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With $19,1 Million, "Interstellar" Blasts Past "Big Hero 6" At The Box Office

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With Marvel making a play for the kids’ animated movie market, there’s finally some variety at the box office this weekend. The studio’s Disney-esque hero adventure, Big Hero 6 takes plays in San Fransokyo (that’s a future hybrid between San Francisco and Tokyo, in case you’ve missed the subtle wordplay) and centres on Hiro Takadashi.

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Big Hero 6 couldn't quite match Interstellar at the box office, but is getting a round of critical praise.

Hero is a 13-year-old child prodigy, who has already graduated high school and spends his free time building fighter robots. Why not, right?

Continue reading: With $19,1 Million, "Interstellar" Blasts Past "Big Hero 6" At The Box Office

Halloween Box Office Disappoints, As "Nightcrawler" And "Ouija" Barely Break $10,9 Million Each

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Halloween weekend was a scary time indeed – especially for the movie industry, which saw record low figures over the three-day period. Maybe it was the fact that Halloween fell on a Friday this year, or maybe people just aren’t as easily swayed to go see a movie anymore. Even the highly praised Nightcrawler, starring Jake Gyllenhaal barely broke the $10 million barrier with $10,909 million.

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Jake Gyllenhaal gives the performance of a lifetime in Nightcrawler.

We’re getting so specific because last week’s holdover Ouija fell behind by just $9000, raking in $10,9 million. Clearly, this was the weekend of the creepers, but even the creepiest of them all, Gyllenhaal’s Lou Bloom, couldn’t drive enough people to the theatre to makeup for the slow season. That said, the movie has gathered rave reviews and a lot of buzz for Oscars season, so it’s definitely not a loss.

Continue reading: Halloween Box Office Disappoints, As "Nightcrawler" And "Ouija" Barely Break $10,9 Million Each

Despite A Great Round For "Nightcrawler", The Halloween Office Is Scary...ly Bad

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With Halloween weekend almost over, Ouija has been dethroned. The new box office champion is Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nightcrawler, which is already being lauded as one of the best films of the year. So, after all the critics have heaped their praise and the movie-going crowd has cast the vote, let’s talk numbers.

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Nightcrawler is already being described as one of the best movies of the  year by several critics.

With Halloween on a Friday this year, the earnings overall were nothing to write home about. Nightcrawler came first, but only managed a measly $10,909 in ticket sales. Meanwhile, Ouija did pretty well too,  dropping just $8,760 in its second weekend, according to Rentrak (via Reuters. ) This made for a 10,9 weekend and a close call for Nightcrawler.

Continue reading: Despite A Great Round For "Nightcrawler", The Halloween Office Is Scary...ly Bad

A Week In Movies: Interstellar Premieres In L.A. And London, Radcliffe Talks Horns, Film Crews Hit The Streets In London And New York, Longer Trailers For Into The Woods, Paddington And Avengers 2

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Christopher Nolan's hotly anticipated sci-fi epic Interstellar held its world premiere in Los Angeles this week, followed by a European premiere in London. The blue carpet events brought out Nolan and his cast, including Matthew Mcconaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and David Oyelowo. The film opens next week everywhere, and early buzz has been strong.

Photos - Interstellar Los Angeles premiere - Arrivals

Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Interstellar Premieres In L.A. And London, Radcliffe Talks Horns, Film Crews Hit The Streets In London And New York, Longer Trailers For Into The Woods, Paddington And Avengers 2

Could Jake Gyllenhaal Win An Oscar For 'Nightcrawler'?

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Jake Gyllenhaal turns in a stellar performance as a freelance L.A crime journalist in Nightcrawler - a pulsing thriller set for release this week. The actor remains one of the most underrated lead stars in Hollywood though Dan Gilroy's (One for the Money, The Fall) directorial debut could be the film that propels him into the top rung of U.S stars.

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Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a keen young man desperate for work in the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles. He stumbles upon a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires and murders. Seizing his opportunity, Lou crowbars his way into the world of 'nightcrawling', following the police sirens and chasing the bucks.  Rene Russo provides strong support as a cutthroat TV producer hungry for exclusive news.

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Jake Gyllenhaal Talks "Nightcrawler" Transformation And Getting Into The Mind Of A Coyote Repporter

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Happy Monday, folks! How about a vaguely disturbing trailer – thepromo for Nightcrawler – to start your day? The film, starring an emaciated and cranky (that’s putting it mildly) Jake Gyllenhaal, hits theaters this Friday, so it’s star has been busy doing press rounds and making an effort to gain back that weight – all 30lbs of it.

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Gyllenhaal was hospitalized during filming. Don't worry, it wasn't the starvation.

But the extreme transformation was all Gyllenhaal’s choice. In fact, the script, penned by Dan Gilroy (Gilroy also directed) features very little in the way of  physical description for the obsessive, ambulance-chasing cameraman Lou Bloom. But reading between the lines, Gyllenhaal decided there was only one way to do this – commit or don’t do it at all.

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A Week In Movies: 12 Years Rules London, Stars Mourn Hoffman, New Films From Russia, Macfarlane And Gyllenhaal

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The London Critics' Circle Film Awards

Awards season finally hit London on Sunday night as Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave collected three top awards at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards: Film of the Year, best actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and supporting actress for Lupita Nyong'o. Winners in attendance included McQueen, supporting actor Barkad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Excellence in Film honouree Gary Oldman, and cast and crew of the double winner The Selfish Giant. In addition, Steve Coogan collected Judi Dench's British actress award, while Andy Serkis read out a hilarious message from Cate Blanchett, who won best actress. Have a look over our photos from the event, we have The London Critics' Circle Film Awards Arrivals photos as well as photos of the guest leaving and signing for fans at the end of the night. We also have a full list of London Critics' Circle Film Awards winners, lead by 12 Years a Slave.

The awards ceremony started just a few minutes after it was confirmed that Philip Seymour Hoffman died in New York, and when the announcement was made the audience rose in a spontaneous standing ovation. Over the last few days, the film and theatre communities have been speaking out over Hoffman's untimely death. We have video footage shot as Philip Seymour Hoffman's body is retrieved from his apartment. We also recap his glorious career - Philip Seymour Hoffman's movies list features classic after classic.

