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Clip, teaser trailer from "Foxcatcher"

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

 

See if you think the Oscar talk for Steve Carell and possibly others is deserving based on this clip and teaser trailer for "Foxcatcher."

Here is the official description:

Based on true events, "Foxcatcher" tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire and two champion wrestlers.

 

When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo).

 

Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz's bid for Gold and the chance to "coach" a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave).

 

Flattered by the attention and entranced by du Pont's majestic world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as a father figure and grows increasingly dependent on him for approval. Though initially supportive, du Pont's mercurial personality turns and he begins to lure Mark into an unhealthy lifestyle that threatens to undermine his training.

 

Soon du Pont's erratic behavior and cruel psychological game-play begin to erode the athlete's already shaky self-esteem. Meanwhile du Pont becomes fixated on Dave, who exudes the confidence both he and Mark lack, knowing that these are things even his money cannot buy. Fueled by du Pont's increasing paranoia and alienation from the brothers, the trio is propelled towards a tragedy no one could have foreseen.

 

"Foxcatcher" is a rich and moving story of brotherly love, misguided loyalty and the corruption and emotional bankruptcy that can accompany great power and wealth. As with Academy Award nominee Bennett Miller's previous feature films, "Capote" and "Moneyball,"  he explores large themes in society through his complex character portraits of real people

 

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Tweedy will have backing band at TRAF; solo debut coming

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tweedyThe listing made it look like the Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy might be opening the Three Rivers Arts Festival by himself in Point State Park with acoustic guitar in hand, as Kris Kristofferson did (rather unsuccessfully) a few years back.

But now the other shoe has dropped and we learn that Tweedy's solo tour, with a band that includes his song Spencer, is the build-up to him releasing his debut solo album.

The band also features guitarist Jim Elkington (The Horse's Ha, Eleventh Dream Day), bassist Darin Gray (Dazzling Killmen) and keyboardist Liam Cunningham.

Pittsburgh will be the second night of a 16-date tour that opens June 5 at Detroit's Masonic Temple and closes at the Newport Folk Festival.

According to his label, dBpm, "Concerts will be loosely staged in at least two parts: the band performing songs from a soon-to-be-released Jeff Tweedy solo album and Tweedy performing songs from his Wilco/Uncle Tupelo catalog solo acoustic."

Tweedy previously played TRAF with Wilco in 2003 and 2004. This will be his first solo tour appearance here.

JEFF TWEEDY TOUR DATES

June 5 Masonic Temple Detroit, MI
June 6 Three Rivers Arts Festival Pittsburgh, PA
June 7 Mountain Jam Hunter Mtn, NY
June 9 Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Baltimore, MD
June 10 Lincoln Theatre Washington, D.C.
June 11 The Brown Theatre on Broadway Louisville, KY
June 16 The Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI
June 17 Missouri Theatre Columbia, MO
June 18 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa, OK
June 21 Texas Union Ballroom Austin, TX
June 22 Majestic Theatre Dallas, TX
June 24 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
July 4 Ottawa Bluesfest Ottawa, ON
July 6 Toronto Urban Roots Fest Toronto, ON
July 12 Taste of Chicago Chicago, IL
July 27 Newport Folk Festival Newport, RI

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Pittsburghers imagine a new inflatable for the Three Rivers

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There is a big, rubber ducky-shaped void in Pittsburgh's waters and it has not gone unnoticed. Residents of the city today have been tweeting about an alternative 40-foot inflatable splashing back into the rivers — an idea inspired by Mike Dougherty of 96.1 KISS radio, known on Twitter as @fsmikey.
 
Pittsburgh joined a league of other cities, including Hong Kong and Sydney, Australia, in welcoming the rubber duck on Sept. 27, 2013. As you remember, it was quite a sensation. The city was specially chosen as the duck's home by the Dutch artist himself, Florentijn Hofman. The rubber duck, harbored in Pittsburgh until Oct. 26, 2013, has moved to more cities, including Hong Kong, and is now back in the United States, in Norfolk, Va., at the Chrysler Museum of Art.

