TOP 5: GONE GIRL Trailer, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Set Visit, TRANSCENDENCE, THE EXPENDABLES 3 Set Visit, Zack Snyder Talks BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN

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I’ve used this space on a few occasions to profess my love for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentary series and today’s opening paragraph will get a similar treatment. Director Zak Levitt‘s aptly titled Bad Boys debuted this past Thursday night and, even as someone who grew up adoring the Chicago Bulls, I loved almost every second of it (even with his Detroit roots, I could have lived without the Kid Rock narration). The film focuses on the years of Detroit Pistons basketball known as “The Bad Boys Era”, which included back-to-back NBA Championships for the franchise in ’89 and ’90. As is often the case with 30 for 30 films, Levitt does a nice job of framing the Pistons’ iconic run within a societal context; in this case, the 1967 Detroit riot. In doing this, the pic not only offers a fascinating perspective of the team itself but also great insight into what their trademark physical style of play meant to a city still reeling from the effects of the riot. Less important, but an added plus nonetheless, is the fact that I’m now buzzing with nostalgia for the SNES game Bill Laimbeer’s Combat Basketball.

My broken record praise of 30 for 30 aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, Steve’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes set visit, Transcendence interviews and Matt’s review, Steve’s The Expendables 3 set visit, and Zack Snyder discussing Batman vs. Superman costumes and more. Do the right thing and keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

First Trailer for David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Starring Ben Affleck

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20th Century Fox has released the first Gone Girl trailer. Directed by David Fincher, the adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name stars Ben Affleck as a man who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  This trailer continues Fincher’s streak of brilliantly repurposing songs to introduce his films to audiences (“Creep” for The Social Network and “Immigrant Song” for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) as a rendition of Elvis Costello‘s “She” plays over a series of scenes from the dark drama that tell viewers everything may not be exactly as clear-cut as it seems.  I enjoyed Flynn’s novel and I’m incredibly eager to see how Fincher chronicles the twisted relationship between Affleck’s Nick and Pike’s Amy, and this debut trailer is an excellent mood-setter for the pic.  October cannot come fast enough.

Hit the jump to watch the Gone Girl trailer.  Tyler PerryKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris also star.  Gone Girl opens October 3rd.

Teaser Poster for David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike

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The teaser poster for David Fincher‘s adaptation of Gone Girl has gone online.  Ben Affleck plays a man who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  This teaser is probably great if you’ve read Gone Girl or know there’s a Gone Girl movie on the way, but I think the tagline reads a little silly: “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s…Oct 3″.  Perhaps that’s intriguing enough for some people, but it doesn’t really do anything for me, especially since I haven’t read the book and don’t know who “Amazing Amy” is (presumably, it’s the wife, but again—you have to be aware of the movie or the book before seeing this poster).

Hit the jump to check out the Gone Girl poster, and check back later to see the first trailer.  The film also stars Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick HarrisGone Girl opens October 3rd.

First Footage from David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike; Full Trailer Arrives Monday

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The first official trailer for David Fincher‘s adaptation of the crime novel Gone Girl will arrive on Monday, but right now the first footage from the highly anticipated pic has landed online by way of an Entertainment Tonight promo piece.  Based on the Gillian Flynn novel o the same name, Ben Affleck plays a man who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  This footage is hardly ideal given ET’s annoying voiceover, but for those itching to get a glimpse of Fincher’s next project, this is sufficiently tantalizing.  As a fan of the book and a massive fan of Fincher, I’m excited to see how the filmmaker captures the twisted, dark interplay between Affleck’s Nick and Pike’s Amy.

Hit the jump to watch the first Gone Girl trailer footage, and check back on Monday to see the full trailer.  Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, and Carrie Coon also star.  Gone Girl opens in theaters on October 3.

