Director David Fincher discusses Mank with Aaron Sorkin

A DGA Virtual Q&A

February 6, 2021
The Director’s Cut. A DGA (Directors Guild of America) Podcast

A disillusioned screenwriter in old Hollywood gets a shot at redemption in Director David Fincher’s biographical comedy-drama, Mank.

Fincher’s film takes place as film 24-year-old wunderkind Orson Welles hires scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz to write the screenplay for his masterpiece, Citizen Kane.

On February 6, Fincher discussed the making of Mank in a DGA Virtual Q&A moderated by Director Aaron Sorkin (The Trial of the Chicago 7).

During their conversation, Fincher spoke about his love for “the altar of cinema,” the communal aspect that can come through film. “For me, what I love about cinema is going into a big dark room with 700 people and through their laughter and through their surprise and through their shock and through their reactions you realize, I’m not alone. I’m the same. I’m wired into this group in the same way just organically and I’m picking up on all these other cues. That is what makes the cinema, or a great grand theater, an almost cathedral-like experience.”

Fincher’s other directorial credits include the feature films Se7enThe GamePanic RoomZodiacGone Girl; episodes of the television series House of Cards and Mindhunter; and countless commercials and music videos. He has been nominated for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonThe Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In 2013, he was nominated for the DGA Award for Dramatic Series for House of Cards, “Chapter 1” and has twice been nominated for the DGA Award for his Commercial work with Anonymous Content in 2003 and 2008, winning the Award in 2003 for Beauty for Sale (Xelibri Phones), Gamebreakers (Nikegridiron.Com) and Speed Chain (Nike).

Fincher has been a DGA member since 1991.

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Director Aaron Sorkin discusses The Trial of the Chicago 7 with David Fincher

A DGA Virtual Q&A

January 23, 2021
The Director’s Cut. A DGA (Directors Guild of America) Podcast

The counterculture movement of the 1960s clashes with the hostile Nixon administration in Director Aaron Sorkin’s historical drama, The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Set in the aftermath of what happened after a peaceful protest turned into a violent encounter with the police at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Sorkin’s film recounts the infamous 1969 trial of seven political activists – that included moderate Students for a Democratic Society led by Tom Hayden, militant Yippies led by Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, and Bobby Seale of the Black Panthers – who were all charged with conspiracy in an unfair trial that transfixed the nation and sparked a conversation about mayhem intended to undermine the U.S. government.

On January 23, Sorkin discussed the making of The Trial of the Chicago 7 in a DGA Virtual Q&A session moderated by Director David Fincher (Mank).

During the conversation, Sorkin spoke about how he came up with a plan to shoot the riot scenes despite his budgetary limitations.

“I find a constraint like that forces you to get creative,” said Sorkin. “It forces you to have an idea. So we came up with this plan, we were going to get a few wide shots and we were going to take advantage of the tear gas. We got smoke everywhere. I discovered what happens when you shoot light through smoke so I wanted smoke in every scene. I could not get enough smoke. It didn’t matter where we were.”

In addition to his directing work on The Trial of the Chicago 7, Sorkin was nominated for the 2017 DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in First-Time Feature for his debut film, Molly’s Game. He was also part of the producing team (which includes DGA President Thomas Schlamme) that won multiple Emmy awards for “Outstanding Drama Series” for their work on the series The West Wing. Sorkin also took home an Academy Award for “Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay” for David Fincher’s feature The Social Network.

Sorkin has been a DGA member since 2016.

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Ben Affleck Reunites With ‘Gone Girl’ Director David Fincher, Accuses Him of Making a Movie With Heart

Meredith Woerner
February 11, 2021
Variety

For once, Ben Affleck gets to ask the questions.

That’s how the actor-director framed his duty of leading a conversation with longtime friend and “Gone Girl” boss David Fincher, the esteemed director whose Netflix film “Mank” has emerged as a top awards contender for 2021.

