• Jake Gyllenhaal, who has been widely praised for his recent performance in Prisoners, is in talks to team up with Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) for the boxing pic Southpaw. Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter was hired to write the script, which tells the story of a disgraced title-winning fighter who tries to rehabilitate his image for the sake of his daughter. Eminem was attached to the role at one point. [The Wrap]
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You don’t need a detective to figure out the biggest winner at the box office this weekend. Prisoners, the R-rated thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, brought in an estimated $21.4 million, easily beating second-place finisher Insidious Chapter 2 ($14.5 million) and blowing away the weekend’s only other new wide release, Battle of the Year ($5 million). READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Jerry O'Connell joins 'Veronica Mars' movie; Plus, 'Gone Girl' still trying to find its girl, more
• There’s a new Lamb brother in town. Jerry O’Connell (Burning Love) has joined the cast of the Veronica Mars movie as Dan Lamb, Sheriff Don’s (Michael Muhney) brother. In the Kickstarter update announcing the news, creator and director Rob Thomas traced his interest in O’Connell back to the movie Pirahna. “The performance in that movie that I couldn’t get over was Jerry O’Connell’s take on an amoral, coked up and soon-to-be penis-less smut peddler. I just kept wanting to get back to scenes of Jerry chewing scenery.” O’Connell even recorded a video for fans on the shoot. Welcome to Neptune, Sheriff Dan.
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Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard just want their daughters back in the newest trailer for Prisoners.
On a sleepy late fall afternoon in Pennsylvania, Keller Dover (Jackman), his wife Grace (Maria Bello), and their family go to visit their friends (Howard and Viola Davis). By the time they discover the youngest daughters of both families are missing, what little light those grey autumn days have to offer has already faded, and the chilly rain has started to fall. Of course panic ensues. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Detective Loki is on the case, and they may have a suspect in the form of Paul Dano’s character, but things are not as simple as they might seem.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, who earned a 2011 Foreign Language Oscar nomination for his film Incendies, and shot by cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall, Fargo), what follows is a dark, anxious procedural, and a portrait two very different fathers desperate for a resolution.
Take a look at the second trailer after the jump. It might make you wonder who, exactly, are the “prisoners.”
It’s tough to watch the trailer for Prisoners and not immediately be reminded of Give Us All Our Daughters Back, a parody preview that aired on SNL last fall. Like that fake movie, this real one is a revenge tale that stars a murderers’ row of big-name stars — including Hugh Jackman as the devoted family man driven to the end of his rope when his daughter is kidnapped, Jake Gyllenhaal as the detective who promises to find the girl, and Viola Davis as a stoic mother and Jackman’s friend, whose child is also missing. You can predict what’s coming after about 30 seconds of footage: ominous music, Jackman screaming “WHERE’S. MY. DAUGHTER,” the supposed kidnapper (Paul Dano) sitting bound and gagged in a quiet suburban home.
Then again, considering the level of talent involved — Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, and Melissa Leo also star — Prisoners could very well be more like In the Bedroom than Taken. And give that Gyllenhaal’s character is named Detective Loki, it’s also likely that the film has a few tricks up its sleeves.
The latest stars to be subjected to “yes, but can they sing?” scrutiny: Heartthrobs Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine, potentially. EW has confirmed that Gyllenhaal is in talks to join Disney’s film adaptation of Into the Woods, the 1987 Stephen Sondheim musical about interwoven fairy tales. Deadline writes that Pine, too, is in talks for the film, though his rep would not confirm the news.
The actors are up for the roles of Cinderella’s Prince and Rapunzel’s Prince. There’s no word yet on which would be playing which. (Cinderella’s Prince is the bigger part, though.)
If their deals go through, Gyllenhaal and Pine will join a cast that already includes Meryl Streep (The Witch), Gavin & Stacey‘s James Corden (The Baker), and Johnny Depp (The Wolf, a role traditionally played by the same actor as Cinderella’s Prince in stage productions). A screenplay reading last October featured actors including Anna Kendrick (Cinderella) and Allison Janney (Jack’s Mother), though there’s no word yet on whether any of those actors will be cast in the film.
