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Neil Patrick Harris talks about his 'sweetly creepy' role in 'Gone Girl'

Neil Patrick Harris talks about his 'sweetly creepy' role in 'Gone Girl'

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) --Neil Patrick Harris says he relished the chance to play a "sweetly creepy" character whose motives are mysterious for most of the film "Gone Girl."
Karen Butler
Denzel Washington says he passed up the lead in 'Seven'

Denzel Washington says he passed up the lead in 'Seven'

TORONTO, Sept. 29 (UPI) --Actor Denzel Washington says he passed up the lead role in "Seven" because director David Fincher's 1995 serial-killer thriller was simply too disturbing.
Karen Butler
Gillian Flynn adapts 'Gone Girl' novel for the big screen

Gillian Flynn adapts 'Gone Girl' novel for the big screen

NEW YORK, Sept. 29 (UPI) --"Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn says she lobbied for the job of adapting her novel into a screenplay, then felt anxious about the task.
Karen Butler
Ben Affleck stars in creepy new trailer for 'Gone Girl'

Ben Affleck stars in creepy new trailer for 'Gone Girl'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 (UPI) --The new, creepy trailer for "Gone Girl" follows the dark turn of events for Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) after his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing.
Annie Martin
'Fight Club' sequel will be a comic book, Chuck Palahniuk says

'Fight Club' sequel will be a comic book, Chuck Palahniuk says

PORTLAND, Ore., July 22 (UPI) --"Fight Club 2" will be published as a comic book series, and focuses on the unnamed narrator's relationship with his and wife Marla Singer's son, Junior.
Annie Martin
'Gone Girl' to have world premiere at the New York Film Festival

'Gone Girl' to have world premiere at the New York Film Festival

NEW YORK, July 17 (UPI) --David Fincher's big-screen adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel "Gone Girl" is to open the New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced.
Karen Butler
'Blurred Lines' vixen Emily Ratajkowski was handpicked by Ben Affleck for 'Gone Girl'

'Blurred Lines' vixen Emily Ratajkowski was handpicked by Ben Affleck for 'Gone Girl'

LOS ANGELES, June 24 (UPI) --Ben Affleck handpicked "Blurred Lines" video vixen Emily Ratajkowski to play his mistress in "Gone Girl" because he thought she was "incredibly divisive."
Annie Martin
Robin Wright nearly turned down 'House of Cards' part

Robin Wright nearly turned down 'House of Cards' part

NEW YORK, May 17 (UPI) --Robin Wright said she was convinced to take "House of Cards" role when director David Fincher promised to let her help create character.
Danielle Haynes
Leonardo DiCaprio, Danny Boyle in talks to participate in Steve Jobs biopic

Leonardo DiCaprio, Danny Boyle in talks to participate in Steve Jobs biopic

LOS ANGELES, April 22 (UPI) -- Leonardo DiCaprio and Danny Boyle are being eyed to respectively star and direct in an upcoming Aaron Sorkin-penned film about Steve Jobs' life.
Veronica Linares
Here's the first trailer for David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

Here's the first trailer for David Fincher's 'Gone Girl'

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (UPI) -- Ben Affleck plays a man whose wife has disappeared.
Kate Stanton
David Fincher to potentially direct new Steve Jobs film

David Fincher to potentially direct new Steve Jobs film

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Sony Pictures will consider David Fincher to serve as director for their new film about Steve Jobs.
Annie Martin
Frears, Mamet, Soderbergh, Fincher up for DGA Awards

Frears, Mamet, Soderbergh, Fincher up for DGA Awards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Stephen Frears, David Mamet and Nelson McCormick were nominated Thursday for the Directors Guild of America Award for Best TV Movie or Miniseries.
Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry join 'Gone Girl' ensemble

Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry join 'Gone Girl' ensemble

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Fugit and Carrie Coon have landed roles in Hollywood's film adaptation of the novel "Gone Girl," TheWrap.com reported.
Sacha Baron Cohen won't play Freddie Mercury as planned

Sacha Baron Cohen won't play Freddie Mercury as planned

LONDON, July 24 (UPI) -- British actor Sacha Baron Cohen has dropped out of the forthcoming Freddie Mercury bio-picture because of creative differences, Deadline.com reported.
Netflix to stream Spacey, Wright series

Netflix to stream Spacey, Wright series

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Netflix says its Washington-set political drama "House of Cards," starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, will begin streaming online Feb. 1.
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David Fincher arrives on the red carpet during the 25th annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles on February 13, 2011. UPI/David Silpa
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David Andrew Leo Fincher (born August 28, 1962) is an American film director and music video director. Known for his dark and stylish thrillers, such as Seven (1995), The Game (1997), Fight Club (1999), Panic Room (2002), and Zodiac (2007), Fincher received Academy Award nominations for Best Director for his 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and his 2010 film The Social Network, which also won him the Golden Globe and the BAFTA for Best Director.

Fincher was born on August 28, 1962 in Denver, Colorado, the son of Claire Mae (née Boettcher), a mental health nurse who worked in drug addiction programs, and Howard Kelly Fincher, who worked as a bureau chief for Life under the name Jack Fincher. When Fincher was two years old, the family moved to San Anselmo in Marin County, California. Fincher moved to Ashland, Oregon in his teens, where he graduated from Ashland High School. Inspired by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Fincher began making movies at age eight with an 8 mm camera. Fincher eschewed the film school route, getting a job loading cameras and doing other hands-on work for John Korty’s Korty Films. He was later hired by Industrial Light & Magic in 1980, where he worked on productions for Twice Upon a Time, Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. In 1984, he left ILM to direct a commercial for the American Cancer Society, that would show a fetus smoking a cigarette. This quickly brought Fincher to the attention of producers in Los Angeles and he was given the chance to direct the documentary The Beat of the Live Drum featuring Rick Springfield in 1985. Though he would continue to direct spots for companies like Revlon, Converse, Nike, Pepsi, Sony, and Levi's, Fincher soon discovered music videos and went on to direct many promos.

Set on a directing career, Fincher joined video-production company Propaganda Films and started off directing music videos and commercials. Like Fincher, other directors such as Meiert Avis, David Kellogg, Michael Bay, Antoine Fuqua, Neil LaBute, Spike Jonze, Mark Romanek, Michel Gondry, Paul Rachman, Zack Snyder, Gore Verbinski, and Alex Proyas honed their talents at Propaganda Films before moving on to feature films.

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