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Glenn here to offer a rebuttal to my own work.
When I reviewed David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars at the New York Film Festival, I was highly critical of the film’s look. It’s the ugliest film of 2014 so far and will likely remain a recurring staple of my anti-digital rants for some time to come. Fair is fair, however, and lest I get the reputation of somebody who is strictly against digital, I wanted to sing the praises of Robert Elswit’s work on Nightcrawler. Neither a horror film as befitting its Halloween release date, nor a superhero film like many people have thought due to its title. Yet, in spite it this, the film works as both an unsettling work of urban and moral decay and a portrait of a man who, in his own eyes, is a bit of a hero.
Nightcrawler is a »
- Glenn Dunks
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo star in ‘Nightcrawler,’ about an unscrupulous videographer trolling the streets of Los Angeles for bloody crime-scene footage he can sell to a local TV news operation. It also stars Bill Paxton, James Huang and a raft of current and former Los Angeles TV news anchors and reporters, including Kent Shocknek, Pat Harvey and Sharon Tay.
Watch my video review above for more about the film, but know that I think it features Gyllenhaal’s best performance maybe ever, and a fine one by Russo as well.
The film is written and directed by Dan Gilroy, and produced by Gyllenhaal, Tony Gilroy, Jennifer Fox, David Lancaster and Michael Litvak. Open Road Films is handling distribution in the U.S. Yes, the project is a family affair, featuring work by brothers Dan, Tony (The Bourne Legacy, Michael Clayton) and editor John (Pacific Rim, Warrior) Gilroy.
Will you see the film? »
- Pete Hammond
Joining the ranks of cinema’s journalists this week is Nightcrawler's Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), a man who will do anything for the top story in the morning news cycle because, as the saying goes, “if it bleeds, it leads.” Bloom is a desperate entrepreneur who will stop at nothing to climb the underground ranks of crime video journalists and will pull out all the stops to hold morning TV news producer Nina (Rene Russo) under his thumb.
The movie, which debuted back at Tiff, is a dark portrait of the ugly underbelly of Los Angeles and the dog-eat-dog world of journalism. Directed and written by Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Identity), Nightcrawler shows that not all movies about journalism focus on the intrepid reporter who is willing to bring the truth to the public.
We’ve combed the journalistic archives to come up with ten movies that feature journalists »
- Rachel West
Not to bring things back to Oscar, perhaps a lowest common denominator form of conversation for movies, but it would be some kind of shame if Jake Gyllenhaal doesn’t get a well-deserved nomination for “Nightcrawler” because he’s all kinds of wicked and twisted worthy. Some pundits are questioning whether that’ll happen or not, but I suppose that’s someone else’s concern at the end of the day. Because ultimately, “Nightcrawler” is a deliriously manic ride that everyone involved should be proud of. Written and directed by veteran screenwriter Dan Gilroy, filmmaker Tony Gilroy’s brother and co-writer on “The Bourne Legacy” among many other projects, “Nightcrawler” is a scathing and savage tour de force drama that comments on media ethics, the bloodsporting of ruthless media, and a growing economic disparity that is cleaving culture. It’s also a dark and funny character study of an obsessive »
- Rodrigo Perez
“I knew that [my character] was literally and figuratively hungry,” Jake Gyllenhaal told Us Weekly, about his character in the upcoming nocturnal thriller “Nightcrawler” which was met with rave reviews out of Toronto last month. The normally 180lb actor lost 20lbs for the role transitioning into a "mode where I was always a bit hungry.” To Variety he added, “I would try to eat as few calories as possible. I knew if I was hungry that I was in the right spot. Physically, it showed itself, but chemically and mentally, I think it was even a more fascinating journey. It became a struggle for me.” And from all accounts, including our own rave review, Gyllenhaal’s method worked and then some. All lean and desperate, in “Nightcrawler,” the directorial debut of veteran screenwriter Dan Gilroy (and yep, the brother of Tony Gilroy), Gyllenhaal plays a man struggling to get by who discovers »
- Edward Davis
When it was announced last month that Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are bringing Jason Bourne back to the big screen, many wondered what that meant for The Bourne Legacy sequel that is in development, starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross. Jeremy Renner revealed last month that his Aaron Cross project is still happening. He now offers new details in an interview with Crave Online, where he reveals that the writers are still finishing the script while director Justin Lin is working on the first two episodes of True Detective Season 2.
