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Oscars: What Films Are Looking Good Coming Out Of Venice, Telluride & TIFF?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 12, 2013 4:36 PM
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With Venice and Telluride in the rear-view mirror, and TIFF starting to wind down (we've still coverage to come, but very few films remain that haven't been screened to press), it feels like the perfect time to kick off, for real, our annual awards coverage. There's a part of you that groans, and that's fair enough -- it does feel like only yesterday that we were talking "Argo" vs. "Life of Pi" and so on, but even with five months to go until the ceremony itself, over half of the film that'll be in play have been unveiled. And you can bet your bottom dollar that Oscar campaigns have been underway for weeks, if not months.

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.

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.

10 Films To See In September

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • September 3, 2013 4:02 PM
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10 Films To See In September
We’ve entered September, the point where the films aren’t bombastic enough for summer (but not outright crap reserved for August), and don’t have the longevity or clout to be remembered come Oscar time. Ten movies made the cut, along with a swath of honorable mentions, so September might be a good time to take a break from school or work and go hit the multiplex!

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.

Telluride Review: 'Prisoners' Starring Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • August 31, 2013 9:37 AM
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Prisoners
Director Denis Villeneuve and actor Jake Gyllenhaal are on the precipice of having a tremendous fall film festival season. Arriving in just a few short days is their first collaboration, “Enemy,” a terrific psychological doppelganger thriller that will premiere next week in Toronto. But first up, the pair (along with co-lead Hugh Jackman) unleashed their first collaboration, “Prisoners,” at Telluride last night as one of the “surprise” screenings of the festival. And if this dark, intense and engrossing drama is any indication of what’s to come, it bodes very well for future collaborations.

Prepare For Fall With New Images From 'Machete Kills,' 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' & 'Prisoners'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2013 10:16 AM
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Rest up this Labor Day weekend, generally the quietest movie-going frame of the year, because once September is in full swing, it will be week after week of movies both big and small hitting the mulitplex. And so to get you in the mood, we've got some new images from titles that will be coming your way.

Will '12 Years A Slave' & Ron Howard's 'Rush' Have Surprise Screenings At Telluride?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2013 10:17 AM
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12 Years A Slave
Yesterday, organizers of the Telluride Film Festival surprised folks by unveiling this year's slate, a full two days before things kick off in Colorado, an interesting move considering past years has seen the lineup kept under lock and key until the last possible moment. But as always, there are a few more tricks up the sleeve of the festival. The official press release noted: "Additional Sneak Previews may play outside the main program and will be announced on the Telluride Film Festival website over the course of the five-day weekend," with rumors suggested that there might be as many as three movies dropping by unannounced. So, what could they be?

Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Confronts Paul Dano In Clip From TIFF Entry 'Prisoners'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 2:43 PM
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The last time we saw Jake Gyllenhaal investigate a case he went full on obsessed as Robert Graysmith in David Fincher's "Zodiac." While his Detective Loki (lol!) might not lose his family over the case in "Prisoners," he's no less committed. The film — one of two Gyllenhaal is repping in Toronto — is easily one of the most intriguing hitting theaters next month and now we've got another little taste at the ensemble drama.

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