This is one of those warm, unchallenging comedies that's entertaining to watch even though something about it feels vaguely inane. Basically, nothing about it is even remotely realistic; people never actually do or say these kinds of things. But we kind of wish they did. And as writer-director Nancy Meyers makes a series of pointed observations about the value of age and experience, we can't help but wistfully smile and nod along.
It's set in a picturesque mix of old and new Brooklyn, where pensioner Ben (Robert De Niro) has run out of ways to make his life interesting after his wife of more than 40 years died. He's done the travelling, spent time with his grandson on the opposite side of the country, and now he's applying to be a senior intern at a wildly successful fashion website. He's assigned to work with founder and CEO Jules (Anne Hathaway), an overachiever who prefers to do everything herself while her equally astute husband (Anders Holm) stays home with their adorable daughter (JoJo Kushner). Jules is so busy that she barely notices that both her company and her marriage are slipping out of her grasp, but Ben is sharp as a tack, and gently helps her reset her priorities. Meanwhile, he also finds romance himself with the company's hot masseuse (Rene Russo).
Virtually everything in this movie feels comfortable and easy, with conflicts that aren't actually that difficult to manage and side characters who never steal the spotlight from the stars. The only dark shadow in the film appears when Ben discovers that Jules' husband is having an affair, and her reaction nicely sidesteps the usual way movies approach the issue. Otherwise, the film plays along nicely, never ruffling feathers while constantly pointing out how wise old people are, really. Thankfully, De Niro is so relaxed in the role that he avoids sentimentality, effortlessly mixing the comedy and drama. He sparks some engaging father-daughter-style chemistry with Hathaway, who nicely mixes Jules' tough drive with an underlying yearning to get her life back in balance.
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Retired and, frankly, bored, 70-year-old Ben Whittaker decides the quiet life is not one he needs right now and instead opts for a career move. He applies as a senior intern for a fashion website following the death of his wife, and despite his age he is taken on by the young company CEO Jules Ostin. It isn't long before Ostin beccomes increasingly reliant on Whittaker as he becomes something of a grandfather figure to her; his old-fashioned charm, positive energy and kind wisdown beguiling her as she struggles under the pressure of managing an ever-growing business. Even the board are suggesting she take on a new manager to take off some of the pressure, so Whittaker is exactly what she needs to boost her self esteem and help her stay on track. She's not the only one with a soft spot for Whittaker; the youth of the rest of the office are being taught a thing or two about relationships of all kinds, as he himself learns about the beauty of the modern world.
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Ben Whittaker is a 70-year-old retiree who has little left in his life to keep him occupied, now that his wife has passed away. He's keen to re-start and take on new job and discovers a vacant position for a senior intern at a fashion website. He gets the job to much surprise from the rest of the company. The site is run by Jules Ostin; a young entrepreneur who's visibly struggling in her role as CEO and feels like she's on the verge of a crisis. Ben becomes an unlikely confidante, boosting her self-esteem with words of wisdom and worldly advice, as she in turn shows him the wonders of modern life and technology. The other young employees are starting to feel that they could take a leaf out of his book too, as the smart and sophisticated Ben proves firmly that there's life in the old dog yet.
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As the DVD release arrives, Jake Gyllenhaal reveals how 'Nightcrawler' reflects society's own hunger for horror.
As 'Nightcrawler' hits UK shelves today, we delved deeper into the mind of the so-called protagonist. On the surface, it's a movie about a creepy guy with a ghoulish habit of photographing murder scenes, but look more carefully and you won't be so quick to dismiss Jake Gyllenhaal's dubious character as a regular psychopath.
Jake Gyllenhaal seriously impressed critics with 'Nightcrawler' role
Clearly it's true that there's something a little morbid about showing up at the scene of a brutal killing, camera at the ready and with no intention of informing the police, but is it really so morally different from the global interest in ever more weird and grotesque stories and videos? Jake Gyllenhaal doesn't think so. 'It's a subversive comment on where we are today, not only with media but our need and our desperation for more information as a culture on a global level', he reveals. Though, the only difference being, according to him, is that Lou Bloom is chasing down serious stories while we mostly sit around watching cat virals.
