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Seven: extra nerdy facts about David Fincher's classic

Simon Brew Sep 18, 2017

Go a little bit deeper behind the scenes of David Fincher's iconic thriller, Seven...

Kicking off a new video series, we’re going to be looking at well-known movies, and just quickly digging up some nerdy facts about them that you may or may not know. But hopefully, you didn’t know. We’ll soon find out.

We’re starting with one of our favourite films: Seven.

By the time the movie arrived in UK cinemas at the start of 1996, it was already earning itself outstanding word of mouth, courtesy of its

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release. Still, I was one of many who went about watching it the wrong way. I walked into the cinema armed with a mountain of pick and mix, and too much drink (I’ve learned my lesson since), and was expecting a standard

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thriller.

I didn’t get one. This was something much more special.
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Seven: the brilliance of David Fincher’s chase scene

Ryan Lambie Apr 3, 2017

At the centre Seven lies a nerve-jangling chase sequence - one that sums up David Fincher’s brilliance as a filmmaker...

Spoilers for Seven lie ahead.

See related The quiet brilliance of Mackenzie Crook's Detectorists

There are occasions where we have sheer luck to thank for the existence of a movie. Take Seven, David Fincher’s atmospheric thriller from 1995; had the studio behind its making, New Line, not sent Fincher the wrong draft of the script, the film may never have been made - at least, not by Fincher, who at that time was still smarting from the experience of making his debut, Alien 3.

Screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker had initially written Seven as a spec script - the kind of high-concept thriller that would get him noticed, get him out of his day job at Tower Records and into a career as a writer. About
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‘Seven’: How a David Fincher Mail Mix-Up Lead to the Legendary Ending

‘Seven’: How a David Fincher Mail Mix-Up Lead to the Legendary Ending
David Fincher’s 1995 thriller “Seven,” starring Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, has a shocking ending that almost didn’t happen due to a mail mix-up.

The cult classic was written by Andrew Kevin Walker, who at the time had optioned the script with “Christmas Vacation” helmer Jeremiah Chechik on board to direct. But Chechik had a different movie in mind and told Walker to rewrite the ending.

[Editor’s Note: Spoilers for “Seven” follow. Proceed at your own risk.]

The movie as we know it ends with John Doe (Kevin Spacey) delivering Detective Mills’ (Pitt) wife’s head in a box. Walker’s reworked version didn’t include that scene. After Chechik moved on from the project, the original version of the script with the shocking twist accidentally landed in the hands of Fincher.

“[Fincher] expressed some interest [in directing], but in expressing his interest to them, had mentioned there was a head in the box,” Walker told The Hollywood Reporter. “And they were like,
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Jeremiah Chechik to direct Goldove’s 'Innocent'

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Jeremiah Chechik to direct Goldove’s 'Innocent'
Exclusive: Christopher Plummer features in the story of a Un interpreter caught between the FBI and a criminal dynasty.

Toronto and La-based Goldove Entertainment has brought on Jeremiah Chechik to direct its thriller Little Mizz Innocent.

Goldove and Chechik are finalising a cast list ahead of an anticipated 2017 shoot; Christopher Plummer is already signed to play the antagonist.

The story centres on a seemingly innocent Un interpreter caught up in a war between the FBI and a criminal dynasty.

Chechik directed 2013 rom-com The Right Kind Of Wrong with Ryan Kwanten and has worked extensively in TV in recent years on the likes of Criminal Minds, Gossip Girl and Helix.

Goldove president and CEO Lynda McKoy is also lining up Area 51 sci-fi horror Lumina, described as being in the vein of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and Chronicle.
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Vancouver Film: "Arrow", "Bates Motel", "Riverdale"

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Thanks to VancouverFilm.Net, here is the Vancouver Film Production Update for September 2016, including "Arrow", "Bates Motel", "Riverdale" and a whole lot more: 

Everything EVERYTHINGFeature

Local Production Company: Everything Productions Canada Ltd.

Producer: Elyssa Dutton

Sep 06/16 - Oct 07/16

Live Like Line

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Local Production Company: Live Like Line Productions Ltd.

Director: Sean McNamara

Producer: Charles Rapp

Aug 02/16 - Sep 13/16

Ollie

Feature

Local Production Company: Tcf Vancouver Productions Ltd.

