10 Jake Gyllenhaal Roles Everyone Forgets

Jake Gyllenhaal is currently one of Hollywood’s most popular actors, perhaps one of the most impressive actors of his generation. He is one of the few movie stars who can effortlessly switch between smaller indie films and big-budget popcorn movies, while always delivering interesting performances.

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While Gyllenhaal is certainly a high-profile actor, his penchant for taking on challenging parts means that some of his roles can get overlooked. From early on in his career to more recent films, some of the work on his resume remains undiscovered by even his biggest fans.

10 City Slickers

Some fans might be surprised to know that Gyllenhaal has been in the movie business since he was just a small child. Though he found his success in his early adult years, he did make a solid career for himself even when he was little more than a toddler. His appearance in this comedy classic, for instance.

City Slickers follows a group of big city yuppies who deal with their midlife crisis by participating in a cattle drive. Gyllenhaal has a small role as the son of Billy Crystal’s character. It’s hard to imagine that small kid would grow to be a massive movie star.

9 The Sisters Brothers

The Sisters Brothers only came out last year. Despite an impressive cast, it was sadly one of the most overlooked films of 2018. This modern Western might not have been the action-packed adventure audiences were hoping for, but it was a beautiful, funny and emotional tale.

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The film follows the titular brothers (played by John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix), who are guns for hire on the trail of a mysterious businessman. Gyllenhaal plays an associate of the brothers who forms an unlikely friendship with their target.

8 Rendition

In the years following the tragedy of 9/11, there were a slew of high profile “war on terror”-themed movies that tackled both the modern threat and the complications of fighting against it. Gyllenhaal starred in one of these films, Rendition, which involved the highly controversial abductions and intense interrogation tactics of the CIA.

Gyllenhaal plays a CIA analyst assigned to oversee one such case, the interrogation of a man he believes to be innocent. Despite co-starring Oscar winners like Reese Witherspoon, Alan Arkin, and Meryl Streep, the film was a critical and commercial disappointment.

7 The Day After Tomorrow

Roland Emmerich is the man responsible for such end-of-the-world disaster blockbusters as Independence Day, 2012 and this 2002 hit. The movie takes the dangers of climate change and dials it up to eleven. As tornadoes and tsunamis begin to destroy the world, those who remain fight for survival in a new ice age.

The film stars Dennis Quaid as a climatologist while Gyllenhaal plays his son, who leads a group of survivors in New York City. Not exactly a role in which he needed to stretch his acting muscles, but it marked Gyllenhaal’s first foray into blockbuster film-making.

6 Everest

Though Gyllenhaal is often the leading man of his films, he is not above playing a supporting role every now and then. In Everest, Gyllenhaal was just one part of an all-star cast which included Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and Keira Knightley.

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The film tells the true story of a 1996 Everest expedition, which saw a group of climbers trapped by a blizzard on the top of the mountain. Gyllenhaal plays real-life climber Scott Fischer, who was part of the doomed climb. It’s interesting seeing a star of Gyllenhaal’s calibre in a smaller role, part of a larger ensemble in this intense survival story.

5 Accidental Love

Gyllenhaal has largely avoided the traditional romantic comedies. When he does dabble in those kinds of films, it’s usually a unique take on the genre. In Accidental Love, Jessica Biel plays a woman who is shot in the head with a nail gun, an incident that has unusual results. Her condition is then exploited by an unscrupulous Congressman, played by Gyllenhaal.

Despite being directed by acclaimed filmmaker David O. Russell, the movie went through massive production issues, being re-edited to the point that Russell declined his credit. The result was a mess of a film which was unceremoniously dumped on VOD.

4 Brothers

Legend has it that Gyllenhaal was once considered as a replacement for Tobey Maguire (who had suffered a back injury) as the star of Spider-Man 2. Though that didn’t come to pass, the two would eventually share the screen in this intense drama.

In this remake of a Danish film, Maguire plays a Marine who goes missing in action. Gyllenhaal plays his wayward brother who steps in to take care of Maguire’s family. Things get tense when Maguire returns home, severely damaged by his experience. Along with Natalie Portman and Maguire, Gyllenhaal helps make this a compelling acting showcase.

3 Enemy

Denis Villeneuve has become one of the most respected directors currently in the business. Having made films like Arrival, Sicario and Blade Runner 2049, Villeneuve has shown to be a master of atmospheric thrillers. However, this lesser-known mystery is mostly overlooked in his filmography.

