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Directed by Bennett Miller.
Based on a true story, Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz is recruited by billionaire John du Pont to compete in the 1988 games in Seoul and the two develop a kinship that leads to unlikely circumstances.
Bennett Miller’s latest film Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics) is a psychological drama driven by strong characters and captivating performances. It’s a familiar, yet unsuspecting story that repeatedly proves itself full of surprises.
When the film opens we meet Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), who in his young life is already the recipient of an Olympic gold medal for wrestling. Lacking direction in his life, he inhabits a lonely apartment, dines routinely on Ramen noodles and gets by on the occasional low level speaking engagement. His older brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo), who has a job as a »
- William Fanelli
An oft told story is given stirring insight through first rate performances and productionBennett Miller’s pot-boiling drama, “ripped from the headlines,” is a powerful and poignant essay of human frailty. There will be few viewers who, after seeing his remarkable portrayal of a doomed scion of the du Pont fortune, will not acknowledge Steve Carell as an artist of amazing versatility. Although his performance does not demand a huge variety of expressions and emotions, John du Pont’s character is so vastly removed from the Steve Carell we know that his performance is absolutely riveting.The movie starts with a series of […] »
- Ron Wilkinson
From Hollywood stars to media experts, many people were quick to chime in on President Barack Obama chastising Sony for pulling “The Interview” from theaters in the wake of the recent crippling cyberattack.
Obama sympathized with Sony’s plight during a press conference Friday, but he was firm in his stance that not releasing the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy following two journalists charged with assassinating North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un was a mistake.
“I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced … having said all that, »
- Alicia Banks
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Host Stephen Colbert brought back a slew of former guests for his final show in an epic, star-studded singalong. Those who weren’t able to make it (and even some who did) took to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to post their messages of congratulations, appreciation and sadness to see Colbert and his conservative character go.
Comedy icon Steve Martin, »
- Ryan O'Connell
Steve Carell will receive the Variety Creative Impact in Acting Award while “Into the Woods” director Rob Marshall will be honored with the Creative Impact in Directing award at the Palm Springs Film Festival’s 10 Directors to Watch event on January 4.
The honor celebrates the scope of Carell’s work ranging from comedy performances to his dramatic role in this year’s “Foxcatcher,” for which he received Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations.
“Since his emergence as one of America’s most gifted comedic actors two decades ago, Steve Carell’s career has moved through breakout hit television and film roles from ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’ to ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ to ‘The Office.’ Now, with his gripping portrayal of a man whose dreams and whims »
- Variety Staff
Hollywood has never made a great movie about North Korea, and now it’s uncertain whether it ever will. It was close, though. Unlike the mediocre Rogen/Franco comedy at the center of this hurricane, Pyongyang, the planned film adaptation of cartoonist Guy Delisle’s nonfiction comic book Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea, could have been a work of art. But now it’s lost to us forever.Director Gore Verbinski was helming the project, and Steve Conrad had written the screenplay. New Regency was producing it. It was to star Steve Carell as an unusual protagonist based on Delisle: an animator visiting one of North Korea’s little-discussed animation studios. What little we know about the movie suggests Verbinski and Conrad had sexed up the plot from Delisle’s original nonfiction narrative: The Wrap reported it was to be “a paranoid thriller about a Westerner’s experiences »
- Abraham Riesman
North Korea recently broke into the computers of Sony Pictures and leaked lots of internal documents. The attackers then released a statement, threatening violence against anyone going to see "The Interview" comedy in theaters. The studio and major theater chains immediately canceled all showings of the movie. And now comes word that other studios are now canceling their own projects that focus on North Korea. 20th Century Fox and New Regency recently greenlit "Pyongyang," a new film that was set to begin filming in March with Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) directing and Steve Carell starring. Fox has now decided to abandon the project. Verbinski responded to the decision: "Getting the facts straight: Yesterday, I was told by New Regency and Fox that Fox will no longer be distributing the film. Prior to that, the film was greenlit and fully funded by New Regency with Fox distributing. I have »
January 2, 2015
Director: James Marsh
Running time: 123 mins
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death
Director: Tom Harper
Running time: 98 mins
Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu
Running time: 119 mins
Director: Paul Schrader
Running time: 92 mins
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Running time: 90 mins
January 9, 2015
Director: Olivier Megaton
Running time: Tbc
Director: Bennett Miller
Running time: 134 mins
Director: Rob Marshall
Running time: 125 mins
January 16, 2015
Director: Clint Eastwood
Running time: 132 mins
Director: James Kent
Starring: Alicia Vikander, »
Looking to see Team America: World Police instead of The Interview? Well you can't. That's been pulled now as well.
