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'Gone Girl' to open New York Film Festival

Gone Girl, David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling mystery thriller, will open the 52nd New York Film Festival, as first reported by Variety.

The movie stars Ben Affleck as a man who may have killed his missing wife (Rosamund Pike) after they retreat to his hometown in Missouri, following professional setbacks in New York City. Former EW TV critic Flynn wrote the screenplay, and the cast also includes Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Patrick Fugit, and Casey Wilson. READ FULL STORY

Ben Affleck fights for his innocence in the first official 'Gone Girl' trailer -- VIDEO

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The beautiful, brilliant, and “amazing” Amy Elliott Dunne is gone and all accusatory eyes are laser-focused on her too-handsome husband, Nick. It’s a cruel but inevitable outcome when your wife happens to go missing on your fifth wedding anniversary.

In Gone Girl, we’re left to put together the intricate pieces of the mysterious disappearance. Is Amy (Rosamund Pike) dead? Is Nick (Ben Affleck) innocent? Is it that simple? Or is it pointless to speculate since we already know that author Gillian Flynn tossed out her own third act for something completely new?

The first official trailer doesn’t tell us much (would we even want it to?). But, no one creates a thick cloud of anxiety quite like David Fincher.

Check it out after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'Gone Girl': Watch the first footage -- VIDEO

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Yes, it’s the whole teaser-for-a-teaser thing! Entertainment Tonight will premiere the first Gone Girl trailer next week, and the sneak peek posted online Friday features the very first footage to hit the Web.

In the 19-second promo, we hear Ben Affleck’s Nick Dunne say some pretty powerful lines (“I did not kill my wife. I am not a murderer”) and witness a physical confrontation between Dunne and his not-yet-gone wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike).

Check it out below, and catch the full trailer on Monday’s ET. READ FULL STORY

Ben Affleck on what to expect from David Fincher's 'Gone Girl' -- EXCLUSIVE

As a director, Ben Affleck is three-for-three, a perfect batting average that includes Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and a Best Picture Oscar for his last film, Argo. But he’s not above picking up pointers from his own directors. To that end, Affleck is in the midst of what might be considered a Ph.D. filmmaking class on the set of Gone Girl, David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel about a woman who goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary. “I truly kind of show up with a notepad,” says Affleck, who plays Nick Dunne, the husband who is suspected of his wife’s murder. “He’s the only director I’ve worked with who I felt like could do everyone else’s job as well, if not better, than they could; who is able to articulate exactly what he was thinking; and who understands the technical side of the work as much as the creative side, which is to say, a lot. I’ve learned more from David in a day or two than I have most movies I’ve spent 80 days on.” READ FULL STORY

'Gone Girl': Rosamund Pike offered lead role

Rosamund Pike, the former Bond Girl who recently starred in Jack Reacher opposite Tom Cruise, has been offered the starring role in David Fincher’s adaptation of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s best-selling thriller about a young wife who goes missing on her fifth anniversary. Sources close to the production confirmed the offer, and the Hollywood Reporter, which initially reported the news, claimed that Pike had won the role over several bigger-name actresses, including Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, and Emily Blunt.

Ben Affleck has already been cast as the cheating husband who is immediately suspected when his wife disappears without a trace. Reese Witherspoon optioned the novel in 2012 and is producing the film.

Casting Net: Jerry O'Connell joins 'Veronica Mars' movie; Plus, 'Gone Girl' still trying to find its girl, more

There’s a new Lamb brother in town. Jerry O’Connell (Burning Love) has joined the cast of the Veronica Mars movie as Dan Lamb, Sheriff Don’s (Michael Muhney) brother. In the Kickstarter update announcing the news, creator and director Rob Thomas traced his interest in O’Connell back to the movie Pirahna. “The performance in that movie that I couldn’t get over was Jerry O’Connell’s take on an amoral, coked up and soon-to-be penis-less smut peddler. I just kept wanting to get back to scenes of Jerry chewing scenery.” O’Connell even recorded a video for fans on the shoot. Welcome to Neptune, Sheriff Dan.
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Casting Net: Amanda Seyfried in talks to join Noah Baumbach film; Plus, Gael Garcia Bernal to star in Jon Stewart film

• Amanda Seyfried may have started out playing teenage bombshells, but she’s defied the trap of typecasting and translated those beginnings into an interesting and diverse career including the high-profile Les Miserables and the upcoming porn-star biopic Lovelace. Now, she’s in talk to join director Noah Baumbach’s (Frances Ha) next project While We’re Young,  alongside Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts (The Impossible), and Adam Driver (Girls). Seyfried would play Driver’s partner in the film, about an older couple who befriends a younger, more free-spirited duo.  [The Wrap]

• Jon Stewart has cast Gael Garcia Bernal (No) as the lead in Rosewater, the comedian’s directorial debut, based on Maziar Bahari’s memoir Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Capacity, and Survival. The film will tell the story of a journalist (Bernal) assigned to cover the Iranian Presidential elections who ends up in captivity for 118 days. Stewart co-wrote the script with author Aimee Molloy, who co-authored the book with Bahari. [The Wrap]
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Casting Net: George Clooney teaming with Paul Greengrass. Plus: Daniel Bruhl, Guy Pearce, Rosamund Pike

George Clooney is attached to star in and produce an untitled crime film written by Argo scribe Chris Terrio. Filmmaker Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy) is attached to direct and produce, along with Clooney’s producing partner Grant Heslov. And that’s all we got for this one, folks — the details of the script remain top secret. Probably not a sci-fi adventure set in the Persian desert, though. [Variety]

• Inglourious Basterds‘ Daniel Brühl is logging onto the untitled Wikileaks movie as Daniel Domscheit-Berg (gesundheit!), the man who helped Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch — i.e. Benny Batch) build his site for clandestine government secrets. James McAvoy had been in talks for the role, but they fell through. Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) is directing the film from a script by Fringe writer Josh Singer, based on Domscheit-Berg’s book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website and Luke Harding and David Leigh’s book, WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War On Secrecy. [THR]

• Guy PearceRosamund Pike (Wrath of the Titans) and Bryan Brown (Australia) have boarded the Aussie production The Art of the Engine Driver, a period drama based on Steven Carroll’s novel about a New Year’s Eve party that goes sour. Mark Joffe (The MatchMaker) is directing from a script by Australian TV writer Matt Cameron. [Deadline]

• Mark Indelicato (Justin on Ugly Betty) has joined the ensemble cast of White Bird, a drama about a woman (Shailene Woodley) coping with the sudden disappearance of her mother. Christopher MeloniGabourey Sidibe, Eva Green, and Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) costar. Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin) is directing from his script. [Variety]

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Casting Net: Bruce Willis aiming to play CIA agent in 'American Assassin.' Plus: Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Christopher Plummer

• Chris Evans will try to woo Michelle Monaghan in the oddball romantic comedy A Many Splintered Thing. The meet-cute premise: Evans (who is also exec producing) masquerades as a well-heeled benefactor at a charity event, and falls for Monaghan, already engaged to another man. Commercial director Justin Reardon will helm the film from a Black List script by Christ Shafer and Paul Vicknair. [Deadline]

Christopher Plummer and Rosamund Pike (Wrath of the Titans) have joined Hector and the Search for Happiness, an adaptation of the François Lelord novel about the titular psychiatrist (Simon Pegg) and, well, his search for happiness. Pike will play the love interest; Plummer will play a professor in Happiness Studies. Peter Chelsom (SerendipityShall We Dance) will direct from a script he co-wrote with Tinker Lindsay. [Variety]

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