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Taylor Swift is calling 1989 her first official pop album, and like all pop albums do (except for one), it's leaked ahead of its official release. Here's a quick rundown of what you can look forward to. Good news: What you haven't heard just yet is sounding a lot better than what you have."Welcome to New York"In context, this is not actually the worst song of Swift's career. It's just a lightweight intro (and so much more fun if you pretend it's about Ebola). "Blank Space"Think Rosamund Pike at the end of Gone Girl — "Darling, I'm a nightmare, dressed like a daydream." Actually, on second thought, how did they not cross-promo this? "Style"Good news: It's not actually eight seconds of white noise. It's more like Miami Vice, or maybe Drive: "You got that James Dean daydream look in your eye / And I got the red-lip classic thing »
- Nate Jones,Lindsey Weber
Excuse the absence in this column for the last few weeks. I’ve been covering the Chicago International Film Festival, catching up with a few of the Foreign Language Oscar contenders while there. Now however, many of these movies are finally making their ways into theaters, providing an extra wrinkle into the race as both critics and fans weigh in on their quality.
Birdman has finally arrived, and it’s everything the critics and the public have imagined. The film had a solid opening on just four theaters in its opening weekend, earning half a million dollars, and Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis and more have all been making the talk show rounds to promote this weird, goofy film everyone loves.
Kris Tapley went right out and handed Keaton the Oscar for Best Actor, writing “The emotional spectrum of this character, Riggan Thompson — who all actors will identify with at the end of the day, »
- Brian Welk
I’ve been tackling Academy Award and Golden Globe predictions for a substantial portion of the year now, but there are of course other awards and/or precursors worth mentioning. Over the rest of the season, I’ll be trying to figure those out too, with today marking the starting point as I attempt to decode what the Screen Actors Guild might do. SAG is one of the most important precursors, mainly because it shows off what the acting branch of the Academy might be thinking. This year, with such a wide open race in almost all categories, you have to imagine that SAG will be one of the biggest guild announcements of the year. Below you’ll see my predictions in all of the SAG categories, but keep in mind that it’s early and they’re completely subject to change. For example, I’ve hung back on some »
- Joey Magidson
Gone Girl’s two-week run at the top of the U.K. box office was brought to an abrupt end by a group of reptilian martial-arts experts named after Renaissance artists. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles took the crown in its opening week, earning $7.7 million compared with Gone Girl’s $3.8 million. David Fincher’s adaptation of the best-selling book, starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, has now earned a total of $22.9 million in the U.K. Read more 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Spurs Boom in Turtle Sales, Illegal Smuggling Last week’s second-highest-grossing film,
- Alex Ritman
The Bollywood fraternity came out in full force to attend a special early screening of the film at a suburban preview theatre.
Thoroughly enjoying the gripping movie were personalities such as Arjun Kapoor, Siddharth Malhotra, Anushka Sharma, Huma Qureshi, Zoya Akhtar, Gauri Khan, Dinesh Vijan, Kunal Khemmu, Soha Ali Khan, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and many more.
With staggering positive reviews the movie has already got bumper box office numbers in Us and UK territories with numbers expected to grow even further. Gone Girl, based on a best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn, earned strong reviews from critics, with an 87 percent positive rating on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.
Affleck stars as a writer who is caught in a media circus when his »
- Press Releases
There's no doubt that Gone Girl is a hit, and it's undoubtedly of the most successful films David Fincher has ever directed, and it's likely reached audiences that otherwise might not seek out the filmmaker's work. And if you're like me, then you're hungry to hear Fincher, writer Gillian Flynn and stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike talk about the film itself. They all showed up for a chat on "Charlie Rose" and the result is a solid 36-minute discussion about the making of the film, whether the characters were likable, and of course, the film's commentary on marriage and the insane world of media. It's definitely worth a watch. Here's the chat with the cast and filmmakers of Gone Girl on "Charlie Rose" from Hulu (via Film Stage): Gone Girl is directed by David Fincher (of Seven, The Game, Fight Club, Zodiac, Panic Room, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, »
- Ethan Anderton
For those of you who are haven't been keeping up, here is a list of ten October highlights (in no particular order) from the first half of the month that you really don't want to have missed! Consider it an announcement that tomorrow we're doing another "all top ten day" like last week, since we had fun last Tuesday and we're so excited for the new season.
