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Commentators have noted that this year's Best Actor race is stacked with way more than five outstanding candidates. And they are right. But compared to Best Cinematography, Best Actor is positively paper thin. As usual, an embarrassment of riches is present in this category, which awards a film's director of photography (Dp). The cinematography branch is partial to gorgeous looking films, black-and-white films and war films. After years of resisting digital photography, the branch has also embraced 3D work this decade. Being a Best Picture nominee can also help immensely, but so can being a foreign-language film; the branch has an international eye like few others. In any particular year, most of the nominees tend to be returning contenders. Moreover, many first-time nominees (such as Philippe Le Sourde and Phedon Papamichael last year) tend to be veterans awaiting their first nomination. Having said that, there hasn't been a year with »
- Gerard Kennedy
It's been a while since I caught up with Trent Reznor. Since we last spoke he's won an Oscar for composing (with Atticus Ross) David Fincher's "Social Network" score and gone on to collaborate with the director on "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Gone Girl." He's also somehow found time to put out a new Nine Inch Nails album and knock out a few tours, though at a recent Las Vegas show he announced that this recent jaunt with Seattle band Soundgarden would be his last for a long time. Is he refocusing and doubling down on his efforts in the world of film music composition? Maybe. Funnily enough, we were speaking on Tuesday, which happened to be a day after Nin's debut album "Pretty Hate Machine" celebrated its 25th anniversary (Oct. 20, 1989), which by anyone's measure is just bonkers to consider. "Head Like a Hole" is a 25-year-old song? »
- Kristopher Tapley
There's no doubt that Gone Girl is a hit, and it's undoubtedly of the most successful films David Fincher has ever directed, and it's likely reached audiences that otherwise might not seek out the filmmaker's work. And if you're like me, then you're hungry to hear Fincher, writer Gillian Flynn and stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike talk about the film itself. They all showed up for a chat on "Charlie Rose" and the result is a solid 36-minute discussion about the making of the film, whether the characters were likable, and of course, the film's commentary on marriage and the insane world of media. It's definitely worth a watch. Here's the chat with the cast and filmmakers of Gone Girl on "Charlie Rose" from Hulu (via Film Stage): Gone Girl is directed by David Fincher (of Seven, The Game, Fight Club, Zodiac, Panic Room, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, »
- Ethan Anderton
The 69th Australian International Movie Convention hosted the annual Box Office Achievement Awards at Jupiter’s Hotel & Casino and awarded the ‘Highest Grossing Foreign Language Film’ to Dhoom: 3, produced by India’s premier Studio Yash Raj Films and distributed in Australia by Mind Blowing Films.
The highest-grossing movies within the previous 12 month period have been recognised through these awards since 1994. In recent years, the movies that have won the Highest Grossing Foreign Language Film category were:
2013 – The Intouchables
2012 – The Women On The 6thFloor
2009 – Coco Avant Chanel
Dhoom: 3 is in great company indeed.
The Director of Dhoom 3 – Vijay Krishna Acharya thanked the Australian audience and said, “The response and success of the film is extremely gratifying and humbling. I’d like to thank the Australian audience who made this possible. And I shall certainly be filming in »
- Press Releases
David Fincher's Gone Girl has raced past the $200 million mark at the global box office, where it will soon overtake the filmmaker's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ($232.6 million) and The Social Network ($224.9 million). Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, even has a shot at approaching $300 million worldwide, although that won't be enough to match The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($333 million) or Seven ($327.3 million), which rank as Fincher's top-grossing movies, respectively, not accounting for inflation. Read more David Fincher Cast Ben Affleck in 'Gone Girl' After Googling
- Pamela McClintock
Guardians of the Galaxy was back on top of the international box office this weekend; the movie added $23.1 million for a new total of $405 million. Most of that came from China, where Guardians eased 28 percent to $22.3 million. Reports that bad subtitles were causing poor word-of-mouth seem to be unfounded. To date, Guardians has earned $69 million in China, and has a legitimate shot at ultimately reaching $100 million.The 10th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has now grossed $733 million worldwide, which is ahead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. With Italy on the way next weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy is guaranteed to ultimately move up to second place for the year ahead of Maleficent ($757 million).Dracula Untold continued to do solid business overseas. Playing in 55 markets, the movie added $22.5 million for a new total of $95.7 million. In its second frame in Russia, it added $4.4 million for a total of $16.7 million. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
It was the fourth straight weekend where an R-rated drama took the box office crown, as the World War II thriller Fury earned an estimated $23.5 million. This marked a solid opening for star Brad Pitt and was slightly higher than similar star-studded war titles The Monuments Men ($22 million) and Valkyrie ($21 million over the weekend, after a Thursday Christmas Day opening). As for Pitt, it was a better debut than Moneyball ($19.5 million); however, it was noticeably behind the opening of another war film starring the actor as the leader of a group of soldiers, Inglourious Basterds ($38 million).
