22 JUMP STREET Blu-ray Review

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Chris Miller and Phil Lord have a history of picking projects that shouldn’t work and turning them into winners, and the one that may have been the trickiest is22 Jump Street.  Where you can argue that people underrated the possibility that 21 Jump Street or The LEGO Movie could actually be good, with 22 Jump Street not only were they making a comedy sequel (usually a bad idea), but had to deliver something as good as the first one.  The shock is they actually made a comedy sequel that is as good (if not better) than the original.  Take that, Ghostbusters 2 and Anchorman: The Legend ContinuesJonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Ice Cube return for what was the best mainstream film of this past summer, and my review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

JUPITER ASCENDING International Trailer Gives Us a Little More Sean Bean; Plus New Images

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Perhaps this is just what happens when a movie’s release date is pushed back from July 18, 2014 to February 6, 2015 at the last minute, but I believe this new Jupiter Ascending international trailer is the film’s sixth trailer.  It’s a wonder there’s still more new material to show off, but this latest piece actually gives us more from Sean Bean’s character than ever before.

Even with the abundance of promos, I can’t say I’m sold on this one just yet, but when you’ve got the Wachowskis and an incredible cast coming together to bring such strikingly unusual material to screen, that’s more than enough to get me in a theater seat.  Hit the jump to check out the new international Jupiter Ascending trailer.  The film also stars Channing Tatum, Mila KunisEddie RedmayneDouglas BoothTuppence MiddletonJames D’ArcyTim Pigott-Smith and Doona Bae.  Jupiter Ascending opens in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D on February 6, 2015.

Channing Tatum to Direct FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK Adaptation

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Get ready for Channing Tatum, Director.  The prolific actor/producer has been enjoying some very deserved rave reviews recently for his performance in the drama Foxcatcher, and now it looks as though he’s ready to take his career to the next level with directing.  Tatum is attached to co-direct an adaptation of Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick’s YA book Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock for The Weinstein Company.  Tatum will be directing the picture with his producing partner Reid Carolin, with whom he developed Magic Mike and its upcoming sequel Magic Mike XXL.  More on this interesting directorial debut after the jump. 

FOXCATCHER Review

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[This is a re-post of my Foxcatcher review from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  The film opens today in limited release.]

For those who aspire to be champions, it’s a horrible thing to know you’ll never be the best. Successful people will engender only envy and further self-loathing. You will only see your weakness. You will live in shadows. Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher is an incredibly sad and poignant portrait of two men desperate for greatness they’ll never achieve, and destroyed by the failings they’ll always feel. They can lie about confidence, achievements, and relationships, but there’s no escape. Led by astounding performances from Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo, Miller has created a quiet, brooding picture of doubt, depression, and destruction.

Steve Carell and Channing Tatum Talk FOXCATCHER, the Physical Demands of the Film, Going to Emotionally Dark Places, and More

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From director Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote), Foxcatcher tells the story of Olympic gold medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), who is invited to be a part of the team being put together by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.  Having come from obscurity and poverty, and with a desire to step out of the shadow of his older brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo), Mark is eager and excited about the opportunity, until he realizes that it has all become way more than he bargained for.

During a conference at the film’s press day, co-stars Steve Carell and Channing Tatum talked about the physical demands of this movie, bonding through wrestling, finding their performances of these real-life men, coming out of the dark places that these roles required, and how an experience like this has changed them.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT Synopsis Revealed; Channing Tatum and Demian Bichir Officially Join Cast

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As Quentin Tarantino readies his next film, the Western The Hateful Eight, to start production in January, The Weinstein Company has now given us some fascinating info regarding the film.  In addition to unveiling the official The Hateful Eight synopsis, the full cast list confirms last night’s news that Channing Tatum has a role in the film, and also reveals that Demian Bichir (A Better Life) has signed on to play the part of “Bob”.  While a synopsis previously hit when the script leaked and Tarantino staged a live-read of the script, he has crafted a new third act for the film during revisions, and this synopsis goes into a bit more detail about the plot.  The basic logline remains, as The Hateful Eight takes place some time after the Civil War and revolves around passengers on a stagecoach hurtling through the wintry Wyoming landscape.

Check out the full The Hateful Eight synopsis after the jump.  The film also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern.  The picture will be shot on 65mm film, with production taking place entirely in Colorado in anticipation of a big 70mm release late next year following a planned debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Channing Tatum Circling a “Major Role” in THE HATEFUL EIGHT

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We’ve already got Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt RussellTim RothMichael MadsenBruce DernWalton Goggins and Samuel L. Jackson on board for The Hateful Eight, but this is a Quentin Tarantino film we’re talking about; there’s always room for more top talent.  It’s being reported that Channing Tatum is currently circling a “major role” in the film, which is reportedly going into production next month.

The Hateful Eight will be shot on 65mm film with The Weinstein Co. planning to give it the widest 70mm film release in over 20 years.  Hit the jump for more on Tarantino’s latest.

Oscar Beat: The Best Actor Race at a Glance

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Every year in the awards race, it seems like the Best Actor field is the most crowded category.  That is certainly the case with this current crop of contenders, as there is no shortage of formidable talents vying for one of the five Best Actor Oscar slots.  While it’s still a tad early to start talking about possible winners, there’s plenty to discuss with regards to chances of being nominated.  The contenders range from well-respected underdogs to recent winners, and yes, spoiler alert, many of them are playing real people.  After the jump, I take a look at the Best Actor race at a glance in this edition of Oscar Beat.

