Like a mash-up of Alien and Gravity, this ripping sci-fi horror movie is very effective at generating tension and terror. And it helps that an adept cast is on board to give some weight to characters who are rather thinly written. The script, by Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, keeps everything lean and mean, concentrating on the scary stuff while ignoring any thematic depth or topicality. But director Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) keeps it moving briskly.
It's set on board the International Space Station, where a specialised six-person crew is examining new soil samples from Mars. Science officer Hugh (Ariyon Bakare) finds alien life in the dirt, and watches in amazement as the cells grow and cooperate to create an interactive jellyfish-like creature, which schoolchildren on Earth name Calvin. Infectious disease doctors David and Miranda (Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson) are concerned that this life-form remains contained in the lab. So Captain Kat (Olga Dihovichnaya) and technicians Roy and Sho (Ryan Reynolds and Hiroyuki Sanada) set out to lock things down. But of course, this proves trickier than they thought it would be.
What follows is, unsurprisingly, a stalker slasher movie in which the crew members go down one by one. Calvin is a quick learner, and grows into a seriously menacing creature, complete with the silly addition of a kind of evil digital face. It also gets a few corny point of view camera angles. But mainly Espinosa holds his nerve, maintaining a believable sense of the science and the setting as things get increasingly out of control. Each terrifying set piece is followed by a brief moment of silence in which the characters (and audience) catch their breath. This also allows them to add one back story detail per person, in an attempt to stir up some emotional connection. But it doesn't really matter once the violent mayhem kicks into gear again.
Continue reading: Life Review
On board the International Space Station, a group of astronauts and scientists are risking their lives in order to study various outer worldly scenarios. When the team are sent a pod by an exploration vessel based on a planet Mars, the delivery process is risky but the skilled engineers manage to intercept the pod with little issue.
As the team re-group and begin to investigate the findings of the mission, not one of the crew members expects what has been delivered to them. The team of six unbelievably find that the Mars rover has found a form of life. A primitive large single cell; without expecting to, the team appear to have just proven that life on other planets is possible and they're the first ones to see exactly what it is.
Lead by a British scientist, the team quarantine the sample and begin to culture and nurture it in a bid to discover what the cell is part of. Everyone on the Space Station is overwhelmed and equally intrigued by the discovery and the secrets it holds but as they soon realise, the lifeform is far more dangerous than any of them could ever comprehended and it soon wishes to take over its new host.
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For a short time, Edward and Susan had a happy marriage, they lived in a nice neighbourhood, Susan had a good career and Edward was not far from taking the bar. Susan lives a fast-paced life and as such barely sleeps and Edward would somewhat affectionately tell her that she's a 'nocturnal animal'.
25 years later, Susan has remarried a serial philanderer and her life is far from happy. Unexpectedly a manuscript arrives at her door titled 'Nocturnal Animals' and with the dedication to 'Susan'. She pushes the pages aside and decides to leave them but eventually she can't help but start to read the book that she inspired Edward to write.
The story that unfolds is an incredibly dark tale of murder and revenge and Susan is shocked and traumatised that she would play such a pivotal role in the creation of such a dark piece of work. Susan's interpretation and retelling of the story soon impacts on her life and is unsure how Edward's return into her life will turn out.
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Set in a dystopian New York, the Ubisoft game is part of the Tom Clancy franchise.
Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain have officially singed on for the big screen adaptation of Tom Clancy video game The Division, developers Ubisoft announced on Tuesday. The game, which shelves back in March, was an instant hit for Ubisoft, achieving a record number of first day sales for the company.
Jake Gyllenhaal will star opposite Jessica Chastain in The Division.
Gyllenhaal will also be producing the adaptation, which centers on the aftermath of a small pox pandemic in dystopian New York. In the video game players must attempt to rebuild the city while fighting and investigating crime.
Gyllenhaal will also be helping to produce the video game adaptation.
Jake Gyllenhaal has been revealed as the star of a forthcoming movie adaptation of the record-breaking video game ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’, continuing Hollywood’s newly-discovered enthusiasm for turning home entertainment games into cinema blockbusters.
According to a report in Variety, the 35 year old actor will also be a producer on the project. It will be his second role in a video game adaptation after 2010’s Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, which it technically the most successful such adaptation in worldwide movie history despite the critical slaughtering it received upon release.
Jake Gyllenhaal has reportedly signed up to appear in 'Tom Clancy's The Division' movie
Continue reading: Jake Gyllenhaal To Star In 'Tom Clancy's The Division' Movie Adaptation
The actor supports the democrats in the presidential race.
Jake Gyllenhaal has opened up about where he stands on the upcoming US presidental election, and it seems he is one of many who believe that the election of Donald Trump could be extremely 'dangerous' for the nation. He revealed his thoughts on the prospect of Trump coming to power in a recent interview.
Jake Gyllenhaal won't be voting Trump
He's currently promoting his new film 'Demolition', about a guy who finds a passion for destroying things following the death of his wife, and it seems that Jake Gyllenhaal feels Trump could be holding a sledgehammer over the United States of America.
Continue reading: Jake Gyllenhaal Brands Donald Trump 'Dangerous' And 'Dishonest'
With its darkly emotive themes and brittle humour, this well-made drama by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) isn't quite what it appears to be. It's not, for example, an exploration of grief, although that's in here. And it also isn't meant to be taken literally, because it's more of a parable. The main clue is in the moment when the central character comments that everything in his life seems to be a metaphor. Indeed it is. And this heightened sense of meaning makes the entire film unusually vivid.
The film opens as Wall Street banker Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal) emerges unscratched from a car crash that kills his beautiful wife Julia (Heather Lind). Unable to grieve, he begins to feel like the world around him is shifting inexplicably. So he starts taking things apart to see how they work, or why they don't. Soon he's dismantling his entire house. His father-in-law Phil (Chris Cooper), who is also his boss, becomes increasingly perplexed at Davis' erratic behaviour. And the only person Davis confides in is customer services rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and her confused 15-year-old son Chris (Judah Lewis). As Davis worms his way into their world, he slowly begins to see his own life more clearly.
This is a film about how some people let themselves drift along in the expected ways, never questioning what happens even though it doesn't feel quite right. In Davis' case, his wife's death jolts him awake. He begins to see the real world around him for the first time, including the absurdities of the life he had built around himself. Gyllenhaal invests Davis with remarkable layers of emotion as a generally cheerful guy being pulled apart from within by something he initially can't understand. His reactions to people around him grow increasingly more honest as the film progresses. And by the end, he's defying expectations and conventions in ways that feel shocking but are actually bracingly truthful.
