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HBO, never one to let a week go by without getting us fired up about a potential new series or two, has given us a big tease this week: A crime show set in the 1950′s, all noir-ish, from literary genre master James Ellroy and regular ole’ badass director David Fincher.

Talks are preliminary, but they are talking, which is something. And if we all start talking abouttheir talks, this thing will probably take off. So get it trending on Friendster. Fincher has (unsurprisingly) long been a fan of Ellroy, and Ellroy has been a sometimes-fan of HBO, having praised Deadwood, but calling The Wire “bullshit.”

You have to love a guy who calls The Wire “bullshit.” Seriously. You must love him!

No more information is floating around, but this should be enough for us to assume that the show would be terrific.

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Soundtrack Studies: ‘Fight Club’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/fight-club/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/fight-club/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:11:24 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264065 I want you to listen as hard as you can.

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Last week I spoke of my two reservations in choosing soundtracks for Soundtrack Studies: I didn’t want to do instrumentals (because they’re just harder to write about and far better experienced than read) and I didn’t want to pick soundtracks that were done by just one artist, because the curation of different artists is one of the most compelling aspects of soundtracks.

Nonetheless, I tossed those criteria out the window and did ‘The Social Network, which featured no words, and was done entirely by the team of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Oh well.

I also wrote about how Trent Reznor and David Fincher seemed to be a natural fit for each other, which is presumably why Fincher had recruited Reznor to write his now defunct Fight Club musical. But before there were musicals, spinoffs, or variety hours, there was Fight Club the film which had its own soundtrack, which sounded a LOT like Trent Reznor, even though it was done in its entirety by the the Dust Brothers. And it’s all instrumental as well, save for the last scene, which I will talk about later and is why I’m writing about this soundtrack in the first place.

For those unfamiliar, Fight Club, more than it is about fighting, is about the insidiousness of white male rage. The protagonist (an unnamed narrator played by Edward Norton), gets convinced by a mischievous stranger to thwart the conventions he’s mired himself in, and live life on a more savage, animalistic level. As the film progresses, we see Brad Pitt’s Tyler Durden evolve from “charming imp” to “nihilistic criminal,” which is likely the character’s M.O. all along.

And as we’re faced with and rejecting the Narrator’s very existence, we’re given a droning score that serves as a heart monitor for Edward Norton’s character. For the entire film, the score intentionally avoids crescendo, climax, or excitement, instead serving to ratchet up the tension of a man hitting rock bottom of his own free will (but not really of his own free will.) The exception to this being the opening credits, which, in hindsight, teaches you the only exciting thing in the Narrator’s life is how messed-up his mind is.

Through that lens, the Dust Brothers were a very inspired choice. But they were also a very subversive one. Having been auteurs of beat-driven music fro over ten years at that point, they had largely cut their teeth as producers prior to the film, having overseen the excellent Beck album Odelay, the Korn (naturally) song “Kick the P.A.” and Hanson’s “MMMBop.”

Yes. The Dust Brothers did Hanson’s “MMMBop.” They’re nothing if not diverse.

Unfortunately, the soundtrack listings on Spotify seem to be more what people THINK should have been on the Fight Club soundtrack more than what’s actually on the Fight Club soundtrack. What people think should be on it is fascinating, but not really germane to this discussion. However, if you’d like to get a glimpse of someone making their own, you can see it here. If you want the actual soundtrack, made by the people we’re talking about here, it’s in this lengthy, lengthy YouTube video:

It really does sound a lot (alotalotalot) like The Social Network soundtrack. So much so that many Internet denizens refer to Nine Inch Nails as the composer. Close, but wrong.

The score, like that of The Social Network, sets an eerily ambient tone that pairs as well with senseless vandalism and savagery as it does with a dinner party or filling out a spreadsheet. Instrumental music often affords itself that versatility in a manner that singers can’t. And the film sticks to that formula right until the very end, when the Narrator puts a bullet through his head, demonstrating his free will apart from Tyler Durden, killing him, then watching the world burn and getting the girl.

It’s a lot to take in on a narrative level, but the use of The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind” serves as one of the more iconic songs in film, serving as both heavy-handed wordplay (where IS Edward Norton’s mind), but mostly just cutting through the tension carried in the film with  a cathartic release. You know. Like a bullet to the head.

It’s what the film’s soundtrack is most known for, and it rewards the viewer for two hours and fifteen minutes of watching this man trudge through life, then take misguided pains to make it a little more interesting. There’s probably a moral there, but David Fincher’s not the type of person to tell you what it is.

 

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We Now Get ‘Se7en’ Remade As A Fake 8-Bit Video Game. Hurray! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/we-now-get-se7en-remade-as-a-fake-8-bit-video-game-hurray/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/we-now-get-se7en-remade-as-a-fake-8-bit-video-game-hurray/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:05:54 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=263871 "8-Bit Kevin Spacey" is the name of my noise rock band. We're playing a show next week. You should totally come.

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I don’t know what’s so funny about seeing complex films juxtaposed against the simplistic plots and graphics of 8-bit films. Wait. Yes I do. It’s what I just said. That’s why they’re funny.

The guys behind 8-Bit Cinema have done it again, this time by taking the dark world of David Fincher’s Se7en and giving it the NES treatment. Though, to be fair, this looks a little more like SNES 16-bit graphics, but I’m not here to upset the apple cart.

Just watch the video. It’s very funny to watch two noir detectives investigate heinous crimes in such a ridiculous context. I wish this was a real game.

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Soundtrack Studies: ‘The Social Network’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-the-social-network/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-the-social-network/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:43:00 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263768 If Trent Reznor and David Fincher couldn't make Facebook cool, then it was probably beyond hope.

