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First trailer for David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ debuts

- April 14th, 2014

David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling Gone Girl is shaping up to be one of the biggest movies of 2014. And before we see the finished product this October – complete with an ending different from the book – we’re getting our first look at the upcoming thriller.

Set to Elvis Costello’s She, the trailer hints at the book’s dark undercurrents, with Fincher’s trademark muted colour palette on full display. After all, it is about a woman (Amy, played by Rosamund Pike) who vanishes on her fifth wedding anniversary. Her husband (Nick, played by Ben Affleck) is the prime suspect.

Personally, I loved what Fincher did with Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, so I think he’s the perfect visionary to bring this toxic romance to the big screen.

Check out the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments.


Watch: First footage from ‘Gone Girl’

- April 12th, 2014

Ahead of the premiere of the first trailer next week, we’re getting our first look at footage from David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling thriller, Gone Girl.

It comes courtesy of a 20-second promo spot from Entertainment Tonight (via EW). It features Fincher’s hallmark muted visuals, and we hear Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne say convincingly: “I did not kill my wife. I am not a murderer.”

Dunne is suspected in the disappearance and murder of his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike), who vanishes on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary.


Flynn’s novel was one of the most twisted mysteries I’ve read in years. If you’ve read it, you’ll know that it has a unique narrative conceit; something Flynn plans on changing in her screenplay adaptation.

“There are certain things you might love in the book — like a dialogue exchange — that just can’t translate to a movie,” she said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Check it out below, and let us know what you think in the comments. And if you haven’t read Gone Girl, get to your local bookshop or run to the library now. You won’t put it down.

First photo of Ben Affleck in ‘Gone Girl’

- December 29th, 2013

Of course, everyone wants to know what Ben Affleck’s Batman will look like in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.

But before that movie hits theatres in 2015, Affleck will star in the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller Gone Girl for director David Fincher.

That film is due out Oct. 3, 2014, and 20th Century Fox has released the first image of Affleck’s Nick Dunne character. The film revolves around a man who is suspected of killing his wife, Amy (played by Rosamund Pike), after she vanishes on their fifth wedding anniversary.

In case Fincher’s name isn’t enough of a hint, Flynn’s novel provides plenty of twists and turns, not to mention narrative voices. If you haven’t read it, I implore you to do so. No matter how solid your CSI skills are, I promise you the ending will throw you for a loop.

It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out on the big screen, but Fincher is one of my absolute favourite directors who never misses.

Here’s hoping we spot this one at TIFF ’14.

Brad Pitt’s 5 greatest roles

- December 17th, 2013

Hey, want to feel old? Brad Pitt is joining the 50-and-over club this week.

But since stealing movie lovers’ hearts in 1991’s Thelma & Louise, Pitt has had one of the most varied and interesting careers in Hollywood. He has never repeated himself (well, okay, he played the same character three times in the Ocean’s movies) and his presence in a film has usually been a seal of quality.


There have been hits and flops, like all big stars, but in his 25-plus year career, he’s shown a deft ability to flip between the eccentric (Twelve Monkeys), dark (Killing Them Softly) and commercial (World War Z) with relative ease.

Here, I take a look back at Pitt’s five best moments on film. He’s had many great roles, but these are my faves. Don’t like my choices? Sound off in the comments below.

Oh, and Happy Birthday Brad. Here’s to another 50!

Benjamin Button – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The story of a man aging in reverse proved to be a stunning meditation on the passage of time. With a two-and-half-hour running time, it was not only a technical marvel, but one of the most touching love stories ever made. It’s his best film to date.

Detective Mills – Se7en

Directed by then-newcomer David Fincher, Se7en is the type of unrelenting thriller Hollywood rarely makes. And it has an ending that people to this day have never forgotten.

Rusty Ryan – the Ocean’s movies

Pitt has never been above indulging audiences in bits of cinema fluff. But he’s always made sure that when he’s giving us a popcorn muncher, the entertainment factor remains high. His part in the Ocean’s Eleven movies alongside pals George Clooney and Matt Damon are guaranteed crowd pleasers for even the staunchest of film snobs.

Tyler Durden – Fight Club

By 1999, Pitt could have done pretty much anything career-wise. But instead of playing it safe, he made a message-laden film that skewered consumer culture and defied easy explanation. It wasn’t a box office hit at the time, but it is one of Pitt’s most important roles to date, and still boasts a huge cult following.

Aldo Raine – Inglourious Basterds

Brad Pitt and Quentin Tarantino’s collaboration on the WWII blood-soaked revenge fantasy made audiences both cringe and laugh. Before QT retires, they need to do at least one more film.

Other Pitt gems: 12 Monkeys (Pitt at his kookiest); Moneyball (you don’t need to be a baseball fan to enjoy it); True Romance (his bit part turned out to be a scene stealer); The Counselor (critics may have hated it, but there was plenty to love about Pitt’s Westray in this dark tale of greed and murder); Burn After Reading (his dancing gym rat was a hoot); World War Z (a white-knuckle zombie thriller – essential for any film oeuvre); Legends of the Fall (an epic classic in which Pitt held his own alongside Anthony Hopkins); A River Runs Through It (early proof that his Thelma & Louise cameo wasn’t a fluke).

Pitt’s biggest misses: The Devil’s Own (Pitt can do a lot, but mastering an Irish accent isn’t one of his strong suits); Meet Joe Black (how about you go meet him and tell us all about it); Seven Years in Tibet (A for effort, F for results).

Rosamund Pike cast in David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ adaptation

- July 26th, 2013
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Rosamund Pike. QMI Agency


Rosamund Pike has landed the lead part in David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller Gone Girl, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Pike was one of a number of actresses linked to the role since the film was announced earlier this year. The part of Amy – a woman who vanishes on her fifth wedding anniversary – was coveted by pretty much every actress in Hollywood. Some of the other stars who were rumoured to be in the running for the role included Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Emily Blunt and Olivia Wilde.

Pike, a veteran British actress, recently appeared in Jack Reacher opposite Tom Cruise.

Flynn wrote the screenplay and actress Reese Witherspoon is producing. Ben Affleck is set to play Amy’s husband Nick, who becomes the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance.

Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry are being considered for supporting roles.

As for Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel, The Wrap has reported that Sony may move ahead without the director. Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en) has been brought in to write the screenplay for the follow-up – The Girl Who Played with Fire – and they are keen to get cracking.

Fincher’s involvement with Gone Girl and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea may leave him too tied up to proceed with part two of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series.

Actor Daniel Craig, who played Mikael Blomkvist, is also busy readying his next James Bond movie.

Stay tuned for more on The Girl Who Played With Fire. And if you haven’t read it, Gone Girl is an unputdownable twisted thriller. I highly recommend it.