Over a Dozen New GONE GIRL Images Show Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike’s Crumbling Marriage

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Gone Girl is one of my most anticipated movies of the year, due in no small part to David Fincher being one of my favorite directors in addition to the fact that I really dig Gillian Flynn’s source material.  In addition to the images that hit yesterday, we’ve got 14 new pics from the film that take us a bit further inside the established aesthetic on display in the latest trailer, but do nothing to spoil the surprises of the piece.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Gone Girl images.  The film stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.  Gone Girl will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, and will open nationwide on October 3rd.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo Talk AGENT CARTER, the Advantages of a Shorter Season, the Extent of Their Involvement with the Show, and More

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Though Marvel Studios’ first foray into television, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., was a bit of a misfire, hopes are high for the studio’s next series.  Based on the Marvel One-Shot short film of the same name, Agent Carter will follow the exploits of Hayley Atwell’s titular character in the year 1946—just after Cap’s disappearance from The First Avenger—as she is marginalized while working for the covert SSR (Strategic Scientific Reserve) when the men return home from World War II.  It has a well-tested premise, a clear story trajectory, and most promisingly, the first season will consist of only eight episodes rather than trying to stretch the story out to 22 installments.

While the show doesn’t premiere until midseason on ABC, bridging the gap between the S.H.I.E.L.D. winter hiatus and spring premiere, Steve recently spoke with Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo in anticipation of the Blu-ray release of the Marvel film, and the two talked a bit about their involvement with the Agent Carter TV show.  They confirmed that they will direct episodes 2 and 3, discussed the advantages of a shorter episode order, and talked about how involved they will be with the series going forward.  Hit the jump to see what they had to say.

Kristen Connolly Talks HOUDINI, Researching the Relationship, Uncomfortable Corsets, THE WHISPERS, and More

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The two-night scripted mini-series Houdini (airing on History) is more than just the story of the world-renowned superstar who could defy death.  Harry Houdini (Adrien Brody) also engaged in espionage, battled spiritualists, encountered the greatest names of the era, performed some of the greatest feats ever seen, and was a loving husband to Bess (Kristen Connolly), his wife and right hand.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Kristen Connolly (who gives a terrific and emotionally layered performance, alongside powerhouse actor Adrien Brody) talked about how she came to be apart of Houdini, how she approached researching their relationship, finding her performance, how much the hair and make-up contributed, wearing such uncomfortable corsets, if she feels that Harry really valued Bess, and what it was like to work with Adrien Brody.  She also talked about signing on to do the upcoming ABC drama series The Whispers, about an unseen force that is manipulating children to act in favor of its cause.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

LIFE OF CRIME Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Life of Crime opens today in limited release.]

I’ve never read any of Elmore Leonard’s novels, and yes, I’m ashamed. But I know from the film adaptations of his crime novels that there’s a way to do them right and wrong. They have a confidence, a swagger, a sly wink, a braggadocio, and they’re smart. They have the talk for the walk, and some directors, most notably Quentin Tarantino with Jackie Brown (based off Leonard’s Rum Punch) and Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight, are smart enough to bring that confidence to the screen. Those films make the uninitiated feel embarrassed that they haven’t joined the club. Even with Daniel Schechter’s cautious adaptation of Life of Crime (based on the novel The Switch) the audience can hear the author’s voice. Schechter’s direction is serviceable enough to not get in the way, he wisely trust his strong cast, accents the comedy, and lets Leonard do the talking.

MACGRUBER 2 Update: Will Forte Talks Script Progress and Promises, “If Somebody Will Let Us Do It, Then We’ll Do It”

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Will Forte is asked about MacGruber 2 whenever he makes the press rounds to promote another movie.  Last we checked, Forte said he met with MacGruber director/co-writer Jorma Taccone and they hammered out “a really solid first act.”  At a junket for Forte’s new movie Life of Crime, Steve asked Forte straight up if the inquiries about a MacGruber sequel ever get old.  Forte responded graciously, saying “it is very exciting because it means that people liked the first MacGruber.”

Forte went on to provide a status update about where he and Taccone are in the script process and reiterated their commitment to making MacGruber 2—if somebody will fund it.  We’ll have the full Life of Crime interview up next week, but hit the jump for Forte’s  MacGruber 2 update.

