News Nuggets: Haunting ‘Gone Girl’ trailer might finally be David Fincher’s ticket to an Oscar?

Four new posters and a trailer are released to offer clues to the fall release of the highly anticipated film “Gone Girl.” The teaser of the David Fincher movie includes haunting voiceovers, sepia-toned lighting, and mood music from Oscar winner Trent Reznor. Opening October 3, it is based on the popular Gillian Flynn novel and stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Casey Wilson, and Patrick Fugit. Fincher has been a bridesmaid so far at the Oscars, so will this be finally be his chance to win the top prize? Huffington Post.

The holiday box office weekend offers up a “serious collapse” and suffers one of the biggest drops of the year. The Top 10 films grossed just $113 million, which was $107 million less than last year for the same timeframe. The Michael Bay sequel “Transformers: Age of Extinction” remained in the top spot with $36.4 million. The new Melissa McCarthy movie “Tammy” debuted in second place with $21.1 million. The film “Deliver Us From Evil” started out in third with $9.5 million. Thompson on Hollywood.

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Tim Molloy asks his five most pressing questions he wants answered at the upcoming TV Critics (TCA) press tour. He wants to know who will lead Fox after the departure of Kevin Reilly. Who will star in “True Detective” for a second season after the departure of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson? What is the future of ratings? Will the Tony-winning play “All the Way” with Bryan Cranston be coming to HBO? Will many of this year’s Emmy nominees be on stage for their network presentations? The Wrap.

Actor Don Cheadle makes his feature film directorial debut with the crowdfunded biopic of legendary jazz man Miles Davis. A new Q&A with Cheadle and exclusive look at “Miles Ahead” shows Davis in the period leading up to his 1969 fusion recording “In a Silent Way.” It followed a five-year hiatus called his “silent period.” After being in development for over 10 years, the film begins shooting this week in Cincinnati and also stars Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Emayatzy Corinealdi. Entertainment Weekly.

Pete Hammond wonders if new Oscar rules regarding documentaries might mean that “smaller, more serious films” are being pushed out of the race. Stiff new regulations now require that a seven-day qualifying run must include a minimum of four shows per day with at least one of them in prime time. He says that it “reinforces the idea that these Oscar-qualifying films are indeed theatrical experiences, something the Academy has always been rightfully concerned about emphasizing.” Movies from mostly unknown filmmakers or with limited budgets may find themselves disadvantaged with no ability to meet these requirements. Deadline.

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The 25 best-selling books of this year’s first half are mostly novels. Half are geared towards teens and/or children. The top 10 includes: “The Fault in Our Stars” (John Green), “Divergent” (Veronica Roth), “Insurgent” (Roth), “Allegiant” (Roth), “The Goldfinch” (Donna Tartt), “Heaven is for Real” (Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent), “The Book Thief” (Markus Zusak), “Lone Survivor” (Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson), “Gone Girl” (Gillian Flynn), and “The Husband’s Secret” (Liane Moriarty). USA Today.

EGOT champ Mike Nichols will be interviewed for an upcoming HBO special. The Emmy-Grammy-Oscar-Tony winner will be hosted by director Jack O’Brien on July 11 at Broadway’s John Golden Theatre. It will be a one-on-one conversation for a live audience in which Nichols will discuss his life and career. He has also been honored by the American Film Institute and the Kennedy Center Honors. Playbill.

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