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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, »
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
No one knows for sure why wealthy Olympic wrestling patron John Du Pont flew off the rails in the winter of1996, abruptly murdering wrestler David Schultz in the driveway of his 800-acre Pennsylvania estate. But director Bennett Miller does his best to unpack the many psychoanalytic layers of the incident, and of the menacing, quirky psyche of John Du Pont. In this "sizzle reel" of sorts, we get a sense of who this enigmatic man — celebrated for his legacies as an "ornithologist, philatelist, philanthropist" — really was. (He's played by Steve Carell in the film.) Here's what videographer Dave Speace had to say: "I shot this video in 1988 for an awards banquet. Du Pont donated money to Crozier-Chester Hospital for their new trauma center. The hospital held a banquet in his honor where this video was shown! So if you are going to see the movie... Foxcatcher, you can learn a little about who he was. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
"Mr. Turner" (December 19) is a lushly mounted period biopic about a globally beloved painter, but it is also about art and commerce, creative integrity, institutional hypocrisy, damaged children, personal generosity, inspiration and love. At its center is a great romance. And all this from famously cranky Brit auteur Mike Leigh, who many tend to take for granted. (The film is now nominated for seven London Film Critics awards, including Best Picture.) We shouldn't, just because he always delivers. At 71 he's at the height of his powers. Labor of love "Mr. Turner" was not easy to get made. It's the apotheosis of the Leigh Method, the creative --and hugely influential--process he has honed and refined over decades, which allows his actors to collaborate for months--or a year even-- on building their characters and his screenplay. Think about the filmmakers, from Richard Linklater to Bennett Miller, to name two of his award-season rivals, »
- Anne Thompson
It was a year of many tortured geniuses onscreen — Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, J.M.W. Turner, Brian Wilson — and behind the scenes, where directors like Bong Joon-ho, James Gray and Paul Schrader fought producers and distributors over final cut, and the right to see their films properly released. Of course, the very idea of distribution has become nearly as diffuse in the digital era as that of film itself, a material on which few movies are still made and even fewer shown — unless you happen to be Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino or Christopher Nolan, who earned the ire of some theater owners when he demanded they reinstall 35mm projectors if they wanted to screen his “Interstellar” two days early. In light of the film’s $600 million worldwide gross (and counting), one can only say: poor them.
Speaking of “Interstellar,” if there was one undeniable constant at the movies in 2014, it was time, »
- Scott Foundas
Assembling a year-end top-10 list has always been a personal, even self-indulgent, ritual, a way of disguising a whimsical ranking of favorites as a carefully curated declaration of personal taste. At the risk of making things even more solipsistic than usual, let me begin by noting that the fraught relationship between artists and critics provided 2014 with one of its most compelling movie themes, with critics themselves — food critics, art critics, theater critics and, yes, film critics — figuring among the year’s most favored characters. And by favored, of course, I mean mocked, loathed and misunderstood at every turn.
In one of the most talked-about scenes in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s virtuoso backstage farce “Birdman,” a washed-up movie star named Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) comes face to face with a notoriously nasty New York Times theater critic, Tabitha Dickinson (Lindsay Duncan), who calmly informs him that she’s going to eviscerate his new Broadway play, »
- Justin Chang
Well folks, it’s that time of the year again. With only a few major releases before the year’s end, we are now being inundated with Best/Worst of the Year lists (including our own), and also a whole bunch of supercuts highlighting the year in cinema. It’s been quite a ride, we must say. 2014 will always be the year that America collectively fell in love with a sentient, talking tree and his trigger-happy raccoon sidekick, as well as the year a young boy’s twelve-year journey into maturity captured the imaginations of moviegoers the world over. It was a year when intimate, reserved dramas like Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year” rubbed shoulders with massive, far-reaching works of spectacle such as Christopher Nolan’s divisive “Interstellar.” It was the year that there was both a Lego and a Transformers movie, although »
- Nicholas Laskin
