The Films of David Fincher: ZODIAC

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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.]

Listening to the commentary tracks for Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, and Panic Room, you can hear in Fincher’s voice a slight bit of annoyance and frustration.  It’s not quite bitterness, but there’s an acerbic quality from a man who’s exhausted and can’t help but lay out wry observations.  The Panic Room track in particular conveys the sense that no one should ever make a movie because it’s a hellish experience meant only for masochists.  But his commentaries pick up afterwards, and I believe that’s partly because Fincher found his true love: digital.

Digital completely changed the way Fincher made movies, and it allowed him to provide the precision to performances that he’d applied to all other aspects of his pictures.  From here on, he sounds much happier, and when talking about Zodiac, it’s like a trip down memory lane as he recalls childhood memories of a serial killer who terrorized and tormented a city, and would never be caught.  Zodiac is by no means a happy movie, but it’s one that feels like part of a revitalized director who found a picture that fits perfectly with his admiration for process, attention to detail, and the cynicism of how a search for “truth” can rip lives apart.

New Trailer and Images for BIG SUR Starring Jean-Marc Barr, Josh Lucas, and Kate Bosworth

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A new trailer and images for the Jack Kerouac adaptation Big Sur have made their way online.  Directed by Michael Polish, the film takes place after the success of Kerouac’s On the Road and chronicles the author’s struggle with alcoholism and depression in the early 1960s.  I caught the film at Sundance earlier this year and was not a huge fan, but Jean-Marc Barr does a fine job of capturing the sad genius of Kerouac onscreen.  This trailer is a pretty good indication of the film’s overall feel and tone, so if you take a liking to it then chances are you’ll enjoy the feature.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the new images.  The film also stars Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Anthony Edwards, Radha Mitchell, and Patrick Fischler.  Check out my interviews with Barr, Bosworth, and Lucas & Mitchell from Sundance.  Big Sur opens on November 1st.

New Images and Full Voice Cast for PLANES Announced; Includes Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, and More [UPDATED]

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Last month, we reported that Dane Cook would lead the voice cast of Disney’s Cars spin-off, Planes.  His character, Dusty, dreams of being a racer, but because he’s not built for it, he turns to a seasoned naval aviator to help him take on the defending champ of the racing circuit.  Today, Disney has announced the actors voicing the supporting characters.  It’s a surprisingly large cast that has Top Gun‘s Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards voicing fighter jets, which is a nice touch.  The voice cast also includes Stacy Keach, Cedric the Entertainer, Teri Hatcher, Brad Garrett, Roger Craig Smith, Gabriel Iglesias, Carlos Alazraqui, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Priyanka Chopra, Sinbad, Brent Musburger, and ESPN’s vile radio host Colin Cowherd.  Cowherd voices blimp “Colin Cowling”.  It is currently unknown if the blimp will engage in race-baiting.

Hit the jump to check out images of all the supporting characters.  Planes opens in 3D on August 9th. [Updated: We've added a press release, which contains details on the new characters]

ZERO HOUR Episode Review: “Face”

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Last week Zero Hour gave viewers plenty to chew on — Nazi devil babies, clones, secret societies, “new” Apostles — and while it was still completely ludicrous, it seemed worth checking out just for the fun.  The pilot went, in professional lingo, “balls out.”  It essentially jumped into the fifth season of Lost, and most everyone seemed fine with it.  This week, “Face” revealed all of Zero Hour’s many, many problems without fun things like devil babies (although we did hear them crying).  Mostly, it’s just really, truly terrible writing.  I don’t know how you can ruin a premise so swollen with potential as one focusing on Nazi conspiracies, but somehow Zero Hour has managed it.  For more on my evisceration of this hour of television, hit the jump. 

ZERO HOUR Pilot Recap: “Strike”

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There’s only thing people love more than conspiracy theories, and that is hating Nazis.  Luckily, Zero Hour has both, plus the long-buried secrets of the Christian church, ancient languages, clockmaker secrets and international terrorist organizations.  Yes parts of the episode were clunky and broad, but it’s a broadcast network pilot, what do you want?  Did you not hear?  Conspiracies!  Nazis!  Anthony Edwards!  Zero Hour comes from the mind of Paul Scheuring, who created Prison Break, and is clearly no stranger to drawing things out.  But if ABC is smart the show will not fall prey to what happened to both Lost and Prison Break, and instead deliver a tight and coherent series.  We can only hope.  I’m getting ahead of myself — hit the jump to talk about the first episode and  what we learned from it.  Put on your tinfoil hat, comrades! 

First Trailer for the Jack Kerouac Adaptation BIG SUR Starring Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth, and Josh Lucas

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We finally saw a feature film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “unfilmable” novel On the Road hit theaters last year, and in 2013 another of Kerouac’s novels is coming to the big screen.  The first trailer for writer-director Michael Polish’s adaptation of Big Sur has been released online.  The film tells the story of Kerouac’s move from New York City to Northern California, and stars Jean-Marc Barr as Kerouac, Josh Lucas as Neal Cassidy, and Kate Bosworth as Billie, the love interest of both men.  Polish shows a strong eye for visuals in this trailer, and Barr looks to give an impassioned performance as Kerouac spirals into depression.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Radha Mitchell, Anthony Edwards, and Henry Thomas.  The pic will premiere at the upcoming 2013 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 17 – 27th.

TOP GUN Set for IMAX 3D Release

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Though development on a sequel to Top Gun appears to have stalled following the tragic death of director Tony Scott, it appears that the 3D re-release of the original will be getting the largest possible exhibition.  We’ve long-known that Scott’s 1986 classic was getting a 3D post-conversion, but Paramount Pictures announced today that the film will be released exclusively in select IMAX 3D screens for a limited engagement starting February 8th.  Fans now have a chance to see that intense slow motion volleyball fighter pilot action on the big, big screen.  Hit the jump for the full press release.

Watch a Montage of Famous Actors in Their Feature Film Debuts

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It’s always a fun treat when a now-famous actor pops up in a small role in an older movie you haven’t re-watched in a while.  We previously posted a “Before They Were Famous” supercut, but now someone has edited together a montage of actors in their very first feature film roles. While you’re most likely aware of the majority of these appearances, I’m willing to bet you’ll find at least a few surprises in this video.  I had no idea Jon Hamm was in Clint Eastwood’s “old guys can be astronauts too” movie Space Cowboys, but I now feel compelled to move the pic to the top of my Netflix queue.

Watch Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen, Emma Thompson, Zach Braff and many more make their feature debut after the jump.

TV Casting: Michael Nyqvist Gets Evil in ZERO HOUR, Brad Garrett Joins Comedy PARENTS, and Zach Gilford Heads to Medical Drama

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We’ve got a trio of TV casting stories to share with you this evening. First up, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the Swedish one) star Michael Nyqvist has landed the villain role in ABC’s drama pilot Zero Hour. The show comes from Prison Break scribe Paul Scheuring and centers on a skeptics magazine editor who is pulled into “one of the most compelling conspiracies in human history.” ER vet Anthony Edwards is set to play the magazine editor, and THR reports that Nyqvist will play one of the villains at the heart of a global conspiracy. He’s a mercenary who shares a special connection to the show’s protagonist.

Nyqvist has already done the “foreign star takes on American villain role” bit in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, but Zero Hour will make his US television series debut. I’m a big fan of Edwards and the premise sounds interesting enough, so it’s safe to say I’m sold on checking out the pilot should ABC pick the show up to series. Hit the jump for casting news concerning Everybody Loves Raymond star Brad Garrett and Friday Night Lights alum Zach Gilford.

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