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Not too long after rumors broke out that Ewan McGregor was in Marvel’s sights for Doctor Strange, Variety released the names of five other actors who are on the studio’s shortlist to play the Sorcerer Supreme. They back up the reports that place McGregor on the list, and add Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke and recent Oscar winners, Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey.
Leto’s name has been in the mix for quite some time now, while Hawke’s name surfaced just before Joaquin Phoenix was taken out of the equation. Gyllenhaal, Isaac, and McConaughey are the new additions, and exciting ones at that.
Variety states that Leto is “aggressively pursuing the mystical part… and despite being notoriously picky about his movie roles, appears ready to get back in front of the camera.” Gyllenhaal, meanwhile, is “quite interested in playing a superhero” after a string of darker »
- James Garcia
Earlier today, we reported that Marvel may be considering Ewan McGregor to play Doctor Strange in their Phase Three adventure, following the departure of Joaquin Phoenix, who had been in talks for the role since July. Now Variety has a list of actors on the short list of actors vying for the role, which includes new contenders such as Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal and Oscar Isaac, along with previously-reported candidates Ewan McGregor, Jared Leto and Ethan Hawke.
It isn't mentioned which of these actors is the true front runner for the role, but Marvel is "aggressively searching" for the right actor to play the Sorcerer Supreme, with an official announcement believed to be coming very soon, according to insiders. Jared Leto was first mentioned as a possible contender back in June, and now the actor is said to be "aggressively pursuing" the role, despite being notoriously choosy about movie roles. »
There was a time when Jake Gyllenhaal seemed to be in the mix to play every square-jawed comic-book superhero. Nightcrawler is a character from Marvel's X-Men universe, but Gyllenhaal's Nightcrawler, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and opens in theaters on Oct. 31, continues the actor's recent dalliance with the dark side. Following in the wake of the murky End of Watch, Prisoners, and Enemy, Nightcrawler is the story of Lou Bloom, a low-level crook who stumbles upon a career perfectly suited to his nature: videotaping fresh crime scenes and selling the footage to the evening news. Before you can say "This Just In, »
- Jeff Labrecque
There are quite a few movies I'm looking forward to this month, Birdman and Whiplash chief among them, but one film that has really shot up my list in recent weeks is Nightcrawler, directed by Dan Gilroy and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, and Riz Ahmed. I love a good crime thriller, and if Brad's review is any indication, Nightcrawler may be right up my alley. He called the film "darkly satirical" and "frequently funny in a morally disturbed kind of way", and that just whets my appetite even more. Open Road Films, which is distributing Nightcrawler, released a new clip for the film today featuring Gyllenhaal as freelance crime journalist Lou Bloom. He enters a local news station attempting to sell footage to the station's producer Nina (Russo), footage he's certain she'll be "very excited about." After several years of so-so performances, Gyllenhaal seems to be on a roll as of late, »
- Jordan Benesh
Jake Gyllenhaal has one of the most trustworthy faces in Hollywood. His textbook doe eyes and wide toothy smile imbue his characters with a fundamental innocence, from Brokeback Mountain's wounded Jack Twist to Zodiac's obsessive Robert Graysmith to the stalwart cops of End of Watch and Prisoners.
But within those eyes also lies the potential for mania, and screenwriter Dan Gilroy's directorial debut Nightcrawler exploits this to unsettling effect. Gyllenhaal lost some widely publicised weight to play the stringy, slippery Lou Bloom, an ambitious petty thief on the search for a clean break in Los Angeles. "I've made up my mind to find a career I can learn and grow into," he tells a disinterested potential employer, one of many recruitment platitudes he spouts. If you »
It’s strictly for kids, this very silly, mostly sweet tale of middle-school angst, with a few nonconformist hand grenades tossed in for good measure. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This is where we are with kids’ movies, in a place where a flick that isn’t nonstop kicks to the crotch and “jokes” about poop seems like a revelation, and hence something to celebrate. If that’s the sitch, fine. I hate that we’ve lowered the bar so far, but we have, and this is where we are. And despite my current abject pessimism about Hollywood, I still love movies — or the idea of movies, anyway — and still feel that kids should be exposed to them and will hopefully come to love them, too.
