NIGHTCRAWLER Red Band Trailer Packed with Critic Quotes and Hilariously Crude Behavior

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Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler isn’t even a comedy, but this clever new red trailer had me laughing more than any other promo I’ve seen in a while.  The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, a guy desperate to score a job.  While on the hunt, Lou stumbles across a “nightcrawler,” someone who captures footage of fires, murders and all sorts of chaos to sell to new stations and Lou comes to the conclusion that the gig is perfect for him.

Nightcrawler is due in theaters on October 31st and in honor of the release, Open Road Films just unveiled a brand new trailer for the movie.  As this is likely one of the last promos we’ll get, naturally, this Nightcrawler red band trailer is loaded with critic quotes.  They’re all glowing, but not in the way one might expect.  This is a see it to believe it kind of piece so hit the jump to check it out and click here to give Matt’s Nightcrawler review a read.

Rumor: Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Jake Gyllenhaal and More on Marvel’s Short List for DOCTOR STRANGE

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There have been a lot of Doctor Strange casting rumors over the last few months, but now there’s a new report claiming that Marvel is still assessing a short list and that that short list currently includes Jared Leto, Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ethan Hawke.

Per usual, nothing is official and we must treat this as a rumor, but after those negotiations with Joaquin Phoenix broke down, it makes sense for the studio to take a step back and assess the other options.  Hit the jump for additional details on each one.

Jake Gyllenhaal Pitches to Rene Russo in New NIGHTCRAWLER Clip, Plus New Images

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Open Road Films has released a new Nightcrawler clip from director Dan Gilroy’s upcoming psychological thriller, which was one of the best films I saw at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.  Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a sociopath who plunges into the depths of filming gruesome footage for local news, and begins pushing the limits between covering the news and making it.  The film has shades of Network and Taxi Driver, and you’ll get a little taste of the former in this new clip that finds Bloom pitching himself to a late night network news producer played by Rene Russo.  Their relationship in the film develops in delicious fashion, and I can’t wait to see the movie again when it opens on Halloween.

Hit the jump to check out the new Nightcrawler clip as well as some new images, and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton, and Kevin RahmNightcrawler opens in theaters on October 31st.

Jake Gyllenhall Gives a Dead-Eyed Stare in New NIGHTCRAWLER Poster and TV Spot

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Open Road Films has released a new Nightcrawler poster along with a new TV spot.  Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a sociopath who plunges into the depths of filming gruesome footage for local news, and begins pushing the limits between covering the news and making it.  It’s interesting to see how Open Road Films is trying to market the film, and this TV spot pushes more along the lines of an action picture by showing car chases and using blurbs like “full throttle”, and it’s not really that kind of movie.  There’s definitely action, but the real power of Nightcrawler is how it manages to get under your skin and set your nerves on edge.  I guess that’s harder to show in thirty seconds.

Hit the jump to check out the new Nightcrawler poster and TV spot, and click here to read my review from TIFF.  The film opens October 31st, and also stars Bill Paxton, Rene Russo, and Riz Ahmed.

The Films of David Fincher: ZODIAC

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[With the upcoming release of his new film Gone Girl, I’m taking a look back at the work of director David Fincher.  These articles contain spoilers.]

Listening to the commentary tracks for Se7en, The Game, Fight Club, and Panic Room, you can hear in Fincher’s voice a slight bit of annoyance and frustration.  It’s not quite bitterness, but there’s an acerbic quality from a man who’s exhausted and can’t help but lay out wry observations.  The Panic Room track in particular conveys the sense that no one should ever make a movie because it’s a hellish experience meant only for masochists.  But his commentaries pick up afterwards, and I believe that’s partly because Fincher found his true love: digital.

Digital completely changed the way Fincher made movies, and it allowed him to provide the precision to performances that he’d applied to all other aspects of his pictures.  From here on, he sounds much happier, and when talking about Zodiac, it’s like a trip down memory lane as he recalls childhood memories of a serial killer who terrorized and tormented a city, and would never be caught.  Zodiac is by no means a happy movie, but it’s one that feels like part of a revitalized director who found a picture that fits perfectly with his admiration for process, attention to detail, and the cynicism of how a search for “truth” can rip lives apart.

