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Box Office: 'Gravity' Soars Through 'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs' & Leaps Over 'Runner Runner'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • October 6, 2013 1:26 PM
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Although profits from this weekend were lower overall than those from this time last year (roughly $19 million less, or a 13.4% drop), the box office still did decently ($123 million—not too shabby) thanks to the top two films and their reportedly mind-blowing visual effects, which made filmgoers more inclined to fork over a few extra dollars for 3D and IMAX.

Harvey Weinstein Calls 2013 Awards Race "The Most Competitive Season I've Ever Seen," Praises 'Prisoners'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 30, 2013 11:04 AM
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If there is one person who knows the ins and outs of any award season, it's Harvey Weinstein. The producer extraordinaire has been behind countless campaigns, and knows how the system works backwards and forwards, and more than any prognosticator, his feelings on the 2013 race certainly carry with them some tremendous weight. And if Harvey is sensing the field is one of the toughest he's been part of, then you know it's going to be an interesting few months leading up to the Oscars.

Exclusive: Go Behind-The-Scenes Of The Eerie Soundtrack To 'Prisoners' In New Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 1:00 PM
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Prisoners
Being called The Playlist, you would rightly gather that our ears tend to be attuned to scores and soundtracks, and one name we've certainly kept track of is Jóhann Jóhannsson. The Icelandic composer has largely worked on smaller, foreign films but has been taking steps into American cinema, notably scoring So Yong Kim's "For Ellen." But he's received his biggest career boost to date yet, landing the gig of tuning up another movie starring Paul Dano (along with Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal), the critically acclaimed box office hit "Prisoners." And he's made the most of it.

Box Office: 'Prisoners' Locks Out Competition & Takes Top Spot

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • September 22, 2013 2:40 PM
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Prisoners
A week to the day of TIFF wrapping up, one of the most buzzed about films of that festival and Telluride, "Prisoners," takes the top spot at the domestic box office. Making $21.4 million this weekend, the kidnapping drama starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal marks a career best for French Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, with "Prisoners" already surpassing the entire run of "Incendies" ($3.5 million). Disregarding Hugh Jackman's 'Wolverine' films, "Prisoners" marks his best opening in a non-musical film (both "Australia" and "The Prestige" opened with $14.8 million).

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.

'Prisoners' Cinematographer Roger Deakins' Top 5 Films

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 18, 2013 3:41 PM
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Roger Deakins' Top 5 Films
Denis Villenueve's brilliantly unnerving "Prisoners" is being sold primarily based on the star wattage of its cast, which includes Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, Maria Bellow, Terrence Howard, and Paul Dano, and its gripping, worst-fear-realized setup, involving the mysterious abduction of two young girls (read our review here). But "Prisoners" packs a secret weapon every bit as powerful as Wolverine looking for his missing daughter: the work of cinematographer Roger Deakins. With "Prisoners," Deakins pushes his love of source lighting to wild extremes: a candlelight vigil turns into a field of starry bulbs, a captive's face is illuminated solely by the light that seeps in through a small hole, and ashy snowflakes are only visible due to headlights and the spinning lights of a police car. Deakins' work is deeply beautiful, moody stuff (some subtle camera moves also stand-out as best-of-year material too), intrinsic to the movie's oppressively moody atmosphere.

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.

Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Wins Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 15, 2013 1:58 PM
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While not always an accurate prediction of future awards season success (2011 winner "Where Do We Go Now?" basically was never heard from again), the Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award has more often than not been early augur of a film's potential. Previous winners including "Silver Linings Playbook," "The King's Speech" and "Slumdog Millionaire" point toward a specific kind of crowdpleaser that tends to gain traction among audiences, though tougher films like "Precious" have also won the hearts of the TIFF moviegoing public that vote on the winner. But certainly, we weren't expecting this.

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