Pawn Sacrifice trailer

Bobby Fischer was a child chess prodigy, the youngest chess grandmaster at the time he was crowned, and eventually the representative of democracy in a politically-charged showdown with Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky that took place in 1972. Bobby Fischer also totally lost it as he aged, becoming a Holocaust denier and anti-Semite, despite his own Jewish heritage.

Pawn Sacrifice features Tobey Maguire as Fischer and Liev Schreiber as Spassky, and is structured in a familiar “slice of history” biopic format that shows us Fischer’s childhood and rise to prominence in the chess world while focusing on his duel with Spassky and his disintegrating mental state. Check out the first Pawn Sacrifice trailer below to see how Maguire plays the renowned and broken champion. Read More »

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Pawn Sacrifice poster

Tobey Maguire plays chess champion Bobby Fischer in the film Pawn Sacrifice, directed by The Last Samurai helmer Ed Zwick. The first real trailer for the film should arrive shortly, given that we’ve got a poster, but for now we’ll have to stick with this debut one-sheet. Fortunately it’s a great image, with Maguire front and center, looking intense and somewhat unhealthy. See the image below.  Read More »

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If you’re not watching the HBO series Veep, you’re missing out on some of the best-written comedy on television right now. The series from In the Loop and Alan Partridge creator and writer Armando Iannucci is hilarious, smart and fires jokes off one right after the other. Therefore, it’ll be interesting to see how he tackles The Death of Stalin, an adaptation of Fabien Nury’s graphic novel of the same name. Read more about the project after the jump! Read More »

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