The Films of David Fincher: THE SOCIAL NETWORK

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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.]

If The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a director and a screenwriter working at cross-purposes, then The Social Network are the two sides working in perfect harmony.  Fincher’s cold, austere tone was energized by Aaron Sorkin‘s fast-paced, witty dialogue, and Sorkin’s grandiloquent verbiage was grounded by Fincher’s realism.  In some ways, the movie is highly stylized and yet it’s indisputably honest when it comes to the characters, stakes, environment, and tension of the story.  The facts may be in dispute, but this much is true: The Social Network is one of the defining works of the 21st century.

Listen to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Full Score for David Fincher’s GONE GIRL

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David Fincher‘s Gone Girl is only a little over a week away, and the movie will mark his third collaboration with musicians Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.  The duo previously handled the score The Social Network (for which they won an Oscar) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and their electronic music perfectly suits Fincher’s slightly off-kilter, cold, mocking style.  The full Gone Girl score has gone online, and while it’s not necessarily music you’ll kick back and relax to, it does have a strong blend of uneasy peace and angry noise that should perfectly suit the picture.

Click over to NPR to listen to the full score.  The film opens October 3rd and stars Ben AffleckRosamund PikeTyler PerryCarrie CoonKim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.  And speaking of David Fincher, click here to check out my ongoing career retrospective.

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.

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.

Sundance 2013: SOUND CITY Review

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I love documentaries that can teach me something I don’t know, and do so in an entertaining fashion.  I’m incredibly ignorant when it comes to understanding music production, and two-thirds of Dave Grohl‘s documentary Sound City provides a fascinating, hilarious, and passionate look at the eponymous studio, its prominence in rock history, and the technical details behind creating some of the best music of all time.  Grohl does an amazing job at going into the nuts and bolts of music production but always keeping the lesson upbeat and inviting.  However, once Grohl has completed telling the history of Sound City, the documentary shifts into an uneasy place where Grohl’s promotion of the physical music studio over Pro Tools creates a direct analog-vs-digital exploration, and an indirect deprecation of those who share the rock star’s passion for music, but lack the resources to book studio time.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO News; 8-Minute Trailer Online, Listen to a 35-Minute Sampler from the 3-Hour Soundtrack

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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross earned Oscars for their The Social Network score.  They reunited for David Fincher‘s new film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and the duo have outdone themselves.  Reznor announced on his website that he and Ross have created “a sprawling three-hour opus”, and if you want to pre-order it, you’ve got some options.  There’s the old-fashioned digital download for $12, the higher quality Apple Lossless or FLAC download for $14, the 3-disc CD for $14, or you can go nuts with a $300 limited edition on the box set.

Hit the jump to find out what’s included on the $300 edition.  After the jump, you’ll also find the 8-minute trailer that debuted to select audiences earlier this fall.  Finally, do you remember that awesome cover of “Immigrant Song” that played with the movie’s teaser trailer?  It’s on the soundtrack, and you can download it right now from iTunes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opens December 21st.

New Viral Site for THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

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I’m not really sure about the value of viral marketing, but I guess there’s numbers to back up why studios keep doing it.  I suppose it’s appropriate for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo since it’s in the mystery genre and now the film’s Tumblr blog, “Mouth Taped Shut“, has led to a new viral site [via /Film], “Comes Forth in the Thaw“.  All that’s on the site right now is some of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ eerie score with an occasional line of dialogue playing over a slide show of images from the movie including Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) leaving a courthouse or an image from outside the cabin where he works with Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) to solve the case of a young woman who disappeared forty years ago.

Click the corresponding link above to check out the viral site.  I’m not sure if it only has new images to offer or if anything else will come forth from the thaw.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opens December 21st.

Take a Listen to THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Score and Watch a Metal Poster for the Film Get Made

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Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross picked up Oscars for their score for The Social Network.  The duo has re-teamed for Fincher’s new film, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and some of their score is played over a new promo video for the film.  The promo video doesn’t show any footage from the film, but it does show a cool look at how a metal poster for the movie gets made.  As for the score, it sounds how you would expect a Reznor score to sound like: mechanical and ambient.  I don’t much care for it right now, but I felt the same way about the score for The Social Network before I saw the movie and now I dig what Reznor and Ross came up with.

Hit the jump to check out the video.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opens December 21st.

