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'District 9' and 'Elysium' director Neill Blomkamp's latest robo-based venture into the realm of science fiction is being promoted at this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con. 'Chappie' is the story of an A.I. robot stolen by a couple of criminals intent of using him to help carry out their unlawful ways. Up to now we've had to imagine what dear old 'Chappie' looked like. I've had something between the robot from 'Robot and Frank' and Marvin the paranoid android from 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' in my mind but this new teaser and banner spotted at Comic-Con reveals something quite different and dare I say it very Blomkamp-esque. The movie stars Hugh Jackman ('Prisoners'), Dev Patel ('Slumdog Millionaire'), Ninja and Yolandi Visser of rap-rave band Die Antwoord, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Brandon Auret and the voice of Sharlto Copley ('District 9'). »
We posted a couple of images last week from Entertainment Weekly of the upcoming children’s horror movie Goosebumps. And now, we have some new images (including the infamous Slappy) and a synopsis!
Here’s the logo:
And here are the images:
And here’s the synopsis:
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects »
- Luke Owen
Fresh from the viral teaser that was released online over the last weekend, the first poster and teaser trailer for Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal (Enemy, Prisoners) have been released online, and we’ve got them right here…
Nightcrawler is the directorial debut of Dan Gilroy, the brother Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy), who has been in amongst Hollywood for many years, most famously contributing to the abandoned Superman movie, Superman Lives, which was famously to star Nicholas Cage (Joe).
The movie is a thriller set in the underground world of crime reporting in Los Angeles. Below is also the official synopsis.
Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, »
- Scott Davis
Jake Gyllenhaal really seems to be spending a lot of time in the dark lately. The actor starred in two films in 2013, and neither of which could remotely be construed as “happy” stories. Prisoners explored the considerable moral perils involved with seeking revenge, while Enemy was a psycho-sexual examination of the age-old fear of losing one’s identity. Gyllenhaal must be enjoying the challenges these type of roles bring, as his next effort, Nightcrawler, takes him straight into the underbelly of what is simultaneously regarded as one of the most glamorous and one of the most dangerous cities in the world: Los Angeles.
After a long, ...
- Michael Kennedy
Dan Gilroy, brother of Tony, took over some of the writing duties on the Bourne franchise from his older sibling, who also directed the Jeremy Renner outing. Gilroy also penned Real Steel and Tarsem's The Fall. Here he makes his directorial debut with Nightcrawler, a film that foolishly escaped my gaze in yesterdays big Tiff announcement. As of this moment, the trailer certainly has my attention. Jake Gyllenhaal, on fire after his one-two punch with Denis Villeneuve last year (Enemy, Prisoners) plays Lou Bloom, an ambitious, morally dubious crime reporter in Los Angeles who, judging from the images on display, will do anything to climb the ladder at the TV newsroom. In a brilliant pitch, the trailer is narrated as a perky job interview (to a fetching, as...
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Jake Gyllenhaal is killing it. After an ill advised foray into summer action blockbuster territory (I rather enjoyed Prince of Persia but I'm in the minority there), Gyllenhaal has slowly reverted back to the smaller movies that brought him so much success earlier in his career. Last year he had the winning one-two punch of Prisoners and Enemy (review) and now he follows it up with Nightcrawler.
Writer-turned-director Dan Gilroy is responsible for this thriller that stars Gyllenhaal as a wannabe journalist who finds his way into the business through the sleazy underground world of La crime journalism. Bill Paxton and Rene Russo co-star.
It sounds pretty straight forwa [Continued ...] »
#10. The Grand Budapest Hotel
Without a doubt, Anderson’s darkest film to date, this also has to be the richest and most complex of his films. A starry supporting cast whirls around the delectable Ralph Fiennes, treading throughout the director’s glorious off beat style. By now, many perhaps take Anderson’s visual mastery for granted, or even dismiss him, yet his work has only become more thrillingly accomplished.
A film completely set in a moving car with only the visage of Tom Hardy to interact with disembodied voices (one of which is Olivia Colman)? Abandon all fear of tediousness as you experience one of the most inventive and engaging experiments you’ll see this year. Hardy, if you’ve seen Bronson, obviously has no hard time sharing the screen with himself, and while it’s a more subdued performance here, this one’s not to miss.
