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Does David Fincher’s Gone Girl Change the Book’s Ending?

22 September 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, adapted from the popular novel by Gillian Flynn, is one of the most anticipated films of 2014. With reports on potential plot changes and wild reactions to the film’s casting, fans have been following production from the start. But is the final product worthy of the hype?

Because we can’t wait until the official release date, and there are too many book-to-movie adaptations flooding the box office this fall, let’s break down what we’ve learned from the first official reviews. Spoilers ahead (duh).

The Film’s Ending Does Not Stray from the Book

Yay? Flynn adapted her 2012 novel for the film and stayed extremely close to the book. While early reports claimed that the lackluster ending your book club has been griping about for two years could be getting a big screen makeover come October, The Hollywood Reporter says don’t hold »

- Emily Exton

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Film Review: ‘Gone Girl’

21 September 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A lady vanishes and is soon presumed dead, but it’s her marriage that winds up on the autopsy table in “Gone Girl,” David Fincher’s intricate and richly satisfying adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 mystery novel. Surgically precise, grimly funny and entirely mesmerizing over the course of its swift 149-minute running time, this taut yet expansive psychological thriller represents an exceptional pairing of filmmaker and material, fully expressing Fincher’s cynicism about the information age and his abiding fascination with the terror and violence lurking beneath the surfaces of contemporary American life. Graced with a mordant wit as dry and chilled as a good Chablis, as well as outstanding performances from Ben Affleck and a revelatory Rosamund Pike, Fox’s Oct. 3 wide release should push past its preordained Oscar-contender status to galvanize the mainstream.

After the perceived commercial disappointment of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (2011), despite an eventual »

- Justin Chang

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Berlin: Chinese Producers Set ‘Kong — The Origin’ Toon

10 February 2014 10:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Updated: Jeong Jung Kim and Gary Zhang of newly formed Aquamen Entertainment will produce “Kong — The Origin,” a $40 million Chinese animation project that tells a segment of the famous “Journey to the West” fable, set to start later this year.

Kim said “Kong” aims to tell the “Journey to the West” tale from a perspective that can be easily understood by Western audiences. For that it will play down the mythology and play up a sci-fi look and feel and include aliens, robots and other fantasy elements.

“We will try to reveal the truth behind the mythology. It is not a derivative work,” Zhang told Variety.

It will be presented in stereoscopic 3D, which is increasingly common for big animation projects and is particularly popular with Chinese audiences.

The pic is likely to be structured as a Chinese-Korean co-venture with Seoul-based vfx and animation house Digital Idea heading the animation work. »

- Patrick Frater

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