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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'The Game'

1/23/2015 12:20pm EST
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'The Game'
With the success of David Fincher’s film "Gone Girl" (due in no small part to Rosamund Pike’s performance of course!) it seemed fitting to revisit some of the lessor known earlier work of the visually gifted auteur – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today we’re going old school Fincher back in the day when his sinister style and visual flair was front and center. Matched with a captivating story, terrific twists and one killer cast, this was a film I consider to be Fincher’s finest. Not to worry "Fight Club" fans, it’s only…"The Game."

Wealthy investment banker Nicholas Van Orto...

'Birdman,' 'Fargo,' Top Golden Globes Nominations, See The Full List Of Nominees

12/11/2014 12:19pm EST
Kate Beckinsale, Jeremy Piven, Peter Krause and Paula Patton all helped the Hollywood Foreign Press with the announcement of the nominees for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards on Thursday morning.

"Birdman," which stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor seeking a comeback with a Broadway play, leads the nominations in the movies category, including nods for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Actor - Musical or Comedy (Keaton).

Keatons' co-stars Emma Stone and Edward Norton are also up for Golden Globes in their respective supporting actress and actor categories. Alejandro Gonza...

David Fincher Sought A Modern-Day Faye Dunaway For 'Gone Girl'

9/26/2014 8:17am EDT
David Fincher Sought A Modern-Day Faye Dunaway For 'Gone Girl'
Rosamund Pike reminded filmmaker David Fincher of Faye Dunaway, and that helped the actress land the role in new thriller "Gone Girl."

The director admits he would have cast Dunaway in the role if he had made the film 40 years ago. British star Pike plays the missing wife of Ben Affleck's character.

Fincher told Playboy: "I wanted Faye Dunaway in Chinatown, where you think, 'This person has experienced avenues of pain that no one can articulate. Or Faye in Network, where it's, 'You're never going to get to the bottom of this, so just stop'.

"It's crazy how much Rosamund reminds me of Fa...

Ben Affleck Is Accused Of Killing His Wife In 'Gone Girl' Trailer

4/15/2014 2:03pm EDT
Gone Girl
The first trailer for the movie adaptation of Pulitzer-winning thriller Gone Girl is here.

The film follows a man played by Ben Affleck struggling in the wake of his wife's disappearance as the media circus descends around him and begins to question whether he was behind it.

Set to a haunting soundtrack created by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (who worked with director David Fincher on Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and The Social Network), Affleck's Nick Dunne looks both guilty and innocent as he eyes the crime scene and flashes of a violent past are shown.

Nick then speaks out during th...

'House' Recap: Nobody’s Fault

2/6/2012 9:51pm EST
nobodys fault
This week’s episode of “House,” entitled “Nobody’s Fault,” is the most engaging and stylized episode of this season. It reminds viewers that though the show can occasionally fall into a formulaic rut, show creator David Shore and his brilliant writers will never leave fans dangling for long.

Directed by Greg Yaitanes, a veteran director of not just “House” but a slew of television dramas including “Lost” and “Heroes,” this week’s episode is filmed in a “Rashomon” style of storytelling, a method most recently co-opted by David Fincher’s “The Social Network.” Like Akira Kurosawa’s classic fi...

Directors Guild Awards Awards Include David Fincher, Oust Steven Speilberg

1/10/2012 9:25am EST
'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'
The Directors Guild Awards announced the nominees for the best film director award yesterday. There were a couple of surprises that may change the shape of the Oscar race.

There are only five nominees at the DGAs. This year, they are:

Woody Allen for ‘Midnight in Paris’

David Fincher for ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

Alexander Payne for ‘The Descendants’

Michael Hazanivicius for ‘The Artist’

Martin Scorsese for ‘Hugo’

The most surprising inclusion here is Fincher. ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ has gotten good reviews, and while the box office is steady, it’s not exactly a run...

Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2012

1/4/2012 8:00am EST
Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2012
The year was 1962, John F. Kennedy was President of the United States and the cold war with Russia was in full swing as the world witnessed the Cuban Missile Crisis. Also in 1962, Marilyn Monroe died of a drug overdose at the age of 36 and Johnny Carson took over the duties of "The Tonight Show." Landmark movies that hit the big screen in '62 included "Lawrence of Arabia" and "To Kill a Mockingbird." The Academy Award winner for best picture that year was none other than "West Side Story."

We think you'll be surprised at how young many of today's popular celebrities look who were born in ...