So what creature or thing could be a good next inflatable floating at the Point? 

 
 

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Steelers rookie camp had Gateway foursome ..... Sto-Rox hires football coach ..... Baseball awards

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The Steelers held a rookie minicamp this past weekend, an event that included 20 undrafted players who were invited for tryouts.

The group of 20 certainly had a strong Gateway flavor.

Four of the 20 players were graduates of Gateway High School who played for coach Terry Smith. They were Dayonne Nunley, Dorian Bell, Corey Brown and Delbert Tyler. They are pictured below from left to right.

Gateway players-Steelers

Nunley played at Miami (Ohio). Bell was a highly-touted linebacker who originally went to Ohio State, but eventually had to leave the team and finished his career at Duquesne University. Brown played at Ohio State, and Tyler at Hampton.

Sto-Rox hires Ruscitto

Jason Ruscitto is back for his second stint as football coach at Sto-Rox.

Ruscitto has been hired to take over for Dan Bradley, who left to become Ambridge's coach. Ruscitto is quite familiar with the Sto-Rox program. He was the Vikings' coach from 2004-09, when he compiled a 36-20 record. He was 30-10 the final four seasons.

Ruscitto's contract wasn't renewed after the 2009 season. He then coached East Allegheny for one season in 2012 and went 1-8.

Baseball awards

The WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association today announced its yearly baseball awards. All of the award winners will be honored at the WBCA awards banquet June 5. They will also be recognized at the WBCA all-star games June 8 at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler.

The players of the year are: Norwin's J.J. Matijevic (Class AAAA and pictured), Montour's Brian Penz (AAA), Neshannock's Ernie Burkes (AA) and Vincentian's Phil Madonna (A).Brendan McKay

The pitchers of the year are: Butler's Wyatt Dougherty (AAAA), Blackhawk's Brendan McKay (AAA and pictured), South Side Beaver's Dustin Lander (AA) and California's Josh Luko (A).

The coaches of the year are: Butler's Todd Erdos (AAAA), Laurel Highlands' Scott DeBerry (AAA), South Side Beaver's Chip Hunter (AA) and California's Nick Damico (A).

 

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Foxcatcher premieres to raves, early Oscar talk at Cannes festival

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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It’s early (really early) but a movie made in Western Pennsylvania could be a player in the 2014 Oscar race.
 
Justin Chang, chief film critic for Variety, calls “Foxcatcher” a “model of bleak, bruising, furiously concentrated storytelling, anchored by exceptional performances from Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and an almost unrecognizable Steve Carell.
 
2cannesfoxcatcher“Perhaps the sole credible awards-season heavyweight to have emerged from this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the Nov. 14 Sony Classics release should land with major impact among serious-minded moviegoers, as well as a possible cross-section of Tatum and Carell fans who don’t mind a dramatic change of pace.”
 
Todd McCarthy at The Hollywood Reporter was equally effusive:  “Mesmerizing in its incremental layering of a bizarre, tragic and thoroughly warped character study, ‘Foxcatcher’ sees director Bennett Miller well surpassing even the fine work he did in his previous two films, ‘Capote’ and ‘Moneyball.’ ” 
 
Miller directs the movie about John du Pont, great-great-grandson of E.I. du Pont, the industrialist who founded the chemical company. In January 1996, he shot and killed David Schultz, a 1984 gold medal winner who came to live and train at the Foxcatcher National Training Center du Pont built on his 800-acre property in Newtown Square, Pa.
 
Carell plays the chemical fortune heir, Ruffalo is the slain wrestler and Tatum is his brother and a champion wrestler in his own right. 
 
Above photos:  Actor Mark Ruffalo, actor Steve Carell and actor Channing Tatum pose for photographers during a photo call for Foxcatcher at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, today, May 19, 2014. Tatum takes a pic during a photo call. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus and Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
 

 

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