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The 10 best Jake Gyllenhaal performances to date

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Jake Gyllenhaal has already popped up in one film this year, Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy." But he has another one on the way — Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" — that is a fierce reminder of his upward trajectory as of late: he's building to something major. You can just feel it. With all of that in mind, it seemed an obvious opportunity to dive into the 33-year-old actor's filmography and cherry pick the cream of the crop. No surprise it seemed to get better as you go along, though it's not to say Gyllenhaal didn't have a tangible spark the moment he hit the scene. He's simply done a great job of maneuvering, improving and, above all, finding what works for him. Refreshingly for a movie star like him, it has made for a unique career to date. And he's continuing to work with interesting filmmakers. He just finished "Southpaw" with Antoine Fuqua »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Matthew McConaughey champions the intimacy, and the scope, of 'Interstellar'

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Hollywood — Save a taste-maker here and there for friends and family and filmmakers (bound by no man's embargo), Christopher Nolan finally unleashed "Interstellar" to audiences of press and guild members on both coasts Thursday night. Ever the perfectionist, the director was on hand at the Tcl Chinese Theater in Hollywood right up until showtime, ensuring that the venue's image and sound were up to snuff before it before it was projected on 70mm IMAX for a capacity crowd that saw some late-comers turned away without a seat. The reaction was uproarious when the final credits rolled, a typically generous SAG audience offering pops of applause to the three cast members — Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain — that they knew were in attendance for a post-screening Q&A (Nolan did not stick around to discuss). And given an audience of actors, naturally the discussion revolved around performance. For McConaughey, who »


- Kristopher Tapley

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Expect more Quicksilver in 'X-Men: Apocalypse' - and maybe even a solo film?

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(Cbr) Quicksilver, the breakout star of "X-Men: Days of Future Past," is revving up for another outing in its sequel, and possibly even a film of his own. Franchise veteran Brian Smrz, who served as second-unit director on such films "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "First Class" and "Days of Future Past," confirmed to Newsarama that we’ll see more of Evan Peters’ speedster in "X-Men: Apocalypse." “There will be another Quicksilver scene, which I’m looking forward to; that’ll be fun,” he said. “Other than that, I can’t really say much – I’m looking forward to working with the cast and crew again. I’ve worked with Hugh Jackman four times before this, and I love the younger cast who’s already great to work with as well.” But then Smrz went on to say he’s been taking a lot of meetings about directing opportunities. “We talked about Quicksilver before, »


- TJ Dietsch, Comic Book Resources

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Pop Sensation Jessica Lange's Creepy Lana Del Rey Cover Will Mesmerize You

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Oh, what's that? You enjoyed Jessica Lange's rendition of David Bowie's "Life on Mars" as seen on "American Horror Story"? Well lookie here, the pop sensation is back with another bizarre cover. Circus matron Elsa Mars trades in Marlene Dietrich for Norma Desmond in this rendition of Lana Del Rey's "Gods and Monsters" from last night's "Freak Show," and it's just as strange as you would ever want. Jack-o-lanterns! Feather boas! Theatricality! Wes Bentley as Evil Abraham Lincoln, I guess! Die happy, you've had an incredible life. »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Black Hole Sun'

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“How are we going to get out of this Twilight Zone?”  That’s what we All want to know Damon. That’s what we all want to know. And now I suppose we do, thanks to crazy serial killer Kai and his own hellish purgatory that Bonnie and Damon are now stuck in. But seriously, haven’t we all heard enough one-hit wonders from the mid-90s yet?  If Soundgarden was stuck in your head throughout “Black Hole Sun” no one would blame you. Yes, the term refers to a sun during an eclipse, which is part of how Bonnie and Damon are supposed to get back. But the episode was also an homage to the song commonly associated with grief over Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain’s death. We had a fun easter egg when Damon held up the front page news during his flashback scene with Stefan to prove it. »


- Amber Dowling

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'Threads' is another 'Project Runway' spin-off fail

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Lifetime's "Project Runway Threads" should have been "MasterChef Junior," the unexpectedly great food competition between kid chefs. But while "Threads" is a competition between kids, it's inferior to both its competition and to the show that shares its name. "Project Runway Threads" dumbs everything down for its kids, from its twists (the "Surprise Door Twist" is revealed on a rotating platform as if this show was "Let's Make a Deal") to its set (which looks a collection of former pieces of the "Big Brother" house along with leftover props from "Double Dare"). The first judged challenge is between already-completed looks, so there's no sign of the process that the kids went through to create the work, and process is what's so interesting about "Project Runway." Worst of all, the kids' parents work as their assistants, which is an obvious attempt at creating drama, as is the "assistant steal" prize, which »


- Andy Denhart

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12 Halloween 2014 costumes you'll be seeing a lot of (and 12 alternatives to consider)

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So, what are you dressing up as for Halloween this year? Something current, something fresh, something obvious? Well, good for you: you're a follower. Of course we're joking. There's obviously a huge upside to dressing as something current: probably everyone will know who you are immediately. And let's face it, we've all had those years where we paid the price for trying to be too clever. So yeah, you could definitely dress as Katniss or Beyonce or one of those "Frozen" girls and have a terrific night. But if you're feeling just a (tad) more adventurous, we've got a few alternatives to suggest as well. Will you be wearing any of the costumes listed below? Have we inspired you? Let us know in the comments. »

