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After he publicly excoriated the film, Foxcatcher main character, Mark Schultz now seems to be more accepting of the film, expressing love and adulation. What brought about this 180 degree turn?
Thanks to the fact that 2014 was such a brilliant year for film, practically every Academy Award category this year can be seen as a tight race Ė but there is one that really stands above them all. The crop of Best Actor candidates this year was absolutely incredible, to the point where you almost wish they changed the rules to allow 10 nominations instead of the normal five.
Now that the dust has settled and all of the results are in, itís time to look at the big winners and losers of this yearís Golden Globes. Who or what gained the most momentum? Who or what lost the most? Read on to find out!
And the Foxcatcher fiasco continues. Warner Bros. had to publicly apologize to Sony, the studio behind Foxcatcher, after one of its employees slammed the film over Twitter.
The Producers Guild Association is the latest group to drop its selection for the best of 2014, and those of us tracking each step of the Oscar marathon found more than enough interesting elements to single out.
It was only a few months ago during the New York Film Festival that Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller said there was virtually no opposition from any of his film's subjects to telling this story. He spoke a bit prematurely, as the real-like Mark Schultz aggressively denounced his portrayal in the film.
SPOILER ALERT: The following article contains light spoilers for Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher. If you haven't seen the film and don't wish to be spoiled, please click over to another one of our wonderful articles.
Foxcatcher is in theaters now, and is earning raves for Millerís direction, as well as for the acting performances of the three male leads Ė Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo. Could this controversy start to damage the filmís reputation? Or is it all a massive misunderstanding?
This supercut of 2014's best shots of cinematography might just leave you with stars in your eyes. Check out what one editor thought was the best of the best after the jump.
2014 wonít go down as the greatest year in the history of Hollywood, but it had a lot of damn good movies. Some of them were big budget, some of them were made on shoestrings. In a way, thatís the great thing about Hollywood.
After much agonizing, rank swapping, and last-minute screening squeeze-ins, I am ready to reveal my Top 10 for 2014 - and itís a list of movies that made me feel hundreds of kinds of emotions throughout the year and that I plan to watch many times again in the future.
A number of films moved up and down the Awards Blend charts as we sailed past Christmas. As of Friday, December 26, hereís where I think our major contenders stand.
All lists are subjective, and Iím sure we will disagree on certain selections. But these are the films that moved me most, the ones that either hit with the largest impact or stuck with the greatest intensity.
Iím legitimately comforted by the fact that the ultra-serious dude from Foxcatcher -- the guy who appears like he could snap my neck like a twig Ė sends hilariously pompous emails to his friends and colleagues when heís experiencing a true upbeat moment in his professional life.
The CCMAs are selected by critics, and have no direct influence on the Oscars. But as I mentioned in the last episode of Awards Blend (our weekly Oscar podcast), recognition by groups like SAG and the BFCA only help a filmís Oscar campaign, and an omission by a key organization like the BFCA can damage a campaign (or, at the very least, set it back).
Someoneís going to be left out in the cold. Several very talented and deserving people, in fact. Thereís no avoiding it. There are simply too many talented actors vying for five Best Actor slots this year, so on the morning of the Oscar nominations, there could be as many as 10 worthy performers looking at the five nominees and wondering why they arenít in that exclusive group.
Ladies and gentlemen it is time once again to heap praise on the internet for perfectly mashing together two movies that have pretty much got nothing in common. Except for the word "Fox." Take a gander below at the first, and probably last, trailer for The Fantastic Mr. Foxcatcher.
This is the first time weíre going on record with official Oscar predictions, breaking films down into Frontrunners, Contenders, Dark Horses and Longshots. We still have a number of films left to screen between now and the end of the year. To date, hereís where I think all of the top films stand.
This year may find Channing Tatum in the in his very fist Oscar campaign. The actor's performance in Bennett Miller's upcoming sports drama Foxcatcher has been earning rave reviews, and while most of us haven't had the chance to actually see the movie yet, his passion and intensity getting into the role is very much apparent in this newly revealed behind the scenes story.
Hollywood is always trying to figure out the best time to release an Oscar hopeful. But after a film has tested the waters of the film festival circuit, what is the point of holding it back from an interested audience?
I could dig, analyze and appreciate Foxcatcher for years. All of that being said, Foxcatcher is remarkable. It is a stirring thesis about how wealthy power brokers manipulate situations, and how those without influence are seduced.
Between these four fests, cinephiles and critics will have a chance to preview titles that are sure to be the most talked about of award season. We've sorted through the buzz of Telluride, Venice, TIFF and NYFF to distill what five movies you must see to stay in the conversation this year.
Iím in Toronto once again, covering my eighth consecutive TIFF. Itís always a thrill to be at the center of the fest, but I know (from experience) how overwhelming it can be. So I jumped on a podcast with my great friend and colleague Erik Davis of Movies.com to preview the 10 films that we can not wait to see in Toronto.
There is a tremendous amount of buzz surrounding Steve Carellís upcoming performance in Foxcatcher. In fact, the actor is expected to be a major force this awards season. He is, by all accounts, great in the film.
The flashier names are familiar to anyone who followed Cannes this year. Bennett Miller's murder mystery Foxcatcher will be a part of the fest, as will Alice Rohrwacher's The Wonders and Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner.