Watch David Fincher and the Cast of GONE GIRL Talk Multiple Takes, Audience Reaction, and How Fincher Deals with Cell Phones on Set

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Gone Girl has finally been unleashed on general audiences, and after seeing it this weekend I count it as one of my favorite films of the year.  It’s bitingly funny, wickedly sharp satire, but above all it’s tremendously entertaining.  If you’re a fan of director David Fincher you’ve probably already read a number of interviews with the filmmaker about his Gillian Flynn adaptation by now, but a series of loose, uncensored video interviews with Fincher, Flynn, and the cast of Gone Girl has been released online via Cinemax and they’re a must-watch.  The conversation amongst the ensemble is really funny, with Rosamund Pike relating how Fincher reacted to catching her on her cell phone and the entire cast talking about how freeing it was to do many, many takes under Fincher’s direction.  There are also a couple more behind-the-scenes stories illuminated that illicit big laughs from all.

Hit the jump to watch the Gone Girl video interviews, and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film is now playing in theaters everywhere.

GONE GIRL Review

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There’s nothing that makes us as emotionally blind as love.  Because we crave is so badly, we’re willing to distort reality and distort others so that they meet our needs.  And when the veil lifts and the truth is exposed, everything breaks apart.  Our emotions can surpass hate.  At least hate is outright rejection.  David Fincher‘s Gone Girl is a vicious, nasty, and bitingly funny look at anti-love.  It’s a dark, twisted, borderline celebration of how deluded people can be in what they demand of others be it morally, emotionally, or truthfully.  Perhaps Fincher’s most cold, pitiless, and acerbic movie to date, Gone Girl is not without its flaws, but even those flaws serve this bitter, captivating, knives-out picture of marriage as a violent crime.

First GONE GIRL Clip Features a Meet-Cute between Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, While a New TV Spot Puts Affleck on the Defensive

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Believe it or not, we’re only about a week away from the release of David Fincher’s latest dramatic adaptation, Gone Girl.  Perhaps you’ve noticed that there’s been a recent uptick in the film’s marketing material, what with two TV spots being released, along with a host of images.  Today, we are being treated to another TV spot and the movie’s first clip, which provide a rather interesting contrast for where the lead characters’ relationship begins and ultimately where it ends up.

Starring Ben AffleckRosamund PikeTyler PerryCarrie CoonKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick HarrisGone Girl will premiere this Friday at the New York Film Festival and then opens in theaters on October 3rd.  Hit the jump to watch the film’s first clip, as well as a newly released TV spot.

Listen to a Track from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ GONE GIRL Score; Plus 9 New Images

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October 3rd seems so close and yet so far away.  Gone Girl is hands down my most anticipated film of the rest of the year, not because of the story or source material, but because David Fincher is one of the few truly uncompromising filmmakers we have left.  When the film hits theaters, we’ll know that this is Fincher’s film through and through, and he seems to have a lot to say about relationships and our inherent narcissistic nature in the telling of this story.  Another reason to be excited about Gone Girl is the score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.  The duo’s work on The Social Network is one of the vital pieces that makes that movie a masterpiece, and while their Girl with the Dragon Tattoo score was a bit too similar-sounding to Social Network for my taste, I’m incredibly curious to see what they’ve come up with for Gone Girl.  And I’m in luck, because the very first Gone Girl soundtrack clip has been released online, and it teases a very different—yet still haunting—kind of score.  Is that a copy machine I hear?

Take a listen to the first Gone Girl soundtrack clip from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross after the jump, along with some new images from the film.  Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler PerryCarrie CoonKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris, Gone Girl will premiere at the New York Film Festival and opens in theaters on October 3rd.

New GONE GIRL TV Spot Tortures Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne

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Can’t it just be October 3rd already?  I already know Gone Girl will be good because I’ve never disliked a David Fincher movie and I love the book by Gillian Flynn.  But I’m starting to be more and more convinced this will be one of Fincher’s major works.  For me his best stuff is Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac and The Social Network (with The Game, Panic Room, Benjamin Button and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo all being very good but not all time greats).  My money is on this new one joining the upper ranks.  This new TV Spot doesn’t diminish any of that and focusses on the tribulations of Ben Affleck‘s character (be sure to check out the trailer first if you haven’t seen it).

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Gone Girl TV Spot.  The film also stars Rosamund PikeTyler PerryCarrie CoonKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.  Gone Girl will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, and will open nationwide on October 3rd.

Rosamund Pike Talks HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, Working with Simon Pegg, the Film’s UK Response, David Fincher, and More

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Opening this weekend in North America is director Peter Chelsom’s dramedy Hector and the Search for Happiness.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno.  For more on Hector and the Search for Happiness, click here to watch the trailer, and here’s all our previous coverage.

Last week at the Toronto International Film festival I landed an exclusive interview with Rosamund Pike, who plays Hector’s wife.  She talked about being at TIFF, working with Pegg on The World’s End and then Hector, collaborating with Peter Chelsom, if there were script changes during production, if her process as an actor has changed, if she’s interested in playing a role on TV,  the experience of working with David Fincher on Gone Girl, and more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Movie Ending Potentially Clarified

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I’m very much on the record in saying that I’m very, very excited for Gone Girl.  It’s easily one of my five most anticipated films of the year.  I love Gillian Flynn’s book and I’m an ardent fan of director David Fincher, so the fact that I may have to wait another month to see it has me on pins and needles.  I’m not concerned about the film’s ending either, though many people seem to be.  There were some comments from Flynn that Fincher had “started from scratch” in his approach to the book’s finale (Flynn also wrote the film’s script).  Then Fincher offered a hilariously vague comment when asked to elaborate on her statement.  But now we have some new info that may settle the debate (at least until we see the film).

