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    The First 'Inherent Vice' Trailer Is Finally Upon Us (VIDEO)

    The first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice" has finally been unleashed to the world, and it's nothing short of amazing.

    With an all-star cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, and Benicio Del Toro, the Thomas Pynchon adaptation feels alive with humor, weirdness, and the perfect amount of cool. In fact, one could call it whimsical. Sort of.

    "Inherent Vice" hits theaters December 12, 2014.

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    What to Watch This Week: 'Chef,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'In A World...'

    ChefAt a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

    New on DVD and Blu-ray

    "Chef"
    Jon Favreau wrote and directed this delicious comedy about a chef named Carl Casper, who quits the biz to start a food truck with help from fellow chef Martin (John Leguizamo) and Carl's son Percy. Sofía Vergara plays Carl's ex-wife, with Dustin Hoffman as Carl's former boss, Scarlett Johansson as the hostess of the restaurant, and Oliver Platt as a food critic whose mean tweets kicked off this whole business.

    "The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology"
    This Blu-ray box set includes both the theatrical version and the extended director's cut of "The Exorcist," "Exorcist II: The Heretic," "The Exorcist III," and the two prequels, "Exorcist: The Beginning" and "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist." Although this set doesn't boast a whole lot of extras, it's the only way to snag "Dominion" on Blu if you're a completist. The entire set is actually cheaper than the "Exorcist" Blu-ray released in 2010, and this is the first time four of these are even on Blu-ray, so hey, why not?

    "The Pretty One"
    Zoe Kazan stars as identical twins with very different lives. Laurel is sweet but childish; she lives at home with their dad and wears the old clothes of their dead mother. She's in love with the boy she used to babysit, and spends her days taking care of their dad. Audrey lives her own life in a different city, with a real job and a boyfriend and cool clothes; she's "the pretty one" of the two sisters, even though they're genetically identical. A terrible accident gives Laurel the chance to experience life as the pretty one, but can she keep up the ruse? Jake Johnson co-stars as Laurel/Audrey's next-door neighbor in this darling indie from writer/director Jenée LaMarque.



    TV Worth Watching

    "Gracepoint" (Fox, Thursday at 9 p.m. EST)
    It's not clear why there's an American adaptation of the excellent BBC drama "Broadchurch," but we'll take it. David Tennant reprises his role as the lead detective in a murder investigation, joined by Anna Gunn as his partner.

    "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, Saturday at 11:29 p.m. EST)
    Sarah Silverman is hosting! Don't worry, you can mute Maroon 5 if you really want to.

    "The Vampire Diaries" (The CW, Thursday at 8 p.m. EST)
    It's the premiere of the sixth season! The Other Side has gone bye-bye, the doppelganger nonsense is dunzo, and now we've got to figure out what the future holds for Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham). We're also anticipating some new characters, like a mysterious and possibly psycho new villain (Chris Wood).

    New on Netflix

    "The Double"

    Jesse Eisenberg does double duty as nerdy Simon James and his suave, shifty doppelganger James Simon (without a green screen!) in Richard Ayoade's quirky adaptation of the Dostoyevsky novella. Mia Wasikowska appears as Hannah, the fiery love interest of Simon and James, alongside a motley crew of fabulous actors like Wallace Shawn and Noah Taylor. Beautiful, weird, and highly literary, with a cool Japanese pop soundtrack.

    "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa: Unrated Version"
    If you didn't get nearly enough of Irving Zisman (Johnny Knoxville) and his dangly bits, well, you're in for a treat. If you dig the "Jackass" crew, then you know what to expect. And if you don't, well, buyer (or renter) beware!

    "The Walking Dead" (Season 4)
    It's never too late to catch up on the gory trials and tribulations of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and the folks he meets trying to stay alive among all the flesh-eating walkers, diseases, and baddies (like the Governor) shambling around this AMC drama.


    New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only

    "Broad City" (Amazon Prime)

    This Comedy Central sitcom is finally available on Amazon Prime. (Shout out to everyone who tried to watch it on the Comedy Central site and struggled through endless ads!) It actually became available last week, but it's so ridiculously good that you can't afford to miss it. Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer star as best friends who love pot, sex, and being slackers. Amy Poehler is an executive producer!

