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Watch: First Full Trailer For David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2014 6:57 PM
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Gone Girl Ben Affleck
"Gone Girl" certainly has a lot of variables at play. On the one hand, it co-stars Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry, not the names you might immediately associate with a David Fincher film. On the other hand, it's based on a bestseller by Gillian Flynn (who wrote a new ending for the film), it brings Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross back to score, and the material is right in Fincher's thriller wheelhouse. The result? Well, judge for yourself, as the first trailer is here.

Slow Box-Office Finds ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ In First Place; ‘Need For Speed’ Stalls In 3rd

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 16, 2014 1:09 PM
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Need For Speed
Well, this was unexpected (that is if you’re not attentively looking at Friday and Saturday numbers with a sniper’s eyes). You might think, considering the success of “The Fast & Furious” series, that something similarly adrenaline-focused like the vroom-fast “Need For Speed” film would be critic-proof, and that audiences—who have to wait an extra year for a new ‘Fast & Furious’ film—might check into the junior series starring Aaron Paul. But it was not to be. While Disney was already projecting low (at least low for a would-be car franchise) $20 million numbers for “Need For Speed,” the film (which was roasted by critics; here’s our review) sputtered to the finish line with $17.8 million at the box office, stalling at the number 3 position for its opening weekend debut.

Razzies 2014: 'Movie 43' Takes Worst Picture, Will & Jaden Smith Heavily Thrown Under Bus For 'After Earth'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 2, 2014 11:49 AM
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After Earth, Will Smith
It's game day. The Academy Awards ceremony obvious takes place this evening and so like clockwork, the ignominious folks that run the Razzies Awards have unveiled their list for the worst movies of the year. The biggest story this year is that the Razzie committee failed to award Adam Sandler anything. Odd given how much the organization seems to loath Sandler and all his comedies. And oh yes, “Grown Ups 2” was nominated in several worst categories, but the Razzies saw fit to see many other films are far more egregious in failure.

Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit And Carrie Coon Added To Cast Of David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 5, 2013 3:30 PM
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Few literary adaptations are as hotly anticipated as David Fincher's "Gone Girl." The novel by Gillian Flynn was a bona fide literary sensation, selling more than two million copies in print and digital editions by the end of its first year of publication, and every aspect of the film's casting has been obsessed over. With Ben Affleck in the role of Nick Dunne, whose wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) mysteriously vanishes, leaving him as the prime suspect, it was just a matter of filling out the supporting cast, something that is very near completion with Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon joining the film and Tyler Perry confirmed for a role.

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.

Box Office: 'Iron Man 3' Continues To Speed Towards $1 Billion Worldwide, 'Gatsby' Does 'Great'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 12, 2013 12:00 PM
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Big business, big business: the actors behind "The Avengers" were smart to pick a week where "Iron Man 3" was making cash hand over fist to air out their salary grievances. The stats are pure gonzo for the third installment in the robot-man series, with the picture smashing expectations worldwide as it cruises towards a cool billion. By the end of this weekend, it will have eclipsed the domestic results of any non-"Iron Man" Marvel film aside from "The Avengers," though globally it's already the biggest of all Marvel superhero films behind last summer's billion dollar superhero team-up.

Review: Race And Class Issues Clash With Lowbrow Comedy In 'Peeples'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 8, 2013 6:01 PM
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Peeples
You’d be forgiven if you expected Tyler Perry to influence a large chunk of “Peeples,” the latest film to carry his name like a neon sign promising broad comedy and aggressive but dubious morality. Even the beginning seems to hum with the predictable rhythms of Perry’s multi-movie empire, with a dark screen soundtracked to the purr of a man’s voice introducing a particularly holy gospel tune. It’s a clever strategy for writer-director Tina Gordon Chism, who soon reveals that this is comic actor Craig Robinson, crooning to a classroom filled with children about the need to avoid urinating on others. At once, you’re assured that this film is going to explore places Perry normally wouldn’t dare… and surely places maybe you wouldn’t seek either.

Box Office: 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Takes The Easter Weekend Top Slot

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 31, 2013 11:56 AM
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G.I Joe: Retaliation
“G.I. Joe: Retaliation" had every reason to fail and flop much like its bumped 2012 tentpole predecessor "Jack The Giant Slayer" which audiences turned their noses up to earlier this year. Like 'Jack' the film was pushed off its initial release date and drew bad publicity for its delays and talk of reconstituting characters that were once killed off. In fact, it was almost worse; 'Retaliation's last-minute delay was just five weeks before its debut last summer. Taken out of its initial date (promoted with a pricey Super Bowl spot more than a year ago) the film landed in March of this year.

Tyler Perry's Alex Cross Will Get Cross Again In 'Double Cross'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 11:03 PM
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Somebody's feeling confident. With "Alex Cross" currently sitting at a Rotten Tomatoes score of 30% and 35 over at Metacritic, you might think that the attempt to relaunch the character of Alex Cross -- played previously by Morgan Freeman in "Kiss The Girls" and "Along Came A Spider" -- would be a failure (read our review here). But if Tyler Perry fans have proven anything, it's that they show up regardless of critics, and frankly, so do audiences who have managed to make the ludicriously awful "Taken 2" number one at the box office for two straight weeks. So get ready for more Perry.

Review: 'Alex Cross' Is Cliché, Action Movie Finger Paint

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 17, 2012 8:45 AM
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Apparently the Alex Cross character, originated by best-selling author James Patterson in an unending series of pulp novels, and brought to the screen twice before (in a pair of forgettable, moodily-lit Morgan Freeman thrillers), is a bankable enough property to re-launch a large-ish franchise around, because that's what the good folks at Summit have just done. The hook, this time, is that it's something of a prequel, just titled "Alex Cross," and that its star is Tyler Perry, who has made a fortune for himself starring in, writing and directing his very own movies. The problem is that Tyler Perry the actor is just as hammy and unfocused as Tyler Perry the filmmaker, and that "Alex Cross" is more boring than your average weeknight procedural, except much longer, dumber and more violent.

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