Hit the jump to read about the Gone Girl movie ending.  The film stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.  Gone Girl will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, and will open nationwide on October 3rd.  Potential spoilers ahead.

Over a Dozen New GONE GIRL Images Show Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike’s Crumbling Marriage

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Gone Girl is one of my most anticipated movies of the year, due in no small part to David Fincher being one of my favorite directors in addition to the fact that I really dig Gillian Flynn’s source material.  In addition to the images that hit yesterday, we’ve got 14 new pics from the film that take us a bit further inside the established aesthetic on display in the latest trailer, but do nothing to spoil the surprises of the piece.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Gone Girl images.  The film stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.  Gone Girl will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, and will open nationwide on October 3rd.

GONE GIRL Images Offer a Behind-the-Scenes Look at David Fincher’s New Film; Ben Affleck Says It’s the “Perfect Date Movie”

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David Fincher is one of my favorite filmmakers working today, and so it’s with great joy that I greet a new batch of behind-the-scenes Gone Girl images that have landed online.  Fincher’s new film is an adaptation of the page-turner novel of the same name by author Gillian Flynn, and revolves around a man (Ben Affleck) who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  Fincher has always been leading the charge when it comes to innovative filmmaking techniques, and one of these new Gone Girl images shows the unique way in which he photographed an underwater scene involving Pike.  Moreover, accompanying the images are some comments from Fincher, Pike, and Affleck about the film, with the latter explaining why he thinks it’s the perfect date movie.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Gone Girl images and comments.  The film also stars Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.  Gone Girl will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, and will open nationwide on October 3rd.

First TV Spot for David Fincher’s GONE GIRL Hurls Accusations at Ben Affleck

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20th Century Fox has released the first Gone Girl TV spot.  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 is one of my most-anticipated films of the year, and I hope the marketing stays on this level where they’re using Fincher’s moody vibe and sinister tone to sell the movie rather than giving away chunks of the plot.  I have the feeling this is going to be one mean movie, and I can’t wait to see it.

Hit the jump to check out the Gone Girl TV spot.  The film also stars Tyler PerryKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick HarrisGone Girl will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, and will open nationwide on October 3rd.

David Fincher Offers a Hilariously Confusing Clarification on the Ending of GONE GIRL

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There are very few films I’m looking forward to this year as much as Gone Girl.  Not only am I a huge fan of director David Fincher, I love the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name.  The film stars Ben Affleck as a man who becomes the lead suspect when his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary.  Fincher made a big splash earlier this year when he claimed that the ending had been completely changed, stating that he had “started from scratch.”  This upset some die-hard fans of the book (Flynn has subsequently stated that the rumors were exaggerated), but I think we’re in good hands regardless of whether or not it has been changed.  Not only is Fincher a genius, but Flynn herself wrote the screenplay.  I’m sure whatever happens is true to her vision.

Today Fincher hilariously (and probably intentionally) confused the situation by offering a further “clarification.”  Hit the jump for his new comments on the Gone Girl ending and click here for the trailer.  Tyler PerryKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris also star.  20th Century Fox releases the film on October 3rd.

New HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS Trailer Shifts Simon Pegg From Comedy to Drama

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A new Hector and the Search for Happiness trailer has gone online.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as the titular Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  I had actually never seen any of this film’s trailers before today, so I went and revisited the first and second trailers as well.  And I think I prefer this brand new one the most.  It sells the character’s need to go on this journey a bit more.  Or maybe I’m just getting old and schmaltzy.  The comedic elements of the first two trailers are still present, but now I get the restlessness of the character’s life.

Hit the jump to check out the new Hector and the Search for Happiness trailer.  The film opens in the U.K. on August 15th and in the U.S. on September 19th.  Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno also star.

HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS Trailer: Simon Pegg Goes Around the World to Find True Joy

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A new Hector and the Search for Happiness trailer has gone online.  Based on the book of the same name by François Lelord, the film stars Simon Pegg as the titular Hector, an eccentric psychiatrist who’s going nowhere and whose patients aren’t getting any happier.  One day, he musters up the courage to set out on a quest to find out if happiness really exists.  While this trailer is all well and good, I have trouble accepting the premise that someone would leave Rosamund Pike to find greater happiness.  It’s easier to believe that someone can transport onto a starship that’s going at warp speed.

Hit the jump to check out the Hector and the Search for Happiness trailer.  The film opens in the U.K. on August 15th, and also stars Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean Reno.

New Trailer for A LONG WAY DOWN Starring Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, and Imogen Poots

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Magnolia Pictures has released a new A Long Way Down trailer for director Pascal Chaumeil’s adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel of the same name.  The story revolves around a group of strangers who coincidentally meet on the top of a London skyscraper on New Year’s Eve where they individually had gone to commit suicide.  The four strangers make a pact to stay alive until Valentine’s Day, and the film follows this group of unlikely friends “as they try to pull back from the brink.”  While Hornby’s a great writer and the ensemble cast of Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collete, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots is promising, the film received pretty poor reviews upon its UK release.  This trailer is actually pretty charming, so maybe the film will turn out to be pleasantly surprising.

Hit the jump to watch the A Long Way Down trailer.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike and Sam NeilA Long Way Down will be available VOD on June 5th and opens in US theaters on July 11th.

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.

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