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Plenty of film fans and hardened cinephiles are familiar with David Fincher’s filmography of award-winning dramas like “The Social Network,” “Fight Club,” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” but other non-super fans may overlook his storied history with pop music. A new video essay from Patrick H. Willems seeks to fix that by analyzing what exactly made Fincher, in the words of Willems, “one of the best pop music video directors of all time.”
The essay takes a deep dive into Fincher’s work on the videos for Madonna’s “Vogue,” Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie,” and George Michael’s “Freedom.” Willems compares Fincher’s naturalized style to more mainstream pop videos, emphasizing the director’s rare talent for attention to detail, shooting choreography, and telling a story in a different medium. »
- Allison Picurro
Dominique Moceanu has spoken out in support of the three former Team USA gymnasts who “bravely” came forward in a 60 Minutes piece Sunday evening to accuse former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse — and contends that the “culture” within the organization can “set the stage for such atrocities to take place.”
Moceanu, 35, has long been critical of the sport’s governing body, which she says failed to support her after she came forward with her own allegations of emotional and physical abuse by coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi.
In her statement posted Monday evening, Moceanu again repeated those allegations, »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd
The name David Fincher conjures up a few buzzwords for film-lovers: “dark,” “elaborate,” “precise.” Also, “many takes” and “tracking shots” (and, in film school, “6K cropped to 4K for maximum stabilization”). When discussing his work, many will point to his game-changing Se7en, his millennium-defining The Social Network, or arguably his magnum opus, Zodiac. However, far fewer talk about how the meticulous auteur broke into the business, and simultaneously learned his craft: music videos. But not just any music videos. Pop — pop only, in fact.
A new video essay titled David Fincher & The Craft of Music Videos by Patrick Willems dives into Fincher’s back catalogue of directorial work, where he shot videos for Madonna, the late George Michael, and Paula Abdul, among others. Studying this work turns out to be fascinating, as it points to many things — namely how Fincher was able to chomp at the bit of filmmaking through these videos, »
- Mike Mazzanti
This review contains minor spoilers.
As the world celebrates the fun, silly side of Batman in The Lego Batman Movie, it’s good to see DC hasn’t gotten carried away with it in the main series. While I love the Brick Knight as much as the next guy, I like Batman like my coffee: black and without Michael Cera. So, yes, I’d like the comics to reflect this preference as well. Tom King might’ve taken 16 issues to find this sweet spot, but “I Am Bane” looks like the real deal.
Like the previous issue, Batman #17 is a thrilling humdinger. Time is against the Dark Knight, as he tries to protect all those he holds dear while helping Gotham Girl. Despite his attempts to plan for every possibility and outcome, Bane is always one step ahead of him. It’s a refreshing change to the usual narrative where »
- Sergio Pereira
The Lost City Of Z review
James Gray follows up previous crime movies The Yards, We Own The Night and the previous Little Odessa, all of which were impressive in their own way, with this ambitious, yet involving period piece about the legendary British explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett who, in the early twentieth century, embarked on a series of journeys to find a mysterious lost city in the Amazon jungle.
Charlie Hunnam (Green Street, Sons Of Anarchy) leads the cast of this epic 140-minute motion picture that is reminiscent of movies made in an era a long ago. In The Lost City Of Z he plays the lead of Fawcett, an ambitious »
- Paul Heath
Bad Girls Club Season 17 is here — and judging by the cast it’s going to be a good one! Starting out in the house this season are Deshayla “Shay” Harris, Francesca “Fran” Jacovino, Keyaira “Key” Hamilton, Kiyanna “Kiki” Bygrave, Sayyora Badalbaeva, Seven Craft (yup, you read that right) and Susan Shermann. The ladies range in age from 21 to 26, and boy are they feisty — with things kicking off in the very first episode. But who are the lucky ladies taking part? Sayyora Badalbaeva Age: 21 From: Northridge, California Nickname: The Exotic Enigma Instagram: @sayyoraink Sayyora was actually born...read more »
- Julian Cheatle
One of the most lucrative and successful movie franchises in cinematic history, Batman prefigured the current superhero franchise craze and set the standard after Tim Burton’s 1989 picture established a succession of films which changed the long-held perception of Batman on screen as a camp throwback to his 1960’s colourful incarnation. As The Lego Batman Movie debuts, launching the Caped Crusader into a new animated dimension, it’s interesting to consider the numerous Batman projects that never made it out of development hell, because even though we’ve had the Christopher Nolan trilogy in recent years which sent the character into the stratosphere, it’s not always been plain sailing for the Dark Knight.
