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 Official Poster Revealed for the “Veronica Mars” Film

Fans of the television show Veronica Mars played a huge role in supporting a movie based on the show. Last year, director Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to produce a film that would bring the beloved character to the silver screen.

This campaign proved to be wildly successful and they have been busy with various aspects of production on the film ever since. Everything has moved quite quickly as filming has wrapped, it was named the Breakthrough: Film at the 2014 CES convention, it has a premiere lined up at the SXSW Festival, and a trailer was recently released:

Yahoo! Movies also exclusively released a new poster for the film featuring Bell and her co-stars as their iconic characters from the show. Actors Chris Lowell, Jason Dohring, Ryan Hansen, Krysten Ritter, Percy Daggs III, Tina Majorino, Francis Capra, Ken Marino, and Enrico Colantoni are all returning to their original characters from the show. Actress Andrea Estella will be replacing Leighton Meester as Carrie Bishop. Plus, James Franco and Justin Long are rumored to have cameo appearances.

In the movie, Veronica is about to graduate from law school when she finds herself being called back into the world of private investigating. Her ex-boyfriend Logan (Dohring) is being accused of murder and she takes it upon herself to find out why. Veronica Mars is set to hit theaters on March 14, 2014.

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Festival Exclusive – Sundance 2014 Dramatic Film Selections Announced

The Sundance 2014 selections for the U.S. Dramatic Competition have officially been announced. These films all have various unique storylines and focus on different aspects of the genre. From this list of selected films, there are six that are already generating a lot of buzz.

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Kristen Stewart in “Camp X-Ray”

The first film that is gaining attention stars Kristen Stewart and is currently titled Camp X-Ray. Stewart plays a soldier who has been stationed to work at Guantanamo Bay. However, while working there she befriends an Muslim inmate. This could be a breakthrough role for Stewart’s transition back into dramatic films and definitely one to watch for.

Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in "The Skeleton Twins"
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in “The Skeleton Twins”

The other films that are generating early buzz include Life After Beth starring Aubrey Plaza and Dan DeHaan, The Skeleton Twins starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, and Low Down starring John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Lena Headey, and Peter Dinklage.

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Elle Fanning in “Low Down”

Plus, Cold in July starring Michael C. Hall and Sam Shepard, and God’s Pocket starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and Christina Hendricks are also generating early buzz. Read more details about these films on Yahoo! Movies and The Wrap.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro in "God's Pocket"
Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro in “God’s Pocket”

Here is the full list of films selected for the 2014 Sundance U.S. Dramatic Competition:

Camp X-Ray
Cold in July 
Dear White People Fishing Without Nets
God’s Pocket
Happy Christmas
Hellion
Infinitely Polar Bear
Jamie Marks Is Dead 
Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Life After Beth
Low Down
The Skeleton Twins
The Sleepwalker
Song One
Whiplash

The 2014 Sundance Film Festival will be held in Park City, Utah, from January 16 to 26. What do you think of these films that have been selected for this portion of the festival? What do you think of the casts involved in these projects?

Sources: Yahoo! Movies and The Wrap

Movie Exclusive – First Teaser Trailer for Disney’s “Maleficent”

Disney fans will be happy to here that the studio has finally released an official trailer for their upcoming live-action fantasy, Maleficent. Production on the highly anticipated film started in June 2012 and the studio has been very secretive about sharing anything.

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Maleficent retells the classic story of Sleeping Beauty from Maleficent’s (Angelina Jolie) perspective and we get to see the motivation behind her villainous actions. This new trailer gives us our first glimpse at the unique fantasy world director Robert Stromberg has created.

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The trailer opens up with Elle Fanning speaking to Maleficent and explaining that she is not afraid. We also see Vivienne Jolie-Pitt running through a field as a toddler-age Princess Aurora. Plus, audiences get a closer look at Jolie as Maleficent and some iconic moments from the original Sleeping Beauty. Watch the stunning teaser trailer below:

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Maleficent also stars Brenton ThwaitesSharlto Copley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, Miranda Richardson, Peter Capaldi, Sam Riley, and Hannah New. What do you think of this new trailer? Will you be seeing Maleficent when it hits theaters on May 30, 2014?

