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Fantastic Fest 2014: ‘Nightcrawler’ is undone by a clumsy approach to satire

6 hours ago | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written and directed by Dan Gilroy

United States, 2014

Nightcrawler, the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Gilroy, has a strong kinship with Sidney Lumet’s Network. Both take a satirical view of broadcast journalism, portraying the profession as a cold-blooded environment where sensationalism takes center stage. If there is one difference that separates the newer film from its 1976 predecessor, though, it is that the former possesses none of the latter’s biting wit. Nightcrawler is incredibly heavy-handed with its message, and the satirical dialogue is far from profound.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a sociopath determined to find career success. While driving one evening, he comes across a traffic accident that is being filmed by a pair of freelance crime journalists (one of whom is played by Bill Paxton). Bloom is immediately intrigued by the profession and soon purchases his own camera. He is fearless as a videographer, going so »

- Jacob Carter

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Oscar Season Preview

11 hours ago | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Now that summer movie season is over, it’s Oscar season. During winter and fall many Oscar-hopeful movies are released. This is our overview of what you can expect leading up to the 2015 Oscars. 

For fans of film, fall and winter are the best times of the year. This is when, typically, some of the most well-received films are released. Unofficially, we call it Oscar Season, and there’s good reason that the year’s best films are saved for last. Any film released before the end of the year is eligible for Oscar nomination. Therefore, if you release your film towards the end of the year, it will be fresher in audience and critic minds when awards time rolls around in early March/late February (February 22nd, 2015 to be exact).

In preparation for the fall and winter movie season, we’ve put together this preview of films that have been getting lots of attention. »

- (G.S. Perno)

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Rome reveals 'slimmer' line-up

16 hours ago | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

The ninth Rome Film Festival (Oct 16-25) has revealed a diverse line-up including the Italian premieres for potential awards contenders including David Fincher’s Gone Girl. the world premiere of Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will and Burhan Qurbani’s We are Young, We are Strong and European premiere of Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, Toronto hit Still Alice and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.

This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme will be decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.

Each section has changed name and focus for 2014 and are all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.

Italian comedies Soap Opera and Andiamo a Quel Paese bookend the line-up.

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UK Quad Banner for Jake Gyllenhaal's Upcoming Crime Thriller Nightcrawler

18 hours ago | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, Nightcrawler also stars Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed, Eric Lange, and Jonny Coyne, and opens in theaters October 31st, 2014. Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling -- where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to »

- Pietro Filipponi

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New UK poster for Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal

28 September 2014 4:44 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A few days ago we got a new one-sheet for Nightcrawler, and now we have a new UK quad poster for the upcoming thriller, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal (Enemy), Rene Russo (Thor: The Dark World), Bill Paxton (Twister) and Riz Ahmed (Four Lions). Check it out here…

Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, »

- Gary Collinson

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New poster for Nightcrawler featuring Jake Gyllenhaal

25 September 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Open Road Films has released a new poster for Nightcrawler, director Dan Gilroy’s upcoming thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Enemy); take a look below, and check out our review from the Toronto International Film Festival here…

Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.

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- Gary Collinson

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Marvel's Agents of Shield S2 character speculation Part 2

24 September 2014 | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

In the first part of this article, we looked at the idea of "What will they become?" and what it represents in terms of the show's commitment to arc-based, character-driven storytelling, as well as applying the question to the character of Coulson. We'll now go on to ask "What will they become?" about each of the show's other five main characters. As before, spoilers for Season 1 follow.

May (Ming-Na Wen)

Season 1 showed us three different sides to Melinda May. The first is Ninja May, an awesome, highly capable Shield operative, who's so concise, efficient, and just plain cool that she's basically a ninja. She's essentially Mulan meets Chuck Norris (because she's played by the same actress as the former, and has a meme-generating quality to rival the latter), and is easily the show's most comic-book character not derived from the comics.

The second is Angsty May (not to be confused »

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Lucy Lawless talks her 'badass' 'Agents of Shield' character: 'She's a dangerous gal'

22 September 2014 3:50 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) The slogan "Trust No One" applies to more than just "The X-Files." In season one of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," the team was blindsided and betrayed by their teammate Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), as well as long-time agent and main character Phil Coulson's (Clark Gregg) friend, John Garrett (Bill Paxton). Both secretly served Hydra and were instrumental in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s dismantling. Now, to rebuild the organization and to continue to confront major threats, Coulson -- now director of the new S.H.I.E.L.D. -- has added to his ranks. One new recruit is Isabelle Hartley (Lucy Lawless), a mercenary agent who has a history with Coulson. Seen most recently as Ron Swanson's love interest in "Parks and Recreation," Lawless has an especially storied career in genre television, including her starring role as "Xena: Warrior Princess," plus the acclaimed "Battlestar Galactica" revival and multiple "Spartacus" series. »

- Bryan Cairns, Comic Book Resources

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Agents of Shield Alien Writing an Easter Egg in Past Episodes

21 September 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) loves to scribble now that his mind is aware of the alien DNA flowing through his body. Those scribbles, part of the Marvel's Agents of Shield cliffhanger, will not only be seen again, but have already appeared as Easter Eggs on multiple occasions in the past.

