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'Foxcatcher' Review: You May Wrestle With It, But It's Definitely Worth Seeing
5 hours ago
"Foxcatcher" isn't a film about trapping animals, but it is captivating, and in its own way extremely wild. Based on a true story involving Olympic wrestlers, an heir to a great fortune, and a smouldering conflict that soon caught fire, this is a challenging-yet-rewarding film with some impeccable performances.
This is the one with Steve Carell wearing a funny nose, right?
Yeah, that's the one. It also stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. In fact, if there's three things to recommend about the film, it's these actors. Performance-wise the film is incredible, with each actor stretching in ways that put them all at the top of their game.
Carell's quiet sociopathy is riveting, and he portrays John du Pont with an unsettling air that's intoxicating. That snout he wears may be costume affectation, but it gives his face just the right amount of arrogant aloofness to give the film its core tonality. »
- Jason Gorber
Netflix Is Dropping These Movies From Streaming on December 1st
6 hours ago
Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away.
While everyone's favorite subscription streaming service is adding a ton of awesome movies and TV shows in December, it's also yanking a huge list of popular titles from its library. Below is said list. I'm especially sad to see "Dirty Dancing" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley" go. Those movies are the sh...
Watch them while you can!
Movies Being Dropped by Netflix on December 1st
"The Apostle" (1997)
"Audrey Rose" (1977)
"The Believers" (1987)
"Better than Chocolate" (1999)
"Blood & Chocolate" (2007)
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" (2008)
"The Choirboys" (1977)
"The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County" (1970)
"Coffee and Cigarettes" (2003)
"The Cold Light of Day" (1996)
"The Constant Gardener" (2005)
"Count Yorga, Vampire" (1970)
"Dirty Dancing" (1987)
"Double Indemnity" (1944)
"En la Cama" (2005)
"Event Horizon" (1997)
"Eye for an Eye" (1996)
"Fairy Tale: A True Story" (1997)
"First Knight" (1995)
"Five Easy Pieces" (1970)
"Foreign Student" (1994)
"Free Men" (2011)
"Funny Lady" (1975)
"The Ghost and Mrs Muir" (1947)
- Tim Hayne
The 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Trailer Is Finally Here
8 hours ago
Well, after some false starts and somewhat convincing fakes, the trailer for J.J. Abrams astronomically anticipated "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" trailer is here. And it's totally amazing.
The trailer is only 88 seconds long, but it's packed full of "Star Wars"-y goodness: John Boyega as a storm-trooper, rebel X-wings delicately skimming some unknown body of water, new "chrome troopers," a Sith lord whose red lightsaber emits little red flames on either side of the blade, a rolling droid, Daisy Ridley on some kind of floating skiff not unlike the speeders in "Return of the Jedi." Oh, and an appearance from a little spaceship called the Millennium Falcon.
Quite frankly if this was the only footage of the film that we got to see before next Christmas (something of a systematic improbability given Disney's marketing engine and our own curiosity), we'd be happy.
- Drew Taylor
'Foxcatcher' Cast Comes Clean About Process, Character and Dealing With Darkness
9 hours ago
"Foxcatcher" is at its most captivating when you look at the individual performances by a remarkable ensemble of actors. The interplay between the leads is both the core of the story and the real heart of the film's success.
With a breakthrough lead performance of sorts by Steve Carell as John du Pont, there's also room to praise another terrific turn by Channing Tatum as Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz and a subtle, easily underappreciated performance by Mark Ruffalo as his brother David.
In a slightly subdued mood in keeping with the film's tone, the three spoke to us at the Toronto Film Festival to discuss their participation in this remarkable film.
Moviefone Canada: Much of the actual motivation for what happens in the film takes takes place behind closed doors. Could you talk about the challenges of bringing these roles to the screen when so much that is truly going on is left unsaid? »
- Jason Gorber
33 Things on TV to Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving
27 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST
At this time of year, it's good to be reminded that contemporary TV offers such a cornucopia of riches. This past year, in particular, has offered plenty to give thanks for -- in terms of both what's on the air and what is not. Among the things I'm thankful for:
That "The Flash" is actually good.
That I don't work at the "Today" show.
That this is the last season for "Two and a Half Men."
That "Seinfeld" reruns still hold up pretty well.
