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Foxcatcher is still two weeks away from landing in theatres, and so in order to remind you that it’s the best film you’ll ever see, a brand new poster has arrived! It’s hardly new behaviour for a studio to brandish last minute marketing materials with quotations from positive early reviews, but it does detract from the serious visages of Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. The three leads stand proud before some eagle-inspired artwork and generally look stoic. But don’t take our word for it, check it out for yourself below.
The movie has garnered an enormous clutch of solid reviews after hitting up all of this year’s major film festivals. From Moneyball director Bennett Miller, it looks like we’re gonna be in store for a triptych of lifetime-best performances if the buzz is anything to go by. Tatum and Ruffalo star as »
- Gem Seddon
Sony Classics has released a new poster for director Bennett Miller’s (Moneyball) awards hopeful Foxcatcher, which showcases stars Channing Tatum (22 Jump Street), Steve Carell (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) and Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers)…
When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold and the chance to “coach” a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave).
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- Gary Collinson
Based on true events, director Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont and two champion wrestlers, Mark and Dave Schultz.
Having seen the film at the press screening this week, I can say Carell gives a chilling performance of du Pont and is the highlight of the film. Expect to hear his name, a lot, over upcoming awards season. Bennett Miller won Best Director at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in May and the film has screened at the Telluride, Toronto, New York, and London film festivals.
- Melissa Thompson
Steve Carell takes a dark and serious turn and will have many wondering if the funnyman can pull off a heavy dramatic role. Film was due out last December and hit the award season but it ended up being delayed till this November. It will try its chances at this year's award season.
Based on true events, "Foxcatcher" tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers.
When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, »
- Kellvin Chavez
Studio 8 closed its distribution deal with Sony on Sept. 8 with plans to release six films a year. Robinov, the former Warner Bros. studio chief, said at that point that he expected to raise $1 billion from financiers and a partnership with China’s Fosun Group.
Shaun Williams has been hired as chief financial officer after serving as the senior VP of finance for Gk Films. Lindsey Bayman, Paramount’s former exec VP of motion picture business affairs, will run business affairs.
Mark Bakshi, Paramount’s former worldwide president of feature production, will oversee physical production. He served as executive producer on “Foxcatcher,” “World War Z” and “Moneyball” and supervised over 150 feature film productions at Paramount, including “Transformers,” the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, “Saving Private Ryan” and “Titanic.”
Kimberly LoCascio will oversee all aspects of visual effects, »
- Dave McNary
Studio 8 is quickly ramping up, hiring four more executives in both finance and production as it prepares its production slate that will see two movies the first year, four in the second and six in each of the next three, with budgets ranging from $45 million to $100 million-plus. Studio 8 CEO Jeff Robinov said last month that he had planned to hire 14-16 people and is making good on that word. The newest hires include Shaun Williams as his Chief Financial Officer. Williams previously worked at Gk Films where he oversaw day-to-day operations as Svp of Finance. The executive had been involved with Studio 8 since its beginnings when they began developing the overall business plan. He helped to structure the corporate credit facility.
Robinov and his new media company is backed by Shanghai-based China’s Fosun Group which also officially set up shop with Sony. Fosun is the largest privately-owned conglomerate in mainland China. »
- Anita Busch
Directed by Bennett Miller.
Bennett Miller has slowly begun his ascent into the Premier League of Hollywood directors. His extraordinary work on Capote and Moneyball has lifted him in amongst a handful of film maestro’s that has made him a magnet for talent. And three years after his jaunt into the worlds of baseball, he is back with Foxcatcher, a film with a huge weight of expectation after a six-minute standing ovation at this year’s Cannes.
- Scott J. Davis
Money can't buy you love, but can it earn you self-validation? It's a theme that's explored in the fascinating Foxcatcher, an involving tale based on a chilling true story that boasts enthralling, career-changing performances from Channing Tatum and Steve Carell.
Directed with great measure and restraint by Moneyball's Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher revolves around depressed Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz (Tatum) and his relationship with mega-wealthy loner John Du Pont (Carell). It's John's dream to put together a wrestling team to compete in the next Olympics and he manages to recruit Mark, although his brother and fellow wrestler Dave (Mark Ruffalo) proves harder to catch.
