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You may have seen a bunch of images, or even the trailer for the upcoming boxing pic Southpaw, which clearly displays a buffed-up Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead (see above). Well, the role that Gyllenhaal plays in the movie, Billy Hope, was originally supposed to be played by rapper/actor Eminem when the project was in development, back in 2010.
The film, according to the screenwriter, Kurt Sutter (Sons Of Anarchy), is loosely based on Eminem’s ‘struggles’ in life with boxing being used as a metaphor. Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, left the project in 2011 to concentrate on his music, but despite being replaced by Gyllenhaal, he still features on the film’s soundtrack, and his song ‘Phenomenal’ has just been released online.
Listen to Eminem’s track ‘Phenomenal’ below. »
- Paul Heath
I hate to admit it, but it's true: I failed you guys last month. I don't say that because I ultimately recommended you check out a couple of stinkers in May's monthly movie preview (we'll get to that in a moment), but rather because, of the five movies I mentioned as "must-sees", I actually only saw two of them. I led last month's post with the caveat that there wasn't much of note coming out during May, but still, if I'm gonna recommend movies I should probably watch 'em too, and I vow to do so from now on. Unless I change my mind. Or run out of money. Or everyone else tells me they're bad and that I should run for the hills and avoid them forever. Point is, I'll try. Not to make excuses, but I did have a lot going on last month. I finished grad school, »
- Jordan Benesh
Eminem has premiered his brand new single 'Phenomenal' in full, after teasing it last month.
"We have been involved in developing Southpaw since its inception, and Eminem has dedicated himself to ensuring that this film captured his passion for the project through his music," said Shady Records president Paul Rosenberg.
"We've assembled a great soundtrack to accompany what's sure to be one of the finest boxing films ever."
Gyllenhaal plays a left-handed prize fighter who suffers a family tragedy after winning a big title. He is forced to put his life back together to earn the respect of his young daughter.
Watch a trailer for Southpaw below: »
The singer makes a brief appearance in the film as a drug addict and prostitute, and Gyllenhaal has "a lot of time for her" after seeing how well she could act.
Speaking at a preview of the film at the Cannes Film Festival (via Pa), he said: "[There were] no problems at all. She was great. People will see she brought a lot. I have a lot of time for her."
"She was prepared. She had no vanity, no problem looking as bad as she does in the film," he said. "People will see a different, dramatic side to her. I would work with her again."
Ora herself has described working with »
The American Black Film Festival (Abff) has announced its 2015 lineup of films - documentaries, web originals, short films and narrative features - which will be showcased at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square. Director Rick Famuyiwa’s buzzy "Dope" - presented by the Motion Picture Association - will make its New York City debut at the festival, opening night, on Thursday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m at the Sva Theatre. Produced by Forest Whitaker, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Pharrell Williams, and Sean “P.Diddy” Combs, the coming of age comedy/drama is one of the most talked about film releases of the 2015 summer season. This year’s Spotlight Screenings, include John Singleton’s »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Festival delegate general Thierry Fremaux introduced the sneak screening, which was also attended by singers Mary J. Blige and Charli Xcx, as well as models Adriana Lima and Dita Von Teese, by praising Gyllenhaal’s performance as “one of his best.”
Fremaux, a self-proclaimed sporting enthusiast, said the movie beautifully captures a sport that usually doesn’t read well on the bigscreen.
“This sport is so well-filmed on television that it’s very hard to get the same feeling in the cinema on screen like Martin Scorsese did with ‘Raging Bull,’” he said. “But this film is so strong and credible. We believe Jake is a boxer first.”
Audiences were shown a sneak peek of »
- Maane Khatchatourian
The rapper, who was originally tipped to play the lead role, will release the album via his label Shady Records in July.
Shady Records president Paul Rosenberg told Billboard: "We have been involved in developing Southpaw since its inception and Eminem has dedicated himself to ensuring that this film captured his passion for the project through the music."
The lead single from the album will be 'Phenomenal' which has been produced by DJ Khalil.
Southpaw stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a left-handed prize fighter who suffers a family tragedy after winning a big title. He is forced to put his life back together to earn the respect of his young daughter.