NIGHTCRAWLER Review | TIFF 2014

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Local TV news is sociopathic.  If I came up to you and began our conversation talking about the horrible deaths of total strangers that had no larger implication than seizing on your deep-seated fears about city living, you would think I’m not only insane, but predatory.  And you would be right.  Dan Gilroy’s chilling, pulse-pounding Nightcrawler manifests the essence of local news and puts it inside a protagonist where a soul should be.  Anchored by Jake Gyllenhaal giving the best performance of the year thus far, Gilroy’s film is a scathing and decadently amoral portrait of ice-cold calculation and ruthless ambition speeding through the dark streets of Los Angeles.

Oscar Beat TIFF 2014 Edition: Part 1 – Jake Gyllenhaal, MR. TURNER, and the Return of Jason Reitman

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The first few days of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival are in the bag, but it’s an uncharacteristically slow start to what is usually a big awards season kickoff.  Due to a rule change this year, only films that have not previously premiered at other festivals (ie. Telluride) can be highlighted during the first four days of TIFF, which leaves potential heavy hitters like Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game, and Wild on the bench until next week.  That said, these first couple of days have given us the debuts of Jason Reitman’s heavy drama Men, Women & Children, an unhinged Jake Gyllenhaal in the fantastic psychological thriller Nightcrawler, and the charming new Noah Baumbach feature While We’re Young, as well as the Canadian Premiere of the well-received Mr. Turner.

While major Oscar contenders have yet to surface, there are a few noticeable standouts from the aforementioned features that could pick up steam as the season rolls on.  More after the jump in this TIFF 2014 edition of Oscar Beat.

New NIGHTCRAWLER Trailer Gets the Bloody Footage First, Police Second

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A new Nightcrawler trailer has been released online, and it’s a bit more action-oriented than the ones we’ve seen before.  Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a young man who falls into the depths of L.A. crime journalism, and begins pushing the limits between covering the news and making it.  The previous trailer made the movie look more like a psychological thriller while this new one goes more into the action-crime elements with car wrecks, crime scenes, and accusations of obstruction of justice.  This is one of my must-see films at the Toronto International Film Festival, and I hope it reaches my high expectations.

Hit the jump to check out the new Nightcrawler trailer.  The film opens October 31st, and also stars Bill Paxton, Rene Russo, and Riz Ahmed.

NIGHTCRAWLER, KRAMPUS, and SPECTRAL Get New Release Dates

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Universal pictures has found release dates for two films from their Legendary slate while Open Road has moved one of their more intriguing films to Halloween.

  • Writer/director Dan Gilroy‘s Nightcrawler moves from October 17th to October 31st.
  • Director Michael Dougherty‘s Krampus will open on November 25, 2015.
  • The Nic Mathieu-helmed Spectral will appear on screens on August 12th, 2016.

Hit the jump for more on these release date changes.

Make Money to Play the Lottery in the New NIGHTCRAWLER Trailer Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

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Open Road Films has released a new Nightcrawler trailer along with the first poster.  Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a young man who falls into the depths of L.A. crime journalism, and begins pushing the limits between covering the news and making it.  Following the intriguing viral teaser, this first official trailer makes the movie look like a must-see when it premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.  Gyllenhaal has been on a hot streak lately, and his work in Nightcrawler looks like it could be a strong companion to his unnerving performances in his most recent film, Enemy.

Hit the jump to check out the new Nightcrawler trailer and poster.  The film opens October 17th, and also stars Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, and Riz Ahmed.

