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Foxcatcher will Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, September 8 at 6:00PM. Mark is also expected to attend the festival.
When we first meet Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), he’s already on the far side of his career peak. Since winning the gold at the 1984 Olympics, his life has been reduced to a lonesome routine of training, enlivened only by the occasional speaking engagement. When Mark is invited by John du Pont (Steve Carrell) to join the US team preparing for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, he asks his brother to take part, but the smarter, more seasoned Dave (Mark Ruffalo, also appearing at the Festival in Infinitely Polar Bear) refuses to uproot his family for the sake of glories already achieved.
Mark moves to du Pont’s sprawling estate and becomes enveloped in a cocoon of wealth and eccentricity. Gun-loving, self-aggrandizing, and fiercely patriotic, du Pont spoils Mark with gifts and praise, even while pushing his limits with relentless training. Dave is eventually coaxed into joining Mark on “Team Foxcatcher,” but there is something disquieting about du Pont’s generosity. As they near a triumph at the Seoul Olympics, Mark’s pent-up rage threatens to collide with du Pont’s fevered paranoia, and the combination is disastrous.
A 3-D film by Jean-Luc Godard, a hotly anticipated wrestling thriller by Bennett Miller and new works by the seasoned directors David Cronenberg and Mike Leigh are among the 30 films that will make up the main slate of this year’s New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Wednesday.
Along with Mr. Godard’s “Goodbye to Language,” his 39th feature film, and Mr. Miller’s “Foxcatcher,” about a schizophrenic coach, the 52nd annual festival will show Mr. Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars,” starring Julianne Moore, and Mr. Leigh’s “Mr. Turner,” about the English artist J.M.W. Turner. All four works won awards at the Cannes Film Festival this year.
Additional titles include “The Wonders,” an Italian film about a family of beekeepers that won the director, Alice Rohrwacher, the Grand Prix at Cannes, and “Whiplash,” by Damien Chazelle, which looks at the struggles of a young musician and collected the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The festival will also show the United States premiere of “Time Out of Mind” by Oren Moverman, who directed “The Messenger” and wrote “Jesus Son” and “I’m Not There.”
As previously announced, the festival will open with the world premiere of David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” based on the best-selling book by Gillian Flynn, and close with “Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance,” starring Michael Keaton.
Its centerpiece film, “Inherent Vice” – described by Kent Jones, director of the New York Film Festival as “a phantasmagorical journey through the past” – was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and is based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon.
The festival runs Sept. 26 to Oct. 12. A full list of the main slate films is here.
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci are all in talks to star in Tom McCarthy’s “Spotlight,” which follows the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe journalists who exposed the Catholic Church’s decades-long cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts, multiple individuals familiar with the prestige project have told TheWrap.
Ruffalo is nearing a deal to play Michael Rezendes, while Rachel McAdams is being eyed for the female lead of Sacha Pfeiffer. McAdams has an official offer, though she has not started formal negotiations yet.
Liev Schreiber and Aaron Eckhart are also circling key roles in the ensemble drama, which McCarthy co-wrote with Josh Singer (“The West Wing”).
Participant Media is financing the project, which is being produced by Anonymous Content and Rocklin/Faust. Open Road has come on to handle domestic distribution.
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Steve Golin and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content are producing with Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust. David Mizner, who brought the project to Rocklin/Faust, will consult and serve as an associate producer. Participant Media’s Jonathan King and Jeff Skoll will executive produce with Open Road’s Tom Ortenberg and Peter Lawson.
Producers have secured life rights of the Globe reporters responsible, including Spotlight Team members Rezendes, Pfeiffer and Matt Carroll, Spotlight Team editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Keaton), special projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr. and Globe editor Marty Baron (Schreiber).
When Baron saw an article in the Globe just after starting as editor about a Boston priest who had molested children, he realized a bigger story could lie behind it. He spurred a team of reporters to spend a year interviewing hundreds of victims and poring over thousands of documents.
The Globe team eventually discovered that Cardinal Bernard Law had hidden years of serial abuse by moving guilty priests from one parish to another, where they often abused again.
