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[With the upcoming release of his new film Gone Girl, I’m taking a look back at the work of director David Fincher. These articles contain spoilers.] Up to this point in this series, I've mostly sided with Fincher, his decisions, and his thoughts on his movies. But even by his own metric and intentions, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is almost a complete and utter failure. I understand why Fincher would feel a kinship with Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), but his reasons for making the movie—the prospect of an R-rated franchise and the relationship between Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) and Salander—are, respectively, superficial and underdeveloped. Looking over the making-of documentary and his commentary track, I'm astonished at the gulf between Fincher's intentions and what the movie presents. Like with Zodiac, Fincher states he didn't want to make another serial killer movie, and I think in that regard, Dragon Tattoo holds to that promise. But the movie also doesn't adhere to what Fincher envisioned. On the commentary track he says, "it was really »
- Matt Goldberg
At the tender age of 21, the British actress was cast as the sultry Miranda Frost, a sword-wielding vixen in the James Bond film “Die Another Day,” her first studio feature. She powdered on enough makeup to look a decade older, donned a black sports bra, and met an untimely demise with a knife to her heart. Onscreen, she was killed by Halle Berry. Offscreen, she suffered a far worse blow to her budding career.
The baggage of playing a Bond Girl backfired. “It cemented a sort of patrician, frigid, English, standoffish cold image,” says Pike, over breakfast in September at the Toronto Film Festival. “People think I lie about my age. I never had a chance to do those young roles.” After her high-profile gig in the 2002 Bond picture, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Now that summer movie season is over, it’s Oscar season. During winter and fall many Oscar-hopeful movies are released. This is our overview of what you can expect leading up to the 2015 Oscars.
For fans of film, fall and winter are the best times of the year. This is when, typically, some of the most well-received films are released. Unofficially, we call it Oscar Season, and there’s good reason that the year’s best films are saved for last. Any film released before the end of the year is eligible for Oscar nomination. Therefore, if you release your film towards the end of the year, it will be fresher in audience and critic minds when awards time rolls around in early March/late February (February 22nd, 2015 to be exact).
In preparation for the fall and winter movie season, we’ve put together this preview of films that have been getting lots of attention. »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.
The ninth Rome Film Festival (Oct 16-25) has revealed a diverse line-up including the Italian premieres for potential awards contenders including David Fincher’s Gone Girl. the world premiere of Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will and Burhan Qurbani’s We are Young, We are Strong and European premiere of Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, Toronto hit Still Alice and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.
This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme will be decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.
Each section has changed name and focus for 2014 and are all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.
Italian comedies Soap Opera and Andiamo a Quel Paese bookend the line-up.
• Angely »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
By Anjelica Oswald
Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as a sleazy freelance TV reporter determined to go to any length in search of crime footage in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler could get him “recognized as one of the most daring actors working in Hollywood today” and has been called some of the “best work of his career.” With this type of praise, award contention usually follows, but historically speaking, “genre films” don’t fare well at the Oscars. It’s not impossible for films that deviate from the Oscar norm — biopics, period pieces or dramas — to secure Oscar nominations for the actors involved, but looking back through the years, from 2000 to the present, shows that these films constitute a lower percentage of overall nominees.
Musicals are a type of “genre film” that actors have managed to score Oscar nominations for, though they have had more difficulty doing so since the late 60s. »
- Anjelica Oswald
I hadn't seen David Fincher's Gone Girl before creating this list. I felt I'd let his latest film simmer for a bit before attempting to figure out where exactly it fit within a filmography that now spans 22 years. I must also confess to being a David Fincher fanboy. It was Fincher's films before any other that got me to start looking at the way movies were made and who was making them rather than simply consuming one after the other. His leaning toward dark and brooding material is as much about his taste in the movies he makes and his approach to movie making. Even with films such as The Social Network, looking at the fellas behind the creation of Facebook, Fincher delivers a dark, moody and atmospheric piece of cinema. But let's not spoil the conversation of each film before getting to the list. What follows is »
- Brad Brevet
NBC’s “Peter Pan Live!” has added two new faces to its cast.
Taylor Louderman will join the production as Wendy Darling. Louderman previously played a lead role on Broadway in “Bring In On: The Musical” and has appeared in touring productions of “Annie,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Grease” and “Aida.”
