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Director discussed being “sodomised ritualistically” on Alien3, his reputation for multiple takes, the opportunities of TV and his latest film, Gone Girl.
Us director David Fincher opened up about his career to date at BAFTA in London last night, entertaining the sold-out ‘A Life In Pictures’ event with anecdotes surrounding the highs and lows of his filmmaking.
The visionary director behind Se7en, Fight Club and The Social Network is on the promotion trail with his latest feature, Gone Girl, a psychological thriller based on Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel that stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.
Flynn also wrote the screenplay based on her own novel, about a man who becomes a suspect in his wife’s disappearance after being the focus of an intense media circus.
“It begins as a mystery, it becomes an absurdist thriller and is ultimately a satire,” said Fincher. “I’d never seen someone try to juggle those things and actually do it. It »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
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
Further evidence that we are cusping on a space-movie renaissance: Fox has just assigned a writer to work on an adaptation of Starlight, the retro-flavored space-operatic comic book written by Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar. The Starlight miniseries only began its run in March, and wrapped in October, but Fox was developing the film even before the first issue arrived in stores. Fox is also producing the upcoming Millar adaptation Kingsman: The Secret Service.
- Darren Franich
The story is a reinvention of the 1977 film that revolves around Pete and his best friend Elliot, who happens to be dragon. The first pic was a musical, but sources say this will be a straight narrative.
The pic will be live-action with CGI used to bring the dragon to life.
Jim Whitaker is producing.
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Laurence will be a newly created character named Natalie, another of Pete’s friends. She received a Tony for her work in Broadway’s “Matilda.”
This news only adds to the good month Fegley is having. He can currently be seen as young Eli Thompson on the final season of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire »
- Justin Kroll
Kevin Smith's midnight movie Tusk was apparently inspired by a story told on the podcast Smith hosts with longtime collaborator Scott Mosier, but don't let that fool you: This is clearly the writer-director’s own nightmare about losing his voice. The onetime enfant terrible of Jersey strip-malls made his name with that voice. Smith is a talker, and he makes movies about talkers: In Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma, and Chasing Amy, his characters held the world at bay with nonstop barriers of language, through their joking and riffing and snarking.The protagonist of Tusk is just another variation on those guys, an irritatingly self-absorbed motormouth named Wallace (a mustachioed Justin Long) who hosts a podcast devoted to dumb stuff on the internet with his pal Teddy (an unexpectedly chubby Haley Joel Osment). He travels to Winnipeg to interview a young man dubbed the Kill Bill Kid (à la the real-life »
- Bilge Ebiri
Like every proud Midwesterner, I think malls are glamorous, wonderful palaces where I can by the $79.99 shirt that will improve my life for at least eight minutes. But in the case of Urban Outfitters, a company that produces some perfectly fine clothes, it's hard for me not to roll my eyes at some of their marketing stunts. Did you happen see that bloody Kent State sweatshirt they took off the market? Pretty dicey. In today's edition of The Snap, I revisit Urban Outfitters' biggest snafus and remind you of the wild antics they've pulled. You cannot redeem this anger with a gift card. (Nsfw, language. Hooray for swear words.) Check out all of The Snap's episodes: Ep. #25: Joan Rivers' True Legacy Ep. #24: Our Unanswered 'Saved by the Bell' Questions Ep. #23: Beyonce's 20 Biggest Flaws Ep. #22: Everything We Learned From Robin Williams Movies Ep. #21: »
- Louis Virtel
Genndy Tartakovsky is a heroic figure for a few different generations of animation obsessives, having created the all-time-great Cartoon Network series Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack before crafting maybe the best Star Wars thing of the last decade. Tartakovsky moved to feature films with 2012’s Hotel Transylvania, a slight but fun kid-horror romp. Tartavkosky’s currently directing a Hotel Transylvania sequel for next year–but he’s also working on a CGI-animated Popeye.