This tally will change throughout the day and certainly the week as more organizations declare 2014 superlatives, but at present, critics and precursor Best Picture honors break down thusly: seven for "Boyhood," two for "Birdman" and one each for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Ida," "A Most Violent Year," "Nightcrawler," "Selma" and "Snowpiercer." But "Birdman" and "Grand Budapest" have led the lion's share of nominations announcements, making it clear, if this morning's Bfca list hadn't crystallized it, that the season's critical darlings are Wes Anderson, Alejandro González Iñárritu and Richard Linklater. Of course, the only one of those films that needed the boost was "The Grand Budapest Hotel." A March release that was always going to count on being brought back around by these groups, the film is having its "oh yeah" moment for voters who might be looking to take another peek, or move it on up the screener pile if »
- Kristopher Tapley
Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" took its time coming to the screen. Screenwriter and USC professor Howard Rodman ("Savage Grace") grills the film's two screenwriters, first E. Max Frye ("Something Wild") who started writing the John DuPont murder mystery back in 2007, and then Dan Futterman (who also worked with Miller on the Oscar-nominated script for "Capote") on the long road to the final "Foxcatcher," whose stars Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo have been nabbing awards buzz. Read here: my long interview with Miller and video interviews with him and the cast at Toronto. "The people we felt primarily responsible to were the people who were hurt by what happened," says Futterman. They feel well served, he says in the video below. "John DuPont had some mental health issues...We made an effort to find some root reasons for why he behaved the way he did...loneliness, a feeling of inadequacy. »
- Anne Thompson
George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures recently signed a small screen production deal with Sony Pictures Television. The big question was, with Clooney and partner Grant Heslov’s interest in diverse subject matter, what sort of project would be first out the gate? The answer appears to be straightforward – having taken us back to World War II for the underwhelming The Monuments Men in cinemas, Smokehouse are going forward to the recent past for a new TV “dramedy”. Little is known about the forthcoming pilot, other than that it is set in the Nineties and concerns a Hollywood studio. A subject Clooney may know a little bit about, though it’s unclear how involved he’ll be on the creative side.
- Steve Palace
Memorable 1980s TV star Marc Singer ("V," "Beastmaster") has joined the cast of The CW's "Arrow". Singer will be portraying General Matthew Shrieve, the leader of a group known as the Creature Commandos in the DC comics. In the series, he plays a significant role in the show's flashback storyline.
In other news, executive producer Marc Guggenheim says Colton Haynes' Roy Harper character, who has been decidedly underutilized this season, will have a huge part to play int he next three episodes. This will include between him and Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) which Guggenheim calls Haynes' best work on the show. [Source: Cbm]
Untitled Clooney Project
The Sony Pictures TV-produced project is scribed as a comedic drama and has been shopped this week to various TV buyers. »
- Garth Franklin
"Foxcatcher" was a pretty arduous ordeal, according to screenwriters E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman. It was something that only existed in the head of director Bennett Miller, who saw potent drama in the story of John du Pont and the wrestling brothers Schultz, Dave and Mark, but couldn't quite intimate what that was. Frye started chiseling away first, and latter Futterman came on to do more work. The result is a film that resonates on every level, the hard work clearly having paid off. The two never worked on the script at the same time, but have come to be quite friendly over the course of the film's PR circuit. Now they're in the mix for Best Original Screenplay recognition as "Foxcatcher" tries to find its stride on the circuit. I talked to Frye and Futterman earlier this week about cracking what didn't at first glance appear to be a movie, »
- Kristopher Tapley
My friends, we truly are living in a golden age of television. Programming these days is often better than anything playing in cinemas. Once considered almost the end—or truly just the beginning—of a Hollywood heavyweight’s career, any negative stigma that might have once existed about slumming it in television is gone. Long gone. A-List celebs routinely devote years of their lives to headlining weekly shows. Many cross mediums, appearing both in television and film in the same year. And we have some exciting news on leading men poised to return to the small screen. George Clooney, who rose to national-stardom as Dr. Doug Ross in NBC’s long lived primetime hospital drama, “ER,” hopes to return with an hour-long comedy-drama about the movie business, seen from the eyes of executives managing it in the 1990s. Though the show hasn’t yet been picked up yet, it has some solid players involved. »
- Zach Hollwedel
The ’90s were a special time for George Clooney. That was when he broke through on TV with ER, and then transitioned into movies with projects like From Dusk Til Dawn. Now he’s set to return to television, and to that decade, with a brand-new show about ’90s showbiz. Clooney is teaming with Rescue Me […]
- Angie Han