Oscar Beat: 10 Films That Could End Up in the 2015 Awards Race

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With the recent 86th Academy Awards ceremony, the Oscar race has finally come to a close—for now.  We just spent the past five months here on Oscar Beat deconstructing every inch of the Oscar season, and while we still have quite a while to wait before the next race heats up, now seems like a fine opportunity to take a quick preview of what just might be on tap for next year’s ceremony.  Obviously it’s way too early to take the 2015 Oscar race seriously, but there are plenty of anticipated films slated for release this year that could turn out to be the serious contenders in the next awards race.  After the jump, I preview 10 of the films that might pop up in next year’s Oscar conversation.

Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to Score David Fincher’s GONE GIRL; Danny Elfman Set for FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

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A couple of intriguing composer announcements have been made today.  First up, Trent Reznor has confirmed on Twitter that he and Atticus Ross will compose the score for director David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation Gone Girl.  This will mark the third collaboration between Reznor/Ross and Fincher, and the two previously won an Oscar for their The Social Network score.  Gone Girl stars Ben Affleck as a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to him as her killer.  Rosamund Pike plays the wife, and the highly anticipated pic is scheduled for release on October 3rd.

Additionally, Film Music Reporter (via The Playlist) reports that Danny Elfman will score director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s steamy adaptation of Fifty Shades of GreyDakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan lead the sexually charged drama, and it’ll be interesting to see what Elfman puts together.  The film opens February 15, 2015.

David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Adaptation Has A Different Third Act

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After making his first foray into directing television last year with House of Cards, David Fincher is back with a brand new feature film in 2014.  The filmmaker’s latest effort is an adaptation of the dark Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl, which revolves around a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to him as her killer.  Fincher enlisted Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike to play his two leads, Nick and Amy Dunne, and Flynn wrote the screenplay herself, adapting her own novel.  The book has plenty of twists and turns as the central mystery begins to unfold, but now word comes that Flynn has significantly reworked the ending to her book for the film, so much so that the third act of Fincher’s Gone Girl will be entirely different.

Hit the jump for more, including the director’s thoughts on casting Affleck and Pike.  Gone Girl opens October 3rd.

Check out Entertainment Weekly’s GONE GIRL Cover Photographed by Director David Fincher

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Based on a bestselling novel and directed by David Fincher, Gone Girl is already one of the hottest films of the year.  So it’s no surprise that even though 2014 is only a week old, the movie has taken the cover of this week’s Entertainment Weekly.  The story centers on Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) a man whose wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to Nick as her killer.  Fincher photographed the cover of the magazine, and if it’s any indication for the tone of the film, it’s going to be rather creepy.

Hit the jump to check out the cover, and click here for the first image from the movie. The film also stars Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick HarrisGone Girl opens October 3rd.

First Look at Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s GONE GIRL

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As everyone looks to put the finishing touches on their 2013 Top 10 lists, it’s time to look ahead to the films on tap for 2014.  One of the more exciting pics coming our way is director David Fincher’s next feature, an adaptation of the bestselling Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl.  The story centers on a man whose wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary, only to have all roads point to him as the woman’s killer.  Ben Affleck stars in the lead role as Nick Dunne, and we now have our first official look at the actor in character standing next to a missing persons portrait of his wife, played by Rosamund Pike.  The book is one hell of a page-turner, and I’m really excited to see what Fincher does with this darkly dramatic material.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Scoot McNairy, Missi Pyle, Casey Wilson, Emily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick HarrisGone Girl opens October 3, 2014.

David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Set for October 3, 2014; BOOK OF LIFE and FRANKENSTEIN Get New Release Dates

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20th Century Fox has set David Fincher‘s adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s best-selling novel Gone Girl for October 3, 2014.  Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike star in the lead roles of a story that centers on the disappearance of a man’s wife and the resulting investigation that follows.  The cast also includes Tyler PerryKim Dickens, Emily Ratajkowski, Patrick Fugit, Carrie Coon, and Neil Patrick HarrisGone Girl will share the weekend with Dracula Untold starring Luke Evans.  The fall release date for Gone Girl isn’t too surprising when you consider that David Fincher now caries an awards pedigree, and he’s working from popular source material.

