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.

See the 22 JUMP STREET Sequel Posters from the End Credits

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This summer’s 22 Jump Street was not only one of the best and funniest comedy sequels to come our way in years, but also one of the most self-aware.  Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller infused the entire film with nods and meta references to the nature of sequels to hilarious results, culminating in one of the best end credits sequences of all time.  As if anticipating the audience’s question over whether there would ever be another Jump Street sequel, Lord and Miller crafted short clips and posters for over 20 follow-ups with increasingly ridiculous premises.  With the film being released on iTunes on October 28th and on Blu-ray and DVD on November 18th, the posters for all of the “sequels” have now landed online, and I have to wonder if one of these will actually be culled for the real 23 Jump Street currently in development.  It’s tough to pick out a favorite, but I think the tagline I admire the most is from 37 Jump Street: Scuba Class.

Hit the jump to take a look at some of the 22 Jump Street sequel posters.

New JUPITER ASCENDING Trailer Sends Us into Space Politics and Space Explosions

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Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow have released a new trailer for the Wachowski SiblingsJupiter Ascending, and it finally goes in depth with the plot.  The basic story centers on Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a recent Russian immigrant who scrubs toilets for a living, but then discovers she has the genetic signature that makes her next in line to be Queen of the Universe.  Channing Tatum plays an ex-military half-werewolf half-albino hunter tasked with tracking her down.  However, this trailer goes far beyond that description and introduces us to the space politics involved as well as plenty of new footage showcasing finished visual effects that are mighty impressive not so much for how they look (which is perfectly fine) but for how they function.  This looks like a big, crazy, space opera with the hint of unique madness only the Wachowskis can provide.  I’m still not sure if the movie will be any good, but I can’t wait to see it.

Hit the jump to check out the new Jupiter Ascending trailer.  The film also stars Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth, Tuppence MiddletonJames D’ArcyTim Pigott-Smith, and Doona Bae.  Jupiter Ascending opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on February 6, 2015.

Liam Neeson Eyes TELL NO ONE; Channing Tatum Boards STRUCK BY GENIUS; Matt Smith Joins PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES

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A few casting notices:

  • Liam Neeson is circling the Tell No One remake, a thriller about a pediatrician who becomes the prime suspect in a series of murders that claimed the life of his wife.
  • Sony picked up the rights Struck by Rights, the memoir of “mathematical marvel” Jason Padgett, as a possible starring vehicle for Channing Tatum.
  • Matt Smith will join Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, and Douglas Booth in the adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

More on each project after the jump.

Matthew McConaughey Will Not Be Back for MAGIC MIKE XXL, Movie is “Very Different”

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This isn’t entirely unexpected, but we can put a big R.I.P. on the wishful thoughts that every Magic Mike cast member would be back for Magic Mike XXL.  Despite the global success of director Steven Soderbergh’s original film (the $7 million budget was rewarded with a $167 million worldwide gross), co-star Matthew McConaughey will not be returning.  I’m not too surprised since the sequel is already shooting and we hadn’t heard too much about his involvement.

Magic Mike XXL is being directed by Gregory Jacobs and will be shot by Peter Andrews (aka Steven Soderbergh) and edited by Mary Ann Bernard (aka Steven Soderbergh).  And don’t worry, it still stars Channing Tatum.  Hit the jump for more on Matthew McConaughey not coming back for Magic Mike XXL.

David Fincher Says Corporate Culture Killed 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA; Will Be Focusing on HBO Series All Next Year [Updated]

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Sometimes I think it would be cool to see a genius like David Fincher tackle something like a remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The project had been in the works at Disney for years, and at one point it seemed pretty close to happening.  But, according to Fincher, it was corporate culture that killed this big-budget behemoth.  Not a huge surprise at that level of expenditure.

I’m not too bummed about losing this particular project, and I do think Fincher’s version is lost whether or not Disney moves ahead with their own.  It would have been cool, but now we’re getting Gone Girl, a movie I’m infinitely more excited about than I would have been about 20,000 Leagues. Still, his comments on the matter are more than worth checking out, as they’re largely representative of a studio culture in which domestic ancillary revenue is on the wane (thanks pirates) and foreign markets must be relied on to break even. [Update: We've added more from Fincher, including a fantastic-sounding description of what his 20,000 Leagues would have entailed and the revelation that he'll be focusing solely on his upcoming HBO series Utopia next year.]

23 JUMP STREET Moving Forward with Rodney Rothman Penning the Script

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22 Jump Street is currently the tenth highest earner of the year having accumulated $190.8 million at the domestic box office, so it’s no surprise to hear that Sony Pictures is moving forward with a third installment.  The studio apparently just recruited one of the 22 Jump Street scribes, Rodney Rothman, to pen the third film.

There’s no word on whether or not Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be back to direct the next one, but they will at least serve as producers alongside Rothman, Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Neal Moritz.  Hit the jump for more on 23 Jump Street.

FOXCATCHER Review | TIFF 2014

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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 three astounding performances from Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo, Miller has created a quiet, brooding picture of doubt, depression, and destruction.

