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DP Roger Deakins Will Shoot Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Sicario’ & Hopefully The Coen Brothers’ ‘Hail Caesar’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 24, 2014 11:02 AM
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Prisoners
“Don’t be surprised when [Rodger Deakins] or [Nicolas Bolduc] pops up for one of these upcoming projects,” we wrote in April. Of course we were talking about Denis Villeneuve and his two upcoming films, the crime film “Sicario” starring Emily Blunt and the sci-fi film “The Story Of Your Life” starring Amy Adams (the latter, a project Paramount bought the rights for recently at Cannes for a record $20 million).

Emily Blunt To Star in ‘Prisoners’ Director Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Sicario’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 2, 2014 3:21 PM
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Emily Blunt, Denis Villeneuve, Sicario
French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve had already impressed internationally with “Incendies” which earned him a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination in 2010. That opened the doors for the one-two 2013/2014 punch of “Enemy” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and “Prisoners” featuring Hugh Jackman, Gyllenhaal and a star-studded cast that included Viola Davis, Paul Dano, Melissa Leo and more. How much extra clout did the two critically-acclaimed movies give him?

20 Films About Doubles And Doppelgangers

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 13, 2014 3:10 PM
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Double and Doppelgangers feature
In a culture of cellphone-snapped selfies it’s hard to imagine a time when people might have been afraid of their own image. But Facebook walls and Instagram feeds to the contrary, for the vastly longer portion of human history, to see a perfect replica of yourself was an uncanny event, impossible even, exemplified by the belief shared by some native tribes in the early days of photography, that it could take away your soul. Or perhaps they were just being super cautious about ownership of their brand image.

Watch: Haunting First Trailer For Denis Villeneuve's Creepy Psychothriller 'Enemy' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 31, 2014 1:57 PM
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Enemy
How much do we like "Enemy"? Well, you can read our praise right on the top of the new poster for the Denis Villeneuve-directed, Jake Gyllenhaal-starring thriller, or just pop on over and check out our A-grade review. Either way, if you've been reading the site, you know this one we've been blowing the trumpet for over the past few months.

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.

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.

'Incendies' Director Denis Villeneuve To Take On Hot Black List Script 'Prisoners'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2011 10:19 AM
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Leonardo DiCaprio No Longer Attached To StarSo, where do we begin with "Prisoners"? How about with a bit of a history lesson, but essentially, keep in mind that of all the Black List scripts of the last few years making noise, this taut vigilante thriller may have been the white-hottest of all of them, only to drop off and practically go dark. But it's coming back to life, albeit in a very different form. We digress. Here's its inception.

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