- Chris Eggertsen, Louis Virtel, Donna Dickens

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Listen to Iggy Azalea's new song 'Iggy Szn': Aussie rapper makes money

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Iggy Azalea owned the summer with "Fancy," and with Ariana Grande's "Problem" and "Black Widow" featuring Rita Ora; she may very well some of the fall, too, as her Spring album "The New Classic" is getting the deluxe reissue treatment with all-new songs, as "Re-Classified." Among those: "Iggy Szn," in which the Aussie rapper states the obvious. "Bitches gonna hate while critics critique / I pay ‘em no mind whenever they speak, what they make a year I can make in a week.” Ahem, rub it in why don't you. "Re-Classified" will be out on Nov. 24. Another new track, "Beg For It," will be out tomorrow (Oct. 24) and she plays "Saturday Night Live" for the first time (with host Jim Carrey) on Saturday. Azalea is also the leader of American Music Awards nominations this year, with six nods; the show takes place on Nov. 23, a day before her redux album hits shelves. »


- Katie Hasty

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Madeleine Albright Schooled Conan O'Brien. Hard.

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In case you needed another reason to love Madeleine Albright, this will do it. Don't forget that she also loves Leslie Knope. .@ConanOBrien I'm considering going as hunky Conan O'Brien - but that might be too far fetched. — Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) October 23, 2014 And of course he responded. And then she responded again. I'd see their vaudeville revue. .@ConanOBrien Never get into a word war with a diplomat. We talk even more than comedians. — Madeleine Albright (@madeleine) October 23, 2014 »


- Louis Virtel

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Todd Solondz returns to Dawn Weiner, but a new actor will step in to play the part

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Todd Solondz has always built his characters into an interconnected world. "Welcome To The Dollhouse" was the film that served as our introduction to his misanthropic take on the world, and it also introduced us to the character who remains my favorite out of all of his, Dawn Weiner. Played by Heather Matarazzo, Dawn Weiner was a beautiful outsider, a blissfully dorky little girl whose struggle to figure out how to fit in the 7th grade was both funny and painful, and Solondz wrote her with a remarkable amount of empathy. I would argue that Solondz has not been able to always strike that same balance and many of his films feel more mean, like he's an angry god raining on his own personal Jobs just for the hell of it. In both "Palindromes" and "Life During Wartime," characters from "Dollhouse" made a reappearance, but the character we would most »


- Drew McWeeny

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9 things you definitely didn't notice in the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer

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Now that we’ve all had time to watch, and re-watch, “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” trailer, it’s time to settle in for the agonizing seven month wait. How long will it take before some fan cracks under the strain and watches the trailer frame-by-frame to try and tease out clues to the plot? Answer? Right about…now. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has situated itself as an entirely separate timeline from Earth-616, but like any good multiverse it borrows elements from the original material. So while we might know the major beats of the Ultron storyline, certain aspects are open to change. But which ones? Below, I’ve collected nine moments from the first trailer that defy explanation. From character motivations that make no sense (without context) to background clues that might turn out to mean nothing, no detail is too small to question. »


- Donna Dickens

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ABC is making a modern 'Phantom of the Opera' TV series

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ABC is making a modern “Phantom of the Opera” TV series “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry drama’s project — set “in the sexy and cutthroat world of the modern-day music business” — will not be a musical, but will contain musical elements (like “Nashville”). Foo Fighters gets a "60 Minutes" profile Anderson Cooper sits down with Dave Grohl and the band on Sunday’s show. 10 years ago today: Ashlee Simpson was caught lip-synching on “SNL” It was one of the most embarrassing moments in “Saturday Night Live” history, but Ashlee really was sick. »


- Norman Weiss

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Tech Support: 'Birdman,' 'Unbroken' and 'Interstellar' set the mood for Best Cinematography

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Commentators have noted that this year's Best Actor race is stacked with way more than five outstanding candidates. And they are right. But compared to Best Cinematography, Best Actor is positively paper thin. As usual, an embarrassment of riches is present in this category, which awards a film's director of photography (Dp). The cinematography branch is partial to gorgeous looking films, black-and-white films and war films. After years of resisting digital photography, the branch has also embraced 3D work this decade. Being a Best Picture nominee can also help immensely, but so can being a foreign-language film; the branch has an international eye like few others. In any particular year, most of the nominees tend to be returning contenders. Moreover, many first-time nominees (such as Philippe Le Sourde and Phedon Papamichael last year) tend to be veterans awaiting their first nomination. Having said that, there hasn't been a year with »


- Gerard Kennedy

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Review: 'Ouija' is by the numbers, full of mechanical scares and nothing else