Although that film doesn’t have an official release date yet, Sony just released a video that includes thrilling test footage intended to show how Tartakovsky »
- Darren Franich
Gary Whitta has already nabbed one of the hottest writing gigs out there, penning one of the Star Wars stand-alone films, and now he's signed on to work on another hot space hero project. Whitta will write the script for Fox's Starlight, based on the comic from Wanted and Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar. The comic, drawn by Goran Parlov, centers on a space hero, Duke McQueen, who saved the universe four decades ago but came back to Earth, where no one believed his fantastic stories. But years later, after he's settled down and grown up, he's recruited for one
- Rebecca Ford
One of the more heated debates around The Playlist water cooler often centers around how "assembly line," so to speak, the upcoming “Star Wars” films will be. Perhaps we are jaundiced with respect to the prequels from 1999-2005, or we are cynical regarding Disney’s involvement —the studio reportedly pushed for "Star Wars: Episode VII" to be released in 2015 rather than giving the filmmakers an extra year— but in any case, the more skeptical members of the team assume 'Star Wars' may be compromised from the get-go. The thinking among these quarters is that the movies will have to include things like Jedis, Empires and the original characters of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, etc. and will thus play it safe to appeal the broadest audience possible. And even being far more optimistic about the reborn franchise then many of my colleagues, I have to admit that »
- Edward Davis
The video begins with familiar “Star Wars” music and a shot of what appears to be the Millennium Falcon before shifting into the pounding score of the latest Batman films and a reveal of the Batmobile on the underside of the ship. Abrams’ Batmobile is a little dustier than Snyder’s, which he revealed in a tweet on Sept. 10.
This is the latest in an ever-escalating battle for supremacy in crossover images between the two directors that began with Snyder’s photo of Superman actor Henry Cavill in Jedi garb.
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— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) July 24, 2014
He followed that up with a shot of Batman stumbling through the desert with R2-D2. »
- Kevin Noonan
While some unofficial photos of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars Episode VII have been popping up, there hasn’t yet been an official look at Han Solo’s hunka junk … until now. And with it comes the appearance of another famous vehicle, though not one fans may have expected.
J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot, debuted the first footage of the Millennium Falcon in a short clip. The shot pans down the side of the Falcon when, suddenly, Hans Zimmer’s theme from The Dark Knight kicks up. The audio cue isn’t just a fun reference, however—the »
- Jonathon Dornbush
No words necessary. J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot quietly uploaded a new video of the iconic Millennium Falcon on Thursday, giving “Star Wars” fans their closest look yet at Han Solo's trusty “hunka junk,” as the YouTube video describes it. Also read: Zack Snyder Spots a Stormtrooper on the Set of ‘Batman v. Superman’ and Has Him Arrested (Photo) It also has a Batmobile tumblr on the bottom, a joke directed toward “Batman V Superman” director Zack Snyder, who joked that a Stormtrooper hijacked Batman's own iconic cruiser. Also read: Sesame Street Adorably Parodies ‘Star Wars’ With ‘Star S'Mores’ Notoriously secretive, »
- Jordan Zakarin
Director Zack Snyder has been on a bit of a Star Wars kick lately, tweeting out various pictures from the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice set that riff on classic Star Wars visuals. This morning J.J. Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have struck back. A YouTube clip entitled "Hunka Junk" features a long, lingering tour of the exterior of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars: Episode VII, accompanied by John Williams' classic score. Midway through, the music shifts into Hans Zimmer's work from The Dark Knight trilogy, with the camera eventually settling upon a small addition to
- Bryan Bishop
Directors J.J. Abrams and Zack Snyder have been going back-and-forth online by parodying their respective blockbusters, Star Wars: Episode VII and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Snyder struck the most recent blow by showing a Stormtrooper getting arrested for hi-jacking Batman's ride. Abrams has retorted in a way that will be tough to top. He's stolen the Batmobile back and placed it on the underside of the Millennium Falcon. And this isn't just a cutesy little model. This is a real shot of the Millennium Falcon with a huge pan and everything. Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars: Episode VII Millennium Falcon video featuring the Batmobile. It's now your move, Mr. Snyder. May I suggest putting Batman behind the wheel of a Star Destroyer? Star Wars: Episode VII opens December 18, 2015. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016. Via Bad Robot. And if you’d like »
- Matt Goldberg
Lionsgate has hired Kerry Phelan, former head of consumer products and licensing for DreamWorks Animation, to the newly-created position of exec VP of global franchise management and strategic partnerships.
The hire comes as the studio focuses on exploiting its key franchises — “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent.”