Daniel Craig Says Enya Song Was Ideal For 'Dragon Tattoo' Torture Scene

12/31/2011 12:30pm EST
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Daniel Craig came up with the idea for the killer in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" to listen to Enya as he tortured his character in the film after director David Fincher told him he was looking for the perfect tune to "underscore the banality of evil."

The British actor, who plays journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the dark thriller, suggested the ideal track would be Enya's 1988 hit "Orinoco Flow" and played it to Fincher on his iPod.

The moviemaker recalls, "We knew that we needed a little moment of levity... the villain should walk over and turn on music, because he... doesn't like to...

David Fincher Couldn't Get Insurance To Cover 'Dragon Tattoo' Motorcycle Stunt

12/19/2011 9:15pm EST
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Director David Fincher had to ditch plans to film a motorbike stunt scene with Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig for new thriller The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo because no insurance firm was willing to provide cover.

Mara stars as lead character Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood adaptation of late Swedish author Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy books, opposite Craig as journalist Mikael Blomkvist.

The actress, who underwent a dramatic physical transformation for the role, was required to take motorcycle lessons to learn how to drive the two-wheeler for the film, and she admits it was one of...

Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,' 'Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol' & More

12/19/2011 11:00am EST
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
I’m disappointed to report that I didn’t love Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes sequel “A Game of Shadows.” The first half hour is pretty boring, and although the action picks up pretty heavily toward the middle, Ritchie seems to care more about style than substance in the film. He continues to use Sherlock’s own bullet-time type slow-mo combined with crazy forced perspectives of bullets and shells being shot from guns, which admittedly is pretty darn exciting at times.

What the movie lacks though is the same great banter between Watson and Holmes that was present in the first film. Holmes...

'Big-Deal' Film Critic In Trouble For Ignoring 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Review Embargo

12/6/2011 9:54pm EST
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Moviemaker David Fincher has waded into an argument between the producers of his new film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and a New York critic who ignored an embargo to review the movie.

Sony bosses have sent a stern warning to all movie writers and bloggers demanding they don't follow The New Yorker critic David Denby's example and publish reviews of the much-anticipated thriller before a December 13 embargo.

In the missive, they state, "We have punished Denby, and he is a big-deal film critic. Don't think we won't do the same."

The warning note led to an email battle between the film'...

Safety Group Slams David Fincher For Childhood Bloody Baby Doll Prank

12/3/2011 10:30am EST
David Fincher
"The Social Network" filmmaker David Fincher has come under fire from a group of safe driving activists after revealing he used to throw 'bloodied' baby dolls into traffic for pure "amusement."

During a recent magazine interview, the director opened up about his favorite childhood prank, confessing he and a pal would roll the toys in ketchup and raw meat - to simulate blood and guts - hurl them onto the freeway and watch horrified drivers screech to a halt.

But Fincher's old ways have now been condemned by bosses at Love From Afar/P.A.D.D. (Parents Against Distracted Driving), who claim t...

December Movie Preview

12/3/2011 9:00am EST
December Movie Preview
Well, we’ve made it. December is finally here and with it, as always, comes the biggest push for awards season glory. This December is packed with films that are vying for Oscar attention, some of which are the most anticipated films of the year.

December 9

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

There is so much to be excited about for “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy” that it’s hard to list everything. For starters, the cast is amazing: Gary Oldman (in the role that will most likely finally win him an Oscar), Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Toby Jones and John Hurt. Aside from a group of some of the ...

Rooney Mara: 'I Don't Have A Trust Fund'

11/1/2011 3:28pm EDT
Rooney Mara
Actress Rooney Mara resents assumptions she has found fame because of her famous family.

The beauty landed her breakthrough role in David Fincher's The Social Network and then beat out a number of stars, including Carey Mulligan and Scarlett Johansson, for the coveted lead role in the director's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo remake.

However, Mara insists her recent string of good luck has nothing to do with her football-loving great-grandfathers - Tim Mara, founder of the New York Giants and Art Rooney, founder of the Pittsburgh Steelers - revealing all her accomplishments are born ou...

Costume Designer Creates 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Line For H&M

10/26/2011 11:40pm EDT
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Costume designer "Trish Summerville" has teamed up with high street clothing chain H&M in an effort to dress young women just like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo character Lisbeth Salander.

Summerville created actress Rooney Mara's wardrobe for David Fincher's much-anticipated new film and now her designs are being made available for fans of Mara's bondage-gothic look.

The new H&M line, which will hit stores in November and December, features 30 items inspired by abused computer hacker Salander's look.

Summerville says, "We took her basic pieces that we used throughout the film and did ...