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In an effort to keep this column as pop-culturally relevant (more for my sake than the sake of my readers), Soundtrack Studies was created with the intent to avoid “scores” and focus on “soundtracks.” I did this under the somewhat misguided understanding that a score was essentially composed instrumental music for a film, and soundtracks consisted of non-instrumental, sometimes non-original, music for a film.

This delineation works for the purposes of casual discussion, which is basically what I intend this feature to be, but for the sake of at least acknowledging the technical aspects of a soundtrack (or a score), I’d like to clear things up. For instance, all the pop songs for Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2 were written FOR the film, so they’re part of the score. And the soundtrack. The soundtrack is ALL MUSIC in the film, and the score is ALL ORIGINAL MUSIC in the film. Semantic, but I figured after like a dozen or so of these installments, I could actually get around to defining what I’m writing about.

So what I really wanted to avoid were orchestral or instrumental soundtracks, original or not. I also wanted to avoid, at least initially, soundtracks (or scores or whatever) composed by just one artist. Like Badly Drawn Boy’s excellent soundtrack for About a Boy. I don’t really take issue with either approach, but the former is just a little obscure and hard to put in a relevant cultural context, and the latter ignores the curative aspects of soundtrack compilation that I find to be most interesting aspect of them.

The Social Network’s soundtrack AND score, composed by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and his collaborator Atticus Ross (a composer and producer in his own right), is entirely instrumental, and features no other composers or artists (save for a sample or two). But I felt it was too important and good to ignore based on a arbitrary premise that I set for myself for no particular reason.

It accompanied a film featuring a dream team of creativity; a film based on a successful book written by Ben Mezrich, adapted for the screen by Aaron Sorkin, and directed by David Fincher.

Academy Award-winning composer Trent Reznor

It was the film about how Facebook was started, which was so culturally relevant that even fans of the auteurs thought was an extremely ephemeral subject matter, no matter how profound its reach at the time of its release.

With a subject as mass-marketed, ubiquitous, and accessible as Facebook, the creative powers worked very hard to ensure that the film maintained a grit that wouldn’t reduce the film to the cinematic equivalent of kitten pictures and “Which How I Met Your Mother Character are YOU?” quizzes. It succeeded to the surprise of even Reznor himself.

To that end, the enlistment of David Fincher went a long way. And while Reznor and Ross didn’t have breadth of creative control that the director had, their involvement didn’t just result in a soundtrack that pleasantly defied expectation to the end of winning an Academy Award for their work, but also just gave the entire effort some credibility.

Here’s the soundtrack for the film:

The titles will likely mean nothing, as this is original, instrumental music, so judgment here lies even more so than usual in the content of the music itself.

While you’re listening to the soundtrack, let’s discuss a bit the relationship, real and conceptual, between David Fincher and Trent Reznor. They seem to share a creative DNA, operating in the realm of the mass markets, but with a subversive darkness that doesn’t seem to alienate, but rather endear. Sure, they’re not Mumford & Sons (thank God) or Steven Spielberg, but they’re both considered artists and craftsmen as much as they are a musician and a director.

Trent Reznor contributed to and took a supervisory role on the soundtrack to Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers, which seemed to parallel the themes of the later Fight Club by Fincher. (In fact, there was a time when the director had been lobbying for Reznor to do a musical of Fight Club. Thankfully, that didn’t happen.) Fincher had also used a remix of Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer” in Se7en, a film that, in its entirety felt like a film based on a Nine Inch Nails song and resembled what we knew to be Nine Inch Nails music videos.

The two had a working relationship and friendship before Fincher approached Reznor to produce the soundtrack. Reznor declined, then accepted, as these stories so often go. The end of opening scene, which contains the ominous first track “Hand Covers Bruise,” was originally presented for working purposes with credits and an upbeat rock song.

Trent Reznor spoke with Fincher about dialing down the merriment, through a couple songs in from his instrumental album Ghosts, and the tone was set. With those marching orders, Trent and Atticus put together the rest of the album with a new confidence, and proceeded without much interruption or interference from anyone.

I don’t have much to say on the soundtrack songs itself, because, as was my initial concern, I feel that composed instrumental work is far better felt than discussed, at least in this medium. So here are a few clips that convey the feeling.

And then there’s the regatta scene, which plays closer to an action scene or music video (a hallmark of Fincher, even in his films) than any other part of the film.

From these, hopefully my sense that this soundtrack demonstrates a side of Trent Reznor apart from Nine Inch Nails which is not softer, but perhaps more insidious. Regardless of whether that’s actually true, it’s hard to argue in the wake of the acclaim for the film and its soundtrack that it wasn’t a success. And Fincher’s use of Reznor’s skills in the subsequent Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and upcoming Gone Girl further that assertion.

See ya next week, when we’ll get back to some soundtracks with words and songs and stuff.

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Allow The New Trailer For David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ To Creep You Out A Little More http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/allow-the-new-trailer-for-david-finchers-gone-girl-to-creep-you-out-a-little-more/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/allow-the-new-trailer-for-david-finchers-gone-girl-to-creep-you-out-a-little-more/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:33:49 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262706 We’ve already gleaned the plot of Gone Girl from the earlier trailer: Questions surround a husband’s (Ben Affleck) involvement in the wake of his wife’s murder. It’s creepy, it’s based...

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We’ve already gleaned the plot of Gone Girl from the earlier trailer: Questions surround a husband’s (Ben Affleck) involvement in the wake of his wife’s murder. It’s creepy, it’s based on a book that supposedly has a pretty interesting twist, and it’s David Fincher, so you know you’ll be put through the ringer before it’s resolved.

However, did you know that during this whole ride, we’re going to get a dose of Neil Patrick Harris as a creepy, possible-murderer? That’s a twist in and of itself. Check out the trailer and watch America’s sweetheart completely upend his wholesome image.

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David Fincher Talks Casting Emily Ratajkowski As ‘An Alien F*ck-Doll’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-fincher-talks-casting-emily-ratajkowski-as-an-alien-fck-doll/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-fincher-talks-casting-emily-ratajkowski-as-an-alien-fck-doll/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:11:52 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262575 He means it as a compliment.