“This is a real role reversal from having to just be Fincher bitch, having to go over and over again,” Affleck teased the director, alluding to Fincher’s notorious preference for many consecutive takes of the same scene.

Appearing in Variety‘s “Directors on Directors” conversation series, the pair recently held a virtual reunion where Affleck dug into the decades-long process of bringing the story of famed screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz to screen.

In perhaps the broadest conversation Fincher has had about the film’s themes, Affleck gets to the heart of the original script from the director’s father, the value of creative credit at the dawn of Hollywood’s golden age, and the rare glimmer of heart and hope in a David Fincher film.

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David Fincher: The Rolling Stone Interview

The boundary-pushing filmmaker behind ‘Mank’ reflects on his career, his journey into Hollywood’s past and the industry’s uncertain future

David Fear
January 12, 2021
Rolling Stone

When David Fincher sat down with Netflix executives in the spring of 2019, he did not expect to be handed the equivalent of a blank check. Sure, the 58-year-old filmmaker — a former music-video wunderkind best known for pushing the envelope with baroque serial-killer thrillers (Seven), toxic-masculinity satires (Fight Club) and social-media origin stories (The Social Network) — was a name-brand director, and had helped kick off the golden age of streaming with the outlet’s first original series, House of Cards. But Fincher was used to resistance. You can’t have this budget. You can’t tell that story. What do you mean, you’re doing a TV show, for a mail-order DVD company, and all the episodes come out at once?!

So when Fincher was told by his patrons at the company that they were interested in helping him make anything he wanted, he thought of a long-dormant labor of love: a script his late father, Jack Fincher, had written about the making of Citizen Kane. Not the tale of the brilliant director, producer, star and co-writer who, at a precociously young age, took Hollywood by storm with his rise-and-fall drama. This was the story of the alcoholic screenwriter who was hired to pen the script, originally titled American, and then inserted a personal grudge against the powers that be into the greatest movie of all time.

Fincher wanted to shoot it in black-and-white. He wanted to use a lot of old-fashioned stylistic nods to Hollywood movies of the ‘40s, as if the film had just been discovered in a vault after 80 years of gathering dust. Also it would involve an obscure chapter in California’s political history concerning Upton Sinclair’s 1934 run for governor and a disinformation campaign allegedly masterminded by studio execs. It was a shot in the dark. By his own admission, Fincher couldn’t believe it when Netflix said yes.

To see Mank, Fincher’s throwback ode to the Golden Age of Tinseltown USA, however, is to know why they did. Chronicling how the broken-down writer Herman J. Mankiewicz (played by Gary Oldman) helped permanently change film as an art form, his movie is an audacious, complicated, stylistically daring and thoroughly entertaining yarn — the kind of retro nod to a bygone era that makes you feel like you’ve injected a day’s worth of TCM programming into your veins. But it’s also a challenging drama about complicity, the price of speaking truth to power and the manipulation of modern media, which couldn’t make the film feel more urgent.

Over a two separate two-hour conversations from his home in Los Angeles, Fincher discussed bringing this tribute to his father (who died in 2003) to the screen, his reputation as a taskmaster on set, why he’s sorry Fight Club pissed off a fellow filmmaker, and more.

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Culture Pop: Arliss Howard, “Mank”

Steve Mason & Sue Kolinsky
January 9, 2021
Culture Pop Podcast

Culture Pop is a look at pop culture through the mind of Steve Mason, co-host of the #1-rated sports talk show in Los Angeles. Joined by stand-up comic Sue Kolinsky, they hear from their friends, plus comics, actors, filmmakers and celebrities talking about movies, television, technology, trends and completely random stuff.

Arliss Howard joins Steve and Sue to talk about his work with David Fincher in Mank playing Louis B. Mayer, with Stanley Kubrick in Full Metal Jacket, his directorial debut Big Bad Love, and the future of film theaters.

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So, Why Does Bill Nye Play Upton Sinclair in Mank?

