Boxing films, am I right? There’s a reason that there are more films about boxing than any other sport, and it’s not because of seventeen Rocky films fudging the numbers. It’s because they’re popular as hell, and since they’re so popular it’s only fair that Jake Gyllenhaal have a crack at it. We got a shot a few months back of Gyllenhaal in his latest project Southpaw, having bulked up to near redonkulous levels following his wiry stint in Nightcrawler. Now, to follow it up, we have some footage from the film!
Deadline is reporting on the release of a short set of clips from the film – what might commonly be known as a trailer – showing Gyllenhaal as savage boxer Billy Hope. The clips are pretty damn cool and have all manner of fighting in them, not just the refereed kind. Check it out below:
Didn’t I say it was cool? Gyllenhaal certainly looks to have held on to a little of that Nightcrawler madness for this picture, converting it from tactical near psychopathy to dark brutality.
Southpaw depicts Hope’s fall from prominence after the death of his wife played by Rachel McAdams and the loss of his child to protective services. Don’t get the wrong idea, he’s plenty to blame for both, so don’t be thinking of this as a sob story. It also shows his last-ditch attempt at making his way to greatness again, with the help of trainer Forest Whitaker.
Hopefully we’ll be seeing a proper trailer soon enough so we can get a more thoughtful lay of the land, but there’s something just ad good if not better about seeing something like this footage which has more bite and less artificiality to it. I mean, it’s all artificial cause it’s a film, but… Well you get the idea.
Oh Suicide Squad. Your flame burnt so bright, but for so a short a time. Truly pride comes before a fall. Is that too dramatic? Well you have to admit that the DC/ Warner Bros. project has hit a sort of speed bump. After such a strong showing a few months ago with a full main cast list, we got word earlier this month that Tom Hardy had left the project, leaving the role of Rick Flag open. Director David Ayer had his sights set on Jake Gyllenhaal for the role, but Slash Film is now reporting that the star of 2014 breakout Nightcrawler has said no to the role as well.
Now to be fair, there was nothing particularly concrete connecting Gyllenhaal to the project, apart from Ayer’s word that he was heavily courting the actor with whom he had previously collaborated successfully on End of Watch. Clearly, however, Ayer is a better director than he is a date. Either that, or Gyllenhaal is giving himself some breathing room to pick his next few projects more selectively. After such an amazing performance in Nightcrawler, Gyllenhaal is going body-mod with boxing project Southpaw and will most likely be looking for similarly serious projects to prove that Nightcrawler wasn’t a fluke. Let’s face it, as financially and commercially tantalising as superhero movies may be on either side of the DC/Marvel fence, they’re not for everybody – certainly not for every actor.
Although there is a more practical explanation for both refusals: there are reports that Hardy’s current project The Revenant, is going over schedule, and if he follows that up with promotions for the summer release of Mad Max: Fury Road, there may just not be room for Suicide Squad. As for Gyllenhaal, he’s recently gone the Bradley Cooper route and started in a role on Broadway, so he may be too busy treading the boards to get caught in a potentially ongoing DC contract.
Other than that, the film is still moving on as scheduled, with Spring shooting plans and a August 5, 2016 release date unchanged. Let’s hope everything runs smoothly from here on out.
There’s not an awards programme this winter that isn’t going mad about Jake Gyllenhaal and his startling performance in Nightcrawler, and for good reason. If you haven’t seen it yet, then you’d better get a move on! No I’m kidding, you take your time – it’s not going anywhere. The film has been on pretty much every top 10 list and is definitely one of my favourite films of the year if only because Gyllanhaal’s portrayal of an opportunistic crime-hound was like a welcome punch to the gut. It’s a good film, that’s really the point I’m trying to get across.
Anywho, if you can’t get around to seeing it any time soon, then I have the next best thing. is it the actors playing out every scene in your living room? Don’t be ridiculous! We both know your living room isn’t nearly nice enough. No, it’s the original script for Nightcrawler as penned by Dan Gilroy. There’s no denying that much of the success of this film goes to Gilroy’s masterful screenplay, so it’s definitely worth checking out. So here it is, courtesy of The Wrap:
Not exactly a heart-warming Christmas fable, but it gets me going. If you really want some Christmas fun, print out a few copies and distribute them among your relatives on Christmas morning for some impromptu festive theatrics.
Does Nightcrawler chill as deep on the page as it does on the screen?
I know, I know, if you see another nominations list this month you’re going to shove your Golden Globe replica into the face of the person next to you. But this one will be different, I promise.
Ok, so it’s really not different to all the others. Birdman is there, The Imitation Game is there and Boyhood is there. But there are a few little additions that we’ may well start seeing a lot more of. You know how I am about lists inside paragraphs by now, so here’s the list care of the Screen Actors Guild Awards site. Read at your own peril:
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Naomi Watts – St. Vincent
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Birdman – Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Andrew Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts
Boyhood – Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Lorelai Linklater
The Grand Budapest Hotel – F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwarzman, Lea Seydoux
The Imitation Game – Matthew Beard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Charles Dance, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Keira Knightley, Allen Leech, Mark Strong
The Theory of Everything – Charlie Cox, Felicity Jones, Simon McBurney, Eddie Redmayne, David Thewlis, Emily Watson
SAG Awards® Honours for Stunt Ensembles
Get On Up
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Without giving too much away I was surprised to see St Vincent up there, but not as surprised to Naomi Watts‘s name. Into The Woods is definitely making a lot more appearances than people thought considering it’s a soft musical sort. It’s good to see Fury and The Judge poking their heads above water, and hopefully we’ll see a lot more of them.
Any films you think were missed out?