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Senior Staff Writer and Blu-ray nut Scott Davis takes his weekly look at what’s new and hot in the world of Blu-ray…
In this week’s UK edition, we have Steve Carell and Channing Tatum wrestling in Foxcatcher, lots of singing in the woods with Meryl Streep and Anna Kendrick in Into The Woods, and arguably the best film of 2015 so far, A Most Violent Year, starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain…
One of the outstanding films of 2015 so far, J.C. Chandor’s magnificent epic stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks and is set in 1981, New York City’s most violent year ever.
See Also: Read our review of A Most Violent Year here
Acclaimed with a huge standing ovation at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, director Bennett Miller’s excellent sports drama was not as successful »
- Scott J. Davis
Nominated for five Academy Awards and two BAFTA’s, the most anticipated thriller of the year – Foxcatcher – comes to DVD & Blu-ray on 18 May, and to celebrate we have 3 Blu-rays with T-shirts to give away!
Foxcatcher is a gripping tale based on true events that presents us with exceptional, outstanding performances from all three leading cast members: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. When wealthy John du Pont (Steve Carell) invites Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) to move to his estate and help form a wrestling team for the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Mark sees a way to step out of the shadow of his charismatic and revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo) and instantly accepts his offer.
However, du Pont begins to lead Mark down a dark path while becoming fixated on recruiting Dave to ‘Team Foxcatcher’. As tensions and paranoia run high through their constant power-struggles and the pursuit of victory, »
- Dan Bullock
Cannes — Harvey Weinstein appears to be in a good place. The Weinstein Company is, after all, coming off three-straight hits with "The Imitation Game," "Paddington" and "Woman in Gold." Thursday evening the industry titan held court for his annual Cannes preview, noting that he loved this year's slate while insisting that that's not always the case. The highlight of the evening was intended to be the first footage screened of Quentin Tarantino's "The Hateful Eight," but this pundit was much more impressed with Garth Davis' "Lion." Based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, "Lion" chronicles how, thanks to his inherent curiosity, a 5-year-old boy is separated from his family in India. Now, 25 years later, Saroo (Dev Patel) has grown up after being raised by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) and begins a search for the biological family he believes is still waiting for him to come home. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The wrester said that Miller turned his life into a "horror story" by focusing on the murder of his brother Dave, who was played by Mark Ruffalo in the 2014 film.
He told ShortList: "I'm happy that my brother was immortalised. That was the main reason I did it.
"I'm very happy that it got five Oscar nominations and that they got Channing Tatum to play me, I keep telling people the only guy they could come up with to play me was the sexiest man in the world!
"But I didn't expect Miller to choose the darkest part of my life to focus on - Dave's murder - and expand that into a movie. I thought they'd focus on the wrestling, becoming the ultimate cage fighter, being victorious.
"It ended up being almost the complete opposite - a nightmare, »
On May 17, the 68th Cannes Film Festival will partner with luxury goods giant Kering to honor three outstanding female filmmakers for their contributions to the world of cinema at a Presidential Dinner. Two-time Oscar-winner Jane Fonda will receive a special "Women in Motion" honor award, recognizing the philanthropist's professional achievements and commitment to peace, women and equality. Megan Ellison, founder of Annapurna Pictures and producer of numerous significant films including the Oscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty, American Hustle and Foxcatcher, will receive an honorary award for her pioneering career and its impact on American cinema. The presidential dinner also will pay a
- THR Staff
Cannes — If it's opening day at the Cannes Film Festival that means it's time for another awkward press conference with the competition jury. Typically, a Cannes jury is comprised of nine directors, actors and artists from all over the world who have often never met each other beforehand and have no intention of tipping their hands that they might actually already be looking forward to seeing particular films in the competition. The good news is that you can always count on a few members of the international press corps to ask some silly questions or get their facts so inexplicably wrong (guys, "Mad Max: Fury Road" isn't in competition) you wonder how they got credentialed in the first place. The 2015 edition of the festival features a jury headed by former Palme d'Or winners Ethan and Joel Coen (a rare two-headed jury president). Also on hand are Guillermo Del Toro (who, »
- Gregory Ellwood
When members of the 68th Cannes Film Festival jury met for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, they were told that they could create an award for the films they were about to screen. “Sienna Miller asked that the prize be presented to her,” recalled Joel Coen at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon that helped kick off Cannes. “Guillermo [del Toro] became upset,” Joel joked. “If Sienna gets a prize, Guillermo gets a prize. We just met these people. It’s alarming.”
