Jake Gyllenhaal and Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw has yet to come out, but the two are already planning another project: The Man Who Made It Snow. Gyllenhaal will star as American drug smuggler Max Mermelstein, who was “the only American alive ever admitted to the inner circle of the Colombian cocaine cartel.” READ FULL STORY
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Comedies are typically the genre of movie that gets the most mileage out of red-band trailers, and the recent NSFW clip for Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an overly ambitious crime videographer, plays up its humor and surrealism. There aren’t many punchlines, but the film’s cynical ink-black humor comes through loud and clear.
In the film, written and directed by Dan Gilroy, Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, who becomes the nightly news’ go-to guy for the bloodiest and most viral crime-scene footage. He and his semi-clueless partner (Riz Ahmed) cruise the streets just waiting for mayhem to erupt, and if they have to nudge things along, well, that’s the job.
To repeat, this is a red-band trailer—and even the cited film critics seem to be getting in the spirit. READ FULL STORY
Lonely, hungry, cranky, and freaky-thin. That was Jake Gyllenhaal during production on his nerve-rattling new drama, Nightcrawler, which hits theaters Oct. 31.
Portraying Lou Bloom—an unscrupulous paparazzo who trawls nocturnal Los Angeles in search of roadside carnage for the insatiable “If it bleeds, it leads” maw of local broadcast news—the actor decided to adopt the “hungry and searching” manner of a coyote. “I made a lot of choices physically,” he says.
That meant subsisting on kale salad and chewing gum for the role, shedding nearly 30 pounds from his already wiry frame and worrying his mom in the process. Moreover, the 33-year old actor put his social life on hold for the $7 million film’s month-long shoot. And—as detailed in a profile of him appearing in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly—Gyllenhaal would run 15 miles nightly from his Hollywood Hills home to the Nightcrawler set, en route to some of the best reviews of his career. READ FULL STORY
There was a time when Jake Gyllenhaal seemed to be in the mix to play every square-jawed comic-book superhero. Nightcrawler is a character from Marvel’s X-Men universe, but Gyllenhaal’s Nightcrawler, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and opens in theaters on Oct. 31, continues the actor’s recent dalliance with the dark side.
Following in the wake of the murky End of Watch, Prisoners, and Enemy, Nightcrawler is the story of Lou Bloom, a low-level crook who stumbles upon a career perfectly suited to his nature: videotaping fresh crime scenes and selling the footage to the evening news. Before you can say “This Just In,” Lou is chasing the bloodiest news, a ghoulish shadow part Weegee and part Rupert Pupkin. Lou almost seems normal—until you look closely behind his oily and unblinking mask.
In this exclusive clip from the film, he gets some advice from Rene Russo’s news director, who says the perfect footage is “a screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut.” READ FULL STORY
Jake Gyllenhaal’s Louis Bloom is an ambitious young man looking for a job in a tough market. The main character of director Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut, Nightcrawler, Bloom will eventually fall into the world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles and get entangled in the city’s seedy underbelly. But while audiences wait to see that in the film (out Oct. 17), Bloom is still pounding the pavement, as it were.
In an unconventional promo for the pic, Bloom has even gone as far as putting out a Craigslist ad and a video resume to bolster his opportunities. Check out Gyllenhaal’s slightly unhinged hero nearly begging for a job, using all the clichés he can muster in the spot below.
• Jake Gyllenhaal (Enemy) is in early talks to star in Demolition, a Black List screenplay that Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club) plans to direct. Penned by Bryan Sipe, the story follows an investment banker dealing with the sudden death of his wife. But, another woman steps in when things seem most desperate. Gyllenhaal has a number of projects in post-production, including David O. Russell’s Nailed, Dan Gilroy’s L.A. noir Nightcrawler and Everest (Sept. 18, 2015). [Deadline] READ FULL STORY
Universal Pictures has pushed back the release date of the upcoming epic adventure Everest.
The film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin and John Hawkes was originally scheduled for release in 3D and IMAX on February 27, 2015. Instead, the film will now have a fall release seven months later on September 18th, 2015.
Universal had no official comment for the reason for the move. Could it possibly have to do with the other Everest movie being made?
Everest tells the true story of two different expeditions challenged by harsh elements that result in an epic struggle for survival. The film is directed by Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns) and written by for the screen by Mark Medoff (Children of a Lesser God) and Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire). The film is currently shooting on location in Nepal and Italy.
Casting Net: Jake Gyllenhaal to play a Prohibition Era drifter; Plus, Liam Neeson re-teams with Martin Scorsese, more
• Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams will play Prohibition Era lovers (or, potential mates) in Ezekiel Moss. Philip Seymour Hoffman has been attached to direct the pic for some time off of Keith Bunin’s Black List script. The story revolves around Iris (Adams) a widower who runs a boarding house to support her son Joel in a small, religious town. She falls for a drifter, Gyllenhaal’s Ezekiel Moss, who can “channel and physically inhabit the spirits of the dead.” [THR]
What starts as a simple vanity quest turns sinister when a low-key history professor spots his mirror image in a film and eventually tracks him down. Jake Gyllenhaal takes on double duty as the actor and professor in director Denis Villeneuve’s Enemy, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival. Based on Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago’s novel The Double, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Gadon, and Isabella Rossellini round out Villeneuve’s cast as the women in the lives of the lookalikes.
Check out Jeff Labrecque’s interview with Villeneuve, and watch the hypnotizing, minimalist trailer after the jump.
Dueling Everest movies: Jake Gyllenhaal film begins shooting; Sony's 'The Summit' still in base camp
When it comes to ascending a summit, first to the top usually wins. News this week confirmed that Working Title’s Everest, to be released by Universal, is a go. The film, from director Baltasar Kormákur (2 Guns) began production Monday in Italy, with Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, Jason Clarke and John Hawkes playing four of the climbers who attempted the disastrous 1996 ascent of Mount Everest in the Himalayas, only to be thwarted with terrible conditions that led to the loss of many lives.
Now that this film is in production, will it kill a competing Everest film at Sony?
Sony declined to comment on its project, which takes place in the 1920s and chronicles British climber George Mallory’s attempts to scale the world’s tallest mountain. One source close to the production says the studio is still committed to the movie, but the film, which Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) is set to direct after finishing the upcoming Tom Cruise-starrer Edge of Tomorrow, will no longer begin production in the next couple of months as originally planned.
Rather, the start date on the film — which now carries the title The Summit and still has Tom Hardy (Inception) attached to play Mallory and Luke Evans (Fast & Furious 6) to play his Australian rival George Finch — has been pushed to either early summer or perhaps even to 2015.
According to another source, the studio’s hesitation on the project centers on concern over how to sell the the film domestically. Overseas, the film’s prospects appear much healthier considering the storyline and international cast but in the U.S. audiences are often reluctant to give period films a chance.
Complicating matters, a schedule change may force star Hardy to drop out. As reported earlier, Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is still interested in the lead role should Hardy need to leave.
Sony is also being more cost conscious after a rough 2013 and launching a $60 million movie with a competing film in the pipeline may not look too appealing. Last summer the studio was on the wrong end of dueling White House disaster movies. Their White House Down with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx opened at the end of June, earning $73 million. It had followed Film District’s Olympus Has Fallen, which opened in March and grossed $98 million.
Still, sources close to the project says the film, which was scripted by Sheldon Turner (Up in the Air), is still important to the studio.
The trick now is to keep that enthusiasm from falling off the mountain.
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