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David Fincher has shed some light on his left field casting of Emily Ratajkowski as Ben Affleck’s young mistress in Gone Girl. The character, as described in the novel is, “an alien fuck-doll of a girl… as different from my elegant, patrician wife as could be.” Fincher was looking for someone that women would hate and men would love, but Jennifer Love Hewitt was too old for the part so…

“I was talking with Ben [Affleck], and what I wanted for the Andie role was someone who could be incredibly divisive among men and women in the audience,” Fincher told GQ. “We needed somebody where, at the moment she appears, the women are going, ‘That is unconscionable and despicable.’ And you also have the men going, ‘Yes, but…’ And so Ben said, ‘Yeah, like the girl in the ‘Blurred Lines’ video.’ ”

Well done. That is a perfect display of Ben Affleck’s penis and Ben Affleck’s mouth working well in congress with one another. It’s called TEAMwork.

 

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‘Gone Girl’ Trailer: Did Batman Kill His Wife? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/gone-girl-trailer-did-batman-kill-his-wife/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/gone-girl-trailer-did-batman-kill-his-wife/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:37:58 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261067 Tyler Perry shows up for some reason.

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He might be out of work at the moment but at least David Fincher has a résumé now made stronger by this first trailer for Gone Girl. Based on the bestseller novel of the same name, the story centers on Ben Affleck as a husband presumed guilty of murdering his wife after she vanishes on their fifth wedding anniversary. Author Gillian Flynn stayed involved with the project by handling scripting and including an ending different than that in the book. The cops walking around in fields and searching for a body a la the Janie’s Got A Gun video is all Fincher. As is the weird cover of Elvis Costello’s “She.” Is that Kermit singing?

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David Fincher Disconnects From Steve Jobs Biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-fincher-disconnects-from-steve-jobs-biopic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-fincher-disconnects-from-steve-jobs-biopic/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:53:37 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261062 Fincher wants Michael Bay money.

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David Fincher has walked away from the Steve Jobs biopic. I like to think that he filmed himself doing this in a long, twelve-minute Steadicam shot.

Sony Pictures is looking to replace Fincher, who was asking for a “ridiculous” fee according to studio insiders. The problem stemmed from not only money, but also control. Here Fincher is trying to oversee how the film’s marketing will be handled – a wish granted in the past that resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

A charming source told THR,  “You’re not doing Transformers here. You’re not doing Captain America. This is quality — it’s not screaming commerciality. He should be rewarded in success but not up front.”

In all fairness, you can’t buy groceries with Oscar gold. Just ask Cuba Gooding, Jr..

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Christian Bale Considering Playing Steve Jobs In David Fincher’s Take On The Biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/christian-bale-considering-playing-steve-jobs-in-david-finchers-take-on-the-biopic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/christian-bale-considering-playing-steve-jobs-in-david-finchers-take-on-the-biopic/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:11:58 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260406 DO YOU REALLY THINK YOU CAN IMPROVE ON ASHTON'S WORK, CHRISTIAN?

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David Fincher is a scarce, previous natural resource. He’s one of the few directors that can take non-academic or non-intellectual material and turn it into an art form. Which is why it’s always a little disheartening to hear him attached to a project that doesn’t just blow me away. So the news that he’s circling another Steve Jobs biopic, and is eying Christian Bale as the lead isn’t too exciting.

The story of the Apple founder has been told recently in his obituaries, his biography, and that Ashton Kutcher film Jobs. It can be told again, but hopefully later, and by someone else.

Oh, and the film will be written by Aaron Sorkin, which means it won’t exactly have a deft hand when it comes the dialogue.

Maybe it’s time for Fincher to look at This Is 40, Tyler Durden. I’d watch that.

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David Fincher In Talks For Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-fincher-in-talks-for-aaron-sorkins-steve-jobs-biopic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-fincher-in-talks-for-aaron-sorkins-steve-jobs-biopic/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:59:22 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=259710 The Apple Network.

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The Social Network team of David Fincher, Aaron Sorkin, and producer Scott Rudin are dusting off the Steadicam for a story about a different computer genius. Fincher is now in talks for a Steve Jobs biopic that will forever erase the public’s memory of the one starring Ashton Kutcher. The movie takes place over three different time periods, each taking place behind the scenes of three big product launch presentations. It will probably look like this:

(THR)

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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know ‘House Of Cards?’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/quiz-how-well-do-you-know-house-of-cards/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/quiz-how-well-do-you-know-house-of-cards/#comments Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:30:02 +0000 Lyndsey Saul http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=259450 Hopefully your memory will serve you as well as Frank Underwood serves himself...

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Trent Reznor And David Fincher Get The Band Back Together To Score ‘Gone Girl’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/trent-reznor-and-david-fincher-get-the-band-back-together-to-score-gone-girl/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/trent-reznor-and-david-fincher-get-the-band-back-together-to-score-gone-girl/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:50:51 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258858 The opening credits are going to be the best part.

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By the band, I don’t mean Nine Inch Nails. I meant the Trent Reznor scoring David Fincher movies partnership will continue with Gone Girl, which means the opening credits will be really cool. Reznor will be joined by co-composer Atticus Ross to put a whole lot of whirrs and ghirrs under the images of Ben Affleck not knowing where the hell his wife is. And maybe, for a change of pace, hand claps and duck quacks? Just please think on it. (The Playlist)

 

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David Fincher Pulls A Michael Bay, Casts ‘Blurred Lines’ Model In ‘Gone Girl’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-fincher-pulls-a-michael-bay-casts-blurred-lines-model-in-gone-girl/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-fincher-pulls-a-michael-bay-casts-blurred-lines-model-in-gone-girl/#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:03:45 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257025 Classic Bay.