“But this film happened?!” a million voices all cried out in terror. Yes indeed, last year’s Dawn of Justice, part of the formative and troubled DC Extended Universe, »
- Tony Black
The International Film Music Critics Assn. has announced nominations for the 13th annual Ifmca Awards for excellence in musical scoring in 2016. Leading the pack are Michael Giacchino and Justin Hurwitz with five nominations each, and Abel Korzeniowski, with four.
Giacchino is nominated for his work on comic book fantasy film “Doctor Strange” and the socially conscious box office hit “Zootopia.” In addition, his song “Night on the Yorktown” from “Star Trek Beyond” is up for film music composition of the year. A 36-time Ifmca Award nominee, Giacchino previously received score of the year honors in 2004 for “The Incredibles,” and in 2009 for “Up.”
Hurwitz’s “La La Land” work has already been a force this season, taking home two Golden Globes among countless other prizes. The contemporary homage to Hollywood movie musicals earned him Ifmca noms for score of the year, comedy score, and film music composition of the year. Hurwitz »
- Dani Levy
If yesterday's Hot Rumor turns out to be correct, then Ben Affleck stepping down as director for The Batman last week was only the beginning of what looks like a large scale overhaul. I'll spare you a recap of what the latest rumors are (if you're interested you can Click Here), and instead...dive right into the fun stuff.
Since it's looking very possible that an entirely new creative team is going to be installed for The Batman, complete with a new script, we'd like to take this opportunity to let the incoming team know what we want (and don't want) to see in this movie.
And this isn't a final list. We expect You to add to it in the Comments. We're not intending to speak for you here, so please feel free to add (or subtract) from our list of suggestions for The Batman.
Let's get to it! »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Following the news that Paramount has pulled World War Z 2 from its 2017 schedule, fans of the Brad Pitt led zombie romp were left at a loss. However news has surfaced that director David Fincher could perhaps save the film.
Fincher had been previously rumoured to helm the project and according to The Hollywood Reporter, there is a source that says the Fight Club director is still “very creatively interested in directing the movie”.
Apparently Fincher was looking to make the film about a man and his family navigating a zombie apocalypse — at a budget much less than that of the original movie.
The source went on to say that “He (Fincher) really would like to do it, »
- Samuel Brace
Fans of zombie movies are still waiting on a sequel to 2013's World War Z, which was, despite some bumps in the road, a success for Paramount. The development process for World War Z 2 has also been a little rocky so far, with the studio recently taking the sequel off of their release schedule for 2017. Paramount still wants the movie to happen and perhaps, more importantly, David Fincher wants to direct it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Fincher, who worked with World War Z star Brad Pitt on Seven, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is "very creatively interested in directing the movie." It was reported last year that Brad Pitt was trying to court David Fincher to direct World War Z 2 after director J.A. Bayona departed the project. Apparently, it worked. Here is what a source with knowledge of the situation had to say about it. »
Following the revelation that the new Friday the 13th movie has been canceled after Paramount Pictures removed it from their release schedule, some are fearing that the World War Z sequel might suffer a similar fate after vacating its 2017 release slot, but it appears that director David Fincher is still interested in keeping the living dead project alive.
According to THR, David Fincher remains “very creatively interested in directing the movie” after Paramount took the sequel to 2013’s World War Z off of their release schedule, presumably to set it for a later release in 2018 or ’19. World War Z 2 was initially slated to come out on June 9th of this year.
Back in August, it was first reported that Finhcer was in early discussions with the film’s star and producer Brad Pitt to helm the sequel after J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) departed the project. Fincher has previously worked with Pitt on Se7en, »
- Derek Anderson
As there have been no true production updates in quite some time, and shooting would have had to have already started, it should come as no surprise that World War Z 2 has been yanked from Paramount's impending release schedule. While a delay in the release date was expected, it now sounds like this movie might be dead altogether.
News of World War Z 2's inevitable delay comes just as Paramount Pictures canceled their Friday the 13th remake, which would have been the landmark 13th movie in that horror film franchise. The Hollywood Reporter doesn't give a definite reason for this halt in production on World War Z 2.
