Jake Gyllenhaal

End of Watch, BFI London Film Festival

LA cop movies, with their gritty downtown drug busts and sun-drenched shots of palm trees, are an integral part of American cinema. And David Ayer should know - he has made several, his first being Training Day, which he wrote and which won Denzel Washington an Oscar, and the latest of which is End of Watch, which he wrote and directed.

Been there, seen that: Does sex still sell movies?

Once, the sight of a Hollywood star's bottom or breasts was rare and exciting. Now they're all at it – and the results bore us. It's time for the marketing men to think more cleverly, says Tim Walker

DVD: Brothers, For retail & rental (Lions Gate)

Another remake, this US version of Susanne Bier's Danish drama stars Tobey Maguire as a marine who's held hostage in Afghanistan, and Jake Gyllenhaal as the brother who comforts Maguire's wife, Natalie Portman.

Guy Adams: Bending the rules on ethnic casting

If you can bring yourself to brave the discomforts of a multiplex, do try to catch Jake Gyllenhaal's new Prince of Persia film, which is as lively an action movie as you'll see all summer but thanks to a disastrous opening weekend here in the US, where it made just $37m, is likely to be pulled from cinemas in a couple of weeks.

News of the silver screen

Movies.ign.com has put together a fascinating list of forthcoming film adaptations of video games. From Bioshock to Call of Duty, Prince of Persia to Warcraft, the site gives the lowdown on the latest projects and how likely they are to see the light of day.

Birdsong: An epic in the making

Sebastian Faulks sold the film rights for his bestselling novel 16 years ago. Only now may shooting finally start on the sweeping wartime love story. Geoffrey Macnab pieces together a blockbuster saga with a cast of thousands

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