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Jake Gyllenhaal is Totally Jacked in First 'Southpaw' Image

Actors undergoing physical transformations is nothing new anymore, and it seems to be a sure way to get the attention of awards voters. One need only look at how going frail worked in Matthew McConaughey's favor last year in Dallas Buyers Club. Another actor in the midst of a career resurgence is Jake Gyllenhaal, who has completely reinvented himself with End of Watch, Prisoners, Enemy, and this year's Nightcrawler which saw him drop a ton of weight until he looked sickly. But what may be more amazing is the complete 180 he's pulled since then, as he is completely ripped in this first image from Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama, Southpaw.

It's an amazing turnaround for Gyllenhaal, and Fuqua had nothing but high praise for the work he put into training his body. Fuqua tells Deadline...

"I asked this guy from day one, ‘I need you in the gym every day. I need you to train every day.’ And I said, ‘The word is sacrifice.’ Literally. I think he broke up with his girlfriend because he was just in the gym every day. He was training like a fighter. I had him sparring, really getting hit. I put him in situations where I wanted to see what he was made of. No one but fighters understand the sacrifice it takes to be a fighter.”

That's a Hell of a commitment but the results can't be disputed. After a troubled start, Southpaw seems to be shaping up just as nicely as Gyllenhaal's abs. Penned by Sons of Anarchy's Kurt Sutter with Rachel McAdams and Forest Whitaker co-starring, the film centers on a troubled lefty middleweight who loses everything in his personal and professional life, and must literally fight for redemption.

Southpaw is expected to open in 2015. 

Check Out Six Minutes of 'The Raid 2: Berendal' Brutality

While many of my critic colleagues are beginning to cobble together their "Best of" lists full of heavy dramas and biopics, a guaranteed slot in my Top 3 has been reserved for the best fighting flick of the last decade. Gareth Evans' The Raid 2: Berendal has been sitting high on my personal chart since it floored me at Sundance, and unlike some others the extended runtime (150 minutes!) and expanded back story made me love it more. But I also recognize that the fighting is the best part, in fact it's downright unreal, and now you can see six minutes of the sheer cinematic brutality for yourself in this awesome super cut.

So the ramped-up club music is fuss but it's more than worth it for the car chase fight and Baseball Bat Guy alone, although you get a Hell of a lot more. Check it out.

The Raid 2 SuperCut from Adrian Conlon - Editor on Vimeo.

*UPDATE* The Trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has Arrived!

 *Updated with a few high-res images!*

"There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?" And so, after months of secrets and speculation, the first trailer for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens has arrived! So does it live up to the hype? Well, let's just talk about the things it actually has: our first look at new heroes played by John Boyega (in Stormtrooper gear) and Daisy Ridley, the Millennium Falcon soaring, and a Jedi wielding a lightsaber shaped like a broadsword. Holy !?!?!?

Was this what fans were expecting, though? The short answer is: who knows? This is one of the rare occasions when we had absolutely no idea what this footage would look like beforehand. Go back to the trailer debut for The Phantom Menace all those years ago and we knew what to expect, but Abrams has kept production under such a tight grip that we don't even really know who each actor is playing. That only makes what we get here all the more exciting, and Abrams teases us just enough to keep us wanting to learn more. At the same time, this is a trailer that only relies on nostalgia just a little bit before forging its own path, which is exactly what we hope for the franchise as a whole.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18th 2015.

Star Wars- Episode VII - The Force Awakens Official Teaser Trailer #1 (2015) - J.J. Abrams Movie HD-2 by clouzy

First Trailer for 'Heat' Remake 'Wild Card' starring Jason Statham and Sofia Vergara

Burt Reynolds' 1986 film Heat is remembered mainly because of the record-setting production troubles it faced, with no less than six directors (!!!) working on it at various stages. That's according to author William Goldman who adapted his own novel for the screen. Predictably the film was a disaster, but Goldman has come back to give it another go with Wild Card, a remake starring Jason Statham, Sofia Vergara, and directed by Simon West.

The first trailer for Wild Card has arrived and it looks like the most promising thing either Statham or West have done in a few years, certainly superior to their last collaboration on The Expendables 2. Also starring Milo Ventimiglia, Stanley Tucci, Anne Heche, Hope Davis, Cedric the Entertainer, Jason Alexander, and Michael Angarano, the film has Statham as a Las Vegas gambler who supports his addiction by working as hired protection, only to get in over his head when a friend is beaten up by a powerful mobster. Sounds a little bit like The Equalizer, and kind of looks like it, too.

This one has been in the works for a couple of years, once with Brian De Palma on board to direct, and producers seem to be scrambling for promotion. It's a little late for a trailer and images to be debuting as Wild Card hits theaters on December 7th.

Joker avec Jason Statham : la bande annonce VOST by FilmsActu

Watch Batman and Darth Vader's Brutal Showdown in Latest 'Super Power Beat Down'

The folks at Machinima, the ones behind the Street Fighter web series, have put together one of the most awesome, geek-tastic things ever with their "Super Power Beat Down" series. Basically they take two fictional characters that we'll probably never get a chance to see go at it, and craft an entire battle story around them. Their latest is the best one yet, featuring a showdown between Batman and Darth Vader aboard the Death Star! This one is brutal and amazing and...well, just watch it for yourself. Pretty cool way to get amped up for today's Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer!

