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Official publicity stills from the upcoming ninth episode of Fox's "Gotham" introduce idealistic Assistant District Attorney Harvey Dent (Nicholas D’Agosto). As previously revealed, the character will make a few brief appearances this season ahead of a larger role in future years. [Source: EW]
Amblin co-president Justin Falvey has defended the upcoming TV adaptation of Steven Spielberg's "Minority Report," saying that this is one small screen reboot that will work because it's not destroying the original film in the process:
"There's a way to produce that as a series that is not stepping on the film. Our way into it [for Fox] takes place after the film, in terms of the time frame. It's a great title and property, and there's a great procedural engine that drives it." [Source: THR]
HBO has confirmed a Sunday January 11th premiere date for three of its series - the ten-episode fourth season of »
- Garth Franklin
“For 3 hours I was making that movie” Tony Gilroy exclaimed about “Nightcrawler,” his brother Dan Gilroy’s electric and disturbing serio-comic look at a sociopathic success story. Gilroy, the director of “Michael Clayton,” “Duplicity,” and “The Bourne Legacy," was on “The Moment,” filmmaker Brian Koppelman’s (“Solitary Man”) excellent new podcast discussing myriad topics, but mainly the creative process and screenwriting (Gilroy began as a screenwriter and made his name writing the ‘Bourne’ trilogy among many, many, many other projects). So when Gilroy first read his brother’s screenplay, he immediately thought this was his next directorial effort. Until his brother told him that he had intended to direct it himself. Fine, Gilroy took a producer credit and helped his sibling bring the movie to the screen. So what’s next for the filmmaker? Well, he’s decidedly left the ‘Bourne’ world and it doesn’t look like he’ll »
- Rodrigo Perez
By Anjelica Oswald
While some films in contention for the 87th Academy Awards in February are set in Los Angeles, such as Nightcrawler, a number of films are based in New York City. Begin Again features Mark Ruffalo as a New York City record label executive who records music around New York City with a songwriter played by Keira Knightley; Birdman, about a washed-up Hollywood actor trying to write, direct and act in a Broadway play; Whiplash, about a jazz drummer at a Manhattan school; Still Alice, about a professor from Columbia dealing with early-onset Alzheimer’s; and Love is Strange, about a same-sex couple from Manhattan.
Jessica Chastain stars in two different films that take place in New York: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, about a couple living in New York, and A Most Violent Year, about a couple living in New York during one of the city’s most violent years. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Each weekend a profile on a just-opened Oscar contender. Here's abstew on this weekend's new release, Nightcrawler, which is a perfectly dark treat for a Halloween opening.
Best Supporting Actress
Born: Rene Marie Russo was born February 17, 1954 in Burbank, California
The Role: Screenwriter Dan Gilroy (2006's The Fall, The Bourne Legacy) makes his directorial debut with Nightcrawler (which he wrote as well). The film stars a gaunt, crazy-eyed Jake Gyllenhaal (a Best Actor Contender) as Lou Bloom, an unemployed but determined man in Los Angeles that stumbles upon a career as a news journalist. He video records car crashes, home invasions, and bloody crimes, selling the footage to the local news station. Russo stars as a veteran television producer, in charge of the "vampire" shift of the lowest rated station in town. She encourages Bloom's budding career, forming a twisted relationship with him to gain viewers. »
Glenn here to offer a rebuttal to my own work.
When I reviewed David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars at the New York Film Festival, I was highly critical of the film’s look. It’s the ugliest film of 2014 so far and will likely remain a recurring staple of my anti-digital rants for some time to come. Fair is fair, however, and lest I get the reputation of somebody who is strictly against digital, I wanted to sing the praises of Robert Elswit’s work on Nightcrawler. Neither a horror film as befitting its Halloween release date, nor a superhero film like many people have thought due to its title. Yet, in spite it this, the film works as both an unsettling work of urban and moral decay and a portrait of a man who, in his own eyes, is a bit of a hero.
Nightcrawler is a »
- Glenn Dunks
Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo star in ‘Nightcrawler,’ about an unscrupulous videographer trolling the streets of Los Angeles for bloody crime-scene footage he can sell to a local TV news operation. It also stars Bill Paxton, James Huang and a raft of current and former Los Angeles TV news anchors and reporters, including Kent Shocknek, Pat Harvey and Sharon Tay.
Watch my video review above for more about the film, but know that I think it features Gyllenhaal’s best performance maybe ever, and a fine one by Russo as well.