The Prisoners actor had to gain 15 pounds of muscle for the role.
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Shady Records/Interscope Records will release Southpaw (Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture), soundtrack to The Weinstein Company motion picture Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The album – which will feature new songs created for and inspired by the film and more – will be released this July. Shady Records founder Eminem also serves as the album’s executive producer.
The DJ Khalil produced first single from the soundtrack, Eminem’s “Phenomenal,” appears in the trailer of the new movie.
The film, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and written by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy, The Shield), is the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, the reigning light heavyweight boxing champion of the world (played by Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Read More: Sundance Review: 'Dope' is a Slick Hip-Hop–Driven Tale of Divided Identity New footage of Rick Famuyiwa's acclaimed coming-of-age tale "Dope" has been unveiled. The festival smash, coming off of a prize-winning run at the Sundance Film Festival, is currently being showcased in the Directors' Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival. It's slated for theatrical release next month. The official synopsis for "Dope" reads: "The hit movie out of the Sundance Film Festival, 'Dope' tells the story of Malcolm (Shameik Moore) who is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles. A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself." Zoe Kravitz and "The Grand Budapest Hotel" breakout Tony Revolori co-star. The film has quite the pedigree, with Forest Whitaker signed on as a producer, »
- David Canfield
Last fall, Antoine Fuqua inked a production partnership with Im Global - one of the leading film financing, sales and distribution companies in the world. The deal will see Im Global develop, produce and finance feature film and TV projects with Fuqua's production company - Fuqua Films. The news came on the heels of Fuqua’s most recent effort, "The Equalizer," starring Denzel Washington, with the boxing drama "Southpaw," which stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Forest Whitaker, up next. We can also now add "Patrolman P" to the director's to-do list, which will be a drama series for HBO based on the 2013 documentary of the same »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Earlier this month, we showed you the first photos from the upcoming film Sicario.
Today you get a first look at the poster for director Denis Villeneuve’s searing emotional-thriller that descends into the intrigue, corruption and moral mayhem of the borderland drug wars.
Lionsgate’s drama will screen this month In Competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2015.
When Arizona FBI agent and kidnap-response-team leader Kate Macer (Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt) uncovers a Mexican cartel’s house of death, her shocking find leads to profound consequences on both a personal and global level. Kate is recruited to join a covert black-ops mission headed by a mysterious Colombian operative known only as Alejandro (Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro, Best Supporting Actor, Traffic, 2000) along with special agent Matt Graver (Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin, Best Supporting Actor, Milk, 2008).
Even as Kate tries to convince herself she’s on a hunt for justice, »
- Michelle McCue
Director Paul Greengrass (“The Bourne Ultimatum”) has had development trouble on several tantalizing projects in recent years. His Martin Luther King drama “Memphis” had several false starts, and while cast with Forest Whitaker in 2013, one has to wonder if “Selma” put the kibosh on it. The filmmaker had similar trouble on his untitled Jimi Hendrix film four years ago. In fact, the project was killed at the end of 2010 when the rocker's estate wouldn't give any kind of approval. It’s no wonder Greengrass turned back to Jason Bourne (the new iteration with Matt Damon back in the lead shoots this fall). Read More: Retrospective: The Films Of Paul Greengrass Legendary Pictures chief Thomas Tull gambled last time, worked on a script, and then sought approval from Hendrix’s notoriously picky gate keepers. It didn’t work. But Tull is back, with Greengrass in tow, and they’ve hired a »
- Rodrigo Perez
I listed it as one of my 20 most anticipated films arriving this summer, but I also fear Southpaw might be a bit of a stinker. I didn't watch the first trailer after hearing it was a bit spoilerish, but I did peep a few seconds of this one and the brawl at what appears to be an awards ceremony followed by the gunshot and the death of... someone (maybe his longtime trainerc) seems a little on the nose, not to mention a little Rocky III, which isn't all that bad... Rocky III might be a little steeped in stupidity, but it was still fun, the question is whether or not this movie will have a little fun, or if it will be too overly melodramatic. I don't know, maybe I'm just nervous because I got my hopes up a little too high for this one. sb id="1519073" height="281" width="500" From »
- Brad Brevet
From director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and writers Kurt Sutter (Sons Of Anarchy) and Richard Wenk (The Mechanic) comes Southpaw – the story of Billy “The Great” Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. When tragedy strikes and he loses it all, Billy enters the battle of his life as he struggles to become a contender once again and win back those he loves.
