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Steve Jobs Movie Picked Up by Universal

18 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Studios has picked up the Steve Jobs movie project, less than a week after Sony put the high-profile feature into turnaround.

Producers recently set Michael Fassbender to star as the late Apple mogul after Christian Bale dropped out. Seth Rogen is also in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Based on Walter Isaacson’s biography “Steve Jobs,” the real-life drama is directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle and adapted by Aaron Sorkin. Scott Rudin is producing “Jobs” alongside Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.

Universal was widely expected to take over the project.

Sony decided to abandon the tech drama on Nov. 19. The studio, which acquired rights to Isaacson’s book shortly after the mogul’s death in 2011, has not explained why it pulled out.

Sorkin has publicly said the movie would be divided into three long scenes, each before one of Apple’s notorious product launches, and that Jobs »

- Dave McNary

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Bart & Fleming: On ‘Birdman,’ Sony PR Tsuris, Mike Nichols And Bill Cosby

23 November 2014 12:26 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. 

Bart: Critics don’t like to admit it, but the conditions under which you see a film strongly influence your opinion. Birdman is a good example: If you see a film like this with a pack of cinephiles like at Telluride, everyone gets every inside joke, and you instinctively go along with the crowd. I made it a point to see Birdman with a paid civilian audience and it was like screening it in a mausoleum. No laughs, just occasional grunts and lots of walkouts. Some reviews predicted Birdman “will captivate arthouse and multiplex crowds alike and send awards pundits into orbit” (the Variety review). Well that ain’t happening with the audiences; we’ll see about the awards. »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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‘Foxcatcher,’ ‘Theory Of Everything’ Expand Strongly; Newcomers Solid

23 November 2014 10:28 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Heavy-hitting holdovers Foxcatcher, The Theory Of Everything and Birdman were robust in expansion in the specialty release side of the box office this weekend. Meanwhile, a pair of limited-release newcomers, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and doc Monk With A Camera – both Kino Lorber releases – bowed with solid numbers.

A Girl, Ana Lily Amirpour’s self-described “Iranian vampire Western” that debuted at Sundance, opened in two theaters in New York and L.A., grossing $26K, for a $13K average.

Kino Lorber also opened Monk With A CameraGuido Santi and Tina Mascara’s documentary, with an exclusive run at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in an 85-seat theater that had sell-out showings. The film grossed $10K Friday to Sunday.

“We’ve been waiting for this dual break all year,” said Kino Lorber president Richard Lorber Sunday. “Both a girl and monk connect with core audiences for our … releasing labels. »

- Brian Brooks

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Bennett Miller Talks Foxcatcher, His 4 Hour and 15 Minute First Cut, Collaborating with Megan Ellison, Shooting on Film, His Editing Process, and More

21 November 2014 12:57 PM, PST | | See recent news »

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 MillerVanessa 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

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‘Foxcatcher’ Interview with Director Bennett Miller

20 November 2014 5:26 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

“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

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Sony Drops Out of Steve Jobs Movie from Aaron Sorkin

19 November 2014 7:04 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures has surprisingly ditched its Steve Jobs project, putting the high-profile feature into turnaround.

The studio had no comment on the story.

An informed source said that Universal was likely to make a deal for the biopic.

In recent weeks, producers had set Michael Fassbender to star as the late Apple mogul after Christian Bale dropped out. Seth Rogen is also in talks to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Based on Walter Isaacson’s biography “Steve Jobs,” the real-life drama is directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle and adapted by Aaron Sorkin. Scott Rudin is producing “Jobs” alongside Mark Gordon and Guymon Casady.

It’s unclear why Sony decided to abandon the tech drama. The studio acquired rights to shortly after the mogul’s death in 2011.

Sorkin has publicly said the movie would be divided into three long scenes, each before one of Apple’s notorious product launches, and that »

- Dave McNary

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Interview: Director Bennett Miller is the Hound in ‘Foxcatcher’

18 November 2014 8:10 AM, PST | | See recent news »

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. »

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Get In The Ring: 10 Underdog Combat Sports Movies

17 November 2014 9:01 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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

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Meet the Contenders: Channing Tatum "Foxcatcher"

15 November 2014 3:15 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Each weekend a profile on a just-opened Oscar contender. Here's abstew on this weekend's new release, Bennett Miller's chilling Foxcatcher, which won him Best Director at Cannes. 

Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz in Foxcatcher

Best Actor

Born: Channing Matthew Tatum was born April 26, 1980 in Cullman, Alabama

The Role: Bennett Miller, the Academy Award nominated director of Capote (2005) and Moneyball (2011), takes on another film based on a true story. Tatum stars as wrestler and Olympic gold medalist Mark Schultz as he struggles to get by (surviving on ramen and taking $20 inspirational speech gigs) and to ultimately step out of the shadow of his older brother, fellow wrestler and gold medalist, Dave Schultz (Best Supporting Actor contender, Mark Ruffalo). Mark is soon contacted by an eccentric billionaire (Steve Carell playing John du Pont) that encourages Mark (and eventually Dave) to come to his estate near Valley Forge, named Foxcatcher, to train the athletes on his compound. »

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Bennett Miller's long road with 'Foxcatcher' appears to have been worth the wait

14 November 2014 1:50 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Director Bennett Miller has waited for "Foxcatcher" to hit theaters longer than you might have thought. He was actually hoping to shoot the film before 2011's  "Moneyball," but got sidetracked stepping in for Steven Soderbergh on what eventually became a Best Picture-nominated smash. In fact, "Foxcatcher" has been in the works for so long that it was actually the first project Annapurna Pictures was prepared to fund before they found success with such films as "The Master" and "Zero Dark Thirty." After earning critical acclaim at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Miller has had to wait another six months for his passion project to finally hit theaters. Which brings us to today. "Foxcatcher" is now playing in New York and Los Angeles and its public debut found new raves from the papers of record (New York Times and Los Angeles Times). Star Steve Carell is one of the major contenders for »

- Gregory Ellwood

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He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother: Foxcatcher

14 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

One of the more graceful film segments in recent memory, a literally winning one at that, takes place about an hour into the wrestling drama Foxcatcher, directed with patience and precision by Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote, The Cruise). In it, each of four males labors in his own way. Straight out of small-town Wisconsin, impressionable prole Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), heavyweight Gold Medal winner at the 1984 L.A. Olympics, is already under the spell of wealthy, patriotic, and highly educated John du Pont (a career-best Steve Carell) — less eccentric than deranged, the middle-aged heir to the chemical fortune and […] »

- Howard Feinstein

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Aaron Sorkin Adapting Hollywood Poker Memoir, Regrets Hurting Mark Zuckerberg's Feelings

14 November 2014 6:51 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With "The Newsroom" currently rolling out its short final season, Aaron Sorkin is reportedly turning away from TV, where he made his name with "The West Wing," in order to focus on movies. The "Social Network" Oscar-winner has a number of projects in the works, including Danny Boyle's Michael Fassbender-starring Steve Jobs biopic, "The Politician," about John Edwards, the long-gestating "The Trial Of The Chicago 7," and an adaptation of "Moneyball" author Michael Lewis' Wall Street book "Flash Boys," but the walk-and-talk fan has just lined up another potential writing project. According to Deadline, Sorkin is reteaming with his Steve Jobs producer Mark Gordon on an adaptation of Molly Bloom's memoir "Molly's Game," which details how the author, a law student, ended up running an exclusive high-stakes Hollywood poker game, with players including Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire. It certainly seems like »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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'Foxcatcher' Review: 10 Things You Should Know About the Starry Drama

14 November 2014 6:20 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Bennett Miller is a filmmaker who knows a good true story when he sees one. The director, who got his start with the documentary "The Cruise," and then directed the critically adored, Oscar-strewn films "Capote" and "Moneyball," both of which were based on real life accounts of very different events (the making of Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" and then something involving math and baseball). For his latest film, "Foxcatcher," Miller once again dips into the reservoir of real life tragedy to come up with his dramatic inspiration.

"Foxcatcher" is based on a famous incident in 1996 when John Du Pont (played in the film by Steve Carell), a multimillionaire weirdo, murdered Mark Schultz (played by Mark Ruffalo), an Olympic wrestler, on his vast estate (named Foxcatcher). Du Pont fancied himself a wrestling fanatic (and amateur coach) and wanted to will a team to Olympic glory basically through money and weird encouragement. »

- Drew Taylor

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‘Foxcatcher’, ‘Rosewater’ & ‘Homesman’, Oh My! — Specialty Box Office Preview

13 November 2014 9:04 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

This weekend’s onslaught of smaller new films will have awards contenders and big names to jostle with at the box office. Awards hopefuls Foxcatcher and The Homesman begin their theatrical runs in limited New York and L.A. rollouts, with the former a likely winner in the first weekend when the numbers come in Sunday. The films from Sony Pictures Classics and Roadside Attractions, respectively, tell particularly American stories, though from very different eras. The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart took time off in 2013 to work on his directorial debut. Open Road’s Rosewater, starring Gael García Bernal, will begin its theatrical rollout this weekend. It will be the biggest opener of this weekend’s cadre of specialty newcomers, playing in several hundred locations in the U.S. and Canada. Actor Chris Lowell also makes his filmmaking launch with Beside Still Waters. The project had smooth sailing until it came time for distribution, »

- Brian Brooks

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Steve Carell and Channing Tatum Talk Foxcatcher, the Physical Demands of the Film, Going to Emotionally Dark Places, and More

13 November 2014 4:19 PM, PST | | See recent news »

From director Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote), Foxcatcher tells the story of Olympic gold medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), who is invited to be a part of the team being put together by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.  Having come from obscurity and poverty, and with a desire to step out of the shadow of his older brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo), Mark is eager and excited about the opportunity, until he realizes that it has all become way more than he bargained for. During a conference at the film’s press day, co-stars Steve Carell and Channing Tatum talked about the physical demands of this movie, bonding through wrestling, finding their performances of these real-life men, coming out of the dark places that these roles required, and how an experience like this has changed them.  Check out what they had to say after the jump. »

- Christina Radish

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Foxcatcher Movie Review

13 November 2014 2:24 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Foxcatcher Director: Bennett Miller (‘Capote,’ ‘Moneyball’) Starring: Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, Vanessa Redgrave and Sienna Miller Emotional and economic struggles can often lead family members to grow closer together, while maintaining great wealth can often drive relatives apart as they strive to maintain their power. But despite people’s different lifestyles and connections, misunderstandings and the pain of not always receiving the same respect for their equally hard work can often lead to misguided loyalty to the wrong people and causes. The immense agony people are forced to contend with as they try to maintain, or build, strong relationships is powerfully showcased in director Bennett Miller’s new biographical  [ Read More ]

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- Karen Benardello

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'Foxcatcher': What the Critics Are Saying

13 November 2014 1:05 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Foxcatcher follows Steve Carell as John du Pont, a wealthy benefactor who pledges to support Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (played by Channing Tatum) as he trains to win another medal, with the help of his older brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). The tragic drama, based on a true story, also features Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller and Anthony Michael Hall. Directed by Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball), the Sony Pictures Classics release from Annapurna Pictures opens in limited theaters on Friday, just after its AFI Fest premiere. See more Channing Tatum: Exclusive Portraits of the 'Foxcatcher' Star Read what top critics are saying about Foxcatcher: The Hollywood

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- Ashley Lee

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Interview: Director Bennett Miller Talks 'Foxcatcher' And Wrestling With The American Dream

13 November 2014 11:37 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Winner of the Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival in May, director Bennett Miller is one of those rarest interviewees —you can see him think carefully about his answers to questions. After his prior non-fiction films "Capote" and "Moneyball," Miller has made what may be his finest film to date with "Foxcatcher." Based on the true story of multimillionaire and industrial scion John du Pont (played by Steve Carell —read our interview with him right here) and his patron-turned-killer relationship with Olympic wrestlers Mark and Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo) in the '80s, it's a tale that chills, but is also a rich examination of the promises in the American Dream, specifically how often they can lead to an American nightmare (read our review). We spoke with Miller in Los Angeles. "Foxcatcher" feels like a Venn diagram of previous themes you've explored: true crime with "Capote, »

- James Rocchi

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Aaron Sorkin to Adapt Poker Memoir 'Molly's Game'

13 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

With Aaron Sorkin hard at work (I'm assuming he's working hard) on the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic to be directed by Danny Boyle, he has already lined up another true story to put his fast talking banter into. This next project would be an adaptation of Molly Bloom's poker memoir "Molly's Game". amz asin="B00DB32V4G" size="small"Here's the book description, and when it talks celebrities it's referring to the likes of Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Alex Rodriguez, Matt Damon and Tobey Maguire, whom Bloom has described as a great player but a sore loser and worse tipper. Molly Bloom reveals how she built one of the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world--an insider's story of excess and danger, glamour and greed. In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twentysomething petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood »

- Mike Shutt

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Review: Foxcatcher, A Rewarding Look Into A Cold And Strange World

13 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

John Eleuthère du Pont, one of the heirs to the vast Du Pont fortune, had it all, it seemed. Wealthy almost beyond measure, he studied and wrote on ornithology and was an avid philatelist, having paid a record (at the time) for one of the rarest stamps in the world. He also had a fascination with Olympic wrestling, and became inexorably linked to the training and support of several world class athletes. And then things went very wrong. Foxcatcher, the latest film by Bennett Miller, director of Moneyball and Capote, delves into the lives of Du Pont and the brother Olympians Mark and Dave Schultz. Even more so than with Moneyball, this is not a sports movie, but it is about sport and competition, showing...

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