Movies – “Foxcatcher” Teaser Trailer and Cannes Oscar Buzz

Foxcatcher is an upcoming dramatic thriller that has funny-man Steve Carell as the lead role. Sounds like an odd choice right? Well, according to reviews that are emerging after Monday’s Cannes Film Festival screening, Carell may just be one of this year’s Oscar contenders.

The film is based on a true story and follows Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and his brother, Olympic Champion Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), on their athletic journey. Sadly, their schizophrenic coach, John duPont (Carell) murdered Dave and Mark ends up fighting for justice for his brother. Watch the teaser trailer below:

Carell’s performance is not the only one gaining praise. Ruffalo and Tatum’s performances as the Schultz brothers are also gaining early critical acclaim and Oscar buzz. If the reviews on Variety, IndieWire, and The Hollywood Reporter are any indication, this is definitely not a film to miss.

Foxcatcher is directed by Bennett Miller, who has already had two films make it to the Oscars, Capote and Moneyball. According to IMDb, Miller is already nominated for the Palme d’Or Award (the top honor at the Cannes Film Festival) for Foxcatcher

What do you think of the first trailer? Do you think this is a strong indication of what’s to come this awards season? Will you be interested in seeing Foxcatcher when it is released on November 14, 2014?

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Sources: Yahoo! MoviesVarietyIndieWire, The Hollywood Reporterand IMDbPro

First Look – Eight New Stills for “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

Eight exclusive new images have been released for the highly anticipated film, Lee Daniels’ The Butler. This historical drama is based on a true story and follows the life of White House butler Eugene Allen. Allen was a butler in the White House from 1952 until 1986 and served eight presidents.

Actor Forest Whitaker is playing a character based off of Eugene Allen, named Cecil Gaines. However, he is not the only talented actor behind this film! The stellar cast includes Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Colman Domingo, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo, Liev Schreiber, Alex Pettyfer, Jesse Williams, Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, James Marsden, Aml Ameen, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Lenny Kravitz.

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David Banner and Mariah Carey as Earl Gaines and Hattie Pearl.

Lee Daniels also produced the film and wrote the screenplay along with Danny Strong. If you have not already, watch the stunning trailer for The Butler here. Personally, I think that this is going to be a big awards contender this year and definitely a film to keep an eye on.

These eight new stills finally give us a deeper look into this star-studded film, so take a look at and share your thoughts in the comments! Lee Daniels’ The Butler will be theatrically released August 16, 2013.

Source: Entertainment WeeklyIndieWireYouTube, and IMDbPro

Movie Exclusive – Exclusive First Trailer for “The Butler”

The first trailer for the Lee Daniels-directed film, The Butler, has hit the web. Let me tell you, it is an amazing trailer and it gives audiences a great glimpse at what this film is about. The Butler is based off of a true story and follows the life of White House butler Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker). Allen was a butler in the White House from 1952 until 1986 and served eight presidents.

This film has an absolutely stellar cast that includes the likes of Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Colman Domingo, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo, Liev Schreiber, Alex Pettyfer, Jesse Williams, Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, James Marsden, Aml Ameen, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Lenny Kravitz.

Lee Daniels also produced the film and wrote the screenplay along with Danny Strong. Watch the stunning trailer for The Butler here and let me know what you think in the comments! Personally, I think that this film will be incredible and a huge award contender during the 2013 award season.

Will you be going to see The Butler when it hits theaters October 18, 2013? What do you think of the talented cast behind the film? Do you think it could be an award contender next year?

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Sources: IndieWire, YouTube, and IMDbPro

Lionsgate Reportedly Looking for “Mockingjay” Director

It was recently announced that the final Hunger Games book, Mockingjay, will be divided into two films. Since that announcement, it has come to light that a lot of pressure will be on production teams to get these final two films ready to shoot. With the actors growing-up and changing, production needs to pick up on these final two films.

Filming for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will wrap in December, which will leave just under a year for post-production and marketing to pick up. However, the next film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One, is due in the same amount of time. Plus, the final three films are to be released in 2013, 2014, and 2015. This suggests that the filming for Mockingjay may have to start either before Catching Fire hits theaters or early in 2014. With this tight schedule, Francis Lawrence might not be able to do one or both of the final Hunger Games films.

IndieWire is reporting that Lionsgate searching for their director(s) for the Mockingjay films.

“New Lionsgate movie chiefs, Summit’s Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, producers Nina Jacobson and author Suzanne Collins are currently vetting the right directors for the last two Mockingjay films, which are also hurtling into production (for release November 2014 and 2015), too fast for Francis Lawrence to be in charge. The second Twilight could have been a better movie had it not been so rushed, but Summit got away with it and laughed all the way to the bank. So they are following the same playbook.”

What is your opinion on this?

Source: http://mockingjay.net/2012/07/17/lionsgate-reportedly-hunting-mockingjay-director/