"No, it's still moving. Yeah, it's still moving. We have our director who's actually run off to do the True Detective series right now, and then while that's happening they're finishing writing the script. I know Greengrass and Damon... well, I've heard have maybe cracked an idea, a reason to continue the Bourne series, which is fantastic. They have created a very exciting universe, »
According to Deadline, Universal is hard at work trying to strike a deal with both Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass in order to reunite them for a new Bourne movie. Two years ago the Jeremy Renner starring and Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) directed The Bourne Legacy brought some cool ideas to the franchise but many […]
Matt Damon and Bryan Cranston, everyone's favorite Jewish dentist, are both in early talks to star in The Great Wall for Legendary Pictures. Acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) has signed on to direct the film which will explore the mysteries behind why the Great Wall was built and the secrets it holds. The most recent draft of the screenplay was penned by Bourne writer Tony Gilroy (also of Michael Clayton). Damon is certainly making himself busy these days. He is about to start shooting The Martian with Ridley Scott and now another Bourne is in the works. Cranston, fresh off his Emmy win for the final season of "Breaking Bad" (a show I've still managed to not watch), can now find the time to probably do whatever movie he wants. I am not well versed in Yimou's filmography, but what I have seen is rather impressive. »
- Mike Shutt
• Bryan Cranston and Matt Damon are in very early talks to star in Zhang Yimou’s China-set movie The Great Wall. This is the second time the film has tried to go into production after a failed attempt by director Ed Zwick that was to star Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker. The latest draft of the supernatural adventure picture was written by Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Identity) and follows the mystery surrounding the construction of The Great Wall of China. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
The movie has been in the works for several years, with Edward Zwick once set to direct and Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker set to star. The project fell apart after Edward Zwick dropped out in September 2012, but it was revitalized once again in March when Chinese filmmaker Yimou Zhang signed on to direct.
No details have been given for Matt Damon and Bryan Cranston's characters. The plot revolves around how The Great Wall of China was built, and how it was constructed not to keep out the invading Mongol forces, but to stop an evil supernatural force from entering China.
Exclusive: Heisenberg, on the Great Wall of China? Bryan Cranston is in early talks to co-star in The Great Wall, the Legendary Pictures film the great Chinese helmer Zhang Yimou signed on to direct. This development closely follows Deadline’s Saturday scoop that Legendary and Matt Damon are trying to see if they can work out his busy schedule (he shoots Ridley Scott’s The Martian and likely follows with the Paul Greengrass-directed Bourne Identity sequel) so that he can play the lead in the China-set epic. Damon is keen on working with Zhang, and nearly did so on Flowers Of War, the picture that Christian Bale starred in. The Bourne Identity‘s Tony Gilroy wrote the most recent draft of the adventure film. Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro did the earlier draft.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Just a couple of days ago, word arrived that Matt Damon was circling a role in Zhang Yimou’s new planned Chinese epic The Great Wall. Things certainly appear to be moving, as Deadline now reports that Bryan Cranston is also in early talks to join the film.Legendary Pictures boss Thomas Tull is backing this one, and the film has been in development for a couple of years now, originally with Ed Zwick writing and directing. Since then, it’s been through a couple of script drafts – Tony Gilroy is behind the most recent – and Yimou is the man in charge of calling the shots.The epic tale is still largely under wraps, though it’s expected to tell the story of how chunks of the wall came to be built across several generations in northern China. Originally constructed to protect the northern borders of the Chinese Empire in the 5th century BC, »
The film has been in development for years with Ed Zwick (Glory) previously set to direct with Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker attached to play the leads. However, that plan crumbled, and Zwick eventually left to go direct Pawn Sacrifice, so Zhang Yimou (Hero) stepped in. The story—based on an idea by Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull and World War Z author Max Brooks—explores the mystery of why the Great Wall of China was built. You think it was to keep out the Mongolian hordes? You fool! It Is So Much More. It's also a tourist destination and a way for studios to tap into the lucrative Chinese market. Hit the jump for more. According to Deadline, Damon is interested in working with Zhang, and the two almost got together on Flowers of War, but that film ultimately starred Christian Bale. Scheduling conflicts might get in the way »
- Matt Goldberg