Continue reading: A Week In Movies: 12 Years Rules London, Stars Mourn Hoffman, New Films From Russia, Macfarlane And Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal Discusses Dramatic Weight Loss For New Film Role

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Jake Gyllenhaal is looking rather slim recently and not in a healthy way.

The 32 year-old is preparing for a new movie role and has lost 20 pounds, including his recognisable muscular physique.

The role is for upcoming movie ‘Nightcrawler’ where he will play a young crime scene freelance photographer and reporter who stumbles onto the underground world of Los Angeles.

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U.K Audiences Flock To See Prisoners Over F1 Drama Rush

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It could have been the great cast or the critical acclaim, but the Russell Crowe thriller Prisoners beat out stiff competition to take the U.K box office for its own. It made £1.37m, racing past the Formula One film Rush, which took second place with £987K.

Watch the trailer for Prisoners:

The kidnap thriller sees Keller Dover (Jackman) lose his six-year-old daughter, Anna, who is missing with her young friend. The only lead is an RV that was parked on the street hours before she went missing. Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano) but can’t keep him in custody due to a lack of evidence.

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A Week In Movies: Awards Buzz Continues To Build, Hemsworth Hits New York, Divergent Teases

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Awards season is cranking up a notch as some attention-grabbing performances land in cinemas. Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal are getting praise for their gritty work in the unnerving thriller Prisoners, now showing in both America and Britain. And Cate Blanchett is radiant in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, which finally opens in the UK this week. Click here to read the Prisoners movie review or here for Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine review.

Fans of less high-brow entertainment may enjoy Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in the online gaming thriller Runner Runner, which has just opened in the US and UK. You can read the Runner Runner movie review or go here for the Runner Runner trailer.

Continue reading: A Week In Movies: Awards Buzz Continues To Build, Hemsworth Hits New York, Divergent Teases

Genius Of Roger Deakins Could Bag 'Prisoners' An Oscar [Trailer + Pictures]

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Prisoners, the well-received drama from Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve, hits cinemas in the UK this weekend on the back of a strong showing at the U.S. box office. It stars Hugh Jackman alongside the ever-reliable Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as creepy supporting turn from the excellent Paul Dano.

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Jackman plays Keller Dover, whose six-year-old daughter Anna goes missing with her young friend Joy. Panic sets in and the whole neighbourhood sets out looking for the pair, with the only lead a dilapidated RV that was spotted on the street minutes before the apparent abduction.

Continue reading: Genius Of Roger Deakins Could Bag 'Prisoners' An Oscar [Trailer + Pictures]

"Battle Of The Year" Bombs In The Weekend Box Office. But Why?

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“Battle of the Year,” a 3-D dance movie starring Chris Brown, got beaten in the box office charts by an action flick starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal? Pardon us, while we go look for the “You don’t say!” t-shirts. “Prisoners” came out of the weekend as the undisputed box office champion, largely due to the combined star power of Jackman and Gyllenhaal, but also to the fact that in the third week of the fall season, there was hardly anything better on offer, won “Prisoners” an easy victory with a $21.4 million opening weekend while “Battle” trailed all the way at the bottom with a measly $5 million.

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What could have gone wrong?

So how exactly did "Battle" manage to do so poorly? Yes, the budget may have been tight – just $20 million – but a dance film doesn’t really require complex CGI or sweeping landscapes to work. And we have, of course known plenty of dance movies to become instant cult hits ("Step Up", "Bring It On") or even live on in cinema history ("Dirty Dancing".) Add to that Brown’s $13 million Twitter followers (aka an easily accessible market segment) and there seems to be no possible explanation for the movie barely cracking the top five in an already barren film landscape. Except maybe… it wasn’t all that good?

Continue reading: "Battle Of The Year" Bombs In The Weekend Box Office. But Why?

'Prisoners' Steals Away The Top Spot At Slow Weekend Box Office

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Prisoners successful rode the wave of critical acclaim thrust it's way to emerge as the top performing movie at the box office this weekend. Taking in £21.4 million between Friday and Sunday, the film easily beat it's closest rival, the horror sequel Insidious 2, to the top spot, in what was one of the slowest weekends at the movies all year.

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Hugh Jackman (L) and Jake Gyllenhaal (R) star in the kidnap thriller

The Warner Bros. action-drama opened across 3,260 locations this weekend, and off the back of strong critical reception and with little else on offer, the film was always front-runner for the box office crown. With a strong cast led by Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, the films see's father Keller Dover (Jackman) as his world is torn apart when his six-year-old daughter and her friend go missing at Thanksgiving. When Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) is called in to find the girls, he makes a promise to Keller that he will see his daughter again. The case looks solved when the RV-dwelling loner Alex Jones (Paul Dano) is found at the scene and immediately becomes the prime suspect. But with only a 48 hour hold on him, the police are unable to make Jones talk in time before he can be re-released. Enraged, Keller decides to take matters into his own hands and it is soon up to Loki to get to the bottom of the case before it's too late for the missing girls, and too late for Keller and Jones.

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'Prisoners', Prior To US Release, Receives "Grim" But Glowing Reviews

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Prisoners has already been earmarked as a Box Office favourite, prior to its US release. Hugh Jackman stars in the thriller as Keller Dover, a man whose six-year-old daughter, Anna, and her friend go missing. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Detective Loki, the police officer in charge of the investigation. From the description Warner Bros. provides to compliment the trailer, Jackman's character decides to follow his own line of enquiry after the police investigation grinds to a halt.

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Jake Gyllenhaal at the L.A. premiere of Prisoners.

Prisoners is due to be released tomorrow (20th September) but early reviews indicate it's likely to be a success at the Box Office. Claudia Puig of USA Today describes Prisoners as "an intricate, horrifying mystery with breath-taking skill." She also comments on the issues the film raises, specifically "the complicated moral questions about how far an anguished person will go for the love of a child."

Continue reading: 'Prisoners', Prior To US Release, Receives "Grim" But Glowing Reviews

Star-Packed Line-Up For Queen Latifah's New Talk Show, Starting Tonight

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Queen Latifah is all set to kick off her brand new syndicated television show, which starts tonight on channels across the USA, including CBS. The first show will almost be a Hairspray reunion for the musical's actress who starred alongside John Travolta in the 2007 comedy and will now welcome him as her very first guest on this evening's show premiere.

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Queen Latifah Is Set To Host Her Very Own Show.

Indeed she'll be putting her character's name, Motormouth Maybelle, to true use on the new talk show where she'll interview guests in succeeding weeks that will include actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Sharon Stone, Will Smith and Jamie Foxx: all big names who are sure to help the show gain maximum exposure.

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Could 'Prisoners' Be The Surprise Toronto Film Festival Success?

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Prisoners has premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival and has received the kind of Oscar talk that propelled Slumdog Millionaire, Argo, The Artist and Hurt Locker towards the year's 'best film' award.

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Hugh Jackman Steps Away From The Blockbusters To Flex His Acting Muscle.

The plot follows Keller Dover, a hulking carpenter played by Hugh Jackman, whose daughter goes missing on an overcast Pennsylvanian Thanksgiving along with the neighbour's daughter too. The local loner Alex Jones (Paul Dano) immediately falls under suspicion after his Winnebago is seen at the scene of the disappearance. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the lead detective, Loki, investigating the disappearance case who looks for solid evidence to convince Jones but fails to pin any conclusive evidence on the neighbourhood's most mysterious character.

Continue reading: Could 'Prisoners' Be The Surprise Toronto Film Festival Success?

Jake Gyllenhaal - 2013 Toronto International Film Festival - Prisoners - Photo call - Toronto, TIFF Bell Lightbox , Canada - Saturday 7th September 2013

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Terrence Howard, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Maria Bello, Denis Villeneuve, Paul Dano and Melissa Leo
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Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal - Prisoners premiere at the Elgin Theatre during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. - Friday 6th September 2013

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Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal - Prisoners premiere at the Elgin Theatre during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. - Toronto, Canada - Saturday 7th September 2013

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Seth Meyers Weds Long-Time Partner Alexi Ashe

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Seth Meyers has married his long-term girlfriend, human rights lawyer Alexi Ashe, in an intimate ceremony this weekend. The couple exchanged vows in front of a select number of family and friends at the small venue in Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts. Congratulations to the both of them!

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Seth & Alexi exchanged vows on Sunday, 1 September

The Saturday Night Live writer and oft-star Meyers proposed to his girlfriend a little over a month ago and with seemingly no time to spare the two married promptly in a secret ceremony that was littered with famous faces. US Weekly were the first to report the celebrity wedding, noting that the couple held a rehearsal dinner outside at the Beetlebung Farm House the night before the big day.

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Tyler Hoechlin More Likely To Be Batman Than Ryan Gosling: Here's Why

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Ever since Zack Snyder announced a Superman/Batman film in the works at last weekend's Comic-Con, the internet has exploded with rumors; few of which have been about the movie and more about who should replace Christian Bale as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel.

Ryan Gosling's was a name that surfaced quickly and it's easy to see why: Gosling has great stage presence and, as we saw in Drive, the ability to flip from calm to guns blazing in mere seconds. What Culture say that the 32 year-old "perfectly fits this more brutal and tortured Batman, not to mention that he possesses the suave playboy looks to serve as the cover story." So it's a shame really that it's not going to be Ryan.

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Sorry Gosling Fans, It's Probably Not Going To Be Ryan.

Continue reading: Tyler Hoechlin More Likely To Be Batman Than Ryan Gosling: Here's Why

Should Ryan Gosling Be The Next Batman? Actor Favored To Be Caped Crusader

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Since it was announced at the San Diego Comic Con over the weekend that Batman will be appearing alongside Superman in the follow-up to this years Man of Steel, the internet has been strife with discussion of who the next Batman should be. One of the leading contenders to done the famed black mask and cape is Ryan Gosling, who is one of the favourites to be the next saviour of Gotham City.

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Ryan Gosling would make a good Batman

That said, many disagree that the Drive star should be the next actor to play the Dark Knight, and a slew of other actors are in serious contention to go toe-to-toe with Superman.

Continue reading: Should Ryan Gosling Be The Next Batman? Actor Favored To Be Caped Crusader

Taylor Swift's Releases New 'Red' Video To Celebrate Fourth Of July [Video]

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Country pop singer Taylor Swift has demonstrated her patriotic side by dropping a treat for fans on Independence Day. She has released a video showing edited shots of her truly thrilling live performances against the title track from her recent album, Red.

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Taylor: Commemorating The Declaration Of Independence.

Yes indeed, there are many things in the video that are red - Taylor's lips, her guitar, and the pieces of cloth that her cavorting dancers are waving around. The video gives a flavour of her famed live performances, showing what an able performer she as she engages the teeming crowds by walking up and down the stage runways.

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Second Trailer For "Prisoners" Sees Jackman, Gyllenhaal At The Top Of Their Game

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If summer is the season of big budget superhero flicks, then fall is when Hollywood unleashes the gritty, “realistic” action movies – case in point: the new trailer for Prisoners. The Hugh Jackman starrer will center on a father, whose daughter gets kidnapped and who turns to detective Loki (no relation to the Marvel villain,) played by Jake Gyllenhaal. There’s also the creepy suspect, played by Paul Dano, Unfortunately, Loki doesn’t have any evidence to take him down, forcing Jackman’s character to take matters into his own hands. Isn’t that how it always goes?

Watch the first Prisoners trailer here.

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Jake Gyllenhaal - Jake Gyllenhaal on his cell phone as he walks about in Tribeca - New York City, NY, United States - Wednesday 19th June 2013

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Jake Gyllenhaal And Hugh Jackman Make An Unlikely Team In New Trailer For "Prisoners" [Trailer]

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Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in one movie? Yes, please. The trailer for Prisoners, which unites the two actors in a crime thriller about a Boston carpenter (Jackman) who joins forces with a young detective (Gyllenhaal) after his daughter is kidnapped.

The film also sees Jackman’s character then go on to kidnap the person (Paul Dano) who he thinks is behind the disappearance, and the consequences he faces thanks to his own abduction.