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For years, Michael Bay has been accused of ripping off David Fincher’s visual style. Now, those roles are reversed as Fincher casts 2013′s most buzzworthy model in his adaptation of Gone Girl. Emily Ratajkowski broke out this summer after standing around naked in the music video for Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” So much so that she is now being cast in roles that don’t require her to rub Carl’s Jr. all over her body.

Ratajkowski will play Andie, the coed with whom Ben Affleck‘s Nick Dunne is having an affair. When his wife goes missing, he must keep this relationship under wraps to avoid implications of guilt. Let’s hope that Fincher can resist the urge to copy Armageddon’s animal crackers scene. (The Wrap)

 

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‘Gone Girl’ Casting Is Getting Weird http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gone-girl-casting-is-getting-weird/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/gone-girl-casting-is-getting-weird/#comments Fri, 26 Jul 2013 15:59:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256063 Super weird.

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David Fincher got his wish and was able to cast his first pick for the lead role of Amy Dunne, Rosamund Pike. She’s a phenomenal choice for the role that almost seems tailor-made for her yet she’s also an unconventional choice. It’s very cool and kudos to Fincher on his vision. But, the man must be stopped.

Beyond Pike, it’s now being reported that Fincher wants Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry to join the film in unspecified roles. If I had to hazard a guess, I’d say that Harris is up for the role of Desi, a former-paramour of Amy’s, and Perry is up for… sassy black maid? Honestly, Perry is the toughest piece in this puzzle. I hope that Fincher isn’t considering him for the role of the slick lawyer hired to skew the media to help Ben Affleck‘s Nick repair his damaged image. Because that role should go to this guy:

But I suppose that’s why David Fincher’s job is being David Fincher while mine is writing about David Fincher. (THR)

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Ben Affleck To Play A Maybe-Murderer In David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-affleck-to-play-a-maybe-murderer-in-david-finchers-gone-girl/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ben-affleck-to-play-a-maybe-murderer-in-david-finchers-gone-girl/#comments Thu, 11 Jul 2013 20:15:03 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255739 Are these the eyes of a killer?

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Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl was last summer’s most exciting page-turner so it was no surprise it would wind up on the big screen. However, it was originally expected to be a Reese Witherspoon film but then David Fincher got involved. Now it’s picking up some heat as Fincher has selected Ben Affleck to play the film’s lead, likable-ish maybe-murderer Nick Dunne.

The story centers around a man whose wife goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. All clues point to his being guilty as his story and the info in his wife’s diary (told via flashback) don’t match up. And then, things get super crazy. Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, and Emily Blunt are being looked at to play Amy Dunne. What do you think of this casting? Can you see Affleck playing someone capable of killing? We already certainly know that he can murder a cheeseburger.

(Deadline)

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’50 Shades Of Grey’ Film Gets Producers, Will Soon Be A Part Of Our Lives http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/50-shades-of-grey-film-gets-producers-will-soon-be-a-part-of-our-lives/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/50-shades-of-grey-film-gets-producers-will-soon-be-a-part-of-our-lives/#comments Tue, 10 Jul 2012 15:17:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249641 Oh man! I'm really excited about this project because I'm completely unaware of the existence of pornography!

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After selling 20 million copies and convincing housewives and receptionists the nation over that spanking is soooooooo sexy, 50 Shades of Grey is now getting the film treatment, unsurprisingly, as Universal puts some producers on point. Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti, who served the same role on David Fincher‘s The Social Network, will now be telling the story of Christian Grey, a billionaire who fucks a journalist. Why this is worthy of a book or film is beyond me. I’m guessing journalists get fucked all the time, but I wouldn’t know because I’m just a “blogger.”

Next steps for the project include finding a screenwriter and a director. No timeline has been expressly stated, but I would look to something in late 2013 at the absolute earliest. Plenty of names have been bandied about as possible directors, but they’re too stupid to mention here.

Okay. One.

Angelina Jolie.

I told you they were stupid.

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David Fincher Doesn’t Know If There’s Going To Be Any ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Sequels http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-fincher-doesnt-know-if-theres-going-to-be-any-dragon-tattoo-sequels/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-fincher-doesnt-know-if-theres-going-to-be-any-dragon-tattoo-sequels/#comments Sun, 18 Dec 2011 18:13:53 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240064 It's a toss-up at this point.

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You might think that David Fincher, the director of the upcoming feel-bad hit of the 2011 Christmas season, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo would know if the second and third parts of the series would be similarly repurposed for American audiences. At the very least you’d think he’d know if he was going to direct them or not. But, you’d be wrong, if his recent interview with The Playlist is any indication:

“I would be happy for everyone involved as that would mean a lot of people went to see it and enjoyed it. Do I need to see a sequel? No, there’s a little bit of an emotional cliffhanger at the end, but the story is complete.”

He even went so far as to say that the movie’s star Rooney Mara would be fine without him in future installments. So if you want to see a sequel (or sequels) to the movie, you better vote with your wallet. Fincher also says that if he were directing the sequels, he’d film them concurrently, since he sees the plots of the two books (The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest) as being one story spread out over two books. But that’s only if he agrees to take the job, which he totally hasn’t.

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Why David Denby Is Right To Criticize Studio Release Policies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/why-david-denby-is-right-to-criticize-studio-release-policies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/why-david-denby-is-right-to-criticize-studio-release-policies/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 23:30:24 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238744 An unimportant insider exchange begs some pretty serious questions about the way studios release films.

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Over the weekend, an email exchange between Scott Rudin, producer of the upcoming The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and David Denby, a film critic for The New Yorker found its way into the hands of Playlist (click for the full email exchange), who then put it in the hands of everyone who reads their site.

