Rosamund Pike on Getting the Part in Gone Girl

  W Mag has a profile of Gone Girl Rosamund Pike, detailing how she got the part, and how surprised she was when she got it: Fincher suggested that they get to know each other via Skype, and Pike had to join a gym near Glasgow just to secure an Internet connection. She had...
Posted On 16 Apr 2014

Kim Masters HR Exclusive on Fincher is a tad One-Sided

The Hollywood Reporter runs its second story on David Fincher, Sony and the supposed upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, wherein a source continues to huff and puff their side of the story all the while complaining about what a diva and tyrant Fincher is because of his...
Posted On 14 Apr 2014

Richard Linklater Wins Big at SXSW for Boyhood

By Brandon Engel for AwardsDaily Filmmaker Richard Linklater’s body of work has touched upon a number of fascinating topics: everything from lucid dreaming, to speculative-fiction style dystopian projections of the future, to the subtle non-adventures of teenagers philosophizing...
Posted On 24 Mar 2014
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Christian Bale’s Name Arises for Fincher/Sorkin Steve Jobs Biopic

This story reminds me of Ben Bradlee in All the President’s Men saying “WILL SOMEONE GO ON RECORD FOR THIS STORY!?” According to an anonymously sourced exclusive, that could neither be confirmed nor denied, David Fincher’s first choice is Christian Bale...
Posted On 20 Mar 2014

The Case for Martin Scorsese

It’s difficult for many of us to be unbiased when it comes to Martin Scorsese. Very likely he could direct a remake of When Harry Met Sally and I’d think it was the greatest thing since Taxi Driver. But even given all of that bias, and all the ways I love The Wolf of Wall Street...
Posted On 24 Feb 2014

Final Lap – The Academy Awards, Race, and the Split Vote

You’ll be happy that — barring the expected catastrophe that might occur next Sunday — this is very likely my last piece on Race and the Academy, until 50 years from now when the next film written, directed and starring black people is up for Best Picture. By...
Posted On 24 Feb 2014

Steve McQueen Named Polaris Project Ambassador

Steve McQueen continues to say during Oscar campaigning (yes, I said it – at least I didn’t “on the campaign trail,” which is what it feels like during Oscar season) that slavery has not been abolished, and continues throughout the world. Polaris Project,...
Posted On 21 Feb 2014

The Unbearable Stillness of Being a Slave

(SPOILERS) Another generation had its unbearable lightness. In 12 Years a Slave, we repeatedly bear witness to an unbearable stillness. A few times, it’s a tableau of a group of slaves seen from the waist up, ostensibly awaiting instructions. Another few times, it’s a close shot...

Best Director: The Case for Steve McQueen

[The Case For is an annual series - we're starting with Best Director  this is not an advertorial] Someone on Twitter asked me recently why I so strongly believed that Best Director needed to be tied to Best Picture.  After all, she argued, they really are two separate things....
Posted On 12 Feb 2014

Meg Ryan to Make Directorial Debut

The Hollywood Reporter’s Pamela McClintock reports that “Marking her first turn directing a movie, Meg Ryan is teaming with Tom Hanks to make Ithaca, the film adaptation of William Saroyan’s classic 1943 novel The Human Comedy. In addition to directing,...
Posted On 29 Jan 2014