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Villeneuve reunited with Gyllenhaal, his star in Prisoners, in this strange story of a man who discovers he has a doppelgänger. Filled with some creepy visuals and a much-discussed ending, it is the kind of movie that doesn’t give its audiences any easy answers.

2 Zodiac

Zodiac had visionary director David Fincher at the helm. It had a cast including Gyllenhaal and a pre-Avengers Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo. It even had a subject as compelling as the infamous Zodiac killings. How is it not more widely known?

While not the bloody thriller you might imagine from the director of Se7en, the film is a methodical examination of the decades-long investigation of the murders. In this brilliant crime saga, Gyllenhaal gives a surprisingly funny and obsessive performance as one of the people searching for the true Zodiac.

1 Bubble Boy

Despite his penchant for intense dramas, Gyllenhaal has shown he has a real talent for comedy too (in those rare times he does embrace his funny side). However, in this very early role of his, Gyllenhaal decided to go full-blown silly in a way we have not seen from him since.

In Bubble Boy, Gyllenhaal stars as a boy without an immune system, forced to live in a protective bubble. When he learns the love of his life is getting married, he sets out on a cross-country quest to stop the wedding. Though it failed to make much of an impact when it was released, the film has gained a small cult following – although it might be a film Gyllenhaal wishes would remain forgotten.

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2019-04-22 03:04:55

Colin McCormick

Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in HBO Limited Series Lake Success

Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star in HBO’s limited series Lake Success. Based on the wildly popular novel of the same name penned by Gary Shteyngart, Lake Success marks Gyllenhaal’s first leading role in a television series.

Gyllenhaal is one of the most recognized and renowned actors of his generation. He’s best known for his work in Donnie Darko, Zodiac, Love & Other Drugs and Brokeback Mountain – for which he earned an Oscar nomination for supporting actor. Recently, Gyllenhaal starred in the films Velvet Buzzsaw, and The Sisters Brothers. Gyllenhaal will make his debut as a Marvel Comics character as Quentin Beck (Mysterio) in the upcoming and highly anticipated Spiderman: Far From Home. Now, Gyllenhaal joins his sister Maggie Gyllenhaal at HBO – who currently stars in The Deuce – in a series of his own.

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Per Deadline, Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker’s production company, Nine Stories, will bring the Lake Success series to life. Shteyngart’s novel – hailed as one of the best books of 2018 – follows Barry Cohen (Gyllenhaal), a recently divorced hedge-fund manager with a self-delusional and narcissistic personality. Cohen abandons all of his responsibilities and begins a trek across the country via bus in search of his college girlfriend. Back at home in New York, Cohen’s ex-wife Seema struggles to balance taking care of their autistic son and newfound relationship. With an enticing plot line and profound look at human nature, it didn’t take long for a series based on the book to go into production. Gyllenhaal and Marker expressed excitement about the series in a statement:

Gary’s novel is a beautifully executed character study highlighting the depth of human contradiction and complication, set against the backdrop of America today. We are thrilled to partner with HBO, who has consistently been home to some of the most exciting and acclaimed premium content over the past two decades.

Lake Success is also in the creative hands of Shteyngart and Tom Spezialy – who will co-write and co-showrun the series. Spezialy recently created CBS drama series Chaos, and serves as executive producer to HBO’s upcoming Watchmen series. As the limited series goes into further production, more details will unravel, including a release date and the pivotal casting choice of Gyllenhaal’s onscreen ex-wife Seema.

This year marks one of epic transition for HBO. The network is bidding farewell to major viewer staples including, Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies and Veep. HBO partnering with Gyllenhaal comes at an opportune time for the celebrated actor to make his television series debut. Over the past few years, audiences have witnessed A-list movie stars transition from the big screen to television, including Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, and Meryl Streep. No doubt Gyllenhaal’s reputation as a celebrated actor and Shteyngart’s decorated novel will make Lake Success a success on the HBO network.

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Source: Deadline

2019-04-11 07:04:18

Bethany Guerrero

Spider-Man: Far From Home’s Jake Gyllenhaal Trolls Fans Over Mysterio Role

Jake Gyllenhaal is trolling fans over his role as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Marvel Studios and Sony are doing their best to ensure that their new Spider-Man movies are unlike what has come before. This has already been achieved with an actual teenage Peter Parker, diversifying the characters around him, letting him interact with other Marvel heroes, and by using villains who haven’t been on the big screen before.

