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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.

Steve Carell replaces Zach Galifianakis in 'Freeheld'

Peter Sollett’s upcoming drama Freeheld is switching out one comedian for another, as Steve Carell is set to take over for a role previously filled by Zach Galifiankis.

Deadline reports that Carell will play Steven Goldstein in the film, which is based on a 2007 documentary of the same name. The documentary follows Laurel Hester’s battle against the New Jersey’s Domestic Partnership Act. Hester sought to amend the act in an effort to grant pension benefits to her domestic partner Stacie Andree. Carell’s character Goldstein, founder of the civil rights organization Garden State Equality, was a proponent for the cause.

The film also stars Ellen Page and Carell’s former Crazy, Stupid, Love co-star Julianne Moore. Freeheld has no release date yet, but Carell can next be seen taking a more dramatic turn in the buzzed-about Foxcatcher.

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

'Winter Sleep' wins the Palme d'Or at Cannes

The top award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival has gone to Winter Sleep, an epic-length family drama directed by Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

A jury including Gael Garcia Bernal, Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe, and Nicolas Winding Refn selected the winners from the 18 films in competition. Prizes were handed out during Saturday night’s closing ceremony.

Ceylan dedicated the award to “the young people in Turkey and those who lost their lives in the last year,” referring to a coal mine accident that killed 301 workers.

Italian director Alice Rohrwacher took home the runner-up Grand Prix prize for the coming of age story The Wonders. 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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'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' trailer: That title really says it all

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Judith Viorst’s classic picture book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day tells the tale of a five-year-old ginger who endures 24 hours of nonstop catastrophe. He goes to sleep with gum in his mouth and wakes up with gum in his hair; he fails to snag an awesome cereal box prize; at school, he’s chastised for forgetting about the number 16. (These things all count as disasters when you’re five.)

Disney’s upcoming film adaptation of the book retains Alexander and the book’s bad-day premise — but it also ages up Viorst’s protagonist, shifts the story’s focus to the kid’s entire nuclear family (including parents Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner), and, as all contemporary adaptations of beloved books must, adds a few unfortunate modern touches. Always wanted to hear Alexander lisp, “I can’t believe Elliot texted photoshopped pictures of me to the whole school”? Wish granted, whoever you are. Watch the trailer below:

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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

Casting Net: Alison Brie to 'Get Hard' with Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart; Plus, Steve Carell

Mad Men and Community’s Alison Brie has signed on to play Will Ferrell’s fiancee in the Warner Bros. comedy Get Hard. Ferrell stars as an investment banker who is facing prison time and decides to enlist his car washer, played by Kevin Hart (Ride Along), to prepare him for life behind bars. Tropic Thunder co-scribe Etan Cohen is directing the pic for a March 27, 2015 release. Brie can be seen in theaters next in the comedy Search Party (out Sept. 12) alongside Krysten Ritter and Adam Pally. [Deadline]

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Critical Mass: Will 'Anchorman 2' be tonight's top story?

Jacques Clouseau. Frank Drebin. Austin Powers.

Make way for Ron Burgundy on the Mount Rushmore of comic buffoonery.

With Anchorman 2, the legend really does continue. With Will Ferrell back as the bloviating male chauvinist behind the porn mustache, Paul Rudd on the prowl, Steve Carell courting a she-Brick, and David Koechner crossing every friendship boundary, the chemistry that made the 2004 comedy a frat-boy quote machine is intact. In the new film, Ron reunites the news team at GNN, the first 24-hour cable news station, after a very public fall from grace that cost him his job and marriage to Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate). But you can’t keep a good hair-do down who just wants to read the news.

Like the Austin Powers sequels, Anchorman 2 doubles down on what you giggled the longest at in the first film — for better and sometimes worse. As EW’s Chris Nashawaty writes, “If it has a 2 — or, classier yet, a II — in the title, the smart money says that it won’t be as funny as the original. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues doesn’t defy that axiom, but it’s still plenty hilarious in a reheated sort of way.”

Before you head to the theater, click below to see what the leading critics are saying — and which critics shoe-horn the best Anchorman references in their headlines.

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