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• French director Luc Besson, who introduced the world to Natalie Portman in The Professional, has cast Scarlett Johansson as his lead in his newest film, Lucy. In the film, Lucy is forced to be a drug mule. But, when the drug gets into her system, she turns into a super-being with telekinesis abilities, martial arts skills, and the helpful bonus of being immune to pain. Johansson is certainly finding a new life as an action star ever since she took on the role of Natasha Romanoff for the Marvel universe. She also stars in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut (and festival favorite) Don Jon, which finally hits theaters on October 18. [THR]
• James Franco is continuing his auteur tour, and may sign on to star in Werner Herzog’s (Grizzly Man) Queen of the Desert about Gertrude Bell, the turn of the 20th century British adventurer. Jude Law was attached to star but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. The report says that Ridley Scott may also have a Gertrude Bell in the works that Angelina Jolie is interested in. There is no word yet on which actress would play Bell in Herzog’s version. [Deadline]
Oscar voters and fans, take note.
Distributor Open Road Films is making a strategic move to bump up awards season buzz for films The Grey, starring Liam Neeson, and End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, by re-releasing them in theaters this Friday.
The Grey, in which a hulking Neeson battles vicious wolves after a plane crash, will have an exclusive run at local Southern California theaters Laemmle Monica and Laemmle Town Center, Open Road announced Monday. End of Watch, which showcases Gyllenhaal as an L.A. police officer going up against a cartel, will return to theaters nationwide.
Other films such as Les Miserables make their theater debut in late December to hit the Oscar radar hard and swift, in the thick of awards season campaigning, while a select number of films released earlier in the year creep back in to remind us of their worth.
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Casting Net: Tom Hardy eyeing the peak of 'Everest.' Plus: Anne Hathaway, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachelle Lefevre
• Speaking of Dark Knight Rises stars, Anne Hathaway is circling Robopocalypse, Steven Spielberg‘s sci-fi spectacular about a near future in which humanity’s increasing reliance on robotics proves our undoing. Based on the novel by Daniel H. Wilson and adapted by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods, Cloverfield), the film also reportedly stars Chris Hemsworth. Former Fox chief Tom Rothman has signed on to produce the film after officially stepping down Jan. 1. [THR, Deadline]
• Speaking of Brokeback Mountain stars, Jake Gyllenhaal is negotiating to join Hugh Jackman and Melissa Leo in Prisoners, about a blue-collar guy trying to find his daughter and best friend after they’re both kidnapped, and frustrated that the police can’t seem to crack the case. Gyllenhaal would play one of those detectives. Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) is directing from a script by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband). [Variety]
• Speaking of…um…actors with dreamy blue eyes, Rachelle Lefevre (Twilight) has signed onto two action films. The first: White House Down, starring Channing Tatum as a secret service agent tasked with protecting the president after the White House is taken over; Lefevre will play his ex-wife. The second: Homefront, starring Jason Statham as an ex-DEA agent forced to take on a small town meth king (James Franco); Lefevre will play a school psychologist who attempts to explain to Statham’s character that maybe a town ruled by a drug lord isn’t an ideal place to move to. [THR]
• Speaking of Haywire stars only known for action flicks, Gina Carano is attached to an untitled distaff action pic being sold as a female version of The Expendables. Screenwriter Dutch Southern is currently penning a draft of the script, but no director is yet attached. [Variety]
Casting Net: Kate Bosworth to play a meth-head in ‘Homefront.’ Plus: Parker Posey, Milo Ventimiglia, Katee Sackhoff
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Box office report: 'End of Watch' and 'House at the End of the Street' tie with $13 million, ahead of 'Trouble with the Curve'; 'Dredd 3D' bombs
The box office blues continued during this sad September weekend, when four new releases entered theaters, yet none surpassed $13 million.
In fact, September 2012 is proving to be one of the slowest months at the movies in a decade. As of this weekend, ticket sales have amounted to $357.3 million — 21 percent lower than the same point in the month last year, and the lowest September total since 2004, when month-to-date ticket sales equaled $356.3 million. (Keep in mind, 2004 didn’t have the benefit of 3-D ticket prices.) Nothing seems to be engaging audiences in a substantial way.
But that’s not to say the box office was totally dead this weekend.
Tied for first place was Open Road’s Jake Gyllenhaal/Michael Pena crime drama End of Watch, which earned an estimated $13.0 million out of 2,730 theaters, yielding a mild per-theater average of $4,762. The gritty cop film, which has earned strong reviews overall, was independently financed for a reported budget somewhere between $7 million and $15 million (an Open Road spokesperson did not confirm the budget when reached via email), and then acquired by Open Road for $2 million. READ FULL STORY
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