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

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.

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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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