THE CONGRESS Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Atlanta Film Festival.  The Congress opens today in limited release.]

Ari Folman‘s The Congress is a trip in more ways than one. Its visuals are lush and its ideas are rich. Like Folman’s previous film, Waltz with Bashir, the writer-director isn’t using animation only as visual expression, but also bolsters the themes by using the form in the first place. The filmmaker carefully builds his movie like a house of cards by trying to use the acting profession as a spring board and then expanding it to an exploration of self-definition, dreams, hallucinations, and detachment from reality. The film can be so head-spinning that it’s possible to get dizzy and lose focus, but when The Congress is on point, it’s as fascinating as it is gorgeous.

Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Will Forte, and Director Daniel Schechter Talk LIFE OF CRIME, Their Chemistry Onscreen, Forte’s Giant Beard, and More

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Life of Crime is a wonderfully wicked tale filled with outrageously eccentric characters, sly comedy and surprising twists based on Elmore Leonard’s darkly funny novel, The Switch.  When a couple of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in this cool crime caper adapted for the screen and directed by Daniel Schechter.  The film stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Yasiin Bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins and will be released in theaters and VOD on August 29th.

At the film’s recent press day, Schechter, Aniston, Hawkes, and Forte talked about making a film set in the 70s, what appealed to Schechter about Leonard’s The Switch and made it perfect for adapting to the screen, the brilliance of Leonard’s dialogue, Aniston’s duo role as actor and executive producer and her future plans to direct, how Hawkes found the right balance playing a lovable criminal, the chemistry between the actors, their preparation for the physical scenes, what they learned from each other, and Forte’s upcoming role in his new Fox TV series Last Man on Earth directed by Phil Lord and  Christopher Miller.  Check out the interview after the jump.

Watch 4 New Gap Commercials Directed by David Fincher

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Though 2011 isn’t too terribly long ago, the wait for a new David Fincher film has been tough.  He finally has a new feature on the horizon with October’s Gone Girl, but in the midst of finalizing the Ben Affleck-fronted drama, it appears that Fincher found time to helm a new campaign of Gap commercials.  Fincher got his start in short-form filmmaking with music videos and commercials, and while he recently helmed the Justin Timberlake music video for “Suit & Tie”, he’s now taken his talents to the world of advertising with a series of pretty swell Gap ads.  Fincher’s signature aesthetic is present with a striking black-and-white atmosphere, but the overall tone of the campaign is fun and spunky, which is somewhat refreshing given the bleakness of Fincher’s last film.  They’re definitely worth your time and will likely be in heavy rotation as the fall fashion season begins.

Hit the jump to watch the new David Fincher Gap commercials. 

HARMONTOWN Trailer: Go on the Road With the Genius Behind COMMUNITY and RICK AND MORTY

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I have a love/hate relationship with Community.  At its best, the show transcends merely being funny and offers truly unique insight into the types characters that other programs either reduce into caricature or marginalize completely.  At its worst (not counting the apparently abysmal Season 4), it’s self-indulgent and overly reliant on meta in-jokes concerning its own universe.  Thankfully, it’s usually great.  And if you’ve seen Rick and Morty you know that that show in particular can be astoundingly good.  They both come from the mind of Dan Harmon, which isn’t always a pleasant place to be as evidenced by this trailer to Harmontown.

The film focusses on Harmon’s podcast/comedy tour last year and features interviews with the likes of Sarah Silverman, Jack Black, Ben Stiller, the cast of Community and more.  It was written and directed by Neil Berkeley the Orchard will be releasing it in theaters and VOD on October 3rd.  Hit the jump for the Harmontown trailer.

Luke Bracey Talks THE NOVEMBER MAN, Working With Pierce Brosnan and Roger Donaldson, the POINT BREAK Remake, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Roger Donaldson’s (The Bank Job, No Way Out) action thriller The November Man.  Based on Bill Granger’s novel There are No Spies from the bestselling November Man book series, the film stars Pierce Brosnan as an ex-CIA operative who is lured out of retirement on a personal mission.  While on the assignment, he finds himself trying to protect a valuable witness (Olga Kurylenko) while his former pupil (Luke Bracey) is trying to hunt him down.  The film also stars Eliza TaylorCaterina ScorsoneBill Smitrovich and Will Patton.  For more on The November Man, watch the trailer or check out all our previous coverage. 

