With the recent 86th Academy Awards ceremony, the Oscar race has finally come to a close—for now. We just spent the past five months here on Oscar Beat deconstructing every inch of the Oscar season, and while we still have quite a while to wait before the next race heats up, now seems like a fine opportunity to take a quick preview of what just might be on tap for next year’s ceremony. Obviously it’s way too early to take the 2015 Oscar race seriously, but there are plenty of anticipated films slated for release this year that could turn out to be the serious contenders in the next awards race. After the jump, I preview 10 of the films that might pop up in next year’s Oscar conversation.
The teaser trailer for Foxcatcher leaked online earlier today to a postive response before it was pulled by the studio. Adam listed Bennett Miller‘s follow-up to Best Picture nominee Moneyball one of the frontrunners for top honors at the 2013 awards, but Foxcatcher must wait until next year. Sony Pictures Classics announced that it will delay the release from December 20 to sometime in 2014 to give Miller time to finish the movie. Just yesterday we learned Paramount is mulling a move for Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street to 2014, which would take two of Adam’s frontrunners out of 2013 contention.
Foxcatcher is based on 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). Full synopsis after the jump.
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 Hall. Foxcatcher 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.]
The Fall Film Festival season has come and gone, and with that we now have a pretty clear idea of the early state of the Oscar race. While initial awards projections were made mostly on conjecture and blind faith, a number of the major contenders have now had a chance to screen at the prestigious Telluride, Toronto, and Venice film festivals allowing critics and industry folk to assess the quality of heavy hitters such as Gravity, 12 Years a Slave, Labor Day, and August: Osage County. Last year, an early Oscar frontrunner came out of nowhere at the Toronto International Film Festival in the form of Silver Linings Playbook, but this year an incredibly strong frontrunner has emerged with near-unanimous praise.
Hit the jump for a rundown of the Oscar race as it stands now, including our first Oscar Beat power rankings for the major categories.
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 Miller, Foxcatcher opens theatrically on December 20th.
Hit the jump to view the images and film synopsis.
Though the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival is poised to get underway tomorrow, another film festival has just set a couple of high profile premieres. Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks has been selected as the opening film for the AFI Fest 2013, and Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s drama Foxcatcher will make its world premiere at the fest. Banks comes with plenty of awards potential later this year, as The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock tackles the true story behind the making of Mary Poppins with Tom Hanks playing Walt Disney and Emma Thompson portraying Poppins author P.L. Travers. The film opens in wide release on Christmas Day.
Foxcatcher is also another Oscar contender, as the true story stars Steve Carell as eccentric millionaire John du Pont and chronicles his relationship with Olympic wrestling champions Mark and Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo), which ended in murder. That film is slated for release on December 20th. Hit the jump for the full press release. The AFI Fest 2013 runs from November 7th – 14th.
The Venice Film Festival is already underway, the Telluride Film Festival begins this weekend, and the Toronto International Film Festival will be in full swing by this time next week. With those three festivals underway, the Oscar Race will have officially begun. Right now, no one knows how Gravity will stack up against August: Osage County or whether Labor Day is a major contender or more of a minor player like Jason Reitman’s 2011 feature Young Adult. By next week, though, the aforementioned films and plenty more will have finally screened for critics and prognosticators, and an early lay of the land—based in fact instead of blind speculation—will arise.
I will be attending TIFF for the first time this year, so I’ll be right there in the trenches with the first reactions to plenty of 2013’s awards contenders, but before the festival madness begins, I thought it would be fun to do one last overview of the Best Picture race. Hit the jump for part one of a way too early look at the potential Best Picture Oscar nominees.
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.
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.
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 Rudolph, Rob Corddry, Zoe 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.
I have mixed feelings about the fall festival season. On the one hand, I love going to the Toronto International Film Festival (very well-run and great venues), and getting a jump on the awards season movies because a fair share of them are going to be damn good. On the other hand, there’s less room for the joyful discovery I’ll find at Sundance, SXSW, and Fantastic Fest. Nevertheless, studios like to begin their awards season maneuvering in the fall, and that usually starts at the Venice Film Festival, and then those films then move on to Telluride and TIFF. Variety has begun their predictions for what they believe will debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Among the predictions are Alfonso Cuaron‘s sci-fi drama Gravity, Paul Greengrass‘ Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, and Steve McQueen‘s star-studded Twelve Years a Slave. The only confirmed title thus far is Paul Schrader‘s The Canyons, which isn’t particularly noteworthy since it will debut on VOD in the U.S. weeks before.
Hit the jump for more films that might show up at Venice this year. The 2013 Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.
Director Bennett Miller’s Moneyball was one of the best films of 2011, so it’s with great anticipation that we look toward his follow-up feature, the real-life drama Foxcatcher. The pic tells the true story of John du Pont, a paranoid schizophrenic who built a wrestling training facility on his 800-acre Pennsylvania estate where he subsequently shot and killed Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz in 1996. Heir to his family’s chemical fortune, du Pont locked himself in his mansion for two days after murdering his friend, and spent the time on the phone with negotiators.
Miller has assembled a fantastic ensemble cast that includes Steve Carell as du Pont, Mark Ruffalo as Schultz, and Channing Tatum as Schultz’s brother. Some set photos have surfaced today that feature a nearly unrecognizable Ruffalo as the Olympian alongside a very in-shape Tatum. Hit the jump to take a look at the images. Foxcatcher is set to hit theaters sometime next fall. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images.]
Columbia Pictures has picked up U.S. distribution rights to Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s real life drama Foxcatcher. The film tells the true story of John du Pont, a paranoid schizophrenic who built a wrestling training facility on his 800-acre Pennsylvania estate where he subsequently shot and killed Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz in 1996. Heir to his family’s chemical fortune, du Pont locked himself in his mansion for two days after murdering his friend, and spent the time on the phone with negotiators.
The swell ensemble cast includes Steve Carell as du Pont and Mark Ruffalo as Schultz, as well as Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, and Anthony Michael Hall. Today’s announcement adds that Vanessa Redgrave has also joined the cast, making for one hell of an ensemble. Production is underway in anticipation of a Fall 2013 release. Given how great Miller’s past two efforts have been (Moneyball and Capote), it’s safe to assume that Foxcatcher will likely be an awards contender. Hit the jump to read the full press release.
More casting notes today. Check them out in brief below:
- Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) is in talks to topline the period drama, Suite Francaise, from British writer/director Saul Dibb (The Duchess).
- Anthony Michael Hall (The Dark Knight) is the latest addition to Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, which already stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Sienna Miller.
Hit the jump for more on the above-mentioned films.
Moneyball director Bennett Miller is filling out the rest of his cast for the drama Foxcatcher, and now Sienna Miller has jumped onboard. The film tells the true story of John du Pont, a paranoid schizophrenic who built a wrestling training facility on his 800-acre Pennsylvania estate where he subsequently shot and killed Olympic gold medal-winning wrestler David Schultz in 1996. Heir to his family’s chemical fortune, du Pont locked himself in his mansion for two days after murdering his friend, and spent the time on the phone with negotiators.
Steve Carell is set as du Pont, Mark Ruffalo is portraying Schultz, and Deadline reports that Miller will play Schultz’s wife. Channing Tatum is also set as Schultz’s brother. As a huge fan of Miller’s Capote and Moneyball, I’m really excited by the impressive cast he’s put together for Foxcatcher and look forward to seeing the finished film. Production is set to begin later this year.