Monday, February 26, 2007

Link Dump!

The real Robert Graysmith

Thanks to you loyal Zodiac readers we have plenty to keep us busy till the movie opens in a couple of days (by the way does anyone know if there is going to be a big glitzy Hollywood premier)?

We have two brand spanking new interivews with Mark Ruffalo and Chloe Sevigny (yes she is still in the film). Expect a whole truck load of interviews to be coming over the next few days and I'll try to keep up to date with all of them but if it's just a rehash of what we've heard before then there's no need for either of us to waste our times reading! CHUD interview Mark Ruffalo as those Dark Horizons - Mark's a very busy man!

"Gould" was kind enough to scan an Esquire interview with Fincher. Just scroll down to the third post on the page and right click Save Target As - the PDF file is nearly 6 megabytes but well worth it! Probably one of the best pieces I have read on Fincher yet - and perfect for newcommers who want to learn more about the director.

Also as a few of the bloggers have pointed out the latest episode of Americas Most Wanted featured a piece on the Zodiac killer. So if you need to brush on the case history before seeing the movie I suggest you download this. Link 1 & link 2 - hurry these won't last long! If anyone finds this show on YouTube or can upload please tell me!
Check out Jake on the Letterman show below!

Coming soon on the blog - final box office analysis and predictions!!
UPDATE - Thanks to the anon blogger who posted the link to the Benjamin Button page - never fear Fincher fans - once Zodiac is over my full attention is going to the BB movie - check out my page below - it's gonna get a big makeover soon!

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Jake vs Fincher

OK we have all read the NY times article where the star and director of the movie go into a verbal slanging match. For those of you who haven't below is a sample.

Jake on Fincher's new digital film - making techniques:

“David knows what he wants, and he’s very clear about what he wants, and he’s very, very, very smart. But sometimes we’d do a lot of takes, and he’d turn, and he would say, because he had a computer there” — the movie was shot digitally —'Delete the last 10 takes.’ And as an actor that’s very hard to hear.”
“What’s so wonderful about movies is, you get your shot,” he said. “They even call it a shot. The stakes are high. You get your chance to prove what you can do. You get a take, 5 takes, 10 takes. Some places, 90 takes. But there is a stopping point. There’s a point at which you go, ‘That’s what we have to work with.’ But we would reshoot things. So there came a point where I would say, well, what do I do? Where’s the risk?”

Fincher was “totally shocked” by Mr. Gyllenhaal’s remark about reshoots.

And you the fans reaction? Does Jake have a point or does Fincher as the director have the ultimate say in what goes on the screen?
UPDATE - Thanks again to everyone for pointing out this EW article which finally explains why this movie took so long to make! According to Fincher there was lots left on the cutting room floor:

"We had to lose a lot of connective tissue and a lot of little character moments," he says with a sigh. Among the victims: Robert Downey Jr., as a boozy San Francisco reporter, lost three scenes, including "a great one of him sleeping in his car," according to Fincher. Watch for it on DVD."

Looks like another must have DVD for your collection!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Zodiac Review Post!

Under this post I'll collect every link to every Zodiac review I can get my hands on to make things easier for you guys. You can find this link under then Links banner for future reference.
*Thanks for the links guys!*

Rotten Tomatoes - 86


Saturday, February 17, 2007

Zodiac marketing - fnally!

It has finally begun! Let's hope its not too late and the movie makes a killing at the BO. I have noticed little Zodiac ads all over the Internte - like on the ESPN website. But first up we have an interview with star Jake Gyllenhaal. Check out the video for yourself.

On the musical side Judy has given us a heads up on the movie's soundtrack which has a pretty interesting MySpace where you can preview some of the tracks. Now correct me if I'm wrong but is this the first time Fincher is using a contemporary pop soundtrack for one of his films?

I know I've been critical of the movie's marketing before but this seems like a cool approach. Wanted ads for the movie - seems interesting. The problem with these ads is that they are placed where very few people can see them. They should be in newspapers and the movies title and release date should be a hell of alot clearer. I've been thinking about this for a while and I also believe another interesting approach would be to publish some of the letters the Zodiac killer wrote and have them featured in Internet and newspaper ads!

Tell me what you've seen of the Zodiac marketing so far and what you think of it!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Mini Fincher Interview

How lucky is this guy? Miami Herald movie critic Rene Rodriguez spoke to director David Fincher over the phone and here are a few excerpts from the interview:

"I don’t think anybody made this movie in spite of their instincts," Fincher said. "I think they made it because of their instincts. People spent [money] to make this movie because they believed in the story, because it's a gripping yarn and because they believed there was something at the end of it. Although I’m sure there’s a lot of people who would have rather seen it at two hours and seven minutes."

UPDATE - Big thanks again to David for pointing out this massive and real insightful Fincher interview!

Also Phoenix Pictures senior vide president of productions, Brad Fischer says this about Fincher's meticolous research for the film:

"He [Fincher] said, 'What I'd like to do is go out and talk to all these people who are still alive — the cops, the journalists — and figure out he
chronology of events.' We did about a year of research with Fincher because of his desire for authenticity," Fischer says. "We visited all the murder sites, met with everyone involved, including Robert Graysmith. It was a long and arduous process, and a fascinating process".

Monday, February 12, 2007

Zodiac clips

Overload! If you are afraid of spoilers I suggest you turn away, but if you are itching all over and you just can't wait to see what Fincher has in store for us you must click on the link below immediately! Enjoy!

Friday, February 09, 2007

Review and box office

I'm expecting 100's of these to pop up in the next couple of weeks. Find a quick blog review here. The review got me thinking on a couple of issues that I'll pose to the readers - audience reaction and box office revenue.
UPDATE - Thanks to regular readers David and Iggy Romero for pointing out Jeffrey Wells amazing review. March 2 can't come soon enough!

Now with the exception of Alien 3 Fincher's previous movies have all been loved by audiences. Two in particular have developed a beyond cult obsession - Se7en & Fight Club and are part of the reasons why the DVD market is so huge right now. Looking at the Rotten Tomatoes ratings for Fincher's films confirms this.
Alien 3 - 33%
Se7en - 84%
The Game - 76%
Fight Club - 81%
Panic Room - 77%
So that confirms - when Fincher makes a movie it is well received by an audience, but how big is that audience. We turn to the excellent Box Office Mojo for the figures. Please note all money is in $USD.
Alien 3 - US - $55,473,545, Int - $104,300,000, Total - $159,773,545
Se7en - US - $100,125,643, Int - $227,186,216, Total - $327,311,859
The Game - US - $48,323,648, Int - $61,100,000 , Total - $109,423,648
Fight Club - US - $37,030,102, Int - $63,823,651, Total - $100,853,753
Panic Room - US - $96,397,334, Int - $100,000,081, Total - $196,397,415
Average: US - $67,470,054, Intl - $92,507,989, Total - $178,752,044
As you can see with the exception of Se7en Fincher's films have done blockbuster money. In fact Fight Club was a flop at the time of its release and only made its budget back thanks to its stellar DVD performance. Which leads me to the purpose of this post. What are you the fans predicting Zodiac's box office to be? Now we would all want this to be a runaway success like the Spider-Man or Shrek series but I want your honest opinion. We don't know in how many theatres the movie will open we can speculate. Give me your prediction for opening weekend, US total and international total!

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