The Films of David Fincher: THE SOCIAL NETWORK

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[With the upcoming release of his new film Gone Girl, I’m taking a look back at the work of director David Fincher.  These articles contain spoilers.]

If The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a director and a screenwriter working at cross-purposes, then The Social Network are the two sides working in perfect harmony.  Fincher’s cold, austere tone was energized by Aaron Sorkin‘s fast-paced, witty dialogue, and Sorkin’s grandiloquent verbiage was grounded by Fincher’s realism.  In some ways, the movie is highly stylized and yet it’s indisputably honest when it comes to the characters, stakes, environment, and tension of the story.  The facts may be in dispute, but this much is true: The Social Network is one of the defining works of the 21st century.

Omar Dorsey Talks RAY DONOVAN Season 2 Finale, His Character’s Evolution, Finding His Place in the Cast, SELMA, and More

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On the Showtime drama series Ray Donovan, Ray (Liev Schreiber) is the go-to guy who makes the problems of L.A.’s celebrities, superstar athletes and business moguls disappear.  It’s the problems in his own life that he never seems to know how to handle, and probably the biggest problem in Season 2 was Cookie Brown (Omar Dorsey in a chillingly stand-out performance), a music business entrepreneur who became a major threat to Ray’s family.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Omar Dorsey talked about finding his place among all of the tough characters already on the show, not playing the stereotype of a character like this, his favorite scene, that he knew his character’s fate all along, and why this was a fun character to play, but not someone you’d want to be like in real life.  He also talked about what it means to him to be a part of the upcoming feature film Selma (due out in limited release on Christmas day), about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights marches that changed America.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are major spoilers.

Sean Young, David Arquette, Lili Simmons, and More Join BONE TOMAHAWK; Film Now Shooting

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Last week we brought you the news that Bone Tomahawk had swapped out some of its cast, adding Patrick Wilson, Richard Jenkins and Matthew Fox to the fold.  Now the Kurt Russell starring western (written and directed by novelist S. Craig Zahler) has made some significant additions to the cast.  Sean Young, Lili Simmons (True Detective), David Arquette, Sid HaigEvan Jonigkeit (Girls), Kathryn Morris (Cold Case) have joined the film.

The movie actually started shooting today outside Los Angeles and will be produced by Caliber Media’s Dallas Sonnier and Jack Heller.  In the film, four men attempt to rescue a group of captives from a band of cannibalistic troglodytes that live beyond the edge of civilization.  Hit the jump for more on the new Bone Tomahawk casting.

Exclusive TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION Concept Art Gives You an Early Look at Michael Bay’s Film

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As Transformers: Age of Extinction gears up for its Blu-ray release we’re getting a peak at some of the special features of the disc and they’re certainly impressive.  In a time when supplementary features seem to be on the wane, this one definitely seems like it’s going all out which is something I certainly appreciate.  Michael Bay is definitely a master craftsman in many regards, so getting a look at his process is fascinating.

We have some exclusive concept images to share with you guys that take a look at the evolution of some of the designs of the film.  Hit the jump for the exclusive Transformers: Age of Extinction concept art.  The movie hits Blu-ray tomorrow.  Click here to buy it on Amazon.

Lorde Unveils THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Single “Yellow Flicker Beat”

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Say what you want about young adult book-to-film adaptations, but the large majority of them do come with quality soundtracks.  The Twilight Saga made a point of it, Vampire Academy even has a song selection well worth checking out and The Hunger Games franchise is no different.  For the first Hunger Games film, it was all about Taylor Swift’s “Safe & Sound,” then Catching Fire got Coldplay’s “Atlas” and now The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has Lorde’s “Yellow Flicker Beat.”

Both “Safe & Sound” and “Atlas” are solid songs and right in line with the Hunger Games tone, but neither ever snagged a spot on a personal playlist.  “Yellow Flicker Beat,” however, just did.  Hit the jump to check out the very first single from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack.  The film stars Jennifer, Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam HemsworthWoody Harrelson,  Julianne MoorePhilip Seymour HoffmanElizabeth BanksNatalie DormerSam Claflin, Jena Malone and Donald Sutherland, and is due to hit theaters on November 21st.