ROBOCOP Writer to Pen Script for Channing Tatum’s GAMBIT Movie Based on Treatment by Chris Claremont

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20th Century Fox is officially moving forward with the Gambit movie.  Word started to surface a few months ago that an X-Men spinoff featuring the card-wielding mutant was in the works with Channing Tatum set to star, and now Fox has hired screenwriter Josh Zetumer to get to work on a script while Tatum is indeed officially attached to lead the feature.  This isn’t the first movement on the project, however, as Marvel Comics writer Chris Claremont apparently wrote the treatment for the Gambit movie, which will form the basis of the screenplay.  More after the jump.

Coen Brothers’ HAIL, CAESAR! Set for Release on February 5, 2016

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Universal Pictures has set a Hail, Caesar! release date for the next film from writers/directors Joel and Ethan Coen.  The comedy has been slated for release on February 5, 2016, which marks the first 1st Quarter release date for a Coen Brothers film since 2004’s The Ladykillers.  The film takes place in 1950s Hollywood, during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and “follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix.”  The incredible ensemble cast is led by Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, and Jonah Hill.  More on this curious choice of release date for Hail, Caesar! after the jump.

Poster Round-Up: Michael Mann’s BLACKHAT, Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER, and Alex Garland’s EX MACHINA

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Some new posters have landed online.  Briefly:

  • BlackhatChris Hemsworth‘s head looms large in the poster Michael Mann‘s upcoming film about cyberterrorism.  The movie opens January 16, 2015 also stars Viola Davis, Tang Wei, and Wang Leehom.
  • FoxcatcherSteve Carell takes center stage as the creepy John du Pont in Bennett Miller‘s tragic story of ambition and failure.  The film opens November 14th, and also stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.  Click here to read my review from TIFF.
  • Ex MachinaAlicia Vikander has a case of robot-neck in the U.K. poster for Alex Garland‘s new sci-fi film.  The movie opens on April 10, 2015, and also stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson. [We've added the U.S. teaser poster as well as the official synopsis]

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

Awards Season Has Begun: BOYHOOD Leads Gotham Award Nominees; FOXCATCHER Stars Receive Special Jury Award

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And here we go.  The 2014 Awards Season has begun, and it begins with Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood leading with four nominations from the Gotham Awards.  Linklater’s terrific film picked up nominations for Best Feature, Ethan Hawke (Best Actor), Patricia Arquette (Best Actress), and Ellar Coltrane (Breakthrough Performance).  Also of note was Oscar Isaac receiving a Best Actor nomination for A Most Violent Year even though it has yet to be screened for the public (it will debut at AFI Fest next month).  Finally, I’m very amused that rather than choose between nominating Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher, they received a Special Jury Award jointly for their performances.  That’s one way to do it.

It’s also worth noting that the Gotham Awards mean next to nothing in the overall awards race.  They have the distinction of being the starting gun, but I’m glad they’re continuing to honor worthwhile movies.  Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  Winners will be announced on December 1st.

New FOXCATCHER Images Highlight the Quiet Intensity of Bennett Miller’s Dark Drama

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A batch of new Foxcatcher images have landed online from director Bennett Miller’s (Capote) upcoming dark drama, and they do an excellent job of evoking the tone of the film.  Steve Carell stars as John du Pont, an eccentric millionaire who decided to host an Olympic Wrestling training camp on his grounds despite having no experience with the sport himself.  The crux of the film revolves around du Pont’s relationship with Olympic Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and in particular du Pont’s mentorship of the younger brother Mark, who lived in the shadow of his more successful brother.  I caught the film at TIFF and it’s magnificent.  The performances by Carell, Tatum, and Ruffalo are positively transcendent, as each actor wholly disappears into his role.  Don’t miss this one, folks.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Foxcatcher images, and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall, and Vanessa RedgraveFoxcatcher opens in theaters on November 14th.

New Full-Length FOXCATCHER Trailer: Steve Carell Leads Dark, Odd True Story Drama from Director Bennett Miller

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Sony Pictures Classics has released a new Foxcatcher trailer for Capote and Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s upcoming drama.  The film tells the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), and their troubled relationship with eccentric millionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell).  This trailer is really the first full-length one we’ve seen from the film, and it gives a nice overview of the story while also teasing out the terrific performances.  I caught the film at TIFF and it’s astoundingly good, with Tatum, Carell, and Ruffalo all turning in career-best work as the lead trio.  It’s a quiet film and one that demands attention and patience, but I think Miller has done a fantastic job of crafting what’s essentially a dark, strange, and sometimes funny character study.

Hit the jump to watch the new Foxcatcher trailer and click here to read Matt’s review from TIFF.  The film also stars Sienna Miller, Anthony Michael Hall, and Vanessa RedgraveFoxcatcher opens in theaters on November 14th.

MAGIC MIKE XXL Adds Elizabeth Banks, Donald Glover, Amber Heard, and More to Cast; Gets a Synopsis

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I’m getting excited for Magic Mike XXL (despite the fact that Matthew McConaughey won’t be returning).  And I’m excited even though original director Steven Soderbergh (who was able to guide his first film from a $7 million budget to a $167 million worldwide gross), won’t be back either (actually he will, since he’s shooting it under his alias Peter Andrews, which effectively provides new director Gregory Jacobs with the best sounding board ever).  This movie will still, in all likelihood, rule. Channing Tatum is of course back and now he’s got company.

Elizabeth Banks and Donald Glover have joined the film along with Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell and Jada Pinkett-Smith.  And it has a synopsis now too!  Hit the jump to learn the (bodacious) plot basics for Magic Mike XXL.

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