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Sources: Yahoo! Movies, YouTube, and IMDbPro

Movie Exclusive – Two New Character Posters Released for “Divergent”

The movie adaptation of Veronica Roth’s Divergent is not coming until spring of next year, but Summit has been sharing plenty of exclusives to keep the fans excited and interested in the movie. Today, two brand new character posters have released for us to enjoy!

These new posters feature actors Shailene Woodley and Theo James as their characters Tris Prior and Four. From these posters, we get our first look at the details of Four’s elaborate tattoos and another glimpse at Tris and her crow tattoo.

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Divergent was directed by Neil Burger and also stars Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, and Tony Goldwyn. Take a look at these new character posters and let me know what you think in the comments!

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Will you be going to see Divergent when it hits theaters March 21, 2014? Who is your favorite character from the series? What faction would you want to be a part of?

Source: Yahoo! Movies

Movie Exclusive – New Stills from Open Road’s Historical Drama “Parkland”

Yahoo! Movies originally shared the first exclusives from the Peter Landesman-directed historical drama, Parkland. More exclusive stills have been shared for audiences to get a deeper look into the film. These new stills reveal some intense and emotional moments portrayed in the film.

These new stills give us a closer look at Jacki Weaver as Lee Harvey Oswald’s mother, Marguerite Oswald, and James Badge Dale as Oswald’s brother, Robert Edward Lee Oswald. Plus, we get a glimpse at Colin Hanks as Dr. Malcom Perry and Tom Welling as US Secret Service Agent Roy Kellerman. Finally, there are also a few behind-the-scenes photos of director Peter Landesman working with the actors on set.

James Badge Daley and Jacki Weaver in "Parkland"
James Badge Dale and Jacki Weaver in “Parkland”

As previously shared, Parkland is based off of the real life events that occurred at the Parkland Hospital in Dallas the day US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The story also focuses on different aspects of the investigation and the trials and tribulations the investigation team went through when trying to convict Oswald.

Parkland stars Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron, Jacki Weaver, Billy Bob Thorton, Jeremy Strong, Marcia Gay Harden, Colin Hanks, Jackie Earle Haley, Tom Welling, and James Badge Dale. Will you be interested in seeing Parkland when it is released on October 4, 2013? What do you think of the cast involved in this project? What do you think of these new photos from the film?

Source: IMDbPro

Trailer Exclusive – First Official Teaser Trailer for “Divergent” Released

We have been getting some exclusive photos here and there, which is no doubt exciting for fans of the futuristic, dystopian world of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. However, they must be eager to see the first official footage from the anticipated adaptation! Last night during the VMA pre-show, actors Shailene Woodley and Theo James shared the first official teaser trailer!

Like any well done trailer, this first tease gives us our first glimpse of the stylized world and the overall feel of the film. We also get introduced to Tris Prior (Woodley), the situation she is thrown into, and her love interest, Four (James). Plus, we see the relationship between Tris and the villainous, Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet).

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For those who may need a refresher, at the age of 16, the people of the Divergent world must make a choice as to which of the five factions they will join. From there, they must then go through a series of initiations to officially become a part of that faction. Each of the five factions have specific values and rules. In Abnegation they value selflessness, in Erudite they value intelligence, in Candor they value honesty, in Amity they value peace, and in Dauntless they value bravery.

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Divergent was directed by Neil Burger and also stars Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Maggie Q, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Ashley Judd, Ray Stevenson, and Tony Goldwyn. Be sure to watch the action-packed firsttrailer for Divergent here and share your thoughts in the comments below! Will you be heading to theaters to see Divergent when it is released on March 21, 2014? 

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Do you think Divergent will do as well as Twilight or Hunger Games? What do you think of the cast behind the film? Are you looking forward to the final book of the Divergent series, Allegiant, to hit bookstores in October?

Sources: Yahoo! Movies, IMDb, and IMDbPro