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Producer Says David Fincher Is Averaging 50 Takes Per Scene Shooting 'Gone Girl'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2013 11:20 AM
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By this point, David Fincher's preference for shooting literally dozens of takes of a single scene is well known, and comes with the territory if you're going to sign on to work with him. Some actors have clearly gelled with the filmmaker, working with him more than once (Brad Pitt, Rooney Mara) while others found the process exhausting and creatively unrewarding (Jake Gyllehaal). All this is to say that on Fincher's currently in production "Gone Girl," it's a not shock to learn that once again he's doing everything he can to get the most he can out of a scene.

Oscar Bait? David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Sets Fall 2014 Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2013 3:59 PM
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Affleck, Gone Girl
With production in full swing on David Fincher's "Gone Girl," he's now got a release date target to hit (and plenty of time to make it), with 20th Century Fox now slating the thriller for a prime awards season bow. Or is it?

Watch: First Footage From New 6K RED Dragon Camera That David Fincher Is Using For 'Gone Girl'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2013 10:20 AM
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While he's yet to make a big, summer tentpole, if and when he does, there few filmmakers who have such a keen grasp on current, cutting edge technology than David Fincher. Whether aging Brad Pitt backwards, virtually creating double Armie Hammers, or recreating the 1970s San Francisco skyline, Fincher has long turned to the latest in digital wizardry to help accomplish his cinematic visions. And while on paper his currently shooting "Gone Girl" looks like a straight-ahead thriller, Fincher is using the shoot to again push things forward.

David Fincher's 'Black Hole' Back On At Brad Pitt's Plan B, Slate Also Includes New Film From Taika Waititi

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 3, 2013 9:24 AM
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Not to be mistaken with the 1979 Disney film turned upcoming Joseph Kosinski remake, author Charles Burns' “Black Hole” remains one of the great adaptations lying in wait. Published between 1995 and 2005, the highly acclaimed graphic novel drew attention from Hollywood immediately, with Paramount snagging the rights and putting Alexandre Aja to direct and the team of Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman to pen a script. In 2008, David Fincher replaced Aja as helmer, but Gaiman and Avary drifted away shortly thereafter. The project has since become another “what-if?” scenario; one of Fincher's "lost projects" we hoped he would one day return to. And now looks like Brad Pitt and his production company Plan B is helping to make that happen.

'Breaking Bad,' 'House Of Cards' & 'Behind The Candelabra' Among Big Emmy Winners

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2013 8:56 AM
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Last night TV's finest -- which these days tends to include some of movie's finest too -- gathered for the Emmy Awards, while the the rest of us stayed glued to "Breaking Bad" and to some extent, the series finale of "Dexter." Either way, both options were better than that dubstep dance routine to "Breaking Bad" on the awards show. And once the jokes were over, and tributes were finished, some statues were handed out honoring some fine folks.

James Cameron Calls 'Gravity' The "Best Space Film Ever"; Plus Watch George Clooney & Sandra Bullock Talk Film At Venice

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 1:32 PM
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Gravity, Sandra Bullock
Our anticipation for Alfonso Cuaron's long awaited (seven years since "Children of Men!") return to the big screen with the deep-space-set "Gravity" grows like an exploding star as we countdown to the movie's October debut (you can read our Venice Film Festival review here). In fact, the only way we could be more excited about the movie is if someone like, say, James Cameron, a space travel freak and the unofficial grand wizard of 3D, were to dub the film "the best space film ever," which is something that he just did. Game changer! Also, watch costars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney talk about the film from Venice.

Rosamund Pike Takes Female Lead In David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'; Neil Patrick Harris & Tyler Perry Eyed For Roles

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2013 12:10 PM
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Well, that was a lot of drama for a moment. With names like Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, Abbie Cornish, Olivia Wilde and Julianne Hough (really) all being tossed around as potential leads for David Fincher's "Gone Girl," the long-pegged frontrunner has officially landed the job.

Abbie Cornish, Olivia Wilde & Julianne Hough Also In The Mix For David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2013 5:17 PM
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You could think the female lead in "Gone Girl" was on the level of pop culture phenomenon Lisbeth Salander -- and who knows, maybe it could be when all is said in done -- but it speaks to the allure of David Fincher, that seemingly every major actress in Hollywood is throwing elbows to get a chance for the gig. Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt have already been named as contenders, with Rosamund Pike emerging as a frontrunner earlier today, but it's hardly a done deal as more actresses are surfacing.

Exclusive: Andrew Kevin Walker Rewriting ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel; David Fincher's ‘20,000 Leagues’ Is Dead

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 17, 2013 10:26 AM
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With two major blockbuster flops in two years (“John Carter,” “The Lone Ranger”), the conventional wisdom follows that Disney is probably not green-lighting any major, untested would-be franchises anytime soon (even the the trio behind “The Pirates of The Caribbean” films, Bruckheimer, Depp and Verbinski proved nothing’s a sure thing). And so eyes immediately turned to David Fincher’s ambitious $200 million-plus, 3D tentpole adaptation of “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.” Given the recent announcement that Fincher would be directing the thriller “Gone Girl” with Ben Affleck this fall, we assumed the Jules Verne project had been scrapped, for the simple reason that Disney is not going to bankroll a potentially risky project.

Ben Affleck To Star In David Fincher Thriller 'Gone Girl'; Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron & Emily Blunt Eyed For Female Lead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2013 1:00 PM
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Affleck, Gone Girl
Following the flop of "The Lone Ranger," we here at The Playlist have been discussing what this means for future projects on Disney's slate, and more specifically, David Fincher's "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea." As you might remember, Fincher's pal Brad Pitt passed on the lead role, and the other actors the director is looking at the for the part (Channing Tatum among them) aren't available until next year. But following the twin disasters of 'Ranger' and "John Carter," is Disney really going to flip the switch on this project, especially with a director who demands as much financial freedom and creative control as Fincher? Or is it another ambitious concept that's a dicey prospect for a four-quadrant hit? We're sure those discussions will be ongoing at Disney (who are yet to greenlight it) but until then, Fincher is moving on his next feature.

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