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'Prisoners' Director Denis Villeneuve May Head To The Border For 'Sicario'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2013 3:51 PM
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Prisoners, Villeneuve
As we barrel toward 2014 and assess the year in cinema that was, we hope folks don't forget that it was quite a 2013 for low-key helmer Denis Villeneuve. He rolled into the festival season with two stunners under his arm: the wrenching "Prisoners" and the Jake Gyllenhaal double-starrer "Enemy" (recently named by TIFF as one of the Top 10 Canadian Films Of 2013). It's quite a feat for the filmmaker—who until now was mostly known on the arthouse circuit, notably for "Incendies" and "Polytechnique"—and was quite the arrival for the filmmaker who cemented that he's one of the best in the game right now. And now Villeneuve is considering a project that's pretty damn exciting.

'Out Of The Furnace' Director Scott Cooper Will No Longer Direct Stephen King's 'The Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 20, 2013 6:42 PM
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Well, it was a brief affair, and one that ends like so many Hollywood relationships do, thanks to "creative differences" (just ask Joe Carnahan). Just three months after it found a new director after Ben Affleck exited the project, Warner Bros. will need to find someone else to direct "The Stand."

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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Prisoners, Jackman, Gyllenhaal, Denis
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.

Podcast: The Playlist Discusses The Festival Films Of Venice, Telluride & Toronto 2013

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • September 17, 2013 2:07 PM
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Podcast: Post Fall Film Festival
...and the podcast is back. On this latest episode, host (yours truly) and contributor Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-In-Chief Rodrigo Perez, Managing Editor Kevin Jagernauth and breaking his podcast duck, our British correspondent and writer Oliver Lyttelton, to talk festivals, specifically the Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride and Venice. We covered a large swath of films at both fests this year but on the show we focus specifically on "12 Years a Slave," (review here, interview here), "Under the Skin" (review here, interview here), "Gravity" (review here), "Joe" (review here), Denis Villeneuve's double dose of "Prisoners" and "Enemy," "Night Moves" "Rush" and "Dallas Buyers Club." Let us know in the comments what titles you're excited for and if you attended, what films you dug.

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.

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.

Jake Gyllenhaal & Denis Villeneuve Push Each Other Into Haunting, Bold New Territory For ‘Enemy’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 6, 2013 1:50 PM
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Enemy, Denis Villeneuve, Jake Gyllenhaal
Two striking films are hitting the fall film festival circuit in a matter of days: “Prisoners," an emotionally bruising crime thriller about family, loss and sin, and “Enemy,” an adaptation of José Saramago’s novel, “The Double," which is an enigmatic psychological drama about identity, the subconscious and the male ego. The connection? Other than both films' dark, disturbing tone, they represent the work of two collaborators—French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal—who, as occasionally happens with director/actor pairings, seem to have unlocked something exceptional while in each other’s company.

Over 30 New Photos From Telluride Hit 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 3, 2013 3:02 PM
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Prisoners
While there's only a handful of reviews in at the moment, Warner Bros.' abduction crime drama "Prisoners" currently stands at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and 95% on Metacritic. Yes, those grades will surely drop when more reviews come in but this is the shorthand, easy way of saying "Prisoners," starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, was very well-received when it premiered at the Telluride Film Festival this past weekend. If anything the early buzz indicates that those grades may not drastically change, "Prisoners" already seems well loved.

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