Gone Girl's writer, director and star are hoping to reteam for a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers On A Train. Author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn and filmmaker David Fincher are reportedly developing the project with Ben Affleck as their leading man.
The 1951 movie was an adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith novel, and featured Farley Granger, Ruth Roman and Robert Walker.
"There could be a sequel at some point if everyone is game to get the gang back together. It'd be really fun a few years from now. We'd pick it up and see what those crazy people are up to and if they got on - not well I don't think. I would have to have the exact same people to do it. I would want Rosamund, Ben and Fincher." Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn wants a sequel to the movie adaptation of her hit book if she can get Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck and director David Fincher on board.
Reese Witherspoon insists she does not begrudge losing the starring role in thriller Gone Girl to Rosamund Pike. After the Legally Blonde star bought the rights to the hit Gillian Flynn novel and co-produced the movie, it was widely assumed she would land the lead part.
However, the film's director David Fincher chose to cast Pike as the character Amy Dunne over Witherspoon, but the Oscar winner insists she is not bitter about the decision.
Witherspoon tells Deadline.com, "(I want) to create interesting roles for women. I've never thought I was right for every single role, and I'm actually thrilled to help craft opportunities for actresses. When I spoke to David, it was with no ego involved. Mostly, I was thrilled one of our first movies was going to be directed by one of the great American filmmakers of our time. My job as producer was to support him and learn all I could. I've known Rosamund Pike for years. I was excited about the idea of her playing someone so different."
Birdman is continuing its nominations haul by scooping seven nods for the Golden Globes on Thursday (11Dec14). The drama is up for prizes including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Michael Keaton and supporting role nods for Emma Stone and Edward Norton.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is up for Best Director, and the Birdman soundtrack is also shortlisted for Best Original Score.
The Imitation Game and Boyhood closely follow with five nominations each, while The Theory of Everything scoops four. All three are up for the Best Motion Picture - Drama prize and will compete against Selma and Foxcatcher.
Steve Carell will battle against Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) for leading male in a drama for his role in Foxcatcher. Other nominees include Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), David Oyelowo (Selma), and Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything).
In the leading female category, nominees include Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Jennifer Aniston (Cake), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), and Reese Witherspoon (Wild).
Other nominees in the Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy category include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Into the Woods, Pride and St. Vincent.
Julianne Moore has bagged two nominations for separate roles - leading actress in a drama for Still Alice and Best Supporting Actress for Maps to the Stars, and Mark Ruffalo has achieved a similar feat by landing a second nomination for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie for The Normal Heart.
Pop stars Lorde, Lana Del Rey and Sia Furler will also compete against each other for Best Original Song. The Royals hitmaker provided the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I, while Furler worked on the musical Annie, and Del Rey on Big Eyes.
In TV, miniseries Fargo leads the way with five nods, while True Detective scoops four and Orange is the New Black leads the comedy categories with three.
Fargo is up for the Best TV Miniseries or Movie prize while its stars Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, and Colin Hanks have all earned nods.
The winners will be announced on 11 January (15) at a ceremony hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
George Clooney will be handed the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contribution to the film industry.
