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Watch: Meet Lou Bickle In This Mashup Of 'Nightcrawler' & 'Taxi Driver'

20 May 2015 1:24 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ever keen to explore the similarities between some of the industry’s most successful and memorable films, Jorge Luengo Ruiz — whose other comparisons include “Her” to “Lost in Translation” and “Interstellar” to “2001: A Space Odyssey” — recently connected the dots between “Nightcrawler” and its predecessor of 38 years, “Taxi Driver.” Over the course of his supercut, Ruiz attests that Louis Bloom of “Nightcrawler” (so creepily and perfectly played by Jake Gyllenhaal) could easily be the son of “Taxi Driver” protagonist, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro). Ruiz isn’t the first person to make the connection between Martin Scorsese and Dan Gilroy’s films. A full ten months ago — and over three months before “Nightcrawler” opened — HitFix’s Kristopher Tapley speculated that the film could well be Gyllenhaal’s “Taxi Driver.” The Atlantic also jumped on the comparison, although not until “Nightcrawler” was released at the end of October of last year. »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Will Packer, Dan Gilroy, Marc Cherry & Others Join Produced By Conference

7 May 2015 11:35 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Will Packer (Ride Along), Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), and Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) are some of the new producers set to take part in the seventh annual Produced By Conference, the PGA said this morning. This year the Pbc is offering more than 40 conference sessions, panel discussions, mentoring roundtables and workshops in the conference that takes place May 30-31 on the Paramount lot. Here is the conference list as it currently stands. This is not the full… »

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Will Packer, Dan Gilroy, Marc Cherry & Others Join Produced By Conference

7 May 2015 11:35 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Will Packer (Ride Along), Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), and Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) are some of the new producers set to take part in the seventh annual Produced By Conference, the PGA said this morning. This year the Pbc is offering more than 40 conference sessions, panel discussions, mentoring roundtables and workshops in the conference that takes place May 30-31 on the Paramount lot. Here is the conference list as it currently stands. This is not the full… »

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Exclusive Images From The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?

7 May 2015 10:02 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

If you saw the trailer for The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?, the fascinating documentary about Tim Burton and Nicolas Cage’s dashed hopes to bring the superhero to life back in the 1990s, you might be itching to see more. We’ve got some exclusive images from the doc in a gallery lower down the page and a new clip of Burton talking up the original reaction to him casting Cage. Filmmaker Jon Schnepp wrangled many of the key talent involved in the attempt to bring a Burton’s vision for Superman to life, including producer Jon Peters, writers Dan Gilroy, Wesley Strick and Kevin Smith, plus those who worked on costume and effects development. The film itself may never have seen the light of day, brought low by creative wrangling and studio pressure, but we do at least have footage of Cage trying on different suits and »

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‘Nightcrawler,’ Expanded California Film Tax Credit Draws Optimism

29 April 2015 1:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Optimism abounded Wednesday over the expanded California Film Tax Credit program, with producers of Jake Gyllenhaal starrer “Nightcrawler” touting the benefits of shooting in Los Angeles.

“L.A. looks great, and there’s a commercial benefit to having a film that looks great,” said writer-director Dan Gilroy at the California Film Commission’s 10th annual breakfast, attended by about 200 at the Sofitel Hotel.

Producer Jennifer Fox noted that the film, shot in fall 2013, provoked an enthusiastic response from cast and crew about working locally. “This is a film where people had to take a pay cut; they wouldn’t have done that if they’d had to have left town,” she said.

Nightcrawler,” made for $8 million with a $2.3 million tax credit from the state, grossed over $32 million in the U.S. Gilroy won Spirit Awards for script and first feature and was nominated for an Oscar in the original screenplay category. »

- Dave McNary

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The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? to screen at London McM Expo this May

29 April 2015 1:09 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Secrets about the Superman that never was are coming to the UK this summer, with the anticipated release of the Kickstarter funded documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, created and directed by Jon Schnepp.

