Movie Exclusive – First Look at Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher”

Entertainment Weekly has exclusively released our first look at director Bennett Miller’s drama, Foxcatcher. The story behind this film is based off of real life events and the relationship between millionaire John du Pont and Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo).

In real life, du Pont and the Schultz brothers developed a friendship that eventually became dangerous. Du Pont suffered from schizophrenia and was a very guarded person. In 1996, du Pont murdered Dave Schultz and was convicted for his crime in 1997.

This official image from the film gives us our first look at an unlikely actor in a title dramatic role. Steve Carrell is known best for his funny-man roles as Michael Scott in The Office and Brick Tamland in Anchorman. However, never underestimate a talented actor like Carrell as he does have experience with dramatic roles. His performance as Uncle Frank Ginsberg in the acclaimed independent film, Little Miss Sunshine is definitely memorable. For Foxcatcher, he is wearing both prosthetic pieces and age make-up, making him virtually unrecognizable.

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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Miller talked about why he felt it was good to cast Carrell in this dramatically demanding role:

We just had our first test [screening], and not everybody recognized Steve. He is aged [for the film], and his face is changed, and his physicality changed,” says Miller, who explains that the unlikely casting of Carell as a killer is an important part of making the character feel authentic. “If I say I’m going to make a movie about a guy who’s a schizophrenic murderer, there are probably a dozen actors who would immediately appear on anybody’s casting list. And Steve would not be on any of those lists. And that’s a good thing. Because it’s unexpected… John DuPont was a character who nobody thought was capable of doing something as horrible as he did. And I did not want to cast somebody who would feel dangerous in that way.”

Foxcatcher also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall and is set to be theatrically released on December 20, 2013. Do you think the release date being closer to award season could help the film earn some award attention? What do you think of this exclusive photo? Can you believe that it is actually Steve Carrell in the photo? Would you be interested in seeing this film?

Sources: Entertainment Weekly and Collider

Film Festival Coverage – Official Schedule and Guest List Released for TIFF

One of the biggest film events of the year, and the biggest film event in Canada, is the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)! So far it looks like it is going to be an amazing festival and a recently announced lineup revealed there are some highly anticipated films set to premiere.

Today there were some exciting new announcements made regarding the official schedule and the stars that will be attending the festival. The Toronto International Film Festival website has the official schedule available for you to download and read through here. On the first day of the festival, films such as Blue is The Warmest Colour, The Big Chill, Unbeatable, The Fifth Estate are premiering.

Entertainment Tonight Canada shared the exclusive guest list and announced who would be attending the prestigious  festival.  As it is every year, the TIFF Red Carpet is going to be absolutely star-studded. The guest list includes, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close, Marion Cotillard, Alice Cooper, Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zac Efron, Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, James Franco, Chris Hemsworth, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Firth, Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley, Mila Kunis, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Mia Wasikowska, Daniel Radcliffe, and Owen Wilson.

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There will also be many directors, producers, and other production team members present at the festival to support their work. Some of the directors that are on the guest list include Atom Egoyan who directed Devil’s Knot and Jason Reitman who directed Labor Day. Paul Haggis will be attending to premiere his film Third Person and Oscar-winning director Ron Howard will be there to premiere his documentary Made in America. In addition to these talented directors, Jason Bateman will be debuting Bad Words and Ralph Finnes will be unveiling The Invisible Woman. Denis Villeneuve will show his film Enemy, Steve McQueen has 12 Years A Slave already generating buzz, and Eli Roth will bring The Green Inferno. Finally, Bill Condon has claim to the opening spot of the festival for his highly awaited and controversial film, The Fifth Estate.

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Be sure to tune in for more exclusive coverage of TIFF! Are you looking forward to the festival? Are you surprised by this year’s guest list? Are you interested in seeing any of the films that will be premiering at the festival? 

Source: Entertainment Tonight Canada and TIFF.net