    "Hellion" (iTunes)
    This gritty indie from IFC is about a motocross-obsessed 13-year-old named Jacob (Josh Wiggins) who's in and out of trouble, but mostly in it. Aaron Paul co-stars as his drifting, freshly widowed dad, with Juliette Lewis offering some support as a concerned aunt who's given custody of Jacob's little brother Wes (Deke Garner). Austenite Kat Candler wrote and directed this coming-of-age story.

    "In A World..." (Amazon Prime)
    Lake Bell does triple duty as writer, director, and star of this witty indie about a voice coach named Carol who's struggling to get into the male-dominated voice-over acting biz. Her competitors include her successful and selfish dad (Fred Melamed) and a gross chauvinist named Gustav (Ken Marino). The excellent ensemble cast includes Demetri Martin, Michaela Watkins , Tig Notaro, Rob Corddry, and lots of other cool people.

    Fall 2014 TV Guide: October Premiere and Finale Dates

    Filed under: TV

    October is officially upon us, and we're in for an entire new slew of television premieres –– not to mention a few finales. This month is packed with returning favorites and a crop of freshman shows that are poised to be hits ("The Affair," anyone?) and Moviefone's rounded up a day-by-day schedule so you can prepare in advance for a major TV binge. Check out what's on October's docket right here –– and pssst brand new shows are in bold, plus we included a few must-watch previews!

    OCTOBER 1
    9/8c Criminal Minds (CBS)
    10/9c Stalker (CBS)
    10/9c The Bridge FINALE (FX)
    11/10c Death Valley (CMT)
    11/10c Girl Code (MTV)

    OCTOBER 2
    8/7c The Vampire Diaries (CW)
    9/8c Bad Judge (NBC)
    9/8c Gracepoint (Fox)
    9/8c Reign (CW)
    9:30/8:30c A To Z (NBC)

    OCTOBER 3
    8/7c Last Man Standing (ABC)
    8/7c On The Menu (TNT)
    10/9c Kendra on Top (WE)

    OCTOBER 4
    9/8c Survivor's Remorse (Starz)

    OCTOBER 5
    7/6c America's Funniest Home Videos (ABC)
    7:30/6:30c Bob's Burgers (Fox)
    9/8c Homeland (Showtime)
    9/8c Manzo'd with Children (BRAVO)
    9:30/8:30c Mulaney (Fox)
    9/8c Inspector Lewis (PBS)
    10/9c Tethered (DISCOVERY)

    OCTOBER 6
    8/7c The Originals (CW)
    10/9c Are You the One (MTV)

    OCTOBER 7
    8/7c The Flash (CW)
    9/8c Supernatural (CW)
    8/7c Bad Girls Club: Redemption (OXYGEN)
    9/8c Nail'd It (OXYGEN)
    10/9c The People's Couch (BRAVO)
    10/9c Preaching Alabama (TLC)
    10/9c Town of the Living Dead (SYFY)

    OCTOBER 8
    8/7c Arrow (CW)
    9/8c Kingdom (DirecTV)
    9/8c Ghost Hunters (SYFY)
    10/9c American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

    OCTOBER 10
    8:30/7:30c Cristela (ABC)
    9/8c Say Yes to the Dress (TLC)
    10/9c Something Borrowed, Something New (TLC)

    OCTOBER 12
    9/8c The Walking Dead (AMC)
    10/9c The Affair (Showtime)
    12/11c Comic Book Men (AMC)
    10/9c Talking Dead (AMC)
    10/9c The Strain FINALE (FX)

    OCTOBER 13
    9/8c Jane The Virgin (CW)
    9/8c Shahs of Sunset (BRAVO)
    9/8c Star Wars Rebels (DisneyXD)

    OCTOBER 14
    9/8c Marry Me (NBC)
    9:30/8:30c About a Boy (NBC)
    10/9c Chrisley Knows Best (USA)

    OCTOBER 15
    10/9c Top Chef (BRAVO)

    OCTOBER 20
    9/8c American Dad (TBS)

    OCTOBER 22
    9/8c The 100 (CW)
    11/10c Web Therapy (SHOWTIME)

    OCTOBER 23
    10:30/9:30c Project Runway: Threads (LIFETIME)

    OCTOBER 24
    9/8c Grimm (NBC)
    10/9c Constantine (NBC)

    OCTOBER 26
    9/8c Death Comes to Pemberley (PBS)

