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.

Comic-Con 2014: David Fincher and Chuck Palahniuk to Talk about Adapting FIGHT CLUB

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This October will mark the 15th anniversary of David Fincher‘s brilliant film Fight Club.  Although Fincher had impressed audiences with Seven and also had a cult hit with The Game, he took his style to the next level with Fight Club—a daring, irreverent, and influential film that came out of Chuck Palahnuik‘s terrific novel.  It should be noted that the book fell under the umbrella of “un-adaptable”, but Fincher and screenwriter Jim Uhls made it work without losing the flavor or even much of the plot.

Comic-Con has announced that Fincher, Palahniuk, and Doubleday executive editor Gerald Howard will be in attendance to talk about how they brought the book to the screen.  There will also be “special guests”, and while I’m sure some are already thinking about the stars, I’m wondering why Uhls isn’t on the panel.  Whatever the case may be, I’m going to try my best to make this.  The panel is on Saturday, July 26th from 7:00pm – 8:00pm in room 25ABC, a room that only holds about 480 people.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

THAT MOMENT Provides a Snapshot of the Film Industry in 1999

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Last night I opened up an article I had earmarked earlier in the day and watched That Moment, the amazingly candid and engaging 72 minute documentary included on the 2000 DVD release of writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s 1999 epic Magnolia.  And I was hit with a wave of nostalgia unlike anything I had felt in quite some time.  It might be odd that I would find the fanfare that greeted the 25th anniversary of 1989′s Batman to be little more than noise, only to be almost overcome by a 14 year old DVD supplement. But that’s what happened.

Of course, it probably helps that I watched this doc obsessively upon its release.  I was just starting to fall in love not only with film, but with the process of making it, and I must have sat down to watch this thing at least 20 times within my first year of owning the DVD.  The nostalgia didn’t come as a fondess for that time in my life though. It came in the form of a bittersweet remembrance of how things used to be in Hollywood not all that long ago.  Or, perhaps, as someone who didn’t even live in California at the time, a remembrance of the way I imagined things to beHead below for more.

New Mondo Posters Include Phantom City Creative’s BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM and Delicious Design League’s FIGHT CLUB

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Two new Mondo posters are dipping into some 20th century icons for inspiration.  First up is a nostalgic version of the animated feature Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.  Originally released in 1993, the film finds Batman wrongly accused of a series of mob murders.  This new poster shows him facing off against the vigilante assassin behind it all.  The second Mondo poster takes inspiration from David Fincher’s 1999 film, Fight Club.  The first rule of Fight Club is … well, you know, so you’ll just have to hit the jump to take a look at the upcoming Mondo posters.

Chuck Palahniuk Working on FIGHT CLUB Sequel Graphic Novel

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A Fight Club sequel is happening, though not in the way that you might expect.  Author Chuck Palahniuk has announced that he is working on a sequel to his 1996 novel Fight Club, though this time he will be telling the story in graphic novel form.  Palahniuk announced the news at Comic-Con this past weekend, revealing that the story takes place 10 years later and is told from Tyler’s point of view.  Tyler is still lurking inside Jack, and when Jack and Marla’s son goes missing (kidnapped by Tyler), Jack is pulled back into the world of Mayhem.  Palahniuk promises that the sequel will again be “dark and messy,” but due to contract obligations it won’t be coming to fruition for a while.

The follow-up graphic novel will be a series of books, and Palahniuk is hoping that his publisher will let him launch it sometime before 2015.  Hit the jump to read the full statement from Palahniuk.

Director Peter Ramsey Talks RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, Roger Deakins, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, Working with David Fincher on FIGHT CLUB, and More

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With Rise of the Guardians opening this week, I recently got to see the finished film at DreamWorks Animation and it’s really well done.  Not only is the animation great to look at, it’s got a strong story that’s character driven and it doesn’t rely on stupid jokes.  In addition, unlike most superhero films that spend half the time introducing characters by explaining their origin and showing off their powers, what’s fantastic about Rise of the Guardians is we join almost everyone in the middle of the story.  If you’re not familiar with the story, it  revolves around the rebellious Jack Frost (Chris Pine) teaming up with other mythical figures North aka Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), E. Aster Bunnyman aka Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), Tooth aka The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and the Sandman to battle the evil Pitch (Jude Law).  Here’s my video blog review and all our previous coverage.

