The Films of David Fincher: THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

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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.]

Across his filmography, David Fincher’s work has been noted as dark, foreboding, chilly, cynical, cutting, and irreverent.  The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a striking anomaly in his filmography as the allure of the project makes some sense, but the execution is a lush, unabashed romance bubbling with mawkish sentiment.  The movie is graceful, beautiful, poetic, and yet oddly distant.  The whole production feels gilded as Fincher made a deeply moving film out of a fairly terrible script.  The most curious thing about The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is how it manages to be a tearjerker despite its craven desire to elicit emotion from a director who rejects sentimentality.

The Films of David Fincher: FIGHT CLUB

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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.]

The first rule of Fight Club is to talk about Fight Club.  The movie underperformed at the box office, and found life on DVD where it became a cult classic.  Within the context of the film, Tyler Durden’s famous rule is a brilliant and ironic bit of marketing for a group of men trying to reject advertising and find human connection.  “Jack” (for clarity purposes, I’ll use this name to refer to the Narrator) may be our storyteller, but Tyler is our lens, and through that lens, the story of Fight Club has been greatly misinterpreted by any audience member who saw the movie and thought, “I should start a fight club!”  The movie isn’t preaching.  It isn’t an angry screed by David Fincher or worshiping at the Church of Tyler Durden.  It’s not even wholly about male bonding.  Fight Club is a romantic comedy as only David Fincher could tell it.

The Films of David Fincher: SE7EN

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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.]

Where as Alien3 has been forgotten thanks to ignominy, the shadow of the first two Alien movies, and its botched production, Se7en has persevered for almost twenty years if for no other reason than what’s in the fucking box.  Se7en is where David Fincher‘s filmography truly begins, and it’s fitting that a director who self-identifies as cynical should lead with a movie that abhors human nature, massacres the good in more ways than one, and even feels slight reverence towards its heinous killer.  There’s a beauty to the cruelty as the movie presents a stylized realism that taps into a rotting, fetid world but does so without establishing a particular locale, drenching the unnamed city in rain, and sinking the shots into darkness and low angles.

Se7en is where David Fincher finally got to come out and play.  Alien 3 was a trap that became a prison and eventually he just had to flee from the depressing hellhole of that production.  He returned to music videos thinking he would never make another movie again, and when Se7en came along, he went all in on a “meditation on evil and how evil gets on you and you can’t get it off.”   Fincher didn’t return with an open palm.  He came back with a clenched fist.

Matthew McConaughey Looks to the Stars in Another INTERSTELLAR Poster, While Brad Pitt Is Bruised in New FURY Poster

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New posters for two of the most anticipated films of the year have arrived online.  Hot on the heels of yesterday’s icy one sheet, another new Interstellar poster grounds Matthew McConaughey on Earth in director Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi film.  It pairs nicely with yesterday’s space-set poster, and also focuses on what looks to be the emotional hook of the story: a father-daughter relationship.  I’m more than sold on this movie already, so now I’m just counting down the days until the pic’s November 7th release in both traditional theaters and IMAX.

We’ve also got a brand new poster for director David Ayer’s original World War II drama Fury.  The story revolves around a tank crew in the final days of the war, as they battle a desperate German army.  This new poster puts Brad Pitt front and center as the tank’s leader Wardaddy, while also providing a snapshot of the tank crew in its entirety.  It’s tad over-photoshopped, but the film remains one of my must-sees of the fall.  Fury also stars Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal and opens on October 17th.  Hit the jump to check out both posters.

David Fincher Says Corporate Culture Killed 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA; Will Be Focusing on HBO Series All Next Year [Updated]

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Sometimes I think it would be cool to see a genius like David Fincher tackle something like a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The project had been in the works at Disney for years, and at one point it seemed pretty close to happening.  But, according to Fincher, it was corporate culture that killed this big-budget behemoth.  Not a huge surprise at that level of expenditure.

I’m not too bummed about losing this particular project, and I do think Fincher’s version is lost whether or not Disney moves ahead with their own.  It would have been cool, but now we’re getting Gone Girl, a movie I’m infinitely more excited about than I would have been about 20,000 Leagues. Still, his comments on the matter are more than worth checking out, as they’re largely representative of a studio culture in which domestic ancillary revenue is on the wane (thanks pirates) and foreign markets must be relied on to break even. [Update: We've added more from Fincher, including a fantastic-sounding description of what his 20,000 Leagues would have entailed and the revelation that he'll be focusing solely on his upcoming HBO series Utopia next year.]