The film is written and directed by Dan Gilroy, and produced by Gyllenhaal, Tony Gilroy, Jennifer Fox, David Lancaster and Michael Litvak. Open Road Films is handling distribution in the U.S. Yes, the project is a family affair, featuring work by brothers Dan, Tony (The Bourne Legacy, Michael Clayton) and editor John (Pacific Rim, Warrior) Gilroy.
Will you see the film? »
- Pete Hammond
London — Camerimage Film Festival, which is dedicated to the art of cinematography, is to open with Gala Screenings of “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” and “The Imitation Game” on Nov. 15.
The director of photography on “Birdman,” which is directed by Alejandro G. Inarritu, is Emmanuel Lubezki, who won an Oscar with “Gravity,” and was Oscar nommed for five other films, most recently for “The Tree of Life.”
“Birdman” is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) famous for portraying an iconic superhero as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to save his family, his career, and himself.
- Leo Barraclough
“Rhythm is everything in cinema,” says director Alejandro G. Iñárritu.
Making the unique choice for the Birdman soundtrack, Iñárritu went with an almost total drum score by four-time Grammy Award winner Antonio Sanchez.
Sanchez is considered by many critics and musicians alike to be one of the most prominent drummers, bandleaders and composers of his generation.
Sanchez will open the 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Awards with a special drum performance from Birdman. Held at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood on Tuesday, November 4, Sanchez will play his critically acclaimed drum score live to a scene from the film.
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, »
- Michelle McCue
The old adage tells us there are no small parts, only small actors—but a background extra might take umbrage to that statement. Still, there is a long history of actors breaking out with a minimum of screen time. And when it comes to the Oscar race, there is always the question of whether an actor has “enough” to be nominated. Of course, Judi Dench famously scored a supporting actress statuette for less than 10 minutes of screen time in “Shakespeare in Love,” but does anyone question it was a worthy performance? It’s not even the shortest to win—that would be Beatrice Straight, who landed the trophy for a six-minute scene in 1976’s “Network.”
This year, there are a handful of performances that have pundits wondering if there’s enough screen time to earn a nomination. One of the most discussed is Laura Dern, an adored veteran of the screen, »
- Jenelle Riley
The British star will collect the Actor Tribute and Miller the Director Tribute at the 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City on December 1.
Swinton most recently appeared in Snowpiercer and her credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel, Broken Flowers, The Deep End, Orlando, Only Lovers Left Alive, and Michael Clayton, which earned her a best supporting actress Oscar in 2008.
“Swinton’s broad and iconoclastic body of work permeates the indie film landscape, thrilling and challenging audiences. Miller’s films, both narrative and documentary, have similarly »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Actress Tilda Swinton and director Bennett Miller will receive tributes at the Gotham Independent Film Awards, the 24th annual kudofest presented every year by the New York-based Independent Filmmmaker Project (Ifp).
Swinton gets this year’s actress tribute for a body of work that includes “Snowpiercer,” “Only Lovers Left Alive” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — all of which opened this year — as well as “Michael Clayton,” the 2007 feature for which she won an Oscar. Miller, meanwhile, takes the director tribute as he enters awards-season contention with “Foxcatcher,” the wrestling drama that stars Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum.
