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Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal attending the New York premiere of 'The Magnificent Seven' held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, United States - Monday 19th September 2016

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Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal
Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal
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Ahead Of US Release, Quirky Musical Comedy "Frank" Strikes The Right Chord With Critics


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This week, Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank came out of nowhere to great reviews and optimistic weekend predictions. It seems Michael Fassbender playing an eccentric musician, who hides behind an oversized plastic head when performing (and at most other times, actually). The character, Frank, is loosely based on 80s and 90s rocker Chris Sievey,  aka Frank Sidebottom. Surprisingly, the man with the oversized head is neither the protagonist, nor the narrator here.

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Frank is fast, quirky and only occasionally inappropriate.

Those duties fall to Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), an office worker with few pleasures and even fewer prospects in life, who harbors big dreams of rock stardom. In his spare time, Jon likes to wonder about town and write bad song lyrics in his head. At least that’s what he’s doing in the film’s very first scene, right before he meets the band, who are pretty busy trying to stop pianist Lukas from drowning himself in the ocean. It soon becomes clear that Frank and co. need a replacement bandmember immediately and – you can already tell where this is going – Jon is just the right man for the job. Yes, it’s that kind of movie.

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Michael Fassbender Wears A Weird Mask In 'Frank', And The Critics Love It


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The weird-and-wonderful world of ‘Frank’ was confronted by the critics in the last few days, and those critics responded with a wave of praise for Lenny Abrahamson’s quirky, indie comedy. 

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‘Frank’ tells the story of Jon (Domhnall Gleeson); a budding musician who finds himself in one of the weirdest bands ever, fronted and guided by the enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender in a Papier-mâché mask) and his frankly (sorry) terrifying sidekick Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). 

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A Week In News: 'Divergent' Dominates, A "Conscious Uncoupling," And Teenage Turtles Suit Up


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Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Split: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin announced this week that they were splitting up. Well, instead they described their split as a "conscious uncoupling," a phrase that drew scorn and mockery from the internet. The pair had reportedly been testing their separation for a year and finally decided to go public. In an entry on the Iron Man star's website, the couple explained that being parents to their two children was the priority for them right now.

L'Wren Scott's Will: The last will and testament of the late fashion designer L'Wren Scott has been made public. The former model was found hanged in her Manhattan apartment on Monday 17th March whilst her boyfriend, Mick Jagger, was on tour with the Rolling Stones. Jagger is the only named beneficiary in L'Wren's will, with her adoptive siblings explicitly denied any of her $9 million estate. Scott's sister, Jan Shane, has lashed out at the Jagger's for turning the designer's death into a "media circus" - read about what else she had to say.

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White House Down Review


Very Good

This may look exactly like Gerard Butler's over-serious Olympus Has Fallen, but it's actually that film's smarter, sillier younger brother: the one you like even though you really shouldn't. As he did with 2012, filmmaker Emmerich has injected this huge action romp with a generous dose of tongue-in-cheek humour while never sacrificing the overwrought spectacle. So even if it's wildly contrived and ludicrously patriotic, it's so gleefully destructive that we can't help but have a lot of fun.

It starts out as ex-military man John (Tatum) tries to impress his estranged 11-year-old daughter Emily (King) by taking her along with him on a job interview at the White House. At that moment, home-grown terrorists strike, led by a disgruntled security chief (Woods). In the chaos, John gets separated from Emily, and as he looks for her he stumbles across the US President (Foxx). As John and the President work to subvert the villains, the politically savvy Emily is posting videos of them on YouTube, which helps the Pentagon command centre, overseen by security chief Carol (Gyllenhaal) and Speaker Raphelson (Jenkins), keep the nation from falling apart. But it turns out that one of the baddies (Clarke) has a personal vendetta against John.

As always, Emmerich infuses the film with a sombre tone then undermines it at every step with witty irony. Each scene is packed with quirky characters, snappy one-liners, knowingly corny sentimentality and bigger-than-necessary mayhem. For example, he manages to wedge a full-on car chase into the White House grounds, complete with a rocket launcher. At the centre, Tatum and Foxx are a lively double-act, bouncing off each other with feisty energy. Furrowed-brow gravitas is supplied by Gyllenhaal, Jenkins and Woods, while scene-stealers include King's plucky young hero and Simpson's megalomaniac hacker.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal To Star In "Scintillating" BBC Spy Thriller


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After starring in the recent political thriller White House Down, Maggie Gyllenhaal will appear in the lead role in The Honorable Woman:a new BBC2 thriller that deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 35 year-old Gyllenhaal, who is married to fellow actor Peter Saarsgard, is best known for her roles in films such as Donnie Darko, Secretary, and The Dark Knight, as well as her Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2009's Crazy Heart.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Takes Lead Role In BBC2's The Honourable Woman.

