Director Denis Villeneuve is spending some time in the world of Arrakis with his two-part film adaptation of Dune, but it sounds like he might be working with a familiar collaborator again soon. Jake Gyllenhaal, who starred in Villeneuve’s one-two punch of Enemy and Prisoners in 2013, revealed that the two are teaming up again for a mysterious new project.
I’ll cut to the chase: we don’t have any details about what this forthcoming collaboration might be. “There is something we are working on now,” Gyllenhaal said in a recent interview, but that “something” remains mysterious for the time being. While I’m disappointed there aren’t any concrete details yet, I’m also excited that another Gyllenhaal Villeneuve joint could be coming our way at some point.
IndieWire pointed us to the latest episode of the Team Deakins podcast, in which Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins and his team speak with people in the film industry and get insight into their work. Gyllenhaal was the guest, reuniting with Deakins after they worked on Prisoners together, and at one point, the conversation turned to their old pal Denis Villeneuve. Gyllenhaal told a fun little story about how he was convinced to star in Enemy, a genuinely unsettling film in which he plays the dual roles of a man and his double.
“At the dinner [with Villeneuve], this weird thing happened,” Gyllenhaal said. “We were sitting next to this woman, and he must have planted her something, and she was like, ‘Can I tell you something? Look at this, my son looks exactly like you! He is your double. Isn’t that crazy? He’s actually your double!’ I was like, ‘What!’ And Denis looked at me and was like, ‘You have to do this movie.’”
The story continued. “Denis told me he had to make this movie and he didn’t know why. I just remember Denis saying, ‘I have to make this movie and I have to make it with you. I can find someone else to do it but I can’t get you out of my mind to do it.’ That’s very rare…Denis, to this day, there is something we are working on now and he just writes me, ‘I can’t wait to work with you again.’ And I feel the same way. There are these people you find in your life where you just have these connections. That began that connection.”
As for what this potential collaboration could be, it’s far too early to know. Villeneuve is theoretically going to be tied up in the world of Dune for the foreseeable future, but after that, he’s indicated that he’ll be ready to return to a smaller scale movie again – and that’s where Gyllenhaal thrives.
The Silence of the Lambs is leaving Netflix. Photo: Walt Disney
Movies don’t get much better than Jonathan Demme’s adaptation of Thomas Harris’ chilling thriller about Clarice Starling and Dr. Hannibal Lecter. With career-defining performances from Jodie Foster and Sir Anthony Hopkins, this movie still absolutely slays a quarter-century after it was released. —Brian Tallerico
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Parks & Recreation: Seasons 1-7
Emelie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Sleeping with Other People
Cult of Chucky Truth or Dare
The Water Diviner
The Last Airbender
The Green Hornet
Battle: Los Angeles
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Ant McPartlin, Declan Donnelly and Cat Deeley took fans back to the 90s with a nostalgic first look at the upcoming SMTV Live reunion.
The three presenters beamed as they sat alongside each other, posing in an exact replica of the much-loved children’s TV show’s set, in a new image shared on their Instagram accounts.
The trio hosted ITV’s Saturday morning entertainment show together from 1998 to 2001, with Deeley continuing to present the programme for a year after the Geordie duo’s departure.
McPartlin and Donnelly posted the photo on their joint Instagram and Twitter accounts with the caption “Excited?” and also shared a throwback snap of the youthful-looking trio in their 90s heyday.
The presenters previously shared a behind-the-scenes snap from the one-off special episode earlier this month, showing Deeley with her arms around McPartlin and Donnelly, who clutched a copy of her new children’s book.
Deeley recently shared details of the upcoming reunion in an interview with Chris Moyles on Radio X, revealing that all three stars were left emotional after watching the footage.
“We have filmed a documentary, it’s going to be aired at the end of the year,” she said.
“We went back to the studio where we did it. They rebuilt the set. We all cried. I walked in and they were doing their interview and Dec was crying and I was like ‘Ok you’re crying!’ and then at the end of my interview I was like ‘waaah!’”
She added: “We all have a bit of a cry, we take the mickey out of each other, it’s very, very, very cute. I actually got a text message from Ant yesterday saying he’s seen the first cut and they cried watching it too.
“So hopefully there wasn’t too much of the first show in it otherwise he would be crying at how appallingly bad we were, we were rubbish!”
SMTV was best known for its regular sketches, competitions and celebrity interview slots, with Wonkey Donkey, Challenge Ant and Chums (a parody of hit sitcom Friends starring McPartlin, Donnelly and Deeley) among its most memorable segments.