To help promote the film, last week I got on the phone with Rise of the Guardians director Peter Ramsey.  We talked about how they didn’t tell a typical origin story, the tone, how many times he re-storyboard the film and whether there were any dramatic changes along the way, the test screening process, collaborating with Roger Deakins, other DreamWorks Animation projects like How to Train Your Dragon 2Kung Fu Panda 3, Trolls (which he said is “kind of partially based on a Terry Pratchett novel”) and more.  In addition, Ramsey got his start as a storyboard artist working for David Fincher on Fight Club and Steven Spielberg on A.I., so we talked about those projects and a few others.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Limited Paper: Mondo Announces TINA’S MOM’S BOYFRIEND, Fernando Reza’s MYTHIC BEASTS TRAVEL POSTERS, Justin White’s RATED G, and More!

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We’ve got a ton of stuff to get through in Limited Paper today, including a look at Mondo’s next big gallery show (featuring artwork from Australian duo We Buy Your Kids), FroDesignCo’s series of Mythic Beasts Travel Posters (featuring Limited Paper’s spirit animal, the Chupacabra), Gallery1988’s Rated G (featuring work from Justin White), and—because why the hell not—we also need to provide an update on our latest contest/giveaway while teasing the next one.  Phew.  Bring a bookmark and meet me on the other side of the jump, my fellow poster junkies.

David Fincher Exclusive Interview! Talks SOCIAL NETWORK, DRAGON TATTOO, 20,000 LEAGUES, Editing, How He Makes Movies, More

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As the director of some of the best films over the past fifteen years (Fight Club, Zodiac, Seven, The Game, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Social Network), David Fincher is considered by many (myself included) to be one of the best directors working in Hollywood.  Unfortunately, while he makes some of the best movies, he rarely grants interviews and is reluctant to talk with the press.   So when I was offered the chance to sit down with him earlier today to talk about his latest masterpiece, The Social Network, I jumped at the chance.

While the interview was scheduled for thirty minutes, we actually ended up talking for almost fifty!  During our lengthy conversation we discussed making The Social Network (which gets released on DVD/Blu-ray January 11th), the way he makes movies, future projects like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and why he does so many takes.  If you’re a fan of this brilliant director, hit the jump to either read or listen to what he had to say.  I promise, this is one interview you don’t want to miss.

Mash Up Trailer: WONKA: LEGACY (WILLY WONKA and TRON: LEGACY Trailer 3)

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If you’re a fan of mash up trailers, you’re going to want to check out WONKA: Legacy.  That’s because ChiefBrodyRules on YouTube has cut together a trailer that features the visuals of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the audio of TRON: Legacy Trailer 3.

While some mash up trailers start strong and then sputter out, I think this one is solid throughout.  I also like the way he brought in Johnny Depp towards the end as Klu.  Hit the jump to check it out.  I’ve also posted a bonus mash up of Toy Story and Fight Club.

FIGHT CLUB 10th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

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We’re ten years on from Fight Club. There’s still so much to talk about, but the text has been evaluated, eviscerated and analyzed a great deal over that time. Fight Club was an obsession for me when it came out; I saw it at an early screening and it spoke to me. I got it. And it became the movie I took people to see. I ended up in the theater at least ten times with different sets of friends to enjoy this brilliant black comedy. My review of Fight Club after the jump.

You Are Not Your Blu-ray: Details on David Fincher’s FIGHT CLUB Blu-ray Gag

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David Fincher’s masterpiece Fight Club got released on Blu-ray today.  And in the spirit of Fight Club, Fincher created a special gag for the 10th Anniversary Blu-ray edition.  Since many of you are going to buy the Blu-ray and experience the gag for yourself, I’m going to post what it is and how it came together after the jump so I don’t ruin the experience.  But for those that want to know about it now, hit the jump:

FREE Midnight Screening to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary and Blu-ray Release of FIGHT CLUB

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Talk about Fight Club.  Without people talking about the 1999 film, it would’ve fallen into obscurity instead of being one of the most celebrated films of the last twenty years.  People still talk about it, people still misunderstand it (if you tried to start a real fight club, you’re one of those people), people quote it, and if you live in New York or Los Angeles, you can celebrate the film’s 10th anniversary and its debut on Blu-ray by seeing it Tuesday at midnight for free.  Space Monkeys of New York, click here.  Space Monkeys of Los Angeles, click here.  And this time, try not to talk about Fight Club because you don’t want other people to get tickets before you do.

Fight Club: 10th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition hits stores this Tuesday, November 17th.

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