In terms of plot, the film sounds pretty much like Taken with a slight touch of bromance, but the trailer is pretty gripping – what with the somber tones and minimal soundtrack. It’s obvious that director Dennis Vilenueve, whose film Incendies was Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011, knows his stuff. Could be very, very good (we hope at least - then again, it could just be a watered down version of Taken). If you’re on the fence about it too, the trailer below might help you decide whether this one is worth seeing.

Continue reading: Jake Gyllenhaal And Hugh Jackman Make An Unlikely Team In New Trailer For "Prisoners" [Trailer]

Emily Blunt, Jake Gyllenhaal And Chris Pine In Talks To Join ‘Into The Woods’

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Emily Blunt, Jake Gyllenhaal and Chris Pine all look set to join up with Johnny Depp, James Cordon and Meryl Streep in the upcoming Disney flick Into The Woods. According to Variety the British actress and the two American actors are in advanced talks with Disney to take on a starring roles in the upcoming movie, which is being directed by Rob Marshall.

The film is based on the 1987 Stephen Sondheim fantasy Broadway musical of the same name, which revolves around a childless baker and his wife as they attempt to lift a family curse by going into the enchanted woods to confront the witch that first cast the spell on them.

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Emily Blunt is set to star in the upcoming film

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Jake Gyllenhaal - The Headstrong Project to Host the First Ever Words of War Event at - NY, NY, United States - Thursday 9th May 2013

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Taylor Swift Entertainment

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Taylor Swift had fans and critics baffled when she made the comment that she doesn’t normally go for guys in the entertainment industry.

Say what? That seems a bit puzzling, considering that Taytay has been giving gossip websites a stable supply of material in the past couple of years, from dating Jake Gyllenhall a few years back, through to John Mayer and her most recent fling with One Direction’s resident Don Juan, Harry Styles. Not to mention the fact that, after dating them, Swift has developed a habit of immortalizing the relationships in songs – usually ones that end up near the top of the Billboard chart. It must be hard to have your ex write a song about you and then have that song outsell your own. Ask Harry, or John or, well, most of them, really.

Still, the “22” singer insists that she isn’t usually the one to initiate contact, it’s actually the guys that do the chasing. “It's not like I go for people in the entertainment industry,” she told The Times magazine. “Those have been the types that have gone for me recently.” And, well, looking at the 23-year-old songstress’s track record so far, we can’t help but admit, she’s probably quite a catch – even with the possibility of having a scornful chart-topper written about you, if it all falls apart. Those are still some great life choices you’ve got there, Ms Swift.

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Rumours Quashed: Katie Holmes And Jake Gyllenhaal Dating? Her Rep Says No

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Katie Holmes and Jake Gyllenhaal dating? Not according to Gossip Cop. The Metro may have reported that the two actors had started up a romance (based on a story from Grazia) but a representative for Katie Holmes has reportedly told the folk over at Gossip Cop that it simply isn’t true. For a fleeting moment, it looked as though the Donnie Darko star and the woman who recently escaped her marriage to Tom Cruise and got a speedy divorce could be the hottest new Hollywood couple. It’s “not at all true” though, apparently, according to the rep. And a source that knows Gyllenhaal also dismissed the idea, saying that it’s a “complete fabrication.”

Supposedly, Katie and Jake were introduced by Katie’s former Dawson’s Creek star Joshua Jackson . It’s been reported that Jake went to see Katie in her Broadway play Dead Accounts and that she’s been to his place for dinner. Of course, all of these things may well be true but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re dating. So it looks as though that rumour has been sunk before it even set sail.

Meanwhile, Katie’s ex, Tom Cruise is said to be dating a restaurant manager named Cynthia Jorge, according to The Daily Mail, suggesting that he has found it a little easier to move on from their very public marital split than Katie has.

Watch: Taylor Swift - I Knew You Were Trouble Video: Gyllenhaal, Mayer Or Kennedy?

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Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' video is based on real life experiences, the country-pop superstar has revealed. The new single is based on one of the singer's past relationships and the video tells the story of a girl getting sucked into a relationship while losing her true identity in the process.

"I had just gone through an experience that made me write this song about like knowing the second you see someone, 'Oh this is going to be interesting. It's going to be dangerous, but look at me going in there anyway', she told MTV News. Hmmm, so who could the song and video be about? Her current squeeze Harry Styles is too recent, while Joe Jonas doesn't really fit the 'dangerous' tag. Taylor Lautner is hardly a bad boy, so that leaves blues musician John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal and Conor Kennedy. Swift explained, "My favourite thing [about the video] is that this girl not only gets sucked into this relationship with him but she loses who she was before and that's the saddest part of losing him, is that she can't remember who she was before she met him." Things seemed to be going swimmingly for Swift and Kennedy, while her relationship with Gyllenhaal was surely too brief to really 'change' her. It's got to be Mayer, right?

I Knew You Were Trouble is the second single from Swift's huge selling album Red. Like first single We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, it was co-written and co-produced by Swedish pop producer Max Martin  - the man behind Maroon 5's One More Night, Katy Perry's I Kissed A Girl, Britney Spears' Hold It Against Me and Taio Cruz's Dynamite.

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"New York Feels Like A Constant Film Set": Will Hurricane Sandy Inspire Movies?

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Postmodern life has deigned that we receive the world through a media lens. Very little of what we encounter do we take at face value, rather everything is realised and equated with what we've seen on a screen. For those of us outside Hurricane Sandy it's difficult to understand the scale nor the emotion that must be present, but as the Sun has reported it's like "[waking] up in a disaster movie".  This is nothing new because "When you live in New York, it feels like you're constantly on a film set," as the Annette Witherage further stated.

Sandy has already been related to one disaster movie - The Day After Tomorrow which starred Jake Gyllenhaal as Dennis Quaid. A still from the film has already been exploited. The image was of the Statue of Liberty engulfed in waves; it sent its own waves of fear regarding the immense power of the storm, but it was later realised to be a hoax. The LA Times has also likened it to Life of Pi, which follows a boy stranded on a raft in the ocean when an enormous storm hits. Sandy has been touted as the disaster that tweeted, as accounts of the event is being circulated via the social networking site quicker than anywhere else. Sandy was never going to be able to keep out of the spotlight and as the disaster hits one of the most iconic cities of the world, let alone just America, the movie potential will also be something of a talking point in Hollywood. Flight 93 and United 93 are two movies that were made about the events as they transpired on 9/11, and this year has seen the release of one of the first Hurricane Katrina movies, Beasts of the Southern Wild. 

