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Happy Labor Day everyone, and welcome to September as well. Over the past week or so, the Telluride Film Festival has unspooled a number of Academy Award contenders, in effect launching the Oscar race ahead of the start of the New York Film Festival as well as Toronto Film Festival. Those other two festivals will screen titles over the months of September and October, but with Telluride in the books, it’s one fest that we can analyze a bit to see what’s what. With their unique format (they never announce what films are playing in advance, so you never know what will screen), Telluride is always an X factor, but this year especially they’ve had no shortage of Oscar hopeful movies in their lineup. Some flicks upped their stock, while some need to be downgraded, but overall it’s a fest well worth discussing. First off, here »
- Joey Magidson
To play Olympic wrestling benefactor John Eleuthere du Pont in Foxcatcher, director Bennett Miller recalled that Steve Carell wanted embark on the lengthy preparations that Philip Seymour Hoffman did for Capote, including what the actor called "a very specific physicality that I thought was informed by what was going on inside him." That transformation is on full display in the film's latest trailer, as an unrecognizable and haunting Carell touts a gravelly voice and facial prosthetics to explain his mission. "Athletes need role models — like anyone, they need people to look up to," he says. "I want more than anything to win a gold
- Ashley Lee
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
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Bennett Miller‘s first two feature films, Capote (2005) and Moneyball (2011), were both nominated for the best picture Oscar. His third, Foxcatcher, has already garnered him the best director prize at May’s Cannes Film Festival. But if Foxcatcher is to follow in the footsteps of Miller’s earlier films, it will have to resonate stateside, too, which is why so much attention was paid to its North American premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on Saturday morning.
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- Anjelica Oswald
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. "..." »
Bennett Miller's first two feature films, Capote (2005) and Moneyball (2011), were both nominated for the best picture Oscar. His third, Foxcatcher, has already garnered him the best director prize at May's Cannes Film Festival. But if Foxcatcher is to follow in the footsteps of Miller's earlier films, it will have to resonate stateside, too, which is why so much attention was paid to its North American premiere at the Telluride Film Festival on Saturday morning. A 134-minute version of the film, which has been slightly re-edited since Cannes, unspooled before a packed Palm Theatre — the same
- Scott Feinberg
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 great sports movie should also appeal to those who have no particular interest in sports. Accordingly, some of the best baseball movies could just as easily slot into other genres – they're comedies like The Bad News Bears, historical dramas like Eight Men Out, weepies, biopics, coming-of-age dramas and everything in between.
With this week's release of based-on-a-true-story feel-good drama Million Dollar Arm, Digital Spy takes a look at the ten best baseball movies.
1. Eight Men Out (1988)
John Sayles' 1988 drama tackles Major League Baseball's Black Sox scandal, in which eight underpaid members of the Chicago White Sox (including 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson) conspired with gamblers to intentionally lose the 1919 World Series. Sayles' terrific script perfectly captures the time and place and does a superb job of dramatising several elements of a complex story, with impressive attention to detail.
Very much an ensemble piece, the eclectic cast includes John Cusack (as »
“Escobar” stars Benicio del Toro as the notorious drug trafficker alongside “Hunger Games” thesp Josh Hutcherson and Brady Corbet in the new thriller. Stefano, who makes his directing debut, will be on hand for a Q&A.
The four-day festival, which started Friday, already includes the first showings of Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild,” Benedict Cumberbatch’s “The Imitation Game,” Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” and Mia Wasikowska’s “Madame Bovary.”
Several Cannes titles are also coming to the 41st edition of Telluride — Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and Tommy Lee Jones’ frontier drama “The Homesman” — along with Venice Film Festival opener “Birdman, »
- Dave McNary
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
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:
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
We got a new poster earlier in the week, and now Sony has dropped another trailer for Foxcatcher, the upcoming biographical drama starring Steve Carell (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street) and Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers); check it out below…
When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to “coach” a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his »
- Gary Collinson
Foxcatcher has been secured by the 58th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 8-19) for the American Express Gala.
Based on true events, Foxcatcher tells of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between eccentric multimillionaire John du Pont (Carell) and champion wrestlers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and his brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo).
Miller won the best director prize at Cannes, where the film received its world premiere in May.
Miller said: “I’m thrilled that Foxcatcher will be playing the Lff and I’m thrilled to be attending. I suspect Britons will have a special relationship with this film.”
Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director, called the feature »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The Bennett Miller-directed film will hold its UK premiere on Thursday, October 16 as the festival's gala screening. Miller, Carell and Sienna Miller will walk the red carpet at Odeon Leicester Square for the event.
Foxcatcher is based on the true story of eccentric multimillionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) and his relationship with two champion wrestlers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and his brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo).
"I'm thrilled that Foxcatcher will be playing the Lff and I'm thrilled to be attending," said director Miller. "I suspect Britons will have a special relationship with this film."
BFI London Film Festival Director Clare Stewart added that Foxcatcher was one of 2014's "most powerful and important films".
With October’s BFI London Film Festival already set to be bookended by WWII dramas in The Imitation Game and Fury, Bennett Miller’s lauded real-life sports thriller Foxcatcher has now been added to the event’s schedule. The film will receive its U.K. premiere at the American Express Gala on 16 Oct., with Academy Award-nominated Miller, plus stars Steve Carell and Sienna Miller set to attend. "Featuring enthralling performances from its entire cast and directed with unswerving rigour, Foxcatcher not only confirms Bennett Miller as one of the world's most significant contemporary filmmakers, it powerfully demonstrates the clarity of
- Alex Ritman
Empire's winter preview issue showcases some new photos from David Fincher's thriller adaptation of Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel "Gone Girl" starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike. Fincher calls it a date movie that will "end 15 million marriages," and we'll see for ourselves in early October. [Source: Empire]
Release Date Changes
Warner Bros. Pictures have moved up the release of the "Magic Mike" sequel by two days. The film is now slated for release on July 1st 2015.
The Jason Bateman-narrated "Beyond the Brick: A Lego Brickumentary" has been slated for an April 24th 2015 release.
The Gray Ghost
One iconic element of "Batman: The Animated Series" was The Gray Ghost, a TV superhero character played by an actor named Simon »
- Garth Franklin
Over the mountains, and into Telluride. Here we go again. I'm back in Colorado, where I grew up as a kid (I now live in New York City) for my seventh time back to the Telluride Film Festival. The line-up has been unveiled (view the selections in full here), and I can't wait to start watching films. I'm always intrigued by Telluride keeping the line-up a secret until the day before the fest and I was curious how things would shake up with Tiff and Venice complaining about world premieres this time. Why does there have to be so much fighting over what to call a premiere? I'm just here to see good films. Premiere or not, I want to be moved. The festival this year includes a hefty amount of Cannes holdovers, luckily the best of the bunch including Xavier Dolan's Mommy, Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher and the »
- Alex Billington
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