The latter will remain true with Far From Home as Quentin Beck aka Mysterio is set to be the main villain of the film. Oscar-nominee Jake Gyllenhaal was linked to the role earlier this year, but he was never confirmed to be in the movie, let alone playing the fan-favorite villain. However, Marvel fans have been able to see Mysterio’s wild costume brought to life in a live-action setting through a set video. The tease of the first Far From Home trailer coming soon has only increased excitement over the potential to see Gyllenhaal in action though.

Related: Every Spider-Man: Far From Home Update You Need To Know

Before such a reveal could come, Gyllenhaal joined Instagram to start trolling fans over his Far From Home role as Mysterio. The hilarious video shows Gyllenhaal reading The Amazing Spider-Man #311, acting shocked to learn he is not playing Spider-Man in the movie. Judging by his choice of comic and the framed cover of The Amazing Spider-Man #66 on the wall behind him – both of which feature Mysterio fighting Spidey on the front – this is a fun way for him to finally confirm his role in the movie.

Prior to suiting up to fight Spidey in Far From Home, Gyllenhaal was previously in contention to take over as Spider-Man for Sam Raimi’s original films. Tobey Maguire was on the verge of losing his role as Peter Parker and Gyllenhaal was the choice to take over. This never came to be, and the actor was also rumored to be in the mix to possibly take over as Batman should Ben Affleck leave, but he’s finally got his comic book role now as Mysterio.

Since Far From Home is taking Spidey international and Marvel isn’t afraid to take liberties with stories or characters, it is difficult to say how much these two specific Mysterio issues could factor into the movie. One possibly cool connection that can be made is not with the issue he is holding, but instead the one on the wall. At the end of Amazing Spider-Man #66, Spidey believes he’s shrunk and on a miniaturized carnival set. He then has to fight a giant version of Mysterio in the next issue. The only time set photos and videos saw Spidey and Mysterio on set together was at a carnival, so it is possible that a similar action set piece could be in Far From Home, or at the very least, it will include a nod to it. Either way, now that Gyllenhaal is on social media, hopefully he can deliver a proper look at his true Spider-Man: Far From Home role before too long.

MORE: Here’s Why Mysterio Doesn’t Have His Fishbowl Helmet In Spider-Man Set Photos

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2018-12-05 01:12:10

20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them)

James Gunn may be off the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 project after being fired by Disney for some controversial tweets surfaced from long ago, but not only has he apologized and insisted that he’s a much different person than he was at that period in his life; he’s reportedly also getting another stab at creating a comic adaptation with the next Suicide Squad film.

While Marvel fans mourn the loss of the man behind some of the best movies in the MCU, it’s quite possible that Gunn will give the DC universe the boost it desperately needs to really compete with Marvel.

While we’ll have to wait and see what the actual film brings to the party, we have plenty of time to speculate about what its plot might be, what kind of tone to expect and above all, which characters might be included and who might be cast in those roles. While many of us are hoping to see some members of the Squad from the first film return, we’re also crossing our fingers, wishing for a chance to meet more members who weren’t included in the first movie. There’s really an endless amount of speculation to enjoy here and many fans have already photoshopped their choices for the best portrayals of characters audiences have loved for decades.

Casting for these iconic personalities won’t be an easy task, but here are 20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them).

20 Christina Ricci As Harley Quinn

Let’s be honest: Margot Robbie is a sure-in for Harley Quinn at this point. The star surprised many fans while proving others right with her incredible performance as the psychiatrist turned psychopath. Ensuring that Quinn not only shone as the premiere talent in a film with its problems, but that she would endure for her own film afterward, Robbie is a fan favorite, through and through.

We could definitely see this version of Harley in a Gunn movie.

If for some reason Robbie had to back out of the project, as much as it would pain fans, some have taken to casting other ideas for actresses who could play Harleen Quinzel. Artist D3SIGNMILTIA’s piece depicts an interesting version of the character that might work well with Christina Ricci.

19 Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

We’ve seen so many incarnations of The Joker over the years that it’s getting more and more difficult to choose the perfect person to play an updated version of Batman’s most notorious foe. Whether or not he’ll be in the next Suicide Squad film is unclear. Who can measure up to Jack Nicholson’s chilling Joker and Heath Ledger’s perfect monster?

