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Fact-Checking the Film: 'Foxcatcher'

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Oscar season is here, which means a flurry of fact-based movies are on their way to theaters. EW is fact-checking these films—everything from The Theory of Everything to Wild—to see just how true-to-life they turned out. READ FULL STORY

Back to the drawing board: Do movies with delayed release dates fare better?

Foxcatcher, the upcoming biographical film starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum, hits select theaters Friday and is the subject of quite a bit of awards-season talk. The reviews, so far, are mostly positive, and Carell and Tatum’s performances have been called career-changing, even their best yet. But would it be in this same position if it had come out on its original release date, December 2013?

Probably not. Director Bennett Miller pushed back the release date so he could have more time to work on the film, meaning he wasn’t happy with it—and meaning audiences probably wouldn’t be that happy with it, either. But now, a little less than a year later, Foxcatcher is coming out and receiving widespread praise, perhaps thanks to that delay.

Foxcatcher is just one of many movies that changed their original release date, either because of creative reasons or production-related issues. Here are eight more films that came out later than expected—and whether or not they were worth the wait.
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'Boyhood' leads Gotham Awards nominations

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood was nominated for four Gotham Independent Film Awards, including a nod for Best Feature. Also competing for best picture are Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Love Is Strange, and Under the Skin.

While the Gothams celebrate only independent film, they are one of the first notable—if not the most reliable predictor—year-end movie awards. Last year, the Gothams rewarded Inside Llewyn Davis and Short Term 12‘s Brie Larson, in addition to Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyer’s Club.

Boyhood was also recognized for Ethan Hawke in the Best Actor category, Patricia Arquette in Best Actress, and Ellar Coltrane in Breakthrough Actor.

The Gotham’s nominating committee for the Best Actor category—of which EW‘s Mark Harris was a member—voted to award a joint Special Jury Award to the three leading actors in Foxcatcher—Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum. Their film’s director, Bennett Miller, will also receive one of three Gotham Award Tributes, along with Tilda Swinton and Netflix’s Ted Sarandos.

The Gotham Awards ceremony will be held Dec. 1.

View the complete list of nominees below. READ FULL STORY

Watch Channing Tatum and 'father' Steve Carell in the 'Foxcatcher' trailer

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In the new trailer for Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, Channing Tatum’s Mark Schultz says, “I spend my lifetime looking for a father, and I have found one in John du Pont.”  READ FULL STORY

Steve Carell gives America hope in new 'Foxcatcher' trailer

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Yet another unnerving trailer for Oscar hopeful Foxcatcher has arrived, and this time it focuses primarily on Steve Carell’s John du Pont and the lofty goals he has for wrestler Mark Schultz, played by Channing Tatum. Bennett Miller’s already acclaimed film hones in on the relationship between the wealthy du Pont and Schultz, whose brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo, in the film) du Pont would ultimately murder. Given the real life outcome of du Pont’s story, the defiant dialogue in this trailer has an eerie quality. “I am leading men, I am training them, I am teaching them, I am giving them a dream, and I am giving America hope,” du Pont says as a militaristic drumbeat plays.

Both Carell and Tatum, who buck public perceptions of their respective images in the movie, wowed critics when the film premiered at Cannes, and both have choruses of Oscar buzz that will likely only grow as the films screens at more festivals. It will hit Telluride, Toronto and New York in the coming months.

See Steve Carell in this 'creepy' poster for 'Foxcatcher'

Despite playing the American version of the world’s worst boss on The Office for seven seasons, Steve Carell has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most affable and generous professionals in entertainment. It’s that perception that makes his portrayal of blue-blooded Olympic benefactor—and deranged murderer—John du Pont in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher so effectively unsettling, and it certainly contributed to the film’s ecstatic critical reception at May’s Cannes Film Festival. More than two months before Foxcatcher‘s Nov. 14 release date, Carell is already on the short list of contenders for a Best Actor Academy Award.