The original World War Z movie, which was based on Max Brooks zombie survival guide of the same name, was faced with quite a few problems of its own during production. And it underwent quite a few reshoots before hitting theaters. »
Deadline reports the news of Paramount’s release schedule changes. The new Friday the 13th movie was pencilled in for an October 13th, 2017 release, while the World War Z sequel was initially slated to come out on June 9th, 2017. In place of Friday the 13th, Paramount has scheduled Darren Aronosfky’s mother! to come out on October 13th.
- Derek Anderson
There was nothing that “The Catcher in the Rye” protagonist Holden Caulfield despised more than phonies, from his own family, to strangers on the street, to silly old Sally Hayes. He might feel the same about Danny Strong’s J.D. Salinger biopic “Rebel in the Rye,” which frequently suffers from shallow observations about the author’s astounding life.
Based in part on Kenneth Slawenski’s Salinger biography “J.D. Salinger: A Life,” “Rebel in the Rye” is mostly occupied with Salinger’s early years, specifically the period when which he conceived of Holden Caulfield and finally completed “The Catcher in the Rye.” Despite the focus on such a fertile period, it suffers from a meandering narrative and a jarring pace, particularly as it pushes on into his later years without bothering to age star Nicholas Hoult in the slightest.
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- Kate Erbland
The cult classic was written by Andrew Kevin Walker, who at the time had optioned the script with “Christmas Vacation” helmer Jeremiah Chechik on board to direct. But Chechik had a different movie in mind and told Walker to rewrite the ending.
[Editor’s Note: Spoilers for “Seven” follow. Proceed at your own risk.]
The movie as we know it ends with John Doe (Kevin Spacey) delivering Detective Mills’ (Pitt) wife’s head in a box. Walker’s reworked version didn’t include that scene. After Chechik moved on from the project, the original version of the script with the shocking twist accidentally landed in the hands of Fincher.
“[Fincher] expressed some interest [in directing], but in expressing his interest to them, had mentioned there was a head in the box,” Walker told The Hollywood Reporter. “And they were like, »
- Liz Calvario
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"Shocking" is a word that gets tossed around a lot these days when it comes to TV and film. But back when David Fincher's Seven hit theaters in 1995, the film's disturbing conclusion truly was a shock.
Warning: If you haven't seen Seven, make sure to go check it out before reading on.
The film ends with the revelation that John Doe (Kevin Spacey) has meticulously planned a finale to his crimes that sees Mills (Brad Pitt) become the final sin, wrath, and murder John Doe. The killer had murdered Mills' wife, Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), and had her head delivered »
- Aaron Couch
"Elliot, we've been idiots. We've been going about it all wrong." No, that's not deleted dialogue from E.T. The Extra Terrestrial -- that Elliott spells his name differently -- but instead fresh new dialogue, featured in our exclusive, Nsfw (not safe for work) clip from the animated film Nerdland. John (voiced by Paul Rudd) and Elliot (voiced by Patton Oswalt) want to become famous but, as John says, they haven't been paying sufficient attention to realize exactly how people become famous -- or infamous -- nowadays. That spurs them on to a series of misadventures. Andrew Kevin Walker (Seven, Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow) wrote the original script and Chris Prynoski (Metalocalypse, Son of Zorn) directed. Enjoy the clip below. Nerdland is now available to watch...
[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...] »
Welcome back to another edition of Lrm's Fantasy Fridays, where myself and Jeremy Scully- two real-life best friends- pretend to be studio execs by calling some major shots. In the past, we rounded out the cast of Ben Affleck's The Batman, we assigned directors for several major upcoming superhero flicks, and today we set our sights on Marvel and it's wonderful relationship with Netflix.
See, say what you will about Marvel's exploits on the ABC network like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but their work on Netflix has been undeniably stellar. With shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, which are all leading up towards Iron Fist and a The Defenders crossover event, Marvel Studios has shown that they can make some amazing television with their partners over at Netflix.
With that in mind, the two of us mused about what other Marvel properties should get the Netflix series treatment. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Neil Patrick Harris is having the time of his life!
The actor, 43, has been sharing photos and videos from his time in Telluride, Colorado, with his family, including twins Harper Grace and Gideon Scott, 6.
“We are about to be taking on … the Barry Sonnenfeld luge,” Harris tells the camera at the beginning of one clip, referring to the director and executive producer of Harris’ new Netflix project A Series of Unfortunate Events.
His followers then get a first-person account of the entire ride, which Harper joins on her dad’s back. The two laugh and scream as they tube down »
- Jen Juneau
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