Joaquin Phoenix, currently starring in Todd Phillips’ solo Joker, is certainly one candidate. Phoenix, who’s also utilized some unorthodox acting methods in the past, might give us a bit more grave swagger as the criminal mastermind. His ongoing presence in the DCEU will likely depend on the success of Joker, due out in October 2019.

18 Neil Patrick Harris As The Riddler

Everyone’s favorite child doctor has grown up to become a much beloved singer, showman, and nemesis of the Baudelaire children. Neil Patrick Harris shines in just about everything he’s in, so including him in the next installment of Suicide Squad makes perfect sense.

Harris as the Riddler is pure gold.

He’s got the chops to bring the perfect blend of humor and intelligence that the Riddler needs to truly succeed, which might hopefully replace the slapstick Riddler we got in Batman Forever years ago. Harris isn’t everyone’s favorite for the Riddler, though; stay tuned for more artist manipulations involving the Riddler later.

17 Manu Bennett As Deathstroke

Given the fact that the Arrowverse and TV adaptations of DC stories have proven so successful, it makes sense to borrow from that character pool to not only connect the universe but to help ensure the success of Suicide Squad 2. If Gunn and company are planning on including Deathstroke in the sequel, we think Manu Bennet would be a clear choice for the character.

While some fans speculate that Joe Manganiello will play the part, since he is Mr. Wilson in Justice League and has announced that he’s working on three more films featuring the character, his involvement in Suicide Squad 2 remains speculation at this point. Many believe that Deathstroke will indeed be a primary villain in the film, and Bennet has already proven that he would do the character justice.

16 Sophie Turner As Oracle

Lots of fans are imagining Marvel actors in DC roles, which is pretty delightful for those of us who Make Ours Marvel and DC. Sophie Turner, who gave us the Jean Grey that we were waiting for in X-Men: Apocalypse and is set to reprise the role in Dark Phoenix, would also make an excellent Oracle.

Barbara Gordon’s time as Oracle has included a gig as tech support for the Suicide Squad.

With Ruby Rose’s debut as Batwoman and a Batgirl movie announced, the inclusion of Oracle could provide some timeline intrigue. Plus, after decades of Batman saturation, this much Bat-women power would be so much fun.

15 Oprah Winfrey As Amanda Waller

Viola Davis was a pretty stellar Amanda Waller, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen Viola Davis in anything. Davis could read a grocery list and deserve an Oscar. That said, Kode Logic has imagined what Oprah might bring to the role and we have to say that it looks impressive. Firm, ruthless and beautiful, Oprah’s Waller seems to give the character a bit more experience points, which are conveyed in that hard gaze.

Davis has said that she loved playing Amanda Waller, who is aligned so well with her character Annalise Keating in the hit TV drama How to Get Away with Murder in many ways, but how much fun would it be to see Oprah bend the rules?

14 Will Smith As Deadshot

You don’t mess with what works, and Will Smith certainly worked as Deadshot in the original Suicide Squad. He did so well, in fact, that plenty of people thought that he deserved his own film and said that they’d have watched Suicide Squad again if it only starred Smith. This really isn’t a surprise, given Smith’s star power, and it’s been announced that he’s returning to the franchise in the role again.

It’s a good thing that we have some time before the movie’s released, too, since Smith is set to star in Bad Boys for Life and Bright 2 around the same time. Smith’s got three films releasing in 2019 alone, and while one is only a vocal role, he’s definitely going to be busy for the next couple of years.

13 Jeffrey Dean Morgan As Batman

Utter the words “Jeffrey Dean Morgan” in the same sentence as “The Batman” and you’re bound to get a room full of excited fans. He’s absolutely perfect for Wayne in an adaptation of something like Batman Beyond, but we could definitely see him as the Batman in just about any adaptation of the series, and DeviantArt user evelius has given us some visual art to really picture the idea.

Morgan has the darkness and the voice necessary for Batman to match this ragtag team of violent convicts.

While Bale and Affleck had their time in the cowl, it’s time for a new man behind the mask. Why not Negan?

12 Rila Fukushima As Katana

While Katana was featured in the first Suicide Squad film, most people believe her role was too small to really critique or appreciate. Japanese-American actress Karen Fukuhara wasn’t bad in the role; she just didn’t get much to do.

