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David Fincher’s done way too many grim crime thrillers centered around murder, right? There’s serial killer film “Se7en,” serial killer procedural “Zodiac,” serial killer mystery “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” and "Panic Room" and "The Game" both have elements of murder, crime and mystery. But it’s not really by conscious design. "All you need to do is look at my filmography to know that I have no idea what people want," Fincher told Entertainment Weekly earlier this year admitting that he may have been "too beholden to the source material," vis a vis ‘Dragon Tattoo.' His latest film, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn's murder mystery thriller, "Gone Girl," is well, another crime thriller with a secret in it. It's about a man (Ben Affleck) who becomes the focus of an intense media circus after his wife (Rosamund Pike) mysteriously disappears. Perhaps like the unapologetic and unrepentant Fincher himself, »
- Edward Davis
For those anxious to see more from David Fincher's crime thriller adaptation Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, tomorrow will bring a new trailer. Of course, it likely won't give much of the game away since the film doesn't arrive until October this fall. But after the first teaser trailer, we're fine if Fincher plays things close to the vest. And to follow the first teaser poster, which didn't even use the title of the film or names of its stars, we have four new teaser posters hyping up the release of the new trailer tomorrow, each showcasing a piece of important evidence from the crime scene in question. Look below! Here's the teaser posters for David Fincher's Gone Girl from IndieWire, Awards Daily, HuffPo & HitFix: Gone Girl is directed by David Fincher (of Seven, The Game, Fight Club, Zodiac, Panic Room, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, »
- Ethan Anderton
Picking the best movies that come out in any given year is no easy feat. For film fans, a quality feature can come out at any time, from any one, and discovering an enjoyable and well-crafted feature is truly a pleasure. As we reach the halfway point of the year, many excellent films have already made their way to theatres, films that are well worth a watch. Below, you shall find the list of the top 30 films of 2014 to date, a list that ranges from science fiction thrillers to period dramas.
A few notes to keep in mind when reading our entry: Certain films from our 2013 list make a second appearance on this list. This is because the movies, while technically released this year, were seen by a select few in time for last year’s list, due to the benefit of film festivals and press screenings. The list itself is in no particular order, »
Beneath is a new underground (literally) thriller starring Jeff Fahey as George Marsh, a longtime coal miner who goes down for “one last mission” – and when it comes to movies, you know how those usually go.
Along for the descent into darkness is George’s daughter, Samantha, played by Kelly Noonan, and a slew of soon-to-be-slain coworkers.
Dread Central got the chance to chat with Fahey and the film’s director, Ben Ketai, recently, and the highlights are below.
The first thing I wanted to know was, where was the film shot? It looks like an actual location. Fahey told me that although it looks like a real cave, the entire thing was built on a set.
“We were above ground,” he said. “The other part we can act. Sometimes realism helps, but with this, we had so many things to help us get into that mindset.” Such as, working »
- Staci Layne Wilson
We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.
The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »
In what is unmistakably a sign of the apocalypse, Warner Bros is prepping a reboot of Scooby-Doo which was live action'ed in the long long ago era of 2002, the same year that spawned the original Spider-Man already two-years replaced to no one's advantage. We already know that Tomb Raider will happen sooner rather than later. What's next from the early Aughts? Red Dragon, which was itself a do-over of Manhunter (1986)? 8 Mile starring Macklemore? Stuart Little? Panic Room? Legally Blonde? Oceans 11 with an all new cast of younger cool? Charlies Angels?
The most depressing thing about the do-over craze isn't that it exists exactly since the movies have always tried to repeat successes. But that it did not replace sequels. Several franchises from the nineties and early aughts are Still producing sequels (Fast & Furious, The Bourne Identity, X-Men, Mission Impossible, etcetera). You can't have both, Hollywood. We'll have nothing new ever. »
- NATHANIEL R
Directed by Luther‘s Sam Miller, this thriller stars Elba as a dangerous killer convict on the run and eventually finds his way into the house of Terri (Taraji P. Henson) and her young daughter. They ramp up the tension and bring out all the flickering thriller/horror tricks for this first insight and although – once again – I think it shows far too much in quick snippets, with both Elba and Henson looking strong, and a Panic Room vibe, this could be one to watch out for.
