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David Fincher Shares His Thoughts on the Concept of ‘Auteur’ Filmmaking

“Auteur filmmaking”- a term used to describe movies which are the product of the sole vision of their director- has been used to describe the process and works of such masters of cinema as Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Martin Scorsese since the concept originated in France in the 1940s. The term “auteur” has since been reserved for directors whose approach is so signature and iconic that their works would simply be altogether different had they been directed by anyone else. While the “single-vision” concept has resulted in some of the greatest films of all time, the approach has since taken a back seat to the contemporary “filmmaking by committee” style employed by many major studios (which is why most of the Marvel superhero movies- with some notable exceptions, such as Guardians of the Galaxy– have mostly been directed by newcomers or hired guns with experience in completely different genres, yet they all have the same unmistakable market-tested sense of humor and mind-numbingly unimportant finales). Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that the auteur style is dead entirely. Some contemporary expert directors are currently turning in their best work, and any student of film knows them by name: Denis Villeneuve, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and David Fincher. read more

Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails Release Cover of John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ Theme Song

Outside of Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are known for their incredible musical scores for films such as The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo and Before the Flood. The academy award winning duo have recently turned their attention to the 1978 classic, Halloween, to celebrate the upcoming release of John Carpenter’s LP, Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998. The album will feature new recordings by Carpenter of his most famous movie themes during his most prolific period of directing and scoring his own films. To raise awareness of the upcoming release, Reznor and Ross have released a track to the web entitled “John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross Version” The track runs nearly eight minutes long, and it contains all of the classic musical trademarks of the original recording along with new signature musical twists which are consistent with Reznor’s and Ross’ work. read more

Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web to Debut in Theaters October 2018

We learned in November, 2017 that Fede Alvarez, director of Don’t Breathe and the Evil Dead remake, would be directing The Girl in the Spider’s Web for Sony Pictures after the studio and talent elected not to continue the series started by David Fincher, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in 2011. We still don’t know who will portray Lisbeth Salander this time around, but we do have a release date! The Girl in the Spider’s Web will hit theaters on October 5th, 2018.

Variety reports that the date was unveiled on Monday at the London Book Fair, and that actresses Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman are both interested in the role of Lisbeth. Johansson was in the running the first time around, but Fincher ultimately choose relative newcomer Rooney Mara for the coveted role. Alvarez had this to say about this development: read more

Don’t Breathe Director, Fede Alvarez, May Direct Sony’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Followup

Variety has reported that Sony Pictures may be close to selecting Fede Alvarez, director of the Evil Dead remake and Don’t Breathe, to direct its followup to 2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The film will reportedly be based on the novel, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Based on the tremendous critical and financial success of the grisly Don’t Breathe, it isn’t surprising that Alvarez would be a top contender for taking a crack at this notoriously dark and intense series. read more