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'Foxcatcher' Gets Award Season November Release

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood April 23, 2014 at 11:49AM

Sony Pictures Classics will release Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" on November 14, a full year after it was scheduled to open at the AFI Film Festival 2013. Michael Barker and Tom Bernard pulled the film from that festival; it's now heading to screen in competition at Cannes. It's a big deal to be anointed a full-fledged auteur your first time playing that festival.
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Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in 'Foxcatcher.'
Steve Carell and Channing Tatum in 'Foxcatcher.'

Sony Pictures Classics will release Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" on November 14, a full year after it was scheduled to open at the AFI Film Festival 2013. Michael Barker and Tom Bernard pulled the film from that festival; it's now heading to screen in competition at Cannes. It's a big deal to be anointed a full-fledged auteur your first time playing at Cannes, which tends to throw newcomers ("The Cruise," "Capote" and "Moneyball" did not play the festival) into Un Certain Regard or the Quinzaine (Directors Fortnight). 

The anticipated awards contender, backed by billionaire Larry Ellison scion Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures, is co-financed by Sony. Miller worked with Sony motion picture chairman Amy Pascal on the Oscar-nominated "Moneyball."  E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman (Miller's "Capote" adapted a true story long-in-development by Miller. John du Pont, a multimillionaire and paranoid schizophrenic, built a wrestling training facility named Foxcatcher on his personal estate in Pennsylvania. In 1996, Du Pont murdered a longtime friend and Olympic gold medal winning wrestler whom he was convinced was part of a conspiracy to kill him. Steve Carell plays Du Pont, in a return to the darker side (he played suicidal Proust scholar in "Little Miss Sunshine"), while an unrecognizable Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum play brother wrestlers. Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall co-star.

Annapurna has backed a number of class-act pictures and Oscar contenders ("The Master," "Zero Dark Thirty," "Her," "American Hustle"). So far so good. Now Ellison is developing a TV series about Hollywood emigres Garbo and Dietrich and their lovers. 

This article is related to: Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics, Sony Pictures Classics, Sony Pictures, Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, Awards, Awards


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.