Regardless of that, the jurors seemed to get along just fine. As co-presidents of this year’s prize-giving committee, the Coen brothers dominated the conversation, offering thoughts on the moviemaking business, their lack of interest in television and what they were looking for as judges.
- Ramin Setoodeh
Ex Machina (deservedly) made Alicia Vikander Hollywood's new it-girl, and as she receives offers left-and-right, she apparently won't stray too far from the high-tech thriller genre. She joins Tom Hanks in James Ponsoldt's (The Spectacular Now, this summer's The End of the Tour) latest, The Circle. amz asin="0345807294" size="small"Vikander is slated as the movie's protagonist, a recent college graduate who lands a job with The Circle, a powerful tech company where she becomes close with its charismatic co-owner (Hanks). The film is based on the Dave Eggers (Where the Wild Things Are) novel of the same name. The Circle will be produced under Hanks' Playtone banner, which he shares with Gary Goetzman. Ponsoldt and Anthony Bregman (Foxcatcher) are also attached in the same capacity, while Walter Parkes and Laurie Macdonald (Flight) just joined the project before Cannes commenced. This is just one Eggers adaptation Playtone is working on at the moment, »
- Will Ashton
Last year's edition of the Cannes International Film Festival brought with it the usual early awards possibilities. Some went the distance (Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" in a number of categories). Others fell short (Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner"). But while Sundance is certainly stepping up its awards-relevance game, the Croisette is where people really start pondering how the film year will shake out once the Oscar drums start banging late in the fall. One person who has leaned into the fest heavily the last couple of years is Harvey Weinstein. He has consistently held an event showcasing materials for The Weinstein Company's upcoming releases there, but this year he has a pair of films actually in competition that could make waves on the circuit. And it all starts with one of the most long-awaited films of the bunch. Todd Haynes' adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's "Carol" is, along with »
- Kristopher Tapley
Last night we got our first look at Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight thanks to the cover of the latest issue of EW, and now we’ve got a batch of images from the hotly-anticipated Western, which you can see here…
In The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race towards the town of Red Rock where Ruth, known in these parts as “The Hangman,” will bring Domergue to justice. Along the road, they encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a black former union soldier turned infamous bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a southern renegade who claims to be the town’s new Sheriff. Losing their lead on the blizzard, Ruth, Domergue, Warren and Mannix seek refuge at Minnie’s Haberdashery, »
- Gary Collinson
Aside from all the superhero adventures and franchises being rejuvinated, renewed, rebooted or even concluded, another big release this year is the new film from Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight, and EW has debuted the first look image on the cover of their latest issue. Take a look…
The film stars Kurt Russell (Furious 7), Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained) and Jennifer Jason-Leigh (Margot at the Wedding), who grace the cover, as well as Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher), Walton Goggins (Breaking Bad), Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs), Michael Madsen (Kill Bill), Demian Bichir (Machete Kills), Zoe Bell (Death Proof), James Parks (Kill Bill) and Bruce Dern (Nebraska).
See Also: Watch the teaser for The Hateful Eight
“The Hateful Eight, set six or eight or twelve years after the Civil War, a stagecoach hurtles through the wintry Wyoming landscape. The passengers, bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), race »
- Scott J. Davis
Few performances pique an audience’s interest more than a funny man or woman shedding their goofy onscreen persona to show something more tender or heartbreaking underneath. Many people seem to forget that, for the most part, actors who pursue the art of performance do so hoping for serious dramatic work. Some just find an affinity for lighter roles and sly character parts that hone his or her comedic timing. For a large slew of actors that find success in the comedy genre, a dramatic turn is not as much a transformation but a return to the core of what they love to do.