    OCTOBER 27
    8/7c 2 Broke Girls (CBS)

    OCTOBER 28
    10:30/9:30c Benched (USA)

    OCTOBER 30
    8:30/7:30c The Millers (CBS)
    9/8c Two and a Half Men (CBS)
    9/8c Project Runway All Stars (LIFETIME)
    9:30/8:30c The McCarthys (CBS)
    10/9c Elementary (CBS)

    'SNL' Parody Proves Audiences Will See Anything Marvel Makes (VIDEO)

    Filed under: Interviews, Movies, TV
    marvel spoof, marvel, Saturday Night Live, SNL, Chris Pratt
    "Guardians of the Galaxy" star Chris Pratt hosted the 40th season premiere of "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, and the show couldn't help but poke fun at Marvel's success with the unlikely superhero flick -- and audiences' undying support for seemingly anything and everything the studio produces.

    In a fake trailer for supposed upcoming Marvel releases, an announcer notes that "Marvel can't fail," and now doesn't even need recognizable comic book heroes -- or real heroes of any kind, for that matter -- to find big screen success. Instead, the studio is building its next franchises around five random words from the dictionary, the clip says, featuring a pastry chef and an office chair as the next saviors of the universe.

    Other upcoming titles from the comic powerhouse include "Marvel's Bus People," "Marvel's Fancy Ghosts," and "Marvel's Pam 2: The Winter Pam." And what would Marvel's take on new sister company Disney's property "Star Wars" be without "Guardians" star Chris Pratt playing Princess Leia?

    Check out the hilarious, highly-accurate clip below, and tell the truth: You'd totally see "Fancy Ghosts," wouldn't you?

    [via: Saturday Night Live]

    Photo credit: SNL

    Here Are the Main Characters in the 'Walking Dead' Spinoff Series

    Filed under: TV
    The Walking Dead, Rick, Daryl DixonWhile it's not set to debut on AMC until sometime next year, some details about the upcoming "Walking Dead" spin-off series -- including its main cast of characters -- have emerged.

    TVLine has the scoop about the six people at the center of the new show, described by the site as follows:

    SEAN CABRERA | A Latino male in his early 40s, Sean is a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.

    CODY CABRERA | Sean's whip-smart and rebellious teenage son. Known as the angriest kid in town.

    NANCY TOMPKINS | A thirtysomething single mom to two kids, Nancy looks like the girl next door, but there's an edge to her.

    NICK TOMPKINS | Nancy's screwed up teenage son. He's too old to stay home, too scared to flee.

    ASHLEY TOMPKINS | Nancy's mostly level-headed teenage daughter. Her ambition is in direct proportion to her older brother's failures. She loves her mom but it's time to get out of Dodge.

    ANDREA CHAPMAN | A somewhat wilted flower child, fortysomething Andrea - yep, another Andrea! - has retreated to the outskirts of the city to recover after a horrible marriage.

    The spin-off won't be directly related to the current "Walking Dead" series, following the brand-new above crew in a different part of the country. TVLine notes that it's rumored that this show will instead act as a sort of prequel to the hit drama, depicting the early days of the zombie outbreak and attempts to get it under control. And unlike "TWD," it won't be based on Robert Kirkman's comics (though Kirkman is penning this series, along with showrunner Dave Erickson).

    TVLine writes that AMC declined comment on its report, other than confirming it has ordered a spin-off pilot. Stay tuned for more details.

    [via: TVLine]

    Photo credit: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC

    Ben Affleck Had a Very Expensive Reason for Not Taking Home His 'Batman v Superman' Batsuit

    Filed under: Movies, TV, Worth Watching
    Opening Night Gala Presentation And World Premiere Of
    Superhero memorabilia can be surprisingly pricey, something actor Ben Affleck learned recently while shooting "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

    While promoting his part in "Gone Girl" during an interview on "Live with Kelly and Michael," Affleck discussed his role as the caped crusader in the upcoming Zack Snyder flick, joking with hosts Kelly Ripa and Michel Strahan that he expects to get a lot of birthday party appearance requests following the high-profile movie's 2016 release. After Strahan wondered whether or not Affleck will get to keep one of his Batman costumes following the film's wrap, the actor admitted that he did inquire about the possibility -- but faced some sticker shock when producers told him he'd have to pay up for the prop.

