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

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

Trailer MegaPost – “Elysium,” “Romeo and Juliet,” and “The Way, Way Back”

There have been some amazing and exciting new trailers released lately for the three highly anticipated films Elysium, Romeo and Juliet, and The Way, Way Back. Although all three films have different styles and are in different genres, they all look like spectacular films that will gain attention from critics and audiences alike. Read below for details on each film and click the film name for links to the trailer!

1. Elysium stars actors Matt Damon, Jodi Foster, Wagner Moura, Sharlto Copley, William Fichtner and Diego Luna and is directed by Neill BlomkampHere is an official synopsis for Elysium (via IMDb): “In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Foster), a government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.” Be sure to catch Elysium in theaters this summer on August 9, 2013.

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2. Romeo and Juliet stars Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet, Douglas Booth as Romeo, Damian Lewis as Lord Capulet, and Paul Giamatti as Friar Laurence. Plus, Stellan Skarsgard as the Prince of Verona, Ed Westwick as Tybalt, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Benvolio, and Natascha McElhone as Lady Capulet. This adaptation was directed by Carlo Carlei and the screenplay is by Julian Fellowes. Of course, this film is based off of William Shakespeare’s classic and timeless play, Romeo and Juliet. This stunning adaptation will be hitting theaters October 25, 2013.

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3. The Way, Way Back stars Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, Amanda Peet, Rob Corddry, and Liam James and is directed by both Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. This was one of the films to watch for that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Here is an official synopsis (via Apple Movie Trailers): “The Way, Way Back is the funny and poignant coming-of-age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Carell), and his daughter Steph (Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up and begins to finally find his place in the world—all during a summer he will never forget.” The Way, Way Back actually looks like a  funny and heart-warming film so be sure to catch it when it releases on July 5th, 2013.

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What do you think of these trailers? Are you excited for any of these films? Which one do you feel you will most likely go and see in theaters?

Sources: Collider IMDb, YouTube, and Apple Movie Trailers

Sundance 2013 – “Entertainment Weekly” Star Portraits – Day Five!

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is still in full swing and Entertainment Weekly has shared portraits of the stars, directors, screenwriters, and producers the attended day five! Stars the attended include Amanda Seyfried, Steve Carell, Jason Isaacs, January Jones, Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, and Daniel Dae Kim.

Have you been following the news and events of the Sundance Festival? What do you think of these Entertainment Weekly portraits?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Movie MegaPost – Sundance Film Festival 2013 – Films to Watch For

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is in full swing and will be going on until January 27! Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican has shared a list of thirteen (13) films from the festival that he thinks we should keep an eye on during 2013. Here is the list of films with their official synopsis’ and cast list:

1. The Way, Way Back 

Director: Nat Faxon

Cast: Steve Carell, AnnaSophia Robb, Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet, and Robert Capron.

Synopsis: “Over the course of his summer break, a teenager comes into his own thanks in part to the friendship he strikes up with one of the park’s managers.”

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2. Austenland

Director: Jerusha Hess

Cast: Kerri Russell, JJ Field, Jennifer Coolidge, Bret McKenzie, Jane Seymour, Georgia King, and James Callis.

Synopsis: “Austenland is a romantic comedy about 30-something, single Jane Hayes, a seemingly normal young woman with a secret: her obsession with Mr. Darcy-as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice-is ruining her love life; no real man can compare. But when she decides to spend her life savings on a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined.”

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3. Breathe In

Director: Drake Doremus

Cast: Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Kyle MacLachlan, Amy Ryan, Alexandra Wentworth, Lucy Davenport, and Hugo Becker.

Synopsis: “When a foreign exchange student arrives in a small upstate New York town, she challenges the dynamics of her host family’s relationships and alters their lives forever.”

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4. Blue Caprice

Director: Alexandre Moors

Cast: Isaiah Washington, Tim Blake Nelson, Joey Lauren Adams, Al Sapienza, Cassandra Freeman, and Leo Fitzpatrick.

Synopsis: “A narrative feature film inspired by the events known as the Beltway sniper attacks.”

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5. The Spectacular Now

Director: James Ponsoldt

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Dayo Okeniyi.

Synopsis: “Based off of the coming of age novel The Spectacular Now by Tim Sharp, this film follows Sutter (Teller) and Aimee (Woodley) on their journey of self-discovery and first love.”

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6. Upstream Color

Director: Shane Carruth

Cast: Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Brina Palencia, Amy Semietz, Trey Walpole, Juli Erickson, Lynn Backburn, Frank Mosley, and Ted Ferguson.

Synopsis: “A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.”

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7. Before Midnight

Director: Richard Linklater

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Ariane Labed, and Athina Rachel Tsangari.

Synopsis: “We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.”

