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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.
As expected, TIFF (as Torontoís summarily dubbed) unveiled a healthy slate of programming in its first initial announcement, part of the run up to this yearís robust film festival. (The dates of the 2014 Toronto Fest are Sept. 4 to 14, and we will be on the ground covering every inch of the festival, per usual.)
Foxcatcher is coming, and Jesus, does it look dark. This true-life drama tells the story of an ambitious wrestling prodigy, Mark Schultz, who gets involved with a shady millionaire, John Du Pont (Steve Carell). If you're familiar with the real story, you know where this is all headed, and it's not pretty. But, being a trailer, this clip assumes you're not. And even though the basic plot developments make sense in an A-to-B progression sort of way, this feels like a clip for a movie that will be entirely unpredictable.
It was just a couple weeks ago that Channing Tatum was back in theaters once again playing the mentally deficient Officer Greg Jenko and stirring up laughs in Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 22 Jump Street. His second live action film of 2014, as you can see from the brand new poster you see above, won't be quite as smile-inducing.
The film tracks the relationships developed between a hotelier in Anatolia and the relationships he has with people he disdains. This win occurred on the 100th anniversary of the birth of Turkish cinema, and is one of Ceylan's many honors at the fest: previously, he won the Gran Prix (basically second place) for Distant and the moody, funny Once Upon A Time In Anatolia.
Not familiar with Foxcatcher? In the film, Steve Carell plays schizophrenic American mogul John DuPont, who enters into a deadly standoff with former Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) after DuPont murders Schultzís brother (played by Mark Ruffalo).
Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher was one of two films that was bumped from Sony's awards season slate last year. Judging by the first clip we've seen from the film, not only was it a mistake not to have run this film in last year's contest, it looks infinitely more compelling than its brother in delayed release woe, The Monuments Men. While star Steve Carell has shown dramatic promise before, this looks like it's a ticket to a surefire Oscar nomination.
The festival will open with Olivier Dahan's Grace Of Monaco, though there's no shortage of auteirist works as well. Former Grand Prix winner Atom Egoyan returns with Ryan Reynolds-starrer The Captive while Jean-Luc Godard presents his newest late-career project, the winkingly-titled Goodbye To Language, which will be presented in 3D.
There's a barrage of high-profile projects coming out in the next 10 months that can qualify for the Academy Awards, but which 10 features do we feel are fighting fit for Oscar?
IndieWire reports Miller and the producers are pushing the planned December release of Foxcatcher off until 2014. This is the point in which I jump up and down, beating my chest, yelling, ďAre you kidding me?Ē Luckily, Sony Pictures wisely released the filmís first trailer and gave us something to bide our time with, and boy is it a doozy.
Based on a harrowing true story, Tatum stars as Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler Mark Schultz, who is desperate to find a way to come out from beneath the shadow of his brother Dave Schultz (Ruffalo), also an Olympic wrestler. Mark believes that he has a chance to do this when he meets du Pont, an eccentric multi-millionaire who offers Mark the chance to move in with him and train for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.
I've had my eye on Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher for ages, and for a lot of the obvious Oscar-baity reasons. It's the follow-up film from the director of Moneyball and Capote, and tells another true story with a tinge of murder, about how the heir to a massive fortune came to sponsor a wrestling team and eventually murder one of the players. And, as you might expect from the guy who made Moneyball, Foxcatcher has a fantastic cast in place to draw you in
It sounds a drastic shift for Miller, though Capote was a true-crime drama-thriller driven by elaborate characters and top-shelf acting. Carell and Ruffalo certainly is capable of soul-searching performances. The wild card will be Tatum, who absolutely has grown and matured as an actor.
Given that Columbia Pictures-- a.k.a. Sony-- was behind the successful and Oscar-lauded Moneyball, it makes sense that they would want to continue being in business with director Bennett Miller. So it's not especially surprising to learn that Sony has picked up the distribution rights to Miller's next film, Foxcatcher