Please to enjoy these ten posts retroactively if you missed them...
138 Minutes That's your average Best Picture length. What's your ideal running time?
Tetris the Movie Margaret 'tries to make it fit' this particular website with some memorable actressy pitches
Most Deserving Oscar Wins (2010-2014) some years sure are better than others
How To Get Away With... on TV's terrible trashy taboo-busting Viola Davis drama
Inherent Vice a conversation emerges from »
- NATHANIEL R
David Fincher's Gone Girl has raced past the $200 million mark at the global box office, where it will soon overtake the filmmaker's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ($232.6 million) and The Social Network ($224.9 million). Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, even has a shot at approaching $300 million worldwide, although that won't be enough to match The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($333 million) or Seven ($327.3 million), which rank as Fincher's top-grossing movies, respectively, not accounting for inflation. Read more David Fincher Cast Ben Affleck in 'Gone Girl' After Googling
- Pamela McClintock
David Ayers' "Fury" hit theaters hard this weekend and the World War II era drama easily took down two-time champ "Gone Girl" with $23.5 million. Starring Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman, among others, "Fury" is reported to have cost $68 million. This writer has heard it actually cost over $100 million, but we'll go with the studio's number at this point. The one thing everyone can agree on, however, is that "Fury" was fully financed by Qed International and it will need significant international returns to break even. Considering Pitt's overseas star power that may not be a concern. "Fury" also marks Sony Pictures third no. 1 opener in a row after Screen Gems' surprise hit "No Good Deed" and Columbia Pictures' "The Equalizer." David Fincher's "Gone Girl" dropped to no. 2, but New Regency and 20th Century Fox are still smiling. "Girl" surpassed the $100 million mark in just »
- Gregory Ellwood
The third weekend of October slowed down slightly with the Brad Pitt WWII movie Fury, directed by David Ayer (End of Watch) and co-starring Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, Jon Bernthal and Michael Peña, opening on Thursday night in 3173 theaters. After grossing $8.8 million on Friday (including Thursday previews), it took in an estimated $23.5 million for the weekend. David Fincher's Gone Girl (20th Century Fox), starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, dropped to second place but held up well with $17.8 million as it crossed the $100 million mark. »
Charlie Rose is one of the few television personalities in the Us that consistently does long-form interviews for artists and entertainment figures. When someone shows up on Rose’s show, you can reliably expect an in-depth conversation that will offer ideas that go much deeper than sound byte level. So having the cast and creators of […]
- Russ Fischer
Navid McIllhargey, the former FilmEngine president is back with a new company — Vandal Entertainment — and he just optioned his first project under the new banner: a revenge thriller called The Feud. Financed by German investors Film House Germany and Summerstorm Entertainment, McIllhargey just purchased the spec by Matthew Altman and David Matalon (no, not the Matalon who used to head New Regency). Described as The Raid meets Winter’s Bone, the story follows a mysterious man who returns to his home in Iowa for his brother’s funeral when he finds himself head to head with the local crime boss and traps him and his friends in an abandoned farm complex. They must battle for their lives against impossible odds.
McIllhargey, who formerly worked at Silver Pictures and New Regency, expects to announce several more projects in both film and television shortly; he and his financiers plan to do two »
- Anita Busch
It has been officially announced that Neil Patrick Harris is set to host the 87th annual Oscar awards ceremony in 2015. Harris is one entertaining dude, and I think he will absolutely kill it as the host for this event. No one will ever beat Billy Crystal, though. I've been watching the Oscars since I was a kid, and that guy is my all-time favorite Academy Award host. Harris is sure to give viewers an incredibly entertaining show, though, and I'm glad that they chose him to take on the challenge.