The full list of nominees is as follows:
Best Motion Picture, Drama:
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Best Actor In A Motion Picture, Drama:
Steve Carell - Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch - The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal - Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo - Selma
Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything
Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Drama:
Jennifer Aniston - Cake
Felicity Jones - The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore - Still Alice
Rosamund Pike - Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon - Wild
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay - Selma
David Fincher - Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Graham Moore - The Imitation Game
Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Best Actress In A Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy:
Amy Adams - Big Eyes
Emily Blunt - Into the Woods
Dame Helen Mirren - The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore - Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhane Wallis - Annie
Best Actor In A Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy:
Ralph Fiennes - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton - Birdman
Bill Murray - St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix - Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz - Big Eyes
Best Animated Feature Film:
Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie
Best Foreign Language Film:
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture:
Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
Jessica Chastain - A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game
Emma Stone - Birdman
Meryl Streep - Into the Woods
Best Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture:
Robert Duvall - The Judge
Ethan Hawke - Boyhood
Edward Norton - Birdman
Mark Ruffalo - Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons - Whiplash
Best Original Score:
Alexandre Desplat - The Imitation Game
Johann Johannsson - The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez - Birdman
Hans Zimmer - Interstellar
Best Original Song:
Big Eyes - Big Eyes
Glory - Selma
Mercy Is - Noah
Opportunity - Annie
Yellow Flicker Beat - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I
Best TV Series, Drama:
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Best Actress in a TV Drama Series:
Claire Danes - Homeland
Viola Davis - How to Get Away with Murder
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife
Ruth Wilson - The Affair
Robin Wright - House of Cards
Best Actor in a TV Drama Series:
Clive Owen - The Knick
Liev Schreiber - Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey - House of Cards
James Spader - The Blacklist
Dominic West - The Affair
Best TV Series, Comedy:
Jane the Virgin
Orange is the New Black
Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series:
Lena Dunham - Girls
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Veep
Gina Rodriquez - Jane the Virgin
Taylor Schilling - Orange is the New Black
Best Actor in a TV Comedy Series:
Louis C.K. - Louie
Don Cheadle - House of Lies
Ricky Gervais - Derek
William H. Macy - Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor - Transparent
Best TV Miniseries or Movie:
The Normal Heart
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie:
Maggie Gyllenhaal - The Honourable Woman
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story: Freak Show
Frances McDormand - Olive Kitteridge
Frances O'Connor - The Missing
Allison Tolman - Fargo
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie:
Martin Freeman - Fargo
Woody Harrelson - True Detective
Matthew McConaughey - True Detective
Mark Ruffalo - The Normal Heart
Billy Bob Thornton - Fargo
Best Supporting Actress in A Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie:
Uzo Abudo - Orange is the New Black
Kathy Bates - American Horror Story: Freak Show
Joanne Froggatt - Downton Abbey
Allison Janney - Mom
Michelle Monaghan - True Detective
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Movie:
Matt Bomer - The Normal Heart
Alan Cumming - The Good Wife
Colin Hanks - Fargo
Bill Murray - Olive Kitteridge
Jon Voight - Ray Donovan.
Gone Girl and The Imitation Game were the big winners at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards on Friday night (14Nov14) after taking home seven honors between them.
The David Fincher thriller, starring Ben Affleck as a cheating husband who is suspected of killing his wife, earned the top prize of Hollywood Film, while Gillian Flynn took home the Hollywood Screenwriter award for turning her bestselling book into a movie of the same name.
The Imitation Game was a quadruple winner, earning Benedict Cumberbatch Hollywood Actor and Keira Knightley Hollywood Supporting Actress for their portrayals of famous World War Two encryption specialists Alan Turing and Joan Clarke, while filmmaker Morten Tyldum was named Hollywood Director and Alexandre Desplat earned the title of Hollywood Film Composer.
New dad Robert Downey, Jr. took time out of diaper duties to celebrate his The Judge co-star Robert Duvall as Hollywood Supporting Actor, the first award of the night, while Angelina Jolie honored Jack O'Connell with the New Hollywood award for his performance as Olympian-turned-war hero Louis Zamperini in Unbroken.
The Hollywood Film Awards, which recognize "excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking", serves as the official launch of the Hollywood awards season. The ceremony was hosted by Queen Latifah from the Hollywood Palladium and featured appearances from Jennifer Lopez, Johnny Depp, Laura Dern, Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Robert Pattinson, Hilary Swank, Jonah Hill and Geena Davis.
The main list of winners at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards is:
Hollywood Film - Gone Girl
Hollywood Blockbuster - Guardians of the Galaxy
Hollywood Actor - Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Actress - Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Hollywood Supporting Actor - Robert Duvall, The Judge
Hollywood Supporting Actress - Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Breakout Performance, Actor - Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Hollywood Breakout Performance, Actress - Shailene Woodley, The Fault In Our Stars
Hollywood Director - Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Breakthrough Director - Jean-Marc Vallee, Wild
Hollywood Screenwriter - Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Hollywood Ensemble - Foxcatcher
Hollywood Career Achievement - Michael Keaton
New Hollywood - Jack O'Connell, Unbroken
Hollywood Documentary - Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
Hollywood Comedy Film - Top Five
Hollywood Animation - How To Train Your Dragon 2
Hollywood Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Hollywood International - Jing Tian
Hollywood Visual Effects - Scott Farrar, Transformers: Age of Extinction
Hollywood Film Composer - Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Song - Janelle Monae, Rio 2
Hollywood Costume Design - Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hollywood Editor - Jay Cassidy and Dody Dorn, Fury
Hollywood Production Design - Dylan Cole and Gary Freeman, Maleficent
Hollywood Sound - Ren Klyce, Gone Girl
Hollywood Makeup and Hairstyling - David White and Elizabeth Yanni-Georgiou, Guardians of the Galaxy.