Earlier this year it was reported that Oliver Stone would be directing a movie about whistleblower Edward Snowden, and now it appears he may have found his lead. Handsome dude Joseph Gordon-Levitt is being eyed to play the pale, bookish computer nerd in Stone's movie. Nothing is solid yet, but Jgl just wrapped "The Walk" with Robert Zemeckis and presumably has a free schedule ahead, and with Stone eyeing a December start for his movie, it could work out. But it's likely to be a film that will pack a powder keg of controversy, so we'll see if the actor will want to go along for the ride. [Deadline] With another Bourne movie brewing, though its status and when it might shoot are still unknown, Matt Damon is keeping an eye on other gigs. And right now he's taking a look at Zhang Yimou's "The Great Wall." The long-in-the works movie »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Despite backing from Legendary boss Thomas Tull as part of his attempt to widen his focus, China-set epic The Great Wall has proven a tricky prospect. It has burnt through at least one director (Ed Zwick) and several potential cast members in its journey to the screen. Just as it starts to look like it’ll take longer to make than the structure it chronicles, word has arrived that Matt Damon might be interested in starring, which could certainly move things along.As of right now, it’s only something Damon is considering, but there are compelling reasons for him to take it. Not least of those is the chance to work with director Zhang Yimou, who is currently developing the film. Carlos Bernard and Doug Miro wrote a draft of the script, but Bourne veteran Tony Gilroy has produced the most recent version, which could also have attracted Damon’s interested. »
Exclusive: While all the buzz this week about Matt Damon focused on Deadline’s reveal that he’ll reteam with Paul Greengrass in their third Bourne Identity film, there’s another very exotic international film that Damon is also flirting with. That is the lead role in The Great Wall, the Legendary Pictures film the great Chinese helmer Zhang Yimou signed on to direct. Legendary Pictures principal Thomas Tull has been trying to mount the China-set epic for several years now. Script is by Carlo Bernard and Doug Miro, but the most recent draft is by Tony Gilroy, who is familiar to Damon in that he scripted those terrific Bourne Identity films. The Great Wall was going to shoot last year and give Legendary a foothold into the China market, with Ed Zwick helming. While Zwick went as far as casting Henry Cavill and Benjamin Walker, it just didn’t »
- Mike Fleming Jr
When James Schamus is on a bill, he can generally be trusted to deliver an intellectual reality check to the motion picture business. That’s just what he did tonight in London as the first guest of BAFTA’s 2014 Screenwriters’ Lectures series. Introduced as “renowned autodidact and multihyphenate,” the former Focus Features boss and the author of dozens of screenplays in 25 years of making movies used his 60 minutes at the lectern to reject the use of the word “art” as applied to screenwriting. His evidence began with the birth of the screenplay and meandered through copyright law and German esthetics. But it was a business lecture, not a philosophical one, he stressed. “If there’s one thing I can say, it’s that in 25 years in the movie business, I made money.”
But Hollywood has changed, he said. Waxing on the world of studio moviemaking, he put it bluntly: “Hollywood »
- Joe Utichi, Special To Deadline
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
In a surprise move over at Universal, both director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon are both making a return to the Jason Bourne franchise that started with The Bourne Identity all of the way back in 2002. Edge Of Tomorrow helmer Doug Liman directed that movie, but Greengrass brought the following sequels The Bourne Supermacy and The Bourne Ultimatum to cinemas in the years that followed.
In 2012, ‘Ultimatum’ writer Tony Gilroy stepped into the role of director for spin-off The Bourne Legacy, which was led by newcomer to the franchise Jeremy Renner, and while a sequel to that movie was due in 2016, it now looks like that release slot may be taken by the new Greengrass movie.
While the spin-off sequel will not be released in that slot, Universal did say that a film that will continue to feature the exploits of Renner’s Aaron Cross, will still continue to be developed at the studio. »
- Paul Heath
When Matt Damon decided to walk away from the Jason Bourne franchise, it was for one very simple reason: he didn't want to make the movies without director Paul Greengrass involved, and Greengrass decided he was satisfied with the work that he had put into the series. Universal Pictures has moved on, making The Bourne Legacy with Tony Gilroy directing and Jeremy Renner starring, but now it looks like it won't be long until the original star returns. Variety's sources have informed them that both Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are now in early negotiations to come back for another installment in the Bourne franchise. The article doesn't explain why the actor and the filmmaker are thinking about changing their minds, only that it is actually happening. One important factor could simply be time, as it has been a full seven years since the release of The Bourne Ultimatum in »
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