Roman J Israel Esq trailer

Denzel Washington and Nightcrawler writer/director Dan Gilroy? Sounds like a dream team behind the new legal drama Roman J. Israel, Esq.

The first trailer for Gilroy’s anticipated follow-up to his acclaimed directorial debut Nightcrawler has dropped, and it has Washington setting the bar for Oscar-buzzy performances as the titular idealistic lawyer who becomes disillusioned with the practice.

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Roman J. Israel, Esq. Review

Writer Dan Gilroy made an exciting directorial debut with 2014’s excellent Nightcrawler, a Los Angeles-based character study with a strong lead performance. Now Gilroy is back with yet another character study set in L/A. Sadly, lightning doesn’t strike twice for Gilroy – his new film, Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a mess.

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dan gilroy netfllix

After a bidding war, Netflix won a “heated auction” for the next film from Nightcrawler writer-director, Dan Gilroy. Not only is it going to be the third feature from Gilroy, which makes it exciting enough already, but it’s also a Nightcrawler reunion: Jake Gyllenhaal and Renee Russo are starring in the film.

Below, learn more about the Dan Gilroy Netflix project.

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Colin Farrell inner city

We were excited when we heard Nightcrawler‘s writer and director, Dan Gilroy, had another project up and running. Gilroy plans on making a legal drama/thriller, Inner City, his sophomore effort behind the camera. The Sony project stars Denzel Washington, and Colin Farrell is in talks to co-star alongside the Fences director.

Below, learn more about Gilroy’s next movie.

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Dan Gilroy Denzel Washington project

Has anyone else been anxiously awaiting the news of Dan Gilroy‘s sophomore effort as a filmmaker? The screenwriter, who wrote Two for the Money and worked on the script for Tarsem’s The Fall, made his directorial debut with Nightcrawler, a darkly funny thriller that feels made by an old pro behind the camera. After the critical and financial success of his first feature, there was no immediate news about a follow-up project, but he may next direct Inner City, a drama possibly starring Denzel Washington.

Below, learn more about the potential Dan Gilroy Denzel Washington project.

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Dan Gilroy Interview

It’s rare to see a directorial debut that is a total home run, but that’s Nightcrawler in a nutshell. The film’s writer/director, Dan Gilroy, is not, however, some rookie who got lucky. He’s been a screenwriter for years, with credits on films like The Fall, Real Steel and The Bourne Legacy. He was the writer on Tim Burton’s aborted Superman film with Nicolas Cage. And his family is in the business, too: brother Tony has his own screenwriting career, and is director of films like Michael Clayton and Duplicity; brother John edited films such as Warrior and Pacific Rim; and his wife Renee Russo needs no introduction.

They all are part of Nightcrawler, in which Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a man who finds himself uniquely suited to compete in the world of independent cable news contractors. Gyllenhaal’s character Lou Bloom is taught the “if it bleeds it leads” axiom early on, and he runs with that concept. Renee Russo plays Nina, who buys Lou’s footage and helps shape his new career. Tony Gilroy produced, and John Gilroy edited.

I sat down with Dan Gilroy to talk about the film, and admitted that, as horrible as the guy can be, I’m somewhat envious of Lou’s pure drive to succeed. We talked about sociopaths, the liberation that comes from ditching a traditional character arc, and the beauty of Los Angeles at night.

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Nightcrawler red-band trailer

This Nightcrawler red-band trailer is unusual. Most red-band trailers are restricted because of the language or images contained in the film footage. In this one, most of the foul language comes from critic quotes praising the film. (Though the characters spew a few choice lines, too.)

And, yeah, Nightcrawler is great; as bitingly funny as it is brutally disturbing. Jake Gyllenhaal shines as a very determined man who finds a career path freelancing in scummy late-night cable news.  And while some people might find their road to success blocked by little things such as morals or a conscience, this character isn’t much troubled by such things. This trailer doesn’t give much away, but you’ll get to see Gyllenhaal getting into action. Read More »

new Nightcrawler teaser

I’m getting to the point where I love the one-minute and even the 30-second trailer. Take Nightcrawler, a film which looks truly great, and about which I’ve heard nothing but good things since it started doing the festival rounds a few weeks ago. Dan Gilroy‘s tale of seedy Los Angeles news reporting boasts a lead performance from Jake Gyllenhall that has become the must-see turn of fall 2014. But I want to see it in the movie, not necessarily in the trailer, and the last long Nightcrawler trailer felt like it showed too much.

Enter this new Nightcrawler teaser. It’s a 30-second look at the film — basically a TV spot, except that it comes from Regal Cinemas. Regardless, it’s a condensed look that might get your blood flowing, but doesn’t feel as if it is giving the movie away. There’s also a new and final poster, excerpted above and shown in full below.

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Nightcrawler trailer

Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a guy who discovers that his intense work ethic and lightweight moral sense combine to make him a talent in the field of shooting bottom-feeding TV news. Initially unsuccessful in his job hunt, a chance encounter with a news team led by Bill Paxton leads Gyllenhaal’s character to start gathering news on his own… and perhaps even tweaking it a bit, as this new Nightcrawler trailer suggests. The film was recently moved to an October 31 opening; see the new trailer below. Read More »

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nightcrawler teaser trailer

Our first look at the crime thriller Nightcrawler featured star Jake Gyllenhaal going through a few permutations of a job pitch to an unseen person — and despite that potentially dull setup, it was a strange, riveting piece of film thanks to Gyllenhaal’s performance. Now there’s a longer Nightcrawler trailer that shows us a lot more of Gyllenhaal’s character as he combs the nighttime streets of LA looking for lurid news. And even though we see a lot more, this trailer still leaves a lot of questions.

I love this new look at the film, and each new thing we learn about the movie helps it climb to a higher spot on the “must watch” list. Check out the Nightcrawler teaser trailer below.

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