The first time viewers saw the Agents of Shield alien writing was on a wall during a mission in Belarus. The connection at the time wasn't obvious, but Marvel has confirmed the wall markings are in fact the same alien writing that Coulson is seen filling a wall with in the Season 1 Shield finale.

The Agents of Shield alien writing pops up again on the blue alien corpse that gave Coulson and Skye (Chloe Bennet) the necessary genetic material to cheat death. Symbols matching the circles and lines written by Coulson are tattooed on the alien's torso.

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Editor’s Picks: Five Movies That Scared Me

18 September 2014 6:20 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

I love horror movies. Hell, I edit a monster magazine; it’s kind of a prerequisite. But I’ve been leaning more towards Sci-Fi films lately, and I think it’s because mainstream horror movies have kind of sucked.

I’m not saying that to be an indignant old curmudgeon. I just think that the best of utter creepiness is not going to waltz into your local multiplex. All the horror films with media fanfare are mostly predictable sequels. The Paranormal Activity train won’t stop running; there seem to be more copycats of Insidious these days than there are Nightmare on Elm Street films—which is fine; whatever, except that Insidious, while creepy, flubbed its ending and fell far from the masterpiece tree. Copycats have ranged from decent (The Conjuring) to downright terrible (Sinister), and they’re all full of jump-shocks, hysterical wives, and last-minute twist (read: predictably bad) endings. »

- Holly Interlandi

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Meet the Comicbook Heroes Battling for Control of Fall TV

17 September 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Every summer tells the same story: superheroes reign supreme at the global box office, with studios churning out sequel after reboot after prequel to capitalize on pop culture’s hottest trend. This year’s undisputed champion is Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which has raked in over $300 million domestically to date.

But while Marvel continues to dominate the big screen, rival publisher DC Comics is poised for a small screen coup. This fall, DC and Warner Bros. Television have three hotly anticipated comicbook properties slated to hit the air: the CW’s “Arrow” spinoff “The Flash”; NBC’s darker “Constantine” and Fox’s Batman prequel series “Gotham,” with CW procedural “iZombie” on deck for midseason. Looking ahead to next season, TNT is also nearing a pilot production order for “Titans,” a one-hour drama that will focus on DC’s younger heroes, while Fox just gave a put pilot production »

- Laura Prudom and Whitney Friedlander

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Film Independent sets Forum keynotes

16 September 2014 3:59 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 10th annual Film Independent Forum will take place in Los Angeles over October 24-26.

Writer-director Jill Soloway will deliver the filmmaker keynote on October 25 followed by Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League with the executive keynote on October 26.

Bold Films’ Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton will kick off the Forum on October 24 followed by a Q&A with writer-director Dan Gilroy and producer Jennifer Fox.

For the first time Film Independent and CreatorUp will co-produce a hackathon for filmmakers and developers to make a technology prototype for filmmakers to connect with fans for film projects that create social impact.

Eight filmmakers will be selected and paired with developers and all projects will be presented on October 26.

At the Alfred P Sloan Foundation Reception during the Forum, the Sloan Producers Grant, which provides a $30,000 production grant and acceptance into Film Independent’s Producing Lab, will be awarded to a Film Independent Fellow »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One DVD Review

15 September 2014 9:07 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett DaltonChloe BennetIain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Bill Paxton, Patton Oswalt, Samuel L. Jackson Running time: 946 minutes (22 episodes, 5 discs), Rated Tvpg Special Features: 3 episode commentaries with cast and writers; Marvel Studios: Assembling the Universe [43 min]; Journey into Sdcc [13 min]; Field Reports (behind the scenes shorts); 2 VFX Progressions; Bloopers of S.H.I.E.L.D. (7 min); 8 Deleted Scenes; Trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: Winter Soldier Available on DVD & Blu-ray 08.09.14 After the “Battle of New York” from The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) is brought back from the dead  [ Read More ]

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Tiff 2014: Kevin Costner goes to bat for Black and White

8 September 2014 10:47 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Most of Kevin Costner's most famous films wouldn't seem to be easy sells. How would it today sound to pitch a studio on a Civil War soldier befriending Sioux Indians on the South Dakota plains? Or on an Iowa farmer who hears voices?


But while Costner's industry clout was once impervious, he's had to fight harder for his latest, the drama Black and White, which premiered over the weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the film, written and directed by Mike Binder, Costner plays a Los Angeles attorney devastated by the deaths of his daughter and wife. A custody battle over his granddaughter ensues between Costner's character and the child's African-American grandmother (Octavia Spencer).