Continue reading: Demolition Review
In his new drama Demolition, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a remarkably unlikeable, apathetic guy who decides to dismantle his life physically and figuratively after his wife dies in a car crash.
Jake Gyllenhaal looked forward to working with costar Naomi Watts and director Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club), mainly because the filmmaker is notable for encouraging his cast members to improvise. But Gyllenaal says he was taken aback when Vallee told him not to prepare for the role. "Weeks before, I was like, 'When are we going to rehearse it?'" Gyllenhaal says. "And he was like, 'No, we can talk about it on set.' He really pushed me out of my comfort zone, this technique and this style that I've developed over a long period of time. I showed up pretty scared the first day, because I hadn't done any preparation. But it wasn't manipulation, because he was always with me."
Jake Gyllenhaal plays Davis in Demolition
And Gyllenhaal really enjoyed Vallee's stripped-back stye of filmmaking. "I had heard and read about his process," he says, "and how he films his movies and how he treats his actors and just his whole way of circumventing the Hollywood vanity style of filmmaking. I loved it! When I got to set, there was no makeup, there was no lighting. It's just that instinct."
Continue reading: Demolition Was A New Challenge For Jake Gyllenhaal
This film has proved just too weird for reviewers.
It can't be denied that Jake Gyllenhaal is a superb actor with a versatile talent that allows him to play virtually any character out there. However, that doesn't seem to have been enough to save his latest flick 'Demolition', which has left most critics deeply unimpressed.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Demolition
Gyllenhaal is making some questionable choices when it comes to cinema these days. Two other films from 2015 that he starred in, 'Southpaw' and 'Accidental Love', were equally unengaging as his latest endeavour, but he's got a lot in the pipeline so we're not losing hope yet. At least, we're trying not to. His latest film, about a businessman who becomes emotionally sparse after the death of his wife and sets out to take various objects apart and destroy his home, has been branded as 'all metaphor and no movie' by NJ.com, with Indiewire adding it's 'a frivolous lark, riddled with manufactured breakthroughs'.
'The Tonight Show' saw the pair let loose.
Jimmy Fallon presents probably his most childish 'Tonight Show' skit ever with 'Southpaw' star Jake Gyllenhaal, and it's utterly disgusting. They're spraying each other with mouthfuls of food and beverages, and it just gets more and more nauseating by the minute. And yet, for some reason, it's hilarious.
Jimmy Fallon bonds with Jake Gyllenhaal on 'The Tonight Show'
There's nothing funny about being sprayed in the faced with Powerade, coffee, apple or pie in reality, but when Jimmy Fallon and Jake Gyllenhaal did it to each other dressed as cops in their fake cop show 'Point Pleasant Police Department' on 'The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon' yesterday (March 21st 2016), nobody could stop laughing.
Continue reading: Jimmy Fallon And Jake Gyllenhaal Bond In Gross Food Fight
Guys. Guys. It's time to face the facts.
Update: Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are indeed a thing. Besides hanging out A LOT recently and adopting matching outfits (see here), the pair have now stepped out holding hands. So that means it’s on... right?
While not too obvious in this photo, that leather-clad arm is indeed attached to Calvin Harris.
According to People’s timely report, The 25-year-old singer was spotted holding hands with DJ Calvin Harris as the pair left a concert at the Troubadour in West Hollywood on Thursday. What makes this even more awesome is that said show was by Haim, aka the awesome all-female indie trio, who vacationed with Swift last month.
The 87th Academy Award ceremony is already off to a controversial start for certain film and actor emissions.
The reaction to this week's Oscar nominations was a loud one, because Academy voters played it so safe in a year when films expanded to explore a diverse array of themes. Throughout 2014, actors and filmmakers bravely took on big challenges, and many were recognised with nominations. But critics have been quick to point out that all of the acting and directing nominees are white, and #OscarsSoWhite was the trending hashtag on Twitter.
Neil Patrick Harris is hosting this year's Academy Awards
The most obvious snub was for Selma, which only received nods for Best Picture and Best Song (for Common and John Legend's 'Glory'), leaving out the acclaimed actor David Oyelowo and director Ava DuVernay, who would have been the first African-American woman ever nominated for Best Director.
Continue reading: Oscar Nominations Court Controversy
Jake Gyllenhaal discusses the great lengths he went through to prepare for his role in the film 'Nightcrawler'. In the movie, Gyllenhaal portrays an insomniac new reporter, who creeps around recording crimes and the aftermaths thereof, selling the footage to local news networks for a living. The actor discusses how different the character was from anything he had ever done before, as well as revealing how he spent two months losing weight and staying up at night and sleeping during the day. In this featurette, actress Rene Russo and 'Four Lions' star Riz Ahmed discuss how much they admire Gyllenhaal for, not just his performance, but the lengths he went through to achieve said performance.
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Big Hero 6 is being hailed as a gamechanger for Disney.
With Marvel making a play for the kids’ animated movie market, there’s finally some variety at the box office this weekend. The studio’s Disney-esque hero adventure, Big Hero 6 takes plays in San Fransokyo (that’s a future hybrid between San Francisco and Tokyo, in case you’ve missed the subtle wordplay) and centres on Hiro Takadashi.
Big Hero 6 couldn't quite match Interstellar at the box office, but is getting a round of critical praise.
Hero is a 13-year-old child prodigy, who has already graduated high school and spends his free time building fighter robots. Why not, right?
Halloween weekend was a scary time indeed – especially for the movie industry, which saw record low figures over the three-day period. Maybe it was the fact that Halloween fell on a Friday this year, or maybe people just aren’t as easily swayed to go see a movie anymore. Even the highly praised Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal barely broke the $10 million barrier with $10,909 million.
Jake Gyllenhaal gives the performance of a lifetime in Nightcrawler.
We’re getting so specific because last week’s holdover Ouija fell behind by just $9000, raking in $10,9 million. Clearly, this was the weekend of the creepers, but even the creepiest of them all, Gyllenhaal’s Lou Bloom, couldn’t drive enough people to the theatre to makeup for the slow season. That said, the movie has gathered rave reviews and a lot of buzz for Oscars season, so it’s definitely not a loss.
Matching the seasonal mood, this weekend's box office was a bit bleak.
