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In a 2011 Vulture article, we sized up the sparse field of young leading men in the movies and plaintively asked, “Where Are the New Leos, Tobeys, and Jakes?” Three years later, that drought has only gotten worse. While the movies can boast a plentiful array of bankable female superstars under 25, including Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley, and Kristen Stewart, their male counterparts are meager, and there’s still no young man with an under-25 career comparable to the one had by Leonardo DiCaprio (who’d been Oscar-nominated for What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and toplined the then-biggest movie ever, Titanic, before turning 25), Tobey Maguire (who’d by that age starred in classics like The Ice Storm and The Cider House Rules), or Jake Gyllenhaal (who made Brokeback Mountain, Donnie Darko, and Jarhead before his 25th birthday).What gives? Vulture put the question to Tobey Maguire himself at the Toronto Film Festival, »
- Kyle Buchanan
When you win the Academy Award for Best Director, a great deal of anticipation naturally builds around the possibilities for your next choice of film. When Ang Lee received that honour for Brokeback Mountain, he released Lust, Caution two years later. But here we are, almost two years after his win for 2012’s Life Of Pi, and his next directorial project has yet to be officially confirmed. It does seem that he is in talks to take the reins of the upcoming adaptation of the 2012 novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain, however, and – if it comes to fruition – this could be an incredible follow-up.
Billed as a ‘biting’ satire of the Iraq War, the novel is set in Texas, and centres around a squad of soldiers returning from the conflict for a stage-managed, media-intensive ‘victory tour’ at Texas Stadium. The official synopsis for the novel is »
- Sarah Myles
"Life of Pi" and "Brokeback Mountain" director Ang Lee is the frontrunner to helm "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," a film adaptation of Ben Fountain's acclaimed Iraq War novel for Film4 and The Ink Factory.
The dark satire follows a ninteen-year-old Texas-born infantryman and his fellow U.S. servicemen who survive a firefight in Iraq in 2005. The Bush administration brings them home for a victory lap that leads them to the Dallas Cowboys’ football stadium where they're honored during the team's Thanksgiving halftime show. Then they return to war.
Lee has been working on a 3D boxing film for Universal that will include the famed 'Thrilla in Manila' fight between Frazier and Ali, however that project is said to be on hold for now due to budgetary reasons.
- Garth Franklin
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is about a couple, but it isn’t necessarily a love story: Eleanor (Jessica Chastain) and Conor (James McAvoy) are happily married until a tragic event shakes them and separates them. It’s no Blue Valentine, but it’s no The Notebook either—the movie depicts two people united by marriage and trauma dealing with their grief in very different ways.
That plot alone might not sound entirely intriguing at first glance, but director Ned Benson created three separate films out of the story to create three different experiences. There’s Them, which opens Friday »
- Ariana Bacle
The Best Actor Oscar race is quickly filling up with possible contenders after recent critical huzzahs for Michael Keaton ("Birdman"), Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game"), Bill Murray ("St. Vincent"), Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything"), and Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher") on the festival circuit. Add one more to the list: Jake Gyllenhaal, who has received strong notices at the Toronto Film Festival for his performance in the crime drama "Nightcrawler." -Break- Oscars News: Where are the great film roles for women? Gyllenhaal, who also produced the film, stars as Lou Bloom, a young man who becomes entangled in the seedy world of Los Angeles crime journalism. If the performance appeals to academy members, it would be the second Oscar bid for Gyllenhaal but the first in the lead category; he was previously nominated for Best Supporting Actor for "Brokeback Mountain" (2 »
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
Ted Hope partnered with James Schamus and David Linde in Good Machine, the prolific director-centric indie company behind Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Y Tu Mama Tambien, In The Bedroom, Brokeback Mountain, Happiness, The Ice Storm and The Brothers McMullen. In this excerpt from his new book Hope For Film (Soft Skull Press), Hope writes about that seminal moment when the indie business changed and larger companies looked to swallow the prestige film factories. The principals all went in exceptional directions after Good Machine was swallowed by Universal Pictures back in 2000: Schamus ran Focus Features with Linde before the latter became Universal Pictures co-chairman; Hope formed This Is That with future taste making producers Anne Carey and Anthony Bregman. Here, Hope, who is currently CEO of film streaming platform Fandor, describes the feeding frenzy for Good Machine, and how the principals tried to better capitalize a company while navigating the collision between indies and studios. »
- Ted Hope
Somehow, Jake Gyllenhaal doesn.t get full credit for the chances he takes as an actor. And yet, this is a performer who burst on the scene in City Slickers, but boasts such incredible, daring and unconventional films as Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, Jarhead, The Good Girl and David Fincher.s masterpiece, Zodiac. But the Dicaprios and Depps of the world get lauded for their high-profile risks, while Gyllenhaal keeps delivering with the likes of Prisoners or Enemy. The tide should turn in Gyllenhaal.s favor, finally, with Nightcrawler, a seedy, after-hours contemporary thriller about the insomniac ambulance chasers who record exclusive video at human tragedies, then sell them for top dollar to ratings-hungry local news producers. Louis Bloom (Gyllenhaal) is an out-of-work hustler, a hard-working fast talker who chases job opportunities around every corner. On the way home from a scavenger hunt . during which he sells stolen metals to »
Doesn't it seem like Jake Gyllenhaal should be bigger? Certainly, he's famous, but in a way that still suggests potential not yet met. He's able to get a movie green-lit, but not necessarily able to open it. He's got a crush-worthy mug and a famously enviable body, but fan campaigns don't spring up when he's snubbed for Sexiest Man Alive. And though Gyllenhaal earned a well-deserved Oscar nomination in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain, he hasn't been in contention since.It would seem like I'm building a case for career mismanagement here, but actually, I'm arguing quite the opposite: Over the past few years, Gyllenhaal has been turning in consistently excellent, surprising work in a series of underseen films like End of Watch, Enemy, and Prisoners. The problem is not with Jake Gyllenhaal, then — the problem is with us, the public that demands new movie stars yet has a more-than-capable one »
- Kyle Buchanan
Myles Bender arrives as president of marketing and creative advertising; Tyler Dinapoli as president of marketing, media and research; and Kent Sanderson as president of acquisitions and ancillary distribution.
