Today in showbiz news: Steve Carell plays sinister, more Boardwalk Empire is on its way, and Michael B. Jordan has big things ahead.
Like Jim Carrey in The Truman Show or Adam Sandler in Punch Drunk Love, the first trailer for Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher features Steve Carell as you've never seen him before. Cloaked in thick makeup and affecting a strange, breathy voice, Carell, playing reclusive heir and eventual murderer John du Pont, is completely terrifying. We just might have one of those brilliant, career-redefining performance on our hands. The movie focuses on the relationship between du Pont—who established a wrestling facility at his farm—and wrestler brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, played respectively by Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. Du Pont, a paranoid schizophrenic, eventually murdered Dave, though the trailer seems to focus mostly on his obsession with Mark.
Christoph Waltz is likely going to play the villain in David Yates's new Tarzan movie, starring Alexander Skarsgard as the titular character. Waltz will apparently play a "Belgian soldier named Captain Rom who attempts to capture Tarzan in exchange for a ransom in diamonds." Well, that's familiar territory for him. A bad guy with an accent who probably speaks a foreign language in the movie. Nothing new here. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Michael B. Jordan may have a major role in the Independence Day sequel. Though, it's not a done deal, he's apparently just talking with director Roland Emmerich. Jordan's career is certainly on the rise after his excellent work in Fruitvale Station—he may also be in the Fantastic Four reboot—but we hope he doesn't abandon smaller, more intelligent films entirely. Meanwhile, Bryce Dallas Howard is in negotiations for Jurassic World. Yay, reboots. [The Wrap, The Wrap]
HBO renewed Boardwalk Empire for a fifth season today. That's good news. Boardwalk is a strong show, despite often being on the receiving end of critical ill will. The fourth season is currently chugging along nicely, thanks to Jeffrey Wright's super creepy turn as Dr. Valentin Narcisse, and we'll welcome a fifth go-around with this ever expanding cast of 1920s outlaws. [Entertainment Weekly]
Oprah's TV channel buys Oprah movie. That may as well be the headline for the news that OWN—the Oprah Winfrey Network—has purchased the TV rights to Lee Daniels' The Butler, which co-stars Oprah Winfrey. The movie will show on OWN starting in 2017 after it debuts on pay cable, so in four years get ready to sit on your couch and be completely absorbed by Oprah. On Oprah's network. It's Oprah's world, we just live in it. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Here's a trailer for Frozen, the latest animated film from the Disney machine. We were hoping this would be a throwback to the good old days of Disney's movie musicals, what with the Book of Mormon's Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez writing songs, and Broadway stars like Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff providing voices. Unfortunately, the trailer looks fairly, well, typical. All we see here are a bunch of gags and a talking snowman, who happens to sound like Josh Gad. Oh well.