Source: Sony »
- Dan Bullock
Yesterday, we received word that Sinister director Scott Derrickson was in talks to direct Marvel's upcoming Phase Three movie, Doctor Strange. The comics focus on a talented, arrogant surgeon Stephen Strange, who shatters his hands in a car accident, and believes that by learning the mystical arts he can heal his crippling injury. He eventually becomes the "Sorcerer Surpreme", the protector of our world against magical threats. There are so many talented actors out there that could fit Strange's look and personality, but Marvel is rumored to be looking at a controversial choice. Hit the jump for more. According to Badass Digest's Devin Faraci, "Marvel likes (or liked, I don't know what the current status of this is) Jared Leto for Stephen Strange." Faraci adds, "God help us all if that's true." I'm inclined to agree. Leto has stayed quiet since winning a slew of awards, including the Oscar, for »
- Matt Goldberg
"It's annoying that people think, 'Oh, is this the role where she's going to show everyone how she's grown?,'" Kristen Stewart told Indiewire last Friday in Cannes. "I'm not trying to show anyone anything." The actress was feeling a bit defensive following the world premiere of her latest post-"Twilight" indie, Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria," and you can't blame her. Ever since shooting to worldwide fame after being cast as Bella Swan in the "Twilight" franchise, it's arguable that no actress has received more attention -- often for the wrong reasons -- than Stewart. Up until the first "Twilight" entry, Stewart had endeared herself to many with her bracing work in films such as David Fincher's "Panic Room" and Sean Penn's "Into the Wild." As soon as "Twilight" hit the scene, turning her into a supernova overnight, she became better known for her romance »
- Nigel M Smith
Imagine this: You go away on holiday, but things don’t go according to plan. So, you go home early. When you arrive, however, it turns out your empty house isn’t quite so empty… This is the plot of Squatters, the latest film from film by director Martin Weisz, available this Monday on DVD and digital download.
A frightening premise, to be sure, but there have been several other, arguably scarier, films revolving around home invasions. Here we take a look at six of the best.
Panic Room (2002)
David Fincher’s 2002 thriller didn’t get the acclaim of some of his other films, but he certainly put his heart and soul into it. With as many effects shots as any summer blockbuster, Fincher’s movie is an underrated gem, the rare film that instils a genuine sense of unease in its audience. Second choice lead actress Jodie Foster puts »
- Barry Steele
You can have your Paul Thomas Andersons and Terrence Malicks, your Richard Linklaters and Friedberg/Seltzers. For my money the most consistently fantastic and exciting director working today is David Fincher. Even perceived “bottom tier” Fincher thrillers (Panic Room, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) are better than a large percentage of other suspense films out there, and it’s his work that I most look forward to every couple years. His latest is once again an adaptation of an immensely popular novel, but unlike Stieg Larsson’s Nordic thriller Gillian Flynn‘s book lacks a distinct visual style that plays so well into Fincher’s wheelhouse. The film, scripted by Flynn herself, is a mystery set in suburban America that follows a man’s (Ben Affleck) attempt to find his missing wife (Rosamund Pike) and convince the world that he’s not somehow responsible. Check out the first trailer for Gone Girl below. First »
- Rob Hunter
The first trailer for David Fincher's hotly-anticipated thriller Gone Girl debuted today, and it's yet another fantastic promo from a director who's served up some of the best mainstream Hollywood fare over the last two decades.
Many movies rely on marketing agencies to cut their trailer material, but in recent years Fincher has operated a little differently, getting involved himself from the get-go to help shape how his movies are sold. It shows; first looks for Fincher releases are often mini-movies in themselves, oblique and creative teasers designed to hook you in before a more accessible promo is released.
Digital Spy goes film-by-film with Fincher's trailer back catalogue to highlight 8 of his best promos below. We've excluded Alien 3 on the grounds that Fincher lost final cut to the studio and had little to do with the film by the time it was released.