Foley has been in distribution for more than 30 years and led distribution at USA Films, October Films and MGM before his appointment as president of distribution at Focus Features.
Bender began his career at Gramercy Pictures and USA Films and has worked on Being John Malkovich and The Big Lebowski. He served at Focus as svp of creative advertising and marketing, working on Lost In Translation and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, among others »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Jake Gyllenhaal has a razor-thin scar on the palm of his hand. It’s a permanent souvenir from the set of “Nightcrawler,” the Toronto Film Festival thriller, in which the actor plays a twisted crime paparazzo. On the Los Angeles shoot last fall, director Dan Gilroy was filming Gyllenhaal simmering alone in a house after his character, Lou, suffers a professional setback. “We were in the middle of a scene with a mirror,” Gyllenhaal recalls on a recent afternoon. “I hit the mirror.” The violent act wasn’t in the script, and Gyllenhaal still isn’t sure what propelled him to do it. “It was just a choice in that moment that happened,” says Gyllenhaal, who accidentally sliced open his hand on a shard of glass.
Doctors at Cedars-Sinai eventually stopped the bleeding and stitched him up, and Gyllenhaal returned to work eight hours later, with his wrist wrapped in gauze. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Venice — The absence of hefty U.S. fare is beginning to be felt as the Venice Festival enters its second stretch.
Many of this year’s really big guns — the Weinstein Co.’s Oscar hopeful “The Imitation Game,” Denzel Washington starrer “The Equalizer,” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” — are now firing off at Telluride, Toronto and even, in Anderson and Fincher’s case, the New York Film Festival.
Ethan Hawke starrer “Good Kill,” sold by Voltage Pictures and on paper Hollywood’s biggest indie commercial play at Venice, has still to world preem on the Lido. Given the high costs of opening a film on the Lido, especially for star-studded U.S. movies, however, Venice’s 71st edition raises the question of whether the balance of fest power is shifting to North America.
In the past two decades, Venice has held world premieres for several hundreds of U. »
- John Hopewell
Sure, no town on the planet speaks up louder in support of Lgbt rights than Hollywood, but the Emmys just provided (long suspected) proof that many of its leading citizens really don't mean it. Voters just dealt shocking losses to "The Normal Heart" that were so unjust, offensive, bizarre and ridiculous that the only thing that can explain them is that the ghost of "Brokeback Mountain" homophobia has returned to terrify awardsland. -Break- How could "The Normal Heart" and Matt Bomer have lost Best Screenplay and Supporting Actor? All 14 of the Experts polled by Gold Derby predicted Bomer was a shoo-in. Ten picked "Normal Heart" to snag the scripter's prize – the other four opted for "Fargo." "Heart" also seemed to be within striking distance of winning Best Actor (6 out of 14 Experts backed Mark Ruffalo) and Supporting Actress (4 of us picked Julia Roberts). Did homophobia crush 'The...' »
As fully expected, Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" was on the Telluride slate when it was announced this morning. This marks Miller's second trip to the Colorado fest after 2005's "Capote," and that last time was kind of significant. Many will point to the 2005 Telluride program as a real turning point for its place in the Oscar scheme. In addition to "Capote," Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" came here (after premiering in Venice the day before), as did James Mangold's Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line." Suddenly the in-betweener slot made a lot of sense, and after that we saw "Juno," "Slumdog Millionaire," "The King's Speech," "Argo," "12 Years a Slave," etc., etc. Is this year's Best Picture winner on hand this time around? And will Miller's latest get as solid a boost out of the mountains this year as "Capote" did? Time will tell. For now, Sony Classics has made sure »
- Kristopher Tapley
Mixing high-profile star power with offbeat titles, the 41st Telluride Film Festival is offering an impressive glimpse at an array of awards contenders over Labor Day weekend.
