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Gillian Flynn‘s best-selling novel, Gone Girl, has one of the most divisive endings in recent memory. (It’s an ending we won’t spoil here.) Having read the book, I remember thinking, “Audiences are going to be so pissed if David Fincher‘s movie ends this way.” Turns out, that might not be a problem. We’ve known that he was’t going to be as faithful to the novel as he was with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly the author, who adapted her own novel for the screen, admitted she reworked much of the original story. Part of that is an entirely new third act. Read the quotes, which will avoid spoilers, below. Read More »

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Following 2011′s chilly The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, David Fincher is back with another dark, twisted literary mystery — this one based on Gillian Flynn‘s smash hit novel Gone Girl. The pic features Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne and Rosamund Pike as his missing wife Amy, and the first still hit a few weeks back. Today we have another, less literal peek at the film. And what it promises is that this adaptation will be every bit as creepy as fans of Fincher and/or Flynn could hope.

On the latest cover of Entertainment Weekly is a promotional photo for Gone Girl, shot by Fincher himself, that features Affleck cuddling with an apparently dead Pike. It’s not a still from the film, and doesn’t correspond to any actual scene from the book. But maybe that’s the point — Fincher and Flynn say that they tried not to be too precious about the source material when making the movie.

Hit the jump to see the image and read their comments.

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Germain’s Most Anticipated Films of 2014

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The movies of 2013 were great and we’re all anxiously anticipating 2015, but let’s not overlook 2014. While the upcoming calendar isn’t packed as full of blockbusters that make film fans salivate, 2014 has some pretty awesome looking movies from several of the best filmmakers in the world. It has its share of massive franchise films too and while maybe they’re not Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Terminator or Batman fighting Superman, I’ll take Christopher Nolan, Paul Thomas Anderson, Cameron Crowe, Wes Anderson, the Wachowksis and David Fincher any day.

Below, read my top ten anticipated films of 2014. Read More »

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Briefly: That image above is your first look at Gone Girl, the new film from David Fincher. The director is adapting Gillian Flynn‘s novel about a man, played by Affleck, who turns into suspect #1 when his wife disappears on their fifth wedding anniversary. There’s more to the story than that, of course, but if you don’t already know the plot, it’s best to either wait for the trailers or read the novel if you want more details.

The film also stars Rosamund PikeKim Dickens, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick FugitCarrie CoonTyler Perry, and Emily Ratajkowski. This is a super-early look, as the movie doesn’t open until October 3, 2014. [The Playlist]

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]

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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