Hit the jump for new release dates for the new adaptation of Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe, and for the Guillermo del Toro-produced animated film Book of Life.

“Blurred Lines” Model Emily Ratajkowski Joins Fincher’s GONE GIRL, Lily Rabe Set for MOCKINGJAY, and Laurie Holden Lands DUMB AND DUMBER TO Lead

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this morning.  Briefly:

  • Model/actress Emily Ratajkowski, who appeared in the buzz-about music video for “Blurred Lines,” is set to play Andie opposite Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s Gone Girl.
  • American Horror Story actress Lily Rabe has been cast as Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2.
  • The Walking Dead actress Laurie Holden will be playing the female lead in the comedy sequel Dumb and Dumber To opposite Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.
  • Actor Riz Ahmed (Four Lions) will star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Cast Features Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, and More [Updated]

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After rumors and reports of various actors circling roles in David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation Gone Girl, the director has set his cast.  It includes Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in the lead roles of a story that centers on the disappearance of a man’s wife and the resulting investigation that follows.  The cast also includes Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon, but not Neil Patrick Harris as was previously rumored.  [Update: Neil Patrick Harris has been confirmed as starring in Gone Girl.]  The Gillian Flynn novel adaptation is scheduled to shoot this fall.  Hit the jump for more.

Rosamund Pike Lands Female Lead in David Fincher’s GONE GIRL; Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry Eyed for Roles

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After a year and a half of waiting to hear what David Fincher’s next project after The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo might be, the filmmaker is moving very quickly on his adaptation of the bestselling Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl.  Fincher committed to the film as his next project just a couple of weeks ago with Ben Affleck set as the male lead, and the search began to fill the pic’s integral female lead role.  While names like Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, and Emily Blunt were rumored, all three were subsequently ruled out due to scheduling and various other reasons.

Now Fincher has settled on which actress will take on the role, and it’s the lovely Rosamund Pike.  Hit the jump for more, including the possibility of Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry (?) joining the cast.

David Fincher’s 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA Is Dead; Director Likely off GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE Despite Recent Rewrite

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With casting already underway on David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel Gone Girl, it’s no surprise to learn that his planned big-budget feature 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is kaput.  A couple months ago, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that production had been pushed back to 2014 due to the inability to find a lead actor to commit to the project.  However, The Playlist reports that the movie has been dead for months, and the report was “apparently a desperate bid by the Aussie government to entice the filmmakers and producers into continuing with this project that would bring millions of dollars in jobs to their movie industry.”

Fincher did try his damndest to make the picture happen, but couldn’t wrangle a bankable lead actor.  Brad Pitt passed to do Fury, Matt Damon and Daniel Craig didn’t want to commit to the a 140-day shoot away from their families, Channing Tatum wasn’t seen as a bankable enough, and Fincher didn’t agree with Disney’s suggestion to cast Chris Hemsworth.  Rather than continue fighting for his expensive project that was already a risky proposition for Disney (and one that now seems ludicrous considering the massive failures the studio had in trying to adapt older properties with John Carter and The Lone Ranger), Fincher moved to Gone Girl.  So where does that leave his other major project, The Girl Who Played with Fire?  Hit the jump for more.

Ben Affleck in Talks to Star in David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Before Directing LIVE BY NIGHT; Trio Eyed for Female Lead

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While Ben Affleck has been busy prepping his next directorial feature, the period Dennis Lehane adaptation Live by Night, it appears that he’ll be making time for another acting gig before going into production on his Argo follow-up.  What director would cause Affleck to push back his first directorial project after winning the DGA Award, you might ask?  Well David Fincher, of course.  Affleck is now in talks to lead Fincher’s adaptation of the Gillian Flynn bestselling novel Gone Girl, which will solidify the pic as Fincher’s next film.  Hit the jump for more on this exciting development, including which Oscar winning actresses are being eyed for the female lead.

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