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8. Lovelace

Director: Rob Epstein

Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Sharon Stone, Robert Patrick, Chris North, Adam Brody, Hank Azaria, Wes Bentley, and James Franco.

Synopsis: “Story of Linda Lovelace, who is used and abused by the porn industry at the behest of her coercive husband, before taking control of her life.”

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9. Prince Avalanche 

Director: David Gordon Green

Cast: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch, Lance LeGault, Joyce Payne, Gina Grande, and Lynn Shelton.

Synopsis: “Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.”

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10. Don Jon’s Addiction 

Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson, Tony Danza, Rob Brown, Lindsey Broad, Italia Ricci, Antoinette Kalaj, and Amanda Perez.

Synopsis: “The journey of a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type as he attempts to become less selfish.”

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11. In a World… 

Director: Lake Bell

Cast: Lake Bell, Fred Melamed, Demetri Martin, Michaela Watkins, Ken Marino, Rob Corddry, Alexandra Holden, Geena Davis, Stephanie Allynne, and Jeff Garlin.

Synopsis: “An underachieving vocal coach is motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voiceover star. Amidst pride, sexism and family dysfunction, she sets out to change the voice of a generation.”

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12. Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes 

Director: Francesca Gregorini

Cast: Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario, Alfred Molina, Jimmi Simpson, Frances O’Connor, Sam Jaeger, Anne Ramsay, Aneurin Barnard, Spencer Garrett, and Kevin McCorkle.

Synopsis: “A troubled girl (Emanuel) becomes preoccupied with her mysterious new neighbor (Linda), who bears a striking resemblance to her dead mother. In offering to baby-sit Linda’s newborn, Emanuel unwittingly enters a fragile, fictional world, of which she becomes the gatekeeper.”

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13. Two Mothers

Director: Anne Fontaine

Cast: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Ben Mendelsohn, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville, Sophie Lowe, and Gary Sweet.

Synopsis: “A pair of childhood friends and neighbors fall for each other’s sons.”

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Do you think you will be interested in any of these films? Do you think any of these films will be successful at the festival or in the theaters? Have you been following everything that is going on at Sundance 2013 so far? Take a look at what Entertainment Weekly writer Anthony Breznican had to say about all of these films here.

Sources: Entertainment Weekly and IMDbPro (for the film synopses)

Trailer MegaPost – “Rise of the Guardians,” “Premium Rush,” “Hope Springs,” and “This Time”

It has been a while since I have done a Trailer MegaPost because I have been waiting for some awesome trailers to share with you guys.  This week we will look at the trailers for Rise of the Guardians, Premium Rush, Hope Springs, and This Time. 

1.  Rise of the Guardians – http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/dreamworks/riseoftheguardians/

This Dreamworks animated feature has a great cast behind it that includes Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, and Jude Law. Rise of the Guardians is an epic, magical adventure that tells the story of the legendary characters Santa Claus (Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Fisher), the Sandman, and Jack Frost (Pine). When an evil spirit known as Pitch (Law) lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children everywhere. This exciting adventure is set to hit theaters November 21. 2012.

2. Premium Rush – http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/premiumrush/

The Daivd Koepp-directed action film Premium Rush includes actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Jamie Chung in the cast. This film follows New York bike messengers who are used to dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians. The best of New York’s agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. Wilee (Gordon-Levitt), is used to putting his life on the line, but things are about to get even more complicated when a routine delivery turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan. When Wilee picks up his last envelope of the day on a premium rush run, he discovers this package is different. This time, someone is actually trying to kill him. This high-stakes thriller is set to ride into theaters August 24, 2012.

3. Hope Springs – http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/sony/hopesprings/

Hope Springs is a comedy that follows Kay (Meryl Streep) and Arnold (Tommy Lee Jones) are a devoted couple, but decades of marriage have left Kay wanting to reconnect with her husband. She hears of a renowned couple’s specialist, Dr. Feld (Steve Carell), in the small town of Great Hope Springs and she attempts to persuade Arnold to get on a plane for a week of marriage therapy. Just convincing him to go on the retreat is hard enough–the real challenge for both of them comes as they shed their bedroom hang-ups and try reconnect and find the spark that made them to fall in love to begin with. Look for this movie in theaters August 10, 2012.

4. This Time – http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/thistime/

This Time is a documentary that follows the painstaking efforts to turn up the volume on the careers of musical legends and inspired has-beens and never-beens as they navigate the treacherous stages and recording studios of a music industry far removed from the overnight sensations of “American Idol.” An unflinching and entertaining portrait of faith, talent and gut-wrenching determination wrapped in a soaring soundtrack. This Time comes from Grammy nominated director Victor Mignatti and features The Sweet Inspirations, Peitor Angell, Bobby Belfry, Pat Hodges, and Cissy Houston. This documentary is also in theaters August 10, 2012.

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