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My fellow Gold Derby editors and I have made our early Oscar predictions, but after reading the early tea leaves, we, like the Experts, are split on the outcome of Best Actor. -Break- Oscar hopes for 'Birdman' soar with rave reviews from Venice film festival Rob Licuria and Paul Sheehan think Michael Keaton will score his first-ever nomination and win for "Birdman." Keaton and the film about a movie star hoping to stage a comeback received rave reviews when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and again when it screened in Telluride. Tom O'Neil and I are putting our early money on Steve Carell for his against-type dramatic performance as real-life murderer John du Pont in "Foxcatcher," which has also had success on the festival circuit, winning Bennett Miller the Best Director prize at Cannes. Meanwhile, Chris Beachum thinks fourth time will be the charm for Joaquin Phoenix. »
In our conversation about his new film Birdman on Sunday — after its triumphant North American premiere at Telluride the night before — I told director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu that I never thought I would see the day when we would be talking about this creator of oh-so-heavy dramas like Amores Perros, Babel, 21 Grams and Biutiful becoming a front runner to win a Golden Globe for comedy. “I have to laugh about that,” he said. “When I hit 50 last year I really thought I should lighten up a little bit. I have been doing some personal stuff that I thought would get me to a very nice place and understand a lot of things that before I didn’t.” He continued to challenge himself by filming Birdman with the illusion that it is one shot from first frame to last. It’s a device, but I must say it works perfectly for »
- Pete Hammond
Telluride — The 41st Annual Telluride Film Festival is over, and as noted by HitFix's own Kris Tapley, it has provided an important awards season kickoff for films such as "Birdman," "The Imitation Game," "Wild," "Rosewater" and "Foxcatcher." Even with the recent star power of George Clooney and Brad Pitt, Telluride has been able to hang on to its singular charms as a non-red carpet, low-key, cinephile event (even if there were two new Canadian journalists on hand to check everything out and report back to the motherland). (Kidding.) (Maybe.) Yes, much to the chagrin of the Telluride organizers, the Tiff vs. Telluride (vs. Venice) story just won't go away. Even festival regulars who have attended for decades gossiped about how they couldn't believe how much press the story had gotten. Happily, it wasn't the only takeaway from another beautiful festival in the Colorado mountains. 'The Imitation Game' is »
- Gregory Ellwood
After its smash international World Premiere in Venice, director Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes — an absolutely riveting drama about the 2008 home foreclosure crisis — had its North American premiere here at the Telluride Film Festival, and it has set this place ablaze. Despite lots of interest, as there should be, from domestic distributors, Bahrani told me immediately after this morning’s screening that the financiers behind the film are waiting until its Toronto debut next week to finalize anything. Starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon in career-best performances, this movie is not only a no-brainer for a quick distribution deal, it could be the rare — here comes that five letter word you hate so much, studios — drama that also could be a commercial powerhouse. Few films I have seen in recent years have cut so close to the bone as this one does. Americans, in particular, will respond strongly, and if ever there was a word-of-mouth movie, »
- Pete Hammond
The line-up at this year's Toronto Film Festival has a much different feel than year's past and coming up with a list of most anticipated films isn't nearly as easy as previous years. Not because there's any lack of possible greatness, but in fact perhaps because the possibility is even greater, though in corners we may not expect. This year's fest is without what I would call a "big" film. David Dobkin's The Judge is opening the festival but at 141 minutes and with a trailer that does very little to convince me of its quality I have a hard time expecting much from it. Reese Witherspoon's Wild from director Jean-Marc Vallee is certainly one I will be seeing, but the anticipation level isn't entirely there and the somewhat muted Telluride response of respect with caveats has lessened my anticipation ever so slightly, the same could be said for Jon Stewart's Rosewater, »
- Brad Brevet
Believe it or not, films and television programmes added to Netflix and Amazon do have a tendency to expire and no longer be there after a while; this isn’t as publicised as when the titles in question are added though. So by the time you read this there are around 50 titles disappearing from Netflix.
