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David Fincher Wants Rooney Mara Topless On 'Dragon Tattoo' Poster & 9 Other Revelations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 3, 2011 1:53 AM
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Even if some of the awards heat has fallen off "The Social Network," with "The King's Speech" taking over the front-runner spot, David Fincher's got to be feeling pretty good about himself of late. After a few years that saw him make the brilliant "Zodiac," which was mostly ignored by audiences, and finally finish "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," released to lukewarm reviews even from his biggest fans, 2010 saw Fincher put out a film that resonated with both critics and audiences for the first time since "Seven." What's more, he's the new favorite at Sony, who has given him a hefty budget to kick off what they hope will be a huge franchise for them, with the adaptation of Stieg Larsson's "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo."

James Franco Calls 'The Social Network' "Classically Made" But Conventional

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 26, 2011 4:18 AM
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Actor/director/writer/painter/Oscar host James Franco stopped by the Movieline suite at Sundance to discuss his latest film, Best Picture nominee “127 Hours,” as well as its competitor and possible frontrunner “The Social Network.” In the candid and clearly uncoached interview (his PR agent is probably having a freak out right now), Franco says that he believes “127 Hours” was the most innovative movie of 2010 and for a movie supposedly about technology, “The Social Network” is actually a very straightforward narrative.

2011 Oscar Nominations: 'The King's Speech' Leads The Pack With 12 Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 1:50 AM
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"The King's Speech" sits on the throne this morning, earning 12 Oscar nominations and looking like the film to beat at the 83rd Academy Awards, while "True Grit" follows with 10 nods and "The Social Network" with 8. Not much in the way of shockers this year, but some pleasant surprises in the mix as well as few snubs.

The Ending Of 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Changed For David Fincher's Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2011 10:02 AM
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David Fincher Also Says Critics Are Wrong About 'The Social Network'; It's A "Movie" Not A "Film," Not Meant To Define A GenerationYou’ve probably seen the first official photos from W magazine of Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander that went around the internet earlier this week. Well, attached to those photos is an eight page article about the career of director David Fincher, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at his upcoming adaptation of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”. Even if you think you’ve read everything you can stomach about “The Social Network” at this point, Fincher still offers up a few choice, provocative quotes about his Oscar contending film, saying that basically, critics who have fawned over his movie have gotten it wrong and that even in his own estimation it's just a "movie" not a "film."

ACE Eddies Nominations Round Up The Usual Suspects, 'Scott Pilgrim' & 'Easy A' Get Some Comedy Love

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2011 3:10 AM
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Yes, we know, it's another guild with more nominations for what seems to be an endless array of industry circle jerking but there is a reason to pay attention to the ACE Eddies awards put together by The American Cinema Editors. It's a very strong augur for the Oscar race with a win here usually indicating a win for the director associated with the film at the Academy Awards. And if the nominations are anything to go by, the sure thing contenders everyone has been talking about for the past few months, remain solidly at the front of pack.

'The King's Speech' Picks Up Surprise Nomination For American Society Of Cinematographers Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 2:49 AM
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With the Golden Globes coming up this weekend, and the Oscar nominations only a couple of weeks away, we're entering the final stages of the seemingly-endless 2010 awards race, and yesterday saw some of the last of the major craft and guild nominations of the season. We covered the DGA noms yesterday, which saw David O Russell beat out the Coen Brothers for the fifth slot, and late last night the American Society of Cinematographers named their picks for the five greatest achievements in the field, and there's another surprise in store there.

Fincher, Nolan, Aronofsky, Hooper & Russell Get DGA Noms

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2011 5:11 AM
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Are we looking at the Oscar five? The Director's Guild of America has selected their five nominees and if history repeats itself from last year, these will be your five Oscar nominees (last year Kathryn Bigelow took home both awards).

My Favorite Films Of 2010: Simon Dang

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 7, 2011 7:13 AM
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Nothing quite like baring your cinematic soul to readers with a top 10 list. And it's not made any easier either by the fine writing that has already been seen on The Playlist in the 2010 analysis by our team of writers including that of Kevin, RP, Oli, Gabe, Drew and Chris (and those are just the ones who submitted a top 10).

My Favorite Films Of 2010: Drew Taylor

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 5, 2011 10:31 AM
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2010 was a year which initially seemed quite bleak and like all things over-emphasized for dramatic effect, picked up drastically before everything was said and done. Thematically, the most arresting films investigated the line between imagination and reality, from Leonardo DiCaprio battling his very literal demons in a pair of dreamworld thrillers ("Inception," which charted here, and Martin Scorsese's gorgeous trifle "Shutter Island," which did not) to Natalie Portman's Grand Guignol psychological breakdown in "Black Swan," to Woody's self-delusion in "Toy Story 3" and Scott Pilgrim's videogame-enhanced brawling in "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World." (We also can't forget James Franco, as a pinned mountaineer, talking to an imaginary television audience in "127 Hours.") Even "The Social Network," arguably the most straightforward film on this list, was structured with reality butting up against stylized self-myth-making, as a trio of stories on the formation of Facebook collided loudly. 2010, as far as movies were concerned, started out as a nightmare and ended up as a dream.

'The Social Network' Logs On To 600 Theaters On January 7th; Film Will Cross $200 Million Worldwide

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 5, 2011 8:45 AM
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Already at the head of the Oscar pack, Sony is readying one more big push for David Fincher's "The Social Network" they they hope will pay off with a plethora of Academy Award nominations to add to their already numerous wins the picture has received from over twenty critics groups around the country.

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