January 23, 2017

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Spotlight on the Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal

For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s most interesting stars. It’s certified A-lister Jake Gyllenhaal, the rare actor who’s only becoming more famous as he pursues more and more interesting fare. In fact, for a true blue A-list actor, he’s only rarely gone the blockbuster route. More often, he chooses unique work that requires him to really go above and beyond. Already an Academy Award nominee, he’s someone who’s due for not just another nomination, but a win as well. I have no doubt that Oscar will come calling soon, perhaps even next year, but when that time comes, he’ll be incredibly deserving of that honor. As such, it’s a pleasure to fete him this week in my Spotlight on the Stars series.
Gyllenhaal got his start on screens with a small role in City Slickers, followed by a part in October Sky. A few years later though, he first made an impression on people in the cult favorite Donnie Darko. He was also in the comedy Bubble Boy and the romantic dramedy Lovely & Amazing, but Donnie Darko was his true introduction to the film community. He was a young actor and someone to watch. He had the looks and he had the acting chops, so it was only a matter of seeing where his career would go from that point on.
He then really caught people’s attention with The Good Girl, an indie dramedy that showcased his skills in a new way (a theme for his career). That performance got him his first blockbuster, the disaster epic The Day After Tomorrow. It was Gyllenhaal’s first big budget production and brought him close to the A-list, as in the years to come he’d audition for both the roles of Batman and Spider-Man. Throughout though, he kept his attention on decidedly smaller fare, which shortly would bring him awards and various prestige citations.
Yes, Brokeback Mountain brought him the most critical acclaim of his career up to that point, along with an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. It’s a showy performance, but a really great one. He was slightly overshadowed by Heath Ledger’s work, but Gyllenhaal is clearly one of the reasons why that movie nearly won the Oscar for Best Picture. He came up short in Best Supporting Actor, but that takes nothing away from what he did in the film. He […]

Jake Gyllenhaal to be honored with the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award at the Hollywood Film Awards

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that Academy Award®-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal will be honored with this year’s Hollywood Supporting Actor Award for his extraordinary work in Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed thriller “Prisoners.” The award will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“We are thrilled to present the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award to Jake Gyllenhaal for his unforgettable performance in ‘Prisoners,’” said de Abreu. “His is a truly compelling, subtly layered portrayal of a man tasked with the impossible and driven by the demons of his own past. Jake has given a myriad of outstanding performances throughout his career, but his work in ‘Prisoners’ delivers a new level of complexity, as reflected in the rave reviews the film has received.”
Jake Gyllenhaal received Oscar® and Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations, and won the BAFTA and National Board of Review Awards, for his performance in Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain.” He also earned a Golden Globe nomination for his leading role in Edward Zwick’s “Love and Other Drugs.” Gyllenhaal has worked with some of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers, starring in both independent and studio films, including Richard Kelly’s cult hit “Donnie Darko”; Sam Mendes’ “Jarhead”; Jim Sheridan’s “Brothers”; David Fincher’s “Zodiac”; John Madden’s “Proof”; Miguel Arteta’s “The Good Girl”; Brad Silberling’s “Moonlight Mile”; Nicole Holofcener’s “Lovely and Amazing”; and Joe Johnston’s “October Sky.” More recently, he starred in Duncan Jones’s critically acclaimed sci-fi thriller “Source Code,” and David Ayer’s “End of Watch,” and will next be seen in a dual role in Villeneuve’s “Enemy.” The actor will also star in and produce the crime drama “Nightcrawler,” written and directed by Dan Gilroy, followed by “Everest,” for director Baltasar Kormákur.
“Prisoners” is an edge-of-your-seat dramatic thriller that poses the question: How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The best lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police […]

David Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” – Our review – AWARDS ALLEY

Unlike David Denby, we waited until Sony took down their press embargo to post our review of David Fincher’s anticipated “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” a methodical adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling novel. If successful, it’s expected to kick-start an American version of the extremely popular Swedish trilogy (though no word yet if Fincher would return for subsequent installments). So, now that we’re able to discuss the film at length, here’s my review of Fincher’s latest:
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (*** out of 4)
Yep, that’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”
Audience members taking their first plunge into Stieg Larsson’s icy den of Swedish snakes likely will muster more enthusiasm. The 40-year-old missing-persons mystery and the captivatingly shocking personification of mythological anti-hero Lisbeth Salander should resonate with “Tattoo” virgins.
And really, isn’t that the point of Fincher’s film? To lure in patrons who’ve avoided Larsson’s pulpy launch of the “Millennium” trilogy or skipped the sufficient 2009 adaptation? Because the story driving Fincher’s latest is instantly recognizable to the millions who’ve either skimmed Larsson’s novel or watched the Swedish take. And while this new “Dragon” benefits from a tight squeeze through Fincher’s calculated, cold filter – and, you know, does away with those pesky subtitles — knowing the answers to the film’s sordid mysteries strips away most of the picture’s punch.
Hewing closer to Larsson’s book, Fincher moves a few set pieces around but still recounts the herculean efforts of besmirched journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) to locate Harriet Vanger, who vanished off of her family’s island and was never seen again. Blomkvist’s investigation on behalf of Henrik Vanger (Christopher Plummer) eventually pairs him with gifted computer hacker Salander (Rooney Mara), and the two unearth the buried history of a serial killer who has quietly prayed on the Swedish countryside for decades.