- MaryAnn Johanson
People really need to start paying attention to Jake Gyllenhaal again. He turned in a fantastic performance in Prisoners and did a stellar job in the doppelganger thriller Enemy as well. Now his latest film is the praised thriller Nightcrawler, which received tons of rave reviews from the Toronto International Film Festival last month. The film looks like a seedy, stylish thriller, and it's arriving just in time for Halloween at the end of the month. Now a short new trailer (it's basically a TV spot) has surfaced from Regal Cinemas, and there's also a cool new poster for the flick as well. There might not be much great horror this season, but there's plenty of great new thrillers for audiences to enjoy this month. Watch below! Here's the quick new trailer for Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler from Regal Cinemas: If you haven't seen it, watch the longer theatrical trailer for Nightcrawler right here. »
- Ethan Anderton
Perhaps the least interesting thing about Megan Ellison, Gigi Pritzker and Molly Smith is that these game-changing film financiers happen to be the scions of three of America’s wealthiest families — a status that’s more Trivial Pursuit factoid than it is relevant to their dramatic impact on the current indie movie scene. Indeed, there is a long history of private-sector capitalists who gambled on the film business, from Howard Hughes in the 1940s to the more recent likes of industrialist Steven Rales and fashion magnate Sidney Kimmel — flirtations of varying lengths and intensity, but ultimately, in almost every case, a passing fancy.
What sets Ellison, Pritzker and Smith apart is that the movie business is their business, as well as their all-consuming passion. Financiers they may be, but they’re also creative, hands-on producers with dirt under their fingernails, many notches in their belts, and a keen understanding of »
- Scott Foundas
In his bestseller The Tipping Point, author Malcolm Gladwell details how certain cultural entities or social ideas spread through the public consciousness and become big. One of the chapters focuses on “stickiness,” something that makes an element or idea stick with its target audience. In that section, Gladwell refers to two famed television programs aimed at young children: Sesame Street and Blue’s Clues.
While the former is a timeless classic of public broadcasting, the latter was touted for being more efficient with educating children. It has something to do with its “stickiness.” While Sesame Street had short segments and sly pop culture references that confused youngsters, Blue’s Clues focused on a few recurring characters and had pauses to give its target audience the time to absorb the information. Also, the show repeated the same episode several times in a week, giving a young audience the time to learn from experience. »
- Jordan Adler
While there’s always something stirring about one Marvel project or another, there’s one property that’s been suspiciously quiet as of late. It’s been a good six weeks since we’ve had any news on their troubled title, Ant-Man. Even then, it was a straw-clutching report about Evangeline Lilly’s haircut.
Now, however, we have something a bit more exciting, as THR reports that Weeds star Martin Donovan has joined the cast. As secrecy surrounding the pic is paramount, there’s very little they can reveal about who it is he’ll be playing. In fact, this is all they would offer:
Donovan’s role is being kept under wraps, but sources say it is pivotal to the story.
A key character in Ant-Man’s story is a rather broad description. As comic book adaptations go, there’s always the tendency to borrow characters from different storylines »
- Gem Seddon
I expect composer Jóhann Jóhannsson will be getting hired more and more in the near future. Having come up through the documentary world, he was tapped last year for Denis Villaneuve's "Prisoners" and he ran with the ball, crafting a dynamic, layered, ominous score that really didn't get its due. That course is sure to be corrected with his work on James Marsh's Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything," a piano-driven work that stands out as one of the film's most identifying features. I spoke to Jóhannsson not long after catching "Theory," which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September, and you can tell he's still warming up to this process and the attention. He's sure to garner awards traction for his work on this film, however, so he'll get used to it all soon enough. Read through our back and forth below and get to know a guy who, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Every year in Austin, Texas, the Alamo Drafthouse holds Fantastic Fest, a celebration of all things wild, weird, and wonderful in worldwide genre cinema. Most of these movies feature one or more of the following: animal cruelty, full-frontal nudity, fountains of blood and some kind of weird Japanese business. (If it's missing one or more of these elements, then it was probably admitted by mistake.)
Most film festivals are divided into the screenings and the parties; what Fantastic Fest does (brilliantly) is combine these two elements into a non-stop, week-long smorgasbord of good times. (This festival also included Mondo Con, a convention dedicated to pop culture artwork.) This was our first year at the festival and as such we tried to drink it all in.
Below are all the movies we saw at the festival -- from best to worst. One of the greatest things about Fantastic Fest is that »
- Drew Taylor
Universal and Legendary Pictures have released the first trailer for Blackhat, the new film from director Michael Mann (Heat), which sees Chris Hemsworth (Thor: The Dark World) leading a cast that also includes Holt McCallany (Fight Club), Viola Davis (Prisoners) and Lust, Caution stars Tang Wei and Leehom Wang.
Set within the world of global cybercrime, Legendary’s Blackhat follows a furloughed convict and his American and Chinese partners as they hunt a high-level cybercrime network from Chicago to Los Angeles to Hong Kong to Jakarta.
Check out the trailer here…
Blackhat is set to open in the States on January 16th 2015 and in the UK on February 20th 2015.