    "I asked them, 'So, what about maybe taking the suit home at the end of the thing?' And they're like, 'For $100,000 you can,'" Affleck said. "I was like, 'Maybe I'll just take a picture.'"

    Despite that disappointment, the actor said he understood why the suit would cost so much, telling Ripa and Strahan that audiences demand a higher-quality product these days when it comes to their superhero flicks, and that includes getting details like a perfectly-designed suit exactly right.

    "These movies have become a big deal, so they spend a lot of money on every little detail, and they're scrutinized and criticized," Affleck said. "And the guy who did the suits did a very good job."

    Moviegoers can check out the high-quality costumes for themselves when "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" opens on March 25, 2016.

    [via: Live with Kelly and Michael, h/t Yahoo! Movies]

    Photo credit: Getty Images

    Watch Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader Mock Reporter Who Pretended to See 'The Skeleton Twins' (VIDEO)

    Filed under: Movies, TV, Worth Watching
    Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, The Skeleton Twins
    As a journalist, it can be difficult to interview people when you aren't familiar with their work. Denver TV reporter Chris Parente learned that lesson the hard way recently when he chatted with "The Skeleton Twins" stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader without seeing the movie -- and made a huge, awkward blunder.

    Things were going relatively smoothly as Parente began the interview with the comedians, asking them to discuss the film's unique tone, which strikes a balance between comedic and dramatic. But then the reporter tried to discuss some more specific details about the film, which he had not seen yet, and things went off the rails.

    Parente alluded to Wiig's full-frontal nudity in the flick, asking the actress for tips on how to do the news in the nude. The only problem is, Wiig doesn't get naked in "Skeleton Twins" -- that would be a completely different film, "Welcome to Me" -- and she was stunned into silence, then overcome by a giggling fit, while trying to explain that to Parente.

    "This is 'The Skeleton Twins,' which is a drama that played at Sundance, and has us in it, and it's a totally different movie," Hader deadpanned, as Parente tried to recover from his faux pas.

    "It's a very sweet film," Hader continued.

    "And Chris has not seen it," Wiig added, cackling with delight.

    Parente attempted to explain himself -- the movie hasn't opened in Denver yet -- but it was too late. He had been mercilessly mocked by both actors, and shamed by his fellow morning show co-hosts to boot.

    "I'm just going to Google the movie to learn about it," one co-anchor chimed in as the segment came to a close.

    Watch the cringe-inducing clip below (the good stuff starts around the 1:45 mark), and remember, kids: Study up on your subjects before you do a live television interview.

    [h/t Happy Place]

    Photo credit: YouTube

    Lorde's 'Mockingjay' Single, 'Yellow Flicker Beat,' Is Finally Here (LISTEN)

    Filed under: Movies

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    As promised, Lorde has delivered the first single from the soundtrack for "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," and it's equal parts spooky and epic -- and 100 percent awesome.

    The track, "Yellow Flicker Beat," is ostensibly about "Hunger Games" heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), featuring an inner monologue that veers between uncertainty and fiery passion, an internal debate that Katniss faces as the "Hunger Games" trilogy progresses -- and comes to a head in the "Mockingjay" films. Much like the posters promoting the film, which depict Katniss first reserved, then rising from the flames as a rebel warrior, there are hints in both the melody and Lorde's lyrics about the teenage heroine slowly accepting her mantle, as lines like "the fire's found a home in me" and "we lit the spark" foreshadow the showdown with the Capitol yet to come.

    Listen to the track below, and get pumped up for "Mockingjay"'s release later this fall. The entire soundtrack, curated by Lorde, is due out on November 18.



    "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" hits theaters on November 21.

    [h/t Stereogum]

    Photo credit: Isaac Brekken via Getty Images

    Yes, Those Weird Rock Trolls Were Even a Part of the 'Frozen'/'Once Upon a Time' Crossover (VIDEO)

    Filed under: Trailers and Clips, TV

    The fact that "Frozen" and "Once Upon a Time" are crossing over isn't much a surprise. Disney owns both properties and both are phenomenally popular. But how the two properties are being integrated largely remains a mystery, mostly due to the fact that we're not sure what the mechanics of "Once Upon a Time" are and how fairy tale characters are allowed to just pop in and out, seemingly at random. But oh well, the "Frozen" characters are on "Once Upon a Time" now and we're all going to have to deal with it. Thanks to Vulture, too, you can see all the "Frozen" bits from last night's premiere, in one place -- down below, in this very post!

