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Biz Break: Jake Gyllenhaal Attaches Himself To Nightcrawler And Gina Carano Is An Angel

By Jodi Clager | Trade News | July 19, 2013 | Comments ()


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Comic Con is in full swing in San Diego, which means that news about anything else is scarce on the entertainment sites. That’s alright, I suppose. I was able to find some arguably interesting pieces of news for your Friday.

Jake Gyllenhaal was a front runner for Disney’s version of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods. Instead of playing Rapunzel’s Prince Charming, Gyllenhaal has decided to take on the role of producer and star of Nightcrawler. The film, penned by Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy) will follow a petty thief (Gyllenhaal) in Los Angeles as he immerses himself into the community of crime journalism. According to The Wrap, the project will film over five weeks in October and November, clashing with the Into the Woods schedule.

What? Were you expecting something else from a film with that name?

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When I tell you that Kit Harington, Djimon Hounsou, and Cate Blanchett will be in How To Train Your Dragon 2, there isn’t any chance for confusion. Harington will play Eret, a trapper collecting dragons for his boss’s (Hounsou) army. Blanchett will voice Valka, a Viking woman intent on rescuing the dragons from Eret and his boss. The trio join returning cast Gerard Butler, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Craig Ferguson, and T.J. Miller.

Gina Carano has linked herself, professionally, with Rob Liefeld. The pair are trying to land a writer, director, and studio to craft a starring vehicle for Carano to portray Liefeld’s character Avengelyne. Avengelyne is a fallen angel that fights demons and other such horrible entities. She would be a kickass heroine for Carano to bring to the screen. especially if they budget for some real clothes for the poor girl.

Liefeld, if you don’t know, is infamous in the comic book world for his inability to properly draw women, feet, hands, facial expressions, or costumes. Behold Deadpool holding Cable with…his fingertips? A 2x4?…balancing precariously on his wee lady feet and…where is Cable’s other hand? Is Cable pooping or dying? Notice no one else on the cover got the luxury of feet:

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Last of all, the Paranormal Activity franchise is skipping Halloween this year. In fact, the fifth installment doesn’t even have a script yet. Instead, Paramount is reworking The Oxnard Tapes to fit into the Paranormal Activity universe while also reaching out to a Latino audience. Directed by Christopher Landon (writer of Paranormal Activity 2), the PA movie has just been moved to January 2014, leaving October 2014 open for PA 5. Let’s pretend Paramount will take this time to rethink the franchise and bring something actually frightening to screens instead of more tedious, tenuously connected money grabs.



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  • mslewis

    Perhaps Ms. Carano has attached herself to Mr. Liefeld because no one else wanted her. I mean, the woman cannot act to save her life and the one movie that I've seen her in was so ridiculous and her acting was so bad that it was no surprise the movie bombed. I cannot imagine producers have been beating down her door. Didn't she even fake-date a well-know actor to get some publicity? I can't imagine this movie will even get made with her in the lead.

  • Salieri2

    This is why it will get made:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

  • Though I've been cursing his name up and down this thread, I thought I'd share with you my favorite Liefeld creation in that it both exemplifies his lack of understanding of anatomy, his propensity for dumb names, and his fixation on bad costuming.

    This is Fourplay.

  • Pinky McLadybits

    OH MY GOD. Halloween is going to be SO AWKWARD in the McLadybits neighborhood!

  • Bonus points if you can somehow never show anyone your feet!

  • Bert_McGurt

    I have SO many questions. Like:

    -Does she have four boobs?
    -Why is her belt totally different in these two panels?
    -How come there's a FIFTH arm coming out of the bottom of that second panel?
    -Why do these guys she's beating up all look like RoboBoba Fett?

    and finally,

    WHEREFORE ART HER POUCHES?

  • Salieri2

    The fifth arm is absolutely a classic foot-hider. The rest I deem suspicious.

  • Finance_Nerd

    Avengelyne is a fallen angel, banished from Heaven by God after being tricked into questioning his love for humans. Based upon this picture, I'm guessing God was like, "As punishment for questioning me, I'm sending you to Earth in a quasi-S&M outfit to fight demons. Since this outfit is quite revealing and most of my followers would consider it to be indecent, I'll put a big cross over your massive tits to let everyone know that you're on my side. Cool?"

  • Salieri2

    Wow, are we sure that's Liefeld's work? Let's review.

    No feet: check, sword grip: imaginary, extra sword: strapped to nothing, weapon perspective: appalling, sure, but--only two pouches? TWO? I smell a counterfeit.

  • Comics!

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Sounds like Bayonetta.

  • ironjohn

    "Disney’s version of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods."
    WHAT?!

  • Snath

    Is Carano going to have her feet amputated for the role?

  • Joe Grunenwald

    And here I thought Carano was going to be in the long-ago-announced film adaptation of Liefeld's THE GODYSSEY. Though Avengelyne is in that, so perhaps she still will be.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Ok, this part of the writeup on that Liefeld link is GOLD:
    Women with waists the size of their wrists, standing like they're trying to take a shit on a swingset.