The team’s articles won them the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for meritorious public service and set off a wave of revelations around the world.
The project was announced in April 2010 and described as being in the vein of the classic journalism movie “All the President’s Men.”
Bradlee Jr. is the son of legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who stood behind Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein when their Watergate reporting was assailed by President Richard Nixon and his White House staff.
Ruffalo and Tucci earned Oscar nominations for their supporting performances in “The Kids Are All Right” and “The Lovely Bones,” respectively.
Ruffalo and Keaton could find themselves in contention for Oscars again this year between “Foxcatcher” and “Birdman.” The duo are both having strong years.
Ruffalo starred in HBO’s “The Normal Heart,” John Carney’s “Begin Again” and the Sundance movie “Infinitely Polar Bear,” and he also reprised his role as the Hulk in Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which hits theaters next year. He’s represented by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
Keaton co-starred in “RoboCop” and “Need for Speed,” while “Birdman” is scheduled to open the Venice Film Festival and close the New York Film Festival. He’s repped by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content.
Tucci has also kept busy, co-starred in “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and the “Hunger Games” sequels, in which he plays Caesar Flickerman. He’s repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.
McAdams can currently be seen opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman in “A Most Wanted Man,” and next year, she’ll share the screen with Bradley Cooper in Cameron Crowe’s Hawaii-set romantic comedy. She’s represented by WME and Magnolia Entertainment.
Few actors bring as much heart to the screen as Mark Ruffalo, and few manage as diverse a career. This summer, he’s in London making “The Avengers” sequel, suiting up again as oversized green superhero the Hulk; meanwhile, the critically praised indie film “Begin Again,” in which he plays a down-on-his-luck music producer, is now in theaters, and he’s just landed his first Emmy nomination for his electrifying and heartbreaking lead performance in the HBO film “The Normal Heart.”
In the HBO movie, adapted from Larry Kramer’s autobiographical 1985 play, Ruffalo plays Ned Weeks, a gay writer and activist determined to raise the alarm about HIV and AIDS in New York City in the early 1980s. Director Ryan Murphy (“American Horror Story”) has cited Ruffalo’s environmental activism (he has been an early leader in the anti-fracking movement) as one of the things that made him perfect for the role. The film, which premiered on HBO in May, landed 16 nominations, including recognition for cast mates Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons, Joe Mantello, Alfred Molina and Julia Roberts. Ruffalo spoke to The Envelope by phone from London.
The Ned Weeks role is incredibly rich — he’s a brother, a lover, a leader, a fighter, a friend. He has so much passion and anger. Too much for his own good, sometimes. Was there a hurdle you had to overcome before you could play all that?
Modulating the anger and bouncing it against the vulnerability — that was the tightrope walk. Making sure you push in a way that’s appropriate for the scene and what’s on the line with those ideas, and taking that as far as you can. He was an agitator by design; he understood that he had to be confrontational. The tendency would be to play that character all one note. I know Ryan was afraid of that. I was less afraid because I’d come from the theater, where it’s a lot easier to make those radical shifts of tone or feeling. What I’m realizing is, as long as you have the same face in the movie [he laughs], you can get away with almost anything. You can go to such extremes, and that’s become more and more interesting to me. This thing takes Ned from goofy to just bitter and angry to vulnerable, from a know-it-all to a know-nothing. To me, that more closely reflects what it is to be human.
You play a key scene with Alfred Molina (as Ben, Ned’s successful older brother) in which you are just begging him to accept you as his equal, regardless of your sexual orientation, and he can’t do it. He will not give in, and he is formidable. What was it like to have to go up against him like that?
It was tough. He’s amazing. It’s like throwing yourself against a 4-foot-thick concrete wall. You can’t get more solid than Alfred Molina. But the language carries you. It’s a beautifully constructed scene. And the subtext is carrying you as well. At one point, I couldn’t get there, and I was experiencing a lot of anger toward myself. And then it just popped. It just kind of broke out of there.
Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Marvel’s Ant-Man stars Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) and Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) discuss their shared admiration of the original Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, after the Marvel Studios Panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2014!