See Also: Watch the trailer for The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? here

Schnepp’s fascinating film tells the unseen and unheard story of the abandoned Warner Bros. project Superman Lives, which was set to go before the cameras in the late 1990s. Written by Kevin Smith (Clerks) and subsequently set to be directed by Tim Burton (Batman) with Nicholas Cage (Face/Off) as the Man of Steel, the project was scrapped just before filming began, but has had a “second life” as some of the artwork and behind-the-scenes footage of some of the pre-production – including some very strange Superman suits – surfaced online in recent years.

The film was set to debut at the BFI next month, »

- Scott J. Davis

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‘The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?’ to debut at McM London Comic Con

29 April 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

It’s a bird… It’s a plane… It’s the European debut of The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? Director Jon Schnepp is to attend May’s McM London Comic Con to screen his much-anticipated Superman movie documentary, meet fans and sign autographs.

The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? delves into one of Hollywood’s most enthralling ‘what might have been’ stories. In 1996, Warner Brothers engaged Kevin Smith to write the screenplay of Superman Lives. Director Tim Burton assembled an elite group of artists to work on the movie, including Nicolas Cage as Superman. But Warner Brothers scrapped the project shortly before principal photography began.

Written and directed by Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse), The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? gives us an enthralling inside look into what would have been the most original, unexpected and cosmic Superman movie ever made. The film features interviews with director Tim Burton »

- Phil Wheat

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Inside Jake Gyllenhaal's Insane Southpaw Transformation: 6 Hour Workouts, 2000 Sit-Ups and 15 Pounds of Muscle

22 April 2015 3:13 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

If you haven't watched the trailer for Jake Gyllenhaal's upcoming film Southpaw, then you're missing out on some solid eye candy. The 34-year-old actor seriously beefed up his buff bod for his role as Junior Middleweight Champion Billy "The Great" Hope, packing on 15 pounds of muscle in addition to training with professional boxers.  Even more impressive is the fact that Gyllenhaal was fresh off the film Nightcrawler, the Dan Gilroy-directed flick for which the good-looking stud dropped a whopping 30 pounds (following the film, he returned to his normal weight before adding an additional 15 pounds of muscle mass).   "I wanted Jake to learn how to box so he »

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Cannes: Del Toro, Gyllenhaal join Competition jury

21 April 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Xavier Dolan, Sophie Marceau and Sienna Miller also among those on the Cannes Film Festival’s Competition jury

The Cannes Film Festival has named the jury for its 68th edition, comprising nine world cinema names from Canada, Spain, the Us, UK, France, Mali and Mexico.

Us filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, who won the Palme d’Or in 1991 for Barton Fink and the Grand Prize of the Jury in 2013 with Inside Llewyn Davis, were previously announced as co-presidents of the jury, which will include four women and five men.

The jury will select from the films in Competition, with prize winners to be announced on stage at a ceremony on May 24. The winner of the Palme d’or will be screened during the festival’s closing evening on May 25, in the presence of the jury and the entire team of the winning film.

Click here for full line-up of filmsTHE Jury

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- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cannes: Del Toro, Gyllenhaal on jury

21 April 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Xavier Dolan, Sophie Marceau and Sienna Miller also among those on the Cannes Film Festival’s Competition jury

The Cannes Film Festival has named the jury for its 68th edition, comprising nine world cinema names from Canada, Spain, the Us, UK, France, Mali and Mexico.

Us filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, who won the Palme d’Or in 1991 for Barton Fink and the Grand Prize of the Jury in 2013 with Inside Llewyn Davis, were previously announced as co-presidents of the jury, which will include four women and five men.

The jury will select from the films in Competition, with prize winners to be announced on stage at a ceremony on May 24. The winner of the Palme d’or will be screened during the festival’s closing evening on May 25, in the presence of the jury and the entire team of the winning film.