That Casper Kelly made '80s sitcom parody "Too Many Cooks." Whether or not you like the finished product -- and it's often pretty disgusting -- I'm glad someone had the impulse to make it. »
- Gary Susman
Worst Holiday Episodes Ever
27 November 2014 4:00 AM, PST
For some inexplicable reason, most television shows (especially '90s sitcoms) feel the need to bestow holiday-themed episodes upon their viewers, and let's just say it's a curse and a blessing. Of course holiday episodes can be a great excuse to cozy up with the family, shove a bunch of gingerbread into your face, and watch your favorite characters enjoy a bit of festive goodness, but some shows miss the magical mark in a major way. Check out a few unforgettably horrible holiday episodes from your favorite (or, possibly least favorite) series, most of which are so bad that they're good. Also, it goes without saying that this list was approved by The Grinch.
"Ghost Whisperer" - Holiday Spirit You know what screams Christmas? Watching Jennifer Love Hewitt discover that Santa Claus is actually a ghost while trying to determine whether or not he's "naughty or nice." Whoever wrote this »
- Mehera Bonner
Bennett Miller, 'Foxcatcher' Director, on His Inspiration and Casting Channing Tatum
27 November 2014 2:30 AM, PST
When you meet Bennett Miller in person, his films seem to make a bit more sense. A quiet, intense man, the cadence of his answers can be charitably described as "deliberate," while others might simply wish for him to speed up slightly and get to the point.
The same charges have been levied against his works by detractors, but fans of "Capote," "Moneyball," and now "Foxcatcher" revel in the lugubrious tone and torpid pace of the dialogue, while sudden, kinetic bursts of physical exertion punctuate without warning.
Moviefone Canada spoke with Bennett about "Foxcatcher" at the Toronto Film Festival, and we started by discussing a key scene that takes place behind a closed door, a metaphor (perhaps) for much of the film's narrative opacity.
Moviefone Canada: In my opinion, the most remarkable scene is the one that takes place behind the window. It embodies everything that you're doing with the »
- Jason Gorber
Jamie Foxx Facts: 33 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Actor
27 November 2014 2:00 AM, PST
With both an Oscar and a Grammy on his mantle, Jamie Foxx is a one-man entertainment empire.
Foxx began his career as a stand-up comedian before landing his own sitcom just a few years later -- and then he awed the world. His portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray" (2004) earned Foxx one accolade after another and even relaunched his music career. Fresh off his Oscar win, the multi-hyphenate teamed with Kanye West and took home a Grammy for the Ray Charles-inspired "Gold Digger." This fall, he's back on the big screen as Dean "Mf" Jones in the star-studded comedy "Horrible Bosses 2" (you can also catch him in "Annie" December 19).
From his real name to the dare that launched his career, here are 33 things you probably don't know about Jamie Foxx.
1. Jamie Foxx was born December 13, 1967 in Terrell, Texas to Louise Annette Talley and Darrell Bishop.
2. He was adopted »
- Jonny Black
'Game of Thrones' Unveils Mysterious Season 5 Teaser and Site
26 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST
Quoth the raven, "I see a darkness in you."
Those spooky words are uttered in a new, very brief (literally, 10 seconds) teaser from "Game of Thrones" season 5. HBO released it via Twitter:
The raven brings #TheSight. Receive the power at: http://t.co/9fNrrJIGHG https://t.co/LknnRX0f4D
- Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) November 25, 2014
We get a fleeting glimpse at Arya as she pierces some random with Needle. Then, the teaser urges us to "Receive the power of the sight" at ThreeEyedRaven.com. There's not much to see the website, though except a chance to sign up to receive updates on season 5, which should premiere this spring.
Last we saw Arya, she had escaped Sandor "The Hound" Clegane and Brienne of Tarth, and got on a ship headed to the city of Braavos. She used the coin that Jaqen gave her and uttered the phrase "valar morghulis" - »
- Kelly Woo
'Horrible Bosses 2' Review: 10 Things You Need to Know About the New Workplace Comedy
26 November 2014 5:03 AM, PST
When 2011's "Horrible Bosses" came to an end, did you find yourself wondering (aloud), "What happens next?" Well, you're in luck, because this week "Horrible Bosses 2" is going to answer all of those questions (and then some).
