TIFF 2014 Line-Up Announced; A LITTLE CHAOS; THE NIGHTCRAWLER; FOXCATCHER; THE EQUALIZER; WHILE WE’RE YOUNG and Many More to Debut

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The Toronto International Film Festival has made the initial announcement for its 2014 line-up.  While there will be more films announced in the near future, we now know who many of the heavy hitters will be.  While the opening night film has yet to be unveiled, the closing night film will be Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, starring Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman and Stanley TucciBennett Miller’s much buzzed about Foxcatcher (featuring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in a great cast that includes Mark Ruffalo and Vanessa Redgrave).  Somewhat unexpected is the announcement of Antoine Fuqua’s 80’s show adaptation The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington and Chloë Grace Moretz.  We’ll also see Adam Sandler trying his hand at another dramatic role (which he is often good at) in Men, Women and Children from director Jason Reitman.  Another pleasant addition is Dan Gilroy’s The Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton.  We’re also getting While We’re Young from Noah Baumbach, I’m a massive fan of his so that makes me happy.

Many more high profile titles were announced today as well.  Hit the jump for the TIFF 2014 Line-up of Galas and Special Presentations.  Please note that there are plenty of other categories that will be announced soon including the full Midnight Madness, Documentary, and Masters line-up so stay tuned.  The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 – 14th.

TOP 5: DELIVER US FROM EVIL, FOXCATCHER Trailer, Saturn Awards, HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 Trailer, Our Most Anticipated Movies: July to September

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This week I rewatched Errol Morris‘ landmark 1988 documentary The Thin Blue Line for the first time in around six years and was reminded of how remarkable it is. Available on Netflix to stream instantly, the film is not only lauded for Morris’ unique use of reenactments and “interrogation” style of interviewing but also because it was the primary catalyst behind Randall Dale Adams having his murder conviction and subsequent life sentence overturned. Morris’ private investigator skills are on full display in the pic as he dismantles the flawed testimony of witnesses that led to Adams’ conviction, culminating in a final taped interview with David Ray Harris that’s as surreal and powerful a conclusion as you’ll find committed to film. I try and avoid using hyperbole as much as possible, and I don’t think I’m overselling it when I say that The Thin Blue Line is among the most important documentaries ever made. If you haven’t already, watch it as soon as possible.

My Netflix recommendation aside, this week’s Top 5 features Deliver Us from Evil interviews with Olivia Munn and more, the fantastic new trailer for Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher, interviews from the 40th annual Saturn Awards, the first trailer for Horrible Bosses 2, and a look at our most anticipated movies from July to September. As you’ve come to expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.

FOXCATCHER Trailer: Channing Tatum Wants to Win a Gold Medal—And Maybe an Oscar

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Sony Pictures Classics has released an intense new Foxcatcher trailer for director Bennett Miller’s (Moneyball, Capote) highly anticipated 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).  While many expected—and got—a standout dramatic performance from Carell when the pic debuted at Cannes, a heavy amount of praise was also heaped on Tatum’s turn as an Olympic-focused wrestler.  Judging by the recent teaser poster and the focus of this fantastic new teaser trailer, Sony will be campaigning for Tatum in addition to Carell during this year’s sure-to-be-competitive awards race.  Though we only see glimpses of Tatum’s performance in this new trailer, it certainly looks to be unlike anything he’s done before.

Hit the jump to watch the new Foxcatcher trailer.  The film also stars Sienna MillerVanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall.  Foxcatcher opens in theaters on November 14th.

Channing Tatum Gets Intense in New FOXCATCHER Poster

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Sony Pictures Classics has released a new Foxcatcher poster for director Bennett Miller’s (Moneyball) highly anticipated 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 excellent debut trailer promised a dark, introspective portrait of the central relationship, and subsequent reviews out of the film’s Cannes premiere were ecstatic.  While the praise for Carell’s performance was somewhat expected, many also singled out Tatum for his work in the film, putting him on track for potential awards recognition.  It’s still too early to tell if he’ll make it all the way to Oscar, but this new teaser poster puts Tatum front and center in heavy make-up.  This one is towards the top of my most anticipated list for the remainder of the year.

Hit the jump to take a look at the new Foxcatcher poster.  The film also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael HallFoxcatcher opens in theaters on November 14th.

Oscar Beat: Early Contenders Arise from Cannes Film Festival

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It seems like only yesterday we were closing out the lengthy and eventful awards season with my 2015 preview installment of Oscar Beat, but the next race is already starting to heat up.  The first awards barometer of each year arrives with the Cannes Film Festival, and the most recent fest is no different.  A number of potential contenders premiered on the Croisette over the past couple of weeks, and after all the standing ovations (and a fair amount of boos), some serious Oscar contenders have emerged.

Hit the jump as I take a look at the post-Cannes Oscar landscape, which includes contenders like Foxcatcher, Mr. TurnerMaps to the Stars, and even a possible Oscar nomination for Channing Tatum.

WINTER SLEEP Wins the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival; FOXCATCHER’s Bennett Miller Takes Best Director

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Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is the winner of the coveted Palme d’Or at the 64th XX Cannes Film Festival for his three-hour twenty-minute film Winter Sleep. The director had fierce competition… with better films – mainly Mr. Turner by Mike Leigh, Mommy by Xavier Dolan, Foxcatcher by Bennett Miller, The Homesman by Tommy Lee Jones and the critically-acclaimed Still the Water by Naomi Kawase.

Alice Rohrwacher‘s Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) won the Grand Prize, while Bennett Miller takes home the best direction Palme for another favorite amongst critics, Foxcatcher. Julianne Moore won the best actress award for her performance as a C-list actress in David Cronenberg‘s Maps to the Stars and Timothy Spall the best actor award for his unforgettable rendition in the title role in Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner.  Hit the jump for more, including the full list of winners.

Early Reviews for Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER Are Ecstatic; First Poster Released

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Bennett Miller’s new film Foxcatcher screened last night at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, and now the first reviews have gone online.  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).  The reactions to the film have been immensely positive with critics citing the film’s incisive look at power and privledge in America.  Those who saw the film also agree that all three performances are terrific.  Naturally, this kind of buzz has ignited Oscar talk, but it’s May.  Let’s wait until the fall season before we start tumbling down that rabbit hole.

Hit the jump to check out snippets from the Foxcatcher reviews along with the first poster.  The film opens on November 14th and also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael Hall.

First Clip from Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo

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The first Foxcatcher clip has been released for director Bennett Miller’s (Moneyball) psychological drama.  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).  After watching this clip, I am even more jealous of the people at Cannes who will get to see the film’s debut.  Carell looks like he’s absolutely disappeared into the role, and not just because of a vocal affectation or makeup, but because he comes off as sinister and creepy.

Hit the jump to watch the Foxcatcher clip.  The film also stars Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, and Anthony Michael HallFoxcatcher will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and opens in theaters on November 14th.

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.]

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