The four-day fest, which starts Friday with a tribute to Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” includes the first showings of Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild,” Benedict Cumberbatch’s “The Imitation Game,” Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” and Mia Wasikowska’s “Madame Bovary” — the 10th film adaptation of the French novel.
The Venice Film Festival opener “Birdman,” which has vaulted Michael Keaton into awards contention, will also screen at Telluride. Ramin Bahrani’s housing crisis drama “99 Homes” is screening at both festivals as is Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary “The Look of Silence.”
Several Cannes titles are coming to Telluride: Mike Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” Xavier Dolan’s “Mommy,” the Dardenne Brothers’ workplace drama “Two Days, One Night,” Andrei Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan »
- Dave McNary
Did ''The Normal Heart'' practically get shut out at the Emmys by the same anti-gay fears that hurt ''Brokeback Mountain" at the Oscars? Ryan Murphy's HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer's 1985 play about the early days of AIDS was one of last season's most acclaimed telefilms. In June, it won Best TV Movie at the Critics' Choice Awards, where Matt Bomer also won Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries. At GoldDerby.com, ''The Normal Heart'' was the overwhelming favorite to win Best TV Movie (14 out of 14 Experts), Supporting Actor (for Bomer, 14 out of 14), Directing (for Murphy, 11 out of 14) and Screenplay (for Larry Kramer, 10 out of 14). -Break- See complete list of Emmy winners and nominations Instead, ''The Normal Heart'' watched one Emmy nomination after another crash and burn, losing three of its bids to ''Sherlock: The Last Vow'': Bomer lost to Martin F. »
Madrid – Argentina is going wild over Damian Szifron’s “Wild Tales,” a Special Presentation at Toronto.
But, far from a local comedy, the Cannes competition entry, which boasts impeccable distributor credentials – a Sony Pictures Classics pick-up for North America.; a Warner Bros. Pictures Int’l. buy for Latin America, Spain, and France – has cleaned up most of the world in sales terms via Film Factory Ent.
Germany’s Prokino, Italy’s Lucky Red, the U.K.’s Curzon and Scanbox in Scandinavia are some of the major territory buyers.
In Argentina, distributed by Warner Bros., “Wild Tales” opened to a first-frame 21 million pesos ($2.5 million) and 445,532 admissions, a home-turf all-time record for an Argentine movie. Final figure will probably reach 500,000 when all tix sales are in. Figure, which reps about 65% of total tix sales, bested Universal’s 2013 release of Juan Jose Campanella’s 3D animated feature “Foosball” (17.7 million pesos and 418,280 admissions »
- John Hopewell
2006 was the year that Jake Gyllenhaal was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar, after his peformance in Brokeback Mountain made the Academy sit up and take notice. But he didn't win that award, and he was never nominated again, despite doing a hell of a job with his role of Detective Loki in Prisoners. 2015 might be the year the Academy gives Gyllenhaal a second nomination. And it also may just be the year he makes the win if Nightcrawler lives up to the promise shown in the second trailer. Yahoo has given us our second look at the Dan Gilroy-directed neo-noir-looking flick, which shows Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom. Bloom is an unemployed young man, with a hunger to make it, and a go-getter mentality that could have taken him somewhere in decades past. Unfortunately for Lou, the modern economy is full of go-getters. It eats them up, »
While actor Jake Gyllenhaal has headlined blockbusters such as The Day After Tomorrow and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, his filmography also includes fare such as Zodiac, Brothers, and Brokeback Mountain. His newest feature, titled Nightcrawler, appears to promise further diversity in his movie selection, as it sees Gyllenhaal take on the role of an unemployed individual who becomes a freelance crime journalist in La. Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, the film also stars Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed, and Rene Russo, and is set to be released in American theatres on Halloween. A new trailer for the film has now been released, revealing more about the risks that Gyllenhaal’s character Lou Bloom runs into over the course of his job. Watch the trailer below.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Healthy, even heated competition between film festivals is nothing new. Cannes was founded in the late ’30s as the French response to Venice. In recent years, Shanghai has felt the heat from the government-backed Beijing, while both SXSW and Tribeca have sought to position themselves as viable alternatives to Sundance.
Rarely, however, have such tensions spiked quite so visibly, or with such high stakes involved, as in the case of Telluride and Toronto.
Nestled deep in the Rocky Mountains, the 41-year-old Telluride Film Festival is an intimate four-day affair that screens a highly selective program for Hollywood elites and deep-pocketed movie buffs. The 39-year-old Toronto Film Festival is an 11-day press and industry behemoth, Byzantine in its complexity and Canadian in its efficiency, which unspools about 300 features and attracts journalists, publicists, filmmakers and dealmakers from all over the world. Two very different events, forced by the vagaries of art, commerce »
- Justin Chang
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