First BY THE SEA Images Reveal Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as a Married Couple

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Newlyweds Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are revealed as a not-so-happily-married couple onscreen in the very first By the Sea images from their new film.  Jolie wrote, produces, and is directing the feature, which takes place in 1970s France and revolves around a marriage that’s collapsing on itself.  Jolie plays a former dancer and Pitt plays an American writer, and the story finds the disenchanted couple growing closer together in a quiet seaside town as they meet its inhabitants and begin sharing stories.  Cinematographer Christian Berger (The White Ribbon) is shooting the film using mostly natural light, and the supporting cast includes Niels Arestrup (War Horse) and Richard Bohringer (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover).

Check out the first By the Sea images after the jump, along with an explanation from Jolie as to why she chose to set the film in the 1970s.  The pic is currently in production in Malta and will be released by Universal Pictures sometime next year.

FURY International Trailer: Logan Lerman Adjusts to Life as a World War II Tank Crew Member

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It’s been quite a while since we got that first trailer for David Ayer’s Fury, but now we’ve got a brand new international one and it’s as explosive as ever.  Brad Pitt leads as Wardaddy, an army sergeant and tank commander with Bible (Shia LaBeouf), Gordo (Michael Pena), Coonass (Jon Bernthal) and the group newbie, Norman (Logan Lerman), under his command.

While on the Fury set, Ayer told Steve that the goal was to make an authentic film that offers up an unapologetic look at the tail end of World War II and based on this new Fury international trailer, there’s a good chance he might have nailed it.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer for yourself.  Fury arrives in theaters on October 17th.

FURY Featurette Takes You Inside Brad Pitt’s Tank to Meet the Crew

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Sony has released a new Fury featurette that focusses in on writer/director David Ayer‘s (End of Watch) World War II tank film.  The original story is set in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse, and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called “Fury”.  Brad Pitt plays U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Wardaddy, as he leads his unit in the fight against a desperate German army.   I really liked the trailer for this film, and this featurette does a nice job of familiarizing a potential audience with the ensemble of characters.

Hit the jump to watch the Fury featurette.  The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs.  Fury opens in theaters on October 17th.

Martin Scorsese to Direct Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro in Short Film Promoting New Casino

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The good news: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Robert De Niro are teaming up to star in a new film from Martin Scorsese.  The disappointing news: It’s for a short film promoting a casino.  According to Deadline, RatPac Entertainment is producing a short film that will be used as a campaign for Melco-Crown Entertainment, a global resorts and casino brand.  In addition to nabbing three movie stars and a legendary director, Terrence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street) will handle the script.  The film will premiere next year at a new movie-themed resort in Studio City, Macau.  I assume it will be about how casinos are awesome as opposed to Casino, which shows a glamorous world of delights masking a seedy, violent underbelly.

Despite the short’s purpose, I’ll still watch it if I get a chance.  It’s too exciting to see this kind of talent align for any project.  I just wish it were a real feature, but as Deadline points out, this short could at least function as a bit of a warmup for another project.  In particular, there’s the Frank Sinatra movie Scorsese has been kicking around the past few years.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s BY THE SEA Starts Filming in Malta This Week

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Angelina Jolie looks poised to be in this year’s Oscar race as a director with the World War II POW story Unbroken, opening Christmas Day, but it looks like she’s going to shoot a whole other movie before that film hits theaters.  It was announced last month that Jolie would write, direct, and star in By the Sea alongside partner Brad Pitt for Universal, and now word comes that production on the pic actually gets underway today in Malta.  By the Sea is commandeering a beach in Malta for shooting purposes until November 10th, meaning Jolie will have wrapped the pic by the time the press tour for Unbroken begins in December.  More after the jump.

David Ayer’s FURY to Close London Film Festival

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We just found out that Sony Pictures opted to move David Ayer’s latest, Fury, from November 14th up to October 17th, but even though the film will already be in theaters nationwide in the US, it has still been selected to close the BFI London Film Festival on October 19th.  That screening will mark the film’s European debut and both Ayer and his star, Brad Pitt, will be in attendance, but apparently the festivities won’t just be restricted to the Odeon Leicester Square in London.