David Fincher Turned Down Scarlett Johansson For 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

10/17/2011 6:28pm EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson missed out on the coveted role of Lisbeth Salander in director David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo because the filmmaker feared cinemagoers would be distracted by the thought of the Girl With A Pearl Earring star baring all.

The moviemaker has opened up about his decision to cast Rooney Mara as the enigmatic computer hacker in the new issue of Vogue magazine, admitting Johansson was a serious contender for the role thanks to a stunning audition.

He says, "We saw some amazing people. Scarlett Johansson was great. It was a great audition... But the thing with ...

Watch The New Trailer For 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

9/22/2011 4:00pm EDT
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
A discredited journalist and a mysterious computer hacker discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder in "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," a remake of the 2009 Swedish thriller of the same name.

Inspired by late author Stieg Larsson's successful trilogy of books, the film gets under way as the two leads (Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara) are briefed in the disappearance of Harriet Vanger, whose uncle suspects she may have been killed by a member of their own family.

The deeper they dig for the truth, ho...

Daniel Craig Won't Watch Swedish 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

8/1/2011 7:00pm EDT
Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig refuses to watch the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to avoid copying the original.

The James Bond actor stars as journalist Mikael Blomkvist in filmmaker David Fincher's upcoming Hollywood adaptation of the first novel in late author Stieg Larsson's crime trilogy.

The role was first played by Scandinavian star Michael Nyqvist in the Swedish film franchise, but Craig admits he has yet to check out his predecessor's performance.

He tells Britain's Seven magazine, "Before you ask, no, I haven't seen the Swedish movies. We're calling our one - how did the ...

Daniel Craig Shocked By 'Dragon Tattoo' Violence

7/8/2011 1:50pm EDT
Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig was horrified when he was shown clips from his new movie The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo because of the "graphic" and "powerful" violence in the film.

The actor stars in the Hollywood adaptation of the first of Stieg Larsson's popular Millennium Trilogy books, which feature controversial scenes of rape, torture and murder.

Craig was recently shown footage from the film shoot by director David Fincher, and admits he was shocked by what he saw.

He tells Esquire magazine, "It's as adult as you can possibly make it. This is adult drama... He (Fincher) showed me some scenes re...

Angelina Jolie Adamant To Remove Sexiness From 'Cleopatra' Role

5/30/2011 3:30pm EDT
Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is determined to stun viewers with her portrayal of Cleopatra in an upcoming movie because it shatters the Egyptian pharaoh's reputation as a man-eating sex symbol.

Jolie will play the legendary leader in David Fincher's re-telling of the famous story, which is set for release in 2013 on the 50th anniversary of the classic original movie starring Elizabeth Taylor.

And the Kung Fu Panda 2 actress is adamant her version of the raven-haired queen will be far less glamorous than Taylor's infamous portrayal.

Jolie tells Britain's Stella magazine, "She has been very misunders...

Angelina Jolie Confirms 'Cleopatra' Rumors

5/16/2011 1:49pm EDT
Angelina Jolie
Actress Angelina Jolie has confirmed she is in talks with director David Fincher to make a 3D retelling of Cleopatra.

The Tomb Raider star has been linked to the project for months as Hollywood speculation mounts over whether Jolie would follow in Elizabeth Taylor's footsteps by playing the Egyptian pharaoh.

Jolie has now announced at the Cannes Film Festival in France she is on board for the project - and she wants the Fight Club filmmaker to direct.

Asked about Fincher's involvement in the Cleopatra movie, Jolie tells, "Yes, we just don't know. It's all very early. Fincher's...

Lost Rooney Mara Film Gets Release Date

3/12/2011 8:00am EST
Rooney Mara
A lost two-year-old Rooney Mara film, directed by fashion icon Diane Von Furstenberg's daughter Tatiana, has been picked up thanks to her much-hyped role in David Fincher's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" adaptation.

The actress was an unknown when she auditioned for the lead in Tanner Hall because Von Furstenberg thought she was "a Grace Kelly type." The film appeared in competition at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada at the end of 2009, but failed to find a distributor.

Now bosses at Anchor Bay will release the film later this year, hoping to cash in on Mara's appeal around the lau...

Nine Inch Nails To Record New Album This Year

3/11/2011 8:37am EST
Nine Inch Nails
Oscar winner Trent Reznor has confirmed plans to start work on a new album later this year.

Reznor hasn't released any new music under the moniker since 2008, and he prompted fears there would be no more Nine Inch Nails music in 2009 after announcing he would no longer be playing live.