"I was pretty convinced someone would want to make it, but that just wasn't the case," Costner said in a recent interview. "I didn't fight, I just kind of surrendered. So I used »

- and contributors

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Nightcrawler | 2014 Tiff Review

8 September 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

While the City Sleeps: Gyllenhaal Gets His Money Shot in Gilroy’s Debut

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more enjoyably witty criticism of modern exploitative media tactics taken to a new extreme than Dan Gilroy’s viciously adept directorial debut, Nightcrawler. Humanity’s morbid curiosity with the grisly, disturbing, and depraved happenings in the world around us has long tainted the art of journalism and mass media, and has thus been depicted for ages already in the cinema. Gilroy’s film owes as much to Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole (1951) as it does Sidney Lumet’s Network (1976), upping the action ante with the growing Gilroy stamp (his brother directed Michael Clayton and the last Bourne film). And yet, it’s an excitingly well written dark hearted treatise with a vitriolic little statement all its own, a glorious new love letter to the seedy underside of Los Angeles, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Hans Zimmer to conduct Zurich masterclass

8 September 2014 6:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Others to take part in on-stage discussions include Susanne Bier, Frederick Wiseman Michael Ballhaus and Ulrich Seidl. Also, Nightcrawler will receive its European premiere at Zurich.

Movie music maestro Hans Zimmer is to take part in the Zff Masters series at the 10th Zurich Film Festival (Sept 25 – Oct 5).

The composer of scores for films including Rain Man, The Lion King, Gladiator and Inception will offer insight into his creative process in the chaired discussion that will include a public Q&A at the Filmpodium.

Others signed up for the Zff Masters include documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman and Danish screenwriter and director Susanne Bier, who won the Oscar for Best Foreign-Language Film in 2010 with In A Better World and is currently touring festivals with A Second Chance and Serena.

Zurich audiences will also be invited to attend masterclasses with veteran cinematographer Michael Ballhaus (The Departed, Goodfellas) and Ulrich Seidl, the Austrian filmmaker behind the recent Paradise trilogy and documentary »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Nightcrawler Review | Tiff 2014

7 September 2014 11:01 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Local TV news is sociopathic.  If I came up to you and began our conversation talking about the horrible deaths of total strangers that had no larger implication than seizing on your deep-seated fears about city living, you would think I’m not only insane, but predatory.  And you would be right.  Dan Gilroy’s chilling, pulse-pounding Nightcrawler manifests the essence of local news and puts it inside a protagonist where a soul should be.  Anchored by Jake Gyllenhaal giving the best performance of the year thus far, Gilroy’s film is a scathing and decadently amoral portrait of ice-cold calculation and ruthless ambition speeding through the dark streets of Los Angeles. Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) is a thief who believes he has the work ethic to achieve far more than petty crimes.  One night while driving past a car crash, he observes a “nightcrawler”, a cameraman (Bill Paxton) capturing footage »

- Matt Goldberg

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Can Open Road find room for Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and 'Nightcrawler' this season?

6 September 2014 2:32 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I came away from Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" with a new level of respect for Jake Gyllenhaal. He's been taking a lot of interesting chances lately, having already decorated his career with a string of notable filmmaker collaborations, but now he seems to really be pushing himself by exploring unique characters that might scare off most stars. The physical specificity of his "End of Watch" cop, the obsession of his "Prisoners" detective, and now, the blind ambition of his "Nightcrawler" psycho. But he doesn't play this guy as "psychotic." A driven creep looking for work and unsettlingly quick to learn and absorb, Lou Bloom finds his way into the world of freelance journalism on the night streets of Los Angeles in the film. He's never really given a big, broad outburst moment, but the drawn coil of the narrative leaves you expecting it, and that plays to the film's advantage. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Nightcrawler’

6 September 2014 5:28 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As a gonzo freelance news cameraman prowling for the goriest, grizzliest scoops he can find, Jake Gyllenhaal gives such a buggy, twitchy performance that — with his sunken cheeks, bulging eyes and greasy hair — he resembles some Cronenbergian mutant in an intermediate stage of transformation. He’s the main attraction in “Nightcrawler,” , but doesn’t have much to say beyond the familiar, shopworn hand-wringing about shutterbugs willing to do anything to get the shot and the desensitized voyeur audience — us — that laps it all up. A flashy but hollow first directing gig for veteran screenwriter Dan Gilroy (“The Bourne Legacy”), this Oct. 31 Open Road release is a star vehicle that will test audience enthusiasm for Gyllenhaal’s big, mannered star turn — a feast of capital-a acting that’s sometimes amusing to watch but not believable for so much as a second.

Very much a screenwriter’s movie in its habit of »

- Scott Foundas

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Review: Jake Gyllenhaal gets next-level creepy in great, disturbing 'Nightcrawler'

6 September 2014 12:45 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Dan Gilroy's been at this for a while now. His first produced screenplay was the largely-forgotten "Freejack," a science-fiction action movie starring Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, and a fresh-off-his-Oscar-win Anthony Hopkins in 1992. The other main co-star in the film was Rene Russo, who ended up married to Gilroy after that film, and now, a full 22 years later, she's co-starring in "Nightcrawler," which is Gilroy's move from being a writer to being a writer-director. If this is any indication of what he can do when he's in full control, then let the era of Dan Gilroy commence. Disturbing and dark, "Nightcrawler" is many things. It is a remarkable La movie, something I would not say lightly. I have a lot of problems watching movies that are "about" La, just like I have a lot of problems watching movies about making movies. I have trouble separating what I know from what I'm watching. »

- Drew McWeeny

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