Moving forward, Fury is likely to continue bringing in good money. There is little competition for adults in the coming weeks, with the exception of expanding independent titles like Birdman and St. Vincent, and the A- CinemaScore means audiences are liking what they see. The film saw only a 3% jump from Friday to Saturday, »
- Jordan Adler
Crime and punishment have long occupied David Fincher. With varying degrees of scalpel-sharp precision and gruesome indulgence, in films ranging from Se7en to Panic Room to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, he’s trafficked in dark and pulpy fare. His masterpiece, Zodiac, turns an unsolved real-life crime story into an existential inquiry into truth and obsession. It’s a movie that deepens with every viewing. In comparison, there’s little reason to revisit his latest feature; once the missing-person mystery has delivered its jolts, Gone Girl is a closed circuit of a story. And yet the think-piece culture won’t
- Sheri Linden
The 69th Australian International Movie Convention hosted the annual Box Office Achievement Awards at Jupiter's Hotel & Casino and awarded the 'Highest Grossing Foreign Language Film' to Dhoom 3, produced by India's premier Studio Yash Raj Films and distributed in Australia by Mind Blowing Films. The highest-grossing movies within the previous 12 month period have been recognised through these awards since 1994. In recent years, the movies that have won the Highest Grossing Foreign Language Film category were: 2013 - The Intouchables 2012 - The Women On The 6thFloor 2011 - The Girl Who Played With Fire 2010 - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 2009 - Coco Avant Chanel The Director of Dhoom 3 - Vijay Krishna Acharya thanked the Australian audience saying, "The response and success of the film is extremely gratifying and humbling. I'd like to thank the Australian audience who made this possible. And I shall certainly be filming in your beautiful and unique country for one of my next ventures. »
Well, this is something of an interesting development. When David Fincher was first attached to direct the Untitled Steve Jobs Biopic for Sony it was famously reported Fincher told the studio he would direct it on one condition, that being Christian Bale played the lead role. Less than a month after that story, Fincher was off the picture for reasons beyond the actor requirement such as looking for $10 million in upfront fees and control over marketing. It seemed the bad blood that boiled overboard during The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was too much to overcome. Now, fast forward six months, Danny Boyle is currently attached to direct the screenplay from Aaron Sorkin and Variety reports Bale is indeed in talks to star. Leonardo DiCaprio had been circling the picture, which would have reunited him with his The Beach director, but he is now taking a break from acting. Sorkin »
- Brad Brevet
If you’ve ever cosplayed, or even just been close enough to smell the cosplayers at Comic-Con, you’ve probably realized that superhero costumes aren’t really designed for extreme climates. Or even just regular climates. This comic — "We All Have That One Season..." — by deviant artist Nebezial highlights the flaws in Batman and his rogues’ costumes. I should point out, all of these problems could be solved by moving. Poison Ivy could move to L.A. where the leaves don’t turn, Harley Quinn would probably do well in Miami, and Batman could hit the far north where it never gets too hot. Stockholm, maybe? I’ve seen The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. He would have plenty to do. Or if he’s too attached to his dysfunctional relationship with Gotham, he could have a summer suit based on Superman’s new, sun-friendly costume. Of course, Mr. Freeze »
- Mily Dunbar
In 2010, David Fincher reaching out to the frontman from Nine Inch Nails felt like a 90s reunion, a fan casting list straight out of BuzzFeed’s nostalgia machine. In hindsight, Trent Reznor and longtime collaborator Atticus Ross created something far more dour and steely than “The Facebook Movie” in their score for The Social Network and now two of them have golden statues to show for it. In hindsight, it seems like an inevitable collaboration between a director who found his start music videos and two of the most influential voices in music over the last quarter-century. Toss in table scraps from Fincher’s CGI-consumed Panic Room in a 2005 video for “Only,” and yeah, crazier things have happened.
Fast forward four years, dozens of awards nominations, critical acclaim and a follow-up in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and Reznor and Ross have revealed a ghostly, garbled compositional style influenced »
- David Klein
Anthony Stokes on the unfair criticism of Gone Girl…
Every once in a while a movie comes out that not only appeals tremendously to your tastes on a cinematic level but also relates to things going on in your personal life. No, my wife has not gone missing, but Gone Girl’s ambiguous message on marriage spoke to me. I’m also a huge David Fincher fan and think even given his accolades and massive fanbase he’s still underrated as a director. And while Gone Girl is getting good reviews, I’ve been hearing some quite baffling complaints that don’t make sense to me. It’s not a flawless film, but certainly less flawed than other many movies with equal or more accolades.
Most of the negative views on Rotten Tomatoes that caught my attention mention Fincher by name. To be fair a lot of the positive reviews did too, »
- Gary Collinson
The New York Film Critics Circle will again kick off awards announcements by unveiling their choices Dec 1. The org’s awards dinner will be Monday, Jan. 5, at the Tao Downtown.
