Contender Countdown: Should the Best Picture frontrunners fear 'American Sniper?'

Contender Countdown: Should the Best Picture frontrunners fear 'American Sniper?'

Don't discount 'Gone Girl' yet

If it's mid October that means a number of expected Best Picture contenders are increasingly becoming questionable players. Guess things are getting serious, huh?

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Jeremy Renner doesn't need to justify being in 'The Avengers' franchise or 'M:I-5'

Jeremy Renner doesn't need to justify being in 'The Avengers' franchise or 'M:I-5'

Whether its a superhero or 'Kill The Messenger' he chooses what he's passionate about

The film has gone a bit under the radar, but Michael Cuesta's "Kill the Messenger" deserves your attention this weekend. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), the film chronicles how the San Jose Mercury News beat writer discovered that the CIA was knowingly funding drug smuggling into the United States during the 1980s. It's not an exaggeration to say breaking the story destroyed his life.

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Trent Reznor wanted his 'Gone Girl' score to sound artificially insincere

Trent Reznor wanted his 'Gone Girl' score to sound artificially insincere

Plus: Oscar winner humbly recounts his history with Fincher

NEW YORK — Trent Reznor might still be slightly uncomfortable with this whole movie composer thing. Even after earning an Academy Award and a Grammy Award with Atticus Ross for their "Social Network" and "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" scores, respectively, it's clear this was not a career path he imagined transitioning into. The 49-year-old musician best known as the face of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails has David Fincher to thank for this unexpected bounty and now Reznor and Ross have re-teamed with the iconic director for his latest critically acclaimed thriller, "Gone Girl."

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Best and Worst of David FIncher's 'Gone Girl': Ben Affleck, Tyler Perry, Trent Reznor

Best and Worst of David FIncher's 'Gone Girl': Ben Affleck, Tyler Perry, Trent Reznor

Warning: Spoilers ahead

David Fincher's "Gone Girl" came from behind to win the box office this weekend over the "Conjuring" prequel "Annabelle." Critics have predominantly given it a thumbs up and individually praised the performances of Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck and, yes, even Tyler Perry.

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'Gone Girl's' Rosamund Pike and Gillian Flynn think we all know an Amazing Amy

'Gone Girl's' Rosamund Pike and Gillian Flynn think we all know an Amazing Amy

Pike is finally having her moment

NEW YORK — The spotlight is finally on Rosamund Pike.

The 35-year-old actress first came to moviegoers' attention 12 years ago when she played a double agent in "Die Another Day." She then alternated between independent films like "Pride & Prejudice," "Barney's Version" and "Made in Dagenham," as well as studio flicks such "Doom," "Surrogates," "Wrath of the Titans" and even opposite Tom Cruise in "Jack Reacher." The biggest media spotlight she'd received was for her supporting role in "An Education," but if you were introduced to her at a party you probably wouldn't know where you recognized her from (or that she was even a movie "star"). That will all change with David Fincher's "Gone Girl."

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Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry rave about 'actor's director' David Fincher

Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry rave about 'actor's director' David Fincher

Who knew this movie might be so funny?

NEW YORK — Now this is an unexpected trio to interview at one time: Emmy winner and top awards show host Neil Patrick Harris, veteran character actress Kim Dickens ("Treme," "Deadwood") and the man who is his own category, Tyler Perry. The three had converged — well, let's be honest, 20th Century Fox put them in a room together — to discuss their critically acclaimed new film "Gone Girl."

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No joke: Christian Bale watched Monty Python's 'Life of Brian' before playing Moses

No joke: Christian Bale watched Monty Python's 'Life of Brian' before playing Moses

Can you guess which Mel Brooks movie he watched right after?

Ladies and gentleman, Ridley Scott has returned to the world of antiquity and it ain't "Gladiator" or "Kingdom of Heaven."

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Ben Affleck and Carrie Coon on keeping 'Gone Girl' and 'The Leftovers' secrets

Ben Affleck and Carrie Coon on keeping 'Gone Girl' and 'The Leftovers' secrets

Plus: Who knew David Fincher was such a lovely guy?

NEW YORK — Secrets are big business in Hollywood. Letting spoilers get out about your upcoming movie or a TV series can impact whether people actually watch and/or diminish interest in buying tickets. So it's no surprise that even with movies based on popular novels like "Gone Girl," where all the secrets can easily be found in print, everyone involved is trying to keep things quiet. Even if the film's plot might not be that different than the book.

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Rosamund Pike says Ben Affleck became Batman before her eyes during 'Gone Girl'

Rosamund Pike says Ben Affleck became Batman before her eyes during 'Gone Girl'

'Argo' Oscar winner talks about learning from David Fincher

NEW YORK — David Fincher's "Gone Girl" had a triumphant debut at the 2014 New York Film Festival Friday night and the acclaimed filmmaker and his cast spent a good 30 minutes after the official press screening taking questions from the media the movie so deliciously skewers. Entertainment reporters may not be at the level of a Nancy Grace, but they will still spin what they can from a pull quote, including anything that relates to the fact that none other than the new Batman, Ben Affleck, was on stage. And, yes, even his co-stars wouldn't let him forget it.

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'Pride' and 'Warcraft' have put Ben Schnetzer on the verge of breaking out

'Pride' and 'Warcraft' have put Ben Schnetzer on the verge of breaking out

You don't know his name now, but you will

TORONTO — You likely have no idea who Ben Schnetzer is. Even if you're one of the few moviegoers who saw the WWII drama "The Book Thief" in theaters last year you wouldn't know the name. You'd remember his performance as Max, the young Jewish man who hides in the family's basement, but you'd find yourself scratching your head as to who actually played him. Since finishing "Thief," the 24-year-old has shot three other movies: "The Riot Club," "Pride" and Duncan Jones' big screen adaptation of the classic video game "Warcraft." Each project finds him playing widely different roles, but if you're looking for a true sign of his talent you must see his performance in the new drama "Pride."

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