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Fantastic Fest Preview: 10 Must-See Films

17 September 2014 1:46 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

While the rest of the Fall fests busily unleash their big Oscar contenders, Fantastic Fest offers a rejuvenating week of counter-programming, turning Austin, Texas into a breeding ground for independent genre film. Founded by Alamo Drafthouse's Tim League, Fantastic Fest celebrates its 10th birthday this year with 80 films in eight days, with a surfeit of world and North American premieres. The festival kicks off Thursday, September 18 with the Us premiere of Kevin Smith's turn to horror "Tusk," which met applause in Toronto earlier this month. And Fantastic Fest will close, red carpet and all, with Dan Gilroy's wildly acclaimed "Nightcrawler," starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a nocturnal La journo, another film out of Tiff. Comb the festival schedule and you'll find hidden gems that have been quietly making their way along the festival circuit, and films that will be seen for the first time. Writer/director Jennifer Kent's Sundance gothic creeper "The. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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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 »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Nightcrawler’ Set as Opening Pic for Film Independent Forum

16 September 2014 1:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Nightcrawler” has been set as the opening night screening for the 10th annual Film Independent Forum at the Directors Guild of America on Oct. 24.

The pic will be followed by a Q&A with director Dan Gilroy and producer Jennifer Fox. Open Road is releasing “Nightcrawler” on Oct. 31.

Jill Soloway, whose credits include “Transparent,” “Afternoon Delight” and “United States of Tara,” will deliver the filmmaker keynote address on Oct. 25. The executive keynote address will be given the next day by Tim League, CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and Drafthouse Films

“Filmmaking provides the ideal opportunity to reverse the polarity around the seer and the seen,” Soloway said. “I’m so excited to share my ideas about how to make the kind of art that changes the world by captivating and illuminating authentic feelings.”

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- Dave McNary

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Fantastic Fest – A Look at the Film, Parties, and Chaos that Await in Austin

15 September 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The best way to describe how I approach Fantastic Fest is like summer camp. It happens once a year. You get back together with old friends. Yet in this case, this non-traditional camp is for fans of the most bizarre, violent, horrific, and Fantastic movies you could imagine. And even still, Fantastic Fest is so much more. This will be more third time attending Fantastic Fest and We Are Movie Geeks fourth time covering the crazy events that take place in Austin every September. For eight days I will be immersed in a world that is unlike any other film festival I have ever attended. What other festival is going to feature events like an opening night food fight, a karaoke party, a “nerd rap throwdown,” and the signature event at the festival – Fantastic Debates (which includes a verbal debate followed by a literal boxing match). These are just a »

- Michael Haffner

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The 11 Best Films of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

15 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

This year’s Toronto International Film Festival boasted dozens upon dozens of films to sate the cinema-hungry masses, and we’re willing to bet that we saw…well, at least a hearty fraction of them. The festival has just wrapped up, and as we all attempt to recover from ten-plus days of universally excellent film-going, it only seems appropriate to revisit our favorite films of the festival. These are the titles that stuck with us, the ones we recommended to anyone who would listen, the ones we couldn’t quite shake, a big mix of the funny and the fantastic, the sad and the silly, the wild and the weird. Are these the best films of Tiff? We certainly think so. Nightcrawler When did Jake Gyllenhaal learn to be so goddamn terrifying? In Dan Gilroy‘s fierce and fearless directorial debut, the man who would be Prince of Persia (and eventually king, too »

- FSR Staff

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Movies & Conversations: Trevor Hogg looks back on Tiff 2014

14 September 2014 5:43 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Compared to Tiff 2013 where the focus was mainly on mainstream releases, I made the decision to mix things up about by also covering movies that I would not get a chance to see out of the festival circuit such as A Girl at My Door and Phoenix.  The other ambition was to expand the number of interviews with the visiting filmmakers and actors but that required getting access to the publicist information ahead of time rather than the day before the festivities.  With the help of the Tiff publicity department I was able to get a list of contact names as well a heads up when the press and industry schedule was available online.  Added by some luck in finding a press release for Good Kill online which listed a PR contact and a good relationship with another PR firm, I was able to watch some key films and conduct »

- Trevor Hogg

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Toronto: The Top 10 Films to Generate Buzz

12 September 2014 2:34 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald 

Managing Editor 

The Toronto International Film Festival ends Sunday and hundreds of films have been screened since the 11-day festival began. Throughout the years, Toronto has featured a number of Oscar hopefuls that have gone on to Oscar success. Just last year, best picture 12 Years a Slave (2013) was shown at Toronto (along with a number of other nominees). Hoping for the same success, some Tiff films have been met with instant Oscar chatter this year. Here are the top 10 films to generate buzz coming out of Tiff:

10. Maps to the StarsJulianne Moore’s role in David Cronenberg’s dark satire of life in Hollywood won her the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival, but it doesn’t look like the role is being pushed towards an Oscar nomination. Though the film might not be heading to the Academy Awards, it has generated quite the »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Toronto 2014: 'Nightcrawler' review

11 September 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆"If you wanna win the lottery," claims Lou Bloom, a gaunt and greasy Jake Gyllenhaal in Dan Gilroy crime drama Nightcrawler (2014), "you've gotta make the money to buy a ticket." It's a sly catchphrase that perfectly encapsulates the reptilian character that sits in the driver's seat of Gilroy's debut feature, which is screening at the Toronto Film Festival, weaned as he's been on self-help videos and business acumen tutorials. In a world of foreclosure and economic downturn, the film is a broad swipe at sensationalist hack reporting that preys on public fear of urban crime creeping into the suburbs that never really goes any deeper than that. Fortunately it is stylish and blackly funny with a commanding central turn.

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- CineVue UK

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Watch: Two 20-Minute Plus Talks With Jake Gyllenhaal About 'Nightcrawler' And New Pics

11 September 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Post-“Prince of Persia," Jake Gyllenhaal has demonstrated a much stronger artistic output. Following up this year’s terrific “Enemy,” Gyllenhaal turns up next in the directorial debut of Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler.” Following the thriller’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival —you can read our glowing review here— the actor submitted to a couple of long interviews regarding the film, which have now arrived online. First up is the most recent interview Gyllenhaal did for the CBC Radio show “Q with Jian Ghomeshi,” which finds the actor discussing both what he found most interesting about his character in the Gilroy film and why he choose to be a producer on the film, among many other things. As part of the official Tiff festivities, Gyllenhaal also sat down for a twenty-minute Q&A session with a member of the Indiewire editorial team. It’s a fascinating discussion that yields some new information about. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Rene Russo Stuns in Toronto in a Little Black Dress

9 September 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Thor's mom is hot! Rene Russo, who rocked a toga opposite Chris Hemsworth in the superhero franchise, proved she's just as stunning in a little black dress at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 5. The actress, 60, was at the fest promoting her new thriller, Nightcrawler, in which she costars alongside Jake Gyllenhaal. "Rene, you look great!" shouted one fan during opening remarks from director Dan Gilroy - who happens to be Russo's real-life husband. Shooting the film together, "I was like, 'You've gotta eat! Did you have your protein shake? You're exhausted; I can tell,' " the actress tells People. »

- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff

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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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What's the Deal? With Toronto: Jeff Sneider Reviews ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘The Cobbler,’ ‘Good Kill’ (Video)

8 September 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Andrew Niccol wrote and directed “Good Kill,” and the film has already garnered controversy in Venice regarding the politics surrounding drone warfare. In addition to being a great L.A. movie, Dan Gilroy‘s directorial debut “Nightcrawler” features two dynamite performances from Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo. Watch the video to hear Sneider's thoughts on three of the most high-profile films at Tiff. »

- Wrap Staff

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The Toronto Film Festival has crowded the Oscar field in a big way

8 September 2014 10:52 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

If there’s one thing you can count on from the Toronto International Film Festival each and every single year, it’s that the fest is going to launch a ton of major Academy Award contenders. This year, that was no exception, as the race really has begun to take its initial shape in the wake of certain Toronto debuts. Much like with the recent Telluride Film Festival and Venice Film Festival, as well as the upcoming New York Film Festival, each major movie premiere changes the race a bit. It’s still early, but with the exception of the two major mysteries still to be revealed at Nyff in Gone Girl/Inherent Vice and titles that won’t really be making festival bows like Fury, Interstellar, Into the Woods, and Unbroken, we know who the players are. It’s just which flicks will be able to sustain buzz and begin winning precursor awards. »

- Joey Magidson

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'Nightcrawler' (2014) Movie Review

8 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Jake Gyllenhaal is on some kind of a role and if it hadn't been for a couple of relative failures in 2010 we may have never seen this Jake Gyllenhaal. Outside of Source Code, 2010 looked like it would be nothing but big budget studio features and Oscar bait in the actor's future as Prince of Persia and Love & Other Drugs hit theaters. Sure, before that he had Zodiac and Brokeback Mountain, but it's in the last few years that he's delivered fantastic performances in some of the best films of his career, those being End of Watch, Prisoners, Enemy and now Nightcrawler. He shines in films that are anything but the norm and Nightcrawler is his most outlandish yet. Starring as Lou Bloom, Gyllenhaal taps into a character that isn't easy to define, though after stealing chain link fence, copper wire, a couple manhole covers and other such items, he sells »

