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.

Emma Thompson to Star in Robert Carlyle’s Directorial Debut THE LONG MIDNIGHT OF BARNEY THOMSON; Jake Gyllenhaal & Amy Adams Join EZEKIEL MOSS

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Here’s more of today’s casting news:

Hit the jump for more on both pictures.

Trailer and Poster for Denis Villeneuve’s ENEMY Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

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A24 Films has released a full theatrical trailer and an excellent poster for Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming psychological thriller Enemy.  The twisty premise 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.”  The pic earned strong marks when it played at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, and this trailer does a nice job of teasing the dark and haunting tone with which this fascinating premise is executed.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the fantastic theatrical poster.  The film also stars Melanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, and Isabella RosselliniEnemy debuts exclusively on DirecTV February 6th followed by a theatrical release on March 14th.

Jake Gyllenhaal Set for SOUTHPAW; Walken and Kravitz Join ROOTIE TOOTIE; Driver and Grillo Head to JEKYLL ISLAND

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We’ve got a number of casting announcements to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Jake Gyllenhaal is poised to take over the role previously held by Eminem in the long-gestating boxing drama Southpaw.
  • Christopher Walken will play jazz opposite Lenny Kravitz in the upcoming musician drama Little Rootie Tootie.
  • Minnie Driver and Frank Grillo (The Grey) are set to topline the indie thriller A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island alongside Dianna Agron (Glee), John Leguizamo, Maggie Q, and more.
  • Director Matthew Vaughn has added a femme fatale to his graphic novel adaptation The Secret Service in model Sofia Boutella.

Hit the jump for more details on the aforementioned projects.

TOP 5: First Trailer for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, DIVERGENT Set Visit, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, ANCHORMAN 2, Superheroes Who Never Were

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Last weekend I checked out director Kimberly Peirce‘s Carrie remake and found it to be a perfectly solid retelling of Brian De Palma‘s 1976 classic. With a solid lead performance from Chloë Grace Moretz and a downright terrifying turn by Julianne Moore, I found more than a few things to like about the pic. I also thought the opening scene was terrific and was surprised to hear Judy Greer tell Steve that it wasn’t in the original script. Although I knew how the story would play out, I found myself wanting so badly for Carrie’s prom night to go smoothly which I think is a credit to Peirce’s direction and the time she takes setting up the obstacle-laden road Carrie traverses on the way to her first date. Ultimately, is there anything extraordinarily fresh and/or updated about the remake? Not really. Nevertheless, it’s a solid movie that proves Stephen King‘s tale is just as relevant and effective today as it was nearly four decades ago.

With my paragraph review of Carrie in the bag, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Adam’s Divergent set visit, Steve’s Thor: The Dark World video interviews with Chris Hemsworth and more, two new trailers for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and Evan’s look at superhero movie casting decisions that nearly came to fruition. Much like in the past, a brief recap and link to each of the above is waiting after the jump.

Superheroes Who Never Were: Comicbook Movies and the Actors Who Nearly Starred in Them

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Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.  Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man.  Chris Evans as Captain America. These are just a few staples to be found in the superhero movie genre that have really established themselves as their characters.  For some, it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing these bigger-than-life figures, but for many of these movies, each role was nearly given to someone else.  In this article, we’ll walk you through some of these scenarios of possible alternate casting, cases where we can delve into what exactly happened and the very different franchises they could have been.  Hit the jump for more.

Weekend Box Office: PRISONERS Dominates with $21.4 Million

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prisoners-hugh-jackman-slicePrisoners took top honors at the domestic box office this weekend, with an estimated $21.4 million from 3,260 locations. That’s a solid debut for the kidnapping drama and just a bit under the $23.8 million that The Town put up on this weekend back in 2010. Meanwhile, the 3D dance pic Battle of the Year stumbled badly, though predictably, and The Wizard of Oz 3D saw the best numbers yet for an IMAX-exclusive re-release.

