Pics and Clips of Simon Pegg in the TIFF Bound Hector and the Search for Happiness

Hector and the Search for Happiness, Movie, Poster, Simon Pegg

courtesy Relativity Media

We love Simon Pegg. Whether he’s paired with friend and frequent collaborator Nick Frost while beating off zombies with a cricket bat¹, busting the village serial killer², befriending aliens³or thwarting an alien  invasion♠,  or without, as a has been comedian and would be blackmailer♣, robbing graves for fun and profit♥, going boldly where no man has gone before♦ or choosing to accept missions with Ethan Hunt◊, if Simon Pegg is in it, we’re there. (Why have I decided to use the royal “we”? I have no idea.)

In any case, Pegg’s latest, Hector and the Search for Happiness, directed by Peter Chesolm, is something of a departure. As the title might suggest, Pegg plays a man searching for inner peace. Hector is a psychiatrist who, having lost the ability to offer insight to his own patients embarks on a quest to figure out the formula for happiness. The journey that takes him from Africa to Shanghai to Tibet.

Ahead of its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, Relativity has released the clips below
These first two, via Flickering Myth, feel like vintage Pegg:

and finally, via The Playlist, is a clip that would seem to give us a better feel for the tone:

If not, who knows. The director has had more luck with television than his theatrical endeavors, which include Hannah Montana: The Movie, Shall We Dance, Serendipity and the almost universally reviled Town & Country, so I’m not sure what to expect from him.  The screenplay, based on the novel “Le voyage d’Hector ou la recherche de bonheur” by Françoise Lelord, has three credited writers including the director, Maria von Heland, and Tinker Lindsay.  But, as I said, on the strength of Pegg , not to mention the  supporting cast, which includes Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike (who last appeared with Pegg in 2013’s The World’s End), Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno, and Christopher Plummer, I’m keeping an open mind. Hector and the Search For Happiness, which was released in the UK last month, opens in the US on September 19.

Here’s the latest trailer as well:

1. Shaun of the Dead
2. Hot Fuzz
3. Paul
♠. The World’s End
♣. “Mob City”
♥. Burke and Hare
♦. Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness
◊. MI:3, 4 and the upcoming 5

Trailer or Spoiler: Watch the Chilling New Teaser for David Fincher’s Gone Girl

Gone Girl, movie, poster, David Fincher, Gillian Flynn, Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike

Teaser poster for David Fincher’s Gone Girl

As promised, 20th Century Fox has delivered a brand new trailer for their upcoming mystery, Gone Girl, directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

Phew! The tension in this is nearly as taut as that final scene in Se7en as we wait for Brad Pitt to look in the box. Where’s Amy? What happened to her? Did Nick kill her? Is that enough to make America hate him? Why is Tyler Perry playing the lawyer? Hey, isn’t that the ‘crazy gun lady’ from The Leftovers?

So, trailer or spoiler?  You may have think that this trailer gives the game away, but as someone who’s read Gillian Flynn’s book who also knows that Flynn wrote the screenplay with a different ending to keep readers interested in the film version, and viewers from getting spoiled, I can tell you that it does not.

Sure, it looks and feels like a David Fincher film in style and tone, so if you have seen any of this films, you know that what you get before you buy your ticket and plant your butt in the seat, is not necessarily what you’re going to get when you do. And if you take away nothing else from this trailer, pay attention to those last two lines: “Ever hear the expression ‘simplest answer’s often the correct one?” “Actually I’ve never found that to be true.”

Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn — Gone Girl unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

The film opens in the US and the UK on October 3. The supporting cast includes Scoot McNary, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Kim Dickens, Patrick Fugit, Carrie Coon, Missi Pyle, Sela Ward, Casey Wilson, Boyd Holbrook and David Clennon.

So, what did you think of the second full-length Gone Girl trailer? Are you in?

Trailer…No Spoiler! 1st Look at David Fincher’s Gone Girl

Ben Affleck, Gone Girl, still, movie

As I’ve noted more than once on this blog, movie trailers which deliver the intended tease without actually spoiling the whole thing are few and far between, which is why it’s worth mentioning when discussing the first full-length trailer for David Fincher’s Gone Girl.
Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, whose beautiful wife Amy (Rosamund Pike), has disappeared and is eventually presumed dead. Of course, the husband is the prime suspect. Take a look:

Having read the book, I can tell you that there is much more than meets the eye in this first 90 seconds of footage. I think Affleck is a good choice to play Nick. He’s a man used to coasting by on his boyish charm, and good looks. Affleck’s trademark crooked grin will serve him well.  Amy Dunne is always described as beautiful in a cultured and classic way, a description that fits Pike, in my humble opinion.
I’m not sold on the supporting cast, which we don’t really see a lot of here. I can’t imagine that I’m going to like Tyler Perry as Tanner Bolt, a small, but pivotal role, but I do think I’ll like Kim Dickens as Det. Rhonda Boney. I have no doubt that Neil Patrick Harris will kill it as Desi. Carrie Coon plays Nick’s twin sister Margo (called ‘Go). I don’t know her from anything other than the trailer for HBO’s “The Leftovers”. Coon is a NY stage actress and she must have really impressed Fincher, since ‘Go is crucial.
Speaking of Fincher, in addition to his trademark thrills, and a few chills, he’s promised that even those of us who have read the book are in for some surprises. After filming Stieg Larsson’s beloved “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”, he decided he’d been too slavishly devoted to the source material. With Gone Girl, and with author Gillian Flynn’s enthusiastic support, he’s supposedly deconstructed the novel and put it back together again. (He’d just about have to. So much of the book is epistolary, in the form of Amy’s diary entries. )
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who scored The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, are back to do the music, and just as they did with Led Zeppelin’s “The Immigrant Song” for that trailer, they’ve provided a cover, this time of Elvis Costello’s “She” (sung by Richard Butler of The Psychedelic Furs) for Gone Girl’s first look. Perfect-JMHO.

Gone Girl, David Fincher, Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck, magazine cover