- Gary Collinson
Every so often a movie comes along that’s unspeakably paralyzing and gutwrenching, causing post-credit asphyxiation after your heart jumps straight into your throat. The Treatment is exactly that kind of harrowing, haunting filmmaking that elevates typical crime-drama-storytelling into realms we’d probably be better off never exploring, yet filmmaker Hans Herbots ensures you’ll be glued to your seat whether you like it or not. Based on a novel written by Mo Hayder, U.S. audiences will quickly notice parallels between Herbots’ adaptation and Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, but The Treatment is a shocking mystery that deserves no comparison. Kudos to Herbots and company for echoing a bleak, relentless and viciously gritty drama that never shies away from making a film too emotionally jarring, plunging into darkness while never coming up for air – heroic foreign filmmaking in a time when most American movies won’t be greenlit without a fluffy, »
- Matt Donato
The Maze Runner sprinted to the front of the pack with one of the biggest September debuts ever; add in strong international sales, and a new young-adult franchise was born this weekend.Meanwhile, A Walk Among the Tombstones and This is Where I Leave You fell short of modest expectations.Playing at 3,604 theaters, The Maze Runner opened to $32.5 million this weekend. That's nowhere close to Divergent, though it is bigger than Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief ($31.2 million) and Ender's Game ($27 million).What separates The Maze Runner from those comparisons is its relatively modest budget*it cost just $34 million, or less than half of those movies*and its strong international prospects. Full international details can be found below in the Around-the-World Roundup.As is always the case with young-adult adaptations, The Maze Runner's success can be attributed in part to the strong fanbase that's developed around author James Dashner's book series. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
By Anjelica Oswald
Every year, the glittering lights and unique experience of Broadway lures Hollywood actors to the East Coast; some are veterans of the stage and others are making their Broadway debut. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), James Franco (This is the End) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) all made their Broadway debuts earlier this year, with O’Dowd receiving a Tony nomination for Of Mice and Men and Cranston winning a Tony for All The Way. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), who hadn’t been on Broadway since his 2004 run in Assassins, scored his first Tony nomination and win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch this summer.
The Broadway lineup for the end of the year hosts a number of Hollywood actors making their Broadway debuts, and they are joined by an illustrious group of Broadway vets returning to the stage.
- Anjelica Oswald
The project, adapted from the 1986 novel by Mary Downing Hahn, is a Caramel Film Production in association with Mednick Productions. The story centers on a house haunted by the tormented ghost of a little girl.
Production companies are Caramel Film, Just Believe Productions, Dcp Mystery Arts and Inferno Pictures. Producers are Andre Rouleau of Caramel Films; Sanchez Mandryk of Just Believe Productions; Don Carmody of Dcp Mystery Arts and Ian Dimerman of Inferno Pictures.
Rouleau said the producers are aiming for a target audience of children older than 8, young adults and families.
“We’d like to »
- Dave McNary
The 43rd edition of the Festival du nouveau cinéma showcases the best new films and filmmakers from around the world. The festival which has often been described as ‘ baby-tiff’ – picks up the best from Berlinale, Cannes, Venice, Telluride, Toronto and more – and demonstrates the vibrancy of filmmaking in all its forms and for all audiences. The fest has announced the first wave of films from Quebec and Canada in their lineup. Once again this year, the Festival will be putting local cinema in the limelight by screening some much-awaited works spread out over several programs, including the International Competition – Louve d’or, Focus, Fnc Lab, Panorama and Special Presentation for the features as well as a variety of short film programs.
It can be quite magical to be at a large film festival. There are hundreds to choose from – heaps of beautiful films that will never again leave their home country, indie delights that will receive the most minimal distribution, and of course, a smattering of Hollywood forays into deeper subject matter. You can meet people from all over the world, hear filmmakers and casts give insights into their productions, and have a valid excuse to eat piles of junk food as you race between screenings. But after the fiftieth time someone pushes their reclining seat back so far that it’s pinned your legs to your own chair, or people come and go repeatedly throughout the movie, or someone pulls out their phone and someone else yells at them, or any of the other results of hundreds of people seeing countless films together, any film fiend will start to descend into madness and wish for the joys »
- Monika Bartyzel
While the City Sleeps: Gyllenhaal Gets His Money Shot in Gilroy’s Debut
You’ll be hard pressed to find a more enjoyably witty criticism of modern exploitative media tactics taken to a new extreme than Dan Gilroy’s viciously adept directorial debut, Nightcrawler. Humanity’s morbid curiosity with the grisly, disturbing, and depraved happenings in the world around us has long tainted the art of journalism and mass media, and has thus been depicted for ages already in the cinema. Gilroy’s film owes as much to Billy Wilder’s Ace in the Hole (1951) as it does Sidney Lumet’s Network (1976), upping the action ante with the growing Gilroy stamp (his brother directed Michael Clayton and the last Bourne film). And yet, it’s an excitingly well written dark hearted treatise with a vitriolic little statement all its own, a glorious new love letter to the seedy underside of Los Angeles, »
- Nicholas Bell
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