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Cannes Review: Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher' Starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo & Vanessa Redgrave

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 19, 2014 6:31 AM
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Director Bennett Miller has already proven that he has the uncanny ability to spin exquisite, immersive, intelligent stories from material that on paper might not seem so appealing—we’ll still never quite get to the bottom of why “Moneyball,” a film about baseball sabermetrics should be so rich and engaging. But with "Foxcatcher," he has outdone himself, turning his uniquely meticulous eye to a tiny story in a totally rarefied, specific environment and through whatever alchemy he has perfected, created something so universal and resonant that it feels epic, sprawling, almost ancient in its mythic overtones. “Foxcatcher” is an enormous film.

Watch: First Clip From Bennett Miller's Cannes Drama 'Foxcatcher' Starring Channing Tatum & Steve Carell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 16, 2014 10:02 AM
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Originally slated to be released last fall, Sony Pictures Classics yanked "Foxcatcher" from the schedule soon after the trailer dropped online, citing Bennett Miller's need for more time to finish the film. Well, it's in the can and playing Cannes (sorry), set to premiere in Competition next week. So what was the hold up? A lengthy post-production process.

5 Films About Real-Life Sporting Controversies

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 5, 2013 2:15 PM
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5 Films About Real-Life Sporting Controversies
It will surprise exactly no one to learn that few of us here at the Playlist ever sat at the jocks’ table in high school and only a very few of really count ourselves as major sports fans. However there are aspects of modern sporting culture that, whether or not we find ourselves transfixed by the swing of a bat or the call of a line judge, we can’t avoid becoming caught up in. With sportsmen and women become uber-celebrities off the pitch/field/court/lawn as well as on, there’s an unavoidable tendency to make them into mythic symbols of how talent and application can indeed bring everything our society defines as success: wealth, fame, respect and glory.

Sony Pictures Classics Move 'Foxcatcher' To 2014; Watch The Chilling Teaser Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2013 10:36 PM
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Foxcatcher
To all the prognosticators who have already sat back and considered the awards season over, time to wake up. Bennett Miller, who has gone two-for-two with Best Pictures nominations for "Capote" and "Moneyball," returns with "Foxcatcher" and goddamn if he doesn't look like he's back in top form.

Adjust Your Oscar Predictions: Bennett Miller's 'Foxcatcher' Starring Steve Carell & Channing Tatum Gets Awards Season Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2013 8:13 PM
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Here's another movie to shake up the predictions of Oscar prognosticators. Largely keeping on the down low for most of the year, "Moneyball" director Bennett Miller's wrestling/murder drama "Foxcatcher" is coming out to play with a new studio and release date, marking another movie to keep a firm eye on over the next four months.

Joe Wright A Frontrunner To Direct 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2013 9:45 AM
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Perhaps the trickiest adaptation cooking in Hollywood at the moment is the big screen version of "Fifty Shades Of Grey." Yes, the fan fiction turned erotica bestseller film adaptation will likely increase handcuff sales, but the question is, who should direct? While there has been lots of rumors on the casting front, we've only really heard about Gus Van Sant making a pitch for the gig by shooting a test sex scene with Alex Pettyfer, but a few more names have popped up.

Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2014 Best Director Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 1, 2013 12:23 PM
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In recent years, trying to predict the Oscar nominees in the Best Director category has been especially tricky. In the past, you could just translate over your Best Picture nominees, maybe swap one out for a better-known or showier filmmaker, and you were relatively likely to be correct. But ever since the Academy made the switch to having more than five nominees in the top category it's become more unpredictable, especially if you're trying to make your predictions a year in advance.

Megan Ellison Hates Harvey Weinstein & More: 7 Highlights From The Juicy Vanity Fair Profile On The Annapurna Scion

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 1, 2013 10:00 AM
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Vanity Fair’s 2013 Hollywood issue is kind of the gift that keeps on giving. It not only has an awesome oral history of “Pulp Fiction” (highlights of which you can read here), but it also has some pretty in-depth and juicy profiles. But, the most tantalizing is about Megan Ellison, the 27-year old daughter of the third richest man in the U.S. She’s rumored to have been given a bankroll as large as $2 billion from her Dad on her 25th birthday (though her reps deny the figure), with the movie buff using the amount to help bankroll her slate of films.

5 Directors Who Could Helm The Next James Bond Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 13, 2012 12:20 PM
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Even by the standards of the second most successful franchise in cinema history, "Skyfall" is doing extraordinarily well. The 23rd James Bond film, which has picked up some of the best reviews in the history of the franchise, has topped off an amazing couple of weeks at the box office with a $90 million opening weekend in the U.S., bringing it to over $500 million worldwide in only 17 days. By next weekend, it will easily have overtaken "Casino Royale" to be the franchise's top worldwide grosser, and could be on course to be the first billion-dollar Bond.

Watch: Penelope Cruz Is Super Mario In New Ad For Nintendo 3DS; Bennett Miller Directed M&Ms Commercial

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2012 12:29 PM
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Well, here are two talents lending their skills to two products in a couple of surprising ads. Video games and chocolate candy will never be the same.

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