Normal Heart Teaser

It’s just a week after the AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club won a set of Oscars, including two of the four top acting honors. So now is a good time to release a trailer for another AIDS drama. In this case, the film is The Normal Heart, directed by Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story) and based on the acclaimed play by Larry Kramer.

Mark Ruffalo stars with Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts in a story about the early days of the AIDS outbreak in New York City as activists and victims attempt to get the city and population at large to recognize the serious nature of the new disease. HBO will air the film in the spring, but you can see the first Normal Heart teaser trailer now. Read More »

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With Mark Ruffalo moonlighting as a superhero these days, it’s easy to forget he’s one of the best actors currently working. Infinitely Polar Bear, written and directed by newcomer Maya Forbes, not only serves as a reminder of Ruffalo’s chops, it’s arguably his finest performance to date. He plays Cameron, a bipolar father of two, who is forced to solely care for the kids when his estranged wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) goes to graduate school hoping to improve the family’s financial situation.

So you’ve got a bipolar man, barely able to keep himself together, forced to take care of two young girls when their African-American mom goes away hoping to get a white-collar job… in 1978 Boston. Yes, Infinitely Polar Bear is weighty with issues of race, economics, and gender, but Forbes deals with them carefully and thoughtfully in a hilarious, heartwarming film. Read More »

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Has Joss Whedon finished the script for Avengers: Age of Ultron? Which superhero did Mads Mikkelsen audition for? What will the Ant-Man costume look like? Is Ben Affleck bulking up for Batman vs. Superman too soon? Did Chris Pratt read the Guardians of the Galaxy script before signing on? What does Mondo’s latest Watchmen poster look like? Which characters are joining Marvel Universe Live? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Bennett Miller’s ‘Foxcatcher’ Delayed Until 2014

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We took our first peek at some footage from Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher yesterday, but it may be some time yet before we get to see the rest of it. Sony Pictures Classic has just delayed the fact-based drama to 2014, pulling it out of contention for the upcoming Oscar race. Hit the jump to find out why.

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If Michael Scott had one defining characteristic on The Office, it was his bottomless need to be loved. Not content with just being the boss, he insisted that his employees treat him as a close confident, a best friend, or even a family member.

That same neediness appears in Carell’s next film, Foxcatcher, only it’s pushed to disturbing new heights. Directed by Bennett Miller, the drama depicts the shocking true tale of chemical heir John du Pont (Carell), who takes an Olympic wrestler (Channing Tatum) under his wing. “A coach is a father. A coach is a mentor. A coach has great power on the athlete’s life,” he intones ominously. Mark Ruffalo also stars, as Tatum’s brother. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Kevin Feige may be done making big announcements until 2014, but that doesn’t mean he can’t drop a few hints between now and then. The Marvel Studios head reportedly has things planned out (albeit tentatively) through about 2021, and during an interview at D23 he offered some clues about what he has in store.

Among other things, Feige promises we’ll see more of the Hulk and Hawkeye. One hero we won’t see pop up in the MCU, however, is Namor the Sub-Mariner. As Feige points out, Universal currently holds the rights to that particular sea creature. Hit the jump to read his comments.

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Thanks for Sharing

In The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo played a seemingly mild-mannered man waging a constant internal battle against his predilection for anger. In the upcoming Thanks for Sharing, he plays a guy who’s a lot like that, only he’s fighting sex addition, not anger issues. And Pepper Potts — I’m sorry, Gwyneth Paltrow — is along for the ride.

Adam (Ruffalo) is five years sex-sober when he meets and falls for beautiful Phoebe (Paltrow). Encouraged by his pals at the sex-addiction group (including Tim Robbins), he pursues a relationship with her, struggling to maintain a healthy romance without spiraling into self-destructive behavior.

Thanks for Sharing was directed by The Kids Are All Right scribe Stuart Blumberg, so it’s no surprise that there’s a sweet, honest feel to the proceedings. Check out the new trailer after the jump.

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Bennett Miller

Briefly: One of the year’s most highly anticipated films that had been still waiting for a release date has just officially entered the awards race. It’s Foxcatcher, the true story of an Olympic wrestler whose brother was murdered by a mentally unstable millionaire. Bennett Miller, whose films Capote and Moneyball were both nominated for Best Picture Oscars, is at the helm.

This time, his cast includes Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell. Sony Pictures Classics will handle distribution instead of Columbia Pictures and release the movie on December 20. [THR]

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