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"Ouija" is professionally made, a classically-styled ghost story/mystery, and perhaps the single strangest piece of product placement ever made. It is also, unfortunately, so by-the-numbers that it feels like it was made by a computer program designed to simulate horror films. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White have been co-writers on films like "The Possession" and "Knowing," but this time out, White is also directing. He knows what he's doing, and the way the film is made, it looks and feels exactly like it's supposed to feel. It is the very model of what Blumhouse wants to make. It's slick. It's simple and self-contained. It has a very immediate and understandable hook. It should work. It doesn't, though, and it's an exercise in frustration as a result. When Debbie (Shelley Hennig) apparently kills herself, her best friend Laine (Olivia Cooke) has a hard time accepting it as a suicide. She »


- Drew McWeeny

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 253

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Happy Thursday, Boys & Girls! Due to last week's onslaught of Vancouver set visits, I didn't have any time to catch up on a slew of established shows, which caused me to need to take the early part of this week for mini-binging. That's why we've got a slightly late Thursday installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. The two shows with the mini-binging were "The Knick" and "Manhattan," which both had their finales last weekend, so we cover those in some depth. We also reviewed NBC's "Constantine," which premieres on Friday. And then we covered some of the big recent topics in TV news, including the early lack of cancellations and HBO and CBS' early pushes into a la carte streaming services. Busy busy! Next week's another busy one, so it's unclear if we're gonna podcast or not. It'll probably be Monday, or not at all! We'll see. And now, here's »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Keira Knightley makes it clear 'The Imitation Game' is not a documentary

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Toronto — Let's hope Keira Knightley never changes. Having interviewed the "Pride & Prejudice" star at least five times over the past decade I can attest that she's as blunt, energetic and smart as ever. This is one actress who no doubt rolls her eyes at studio talking points. Take for instance our interview last month about her role in the beloved new Best Picture contender "The Imitation Game" where she was at the top of her, um, game. Winner of the People's Choice Awards at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, "Game" finds Knightley playing real-life WWII code breaker Joan Clark, a woman who, along with Alan Turning and the rest of a secret group working for British Intelligence, solved the notorious Enigma code. Enigma allowed the Nazis to send secret messages to their agents and soldiers around the world and gave them a distinct advantage. Deciphering those message was a key »


- Gregory Ellwood

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Watch Foodies Taste and Praise Disguised McDonald's Food

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"It rolls around the tongue." "It tastes fresh!" "It's nice and firm. It has a good bite." These are just a few of the rave reviews that self-professed foodies gave to... McDonald's. But they didn't know it was McDonald's. And that's why it's perfect. Check out this clip and make sure you turn on the closed captioning. Foodies agree: These delicacies are a good time and a great taste! »

- Louis Virtel

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'Constantine' exec producer Daniel Cerone raises Hell with new NBC drama

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(Cbr) The dark corners of the DC Universe are no place for the average mortal or superhero. Malevolent forces lurking in the shadows regularly wield arcane magic, possess bodies and rip souls to shreds. That's where John Constantine comes in. Based on the popular comic book character, the freshman TV series "Constantine" follows the exploits of John Constantine (Matt Ryan), a smart-ass Brit who reluctantly stares death in the eye for the greater good. A self-proclaimed exorcist and master of the dark arts, Constantine is hoping to find some redemption after a job gone wrong lands the soul of a little girl in hell. "Constantine" executive producer Daniel Cerone recently spoke with Cbr News to discuss bringing John Constantine to the small screen, how Alan Moore's "Swamp Thing" plays into the first season's arc, the show's mythology and incorporating Dcu's mystical characters into the new television series. Cbr News: »


- Bryan Cairns, Comic Book Resources

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Fox is developing an Archie Comics drama series

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Fox is developing an Archie Comics drama series “Riverdale,” named after the fictional Archie Comics town, will be set in the present with all the Archie Comics regulars, from Archie, Betty and Veronica to Josie and the Pussycats. It will be produced by Greg Berlanti and written by Archie Comics’ chief creative officer and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Courtney Love to guest on Fox’s “Empire” After guesting on “Sons of Anarchy,” the Hole singer will recur on the Fox hip-hop drama. Pivot to celebrate Halloween with a “Buffy” marathon All next week, select “Buffy the Vampire” episodes will be shown, culminating in a “Classic Monsters” theme on Halloween Day. »


- Norman Weiss

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Trent Reznor on 'the David Fincher experience' and 25 years of 'Pretty Hate Machine'

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It's been a while since I caught up with Trent Reznor. Since we last spoke he's won an Oscar for composing (with Atticus Ross) David Fincher's "Social Network" score and gone on to collaborate with the director on "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Gone Girl." He's also somehow found time to put out a new Nine Inch Nails album and knock out a few tours, though at a recent Las Vegas show he announced that this recent jaunt with Seattle band Soundgarden would be his last for a long time. Is he refocusing and doubling down on his efforts in the world of film music composition? Maybe. Funnily enough, we were speaking on Tuesday, which happened to be a day after Nin's debut album "Pretty Hate Machine" celebrated its 25th anniversary (Oct. 20, 1989), which by anyone's measure is just bonkers to consider. "Head Like a Hole" is a 25-year-old song? »


- Kristopher Tapley

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