By now, the trailers for David Fincher films are just as easily identifiable as the movies themselves: dark mood lighting, little dialogue, and an eerie melancholgy song. And the trailer for the highly-anticipated Gone Girl is no exception. The film, which has been adapted from the novel by Gillian Flynn, centers on the crumbling marriage of Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) after they move from New York to Missouri. On their fifth wedding anniversary, Amy goes missing. As the search for her drags on and the media frenzy surrounding the case continues to grow, Nick becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. But as he attempts to prove his innocence to a disbelieving public, Nick soon discovers that things are not entirely what they seem.
One of the most acclaimed elements of the novel was that it was told from both Nick and Amy's perspectives. His: narrating the events that unfolded after her disappearance, and hers: told through journal entries written in the months leading up to their anniversary. The mystery at the center of Gone Girl is built on those two, competing narratives, and forces the reader to piece together the evidence that these unreliable narrators to provide. While this added layer of mystery and intrigue is one of the most popular aspects of Flynn's novel, the trailer seems to suggest that these dual perspectives might not have made it to the big screen. No shots or mentions of Amy's journal, and no references to her side of the story. Just Nick and a great deal of press coverage. And since Flynn, who also wrote the screenplay for the film, has revealed that it will deviate from the novel in order to tell the story in a brand new way, it's likely that many fans are concerned about how well Gone Girl's mystery will hold up without those duelling stories.
However, the trailer does reveal some hints about the approach that Flynn and Fincher have taken towards translating the story that seem to promise that those twisting, confusing tales will still be a part of Gone Girl. For one, Pike is heavily featured in the trailer in moments that reflect both the angry dissolution of their relationship as well as ones that hearken back to the happier times they shared, which seems to suggest that Amy will mostly appear in flashbacks. In many ways, a non-linear storyline is the best way to adapt both Amy and Nick's stories into one coherent narrative, as it will allow audience to compare the two versions of events in much the same way that the book allowed readers to piece together the narrative. Fincher has experience constructing a single perspective out of competing versions of events, and The Social Network utilized a non-linear, flashback heavy structure to great effect, allowing us to see how mark, Eduardo and the Winklevoss twins all perceived the founding of Facebook.
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Of course, using this kind of style does eliminate the fact that Amy's journals are an important plot point in addition to providing the reader with her version of events, and are the key to the reader discovering the truth about her disappearance. Luckily, the trailer also seems to hint at adding the physical significance of Amy's journals without having to resort to a clunky, awkward voice-over: the envelope marked "Clue One." Combining the envelopes with flashbacks would allow the film to retain the vital role Amy's writing plays in terms of the plot without sacrificing her perspective, or relying on a voice-over narration, which can often be clunky and awkward, especially in serious dramas, in order to communicate the ways that Amy and Nick's stories differ.
The plot of Gone Girl is twist-heavy, reliant on establishing a certain set of facts as true before throwing them out and revealing the actual truth of the situation. It's a difficult thing to adapt into a movie, especially since film usually requires a single perspective in order to tell a cohesive story. With both sides of the story given equal weight in the book, especially in terms of setting up and framing a major twist, the only way for that twist-heavy plot to hold up onscreen is to find a way to incorporate both perspectives into the script. If Fincher and Flynn have indeed gone for a combination of flashbacks and physical clues, it would allow them to reinvent the story for the big screen while still remaining true to what made the book so popular. Plus, it adds an extra layer to Amy and Nick's stories, and will likely impact the way that the audience interprets the characters.
As for whether or not this new method of story-telling is successful in translating the mystery and intrigue of the novel? Well, we'll have to wait until Gone Girl is released on October 3 to find out.
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It's hard to believe that it's been 25 years since Charlie Sheen's Ricky Vaughn emerged from the bullpen to the strains of "Wild Thing" to help the Cleveland Indians win a division title. Coming out during an era of more high minded baseball movies like Bull Durham and Field of Dreams, Major League was pure goofy fun… more interested in laughs than in the game's potential life lessons.
