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If he's not the most prolific actor working in Hollywood today, Jake Gyllenhaal is nonetheless one of the most interesting. This year, he’s in “Everest” and “Southpaw” (and the years-late release of “Accidental Love,” but let’s forgive him that one). He also wrapped “Demolition” a film that premiered at Toronto International Film Festival in early September and is slated for an April 2016 U.S. release. All this after a year in which he scored numerous nominations and plaudits for his portrayal of Louis Bloom in the incredible “Nightcrawler.” Yet, as Sam Jones, host of the TV show and podcast “Off Camera” explains, "the most profound change [Gyllenhaal has] made in recent years is one we probably didn’t realize we were witnessing, and that’s what I wanted to talk to him about. After his work in ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ Jake found himself in the position of being »
- Zach Hollwedel
[Originally appeared in the January 2015 issue of Deadly Magazine] Think back to your worst memory of high school. If it doesn’t involve a giant bone-crushing baby, rock and roll zombies, or a Satanic guidance counselor, then you didn’t go to Crowley High, the setting for the beloved TV series Todd & The Book of Pure Evil.
Comprised of two seasons that originally aired from 2010–2012 on Canada’s Space network, Todd & The Book of Pure Evil follows Todd Smith, a heavy metal-loving high school stoner who, along with his best friend Curtis, major crush (and strongly independent) Jenny, and the brilliant Hannah, is forced to face the monsters and evil powers unleashed by The Book of Pure Evil.
The twisted tome (believed to be bound in the foreskin of Judas) can be found by the tormented, the humiliated, and the depressed—making high school its perfect home. For 26 episodes, Todd and his friends (collectively known as “the Gang”) hunt »
- Derek Anderson
Put down your buckets of pig's blood kids, it will not end well for you. In this round-up, we have a Q&A with Emily Lopez from Carrie the Musical which opens on October 8th. Also: more details from Screamfest 2015, From Dusk Till Dawn season 2, and Shawn Scott's novel Apocalypse Swordsman.
Carrie the Musical Q&A: Press Release: "(Los Angeles, CA – August 19, 2015) Producers Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman and The Transfer Group have announced that Carrie The Musical will return to Los Angeles at the historic Los Angeles Theater, the first theatrical musical at that venue.
Tickets are available beginning Monday, August 24th at www.ExperienceCarrie.com. Carrie The Musical begins previews on October 1, 2015, and officially opens on October 8, 2015. Performances are on sale through November 22.
Directed by Brady Schwind and choreographed by Lee Martino, this immersive staging of Carrie takes the legendary musical off the stage and »
- Tamika Jones
It's sort of hard not to love Jake Gyllenhaal. The star has been working pretty consistently since his one-two punch of "Donnie Darko" and "October Sky" at the turn of the millennium, and, over 15 years later, he's still surprising us with performances in films like "Nightcrawler," "Prisoners" and possibly even this week's must-see-in-imax thriller "Everest." Read More: Watch: Rashida Jones Talks Rebelling With 'Sensible Clothes' in Exclusive Video In an exclusive clip from this intimate conversation with Sam Jones, Gyllenhaal shares what he has learned about having "what you would call, I guess, success," in his very early 20s. The humble actor talks graciously about what he's learned in the film industry in the last 15 years and the friends he's made thanks to his most recent string of films. Check out the exclusive clip above (plus additional footage below) and watch the full episode of "Off Camera with »
- Aubrey Page
Before the German export Der Nachtmahr even begins, the viewer is presented with not one, but two warnings – the first concerns strobing, while the other points out the use of “isochronic and binaural frequencies” – as well as a suggestion that “this film should be played loudly.” The work certainly lives up to its promise of an unforgettable hyper-sensory experience, as it spirals down a rabbit hole lined with neon glow sticks, ear-splitting Edm, and an inexplicable cameo by former Sonic Youth frontwoman Kim Gordon.
Influenced by both low-brow horror (Basket Case definitely comes to mind) and high-brow art (namely a 1781 painting by Henry Fuseli) the feature debut from writer/director Akiz opens on the main character Tina (Carolyn Genzkow), a hard-partying Berlin teenager with little parental supervision. After blacking out during a poolside bacchanal, she awakens to find a weird creature only she can see raiding her family’s refrigerator. »
- Amanda Waltz
It's sort of hard not to love Jake Gyllenhaal. The star has been working pretty consistently since his one-two punch of "Donnie Darko" and "October Sky" at the turn of the millennium, and, over 15 years later, he's still surprising us with performances in films like "Nightcrawler," "Prisoners" and possibly even this week's must-see-in-imax thriller "Everest." Read More: Watch: Rashida Jones Talks Rebelling With 'Sensible Clothes' in Exclusive Video In an exclusive clip from this intimate conversation with Sam Jones, Gyllenhaal shares what he has learned about having "what you would call, I guess, success," in his very early 20s. The humble actor talks graciously about what he's learned in the film industry in the last 15 years and the friends he's made thanks to his most recent string of films. Check out the exclusive clip above (plus additional footage below) and watch the full episode of "Off Camera with...
