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Best of 2014: Cinematographer talks Desi's death scene in 'Gone Girl'

Even fans of the book were in for a surprise while watching David Fincher’s Gone Girl. They might’ve known that Desi Collings didn’t survive the story—but the scene in which Collings, played by Neil Patrick Harris, was murdered still left viewers in a state of shock.

As a refresher: Amy (Rosamund Pike) slit Desi’s throat while having sex with him, getting him to climax just before he dropped dead. Covered in his blood, she then returned to her husband claiming she’d been kidnapped the entire time she was missing.

In the book, readers didn’t watch Desi die. But after watching the film, viewers can’t forget seeing it—which is why the moment has made it into our Best of 2014 coverage. We talked with Gone Girl cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth about what it took to film Harris’s big scene.

Click here for more of’s Best of 2014 coverage.


Friday box office: everyone's going to see 'Mockingjay'

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 looks like it just had the best opening day of the year.


Box office report: 'Dumb and Dumber To' beats 'Big Hero 6'

Dumb and Dumber fans flocked to theaters for the long-awaited Dumb and Dumber To this weekend. The sequel made an estimated $38.1 million for a strong debut — one that beat out Disney’s Big Hero 6.

Audiences first met Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels’ foolish alter egos in 1994’s Dumb and Dumber, a film that grossed $127.1 million in the U.S. and became an icon of low-brow comedy. Judging by this weekend’s box office, audiences’ tastes haven’t changed too much — even despite the critics’ consensus that the 20-years-later sequel is, well, not great.

'Gone Girl' cast spills on Ben Affleck's brief nudity


One of the most talked-about moments in Gone Girl is a brief moment of nudity where, if you look closely enough, you can spot Ben Affleck’s penis. When moviegoers realized this, the Internet exploded—and the split-second shot is still being discussed a month later, even at the Hollywood Film Awards yesterday where the film won the Hollywood Film Award and Gillian Flynn took home the Hollywood Screenwriter Award. Here’s what the cast, including the man himself, and crew had to say about the now-infamous look at Affleck’s nether regions:

• Patrick Fugit, who plays Officer Jim Gilpin in the film, said the moment wasn’t discussed on set: “No. There was no talk. There was more talk about Emily’s scene where she had to take her top off. I heard more about that than Ben’s at the time. It was sort of a surprise. I saw the shower scene when the movie came out and I was like, ‘Oh wait. You almost saw his, well, I didn’t know they were doing that.'”

Flynn, author and screenwriter, joked about the true definition of full-frontal nudity, and Affleck’s commitment to his craft: “It is so quick. Maybe you see it, maybe you don’t. I laughed because there were all these things being said about his full frontal and I was like, ‘That is not the definition of full frontal, my friends.’ That was a man getting into a shower. I expect to see a lot more when people call it full frontal. I was like, ‘I wrote this book and this film and I saw the dailies and I don’t remember a full frontal.’ Maybe they went off script there. But I appreciate [Ben’s] commitment to the authenticity of a man getting into a shower. Man, you committed.”

• Emily Ratajkowski told the Los Angeles Times her thoughts on whether the moment had been discussed too much: “I think it got as much discussion as it deserved, right?”

• Ben Affleck, the man of the hour, addressed the controversy when he accepted the show’s top prize: “I want to take this opportunity to thank David for the way he treated me. In particular, we had a shower scene in the movie. And David assured me, because trust is essential with directors and actors: ‘Listen, if we tilt down we will never go far enough to see anything.’ So thank you David. And I’d like to thank you for keeping the set cool. Because if you are gonna have one chance for America to see your junk you want it to be cold. It’s a real gift.”

Click here for a full list of Friday’s winners.

-Reporting by Carrie Bell

'Dumb and Dumber To' leads Friday box office with $14.2 million

Surprising most critics, the poorly-reviewed Dumb and Dumber To is leading the weekend box office by a wide margin, earning an estimated $14.2 million Friday. According to Box Office Mojo, the film is well on its way to making more than $35 million this weekend.


Box office report: 'Big Hero 6' tops 'Interstellar'

Audiences were slightly more interested in visiting Disney’s San Fransokyo than Christopher Nolan’s outer space this weekend, as Big Hero 6 ($56.2 million) nabbed the No. 1 spot over Interstellar ($50 million).

Interstellar made its IMAX debut Nov. 5 ahead of its wide release on Nov. 7. In those first two days, the film took in $2.2 million and set the pace on Friday evening with $17 million to Big Hero 6‘s $15.8 million. But Big Hero 6 benefited from families heading to the theater on Saturday–and from those who aren’t parents heading to the theater throughout the weekend.