If you have ever wanted to watch the 2002 version of The Count of Monte Cristo then you have probably missed your chance by now. What this does mean however is that probably next week Netflix will have added a whole raft of new stuff, I say new but it will probably be a mixture of catalogue and stuff from the last year. I know that the underrated Enders Game and the superior Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due there in September, I just don’t know when.
In other Netflix news, they made industry headlines »
- Chris Holt
Telluride — If you asked me to pick between the three commanding, sure-fire awards-contending lead actor performances on display at this year's Telluride Film Festival, I'd have a break down. Yet that's just what Academy voters will surely be asked to do in a few months' time, with added pressure in the form of whoever fills out the rest of the competitive category. In "Birdman," Michael Keaton may well end up putting forth the most compelling case for a win. Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, but some things are just patently obvious. Keaton is resurrected by this film, a tried-and-true narrative that we just saw play out last year with Matthew McConaughey. More than that, he's revealing shades of a character that will no doubt connect with actors, presenting the very id of a soul desperate to perform but hamstrung and even quarantined by the realities of the "business" of "show business. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Telluride — Mr. Stewart, if you read this article I believe the first few paragraphs may make you chuckle. Now, it's not because I'm a master wordsmith or unheralded comedic voice waiting to be discovered. No, after saying goodbye after our memorable interview on the patio of a Telluride restaurant Sunday afternoon, I turned and walked toward the street with my iPhone in hand. I'd stopped the recording of our chat and two choices appeared before me: delete or save. And, perhaps like a crazy person, I hit delete. Then I realized I hit delete. At that point, it was a mad dash back to my accommodations to jot down as much as I remembered from our conversation. Granted, this is something that has happened to the best reporters and journalists out there. Many times readers will read stories online or in print without realizing the content came from immediate memory. »
- Gregory Ellwood
There aren’t Gif-able shots of Channing Tatum bashing his head into a mirror in the latest trailer for Cannes darling Foxcatcher, but something else is maybe creepier. The teaser focuses almost entirely on the odd, violent, and deranged John du Pont (played by Steve Carell), the wealthy benefactor of Mark Schultz (Tatum), which means it’s kind of like a minute-long For Your Consideration ad. After all, it’s never too late to think about Oscars. Watch the clip below: »
- E. Alex Jung
Nearly four months after captivating Cannes, Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" made its American debut with a sensational screening at the Telluride film festival. Miller, who claimed the Best Director prize at Cannes, is a strong contender already in our Oscar odds. He is the pick of five of our 15 Experts and ranks second to Richard Linklater ("Boyhood") in our overall odds. -Break- It is never too early to dish the Oscars Join the red-hot debate in our fiery forums right now And Steve Carell -- who plays schizophrenic millionaire John du Pont who murders one of the two brothers (Mark Ruffalo, Channing Tatum) that he coaches in Olympic wrestling -- sits atop our Best Actor chart. Miller's first two feature films -- "Capote" (2005) and "Moneyball" (2011) -- both contended for Best Picture with the former winning the Best Actor prize for Phillip Seymour Hoffman. "..." »
The roar of approval that greeted "Birdman" when it had its world premiere at the Venice filmfest on Wednesday was echoed eight time zones away in Telluride when screened to a Sro crowd on Saturday. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu 's savvy satire of showbiz now looks like a lock for Best Picture and Director, ranking fourth in both categories on our prediction charts. -Break- It is never too early to dish the Oscars Join the red-hot debate in our fiery forums right now Expect Michael Keaton to earn his first Oscar nomination for his change of pace performance as a faded film star best-known for playing a superhero, who hopes to stage a comeback on Broadway. He is a strong second for Best Actor according to our early odds, behind only Steve Carell whose film "Foxcatcher" also screened here Saturday. Also being hailed are the scene-stealing performances of two-time Oscar nominee Edward Nor. »
- Sasha Stone
If you thought the first “Foxcatcher” trailer was unnerving, brace yourself for the latest clip.