#8. Burning Bush »
- Nicholas Bell
Toronto’s lineup, announced Tuesday, has awards pundits drooling in anticipation, but here’s some free advice: Wipe away the drool and manage your expectations.
A few years ago, the Canadian fest was the focus of many awards campaigns. But the situation is changing so quickly that Toronto is still a big factor, but it’s no longer the key factor. And that’s a good thing for everybody.
There are certainly plenty of tantalizing Toronto titles. The ones that sound (on paper) like strong awards contenders include “Black and White” (Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer in a custody battle), “The Equalizer” (Denzel Washington, reuniting with Antoine Fuqua), “The Imitation Game” (Benedict Cumberbatch), “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr., pictured), “Men, Women and Children” (directed by Jason Reitman), “Nightcrawler” (Jake Gyllenhaal, in Dan Gilroy’s film-directing debut), and “Theory of Everything” (Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking), as well as Cannes hits like “Foxcatcher” and “Mr. Turner. »
- Tim Gray
After his recent success with films like Prisoners and Enemy, as well as appearing in a very cool teaser for his upcoming project Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal is enjoying a huge career high at present. And it looks as it he isn’t resting on his laurels, as he has already lined up the next film.
Teaming with Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee, Gyllenhaal is to star in Demolition, which follows a young banker who struggles with his emotions after the death of his wife in a tragic accident. Now, The Wrap is reporting that Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (Mulholland Drive) is about to sign on it join him in the drama.
Watts, soon to be seen in Birdman and Divergent sequel Insurgent, is set to play a drug-taking single mum with whom Gyllenhaal’s character begins a relationship with, and who helps to rescue him from his downward spiral. »
- Scott Davis
Naomi Watts is currently in talks to act alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in Jean-Mar Vallee's Demolition. With a screenplay written by Bryan Sipe, Demolition follows an investment banker who finds his life in a downward spiral after the death of his wife. Things begin to change for the better after a chance meeting with a single mother (Watts). I've always liked Jake Gyllenhaal as an actor and between Prisoners, Enemy, and that uber-weird preview that hit Craigslist the other »
- Sean Wist
Early Tuesday morning, the Toronto International Film Festival will announce its initial wave of films for the 2014 edition of the festival. As usual, there will be a slew of films that have played at either Cannes or Sundance, a number of star-filled projects looking for distribution, some broader studio films that may or may not be awards season fodder and then, of course, the potential Oscar players. Toronto has long had to juggle landing the best premieres with Venice, but more recently has found their thunder stolen by a little festival in Colorado that actually has Academy members in attendance: Telluride. Tiff has reportedly threatened less-prestigious galas or slots after Wednesday (gasp! not after Wednesday!), but for the most part, Hollywood's studios seem to have taken it all with a collective yawn. Toronto is important, yes. What's best for each individual film's release and publicity campaign is slightly more important. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler," which I'm guessing will be part of the Toronto Film Festival's announcement tomorrow morning, is really looking fascinating to me from afar. "A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism" is already an intriguing enough logline, but this could be a real coming out for actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The script is said to be pretty amazing and one person even put it to me that this will be Gyllenhaal's "Taxi Driver." Then over the weekend, an interesting little video resume popped up at Craigslist and went viral. It features a gaunt Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom, pitching his virtues as he seeks employment, and he looks incredibly focused. The actor has really gone for it in the thriller, dropping a bunch of weight and getting into the intensity of the character; he had to get stitches when he punched a mirror during one emotionally charged scene. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Viewer beware – you’re in for a scare!
The popular Schooltastic book series Goosebumps has been adapted into a feature length movie with Jack Black (School of Rock) playing the series’ author R.L. Stine. In the movie, a young boy moves to a small town where he meets Stine and his niece, but ghoulish creatures – previously locked by the author’s mind – are unleashed and the trio must work to lock them back up. Expect cameos from Goosebumps staples like Slappy, the demon ventriloquist dummy.