“It really is something that’s as appealing for an older audience as it is for a younger audience,” Dave Hollis, executive vice president of distribution at Disney, told EW. “Audience demos that we dive in and take a look at are encouraging in that big portions of our audience are the not-a-parent range.” READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Interstellar' and 'Big Hero 6' blast off

Christopher Nolan’s mysterious and cerebral blockbuster Interstellar and Big Hero 6, the latest film from Disney’s resurgent in-house animation studio, are in a tight race for the weekend box office crown. Friday’s estimates show Interstellar taking the early lead with $17 million, with Big Hero 6 close behind at $15.8 million. Interstellar got a two-day head start thanks to its arrangement for IMAX and 35mm screenings on Wednesday (which raise its total earnings to $19,151,000), but Big Hero 6 can be expected to benefit from big family business on Saturday, and it may well win the weekend.

Rounding out the top 5 and closely bunched in earnings on Friday were horror film Ouija; David Fincher’s Gone Girl; and Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler.

  1. Interstellar $17,000,000 ($19,151,000 domestic total)
  2. Big Hero 6 $15,830,000
  3. Ouija — $1,900,00 ($39,355,000 domestic total)
  4. Gone Girl — $1,860,00 ($141,188,000 domestic total)
  5. Nightcrawler — $1,695,000 ($15,940,000 domestic total

Check back tomorrow for final estimates for the three-day weekend.

Box office preview: 'Interstellar' and 'Big Hero 6' face off

Last weekend was a neck-and-neck battle at the box office between Nightcrawler and Ouija — Ouija won, but just barely—but this weekend is about to take that drama and multiply it by, oh, five or six: While Nightcrawler and Ouija each grossed in the $10 million range, this weekends openers are expected to gross at least $50 million each. The stakes are just a tad bit higher, to say the least.

That’s because this weekend’s huge openings are Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated Interstellar and Disney’s family-friendly Big Hero 6. Nolan’s films have a good history of strong opening weekends—2010’s Inception opened at #1 its first weekend with $62.8 million; 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises with $160.9 million—but they’ve also never had to compete with a Disney film that’s also debuting. And, as proven by the still-going hype over 2013’s Frozen, a Disney film isn’t weak competition. READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Ouija' nabs No. 1 spot over 'Nightcrawler' (Updated)


UPDATE: According to Sunday’s estimates, Nightcrawler was just barely in the lead with $10.91 million in weekend earnings to Ouija‘s $10.9 million. But now the actual numbers are in, and Ouija ended up grossing $10.7 million while Nightcrawler followed closely behind with $10.4 million, meaning Ouija was Halloween weekend’s box office winner.

ORIGINAL STORY: Halloween doesn’t always fall on a weekend, but when it does, it tends to hit the box office hard: People are too busy dressing up and taking their kids trick-or-treating to go to the movies. And while the weekend’s overall gross wasn’t too impressive—at $94.4 million, the box office hit its lowest since Sept. 12’s $91.1 million weekend—Ouija and Nightcrawler still managed to exceed expectations.

Nightcrawler, a thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal in a performance that many critics have deemed a career high for the actor, opened with $10.91 million. Made on a budget of $8.5 million by Open Road Films, $10.91 million is a win for Nightcrawler. “We are excited about it,” CMO of Open Road Films, Jason Cassidy, told EW. “It’s a great movie and it’s been so well reviewed. We think we’ll have a nice run on it.”

Box office preview: Jake Gyllenhaal's 'Nightcrawler' creeps into theaters

Halloween weekend is almost here, meaning one of two things: Horror fans will either flock to theaters or be too busy showing off their costumes in places more well-lit than cinemas.

Although next weekend begins the season of big movie weekends—Christopher Nolan’s much-anticipated Interstellar goes wide Nov. 7—this weekend is considerably smaller: Nightcrawler, a crime thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is the only huge new release. And it will be facing off against Ouija, another Halloween-appropriate thriller that opened last weekend and might be helped by audiences’ appetites for scares on Oct. 31.

Before I Go to Sleep, a thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, is opening in 1,900 theaters this weekend (Nightcrawler will be playing in over 2,700 places) and is estimated to have a $5 million opening. For those looking for some nostalgia, though, the original Saw is making a quick comeback to theaters for its 10-year anniversary and should make about $2.5 million—not exactly the same as its $18.3 million opening weekend in 2004, but a solid turnout for a re-release.

Here are this weekend’s predictions. READ FULL STORY

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