With Halloween weekend almost over, Ouija has been dethroned. The new box office champion is Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nightcrawler, which is already being lauded as one of the best films of the year. So, after all the critics have heaped their praise and the movie-going crowd has cast the vote, let’s talk numbers.
Nightcrawler is already being described as one of the best movies of the year by several critics.
With Halloween on a Friday this year, the earnings overall were nothing to write home about. Nightcrawler came first, but only managed a measly $10,909 in ticket sales. Meanwhile, Ouija did pretty well too, dropping just $8,760 in its second weekend, according to Rentrak (via Reuters. ) This made for a 10,9 weekend and a close call for Nightcrawler.
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar holds two blue carpet premieres, as Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple joke about Horns. Filming gets underway on London Has Fallen and Demolition, and extended clips offer more from the musical Into the Woods, the comedy-adventure Paddington and next year's Avengers sequel...
Christopher Nolan's hotly anticipated sci-fi epic Interstellar held its world premiere in Los Angeles this week, followed by a European premiere in London. The blue carpet events brought out Nolan and his cast, including Matthew Mcconaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and David Oyelowo. The film opens next week everywhere, and early buzz has been strong.
Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Interstellar Premieres In L.A. And London, Radcliffe Talks Horns, Film Crews Hit The Streets In London And New York, Longer Trailers For Into The Woods, Paddington And Avengers 2
Jake Gyllenhaal could be a great outside bet to usurp Michael Keaton and Benedict Cumberbatch at the Oscars in 2015.
Jake Gyllenhaal turns in a stellar performance as a freelance L.A crime journalist in Nightcrawler - a pulsing thriller set for release this week. The actor remains one of the most underrated lead stars in Hollywood though Dan Gilroy's (One for the Money, The Fall) directorial debut could be the film that propels him into the top rung of U.S stars.
Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom in 'Nightcrawler'
Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a keen young man desperate for work in the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles. He stumbles upon a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires and murders. Seizing his opportunity, Lou crowbars his way into the world of 'nightcrawling', following the police sirens and chasing the bucks. Rene Russo provides strong support as a cutthroat TV producer hungry for exclusive news.
Continue reading: Could Jake Gyllenhaal Win An Oscar For 'Nightcrawler'?
The physical transformation for "Nightcrawler" was the easy part, says Jake Gyllenhaal.
Happy Monday, folks! How about a vaguely disturbing trailer – thepromo for Nightcrawler – to start your day? The film, starring an emaciated and cranky (that’s putting it mildly) Jake Gyllenhaal, hits theaters this Friday, so it’s star has been busy doing press rounds and making an effort to gain back that weight – all 30lbs of it.
Gyllenhaal was hospitalized during filming. Don't worry, it wasn't the starvation.
But the extreme transformation was all Gyllenhaal’s choice. In fact, the script, penned by Dan Gilroy (Gilroy also directed) features very little in the way of physical description for the obsessive, ambulance-chasing cameraman Lou Bloom. But reading between the lines, Gyllenhaal decided there was only one way to do this – commit or don’t do it at all.
London critics honour Steve McQueen and Gary Oldman in starry ceremony. Philip Seymour Hoffman's death reverberates through the film and theatre communities. And new trailers offer glimpses of Russian war, Wild West antics, doppelganger thrills and animated mayhem...
Awards season finally hit London on Sunday night as Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave collected three top awards at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards: Film of the Year, best actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o. Winners in attendance included McQueen, supporting actor Barkad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Excellence in Film honouree Gary Oldman, and cast and crew of the double winner The Selfish Giant. In addition, Steve Coogan collected Judi Dench's British actress award, while Andy Serkis read out a hilarious message from Cate Blanchett, who won best actress. Have a look over our photos from the event, we have The London Critics' Circle Film Awards Arrivals photos as well as photos of the guest leaving and signing for fans at the end of the night. We also have a full list of London Critics' Circle Film Awards winners, lead by 12 Years a Slave.
The awards ceremony started just a few minutes after it was confirmed that Philip Seymour Hoffman died in New York, and when the announcement was made the audience rose in a spontaneous standing ovation. Over the last few days, the film and theatre communities have been speaking out over Hoffman's untimely death. We have video footage shot as Philip Seymour Hoffman's body is retrieved from his apartment. We also recap his glorious career - Philip Seymour Hoffman's movies list features classic after classic.
Jake Gyllenhaal was looking shockingly gaunt at the Hollywood Film Awards as he prepares for his role in 'Nightcrawler'.
Jake Gyllenhaal becomes the latest actor to take his new role to the extreme by losing a significant twenty pounds for crime drama 'Nightcrawler'.
The 'Brokeback Mountain' star looked alarmingly different as he appeared on the red carpet at the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards on Monday (October 21st 2013), his usual padded cheeks now sunken and definitely looking a far cry from the bulky frame he adopted for 2010 adventure flick 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'. In his new film 'Nightcrawler', due for release in 2014, he plays Lou; a freelance crime journalist who finds himself amidst the treacherous world of corruption hidden by the glitzy front of LA.
Jake looks a shadow of the bulky figure he had in 2010
Jake Gyllenhaal loses 20 pounds for new film role as he debuts his new skeletal look on the red carpet at the Hollywood Film Awards.
Jake Gyllenhaal is looking rather slim recently and not in a healthy way.
The 32 year-old is preparing for a new movie role and has lost 20 pounds, including his recognisable muscular physique.
The role is for upcoming movie ‘Nightcrawler’ where he will play a young crime scene freelance photographer and reporter who stumbles onto the underground world of Los Angeles.
Continue reading: Jake Gyllenhaal Discusses Dramatic Weight Loss For New Film Role
The tense thriller rules supreme.
It could have been the great cast or the critical acclaim, but the Russell Crowe thriller Prisoners beat out stiff competition to take the U.K box office for its own. It made £1.37m, racing past the Formula One film Rush, which took second place with £987K.
The kidnap thriller sees Keller Dover (Jackman) lose his six-year-old daughter, Anna, who is missing with her young friend. The only lead is an RV that was parked on the street hours before she went missing. Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano) but can’t keep him in custody due to a lack of evidence.
Continue reading: U.K Audiences Flock To See Prisoners Over F1 Drama Rush
Actors court Oscar attention, Chris Hemsworth hits the streets for Rush and Thor 2, and we get glimpses of new films with Daniel Radcliffe, Jude Law and Shailene Woodley...