Adding Rila Fukushima in the second movie might lend Katana some traction given that she already portrays the character in the Arrowverse.

While Fukuhara, who is set to play Glimmer in the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power TV series, is rumored to be reprising the role, Fukushima, star of last year’s Ghost in the Shell, was also fantastic as Yukio in The Wolverine, which would give us another fun link between the DC and Marvel universes.

11 Emma Stone As Poison Ivy

Who doesn’t love quirky, smart, and funny Emma Stone? The actress would be perfect for an updated role as Poison Ivy following Uma Thurman’s beautiful but wonky portrayal of Pamela Isley. One of BossLogic’s many creative manipulations, this artwork features Stone as the iconic plant-loving villain and it’s pretty impressive.

We already know that Ivy will be a big part of the upcoming Gotham City Sirens film, which will also feature Harley Quinn and Catwoman at its heart, so why not include her in the Suicide Squad movie as well? There are several other cool artist manipulations of actresses who might be great in the role, such as Jessica Chastain, so it’s going to be a tough one to cast.

10 Kristen Wiig As Cheetah

Many of us can’t stop celebrating Kristen Wiig being cast as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984. The strongest thing the DC movies have going for it right now is all the incredible female characters, most notably Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, and we can’t wait to see where Aquaman takes us. If all goes well it would make perfect sense to include Wiig in Suicide Squad 2, especially since weaving in characters from multiple films would help provide better continuity for the DCEU.

Wiig is funny, smart, and beautiful, and we think she’s going to make an excellent foe for Wonder Woman.

In that case, her inclusion in another movie would also be fantastic to see.

9 Nathalie Emmanuelle As Vixen

DeviantArt artist farrou has created some truly amazing fanart of DC characters, and one of them, which features Nathalie Emmanuelle as Vixen, makes us believers. While we’re not sure if Emmanuelle has a Tantu Totem, we’re pretty sure she could make it work if Gunn and co. gave her one. The actress, best known for her role as Missandei on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is definitely ready for a a super suit and action in a big movie like this.

Then again, Jada Pinkett Smith has expressed interest in the role of Vixen, which would not only be interesting due to her husband’s presence in the movie but also due to her previous DC role as Fish Mooney in the TV series Gotham. Both actresses would be well-cast for the movie.

8 Jake Gyllenhaal As The Riddler

Do we really need the Riddler to come out and play in Suicide Squad 2? After the weirdness of Batman Forever and the sinister developments of Gotham, perhaps it’s time to reinvent the villain. Jake Gyllenhaal makes sense to play the villain not only because he was David Goyer’s original choice to play Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies, but because this fanart made by Vaskoho is something to behold.

While there are several people who could pull off the role, we think Donnie Darko has a fighting chance.

Fans point out that there were some Riddler Easter eggs in the Batman v Superman movie, so it’s possible that we’ll see The Riddler on film someday.

7 Dave Bautista As Bane

Can we all agree that, no matter the context, Dave Bautista must appear in Suicide Squad 2? Not only has the Drax actor delighted us all with his hilarious yet poignant portrayal in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, but he’s also publicly stated that he supports Gunn and wants to be involved in his next project.

We’re pretty sure any role could be molded to make room for such a beloved actor, but as as BossLogic has pointed out, he’d make an excellent Bane. After having two Banes that didn’t work so well in the Batman universe, we could definitely use a fresh face for the role. If he’s not Bane, Bautista would make a fantastic Solomon Grundy, too. We’re not too picky on this one.

6 Michael K. Williams As Black Manta

Could Black Manta make an appearance in Suicide Squad 2? It’s too early to rule anything out and many fans think he’d make a good inclusion, particularly following the Aquaman movie. While the majority of his screen time might simply have his head shrouded in a big bubble, his casting would be nonetheless important. Artist diamondking13 suggests actor Michael K. Williams for the job and we love the idea.

It would be cool to see how Gunn and co, would update the suit for a more modern, movie-friendly look.

Famous for his critically acclaimed roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, Williams was just cast in Jordan Peele and Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, but Suicide Squad 2 is far enough in the future to give him time for both gigs.

