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We still have eight months until Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives in theaters, but that.s not going to stop the rumor mill from spinning. The latest scuttlebutt to make the rounds involves the possible identity of Jena Malone.s character in the movie. Be warned, there are potential spoilers beyond this point. If you.re averse to such things, leave now. You.ve been warned. According to Latino Review.s industry sources, the Hunger Games and Donnie Darko star will appear in Dawn of Justice as Barbara Gordon, daughter of Commissioner James Gordon, and the civilian alter ego of both Batgirl and Oracle in the comics. This latest bit of news runs contrary to earlier reports that Malone is playing a version of Robin based on the Carrie Kelley character from Frank Miller.s The Dark Knight Returns. Most fans dismissed this after the latest Dawn of »
The actor, aged 11 at the time, desperately wanted to appear in the 1992 sports comedy, but he was advised by his parents to focus on his education.
"My parents were like, 'Look, you're about to enter junior high school, you gotta get your education, that's the most important thing. I promise you, you hate us now, but you'll thank us later,'" Gyllenhaal added. "And I do."
However, the young Gyllenhaal wasn't disappointed for long as his parents allowed him to take a role in A Dangerous Woman the following year. The drama was directed by his father and written by his mother.
His big break »
Jake Gyllenhaal interviewed with NPR's Terry Gross to discuss his upcoming boxing film Southpaw. After discussing how he got into character for the films Southpaw, Nightcrawler and Donnie Darko, the conversation turned to Brokeback Mountain, where things got emotional. Gyllenhaal, who earned an Oscar nomination for his role, played alongside Heath Ledger as his lover in the flick. The 34-year-old actor reminisced on his time with his late co-star, "Listening to [the clip] brings me back to thinking about doing that scene with Heath and the honor it was to work with him and the beauty of his work. I miss him as a human being and miss working with. And what an »
10 Cent Pistol opens up with two police officers investigating a silent alarm at the front door of Harris (Thomas Ian Nicholas, American Pie, Halloween Resurrection). His reaction to find the police at his door proves to be of suspicion as the sweat rolls down and his need to get them to leave only encourages the officers to investigate. Upon entering, they are greeted by Danneel (Jena Malone, Donnie Darko), the coy damsel in a tight blue mini dress who makes every word sound innocent, yet seductive. Harris and Daneel lead the officers into the living room where they find Easton and Jake, two even more suspicious characters sitting on the couch.
This instantly pulls the audience in as we’re not entirely sure who exactly is hiding what in this scenario and if the cops are going to find anything. The bad guy in this scene is quickly revealed via »
- Jovy Skol
The phrase “first Iranian vampire western” will follow A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and its director Anna Lily Amirpour, until the end of cinema itself. A year and a half after it glided sexily into Sundance, the movie has made waves for its genre play, for Sheila Vand’s already iconic vampire look, and for its incredible, eclectic soundtrack. The movie has been in vogue ever since, even though there appears to be little beneath its chador-clad exterior to chew upon. Part of the explanation is never mentioned in its buzzy tagline, but most of the attraction is really down to its story of misfit rebellion, a James Dean tale with a Donnie Darko-esque soundtrack, by way of Iran.
- Liam Ball
Jake Gyllenhaal wants to become a director. The 34-year-old actor has received critical acclaim for his performance in front of the camera in various movies, including 'Southpaw', 'Nightcrawler' and 'Donnie Darko', but says he also has ambitions to helm a movie of his own. Asked if he'd like to make the transition into directing, Jake said: ''Yes I would. It hasn't come up yet. It's starting to, but I see how hard it is, and I see how many people think they can do it. ''You really have to know what you want to say. And you really have to be very prepared: not just in terms of skill, but as a human, because it takes such patience. I have more to learn, but I'd like to try my hand at it some day.'' Meanwhile, Jake also revealed he weighs up a number »
Into the woods go the lovelorn loners and sexual thrill seekers of “Everlasting Love,” an eerie little arthouse chiller set in and around a secluded Barcelona cruising spot where forbidden desires are expressed but not always successfully contained. Observing the dangerous bond that forms between a bearish professor and his much younger male student, writer-director Marcal Fores’ ironically titled mood piece employs a disorienting visual and narrative style whose overall effect suggests a voyeur’s partially obstructed gaze. The technique often impresses; the facile ideas and grotesque denouement, not so much. Well traveled at Lgbt and genre festivals, this Tla pickup (set to open Stateside in November) should benefit from its 69-minute running time, and from word-of-mouth comparisons to Alain Guiraudie’s more fully realized gay-cruising thriller “Stranger by the Lake.”
