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

By Jodi Smith | Industry | July 19, 2013 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | July 19, 2013 |

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?


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:


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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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.