Hit the jump for more on what the London Film Festival has planned for Ayer’s film.   Fury also stars Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Scott Eastwood, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Xavier Samuel, Michael Pena and Jim Parrack.  The London Film festival runs from October 8 – 19th.  The event’s full lineup will be announced on September 3rd.

FURY Release Date Moved Up to October 17th

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Sony Pictures has shifted the Fury release date for director David Ayer’s (End of Watch) World War II tank drama up nearly a month from its original release date of November 14th to October 17th, which could signal a strong awards play for the promising film.  Brad Pitt leads the original story of a tank crew battling a desperate Nazi army in the last days of World War II, and the film’s first trailer makes the pic look rather excellent.  Instead of battling for screens alongside Interstellar and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 in the middle of November, Fury will now open opposite Dracula Untold, the animated film The Book of Life, the romance The Best of Me, and the Jake Gyllenhaal-fronted Nightcrawler. 

The October launching pad has given us recent heavy hitters like Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, and Argo, so this new release date could certainly kick off a strong awards campaign for Fury.  Of course no one’s seen the film yet so it’s tough to predict its prospects with any degree of certainty, but Sony is clearly bullish on the pic.

 

FIGHT CLUB Comic-Con Panel Recap; Chuck Palahniuk and David Fincher Recall the Battles Behind the Original Book and Film

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There wasn’t very much talk at all of the recently announced Dark Horse Fight Club 2 comic during the panel with author Chuck Palahniuk and director David Fincher on Saturday night at the San Diego Comic-Con.  And there were absolutely no new images shown (or any kind of visual presentation for that matter).  But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a thrilling panel for fans of Fincher, Palahniuk, the original book and the 1999 film.

It was a mostly anecdotal affair, full of stories and trivia about the making of the classic Brad Pitt, Edward Norton film and the inception of Palahniuk’s novel (with a little bit of information about the upcoming sequel).  Which meant it was a perfectly satisfying event for those who lined up for hours to celebrate what has now become a legitimate pop culture phenomenon.  Also present were Palahniuk’s longtime editor Gerald Howard (Doubleday) and moderator Rick Kleffel.  Hit the jump for our Fight Club Comic-Con panel recap.

Universal Pictures Takes Angelina Jolie’s BY THE SEA; Jolie Set to Direct and Star Alongside Brad Pitt

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Now that her second directorial effort, Unbroken, is in post-production and making its way towards a Christmas Day 2014 debut, Angelina Jolie is revving up to direct a brand new project, a film called By The Sea.  Jolie wrote the script and also has plans to produce and star in it alongside Brad Pitt, so it’s likely that this is that Jolie/Pitt on-screen reunion project we covered back in May.

We’ve got zero story details on By The Sea at the moment, but it’s being described as a “character-driven drama” and apparently, it’s already in pre-production.  Universal Pictures just snatched up the worldwide rights so perhaps Chairman Donna Langley and her team are pleased with what Jolie is doing at Universal with Unbroken.  Hit the jump for more.

30 Things to Know About David Ayer’s FURY From our Set Visit, Plus New Images

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My boots are caked in mud.  The ground is a watery brown mess that makes it difficult to walk.  I have to watch where I take every step.  All around me are American soldiers and Sherman tanks moving with purpose.   When the tanks roll, I feel the muddy ground shake.  As I peer around the side of the building on my right, I see even more soldiers and another tank moving towards our position.  As they get closer, the soldiers are moving even faster, like they’re on a mission and it’s almost the end.  As the tank rolls in front of me, I see Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf in uniform looking serious.  A few seconds later, I hear director David Ayer call cut, and the three cameras shooting the action, the tanks, and the soldiers all go back to first position.

Let me go back a bit.  Last year, when Fury was filming outside London, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  As some of you know, the movie takes place at the end of World War II where a battle-hardened Sherman tank crew face overwhelming odds trying to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.  Besides Pitt and LaBeouf, Ayer and producer John Lesher have put together an awesome cast that also features Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs.  During the day on set I learned a lot about the movie and I’ve compiled a big list of some of the highlights.  In addition, Sony has provided us with a few new images.  So hit the jump to check it all out.  Fury opens November 14th.

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