Sunday TV Ratings: FAMILY GUY/SIMPSONS Crossover Tops the Night; ONCE and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE Return Up

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TV ratings for Sunday, September 28th are in, though CBS’ preliminary numbers are inflated due to NFL overrun and therefore useless for now.  Here’s a brief rundown:

  • Fox’s season premiere of The Simpsons was up 34% from the previous season premiere with a 3.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and 8.5 million viewers, but it was the hourlong Family Guy/The Simpsons crossover that owned the night.  The episode—which acted as Family Guy’s season premeire—notched an impressive 4.5 rating in the demo and scored 8.39 million viewers.
  • Elsewhere on Fox, the season two premiere of Brooklyn Nine-Nine (read Evan’s recap here) was up 100% from the season one finale’s 1.3 rating, hitting a 2.6 rating in the demo and scoring 5.45 million viewers.  Excellent news for an excellent show.
  • Over on ABC, the Frozen-infused fourth season of Once Upon a Time got off to a solid start with a 3.4 rating and 9.34 million viewers, up 31% from the season three premiere and 48% from the finale.
  • Also on ABC, the season two premiere of Resurrection was up 5% from the finale with a 2.2 rating and 7.57 million viewers, while the season four premiere of Revenge was even with its finale with a 1.4 rating and 5.26 million viewers.

Ellen Barkin and Method Man Talk THE COBBLER, Social Media, THE WIRE Legacy, and More

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One of the many films that premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was the latest from director Tom McCarthyThe Cobbler.  In the modern-day fairy tale, Adam Sandler plays a lonely cobbler in New York City who feels like his life is going nowhere until he discovers a family heirloom that literally gives him the ability to “walk in another man’s shoes,” and see the world differently. The fantastical aspect is a bit of a departure for McCarthy after helming films like The Station AgentThe Visitor, and Win Win, but he still keeps the film focused on the characters.  The Cobbler also stars Dustin HoffmanSteve BuscemiEllen Barkin,Melonie DiazMethod Man, and Dan Stevens.

Shortly after the world premiere I landed an exclusive interview with Ellen Barkin and Clifford Smith (Method Man).  They talked about how the project came together, changes during production, what it was like working with Thomas McCarthy, the way they like to prepare for a role/project, social media, the legacy of The Wire, if and when it’ll be available in HD, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what they had to say. 

MASTERS OF SEX Season 2 Finale Recap: “Untitled”

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Intriguingly, Showtime withheld the advance screener of Masters of Sex‘s finale, “Untitled,” until after it aired.  Ray Donovan, on the other hand, was posted almost a week early.  What was it about “Untitled” that was perceived as so Earth-shattering that the network was afraid of spoilers?  Even the twists at the end, which were genuinely interesting (especially as they incorporated, briefly, old characters), all played into a theme that has been running through the show since the beginning: Bill is in control, and anyone who gets in his way should prepared to be mowed down by his hubris.  There’s no surprise there.  Hit the jump, but only “if we put touching genitals back on the agenda.”

New GONE GIRL Clip: Ben Affleck is Brought in for Questioning

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I should know my own blood type, right?  Thanks to this new Gone Girl clip, I might actually look into that.  David Fincher’s latest is just days away from its October 3rd wide release, so we’ve got promotional material pouring in.  In this latest clip from the film, Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne doesn’t know if his wife’s got friends, he doesn’t know what she does during the day and he doesn’t know her blood type either, and the cops (Patrick Fugit and Kim Dickens) interrogating him aren’t happy about it.

Gone Girl just had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival Friday night and soon thereafter, the web was flooded with high praise so this one really might live up to all the hype.  Hit the jump to check out that new Gone Girl clip.  The film also stars Rosamund PikeTyler PerryCarrie CoonScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski and Neil Patrick Harris.

LONDON HAS FALLEN Gets New Director in Babak Najafi

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The Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen now has a new director, and in the nick of time too.  Charlie Countryman helmer Fredrik Bond was previously set to direct after Olympus helmer Antoine Fuqua declined the opportunity over creative differences, but Bond subsequently left the project over a week ago when he felt the time crunch was just too intense.  Millennium and star Gerard Butler began scrambling to find a replacement with production set to begin next month, but when Butler wasn’t liking many of the choices, he started considering leaving the project altogether.  That won’t be happening, however, as Easy Money II: Hard to Kill helmer Babak Najafi is now in negotiations to take the helm.  Hit the jump for more on the London Has Fallen director and the atypical, two-part shooting schedule that the film will undergo.