With a reported 48 people's lives claimed by Sandy, a film with even a fraction of the beauty and tenderness present in Beasts of the Southern Wild would be a beautiful tribute to the storm that has already stormed the media.

Another One Bites The Dust: Taylor Swifts Splits From Conor Kennedy

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Remember when Taylor Swift joked with Ellen DeGeneres about how many failed relationships she's had, and remember how it was kind of OK because she was going pretty strong with Conor Kennedy? Well forget that, forget all of that, because the once inseparable couple has now split.

Yep, after an intense summer romance that reportedly saw Taylor buy a home near the Kennedy family compound, the pair have decided to go their own separate ways. US Weekly were first to report the news, though there has been no immediate comment from Swift's representative. At least now the We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together singer has plenty of material for her next album. We're kind of sceptical about the whole thing, remember, Swift has an album to promote Red which is billed as her latest 'heartbreak record' and it's likely to debut at No.1 on the Billboard 200 next week. A little breakup story isn't going to hurt now is it? If it is true though, Kennedy will be sent to the Taylor Swift scrapheap - a remote location where Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, Garrett Hedlund, Joe Jonas and Lucas Till huddle together and describe their terrible experiences in love. 

It all makes sense, really. Taylor has been working non-stop to promote Red in recent months, while Conor stepped out solo earlier this month at the premiere of the HBO documentary on his grandmother, Ethel. 

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Taylor Swift's New Album Is Red Hot

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America's Southern sweetheart, Taylor Swift, has released her fourth studio album entitled 'Red'. She has sold over 22 million records, won countless awards (including 5 Grammys), been praised by all walks of life for her musical talent, her generosity of spirit, her philanthropic work, and her work and influence in the promotion of education, inclusion and of non-prejudicial cultures of thought. Pretty good for a 22 year old, eh?

This new album lives up to our expectations and to her character. ABC News reports that she thinks of it as her "most adventurous album yet", saying: "I got to explore the edges of what I'm allowed to do." The general theme behind the majority of the album is what she has always sung about: relationships, romance and heartbreak. But she says that's what she enjoys most: "I really tend to draw inspiration from my life and from the characters in my life.... for me [it's] something I've always loved doing, watching life play out and kind of making a song out of that."

No doubt, just like her entire back catalogue of music, we'll all be speculating on who each song is about. She admits to the New York Daily News that the album is "really kind of diary entries of the last two years of [her] life", so indeed the themes and feeling of her music aren't plucked out of thin air. Given Swift's wide array of high profile romantic involvement, we can't help but question whether they're about Jake Gyllenhaal, Taylor Lautner, Joe Jonas, John Mayer, or even current beau Conor Kennedy. However, although this kind of gossip is inevitable, let's hope that the majority of publicity for this bright star will focus on her aforementioned work and talent, so we may encourage her to continue being the fantastic role model that she is.

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John Mayer Was ‘Presumptuous’ About Taylor Swift’s ‘Dear John’

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Taylor Swift has called John Mayer “presumptuous” whilst talking in an interview, reports The Huffington Post.

Swift refused to confirm that the lyrics of the song were written about Mayer, though they do seem to closely follow the pattern of their relationship, with the lines “Dear John, I see it all now that you’re gone / Don’t you think I was too young to be messed with?” The singer wasn’t drawn into detail though; "I don’t talk about my personal life in great detail," Swift asserted whilst talking to Glamour. "I write about it in my songs, and I feel like you can share enough about your life in your music to let people know what you're going through." She also added that she’d never read what Mayer said about her, and that he had no plans to. "It's not that I'm this egomaniac and I don’t want to hear anything negative, because I do keep myself in check. But I've never developed that thick a skin. So I just kind of live a life, and I let all the gossip live somewhere else. If you go too far down the rabbit hole of what people think about you, it can change everything about who you are." Indeed, Taylor. Other ex-boyfriends should take note; we’re looking at you, Joe Jonas and Jake Gyllenhaal. Be careful.

One of the more cryptic Taylor Swift songs, We Are Never Getting Back Together, apart from being succinct in its title, has broken records for Swift, making her the most downloaded female artists in one week. Her forthcoming album, Red, is due for release on October 22nd, and will feature songs written by Ed Sheeran.

'End Of The Watch' Tops Another Slow U.S Box Office Weekend

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As the U.S. Box Office slumbers on into the autumn, the figures needed to top the charts are getting ever smaller. However, whilst that makes it largely a head-in-hands experience for many of the studios behind these movies, for those who enjoy waiting to see what the top five's looking like each Monday it's making for exciting watching as smaller figures mean smaller margins between films. Case in point was this weekend where the winner wasn't announced until today (September 24th), with the unfancied Jake Gyllenhaal-starring End Of Watch beating out the more fancied horror House At The End Of The Street and Clint Eastwood's film Trouble With The Curve.

End Of Watch was a victory for independent film studios too, with Open Road Films beating out Relatively Media and Warner Bros to top spot; they'll not care one jot that they took a meager $13.2 million. The other two films will be a little more concerned that they took only $12.2 million and $12.1 million respectively however.

Reflecting on his film's seemingly surprise victory, Open Road Films' Tom Ortenberg commented "We always knew we were going to outperform expectations, and I believe the film will have long legs."Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis will be hoping to wake up the Box Office from the doldrums this coming weekend.

Box Office Roundup: Time To Judge Dredd 3D

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The North American Box office has faced a tough month, with figures now 20 per cent lower than they were last year. Clint Eastwood is just one of the big names that hit screens this weekend, so how did they all do?