The National Board of Review, which for years made the first announcement, will unveil its choices Dec. 2. In 2011, Nyfcc moved up its announcement by two weeks, to be first out of the gate. They ended up delaying the vote by one day, to Nov. 29, to accommodate “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” but voted without seeing “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” The early announcements are always a factor since some filmmakers have not finished their late-year entries by that point.
The Nyfcc and Nbr announcements will be followed by a flurry of awards, »
- Tim Gray
Eight months after the arrest of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, a renewed plea has gone out for his release. The European Film Academy has joined with the French Directors’ Guild (aka Srf which organizes Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes) in support of Sentsov, who was detained by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation on May 10. A new petition calling for the film community to read a statement during public appearances and interviews voicing their opposition to his detainment and trial has been signed by more than 300 people. They include The Impossible helmer Juan Antonio Bayona, Rust And Bone director Jacques Audiard, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo helmer Niels Arden Oplev, Costa Gavras, Starred Up’s David Mackenzie, actor Stellan Skarsgård and Venice Film Festival chief Alberto Barbera.
The signatories (full list here) will now read the statement below during any interview or public appearance they may have. The »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Your Us Box Office Report for w/c 13th October 2014…
After just squeaking a victory over Annabelle last week, David Fincher’s Gone Girl has made it two weeks at the top of the Us box office, beating out new releases Dracula Untold and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. But while its all smiles for Fincher, Gravity stormed the top of the charts with $43.1 million at the same point last year…
Dropping 28.6% from last week, Gone Girl still brought in $26.8 million to bring its domestic total to $78.2 million. With its worldwide total not far behind at $62.1 million, Gone Girl is sitting very happily with a $140.3 million total. While the opening weekend was a record breaker for Fincher, Gone Girl currently sits behind The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Seven, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, Panic Room and Alien3 for an all-time career best. »
- Luke Owen
Ben Affleck continued to chase Amy at the movie house this weekend, as David Fincher’s adaptation of Gone Girl used its strong buzz to fend off four newcomers and retain the top spot at the box office. It made an estimated $26.8 million over the Columbus Day weekend, dropping a slender 29% from its strong opening last week. In 10 days, the R-rated thriller has earned a terrific $78.3 million – and there is much more to come. By this point next weekend, the film will likely surpass the final tallies of The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Fincher’s prior, critically-acclaimed adaptations.
Despite a mediocre B CinemaScore from opening-day audiences, Gone Girl‘s stellar hold is likely due to a pent-up demand for films aimed at mature audiences. This summer’s slate of moviegoing options had very few desirable choices for audiences over 35 who were in the mood for »
- Jordan Adler
Jeff Cronenweth grew up with cinematography in his bones. His father, Jordan Cronenweth, shot such unique achievements as "Altered States" and "Blade Runner" and it was never much of a question that Jeff would follow in his footsteps. Of late, he's forged a solid, on-going partnership with director David Fincher. Their latest collaboration, "Gone Girl," is another bold step for the icy aesthetic they've been cultivating for decades now. Over the weekend I hopped on the phone with Cronenweth — who was Oscar-nominated for his work on Fincher's last two films, "The Social Network" and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" — to discuss that continued partnership, to chew on the old film vs. digital debate and to discuss some of the specifics of how "Gone Girl" was presented visually. Check out the lengthy back and forth below. "Gone Girl" is now playing in theaters. *** HitFix: I imagine at this point »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Chicago Film Festival is sadly not New York, Cannes, Toronto, Telluride or Sundance. It doesn’t take place in a quaint mountain town but in the heart of Streeterville where the film fest has taken over a local AMC multiplex. It doesn’t get world premieres of the biggest auteur debuts or Oscar bait like Inherent Vice, Gone Girl or The Theory of Everything. Special screenings like Birdman, Wild, St. Vincent, The Imitation Game, Clouds of Sils Maria and Two Days, One Night are all leftovers that the blogs and other festivals have already absorbed and spit back out.
What that leaves are the under-the-radar gems, the local Chicago color that never makes it past the Mississippi and the early looks at darlings that didn’t get the due attention the first time around the festival circuit. Last year, Chicagoans got a look at Le Week-end, Like Father, Like Son, »
- Brian Welk
Gone Girl, 2014.
Directed by David Fincher
With his wife’s disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it’s suspected that he may not be innocent.
When Gone Girl swept into bookshops in 2012, it was the biggest thing since slice bread. Critically acclaimed by many, labeled “airport fiction” by others it has certainly made huge waves since its debut. The next step, naturally, was a leap onto the big screen, and now just two years later Gillian Flynn’s novel makes its big screen debut under the direction of David Fincher (Se7en, Zodiac). Surprising to some, but the acclaimed filmmakers track record for bringing written works to the screen is second to none. And once again, he has succeeded terrifically. »
- Scott J. Davis
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