The issue at hand in the exchange isn’t really important, but it’s worth laying out for the sake of the bigger story. When critics are invited to screen movies early so that they may write a thoughtful review that coincides with the film’s public release, they are usually subject to an embargo, an explicit or understood agreement that they won’t discuss the film’s content until a certain date. If embargoes didn’t exist, reviewers would be racing to beat each other to the presses with their thoughts, which is bad for two reasons. First, they wouldn’t have time to write a thoughtful review, and second, the reviews would come out way before the movie, undermining their utility.

Ok. In this instance, Rudin caught wind that Denby was planning on breaking the embargo, releasing a review earlier than everyone else. Rudin is pissed because these embargos serve a purpose and if one critic doesn’t abide by them, then ultimately no critic will have to, and the scenarios I discussed above will become very real, very quickly.

Denby doesn’t have an ethical leg to stand on. He agreed to something as a condition of his invitation to a screening, then he went back on his word. It’s not complicated, nor is it very interesting. Rudin’s film will do fine, and Denby is something of a dick for choosing to disregard a common practice to which he agreed, all for the sake of his self-interest.

What is interesting is Denby’s rationale for going rogue and publishing his review early. In the exchange he cites the flawed studio system that compresses all of the prestige pictures into the last month of the year so that they may be at the apogee of their buzz going into awards season. His exact words:

Scott, I know Fincher was working on the picture up to the last minute, but the yearly schedule is gauged to have many big movies come out at the end of the year. The system is destructive: Grown-ups are ignored for much of the year, cast out like downsized workers, and then given eight good movies all at once in the last five weeks of the year. A magazine like “The New Yorker” has to cope as best as it can with a nutty release schedule. It was not my intention to break the embargo, and I never would have done it with a negative review. But since I liked the movie, we came reluctantly to the decision to go with early publication for the following reasons, which I have also sent to Seth Fradkoff:

1) The jam-up of important films makes it very hard on magazines. We don’t want to run a bunch of tiny reviews at Christmas. That’s not what “The New Yorker” is about. Anthony and I don’t want to write them that way, and our readers don’t want to read them that way.

2) Like many weeklies, we do a double issue at the end of the year, at this crucial time. This exacerbates the problem.

3) The New York Film Critics Circle, in its wisdom, decided to move up its voting meeting, as you well know, to November 29, something Owen Gleiberman and I furiously opposed, getting nowhere. We thought the early date was idiotic, and we’re in favor of returning it to something like December 8 next year.

In any case, the early vote forced the early screening of “Dragon Tattoo.” So we had a dilemma: What to put in the magazine on December 5? Certainly not “We Bought the Zoo,” or whatever it’s called. If we held everything serious, we would be coming out on Christmas-season movies until mid-January. We had to get something serious in the magazine. So reluctantly, we went early with “Dragon,” which I called “mesmerizing.” I apologize for the breach of the embargo. It won’t happen again. But this was a special case brought on by year-end madness.

This stupid little insider quibble has brought to the attention of the public a standard and frustrating practice that has been in place for decades, but has now become exacerbated given the current climate of the film industry. Children’s films and mindless tentpole releases still generate good money, but more esoteric or niche fare generating lower returns have been culled, and the few that remain are considered awards fodder, saved until just before the Oscar eligibility deadline of December 31.

Scott Rudin is the guy in this picture that isn't the lead singer of Nine Inch Nails.

This practice makes sense to a degree. If edgy, smart films could be released in June to a profit, then I’m sure studios would release them then. But as it stands, the edgy, smart films need the buoy of Oscar buzz and the media attention lavished thereon to help them sell tickets to these films. Since the Oscars deadline is at year’s end, the logical move is to shoehorn the releases in as close to that deadline as soon as possible.

Of course, when ten or so “good” films are all duking it out in the month of December, they will quickly begin to cannibalize each other. No one except film critics go to the theater ten times in a month, so that means quality fare will be overlooked either in the near term or indefinitely by moviegoers.

This studio practice is a self-fulfilling prophecy in that, yes, if ten movies are all trying to steal each other’s thunder in December, then they probably will require that sweet, sweet Oscar buzz to stand out from the pack. But a good film released in July, like last year’s The Kids Are All Right, will manage to prove durable enough to not be forgotten during awards season, and also stand out from the pack of typical mindless summer fare to actually generate some decent cash.

Sure, it didn’t set any records, but it earned $21 million off of a $4 million budget.

While dumping a film in December will pit it against countless others to garner a slice of a relatively small pie, it also lends credibility to a film that might otherwise not be so well-received. “Oh, it’s a December film! The studio must think this is good enough to be in contention for awards,” is a common understanding, as is “Why is this coming out in February? It must really suck.”

One can argue that audiences have the above expectations, and then someone else can argue that they only maintain those expectations because the studios reinforce them. And on and on and on and on and on we would go.

To break this cycle, the studios are the ones that are empowered to effect change. People will begrudgingly scramble to see the year-end films they want to, and critics will dish the lion’s share of their “important” reviews in this small window because, after eleven months of substandard films, both parties are probably excited enough about some decent films that they will go above and beyond to get their fix, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best system.

Studios don’t like to break new ground, so don’t expect anything to change in the near future, but while Denby’s actions are weasel-y and self-serving, his contentions are spot on. There is no reason why decent films can’t come out steadily throughout the year. While premiering immediately before the Oscars probably does offer an advantage, a strong film can and has remained in the collective consciousness for six or seven months. The studios would find that giving audiences a little more credit would improve their bottom line and make life a lot easier for the people that are paying their bills.

Which is why I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if Denby himself was the one who leaked this exchange in order to spark the discussion. And because he’s a jerk.

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6 Musicians With “Talent” Behind the Camera http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/6-musicians-with-%e2%80%9ctalent%e2%80%9d-behind-the-camera-may-contain-trace-amounts-of-fred-durst/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/6-musicians-with-%e2%80%9ctalent%e2%80%9d-behind-the-camera-may-contain-trace-amounts-of-fred-durst/#comments Mon, 17 Oct 2011 15:13:58 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=232530 Mediocre musicians make mediocre filmmakers. Great musicians make mediocre filmmakers. Crappy musicians never get enough attention to become filmmakers.

