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In Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy's moody satire about the moral decline of the news media out in cinemas on Friday, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a mysterious and creepy sociopath who, after struggling to shift stolen wire at a scrap yard, decides that maybe television news is where his future lies. And – whaddyaknow – it turns out he’s good at it, what with having no empathy for human suffering or ability to understand the word “no”, and as the film goes on his methods become increasingly reckless and, shall we say, compromised. If we’re being completely honest, it all gets a bit silly towards the end, but as a reminder of why Gyllenhaal was born to play dark-eyed loners rather than barrel-chested action heroes – and why you should cut off that pathetic top-knot – it’s a slimy, grimy success.
You may not give a fig about FKA twigs (though if you’d like to know more you could always read our primer), but as well as being R-Patz’s newest flame she’s one of the strongest contenders to win this year’s Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize for album of the year, which will be announced on Wednesday. Others on the 12-strong shortlist include not-so-mysterious duo Jungle’s debut, Damon Albarn’s melancholy solo LP, flame-lipped guitar virtuoso Anna Calvi’s sophomore record and not one but three jazz acts, though the current bookie’s favourite to take home the £20,000 prize money is 27-year-old South London rapper and poet Kate Tempest, which almost certainly means she won’t win. The awards will take place at London’s Roundhouse and will be hosted by Radio 1 presenter Nick Grimshaw, with coverage shown on More4 on Wednesday at 9:30pm.