Perhaps Carell wasn’t the obvious choice to play du Pont, who was psychologically unraveling when he inexplicably gunned down an Olympic wrestler in 1996. But Miller, who memorably cast Jonah Hill in Moneyball, saw an advantage in playing with Carell‘s public persona. “That it’s not obvious was part of the reason why it was right,” Miller says, “because who we think [du Pont] is and who he turns out to be are very different things. I think some of the more obvious choices would have not worked, because right off the bat, you would put them in a category. But having spoken to Steve about the story and a little bit about life, it just felt like one of those opportunities that would permit him to reveal an aspect of himself and hitherto unrevealed talents that he had. It was an occasion to arise to for him. I remember feeling, ‘Well, if it could work with him, there really is nobody better suited to it.’” READ FULL STORY

'Foxcatcher,' 'Mr. Turner,' and 'Whiplash' join New York Film Festival lineup

The New York Film Festival announced its Main Slate selection of films today, revealing the 27 movies that will join gala screenings of Gone Girl, Inherent Vice, and Birdman when the 52nd festival begins on Sept. 26. The list includes honored films from Cannes, including Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, David Cronenberg’s Map to the Stars, and Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, as well as Sundance’s big winner, Whiplash.

“In this year’s lineup, we have great big films alongside films made on the most intimate scale, personal epics and intricately constructed chamber pieces, films of great serenity and films that leave you dazed, first films and last films, all equally vivid, alive, and essential,” said Kent Jones, the festival director, in a statement. “Taken altogether, this year’s Main Slate reminds me, all over again, why I love the cinema so much, and it will do the same for you.” READ FULL STORY

Steve Carell stuns Cannes audiences in 'Foxcatcher'

Looks like we’ve got ourselves a contender. If the reviews out of the Cannes Film Festival are any indication, primarily comedic actor Steve Carell should demand to be taken a lot more seriously from now on. The actor’s turn as sociopathic multimillionaire John DuPont in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher is earning rave reviews.

Indiewire’s Jessica Kiang was particularly effusive over the unrecognizable performance where Carell is fitted with a prosthetic nose and a wheezy, stilted voice, writing: “Carell is the revelation that everyone has suggested in the role, and then some: vocally, physically and psychologically he is not just unrecognizable, he simply is a different man, and a man whose tragic flaw (cursed to wield great wealth and influence with no shred of greatness to justify it) is the entire story of this film. It’s seldom we’ve ever witnessed such a total erasure of self in a role, and it deserves to win him everything, everywhere.”

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Todd McCarthy adds, “From the beginning, you can’t take your eyes off Carell; as if by some secret alchemy, the actor makes you believe that his character is an entirely uncharismatic man while delivering a completely charismatic performance.”

Carell plays an oddly-sheltered multimillionaire who invites wrestler Mark Shulz (Channing Tatum), the overlooked younger brother to Mark Ruffalo’s Olympian Dave Shulz, to live and train as part of the U.S. wrestling team prepping for the 1988 Olympics at his remote compound near Valley Forge. The initial paternalistic relationship turns sinister. READ FULL STORY

'Foxcatcher': Channing Tatum and Steve Carell meet in new clip -- VIDEO

Steve Carell plays a murderer in the film Foxcatcher with the help of a prosthetic nose and lots of aging makeup. Lots

In a new clip from the film, which was supposed to be released in 2013 but was postponed, Carell’s John DuPont is shown meeting wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) for the very first time. Things are sure to turn dark after this meeting: Foxcatcher is based on the true story of John DuPont, who befriended brothers Mark and David (Mark Ruffalo) before killing David and later dying in prison.

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'Foxcatcher' pins down November release date

Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller’s drama about disturbed multimillionaire John du Pont and his ill-fated relationship with Olympic-wrestling brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, will open in theaters Nov. 14. The film, which originally was slated for a 2013 release, will premiere at next month’s Cannes Film Festival. READ FULL STORY

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