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With last week’s news that Fred Durst will have his own sitcom on CBS, the relationship between musician and directors must be examined. I never would have expected this roster of rock stars-turned filmmakers to read like the lineup from the 2000 Family Values tour, but here we are. OK, David Byrne probably wouldn’t have graced that bill, but how cool would it have been if he did?

What is it about mass-market rap, metal, and rap-metal stars that grants them the talent to direct a feature better than those indie darlings? Perhaps it’s the fact that mass-marketed media exists to span platforms. While The Shins or Yo La Tengo are all about the music, the MTV video stars are decidedly NOT all about the music. They’re about the videos, short films, webisodes, and co-branding, all of which puts them around cameras a lot more than those shaggy kids from Williamsburg, Austin, and Silver Lake.

Here are the lonely, lonely examples of musicians making the trip from behind the mike to behind the camera.

6. David Byrne

David Byrne has made a musical career, both fronting the Talking Heads and in other projects, blending styles as disparate as punk, new wave, Afro-pop, and jazz. So it should be little surprise that this geek-chic icon branched out into film writing and directing with 1986’s True Stories, a collection of interwoven vignettes about a fictional Texas town on the cusp of its anniversary celebration.

True Stories is certainly not your standard theater fare, but it serves as a refreshing exercise in absurd, snarky, and charm for those willing to take it for what it is. Unfortunately, in 1986, its wide release by Warner Bros. demonstrated that there were very few of those people around, so it came and went without much fanfare, relegating Byrne back to his day job of making awesome, awesome music.

5. Ice Cube


 
That crazy motherf#cker named Ice Cube may have squandered much of his Boyz in the Hood and N.W.A. credibility with his turns in a recent streak of family fare and mindless action films, but 1998’s The Players Club, while a bit of a mess, at least served as one of his last connections to the world from which he came. The film followed Diana and Ebony, two cousins that get involved in the seedy world of strip clubs, only to find their way out on the other side.

It came and went with little fanfare despite grossing $24 million bucks domestically.

12 years later, Ice Cube stepped back behind the camera for a project that was quintessentially Ice Cube. He directed the “Straight Outta Los Angeles” entry in ESPN’s acclaimed 30 for 30 canon. The doc discussed the Oakland/L.A. Raiders ties to both the LA sports and gang communities. He goes so far as to tie the birth of gangster rap to the Raiders’ Los Angeles arrival in 1982.

Not that it makes up for Are We Done Yet? but it’s a step in the right direction.

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That old so-and-so David Fincher has done it again. Here’s our first in-depth look at the plot of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, which is good if you are not one of the millions reading the Steig Larsson novel on their commute to work last year.

The story begins with Rooney Mara‘s Lisbeth investigating Daniel Craig‘s journalist Mikael for a group of employers who want to hire him to investigate a 40-year old cold case. Mikael in turn hires Lisbeth to aid him in his investigation. Without having read the story, I’d say that Christopher Plummer totally did it. Or Warlock. I’ve never trusted either of those guys.

All in all, it’s an exciting trailer that builds the mystery while introducing the characters without slowing down the action. Mara and Craig have an undeniable chemistry. I’m really looking forward to when this film gets adapted into a weekly procedural on ABC starring Ron Eldard and Joanna Garcia.

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With the trailer for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo burning up the ‘Netz and his dream of seeing Rooney Mara’s boobs realized, David Fincher is getting back to his gritty roots. He’s optioned the novel “Panic Attack” with Ted Griffin on the script.

The story follows a psychiatrist who kills a home invader only to have a psychotic accomplice come after him and his family on a vengeance mission. It’s unclear if Fincher has an interest in directing or merely producing the project, but I imagine he’s only got Dragon Tattoo on his mind at the moment. Regardless, this is the first project at Fincher’s Panic Pictures. Between this and Panic Room, dude really loves some panic. Now’s the time to court him for your next music video Panic! At The Disco. (Vulture)

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You’ll recall that one of David Fincher‘s visions for the The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo promotional campaign was a poster featuring (heh) titular lead Rooney Mara showing a little more than just a dragon tattoo. Well, it looks like Fincher has gotten his wish, in the form of barely perceptible frontal nudity in a new poster. A European poster, that is. I assume the version displayed in the jolly USA will feature a little bit more coverage.

Anyway, if you’re not afraid of a little microscopic nudity or gruff Daniel Craig, you can see the full version below. If you are afraid of those things, maybe consider a therapist. Your life doesn’t have to be like this. (Championship Celluloid)

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Remember that trailer for David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo that’s supposed to hit the internet this Thursday? Well, in an instance of real-life intrigue (as opposed to the more fictional, rape-y kind), the trailer has leaked a few days early. This is the red-band version though, so don’t watch it at work if you’re one of those dopes who works on Saturdays (like me). Anyway, here it is – and if it gets yanked by the Powers That Be it’ll probably be replaced soon by a better, non-bootleg quality version. Enjoy!

5 photosRooney Mara Looks Like Paul Dano In New 'Dragon Tattoo' Pics

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David Fincher’s upcoming The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo starring Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, and Stellan Skarsgard is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. So it doesn’t seem quite fair that the red-band trailer was released in the theaters of Sweden and France and not in the US. Furthermore, it’s not even online!

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There’s hope though, since a green-band trailer is supposed to hit the internet on Thursday, June 2nd and be in theaters this weekend. Stay tuned! (Deadline)

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MGM Makes Sony Its ‘Bond’ Bitch Once Again http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mgm-makes-sony-its-bond-bitch-once-again/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/mgm-makes-sony-its-bond-bitch-once-again/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2011 00:47:13 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206979 Sony is a very attractive distribution partner for MGM and clearly "wants it." The James Bond distribution rights, that is.

