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David Fincher should be feeling pretty happy right now. His latest film Gone Girl, based on the bestseller by Gillian Flynn, was quite the success both critically and commercially, and is mpw his highest grossing film domestically to date. Personally, I think Fincher is one of the finest directors working today. I am always surprised how much Fincher talks about his films. He feels like guy who keeps to himself, but he generally gives fairly long interviews about his films and more than likely will record a great audio commentary for the DVD releases. Well, here is a fifty minute interview with Fincher he did with Studio 360 (via The Playlist), which you can listen to below. He talks about the lack of visual gore in Seven, the first time he heard about the Zodiac killer, and how people perceive him. I know there are a tremendous amount of David Fincher fans out there, »
- Mike Shutt
Trevor Hogg chats with Bobby Bukowski about a busy year of collaborating with four different filmmakers who each had a separate cinematic project…
One cannot accuse Bobby Bukowski of having a boring life as he went from studying Biochemistry with the intention of pursuing a medical career to a photographer’s assistant in Paris which resulted in him documenting a pilgrimage of sacred sites led by the Dalai Lama to being a bike messenger while obtaining his Master of Fine Arts degree to a cinematographer. “It’s been a good life,” observes the native of New York City who has also taught at New York University TishAsia campus located in Singapore. “The question that always arises from curious minds is, ‘Why do you do it that way?’ The academic query is a pertinent one. “It’s good to remind oneself to throw everything up in the air and say, ‘What »
- Trevor Hogg
- Sasha Stone
Final Update Monday, 1:42 p.m.: Halloween offered slim pickings for the new kids on the box office block combing for treats this weekend, though several holdovers did a surprisingly good job at protecting their stash. Bill Murray, Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck, in particular, exercised a solid grip in October’s final weekend.
That weekend went to Ouija, the $5M Blumhouse Prods. chiller that became the first horror film of the year to land at No. 1 — and one of the few fright flicks ever to do it twice. While The Purge: Anarchy and Annabelle gave the genre a much-needed adrenaline shot, neither took the top spot. With a dearth of newcomers on Halloween (which usually carves at least 15% from weekend revenues), the board game adaptation became the de facto choice for audiences determined to get out of the house for something other than Halloween festivities. Its drop of »
- Scott Bowles
Fox’s marital thriller earned $1.8 million on Friday at the box office, increasing its cume to $129.6 million and thereby edging out “Benjamin Button’s” lifetime domestic haul of $127.5 million in just 29 days. Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” is up next with $102.5 million.
The Ben Affleck-starrer is headed for an $8 million weekend, which would raise its total haul to between $135 million and $136 million.
“Gone Girl,” which is based on Gillian Flynn’s hit novel, is the famed director’s third top film worldwide. It’s earned $256.7 million, coming in behind “Benjamin Button’s” $333.9 million and “Seven’s” $327.3 million.
With an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (based on »
- Maane Khatchatourian
1. Gone Girl - $127,801,514
2. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - $127,509,326
3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - $102,515,793
4. Seven - $100,125,643
5. The Social Network - $96,962,694
6. Panic Room - $96,397,334
7. Alien 3 - $55,473,545
8. The Game - $48,323,648
9. Fight Club - $37,030,102
10. Zodiac - $33,080,084
It remained in the number one spot »
In case you needed further proof that Gone Girl is a bona fide hit, the film has now become director David Fincher’s highest grossing film on the domestic charts. With a domestic total of $127.8 million and climbing, the satirical thriller has surpassed Fincher’s previous victor of the domestic charts, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which topped out at $127.5 million. It’s an impressive feat to be sure, and while anticipation was certainly high due to the popularity of author Gillian Flynn’s novel, it helps that Fincher’s film manages to be wildly entertaining, bitingly funny, and somewhat terrifying at the same time. So where does Gone Girl rank in relation to Fincher’s filmography on the worldwide charts, and how does Fincher’s oeuvre fall in line as a whole? Find out after the jump. Gone Girl’s worldwide box office total currently stands at an impressive $254.9 million, »
- Adam Chitwood
Ewan McGregor tells Details the Trainspotting sequel "might happen" and doesn't speak to highly of Star Wars crazies saying: I don't have any experience with them. I've never been to one of the conventions. The people I meet are the f**kers who want me to sign Star Wars photos so they can sell them on the Internet or the people at premieres who are crushing children against barriers to get me to sign their f**king picture of Obi-Wan Kenobi. They're not fans -- they're parasitical lowlifes and f**king wankers. The Lego Movie directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller have signed on to write The Lego Movie 2, though no word on whether they'll return to direct the sequel which is set for a May 25, 2018 release date. Deadline Bruce Greenwood joins Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in Truth for writer/director James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) telling the story of »
- Brad Brevet
