First things first: You sort of wonder why Paramount has you register 'for future updates' on the 'Benjamin Button' official website, which I did -- but then not even send out an email to notify you, when they put up a brilliant site for the flick!?? I don't get it. Or maybe I am the only one, who didn't get such an email?
Anyway, yes, there is a new site up for "Benjamin Button" and it is nothing short of spectacular. Big black and white photos, atmospheric music, and a very definite "Zelig" feel. I love the site, and so will you.
Here it is:
Benjamin Button, Official Website
For those of you who don't have any plans for next week and live in a reasonable distance to Los Angeles, let me remind you of an advanced exclusive screening for "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" in The Egyptian, December 10th. For all we know David Fincher will be attending. But I am not so sure about just how much you would have to spend on a ticket!
Here's a weblink to this:
Exclusive Screening At The Egyptian
Next let's head over to the wonderful guys at Empire magazine, who are not only cool when it comes to sharing their fantastic magazine content with us Fincher fanatics. They are also the best when it comes to voting for the "Greatest Movie Character Of All Time". As usual when talking about "best" and "greatest of the universe and ever" lists, you will be in disagreement with about 99,9% of their choices. So it's probably good to know it was not Empire writers themselves just following their muses, it was actually the result of a readers poll.
Guess who came in number one? Nope, not Harry Potter, but close...
Empire: The Greatest Movie Characters Of All Time
... and if you are inclined to read some amusing bashings of the list, go to slashfilm and read their comments. It's hilarious. Sad -- but hilarious!
The International Cinematographer's Guild decided to run two stories on "Benjamin Button", well knowing Miranda's beautiful photography is a strong contender for the next Academy Award's race: On is an interview with David Fincher. The other a more technical account of Miranda's work on the film.
In his interview Fincher talks mostly about the upcoming "Ben Button", obviously, but also about his role in Hollywood and his approach in choosing his material:
Zodiac, namely, seemed to have been thought of as a "little movie in-between" ... and well, it certainly wasn't that!
The article on Claudio Miranda's work is exquisitely detailed about professional lighting, which might drive you nuts in case you don't know what an ND or a 1.9 is. But no worries, there are also some more founded Fincher goodies in this. For example Fincher chatting about the "most talented second unit director in history"; Tarsem (Singh) that is, the director of "The Cell" and "The Fall", who helped Fincher out with some second unit shooting. Amazing piece of trivia!
Then, just for fun, skip through this review from THE ASPECT RATIO. Overall a good review, but really made my heart skip a beat, when I read "the digital aesthetic requires a period of adjustment for the eyes, and some of the motion-capture CGI suffers from The Polar Express Effect". You certainly couldn't tell by the trailer, the vfx were going to be THAT BAD!!!
Just kidding. I mean, the guy did write that. But I am pretty confident fx will be overall very well done!
That's it. Almost. Big thanks to all you busy and enthusiastic contributors: Thiago, Bernard, Kevin, Christophe, Angelo and Ed! -- Great, great finds!
And to sweeten everyone's day, check out three all new TV trailers for the film, from TheMovieBox.net. Can never see enough of this film anyway ... Let's hear how you like them: