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Some of award season's top directors are paying tribute to Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday at the age of 83. Earlier this week while participating in The Hollywood Reporter's Director Roundtable, Interstellar's Christopher Nolan and Boyhood's Richard Linklater praised 1988's Working Girl as among their favorites. Unbroken director Angelina Jolie said she had never met Nichols, but "you could tell from his films — I can't imagine he wasn't a really great person." Watch more Trailers for 10 Classic Mike Nichols Films Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller knew Nichols well and became emotional while remembering the late director, saying he didn't know "anybody
- THR Staff
Now playing in limited release is one of my favorite films of 2014: director Bennett Miller's (Moneyball, Capote) Foxcatcher. With career best performances and phenomenal direction, the film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their troubled relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell). The film also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall. For more on Foxcatcher, watch the trailer, read Matt's review, or click here for all our previous coverage. At the recent Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive interview with Bennett Miller. He talked about the long editing process, how his first cut was over four hours, shooting on film, producer Megan Ellison (who deserves a huge thank you from all of us for supporting films like this) and the way she likes to collaborate, and a lot more. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
I’m going to keep it short and sweet today folks, or at least a bit shorter than usual in terms of set up. You all know by now that it’s time for my middle of the month Oscar predictions update piece. Sometimes, there’s only a tinker or two to be done, but today…today I have a seismic shift to include, namely in the arrival of Selma on the scene. It’s gone from being shut out (what was I thinking?) to contending for wins in multiple major categories. In fact, more than one of the big eight categories have new winners listed, so this is a definite change in thinking. Some of it might be short lived, but that’s what the upcoming new set of predictions next month is for, right? I’ve also added the three short form categories (Animated Short, Documentary Short, and »
- Joey Magidson
Channing Tatum and Reid Carolin are attached to co-direct and produce an adaptation of Matthew Quick's Ya book Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock for The Weinstein Co. Tatum, receiving strong reviews in Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher and hot off Sony's summer hit 22 Jump Street, would also possibly star in the film. The pair are developing the project for their Free Association banner and will produce along with the company's Peter Kiernan. Leonard Peacock centers on a troubled high schooler who plans to kill his best friend and then himself. The search is on for a writer. If everything aligns, the
- Tatiana Siegel, Borys Kit
Chicago – In the memorable film “Barton Fink,” the title character is asked to write a wrestling movie for Wallace Beery. If Fink had isolated himself long enough, he might have come up with “Foxcatcher,” demonstrating once again that a true story is much stranger than fiction.
Directed by Bennett Miller (“Capote”), the film is a dreamy nightmare, if that contradiction in terms can be used a descriptive. It is quietly weird, featuring performances from three popular actors – Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo – that stretch them beyond anything else they’ve ever done. The story of one of the wealthiest men in the world, John du Pont (of the du Pont chemical dynasty), as he tries to grasp some kind of identity and acceptance, is proof that no one gets out of their lives without some connection to the very emotions that can uplift or destroy them. The »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
“I think that we could all do with a healthy dose of disillusionment,” remarks director Bennett Miller while recently speaking in Chicago about his new film Foxcatcher. It’s a statement delivered with his zen garden-like tone (Mark Ruffalo’s words, not mine), and with truth concerning his dramatic pursuits as a storyteller. Foxcatcher, like his previous projects Capote and Moneyball, explores characters and systems that audiences may recognize, but with dramatic ambition then seeks to unravel it in a colder light.
A riveting true story about Olympic wrestling brothers Mark and David Schultz (Channing Tatum and Ruffalo, respectively) and the billionaire who wanted to own their glory (Steve Carell), Foxcatcher is an observational drama on the morose results of the American Dream, and the ideals that create selfish ambition. Miller is certainly aiming high with his material, and mostly achieves this desired prominence with the help of larger-than-life performances. »
- Nick Allen
Actor-writer Dan Futterman called in to Sirius Xm radio on Thursday to remember his Birdcage director Mike Nichols, who died Wednesday night. Futterman, who's gone on to write films like Bennett Miller's Capote and Foxcatcher, played the son of Robin Williams and Nathan Lane's characters in the 1996 movie, which Nichols directed. He was one of several relatively unknown actors to star in the film, along with a pre-Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart, Hank Azaria and Nathan Lane, whom Futterman said hadn't really played a part like his role in The Birdcage before. Futterman recalled that Nichols seemed to
- Hilary Lewis
The tension was palpable in the theater for Variety’s Screening Series even after “Foxcatcher” came to end. The 134-minute long psychological drama was bookended by director Bennett Miller’s offhanded explanation about the bizarre circumstances that led to the creation of the film.
“A stranger approached me in a store and handed me an envelope that contained newspaper clippings about the story,” Miller said tersely, recalling how he discovered the true story that informs “Foxcatcher.”
But the same tragic story (of sibling Olympic wrestling champions Mark and Dave Schultz and their millionaire benefactor John E. du Pont) that fascinated Miller initially repelled star Channing Tatum.
In fact, Tatum said he initially wasn’t interested in the role when approached about it seven years ago.
“To be quite honest, I didn’t understand exactly why he wanted to make it,” Tatum told the audience at a Q&A following the screening. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
So as you can probably guess, the only reason why this Fantastic Mr. Fox/Foxcatcher mash-up trailer exists is because both films have the word "fox" in their titles, but it's still pretty damn funny, as well as a little creepy. Called "The Fantastic Mr. Foxcatcher," the video was created with the dialogue and music from the trailer for the Bennett Miller movie (with Channing Tatum voicing Mr. Fox and Steve Carell voicing Badger) and clips from Wes »
- Jesse Giroux
It feels appropriate to write this in the dull early morning. Through the window, the trees are nearly bare, the sky flat and gray; it will not change at all until night falls. If Terrence Malick owns a kind of harvest time golden hour, then perhaps Bennett Miller, director of “Foxcatcher,” (our review) owns this slate, damp, late autumnal dawn. It’s the color of the beginning of his feature debut, “Capote," as a car drives up to a house, eerily still amid miles of empty Kansas farmland. It’s the color of the skies that hover over a deserted Fenway Park as Billy Beane is made an offer he can’t refuse and does. “More clouds of gray… than any Russian play… ” warbles Timothy Speed Levitch tunelessly as Miller’s black and white 1998 documentary “The Cruise” opens, and that same film ends with a hazy, low-contrast aerial shot of »
- Jessica Kiang
Bennett Miller's latest Oscar-hopeful has barely been out for one week in limited release but already is the recipient of an internet parody going viral. Unfortunately, the video in question does not involve Steve Carell's prosthetic nose —although I’m sure that’s coming soon. This one is called “The Fantastic Mr. Foxcatcher” and is courtesy of YouTube user Jonathan Hartwig. The vid dubs clips from Wes Anderson's "Fantastic Mr. Fox" with audio from the trailer for "Foxcatcher." The films have nothing in common save for the fact that both titles contain the word “fox.” Get it? But the video works surprisingly well in the tradition of Anderson's deadpan humor and is definitely worth a look. Channing Tatum voices the role of Mr. Fox while Steve Carell voices Badger, and the chilly and somber soundtrack from "Foxcatcher" contrasted with the whimsical visuals of Anderson’s stop-motion classic »
- Anthony Nicholas
Now that quirky "Foxcatcher" has thrived at the major film festivals (winning Best Director at Cannes) and survived film critics (scoring 85% at RottenTomatoes), it looks like it is about to scale the third hurdle on the way to serious Oscar contention: box office. Last weekend it only opened in six theaters in limited release, but it earned $45,146 per screen. That's cool. See how our 25 Oscar Experts rank contenders in all top categories -Break- Currently, our 25 Oscar experts predict it will score six nominations: Best Picture, Director (Bennett Miller), Actor (Steve Carell), Supporting Actor (Mark Ruffalo), Original Screenplay and Makeup. The 16 Experts who bet it will make the Best Picture list (assuming there will be 10 nominees): Ed Douglas (Comingsoon), Thom Geier, Mike Hogan (Vanity Fair), Dave Karger (Fandango), Tariq Khan (Fox News), Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), Mary Milliken (Reuters), Steve Pond (The Wrap), Janelle Ri...' »
Director Bennett Miller’s drama Foxcatcher is certainly one of the darkest and most somber films of the year, so obviously it makes a fine companion to the visual stylings of director Wes Anderson. Someone has taken the audio of the Foxcatcher trailer and quite successfully dubbed it over footage from Anderson’s incredible (not to mention wildly entertaining) 2009 film Fantastic Mr. Fox. It’s an odd match but it actually works quite well, and it even has the Megan Ellison Seal of Approval. Both films are great and I highly recommend seeking out Foxcatcher—which includes three of the best performances of the year—when it comes to a theater near you. Watch the Fantastic Mr. Foxcatcher trailer after the jump. Foxcatcher is now playing in select cities. Trailer created by YouTube user Jonathan Hartwig. Click here to find out when Foxcatcher is coming to your theater.
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- Adam Chitwood
When a film’s protagonist is in conflict with himself, it’s hard for the audience to choose a side.
But such is the dramatic high-wire act being performed in several of the season’s more prominent movies, in which the key characters are conflicted, confounded, confused and/or contradictory — searching for their identities and their souls. And they’re not necessarily likable.
How an anti-hero is positioned has much to do with his screen persona. In “Wild,” for instance, Jean-Marc Vallee’s adaptation of the Cheryl Strayed memoir, Reese Witherspoon’s character is, first of all, played by Reese Witherspoon.