Well, things aren't getting better. In a week that's already seen the release of the film The Interview cancelled by Sony, and a further North Korean-set thriller starring Steve Carell fall apart, now it seems that the theatrical rights to Team America: World Police have been pulled.
Led by the Alamo Drafthouse, a few cinemas in the Us started booking Team America: World Police to play in place of The Interview. But Paramount Pictures has now withdrawn permission to screen the film, even though it's not one that the cyberterrorists behind the Sony hack had objected to. The fact that Team America has been around for ten years and counting, and that there was no threat against it, seems to matter not a jot.
Back when the first threats against »
As more celebs show their outrage on Twitter over Sony's decision to pull The Interview from theaters amid threats, Et looks at both sides.
"I think it's easy to say that this was a cowardly move," Matthew Belloni, executive editor of The Hollywood Reporter, told Et. "But if you are in the decision-making position, you have to consider the safety of everyone who goes to the movies. Now moving forward, what kind of message does it send to people that they can probably get something pulled if they threaten?"
News: Here is Sony's statement about canceling The Interview
"I played [Kim Jong-il] and nothing -- nobody cared," Cho told Et. "I even got an Emmy nomination -- nobody cared. I don't know why. Maybe they actually thought I was [Kim Jong-il]. I think that's what it was."
High hopes were had but the award for biggest disappointment of 2014 goes to….Foxcatcher. I like the trio of actors it stars, it’s based on a true crime that I once read a book about (Blood Money : The Du Pont Heir and the Murder of an Olympic Athlete by Carlton Smith – not the basis for the new film’s script) and it won Best Director at Cannes for Bennett Miller (Capote and Moneyball), but I found Foxcatcher a meandering bore lacking any tension. What should have been a compelling tale of money and madness is instead one long, suffocating 135 minutes.
Foxcatcher is mostly told through the eyes of loner Mark Schulz (Channing Tatum), an Olympic wrestler who has lived in the shadow of his older brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo), an even more successful wrestler with a gorgeous wife (Sienna Miller) and kids. When we meet the Schulz boys »
- Tom Stockman
It’s been a rough month for Sony Pictures Entertainment, to say the least.
First came the calamitous hack, then came damaging leaks, which were amplified by massive media coverage and, finally, the withdrawal of “The Interview” from theaters (and any other kind of release).
All of this was unavoidable. But what came next wasn’t.
News of the pullout was greeted by a flurry of derisive tweets from high-profile talent who ripped the decision for many different reasons. Comedy stars should know a thing or two about bad timing, but it came across as insensitive given that the studio — as well as the exhibitors — were trying to do the right thing.
Take your pick of the nitpicking (some excerpted below): An act of cowardice. A victory for censorship and a loss for freedom of speech. A bad setting of precedent that invited other terrorists to do same.
They’re entitled to their opinions, »
- Andrew Wallenstein
The 20th century and its landmark events are major sources of inspiration for at least eight major awards contenders this year and artisans had their hands full re-creating a period of turbulence, war and immense social change.
“Selma” takes us back to a seminal moment of the civil rights movement in the U.S., when the brutality of a white Southern police force striking against peacefully marching blacks, led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., turned public opinion against segregation and led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act by Congress in 1964. Elements like vehicles, guns, billy clubs, furniture and costumes — all well documented in thousands of photos and newsreels — had to be gathered or created.
