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The Work of David Fincher: Introduction, Commercials, Music Videos, and The Beat Of The Live Drum

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In an age where movies are designed to appeal to the broadest demographic possible and no one wants to feel too uncomfortable, David Fincher has gone against the grain time and time again, but his work is consistently engaging.  "I don't know how much movies should entertain. To me, I'm always interested in movies that scar," he told The Independent in 2010.  Known for his exacting, precise, and unique approach on-set, Fincher has consistently pushed boundaries with films that are divisive, thought-provoking, biting, and yet, for all their cynicism, strangely heartfelt. In anticipation of the release of David Fincher’s latest film, Gone Girl, I’ll be looking back at his career and filmography.  In this first installment, I’ll be examining his work in commercials, music videos, and his first movie, Rick Springfield’s concert picture The Beat of the Live Drum. [A brief note before I begin: After this article, each installment will explore Fincher’s films in chronological order before concluding with House of Cards and the possible future of his career.] David Fincher was born on August 28, 1962 in Denver, »

- Matt Goldberg

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Weekend Box Office: Maze Runner Leads with $32.5 Million; Tombstones Soft in Second with $13.1 Million

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Among this weekend’s three new releases only Fox’s The Maze Runner showed strength.  The sci-fi thriller brought in an estimated $32.5 million from 3,064 locations for the sixth-biggest September debut of all time.  Way back in second place with $13.1 million from 2,712 locations, A Walk Among the Tombstones suggests that audiences may be tiring of Liam Neeson and his now-familiar tough guy roles.  Finally, despite an ensemble cast that includes Jason Bateman and Tine Fey, This Is Where I Leave You failed to hit its very modest $15 million target.  In short, it was business as usual for the September box office.  Title Weekend Total 1.  The Maze Runner $32,500,000 $32.5 2.  A Walk Among the Tombstones $13,126,000 $13.1 3.  This Is Where I Leave You $11,860,000 $11.8 4.  No Good Deed $10,200,000 $40.1 5.  Dolphin Tale 2 $9,005,000 $27 6.  Guardians of the Galaxy $5,180,000 $313.6 7.  Let’s Be Cops $2,675,000 $77.2 8.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $2,650,000 $185 9.  The Drop $2,050,000 $7.7 10.  If I Stay $1,835,000 $47.6 Full story after the jump. The Maze Runner, an adaptation of James Dashner’s 2007 novel, »

- Nicole Pedersen

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Tim Daly Talks Madam Secretary, What Attracted Him to This Character, the Vital Family Dynamic, and More

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In the new CBS drama series Madam Secretary, Elizabeth McCord (Tèa Leoni) unexpectedly becomes the newly appointed Secretary of State and must quickly learn to handle international diplomacy, office politics and how to circumvent protocol, as she negotiates global and domestic issues, both at the White House and at home.  The show also stars Tim Daly, Keith Carradine, Geoffrey Arend, Erich Bergen, Patina Miller, Bebe Neuwirth and Zeljko Ivanek. During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Tim Daly (he plays supportive husband Henry McCord, who is also a professor of religion) talked about how he came to be a part of this show, what attracted him to this character, how her new career will affect their marriage, the vital family dynamic, the long arc of intrigue and mystery vs. solving dilemmas on a weekly basis, and how much he enjoys working with Téa Leoni.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. »

- Christina Radish

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Jonathan Tropper Talks This Is Where I Leave You, Banshee Season 3, His Project with Steve Carell, Wanting to Direct, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You.   Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason BatemanTina FeyAdam DriverCorey StollJane FondaRose Byrne, Kathryn HahnConnie BrittonBen SchwartzTimothy OlyphantAaron LazarDebra MonkAbigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed.  Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend.  For more on This is Where I Leave You, read Adam’s review or watch the trailer. Last week I landed an extended video interview with author Jonathan Tropper, who also wrote the screenplay for the movie.  He talked about the difficulty of bringing his novel to theaters, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Sir Ben Kingsley Talks The Boxtrolls, What Convinced Him to Voice an Animated Villain, His Opinion of the Shakespearean Snatcher, and More