Nate Jones
December 16, 2020
Vulture

One of the big surprises of David Fincher’s Mank is that it turns out to be just as much about Upton Sinclair as it is about Herman Mankiewicz. In this version of Hollywood history, Mankiewicz was spurred to write Citizen Kane due to his guilt over the Hollywood dirty-tricks campaign that sank Sinclair’s 1934 campaign for governor of California. The Jungle author makes a brief appearance at a rally in Mank, at which point we get another of the film’s big surprises: Sinclair is played by none other than Bill Nye. Yes, the Science Guy. It’s unconventional casting, but it works. Stripped of his lab coat and bow tie, Nye is a little hard to place. He comes off as an avuncular, trustworthy orator; it’s only afterward when you realize, Wait, was that Bill Nye?

We naturally had some questions about how the whole thing came out. Luckily, Nye was happy to jump on a Zoom call and discuss the story behind his cameo.

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Mank: Interviews. Ferdinand Kingsley

Ferdinand Kingsley plays film producer Irving Thalberg in Mank.

Sam Cook In An Interview With | Ferdinand Kingsley (Mank)

Sam Cook (YouTube)
October 21, 2020

Ferdinand Kingsley “An Actor Despairs” Interview

Ryan Perez
November 30, 2020
An Actor Despairs (YouTube)

Ferdinand Kingsley on David Fincher’s Mank with Gary Oldman

Stefan Pape
November 30, 2020
HeyUGuys (YouTube)

DAVID FINCHER’S MANK | Ferdinand Kingsley lives the dream in Netflix Original Mank (2020)

Film Forums (YouTube)
December 3, 2020

Mank Star Ferdinand Kingsley Talks Netflix Film, Love Of Aston Villa & Passion Of Black & White Film

Switchbox TV (YouTube)
December 4, 2020

MANK Interview: Ferdinand Kingsley On Working With David Fincher

FilmSpeak (YouTube)
December 7, 2020

Ferdinand Kingsley: Up Close and Personal About His Family and Fame

The Katz Walk with Joseph Katz (Evergreen Podcasts)
January 14, 2021

Mank: Interviews. Tom Pelphrey

Tom Pelphrey plays screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Herman’s younger brother, in Mank.

Tom Pelphrey: intervista ai protagonisti di Mank di David Fincher

Cinefilos_it (YouTube)
November 28, 2020

Tom Pelphrey MANK Interview | Netflix

kinowetter (YouTube)
December 2, 2020

Tom Pelphrey Talks “Mank” (& “Ozark”)

Sarina Bellissimo (YouTube)
December 3, 2020

MANK | Entrevista a Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins y Tom Pelphrey

SensaCine (YouTube)
December 2, 2020

‘Mank’ Interviews with Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tom Pelphrey

CinemaBlend (YouTube)
December 2, 2020

Cinema | Mank: il nostro incontro con Amanda Seyfried e Tom Pelphrey

BadTaste.it (YouTube)
December 3, 2020

Mank Actor Tom Pelphrey on His 90-Minute Zoom Audition with David Fincher

Collider Interviews (YouTube)
December 9, 2020

Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins On Going Old-School in Mank (plus Tom Pelphrey)

John Fardy
November 27, 2020
Screentime (Newstalk Podcast)

‘Mank’ Star Tom Pelphrey on Saying One of Cinema’s Most Famous Words

Brian Davids
December 2, 2020
The Hollywood Reporter

Mank: Interviews. Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried plays actress Marion Davies, life partner of William Randolph Hearst, in Mank.