The Honourable Woman, created by The Shadow Line's Hugo Blick, will follow Gyllenhaal who plays Nessa Stein: the daughter of a Zionist arms procurer who is recognised for her peace promotion between Israel and Palestine by being made a life peer by the UK government. Sarah Barnett, the president of Sundance Channel demonstrated the growing excitement for the new TV series: "The Honourable Woman is scintillating drama: it is both a tightly plotted international political thriller and a superbly wrought character piece about hope, compromise, guilt and families." 

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Channing Tatum Posts Baby Pic Online To Ditch Paps


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In a week that has seen new parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye West sent out fake baby photos to keep the both the press and their avaricious "friends" away from their daughter North, Magic Mike actor Channing Tatum and his wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum have now taken steps to ensure that they're not hounded by paparazzi itching for the first snap of their daughter Everly. They decided to post their own family photo with baby Everly on Facebook. In a beautiful sunlit image, the couple are seen fondly cradling a rather adorable sleeping Everly. The couple met on the set of 2006's Step Up dance movie and began dating shortly afterwards.

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In an explanation regarding their decision to introduve their daughter to the world themselves: "We didn't want to go through a tabloid - we just wanted to let it out so paparazzi would stop trying to hound us. You know, here it is, that's it. Now, let us be." The couple -both actors - were married in Hawaii in 2008 and Jenna gave birth to little Everly on 31st May 2013, with the first image of her released on 16th June (Father's Day).

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"White House Down" Isn't All That Original, But It's Still A Fun Trip To The Movies


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White House Down, Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx’s new action flick about, you guessed it, the White House falling hostage to terrorists, saw its world premiere yesterday (June 25). Tatum, Foxx and co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal came out in their best garb to walk the red carpet at the Ziegfield Theater in New York City. But while the stars were busy with premieres and promotional appearances, the critics were already hard at work penning reviews – from the scathing to the not-so-scathing, it isn’t looking too good for director Roland Emmerich’s latest stab at blockbuster success.

Jamie FoxxJamie Foxx At The Premiere Of 'White House Down'

The Wrap’s Leah Rozen comes out with one main criticism for the film - it’s typical macho man fodder, exactly what you’d expect from Emmerich (who also directed Independence Day and 2012)” She is decidedly unimpressed with the story, which features Tatum as the accidental rescuer of the Commander and Chief himself (Foxx) while the two have to buddy up to escape The White House and eventually defeat the somewhat inexplicable terrorists. “It’s kind of fun, in a dopey way, for a while, but then it’s just noise and firepower and boys with their toys,” says Rozen, in what might be the kindest review of the film so far.

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Channing Tatum On President-Saving Duty In White House Down (Trailer)


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White House Down stars Channing Tatum as John Cale, a former USCP officer who is turned down for a job in the Secret Service but soon finds himself in a situation where he is unexpectedly forced to prove his mettle. As Cale takes his daughter Emily on a tour of the White House, in order to give her a day she’ll always remember, the government comes under attack from terrorists and the White House building is at the centre of the attacks. 

Cale unwittingly finds himself responsible for ensuring the safety of the US President (President James Sawyer, played by Jamie Foxx), as well as making sure that his daughter comes to no harm as the building comes under attack from a series of bombings. His true abilities are soon to be recognised, that’s for sure. The trailer sees a series of news footage clips, detailing the attacks, inter-spliced with action shots of Channing trying to navigate his way around the building, protecting the President as he goes. 

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When USCP officer John Cale is turned down as he applies for a highly coveted role in the Secret Service, he is devastated but cannot find it in himself to disappoint his young daughter Emily who idolises him and his job. In a bid to give Emily an experience to remember, he takes her on a tour of the White House, but what started out as the most normal of days (if a little extra exciting for Emily) quickly becomes a situation of life and death when terrorist groups launch a series of bombs that hit the White House causing a shocking scene of devastation. John now finds himself with the responsibility of keeping his daughter safe from harm as well as protecting President James Sawyer along with the rest of his country. He may have lost out on becoming an official protector of the President, but he now faces a true test of his abilities that is unlikely to go unnoticed.

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First Pics Of Michael Fassbender As Chris Sievey/Frank Sidebottom Emerge Online


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Michael Fassbender appears alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson (of Harry Potter fame) in the first photo still of the upcoming film Frank, about the life of musician/television presenter Chris Sievey and his alter ego Frank Sidebottom.

Sievey was known for his musical ventures at first, fronting the band The Freshies in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but became much more well-known for his comic persona Frank Sidebottom, whose paper maché head graced many a television scene from 1984 onwards. Although named after Sievey's alter-ego, the film itself will not be a biopic into his life, but instead will tell a mostly fictitious story about a young musician, played by Gleeson, who joins a pop group fronted by the bizarre and enigmatic Frank.

