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David Fincher’s having a pretty good – and very productive -- run lately. This year’s Gone Girl, an adaptation of the novel Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, is the director’s third film in four years (after 2010’s The Social Network and 2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo). Fincher is also currently producing the Kevin Spacey political drama “House of Cards,” winning an Emmy in 2013 for guesting as director. Oh, and he completely directed the “Suit & Tie” music video with Justin Timberlake and Jay-z.
Yeah, those are some very, very productive four years.
With Gone Girl heading to theatres, we have another chance at seeing how the director does adapting a beloved crime thriller. His The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on the novel of the same by Stieg Larsson, was a critical darling. Here’s hoping Gone Girl deserves just as many, if not more, accolades. »
- Sasha James
I’m pretty sure if you are checking out this post, you are most likely excited for David Fincher’s newest film, Gone Girl, set to release in early October. In the meantime while we sit and wait in anticipation, Gap has released four stylish ads as part of their new “Dress Normal” campaign – and all four spots were directed by the man himself. Leave it Fincher to completely strip away those earthy Gap colors, and showoff their new collection in stylish, cinematic black-and-white instead. The acclaimed director of such films as Fight Club, Zodiac, Se7en and The Social Network, is not, on the surface, who you’d expect to be associated with Gap’s bright persona; but these spots do tie into Gap’s product lineup for fall, which is heavy on black and gray denim. Taglines for the campaign include “Black is a color,” “Don’t be afraid of the dark, »
The number of properties referred to in the title of Ramin Bahrani’s fifth feature may have a literal narrative significance, but it must also refer to the population percentage routinely branded as the victims of Occupy-era economic downturn. in “99 Homes,” which sees Andrew Garfield’s blue-collared Florida everyman enter a Faustian pact with Michael Shannon’s white-blazered real-estate shark. Following the lead of 2012’s underrated “At Any Price” in matching the socially conscious topicality of Bahrani’s early films to the demands of broader-brush melodrama, this dynamically acted, unapologetically contrived pic reps the filmmaker’s best chance to date of connecting with a wider audience — one likely to share the helmer’s bristling anger over corruptly maintained class divides in modern-day America.
- Guy Lodge
At some point between directing his hit movies (like The Social Network and the upcoming Gone Girl) and TV series (like House of Cards), David Fincher always finds time to put out a commercial or four. More recently the filmmaker reunited with his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara for a Calvin Klein ad, and now he returns with four fantastic TV spots for the Gap. What's so great about these four short Gap ads (especially for fans of the director) is that we get to see a side of David Fincher we don't normally see in his movies. Light, sexy and playful, the spots delight in their retro-romantic sensibilities, to the point that we're now kinda jonesing to see Fincher tackle an offbeat romantic comedy for his next movie. Check out all four spots below...
- Erik Davis
The new UK trailer and quad poster for Alexandre Aja's 'Horns' has arrived. Set to hit UK theatres on 29 October (whilst our American counterparts will get it on Halloween) the movie is based on the novel by Joe Hill and stars our two English leads Daniel Radcliffe ('The Woman in Black') and Juno Temple ('Magic Magic'), both of whom feature on the new quad shown below. The movie also stars Max Minghella ('The Social Network'), Joe Anderson ('The Crazies'), Kelli Garner, Heather Graham and James Remar ('Dexter'). And don't forget that Alexandre Aja will be ending his 2014 horror slate with the Gregory Levasseur helmed horror The Pyramid' on 5 December which Aja helped produce. »
German Films said today that its nine-person jury has selected Dominik Graf’s Beloved Sisters as Germany’s official submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The film tells the little-known true story of a ménage-à-trois among Friedrich Schiller and the von Lengefeld sisters, a utopia on the eve of the French Revolution. Florian Stetter, Hannah Herzsprung and Henriette Confurius have the lead roles. “This designation is for me the greatest joy and the confirmation of my work,” producer Uschi Reich said. “What great luck for us all.” Beloved Sisters premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in February and hit German theaters July 31 via Senator Film Verleih. Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards will be announced January 15.