While there are no talking stuffed animals in evidence, as there were in Fores’ “Donnie Darko”-esque debut feature, »
- Justin Chang
It’s not easy to make the transition from teen star to Oscar-nominated actor. It’s pretty common to see teen actors’ careers fizzle out and die once they reach a certain age. However, every now and then an actor breaks the mold. One such actor is Jake Gyllenhaal.
Jake, along with his actress sister Maggie Gyllenhaal, grew up surrounded by the movie industry as their parents produced and directed. A variety of film and TV roles led him to what would ultimately be his breakout role with Donnie Darko, a film that remains a cult classic. Flash-forward more than 10 years, and Jake Gyllenhaal is a Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated actor.
This week sees the release of Southpaw, a boxing drama also starring Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams. Jake plays a prize-winning boxer who has to rebuild his life after things come crashing down around him.
We’ve included lots »
- Amanda Wood
Jake Gyllenhaal burst onto the scene in Richard Kelly‘s Donnie Darko and has to have one of the most interesting and diverse careers in Hollywood. He’s done quirky (Nightcrawler), romantic comedy (Love and other Drugs), science fiction (Source Code) and action (The Prince of Persia). Some films have been more successful than others, but for us Gyllenhaal is never better than when he’s got a meaty script and weighty character to sink his teeth into.
This week he stars as boxer Billy Hope in Antoine Fuqua‘s Southpaw. The story follows Hope’s struggle to regain his life and title after a tragic personal loss. Gyllenhaal gives a juggernaut of a performance in the film and we jumped at the opportunity to speak with him about the role.
There have been a lot of great boxing movies over the years but what was it about the script »
- Kat Smith
Has any director ever fallen as hard from grace as Richard Kelly? Though he went from Citizen Kane at the start to frozen food commercials by the end, even Orson Welles managed a few extra masterpieces in between; Richard Kelly, on the other hand, only ever managed one before his career hit the skids: 2001’s Donnie Darko.
Even then, it was a few years before people caught on – Donnie Darko bombed hard at cinemas, owing largely to its unfortunate release date (the film’s plane crash didn’t chime well so soon after September 11th, so it was dumped in a handful of cinemas at the end of October). Thankfully, word-of-mouth and the burgeoning DVD market helped the film slowly gain a reputation as a modern classic.
- Brogan Morris
Last week at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, Daily Dead hit up the panel for the highly anticipated Tales of Halloween anthology film to hear more about the film from several directors, actors, and producers Patrick Ewald and Shaked Berenson, who filled us in on just what we can expect once the film hit theaters on October 16th.
Check out the video highlights from the entertaining Tales of Halloween panel, featuring the likes of Lin Shaye, Neil Marshall, Mike Mendez, Barry Bostwick, John Savage, Kristina Klebe, Booboo Stewart, Alex Essoe, Pollyanna McIntosh, and more. Be sure to look for more on the film as we get closer to release.
A suburban American town is terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers on one Halloween night.
- Heather Wixson
Considered the world’s largest genre film festival and running over three weeks long, Fantasia is celebrating its 19th edition this year and the lineup is pretty incredible. This year’s fest runs July 14 through August 4 and will see over 130 feature films including more than 20 world premieres. Legendary filmmaker Sion Sono is delivering three new movies with Tag, Love & Peace, and Shinjuku Swan, meanwhile Tales of Halloween and A Christmas Horror Story are bringing horror anthologies back to the big screen. In addition, the festival will offer up the Montreal premiere of Marvel’s highly anticipated Ant-Man, the world premiere of Israeli horror flick Jeruzalem, the world premiere of Assassination Classroom and the first Canadian screening of the Canadian/Kiwi festival hit Turbo Kid. The festival is rounded out with screenings of Big Match, Crumbs, Deathgasm, The Demolisher, Experimenter, Cooties, We Are Still Here, The Editor, Cub, He Never Died, »
A first trailer has been released at San Diego Comic-Con for the upcoming horror anthology Tales of Halloween, which we’ve got for you right here…
Tales of Halloween brings you Halloween night like you’ve never seen it before. Ghouls, imps, aliens, axe murderers and more appear in one neighborhood on Halloween to terrorize unsuspecting residents.
Tales of Halloween is set for release October 30th in the States and features segments from directors Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die, The Woman), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), and Paul Solet (Grace).