Director: Shane Black

Exec. Producer(s): Bill Bannerman

Producer: John Davis

Oct 17/16 - Feb 08/17

Sweet Virginia

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Local Production Company: Sv Pictures Inc

Director: Jamie Dagg

Exec. Producer(s): Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Chris Ferguson

Producer: Jordan Barber

Aug 22/16 - Sep 17/16

Tully

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Local Production Company: Tully Productions BC Inc.

Director: Jason Reitman

Exec. Producer(s): Jason Cloth, Ron McLeod, Aaron Gilbert

Producer: Aaron Gilbert, Helen Estabrook

Sep 21/16 - Nov 02/16

Washer

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Local Production Company: Hskl Productions Canada Inc.

Director: Stephen Chbosky

Exec.
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Hdtgm: A Conversation with Jeremiah Chechik, Director of The Avengers

Hdtgm: A Conversation with Jeremiah Chechik, Director of The Avengers
In June 1987, in an interview for The New York Times, Stanley Kubrick spoke glowingly about a series of Michelob beer commercials. “They’re just boy-girl, night-fun,” Kubrick praised, “leading up to pouring the beer, all in 30 seconds, beautifully edited and photographed. Economy of statement is not something that films are noted for.” That piece […]

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Round-Up: Funko’s Fallout 4 Pop! Vinyls, The Wretched Photos, South Of Hell Video

The Fallout franchise's big week continues with the release of Funko's Fallout 4 Pop! Vinyl figures. Collect all four! Also in this round-up: five new images from The Wretched and a behind-the-scenes video for We tv's South of Hell.

Fallout 4 Pop! Vinyls: From Funko: "The highly anticipated Fallout 4 series is coming to Pop!

The game’s main character, Sole Survivor, and his loyal companion, Dogmeat, take on the post-nuclear world 200 years after the Great War!

You may need to utilize the T-60 Power Armor to take down the ghoulish John Hancock!

Coming in February!"

Images via Funko:

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The Wretched Photos: Press Release: "Indie filmmaker Nathaniel Davis wrapped up filming "The Wretched" in well known haunted locations in Oklahoma. The film tells the story of three actresses on a road trip who stop at a haunted bed and breakfast, unbeknownst to them, the guests are used as human sacrifices by the psychotic demented owners,
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Home Alone: how a fallout with Chevy Chase got Chris Columbus the job

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Chris Columbus chats about how he landed the job of directing Home Alone - and Chevy Chase is loosely involved...

Christmas approaches, and thus one of the five - count 'em! - Home Alone films must be discussed. It is the law.

In this case, it's the original, which was steered by director Chris Columbus to become a huge breakout hit in 1990. It made Macaulay Culkin a star, and Columbus would duly sign up for a sequel.

And yet he very nearly didn't direct the film.

John Hughes wrote and produced Home Alone, and at around the same time, he was putting National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation together. He hired Columbus to work on that, and all was going well. Until Columbus met Chevy Chase.

As he told Chicago magazine, "John Hughes sent me the script for Christmas Vacation. I love Christmas, so to do a Christmas comedy had been a dream.
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How Chevy Chase's Dickish Behavior Turned Home Alone Into a Christmas Classic

If Chevy Chase wasn't such a jerk to director Chris Columbus, the 1990 Christmas movie Home Alone might not have become the beloved holiday classic we fondly look back on now. The film is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and Chicago Magazine put together an oral history that revealed a fascinating what-if scenario for its director.

Writer/producer John Hughes asked Columbus, fresh off the abysmal box office performance of a previous movie, if he wanted to direct National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, which Hughes wrote. Columbus recounts the story:

In 1989, I directed Heartbreak Hotel, and it was a disaster. It opened on a Friday, and by Wednesday it was only playing at two o’clock in the afternoon. Around that time, John Hughes sent me the script for Christmas Vacation. I love Christmas, so to do a Christmas comedy had been a dream. I went out to dinner with Chevy Chase [the movie’s star]. To be completely honest,
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Round-Up: Over Your Dead Body Trailer, South Of Hell Teaser, Hemlock Grove S3 Clip, Indigenous, The Dark Numbers

The trailer for Takashi Miike's Over Your Dead Body along with details about the film can be seen after the jump. Also: a new teaser for South of Hell, a clip from Hemlock Grove's third season, VOD news for horror-thriller Indigenous, and The Dark Numbers TV development deal.

