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Time for a Fincher recap. In my recent interview with David Fincher, the first question I asked was: "what are the defining factors that help you decide what project you're going to take?" It was a primer for figuring out what made him so interested in a Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake, but before we even got to that, he took about 10 minutes to explain his interest in most of the films he has made, starting with Alien 3 and mentioning Zodiac and The Game. I pulled quotes for each film as well as updates from other films that he didn't mention for a complete look at why Fincher directed the 9 movies he has over his career. Read on! While I'm sure he could go on about each one, I've only got what he told me in my interview (these quotes are exclusive here, not in the full »
- Alex Billington
Last Christmas I landed one of my dream interviews: I got to sit down with director David Fincher for over forty-five minutes and we talked about The Social Network, how he makes movies, why he wanted to direct The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Zodiac, The Game Blu-ray, and so much more. If you’re a fan of Fincher's and missed it, click here. I promise you'll learn a lot about the way he makes movies. However, while we covered a lot of subjects, there were many things I just didn't have time to ask. So when I sat down with him the other day in New York City for another exclusive interview for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, I decided to bring up some of the questions I never asked. While the full interview will run in the coming days, I'll tease you with a few things: »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
In the beginning there was only a book, but let's start with the ending. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011) wraps up with what can only be interpreted as a prologue to a sequel. The movie's elaborate cold case puzzle plot has long since been pieced together when our socially challenged goth heroine Lisbeth Salander sets a new revenge plot in motion. Since we're already past the two hour mark, we race through this whole new story with the speed usually reserved for Lisbeth's midnight motorcycle rides. New beginnings, middles, and endings race by us like blurry highway markers. What just happened? How satisfied the movie leaves you will surely depend on whether or not you'd like to stay in your seat waiting for the next hellish chapter to unfold.
Millions of people have eagerly flipped pages for all of the hellish chapters of the worldwide best selling "Millennium" trilogy. »
- NATHANIEL R
Directed by David Fincher
Screenplay by Steven Zaillian
David Fincher is effectively incapable of making a bad film. Even his worst film, Alien³, is actually so well made and unique in vision that for all its problems it manages to avoid overall badness. He does seem to have a pattern though: starting with Alien³, every odd-numbered film brings “lesser” Fincher. That has held true right through from The Game and Panic Room, to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and now The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Fincher certainly makes the most of the material he’s given, and while there is plenty to like and even love in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the film never fully transcends its source material to provide something truly special. This is “lesser” Fincher.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, based on the bestselling Swedish »
- Corey Atad
The reviews embargo has broken for David Fincher’s remake of the grim Swedish-language crime thriller The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and the verdict is in. Promoted as being ‘the feel bad movie this Christmas’ and certainly marketed towards adults as a rare smart film for grown-ups, the general consensus seems to be that the movie is good and worth seeing for those reasons but it is probably no better or worse than the 2009 original film and it isn’t a Fincher knockout by any means. Inevitably the comparisons to his recent A-grade works Zodiac and The Social Network are being made and Tattoo isn’t coming off the victor but many claim it to be a darker experience than the original that is held together by a better central performance from Rooney Mara.
- Matt Holmes
The Bats have it tough in this third animated trailer from the upcoming PC, PS3, and 360 downloadable shooter.
Does anyone but me think Gotham City Impostors is going to open up a whole new world of cosplay for Batman and Joker fans this video game and comic convention season? With the homemade, customizable look for both sides in this bargain basement gun battle in the heart of Gotham City, I have to imagine we'll see more lady Jokers (or Jokerz) in tights and Batmen in suspenders on the convention floors in 2012.
Here's the synopsis for the game:
Why fight crime when you can kill it.
Gotham City has gone insane! Batman is up to his pointy ears in unwanted "helpers" determined to dish out their own bloodthirsty brand of vigilante justice in his name (and image). Meanwhile, a small army of self-appointed junior Jokerz has turned the streets of Gotham »
- Charles Webb
Which game are you most excited about for 2012? The Spike TV VGAs wants you to vote on it.
With only a couple more days left until the VGAs, we wanted to check out the other fan voting category for Spike's big show: the Most Anticipated Games of 2012. The big surprise here is that there are only five titles on the list (I remember someone grousing in an article somewhere that 2012 might be the most boring year for games ever or something similarly goofy). But I think looking at the bigger picture, 2012 will be one of those years where there are fewer high profile franchise/sequel releases, so we might have to muddle through the year with a bunch of—gasp—original games next year.
Anyway, here are the list of anticipated titles for next year as chosen by Spike, and here's what I think of 'em.