Southpaw is set for release on July 31st and stars Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Rachel McAdams (A Most Wanted Man), Rita Ora (Fifty Shades of Grey), Naomie Harris (Skyfall), Forest Whitaker (Out of the Furnace), 50 Cent (Real Steel) and Victor Ortiz (The Expendables 3).
Southpaw is released in the Us and the UK on July 24th
- Scott J. Davis
★★☆☆☆ Bizarrely selected as closing film of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, French director Jérôme Salle's ultra-generic South African cop thriller Zulu (2013) - starring Forest Whitaker, Orlando Bloom and over one hundred grating clichés - finds its way onto DVD this week. Whitaker plays Captain Ali, a rigorous and by-the-books police officer who is haunted by a terrible incident in his past. Bloom is the Martin Riggs of the pair, a serial philanderer, an absent father and an alcoholic who certainly doesn't feel inclined to play by the rules. When a rich white girl is beaten to death the pair are called in and are soon linking the murder to a new kind of drug being sold on the streets, as well as a raft of missing children.
- CineVue UK
The Weinstein Company has released a heart-pounding, brand new TV spot for their highly anticipated film, Southpaw.
Starring Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Southpaw tells the story of Billy Hope, a boxer who fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.
Check out the intense TV Spot for this emotional drama now and tune-in when it airs this Saturday during the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight coverage.
Gyllenhaal recently visited the Ellen Show to discuss his training for the film and to jump rope.
From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and screenwriters Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Richard Wenk (The Mechanic), Southpaw tells the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, reigning Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World (Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal).
Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, »
- Michelle McCue
A critical hit and audience favorite out of the Sundance Film Festival, in Dope, Malcolm (Shameik Moore) is carefully surviving life in a tough neighborhood in Los Angeles while juggling college applications, academic interviews, and the Sat.
A chance invitation to an underground party leads him into an adventure that could allow him to go from being a geek, to being dope, to ultimately being himself.
From Open Road Films, »
- Michelle McCue
The May 1 release of Avengers: Age of Ultron marks the "official" start of the 2015 Summer Movie Season and with that in mind, it's only appropriate to offer up a look forward at what's ahead over the next four months. What is ahead over the next four monthsc Well, a lot of movies that cost a lot of money with a few smaller features mixed in for good measure, and as much as some of us may lament the fact studios have become so franchise focused, it's hard not to admit a desire to see some of these bigger features. As a means of whittling down the flock of films arriving over the next several months I've chosen to take a look at my 20 most anticipated, which does mean there are bound to be some titles I probably ought to mention, but didn't make the list for a variety of reasons. »
- Brad Brevet
Speaking in an interview with John Hazelton in Screen and Telefilm Canada’s Cannes Special supplement due out in May, Villeneuve admits the prospect of tackling a Blade Runner sequel was intimidating.
“Let’s say it wasn’t an easy decision to make,” he said, “because I’m a massive Blade Runner fan, it’s one of my favourite movies.”
The director of Prisoners and Enemy added: “I was massively influenced, like a lot of people, by this movie. And Ridley Scott is a master.
“So I’m going there with a great amount of humility and a great amount of deep joy. And I know I can do it.”
Artistic director jumped at chance to premiere My Golden Years.
Directors’ Fortnight Edouard Waintrop has revealed he jumped at the chance to premiere Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days at the parallel section’s 47th edition (May 14-24), describing it as the French filmmaker’s best work to date.
“When you see films like those of Desplechin and Garrel, you don’t think twice, you invite them immediately,” Waintrop told ScreenDaily after the line-up announcement on Tuesday, also referring to Philippe Garrel’s In the Shadow of Women.
Both films – and in particular My Golden Days – had been tipped for a slot in Official Selection.
Waintrop would not be drawn on the fact they had ended up in Directors’ Fortnight.
“Why weren’t they selected elsewhere? Ask ‘elsewhere’,” he said.
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