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'Nightcrawler' Review: One of the Best Movies of the Year

Posted By Jason Gorber on Oct 31st 2014 4:08PM
"Nightcrawler" is a blistering film, a look into the dark underbelly of modern news gathering. With a positively animalistic portrayal by a gaunt Jake Gyllenhaal, this directorial debut by Dan Gilroy packs a powerful punch. A nocturnal LA noir, the film uses a charismatic anti-hero to both entertain and repel, a balancing act that's far too uncommon in movies these days. An action movie with... read more

David Cronenberg on 'Maps to the Stars' and Whether or Not It's His Last Movie

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
Canadian director David Cronenberg never ceases to deliver unpredictable, buzzworthy films. His latest venture, "Maps to the Stars," is no exception. "Maps" follows a bunch of Hollywoodites who are searching for fame in their own individual ways -- and underneath it all is a (very) dysfunctional family drama. Moviefone Canada spoke to Cronenberg about this project, and the filmmaker talked...

Julianne Moore on 'Maps to the Stars' and Channelling Her Inner Diva (VIDEO)

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
There's a reason Julianne Moore won the Best Actress honours at the Cannes Film Festival: her performance in "Maps to the Stars" is jaw-droppingly on-point. Moore plays Havana -- the daughter of a deceased Hollywood acting legend -- who's searching for her own major breakthrough. She's entitled, bitchy, and utterly clueless about how she comes off. "Maps" is worth seeing solely for...

Jake Gyllenhaal on 'Nightcrawler' and That Intense Mirror Punch

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
This role has "Oscar" written all over it: prolific actor Jake Gyllenhaal has taken on another intense part, this time as nighttime video producer Louis Bloom in "Nightcrawler." In more plain language, he's an ambulance chaser, trying to get the most salacious, bloody stories on camera before anyone else so he can sell the footage to news stations. Sounds grim, doesn't it? Moviefone Canada...

Robert Pattinson on 'Maps to the Stars,' Hollywood Ugliness and Child Actors (VIDEO)

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
Of all people, worldwide heartthrob Robert Pattinson should understand the perils of fame and what Hollywood can do to a person. In his latest film, in David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars," Pattinson plays a back-seat role, which ironically has him in the front seat. He's a limo driver to the stars, and he spends the movie trying to break into Hollywood via auditions (and other...

Exclusive 'Insurgent' Motion Poster: Four Is Back, and Badass

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
The wait for your first look at Four from next year's "Divergent" sequel, "Insurgent," is finally over. That's right, today, Moviefone Canada is exclusively debuting the interactive 3D character poster featuring heartthrob Four, played by Theo James. Check out Four in all his badass glory below. But wait, there's more. When you click on the poster, it'll take you to other sites with seven...

John Cusack on the 'Maps to the Stars' Fever Dream, and Hellish Child Actors (VIDEO)

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
John Cusack has been in showbiz for most of his life, so who better to comment on the sometimes-hellish behaviour of child stars? In "Maps to the Stars," Cusack plays Dr. Weiss, a kooky west-coast yoga/massage therapist/guru, whose clientele includes celebrities. He's also the father to Benjie, an uber-famous child star with serious attitude problems (and that's putting it nicely). ...

Sarah Gadon on 'Maps to the Stars' and Being a Cronenberg Muse (VIDEO)

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
At this point, Sarah Gadon has promised her first-born child to director David Cronenberg for all the help he's given her career. OK, so that's an exaggeration, but the actress is definitely grateful to the Canadian filmmaker. She first appeared in his "A Dangerous Method," then his son Brandon's "Antiviral," then back to David for "Cosmopolis," and now she's in his latest star-studded...

Christopher Meloni on 'White Bird in a Blizzard,' '80s Moustaches, and Playing the Lonely Guy

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
Most of us know Christopher Meloni for his "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" role, Elliott Stabler -- a gruff, no-nonsense cop who often had a short fuse. In Gregg Araki's latest film, "White Bird in a Blizzard," Meloni tackles a different beast. In the movie, Meloni plays Brock Connor, your average suburban husband with a good suit, a good job, a good wife (Eva Green) and a good...

Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons on 'Whiplash,' Drumming and Stoking Passion

Posted By Jason Gorber on October 10, 2014
Much of the power of the extraordinary film "Whiplash" comes from the interaction between two remarkable performers. This is a star-making role for Miles Teller, an actor who has previously appeared in films like "Rabbit Hole" and the "Footloose" remake, and he's soon to make a further splash in the big-budget "Fantastic Four" reboot and "Divergent" sequel. J.K. Simmons may be known to most as...