Over Your Dead Body: Press Release: "A beautiful actress (Kô Shibasaki of 47 Ronin and Battle Royale) plays the protagonist in a new play based on a legendary ghost story. She pulls some strings to get her lover cast in the play, although he's a relatively unknown actor. With the cast in place, rehearsals for the play, about an abusive relationship and a grudge, begin. But off stage, some begin to develop their own obsessions. Trapped between the play and reality, they are horrified to find that a real grudge can cross the blurred line between reality and fantasy. Will love flourish?
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Round-Up: South Of Hell, Madman T-Shirt, Anguish Release Details, 8 Films to Die For, American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire Clips

We tv's South of Hell marathon kicks off on Black Friday, November 27th. Also in this round-up: the Cavity Colors' Madman shirt, Anguish and 8 Films to Die For release details, and a look at two teaser clips for American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire.

South of Hell: Press Release: "New York, NY, October 15, 2015 -- We tv announced today that it will offer its next scripted series, “South of Hell,” as a true programming event – rolling out all seven episodes of the supernatural thriller in order in a Black Friday Binge, beginning at 6 pm Et/Pt on Friday, November 27th. All episodes of the series will premiere back-to-back as the suspense and drama unfolds and escalates over seven intense hours. At the conclusion of the binge, the entire series will be available on VOD, download to own and Tve platforms.

“As viewer demand rises for TV Everywhere opportunities and audiences increasingly binge watch their favorite content,
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Remembering the First and Only Arab World Movie Star Known Around the Globe

Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering
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Mip TV: Mena Suvari on ‘South of Hell,’ Eli Roth, Her Chameleon Nature

Mip TV: Mena Suvari on ‘South of Hell,’ Eli Roth, Her Chameleon Nature
Cannes – Conjoining the talents of the world’s two young high priests of horror, Eli Roth and Jason Blum, Mena Suvari’s psychological chiller “South of Hell,” an eight-hour original drama, initiated its sales campaign Monday at Cannes Mip TV, having wrapped production in Charlestown in January.

At Mip TV, in a pretty print dress, Suvari hardly looks as if she’s got a devil inside her. That, however is part of her interest as an actress. Suvari broke out in Sam Mendes’ Oscar winning “American Beauty” where she played the girl next door and object of a helpless Kevin Spacey’s desire.

There’s something of that dichotomy, amped up, in “South of Hell,” which is produced by Blumhouse Television and Sonar Entertainment, which also sells international.

Set in Charleston, South Carolina, “the most possessed city in the world,” according to a synopsis, “South” features Suvari in almost every
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Chevy Chase Doesn't Get Why People Compare Christmas Vacation To This Holiday Classic

Many would consider Christmas Vacation to be a holiday classic. But does it rank up there with It.s a Wonderful Life? Some may think so, but Chevy Chase isn.t among them. In fact, he doesn.t seem to see the sense in comparing the two films. Rolling Stone recently ran an oral history of Jeremiah Chechik.s 1989 comedy Christmas Vacation. It.s full of interesting facts about the production of the film, and leads into the cast's thoughts on the reaction to the movie in the years that have followed its release. Chevy Chase apparently finds it silly that anyone would compare the movie to Frank Capra.s beloved It.s A Wonderful Life. Comparing Christmas Vacation to It's A Wonderful Life is the silliest thing. That film starred the greatest movie actor of all time and the idea that our movie could ever be connected in some
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How Johnny Galecki Cost The World A Great Christmas Vacation Scene

Jeremiah S. Chechik's Christmas Vacation has become a movie staple of the holiday season in the years since its release in 1989, and it's not hard to see why. The film has more than a few incredibly memorable moments, from Clark's difficulty with the Griswold home's light display, to his epic, foulmouthed rant about his cheap, jelly-of-the-month-club-as-a-bonus giving boss. As awesome and funny as those scenes are, however, they could have been balanced by some nice dramatic sentimentality in the form of a heart-to-heart moment between Clark and his son, Rusty. And it's all Johnny Galecki's fault that they weren't. The cast and creators of Christmas Vacation recently all came back together for a special interview organized by Rolling Stone, and during the conversation Johnny Galecki revealed that he put the kibosh on what could have been a key scene in the history of the film and the franchise,
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Ti West, Jennifer Lynch & Others Join Eli Roth ‘South of Hell’

In addition to the well-known horror director Eli Roth, an array of respected directors have signed on to direct individual episodes of We tv’s original supernatural thriller, South of Hell.