Awards season is cranking up a notch as some attention-grabbing performances land in cinemas. Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal are getting praise for their gritty work in the unnerving thriller Prisoners, now showing in both America and Britain. And Cate Blanchett is radiant in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, which finally opens in the UK this week. Click here to read the Prisoners movie review or here for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine review.
Fans of less high-brow entertainment may enjoy Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in the online gaming thriller Runner Runner, which has just opened in the US and UK. You can read the Runner Runner movie review or go here for the Runner Runner trailer.
Prisoners remains one of the most well received movies of the year.
Prisoners, the well-received drama from Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve, hits cinemas in the UK this weekend on the back of a strong showing at the U.S. box office. It stars Hugh Jackman alongside the ever-reliable Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as creepy supporting turn from the excellent Paul Dano.
Hugh Jackman [L] and Maria Bello [R] Relax, Pre-Abduction, In 'Prisoners'
Jackman plays Keller Dover, whose six-year-old daughter Anna goes missing with her young friend Joy. Panic sets in and the whole neighbourhood sets out looking for the pair, with the only lead a dilapidated RV that was spotted on the street minutes before the apparent abduction.
What makes this thriller extraordinary is its willingness to make us scratch our heads and ask questions as the tense, fable-like story patiently unfolds. This creates an almost unbearably involving vibe, from the slow-burn pacing to the unusual character detail. And all of this allows the cast members to dig deep inside their characters.
It starts as two families in rural Pennsylvania get together to celebrate Thanksgiving, then discover that their two young daughters are missing. Keller and Grace Dover (Jackman and Bello) and Franklin and Nancy Birch (Howard and Davis) search the neighbourhood frantically, then try to help local detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) with his investigation. He settles on an oddball (Dano) who seems unable to provide any information at all. With no evidence against him, he's released. But Keller can't bear to think of this man being free while the girls are missing, so he hatches his own plan to sort things out.
There's a lot of symbolism in this screenplay, as everyone reacts to the situation in his or her own way (clearly echoing the world's response to the War on Terror). But it's also a riveting personal story of the desperate need for justice and revenge. Jackman is terrific as the deeply religious man whose love of guns informs his decision-making. He impulsively reacts like Liam Neeson in Taken, charging to the rescue. By contrast, Gyllenhaal's Loki is more measured and observant, while Howard's Franklin struggles with his own moral decisions. The women are a completely different story, and equally provocative: Davis is feisty but helpless, while Bello crawls into her shell.
Continue reading: Prisoners Review
The weekend saw "Prisoners" effortlessly swim past "Battle of the Year" at the box office.
“Battle of the Year,” a 3-D dance movie starring Chris Brown, got beaten in the box office charts by an action flick starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal? Pardon us, while we go look for the “You don’t say!” t-shirts. “Prisoners” came out of the weekend as the undisputed box office champion, largely due to the combined star power of Jackman and Gyllenhaal, but also to the fact that in the third week of the fall season, there was hardly anything better on offer, won “Prisoners” an easy victory with a $21.4 million opening weekend while “Battle” trailed all the way at the bottom with a measly $5 million.
What could have gone wrong?
So how exactly did "Battle" manage to do so poorly? Yes, the budget may have been tight – just $20 million – but a dance film doesn’t really require complex CGI or sweeping landscapes to work. And we have, of course known plenty of dance movies to become instant cult hits ("Step Up", "Bring It On") or even live on in cinema history ("Dirty Dancing".) Add to that Brown’s $13 million Twitter followers (aka an easily accessible market segment) and there seems to be no possible explanation for the movie barely cracking the top five in an already barren film landscape. Except maybe… it wasn’t all that good?
Continue reading: "Battle Of The Year" Bombs In The Weekend Box Office. But Why?
Taking in $21.4 million in it's first weekend in cinemas, the critically-acclaimed kidnap drama easily beat it's nearest competitor at the box office
Prisoners successful rode the wave of critical acclaim thrust it's way to emerge as the top performing movie at the box office this weekend. Taking in £21.4 million between Friday and Sunday, the film easily beat it's closest rival, the horror sequel Insidious 2, to the top spot, in what was one of the slowest weekends at the movies all year.
The Warner Bros. action-drama opened across 3,260 locations this weekend, and off the back of strong critical reception and with little else on offer, the film was always front-runner for the box office crown. With a strong cast led by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, the films see's father Keller Dover (Jackman) as his world is torn apart when his six-year-old daughter and her friend go missing at Thanksgiving. When Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) is called in to find the girls, he makes a promise to Keller that he will see his daughter again. The case looks solved when the RV-dwelling loner Alex Jones (Paul Dano) is found at the scene and immediately becomes the prime suspect. But with only a 48 hour hold on him, the police are unable to make Jones talk in time before he can be re-released. Enraged, Keller decides to take matters into his own hands and it is soon up to Loki to get to the bottom of the case before it's too late for the missing girls, and too late for Keller and Jones.
Continue reading: 'Prisoners' Steals Away The Top Spot At Slow Weekend Box Office
The film is a hit with critics across the board and promises to be a challenging and engaging watch
Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal star in Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve's Prisoners, a film that might just be one of the best thrillers, if not one of the all-round best films, of the year. The film hits cinemas up and down the US this weekend (arriving in UK cinemas on 4 October) and whilst it may be lacking in the audience pull power of the latest superhero epic, it has all the substance a gritty thriller needs and promises to be one of the year's most thought-provoking watches.
Jackman (L) and Gyllenhaal (R) are being praised for their performances
Jackman stars as Keller Dover, who is put into a position no parent ever want to be in when his six-year-old daughter and her friend go missing at Thanksgiving. When Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) is called in to handle the case, he promises to bring back Keller's daughter, and when the creepy, RV-dwelling outsider Alex Jones (Paul Dano) is found near the scene, he immediately becomes the prime suspect. But with police unable to pin him for the crime he may have committed, he is released following a 48-hour hold, enraging Keller, who decided to take matters into his own hand. It is up to Loki to get to the bottom of the case before it's too late for the missing girls, and before Keller does something he might regret.
The Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal-starring crime thriller is being roundly praised by critics since it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival
Prisoners is by no means your average crime thriller, and maybe that's why critics are swooning over the latest project form Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies); a kidnapping-based movie that promises to leave viewers questioning their own morals as to how far they'd go to protect their child. Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and the massively under-rated Paul Dano, the film has being widely praise since it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this month, with critics tipping their hats to the actors, director and everyone else involved for making one of the most memorable thrillers in years.
