LAS VEGAS — With "Gone Girl,"
After unveiling a brief first look at "Girl," David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling mystery novel starring
Set in the U.K., the movie features
In "Secret Service" footage shown Thursday, Firth is seen wooing a young recruit (newcomer Taron Egerton) in a pub when their conversation is interrupted by thugs. Despite his thick-rimmed glasses and tailored suit, Firth swiftly takes out the motley crew with the aid of his gadget-equipped umbrella.
The crowd — perhaps aware of Firth's more twee reputation — seemed to enjoy seeing the British actor kicking butt, particularly in the context of the kind of comic-book outrageousness Vaughn is known for.
Reaction was more muted for "Gone Girl," which centers on a man named Nick Dunne (Affleck) suspected of murdering his wife, Amy (
When he's not dealing with the media at press conferences or showing the police around his home, Dunne is recalling memories of Amy lying in the bath or getting into bed. There was virtually no dialogue to be heard under Costello's song, save for Nick's assertive line at the end of the teaser: "I did not kill my wife. I am not a murderer."
The films were part of an ambitious 2014 slate from Fox, which also teased big-budget sequels like "X-Men: Days of Future Past," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2." The studio was also the first this week to feature a live performance element of its presentation, bringing in Ester Dean and B.O.B. to sing a song from the "Rio 2" soundtrack with a slew of barely clothed samba dancers alongside them.
Also as part of the Fox festivities,
"I think Fox is sort of pioneering a new revolution in having a young female lead of a movie" in having her wear an oxygen tube throughout an entire film, Woodley told the crowd.
While executives were likely pleased with Woodley's remarks, they were less happy with comments made by National Assn. of Theater Owner head John Fithian earlier in the week.
On Tuesday, Fithian surprised many conferencegoers by saying he opted to watch Fox Searchlight's
Two days later, Fox's president of distribution Chris Aronson fired back.