Amanda Seyfried, Mank, Best party, Dad’s response, fame & motherhood

Margaret Gardiner (YouTube)
October 31, 2020

Breaking Entertainment News: Amanda Seyfried on MANK

Golden Globes (YouTube)
November 13, 2020

Amanda Seyfried Talks MANK, Playing Marion Davies, Filming Multiple Takes with David Fincher

Jake’s Takes (YouTube)
November 19, 2020

Interview: Amanda Seyfried – Mank

CineXpress (YouTube)
November 23, 2020

Amanda Seyfried über “Mank”

CINEMA-Magazin (YouTube)
November 25, 2020

Amanda Seyfried: intervista ai protagonisti di Mank di David Fincher

Cinefilos_it (YouTube)
November 28, 2020

Could Amanda Seyfried bag an Oscar for Netflix movie Mank?

On Demand Entertainment (YouTube)
November 29, 2020

Amanda Seyfried On Netflix’s ‘Mank’: ‘It Just Couldn’t Get Any More Beautiful’

CBS Los Angeles (YouTube)
November 30, 2020

Nelson Aspen chats with Amanda Seyfried & Lily Collins about “Mank”

NelsonAspen (YouTube)
November 30, 2020

Amanda Seyfried Mank Interview

DE PELICULA (YouTube)
December 1, 2020

Amanda Seyfried MANK Interview | Netflix

kinowetter (YouTube)
December 2, 2020

Interview: Amanda Seyfried on working with David Fincher on Mank

Próxima Tanda (YouTube)
December 2, 2020

Amanda Seyfried Interview – “Mank”

Paul’s Trip to the Movies (YouTube)
December 2, 2020

MANK – AMANDA SEYFRIED INTERVIEW (2020)

Bonnie Laufer Krebs (YouTube)
December 2, 2020

Conversations: Amanda Seyfried

FilmGordon (YouTube)
December 2, 2020

Amanda Seyfried On The Dream She Never Thought She Had

Sarina Bellissimo (YouTube)
December 3, 2020

Interview: Amanda Seyfried star of ‘Mank’ (Netflix)

AwardsWatch (YouTube)
December 3, 2020

Amanda Seyfried on Oscar Buzz, Her Birthday & Scaring Her Husband

Jimmy Kimmel Live (YouTube)
December 3, 2020

Amanda Seyfried talks about jumping into history, Black & White cinema and working with Gary Oldman.

Review Nation (YouTube)
December 4, 2020

Amanda Seyfried discusses her character Marion Davie on Netflix’s MANK

Jana On Camera (YouTube)
December 4, 2020

Amanda Seyfried talks about playing Marion Davies In David Fincher’s Mank

blackfilmandtv (YouTube)
December 4, 2020

MANK: Hablamos con Amanda Seyfried

La Cosa Cine (YouTube)
December 4, 2020

Amanda Seyfried on Mank I Netflix Interview

Brief Take (YouTube)
December 4, 2020

Amanda Seyfried on The Graham Norton Show (2020)

The Graham Norton Show (YouTube)
December 4, 2020

MANK | AMANDA SEYFRIED REVELA CÓMO FUE HACER UNA PELÍCULA COMO SI HUBIERAN FILMADO EN LOS 1930’S.

Movies Con Jovanny (YouTube)
December 6, 2020

Amanda Seyfried Takes Us from Lessons Learned on Mean Girls to Making Mank with David Fincher

Collider (YouTube)
December 5, 2020

Conversations at Home with Amanda Seyfried of MANK

SAG-AFTRA Foundation (YouTube)
January 13, 2021

MANK | Entrevista a Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins y Tom Pelphrey

SensaCine (YouTube)
December 2, 2020

‘Mank’ Interviews with Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tom Pelphrey

CinemaBlend (YouTube)
December 2, 2020

Cinema | Mank: il nostro incontro con Amanda Seyfried e Tom Pelphrey

BadTaste.it (YouTube)
December 3, 2020

Amanda Seyfried e Lily Collins: como foi desaparecer no mundo de ‘MANK’

UOL (YouTube)
December 3, 2020

Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tom Pelphrey – Mank | Röportaj #18