The Gothams are one of the earliest trophy ceremonies in the film industry’s awards season, and often highlight indie titles that go on to become serious contenders in the Oscar race. »
- Gordon Cox
According to Deadline, Universal is hard at work trying to strike a deal with both Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass in order to reunite them for a new Bourne movie. Two years ago the Jeremy Renner starring and Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) directed The Bourne Legacy brought some cool ideas to the franchise but many […]
Matt Damon and Bryan Cranston, everyone's favorite Jewish dentist, are both in early talks to star in The Great Wall for Legendary Pictures. Acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers) has signed on to direct the film which will explore the mysteries behind why the Great Wall was built and the secrets it holds. The most recent draft of the screenplay was penned by Bourne writer Tony Gilroy (also of Michael Clayton). Damon is certainly making himself busy these days. He is about to start shooting The Martian with Ridley Scott and now another Bourne is in the works. Cranston, fresh off his Emmy win for the final season of "Breaking Bad" (a show I've still managed to not watch), can now find the time to probably do whatever movie he wants. I am not well versed in Yimou's filmography, but what I have seen is rather impressive. »
- Mike Shutt
I came away from Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" with a new level of respect for Jake Gyllenhaal. He's been taking a lot of interesting chances lately, having already decorated his career with a string of notable filmmaker collaborations, but now he seems to really be pushing himself by exploring unique characters that might scare off most stars. The physical specificity of his "End of Watch" cop, the obsession of his "Prisoners" detective, and now, the blind ambition of his "Nightcrawler" psycho. But he doesn't play this guy as "psychotic." A driven creep looking for work and unsettlingly quick to learn and absorb, Lou Bloom finds his way into the world of freelance journalism on the night streets of Los Angeles in the film. He's never really given a big, broad outburst moment, but the drawn coil of the narrative leaves you expecting it, and that plays to the film's advantage. »
- Kristopher Tapley
As a gonzo freelance news cameraman prowling for the goriest, grizzliest scoops he can find, Jake Gyllenhaal gives such a buggy, twitchy performance that — with his sunken cheeks, bulging eyes and greasy hair — he resembles some Cronenbergian mutant in an intermediate stage of transformation. He’s the main attraction in “Nightcrawler,” , but doesn’t have much to say beyond the familiar, shopworn hand-wringing about shutterbugs willing to do anything to get the shot and the desensitized voyeur audience — us — that laps it all up. A flashy but hollow first directing gig for veteran screenwriter Dan Gilroy (“The Bourne Legacy”), this Oct. 31 Open Road release is a star vehicle that will test audience enthusiasm for Gyllenhaal’s big, mannered star turn — a feast of capital-a acting that’s sometimes amusing to watch but not believable for so much as a second.
Very much a screenwriter’s movie in its habit of »
- Scott Foundas
Dan Gilroy's been at this for a while now. His first produced screenplay was the largely-forgotten "Freejack," a science-fiction action movie starring Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, and a fresh-off-his-Oscar-win Anthony Hopkins in 1992. The other main co-star in the film was Rene Russo, who ended up married to Gilroy after that film, and now, a full 22 years later, she's co-starring in "Nightcrawler," which is Gilroy's move from being a writer to being a writer-director. If this is any indication of what he can do when he's in full control, then let the era of Dan Gilroy commence. Disturbing and dark, "Nightcrawler" is many things. It is a remarkable La movie, something I would not say lightly. I have a lot of problems watching movies that are "about" La, just like I have a lot of problems watching movies about making movies. I have trouble separating what I know from what I'm watching. »
- Drew McWeeny
Directed by Dan Gilroy.
A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism.
A security guard discovers a chain fence being cut by a mysterious individual who assaults him for his watch. The thief in question is Lou Bloom who sells his stolen goods but seems to be travelling around the world without a sense of purpose; however, the epiphany arrives when he witnesses freelance cameramen filming a traffic accident.
What unfolds next is the amateur photographer immersing himself in the whole news credo “If it bleeds it leads” to the point that his entrepreneurial spirit is able to flourish. Lou Bloom is also a sociopath who is prepared to do anything to get what he wants, whether it be making sexual favours part of business agreements, »
- Trevor Hogg
The pictures - first published by the New York Times and Rolling Stone - give a first look at rising actress Katherine Waterston and lead Joaquin Phoenix in Anderson's first feature since 2012's Oscar nominated The Master.
Inherent Vice, adapted from the Thomas Pynchon book of the same name, represents the first major role for 34-year-old Waterston, who has had prior roles in Boardwalk Empire, Michael Clayton and Being Flynn. She finds herself working opposite Phoenix, who previously worked with the director on The Master, for which he received an Oscar nomination.
Speaking about the movie, the actress said: "This whole film is sort of the smoke clearing after the '60s and everyone coming to, wondering what the hell happened.
"There's a lot of uncertainty on every page of the novel. »
George Clooney’s directorial efforts are divisive to say the least. For every The Ides Of March, there’s a flaccid schmaltz fest like The Monuments Men. While his upcoming roster of projects is hectic, including the Coens’ Hail Caesar (nothing to do with tyrannical simians) and production duties on Our Brand Is Crisis and Pioneer, he’s announced his next directing gig: Hack Attack.
Based on the book Hack Attack, by journalist Nick Davies, the drama will centre around the recent phone hacking scandal in the UK. For those unaware of the story – Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid behemoth, News Of The World, came under fire when it was revealed that many of the paper’s reporters had illegally tapped the phones of celebrities (Hugh Grant for one), politicians and even a bunch of regular joes. The subsequent court case and inquiry saw many of the Notw’s major players »
- Gem Seddon
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
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