FOXCATCHER Set for November 14th Release; Tina Fey/Amy Poehler Comedy THE NEST Faces STAR WARS on December 18, 2015

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Release dates have been announced for two very promising projects.  First up, Moneyball director Bennett Miller’s new drama Foxcatcher will finally arrive in theaters on November 14th of this year.  The pic was originally slated for release last fall, before Sony Pictures Classics pushed it to 2014 in order to get out of the incredibly competitive awards season pile-up.  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).

Based on the incredible first trailer, this looks to be a serious awards contender, and its November release date puts it in prime position to take advantage of the buzz.  The pic will square off against Dumb and Dumber To and the WWII actioner Fury on its date, but again, this is all about riding the buzz through the December awards voting period.  It’ll have a nice head start, as Foxcatcher has its world premiere next month at the Cannes Film Festival.  Hit the jump for release date news concerning the new Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy.

New Trailers and Posters for FOXCATCHER, THE ROVER, and THE CAPTIVE

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Earlier today, the lineup for the 2014 Cannes Film Festival was announced, which means that marketing materials are going online, or in the case of Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher, back online.  A teaser trailer was released last fall, but then Sony pulled it shortly before announcing that the film would be pushed back to 2014.  Now that the movie is playing in competition at Cannes, the Foxcatcher trailer is back online, and I highly recommend watching it if you haven’t already.  There are also new posters and trailers David Michôd’s upcoming thriller The Rover starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, and for Atom Egoyan‘s The Captive starring Ryan Reynolds and Mireille Enos.  Both films look fascinating, and I’m eager to hear the reaction to all of these pictures after they play at Cannes.

Hit the jump to check out the trailers and posters.  The Rover opens in New York and L.A. on June 13th and goes nationwide on June 20th.  Domestic release dates have yet to be announced for Foxcatcher and The Captive.

2014 Cannes Film Festival Lineup Announced; FOXCATCHER, MAPS TO THE STARS, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, and More to Premiere

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The 2014 Cannes Film Festival lineup has been announced, and it has some heavy hitters.  Technically, the biggest is How to Train Your Dragon 2, but Cannes has played host to DreamWorks Animation films in the past in an attempt to give the festival a wider appeal.  Plus, that movie is playing out of competition.  Among the indies, the one I’ll be keeping an eye on is Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo.  Other notable contenders include David Cronenberg‘s Maps to the Stars, David Michôd’s The Rover, Mike Leigh‘s Mr. Turner, Tommy Lee JonesThe Homesman, Ryan Gosling‘s Lost River (formerly titled How to Catch a Monster), Zhang Yimou‘s Coming Home, and Atom Egoyan‘s The Captive.

Hit the jump to check out the full lineup.  The 2014 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15 – 25th.

Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER, Starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, Likely to Premiere at the Cannes Film Festival

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Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher was previously set for a 2013 release, but it was delayed to give Miller more time to work on the movie.  I’m sure it didn’t hurt that the film was able to escape 2013′s highly-competitive awards season.  The question then became when we would see it in 2014.  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).  A trailer was briefly online last fall, and made the film look excellent, especially Carell’s performance.

According to Hitfix, the audience lucky enough to get a first look at the feature will be those who attend this year’s Cannes Film Festival.  It’s a bit of a surprise/personal disappointment since Miller’s previous two films, Capote and Moneyball (which were both nominated for Best Picture), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Although Foxcatcher hasn’t been officially announced for Cannes, I trust Hitfix’s reporting, and I’ll just have to wait patiently for the movie to premiere stateside.  The full Cannes line-up will be announced on April 17th.

Oscar Beat: 10 Films That Could End Up in the 2015 Awards Race

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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.

Sony Pictures Classics Delays Awards Favorite FOXCATCHER to 2014 to Give Bennett Miller Time to Finish the Film

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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.

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.]

Oscar Beat: Fall Festival Postmortem; 12 YEARS A SLAVE Emerges as Strong Early Frontrunner

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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.

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.

SAVING MR. BANKS to Open AFI Fest; FOXCATCHER Set for World Premiere

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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.

Oscar Beat: A Way Too Early Glimpse at the Best Picture Field – Part 1

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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.

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.

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.

Alfonso Cuaron’s GRAVITY, Paul Greengrass’ CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, and More Likely Candidates to Play at this Year’s Venice Film Festival

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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 GreengrassCaptain 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.

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