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MGM has gotten into bed with Sony, to the surprise of no one. After all, Sony is a very attractive distribution partner and clearly wants it. The James Bond distribution rights, that is.

Sony will co-finance and distribute the next two James Bond movies, including the upcoming Bond 23 which might star Javier Bardem or Anthony Hopkins as the villain. In return, Sony executives had to dance around in gold bikinis for MGM execs, while they sat in their fancy suits and casually smoked cigarettes. Actually, MGM gets to co-finance several Sony’s films, including potentially big moneymakers like the Total Recall remake and David Fincher‘s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, cause MGM needs some sweet, sweet cash.

MGM was flirting with Fox, Warner Bros and Paramount, but the studio ultimately returned to its partner for past successes like Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. How very un-Bond-like of MGM, sticking with the same girl in the end. Well, I guess you never should say never again. (Deadline)

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David Fincher Is The Latest To Probably Not Direct ‘Cleopatra’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-fincher-is-the-latest-to-probably-not-direct-angelina-jolie-in-cleopatra/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-fincher-is-the-latest-to-probably-not-direct-angelina-jolie-in-cleopatra/#comments Tue, 22 Mar 2011 15:59:21 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202916 Sony Pictures is still searching for a way to get Angelina Jolie to dress up in golden snake jewelry.

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Sony Pictures is still searching for a way to get Angelina Jolie to dress up in golden snake jewelry. The latest director to be considered for the Cleopatra biopic is none other than David Fincher.

He’s in high demand currently thanks to The Social Network‘s Oscar nomination, the advance Girl With The Dragon Tattoo buzz, and the World’s Best Dad coffee mug he was given last Father’s Day. James Cameron was previously interested but was lured away by Fox when they promised to donate money to his beloved ocean in exchange for an Avatar 2 & 3. Next, Paul Greengrass was in the mix until he opted to do Memphis from his own script.

Now Fincher is the candidate, but that could just as easily go away due to his schedule with Dragon Tattoo sequels and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Should he not work out, I’ll take one for the team and do it. You’ve convinced me to direct this sweeping, epic, historical drama starring one of the biggest celebrities in the world. It may require a little on the job training, but I’m willing to learn. Get me an agent and then talk to them regarding payment. Then look for Wookie Johnson’s Cleopatra in theaters. I’d like to get a Christmas release date if at all possible. (Deadline)

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Netflix To “Air” Episodes Of Spacey/Fincher’s ‘House Of Cards’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/netflix-to-air-episodes-of-spaceyfinchers-house-of-cards/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/netflix-to-air-episodes-of-spaceyfinchers-house-of-cards/#comments Tue, 15 Mar 2011 21:29:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=201783 Look out, "Mad Men," "House Of Cards" might drink your milkshake.

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Netflix continues to make the competition look silly, this time by scoring its first original programming agreement for two seasons of “House of Cards,” a new show produced by David Fincher and Kevin Spacey, who also stars.

Yeah, that could be pretty good.

Details haven’t been disclosed, but Deadline reports that the video-rental juggernaut paid over $100M for the privilege of acquiring 26 original eps. The series focuses on British politicians clamoring for power at the end of Margaret Thatcher‘s tenure. Huh. I just bored myself to actual tears by simply typing that sentence. Well, the subject matter doesn’t sound terribly engaging, but one mustn’t doubt David Fincher. Spacey, maybe (K-Pax, Pay It Forward), but never Fincher. Besides, I’ve always felt that Kevin Spacey was a dry little British man trapped in a dry little American man’s body, so let’s see where this goes.

The move comes at a critical time for Netflix, which has performed its finishing move on Blockbuster, but is looking at growing online competition from Amazon and Hulu, while facing DVD competition from Redbox. This move is the first of its kind, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a winner. But with these names attached, it’s hard to bet against it.

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Everyone is getting on board the “quality TV” bandwagon, and now that includes such names as David Fincher and (again) Kevin Spacey. The project is called “House of Cards,” a series based on the novel and British miniseries:

“The political thriller … is set at the end of Margaret Thatcher‘s tenure as prime minister and follows a British politician with his eye on the top job.”

Fincher is executive producing along with Spacey and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button screenwriter Eric Roth. It hasn’t been shopped to networks yet. I can guess that it probably won’t be on AMC, since the whole political thriller angle is pretty much covered by “Rubicon” on that network. But then again maybe the drawing power of Spacey and Fincher would offset that. (via Deadline)

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Road To The Oscars: Best Director Showdown http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/road-to-the-oscars-best-director-showdown/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/road-to-the-oscars-best-director-showdown/#comments Wed, 16 Feb 2011 19:25:58 +0000 Ronnie Pudding http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=27555 This week we shackle our Best Director contenders together by the ankles, slather them in honey, toss them in the bear cage with an 800 pound grizzly and a pair of bolt cutters to see who among them has the will to survive.

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This week we shackle our Best Director contenders together by the ankles, slather them in honey, toss them in the bear cage with an 800 pound grizzly and a pair of bolt cutters to see who among them has the will to survive. Wait… did I say directors or hobos? I meant hobos. But this article’s not about the bear game. No, this article’s about the Academy’s Best Director nominees, an impressive list containing some of American cinema’s most lauded directors. We have David “Fight Club” Fincher, Darren “ass-to-ass” Aronofsky, Joel and Ethan “that movie where Peter Stormare puts Steve Buscemi in a wood chipper” Cohen, David “O” Russell… and some British dude. I’d be honored to have any one of these talented white males helm my breakdancing videos (PopNLockNRonnie @ Youtube). But which of these white males deserves the Shiny Gold Dude?