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Joel & Ethan Coen (Presidents) Directors, Writers, Producers »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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'Death of Superman Lives' Trailer: Tim Burton Reveals What Happened

20 April 2015 4:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back at Comic Con last summer, a new trailer for director Jon Schnepp's documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? debuted, but we haven't heard anything about this exploration of Tim Burton's scrapped Superman Lives movie since then. Today, Schnepp released the final trailer on his YouTube page, which also reveals that the documentary will be released in limited theaters on May 1, before being released internationally on streaming platforms, VOD, Blu-ray and DVD on June 9. The trailer features plenty of new footage, with Tim Burton himself discussing the "painful memories" about the project.

The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? delves into one of Hollywood's most enthralling 'what could have been' stories. In 1996, Warner Brothers engaged Kevin Smith to write the screenplay (Superman Lives). Director Tim Burton assembled an elite group of artists to work on Superman Lives, including Nicolas Cage as Superman. Warner Brothers scrapped the »

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The Death Of Superman Lives Trailer Examines Tim Burton’s Abandoned Superman Film

20 April 2015 3:11 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The greatest movies never made is up for debate. Depending on your cinematic oeuvre, you might be more inclined to champion Vincent Ward’s ‘wooden planet’ concept for Alien 3. Or Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman. For some fans, there’s only one unmade movie to contest. A movie that over the years has accrued such mystery and intrigue that the story of its unmaking has now been turned into a documentary: The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?

In case the spoiler-ridden title didn’t clue you in, the Jon Schnepp-directed piece revolves around Tim Burton’s Superman Lives reboot that never saw the light of day. Burton cast Nicolas Cage as the former resident of Krypton and completely rewrote the lore of the iconic character. The somewhat iconoclastic approach to Superman was considered a major departure from Burton’s earlier work on WB’s Batman movies, and »

- Gem Seddon

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New Death Of “Superman Lives” Trailer Considers Tim Burton’s Scrapped Superman Movie

20 April 2015 1:49 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The “What If’s” of Hollywood are endlessly fascinating to consider, especially when they concern massive, radical projects that never made it to production. The very definition of such a film was Superman Lives, a proposed Superman reboot to be directed by Tim Burton with Nicolas Cage in the starring role. The film was to be a fairly different take on the Superman from the comics, and was all the more interesting given that it was coming from the same filmmaker who ushered Batman into the modern era just a few years prior. If you never tire of hearing about this scrapped project, then the independent documentary The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? is of interest to you. Today, a new trailer for the film was unveiled, teasing interviews with the various Superman Lives screenwriters (including Kevin Smith and Dan Gilroy), costume designer Colleen Atwood, and even Burton himself. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Promo For The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?

20 April 2015 1:02 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Tim Burton’s difficult attempt to make his version of a Superman movie is one of the most fascinating near-misses in cinema history. A lot has been said about it, but no-one has ever truly managed to round up all the key players to really tell the story of what happened to Superman Lives. Now filmmaker cappears to have done that with The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened?, which has a trailer out in the world. Funded by Kickstarter, the documentary features Schnepp talking to the likes of Burton, producer Jon Peters, writers Dan Gilroy, Wesley Strick and Kevin Smith and others who would have contributed to bringing Burton’s vision to life, including regular collaborators in costume designer Colleen Atwood and production designer Rick Heinrichs. All talk wistfully of what could have been, even if the idea of Nicolas Cage playing the Man of Steel seems like a strange one now. »

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‘Death of Superman Lives’ Trailer: Tim Burton Would Have ‘Knocked It Out of the Park’ (Video)

20 April 2015 9:35 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

If you’ve ever wondered what could have been had Warner Bros. followed through on a Superman movie directed by Tim Burton and starring Nicolas Cage, then you’ll want to watch “The Death of ‘Superman Lives': What Happened?” when the documentary gets its limited release on May 1. A new trailer for the film directed by Jon Schnepp (“Metalocalypse”) teases interviews with Burton, himself, as well as screenwriter Dan Gilroy (“Nightcrawler”). “Tim is really — I gotta be honest — one of the only people who could really do it justice, because he understands it. He’s lived it,” Gilroy says. “Man, »

- Greg Gilman

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A Brief (Pun Intended) History of Lawyers in the Movies

13 April 2015 2:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Alex Simon

Lawyers in motion pictures have been portrayed as one of two extremes, devils or angels, almost since celluloid was invented. The first film dealing specifically with a law firm and attorneys, 1933’s Counsellor at Law, starring John Barrymore, portrayed its J.D.s as upstanding citizens, as did the early Perry Mason films of the same period. This quickly changed, however, with many attorneys portrayed as being capable of the same brand of skullduggery as their shifty clients. With that in mind, we bring you a list of the good, the bad and the ugly of lawyers in movies.

1. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Gregory Peck’s Atticus Finch became the boilerplate for the Noble Movie Lawyer in this iconic, 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s award-winning novel. Atticus Finch, a small town attorney in the Depression-era South, must defend a black man (Brock Peters) falsely accused of raping a white woman, »

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Alex Garland of 'Ex Machina' follows others who took a writing-to-directing leap

11 April 2015 | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Alex Garland, screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and “Never Let Me Go,” makes an impressive directorial debut with cerebral sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina” (in theaters today), but Garland waves off the achievement of leaping to directing as “just next in a continuum.” “The truth was that there was no epiphany moment about directing, because I just don’t dignify the directing role the way we’re supposed to,” the British filmmaker told The Dissolve. “There are a few people — like Woody Allen, he’s an auteur, and I’m cool with that. But for me, directing is about collaboration.” Whether directing is a logical next step or a hard-sought achievement for screenwriters, it’s often done by telling studios, “Hey, here’s my next screenplay. You can have it as long as I get to direct.” Preston Sturges — at the time the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood — is noted for »

- Emily Rome

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Bold Films eyes May start on 'Shot Caller'

9 April 2015 9:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Bold’s Michel Litvak and Matthew Rhodes have announced the company’s first project since its awards season duo Whiplash and Nightcrawler.

Company owner Litvak and Rhodes will produce alongside writer-director Ric Roman Waugh and Participant Media’s Jonathan King, who developed the project. Bold’s Gary Michael Walters will serve as executive producer with Participant’s Jeff Skoll

Bold will fully finance Shot Caller, about an ex-con coerced by his gang into pulling off a major crime with a rival southern California gang. Wme and Miles Mogulescu handled the negotiations for Bold. 

Ric Roman Waugh is an extremely gifted, rising film-maker and we are delighted to make this edgy, elevated crime thriller with him,” said Litvak. “Shot Caller fits right into the Bold brand and we are excited to work with Participant,” added Walters.

Bold’s Whiplash (pictured) earned Oscars for best supporting actor for Jk Simmons, editing for Tom Cross and sound mixing for [link »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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A response to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and directors who might be jealous of comic book movies

4 March 2015 12:44 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anthony Stokes with a response to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and directors who might be jealous of comic book movies…

We’re in the age of cinema that focuses on comic book movies and as such everybody is talking about them, even big powerhouse directors. Some, like Kenneth Branagh and Paul Thomas Anderson, speak positively of them. And why shouldn’t they, as for the most part they’ve been pretty well made movies that tell interesting stories with characters that people can love and grow attached to. Then there are the directors who seem to like to dismiss them out of hand.

At the Spirit Awards, Nightcrawler writer-director Dan Gilroy said “Independent film, the foundation and everybody here today, I think are holdouts against a tsunami of superhero movies that have swept over this industry. We have survived and we have thrived and I think that’s true spirit.” This made me scratch my head, »

- Gary Collinson

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Watch Our Exclusive ‘Nightcrawler’ Blu-ray Featurette

4 March 2015 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The superb Nightcrawler is out this week to buy on Blu-ray, DVD and Blu-ray Steelbook this week and we’ve got an exclusive featurette which features Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo talking about their roles and screenwriter and director Dan Gilroy.

Down on his luck Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) stumbles upon the underground world of L.A freelance crime journalism, a quick way to make cash. As his new business flourishes his desire for success leads him to make questionable moral decisions in order to stay ahead of the game and always be the first of the scene…

Check out the featurette below and buy it this week, it’s one hell of a ride.

Nightcrawler is out now to own in the UK. »

- Dan Bullock

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