5 Bill Skarsgård As The Joker

This one is a no-brainer. Many of us just don’t care to see Jared Leto return as The Joker and it’s quite possible that The Joker won’t even see a second of footage in the second film. While we’d all probably be okay with that, if a new Joker is cast, Bill Skarsgård is a fantastic choice.

Skarsgård is hot right now following his success as Pennywise in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It. He also played a less troubling character in Castle Rock over the summer, proving his mettle yet again in King’s world. Considered one of the good things to come out of Netfix’s Hemlock Grove, Skarsgård could probably do the Joker justice, as artist aikoaiham has shown.

4 Teresa Palmer As Killer Frost

After witnessing Killer Frost in the Arrowverse, many fans are calling for her inclusion in Suicide Squad 2. DeviantArt creator farrou has imagined what it might look like if Teresa Palmer played the villain and it’s a pretty spot-on representation.

The Australian actress is no stranger to action movies and could do well in the role.

Kristin Bauer van Straten has already voiced Killer Frost in the animated Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, while Danica McKellar voices her in Lego DC Superhero Girls. She’s also been in 2009’s Public Enemies animated feature between Batman and Superman, but she’s never been in a live action movie before. Danielle Panabaker portrays the character in The Flash, but she hasn’t made a film in a few years.

3 Jon Bernthal as Rick Flag

Jon Bernthal is another actor already present in the MCU, portraying the most accurate and adept version of the Punisher we could ever hope for, so tossing the talented actor into the DC mix would just be plain fun. It’s not that Joel Kinneman was terrible as Rick Flag, and he’s done a great job standing up for the original film and its purpose, but Jon Bernthal would just be better.

The skill Bernthal has in striking that tricky sweet spot between ruthlessness and gravitas while still being a compelling, empathetic human being isn’t something anyone can do. Artist Riku7kun shows us what Bernthal as Flag might look like. It’s a little bare in comparison to Kinneman’s look, but that might actually work with Bernthal.

2 Josh Gad As The Penguin

It’s no secret that Josh Gad wants the role of The Penguin, having pushed for it himself in social media, and fans are clamoring for the opportunity to see the voice of the snowman, Olaf, and Gaston’s buddy LaFou in a much more sinister role.

Whether or not Gad will show up in The Batman remains to be seen but he definitely has the flippers to play the beloved villain.

BossLogic has given us some art imagining what he might look like in the role and it can only get better from here. In March, Gad started hilariously trolling Matt Reeves on Twitter, sending him animated penguin GIFs and hinting at what he could bring to the Batman franchise.

1 Margot Robbie As Harley Quinn

It’s an obvious inclusion, but it’s necessary. While the original Suicide Squad, hyped up to be the most incredible DC movie of all time, had plenty of problems, most fans and critics agree that the shining star of the whole production was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Robbie’s portrayal was everything we hoped for– brutal, nuanced, and a delicate balance between her joker obsession and Harley coming into her own person without being too over-the-top.

Who isn’t excited to see Robbie return as Harley in theBirds Of Prey adaptation featuring the awesome women of DC, which is so ardently anticipated that it pushed Suicide 2 to the back burner? After this much love, Robbie has to be in this universe.

Who do you most want to see in a new Suicide Squad movie? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-11 02:10:45 – Sara Schmidt

Spider-Man & Nick Fury Go Boating in New Far From Home Set Photo

A brand new Spider-Man: Far From Home set photo features Tom Holland’s headlining hero and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury cruising on a speedboat. Directed by Spider-Man: Homecoming helmsman Jon Watts, the upcoming sequel will be the MCU’s first entry in its still-mysterious Phase 4. Set after the events of Avengers 4, plot details regarding the movie are still being tightly kept under wraps, considering that next year’s Phase 3 culmination will serve as its narrative launching pad. That said, the follow-up will be bigger in scale, with the young hero traveling around Europe with his high school friends for a vacation. But with several bad guys lurking around – like the returning Vulture, Hydro-Man, Chameleon, Molten Man, and the movie’s apparent primary antagonist, Mysterio – it doesn’t seem like he’ll have much downtime.

Both Peter and Fury suffered the same fate in Avengers: Infinity War – snuffed out from existence following Thanos’ deadly snap. But with Avengers 4 expected to bring back most, if not all the heroes who were affected by the galactic genocide, the two will be resurrected one way or another,  thanks to the upcoming efforts of the core Avengers and the help of Ant-Man and Captain Marvel. After the MCU’s crisis at hand is finally resolved, the two (alongside Cobie Smulder’s Maria Hill) will work together to contain a brand new threat in Far From Home.

