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Now playing in theaters is director Shawn Levy’s (Real Steel) adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel This Is Where I Leave You. Featuring a fantastic ensemble cast including Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Rose Byrne, Kathryn Hahn, Connie Britton, Ben Schwartz, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Lazar, Debra Monk, Abigail Spencer, and Dax Shepard, the story revolves around a dysfunctional family that is forced to come together and sit Shiva when their father dies, opening old wounds and reigniting passions that have long-since been repressed. Loaded with great performances and a very funny script, I definitely recommend seeing the film this weekend. For more on This is Where I Leave You, read Adam’s review or watch the trailer. Last week I landed an extended video interview with author Jonathan Tropper, who also wrote the screenplay for the movie. He talked about the difficulty of bringing his novel to theaters, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
"Foxcatcher" star Steve Carell started this year's Oscars derby in first place for Best Actor but has now taken a back seat to Michael Keaton for his performance in "Birdman." According to the latest predictions by our experts, Keaton has leading odds of 14/5 with Carell sharing second place with Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") at 4/1. (See who each of our Experts is backing here.) And while both Redmayne and fourth place contender Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game") are on the rise, I am still predicting Carell to win. Let me share with you my five reasons why: -Break- 'The Imitation Game' puts pressure on Oscar rivals for Best Picture in latest predictions Reason One: He plays a real person. Carell plays John Eleuthère du Pont who murdered Dave Schultz (played by Mark Ruffalo) in 1996 after training both Dave and his brother Mark (played by Channing Tatum)...' »
It's no secret that Hollywood loves the British. Heck, we give them awards for playing our presidents. So it may be a cause for concern for this year's American leading men that a pair of Englishman – Eddie Redmayne ("The Theory of Everything") and Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game") – are dramatically climbing the leaderboard in our experts' Best Actor Oscar predictions. Steve Carell ("Foxcatcher") should be especially concerned; as they have risen, he has fallen. -Break- 'The Imitation Game' puts pressure on Oscar rivals for Best Picture in latest predictions The academy loves biopics, and Redmayne and Cumberbatch both have the benefit of playing real-life historical figures – scientists Stephen Hawking and Alan Turing, respectively – and both of their films have been scoring rave reviews and kudos at recent filmfests; "The Imitation Game" recently won th...' »
The 2014 Hamptons Intl. Film Festival has added two high profile festival-circuit titles to its 2014 slate, with Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” set for the Saturday Centerpiece screening and Jean-Marc Valee’s “Wild” on tap to open the Southhampton leg of Hiff, which screens movies at venues throughout the Hamptons.
Buzzy awards-season contender “Foxcatcher,” which stars Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum in a story about a mulitmillionaire’s obsession with a wrestler and his brother, will play the Hamptons Oct. 11, the day after the pic plays the 2014 New York Film Festival and about a month ahead of Sony Pictures Classics’ Nov. 14 release.
Reese Witherspoon starrer “Wild,” meanwhile, will play Hiff’s Southampton cinema Oct. 10. The movie, about a woman who embarks on a 1,100-mile walk to help recover from a difficult time in her life, is lined up for a Dec. 5 release from Fox Searchlight.
Mark Ruffalo, who stars alongside Carell and Tatum, »
- Gordon Cox
It’s September, so why wouldn’t we start predicting an Oscar race that won’t finish for another five months?
To be fair, Venice, Telluride, and the Toronto film festivals have all concluded. Many films have screened. Many films have connected with audiences, and a rough draft of the Oscar race is beginning to come into focus. Sure, no Academy member will even begin popping in those screener DVDs for another couple of months, but it’s still worth discussing what has buzz and what is likely to still be on voters’ minds once the weather finally begins to cool off. »
- Nicole Sperling
Unlike last year, Toronto didn’t seem to herald an Oscar best-pic frontrunner. But it was the Year of the Actor, as much of the awards talk focused on performers. Some saw career revitalizations, though Al Pacino’s two roles didn’t seem to draw as much awards buzz as some other thesps.
Both are likely nominees, and “The Theory of Everything” wowed folks in many different categories.
His performance in “St. Vincent” lives up to the buzz. And the reclusive actor had fun promoting it.