Artisans for Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” faced an even larger task because they had to reproduce period looks of three continents as athlete Louis Zamperini competes at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, joins the U. »
- Peter Caranicas
Updated, 4:49 Pm: Pen American Center today expressed “profound regret” about Sony’s choice not to release The Interview on any platform. The group of 3,500 American writers who support free expression worldwide also called out New Regency for axing the planned North Korea-set film Pyongyang, which was to be directed by Gore Verbinski and star Steve Carell. “Pen has long documented the chilling effect that threats or acts of violence can have on free speech and creative expression,” the group said in a statement today. “The chilling effect of Sony’s decision has already been felt throughout the entertainment industry with New Regency’s cancellation of plans for the film Pyongyang. Complete suppression of the film would set a dangerous and deeply troubling precedent for other artists considering work on potentially controversial or offensive subjects. Pen urges Sony Pictures to release The Interview through every channel that does not pose a safety risk, »
- David Robb
I haven't seen "The Interview," but a good number of others have - including HitFix's resident movie critic Drew McWeeny, who called the film "laugh out loud funny all the way through" in his review. I don't feel totally equipped to make some grand statement on Sony's move to entirely cancel the release of the film after the hackers (ironically operating under the moniker Guardians of Peace) threatened deadly terrorist attacks on theaters that chose to screen it, but plenty of others have chimed in in the hours since news broke of Sony's unprecedented decision. So what are people saying? A lot of things, but the overriding sentiment online - summed up as "You're letting fear/the terrorists/the hackers win" - is beginning to sound a little reductive in light of a political and business situation that is extraordinarily complex. Believe it or not, there are a range of »
- Chris Eggertsen
In my four years of writing for Collider professionally, this may have been the weirdest movie news week I’ve ever seen. The Sony hack hit a crucial moment as theater chains began refusing to show The Interview, followed by Sony Pictures officially pulling the theatrical release altogether. The studio said it had “no further release plans” after the announcement despite some speculation that they might just release the film on VOD, but today the studio uploaded a new The Interview promo with the Christmas Day release intact. Moreover, the video addresses the controversy directly, with a giant “In Franco and Rogen We Trust” blasted over new footage from the movie, which includes a character asking Franco, “How many times can the U.S. make the same mistake?” Does this mean a VOD release is actually in the cards? More after the jump. [Update: The video is now private. Either it's an accidental upload or they don't want it out there... yet.] The fact that Sony would officially upload »
- Adam Chitwood
The escalating situation surrounding Sony’s decision to pull The Interview from movie theatres continues to spiral out of control. With the fate of that movie in limbo, impromptu screenings of the satirical puppet comedy Team America: World Police, sprang up across the country. Sadly, they too have now been pulled.
In the wake of a message from cyberterrorist organization Guardians Of Peace, in which the cell threatened violence on any movie theater showing The Interview, all major movie theater chains in the U.S. yanked the movie from their slates. As a result of this move, Sony then opted to halt the release of the movie altogether. While many assumed it would make its way to audiences via VOD, that too has now been ruled out.
In an attempt to show solidarity and not let those responsible believe they had triumphed, a handful of independent movie theaters across the U. »
- Gem Seddon
“Team America: World Police” won’t strike a blow for freedom of speech after all.
Alamo Drafthouse defiantly replaced “The Interview” with a Dec. 27 screening of the 2004 satire after “The Interview” was yanked from screens over a terrorist threat. However, Paramount Pictures, the studio behind “Team America,” will not offer it for exhibition.
“We can confirm that the screening of ‘Team America’ was canceled as the film was pulled from release,” Alamo Drafthouse said in a statement. “We are issuing refunds to those that purchased tickets.”
It’s a sign that Hollywood may be wary of further stirring up the politically charged situation surrounding “The Interview.” The film centers on a television talking head who gets roped into a plot to kill North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Distributor Sony Pictures pulled the film from theaters after hackers released internal company documents and threatened to attack theaters that played the film and moviegoers. »
- Brent Lang
Did America just lose its first cyberwar?
Sony announced Wednesday that The Interview will not be released after a hack leaked embarrassing executive emails, full-length movies and threatened Americans in theaters with 9/11-like attacks if they went to see it.
The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, and in the comedy, North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is assassinated. But the actors need not worry as their famous friends are standing up for them and their right to creative expression.
News: Here is Sony's statement about canceling 'The Interview'
I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014
This only guarantees that this movie will be seen by more people on Earth than it »
And the ramifications of North Korea's hack of Sony keep spreading outward to other studios. First, Sony pulled their release of Seth Rogen and James Franco's "The Interview," not long after, New Regency and Fox announced they were cancelling the planned Gore Verbinski and Steve Carell picture "Pyongyang," and now Paramount is swooping in to avoid potentially ruffling an North Korean feathers. In response to Sony yanking "The Interview," a small handful of theaters—Capitol Theater in Cleveland, Plaza Atlanta in Atlanta, and the Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas—revealed they would instead screen Trey Parker and Matt Stone's hilariously wrong puppet comedy "Team America: World Police." It's a fitting replacement, with the plot centering on a maniacal Kim Jong-il, who, among other things, sings a song called "I'm So Ronery," gets impaled, and is revealed to be an alien from another planet. Ten years ago, this was deemed acceptable. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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