Fantastic First Teaser Trailer for FOXCATCHER Starring Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum [UPDATED]

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Sony Pictures Classics has released the first teaser trailer for director Bennett Miller’s (Moneyball) upcoming drama Foxcatcher, and it’s kind of incredible.  The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).  This trailer is absolutely fantastic.  I was a bit unsure about Carell stepping into such an intense dramatic role, but judging by this trailer he looks to knock it out of the park.  Miller once again shows incredible talent behind the camera, this time bringing a heavy amount of intensity and, by way of Carell’s performance, terror to the screen.  Miller’s previous two directorial efforts (Moneyball and Capote) were both big Oscar contenders, each landing in the Best Picture race, and Foxcatcher looks like it might have the goods to make it three for three.  I’m really, really looking forward to this one.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael HallFoxcatcher opens December 20th. [Update: Unfortunately someone jumped the gun and Sony has removed the trailer from the internets. Hopefully the official debut will be online soon.]

ANCHORMAN Live-Read with Adam McKay, Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and the Cast of ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY

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How much are you willing to plunk down for a live-read of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy by the film’s cast and crew?  If you said, “$500!” you’re in luck, because that’s exactly how much a VIP ticket to the benefit event will cost you.  Raising funds for 826LA’s free programs for children, Adam McKay and Judd Apatow will be joined by Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Jack Black and host Conan O’Brien for this event on November 21st.  Hit the jump for more, and remember that the sequel, Anchorman: The Legend Continues will open December 20th.

New Images from FOXCATCHER Featuring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo

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Hot on the heels of news that Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher will be making its world premiere at AFI Fest this November, two new stills from the feature have been released. They highlight not only the relationship between brothers and Olympic wrestling champions, Mark and Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo), but also the make-up job on Steve Carell, who plays the eccentric and dangerous millionaire John du Pont.  Also starring Vanessa Redgrave and Sienna MillerFoxcatcher opens theatrically on December 20th.

Hit the jump to view the images and film synopsis.

Filming Begins on ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY; Megan Mullally and Jennifer Coolidge Join Cast

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Production has commenced on Disney’s adaptation of the beloved childrens book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and a couple of new actors have joined the cast.  Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt) directs from a script by Rob Lieber, and Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner topline the pic as Alexander’s parents.  In addition to the start of production announcement, Disney has revealed that Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, and Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) have signed on to the film in unspecified roles.  The pic follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another.

12-year-old Ed Oxenbould makes his big screen debut as Alexander, with Dylan Minnette (Lost) and Kerris Dorsey (Moneyball) set to play his brother and sister, respectively.  Shawn Levy is producing the pic, which will hit theaters on October 10, 2014.  Hit the jump to read the press release, which includes the official synopsis.

Steve Carell Is Nearly Unrecognizable in First Image from Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER

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The first image from Capote and Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s upcoming real-life drama Foxcatcher has been released online.  The film, which chronicles the complicated (and eventually murderous) relationship between eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) and Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark and Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo), just recently secured a December 20th release date, ensuring that Foxcatcher will be a serious contender in the upcoming awards season.  I’m a massive fan of Miller’s, so this one has been on my “must-see” list for a while; I’m really eager to see Carell’s take on what’s sure to be a meaty and difficult role.  He sure looks different, as Carell has clearly undergone a complete physical transformation (including a prosthetic nose) to portray du Pont.

Hit the jump to get a look at the first image and to see what Miller had to say about Carell’s casting.  A debut trailer should be landing in the coming weeks.  Foxcatcher also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall and will open in theaters on December 20th.

FOXCATCHER Gets December 20th Release Date; Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell Star

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Sony Pictures Classics has cast Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher into the awards race with a December 20th release date.  Starring Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo as Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, the film explores their relationship with eccentric heir to the DuPont fortune, John du Pont (Steve Carell), an association which ultimately led to murder.  Foxcatcher is based on Mark Schultz’s autobiography and also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall.  With that cast and Bennett Miller’s pedigree of Academy Award Best Picture-nominated features (Capote and Moneyball), Foxcatcher is definitely coming in with high expectations.  Hit the jump to read the full details.


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New images have been released from the upcoming films:

  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues – Ron Burgundy, Veronica Corningstone, and the Channel 4 News Team stay classy in two new images.  The film stars Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell.  The sequel opens December 20th.
  • Prisoners – Three new images from the crime-thriller starring Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano.  The film will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening on September 20th.
  • Grudge Match – The first official image from the film starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Jon Bernthal, Camden Gray, and Kim Basinger.  The comedy gets into a crowded box office ring on December 25th.

Hit the jump to check out the images.

TOP 5: THE LONE RANGER, 15 Movies You May Have Missed in 2013 So Far, Christian Bale Not Involved with JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE WAY, WAY BACK, Our Most Anticipated Movies: July to September

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With a production budget in the neighborhood of $150 million and a worldwide pull of just under $50 million entering its second weekend, it’s probably fair to say that White House Down will ultimately be seen by the powers that be as a bust. Blame its proximity to the similarly themed Olympus Has Fallen (which, on the whole, received similar critical reaction but comparatively more box office success) if you will, but having watched and enjoyed the heck out of the film last night I believe at least some of the blame lies at the feet of Sony’s marketing. Whereas Fallen was packaged, and ultimately delivered, as a dead serious action/thriller, I don’t think White House Down marketing did enough to prep its potential audience members for the over-the-top, often times ridiculous, self-aware genre piece they would encounter. The best examples I can give to support this theory are the multiple scenes that left me laughing out loud while the majority of my fellow moviegoers sat quietly, unsure whether the movie was actually asking them to laugh with it or was just that silly and contrived. It’s possible that I’m going Roland Emmerich and co. too much credit, but I went with the former every single time and ended up having a great time with the film as a result.