20 September 2014 9:19 AM, PDT

Sir Ben Kingsley lends his extraordinary voice to the diabolical Archibald Snatcher in Laika’s breathtakingly beautiful 3D stop-motion animated adventure, The Boxtrolls, loosely based on Alan Snow’s best-selling children’s book Here Be Monsters!  The mischievous, trash-collecting creatures known as Boxtrolls live beneath the cobblestoned streets of Cheesebridge where they struggle to elude the evil Snatcher who claims they have stolen an orphan (Isaac Hempstead Wright).  Snatcher is determined to exterminate them in exchange for admittance into the town’s elite White Hats.  Opening September 26th, the film also stars Elle Fanning, Nick Frost and Tracy Morgan. At our roundtable interview, Kingsley revealed what convinced him to bring to life an animated villain, why he found Snatcher a great character to play, how the script rang true as a refreshing family film, his unique approach to voicing his character, how he found the recording experience very freeing, why »

- Sheila Roberts

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Friday Box Office: The Maze Runner Sprints Past A Walk Among The Tombstones on Opening Day

20 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

The Maze Runner, a big screen version of James Dashner’s 2007 novel,  will not be the latest Ya adaptation to go down in box office flames.  Bucking the trend that saw page-to-screen conversions like Vampire Academy and The Giver open to disappointing numbers, The Maze Runner looks like it may actually exceed expectations.  The Fox release was originally projected to open to $27 million but, after earning a strong $11.2 million on Friday, the sci-fi thriller is now looking at an opening weekend of $35 million or above.  That’s not quite the level that Divergent hit back in March ($54.6 million) but it is well above the $27 million that Ender’s Game claimed last November. Details and Friday’s top five after the jump. While The Maze Runner got off to a sprint, fellow newcomer A Walk Among the Tombstones set a more leisurely pace.  The latest R-rated drama to star born-again tough guy Liam Neeson, »

- Nicole Pedersen

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Listen to a Track from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Gone Girl Score; Plus 9 New Images

20 September 2014 8:58 AM, PDT

October 3rd seems so close and yet so far away.  Gone Girl is hands down my most anticipated film of the rest of the year, not because of the story or source material, but because David Fincher is one of the few truly uncompromising filmmakers we have left.  When the film hits theaters, we'll know that this is Fincher’s film through and through, and he seems to have a lot to say about relationships and our inherent narcissistic nature in the telling of this story.  Another reason to be excited about Gone Girl is the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.  The duo’s work on The Social Network is one of the vital pieces that makes that movie a masterpiece, and while their Girl with the Dragon Tattoo score was a bit too similar-sounding to Social Network for my taste, I’m incredibly curious to see what »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Interview Red-Band Trailer: Seth Rogen and James Franco Are Massive Sell-Outs

20 September 2014 8:27 AM, PDT

Sony Pictures has released a new, full-length The Interview red-band trailer for the upcoming comedy, and it’s kind of fantastic.  The film marks the directorial follow-up of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg after the excellent This Is the End and sees James Franco playing a popular entertainment news interviewer who, along with his producer (Rogen), is tasked with assassinating Kim Jong Un in North Korea.  While the first trailer was just a taste of what we could expect from the pic, this new one dives deep into the plot while also revealing a bevy of wonderful cameos from the likes of Rob Lowe, Timothy Simons (Veep), and Anders Holm (Workaholics).  Not only does the movie look incredibly funny (and filthy), but the prospect of Lizzy Caplan as a CIA agent is highly promising. Watch the new The Interview red-band trailer after the jump.  The film opens in theaters on December 25th. »

- Adam Chitwood

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The Knick Recap: “Start Calling Me Dad”

19 September 2014 8:00 PM, PDT

The threads that The Knick has laid down for its first five episodes have started to intertwine in its sixth.  Algernon's secret medical practice has an unexpected visitor, and Cornelia takes steps to apprehend Typhoid Mary.  Even Thackery's desire to figure out where Christiansen went wrong in his treatment of previa patients turned a corner.  And though it wouldn't be an episode of The Knick without a death, "Start Calling Me Dad" was, on the whole, one of the series' lighter episodes.  Hit the jump, or away, moldy rogue, away! I keep seeing articles from fellow critics denouncing The Knick as a disappointment.  Summer is not the best time for series, so maybe part of my appreciation of it is because, compared to most of what else is airing, it's really a cut above.  But I genuinely don't think The Knick has anything to apologize for.  Though Thackery's role was, »

- Allison Keene

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The Blue Room Trailer and Poster Have Mathieu Amalric Mired in Seduction and Murder

