Column | Sep 2, 2014 | 10:00 PM
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Story | Sep 6, 2014 | 8:30 AMAs a gonzo freelance news cameraman prowling for the goriest, grizzliest scoops he can find, Jake Gyllenhaal gives such a buggy, twitchy performance that -- with his sunken cheeks, bulging eyes and greasy hair -- he resembles some Cronenbergian mutant in an intermediate stage of transformation. He's the main attraction in "Nightcrawler," , but doesn't have much to say beyond the familiar, shopworn hand-wringing about shutterbugs willing to do anything to get the shot and the desensitized voyeur audience -- us -- that laps it all up. A flashy but hollow first directing gig for veteran screenwriter Dan Gilroy ("The Bourne Legacy"), this Oct. 31 Open Road release is a star vehicle that will test audience enthusiasm for Gyllenhaal's big, mannered star turn -- a feast of capital-A acting that's sometimes amusing to watch but not believable for so much as a second.
Story | Sep 3, 2014 | 11:17 AM
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Jake Gyllenhaal has a razor-thin scar on the palm of his hand. It's a permanent souvenir from the set of "Nightcrawler," the Toronto Film Festival thriller, in which the actor plays a twisted crime paparazzo. On the Los Angeles...
Story | Sep 1, 2014 | 2:32 PM
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - VENICE -- The absence of hefty U.S. fare is beginning to be felt as the Venice Festival enters its second stretch. Many of this year's really big guns -- the Weinstein Co.'s Oscar hopeful "The Imitation Game," Denzel...
Story | Aug 31, 2014 | 2:30 PM
VENICE -- The absence of hefty U.S. fare is beginning to be felt as the Venice Festival enters its second stretch. Many of this year's really big guns -- the Weinstein Co.'s Oscar hopeful "The Imitation Game," Denzel Washington starrer "The Equalizer,"...