FRONTRUNNERS

DAVID FINCHER

PRO: David Fincher is one America’s most acclaimed directors, possessing a unique visual style that sets his work apart from his peers. He boasts an impressive track record — Alien 3 notwithstanding — and despite working primarily within the studio system has managed to make a career of exploring the darker realms of the human psyche. While The Social Network bears Fincher’s stamp it is also his most accessible and critically acclaimed film to date, a one-two punch that makes him an easy choice for Academy voters.

CON: Fincher’s renowned for tackling bile-black subject matter; he’s made films about serial killers, psychopaths, serial killers, serial killers and serial killers. And while The Social Network’s backstabbing billionaire protagonist does have his dark side, it’s not like he’s cutting off anyone’s head and mailing it to their sweetheart (that we know of, anyway). In comparison to Fincher’s back catalog, The Social Network might seem to some Academy voters like a bit of a trifle.

TOM HOOPER

PRO: Tom Hooper is the least known of our nominees, but he does have buzz on his side. The King’s Speech received the lion’s share of nominations in the major categories and thanks to the slick campaigning of the baby-devourin brothers Weinstein, seems to be gaining momentum as Oscar night draws near. Hooper is also this year’s safest choice; his resume boasts period pieces and costume dramas but none of the dark, violent, controversial work that his fellow nominees are known for. He’s never cut off Gwyneth Paltrow’s head (unfortunately), shoved a double-dong up Jennifer Connelly’s pudding pipe (unfortunately), thrown anyone into a wood chipper (unfortunately) or tried to strangle George Clooney (ibid). He’s the Postum of best director nominees; a rich and tasty beverage that is inoffensively flavorful and harmlessly healthful.

CON: Tom who? Hooper is what my WoW clan members would call a “noob.” Also he’s British, and we should never forget how the British betrayed us during World War 2 by aligning themselves with the Nazis.  Or perhaps that was the Italians. Eh, British, Italian, same thing.

DARK HORSE

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN

PRO: I know he wasn’t nominated, but if any director could find a way to win despite not being on the ballot, it’s Nolan. Perhaps I’m only dreaming he wasn’t nominated and when I wake up he’ll be on the Best Director short list. But then what if when I wake up I find out that’s just a dream, too? And what if that dream’s a dream within a dream within a dream, and it isn’t even MY dream but someone else’s dream? These are the kinds of things I think about when I’ve been huffing air freshener.

CON: After examining the list of past Best Director winners it seems that exactly 0% were people who weren’t officially nominated. Why I don’t know. I guess for the same reason that ZZ Top didn’t win the 1984 Presidential election as write-ins, in spite of spending months on the campaign trail in a roadster called Eliminator, telling every voting-age citizen in every one horse town about the virtues of sharp dressed men and knowing how to use legs when you have them. Or perhaps ZZ Top DID win the 1984 presidential election and I’m only dreaming they didn’t? Whoa. Just blew my own mind.

LONG SHOTS

DARREN ARONOFSKY

If it was the award for MOST directing, Aronofsky would be a shoo-in. Black Swan was a masterstroke of technique, but like a Yngwie Malmsteen guitar solo it rings a little short on soul in spite of its technical impressiveness. Also, Aronofsky has been left in the shadow of his film’s leading yummy-mummy-to-be Natalie Portman, who is widely favored (and was my pick) to win Best Actress.  Darren Aronofsky’s a highly talented filmmaker and I have no doubt that he’ll eventually get his due, but I don’t foresee him taking the Shiny Gold Dude in 2011.

DAVID O. RUSSELL

If this article was about the bear game, David O. Russell would be a shoo-in. If anyone on this list has it in him to tear out a bear’s throat with his teeth while his fellow directors bleed to death it’s Russell. Unfortunately this award’s being given for directing not bear-fighting. And while Russell has made some wonderful films – The Fighter included — I still don’t think the Academy voters will be willing to overlook his volatile disposition, especially given the fact that he essentially tried to murder Oscar darling George Clooney on the set of Three Kings. George Clooney’s farts have been nominated for Oscars. For the love of God, don’t fuck with George Clooney.

JOEL AND ETHAN COHEN

The Cohen Brothers are kind of like Pixar for grown-ups; all they have to do is make a film to get Oscar nominations. Which in a way works against them. When you’re prolific and talented enough to be on the ballot every year Academy voters are forced to be a bit more discerning. True Grit was an amazing film, but was it an amazing Cohen Brothers film? Back to the Pixar analogy, it wasn’t a Cars but it probably wasn’t a Toy Story either. I’d consider it a solid Monsters, Inc.

ADVANTAGE: David Fincher. Any of the nominees would be deserving and it’s still going to be a shoot-out. But while buzz is on Tom Hooper’s side I believe the Academy voters will honor the more experienced Fincher. Give that man a Shiny Gold Dude!

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Goran Visnjic Continues Trend Of People With Tough Names On ‘Dragon Tattoo’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/goran-visnjic-continues-trend-of-people-with-tough-names-on-dragon-tattoo/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/goran-visnjic-continues-trend-of-people-with-tough-names-on-dragon-tattoo/#comments Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:45:12 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=26100 Director David Fincher's upcoming The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is continuing to announce new cast members, even though it's set to premiere at the end of 2011.

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Director David Fincher‘s upcoming The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is continuing to announce new cast members, even though it’s set to premiere at the end of 2011. The next tough-to-pronounce name to be revealed is former “ER” star Goran Visnjic, who will be playing “Dragan Armansky, the CEO of Milton Security that employs the young hacker Lisbeth Salander, and who becomes a father figure to the disturbed girl.” He’s signed on to do all three movies too, which is something that a lot of the actors in the movie are doing. I think this is good news, since it always bothers me when characters in sequels are played by different actors. Although I don’t know if I’d notice in this particular case (just kidding, I’m sure he’s great). He’s joining up with a giant cast, which includes Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig. (via The Playlist)

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