19 September 2014 5:34 PM, PDT

You may recognize Mathieu Amalric from movies like The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly but his filmography in general extends much further than the types of films that normally hit our shores (or at least our American consciousness).  He wrote, directed and stars in The Blue Room, a seemingly steamy French thriller that will premiere at the 2014 New York Film Festival next week. The film also stars Léa Drucker and Stéphanie Cléau and was co-written by Cléau from a novel by Georges Simenon. Hit the jump for The Blue Room trailer.  We'll keep you posted on its upcoming release from IFC films. Trailer courtesy of IFC: Here's the official synopsis: Two adulterous lovers go from pillow talk to possible murder in this sexy, brain-teasing thriller. Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Grand Budapest Hotel) directs and stars as Julien, a middle-aged salesman embroiled »

- Evan Dickson

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Gary Whitta to Adapt Mark Millar’s Starlight After He Wraps up Star Wars Script

19 September 2014 5:00 PM, PDT

Gary Whitta is on what you'd call a roll lately.  After being hired to write one of the upcoming Star Wars standalone films (to be directed by Godzilla helmer Gareth Edwards), it was announced today that he'd be adapting Mark Millar's graphic novel Starlight for Twentieth Century Fox.  The comic, written by Millar and illustrated by Goran Parlov, hit stores in March under the Image comics banner and is intended to be a six-part miniseries (issue number five arrived last month).  Millar has called the material a mash-up of Flash Gordon and The Dark Knight Returns. We already knew that Fox was tackling the project and that Simon Kinberg, the comic gatekeeper over there, would be producing.  But Whitta's hire is significant in that he's highly in demand and his involvement signals faith in the material all around.  Hit the jump for more. THR broke the news of Whitta's involvement. »

- Evan Dickson

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James Spader Talks The Blacklist Season 2, Red’s Relationship with the FBI, How the Show Surprises Him, and More

19 September 2014 4:04 PM, PDT

The hit NBC drama series The Blacklist is back for Season 2, and Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) is sure to be as shady and mysterious as ever.  Along with Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), the two have been making their way through a list of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists that Red has compiled over the years, some of whom have proven to be more difficult to stop than expected. During this interview to discuss the show’s return, actor James Spader talked about the questions about who Elizabeth Keen’s father is, how Red’s relationship with the FBI has changed, always turning things on their ear, how Mary Louise Parker’s character is connected to Red, the return of Peter Stormare as Berlin, how the show surprises him, that some of the criminals will be connected to a bigger story and some will be connected to things that are much more immediate, »

- Christina Radish

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Reese Witherspoon’s The Good Lie Gets a Featurette on the True Story Behind the Film

19 September 2014 3:51 PM, PDT

Warner Bros. has released a new featurette for The Good Lie that focusses on the real-life Sudanese backdrop that inspired the film.  Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar) directed the picture, which stars Reese Witherspoon (who is already generating Oscar buzz with one of her other films this year, Wild).  If you've seen the trailer for the movie you know that its overall aim is one of uplift, and it looks well done for one of these types of stories. Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Nyakuoth Weil, and Corey Stoll star in the October 3 release.  Brian GrazerRon Howard, and Molly Smith (The Blind Side) are producing.  Check out The Good Lie featurette after the jump. Clip courtesy of Warner Bros: Official synopsis: They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.” Orphaned by the brutal Civil war in Sudan that began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand »

- Evan Dickson

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New Gone Girl TV Spot Tortures Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne

19 September 2014 1:26 PM, PDT

Can't it just be October 3rd already?  I already know Gone Girl will be good because I've never disliked a David Fincher movie and I love the book by Gillian Flynn.  But I'm starting to be more and more convinced this will be one of Fincher's major works.  For me his best stuff is Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac and The Social Network (with The Game, Panic Room, Benjamin Button and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo all being very good but not all time greats).  My money is on this new one joining the upper ranks.  This new TV Spot doesn't diminish any of that and focusses on the tribulations of Ben Affleck's character (be sure to check out the trailer first if you haven't seen it). Hit the jump to take a look at the new Gone Girl TV Spot.  The film also stars Rosamund PikeTyler Perry, »

- Evan Dickson

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Meet the Characters of Jason Reitman’s Dark Ensemble in 17 New Men, Women & Children Images

19 September 2014 1:10 PM, PDT

Fresh off the full-length trailer debut, Paramount Pictures has released a large batch of new Men, Women & Children images from Up in the Air and Young Adult director Jason Reitman’s new film.  The drama follows the loosely connected stories of a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate life in the digital age.  I saw the film at Tiff and thought it was excellent.  It’s an incredibly dark snapshot of humanity and the ways in which we interact with one another, and it marks a solid step forward in Reitman’s increasingly unpredictable filmography.  The story takes place in a Texas town, and the local high school is the link that connects the various storylines.  These new images reveal the cast of characters, including Ansel Elgort and Kaitlyn Dever’s young loners, Adam Sandler and Rosemarie DeWitt’s disillusioned married couple, and Dean Norris’ single father. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Y Tu Mama Tambien and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! Criterion Blu-ray Reviews

