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Directed by Bennett Miller
With Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) directs a tragic tale of American ambition gone awry. It’s a grave and stately undertaking that’s based on the real story of John du Pont, heir to one of the richest families in America, who dreamed of building a wrestling team around the talents of two gold medal wrestlers that came from modest means. The inequality of power pushes the tension between the three over the edge. Although the film isn’t an awe-inspiring achievement as a whole, the performances and atmosphere stimulate the senses and hold a firm grip on the viewer’s attention.
In the aftermath of Olympic glory, brothers David and Mark Schlutz are assessing their options. That David (Mark Ruffalo) is the more coveted, recognizable and talented of the pair causes a rift between the siblings. »
- Lane Scarberry
Though I did get to attend the TCM Classic Film Festival earlier this year (which was an amazing experience, and well worth your time), the New York Film Festival, in its 52nd year this time around, will be the first time I will have attended a festival as press. So, I’m very giddy about it. I’m excited to hobnob with other writers, get up at unfathomable times to catch screenings of films in languages I don’t often hear, and write like the wind. So, without further ado, here are my top five anticipated films of Nyff.
- Goodbye to Language 3D | Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Though I’ve never felt much warmth towards the iconoclastic Godard (save for Vivre sa Vie), I found myself realizing, as word came from Cannes, that I was incredibly eager to test out his newest film Goodbye to Language. Intellectually stimulating, supposedly playful, »
- Kyle Turner
Not everyone can make it all the way to Toronto to experience the best in the future of film. Thankfully, Us Weekly's Film Critic and Deputy Editor Mara Reinstein hit up the Toronto International Film Festival for you, to select some of the standout performances from this year's batch. Here are Us Weekly's picks: Foxcatcher In a word, gut-wrenching. Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo are Olympic wrestlers whose brotherly bond is severed by their abusive, eccentric benefactor (an unrecognizable, hypnotic Steve Carell). Director Bennett Miller (Moneyball) builds his [...] »
By Anjelica Oswald
The Toronto International Film Festival ends Sunday and hundreds of films have been screened since the 11-day festival began. Throughout the years, Toronto has featured a number of Oscar hopefuls that have gone on to Oscar success. Just last year, best picture 12 Years a Slave (2013) was shown at Toronto (along with a number of other nominees). Hoping for the same success, some Tiff films have been met with instant Oscar chatter this year. Here are the top 10 films to generate buzz coming out of Tiff:
10. Maps to the Stars — Julianne Moore’s role in David Cronenberg’s dark satire of life in Hollywood won her the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival, but it doesn’t look like the role is being pushed towards an Oscar nomination. Though the film might not be heading to the Academy Awards, it has generated quite the »
- Anjelica Oswald
Hello, "Douchemaster McChest" ... his words, not ours. Chris Pratt took to Twitter on Thursday to share his first-ever headshot from 2000 -- and it's definitely a different look for the hunky actor.In the pic, a then 21-year-old Pratt is sporting an unbuttoned white Polo shirt and bleached blond hair as he smolders at the camera.The 35-year-old "Guardians of the Galaxy" star was well aware of the cheesiness factor, writing, "The name's Douchemaster McChest ... You're welcome."While the actor may look like your average pretty boy in the vintage snap, this seems to be taken around the same time he lived in a van in Maui before he made it in Hollywood.Pratt moved to Hawaii at age 19, having dropped out of college after one semester and taking up a friend’s offer of a one-way to ticket to the island. 'It’s a pretty awesome place to be homeless, »
- tooFab Staff
This year the world mourned the loss of quite possibly the greatest actor of a generation. Philip Seymour Hoffman passed away on February 2, 2014 of a drug overdose, leaving a shocked mass of friends, family and fans, alongside a considerably body of work. The guy had an insane work ethic, something that was often commented on, and threw himself into roles in a way no other actor did, often changing his appearance drastically for roles. He remained humble throughout his career, however, never taking it for granted that he would be offered roles, and working hard on whatever project he was involved in.
Inspired by a stage production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, Hoffman new from age 12 that he wanted to be an actor, although he only went after it full time when a neck injury took him away from his first love of sports, particularly wrestling and »
- Tom Baker
Foxcatcher is already getting Oscar buzz since its debut at the Cannes film festival and, recently, at Toronto's, where we saw the film as well. The movie is directed by Moneyball's Bennett Miller, but unlike that film, which was also based on a true story and set in the world of a certain sport, Foxcatcher is not lighthearted in any way (blame the terrifying true tale). What stands out in the wrestling drama are its performances from the three leads: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo. Here's what you need to know about their performances, what people are saying, and what their early Oscar chances are. »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 18, 2014; Digital Release Date: Oct. 18, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
The boys and their guns are back in 22 Jump Street.
After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership. Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshman to real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them. »
Saturday Night Live‘s 40th season is set to kick off on September 27th, and while we still don’t know for certain how the show will replace the legendary Don Pardo, whether there will be additions to the cast (last year’s freshman class was announced less than two weeks prior to the premiere) or more subtractions (we never did hear if Mike O’Brien survived the show’s mid-summer purge), we do know now that Chris Pratt will host the season premiere.
- Jason Tabrys
Many saw Foxcatcher when Bennett Miller and Sony Pictures Classics premiered it at Cannes. I saw it yesterday at Toronto, and the tale about two Olympic Gold Medalist brother wrestlers who get entwined with the bizarre Du Pont family scion John is just as soul crushing when it veers from a quirky character study to tragedy. The human need that gets twisted and corroded in the relationship between Mark and Dave Schultz with Du Pont is every bit as powerful as the strange bond between In Cold Blood killer Perry Smith and Truman Capote in Miller’s first narrative film. Capote got five Oscar noms and won Philip Seymour Hoffman his Best Actor Oscar, and Miller’s follow-up, Moneyball, got six Oscar noms including Best Picture. Foxcatcher’s had Oscar buzz on it since Cannes, where Miller was named Best Director and the film was a Palm d’Or nominee with praise for Steve Carell, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Once again today I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m going to be truing to do that, time will still tell. Again, if nothing else, this gives you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get a feel for what my current favorites are, but now we can look to the past a bit more. Alright, here goes nothing: Best Picture – Moneyball The nominees here for this ceremony were The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, and War Horse. »
- Joey Magidson
There were many Toronto surprises this year: Bill Murray boogied all night long with Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy following the raucous debut in his return-to-form role in St. Vincent; Chris Rock scored the biggest deal from Paramount, a reported $15 million, for his new comedic feature Top Five; and Oscar talk swirled for a dramatic turn for Jennifer Aniston in Cake.
But it was relative unknown Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) who truly astonished audiences at the 39th annual Toronto Film Festival with his mesmerizing performance as theoretical physicist and motor neuron-disease sufferer Stephen Hawking in James Marsh’s (Man on Wire »
- Nicole Sperling
The stars of “Foxcatcher” knew they were in good hands with director Bennett Miller (“Moneyball”), despite the demanding nature of Sony Pictures Classics’ new drama, which is playing this week at the Toronto Film Festival.
Miller and his cast, including Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, stopped by the Variety Studio to talk about the potential awards contender, which follows the true story of du Pont’s murder of wrestler Dave Schultz.
To say the movie is a shift for Carrell is an understatement, as the actor is almost unrecognizable playing the mentally ill multimillionaire. For him, working with Miller was the first big reason to take on the challenge.
“To work with Bennett was an enormous draw,” he said. “The script was excellent and intriguing and sad and absurdly funny in places and very dark.”
Many may be surprised by Carell’s portrayal of wealthy murderer John du Pont, »
- Alex Stedman
A recent Forbes list named Sandra Bullock as the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, but when it comes to shaping the films coming out of the industry pipeline, you have to look behind the camera for the biggest movers and shakers.
Digital Spy takes a look at 9 of Hollywood's most influential women below...
When George Lucas handed over the keys to his Lucasfilm kingdom he turned to Kathleen Kennedy, who began her Hollywood career as Steven Spielberg's secretary and swiftly rose through the ranks to produce hits such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park and The Sixth Sense.
Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm signaled an aggressive intent to relaunch Star Wars for a new generation – following on from Episode VII, we'll get to see big-screen sequels and spinoffs, an animated TV show, fresh Star Wars comics, novels and video games in a huge cross-media tapestry weaving together George Lucas's universe. »
Even when Chris Pratt fails, he wins! The Guardians of the Galaxy star, 35, took the mound at Wrigley Field Wednesday to throw the first pitch on behalf of the Chicago Cubs. While it wasn't a total disaster, it wasn't Pratt's best effort, either. The ball bounced outside of the batter's box, prompting the actor to throw his hands in the air in defeat. In spite of his poor performance, the crowd ate it up. "Of the four sports I played, as maybe you could have picked up by my first pitch today, baseball was my fourth best sport," Pratt admitted to sports announcers Jim Deshaies and Len Kasper. Deshaies later noted that Pratt was cast as a baseball player in 2011's Moneyball. »
After director Ridley Scott didn't really say anything to address the complaints of a whitewashed cast for the Egyptian epic Exodus: Gods & Kings, a new featurette has come along with the filmmaker explaining why he wanted to make the film. If the first trailer wasn't enough to show off the large scope and epic nature of the film, then this featurette will get the job done. But that's mostly because everyone says "epic" about a dozen times in this short preview of the forthcoming winter release. It should make for quite the box office battle since The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theaters around the same time. Watch below! Here's the first featurette for Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods & Kings, originally from Yahoo: Exodus: Gods and Kings is directed by Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Robin Hood, Alien, Blade Runner) and written by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage (Tower Heist, »
- Ethan Anderton
Need yet another reason to fall in love with Chris Pratt? Check out how adorable the Guardians of the Galaxy star was when he attempted to brush off a truly terrible first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game on Wednesday night. Granted, it wasn't exactly "50 Cent Bad," but Chris's sweet giggle after messing up more than makes up for the fumble. (Where did all of his Moneyball skills go?) Watch the pitch above, and then check out Chris's silly rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" below. Front Page Image Source: Getty / Jonathan Daniel »
Autumn has always been my favorite time of year, and for the past few years, the pleasure of the arrival of crisp air and turning leaves has been increased, because it means that London Film Festival time has come around again. Though the public festival runs for 12 days — this year it’s October 8th though 19th — for the press it runs for a full month. (Press screenings will start on September 22nd.) It is a veritable orgy of cinema, and I love it. It’s exhausting, but I love it.
Yesterday morning the full program for the 58th BFI London Film Festival was announced. I already knew that two of my most anticipated films of the fall were on the slate: The Imitation Game, Headhunters director Morten Tyldum’s film about Alan Turing and the WWII Enigma codebreaking project, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the mathematician; and Fury, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Last year, 12 Years a Slave clinched the Academy Award for Best Picture at the Toronto Film Festival. Well, that’s not actually true. In fact, you could argue that the Best Picture winner almost lost the statue at the festival. Steve McQueen’s harrowing instant classic was so instantly and universally anointed in Toronto that seeds were planted for an inevitable backlash to flower in the six months before the Oscar winner was finally announced. Ultimately, 12 Years’ biggest Oscar competition came from another Toronto film, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Though both films premiered at Telluride and Venice, respectively, the awards »
- Jeff Labrecque
Fury (David Ayer)
[via the BFI]
The programme for the 58th BFI London Film Festival launched today, with Festival Director Clare Stewart presenting this year’s rich and diverse selection of films and events. The lineup includes highly anticipated fall titles including David Ayer’s Fury, Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, the Sundance smash Whiplash, Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language 3D, The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children and Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild.
As Britain’s leading film event and one of the world’s oldest film festivals, it introduces the finest new British and international films to an expanding London and UK-wide audience, offering a compelling combination of red carpet glamour, engaged audiences and vibrant exchange. The Festival provides an essential profiling opportunity for films seeking global success at the start of the Awards season, promotes the careers of British and »
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