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Jake Gyllenhaal Gets In The Ring For Boxing Drama ‘Southpaw’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2013 11:23 AM
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Jake Gyllenhaal
The boxing drama "Southpaw" has taken a few body shots during the development process. At one time set up at Sony and MGM, it had rapper Eminem attached to star, but things didn't come together and it was thrown on the backburner. But sensing that there is a good movie here, The Weinstein Company snapped it up earlier this year and it seems things are moving right along, with another actor now ready to strap on the gloves.

Jake Gyllenhaal Auditioned To Play Frodo In 'Lord Of The Rings' And It Was The Worst

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 3:25 PM
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Frodo Jake Gyllenhaal
The road not taken is sometimes as fascinating as the one folks went down, and in the case of "The Lord of The Rings" movies, one could probably talk all day about the versions that never came to pass. As Peter Jackson's trilogy was gearing up back in the day, Elijah Wood was officially revealed as the first cast member, landing the crucial role of Frodo Baggins. And he was perfect in the part. But as tentpole projects go, there was probably no shortage of actors trying out for the role, and among them was someone who was an unlikely candidate at best.

Watch: Mélanie Laurent Is Followed By Jake Gyllenhaal In New Clip From ‘Enemy’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2013 1:32 PM
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Enemy, Jake Gyllenhaal
So far, the bromance between Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve is working out quite nicely. In addition to strong reviews, and some mild awards season talk, "Prisoners" opened at number one last weekend, marking a nice debut for the director's first Hollywood outing and a bit of bounce back for the actor. And the pair have another movie on the way, one that is decidedly different.

Watch: Teaser Trailer & Poster For 'Enemy' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal & Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2013 2:17 PM
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Enemy, Jake Gyllenhaal
If there is any bromantic duo we want to see keep working together, it's Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve. This weekend, their searing and terrific "Prisoners" opens wide. But before they made that film, they first paired up on "Enemy," an ambitious mind-bender featuring Gyllenhaal in the two lead roles.

Review: 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 20, 2013 11:04 AM
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Prisoners
Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal are on a roll. They recently debuted terrific psychological doppelganger thriller “Enemy” at the Toronto International Film Festival (review here), but first to hit theaters is their second collaboration, “Prisoners." Also playing Toronto, and making a "surprise" screening appearance at Telluride, if this dark, intense and engrossing drama is any indication of what’s to come, it bodes very well for future collaborations.

Jake Gyllenhaal & Denis Villeneuve Talk The Birth Of Their Intense Collaboration & Its Extension With 'Prisoners'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 19, 2013 4:32 PM
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While it’s been favorably (and superficially) compared to David Fincher’s “Seven,” and “Zodiac,” Warner Bros. dark drama, “Prisoners” is such a different kind of beast that those assessments don’t really capture the essence of this harrowing kidnapping and family drama. Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Academy Award-nominated Foreign Language filmmaker Denis Villeneuve (“Incendies”), perhaps the most apt correlation is the fact that “Prisoners” is the darkest mainstream studio film since Fincher’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.” And arguably, it’s much more emotionally bruising as it taps into some extremely haunting primal fears.

TIFF 2013: Our 5 Favorite Films Of The Festival, Plus Our Complete Coverage

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 16, 2013 4:17 PM
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TIFF 2013 Wrap-Up
Though coming hot on the heels of Telluride and overlapping this year with Venice, the Toronto International Film Festival is anything but a third string pony. In fact it's probably the largest, glitziest and most glamorous of the fall festival season players and no-one doubts that Toronto knows how to roll out the red carpet as well as any of them. But outside the stars, closed off streets and screaming fans, the programmers also make festivities a cinephile’s dream year after year. 2013 was no different.

Watch: 5 Clips From Powerful 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal & Paul Dano

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 12, 2013 2:12 PM
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Prisoners
Running two and a half hours, soaked in rain and snow, and centering on the disappearance of two young girls that rocks the families involved to the core and finds them pushing their own ethical and emotional borders, there isn't much to smile about in Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners." But it's also one of the best movies you'll see this fall, and with the film gearing up to open next week, Warner Bros. is eager to keep the buzz from Telluride and Toronto going.

It's Like You're There! Watch TIFF Press Conferences For 'Gravity,' '12 Years A Slave,' 'Prisoners,' 'Labor Day' And More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 9, 2013 12:32 PM
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Press Conference TIFF 2013
If you are stuck having to watch all the Toronto International Film Festival action from the sidelines, fret not—another aspect of the festival will now come straight to your computer screen. The overlong, occasionally awkward press conferences that accompany each of the big films at TIFF have been uploaded to YouTube, so you can squirm in your seat while pretending to not play Candy Crush like the rest of the journalists in the room. This is literally hours of material, from big marquee titles like "Gravity," "12 Years a Slave," "Prisoners," "Labor Day," "Enough Said" and more. It's like you're there! Only not.

TIFF Review: Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Enemy’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal Is A Haunting Look At Our Dark Desires

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 8, 2013 7:00 PM
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At the risk of blatantly repeating ourselves, Jake Gyllenhaal and director Denis Villeneuve are on the cusp of a banner 2013 that is about to hit its crest. Their first-unveiled collaboration, the harrowing, Fincher-with-more-emotional-resonance crime thriller “Prisoners” has already bruised audiences in Telluride and Toronto (read our review here). But if “Prisoners” is the grimmest studio film you’ve seen since “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” then “Enemy”—chronologically their first collaboration—is the equally dark but more experimental and arty cousin. And a terrifically haunting one at that.

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