Mass Effect 3
- Charles Webb
David Fincher can officially do no wrong. I appreciate that other opinions may be available, but his resumé is frankly astonishing. Seven, Fight Club, Panic Room, Zodiac, The Game, The Social Network, Benjamin Button. What we’ve seen so far of his re-working of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo looks mightily impressive as well.
Impatient lot that we are, talk quickly turns to next projects and although he has a lot of irons in the fire, Fincher may next turn his attention to a remake of Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, itself based on a Jules Verne novel about one Captain Nemo and his futuristic proto-submarine the Nautilus. The original film was most celebrated at the time for the impressive finale, with a giant squid doing battle with the Nautilus, though as we might expect, those effects have since become exceedingly dated. Quite what Fincher will do with »
- Dave Roper
Whatever you can do Sony, Disney can do just as well….
After Sony this week hired Eric Roth, writer of David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button to re-draft the final screenplay for the Cleopatra epic that studio head Amy Pascal will do just about anything to please David Fincher into directing next year, Disney have now hired Se7en writer Andrew Kevin Walker to put the final touches to rival project 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea that Disney similarly are desperate for Fincher to helm.
Fincher’s idea for a remake of the Jules Verne classic sci-fi novel about Captain Nemo creating his warship Nautilus is for an ambitious 3D, 70% CG film that would incorporate motion capture and would essentially be the biggest audience film of his career. I mean who ever thought we would be looking at a David Fincher directed movie for Disney?
But the script has »
- Matt Holmes
News that Martin Scorsese is in talks to direct a film adaptation of the novel The Snowman got me excited; I love hearing about anything that Scorsese has lined up, because he's such a consistently amazing director. Even if he makes a film I don't love, I still appreciate the legendary filmmaker's distinctive style. Scorsese is only one of my favorite directors, though; I've been a huge fan of David Fincher ever since I first saw The Game and Fight Club. On the other end of the spectrum, I will see anything that French helmer Michel Gondry has his hands in, due to the magical nature of films like The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Just as we have certain actors whose films we'll always be in line to see, we also tend to gravitate toward the work of the person behind the scenes. So, tell me: who is your favorite director? »
- Shannon Vestal
Let’s hit the trail for an offbeat version of the old movie standby, the road picture. The new film directed by actor Emilio Estevez , The Way, veers sharply from classics like It Happened One Night, and Planes,Trains, And Automobiles in that this film chronicles a journey that’s entirely on foot. It concerns a fictional group of characters undertaking the real pilgrimage called “El camino de Santiago” that hundreds embark on every year. In a twist on the old adage in that it’s all about the journey and the destination
Martin Sheen plays Tom, a widowed California optometrist who is estranged from his son Daniel ( played by real life son Emilio Estevez ). David has abandoned his college degree in order to explore the world. Tom’s receptionist tells him that Daniel called,but didn’t leave a number ( and he has no cellphone ). On a golf outing »
- Jim Batts
Disregarding how redundant it may seem to be remaking director Niels Arden Oplev’s excellent Swedish adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009) for a moment, this four minute trailer for David Fincher’s stab at book one in novelist Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy is pretty special. For the first time we experience Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander speaking (broad accent) and properly moving (sometimes fighting) in her costume. Early indications are that Mara might just pull this off.
If you already know the story of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, maybe because you have read the book or seen the original film, there is little point in recapping it for you. If you do not know the story, it is imperative you avoid any spoilers, so we will be doing you a favour there too.
Video: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – Exclusive Trailer
The trailer »
- Chris Laverty
MGM has tapped Brian Koppelman and David Levien to rewrite and direct their adaptation of Neil Strauss' best-selling book about picking up women "The Game."According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris and Paul Weitz are producing.In the book Strauss spends two years living among men who trade the most devastatingly effective techniques ever invented to charm women.On his journey from Afc (average frustrated chump) to Pua (pick-up artist) to Pug (pick-up guru), Strauss not only shares scores of original seduction techniques but also has unforgettable encounters with the likes of Tom Cruise, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Heidi Fleiss and Courtney Love.Koppelman and Levien directed the acclaimed 2009 Michael Douglas drama "Solitary Man."Their writing credits include "The Girlfriend Experience," "Ocean's Thirteen" and »
- Adnan Tezer
Neil Strauss published his part memoir, part self-help confidence book, part undercover journalism expose The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists in 2005 and quickly became the master of seduction in the minds of thousands of men out there who turned to him as kind of a guru/dating savior.