Our Breakdown of 8 Minute Trailer for David Fincher’s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO Featuring Trent Reznor’s Score

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Last night’s advanced screening of Straw Dogs opened with a surprise trailer: eight minutes of David Fincher’s adaptation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I still maintain the Dragon teaser trailer (viewable here) to be the best of its kind in a good long while – well, maybe, since the teaser for that other Fincher flick last year. The eight minute extended trailer does little to dampen my enthusiasm. It’s an exceptionally cut bit of marketing – laying out all the beats for the film’s first act and teasing the rest to Trent Reznor’s bombastic score. For a breakdown of the eight-minute trailer, hit the jump.

First Clip from Trent Reznor’s Score for THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

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Along with the collection of new images and character bios, Sony uploaded a snippet of Trent Reznor’s score to the official site for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  In the clip, Reznor proves he can drone with the best of them, and I’m sure it accompanies a very tense, prolonged scene in the movie.  Out of context, I just get a little creeped out.

This is the second feature collaboration between Reznor and director David Fincher after The Social Network, which earned Reznor an Oscar.  Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, and Stellan Skarsgård star in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which opens on December 21.  Listen to the new music after the jump.

FIGHT CLUB Writer to Script Trent Reznor’s YEAR ZERO Miniseries at HBO

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Last September, we learned that Nine Inch Nails frontman and composer Trent Reznor was going to turn his lyrics and music from his band’s album Year Zero into a TV series. The album has been described as a musical chronicle that criticizes contemporary policies of the United States government by presenting a dystopian vision of the year 2022. We haven’t heard anything about the series since last year, but now THR has learned Fight Club screenwriter Jim Uhls will write the project which is now a miniseries set up at HBO and BBC Worldwide.

When the project was first announced, Carnivàle writer Daniel Knauf was said to be writing the series, but apparently the job is now Uhls to take. If it has the same grit and tone as Fight Club, then this should be a great miniseries for HBO down the road. For more background and plot description of the events that took place within the album and an alternate reality game that crafted the story and world of Year Zero before the album’s release, hit the jump.

Trent Reznor NOT Scoring or Acting in ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

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After his fantastic (and Oscar-winning) stab at feature film composing with The Social Network, it’s understandable that Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has been fielding a few offers to score more feature films. He’s currently working on David Fincher’s next film, the American adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and was recently rumored to be scoring and possibly acting in Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Well, now it turns out that Reznor won’t be scoring the Civil War-set vampire flick after all. He explains on the official NIN message boards (via Cinema Blend) that when news broke that he’d be working on the score for the film, he still hadn’t made up his mind as to whether or not he’d be taking the job. No word on why he turned it down, but he states that there’s “no juicy story here,” so presumably he just decided he’d rather focus his talents elsewhere for the time-being. Hit the jump to read what he had to say.

Trent Reznor Talks THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER, and More

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Last week, we reported that Oscar-winner Trent Reznor may co-star and score Timur Bekmambetov’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.  Reznor has now taken to the official Nine Inch Nails message boards to clear up some of the confusion as well as comment on the upcoming album from his new band How to Destroy Angels, the future of Nine Inch Nails, and his work with Atticus Ross on the score for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Hit the jump for Reznor in his own words.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is due out December 21st.  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is set to open in 3D on June 22, 2012.

Trent Reznor to Score and Co-Star in ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER?

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Trent Reznor picked up an Oscar for his terrific score to The Social Network and he’s set to score David Fincher’s follow-up, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. So what comes after an Oscar and providing the music to an adaptation of a best-selling novel?  Apparently for Mr. Reznor, it’s doing the music and co-starring in a 3D vampire movie.

Badass Digest reports that Reznor will not only provide the score for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, he’ll also play the bloodsucker that offs Lincoln’s mother and sets the 16th president on his path of vampire destruction.  The film is based off the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, who previously wrote the mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of Grahame-Smith’s novel.  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter stars Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anthony Mackie, and Dominic Cooper.  It opens in 3D on June 22, 2012.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK Wins 4 Golden Globe Awards Including Best Motion Picture (Drama)

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I have just endured three painful hours of the Golden Globes.  Thankfully, folks who deserved awards got them (except for Community, which wasn’t even nominated, so way to screw that up, Hollywood Foreign Press Association).  You can click here to check out my live blog of the entire ceremony, but if you just want a listing of who won what, then hit the jump.  The Social Network took home four Golden Globes including Best Score (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross), Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin), Best Director (David Fincher), and Best Motion Picture (Drama).

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