Lenny Abrahamson will serve as director of the project, whilst Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats), a close friend of Sievey, will be in charge of the script. Ronson has been particularly keen to make sure that people knew that the film was inspired by, and not solely about Sievey, taking to Twitter to confirm. On the social network, Ronson said: “The film isn't a film about Frank Sidebottom. It's totally made up and - whilst inspired by Frank - is inspired by other people too. Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart are other inspirations. Bowled over that Michael Fassbender and Domhnall Gleeson are in our film.”

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Hysteria Review


Good

There's probably a fascinating, complex story behind the invention of the vibrator in 19th century London, but this silly farce isn't it. Instead, this is a comical romp that just happens to be set against the birth of the most popular sex toy in history. It's nicely assembled, with a strong cast, but the tone is so goofy that it never breaks the surface.

It's the late 1880s when young doctor Mortimer (Dancy) takes a job in London with Dalrymple (Pryce), who specialises in treating hysteria, considered a serious medical condition at the time, even though it seems to only afflict women whose husbands are neglecting them socially and sexually. As Mortimer courts Dalrymple's placid younger daughter (Jones), lining himself to take over the practice one day, it's the feisty older daughter (Gyllenhaal) who continually challenges his worldview. And as he treats his patients, Mortimer works with his friend Edmund (Everett) to create a mechanical vibrating device that has an immediate effect on his patients.

Everything in this story is played broadly, as if it's frightfully hilarious to talk about sex in such a straightforward way. But this prudish approach only trivialises everything about the story, from the premise to the characters themselves. And it doesn't help that the script never gives any of these people more than one or two key personality traits. The actors do what they can with them, adding moments of effective drama and comedy while hinting at the serious themes underneath the story. But it's so silly that we never really care about anything that happens.

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Nanny McPhee & The Big Bang Review


Excellent
Emma Thompson is back with a second encounter between her somewhat scary nanny and another houseful of unruly kids. As with the first film, a secondary plot feels corny and superfluous, but it's still thoroughly entertaining.

During the Blitz in London, posh children Cyril and Celia (Vlahos and Taylor-Ritson) are sent to stay with their aunt, Mrs Green (Gyllenhaal), on her farm. While she awaits news of her soldier husband, she struggles to manage her three rambunctious kids (Butterfield, Woods and Steer), pay her bills, fend off her financially desperate brother-in-law (Ifans) and keep the dotty local shopkeeper (Smith) from doing something dangerous. The person she needs is clearly Nanny McPhee (Thompson), who arrives with several stern-but-magical tricks up her sleeve.

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The Dark Knight Review


Excellent
Have you ever noticed how one measly letter separates "laughter" from "slaughter?"

I almost missed this off-the-cuff joke -- it's spray-painted on the side of a semi as the Joker (Heath Ledger) descends on a police convoy hustling doomed district attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) beneath the streets of Gotham. But it beautifully captures the balancing act director Christopher Nolan attempts in The Dark Knight, an anticipated blockbuster that seems capable at any point of plunging headlong into hilarity or insanity, moral stability or absolute chaos.

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Sherrybaby Review


Good
It struck me while watching Sherrybaby that one of Maggie Gyllenhaal's greatest strengths as an actress is an ability to cross class lines effortlessly and often. There are some great, versatile actresses -- Nicole Kidman, perhaps -- who nonetheless don't seem qualified to play someone like Sherry Swanson (Gyllenhaal), a young recovering drug addict just out of prison, longing with needy desperation to begin mothering her young daughter Alexis (Ryan Simpkins).

Yes, Charlize Theron uglied herself up for Monster and Halle Berry went working-class for Monster's Ball. But Sherrybaby isn't Monster Mommy; it's a quiet, painful little portrait with little of the inherent sympathy (or showier ugliness) of those other roles. More to the point, while Theron and Berry rocked the Oscar-friendly reverse-makeover, Gyllenhaal looks more or less as she usually does: moony face, sad eyes, feathery voice. The only physical transformation involves a blond dye-job, trashy heels, and a lot more screen time for her breasts.

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Monster House Review


Excellent

Every perfect and picturesque neighborhood - at least in the movies - has one: that creepy old house that fuels the nightmares and serves as the centerpiece of the double-dog dares for the local kids.