For many baseball fans, an annual viewing of Major League is as much a part of spring as Opening Day. As with Caddyshack, there are fans that can quote the movie's best lines from memory. Even if you have your own home shrine to voodoo god Jobu, here are some fun facts about the movie that you might not know:
1. Although the movie is set in Cleveland, the scenes inside the ballpark were shot at Milwaukee's old County Stadium. Bob Uecker, who played announcer Harry Doyle, has really worked in Milwaukee since 1971 as the play-by-play man for the hometown Brewers... a fact that writer-director David S. Ward didn't know when he cast him. He had based the casting strictly on Uecker's work on the sitcom Mr. Belvedere and in a series of Miller Lite commercials (if you look closely, that's the beer that Doyle is drinking in the movie).
2. Sheen really was a pitcher in high school for Santa Monica High. He now claims that he took steroids prior to doing the movie so that his fastball would be more realistic. Dennis Haysbert, who later became famous as President David Palmer on 24 and played Cuban slugger Pedro Cerrano, was a football and basketball player in high school before switching to fencing at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
3. Haysbert's hitting as Cerrano looked real because it was. Even though he didn't play baseball past Little League, Haysbert actually cleared the fences multiple times during filming.
4. Despite playing a speedy outfielder in the movie, Wesley Snipes was so slow that they ended up showing him running in slow motion in the film to provide the illusion of speed.
5. The original ending featured the scheming owner played by Margaret Whitton — the widow of the beloved former owner — as secretly being behind the team's winning, with her devious threats meant to bring the boys together. When test audiences hated it, they reshot it to keep her as the bad guy.
6. Entourage's Jeremy Piven shot multiple scenes for the movie, playing a bench player who likes to heckle the opposing team. When they started editing, they realized that the scenes didn't work, so they completely cut his character from the film.
7. Prior to making her film debut as Lynn Wells, the ex-girlfriend of Tom Berenger's character, Rene Russo was known primarily as one of the top models of the '70s. A Los Angeles native, one of Russo's classmates growing up was sitcom-star-turned-director Ron Howard.
6. Pete Vuckovich, who plays evil Yankees first baseman Clu Haywood, was actually a star Major League pitcher who won the American League Cy Young Award in 1982. Playing largely in games with a designated hitter, Vuckovich only rarely batted during his career.
7. According to Ward, during the celebration scene at the end where Corbin Bernsen's third baseman Roger Dorn punches Sheen for sleeping with his wife, Bernsen actually connected with the shot, leaving a welt on Sheen's face.
8. Neil Flynn, who went on to bigger roles on television as the Janitor in Scrubs and a suburban father in The Middle, plays one of the long-suffering Cleveland fans complaining about the state of the team.
9. Flynn and Stacy Carroll, who plays Dorn's wife who has revenge sex with Ricky, both also appeared in a short-lived TV show called Sable, which starred Russo as the girlfriend of a children's book writer who transforms into a superhero at night.
10. The song that plays at the beginning of the movie is "Burn On" by Randy Newman. Written in 1972, it is an ode to an incident in 1969 when the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland caught on fire due to an oil slick and other debris floating in the polluted water.
Once you've finished the new season of House of Cards, David Fincher has your next television addiction lined up. The director has teamed up with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn for a remake of the British show Utopia for HBO. Fincher will direct and produce the series, the first of several projects that he will develop for the network, and Flynn has been tapped to write for the show. The show revolves around a group of people who are hardcore fans of an iconic graphic novel and discover that the author has secretly written a sequel, only to find out that the manuscript is much more than just a book. They then find themselves in the middle of a real-life thriller as some people will stop at nothing to get their hands on it. Utopia premiered in the UK last year to positive reviews, despite some concerns about the graphic violence it features, and its second season is currently in production.
Of course, the news that a beloved British series will be getting an American remake is bound to upset some fans, but the project seems to be perfect for both Fincher and HBO. Fans who are concerned that the new version of Utopia will be sanitized, robbed of much of the violence and darkness that helped characterize the series, should have nothing to worry about, as the network has never shied away from violence - as many Game of Thrones fans can attest. Audiences can still expect a show that is just as intensely dark as the original, and having Fincher on board should also help to ensure that the tone carries over.