- Brad Brevet

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‘Nightcrawler’ Review: Skeevy, Sleazy Jake Gyllenhaal Is the Best Jake Gyllenhaal

8 September 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Someone will diagnose Louis Bloom soon enough, perhaps earmarking him as a straightforward sociopath, or pointing to certain tendencies that smack of Asperger’s Syndrome, or maybe he’ll even be written off of as someone with daddy issues, or mommy issues, or as someone just needs a hug. It doesn’t matter. Louis Bloom is a monster ripped from the pages of some modern fairy tale and splashed on to the big screen for audiences to forever delight in, even as he disgusts them. He’s an anti-hero for the ages, and the vessel that delivers him is a classic in the making. In Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut Nightcrawler, the screenwriter of such varied fare as The Fall and The Bourne Legacy takes on Los Angeles’ seedy underbelly with a fresh eye and a daring story, setting Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis “Lou” Bloom, a petty thief in need of a new career path. Lou »

- Kate Erbland

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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@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Tiff 2014: Jake Gyllenhaal on his Nightcrawler transformation

7 September 2014 8:14 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Jake Gyllenhaal undergoes a physical transformation to get into the mindset of his latest character in Nightcrawler.

As Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) is a desperate man who is willing to do anything for that perfect news story in the film by screenwriter-turned-director Dan Gilroy.  As a freelance crime journalist, Lou prowls Los Angeles at night, looking for the dark and gruesome stories that rock the headlines each day on the morning news, run by powerhouse producer Nina (Rene Russo).

The film is a dark thrill ride through the midnight streets of downtown Los Angeles. We sat down to talk about coyotes, the need for information, and physical transformations with Jake Gyllenhaal before the movie's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Watch the interview now: »

- Rachel West

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Tiff 2014: Jake Gyllenaal on his Nightcralwer transformation

7 September 2014 8:14 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Jake Gyllenhaal undergoes a physical transformation to get into the mindset of his latest character in Nightcrawler.

As Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) is a desperate man who is willing to do anything for that perfect news story in the film by screenwriter-turned-director Dan Gilroy.  As a freelance crime journalist, Lou prowls Los Angeles at night, looking for the dark and gruesome stories that rock the headlines each day on the morning news, run by powerhouse producer Nina (Rene Russo).

The film is a dark thrill ride through the midnight streets of downtown Los Angeles. We sat down to talk about coyotes, the need for information, and physical transformations with Jake Gyllenhaal before the movie's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Watch the interview now: »

- Rachel West

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Will Jake Gyllenhaal Creepout 'Nightcrawler' Wow Crowds Outside Toronto as Well as Oscar Voters? (Video)

7 September 2014 2:49 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

So far the Toronto Film Festival has not mined any Oscar riches that weren't already revealed at other festivals. Tonight's public screening of Working Title's "The Theory of Everything" may change that. But so far Tiff world premieres "The Judge," "St. Vincent," "The Reach," "Boychoir," "The Drop," "Men, Women & Children" and "While We're Young," while they all offer certain pleasures, are unlikely Oscar pictures. They're indie crowdpleasers: B-movies, indie genre flicks or relationship dramas.   The one dark horse Oscar candidate is Dan Gilroy's Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle "Nightcrawler," which allows the pale, gaunt actor to transform himself physically into Lou Bloom, a dangerous sociopathic creep in the vein of Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle in "Taxi Driver." Chasing after visceral and bloody video footage of fires, car crashes, and murder victims, Gyllenhaal's nightcrawler »

- Anne Thompson

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Toronto: Kevin Costner, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman And A Very Hot Chris Rock Fill Busy Fest Weekend

7 September 2014 11:42 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Kevin Costner came into the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday for the world premiere of his powerful new drama, Black And White, a stirring story dealing with our racial divide,  but mostly a riveting human tale from writer/director Mike Binder. It’s unflinchingly honest and contains a crackerjack courtroom scene that’s priceless. In that scene, Costner delivers perhaps the best performance of his career, or at least since the period of his career circa Field Of Dreams.  It played to a packed house yesterday at Roy Thomson Hall and won a strong ovation from the crowd.

Costner told me that even the though the hard-hitting  film is not a comedy, the audience responded with laughs in just the right places and really seemed to be moved by what they saw on screen.

That said, the film is still looking for a domestic distributor and the star, who »

- Pete Hammond

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