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On the Lot: New York Film Festival recap, 'Gone Girl,' Nic Cage movie pulled in China

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Ben Affleck stars in "Gone Girl," a film in which a man is the prime suspect in his wife's disappearance.
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LA Times' Rebecca Keegan just returned from the New York Film Festival and shares a recap here for Take Two's weekly look at the business of Hollywood, On the Lot.

The expectation at the film festival is that the opening night film is really the one to watch. This year it was the FOX film based on the best selling novel "Gone Girl" - starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.

It would seem a new leading man in the making emerged at the New York Film Festival--an actor named Jack O'Connell, who stars in the film "'71." The film is about a British soldier fighting to survive after being accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot in Belfast in 1971. Keegan shares how the film played with audiences at the festival.

And on the other side of the world, a movie called "Outcast" about 12th century China starring Nicolas Cage, was set to premiere late last week in 5000 theaters in China. But government officials pulled the film at the last minute. Keegan shares why.