- Gary Collinson
Tales of Halloween has been on our radar for quite some time and we got our first look at the movie during Comic-Con. The panel that took place earlier this evening featured the debut of the first full trailer that not only highlights the talent behind these films, but also showcases some of the amazing special effects.
A suburban American town is terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers on one Halloween night.
Directors Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die, The Woman), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), John Skipp (Stay at »
- Jonathan James
Some of the biggest names in horror descended upon Comic-Con with a first look at the terrifying anthology thriller Tales of Halloween. A suburban American town is terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers on one Halloween night in this creepy outing. Cult filmmakers and familiar genre faces come together to bring you this ultimate Halloween film event unlike anything you've ever seen before. But you didn't need to be in San Diego to witness the horrors it contains. We have the full trailer for you right here!
Directors Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night of the Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy), Neil Marshall (The Descent), Lucky McKee (All Cheerleaders Die, The Woman), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), John Skipp (Stay at Home Dad), and Paul Solet (Grace) have »
Promising new USA Network cyber-hacking drama Mr Robot may be a throwback to the late-nineties, but that's no bad thing...
This review contains spoilers.
Unusually for this genre, it’s not the tech that feels as if it belongs to another time, but the ideology. Episode one’s monologues on disaffection, alienation, phoneyism, economic anarchy and evil conglomerates are drenched in Fight Club, The Matrix and American Psycho-era cynicism.
With his raised black hoodie, vacant good looks, withdrawn demeanour and counselling sessions, Mr Robot’s lead Elliot Alderson (Malek) even channels the hero of another turn-of-the-last-century cult favourite: Donnie Darko. Moving even further down the timeline, casting Christian Slater as a co-lead almost certainly knowingly takes »
Whether she’s playing a conservative dance coach defending the pedophile motivational speaker or the nagging grade school teacher every child had only to meet her demise at the hands of a killer doll, Beth Grant always holds a strong presence in her roles. She has one of those voices that demands attention, no matter how small or insignificant her role may seem. Both indie and mainstream crowds will recognize her in great roles ranging from blockbusters like Speed to cult favorites like Donnie Darko.
In The Midnight Swim she has only a few lines of dialogue, primarily heard through an old VHS tape, but her presence lingers, not only to the film’s characters, but to the audience. She is the face we keep looking for in the water, the voice we think we might hear in the night.
- Jovy Skol
The Strongest Man is a dry, dead-pan comedy about a Cuban man in Miami called Beef, played by Robert Lorie. Beef works in construction, but is known by friends and coworkers for being exceptionally strong. Beef is a good-sized man, but his natural strength goes far beyond the limits of any man I’ve ever met. Ultimately, this is a relatively insignificant fact about Beef, as his one love and passion in life is his gold-painted BMX bike, which he rides proudly like a child when not working construction or hanging art for a local rich white woman named Mrs. Rosen, played by Lisa Banes.
Beef’s best friend and coworker is the son of Korean immigrants and a seemingly talented yet underachieving man called Conan, played by Paul Chamberlain. The two spend most of their time together, often having peculiarly philosophical conversations in English, while Beef’s thoughts narrate the film in Spanish. »
- Travis Keune
The constant big-budget movie releases with their A-list stars, state of the art technology, and expensive advertising campaigns can make it easy to forget that most of the movie industry just doesn’t have that kind of money. Most filmmakers are working with limited resources, yet producing films that are in many cases better than those big money movies. Other filmmakers work with even less, producing films that, in the end, are often relegated to the more obscure cable channels and the bargain bin at Amazon. B-movies have been called Hollywood’s stepchild, but what they really are is its life blood.
Only a few of these films make money, but they have a greater value than simply being good for business: they are good for filmmaking. With little money, no stars, scripts that are disjointed, and often featuring poor production values, the B-movie is the primordial ooze from which new talent and ideas crawl. »
- Gregory Small
Chaos Theory – or the butterfly effect, as it’s often linked with – is a mathematical study that tries to find a nugget of order amidst a seemingly inexplicable melange of randomness. A fitting subtitle, then, for Life is Strange episode 3, which has been slated for a release across all platforms on May 19 in North America, followed by a European release the next day.
Continuing the journey of Max and Chloe as the pair delve deeper into the mysterious disappearance of their fellow classmate, the third installment will hopefully answer some of the lingering questions left by the series’ first two chapters. Taking to its official blog, Square Enix published a brief synopsis for the upcoming episode, though it’s worth noting that the excerpt contains some spoilers for those who aren’t fully caught up.
In this next installment of Life is Strange, Max and Chloe’s investigation into Rachel »
- Michael Briers
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