All White House drama aside, this week’s Top 5 includes a slew of interviews from The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp and more, a list of 15 movies from the first half of 2013 that you may have missed but definitely deserve a look, Christian Bale insisting that he is not involved with the Justice League movie in any way, The Way, Way Back interviews with Steve Carell and more, and a look at our most anticipated movies from July to September.


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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  The Way, Way Back opens today in limited release.]

In their directorial debut, The Way, Way Back, writer-directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash show they’re incredibly adept at humor. They know how to tell a good joke, push the envelope without being mean-spirited, and find the right actors to deliver the comedy. Unfortunately, a film has to put story and characters above all else, and the film fails where it matters most. Faxon and Rash put a painfully tedious character at the center of their movie, and then try to convince us that anyone would help their uninteresting protagonist. Filled with one-dimensional characters moving through a predictable plot, The Way, Way Back can tell a joke, but has difficulty doing anything else.

Steve Carell and Allison Janney Talks THE WAY, WAY BACK, Working for Two Directors, the Quality of the Script, and Upcoming Projects MOM and FOXCATCHER

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The coming of age comedy/drama The Way, Way Back opens this weekend in limited release.  The film marks the directorial debut of The Descendants co-writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, and centers on a 14-year-old boy (Liam James) who spends his summer vacation bonding with the manager of a water park (Sam Rockwell) while staying with his mother (Toni Collette) and her overbearing boyfriend (Steve Carell).  For more on the film, watch the trailer.  The film also starsMaya RudolphRob CorddryZoe Levin, AnnaSophia Robb, and Amanda Peet.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an interview with Carell and Janney.  They talked about being able to play a different type of character, the quality of the script, how they got cast, what it was like working for two directors, and more.  In addition, Janney talked about her upcoming CBS comedy Mom, and Carell talked about director Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher.  Hit the jump to watch.


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The adorable minions stole the first Despicable Me, and the thinking for Despicable Me 2 must have been to give the little yellow guys the whole movie.  It’s an odd picture that technically has a protagonist and slightly builds off the first story, but nominal villain Gru (Steve Carell) is the least interesting part of the sequel, and his daughters Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier), and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) have almost been completely pushed aside.  Rather than develop these characters, directors Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud apparently responded to fan reaction to the original film, and put the minions front-and-center.  It’s tough to complain when everything they do is funny, but it also makes Despicable Me 2 feel like a stopgap for next year’s minions spinoff.


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Man, what the hell happened with this movie?  This one could’ve been a new comedy classic.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone has a cast of capable comedic actors playing new and old school Vegas magicians, which sounds like a perfect recipe for splitting the sides of audience members wide open.  The over-the-top goofiness of stage conjurers and the laughable edginess of “street” magic are ripe for satire, but even so, Burt Wonderstone is an uneven comedy that see-saws between perfectly tolerable and hysterical.  Will Warner Bros.’ Blu-ray release win over our home video hearts?  Find out after the jump.

Steve Carell Talks DESPICABLE ME 2, the Evolution of the Character, Being Gru on ELLEN, Lying About His Appearance on THE OFFICE Finale, and More

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Steve Carell is back in the game as Gru, the curmudgeonly super-villain with a crazy accent whose life has been completely transformed by his daughters.  In the comedy adventure sequel, Despicable Me 2, he’s left behind his life of crime to raise Margo (Miranda Cosgrove), Edith (Dana Gaier) and Agnes (Elsie Fisher) and become the perfect dad.  But just as he starts to adjust to his new role, he’s recruited by an ultra-secret organization and finds himself unexpectedly working for the good guys.  Opening July 3rd, the sequel also features Benjamin Bratt, Kristen Wiig, Russell Brand and Ken Jeong.

At the film’s recent press day, Carell talked about reprising the role, how he first found the voice for Gru, and why he’s happy with the evolution of the story and characters and the way the film celebrates a family’s love and commitment.  He also revealed what he’d have Minions do for him in real life, why edible guacamole sombreros are bound to be a big hit this summer, the interview he did in character on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the backstory behind The Office finale, and his upcoming role in The Way Way Back.  Hit the jump to read the full interview.

New Trailer for ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES Features Racial Humor, Journey, Baxter, Dolphins and Brick’s Awkward Lady Friend

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A new trailer has been released for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.  Things have certainly changed for the news crew since Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Baxter’s still hanging around and Brick is as clueless as ever, but even though Veronica Corningstone makes an appearance, Ron seems to be pretty heavily into dating someone new.  More challenges await the team as the network enters into a twenty-four hour news cycle and new youthful anchors threaten their place atop the pyramid.  It’s not exactly what I expected for the first look at the sequel, but that’s not a bad thing.  Bring on the scotch!

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film stars Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner, Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Dylan Baker, Meagan Good, Greg Kinnear, and Harrison FordAnchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens on December 20th.

7 Clips and 23 High-Resolution Images from DESPICABLE ME 2

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Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment have released seven clips from the upcoming animated sequel Despicable Me 2.  In the new film, Gru (Steve Carell) is kidnapped by the “Anti-Villain League”, and recruited in order to defeat a new super villain, voiced by Benjamin Bratt.  Fans of the first pic aren’t likely to be disappointed with this follow-up, as it looks to include more goofy weaponry, cute kids, and of course those adorable minions.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also features the voices of Kristen Wiig, Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, Dana Gaier, Elsie Kate Fisher, Miranda Cosgrove, and Russell Brand.  Despicable Me 2 opens in 3D on July 3rd.

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