The new teaser trailer focuses primarily on Steve Carell, who’s almost unrecognizable as multi-millionaire John du Pont.
“I am leading men, I am training them, I am teaching them, I am giving them a dream and I am giving America hope,” du Pont says, which would be reassuring if we didn’t already know that he pits Channing Tatum (who plays an Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler) and Mark Ruffalo’s characters against each other before murdering Ruffalo.
Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” which is based on true events, is one of fall’s most highly anticipated movies after receiving rave reviews and igniting Oscar buzz at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. The psychological thriller hits theaters on November 14.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Telluride — In August of 2005, the Palm Theater in Telluride was inaugurated with the world premiere of Bennett Miller's Oscar-winning biopic "Capote." Nine years later Miller was back for the North American bow of his latest film, "Foxcatcher," which screened to a packed audience eager to get a look at this dark and mysterious story. The film, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May, recounts the bizarre true tale of John du Pont, heir to a fortune, but clearly, by the text of the film, unfulfilled with himself and desperate for adulation perhaps denied him by his forthright mother. A self-proclaimed patriot, du Pont wanted to put together a wrestling team and win Olympic Gold at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. He reached out to Mark Schultz, the brother of famed Olympian Dave Schultz, and so began a twisted, psychological torment that ended with Dave dead »
- Kristopher Tapley
A new trailer for the sports drama Foxcatcher has debuted.
Steve Carell toplines the stark biographical drama as real-life Olympic wrestling coach John Eleuthère du Pont, whose quest to deliver a gold medal for the Us team drove him to dangerous extremes.
Bennett Miller's movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, with the filmmaker earning the Best Director Award.
Foxcatcher opens on November 14 in the Us and on January 9, 2015 in the UK. »
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
Several years after the events of the original newsroom nonsense, the legendary Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) has been fired from his anchor job and is now estranged from his wife Veronica (Christina Applegate) and son. But when a rich Australian businessman starts a 24-hour cable news channel, Ron reunites the disbanded Channel 4 news team - Steve Carell's weatherman Brick, David Koechner's sports ace Champ and Paul Rudd's roving reporter Brian - with a vow to redefine broadcast journalism. Which they do. »
Based on the true story of John du Pont, Carell personifies the multimillionaire who was convicted of killing his friend, Dave Schultz (played by Mark Ruffalo), an Olympic champion freestyle wrestler. Channing Tatum stars as Ruffalo's brother, Mark, a wrestler.
I can see Oscars all over this movie! Miller won Best Director at this year's Cannes, and the film is getting ready to flex its muscles at Telluride, Toronto, and New York film festivals!
Take a look at "Foxcatcher" trailer below:
What makes a good series finale? Three events this week bring this question into focus: Sunday's "True Blood" series ender, Monday's celebration of the departed "Breaking Bad" at the Emmys, and Wednesday's Vox interview with David Chase, where the "Sopranos" creator finally offered an answer to the question of whether Tony died at the end of the notorious blackout finale of the 1999-2007 series.
All three of these finales, plus others of shows that went off the air this year ("Dexter," "How I Met Your Mother") drew both kudos and complaints. Some fans found these finales satisfying and others found them cheap copouts. It almost makes you sorry for the writers, who seem bound to disappoint some faction of fans, no matter how they choose to wrap things up.
Take "True Blood," for instance. (Warning: Spoilers follow.) Fans who'd been watching since the beginning of the HBO series seven years »
- Gary Susman
London — “Foxcatcher” will receive its U.K. premiere at the 58th BFI London Film Festival, where it will be the event’s American Express Gala screening.
Based on true events, “Foxcatcher” tells the dark and tragic story of the relationship between eccentric multimillionaire John Dupont (Carell) and two champion wrestlers, Mark Schultz (Tatum) and his brother, Dave (Ruffalo).
Miller won the director prize at Cannes for the film.
The festival runs from Oct. 8 to 19.
- Leo Barraclough
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