The nominations for the 87th Academy Awards will be announced live on Thursday, January 15th, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. Pt in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The actual Oscar ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and will be televised live on ABC.
How do you all think »
- Joey Paur
To mark the thespian's appointment, here are a collection of career highlights which show why Nph is the perfect Academy Awards host.
1. Showstopping opening numbers
A Neil Patrick Harris-hosted show wouldn't be complete without several large scale musical numbers, but the opening piece is the biggest spectacle. When Nph is hosting a show, his performances are often the most memorable moments the next day.
He finds a perfect blend of mickey-taking and adoration about the subjects he is singing about, and his timing is impeccable. If the Academy wants someone who is safe, yet cheeky, Nph is perfect.
2. Playing the ultimate diva
If you want an example of flamboyant stage presence, just watch him in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, »
Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscar 2015 ceremony Stage, film, and television actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars, aka the 87th Academy Awards ceremony, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today, October 15, 2014. This will be Neil Patrick Harris' first time hosting the show, which in the United States will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 22. As quoted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences press release, Zadan and Meron are "thrilled" to have Harris host their show, adding that "we have known him his entire adult life" and "to work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm." As to be expected, Harris' statement reads that “it is truly an honor and a thrill" to be invited to host the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony Now, Neil Patrick Harris is an experienced awards-show host. His credits in the field include hosting the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, »
- Steve Montgomery
So long Ellen, hello Nph! Veteran stage and screen actor will host the 87th Oscars according to show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron on Sunday, February 22, 2015. He dances, he sings, and perhaps, he can take better selfies than Ellen!
Here's the rest of the press release:
"We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars," said Zadan and Meron. "We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage. To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage."
.It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year.s Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show,. said Harris. .To be »
Photo Credit: ©A.M.P.A.S. Backstage during the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, March 7, 2010.
Award-winning star of stage and screen Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. This will be Harris’ first time hosting the ceremony. The show will air live on ABC on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015.
“We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. “We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage. To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage.”
“It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards. I grew up watching the »
- Michelle McCue
In David Fincher‘s big screen adaptation of Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike plays Amy Dunne, a wife who goes mysteriously missing leaving her husband (Ben Affleck) in the public spotlight. The character of Dunne has always lived in the shadow of Amazing Amy, a series of children’s books written by her parents very loosely based on […]
The post Wtf: The Complete Amazing Amy From Gone Girl Being Released As A Book? See A Preview! appeared first on /Film. »
- Peter Sciretta
I've become a pretty big fan of Tony Zhou's "Every Frame a Painting" video series on Vimeo and YouTube, and although I'm not as big a fan of The Silence of the Lambs as many are, I found his most recent installment on the film quite informative. Entitled "Who Wins the Scenec", the video examines the first meeting between Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) and Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) in Jonathan Demme's 1991 thriller, which won 5 Academy Awards including a trophy for both actors mentioned above. In the video, Zhou examines how camera angles, framing, and point-of-view lay out the scene to help the viewer determine who ultimately wins this first standoff between the young FBI cadet and the seasoned serial killer. Both enter the scene with a primary goal in mind, but only one can be the true winner in the end. After watching this video, my thoughts immediately went »
- Jordan Benesh
Warning: This article contains spoilers some readers may wish to avoid.
By now you'll have had the chance to catch David Fincher's Gone Girl in cinemas, and you might be wondering what will happen to Rand and Marybeth Elliott's Amazing Amy book series in the wake of their daughter's exploits.
The pair (played by David Clennon and Lisa Baines in the film) managed to make - and lose - a fortune writing children's books based on an idealised version of their daughter, but there's certainly no sugarcoating the actions of Amy Dunne by the time the credits roll.
Now, courtesy of 20th Century Fox, we're getting a playful glimpse into the future with the above mock book cover, designed by artist Kirk Van Wormer.
This might well be the kind of provocative book to solve the Elliotts' crippling financial woes and replenish their daughter's trust fund!
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