Jackman and Gyllenhaal star alongside each other in "an actor's duel"
The film is set in a rural American town and poses the question, 'how far would you go to protect your child?' When the unthinkable happens to Keller Dover (Jackman) when his 6-year-old daughter and her friend go missing, seemingly leaving no trail and no certain answers as to where they could be. There is one possibility as to where they could be though, and that's the dilapidated RV of neighbourhood creepy guy Alex Jones (Dano), which was seen only moments later in the same vicinity as where the two girls went missing. It's a test against time as Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) must get to the bottom of the crime before Dover gets to Jones and makes him pay for what he may have done.
'Prisoners', the crime thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, is due to be released in US cinemas on Friday 20th September. Early critical reviews suggest the film is likely to be a box office hit.
Prisoners has already been earmarked as a Box Office favourite, prior to its US release. Hugh Jackman stars in the thriller as Keller Dover, a man whose six-year-old daughter, Anna, and her friend go missing. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Detective Loki, the police officer in charge of the investigation. From the description Warner Bros. provides to compliment the trailer, Jackman's character decides to follow his own line of enquiry after the police investigation grinds to a halt.
Jake Gyllenhaal at the L.A. premiere of Prisoners.
Prisoners is due to be released tomorrow (20th September) but early reviews indicate it's likely to be a success at the Box Office. Claudia Puig of USA Today describes Prisoners as "an intricate, horrifying mystery with breath-taking skill." She also comments on the issues the film raises, specifically "the complicated moral questions about how far an anguished person will go for the love of a child."
Continue reading: 'Prisoners', Prior To US Release, Receives "Grim" But Glowing Reviews
Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal star in the eerie crime thriller 'Prisoners' that reaches new psychological depths.
Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal are undoubtedly two of the most talented actors in Hollywood today, and their new crime thriller 'Prisoners' brings to life a moviegoers fantasy as they star alongside one another in the gripping psychological tale.
Hugh Jackman at the premiere of 'Prisoners'
In a small Pennsylvanian town on thanksgiving, a couple of families get together and dine with each other for the holiday. Living walking distance from each, the close community is rocked on the discovery that the two youngest daughters from each family have gone missing. But how does this differ from any other conventional thriller?
John Travolta, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sharon Stone, Will Smith, Jamie Foxx will appear as guests on the Queen's new TV show.
Queen Latifah is all set to kick off her brand new syndicated television show, which starts tonight on channels across the USA, including CBS. The first show will almost be a Hairspray reunion for the musical's actress who starred alongside John Travolta in the 2007 comedy and will now welcome him as her very first guest on this evening's show premiere.
Queen Latifah Is Set To Host Her Very Own Show.
Indeed she'll be putting her character's name, Motormouth Maybelle, to true use on the new talk show where she'll interview guests in succeeding weeks that will include actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Sharon Stone, Will Smith and Jamie Foxx: all big names who are sure to help the show gain maximum exposure.
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After meeting in 2001 and playing his lover in 2005, Jake Gyllenhaal is still devastated by the 2008 death of Heath Ledger, saying it was like "losing a family member".
'Source Code' actor Jake Gyllenhaal has revealed that he is still struggling to get over the loss of Heath Ledger, citing the news of his 2008 death was like "losing a family member". The general public became aware of their friendship after the two actors starred alongside one another as gay lovers in the 2005 Academy Award-winning movie 'Brokeback Mountain'. Gyllenhaal has, however, revealed that their friendship first began in 2001, when they met during auditions for Baz Luhrmann's 'Moulin Rouge!'
US television show, 'Inside the Actors Studio' gave an interview with Gylllenhaal, where he explained his relationship with the late 'The Dark Knight' star. Gylllenhaal explained that: "Heath and I knew each other for years before ['Brokeback Mountain'] because we had both auditioned for 'Moulin Rouge!' together. And I remember thinking, 'I like this guy. He's just like, super lovable.'"
Continue reading: Jake Gyllenhaal Still Misses Heath Ledger "To This Day"
Forget '12 Years A Slave' 'Prisoners' could be TIFF's runaway success.
Prisoners has premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival and has received the kind of Oscar talk that propelled Slumdog Millionaire, Argo, The Artist and Hurt Locker towards the year's 'best film' award.
Hugh Jackman Steps Away From The Blockbusters To Flex His Acting Muscle.
The plot follows Keller Dover, a hulking carpenter played by Hugh Jackman, whose daughter goes missing on an overcast Pennsylvanian Thanksgiving along with the neighbour's daughter too. The local loner Alex Jones (Paul Dano) immediately falls under suspicion after his Winnebago is seen at the scene of the disappearance. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the lead detective, Loki, investigating the disappearance case who looks for solid evidence to convince Jones but fails to pin any conclusive evidence on the neighbourhood's most mysterious character.
Continue reading: Could 'Prisoners' Be The Surprise Toronto Film Festival Success?
SNL funnyman Seth Meyers has gotten married to his long-time partner Alexi Ashe in an intimate ceremony on Sunday, 1 September
Seth Meyers has married his long-term girlfriend, human rights lawyer Alexi Ashe, in an intimate ceremony this weekend. The couple exchanged vows in front of a select number of family and friends at the small venue in Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts. Congratulations to the both of them!
Seth & Alexi exchanged vows on Sunday, 1 September
The Saturday Night Live writer and oft-star Meyers proposed to his girlfriend a little over a month ago and with seemingly no time to spare the two married promptly in a secret ceremony that was littered with famous faces. US Weekly were the first to report the celebrity wedding, noting that the couple held a rehearsal dinner outside at the Beetlebung Farm House the night before the big day.
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Despite feverish internet rumors that Ryan Gosling will become the next Batman, it looks like it won't happen.
Ever since Zack Snyder announced a Superman/Batman film in the works at last weekend's Comic-Con, the internet has exploded with rumors; few of which have been about the movie and more about who should replace Christian Bale as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel.
Ryan Gosling's was a name that surfaced quickly and it's easy to see why: Gosling has great stage presence and, as we saw in Drive, the ability to flip from calm to guns blazing in mere seconds. What Culture say that the 32 year-old "perfectly fits this more brutal and tortured Batman, not to mention that he possesses the suave playboy looks to serve as the cover story." So it's a shame really that it's not going to be Ryan.
Sorry Gosling Fans, It's Probably Not Going To Be Ryan.