BATMAN vs DARTH VADER - Super Power Beat Down by

Geek Goodies: Black Friday Kickoff Edition

Can you believe it's already Black Friday?? The official kickoff to the Christmas shopping season is here, and that means finding just the right gifts for the movie or pop culture fans in your house. Of course, we here at Punch Drunk Critics hope you'll do all of your holiday shopping either at our store or from our friends at Entertainment Earth, and will be presenting you with some great deals from now until Christmas. But let's begin with a few items from Entertainment Earth that I'm familiar with and will be perfect for under the tree.

For the little symbiote in your family, this Venom Fleece Throw blanket will wrap you comfortably in the Spider-Man villain's warm embrace. Measuring 60-inches tall and 45-inches wide, this blanket can be yours for only $24.99 right here so order yours now!

Hulk Smash! Hulk smash and Hulk get put back together! The Marvel Super Hero Mashers Hulk action figure allows you to remix and reassemble your favorite superheroes into unique new ways. Disassemble reassemble Hulk with parts from other Hero Mashers to create your own Marvel Superhero! This one can be yours for only $15.99 right here.

If you've seen me at the movies then you've almost certainly seen my Marvel Messenger Logo Bag. This slick black leather bag features the Marvel logo (in retro comics print, of course) and is perfect for fanboys who want a cool way to carry around their collectibles. The Marvel Messenger Logo Bag can be yours for only $39.99 right here and should be in stock in time for Christmas.

Hopefully you're never in the quite the same dire situation as Han and Luke faced on icy Hoth, but if you do then this Wampa Plush Throw Rug will come in handy. Decorate your Star Wars man cave with the pelt of the deadly snow beast, made of soft plush fur and vinyl, measuring 60-inches long and 30-inches wide. This item has been reduced in price, down to only $95.00, and for that you also get FREE SHIPPING!

Meet Christian's Family in New 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Images

So far we've only really had a chance to see Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Fifty Shades of Grey's Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, but there are other colorful characters to pay attention to. We're now getting a few images of Grey's adoptive family who had quite an impact in forging his dominating personality.

One image features wigged singer Rita Ora as Christian's sister Mia, Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, and Andrew Airlie as his father, Carrick. There's no sign of Luke Grimes as his brother, Elliott, who enters into a long-term relationship with Anastasia's best friend.

Directed by Sam Tayor-Johnson and co-starring Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Max Martini, and Callum Keith Rennie, Fifty Shades of Grey opens February 13th 2015.


The Minions Spread some Holiday Cheer in New Promo

By now the Thanksgiving hangover has begun, and while most are recuperating from a long day of football and turkey, the Minions are busy getting ready for Christmas. The holidays have only just begun for the breakout stars of the Despicable Me films, and with their self-titled film coming next year AMC Theaters and Universal have come together for a Minion "Jingle Bells' promo.

Basically this spot is to promote a special offer for buyers of AMC holiday gift cards, but fans of Gru's yellow sidekicks will find it the perfect way to spread some Christmas cheer. Minions opens next year on July 10th 2015 featuring the voices of Sandra Bullock and Jon Hamm.


New Holiday Promo for 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'; Ridley Scott Defends Casting Choices

“I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such. I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.”

That's what Ridley Scott told Variety recently when asked about the casting for his Biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, which has a certain...well, let's just call it a severe lack of ethnic diversity. A "rainbow coalition" it's not with a cast that includes Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton, and Sigourney Weaver in key roles. Scott's probably right the film doesn't get made with a different cast, but you never know until you try, right? Sounds like Scott didn't even try.

Whatever the case, a new holiday trailer for the film has been released because the first thing everyone should equate 'Exodus' with is mounds of turkey and cranberry sauce. What? Exodus: Gods and Kings opens December 12th.

James Cameron says 'Avatar' Sequels will make you "Sh*t Yourself"

We expect a filmmaker to hype their upcoming projects to the moon, which is why we don't often post stuff like that, but James Cameron's latest boast is too good to pass by. The director spoke with Empire about his upcoming Avatar sequels, which should be heading into the production phase soon and will undoubtedly push the technological envelope. Cameron wasn't shy about just how awesome he thinks the return to Pandora is going to be. Open wide...

Cameron: “I can tell you one thing about them, they’re gonna be bitchin’. You will shit yourself with your mouth wide open."

Cameron's plan of attack to cause audience defecation was to shoot the films in an insane 60fps, but he's scaled back to 48fps, which we've seen work out pretty well in The Hobbit movies.

Cameron:  “My thinking at the time was that 60 [FPS] might be a better segue to the video market. I’ll be plugging into a system that’s a little more mature, so it makes sense for me to do 48 frames at this point.”

The Avatar sequels are being written by Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Shane Salerno (Savages), and Josh Friedman (The Black Dahlia), with the first film arriving December 2016. Be sure to wear a diaper.