Jake Gyllenhaal is on some kind of a role and if it hadn't been for a couple of relative failures in 2010 we may have never seen this Jake Gyllenhaal. Outside of Source Code, 2010 looked like it would be nothing but big budget studio features and Oscar bait in the actor's future as Prince of Persia and Love & Other Drugs hit theaters. Sure, before that he had Zodiac and Brokeback Mountain, but it's in the last few years that he's delivered fantastic performances in some of the best films of his career, those being End of Watch, Prisoners, Enemy and now Nightcrawler. He shines in films that are anything but the norm and Nightcrawler is his most outlandish yet. Starring as Lou Bloom, Gyllenhaal taps into a character that isn't easy to define, though after stealing chain link fence, copper wire, a couple manhole covers and other such items, he sells »
- Brad Brevet
20. The Godfather (1972)
Scene: The Horse Head
It’s the sweeping epic that eventually spanned three films. But, without the sequels, the first still stands as one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time. The Godfather is a crime drama, a family drama, and a warped version of the American dream. The story focuses on the Corleone family, beginning at the marriage of his daughter, an expansive reception that serves as a wonderful introduction to the characters we would grow to love. Part of this intro is to demonstrate how ruthless the family could be if called to. Vito (Marlon Brando) will grant requests on this day, as it is his daughter’s wedding day. One of those requests comes from Johnny Fontane (Al Martino), Vito’s godson and a professional singer. He wants to land a contested part in a film, so »
- Joshua Gaul
Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo.s acting prowess has been criticized by crime writer, James Ellroy - but fans of The Avengers need not worry about the author slamming their favorite superhero movie. Instead the writer actually takes issue with their performances in David Fincher.s 2007 crime drama, Zodiac. As it turns out, Ellroy really hated the lead actors in that film Ruffalo and Downey Jr. played Inspector Dave Toschi and Paul Avery, respectively, in the delightfully meandering-yet-engrossing examination of the crimes of the Zodiac killer. And while James Ellroy has greatly supported the film in the past, having provided a commentary track on the DVD release and called it "one of the half-dozen greatest American crime films," it turns out that he really didn't care for the performances by Ruffalo, Downey Jr., or Jake Gyllenhaal (who played puzzle-loving cartoonist Robert Graysmith). Recently doing an interview with NPR, the »
A long time ago, Thursdays were known for Must-See TV. But this October, Thursdays have become a can't-miss pop-cultural date for a completely different reason: an audio podcast. Ira Glass and the folks behind This American Life radio recently launched a new podcast, titled "Serial," an addictive podcast about a gruesome murder and the curious court case that convicted a 17-year-old kid. And it's better than the best episode of Law & Order because it features the actual people who lived through the tragedy—plus, you have no clue how it's going to end. It's narrated by former Baltimore Sun reporter Sarah Koenig, »
- Jeff Labrecque
David Fincher and famed crime writer James Ellroy are far from strangers. As we documented in our feature A-z: A Guide To The Lost & Unmade Films Of David Fincher, the filmmaker was once attached to the adaptation of "Black Dahlia" before it fell into the hands of Brian De Palma, and the author also contributed a commentary track to Fincher's "Zodiac." Moreover, the pair are currently developing a couple of TV shows for HBO. So just bear that in mind as we move on to this next part. Chatting with NPR recently about his favorite noir films, Ellroy named Fincher's "Zodiac," about the hunt for the famed serial killer, among them. Indeed, on that aforementioned commentary track, the writer called it "one of the half-dozen greatest American crime films." But Ellroy's love of the movie — which he curiously describes as powered by "a subliminally homosexual roundelay of obsessives" — is not without some caveats. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
One of my favorite movies of 2014 is opening this weekend: writer-director Dan Gilroy's debut feature, Nightcrawler. In the film, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a guy desperate to score a job. While on the hunt, Lou stumbles across a “nightcrawler,” someone who captures footage of fires, murders and all sorts of chaos to sell to new stations and Lou comes to the conclusion that the gig is perfect for him. While I've seen Gyllenhaal deliver some great performances End of Watch, Prisoners, Zodiac and Brokeback Mountain, his work in Nightcrawler takes him to the next level. It's easily one of my favorite performances of the year and absolutely worth a full price ticket to see this weekend when the film opens. For more on the film, read Matt's glowing review or watch the red band trailer. During my exclusive video interview with Dan Gilroy he talked about casting Gyllenhaal, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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There’s no doubting that the new season of American Horror Story is the most frightening and perverse yet. While a number of creator Ryan Murphy’s actors — Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, and Evan Peters — have returned, the fourth iteration of the series has also featured a number of new faces. Among them are newcomer Finn Wittrock as the devilish man-child, Dandy Motts, Michael Chiklis as the freak show’s resident strong man, and Wes Bentley as the two-faced Edward Mordrake. While all three have made their own impact on Freak Show, none of them have been more severe than Twisty the Clown played by John Carroll Lynch.