- Tim Gray
Ever wonder how stupid celebrities think you sound when you approach them in public? Perhaps hearing them reveal the most common lines strangers feed them on the street will make you think twice before asking, “Are you that guy from that movie?” Also read: 11 Breakout Stars of Fall TV Season 2014 Vanity Fair asked A-list Hollywood talent attending the Toronto International Film Festival what fans say to them when they happen to cross paths in real life, and Reese Witherspoon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell are among the movie stars who answered. See photos: 62 Fall TV Actors Ranked by. »
- Greg Gilman
Directed by Bennett Miller
With Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) directs a tragic tale of American ambition gone awry. It’s a grave and stately undertaking that’s based on the real story of John du Pont, heir to one of the richest families in America, who dreamed of building a wrestling team around the talents of two gold medal wrestlers that came from modest means. The inequality of power pushes the tension between the three over the edge. Although the film isn’t an awe-inspiring achievement as a whole, the performances and atmosphere stimulate the senses and hold a firm grip on the viewer’s attention.
In the aftermath of Olympic glory, brothers David and Mark Schlutz are assessing their options. That David (Mark Ruffalo) is the more coveted, recognizable and talented of the pair causes a rift between the siblings. »
- Lane Scarberry
Steve Carell could never find a way to win an Emmy Award despite 10 attempts. Is he now in line to a victory at the Academy Awards for his murderous role in "Foxcatcher"? -Break- Take a tour through our new photo gallery below to see the top 15 contenders for the 2014 Best Actor race. The order of the photos is determined by the current Gold Derby rankings for this category (from Experts, Editors, and Users). Mostly known as a comic actor, Carell has a very dramatic and sinister role in the new Bennett Miller film. Because of that and great reviews, he is in our overall top spot with 3/1 odds. Michael Keaton has also made a career out of many comedy roles. He has never been nodded for an Oscar despite three decades on the big screen. For "Birdman," he currently has second place odds of 27/10. Benedict Cumberbatch is one of the »
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Shocking an audience is a difficult thing to do these days, so constantly titillated are our imaginations. But with so many series reinventing the traditional format, losing a main character is often a surefire way to leave audiences with mouths agape. Most recently, The Good Wife saw leading character Will Gardner (Josh Charles) die, and Homeland lost one of its main driving forces, maybe-terrorist Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis). While these unexpected character deaths rattled audiences, it’s yet to be seen how their respective shows will carry on without them.
In anticipation of the return of fall TV, we’re taking a look back at iconic shows that lost a main character and soldiered on (for better or for worse). Whether an unexpected death, like Ned Stark on Game of Thrones, or an actor simply leaving a show before it was over, like Steve Carell leaving The Office, »
- Kat George
Like wild geese in reverse, movie lovers and the press corps head to the Great White North in early September— specifically, to the Toronto International Film Festival, which ended yesterday — for any number of reasons: to catch up with some of the best movies of the previous Sundance and Cannes as the flicks make one last fest-circuit stop; to see stars in their natural habitat, i.e. on a red carpet with microphone shoved in their faces; to stumble across something weird, wild or off-the-world-cinema grid that may not be coming soon, »
Todd Cunningham reveals the top 10 most anticipated movies for the upcoming fall months. In the top spot is the red hot sequel "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. It arrives in theaters on November 21. The others on the "must see" list are: "Gone Girl" (Ben Affleck), "Interstellar" (Matthew McConaughey), "The Equalizer" (Denzel Washington), "Penguins of Madagascar" (Benedict Cumberbatch), "The Judge" (Robert Downey, Jr.), "Dumb and Dumber To" (Jim Carrey), "Fury" (Brad Pitt), "The Good Lie" (Reese Witherspoon), and "Foxcatcher" (Steve Carell). The Wrap -Break- A sizzling new full-length trailer for "The Hunger Games" new installment "Mockingjay" is finally available. It offers a look at the war-torn land Panem and a brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), now acting as a mouthpiece to President Snow »
The race for Oscar is akin to a political campaign, and the first three Fall film festivals have made a significant impact on all the major races. Consider that Venice, Telluride and Toronto take place within three weeks of each other and you have a huge indicator of how the season will progress. With that in mind, here are eight major takeaways that are still buzzing in our heads as the Oscar race begins. "The Imitation Game" just got a huge head start. Harvey's had a tough year at the box office. He isn't going to have a tough year with Oscar. "The Imitation Game" was the hit of Telluride and took the People's Choice Award at Toronto (something The Weinstein Company movies seem to have an awful amount of luck with). It's not quite the slam dunk that "The King's Speech" or "The Artist" were because it "appears »
- Gregory Ellwood
With the festival season well underway and a good portion of the contenders for Best Picture having screened or about to screen, now seems like as good a time as any to take a look at the category and see what’s what in an expanded fashion. I did this with the major categories a few months back, but that was when almost everything was still speculation. We have some facts to go on now, so while much of this is still just an educated guess, I’m not completely relying on hunches this time around. It’s more of an even mix, depending on the film in question, of course. Here now are ten movies that are sitting the prettiest in my mind right now for Best Picture: 1. Gone Girl – The highest profile unseen player gets my number one spot at this point and time. If it hits during »
- Joey Magidson
Did you miss the Toronto Film Festival? Or maybe you wouldn't touch a film festival with a ten-foot pole. In any case, we've got you covered -- we saw a lot of movies at Tiff this year, and several of them will be Oscar contenders.