Continue reading: Tyler Hoechlin More Likely To Be Batman Than Ryan Gosling: Here's Why
Gosling is 10/1 to be the next Batman, whilst The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is favorite to be the next Dark Knight
Since it was announced at the San Diego Comic Con over the weekend that Batman will be appearing alongside Superman in the follow-up to this years Man of Steel, the internet has been strife with discussion of who the next Batman should be. One of the leading contenders to done the famed black mask and cape is Ryan Gosling, who is one of the favourites to be the next saviour of Gotham City.
Ryan Gosling would make a good Batman
That said, many disagree that the Drive star should be the next actor to play the Dark Knight, and a slew of other actors are in serious contention to go toe-to-toe with Superman.
Taylor Swift has released a live video of her track 'Red' to commemorate Independence Day.
Country pop singer Taylor Swift has demonstrated her patriotic side by dropping a treat for fans on Independence Day. She has released a video showing edited shots of her truly thrilling live performances against the title track from her recent album, Red.
Taylor: Commemorating The Declaration Of Independence.
Yes indeed, there are many things in the video that are red - Taylor's lips, her guitar, and the pieces of cloth that her cavorting dancers are waving around. The video gives a flavour of her famed live performances, showing what an able performer she as she engages the teeming crowds by walking up and down the stage runways.
Ben Affleck has certainly scored some awards over the past year.
Ben Affleck was awarded with the Spike’s Tv ‘Guy of the Year Award’ on Saturday (aired last night). The ceremony took place in Culver City, California. Affleck was presented his antler shaped (nicknamed ‘mantler’) award by fellow Oscar winning actor and director, Clint Eastwood. This is one of many awards; Affleck has received this year including an Oscar for his film Argo.
The Awards were first held in 2007 and previous winners have included Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Mickey Rourke, Maek Wahlberg and Matt Damon. As you’d expect, the awards are hardly female friendly (there is an award named the ‘holy grail of hot’) yet many turned out for the event including Jennifer Aniston and Jessica Alba.
The awards are hardly on par with the Oscars or a Golden Globes – there was a category in 2012 for ‘Hottest Zo(o)e(y)’. The nominations for this particular award were somewhat limited. However, the award’s lack of prestige did not prevent Affleck celebrating backstage with Snoop Dogg, Vince Vaughn and Jimmy Kimmel.
Continue reading: Ben Affleck Is Guy’S Choice Awards’ ‘Guy Of The Year’
'Prisoners' is based on tried and tested crime-drama conventions, though Hugh Jackman is an engaging presence, as always.
The trailer for Denis Villeneuve's hard-hitting crime-drama Prisoners has rolled out online, showing Hugh Jackman in his first post-Les Miserables role, and a good one at that. The Australian plays Keller Dover, a regular guy from Boston whose life is turned upside down after his young daughters go missing.
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Panic ensues as Keller and his wife (Maria Bello) scour the neighbourhood in search of their children, though the only clue is a banged up RV parked nearby. A young detective played by Jake Gyllenhaal gets the case and makes an arrest on an assuming man who is the driver of the vehicle, though with no solid evidence and no sign of the girls, he is forced to release the suspect. Keller subsequently takes matters into his own hands and kidnaps the suspect in a bid to extract information.
Though you've seen the plot - or something similar - a million times, Prisoners looks an entertaining piece of cinema about the horror of one of the worst situations a parent could possibly go through. Directed by BAFTA nominated Villeneuve and writer by Contraband scribe Aaron Guzikowski, Prisoners hits theaters in the U.S. on September 20, 2013 and in the UK on October 4, 2013. The supporting cast includes Viola Davis and Terrence Howard.
Keller Dover is just a regular guy from Boston who goes with his wife Grace and six-year-old daughter Anna to their neighbours' house on what seems like a routine social occasion. No parent blinks an eye when Anna asks if she can take the neighbours' daughter Joy to their house to play, but when there's no sign of them back home later on, panic ensues as the families scour the nearby streets trying to find their precious children. The only clue as to what may have happened to them lies with a banged up RV that had been parked nearby. When young Detective Loki gets involved with the case, he manages to make an arrest on the driver - a seemingly timid and quiet young man called Alex Jones. However, with no solid evidence against him for the cops to keep him in custody in the case for the missing girls, they are forced to release him after 48 hours. Keller, angry with the verdict and fearing for the life of his daughter who he believes is still alive, decides to embark on his own investigation and kidnaps Alex at gunpoint in an attempt to extract information. Though through his panic and frustration in his quest to find his daughter, he may lose himself along the way.
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Taylor Swift has reportedly got a member of The Lumineers in her sights after her split from One Direction's Harry Styles
Taylor Swift is already moving on from One Direction's Harry Styles, setting her sights on a member of country rockers The Lumineers. According to Hollywood Life.com, Taylor isn't bothered which one of the guys she dates, so long as they're a signed up member of the band, who were nominated for Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards 2013.
A source close to the 23-year-old revealed, "Taylor would love to date one one of the guys from The Lumineers. She's embarrassed about all of the Harry drama, and is definitely looking for someone who is more down-to-earth and away from the Hollywood lifestyle. She thinks they are all cute and talented, and she loves their album." Watch out guys! Taylor Swift is coming for you, and she usually doesn't take no for an answer. The source added, "Their country vibe is great and she thinks it would be a good mix."
So, Swift has put her next breakup song into motion, but who are The Lumineers and which member will feature heavily in the lyrics of Taylor's next album? The folk-rock quartet from Denver, Colorado, consists of Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites, Stelth Ulvang and Ben Wahamaki and female member Neyla Pekarek. Wesley and Jeremiah both have girlfriends, but Stelth and Ben may be available.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift's Next Boyfriend (Cough, Victim) Is The Lumineers' Member?
As was widely expected, a movie about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is set to go into production after Bad Robot partners JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk snapped up the rights to Juliet Macur’s forthcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, reports Deadline.com. Macur – a sports reporter for The New York Times – has covered Armstrong’s career for over a decade, through the cyclist’s Tour de France wins, his recovery from cancer and eventual doping revelations. The American had denied using performance enhancing drugs for years, though finally admitted to cheating during a much-publicized interview with Oprah Winfrey last week.