- Nancy Tartaglione
• Tony winner Billy Crudup may be taking a step in the Spotlight. The Watchmen star is in talks to join the ensemble drama based on the Catholic Church cover-up of pedophiliac priests in Massachusetts and The Boston Globe investigation that followed. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci will all star in the film from director Tom McCarthy (Win Win) and written by Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate). Crudup would play the lead attorney for the victims, Eric MacLeish. [THR]
- Jake Perlman
Next year Fifty Shades of Grey will propel Irish actor Jamie Dornan into the big time, and he is already preparing for a world post Christian Grey's first appearance, signing on for the the lead in Alexandre Aja's (the upcoming Horns) The 9th Life of Louis Drax. The movie is based on Liz Jensen's best selling novel of the same name, with actor Max Minghella (The Social Network, The Ides of March) making his screen writing debut. Dornan plays a doctor brought into investigate the mysterious circumstances of a near fatal fall the young Louis Drax suffered on his ninth birthday. The more he investigates, the more the boundaries of reality and fantasy begin to blur. Speaking of the script, Aja said, "Max's script takes us on a very personal journey through the deep recesses of the mind, and on a suspenseful Hitchcockian ride. I was drawn to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Though Jamie Dornan will soon be seen taking care of business and (literally) cracking the whip as a young entrepreneur with an exceptionally active social life over at Fifty Shades of Grey, he’s signed up for a bit of a fictional career change as he joins the cast of Alexandre Aja‘s The Ninth Life of Louis Drax. The film, an adaptation of a best-selling novel by Liz Jensen, follows a nine-year-old boy named Louis Drax who is a little different than the other kids. Brilliant, but perceived as weird, Louis always seems to have something terrible happen to him — and his ninth birthday is no different. He suffers a massive fall that nearly takes his life, and there are no details to shed light on how or why the incident occurred. Dornan steps in as Dr. Allan Pascal, a physician who is drawn to Drax’s peculiar case. Drax »
- Samantha Wilson
David Fincher will be the latest guest at BAFTA’s “A Life in Pictures” interview series, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced Wednesday. The conversation with Fincher will take place at BAFTA’s headquarters in London on Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. local time.
“A Life in Pictures” is a long-running series that features prominent figures in films. Past conversations include Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Helen Mirren.
Tickets for the Fincher conversation will go on sale on Friday and can be purchased at bafta.org/what-on/.
- Kevin Noonan
The film, currently in production in Vancouver, follows two sisters who must rely on one another as society crumbles around them and their forest home.
Rhombus Media, Bron Studios and Creative Wealth Media Finance are producing, as is Page.
Minghella has appeared in “The Social Network” as well as “The Ides of March.” He will next be seen in Alexandre Aja’s “Horns” alongside Daniel Radcliffe. Rennie has worked in television, appearing in “24,” “The Killing” and “Californication.” His forthcoming films include “50 Shades of Grey” and “Warcraft.”
The film is set to wrap filming on Aug. 28 and select scenes are set to be screened at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.
Check out the first still from production below:
[This post has been updated.]
- Alexandra Cheney
Tyler Perry's social network apparently didn't include David Fincher prior to Gone Girl. During an interview about the movie with Vulture, the Madea writer-director-actor said he never would have signed on to the project if he'd known how popular the book was or been familiar with Fincher's career, which includes blockbuster films like The Social Network and Fight Club. "I had no sense of that," he said of all the anticipation around the movie adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling crime thriller, in which he stars as attorney [...] »
On Monday we learned from an interview with New York Magazine (via Yahoo) that before signing on to star in Gone Girl for director David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network), Academy member, director, actor, screenwriter and producer Tyler Perry had never heard of Fincher, wasn't familiar with his work and had no idea about the popularity of Gillian Flynn's novel from which the film is based. Perry has now said pretty much the same thing in a new interview with Vulture, though this time with a little bit of praise added to the quote. "I had no sense of how big the book was," Perry said. "If I had, I probably would have walked away from it. If I had known ... This is the honest-to-God's truth. If I had known who David Fincher was, and his body of work ... If I had known that the book was so popular, »
- Brad Brevet
Most of the time, people who are lucky enough to work in Hollywood are so busy with their own projects that they don't have time to keep up with what's happening outside of their own professional bubble. That means actors, writers, directors and more aren't quite as knowledgeable as to what's happening with other films, sometimes not even being aware of one another's work. However, when it comes to a director like Tyler Perry mentioning in an interview with Vulture that he didn't know who David Fincher (director of The Social Network and Se7en) was before signing on for a role in Gone Girl, that seems a little ridiculous. Perry mentions this absence of knowledge when talking about his supporting turn in Gone Girl, explaining that he wouldn't have taken the role if he had been aware of who Fincher was as a filmmaker. Don't worry, it's not as cocky »
- Ethan Anderton
Four days after a 6.0 earthquake hit the region, the 4th annual Napa Valley Film Festival has declared it will go ahead with the event and set its narrative and documentary competition lineups for Nov. 12-16.