The line-up includes Ti West, Rachel Talalay, Jennifer Lynch and Jeremiah Chechik.

South of Hell premieres on We tv in 2015.

Production is currently underway in Charleston, Sc.

The post Ti West, Jennifer Lynch & Others Join Eli Roth ‘South of Hell’ appeared first on Shock Till You Drop.
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Helix, Episode 1.11: “Black Rain” highlights how the vectors have evolved

Kyra Zagorsky, Billy Campbell, Hiroyuki Sanada

Helix, Season 1, Episode 11: “Black Rain”

Written by Tiffany Greshler and Javier Grillo-Marxuach

Directed by Jeremiah Chechik

Airs Fridays at 10 Pm on Syfy

While Dr. Hatake’s murder of Constance Sutton worked in bringing Dr. Walker out of danger, it seemed unlikely at the time that the Ilaria Corporation would let something like this go. This idea only deepened with the revelation that the company’s ex-coo was part of an elite group of Immortals running the company. This week sees Arctic Biosystems suffer the consequences of Sutton’s death, in an exciting episode that adds a new dynamic to the inhabitants of the base while reducing a major threat.

The ability to seemingly transfer immortality is a fascinating development this week. This is significant particularly in relation to the vectors, all of whom were also dosed with Rna proteins that appear to be
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Helix, Episode 1.10: “Fushigi” reveals more about Dr. Walker’s condition

Kyra Zagorsky, Billy Campbell

Helix, Season 1, Episode 10: “Fushigi”

Written by Misha Green

Directed by Jeremiah Chechik

Airs Fridays at 10 Pm on Syfy

The absence of the Narvik virus during the activities of Day 9, as well as the worsening of Dr. Jordan’s condition, both weighed heavily on the Cdc team as well as Dr. Hatake. Despite the numerous other threats that the group has been exposed to since the Cdc touched down at Arctic Biosystems, the imminent danger of the Narvik virus has been an ever-present concern, making the theft of it worrisome. This week’s episode focuses on Dr. Farragut and Dr. Walker’s attempts to retrieve it, in another compelling outing that reveals more about the central characters and their relationships to each other.

The reveal of silver eyes indicating immortality is an intriguing one. For all the hints that have been dropped about nefarious and illegal activities at Arctic Biosystems,
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Final cut tussles between directors and studios

Odd List Ryan Lambie 4 Feb 2014 - 06:48

We head back to the 80s and 90s to look at eight famous battles between directors and studio executives over a movie's final cut...

If filmmaking is a compromise between art and commerce, then the final cut is often the point in the process where the tug-of-war between the two becomes the most intense. In their desire to make a film more profitable - often after feedback from preview screenings - studio executives will sometimes request re-edits or the shooting of additional scenes. And occasionally, when directors attempt to resist those changes for whatever reason, the resulting tension between director and studio can reach breaking point.

To illustrate the different ways these tussles over a film's final cut can play out, we're heading back to the 80s and 90s. In some instances, the films that emerged from the editing room were considered to be influential triumphs.
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Thn Advent Calendar Day 18: Christmas Vacation

Christmas is a time for tradition – presents, decorations, carols, and mince pies. But what better tradition to celebrate than the Christmas movie? Join The Hollywood News for the Movie Advent Calendar – a film each day ’til Christmas. For the full Advent Calendar so far, click here.

If nothing else, Christmas is a family event. Even for those who live far away, and barely ever speak, come the festive season they often find themselves travelling great distances to be in company of their kin for those few special days. Even if the end result means sitting around in silence, too full and drunk to move, watching crap Christmas TV specials, it’s still a time that brings families together.

This is especially true for one of America’s favourite families. Forget the Simpsons or even the Sopranos, when it comes to the yuletide season, it’s all about the Griswolds. Whilst
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