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Sony Chief Pascal Is Gung Ho on Strong Women, from Salander to Cleopatra

Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal is gung-ho on "Zero Dark Thirty." At the film's Hollywood premiere Monday night, the studio chief, who acquired the film from financeer-producer Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, was proud of the film's tough CIA agent heroine, played by SAG nominee Jessica Chastain, who could score big during awards season. The studio is giving the movie a big awards push in advance of its limited holiday and wide January release.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 12, 2012 1:01 PM
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Netflix Will Premiere Original Series 'House of Cards' with Kevin Spacey on February 1st

Netflix will premiere on February 1 David Fincher's anticipated original series "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey. And Netflix will make the entire 13-episode series available to its subscribers all at once. Fincher, the executive producer of the series, directs the first two episodes. He is followed by a host of other accomplished directors including Joel Schumacher ("Falling Down"), James Foley ("Glengarry Glen Ross"), and Carl Franklin ("Devil in a Blue Dress").
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 4, 2012 12:31 PM
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Moving on from 'House of Cards,' Will Fincher Return to Salander and Play 'with Fire'?

David Fincher's upcoming film slate has been shifting over the last week, and some are speculating that it may be moving in the direction of Lisbeth Salander. Not so fast, guys. With news that the director broke up with Egyptian beauty "Cleopatra," starring Angelina Jolie, and with Sony's confirmation that "The Girl Who Played with Fire" would not be a 2013 release (the kernel is that the sequel is in the works at all), eyes are on Fincher to return for the sequel.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • August 27, 2012 4:28 PM
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In the Works: Pitt Walks Into 'Candy Store,' Adam Driver For Wasikowska's 'Tracks,' Fincher Over 'Cleopatra' & Cholodenko's Next

Casting and project news, from Brad Pitt's "Candy Store" and Angelina Jolie's "Cleopatra" to Lisa Cholodenko's "November Criminals" and "Girls"'s Adam Driver...
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • August 24, 2012 2:29 PM
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'Dragon Tattoo' DVD Release Maintains Anti-Establishment Attitude with Pirated Disc

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" DVD release has, according to TheWrap, "created the sort of mystery that even Lisbeth Salander might have trouble solving." It looks like a blank, pirated disc with the title seemingly hand-scrawled across it...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 22, 2012 3:30 PM
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Up Close with RED Camera's Rooney Mara, Shot by Fincher

The marriage of movies and fashion endures. RED cameras are advertised in the latest issue of Vogue, featuring a glamourous Rooney Mara shot by her "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" director David Fincher...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 19, 2012 12:19 PM
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Netflix and MRC Hit Fincher Reality with 'House of Cards'

Surprise. In a much ballyhooed deal that was too good to be true, Netflix and MRC (Media Rights Capital) outbid HBO to stream and finance, respectively, the $100-million production "House of Cards," an American remake of the 1990 hit Brit TV series about a politician's rise to the top. Now on the verge of production, reality intervenes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 7, 2012 6:28 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Ren Klyce Talks Sound and Subways for Fincher's 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

For David Fincher, the sounds of silence are equally as disturbing as loud noises. This is clearly evident in sound designer Ren Klyce's Oscar-nominated work for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." Indeed, the underlying soundscape is a freezing, unsettling horror that perfectly complements the disturbing, graphic imagery.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 22, 2012 1:29 PM
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Oscar Talk: Critics Choice vs. Oscars, Moore Doc Reform and DGA Updates, Rise of 'Dragon Tattoo,' Fall of 'War Horse'

On this week's Oscar Talk, Kris Tapley and I revisit Thursday night's Critics Choice Movie Awards, and predict whether the Globes and Oscars will repeat the same winners. We update the latest news on Michael Moore's reform of the Oscar Documentary Rules, Pros and Cons, as well the DGA doc nominations and Cinema Eye Honors.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2012 2:11 PM
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American Society of Cinematographers Shuts Out Spielberg's 'War Horse'

Hollywood's Guild nominees are more indicative of where the Oscar race is heading then the various critics' groups, which serve to put a spotlight on what Academy voters should see, and help start momentum behind certain contenders. But the Guilds actually overlap with Academy voters. Here are the five nominees:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 11, 2012 12:10 PM
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