As a filmmaker, Fincher specializes in psychological dramas and thrillers, which makes him the ideal director to tackle this project. Over the course of the show's run, the characters in Utopia find themselves in a situation where they need to outsmart and out-run each other and the people who are hunting them in order to protect the manuscripts and prevent the disastrous events depicted in them from coming true.
Fincher's most recent television show, House of Cards, is famous for having characters with shifting loyalties, who are looking to survive and thrive in the deadly world of politics, so it's clear that Fincher understands how to develop those basic ideas into a show with an engaging, addicting plot and compelling characters. However, despite the inevitable comparisons that the two series will need to endure, Utopia seems as if it will be better suited to Fincher's sensibilities as a director, and essentially, would be more of his show that House of Cards ever was.
The Fight Club and Zodiac director is an important element of that show, and his direction helped House of Cards develop into the series it has become. But despite the fact that he has been praised for his work on the program, House of Cards truly belongs to its head writer and showrunner Beau Willimon, who developed the series and oversees every detail. Willimon's work has often dealt with issues of power, and how politicians and powerful people interact with each other and manipulate the rules in order to ensure that everything will work out in their best interests. At its heart, it is a political thriller, one that examines the role that power plays not only in the American government, but also in the lives of everyday people. With the exception of Peter Russo, the show doesn't really delve into the psyche of the characters to the degree that Fincher does with his cinematic heroes and villains, but rather defines them by the actions and ambitions. And while Fincher's trademark filming style has been a big part of allowing the show to effectively convey those ideas, Willimon is the driving force behind the show, and the one whose perspective best informs it.
Utopia, on the other hand, is driven by the psychological reactions of the characters. These are people who have found themselves thrust into a situation beyond their control, and the tension and trauma that results from their new environment is just as important to the story as the plot twists and surprises. With Fincher on board, the show will be able to delve into those issues, and look at the toll that the events of the show will take on the characters, many of whom have their own secrets and agendas that they are focused on. Although the knee-jerk reaction of many Utopia fans is one of dread, having Fincher as the director and producer should be reason enough for them to have confidence in the adaptation. It is likely that many of the show's plot points or characters will change or be left out, in order to better fit the new setting, but with Fincher at the helm, the transition is likely going to result in a show that is just as addicting as the original, and just maybe, one that is better than House of Cards.
Since Utopia is better tailored to Fincher's style, there's a good chance that it will become a show that is truly his; one that not only features similar directorial style, but also deals with the themes and conflicts that have characterized his films. With so many prominent directors making the move to television, having a show that both embodies who Fincher is as a director but also tells its own, unique story is going to be an asset to both the director and the network. It will allow Utopia to stand out from many of the other dark, apocalyptic shows that are hitting the airwaves, and with one of the best directors in the business in charge, it seems almost impossible for the the show to be anything other than excellent and immensely watchable.
House of Cards has become something of a pop culture phenomenon since its premiere last year, but it has grown away from being Fincher's show into one that can stand on its own, thanks to Willimon. With Utopia, he has the chance to develop a series that is entirely his own, and one that will likely be just as profitable and revolutionary for HBO as House of Cards was for Netflix. It's always a risky business adapting a foreign series for American television, but this project is so perfectly suited to Fincher that it's worth getting excited over.
Filmmaker David Fincher is set to direct and executive produce a U.S. adaptation of British TV series Utopia. The Fight Club director is re-teaming with author Gillian Flynn - the woman behind his latest film Gone Girl - to recreate the show for American audiences.
Utopia aired in the U.K. last year (13) and stars Fiona O'Shaughnessy, Alexandra Roach and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. The second season is set to premiere later this year (14).
The American version of the show will follow the fortunes of the "die-hard fans of an iconic, underground graphic novel (who) are suddenly launched into their own pop-culture thriller when they learn that the author has secretly written a sequel," according to America's HBO network.
This isn't Fincher's first foray into U.S. TV - he is also the executive producer of Netflix political drama House of Cards.
Nine Inch Nails star Trent Reznor and his songwriting partner Atticus Ross are teaming up with director David Fincher again for his upcoming adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestseller Gone Girl. Reznor and Ross won an Oscar for their score for Fincher's The Social Network and they worked with the filmmaker again on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Gone Girl, which stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, is scheduled for release in October (14).