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Following a pretty chilling first look at the thriller Gone Girl, based on Gillian Flynn's best-selling novel of the same name, the first trailer for the adaptation from The Social Network director David Fincher has arrived. The film tells the story of a woman (Rosamund Pike) who disappears on her fifth wedding anniversary, with all the evidence pointing to her husband Nick (Ben Affleck). And even though the film is based on the book, readers will have a surprise because Flynn wrote a new ending for the film. From the looks of this trailer, Fincher has another fantastic thriller on his hands, and we can't wait to see it. Watch! Here's the first trailer for David Fincher's adaptation of Gone Girl, in high def on Apple: And here's the stylish teaser poster that doesn't even include the title (via Digital Spy): Gone Girl is directed by David Fincher (of Seven, »
- Ethan Anderton
Kristen Stewart turns 24 this week, and she's built up quite a résumé for such a young star. She had an early breakout role in Panic Room, turned into a megastar after Twilight, and proved to be an onscreen badass thanks to movies like Snow White and the Huntsman and The Runaways. To honor her 24th birthday, take a look back at 24 pictures of all the different roles she's played over the years. Source: Samuel Goldwyn Films View Slideshow › »
- Becky Kirsch
For this week’s Thinking Out Loud missive, I wanted to start by talking a bit about the best March releases that I can, well…think off. I initially thought about this after seeing Noah earlier this week, since it’s much better than the March release date suggests. Though not a perfect movie by any stretch, it’s a quality film brimming with ambition, far more in place for a summer or even winter release as opposed to what this time period that used to be almost a dumping ground. As such, I looked back at some of the more notable flicks to have come out during the month, and lo and behold, we’ve even had a few Oscar winners hit during the month of March. It’s certainly the best of the early season months, that’s for sure… I’m not going to talk about any of the titles specifically, »
- Joey Magidson
Dwight Yoakam is certainly best known as a country singer, but he has several acting credits under his belt (Crank: High Voltage, Panic Room, Sling Blade, and "Wilfred" to name a few) and is about to add another.
Per TV Guide, Yoakam has joined the cast of CBS's "Under the Dome" for Season 2 and will play Lyle Chumley, who runs Chester's Mill's barbershop, the Two Scissors.
Lyle has a complicated history with Big Jim (Dean Norris), having once been romantically linked with his dead wife, Pauline (Sherry Stringfield). Like Pauline, Lyle has a mysterious connection to the Dome and very well may know the answer to its origins.
- Debi Moore
In fact, his character has been there the entire time! In season two of CBS’ summer breakout drama, the actor-musician will play Lyle Chumley, who runs the Chester’s Mill’s barbershop. We’re told Chumley “has a complicated history with Big Jim — having once been romantically linked with his dead wife, Pauline. Lyle also has a mysterious connection to the Dome, and very well may know the answer to its origins.”
Yoakam will appear in multiple episodes as a recurring guest star in season 2, which gets underway June 30. The Grammy-winning Kentucky native »
- James Hibberd
Pregnant celebrities - Thandie Newton has given birth to a baby boy at home. The 41-year-old actress and husband Ol Parker welcomed little Booker Jombe - a sibling for their daughters Ripley, 13, and Nico, nine - into the world on Monday, she has announced on twitter. She wrote yesterday: ''Our baby boy is finally here! Booker Jombe Parker. Born joyously at home yesterday.'' The 'Crash' actress announced her pregnancy in September and later admitted she was finding it tough working on action-packed police drama 'Rogue', in which she plays undercover cop Grace Travis. She said: ''Basically, I had two options; to withdraw from the show which would have meant the show collapsing, or to commit regardless. ''I'd seem actresses takes on meaty un-pregnant roles while carrying babies - Jodie Foster in 'Panic Room'. My agent also reassured me that both Claire Danes and Anna Paquin »
The actor was so happy making music with his band that he thought he'd never make a film again
Hi Jared! You've always struck me as a fairly private person. Do you hate giving interviews? No, not at all. But if the interview's bad, then it's no fun, and by bad I mean routine, you know? So the challenge has been set!
When you were preparing to play Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, an HIV-positive transgender woman, did you talk to trans people and people with HIV? Yeah, definitely. I talked to transgender people and that was the education and the start of it all. I'm really grateful for those experiences.
Did you go method? I stayed in character the entire shoot. I couldn't imagine doing it another way. I'd gone too far to pick it up and drop it off. »
- Hadley Freeman
A welcome reminder that high-concept thrillers needn’t rely on stupid coincidences and even stupider characters in order to succeed, “Grand Piano” turns the unlikeliest of scenarios into a riveting battle of wills. The story of a concert pianist whose comeback performance gets hijacked by a sniper with a secret agenda, director Eugenio Mira’s latest film breathlessly combines artistic anxiety and personal desperation, providing its character with a journey as intense emotionally as it is physically. In fact, probably the best Brian De Palma movie he never made, “Grand Piano” expands the boundaries of single-location, real-time mysteries like “Phone Booth” and “Panic Room” with a brilliantly simple concept and nimble, elegant style. Elijah Wood plays Tom Selznick, a master-class pianist set to play in public for the first time in five years. Having famously choked during a performance of a piece by his late mentor, he is understandably nervous »
- Todd Gilchrist
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