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After editing my talk with Jacob Gentry, which featured conversation about the virtues of Kate Mara, I’m ready for the second season of House of Cards right now. The show features Mara as a wily, ambitious journalist that gets too close to a power hungry Congessman (Kevin Spacey), and the first season, overseen by David Fincher for Netflix, was a powerhouse of performances and tight, intricate plotting.

The second season will debut next year, and now we’ve got a long trailer that re-introduces the characters, and throws out a few big themes, too. It’s going to get ugly, and I can’t wait. Read More »

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David Fincher

David Fincher‘s films have a very definite style, but he has developed a method of directing that seeks to wring some elements of style out of his actors’ performances. He has said, half-jokingly, “I hate earnestness in performance… usually by Take 17 the earnestness is gone,” and talked about wanting to break down scenes and dialogue to a granular level, to push performances to a point where they’re beyond second nature, to where they just happen.

The tool to achieve that, for Fincher, is the repeated take. He’s known for making actors run through a scene dozens of times. Some people respond well to that tactic, others do not. Ben Affleck, who other actors have described as passionate about his own work, and who has certainly been willing to ask unusual things of his own actors, is likely someone able to work with Fincher’s tendencies.

A good thing, as one report says that Gone Girl, the film in which Fincher is now directing Affleck, is running up more takes than is usual for the director. Read More »

David Fincher

Briefly: Release dates have been given to two major films either currently in production, or about to start. The big one is David Fincher‘s latest, Gone Girl, based on the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn It stars Ben Affleck as a husband accused of killing his wife, played by Rosamund Pike. Fincher is currently shooting and the film will be released October 3, 2014.

The second is Paul McGuigan‘s upcoming version of Frankenstein, scripted by Max Landis. Daniel Radcliffe is playing main character Igor while James McAvoy is Dr. Frankenstein. That film will be out January 16, 2015. [Film Stage]

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It’s a good day for those who like to see films based on some of the more serious and/or challenging comics out there. We got word that a film adaptation of the first arc in Ed Brubaker’s great Criminal series is still in the works, now with Kim Jee-Woon (I Saw the Devil) directing. And now the once-dead adaptation of Charles Burns‘ wild and very unsettling graphic novel Black Hole is back on, with David Fincher again set to direct.

This Black Hole has nothing to do with space, or with a Disney sci-fi film. It is sourced from a serialized graphic novel in which Charles Burns visualized a set of Seattle high school kids who are all touched by “the bug,” a sexually-transmitted mutagen that has some pretty shocking effects on those that carry it. Picture a hybrid of Dazed & Confused and Less Than Zero filtered through early Cronenberg and you’ll kinda get the idea. Read More »

Emily Ratajkowski

Odds are if you own a computer and were alive in the past six months, you likely saw Robin Thicke’s music video for the hit song “Blurred Lines.” Pushing 200 million views on YouTube, it was one of the most talked about clips of the year, thanks in part to a model named Emily Ratajkowski. Now the London-born model is turning that buzz into a major acting gig. She’s been cast as Andie, an important supporting character in David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, which stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Read More »

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Before Ben Affleck plays Batman, he’ll be playing a husband accused of something terrible. He and Rosamund Pike are the stars of David Fincher‘s upcoming thriller, Gone Girl, based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn. Pike plays a seemingly perfect American wife who goes missing and her husband is instantly blamed. From there, things get incredibly surprising and frightening.

With filming set to start soon, Fincher has just revealed the actors who’ll be playing the main supporting roles. Tyler Perry is officially Tanner Bolt, a scumbag lawyer who represent’s Affleck’s character, newcomer Carrie Coon will play Affleck’s sister, and Kim Dickens (Treme, Friday Night Lights) and Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous) will play the detectives investigating the case. Read More »

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UPDATE: News that Rosamund Pike would get the lead in Fincher’s next has now been confirmed. Also, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry are being eyed for roles. The original article follows.

With Oscar-winner Ben Affleck now set to play the questionable husband in David Fincher‘s next film, Gone Girl, he’s gonna need a wife to go missing. Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron had both been mentioned in the past but now it seems The World’s End actress Rosamund Pike is the front runner. She’d play the title character, a seemingly perfect wife who mysteriously disappears, leaving her husband as the likely suspect. Fincher is hoping to shoot in the film in September with Affleck likely to push his next film – Live By Night – back a few months. Read More »

David Fincher

The recent flurry of activity surrounding Gone Girl seems like a pretty good indication of where David Fincher‘s attention is focused right now. But that leaves the question of what’s going on with all those other projects he had brewing as his possible follow-up to 2011′s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

That includes the sequel to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, titled The Girl Who Played With Fire, as well as Disney’s long-gestating 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Well, as it turns out, the good news is that the former isn’t dead, or at least not entirely. The bad news is that the latter is. Hit the jump for details.

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