grabs you in its vice-like grip from the opening seconds and doesn't let go. There are moments in this film that »
To celebrate the highly anticipated Gone Girl in the UK on 3rd October, we’ve got 2 stunning merchandise packs to giveaway!
Gone Girl – directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior has everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
Check out the thrilling trailer:
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- Dan Bullock
David Fincher's tenth feature sees its world premiere on Friday when it opens the New York Film Festival and then opens pretty much everywhere the following week. The first reviews are coming in, and we begin with Michael Nordine at Indiewire: "Gone Girl opens with Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) telling us that, when he considers his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike), he always thinks of her head—or, more specifically, of cracking it open to reveal all the private thoughts she never says aloud. This mix of the violent and the ruminative is typical of director David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel, a missing-person thriller in which a given character's status as victim or villain changes from one scene to the next." » - David Hudson »
In an interview with Los Angeles' Kfi Am 640, Marvel's Head of Television Jeph Loeb was asked how Netflix's Daredevil series starring Charlie Cox will be different compared to the 2003 Ben Affleck film. Loeb says the show will be nothing like the movie, and will be more like the comics. When we started talking to our actors and to our directors, this is with all due respect to the film, if you want to know what we're not doing, go watch the movie. »
- Jesse Giroux
A new TV spot has arrived online for Gone Girl, in which Ben Affleck’s protagonist faces the fight of his life to clear his name after his wife disappears. The new spot focuses on the living nightmare Affleck’s character finds himself in, as police, media and members of the public all point the finger squarely at him. This latest footage does a good job of establishing the prison of suspicion Affleck finds himself in, as circumstances begin to conspire against his version of the truth… Take a look at the new spot, below… ...
- George Wales
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