Since it's awards season, the time has come for a round-up of some of the big award contenders sitting down for extended chats about their craft. The Hollywood Reporter always puts together great roundtable talks, and while we don't like to feature all of them, the most fascinating discussions always come from director's roundtable. This year, it's another great assembly of filmmakers for an hour-long chat featuring Angelina Jolie (Unbroken), Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner), and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) together. Watch! Here's the one-hour chat with these six directors, straight from THR: The directors talk about everything from the moment they decided to get into directing to whether or not they think that they are good directors themselves. There's also topics like whether or not they watch their own films when they're done, tough times on set, the business of dealing with studios and financiers, »
- Ethan Anderton
Directors who end up contenders during the awards season are faced with two kinds of torture: the first is getting their movie finished, and the other is sweating it out as ballots are cast and top ten lists are made. In a roundtable talk from The Hollywood Reporter, featuring Angelina Jolie ("Unbroken"), Christopher Nolan ("Interstellar"), Richard Linklater ("Boyhood"), Mike Leigh ("Mr. Turner"), Bennett Miller ("Foxcatcher") and Morten Tyldum ("The Imitation Game"), each director shares the moment occurring during production when they feel they've failed. "I've never made a film where I didn't think, 'this is the one; this is the disaster,' " Leigh stated, a sentiment shared around the table. "Seeing the first edit is the worst. You see the assembly and you think: 'F—! I f—ed up this stuff,' " Tyldum concurs. Even the seemingly unflappable Nolan reveals he won't even watch the first »
- Kevin Jagernauth
THR has been releasing some fascinating roundtable discussions with a number of Oscar hopefuls over the past few weeks, from actors to actresses to cinematographers, but today they’ve released a video featuring a mighty impressive lineup of directors. In the 50-minute roundtable discussion, Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), Angelina Jolie (Unbroken), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner), and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) touch on a number of topics, including their wildly different approaches to filmmaking in general. As always, the best part is seeing the discussion flourish amongst the participants themselves, as they ask each other thoughtful questions aside from the moderator. What are you waiting for? Watch the roundtable interview after the jump, and if you're interested in keeping tabs on the awards race, be sure to check out our Oscar Beat columns. Via THR.
- Adam Chitwood
For those of us who like these Oscar contender roundtables from The Hollywood Reporter, this is the one we have have eagerly anticipating. The directors. The head creative honcho of a film. I feel like these are the people who have not only the most to say, but the most interesting way of saying it. They have to have their eye on so many different moving parts that they can shed light on many different areas of the film. This roundtable includes Christopher Nolan (Interstellar), Richard Linklater (Boyhood), Angelina Jolie (Unbroken), Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher), Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner), and Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game). Even though this is an Oscar contender roundtable, I think only one of these people (Linklater) will be getting nominated. That does make their discussion any less valid or interesting. They discuss their most difficult days on set, when they decided they wanted to make films, »
- Mike Shutt
George Clooney has assembled an A-list package for a TV series set in the 1990s at a Hollywood studio.
Peter Tolan is set to write the script, and Bennett Miller, riding high on the awards buzz for “Foxcatcher,” is on board to direct the pilot for Sony Pictures TV, where Clooney’s Smokehouse has an overall deal.
News of the comedic drama project was first reported by Vulture. It’s said to have been shopped this week to various TV buyers. Given the auspices, it seems likely to command a hefty commitment.
- Cynthia Littleton
George Clooney did plenty of work in the world of television before breaking out in a big way with NBC’s ER in the mid 1990s, and now it appears that he’s keen on spearheading a TV series of his own. Vulture reports that Clooney has teamed up with Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller and Rescue Me creator Peter Tolan to develop a one-hour comedic drama series that will “explore the movie business of the early 1990s.” That is one hell of a creative trio behind-the-scenes, and the early 1990s is a fruitful period to explore. It marked a turning point for the film business, as the studio-driven commercial projects of the late 1980s were threatened by the booming independent film movement with folks like Quentin Tarantino and Steven Soderbergh leading the charge. More after the jump. Per Vulture, the currently untitled TV project is described as a dark comedy »
- Adam Chitwood
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