William Shatner Confirms J.J. Abrams Has Contacted Him About Appearing in STAR TREK 3

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For the past week, rumors have been swirling that William Shatner may finally get his wish of appearing in the rebooted Star Trek franchise by way of a role in Star Trek 3.  While Leonard Nimoy got a fairly significant role in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 film and an all-too-convenient part in the follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness, Shatner has been vocal about his displeasure at not having appeared in the new franchise.  Abrams and screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof actually wrote a role for Shatner to reprise his role as Kirk at the end of Star Trek 2009, but subsequently dropped the scene because they felt it was too gimmicky.

A week ago, a rumor surfaced that Orci—who is now directing Trek 3has written a role for Shatner to appear in Star Trek 3.  Shatner subsequently played coy about the prospect, but this weekend he said “to hell with it” and flat-out confirmed that Abrams contacted him about appearing in Star Trek 3.  More on the potential William Shatner Star Trek 3 cameo after the jump.

Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl to Star in Florian Gallenberger’s COLONIA

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I like to think we’re pretty on top of casting news, so this one kind of came out of nowhere, but it still sounds interesting.  A press release has announced that Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl (Rush) will star in Florian Gallenberger‘s new film, Colonia.  The story takes place in Chile in 1973, and has Watson playing a young woman who must join in a cult in order to save her husband (Brühl), who has been kidnapped by Pinochet’s secret police.  As the press release notes, this will be Watson’s first real starring role since Harry Potter (at most, she’s had co-leads to this point; here it sounds like she’s the protagonist and Brühl is the supporting character), so that makes this project even more exciting.

Principal photography on Colombia is about to begin, and it will shoot until the end of the year.  Hit the jump for the press release.

New SERENA Images Featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

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Who would have thought a movie starring two of the most sought-after stars in the industry would have had this much trouble finding domestic distribution?  Serena features Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper as Serena and George Pemberton, newlyweds trying to build their own timber empire.  The business takes off thanks to Serena’s ability and ambition, but when she uncovers the truth of George’s past, it threatens the stability of their marriage and business.

Two weeks ago it was finally announced that Magnolia, the sister company of Serena financier 2929 Productions, became the film’s US distributor by default.  The movie will makes its way into theaters in early 2015 and at this point, I can’t wait just because I’m so curious to find out what went so terribly wrong.  The trailer isn’t all that bad and I wouldn’t suspect anything’s amiss based on these five new Serena images.  Hit the jump to check them out.

10 Things to Know About Walt Disney’s Beloved Home at Woking Way; Plus Over 20 Images of the House Today

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Earlier in September, Collider was invited to participate in a long-lead press day for both the Maleficent Blu-ray (available on November 4th) and the Diamond Edition Blu-ray of the animated classic Sleeping Beauty (available on October 7th).  Not only did we get to view a progression of how the artwork and animation of Sleeping Beauty developed, and were able to get insight from Animation Research Library representative Doug Engalla, we also learned about what it took to finally get Maleficent on the big screen, from executive producer Don Hahn.  While we will run what each of them had to say, closer to the release dates of each Blu-ray, we did want to share the coolest part of the experience, which was to spend time in and tour the house that Walt Disney had built in 1932.  Hit the jump to learn more about the property and the time he spent in it, and you can check out some photos, both from the time that he lived there with his family and how it looks now.

Aspiring filmmaker Walt Disney made his way from Kansas City to Hollywood in 1923.  Once there, he and his brother, Roy, launched Disney Bros. Studio out of a small storefront in Downtown Los Angeles, and then built a new studio on Hyperion Avenue in the Silver Lake District, as the company expanded.  It was there that an inker named Lillian Bounds was hired and soon caught Walt’s eye, marrying him in 1925.  And once Lilly became pregnant in 1932, Walt designed his future family home on a five-acre piece of property on Woking Way in Los Feliz, where the Disney family lived until 1950.  Being inside the home, knowing that there were so many special family moments, along with hours of artistic creativity spent developing a variety of different projects, you can feel a bit of that Disney magic.

THE COLLISION: Episode 105 – THE BOXTROLLS and Laika

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This week on The Collision, we talk about Laika’s newest film, The Boxtrolls.  We discuss what makes the movie unique, its strengths and weaknesses, why Sir Ben Kingsley is great, and more.  We also take a look at Laika, and how they’ve differentiated themselves from other animation studios beyond using stop-motion animation as opposed to CGI.  As always, we finish up with our recommendations.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“The Maze Runner“), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg and @AdamChitwood.

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