Rene Russo - Hollywood's biggest stars were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the 87th Annual Oscars awards ceremony which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015
Actress Rene Russo fought back tears as she accepted a Best Supporting Actress honour for her role in Nightcrawler at the 14th annual Movies For Grownups Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, on Monday (02Feb15), as she paid tribute to her mum and a favourite teacher.
Announcing "I’ve never won anything in my frickin' life", the 60-year-old Thomas Crown Affair star appeared stunned to accept "my first award ever", and took a moment during her emotional speech to thank her mother, Shirley Balocca Russo, calling her "the best mum in the world", and then turning her attention to her 8th grade Spanish teacher.
Russo said the unnamed educator helped her navigate through "all those f**ked-up, a**hole football players. They called me Jolly Green Giant. You didn’t keep me from dropping out of high school, but you did keep me from killing myself."
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The 60-year-old actress gave an emotionally charged speech while accepting the Best Supporting Actress award at AARP's 14th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards Gala.
After taking a lengthy break from acting, Rene Russo received critical acclaim for her supporting role opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the 2014 thriller 'Nightcrawler,' for which she received the Best Supporting Actress prize at AARP's 14th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, on Monday, (Feb 2nd).
Russo was very emotional while accpeting the Best Supporting Actress Award
The 60-year-old star, who was clearly shocked when her name was called out, then delivered a heartfelt and emotionally charged acceptance speech that revealed some of the darker times in her life.
A gently comical undertone makes this thriller even creepier than expected, bolstered by sharp writing and directing from Dan Giloy and an especially clever performance from Jake Gyllenhaal. Comparisons to Taxi Driver have been obvious, as the lead character is a potentially dangerous sociopath on a very personal quest. And the film also taps into the current zeitgeist: how the media panders to a public that increasingly screams for blood. It's a thoroughly unnerving film that often feels more like a very grim satire than a proper thriller.
Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a loner who is desperate to make his mark on the world. Searching for something to do, he stumbles across the people who prowl the city streets after dark in search of an event they can film and sell on to a TV news outlet. Learning from a veteran (Bill Paxton), Lou gets his own camera and a police scanner and starts chasing car crashes, house fires and violent crimes all over Los Angeles. And when he finds that TV news director Nina (Rene Russo) wants to buy his footage, he hires Rick (Riz Ahmed) as an assistant, getting even more aggressive about arriving on the scene before the competition. But Lou isn't willing to settle for that, and starts manipulating the news to get even better stories.
Where this goes from here is pretty unimaginable, as Lou reveals himself to be utterly unencumbered by any hint of a moral compass. Of course, this is a central theme of the movie, as it explores the way audiences clamour for more explosive footage, which pretty much eliminates any sense of human decency in the way events are covered. Gyllenhaal portrays Lou as gaunt and hungry, but with an eerie charm that lets him get away with each audacious manoeuvre. Watching him snap at anyone who crosses him is truly terrifying. Although the way he quietly manipulates situations is even scarier.
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Actress Rene Russo is adamant there was nothing "brave" about her decision to speak openly about her bipolar diagnosis, insisting coping with the mental condition is just a part of her life experience.
The Thomas Crown Affair star unexpectedly went public with her lifelong battle with the mood disorder and her use of medication during a taped appearance on America's The Queen Latifah Show earlier this month (Oct14), and her admission won her praise from fans and mental health educators, who called her "brave" for discussing her secret illness with viewers.
However, Russo admits she was surprised by the reaction, because she doesn't think there's anything "shocking" about her health news.
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Actress Rene Russo took time away from Hollywood a decade ago to perfect her gardening skills and become a dairy farmer.
After shooting back-to-back films for years, the Outbreak star decided it was time to take a break from showbusiness after filming Yours, Mine & Ours and Two for the Money in 2004 and 2005.
She did not return until she was offered a role in 2011's Thor, and now she is revealing exactly what she was doing while she was away from the big screen.
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Actress Rene Russo has revealed she is bipolar in a revealing new Tv interview.
The actress was promoting her new movie Nightcrawler on Queen Latifah's U.S. talk show when one probing question prompted Russo to open up about her lifelong battle with mood and energy disorders.
The host asked Russo and her co-star Jake Gyllenhaal to talk about something they have had to "push through" in their lives, and the actress fired back, "My mom said my whole childhood... was stop and go. And then I stopped and was like, 'Whoa' - that was it for me. I didn't really expect to say this, but that was really it for me.
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Date of birth
17th February, 1954