Sony Pictures has long had an Armstrong movie project in the works, though that movie was dropped when the cyclist’s fall from grace began. It was set to star Jake Gyllenhaal and would have told the ‘American hero’ narrative of Armstrong’s rollercoaster career. Of course, the story has changed dramatically and Abrams film will focus on a cheat who pays a high price for his lies. As movie writer Mike Fleming Jr reports, the whole thing is reminiscent of when Tom Cruise and Cameron Crowe made a deal with Phil Spector to tell the story of the producer’s life story, though the director went on record as saying the film “lacked a good third act.” That was obviously provided shortly afterwards when Spector was convicted of shooting the actress Lana Clarkson, but Universal, Crowe and Cruise never went forward with the project. It’s likely that JJ Abrams and his team will tackle the Armstrong project head on, but who could play the man himself? Who has the presence to portray such a complex character on-screen? Here’s 10 actors who we think could become Lance:
Since her marriage with Tom Cruise broke down early last year, leading to a divorce in June, Katie Holmes hasn't really been linked with anyone else. She has, instead, been a devoted mother to her impeccably dressed daughter Suri, as well as trying to make it back into acting by appearing on Broadway in the recently closed show 'Dead Accounts'. With quite a bit of bad news surrounding her it's about time that she begins dating again. The first rumour is one about her and Jake Gyllenhaal, as the Sun reports.
"Josh [Jackson] has been the mastermind behind this romance," a source told the paper. "Katie says that they have tons in common and Jake has already been to see her in Dead Accounts, plus she has been over to his apartment in the West Village for dinner." Joshua Jackson is the star of Mighty Ducks, Holme's old colleague from Dawsons Creek and the pair have remained good friends. What the pair actually have in common remains unclear, and as yet there are no photos or substantiated reports of their being together, so that whole thing could be guff. However, Jake seems like a nice chap, and Katie could probably do with some companionship so we hope it's all true.
Gyllenhaal's dating past has been almost exclusively blondes, including Reese Witherspoon, Kirsten Dunst and recently Taylor Swift, so Holmes is a break from normality. However, given that all his past relationships ended, that could probably be a good thing.
Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' was written about her current boyfriend Harry Styles, it has been confirmed by Hollywood Life.com. The song was originally thought to be about one of her exes John Mayer or Jake Gyllenhaal, but it turns out the One Direction heartthrob is actually the subject!
A source privy to the song-writing process said, "The song 'Trouble' is definitely about Harry. Taylor told Harry it's about him. She references flying around America following One Direction's tour in the song." After assessing the lyrics, it's certainly plausible that the song is about Harry, with one line "when you saw me dancing" possibly referring to when Swift danced in the audience to One Direction at the Kid's Choice Awards in March 2012. "Flew me to places I'd never been," could refer to when Styles allegedly paid for the country star to jet in and watch him in concert.
Other lines in the track appear to hint at someone other than Styles, for example, "A new notch in your belt is all I'll ever be, And now I see, now I see, now I see, He was long gone when he met me, And I realize the joke is on me, hey." It suggests acrimony, a split or a broken heart - something not associated with the couple's relationship. Not yet anyway.
Russell Crowe turned down Hugh Jackman's Wolverine part in the X-Men movies, though recommended the Australian star for the role. Crowe had just finished Gladiator and opted to work with Ron Howard on A Beautiful Mind - a film that scooped multiple Oscars including an acting nomination for Crowe.
In an interview with Australian radio station Triple M 104.9FM (via Yahoo), Jackman explained, "Bryan Singer asked Rusty to do Wolverine, and he said, 'Nah mate I've just done 'Gladiator', it's not for me but you should look at this guy..." Luckily, Crowe appeared to be right on the money with his endorsement, as Jackman's portrayal was a huge hit with movie fans. He's since appeared as the clawed mutant three times, with a second X-Men spin-off 'The Wolverine' due out in July 2012. Crowe and Jackman have been good friends for many years, and the X-Men star said, "He's a great guy in every way, I have so much time for him and to watch him work, everyone says he is a great actor, when you actually get to work with someone like that... He's that good when it matters, in that moment, in that close up tough moment, you just sit back and watch you know someone's got that confidence and is going to deliver. I learnt a lot from him."
2013 is likely to be a big year for both stars, with Jackman appearing in the forthcoming musical-drama Les Miserables (as is Crowe) as well as The Wolverine and thriller The Prisoner with Jake Gyllenhaal. Crowe is shooting the fantasy Winter's Tale, Superman flick Man of Steel and his Oscar tipped blockbuster Noah.
Continue reading: Russell Crowe Turned Down Wolverine Role (But Recommended Hugh Jackman)
A strong sense of camaraderie sets this edgy police thriller apart from the crowd. And it's also a change of direction for writer-director David Ayer, who has explored the dark side of police corruption in Training Day, Harsh Times and Street Kings. But this film focusses instead on two good-guy cops just trying to do their job and have happy private lives.
On the gritty streets of Los Angeles, officers Taylor and Zavala (Gyllenhaal and Pena) continually make important arrests, which really annoys their serious-minded colleague Van Hauser (Harbour) because they're usually joking around as well. But their captain (Grillo) is slowly starting to respect their work. Meanwhile, their loyal partnership in the streets spills over into their private lives, and they lend support to each other as Taylor falls in love with Janet (Kendrick) and Zavala's wife (Martinez) gives birth to their first child. On the other hand, a Mexican cartel boss has just put a price on their heads after they busted his operation.
Ayer shoots the film like a fly-on-the-wall doc, with hand-held cameras capturing each scene. Sometimes the shaky imagery is a bit distracting since it has nothing to do with the plot, but it encourages the cast to deliver offhanded, bristly performances that build our interest during the nicely meandering first half. Then things shift drastically as a major plot kicks into gear that involves what the cops call the three food groups: drugs, money and guns.
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Gossip websites reacted with shock today when Hollywood star Katie Holmes was spotted getting from A to B on the New York underground.
'What?!' I hear you cry over the din of several thousand jaws hitting the ground in horror. Yep, the one and only Katie Holmes from 'Dawson's Creek' was forced to go incognito as she braved the busy method of public transport in a plain cream sweater, blue jeans and sunglasses.
Okay, so it's not exactly breaking news, nor is it really a scandal. Though it does make one speculate about how much was left to Holmes following her spectacular divorce from movie legend Tom Cruise; using public transport either suggests she's broke and can't afford a chauffeur, or that she's becoming super eco-friendly. or that it's probably quicker to get around the city on a train than in a car on those busy streets. Either way, it's a great normalization of celebrities as she becomes the latest in a string of stars to take to the subway. Jake Gyllenhaal, Jay Z, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Hugh Jackman, Lindsay Lohan and Bradley Cooper have all been seen on the Non-Celebrity Express which kind of suggests that the underground locomotive is the new stretched limo.