FilmLoverss (YouTube)
December 4, 2020

Amanda Seyfried Dishes on Her Farm Life

Late Night with Seth Meyers (YouTube)
December 16, 2020

Tackling an Ingenue | Amanda Seyfried on Marion Davis and Mank

Netflix (YouTube)
January 14, 2021

Amanda Seyfried reflects on her path to career-best notices for ‘Mank’

Riley Chow
January 21, 2021
Gold Derby

Actors on Actors: Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Kirby

Kate Aurthur
January 29, 2021
Variety

Amanda Seyfried Reacts To ‘Mank’ Oscar Buzz

ET Canada (YouTube)
January 29, 2021

Amanda Seyfried on Oscar buzz, saying ‘no’ to superhero films

Associated Press (YouTube)
January 29, 2021

Amanda Seyfried talks her new film ‘Mank’ and farm life

Popcorn with Peter Travers (YouTube)
February 19, 2021

Amanda Seyfried talks about her new film, ‘Mank’

Good Morning America (YouTube)
February 19, 2021

Mank | Conversation with Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave

Netflix (YouTube)
February 26, 202

Cher in Conversation with Amanda Seyfried

Netflix Awards FYC
March 4, 2021

A conversation with Actor Amanda Seyfried on behalf of MANK. Moderated by Cher.

Amanda Seyfried on “Mank”: “I have never seen myself dressed up that way.”

Scott Orlin
November 23, 2020
The Golden Globe (HFPA)

Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins On Going Old-School in Mank

John Fardy
November 27, 2020
Screentime (Newstalk Podcast)

Present Company: Amanda Seyfried

Krista Smith
December 4, 2020
Present Company (Apple Podcasts)

Amanda Seyfried: Golden Age

Krista Smith
December 4, 2020
Netflix Queue

Amanda Seyfried Finally Stakes Her Claim

The “Mean Girls” and “Mamma Mia!” actress knows her performance as Marion Davies in“Mank” will be a turning point in her career. But first, she had to put some distance between herself and Hollywood.

Kyle Buchanan
November 29, 2020
The New York Times

Amanda Seyfried Finds the Nuances in Marion Davies in ‘Mank’

Frank J. Avella
December 2, 2020
Awards Daily

Amanda Seyfried on working with director David Fincher on ‘Mank’

Susan King
December 13, 2020
Gold Derby

Amanda Seyfried Talks ‘Mank,’ ‘Mean Girls,’ Working With David Fincher & The Benefits Of 100 Takes [Interview]

Rodrigo Perez
January 25, 2021
The Playlist

The 2015 Movie Draft. Plus: Amanda Seyfried!

Sean FennesseyAmanda Dobbins, and Chris Ryan
January 26, 2021
The Big Picture (The Ringer Podcasts)

Interview: Amanda Seyfried on Marion Davies, Old Hollywood and ‘Mank’

Karen M. Peterson
January 28, 2021
We Live Entertainment

Awards Daily Podcast: Amanda Seyfried on What Marion Davies Would Think of Her ‘Mank’ Triumph

Clarence Moye
January 29, 2021
Awards Daily

Amanda Seyfried is not taking this moment for granted

Lindsey Bahr
February 23, 2021
AP

Amanda Seyfried’s Golden Age

Katey Rich
February 23, 2021
Vanity Fair

Awards Spotlight: Amanda Seyfried Marks a Career High in David Fincher’s ‘Mank’ (Watch)

Anne Thompson
February 26, 2021
IndieWire

An Intimate Look at Amanda Seyfried’s Virtual Golden Globes Celebration

Erik Messerschmidt captured the night in a series of intimate photos for Vogue.

Sarah Spellings
March 1, 2021
Vogue

Mank: Interviews. Lily Collins

Lily Collins plays Rita Alexander, Herman’s secretary, in Mank.