Here was this bald, skinny, average-looking borderline geek who was teaching you the techniques he had learnt from the world’s best pick-up artists from secret societies, sharing his experiences with you of the girls he seduced, and was giving you the key of how to get any woman into bed you wanted. And all the time you are looking at this guy and thinking – “Man, if he can do it…so I can I”.
There’s a huge legion of men out there who follow Strauss’ writings and ideas like some kind of bible and if you check out his site, »
- Matt Holmes
The writing duo of Brian Koppelman and David Levien have found success for themselves on the page for more than a decade, having been credited for movies like Rounders, Ocean’s Thirteen, and The Girlfriend Experience. Last year, they also received positive notices for their directorial work with the Michael Douglas movie, Solitary Man.
Now, THR (via ThePlaylist) says that the two of them have found their next film to direct, titled The Game, which they’ll be doing for MGM. Based on the non-fiction book by Neil Strauss, it tells of the author’s time spent in the world of pick-up artists, as well as the different methods he learned from them. The movie adaptation has had several different directors and studios involved at various points in its development, with Chris Weitz once directing for Columbia, Rawson Marshall Thurber doing so for Lionsgate, and Fox Searchlight apparently being interested at one point. »
- Nick Newman
David Levien and Brian Koppleman made a name for themselves with the script for Rounders, then wrote (among other things) the scripts for Steven Soderbergh's Ocean's Thirteen and The Girlfriend Experience, and wrote and directed the Michael Douglas film Solitary Man. Now they are set to write and direct an adaptation of the Neil Strauss pick-up bible The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists. THR  says the project has landed at MGM after spending years circulating among different producers and possible directors. (Chris Weitz, D.B. Weiss, and Rawson Marshall Thurber have all been attached to write and/or direct over the years.) So Koppelman and Levien will rewrite the script and, hopefully, be the ones to finally direct the film. The Game is one of those semi-infamous books that is both repulsive and fascinating, as it chronicled Neil Strauss' attempt to learn about the lives »
- Russ Fischer
According to The Hollywood Reporter, MGM will team up with A Solitary Man writer Brian Koppelman and director David Levien to bring Neil Strauss's dating how-to book The Game to the big screen. Others have tried before to make Strauss's best-selling pick-up tome into a film, but maybe Koppelman and Levien are the right guys for the job; after all, they gave Michael Douglas a great vehicle playing a skeevy womanizer in A Solitary Man. Maybe they can do the same for magician-turned-pick-up artist Mystery? »
Gus Van Sant made one of the bigger missteps of the '90s with his shot for shot remake of Psycho, but he's been on a roll in the past couple years with Paranoid Park and Milk. His latest film is Restless, starring Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper as a pair of kids who are obsessed with death. One of them has a friend who happens to be the ghost of a kamikaze pilot. Reviews out of Cannes were mixed, but it's a film that leads to quite a sweet trailer edit. There is a new, second trailer for the film, which is now scheduled to open limited on September 16. See it after the break. Harris Savides (The Game, Zodiac, Milk) shot the film, and helps give it a quality that is both grounded and a bit ethereal. That helps when it comes to making a great-looking trailer. Can the movie hold up? »
- Russ Fischer
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker George Lucas in the fourth of a six part feature... read parts one, two and three.
For over a decade filmmaker George Lucas had been developing a project which was a gender reversal of the Biblical story about Moses being hidden as a baby in the bulrushes. When asked to describe Willow (1988), Lucas called it “an adventure fantasy that takes place a long time ago in a mythical land.” Cast as the title character who becomes the guardian and defender of the wayward baby from an evil sorceress was Warwick Davis who made a name for himself playing the Ewok known as Wicket. “I was on holiday in southwest England when I got a call from George to come to Elstree – one of the major British studios – and audition for the part,” remembers Davis. “Actually, I did four auditions altogether; three in England and one in America. »
Last week's poll caused quite a bit of controversy and debate among Film Junk readers, with clear lines being drawn between supporters of three or four different David Fincher films. In the end, it was Fight Club that came out on top with Seven finishing a close second. The battle for third place was a photo finish, with The Social Network just barely beating Zodiac. I kind of expected both of these to get a few more votes, but the huge separation between the top 4 and the bottom 4 was probably no big surprise. Still... no love for Panic Room? Do you agree with these results? 1. Fight Club -- 35.4% 2. Seven -- 31.8% 3. The Social Network -- 13.3% 4. Zodiac -- 13% 5. The Game -- 2.3% 6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button -- 2.1% 7. Alien 3 -- 1.6% 8. Panic Room -- 0.3%
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