DJ (Mitchel Musso) has made the house his mission. He's set his bedroom up as home base to watch old Mr. Nebbercracker across the street, an irate curmudgeon (voiced by Steve Buscemi) who steals any balls or bikes that find their way into his yard, chases after kids to keep off his lawn, and, presumably, thinks the music kids listen to today is nothing but noise. Within an hour of DJ's parents leaving for the weekend, Nebbercracker is dead (from a heart attack during an apoplectic moment at finding DJ on his lawn) and DJ is finding out that the old coot might not have been the most dangerous part of the creepy old house, because the house itself is starting to... eat people.

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Secretary Review


Excellent
Secret desires and dark, unusual fetishes make for great fiction, but few filmmakers have enough courage to tackle ideas that private. However, Steven Shainberg has more than enough audacity and he doesn't hesitate to push the envelope way beyond the norm with his new movie Secretary, a film which appropriately won a Special Jury Prize for originality at Sundance.

Secretary explodes with juicy innuendo, even from its opening moments. An extending establishing shot plays against mischievously sensual music as a woman seductively strolls through a business office performing secretarial duties. She approaches a desk, staples a few papers, pours fresh coffee into a mug, and then returns to her employer. Sounds ordinary, except that she does these things while locked inside a weird S&M device.

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40 Days & 40 Nights Review


Good

One of the more gratifying feelings a movie critic can have is the feeling of going into a picture expecting tiresome clichés of an overplayed genre, only to discover delightfully surprising freshness and soul where all the hackneyed conventions usually are.

"40 Days and 40 Nights" is such a movie. Misleadingly marketed as just another misogynistic romp through the young male libido, this often ribald comedy about a frustrated 20-something giving up sex for Lent is what the puerile, simplistic "American Pie," "Tomcats" and "Saving Silverman" might have been, had they been made by people with imagination and wit.

Directed by Michael Lehmann -- the man behind the twisted teen angst and irony of the subversive '80s cult hit "Heathers" -- "40 Days" finds many new and inventive ways to make sexual frustration funny.

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Cecil B Demented Review


Good

If John Waters' last few gentler and (slightly) more commercial movies ("Pecker," "Serial Mom," "Cry-Baby") had his fans thinking the once-warped director had lost his edge, that perhaps he was inching toward mainstream repeatability, they need not fear. It was all a ruse.

It seems Waters was only lulling the cinematic establishment into a false sense of security so he could turn around and bite them in the ass with "Cecil B. Demented," a hilarious -- and very much old-school John Waters -- anti-blockbuster romp that chews up and spits out the kind of pandering Hollywood conventions that to toothless, cookie-cutter box office hits.

Cecil B. Demented (Stephen Dorff), you see, is an independent filmmaker of the purest order. His goal: cinematic revolution by any means necessary. If that includes kidnapping one Honey Whitlock (Melanie Griffith), Hollywood's biggest spoiled bitch/aging bimbo star, and forcing her at gun point to play a lead in his guerilla movie about celluloid terrorists (much like himself), so be it.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal

Date of birth

16th November, 1977

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Female

Height

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Movies

Frank Trailer

Frank Trailer

Frank is an eccentric musician who refuses to be seen without the giant paper mache...

Frank Movie Review

Frank Movie Review

While this comedy-drama is sometimes wilfully absurd, it's also exhilarating cinema, telling its story with...

White House Down Movie Review

White House Down Movie Review

This may look exactly like Gerard Butler's over-serious Olympus Has Fallen, but it's actually that...

White House Down Trailer

White House Down Trailer

When USCP officer John Cale is turned down as he applies for a highly coveted...

Hysteria Movie Review

Hysteria Movie Review

There's probably a fascinating, complex story behind the invention of the vibrator in 19th century...

Won't Back Down Trailer

Won't Back Down Trailer

An underprivileged mother (Gyllenhaal) determined to do the best for her child, takes action on...

Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang Movie Review

Nanny McPhee & the Big Bang Movie Review

Emma Thompson is back with a second encounter between her somewhat scary nanny and another...

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Crazy Heart Trailer

Crazy Heart Trailer

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Nanny Mcphee and The Big Bang Trailer

Nanny Mcphee and The Big Bang Trailer

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The Dark Knight Movie Review

The Dark Knight Movie Review

Have you ever noticed how one measly letter separates "laughter" from "slaughter?"I almost missed this...

Sherrybaby Movie Review

Sherrybaby Movie Review

It struck me while watching Sherrybaby that one of Maggie Gyllenhaal's greatest strengths as an...

Stranger Than Fiction, Trailer Trailer

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Stranger Than FictionTrailerOne morning, a seemingly average and generally solitary IRS agent named Harold Crick...

Monster House Movie Review

Monster House Movie Review

Every perfect and picturesque neighborhood - at least in the movies - has one: that...

Secretary Movie Review

Secretary Movie Review

Secret desires and dark, unusual fetishes make for great fiction, but few filmmakers have enough...

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