Alanna Saunders will play Tiger Lily, Native American ruler of her Neverland “islanders,” who joins forces with Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael, John and the Lost Boys to defeat Captain Hook after being captured. Saunders’ stage credits include roles in “Gypsy,” with Leslie Uggams, and “A Chorus Line.” NBC notes that Saunders is descended from members of the Cherokee Nation, a counterpoint to the recent controversy over Rooney Mara’s casting in Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Pan” movie.
“Peter Pan Live!” will air Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. on NBC.
- Shelli Weinstein
Focus Features and Working Title are banking on "Theory of Everything" for 2014, putting off until next year usual suspect Stephen Daldry's much-anticipated thriller "Trash," starring Rooney Mara, which filmed with hand-held cameras on garbage dumps in Brazil. The film plays Brazil and Rome fests in October but has yet to book stateside festival slots. Cinephiles are eager to see the film after a well-received early teaser (below). When will ex-Focus exec Andrew Karpen's new distribution company Bleecker Street release Toronto pick-up Edward Zwick's acclaimed chess biopic "Pawn Sacrifice," for example? Some critics think Tobey Maguire has the right Oscar stuff. Broad Green Pictures' "99 Homes," another Tiff pickup directed by Ramin Bahrani and starring Michael Sheen and Andrew Garfield, is slated for 2015. The Weinstein Company has a bunch of postponed projects. Never expect Harvey Weinstein to hang onto his schedule of Oscar »
- Anne Thompson
Catching up with some stories we've missed of late.
Morgan Freeman was the first cast member announced for the remake of Best Picture winning Ben-Hur (1959) which was itself a remake of the silent epic of the same name in 1925. Freeman will play the role of a wise old man who gives advice like a Pez Dispenser with Morgan Freeman's face on it. Can Morgan Freeman do anything else? Shame that a once very gifted actor now plays Exactly the same role in everything. Maybe he doesn't care to stretch? Jack Huston of Boardwalk Empire fame (who seems to be in the running for everything these days -even if he hasn't booked the high profile stuff until now) will play the lead Charlton Heston role. But good luck trying to best William Wyler's Oscar winning classic (one of 'em rather). I shudder to think how they'll handle Messala, »
- NATHANIEL R
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Natalie Portman glows with elegance in a new campaign for Dior’s new makeup range, DiorSkin. She shows how it’s all put together in a new behind-the-scenes video that is going viral on the Internet. Portman, 33, has two new film projects in the works. She’s slated to appear in an as yet unamed Terrence Malick musical drama starring Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Val Kilmer and Michael Fassbender. She’ll also star with Ewan McGregor, Joel Edgerton and Rodrigo Santoro in a western drama about a frontier family. [...] »
Premieres include Time Out of Mind, Black and White, Love, Rosie.
The Rome Film Festival (Oct 16–25) has announced the first English-language titles for its ninth edition. They include:
Time Out of Mind, Oren MovermanTrash, Stephen DaldryLove, Rosie, Christian DitterBlack and White, Mike BinderStonehearst Asylum, Brad Anderson.
Time Out of Mind stars Richard Gere as a man in dire straits who is forced to find refuge in a homeless shelter. The European premiere will screen in the festival’s Cinema d’Oggi (Cinema Today) section.
Daldry’s anticipated drama Trash, which will have its European premiere in Rome, charts the story of three Brazilian children who make a discovery in a garbage dump that leads to a chase with the authorities. Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen star.
Audiences couldn’t get enough of Rooney Mara as a punk hacker weirdo in David Fincher’s American adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Although the director made a commitment to adapt the next two films/books in the series, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, there hasn’t been any news about their status for some time. Fincher has been busy as executive producer of the Netflix series House of Cards (directing a few episodes here and there), and he’s awaiting the release of the highly anticipated Gone Girl — an adaptation of the popular Gillian Flynn novel (in theaters October 3). But Vulture reports that despite Fincher’s workload, he’s still interested in filming the other Stieg...
- Alison Nastasi
A couple years ago, David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) was knee-deep in location scouting for an adaptation of Jules Verne’s seminal science fiction novel, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea for Disney. After several delays and casting shakedowns, the project failed to materialize and Fincher moved on to adapting Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl instead.