Title Weekend Total
1.  Prisoners $21,430,000 $21.4
2.  Insidious Chapter Two $14,500,000 $60.8
3.  The Family $7,000,000 $25.6
4.  Instructions Not Included $5,700,000 $34.2
5.  Battle of the Year $5,000,000 $5
6.  We’re The Millers $4,670,000 $138.1
7.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler $4,304,000 $106.4
8.  Riddick $3,672,000 $37.1
9.  The Wizard of Oz IMAX 3D $3,022,000 $3
10.  Planes $2,061,000 $86.5

First Teaser Trailer and Poster for TIFF Hit ENEMY Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jake Gyllenhaal

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Director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) makes his studio debut with this weekend’s solid thriller Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, but Villeneuve also has another Gyllenhaal-fronted film poised to be released soon, and it’s decidedly more twisted.  Enemy, like Prisoners, debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, and while I was unable to make it to any screenings of the pic, I heard plenty of great/terrifying things about the film from others.  Gyllenhaal stars as a paranoid teacher who believes that he has found his exact doppelganger and he sets out to find out who this person is.  I’ve been told not to learn too much about the film before going in, but this teaser trailer and excellent poster are damn tantalizing.

Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer and poster.  The film also stars Melanie Laurent and Sarah Gadon and recently secured distribution from A24 Films.

PRISONERS Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Prisoners opens tomorrow.]

There’s enough symbolism and religious themes to give Prisoners some weight. There’s enough curiosity to keep its mystery intriguing. Director Denis Villeneuve does slightly more than expected to keep us interested in its segregated storyline where one hand provides the mystery and the other hand provides some semblance. In between is a film that’s far longer than it needs to be but is supported by Roger Deakins’ striking cinematography and a great cast with a standout performance from Hugh Jackman.

Watch 5 Clips from Denis Villeneuve’s PRISONERS Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano

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Word out of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival has Hugh Jackman, star of Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, as a potential dark horse in the upcoming Oscar race.  You can read up on Matt’s review of the film here, but we’ve got five clips from the film for you today so that you might better acquaint yourselves with it.  Co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano also feature as a big city detective and a suspect, respectively.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Maria BelloTerrence Howard, and Viola Davis.  Prisoners opens September 20th.

TIFF 2013: PRISONERS Review

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There’s enough symbolism and religious themes to give Prisoners some weight.  There’s enough curiosity to keep its mystery intriguing.  Director Denis Villeneuve does slightly more than expected to keep us interested in its segregated storyline where one hand provides the mystery and the other hand provides some semblance.  In between is a film that’s far longer than it needs to be but is supported by Roger Deakins’ striking cinematography and a great cast with a standout performance from Hugh Jackman.

New Clip from PRISONERS Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Paul Dano

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Prisoners, the new film from director Denis Villeneuve (Incendies), will be making its premiere next week at the Toronto International Film Festival.  The film stars Hugh Jackman as a working-class father who sets out to track down the man he believes is responsible for kidnapping his daughter and her friend. Along the way, he runs up against the big city detective (Jake Gyllenhaal) assigned to the case.  In this clip, Gyllenhaal’s detective confronts a suspect played by Paul Dano.  Plot and character wise, there’s not much to the clip, but what really jumped out at me was the cinematography.  It’s dark and raining and the only the flashlights are cutting through.  Of course, when your cinematographer is Roger Deakins, amazing visuals are pretty much a given.

Hit the jump to check out the clip.  The film also stars Maria BelloTerrence Howard, and Viola DavisPrisoners opens September 20th.

New Images from ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES, PRISONERS, and GRUDGE MATCH

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New images have been released from the upcoming films:

  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – Ron Burgundy, Veronica Corningstone, and the Channel 4 News Team stay classy in two new images.  The film stars Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell.  The sequel opens December 20th.
  • Prisoners – Three new images from the crime-thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano.  The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on September 20th.
  • Grudge Match – The first official image from the film starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Jon Bernthal, Camden Gray, and Kim Basinger.  The comedy gets into a crowded box office ring on December 25th.

Hit the jump to check out the images.

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