Phelan has been involved with the “Star Wars,” “Shrek” and Lego brands. Lionsgate noted that while at DreamWorks Animation, she significantly increased that studio’s consumer products revenue and expanded DreamWorks’ location-based entertainment operations into Singapore, Brazil, Australia and other international markets.
“With her track record of cultivating some of the biggest brands in motion picture history, Kerry is ideally qualified to develop and execute retail, merchandising and location-based entertainment initiatives for Lionsgate’s growing portfolio of franchises,” said Palen. “From Lego to ‘Star Wars’ and Pixar to DreamWorks, she has established herself as »
- Dave McNary
Lionsgate has tapped former DreamWorks Animation consumer products head Kerry Phelan to turn its movie franchises into new business lines. The hire follows Lionsgate unveiling plans to turn its The Hunger Games movie franchise into theme park attractions. Phelan, who becomes executive vp global franchise management and strategic partnerships, will focus on film franchises, while also turning TV, home entertainment, Pantelion and Codeblack film brands into new revenue streams. "From Lego to Star Wars and Pixar to DreamWorks, she has established herself as a master strategist who knows how to make global brands even bigger and more successful, and she
- Etan Vlessing
(Cbr) Anthony Daniels fully embraces his role as C-3Po. He not only played the character in all six feature films to date — and in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming "Episode VII" — but also in animated series ranging from "Droids" to "Star Wars Rebels," and in assorted live-action television appearances. Entertainment Weekly writer James Hibberd spoke at length the actor about his nearly four-decade history with Threepio, covering everything from his initial disinterest in the part to his initial phone call with Abrams about reprising the role. On Auditioning For the Part: “I wasn’t interested in the slightest. In fact, I was being polite by going to meet George Lucas. Can you imagine that? I was polite in the room, but it wasn’t a very interesting conversation because he was collapsing from having met pretty much every actor in England. I wandered in, and I think it was a refreshing »
- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources
(Cbr) Dan Aykroyd, long a champion of a third "Ghostbusters," isn’t limiting his vision to a single film. No, he’s looking well beyond that, to a revived, expanded franchise — one that might draw inspiration from other studios, including Marvel. Such an ambitious approach might go far to explain plans for both an Ivan Reitman-produced "Ghostbusters 3" and the rumored female-led film directed by Paul Feig. “It’s beyond just another sequel, a prequel, another TV show,” Aykroyd, franchise co-creator and star, explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m thinking what does the whole brand mean to Sony? What does Pixar and "Star Wars" mean to Disney? What does Marvel mean to Fox?” Referencing a “whole ['Ghostbusters'] mythology from the beginning of their lives, the end of their lives,” Aykroyd said he, Reitman and Sony executives are developing a broader vision for the revived franchise. “The whole vehicle of »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
Walt Disney Studios is quick to admit it doesn’t have an awareness problem with “Star Wars” when it starts releasing new movies, beginning with next year’s “Episode VII.” But it also knows the future of the franchise at the Mouse House, however, relies on getting the film right for fans and newcomers.
“This title is very well known out there,” and “the single most important thing is to make sure that this movie is great,” said Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman, on Wednesday, at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2014 Media, Communications & Entertainment conference.
But with a new animated series, “Star Wars Rebels” debuting on Disney Xd, an expanded merchandise program, and the first live action film to debut in theaters in 10 years next year, »
- Marc Graser
“7th Heaven” cast reunites Beverley Mitchell last night posted a pic of her Stephen Collins, Jessica Biel, David Watson, David Gallagher and Catherine Hicks, but where was Ruthie? “The Good Wife” gets a cameo out of Gloria Steinem Julianna Margulies says she was starstruck when she filmed a scene with the feminist icon, who’s playing herself. "I made a fool of myself and then had to email her and had to apologize,” Margulies said on “Live! with Kelly and Michael." “Mystery Science Theater 3000” is coming to Vimeo The online video service will stream 80 episodes of the cult comedy series, plus any new episodes made over the next year. Click Read Full Post For More Marvel’s “Agent Carter” adds James D’Arcy He’ll play Edwin Jarvis, the butler to Dominic Cooper’s Howard Stark. After binging on “Parks and Rec," Diane Keaton says “I've fallen in love »
- Norman Weiss
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