Well Eastwood’s latest foray with Trouble With The Curve proved unsuccessful on its first weekend, currently sitting in third place based on the latest figures available. The baseball flick only managed $12,720,000, which pales in insignificance to the top two films, still vying for this weekend’s top spot. End Of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and House at the End of the Street are both currently locking horns on $13m, so either could come out top once the final figures are released. It was thought that Eastwood’s name alone could draw in the crowds to take it top, that and his infamous empty chair routine and recent publically stated political views, but it didn’t do the trick for the Western Star.

Elsewhere, comic book remake Dredd 3D couldn’t beat a re-release of Disney film, Finding Nemo, even if it was a 3D version of the lovably fishy tale. The futuristic sci-fi action flick only managed $6,300,000, which is a paltry return considering its high budget. The low ranking will represent troubling news for both Dredd 3D producers and film industry people in general, as cinema attendances are reaching worrying lows.

Box Office Preview: Can ‘Dredd 3D’ Stop The Slump?

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With some big titles being released this weekend, many would be forgiven for thinking it’ll be a successful few days for the North American Box Office, but all indications point to another disappointing haul for film studios.

Lionsgate's comic-book adaptation Dredd 3D will be unleashed off the back of some positive reviews, but given a summer of Marvel action, it’s unlikely that the Judge will pull in the audiences required to boost figures. Also released, and probably the most high profile release of the weekend is The Master, although the Paul Thomas Anderson Scientology drama was given a limited release in New York and Hollywood already. Perhaps the acting prowess of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix will attract cinema goers, but indications aren’t good. Figures should total in the high-$90 millions through Sunday, which would be off from this time last year by as much as 20%, a bigger drop than any of the past three weekends.

Elsewhere, Clint Eastwood’s baseball flick Trouble With The Curve might gleam some extra attention due to the Western star’s infamous Empty Chair routine, and his other public political opinions. Then again, they might not. Relativity Media's thriller House at the End of the Street, End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Emma Watson’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower round off this weekends big releases in cinema.

Jake Gyllenhaal Talks Cops And Robbers Ahead Of End Of Watch

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End Of Watch is out in U.S Cinemas today (September 21st) and Jake Gyllenhaal, who spent time with the real L.A.P.D to prepare for his role as Officer Bryan Taylor, has been talking about life as a cop on the streets of Los Angeles.

“Oh, it's a world of a difference. When you see a police officer on the street, there's a stigma, it's like a Batsuit. Even when you put it on, it feels that way,” he explained to ABC News. “When you see them, they project a whole lot of things out into the world just wearing that uniform.” Gyllenhall and co-star Michael Pena, who plays Officer Mike Zavala in the film, spent a great deal of time with the real police force to get a feel for the action. “After spending five months on the street with police officers, the sheriff's department, LAPD, two to three times a week doing ride-alongs from 4 in the afternoon to 5 in the morning, and then doing SWAT-type tactical training, after all these experiences, but particularly being on the street – [you realize] it's a tough job,” recalled Gyllenhaal.

Talking ahead of their glitzy Hollywood premier for the film, the boys seemed proud of their portrayal, with Pena particularly happy with its relevance: “We wanted to show something fresh, something that you don't necessarily see everyday. There's things that are in the news that they hear of, there's characters that they don't necessarily know, but they want to know. For me those were curiosities. Also, the way we shot it, lends itself to a more improvisational-looking style,” he explained.

Eva Longoria Giggles And Avoids Mark Sanchez Questions At Alma Awards

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A giggling Eva Longoria Parker managed to avoid questions about her private life at the 2012 Alma Awards. According to Latino Fox News, the Desperate Housewives star managed to side-step any questions about her blossoming romance with Mark Sanchez. Eva Longoria has recently been pictured stepping out with yet another toyboy; the New York Jets quarterback, Sanchez. And in the scorching 92 degree heat at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Longoria managed to keep her cool in the face of some tough questioning.

There was no Eva Longoria boyfriend in sight but when she was asked “how did you meet Mark Sanchez and what did you find attractive about him?” she simply “giggled coyly and walked away from the press line.” She may not have answered any questions about her personal life, but Eva’s career has been going from strength to strength, since the end of the long-running Desperate Housewives series. She has already produced the movie ‘The Harvest' and will soon be directing, too. Longoria will be acting as executive producer of new show ‘Devious Maids’ alongside MARC CHERRY and will also be directing a few of the episodes, as well.

Eva was the co-host and producer of the Alma Awards and was particularly enthused about the award that was being given to Christina Aguilera. “Christina does a lot of work philanthropically so we wanted to honor that, she’s awesome,” said Eva, before Aguilera was given her Special Achievement Award that evening. The event was also attended by Jake Gyllenhaal, Nicole Richie and Robert Rodriguez.

Source Code Review

Sharply intelligent and also viscerally entertaining, this pacey "Groundhog Day meets the War on Terror" thriller keeps us (and the characters) guessing where it might go next. And after the terrific Moon, director Jones shows that he's ready for the big league.

Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal) is a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan who wakes up into a perplexing new mission: he's on a commuter train heading into Chicago with a woman, Christina (Monaghan), who keeps calling him Sean. Then a huge explosion tears the train apart and he wakes up in another reality, where an officer named Goodwin (Farmiga) is talking to him, asking questions and ultimately sending him back into the train to relive the same eight minutes and find the bomber. Over the next several cycles, Colter makes some startling discoveries.

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Captain Colter Stevens is a respected soldier and is involved in a government project set up as a counter terrorist strategy. The science is new and it's very experimental but scientists have found they can enter lives of others 7 minutes before the die by entering into a source code computer programme.

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Love & Other Drugs Review

This engaging film blends a true story with fiction, morphing from a rom-com into a moving drama as it goes along. In addition, it's a sharply well-aimed jab at the pharmaceutical world. Although it also has a tendency to be cute and fluffy, even when the plot turns serious.

In 1996, Jamie (Gyllenhaal) has discovered his gift as a salesman, mainly peddling his own charms to every young woman he meets. In need of a higher-paying job, he trains as a Pfizer pharmaceutical rep in the Ohio River Valley. It takes awhile to learn the ropes, and sales are tough due to a fierce rival (Macht). But when Pfizer introduces Viagra, his numbers improve dramatically, to say the least. Meanwhile, he meets Maggie (Hathaway), a feisty young woman with early-stage Parkinson's who challenges his view of himself.