“Who’s not going to care about Reese Witherspoon?” Vallee asks. “Particularly her face, she’s so vulnerable. And out of her comfort zone: For the first 10 minutes, audiences are going to say ‘you’re going to try something? I’m going to follow you.’ ”
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- John Anderson
Chicago – There are many categories of film director types – facilitators, tacticians, framers, to name a few – but there are few real artists. Bennett Miller has guided three films in his career, “Capote,” “Moneyball” and his latest “Foxcatcher.” All three have a purposeful artistry, and explore the soul within the humanity it portrays.
Having brought on that analysis, Bennett Miller is also a pragmatist, who can’t reconcile some of the interpretations involved in the following interview – which also sets him uniquely apart. He was born in New York City, and in his youth knew both writer Dan Futterman – who fashioned the story for “Foxcatcher” – and the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who magnificently portrayed Truman Capote in Miller’s 2005 directorial debut, “Capote.” Miller next took on the complex “Moneyball,” and made it into a baseball movie that communicated more about the game than past films that dealt directly with the sport. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
"Dude, you know the movie 'Foxcatcher'?" "Yeah, I know Foxcatcher. We saw it yesterday." "Ok, you know how there weren’t any real foxes in it?" "Yeah, Steve Carell’s farm was called 'Foxcatcher.'" "Right, but what if there were?" "What if there were what?" "What if there were foxes." "What if Foxcatcher had foxes in it?" "Yeah, or… if Foxcatcher were about foxes." "'Foxcatcher' starring foxes?" "And a foxcatcher." "That’s stu—…get me to the Internet." And that, friends, is how YouTube comedy videos are born. In a precisely concocted parody of Bennett Miller’s "Foxcatcher," YouTube user Jonathan Hartwig splices the drama’s trailer audio into the nimble antics of Wes Anderson’s 2009 stop-motion animated film "Fantastic Mr. Fox" and comes out with an entertaining hybrid. A pun is only the beginning of "Fantastic Mr. Foxcatcher," a slow burn psychological drama that grapples with wealth, »
- Matt Patches
By Anjelica Oswald
The transition from television star to cinematic award-winner is often difficult. Where actors in feature films tend to be regarded as prestigious, the actors you catch on a television show every week become almost like friends and are more relatable. This personal appeal can hinder prospective Oscar chances, as TV actors are denigrated as being less-than qualified for the statues than their featured peers.
Some 21st century exceptions to the rule include George Clooney, who rose to fame as Dr. Doug Ross on NBC’s ER, is now a two-time Oscar winner, one for his supporting role in 2005’s Syriana and the other for best picture for 2012’s Argo; Jennifer Lawrence, who starred as the oldest daughter on The Bill Engvall Show before it ended in 2009, is now a three-time Oscar nominee, winning once for her lead role in 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook; Melissa Leo, »
- Anjelica Oswald
Imagine "Foxcatcher" as a stop-motion animated drama directed by Wes Anderson and narrated by Steve Carell, and you've got "Fantastic Mr. Foxcatcher," a charming mash-up of Anderson's delightful 2009 Roald Dahl adaptation and Bennett Miller's dark psychodrama, now in theaters. Word has it that Anderson's not finished with the stop-motion medium, as he recently teased a possible De Sica-inspired animated feature. Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight is prepping "Grand Budapest Hotel" for Oscars, for which Sony Picture Classics' "Foxcatcher" is also gunning. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Bennett Miller has been using the genre of the "sports movie" tell some of the most fascinating stories of American life and dreams on the big screen. He’s followed up his sophisticated baseball film “Moneyball” with another American story rooted in the context of sports. With last Friday’s release of “Foxcatcher,” the wider public will finally see what we’ve been raving about since Cannes (read our review); a film set in the world of wrestling, that pins down the corroding effects wealth can have on the individual, and intensely grapples with the tragic consequences of human hubris. Not only did it push Steve Carell to his furthest, darkest limits (so much so, he inspired us to write about our favorite dramatic roles from 20 comic actors), but “Foxcatcher” also reminds us of how combat sports can be used effectively as metaphor, highlighting our brittle human condition with individualistic punches. »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will hand its 2015 Outstanding Performer of the Year Award to Foxcatcher star Steve Carell. A tribute celebrating his performance in Bennett Miller’s film will take place on February 6. Foxcatcher debuted in Cannes and sets an almost unrecognizable Carell as the reclusive, wrestling-obsessed millionaire John du Pont. Sbiff executive director Roger Durling says of Carell, “He’s made us laugh for so many years with his great comedic abilities, but he shows this year that his range and artistry runs deep with his career-changing performance in Foxcatcher. He is unrecognizable physically and emotionally.”
Sony Pictures Classics released Foxcatcher this past weekend on the heels of screenings at the Academy earlier this week. The film led the specialty box office, opening with a robust $288K in six theaters. Carell’s performance has stirred critical acclaim leading into awards season.
Previous Outstanding Performer Award recipients at Santa Barbara include Cate Blanchett, »
- The Deadline Team
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