- Aubrey Page
Jake Gyllenhaal has been quietly building his CV with a range of roles that have established his reputation as someone who has both a strong screen presence and a depth of talent that his good looks have previously led many to overlook. From Donnie Darko through to Prisoners and Nightcrawler, Gyllenhaal has been quietly and steadily
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- Ian Gilchrist
Creative destruction is a concept that, for many of us, recalls the stereotypical young male who has just discovered he’s really into economic theory and is eager to share his newly acquired knowledge. I don’t know what it is about masculinity and destroying things, but the idea of destruction in itself is enough of a draw to attract many of us (see: every major blockbuster in the past twenty years), and the potential for something positive to come out of that satisfying act of breaking stuff is like a cherry on top. Demolition is a film that takes this idea, makes it both a metaphor and not a metaphor, is aware of what it’s doing, and makes its experience as pleasurable and interesting as it possibly can over the course of two hours.
Jake Gyllenhaal leads the derby as Davis Mitchell, who works in finance, although he »
- Darren Ruecker
With its stockpile of studio blockbusters, indies and documentaries, Toronto is the Wal-Mart of film festivals. As usual, this year’s slate promises to debut its share of box office hits as well as Oscar contenders and small, breakout films. Here are the 13 most anticipated movies at the festival, which kicks off Thursday.
Directed by Ridley Scott, “The Martian” is the biggest movie to world premiere at Toronto. The sci-fi epic follows a Nasa astronaut (played by Matt Damon) who finds himself stranded on Mars. The trailer for this 20th Century Fox release, based on Andy Weir’s 2011 novel, suggests it could be this year’s “Gravity.” And the ensemble, which includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Michael Peña, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sebastian Stan, is formidable. –Ramin Setoodeh
Tom McCarthy’s chronicle of the Boston Globe’s efforts to expose the Catholic Church’s cover-up of »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
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
Acting with New York-based private equity firm Raven Capital Management, Ambi has also struck a deal to take on a number of development projects as well as all sequel and remake rights owned by Emg.
Financial terms were not disclosed. The Ambi co-heads said they have also hired of several executives based in Beverly Hills to work in business affairs, finance, accounting and home entertainment.
Ambi aims to have produced ten films this year and the slate includes contemporary fairy tale This Beautiful Fantastic starring Jessica Brown Findlay and Tom Wilkinson; James Franco’s In Dubious Battle; 3D CGI family animation »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
In a pre-Toronto Film Festival move, Ambi Group has agreed to acquire a majority of Exclusive Media Group’s library along with remake and sequel rights for an undisclosed price.
The deal covers about 400 titles including “Begin Again,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Donnie Darko,” “End of Watch,” “Ides of March,” “Memento,” “The Mexican,” “Parkland,” “Rush,” “Sliding Doors,” “Snitch,” “Undefeated” and “The Way Back.”
Ambi is acquiring the library in partnership with Raven Capital Management, a New York-based private equity firm.
Year-old Ambi has assembled a slate that includes “This Beautiful Fantastic,” starring Jessica Brown Findlay and Tom Wilkinson; James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle”; the sci-fi thriller “Rupture,” starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis and Peter Stormare; the psychological thriller “Lavender,” starring Abbie Cornish and Dermot Mulroney »
- Dave McNary
Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group has acquired a majority of Exclusive Media Group’s film library, which includes approximately 400 titles such as “Donnie Darko,” “Memento” and “Cruel Intentions,” it was announced Friday in advance of the Toronto International Film Festival. Ambi is acquiring the library in partnership with Raven Capital Management, a New York-based private equity firm. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The acquisition covers a diverse portfolio of critical and commercial hits as well as cult favorites, including “Begin Again,” “End of Watch,” “The Ides of March,” “Hit & Run,” “The Mexican,” “Parkland,” “Rush, »
- Jeff Sneider
Director: Perry Blackshear
Running Time: 80 minutes
Synopsis: Working on the understanding that something is infecting those around him, Wyatt (Andrews) becomes convinced that the world is ending. When faced with this information he faces the problem of saving himself or risking everything to save his best friend Christian (Duouchel).
They Look Like People isn’t your usual Frightfest film. Or to put it a different way it’s not the type of horror film that one would expect to screen at an event called Frightfest. Of course Frightfest isn’t all big-breasted cheerleaders running around nearly naked, pursued by some middle-aged loner, yet They Look Like People is so drastically different from everything else on offer.
Instead of the ‘usual’ it is »
- Kat Smith
By now you've likely gazed upon "the photo" – a moment captured last weekend at a Donald Trump presidential campaign rally held in Mobile, Ala. In it, a wild-eyed mom in a pink tank top thrusts her baby into the candidate's hands. Nearby, amid a crush of smartphone-wielding supporters, a bespectacled woman holds aloft a hand-painted sign that reads, "Thank you Lord Jesus for President Trump." The shot went instantly viral online (where it has been alternately described as "creepy," "hilarious" and "terrifying"), and predictably birthed countless memes. Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly even tweeted
- Seth Abramovitch
Monsters: Dark Continent, 2014.
Directed by Tom Green.
Four friends from Detroit join the Us army in the Middle East, where air strikes against its Infected Zone’s alien ‘monsters’ have caused an insurgency amongst the locals.
“…one of the worst sequels of the decade.”
“18% on Rotten Tomatoes.”
“…it’s ruin-porn, then war-porn – between which there’s some porn-porn.”
Besides the promise of ‘porn-porn’, watching Monsters: Dark Continent wasn’t very appealing. The movie was critically panned. The release date had suffered delays. The idea of releasing a sequel to Monsters felt like a Donnie Darko 2-esque cash-grab. Those weren’t good signs.
Actually, it’s one of the most underrated movies of the last few years.
It’s easy to see why people took against the film – a sequel-of-sorts (more of a »
- Oli Davis
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
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