Check out the images below…
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Black said he took the role because, “I read the script, saw my friend Rob Letterman was directing it and I thought it was great. It’s funny and scary—something »
- Luke Owen
With the exception of Kung Fu Panda, there hasn't been much to enjoy about the more family friendly work of Jack Black lately. Therefore we're hopeful but skeptical about him starring in Goosebumps, a film inspired by the R.L. Stine horror book series for kids of the same name from the actor's Gulliver's Travels director Rob Letterman. However, the meta storyline sees Black playing Stine himself, a monster whisperer of sorts who uses his books to keep these terrors locked up. Now we have two first look photos from the film featuring Black with Dylan Minnette (Prisoners) and Odeya Rush (We Are What We Are). Here's the first look photos from Rob Letterman's Goosebumps from EW: Black elaborates on his take on the Goosebumps author: "This is obviously a fictionalized version of his life and nothing that happens in this movie actually happened to him, other than him writing all the books. »
- Ethan Anderton
One of the movies I’m most nervous about in 2015 would have to be Goosebumps, which finds Jack Black playing a fictional iteration of author R.L. Stine, who wrote the iconic kids horror series of the title. The film will re-team Black with Rob Letterman, the same director he worked with on the godawful Gulliver’s Travels, and it doesn’t draw from any particular installment in the Goosebumps series. Instead, it finds a cowardly version of Stine (Black) combatting his creations when they come to life and menace his neighborhood.
The movie also stars teen actors Dylan Minnette (Prisoners) and Odeya Rush (The Giver) as Stine’s neighbor and daughter, who team up with him to fight the monsters. The first images from Goosebumps, revealed by Entertainment Weekly, showcase all three lead actors, in addition to some zombies who seem none-too-happy to see Stine. Speaking with EW about the film, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sitting on my couch watching the credits roll on Denis Villeneuve’s mind-bending Enemy, I found myself in a state of mild catatonia, internally racing to piece it all together but externally still transfixed, eyes glued to the screen and ears keenly listening for any clues as to the film’s greater meaning within the cheery strains of The Walker Brothers’ “After the Lights Go Out.” Now, hours later, I’m still not completely out of Enemy – there’s a part of me still absorbed in its narrative, still puzzling over that bizarre ending and all the almost-as-strange stuff that came before. And what’s more, I have a feeling that’s exactly what Villeneuve and writer Javier Gullón (providing his own spin on the late, great José Saramago’s novel The Double) intended.
There aren’t many recent films that have challenged me as boldly and as ruthlessly as Enemy. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Stop me if you heard this one: a working class father loses his little girl. Fearing she has been kidnapped, he begins a journey to find those responsible and bring them to justice. So, what movie does that remind you of? If you said Prisoners, you are right on. But, where the Hugh Jackman thriller was steeped in darkness and brooding, The Captive is bright white and haunting. So, what is the difference? Director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) is known for his startling character »
- Alex Maidy
Paul Apted, who worked as a sound editor on a string of films including “The Fault in Our Stars,” has died from complications of colon cancer, a close family friend confirmed to TheWrap. Born on Feb. 9, 1967, in Manchester, England, Apted was the son of director Michael Apted. Also read: Louis Zamperini, Inspiration for the Film ‘Unbroken,’ Dead at 97 The sound editor's recent film credits included “Prisoners” (2013), ”A Good Day to Die Hard” (2013) and “The Wolverine” (2013), according to his IMDb page. He also worked with his father on “Nell” (1994) and “The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (2010). Paul Apted. »
- Anita Bennett
Besides Micheal Apted, Paul Apted’s survivors include his wife Gemma; children Thomas and Rose; mother Jo; and siblings Jim, John and Lily.
A memorial has been scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on July 13 at Mount Sinai Hollywood Hills. A funeral service will also be held at a later date in the U.K.
- Dave McNary
Paul Apted, a sound editor and son of British director Michael Apted who worked on studio blockbusters as well as smaller films for more than two decades, died Friday of colon cancer in Los Angeles, a family spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 47. In the past two years alone, Paul Apted worked on films including the Bruce Willis action sequel A Good Day to Die Hard; the X-Men spinoff The Wolverine; Denis Villeneuve's acclaimed thriller Prisoners; the World War II drama The Book Thief; and, most recently, the adaptation of the young adult novel The Fault in Our Stars. Photos Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 Father and son worked
- Erik Hayden, Mike Barnes
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