'Foxcatcher,' starring unrecognizable Steve Carell, already Oscar contender

Steve Carell, left, and Channing Tatum in a Steve Carell, left, and Channing Tatum in a scene from "Foxcatcher." Photo Credit: AP

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WHO Steve Carell

THE MOVIE "Foxcatcher"

THE DEAL A movie that once looked like a lost cause has suddenly become an Oscar contender. Based on the true story of a wrestling coach murdered by an eccentric millionaire, "Foxcatcher" stars an almost unrecognizable Steve Carell wearing a prosthetic nose and aging makeup; the cast also includes Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo. Yanked from last year's Oscar season for release this November, then bounced from Sony Pictures to its smaller Classics division, "Foxcatcher" nevertheless screened at Cannes earlier this week to rapturous reviews. Vanity Fair called it "the first Oscar contender of the year." The director is Bennett Miller ("Capote").

 

WHO Juliette Lewis

THE MOVIE "Jem and the Holograms"

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THE DEAL The Oscar-nominated actress has been cast in Universal Pictures' upcoming film based on the 1980s Hasbro cartoon series and toy-line tie-in "Jem," according to Deadline.com. The original story line focused on a young girl who becomes a high-tech rock star thanks to a computer called Synergy; in the new version, she becomes an online music sensation. Lewis, who has fronted her own rock band, Juliette and the Licks, has been cast in an unspecified supporting role. The director is Jon M. Chu, of the "Step Up" dance movies.

 

THE MOVIE "Afternoon of a Faun"

THE DEAL Nancy Buirski's documentary tells the story of Tanaquil Le Clercq, a radiant star of the New York City Ballet who so captured the imagination of Georges Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Merce Cunningham that they all created roles for her. Le Clercq's career ended in 1956 during a European tour when she was stricken with polio and paralyzed from the waist down. She was 27. Buirski will appear in person.

INFO Tonight at 7 at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Tickets are $15; 800-838-3006, cinemaartscentre.org.

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