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Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time Review

There are times during this film when it's plainly obvious that it was based on a videogame, with levels of action, magical tools and even a fair maiden to rescue. The result is a silly but enjoyable guilty pleasure.

Dastan (Gyllenhaal) is the adopted youngest son of Persian King Sharaman (Pickup). With his two brothers (Kebbell and Coyle) and their ambitious uncle (Kingsley) he invades the holy city of Alamut. But things go badly wrong, and Dastan ends up on the run with the local Princess Tamina (Arterton), bickering over a ceremonial dagger that turns out to have time-shifting properties. With the help of a local sheik (Molina), they return to the city and try to thwart a dark conspiracy to take over the kingdom.

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Brothers Review

This remake of Susanne Bier's 2004 drama is an equally powerful story of family tensions and how violence affects more than just the victim. But the original Danish film's strained melodrama translates here as well.

Sam Cahill (Maguire) is a loyal Marine getting ready to head back to Afghanistan with his men. His wife Grace (Portman) is trying to be strong for their young daughters (Madison and Geare), but his stern father (Shepard) couldn't be prouder. Just before he ships out, Sam's black-sheep brother Tommy (Gyllenhaal) gets out of prison and, when Sam is reported killed in action, he rises to the challenge to help care for Grace and the girls. But several months later Sam is found, and what he experienced has left him dangerously paranoid.

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Zodiac Review

Talk about a tough sell. David Fincher's most accomplished film to date is a true-crime masterpiece about the Zodiac, an enigmatic serial killer whose random approach to murder terrified Northern California throughout the late '60s and early '70s. Methodical and mesmerizing, the picture flirts with a three-hour run-time, features realistic depictions of senseless slaughter, and builds to an incomplete conclusion that is only satisfying when taken in context (for those unaware, the infamous cold case remains unsolved to this day).

It's also brilliant, the first great film of the year which constructs with painstaking detail a fruitless investigation that grew into an obsession for certain members of San Francisco's media and police forces.

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Brokeback Mountain Review

The first thing you're likely to hear about Brokeback Mountain, the new film from Ang Lee, is that it's about gay cowboys. Truthfully, that's all the novelty it has to offer. Just the thought of screen hunks Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal making out is a point of sale or controversy, depending on your point of view. But once you get past the hook, what emerges is a much more traditional, but no less affecting, tragedy about two people who simply cannot have what they want.

Ennis Del Mar (Ledger) and Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal) meet while working for Joe Aguirre (a menacing Randy Quaid), looking after sheep on the eponymous mountain. Their friendship develops over fairly archetypal lines. Ennis is the stoic one, Jack the mischievous one. Lee wisely lets this develop naturally over time. Ultimately, though, in a burst of passion, the two reveal what's been simmering since they first saw each other.

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Brokeback Mountain Review

The first thing you're likely to hear about Brokeback Mountain, the new film from Ang Lee, is that it's about gay cowboys. Truthfully, that's all the novelty it has to offer. Just the thought of screen hunks Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal making out is a point of sale or controversy, depending on your point of view. But once you get past the hook, what emerges is a much more traditional, but no less affecting, tragedy about two people who simply cannot have what they want.

Ennis Del Mar (Ledger) and Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal) meet while working for Joe Aguirre (a menacing Randy Quaid), looking after sheep on the eponymous mountain. Their friendship develops over fairly archetypal lines. Ennis is the stoic one, Jack the mischievous one. Lee wisely lets this develop naturally over time. Ultimately, though, in a burst of passion, the two reveal what's been simmering since they first saw each other.

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Jarhead Review

From the quiet perch of the homeland, Operation Desert Storm was an anti-climactic blowout. Billed by Saddam Hussein as the "Mother of All Battles," it looked an awful lot like a rout by American air power followed by a hasty Iraqi retreat from Kuwait.

The experience of Marines on the ground, however, bore little resemblance to the precision bombing the public saw on CNN. For the men of the Corps, life in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait consisted of disgust, boredom, foreboding, anxiety, and blinding fear, a toxic combination that made for one of the best reads of 2004, Anthony Swofford's memoir Jarhead.

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October Sky Review

Very Good
This true story (well, based on one anyway) tells the tale of Homer Hickam, a go-nowhere coal miner's son who, in the late 1950s, decides to take up amateur rocketry for no discernable reason. Secretly, this is a movie about overcoming adversity and fatherly love, and the sentiment is heaped on so high you can't help but shed a tear. Stand By Me meets The Right Stuff.

Bubble Boy Review

It's difficult to expect much from a director whose greatest accomplishments to date are a handful of "award-winning" TV commercials, as is the case with Bubble Boy director Blair Hayes. That said, Hayes's feature film debut lives up to expectations, coming off mainly as equal parts offensive and moronic. But occasionally, Bubble Boy transcends its substandard roots with glimmers of humor and scathing social commentary.

Those moments of intelligence are delivered mostly by the film's two stars, Jake Gyllenhall as the immuno-deficient Jimmy and Swoosie Kurtz as his over-protective, hyper religious, Reagan-loving mother. Gyllenhall's sweet-natured delivery of Jimmy's hilariously naïve narration serves as the backbone for an otherwise flimsy coming-of-age story: Jimmy is a Bubble Boy, a kid born without immunity who could die if he comes in contact with a single germ -- a plight explored more seriously in the John Travolta TV movie Boy in the Plastic Bubble and less so on Seinfeld.

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Lovely & Amazing Review

Lovely & Amazing, Nicole Holofcener's follow-up to her feature debut Walking And Talking, doesn't quite rank with suburban classics like Ordinary People and American Beauty -- it never takes itself quite seriously enough for that; but it has the right makings for a memorable movie experience. Simple, sweet, and direct, this sensational portrait of engaging characters ranks as one of the year's best movies to date.

The film observes the daily rituals of four hapless but elastic women as they struggle with various demands of their eventful lives. While most movies would become lost in the complicated world of these spontaneous situations, Lovely & Amazing simply observes as the characters deal with thought-provoking issues involving relationships, health, age, romance, and work.

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Highway Review

Er, what?