19 September 2014 12:46 PM, PDT

Criterion has released two Spanish-language movies of a sexual nature, one from Mexico, one from Spain.  The former is Alfonso Cuaron’s Y Tu Mama Tambien (which translates to “And your mother too”), which Criterion has been promising for five years, while the other is Pedro Almodovar’s Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, which was notorious for its Nc-17 rated content at the time.  My review of both Criterion editions of these films follow after the jump. Y Tu Mama Tambien came after Cuaron had been courted by Hollywood in the nineties, and after he had made two studio movies that he’s since come to express some disappointment about how they turned out.  It’s quite possible that Cuaron -- had he not hit this breaking point -- would have transformed into a studio hack.  But he wanted to do something different, something that would re-energize his love of moviemaking, »

- Andre Dellamorte

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Six Gotham Clips Lift the Curtain on Fox’s Batman Origin Series

19 September 2014 12:33 PM, PDT

Fox’s Gotham premieres in just a few days, so I can't see it taking much more than these six clips to tide you guys over until then.  To be perfectly honest, this show is so far removed from my own personal tastes that I don't feel qualified to tell you whether these clips are "good" or "bad."  They just exist.  The show features  James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) and Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), along with Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney. Hit the jump to check out the Gotham clips.  Be prepared for the Batverse to feel very different from both the Nolan and Burton takes on the world (so far, at least).  Gotham is set to kick off on Monday, September 22nd and also stars Donal Logue, John Doman, Barbara Kean, Camren BicondovaSean PertweeCory Michael Smith and Zabryna Guevara. Clips courtesy of Fox. »

- Evan Dickson

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Watch the Batmobile Drive Around Slowly in 13 Minutes of Video from the Set of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

19 September 2014 11:31 AM, PDT

Interest in superhero movies is at a fever pitch, so it’s no surprise that a flood of video and photos from the set of the now-filming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will continue to flow so long as cameras are rolling.  Zack Snyder knew exactly what he was doing when he recently unveiled the new Batmobile in full, because Snyder and his crew are currently shooting a number of scenes on the streets of Detroit that feature Bruce Wayne’s new wheels.  A rather lengthy piece of video of the aforementioned Batmobile “in action” has now surfaced, giving fans the opportunity to take a look at the car from a variety of angles.  It’s admittedly a very tame piece of video, and it doesn’t even feature any actual filming, but for those who are curious to see more of the Batmobile’s practical applications it might be of interest. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Suicide Squad May Have Fury Director David Ayer Lead Them into Battle

19 September 2014 11:25 AM, PDT

It seems like Warner Bros. has been trying to get Suicide Squad off the ground for some time, and they may have just found the right fit in Fury director David Ayer.  Now that Warner Bros. has firmed up their Superman v Batman and Justice League plans it appears that they're ready to actively get this one rolling again.  Justin Marks (who is also writing Top Gun 2) was hired sometime ago to pen the script. This could be cool.  Producer Dan Lin has been describing the film for years as sort of a Dirty Dozen in the world of Supervillains (Deadshot, King Shark, Captain Boomerang and Harley Quinn), and I think that makes it right up Ayer's alley.  Hit the jump for more on David Ayer directing Suicide Squad. Per THR Warner Bros. actively started looking for a director earlier in the year, making it three years since Justin Marks turned in his script. »

- Evan Dickson

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Angelina Jolie to Next Direct Richard Leakey Biopic Africa; Roger Deakins Will Act as Cinematographer

19 September 2014 10:58 AM, PDT

Angelina Jolie is showing no signs of slowing down as a filmmaker.  After making her debut with 2011’s In the Land of Blood and Honey, Jolie won the highly coveted director’s job of the World War II drama Unbroken.  She put together a top-notch team including screenwriters Joel and Ethan Coen and cinematographer Roger Deakins, and while that highly anticipated film is slated to hit theaters in December, Jolie is already hard at work on her next directorial effort, the small-scale drama By the Sea starring herself and Brad Pitt.  But now, in the midst of shooting one film and readying another for release, Jolie is already lining up her next next film as a director: Africa.  Jolie has signed on to direct the biopic of paleo-archeologist Richard Leakey, who devoted his life to combating elephant and rhino poaching. Hit the jump for more on the project, including the »

- Adam Chitwood

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