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

“The Normal Heart” Makes the Cover of “Entertainment Weekly”

This week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly‘s magazine features the main cast of HBO’s The Normal Heart.

The Normal Heart is a film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony Award-winning play based on real life events and people. The film takes place in the 1980’s during the HIV/AIDS Crisis and stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, and Jim Parsons.

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The cast and crew reflect on the challenges in this excerpt of EW‘s interview:

“Despite involvement from names like Barbra Streisand, who owned the rights for 10 years, The Normal Heart appeared to be destined for only theatre until Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy acquired the rights in 2009 with his own money. “I really believed in it,” explains Murphy, who first read the play in college and directed the film version. “Larry set a very high price. I gulped and said, ‘Okay,’ and bought it. I think he wanted to see, ‘Is this kid serious?’ And I was.” Kramer, who’s HIV-positive and currently recovering from unrelated medical complications, was unable to speak to EW but emailed that Heart made it to the screen “because of Ryan Murphy caring passionately about getting it made, abetted by [exec producer] Dante Di Loreto.”” 

EW also included this GIF, which gives a timeline and some facts about the HIV/AIDS Crisis.

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Watch the tailer below:

Will you catch The Normal Heart when it premieres on HBO on May 25?

New Behind-the-Scenes Interviews with “The Normal Heart” Stars

HBO has released a series of new behind-the-scenes interviews with The Normal Heart stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Jonathan Groff, Taylor Kitsch, and Jim Parsons.

The Normal Heart is a film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play by Larry Kramer. It is set in the 1980’s during the HIV/AIDS Crisis in the gay community.

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In the videos, the actors discuss how they connected with their characters and the their characters’ motivations.

What do you think of the interviews? Will you watch the movie when it premiers on HBO on May 25?

Source: BroadwayWorld

HBO Releases New “The Normal Heart” Stills

HBO has released a photo set of breathtaking new stills in preparation for the May 25 release of the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play The Normal Heart.

The Normal Heart is set in the 1980s during the HIV/AIDS Crisis and focuses on the gay community. The film and play are based on real people and real events. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jonathan Groff, and Jim Parsons.

Here are the new photos!

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Source: broadwayworld.com

Official Trailer for HBO’s “The Normal Heart”

HBO released the full trailer for their film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning stage play The Normal Heart by Larry Kramer on April 18th. The film is set during the 1980’s HIV/AIDS Crisis within the gay community. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Jonathan Groff, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, and Julia Roberts. Watch it here:

What do you think of the trailer?

Sources: IMDb, YouTube

Behind-the-Scenes Interviews with “The Normal Heart” Stars Jim Parsons & Taylor Kitsch

Broadwayworld.com reports that HBO has released new behind-the-scenes interviews with Jim Parsons and Taylor Kitsch, in which they discuss their characters in The Normal Heart.

The Normal Heart is a film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony Award-winning stage play. The official synopsis of the film from HBO reads as such:

“Directed by Emmy winner Ryan Murphy (“Eat Pray Love,” “Glee”) and written by Academy Award nominee Larry Kramer (“Women in Love”), adapting his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning play of the same name, the drama tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS Crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial. The film also stars Alfred Molina (“An Education”), Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (“Law & Order”), Jonathan Groff (HBO’s “Looking”), Denis O’Hare (HBO’s “True Blood”), Stephen Spinella (“Milk”), Corey Stoll (“House of Cards”), Finn Wittrock (“Unbroken”) and BD Wong (HBO’s “Oz”). An HBO Films presentation of a Plan B and Blumhouse production in association with Ryan Murphy Productions, THE NORMAL HEART is executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Dante Di Loreto (“Glee”), Jason Blum (the “Paranormal Activity” series), Brad Pitt (“Moneyball”), Dede Gardner (“12 Years a Slave”). Mark Ruffalo co-executive produces; Scott Ferguson (HBO’s “Temple Grandin”) produces.”

The Normal Heart will air May 25 at 9 PM on HBO.

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Television Exclusive – Cast of HBO’s “The Normal Heart” talk costumes

The cast of HBO’s upcoming TV movie drama, The Normal Heart, talked about some of their favorite costume pieces and behind-the-scenes fun with The Hollywood Reporter.

Normal Heart follows the tragic story of the 1980s AIDS epidemic and gives audiences an in-depth look at the tragedy through different perspectives. The Hollywood Reporter will be releasing a special issue featuring interviews with the cast and director, which reveal the extensive 30-year journey to get the film made.

The Normal Heart is directed by Ryan Murphy and stars Taylor Kitsch, Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons, Jonathan Groff, Matt Bomer, and Denis O’Hare. Will you be watching The Normal Heart when it premieres on May 25, 2014?

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Sources: The Hollywood Reporter and IMDbPro