But, of course, you likely knew this. “Girl” sold millions of copies, and Noomi Rapace’s transformation into the angel of vengeance that is Lisbeth propelled both the character and the actress to the forefront of our pop culture.
Fincher’s translation of Larsson’s material also embraces key themes that propped up the original book and movie. Actions have consequences. Murder, like film direction, is the science of a thousand details (and Fincher, as usual, masters nearly all of them). Men hate women, but occasionally, women fight back. The dark, abusive material can be tough to endure, especially when you […]

Sony launches “Social Network” site, unveils tons of photos

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: For so many reasons, “The Social Network” sits atop my must-see list of the fall season.
David Fincher, in my opinion, is a genius filmmaker. Three of his pictures – “Se7en,” “Fight Club” and “Zodiac” – are modern masterpieces. And I fall into the camp of people who believe Fincher’s “Benjamin Button” deserved all of the Oscar nominations it earned (and probably should have scored a win or three).
It helps that I’m a Facebook junkie, and “The Social Network” recounts the rise of the popular Web site. Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones and Rooney Mara – aka “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – lead Fincher’s impressive ensemble, and the recent trailer with a choral rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” only increased my anticipation.
The cherry on top of the sundae had to be Scott Foundas’ controversially early rave of the film for Film Comment. But by the time that review hit the net, I already was hooked.
Sony just launched the official site for the film, giving us a glance at 46 hi-res photos of Fincher’s cast.
The movie will open the New York Film Festival on Sept. 24 before an Oct. 1 release. Expect us to be talking about Fincher’s work all the way through Oscar season.
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Fincher, Eisner moving away from intended projects?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Two directors are walking away from anticipated film projects. One is expected, while the other is a surprise.
David Fincher, director of such masterpieces as “Zodiac,” “Fight Club” and “Se7en,” is taking his name off of a “Black Hole” remake. This should come as no surprise to those who know Fincher has agreed to direct an American version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and could easily stay with the franchise through the next two titles in the series. With “Girl” keeping him busy, Fincher will not be entering “The Black Hole,” so Pajiba.com reports that the producers will begin looking for a new director.
Also seeking another helmer is Spyglass Entertainment’s remake of David Cronenberg’s “The Brood.” Breck Eisner, who recently directed “The Crazies,” no longer is attached to direct, according to Pajiba.com.
In the same story, it’s reported that “The Hangover” screenwriters Jon Lucas and Scott Moore are shopping their new script, called “21 and Over” to directors. Maybe they can pitch Eisner? The movie follows two college seniors who get their buddy wasted on his 21st birthday and embark on a journey through the University of Boulder before getting their friend to a med school exam the next morning.
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David Fincher’s “The Social Network” gets full trailer treatment

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: David Fincher’s “The Social Network” quickly is becoming one of our most anticipated movies of the fall.
Forget the fact that Fincher hasn’t made a bad film. And more often than not, his film’s are stunning, challenging works of high art. “Benjamin Button,” “Fight Club” and “The Game” all made my Top 10 lists in the year’s they came out. “Zodiac” actually topped my list in 2007.
But I am intrigued by the story behind “Social Network,” which recounts the controversial rise of Facebook through the eyes of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg. Aaron Sorkin gets credit for the screenplay, adapted from Ben Mezrich’s novel. And Jesse Eisenberg of “Zombieland” and “Adventureland” looks perfectly cast as the pioneering Zuckerberg.
A new, full trailer makes its way online this afternoon. It only raises my already high expectations. We already know Fincher is opening the New York Film Festival with “Social Network” in September. I imagien it will play Toronto, as well.
When will the general public see it? Sony plans to open it wide on Oct. 1.
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Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman go Blu for Fincher’s “Se7en” release

Hollywoodnews.com: Did anyone else watch David Fincher’s brilliant “Se7en” on AMC last night? Revisiting it for the first time in years reminded me just how ahead of the curve Fincher was as a visual storyteller capable of enhancing a genre picture with artistic flourishes and fantastic edits. We’d see his artistry on display in “Zodiac” and “The Curious case of Benjamin Button.” But even with “Se7en,” this guys was working on a different level than his contemporaries.
If you haven’t seen Fincher’s seminal serial killer procedural in some time, you are in luck. Warner Home Video announced this morning that the airtight thriller, which stars Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman as partners pursuing a nameless slasher (Kevin Spacey), will make its Blu-ray debut on Sept. 14.
The disc will boast a 7.1 audio track, while supplemental features will range from four separate commentary tracks to a handful of frightening alternate endings. Fincher reportedly supervised the Blu-ray conversion of “Se7en,” and contributes to a 32-page bonus book filled with film trivia, cast bios and more.
Stay tuned to HollywoodNews.com for more details on this anticpated release as they emerge.