Lily Collins Interview for Netflix’s Oscar Award Contender MANK

BlackTree TV (YouTube)
November 19, 2020

Interview: Lily Collins – Mank

CineXpress (YouTube)
November 20, 2020

Lily Collins Talks EMILY IN PARIS and MANK

Jake’s Takes (YouTube)
Nov 19, 2020

Lily Collins details “MANK”

FabTV (YouTube)
November 21, 2020

Lily Collins Talks WEDDING PLANNING and ‘Emily in Paris’ Season 2 (Exclusive)

Entertainment Tonight (YouTube)
November 26, 2020

Lily Collins: intervista ai protagonisti di Mank di David Fincher

Cinefilos_it (YouTube)
November 28, 2020

‘WE’RE SO READY!’ Lily Collins on Emily in Paris S2!

On Demand Entertainment (YouTube)
November 28, 2020

Lily Collins Dishes on Engagement to Charlie McDowell, Plus: Her New Movie ‘Mank’

extratv (YouTube)
November 30, 2020

Nelson Aspen chats with Amanda Seyfried & Lily Collins about “Mank”

NelsonAspen (YouTube)
November 30, 2020

Lily Collins Reveals the Correct Pronunciation of Emily in Paris

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (YouTube)
November 30, 2020

Lily Collins talks about new movie ‘Mank’

Today TV (YouTube)
December 1, 2020

Lily Collins On Netflix’s “Mank” & “Emily In Paris”: “I Knew I Was Going To Be Learning Something New”

CBS Los Angeles (YouTube)
December 1, 2020

Lily Collins MANK Interview | Netflix

kinowetter (YouTube)
December 2, 2020

Lily Collins On “Mank” And The Success of “Emily in Paris”

Sarina Bellissimo (YouTube)
December 3, 2020

Lily Collins Mank Interview

DE PELICULA (YouTube)
December 3, 2020

Mank: Hablamos con Lily Collins

La Cosa Cine (YouTube)
December 4, 2020

Lily Collins on ‘Mank’ and Discovering David Fincher Is Funny

Collider Interviews (YouTube)
December 7, 2020

Q&A with Lily Collins on Emily in Paris & Mank

In Creative Company (YouTube)
January 14, 2021

MANK | Entrevista a Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins y Tom Pelphrey

SensaCine (YouTube)
December 2, 2020

‘Mank’ Interviews with Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tom Pelphrey

CinemaBlend (YouTube)
December 2, 2020

Amanda Seyfried e Lily Collins: como foi desaparecer no mundo de ‘MANK’

UOL (YouTube)
December 3, 2020

Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tom Pelphrey – Mank | Röportaj #18

FilmLoverss (YouTube)
December 4, 2020

Hollywood’s Gary Oldman, Lily Collins talk ‘Mank’

Arab News (YouTube)
December 10, 2020

Amanda Seyfried and Lily Collins On Going Old-School in Mank

John Fardy
November 27, 2020
Screentime (Newstalk Podcast)

Inside Total Film: Gary Oldman & Lily Collins for Mank + Viggo Mortensen & Lance Henriksen for Falling

Inside Total Film
December 3, 2020

Present Company: Lily Collins

Krista Smith
December 11, 2020
Present Company (Apple Podcasts)

Lily Collins: Modern Classic

Krista Smith
December 11, 2020
Netflix Queue

Lily Collins on Netflix’s New Oscar Contender Mank—and the Second Season of Emily in Paris

Radhika Seth
November 26, 2020
Vogue

Lily Collins Earned Her Spot by Putting in the Work + Pushing Through the ‘Nos’

Elyse Roth
November 18, 2020
Backstage

‘Emily in Paris’ star Lily Collins plays the audience’s proxy in ‘Mank’

In the Oscar-magnet Netflix film, her typist character brings ‘a young and fresh perspective’ to her boss, the booze-soaked narcissist writing ‘Citizen Kane.’

Richard Roeper
December 1, 2020
Chicago Sun-Times

Lily Collins Speaks to Alber Elbaz About Beginning New Chapters in Film and Fashion

Joshua Glass
December 12, 2020
L’Officiel