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Emily Blunt in Talks to Star in Denis Villeneuve's Next Film

Denis Villeneuve has had a big last six months, with well-regarded thrillers "Prisoners" and "Enemy," both starring Jake Gyllenhaal, arriving in theaters. Now the Quebecois director has tapped Emily Blunt to be in his next nail-biter, "Sicario."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 2, 2014 3:14 PM
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This Weekend, Drive Past 'Need for Speed' and Head for the Indies

This weekend, your best bet is to steer clear of "Need for Speed" and seek out a few indies instead. The critics have spoken, and "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul's first mainstream theatrical vehicle, based on the wildly popular video game racing franchise, has no wheels. So instead, why not catch not one, but two hunky Jake Gyllenhaals in Denis Villeneuve's moody "Enemy," director Jason Bateman's "Bad Words," the long-awaited "Veronica Mars" movie, or even some sweet old folks in "Le Week-End"? Trailers below.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 12, 2014 7:55 PM
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Hitchcock Would've Admired Denis Villeneuve's Creepy Puzzler 'Enemy,' Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Cinema sure loves its psychosexually tortured doppelgangers. If Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" were remade and recast with Jake Gyllenhaal as a gloomy professor in place of Natalie Portman's psycho ballerina, it might look something like Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy," a nifty bit of murky fun rife with unsettling images and a sense of taut dread even good ole Hitch would have admired.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 10, 2014 2:11 PM
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WATCH: Find Out How Jake Gyllenhaal Meets His Double in New Featurette for 'Enemy'

Jake Gyllenhaal in 'Enemy'
A new behind-the-scenes featurette has arrived for Denis Villeneuve's meticulous, dread-inducing doppelganger tale "Enemy," starring Jake Gyllenhaal times two. The film is already available via VOD, and hits theaters March 14.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 18, 2014 2:24 PM
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This Weekend, See Mindbender 'A Field in England' in Theaters, Watch 'Enemy' on DirecTV

A wicked brew of mind-melting psychological thrillers opens this weekend: "Kill List" director Ben Wheatley's B&W feature "A Field in England" and Denis Villeneuve's equally creepy "Enemy." Also in theaters arrive the much-ballyhooed (and delayed) "The Monuments Men," gaining mixed reactions from critics, which many feared after the film edged out of the Oscar race in December. The weekend's surprising treat is "The Lego Movie," which we feared would be yet another bland, been-there-seen-that intellectual property rehash.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 6, 2014 4:15 PM
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WATCH: Jake Gyllenhaal Sees Double in Creepy New Trailer for 'Enemy'

A new trailer has arrived for "Prisoners" director Denis Villenueve's other thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal, "Enemy" -- or in this case, make that Jake Gyllenhaal times two.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • February 3, 2014 11:56 AM
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Famed Cinematographer Roger Deakins Talks Coens, Storytelling, 'Prisoners'

I spoke to British cinematographer Roger Deakins via Skype while he was filming Angelina Jolie's challenging new film "Unbroken" on the water in New Zealand. Deakins, who often collaborates with the Coen brothers, is a go-to cinematographer for many filmmakers and is revered by actors because he puts storytelling front and center.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 13, 2014 7:47 PM
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WATCH: 'Prisoners' Director Denis Villeneuve Talks with NY Times Anatomy of a Scene

Check out this insightful "Anatomy of a Scene" video feature for the NY Times, where Canadian director Denis Villeneuve talks a pivotal scene from the upcoming crime thriller "Prisoners," out this Friday.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 18, 2013 3:11 PM
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Telluride Roundups: Oscar Hopefuls '12 Years a Slave' and 'Prisoners' Score with Critics (TRAILERS)

Two unannounced big films made a big splash Saturday: Warner Bros. awards hopeful "Prisoners," which nabbed rave reviews for Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal and Fox Searchlight's "12 Years a Slave," directed by Steve McQueen.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 31, 2013 3:51 PM
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