“It’s great to play a character that is so starkly drawn, and it’s really fun to be a bad guy,” Lynch tells La Times. “In this case I really like that Ryan and the writers »
- Stacy Lambe
Jake Gyllenhaal has one of the most trustworthy faces in Hollywood. His textbook doe eyes and wide toothy smile imbue his characters with innocence, from Brokeback Mountain's wounded Jack Twist to Zodiac's obsessive Robert Graysmith to the stalwart cops of End of Watch and Prisoners.
But within those eyes also lies the potential for mania, and screenwriter Dan Gilroy's directorial debut Nightcrawler exploits this to unsettling effect. Gyllenhaal lost some widely publicised weight to play the stringy, slippery Lou Bloom, an ambitious petty thief on the search for a clean break in Los Angeles. "I've made up my mind to find a career I can learn and grow into," he tells a disinterested potential employer, one of many recruitment platitudes he spouts. If you thought you hated corporate speak before, »
The lesser-known but no less interesting Euro side of “The French Connection” story finally gets its due in Cedric Jimenez’s “The Connection” (aka “La French”), a meaty, export-ready true-crime saga — and relatively safe bet for U.S. distrib Drafthouse Films — that manages to be both more upbeat and more cynical than William Friedkin’s loosely fictionalized policier. Few would have thought the latter point possible, given the gritty original’s unresolved ending and the grim sequel it inspired. Still, “The Connection” can’t hold a candle to that 1976 classic as Jimenez adopts a vintage-kitsch sensibility, taking a disappointingly generic approach to his hard-to-follow narrative.
Already booking sprocket operas left and right since its Toronto Film Festival bow, “The Connection” not only sounds good on paper, but also boasts a lead turn from a suitably retro-looking Jean Dujardin, dudded out in sideburns and polyester suits for the role. Dujardin plays relentlessly dedicated magistrate Pierre Michel, »
- Peter Debruge
For reasons beyond my comprehension, Open Road decided at 7Pm Pst on a Friday night would be the best time to premiere a new red band trailer for Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler. I guess they assume that's the time of week most people are at home, glued to the Internet, just waiting for a new piece of marketing to catch their eyec I will give them credit for going all out with the marketing campaign as I can't seem to turn on my television without seeing an ad for the new movie, which I saw in Toronto and quite enjoyed writing: Jake Gyllenhaal is on some kind of a role and if it hadn't been for a couple of relative failures in 2010 we may have never seen this Jake Gyllenhaal. Outside of Source Code, 2010 looked like it would be nothing but big budget studio features and Oscar bait in the »
- Brad Brevet
The decision to shoot in Sydney, New South Wales, for eight weeks was announced by Nsw deputy premier and minister for the arts Troy Grant.
The Nsw government helped secure the production with finance from its Nsw Trade & Investment’s State Investment Attraction Scheme.
A substantial amount of post- production work will also be conducted in the state, and Grant said that the movie would benefit the state to the tune of more than A$11 million.
James Vanderbilt, who wrote Zodiac” and both “The Amazing Spider-Man” scripts, will make his directorial debut along with writing and producing through his Mythology Entertainment banner along with Brad Fischer, William Sherak and Mikkel Bondesen.
- Patrick Frater
Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford, Topher Grace, Dennis Quaid and Elizabeth Moss lead the cast in Truth, a Us political drama now shooting in Sydney. The Nsw government confirmed its financial support via the State Investment Attraction Scheme and said the film would inject more than $11 million in direct production expenditure into the State's economy, creating 208 jobs. Most of the post will happen in Sydney.
Redford plays former CBS News anchor Dan Rather and Blanchett is his producer Mary Mapes in the tale of the scandal that ensued after Rather reported on 60 Minutes in 2004 that George W. Bush.s father arranged for him to serve in the National Guard to avoid the Vietnam War draft.
Subsequently CBS launched an investigation into whether the documents quoted in the story were forgeries and Mapes was fired for so-called lapses in judgment.
- Don Groves
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