A few days ago I landed an exclusive phone interview with Luke Bracey.  He talked about what the last year has been like, working with Roger Donaldson, getting to work with Pierce Brosnan  and the advice he gave him, Janusz Kaminski’s American Dream, the Point Break remake, playing Cobra Commander in G.I.  Joe: Retaliation, what he’s going to do after he wraps Point Break, and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Watch: Jimmy Kimmel Stages FRIENDS Reunion with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow

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Along with Seinfeld, NBC’s Friends is another 90s sitcom that’s destined to go down in history as one of the classics.  The show raked in a now-unthinkable 52 million viewers for its 2004 series finale, and since that time fans have been clamoring for some kind of reunion—most notably in the form of a Friends movie.  I’m a massive fan of Friends, but I think a Friends movie is a horrible idea.  Which is why I was delighted to see that on a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, host Jimmy Kimmel staged a mini Friends reunion of his own with the female half of the cast: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow.  The video is a fun watch, especially since Kimmel recreated Monica and Chandler’s kitchen to a T, and fans of the series will certainly be happy to see the aforementioned actresses reprising their roles—albeit with a Kimmel-esque twist.

Hit the jump to watch the Friends reunion video from Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Rumor: Marvel Rethinking How to Introduce Ms. Marvel?

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Many have been vocal about the need for more female superheroes, perhaps more so than ever, and Kevin Feige has admitted that the team at Marvel is paying attention.  There’s been talk about Ms. Marvel making a big screen appearance for quite some time now.  Remember that rumor from two years ago claiming that Emily Blunt and Ruth Wilson were top choices for the character?

In the comics, the members of the Avengers are always changing, so it’ll always be tough to pinpoint who’s in, who’s out, who will join an ensemble film and who will get their own, however, there have been reports floating around claiming that Ms. Marvel could make her way into a close-approaching Marvel film and pave the way to Phase Three in the process.  But now Marvel’s plans for introducing Ms. Marvel into the MCU may be changing.  Hit the jump for more.  Warning: There are potential Avengers: Age of Ultron spoilers in this article!

Star on the Rise: Why Michael B. Jordan Should Be on Your Radar

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There are a number of promising young actors raising their profiles at the moment, but one of the most exciting of the bunch is Michael B. Jordan.  You may remember him breaking your heart during Season One of The Wire or making you swoon with his recurring appearance on NBC’s Parenthood, but he broke out in a big way with last year’s gut-wrenching drama Fruitvale Station, garnering him dramatic clout and even awards consideration.  His most high-profile role is yet to come, as he plays the Human Torch in Fox’s 2015 superhero reboot The Fantastic Four, but the actor has given us plenty of reasons to take notice of his talent.  Head over to Pepsi Pulse to find out why.

LAVA Clip: Pixar’s Latest Grabs the Ukulele and Sings

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There’s not a whole lot to say about a 38-second clip for a 10-minute short, but Pixar’s Lava certainly looks charming enough.  The studio doesn’t have a feature film slated for release this year, at least not since they pushed The Good Dinosaur to 2015, so this clip could be all we get from them for a while.  The short is a “musical love story” that revolves around two anthropomorphic volcanoes, and now you can hear one of those volcanoes (named Uku) sing.

Directed by James Ford Murphy, the short will play in front of Inside Out in theaters starting June 19, 2015.  So, yeah, almost a year away.  Hit the jump to check out the Lava clip!

GONE GIRL Images Offer a Behind-the-Scenes Look at David Fincher’s New Film; Ben Affleck Says It’s the “Perfect Date Movie”

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David Fincher is one of my favorite filmmakers working today, and so it’s with great joy that I greet a new batch of behind-the-scenes Gone Girl images that have landed online.  Fincher’s new film is an adaptation of the page-turner novel of the same name by author Gillian Flynn, and revolves around a man (Ben Affleck) who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  Fincher has always been leading the charge when it comes to innovative filmmaking techniques, and one of these new Gone Girl images shows the unique way in which he photographed an underwater scene involving Pike.  Moreover, accompanying the images are some comments from Fincher, Pike, and Affleck about the film, with the latter explaining why he thinks it’s the perfect date movie.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Gone Girl images and comments.  The film also stars Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.  Gone Girl will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, and will open nationwide on October 3rd.

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