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How Insane Was the Real-Life Millionaire Murderer at the Center of ‘Foxcatcher’?

In Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher (out this Friday), Steve Carell turns in a haunted and harrowing performance as John E. du Pont, the millionaire heir to the du Pont fortune and amateur wrestling enthusiast who murdered Olympic gold medalist Dave Schultz in 1996. The film is riveting and strange, made all the more fascinating by its “based on a true story” framework. But I’ll confess to a bit of skepticism while watching the film — not about whether it departs from the facts (a line of inquiry that’s beginning to rear its ugly head, predictably enough), but whether gun-toting, coke-snorting, paranoid mama’s boy du Pont was actually that unbalanced or, y’know, dramatic license. But research from the period indicates that, if anything, Miller and his screenwriters went soft on du Pont’s, um, eccentricities. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in November

The year is winding down, prestige picture season is in full swing, and it’s getting increasingly difficult to separate the studio movies from the brainy indies. So we’ve got an even more diverse slate of must-see movies for November, from social and political documentaries to star-driven Oscar hopefuls to clever genre riffs — a little something for everyone to be thankful for this month. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Watch: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer Leaks, Is Bleak, Studio Retaliates with Official Release

Last night, the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron leaked, just after which it was “officially released” by the studio. Plunging into… Read More

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Bennett Miller’s ‘Foxcatcher’: A Mesmerizing Telling of a Bizarre, Tragic, True Tale

Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher is the dark story of a deeply troubled man and a cold-blooded murder, but that’s not what drew the Capote and Moneyball director to the film. “I thought it was funny. Seriously!” he said at the news conference following Friday’s press and media screening for the film, which screens tonight at the New York Film Festival. “The absurdity, the dark comic absurdity of one of the wealthiest men in America bringing a team of wrestlers to his estate to train, where he would become their coach without knowing anything about wrestling… It’s the kind of thing that’s funny till it’s not — and then it’s not funny at all.” … Read More

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The Strange Sexlessness of John Carney’s ‘Begin Again’ and ‘Once’

In John Carney’s charming worldwide hit Once, the redheaded 30-something Irish busker only known as “the guy” finds something deeply romantic and inspiring in a friendship with a teenage Czech immigrant, known as “the girl.” They connect over music — we can all remember the magic that is “Falling Slowly” — and their relationship is freighted with attraction, desire, and need; but it’s never consummated. They remain apart. He gets her a piano and goes back to London. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in July

Last weekend, Transformers: Age of Extinction — Michael Bay’s latest, nearly-three-hour love letter to shit blowing up, orange women in short shorts, and editorial incoherence — grossed $300 million worldwide. In one weekend. If that information, and what it means for the ongoing dumbing-down and sequel-ization of mainstream moviemaking, isn’t enough to get you to the art house this month out of sheer principle, here are a few indie movies worth making the trek for as well. … Read More

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HBO’s ‘The Normal Heart’ Is a Flawed Film — But an Important One

Larry Kramer wouldn’t shut his mouth. It’s probably because of his outspoken nature, the bridges he burned and the politicians he pissed off, that the government’s recognition of the AIDS epidemic — an acknowledgement that didn’t come soon enough — turned what for years was misunderstood as a plague that only affected a small population of unfortunates (i.e., gay men) into a disease that the average American knows does not discriminate based on sexuality or race. Kramer’s work in the early ’80s, both as a founding member of Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the author of the monumental off-Broadway play The Normal Heart (which had its New York premiere in April 1985, nearly 15 months before President Reagan publicly acknowledged the crisis for the first time), was an indelible asset to the early days of HIV/AIDS awareness. As his autobiographical play, now getting the star-studded HBO film treatment, asserts, Kramer’s efforts were, for years, overshadowed by his rabble-rousing and the government’s indifference to the disease that was affecting millions. … Read More

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Watch HBO’s ‘The Normal Heart’ Trailer Starring Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts

The Normal Heart, based on Larry Kramer’s play of the same name and directed by Ryan Murphy, is HBO’s upcoming… Read More

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