As the relationship between the trio develops, often in unhealthy ways, we're gripped by what John's underlying motivations for his apparent altruism might be. »
It was the fourth straight weekend where an R-rated drama took the box office crown, as the World War II thriller Fury earned an estimated $23.5 million. This marked a solid opening for star Brad Pitt and was slightly higher than similar star-studded war titles The Monuments Men ($22 million) and Valkyrie ($21 million over the weekend, after a Thursday Christmas Day opening). As for Pitt, it was a better debut than Moneyball ($19.5 million); however, it was noticeably behind the opening of another war film starring the actor as the leader of a group of soldiers, Inglourious Basterds ($38 million).
Moving forward, Fury is likely to continue bringing in good money. There is little competition for adults in the coming weeks, with the exception of expanding independent titles like Birdman and St. Vincent, and the A- CinemaScore means audiences are liking what they see. The film saw only a 3% jump from Friday to Saturday, »
- Jordan Adler
1. Moneyball (2011) Strutting through Bennett Miller's fact-based comedy about baseball economics, Pitt, as Oakland Athletics manager Billy Beane, is in glorious control of his leading-man powers. The performance is mellow, rhythmically alive and deeply felt -- like a great jazz solo. See more Highly Paid Film Stars 2. The Tree of Life (2011) Pitt could have turned the stern, authoritarian 1950s Texas father into the villain of Terrence Malick's metaphysical masterpiece. Instead, the actor makes him both threatening and needy, an almost iconic -- but never less than human -- vision of wounded American masculinity. 3. 12 Monkeys (1995) Pitt plays
- Jon Frosch
What do film directors Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Agnès Varda, Robert Wise, Fred Zinnemann, Luis Buñuel, Alain Resnais, Roman Polanski, Sidney Lumet, Robert Altman, Louis Malle, Richard Linklater, Tom Tykwer, Alexander Sokurov, Paul Greengrass, Song Il-Gon, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro Iñárritu have in common? More specifically, what type of film have they directed, setting them apart from fewer than 50 of their filmmaking peers? Sorry, “comedy” or “drama” isn’t right. If you’ve looked at this article’s headline, you’ve probably already guessed that the answer is that they’ve all made “real-time” films, or films that seemed to take about as long as their running time.
The real-time film has long been a sub-genre without much critical attention, but the time of the real-time film has come. Cuarón’s Gravity (2013), which was shot and edited so as to seem like a real-time film, floated away with the most 2014 Oscars, »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
When it comes to Brad Pitt’s hair, it’s almost as popular as the actor himself. Over the past three decades, Pitt has built a brand around his quiet acting style, sexy build, and gorgeous hair. While he looks stunning with a buzz cut, and seriously handsome with a classic ‘do, it’s his long hair that has caused debate. Is Pitt better or worse looking with long hair? And are the movies he’s in with said long hair good or bad? Sure, the second question doesn’t come up as much but it’s a fair one to ask. Pitt with long hair in The Counselor is one unfortunate combination.
Check out our matrix of Pitt’s career as it relates to the length of his hair. It’s safe to say that the actor has had the most hits or misses when he grows things down to his shoulders. »
- Stacy Lambe
The stars of Foxcatcher hit the red carpet at the London Film Festival on Thursday night for the UK premiere of the critically acclaimed true-life story.Vocal fans made their presence felt as director Bennett Miller, previously Oscar-nominated for Capote and Moneyball, was joined on the red carpet by the stars of the film, including Steve Carell, Sienna Miller and Vanessa Redgrave.Foxcatcher follows wrestling brothers Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave (Mark Ruffalo) Schultz as the former falls under the spell of wealthy businessman John du Pont (Steve Carell). As the relationship between the trio becomes more complex, events take a dark turn.At the centre of the film is Steve Carell in his most successful dramatic role to date, which is a huge change of gear from his usual work in broad comedies.“It was very challenging to say the least,” said Carell. “Working with Bennett and the other actors was an honour. »
Director: Bennett Miller.
Running Time: 135 Minutes
Foxcatcher is pretty good. Oddly, that’s all. It’s just sort of there, like a lifeless planet being orbited by the dazzling satellites of Carell, Tatum and Ruffalo. They shine down upon a rock on which little else happens.