If you want a leg up on your friends, we've got the 10 things you need to know that came out of this year's Tiff. Blow your friends' minds with your vast knowledge, even if you didn't pay one iota of attention during the actual festival.
Similarly, Benedict Cumberbatch will get an Oscar nomination »
- Chris Jancelewicz
At first, this year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar looked like a race between J.K. Simmons as a monstrous music teacher in "Whiplash" and Mark Ruffalo as a tragic Olympian in "Foxcatcher," but now Edward Norton just surged up our charts for portraying a rowdy stage actor in "Birdman." At this point all three films have been seen by most of our Experts, who increasingly favor Simmons. See their latest rankings. -Break- Michael Keaton soars ahead of Steve Carell in Oscar Best Actor race In late August, Norton was in sixth place in our experts' predictions with 16/1 odds as a movie star who clashes with Michael Keaton in a stage adaptation of "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love." But Norton has leapt forward since then. Only two experts are currently predicting Norton to win, compared to five for Ruffalo, but our other experts are ranking Norton so high »
Though I did get to attend the TCM Classic Film Festival earlier this year (which was an amazing experience, and well worth your time), the New York Film Festival, in its 52nd year this time around, will be the first time I will have attended a festival as press. So, I’m very giddy about it. I’m excited to hobnob with other writers, get up at unfathomable times to catch screenings of films in languages I don’t often hear, and write like the wind. So, without further ado, here are my top five anticipated films of Nyff.
- Goodbye to Language 3D | Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Though I’ve never felt much warmth towards the iconoclastic Godard (save for Vivre sa Vie), I found myself realizing, as word came from Cannes, that I was incredibly eager to test out his newest film Goodbye to Language. Intellectually stimulating, supposedly playful, »
- Kyle Turner
Not everyone can make it all the way to Toronto to experience the best in the future of film. Thankfully, Us Weekly's Film Critic and Deputy Editor Mara Reinstein hit up the Toronto International Film Festival for you, to select some of the standout performances from this year's batch. Here are Us Weekly's picks: Foxcatcher In a word, gut-wrenching. Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo are Olympic wrestlers whose brotherly bond is severed by their abusive, eccentric benefactor (an unrecognizable, hypnotic Steve Carell). Director Bennett Miller (Moneyball) builds his [...] »
This year's Toronto International Film Festival belonged to the actors.
Among the 300-plus films premiering at the annual movie feast - the north star to much of Hollywood's fall season and the continent's largest film fest - there were, of course, many terrific movies and a theater's worth of fine filmmakers. But nothing captured the spotlight of this year's Toronto, which wraps up on Sunday, like the performances.
That's unlike many previous years where the loudest buzz from Toronto rang out for a freshly proclaimed masterpiece like 12 Years a Slave or a stunning cinematic event like Gravity, both of which left last year's festival hoisted upon the shoulders of enthusiastic Oscar prognosticators and awed moviegoers.
While likely best-picture nominees certainly played at Toronto, no movie quite stood out like those heavyweights or previous Tiff sensations like the Academy Award-winners Slumdog Millionaire or The King's Speech. Instead, the applause was thickest for its stars, »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
I survived the Toronto International Film Festival! Official tally: 15 movies watched, a dozen photo shoots pulled off, 7,800 hors d'oeuvres consumed in the company of famous people. (Oh, and about a gallon of Runts candies, scored from the glamorous Hollywood Foreign Press Association & In Style party's glorious all-you-can scoop candy station and scarfed under cover of darkness at screenings.) But we risk exhaustion and malnutrition for a reason: Good movies. Some of them great. And after a promising first half, the second half of the festival delivered big-time, adding powerhouse performances and major A-list Oscar buzz to the mix. Here's some »
- Samantha Miller, @smillerpeople
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