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.

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.

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.

Exclusive: First Trailer for Peter Chelsom’s HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS Starring Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike and Toni Collette

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We here at Collider are very happy to exclusively debut the first trailer for director Peter Chelsom’s upcoming drama/comedy Hector and the Search for Happiness.  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.  The pic looks to be an excellent showcase of Pegg’s comedic sensibilities while also touching on some promising dramatic themes as well, and it’s bolstered by an incredibly solid ensemble cast.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out a couple of new images.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, and Jean RenoHector and the Search for Happiness opens in the U.K. this Autumn.

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

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The first trailer for director Pascal Chaumeil’s (Heartbreaker) adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel A Long Way Down has landed online.  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.”  The pic looks to be a solid comedic drama ensemble piece with impressive turns from Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots as the four strangers.  Hornby’s novels have previously made for the swell adaptations High Fidelity and About a Boy, so hopefully A Long Way Down can follow in their footsteps.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the first poster.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Sam Neill, and Tuppence MiddletonA Long Way Down opens in the U.K. on March 21st and is currently awaiting a U.S. release date.

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.

THE WORLD’S END Blu-ray Review

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The Cornetto Trilogy (aka “Three Flavours Trilogy”) is a cinematic delight in every sense of the word, and its status as such was solidified with the third and final entry in the loosely connected trio of films, The World’s End.  Much more than simply riffs on the horror, action, and sci-fi genres respectively, writer/director Edgar Wright, co-writer/star Simon Pegg, and star Nick Frost have crafted three masterworks of structure that are as entertaining as they are emotionally satisfying.  Following Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, The World’s End may be the toughest and most mature work of the three, capping off the trilogy with a pair of career best performances by Pegg and Frost and wonderfully innovative visual storytelling courtesy of Wright.  Read my full review of The World’s End on Blu-ray after the jump.

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.

THE WORLD’S END Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from San Diego Comic-Con 2013.  The World's End opens tomorrow.]

Before I went off to college, several people told me, “It will be the best four years of your life!” In my head, my response was, “That’s horrible!” I didn’t want my life to peak at 22 and then have it all go downhill from there. Furthermore, that comment is rooted in a fear of the future, and has a death grip on the past because at least those were “the glory years.” Edgar Wright’s The World’s End thoughtfully explores the importance of coming to own your past rather than letting it own you. Of course, he does this in the same bravura directing style of his past films, and with the rapid-fire comedy he and co-writer/star Simon Pegg brought to the first two parts of “The Cornetto Trilogy”, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.  However, the trilogy’s conclusion makes a firm break with the structure and style of those movies in favor something that’s a little looser, more mature, and just as funny and emotionally honest.

Mondo Poster for Edgar Wright’s THE WORLD’S END by Kevin Tong

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I’ve got a lot of love for Mondo, but I’m a bit disheartened at how they do posters for new releases.  They’ve gotten in the habit of releasing a new poster the day the film is released, and I’m assuming the movie studios have a heavy hand in forcing that drop date.  But unless you go see a special late screening the night before, you’re chancing the purchase of a poster for a movie you may not end up liking.  Or, in the case of this new Mondo poster for The World’s End, you can trust critics (myself included) and assume that Edgar Wright‘s latest film is great.  It’s a good-looking poster with artist Kevin Tong almost doing a riff on Martin Ansin, and is definitely worth owning if you’re a fan of the movie.  And if you think you’ll be a fan of the movie, you should roll the dice and see if you can get one when it’s released tomorrow at a random time.  Follow @MondoNews for the on-sale announcement.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  The World’s End opens tomorrow, and you should see it.

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