Related: Vincent D’Onofrio Won’t Rule Out Kingpin In MCU Spider-Man Movies

This latest set photo featuring Spidey and Fury comes courtesy of Twitter user fangirlonloose_. Taken during one of the filming days in Venice, the image features Peter Parker (sporting his arachnid alter-ego’s suit) and the former head of S.H.I.E.LD. cruising on a river aboard a speedboat. Check out the image below:

Far From Home began production in the U.K. back in July, and Venice was the last stop on its European filming leg before returning back to the U.S. to shoot more in New York and Los Angeles. So far, most filming has been done on location, resulting in a slew of set photos that give fans a peek at what the sequel might look like, including a look at Mysterio – supposedly played by Jake Gyllenhaal. A previously leaked video revealed Fury with Maria Hill, but this is the first time that he’s been spotted on the set sharing a scene with Spider-Man.

Not much can be deciphered from the photo, but it appears like Fury came to Spider-Man’s rescue, with the boat functioning as a getaway vessel. It also backs up theories that Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. (or the mysterious organization he’s currently working with) have taken in the young hero, with a separate set image revealing that Peter’s brand new stealth suit could be from the agency. Considering Fury’s now watching out for Peter’s well-being, many are speculating that Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) may bite the bullet in Avengers 4, since he seems to no longer be involved in Peter’s solo missions.  Otherwise, if he’s still alive, it’s odd that Stark wouldn’t have anything to do with his mentee, especially since both Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) are believed to appear in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

More: Mysterio Costume Photo Reveals Closer Look & Comics Accurate Colors

Source:  fangirlonloose_

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2018-10-06 05:10:31 – Ana Dumaraog

The Deuce Season 2 Review: Maggie Gyllenhaal Becomes A Captivating Series Lead

Season 1 of HBO’s The Deuce introduced its enormous ensemble cast and positioned the likes of Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Mustafa Shakir, Gary Carr, and more against the seedy side of New York City and the sex industry in the ‘70s. Co-created by David Simon and George Pelecanos, the series weaved in and out of a variety of different but tangentially related genres, being at once a crime series, a workplace drama, a period piece, and, as season 2 quickly establishes, an examination of the sexism facing women in the adult entertainment industry (and beyond), both in front of and behind the camera. 

To say that The Deuce’s second season is more focused doesn’t do a disservice to the first, rather it underlines the way in which the show’s many threads are more explicitly woven into a predominant theme. At the center of this second season is Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Candy, who has begun to parlay her professional relationship with pornographer Harvey Wasserman (David Krumholtz) into more behind-the-camera work in the adult film industry. The season, then, is centered on the many obstacles she faces along the way as she begins directing her own films, but finds long standing prejudices or “norms” within the world of adult entertainment — particularly for someone still appearing in them as an actor — work in opposition to her achieving her goals. 

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As dazzling and occasionally heartbreaking as Gyllenhaal’s performance was in season 1, she is operating on a completely different level this time around. Candy, as well as the other characters, and the series as a whole, benefit from the decision to make a considerable jump forward in time to 1977, putting the porn industry on the precipice of being revolutionized by the prevalence of video, and the ways in which that irrevocably altered the way the business worked. The series makes nods toward this in interesting ways throughout the first few episodes of season 2, expanding its story to cover more of New York City and Los Angeles as well, as Emily Mead’s Lori begins to acclimate to her burgeoning fame as an adult film star. 

Candy, Lori, and Darlene (Dominique Fishback), are in many ways the central focus on the new season, as The Deuce examines the ways their lives have and have not changed in the intervening years, and the way their careers and personal lives are still overwhelmingly controlled by certain groups men in various positions of power. Candy’s situation makes her something of an outlier, but as the season demonstrates repeatedly, she still run into familiar situations where the power dynamic is ridiculously and unfairly skewed. It’s ingrained into every facet of the industry in which she works. And by watching characters repeatedly run headlong into this wall season 2 develops a more fascinating through-line that enhances its already well-established humanist and socially conscious narratives. 