    (though that one above is truly terrifying for her thigh trying to escape from her ass)

  • Jerce

    All I can do is say again...daFUQ?!?

    How did the maker of these...terrible drawings ever get any work at all? I don't understand!

  • cgthegeek

    Blackmail. Trust.

  • It was the 90s. We all did things we regret.

  • Joe Grunenwald

    And there are people who LOVE him! To this day!

  • Against ALL SENSE. He still gets work! Gail Simone, one of the few female writers in comics and general creative treasure, DEFENDED him and his artwork during a run of Teen Titans they did together.

    WHY? Did he perform some secret blood rite to ensure that his awful art will always be in demand? I just don't get it!

  • Has anyone bothered to ask Nightcrawler how he feels having a Gyllenhaal attached to him?

  • Maguita NYC

    I know I wouldn't mind.

  • Drake

    Me neither. As long as it isn't Mags.

  • Maguita NYC

    Eh? What don't you mind, and what do you mean Mags.
    Oh wait, you meant Mags' (apostrophe...)

  • Drake

    Maggie, actually.

  • Maguita NYC

    *Slaps forehead. You can understand the mix-up: People actually call me Mags... This blonde moment brought to you by beer in the sun.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I had to choke down my coffee at "Rob Liefeld" - just the idea of a beautiful, well-proportioned human woman hitching herself to that horse is HILARIOUS to me. Nearly did a spit take onto my laptop.

    Edited to add: my favorite Liefeld creation - BustyCap!

    http://www.anawfulart.com/wp-c...

  • emmalita

    That just looks....uncomfortable.

  • Jerce

    ...daFUQ?!?

  • I googled 'Avengelyne' to see what it was and let me say that I wholly support Gina Carano's efforts to bring that character to the big screen.

  • Finance_Nerd

    If they try to match her costume from the comic, they won't need to budget much for material in wardrobe.

  • NateMan

    I can't WAIT for How To.... I loved the first one, and the Cartoon Network spin-off is shockingly not bad.

  • Fredo

    Rob Liefeld's art is akin to how many bros work out: heavy on chest and arms and lousy on the legs.

  • Valhallaback Girl

    I think the word you're looking for is "Brolio"

    You know, when bro bros wanna get stacked but they've got legs like a former US president with polio.

  • Whatever do you mean?

  • Fabius_Maximus

    The hell?

  • TK

    Ugh, fucking Liefeld. His drawings of Cable are legendarily shitty. He's awful. Hitch yourself to a brighter star, Gina. Please. You don't want to end up looking like one of these.

  • Rob Liefeld is such a hack. He ushered in the birth of the unfortunate Dark Age in comic books and his art is ridiculously awful especially when drawing women. Recently, I went on a hate-read kick and found a beautiful treasure trove of reasons why Liefeld is The Suck. Yes, he created Deadpool, but that doesn't erase his crimes:

    http://www.progressiveboink.co...
    http://www.progressiveboink.co...

  • Joe Grunenwald

    Personally I think we have Alan Moore and Frank Miller to thank for the comics 'Dark Age'. Liefeld is just a recurring symptom of the disease.

  • A fair point! Miller's work is uneven in that regard, at least for me. He produced some real gems, but he also gave us Batman/Spawn among other train-wrecks. I give a Moore a pass for doing dark very well though and for forgoing many of the cheap tawdry trappings that many books pandered to during that time. These trappings seemed to have been popularized by Liefeld, specifically the art style and the names.

    I hate how many artists started copying that style to garner a larger readership with all the GRIMACES and pecs the size of Mars and no feet. And the women! My god! I can't even! But what I hate more are the ridiculous names and how it seemed like he played Mad-Libs with the words "dark," "blood," and "shot."

    While I agree that Miller and Moore were figures in establishing the Dark Age, it seems like Liefeld popularized its worst aspects. And he STILL works today! Ugh!

  • Pinky McLadybits

    They all also look like they're constantly pooping or giving birth.

  • Maguita NYC

    This made me laugh so hard. I'll never be able to look at his work with a straight face ever again.

  • It's because REAL MEN GRIMACE ALL THE TIME ARRRGGG TEETH CLENCHING MANHOOD

  • BlackRabbit

    Some words should not be put together. "Teeth-clenching" and "manhood" fall in that category. Thank you for your time.

    And yes, Liefield has no grasp of anatomy.

  • Maguita NYC

    Some really do make the same face coming as well as going!

  • Joe Grunenwald

    Could you look at it with a straight face before? And if so, how?

  • Maguita NYC

    It was always bland to me until @pinkymcladybits:disqus's comment. Now every time I scroll down to that picture, I laugh hysterically.

  • NateMan

    I can forgive Liefield just the TINIEST amount for being mostly responsible for Deadpool's creation. The character has grown so much once he was no longer involved, but he still has to be credited for one of the best (if overused) characters in mainstream comics.

  • Maguita NYC

    "When I tell you that Kit Harington, Djimon Hounsou, and Cate Blanchett will be in How To Train Your Dragon 2..."

    Sorry... I was about to come in my pan... No wait, " Gerard Butler,..., Jonah Hill,... " False alarm.

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