"Horrible Bosses 2" has Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, and Charlie Day reprising their respective roles from the first film, and this time the hapless trio gets involved in a scheme to kidnap the son (Chris Pine) of a rich entrepreneur (Christoph Waltz) who has screwed them out of a big deal. Yes, they've downgraded from murder to kidnapping. Hey, times are tough all over.
But does this sequel bring the yuks? Or should you skip this one and instead just go to town on Thanksgiving leftovers? Read on to find out!
1. There Aren't Really Any Bosses in This One
The movie is called "Horrible Bosses 2" but there aren't really any bosses, »
- Drew Taylor
Candace Cameron Bure Loves These Five Family-Friendly Holiday Films
26 November 2014 4:30 AM, PST
Candace Cameron Bure has a lot to celebrate this holiday season. This past year she came in third overall on Season 18 of "Dancing With the Stars," became a New York Times best-selling author, and soon you can catch her in a new Hallmark film, "Christmas Under Wraps."
Candace is a mom of three and she's appeared in a few Christmas movies over the years, so she knows a thing or two about what to watch with your family over the holidays. Here are five holiday films the actress thinks you should watch with the kids at home.
"Christmas Under Wraps" premieres Saturday, November 29 at 8/7c on Hallmark. »
- Moviefone Staff
James Cameron Uses Outdated Slang to Hype 'Avatar' Sequels
26 November 2014 3:42 AM, PST
It's pretty apparent that James Cameron is a certifiable madman. When he's not launching risky, technologically unproven science fiction epics, he's traveling down to the bottom of the ocean in a one-man submarine or something equally insane and death defying. And in talking about his sequels to "Avatar," Cameron has decided to try something even loonier: bring back outdated slang in an attempt to get people excited for a trio of sequels that we're not sure anybody is actually all that excited about.
Speaking with Empire Magazine (via our good friends at Collider), Cameron teased that he could only reveal one thing about the new movies (the first of which opens in December of 2017): "They're gonna be bitchin'. You will sh*t yourself with your mouth wide open." It can only be assumed that he said that after doing a sweet kick flip off of his skateboard, while wearing a backwards baseball cap. »
- Drew Taylor
'Horrible Bosses 2' Review: Why the Comedy Sequel Isn't As Horrible As You Might Think
26 November 2014 2:00 AM, PST
The first "Horrible Bosses" landed as a solid hard-r hit back in 2011, thanks to audiences falling for Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day as a lovably bumbling trio of would-be criminals. Well, that, and the appeal of watching Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston saying dirty words.
So Nick (Bateman), Kurt (Sudeikis) and Dale (Day) are back again for "Horrible Bosses 2," having ditched the nine-to-five to start their own business. But even though they're their own horrible bosses now, they're still having problems with upper-management types, in the form of the father/son team of potential investors Bert and Rex Hanson, played by Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine.
Of course, comedy sequels haven't always had the best track record; it's a delicate balance recapturing what worked in the first film without just delivering the same movie with new punchlines. (See: "The Hangover Part II.") Not to mention, three idiots »
- Rick Mele
10 Christmas Movies That Haven't Aged Well
26 November 2014 1:00 AM, PST
In Charles Dickens's immortal "A Christmas Carol," Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts: the ghost of Christmas present, the ghost of Christmas past, and the ghost of Christmas future. When it comes to Christmas movies, there are plenty of titles that you've watched in the past, a few that you watch now, and even less that you'd watch in the future. Somehow, this analogy made more sense before I downed several jumbo-sized cartons of egg-nog.
What we're trying to say is that there are Christmas classics, Christmas movies that you maybe watch if it's on television but don't think about, and then there are Christmas movies that have just aged horribly. The very notion of a Christmas movie is one that has an air of timelessness, since you want to be able to watch those movies once every year (tis the season); we've decided to choose some of »
- Drew Taylor
Best of Late Night TV: Evangeline Lilly's Odd Costume, Pregnant Emily Blunt Saved Meryl Streep's Life (Video)
25 November 2014 11:30 PM, PST
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Evangeline Lilly showed up on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in this odd Mad Hatter circus type outfit. As Jimmy asked, "What the hell are you wearing?" It's a costume tied to her "Squickerwonkers" children's book. She wrote this story when she was 14. Evangeline is so bubbly and fun but, man, she is unrecognizable as Kate from "Lost" or Tauriel from "The Hobbit." Guess that's an actress for you! Jimmy said Evangeline had previously mentioned retiring from acting, and she did retire, but Peter Jackson called her out of retirement for "The Hobbit." (Don't worry, she does know that Tauriel was not actually in the book, that part is just a »
- Gina Carbone
'Get Hard' Trailer: Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart Prep for Prison (Video)
25 November 2014 11:30 AM, PST
The film focuses on James (Ferrell), a hedge fund manager who's convicted of fraud and set for a prison sentence. With only 30 days before his stint behind bars begins, James wants to learn how to "get hard," and enlists Darnell (Hart) for help. Unfortunately, Darnell is a small business owner who knows nothing about life in prison.
If that set-up sounds ripe for disaster, the comic talents of Ferrell and Hart should save "Get Hard" from being too insensitive; it seems more silly than anything else. According to the flick's official synopsis, James and Darnell work together to "do whatever it takes for James to 'get hard' and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things - including each other."
We'll see just how successful that mission is. »
- Katie Roberts
'Frozen' Continues World Domination, Beats Barbie in Toy Sales
25 November 2014 9:30 AM, PST
When it comes to toy sales this holiday season, Barbie has been "Frozen" out.
Merchandise featuring Disney's blockbuster animated musical has been dominating sales and wish lists this year, with "Frozen" items knocking Barbie off of the top of the toy aisle food chain. A survey conducted by the National Retail Foundation -- which polls consumers annually about their buying habits -- asked shoppers what they planned to buy for boys and girls this year, and "Frozen"-centric gifts were the top choice for girls.
Twenty percent of parents told the Nrf that they were buying items featuring Anna, Elsa, and Olaf for their daughters, compared with just 16.8 percent who said they planned to purchase something Barbie-related. This marks the first time in the Nrf survey's 11-year existence that Barbie didn't claim the top spot for girls.
Another film no doubt influenced the top-seller for boys, too: Lego products were »
- Katie Roberts
George Eads, Last Original 'CSI' Cast Member, to Leave Show
25 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST
Eads, who has starred as Nick Stokes since the show's pilot, is planning to exit the series following the close of its current season. He is the last remaining original "CSI" cast member, following the exit of Paul Guilfoyle (Capt. Jim Brass) after the end of season 14 earlier this year.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Eads's decision to split was "an amicable one" with CBS. The network had previously downgraded the 15th season of the show from 22 to 18 episodes, the first time it's ever reduced "CSI"'s episode order.
Eads's exit is just the latest in a revolving door of casting shakeups that have been ongoing throughout the last few years of the show's run. Per THR:
- Katie Roberts
What's New on Netflix Streaming in December 2014
25 November 2014 8:45 AM, PST
Netflix streaming is upping the ante this December, adding enough high-profile TV shows and movies to more than make up for last month's lackluster offerings.
On the movie side, highlights include Will Ferrell and gang in "Anchorman 2," the Heath Ledger-starring "A Knight's Tale," Cameron Crowe classic "Almost Famous," Oscar-winning "American Beauty," and horror hits "Oculus" and "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones." Oh, and let's not forget '80s classic "Troop Beverly Hills," '90s cult favorite "Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion," or Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Wolf of Wall Street."
And there's plenty to love about what's coming on the TV front: "American Horror Story: Coven" finally gets its day on Netflix, "Sharknado 2" storms its way to streaming, and Brit hit "Broadchurch" finally lands stateside. Oh, and December sees the premiere of the hotly anticipated Netflix Original series "Marco Polo" on the 12th.
Here's a much »
- Tim Hayne
This New 'Sherlock' Image of Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman Is Delightful (Photo)
25 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST
In promotion of the newest season "Sherlock" -- which audiences won't see until 2016 -- the BBC has posted a teaser image on Twitter that's equal parts old-fashioned, humorous, and downright delightful.
The photo shows Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John Watson (Martin Freeman) dressed up as old-timey versions of their characters, complete with over-the-top hats and a whimsical mustache for Watson. It's unclear what the pair are looking at, but from the expression on Watson's face, he's not too pleased about it.
#221back #Sherlock #notkidding pic.twitter.com/iTfDqfJI0R
- BBC One (@BBCOne) November 25, 2014
Perhaps the image is a nod to the sadness that fans are feeling over the long gap between when audiences can expect to see the pair on the small screen again. A "Sherlock" Christmas special is set to air around the holidays in late 2015, with a fourth season of the series slated to start sometime »
- Katie Roberts
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