The show also expands on the criminal side of things, delving into increasingly morally nebulous territory familiar to Simon, Pelecanos, and especially writers like Richard Price (The Night Of) and Megan Abbott. This side of the sex industry concerns everyone from Gary Carr’s C.C. to Gbenga Akinnagbe’s Larry Brown to Michael Rispoli’s mob boss Rudy Pipilo and, certainly, James Franco in the dual role of Vincent and Frankie Martino. 

Inasmuch as The Deuce observes the sex industry as a business and those involved in it as workers dealing with many of the same concerns as those in what may be considered “legitimate” or “conventional” industries, it takes a similar approach to the aspect of organized crime. In particular, the parts of season 2 that feature Franco’s brothers or their brother-in-law, Bobby Dwyer (Chris Bauer), are very much about running a business. Whether it’s increased competition from a rival organization or another crackdown by the NYPD, called down from the mayor’s office — represented this season by newcomer Luke Kirby as mayoral representative Gene Goldman — the ins and outs of a criminal enterprise takes on a familiar workaday aspect that will be familiar to viewers of Simon’s work on The Wire. 

Whether a scene or storyline is focused on Candy, Vincent, Lori, or C.C., season 2 of The Deuce has repositioned its point of view in such a way that the perspective of women is almost always in the narrative foreground. That emphasis affords characters who might otherwise be placed in a secondary position to step up and enjoy greater agency. Case in point, Abby (Margarita Levieva), who is now managing Vincent’s old bar and is segueing it into a venue for the punk scene, is also taking part in an outreach program to help the women who are working the streets. Similarly, though she’s most often working opposite Carr, one of the show’s most consistently engaging performers, each door that opens up for Lori threatens to close on C.C., and the result is a captivating shift in one of the show’s most fascinating relationships. 

The Deuce season 2 delivers compelling development for an already strong show, one that makes the most of its talented ensemble by shifting perspectives and putting women at the forefront of its overarching narrative. Of all the storylines this new season is offering, though, it will likely be best remembered for Gyllenhaal’s dazzling performance. 

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The Deuce continues next Sunday with ‘There’s an Art to This’ @10pm on HBO.

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2018-09-09 08:09:14 – Kevin Yeoman

Wildlife Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal & Cary Mulligan’s Marriage is Failing

Jake Gyllenhaal and Cary Mulligan play a husband-wife duo whose marriage is (not so slowly) starting to crumble in the trailer for the 1960s-set drama, Wildlife. The film marks the directorial debut for decorated character actor Paul Dano, who also cowrote the script with his longtime collaborator and partner Zoe Kazan (her second screenplay after Ruby Sparks), based on the 1990 novel by Richard Ford.

Wildlife takes place in ’60s-era small town Montana and is told from the perspective of fourteen-year old Joe Brinson, as played by Ed Oxenbould (The Visit). Shortly after Joe’s father Jerry (Gyllenhaal), a golf pro, loses his job, he decides to help battle a raging forest fire near the Canadian border – leaving Joe and his mother Jeanette (Mulligan) to fend for themselves. In his father’s absence, Joe is forced to grow up faster than he expected and do his best to help his mother make due in Jerry’s absence… even as he gradually begins to realize that neither of his parents are particularly happy about their lives at the moment, much less their marriage to each other.

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IFC Films has now released an official trailer for Wildlife (see below), ahead of its U.S. release next month. The preview itself is somewhat misleading, in the sense that it suggests Gyllenhaal has essentially the same amount of screen time as Oxenbould and Mulligan. However, according to most journalists and critics who’ve already seen the film, the Brokeback Mountain and Nightcrawler actor is very much a supporting player – as the story focuses more on Joe and Jeanette’s relationship than Jerry.

Following its premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival near the beginning of the year, Wildlife has been screened at several other major film festivals across the globe. In fact, it only just showed at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier today and will make its way to the big festivals in New York, London, and San Diego before it hits theaters. Suffice it to say, IFC is doing its part to generate buzz for this one.

So far, Wildlife has earned pretty much universal praise on the film festival circuit for its leading performances and Dano’s subtle direction, as well as elements like the handsome period cinematography by Diego Garcia (see the trailer for more on that). Between Dano’s film and Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born, it seems this awards season will include at least two very different, yet in many ways equally successful directorial debuts from well-known character actors. All Oscar talk set aside, though, this seems like one that movie buffs will want to check out, based solely on its own merits.

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Source: IFC Films

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