Here is the true life story of one of America’s wealthiest men and self-styled patriot, John du Pont (Carell) who takes Olympic wrestling gold medalist Mark Schultz (Tatum) under his wing to lead a team of wrestlers to further glory and national pride. Schultz’s growing intensity, the arrival of his brother and trainer Dave (Ruffalo) and du Pont’s increasingly erratic behaviour cause their world to unravel with tragic results. Sort of. »
- John Sharp
Since breaking out over 20 years ago in "Thelma & Louise," Brad Pitt has been difficult to miss.
After landing his place in cinematic history as a hunky (and shirtless) criminal, Pitt's career blossomed with starring roles in critical and box office hits alike, such as "A River Runs Through It" (1992), "Seven" (1995), and "12 Monkeys" (1995) -- just to name a few. In the past two decades, Pitt has become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, but his role has expanded beyond just acting. In only the past few years, he's produced two Best Picture nominated films, "Moneyball" (2011) and "12 Years a Slave" (2013). This fall, he's back in front of the camera leading his battle-hardened platoon into Nazi Germany in "Fury."
From his early days in Missouri to his unlikely romances, here are 35 things you probably don't know about Brad Pitt.
1. Brad Pitt was born December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Jane Hillhouse and William Pitt.
2. His mother was a school counselor, »
- Jonny Black
World War II tank movie Fury will almost certainly take the top spot away from two-time winner Gone Girl this weekend. Meanwhile, The Book of Life and The Best of Me are also opening nationwide.Playing at 3,173 theaters, Fury stars Brad Pitt as the leader of an American tank crew making their way through Germany as the second World War draws to a close.With the exception of 2012's Killing Them Softly*which was an odd, dark crime drama*Pitt has been on a strong run lately as a leading man. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Inglourious Basterds and World War Z all earned over $120 million at the domestic box office, while Moneyball was one of the highest-grossing baseball movies ever with $75.6 million.World War II movies have a mixed track record, though the last few installments have done fairly well. Outside of Pitt's Basterds, the best comparison for »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Flickering Myth Podcast goes for gold…
Recorded in a rather loud area of Leicester Square (sorry), Flickering Myth‘s Deputy Editor Luke Owen is joined by staff writer Scott Davis and Flickering Myth co-editor and Fmtv’s Oliver Davis (no relation) to review Foxcather, which is being shown at the BFI London Film Festival.
Read (and hear) all our previous BFI London Film Festival coverage here.
When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz’s bid for Gold »
- Luke Owen
He was believed to be in. Then he basically bowed out (when the director he was paired with exited the project). Now reports have Christian Bale back in the conversation to play the late tech guru Steve Jobs for a planned biopic. The Dark Knight star is in negotiations to play Steve Jobs in a biopic that will be directed by Danny Boyle. The 127 Hours director reportedly wanted to reteam with Leonardo DiCaprio for the gig. The two worked on The Beach back in 2000, and have been looking for a project on which to collaborate. Variety now reports that Bale would like to shoot the picture in the Spring. As if the idea of Christian Bale and Danny Boyle working on a movie wasn.t tantalizing enough, the duo will be adapting a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin, Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Social Network, Moneyball, A Few Good Men and television »
Sony Pictures Classics has sent us the new theatrical trailer and photos from director Bennett Miller’s film Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller and Anthony Michael Hall.
Based on true events, Foxcatcher tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between eccentric multi-millionaire John du Pont and two champion wrestlers, Mark and Dave Schultz.
Foxcatcher is a rich and moving story of brotherly love, misguided loyalty and the corruption and emotional bankruptcy that can accompany great power and wealth. As with Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller’s previous feature films, Capote and Moneyball, he explores large themes in society through his complex character portraits of real people.
Steve Carell’s fans will be surprised to see him in a role as dark and challenging as John du Pont, a man of immense wealth and power whose downward spiral culminates in murder and imprisonment. »
- Michelle McCue
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of Hollywood’s absolute bigger stars. He’s about as A-list as the A-list gets…the name? Well, Brad Pitt of course. Not only is he a movie star with all capital letters (Movie Star!) and a top tier celebrity, he’s also developed into one of the industry’s best and most interesting actors as well. Pitt is the type of star that doesn’t rest on his laurels and often seems to attach himself to challenging material, something that will win the man an acting Oscar one day (he already won his first one last year for helping to produce Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave). As high as he’s soared already, the best could still be to come. Pitt got his noticeable start in the business (after some uncredited acting jobs on »
- Joey Magidson
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