First NIGHTCRAWLER Trailer Features Jake Gyllenhaal in Desperate Need of Some Food and Work

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Remember when Jake Gyllenhaal got scary skinny?  Now you can get a sense of why he did it because the very first viral video for Dan Gilroy’s feature directorial debut, Nightcrawler, is out and Gyllenhaal’s gaunt appearance in the piece does make his character’s desperation to land a job even more heart wrenching and quite unnerving, too.  Gyllenhaal leads the film as an ambitious guy trying to land a good job, but it’s not really working out for him so instead, he winds up getting into the business of “nightcrawling,” the practice of using video cameras and police scanners to cover crimes and then sell the footage to local news stations.

The video is less than a minute long, but it sure does make an impression.  For those who’ve been on the job-hunt before, it’s easy to connect to Gyllenhaal’s passion and his very well rehearsed pitch, making the dark turn towards the end of the piece especially disconcerting.  Nightcrawler is due in theaters on October 17th and also stars Bill Paxton, Rene Russo and Riz Ahmed.  Hit the jump to check out the Nightcrawler trailer for yourself.

Chiwetel Ejiofor Gets Marching Orders for MARCHING POWDER; Zac Efron to Star in Max Joseph’s Untitled DJ Project; Jake Gyllenhaal in Talks for DEMOLITION

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Here’s a look at the day’s latest casting news:

  • Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor in talks to star in an adaptation of the non-fiction book Marching Powder, recently acquired by New Regency.
  • Zac Efron is in negotiations to star in Max Joseph’s Untitled DJ Project, a Working Title production.
  • Oscar nominee Jake Gyllenhaal is in talk to star in Demolition, the new picture from Dallas Buyers Club-director Jean-Marc Vallée.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Universal to Release EVEREST in 3D and IMAX 3D on September 18, 2015; Film Stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, and Jake Gyllenhaal

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Universal Pictures has bumped the survival drama Everest from February 27, 2015 to September 18, 2015.  Directed by Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns), the movie focuses on two different expeditions that struggle to survive while climbing the world’s tallest mountain.  The film stars Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, and Jake Gyllenhaal as well as Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, and Thomas M. Wright.  Even though we’ll have to wait a little longer, the date change is encouraging since Universal might think they have an awards contender if they’ve moved the picture to the fall.  The studio will release Everest in 3D and IMAX 3D.

Right now, there’s no competition on September 18, 2015, but a week later Sony will have the family flick Hotel Transylvania 2 and Warner Bros. is releasing the comedy The Intern.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis for Everest.

ENEMY Giveaway: Win the Soundtrack and a Poster Signed by Jake Gyllenhaal

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We have a soundtrack and a poster signed by Jake Gyllenhaal to give away before Enemy hits limited release on March 14.  Gyllenhaal reunites with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve for the thriller about a university lecturer, Adam, who discovers an actor who looks just like him: “Consumed by the desire to meet his double, Adam tracks down Anthony, an actor living with his pregnant wife Helen (Sarah Gadon) and engages him in a complex and dangerous struggle.”  Mélanie Laurent and Isabella Rossellini also star.

Hit the jump to find out how to enter and more on the film.

3 New Featurettes for Terry Gilliam’s THE ZERO THEOREM; Plus Go Behind the Scenes of ENEMY Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

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A few featurettes for two upcoming films have landed online.  Firstly, three new behind-the-scenes videos for director Terry Gilliam’s new film The Zero Theorem offer a look at the costumes, the main set, and Gilliam’s directorial process.  The pic stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation.  Also starring Melanie Thierry, Tilda Swinton, and David Thewlis, the film opens in the U.K. on March 14th and is currently awaiting a U.S. release date.

Additionally, a new 4-minute featurette for director Denis Villeneuve’s (Prisoners) twisty thriller Enemy has been released online.  The story revolves around a university lecturer (Jake Gyllenhaal) who discovers that he has a double, whom he tracks down and engages, resulting in “a complex and dangerous struggle.”  This new behind-the-scenes video offers a look at how Villeneuve managed to create two Gyllenhaals in the same scene.  Also starring Maline Laurent, the film is currently available on DirecTV and will open in theaters March 14th.

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