Jake Gyllenhaal is the latest in a long line of actors who are being linked with roles in the much-anticipated film adaptation of the hugely popular book 50 Shades Of Grey. Unlike the likes of Emma Watson, however, who has distanced herself from any rumors that she is going to be involved, Gyllenhaal actually seems to be pretty keen to get involved.
Gyllenhaal was being interview by Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS FM Radio show and was asked if he'd be interested in playing the chief male lead role Christian Grey, to which he replied "Yeah, of course! I always want to work, man, of course." He hasn't been contacted for the part yet apparently - it seems that no one has at this point - but continued to add "That's super flattering. I mean, I have not heard that, but if that's true then that's a nice thing. It's always nice to be considered."
Other actors who have been rumored to be playing the role of Grey include Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy and Matt Bomer and all eyes are on the author of the books E.L James to reveal who she wants to be playing the main character; she has so far remained completely silent on the subject.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘End of Watch’ came from nowhere to top the U.S box office, though it was another disappointing week for the movie industry. The Los Angeles cop tale – also starring Michael Pena debuted with $13.2 million to finish at No.1, according to the Associated Press.
Gyllenhaal’s latest movie had been neck-and-neck with Jennifer Lawrence’s horror film ‘House of the End of the Street’ and Clint Eastwood’s ‘Trouble With the Curve’, though powered ahead on Sunday. Eastwood’s recent appearance at the Republican National Convention probably did little to help the baseball flick’s chances – his speech was roundly mocked online, though the film also received lukewarm reviews, at best. The box office result is great news for Gyllenhaal, director David Ayer and Open Road Films, who made the police drama for just $7 million. It follows two Los Angeles Police Department officers who work in South Central L.A and was lauded by critics. The New York Times called it, “a muscular, maddening exploitation movie embellished with art-house style and anchored by solid performances.”
Despite End Of Watch’s success, the U.S. box office continues to slow dramatically. To put the latest figures into perspective – on the same weekend in 2010, George Clooney’s ‘The American’ also took $13 million, though it was only good enough for sixth place.
Two loyal LA police officers Taylor and Zavala patrol the city's streets arresting drug dealers and gang members, protecting each other's backs and each other's families. The story is told through a series of amateur film footage apparently from police officers, criminals, civilians and surveillance cameras to provide a uniquely accurate depiction of the city's dangers and its cops.
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Jamie is the kind of guy who doesn't like commitment, sex and fun are the main things he looks for from the opposite sex and he enjoys his current way of life. A pharmaceutical salesman by trade, his job is another hugely important part of his life, when his company begin to sell a new male performance enhancing drug on the market, he feel it's a brilliant way of making money.
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CIA watchdog Corrine Whitman (Streep) sets up the titular protocol when evidence is uncovered against Chicago family man and chemical engineer Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally), Egyptian by birth. Whitman suspects that El-Ibrahimi had a hand in a recent bombing of an unnamed North African tea house; an attempt on the life of North African security head Fawal (Igal Naor). Fawal heads the "interrogation" with CIA analyst Douglas Freeman (Jake Gyllenhaal) there as counsel while they electrocute, drown, beat, and strangle Anwar to give up information on the attack.
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Familiarity with Auburn's stage presentation may breed contempt for this version, which feels distinctly off-kilter from its first frames. Mysteries that held water longer in the theater instead land like Doc Marten's on a flimsy piece of plywood here. Director John Madden samples a chatty, analytical approach to his literal translation but gets swept up in stagy, awkward, and all-too-deliberate line readings. Much like last year's ill-conceived Phantom of the Opera, this movie has few cinematic qualities that elevate it above a tedious and emotionless play rehearsal shot on location.
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Set in 1988, Donnie Darko is a John Hughes teen movie tinged with David Lynch-ian gloom and perversity. It begins innocently enough around the Darko's dining room table, where we find out the older sister (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is rebelliously voting for Dukakis and Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal, Bubble Boy) is off his meds. From here, the film churns forward at a hypnotic pace, revealing facts about its disturbed but endearing title character.
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Although "October Sky" is a film with no surprises from its soundtrack of '50s rock 'n' roll standards to its triumph over adversity themes, this teen-years biography of a NASA scientist who got his start building rockets in his basement is so full of spirit and letter-perfect filmmaking that I defy anyone to watch this movie without getting a tingle in his or her heart.
Thrilling in the best sense of the word, traditional without being corny and with a script, photography and symbolism that could be the basis of a film literature textbook, "October Sky" is a classic in the making. It's just a pity it wasn't released in time for Oscar consideration.
The picture stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Homer Hickman, a coal miner's son determined to break away from his assumed destiny following in his father's bleak and dangerous subterranean footsteps.
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Great casting is absolutely vital to a puckishly impudent comedy like "Bubble Boy" -- the story of a happy-go-lucky, immune-deficient geek who zip-locks himself into a homemade portable orb to travel cross-country and stop the wedding of the girl he loves.
Put somebody like Adam Sandler, David Spade or Seth Green in the title role, and this childlike weirdo with matted hair and a whiney voice would lose all his sweet qualities and quickly become intolerably abrasive.
But Jake Gyllenhaal, who made such a lasting impression as future NASA scientist Homer Hickman in the little-seen coming of age picture "October Sky" -- is absolutely brilliant in the role. His exaggerated wide-eyed naivete has just enough pepper to make you laugh with him, not at him. His hyperactive enthusiasm at taking his first steps into the world ("Dog poo! Aweeeesome!") is so real that you don't just laugh, you smile. He makes the character three-dimensional and 100-percent lovable, but in an ever-so-slightly ironic way that requires a ton of talent to maintain.
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"The Day After Tomorrow" isn't quite the disaster of a disaster flick I thought it would be.
Don't get me wrong -- it's bad in a way only $150-million movies with awe-inspiring special effects can be bad. It's riddled with nonsensical pseudo-science, saddled with supposedly brainy characters (climatologists, high-school science whizzes) who nonetheless haven't a scrap of common sense, and stuffed with stock characters designed for the kind of instant sympathy (or instant comic relief) that doesn't require actually giving them a personality.
But for popcorn munching and smart-remarking during a bargain matinee, it's a bad movie worth the price of admission.
Continue reading: The Day After Tomorrow Review
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