Oscar Beat TIFF 2014: FOXCATCHER Enters Awards Race with Tremendous Performances from Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo

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The terrific, immensely unsettling drama Foxcatcher is finally on the verge of release on November 14th, and the film comes with incredibly high expectations.  Not only does it carry a fascinating, true story premise (eccentric millionaire John du Pont’s quest to coach an Olympic wrestling team) but the movie hails from filmmaker Bennett Miller, who is two-for-two when it comes to directing Best Picture nominees and even landed a Best Director Oscar nomination for his narrative feature debut Capote.  Having finally gotten a chance to see Foxcatcher at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, I can confirm that it is indeed a major contender in the upcoming awards race, especially when it comes to the film’s jaw-dropping trio of performances from Channing Tatum, Steve Carell, and Mark Ruffalo.

In this TIFF 2014 edition of Oscar Beat, I run down Foxcatcher’s chances in the upcoming Oscar race, including a very tricky quandary when it comes to category placement for the performances.  Read on after the jump.

22 JUMP STREET Outtakes: Channing Tatum Gets Tickled By a Rainbow, Peter Stormare Has a Dance Party

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22 Jump Street doesn’t arrive on Blu-ray and DVD until November 18th, but about two of the 100 minutes of bonus footage set to come with the Blu-ray edition hit the web early and it’s loaded with wacky and absolutely hilarious outtakes.  In fact, I could probably just watch a full feature’s worth of material with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum messing around while filming that bad trip scene.

Hit the jump to catch Tatum getting tickled by a smiling football and rainbow, hear Hill’s abundance of bleeps and to see Peter Stormare dancing it up at a Spring Break concert in the 22 Jump Street outtakes.  The film also stars Wyatt Russell, Amber Stevens, Jillian Bell, Ice Cube and Nick Offerman.

MAGIC MIKE XXL Second Unit Filming Has Begun with Steven Soderbergh as Camera Operator

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Ladies and gentlemen, Magic Mike XXL is on the way.  Director Steven Soderbergh’s “male stripper movie” Magic Mike was one of the bigger surprises of 2012 in more ways than one.  Not only did the $7 million pic become a box office smash to the tune of $167 million worldwide, but Soderbergh dug deep into his subject matter, crafting a seriously dramatic story about the American Dream against the backdrop of the male stripper world.  Tatum has been hard at work on the Magic Mike sequel for the past year, and today Soderbergh revealed that second unit filming has already begun via a Magic Mike XXL image on Twitter.  Though Soderbergh is in retirement from film directing, he’s acting as the cinematographer, camera operator, and editor on Magic Mike XXL while Gregory Jacobs takes over the director’s chair.  It appears that he’s getting a jump on things before principal photography begins in earnest, with a little second unit photography work in Myrtle Beach.

Take a look at the teaser Magic Mike XXL image after the jump, courtesy of Soderbergh.  Full cast has yet to be confirmed, but Tatum is back in the lead role and the film is slated to hit theaters on July 1, 2015.

New FOXCATCHER Teaser Trailer Turns Steve Carell into the Stuff of Nightmares

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With a new poster hitting yesterday and today’s announcement that the film will be playing the Telluride Film Festival, Sony Pictures Classics continues their Foxcatcher role with this nightmarish new teaser.  It really looks like director Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote) has fashioned something intense with this new 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). The film also stars Sienna MillerVanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall and opens in theaters on November 14th.  Hit the jump for the new Foxcatcher teaser.

New THE BOOK OF LIFE Trailer Continues to Feature Gorgeous Animation and Silly Characters

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20th Century Fox has released a new The Book of Life trailer.  Produced by Guillermo Del Toro and directed by Jorge Gutierrez, the film revolves around three childhood friends—Manolo (Diego Luna), Maria (Zoe Saldana), and Joaquin (Channing Tatum)—who find themselves in a love triangle as the gods wager on who will win Maria’s heart.  Manolo is the central character of the story, as he dreams of breaking his family tradition of bullfighting to become a guitar player.  Over the course of the fantastical story, audiences are taken to The Land of the Living, the Land of the Remembered, and the Land of the Forgotten as Manolo seeks to live a complete and fulfilling life that is remembered by the living.  The movie continues to look absolutely gorgeous, and I’m curious to see if the plot and characters can match the visuals.

Hit the jump for the new The Book of Life trailer, and click here for Steve’s interview with Del Toro and Gutierrez.  The film also features the voices of Hector Elizondo, Danny Trejo, Ice Cube, and Placido DomingoThe Book of Life opens in 3D on October 17th.

Adam Shankman Talks STEP UP ALL IN, Bringing Back Favorite Characters, Reality Dance Shows, the Future of the STEP UP Franchise and More

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Step Up All In takes one of the most popular dance franchises in film history to all new heights, following Miami street dancer Sean Asa (Ryan Guzman) as he tries to make it in Hollywood, only to discover the almost insurmountable odds of making it in the professional dance world.  When he meets the headstrong Andie West (Briana Evigan), they form a new dance crew that reaches the final rounds of a high-stakes reality TV competition that will make their dreams come true.

At the film’s press day, Step Up franchise producer Adam Shankman (who produces the film with his sister, Jennifer Gibgot) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about whether he ever imagined they’d get to a fifth film, how long he realistically sees this franchise continuing for, his advice for dancers considering a professional career, continuing to push the boundaries of dance, why they wanted Ryan Guzman and Briana Evigan for the leads of this story, that they’d never economically be able to get Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum to return, why he never considered directing one of the films himself, and what he’s looking to direct next.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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