This Gen-X road trip has an interesting performance from the always-engaging Jared Leto, plus small and hilarious turns from the likes of Jeremy Piven, but overall this film is a nonsensical dud. Ostensibly, it's about a run to Seattle brought on when Leto's Jack gets caught in bed with a mobster's woman. Of course, the mobsters give chase.

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Moonlight Mile Review

Warning: This review is tainted by the author's prejudices against Moonlight Mile director Brad Silberling. In 1998, Mr. Silberling took it upon himself to remake Wim Wenders' metaphysical masterpiece Wings of Desire as the anemic Meg Ryan vehicle City of Angels. The quality of Mr. Silberling's film did not compensate for the audacity of the idea, and this critic forever placed a mark of dishonor on the director. This is worth mentioning in light of the discussion of Moonlight Mile that is to follow.

With that said, Moonlight Mile is only half bad. Sure, it's weepy and sentimental and fails to take full advantage of an emotionally fertile premise. But as a story of loss, self-discovery and rebirth it succeeds as much as it fails. If this were baseball, Moonlight Mile would be batting .500, which is good. But this is the movies, so half bad means two and a half stars.

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The Good Girl Review


The Good Girl is as close as you can get to nothing and still have something to project on screen. So greatly lacking in life, interest, and imagination, it's amazing the film was ever made. The characters almost sleepwalk from scene to scene, deficient of spirit, energy, humor, and any will to live. Nobody in this movie has a decent future. Most of the characters look as if they'd happily dive head first from the nearest bridge.

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The Day After Tomorrow Review

Move over, Shrek 2. DreamWorks' ode to ogres in love produced its fair share of guffaws, but it can't hold a candle to Roland Emmerich's latest world-in-peril thriller The Day After Tomorrow, clearly the funniest film you'll see this year.

Laughs may be unintentional, but they come at a fast and furious clip. A news chopper flies alongside multiple tornadoes marauding Los Angeles but remains airborne and unscathed. Survivors holed up inside of New York's public library are advised to "ride out" a pending ice age, which I thought typically lasted thousands of years. A Rhode Island-sized block of ice breaks off its glacial base, and the crack just happens to run through the middle of climatologist Jack Hall's (Dennis Quaid) Antarctic camp. And former Riptide star Perry King plays the President of the United States! C'mon people, that's funny.

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Moonlight Mile Review


Finding warmth, humor and uneasy comfort in the face of senseless tragedy, "Moonlight Mile" is a poignant movie about pain and loss that doesn't succumb to melodrama and cry-you-a-river, give-me-an-Oscar performances.

Described as "emotionally autobiographical" by writer-director Brad Silberling ("City of Angels") -- whose actress girlfriend was killed by a stalker in 1989 -- the film is about the apprehensive bond that forms between a young man and the parents of his fiancée, who is murdered in a diner just a few weeks before their wedding.

The story, which takes place in 1970s New England (gratuitous soundtrack warning), opens the morning of the funeral as fresh-from-college Joe Nast (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the childhood bedroom of his late bride-to-be and begins packing his suitcase. He's planned to leave that night, although he's not sure where he's going. But after the service, he spends the evening with her downhearted, acquiescent and ironic parents (Dustin Hoffman and Susan Sarandon), who have resolved simply to go on with life as planned -- just as soon as Sarandon, fed up with a day of public grieving, tosses into the fireplace all the silly self-help books ("These Things Happen," "Grieving for Grown-Ups") given to them by concerned friends trying awkwardly to help.

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Lovely & Amazing Review


In the 1996 modest and little-seen relationship comedy delight "Walking and Talking," writer-director Nicole Holofcener demonstrated a preternatural knack for capturing the bonds between women with her candid and vicarious style of emotion honesty and funny, true-to-life dialogue. But her second independent film, "Lovely and Amazing," fails to find the same spark as it eavesdrops on a family of gratingly neurotic and insecure women.

Sad-eyed Brenda Blethyn, a specialist at screwed-up moms ("Little Voice," "Secrets and Lies"), is the emotionally messy matriarch, who spends most of the movie in the hospital due to complications from liposuction surgery. Doped up on painkillers and more depressed than usual (in part because her flirtations with her plastic surgeon aren't getting anywhere), she still has complaints about her daughters at the ready.

"One's really f**ked up," she tells the doctor, "and the other one isn't married."

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The Good Girl Review


An honest, unsentimental, modest and well-crafted film from the writer-director team behind 2000's awkward stalker indie buzz flick "Chuck and Buck," "The Good Girl" is the melancholy allegory about a once ambitious small-town woman desperate to escape the malignant malaise of her monotonous life.

The ennui of years in discount-retail hell, the desperation of being tethered to a lay-about, stoner husband and the regret of never having realized, or even pursued, any of her dreams have piled up as emotional ballast in Justine's life. And the weight of it all is manifested viscerally by Jennifer Aniston in a pensive, title-role performance of effectively plodding, downcast body language.

When a sullen, taciturn 22-year-old named Tom (Jake Gyllenhaal) -- who calls himself Holden in honor of his juvenile fixation with "The Catcher in the Rye" -- takes a job at the Retail Rodeo, Justine thinks she recognizes a kindred spirit. "I saw in your eyes that you hate the world," she says by way of introduction. "I hate it too."

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Donnie Darko Review

Very Good

Jimmy Stewart would never have been able to cope with the giant rabbit that haunts Donnie Darko's demented waking nightmares. This thing is no friendly cottontail like Harvey. It's a macabre-looking monster with a hard, malformed pewter face, snaggled teeth and ominous blank eyes without pupils.

This rabbit's name is Frank, and he may or may not be a figment of the heavily medicated, intensely tormented imagination of the delusional teenage boy at the center of the engrossingly bizarre, mind-bending fringe film "Donnie Darko."

Whatever Frank is, it's his hypnotic influence over the eerily vexed title character (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) that launches him into a surreal labyrinth of increasingly esoteric encounters, starting the night Donnie sleepwalks away from his parents' house, seduced by the chilling sound of Frank's resonating, semi-synthetic voice. The world will end in 28 days, five hours, 52 minutes and 12 seconds, the diabolic bunny intones.

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