'Whiplash' Director Damien Chazelle on His Film's Success and the Burdens of Drumming

Posted By Jason Gorber on October 10, 2014
Since its debut at the Sundance Film Festival last January, "Whiplash" has been on a bit of a tear. Winning both the audience and jury prizes in Park City, the film has gone on to screen at numerous festivals all over the world, gaining further acclaim at Cannes, winning best film at Deauville, and playing to rapturous applause at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. The film is a...

'Birdman' Review: Madness Meets Artistry in This Ambitious Movie

Posted By Jason Gorber on October 10, 2014
"Birdman" is the latest film from "21 Grams" and "Babel" director Alejandro González Iñárritu. Actually, that might not be the real title of the movie, as journalists received the following message prior to the screening: "Please use the film's full title, "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance," the first time the film is mentioned in an article. " Meanwhile, on...

Keanu Reeves Completely, Totally Loves 'John Wick' (VIDEO)

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
Forget Sad Keanu, at least for the time being. Keanu Reeves is very happy about his latest film, the action movie "John Wick," because it combines everything: martial arts, gunplay, stunt driving and some kick-ass dialogue. Reeves is the titular Wick, who's out for vengeance after his puppy is brutally killed by a Russian gang (yes, that's exactly what happens). The group of thugs had...

Sam Rockwell on 'Laggies,' Dancing in Movies, and Playing More Subdued Roles

Posted By Rick Mele on October 10, 2014
When you think of Sam Rockwell, the word "subdued" isn't necessarily the first thing to come to mind. Manic maybe, or hyper. An unexpectedly good dancer. But seeing him play a world-weary single dad in the upcoming romantic comedy "Laggies" opposite Keira Knightley feels like a bit of a departure for the actor. According to Rockwell, his character Craig comes a lot closer to his actual...

Ian McKellen Has Some Great Advice for Young Students

Posted By Jesse Ferreras on October 10, 2014
"The Lord of the Rings" star Ian McKellen stopped by the Chew Valley School, a performing arts college near Bristol, U.K. on Friday and dispensed some very helpful advice to students who stood outside its library. We could tell you what it is, but we think "Gandalf" says it better than anyone could describe. For all two of you who haven't seen "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, the...

'The Book of Life' Review: Macabre Cartoon Almost Gets There

Posted By Jason Gorber on October 10, 2014
"The Book of Life" is a colourful, slightly macabre animated story that draws from Mexican culture and aesthetic style. Told as a story-within-a-story, this is a straight-up fairy tale that sees the protagonist go on a traditional heroic quest, with visits to the underworld, battles with raging beasts, and overcoming family expectations. For a film that has significant events that take place...

Bill Murray and the 'St. Vincent' Cast Talk Russian Strip Clubs and Cracking Each Other Up

Posted By Rick Mele on October 10, 2014
Whenever you get Bill Murray in a room, you can expect to see a pretty good performance. But add in his "St. Vincent" co-stars Melissa McCarthy and Chris O'Dowd, and the one-liners were flying fast during a press conference held at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, where the film came in as a second runner-up for the fest's People's Choice Award. "If I can be very serious for a...

Aaron Paul, Kat Candler and Josh Wiggins Talk 'Hellion'

Posted By Jason Gorber on October 10, 2014
After the huge success of "Breaking Bad," many were very interested in seeing which direction Aaron Paul would take his career. His big studio film was "Need For Speed," but before that smash-em-up film played there was a smaller, more intimate tale of a father trying to do right by his young, rebellious son. Kat Candler's "Hellion" played well at Sundance, and this stark independent film is...

Michael Moore on 'Roger & Me' and the Demise of the Modern Documentary

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
It's been 25 years -- yes, 25 years -- since documentary filmmaker/overall s**t-disturber Michael Moore came out with his seminal doc "Roger & Me," which took a look at the United States' precarious dependence on the auto industry and the crumbling city of Flint, Michigan (his hometown). Since that film, we all know the story: Moore shot to super-stardom and essentially became the face of...

5 Things We Learned About 'Men, Women & Children' From Jason Reitman

Posted By Rick Mele on October 10, 2014
According to Jason Reitman, his new film "Men, Women & Children" is about the Internet as much as "Juno" was about teen pregnancy, or "Thank You For Smoking" was about cigarettes; really, he's interested in exploring people, not timely issues. Adapted from Chad Kultgen's 2011 novel, the movie follows a group of Texas high schoolers and their parents, focusing on the many ways the...

Genesis Rodriguez Talks 'Tusk,' and Has Some Choice Words for the Naysayers

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on October 10, 2014
"Tusk" is all sorts of f**ked up. The latest from the mind of director Kevin Smith ("Mallrats," "Red State") promises to challenge your assumptions about his filmmaking, and that's putting it lightly. The lone female in the leading ensemble, Genesis Rodriguez, is as gung-ho about the movie as an actor can be, even though she's a self-professed "scaredy cat." Since the movie is nearly...

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