    In the clips, you see Elsa (Georgina Haig), Anna (Elizabeth Lail), and Kristoff (Scott Michael Foster), as well as a computer-animated rock troll guy that looks awesomely similar to the character in the movie. Apparently Elsa and Anna are trying to figure out where their parents were going on the fateful sea voyage that ended up taking their lives. We spell an unnecessarily complicated back story coming up!

    What's kind of striking is how faithfully these characters were rendered for the small screen, and not just those weird troll guys (how funny is it that they only animated one of them? Trolls cost money, people!) The best part, in our estimation, is how they maintained Anna's goofiness; it's really endearing, no matter the format.

    "Once Upon a Time" airs on Sundays on ABC. "Frozen Fever," a short film spin-off, will premiere in 2015, most likely before the new "Frozen"-themed ride at EPCOT opens. Everything's coming up "Frozen!"



    NYFF Review: 10 Things You Should Know About 'Gone Girl'

    Filed under: Movies, Reviews
    A couple of nights ago, the New York Film Festival kicked off at Lincoln Center, with a starry, splashy premiere – "Gone Girl," the long-awaited adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling mystery (there were more than 3.5 million copies in print in the first year the book was published). Everyone was there, including stars Ben Affleck (who took some good-natured ribbing about his upcoming role as Batman during the post-film Q&A) and Rosamund Pike and director David Fincher. But the real star was, of course, the movie.

    "Gone Girl," for those precious few who haven't read the book, concerns the disappearance of a beautiful wife (Pike) and the media scrutiny that zeroes in on her charming husband (Affleck). Did he murder her? Was she kidnapped? Or is there something altogether stranger going on? These are the questions that swirl around "Gone Girl," and as directed by Fincher ("Seven," "Zodiac," "The Social Network"), they become even murkier and harder to discern.

    But was the adaptation worth the wait? And what of all the talk about the severe changes made to the original novel's narrative? Well... Read on to find out. And, in keeping with the book, I'm splitting the review into 5 Things You Should Know If You Haven't Read the Book (so: no spoilers) and 5 Things You Should Know If You Have (stuffed with spoilers).

    If You Haven't Read the Book, You Should Know...

    1. It's a New Classic
    David Fincher's "Gone Girl" is an absolute masterpiece; a uniquely American rumination on marriage and modern society and one of the very best, most thrilling experiences you'll have going to the movies this year. Every second of the movie is precision cut, every performance calibrated to perfection (more on that in a minute), and as big a kick as the movie is, it's also deeply resonant on an emotional and political level. This is a movie where big ideas are nestled inside a nifty mystery. It's profound and heartbreaking and deeply personal while also being a total cinematic rollercoaster. "Gone Girl" is, handily, one of the greatest cinematic accomplishments of the year, and one that I can easily see becoming even deeper and more thoughtful after multiple viewings.

    2. This Is the Best Ben Affleck Has Ever Been. Ever.
    Ben Affleck, at the press conference following the NYFF screening, joked that he wanted to be "a director when I grow up." But in recent years, that's primarily what the actor has been known for, with his pair of Boston-set crime movies ("Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town") and an Oscar-winning historical thriller ("Argo"). But with "Gone Girl," he re-enters the acting arena full force, almost two years before taking on the brooding Dark Knight in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," and it's the best he's ever been. Affleck is unassuming but electric, giving the kind of naturalistic, lived-in performance that seemed to always be slightly out of reach (even in the movies he directed himself). There's also a weird real-life dimension to his performance, since he plays a man who is hounded relentlessly by the media; those scenes are both scary and familiar. Everything that might have bothered you about Affleck before – his handsome, schoolyard bully good looks, his goofy amiability, the occasional brittle edge – are turned inward and flipped upside down. His charm becomes a liability, his relentlessness a virtue, and your allegiance oscillates accordingly. It's a high-wire performance and Affleck pulls it off admirably.