“Our thoughts are with everyone in the Napa Valley who have suffered losses from the recent earthquake,” said Co-Founder/Artistic Director Marc Lhormer. “We are proud to be part of a community that rallies in support of each other in such a generous and big hearted way. As they say in the business, the show must go on.”
Saturday’s quake was the largest in the San Francisco Bay Area since the 6.9 Loma Prieta shaker in 1989 and caused up to $1 billion in damage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
“This is an exceptionally strong year for both the Narrative and Documentary competition programs,” said Program Director Herb Stratford. “These filmmakers have created new works that provoke, »
- Dave McNary
The 4th annual Napa Valley Film Festival (Nvff), scheduled for November 12-16, 2014, has unveiled its narrative and documentary feature competition line-ups and jurors.
The 2014 festival will screen 22 features in competition. The full film program line-up, including out-of-competition special presentations, sneak previews of awards season contenders, and narrative, documentary and animated shorts, will be announced in September.
Narrative Competition entries include Little Accidents, Thank You A Lot, Sun Belt Express and Like Sunday, Like Rain.
“This is an exceptionally strong year for both the narrative and documentary competition programmes,” said programme director Herb Stratford.
“Our thoughts are with everyone in the Napa Valley who have suffered losses from the recent earthquake,” said co-founder/artistic director Marc Lhormer. “We are proud to be part of a community that rallies in support of each other in such a generous »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
As aftershocks continue to rock California’s wine country, the Napa Valley Film Festival unveiled its competition lineup today. “Our thoughts are with everyone in the Napa Valley who has suffered losses from the recent earthquake,” said fest Co-Founder/Artistic Director Marc Lhormer of Sunday’s temblor, the Bay Area’s biggest in a quarter-century. “We are proud to be part of a community that rallies in support of each other in such a generous and big hearted way. As they say in the business, the show must go on.” Here is the schedule of narrative and docu features vying for awards at the fourth annual event, which runs November 12-16 in Napa:
Narrative Competition Section
Thank You A Lot – Music agent and manager Jack Hand has a bad reputation and an even worse track record. He has only two clients left: an indie band on the verge of a »
- The Deadline Team
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced that Us director David Fincher will discuss his craft and career at an event in London on September 19.
As part of the ‘BAFTA: A Life in Pictures’ series, Fincher will discuss a career that has included The Game, Seven, Fight Club and Panic Room as well as BAFTA and Oscar-winning hits The Social Network and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and Palme d’Or-nominated Zodiac.
Before directing his first feature film, Alien 3, in 1992, Fincher worked for VFX house Industrial Light & Magic on films including Return of the Jedi and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and directed a range of commercials and music videos for artists such as Madonna, George Michael, and Michael Jackson.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Things are looking very bad for Ben Affleck! The actor plays Nick Dunne in the highly-anticipated film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel "Gone Girl" -- and the just-released trailer for the flick finds his character facing accusations he killed his own wife. "This man of mine may truly ... kill me," Rosamund Pike's Amy says before footage of Nick's public plea to find his wife shines a spotlight on their rocky relationship.And when Nick has some serious trouble answering some pretty easy questions about Amy, he starts to lose the public's trust.Director David Fincher ("The Social Network," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo") brings his unique aesthetic to the movie, giving the film a creepy, dark and beautiful look we can't wait to see more of.The film opens October 3 -- will you be there opening night? Sound off below! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
The "for better or for worse" part of the traditional wedding vow gets stretched to the breaking point in this new TV spot for David Fincher's upcoming thriller "Gone Girl." After flashing back to a quick meet-cute between future spouses Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy (Rosamund Pike), Amy goes missing and the questions roll in. Where is she? Was she murdered? Did Nick kill her for the insurance money? How will co-stars Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry fair in such dark territory? Based on the bestseller by Gillian Flynn, the dim and gritty-looking "Gone" looks like it'll fit in nicely with such other feel-good Fincher flicks like "Seven," "Fight Club," "Zodiac," "The Social Network" and "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." The brief clip also gives us a glimpse of co-stars Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and hear a snippet of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' score. Watch »
- Dave Lewis
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