It were those disputes over casting that eventually put the kibosh on the adaptation, according to Fincher. He was recently interviewed by Little White Lies and spoke candidly about the things going on behind the scenes that sunk 20,000 Leagues, saying:
“You get over $200 million — all motion picture companies have corporate culture and corporate anxieties. Once we got past the list of people we could cast as the different characters in the film, once we got past one or two names which made them very comfortable, making a movie at that price, it became this »
- James Garcia
Two years ago, David Fincher wasn’t immersed in the pages of Gillian Flynn’s acclaimed thriller Gone Girl; rather, the revered director was location shooting for another project that was between his crosshairs. That ill-fated production was a blockbuster adaptation of Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.
And while the film looked on track following approved tax rebates from the Australian government, disagreements over casting choices irrefutably put the brakes on Fincher’s big screen rendition of Jules Verne’s eponymous novel. So, now that the director has seemingly moved on from the underwater adventure, Fincher spoke candidly with Little White Lies and revealed why the modern retelling of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is still sleeping with the fishes.
“You get over $200 million — all motion picture companies have corporate culture and corporate anxieties. Once we got past the list of people we could cast as the different characters in the film, »
- Michael Briers
Sony Pictures and director David Fincher have been developing the sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo for a couple of years already, but it has been slow moving. The sequel is called The Girl Who Played With Fire, and its script was written by Steve Zaillian. In case you were wondering what the status of this movie is, the director recently gave a brief hopeful update in an interview with Afton Bladet, saying:
"I think because it [Sony] already has spent millions of dollars on the rights and the script so it will result in something. The script that we now have a huge potential, I can reveal as much as it is extremely different from the book."
It's good to hear that Fincher thinks they movie will eventually happen, and that the script has "huge potential." I'm really curious to see the "extremely" different changes they've made. I'm »
- Joey Paur
It's good to dream. Which is exactly what director David Fincher seems to be doing when it comes to a proposed sequel to his 2011 thriller "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." The film came in like a sharp Swedish breeze, although it wasn't exactly the hit that Sony (or anyone else, for that matter) was expecting it would be, making just $102 million domestically on a production budget of at least that (plus marketing costs and whatever else goes along with launching a huge, starry, Oscar-contending tent pole). All of the principles involved in the film have pay-or-play deals in place, so even if the sequel, "The Girl Who Played with Fire," doesn't get made, they're still taking home fat checks (a screenplay by Steven Zaillian has been done for a while). But Fincher holds out hope.
Fincher, who has another adaptation of a best-selling novel set to open the New »
- Drew Taylor
David Fincher ("Fight Club") recently chatted with the Swedish film site, Afton Bladet (translations via Film Divider), regarding the chances of a sequel to his 2011 film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. "I think because it [Sony] already has spent millions of dollars on the rights and the script so it will result in something. The script that we now have a huge potential, I can reveal as much as it is extremely different from the book." David Fincher It was based on the book by Stieg Larsson, which is part of a trilogy and it starred Rooney Mara ("The Social Network") as Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig ("Skyfall") as Mikael Blomkvist. The film pulled in $232 million at the worldwide box office. Fans of the book aren't going to be happy to hear that a sequel will be extremely different from the book as “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and »
While David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” pulled in $232 million in 2011, there’s been no official confirmations that the next two books in the Stieg Larsson trilogy, “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and ‘The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Next,” will be adapted into English-language films (the Swedish versions came out in 2009). However, Fincher revealed recently that he has hope for the possibility.
The director said that Sony, the producer of “Dragon Tattoo,” would likely do “something” with the work that’s already been done on the sequels.
“I think because (Sony) already has spent millions of dollars on the rights and the script, it will result in something,” he told Swedish site Afton Bladet (via Film Divider, which provided translation), talking about Steven Zaillian’s screenplays.
“The script that we now have has huge potential. I can reveal that it is extremely different from the book, »
- Alex Stedman
When he’s not taking small roles in big blockbusters like The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Dane DeHaan spends most of his time in quirkier fare such as this new drama. He’s locked for the lead in musical Ziggy alongside Rooney Mara.Diesel Schwarze, a former protégé of Baz Luhrmann who worked for the Aussie director on Moulin Rouge and his Broadway version of La Boheme, will call the shots for Ziggy. It follows the rise and fall of a hunchback escape artist who arrives in New York and falls for the fiancée (Mara) of a powerful media mogul. Yeah, that old story…With Electric City providing production support, Schwarze – who honed his skills making ads before finally making the jump to films – will tear a leaf from his old mentor’s book and work with music producer Alex Da Kid to craft a contemporary soundtrack despite the movie’s period trappings. »
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