    3. Rosamund Pike Is Officially a Movie Star Now
    For years now, Rosamund Pike, a wonderful British actress, has appeared on the sidelines of fairly big movies that, for whatever reason, failed to catapult her to the next level of her career (some James Bond movie, "Pride and Prejudice," "Jack Reacher," "The World's End"). Well, all that is about to change. "Gone Girl" is the type of role that makes an actress a movie star, one that is able to showcase the performer's wide array of talents and it doesn't hurt that she's lump-in-your-throat gorgeous. What's so great is that none of these previous roles really prepares you for what she's capable of in this movie. It's brilliant work. Pike may play the gone girl, but she is definitely here to stay.

    4. The Music Is Unbelievable
    For the past few movies, Fincher has relied heavily on Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, a pair of musicians who work most of the time in the fabulously popular rock outfit Nine Inch Nails, but for the filmmaker create haunting, electronically-tinged soundscapes. For "The Social Network," they created glittery electro pop that kept with that movies John Hughes-goes-to-hell feel, and with "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," they approximated the snowy Swedish landscape in music form (listening to the accompanying album practically gave you frostbite). For "Gone Girl," they create something wholly different than the other two scores but yet still keeping within the same wheelhouse - and it's totally unbelievable. Fincher instructed them to think of the music he heard in a spa while getting his back adjusted, a kind of malformed sweetness that could, over the course of the movie, curdle and rot. So taking that idea, they created the musical equivalent of Nick and Amy's relationship. On the surface, it seems so beautiful. But underneath...

    5. It's Really Funny
    A movie about a potential homicide (or, at the very least, a violent kidnapping), doesn't seem like it is the type of material that should be stuffed with jokes. Yet it is. Fincher's films have always been under-appreciated when it comes to their levels of comedy, but there are great gags in almost every movie and "Gone Girl" is easily one of his funniest. The satirical element of the film, the part that skewers the media (and how we consume that media) is only slightly heightened. You can see enough real life in it, even if the comedic element is boosted a bit. And Pike and Affleck are both really, ridiculously funny too. It's just a joy.

    And If You Have Read the Book, You Should Know...

    Seriously... No Turning Back... Spoilers Ahead

    OK...

    1. Structurally, Things Remain Intact
    One of the bigger questions when it came to the film adaptation of "Gone Girl" was whether or not the book's shifting perspective, half told in real time as the investigation unfolds and half told through slippery diary entries written by Amy before her disappearance, would make it through to the movie. It does. And it's brilliant. Flynn and Fincher found the perfect way to translate that very literary device to the big screen in a way that was truly thrilling, especially when you consider that...

    2. The Twist Works Even Better Here
    Of course, if you've read the book then you're reading this section of the review and you know that Amy is actually alive (!) and staged her death to get revenge on her very lousy husband. And what's kind of amazing is how this plays out. About halfway through the movie, there's just a montage of "how she did it," and the shock of the twist just reverberated in the theater (and, honestly, through the rest of the movie). The montage is, of course, put together with the typical level of Fincherian flair, and cements the movie's nearly hypnotic power. Just... wow.

    3. The Ending Is Pretty Much the Same
    There was a lot of talk early on in the process that Flynn had deconstructed the last act of the book and had thrown it out altogether. But that just isn't true. There are a few embellishments, but generally, things are the same. So don't worry, there haven't been any major shake-ups in terms of the narrative beats and it's just as perverse as it's always been. There is one little bit that's been added that will delight everyone, but you're going to have to watch it to find out what that is.

    4. Tyler Perry Makes a Terrific Tanner Bolt
    The biggest X-factor, probably, in terms of Fincher's cast, was the addition of Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt, the smarmy lawyer that swoops in to defend Nick when the public scrutiny becomes too great. Now, Fincher has a knack for great (sometimes left-field) casting choices, but Perry seemed odd even by those admittedly looser standards. But you know what? Perry totally works. He's really funny and confident and oily and it is yet again a testament to the power of David Fincher that he could choose someone primarily known for dressing up in drag and putting on an affected, slightly harmful stereotypical voice, and making him stand strongly alongside Affleck and the other actors.

    5. 'The Scene' Is Amazing
    There's a sequence late in the book that, when I was reading it, literally made my jaw hinge open. The sequence is, I am happy to report, fully realized, in all of its bloody glory, in the movie. So just prepare yourself (it also has the best soundtrack cue in the entire thing). I'm still being cagey because I'm worried people will keep reading into the spoiler section even if they're not supposed to, but be prepared... it gets gross.

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