Jake Gyllenhaal

Don’t Believe the Hype — ‘Prisoners’ Is a Cheap Thriller

There is a scene about two-thirds of the way through Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners that sums up pretty much everything that’s wrong with the picture. Here’s how it goes: Two little girls have been abducted. While the parents (Terrence Howard and Viola Davis) of one of them are out, the prime suspect for the crime breaks into their home. Their teenage daughter is at her most vulnerable: naked and taking a bath, talking on her cell phone. Villeneuve cuts away. We then see Howard and Davis return home. They call out for their daughter; she does not answer. They call out more, open doors, flip on lights. A good half-minute of screen time is spent on this exercise before they break down the bathroom door — and discover her walking out, chastising them for not telling her they were leaving. No explanation is provided for her lengthy silence and lack of response, because there isn’t a logical one. She was inexplicably quiet so that Villeneuve could build in a cheap, easy moment of faux-tension that wouldn’t have made the cut in a second-tier horror movie. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, Netflix did a big drop of catalog titles, some of them (like the ever-fluctuating 007 movies) returning after the notorious “Streamageddon.” So we’ve got great stuff from Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Elizabeth Banks, Seth Rogen, Kevin Spacey, Julia Stiles, Taye Diggs, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Harvey Kietel, David Fincher, John Hughes, Spike Lee, Errol Morris, Kevin Smith, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, there’s good stuff from Jake Gyllenhaal, Nicolas Cage, Anna Kendrick, Michael Peña, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Anna Feris, Michael C. Hall, and Elisabeth Shue, plus three brilliant documentaries. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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Exclusive Supercut: 15 Thanksgiving Dos and Don’ts (From the Movies)

With Thanksgiving approaching, our holiday anxiety is at an all time high — after all, this is a high-stress holiday, with family member and friends gathering to eat, drink (often a lot), and judge. That combination of elements makes it awfully hard to know exactly how to act on Thursday; luckily, as in most difficult situations, the movies are here to help. So we’ve assembled clips from the Thanksgiving scenes of 17 movies, and gleaned the advice they offer in order to create 15 Dos and Don’ts for Thanksgiving. Check out this exclusive supercut after the jump. … Read More

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The Fug Report: Highs and Lows from the Week in Fashion

Editor’s note: Welcome to The Fug Report! Each week our fashion blogger friends Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan, the sartorial geniuses behind Go Fug Yourself, will feature some of the most memorable looks of the week in this space. We hope you enjoy it!

This week on Go Fug Yourself, we celebrated the fact that

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Video Essay: "Encore — More Famous Faces in their Film Debuts"

We had no idea everyone was so interested in seeing the first film appearances of your favorite stars when we posted our video essay “And Introducing…” a month ago, but the damn thing up and went viral, so as with anything movie-related that does well, there has to be a sequel. After the jump, you’ll find 30-plus more famous faces in their first feature films, all in just about three minutes. Enjoy! … Read More

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The Morning's Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. New York City indie record store Other Music is starting its own label “with an eye toward showcasing underground music in New York and reissuing albums by foreign artists” that will be an imprint of Fat Possum. “It’s just something we have wanted to do for a long time,” says co-owner Josh Madell. “Despite… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Nicki Minaj announced via Twitter last night that her second album — Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — will drop on Valentine’s Day of next year. Given the title, it’s a bit unclear whether the project is a reissue, or will feature new material. [via MTV]

2. Aaron Sorkin is apparently “strongly… Read More

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10 Ridiculously Long-Delayed Movies

This Friday is a day that Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, and Allison Janney probably thought would never come: the release date of Margaret, writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s long, long, long awaited follow-up to his 2000 debut film, the Oscar-nominated You Can Count on Me. Shot clear back in 2005 (and capturing Paquin pre-True Blood and Damon at around the time he shot The Departed), the picture has spent the last six years in a perpetual state of post-production, with most parties involved blaming the perfectionist writer/director, who has seemed unable or unwilling to settle on his contractually-guaranteed final cut.

Meanwhile, Fireflies in the Garden, the familial drama starring Ryan Reynolds and Julia Roberts, is finally getting a release as well this fall — three years after its debut at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival. (Its extended delay appears to be the collateral damage of its original production company’s shutdown.) With both of those dawdling dates finally coming into view, we thought we’d take a look at a few other movies that took (or are taking) a bit longer than the standard one-to-two-year gestation period to make it to the big screen (or to your television). … Read More

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25 Strange and Brilliant Polaroids of Famous People

Even through its nebulous extinction and the onset of bigger and brighter technology, polaroid has remained a compelling format for artists, amateurs, and appreciators alike. Sure, maybe it’s just a hipster faux-stalgia thing, but we think there’s a little more to it. In an age when so many of the photographs we are bombarded with every day are endlessly processed, photoshopped and color-corrected, it feels nice to return to an analog way of seeing the world, and there’s a distinct sense of intimacy in a polaroid that you know hasn’t been messed with too much – even if it may or may not have been expertly staged. There are a million polaroids of celebrities out there, but we’ve combed through and picked the best and weirdest for your viewing pleasure. Click through for 25 of our most favorite polaroids of the rich and the famous, and let us know which ones we’ve missed in the comments! … Read More

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