The band was expected to head back into the studio last year, but no new material surfaced. Now Reznor has assured fans another project is on its way - although he's having to go back to basics.

He says, "We plan to do a record later this year, but some material isn't as relevant to me as when I first wrot...

'The King's Speech' Takes Best Picture at Oscars (Full List Of Winners)

2/28/2011 12:30am EST
The King's Speech
The King's Speech ruled over the 2011 Academy Awards on Sunday, taking home four honors including Best Picture and Best Actor for the movie's star, Colin Firth.

The royal drama, about stuttering British monarch George VI, led the competition with 12 nominations going into this year's Oscars, and edged out the likes of Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception and The Social Network to claim the most coveted title of the night.

Firth was crowned Best Actor in a Leading Role, emerging triumphant over Javier Bardem (Biutiful), Jeff Bridges (True Grit), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and James...

And The Oscar Will (Probably) Go To...

2/27/2011 9:00am EST
The King's Speech
Oh, the pesky business of predicting Oscar winners. Depending on Academy voters’ moods, a pundit can come off as brilliant or dumb as a post. This seems to be an awfully predictable year – but be warned, that could mean upsets are in the air.

That said, here are my predictions for who will take home the gold at this Sunday’s Academy Awards in the major categories. I’ve devised my own odds system, which is completely made up; but, it does give a sense of how strongly I view the chances of each nominee.

What do you think? Am I way off base anywhere? Which categories are easiest to pred...

Oscar Predictions: Who Will Win?

2/26/2011 8:35am EST
Black Swan | Photo Credits: Fox Searchlight
Will The King's Speech stage a royal flush at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards? Or will The Social Network prove to have the most friends in all the right Hollywood places? We'll find out Sunday, but for now, let's make some predictions. So put on your thinking caps, bust out your ballot, make your picks and compare them to ours below while we count down to the big night.

TV Guide Network's red carpet coverage begins Sunday at 5 ET/2 PT with Academy Awards Red Carpet Countdown, followed by Academy Awards Red Carpet with Chris Harrison at 6 ET/3 PT. The 83rd Annual Academy Awards start at 8:3...

Oscars Preview: 'King's Speech'… For the Win?!!

2/22/2011 4:08pm EST
The King's Speech
Only a few weeks ago, it was all golden for David Fincher’s study of greed in our modern, technological world, The Social Network. It had taken the majority of the Oscar predicting awards for Best Picture (including the Golden Globe), and it seemed to be completely unbeatable in the upcoming finale to the awards season, the Oscars.

But then, The King’s Speech, the constant second place finisher to Social Network's champion, started winning everything. It began with the Producer’s Guild Award, which raised an eyebrow; but, I was willing to pass that off as older Hollywood showing preferenc...

'King's Speech' Wins Seven Awards At BAFTAs (See Winners)

2/14/2011 9:02am EST
Helena Bonham Carter
"The King's Speech" continued its reign over the movie industry's awards season by taking home seven trophies at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday.

The critically-acclaimed film won its three leading stars the main acting prizes - Colin Firth was named Best Actor for his role as stuttering British monarch George VI; Helena Bonham Carter took home the Best Supporting Actress title, while the Best Supporting Actor award went to Geoffrey Rush.

The movie picked up the coveted Best Film honor, beating fellow contenders "Black Swan," "Inception," "The Soc...

'The King's Speech' Shocks With DGA Win

1/30/2011 6:05pm EST
The King's Speech
'The King's Speech' director Tom Hooper turned a few heads Saturday by winning the Directors Guild of America award, beating out the favorite, David Fincher, who helmed 'The Social Network.' After pulling off a similar upset with the Producers Guild last week, 'The King's Speech' seems poised to march to the status of front-runner for the Best Picture Oscar.

On the TV side, awards went to Martin Scorsese for directing the pilot episode of 'Boardwalk Empire' and to Michael Spiller, who helmed the 'Halloween' episode of 'Modern Family.' Mick Jackson also won for his work directing the HBO...

'The King's Speech' Gets Massive 14 Nominations For BAFTA Awards

1/18/2011 9:51am EST
The Kings Speech
Critically-acclaimed "The King's Speech" is set to dominate the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards next month, after scoring a massive 14 nominations.

The Tom Hooper movie, about stammering British monarch King George VI, has picked up nods in the Best Film and Best Director categories, while Colin Firth is tipped for Best Actor and his co-star Helena Bonham Carter will compete for the Best Supporting Actress prize.

The picture is facing a challenge from Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, which has picked up 12 nominations, including nods for its star Natalie Portman, ...