Every generation gets their version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and some of those versions are a little better than others. Sometimes, you get lucky and get to grow up with the wonderful 1951 version starring Alastair Sim or the surprisingly great A Muppet Christmas Carol. Others are cursed to live with 1970’s atrocious Scrooge or Robert Zemeckis’ truly awful 2009 CGI-animated clustercuss starring Jim Carrey.
You can tell a lot about a filmmaker based on what they focus on when they adapt Dickens’ classic novella. Which means I now get to look forward to learning a thing or two about director Bennett Miller and writer Tom Stoppard, the unlikely duo who have been tasked with bringing this iconic story of holiday redemption to the screen for the umpteenth time.
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Following two Best Director Oscar nominations, for Capote and Foxcatcher, Bennett Miller‘s career is in the toilet. Really. He’s the director behind a new series of commercials for Quilted Northern, the toilet paper that supposedly “works so well, people can forget their bathroom experience.” Too bad the various toys, knick-knacks, and wallpaper designs who are watching the bathroom experience aren’t so lucky.
Watch the Bennett Miller toilet paper ads after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
It may be a while yet before the new Ragin’ Cajun makes his big-screen debut. Although Gambit is rumored to appear in X-Men: Apocalypse, new comments from actor Channing Tatum suggest otherwise.
Meanwhile, the Gambit standalone movie is still looking for a director. Rumor has it a few big name directors have been approached already, including Bennett Miller and Darren Aronofsky. More on the Gambit director search and the possible Gambit X-Men Apocalypse cameo after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 12th, 2014 by Angie Han
The ’90s were a special time for George Clooney. That was when he broke through on TV with ER, and then transitioned into movies with projects like From Dusk Til Dawn. Now he’s set to return to television, and to that decade, with a brand-new show about ’90s showbiz.
Clooney is teaming with Rescue Me creator Peter Tolan and director Bennett Miller on the project, described as a dark comedy. Get all the details on the George Clooney TV show after the jump. Read More »
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Here’s a new trailer for Bennett Miller‘s new film Foxcatcher before it hits theaters in November. Previous looks at the film have been brief, and little more than shadowy glimpses at the story of a rich man (Steve Carell) who opens a state of the art facility in a bid to train wrestlers for the US Olympic team. This time we get just a bit more story as we see a young wrestling hopeful (Channing Tatum) ally himself with Carell’s potentially unstable character in order to step out from the shadow of the success of his older brother (Mark Ruffalo). Check out what could be the final Foxcatcher trailer below. Read More »
Here’s another terrific new Foxcatcher teaser. Bennett Miller‘s new film is based on a true story about a wealthy guy (Steve Carell) who builds a facility to train wrestlers in the hope of winning gold at the 1988 Olympics. The wrestler he pinned his hopes upon, played here by Channing Tatum, was the younger brother of a more successful grappler, played by Mark Ruffalo. And it seems like the younger guy had some problems. In fact, it seems like a couple people have problems. We’ll leave it at that.
The marketing push for the movie so far has been all about setting up broken characters and some really heavy atmosphere, and this new Foxcatcher teaser continues in that mode. There’s little hint of where the story goes, but based on the way this teaser is cut, you know it won’t end well. Read More »
In this new Foxcatcher trailer, we see Channing Tatum as a wrestler who is obsessed with the idea of winning Olympic gold. But his talk of taking home the prize could almost be read like a speech from Tatum about putting in the work to win an Oscar. And if the glowing Cannes reviews are any indication, this new movie from Moneyball director Bennett Miller could be just as impressive as the first footage makes it out to be.
This trailer is deeply intense and grimly foreboding as Tatum squirms under the calculating eye of Steve Carell. Mark Ruffalo observes, playing the brother of Channing’s character. Tatum is downright scary here, and Carell looks like he’s playing a guy that could stare down Hannibal Lecter. This adaptation of a true story is more than just a sports drama, but Sony isn’t giving away too much just yet. Check out the trailer below.
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Posted on Monday, May 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s far too early to throw around phrases like “best of the year.” But it’s not too early for the phrase “best of Cannes,” and superlative reviews for Foxcatcher suggest that the Bennett Miller drama has already earned that label.
Steve Carell reportedly puts in a career-changing performance as eccentric millionaire John du Pont, who becomes the benefactor to two American wrestlers — brothers Dave (Mark Ruffalo) and Mark Schulz (Channing Tatum). The real-life tragedy that took place between them makes for a sensational story, but Foxcatcher, by all accounts, is more of a slow burn, and all the better for it.
Hit the jump to get the Foxcatcher early buzz, plus a new teaser.
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Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher was supposed to be a contender during the last awards season, but then Sony Pictures Classics yanked it off the calendar to give the filmmakers more time. So it’s opening this fall instead, and now the first Foxcatcher clip has arrived to show off the fruits of their labor.
Steve Carell stars as John du Pont, real-life heir to the DuPont chemical fortune, who takes a world-class wrestler named Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) under his wing. Their relationship becomes twisted as du Pont manipulates the younger man and displays increasingly erratic behavior. Mark Ruffalo plays Schultz’s brother Dave, also a wrestler. Watch the Foxcatcher clip after the jump.
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Bennett Miller has directed two movies and both have been nominated for Best Picture. He’ll go for the three-peat this year with Foxcatcher. The true story starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell was originally scheduled for release last December, but was delayed. Now Sony Pictures Classic and Annapurna have set the film for a November 14 release following a world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Read More »