On the flipside, some actors with a reputation for serious leading roles can find their niche (and be remembered most fondly) for showing off a goofier side. For instance, Leslie Nielsen was a recognizable straight man for many years before he used his gravitas as a »
- Jordan Adler
Exclusive: Dan Futterman has co-written two scripts on complex, fact-based tales, and both got Oscar nominations. Now, he has found his third. The scribe behind Capote and Foxcatcher has optioned Robert Young Pelton’s Vice magazine article “The All-American Life and Death of Eric Harroun.” Futterman will write the script and produce the film, and Pelton will be co-producer and consultant as his Vice article and other stories he wrote on Harroun will help inform… »
Following two Best Director Oscar nominations, for Capote and Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller‘s career is in the toilet. Really. He’s the director behind a new series of commercials for Quilted Northern, the toilet paper that supposedly “works so well, people can forget their bathroom experience.” Too bad the various toys, knick-knacks, and wallpaper designs who are watching […]
The post Lol: Bennett Miller Goes Dark and Clever for Quilted Northern Toilet Paper Ads appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Who knew Bennett Miller had such a wicked sense of humor? Those who saw the excellent but dour as hell “Foxcatcher” certainly had no idea. The director of the feel-good wrestling picture of 2014, as well as “Capote” and the underrated “Moneyball,” apparently decided to put his recent Cannes win for Best Director to good use as he recently rolled out (pun very much intended) a string of toilet paper commercials for Quilted Northern. Why toilet paper? Why not? A-list directors helming commercials for big time corporations is not a new thing: Wes Anderson directed American Express commercials; David Fincher did Nike, Spike Jonze promoted Levi’s, and there's countless other examples. Read More: Wes Anderson's 5 Best Commercials Working almost like a parody of contemporary American art house cinema, complete with a neutral and inert third person narration usually found in Wes Anderson’s work, the ads tell the tragic »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Bennett Miller, who nabbed a Best Director Oscar nomination for his work on Foxcatcher, is trying his hand at something a little less severe: toilet paper. Miller recently helmed a trio of Quilted Northern commercials, which feature no actual actors (sorry, Channing Tatum fans), but rather a toy alligator, a rabbit figurine, and a photo of "great-grandpa Thaddeus." (The Hollywood Reporter writes that the campaign is the brainchild of New York–based ad agency Droga5, in case you're interested.) It's too bad they couldn’t work Steve Carell’s fake nose into the commercial somehow. »
- Greg Cwik
A flamboyant turn by Richard Gere is the heart and soul of “Franny,” an off-kilter character study of a Philadelphia philanthropist whose eccentricities both mask and manifest a dark side. The movie ends in a more conventional place than the one where it begins, yet it still marks a surprising and graceful first fiction feature for writer-director Andrew Renzi. (The helmer’s “Fishtail,” an hourlong doc, showed at Tribeca last year.) Acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films, “Franny” could, like “Arbitrage,” receive an awards push centered on Gere’s showy and seasoned perf, though this tough-to-classify movie doesn’t have the thriller hook that fed that 2012 release’s boffo day-and-date B.O.
Part of the pleasure of “Franny” is figuring out exactly what the title character is up to. We first see Francis L. Watts (Gere) talking about the design of a children’s-hospital project he’s working on with married »
- Ben Kenigsberg
But many failed attempts later, Warner will now attempt to resuscitate the project, with Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher) attached to star and Jon Spaihts (Doctor Strange) set to try his luck at scripting in what the studio is hoping could prove to be a new franchise.
- Scott J. Davis
It’s no secret that a lot of big filmmakers sometimes take breaks from the grueling production schedules of feature films to helm commercials for television. Of course folks like David Fincher, Spike Jonze, and Michael Bay got their start directing commercials, and they’ve been happy to return to the medium despite finding success in the world of movies. Hell, Fincher finished Gone Girl early so he took some time last year to helm a series of fantastic Gap commercials like it was nothing. But today some commercials have surfaced from a filmmaker whom you might not immediately connect with the world of TV ads: Bennett Miller. The guy has only directed three narrative movies—Capote, Moneyball, and Foxcatcher—but they’ve all been phenomenal, so there’s no question about his talent. However, who knew Miller was also funny? The filmmaker recently helmed a series of commercials for »
- Adam Chitwood
Bennett Miller has gone from showing us the dangers of mental illness to the power of toilet paper. Miller, who directed the Oscar nominated drama “Foxcatcher” starring Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum, directed a new series of ads for toilet paper manufacturer Quilted Northern. In the ads, Miller takes a cold, hard look at life in the bathroom from the perspective of three inanimate objects. In the first ad (see above), a toy alligator can’t help but remember each time someone comes into the bathroom. “Daddy Gator sees all and forgets nothing,” the narrator says. See Photos: Oscars 2015 Winners: 'Birdman, »
- Joe Otterson
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