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First US Poster for 'Foxcatcher' with Channing Tatum is Unimaginative

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June 30, 2014
Source: People

Channing Tatum in Foxcatcher

An American flag in the background, a hot actor front and center in a pose that evokes no emotions. This poster sucks. First things first, let me say that I absolutely love this movie. I caught the world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and flipped for it, ranking it as one of my Top 5 films of Cannes 2014 and praising it in a glowing review. During Cannes, the first teaser and much-more-impressive French poster for Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher debuted, and now we finally get a glimpse at Sony Classics' US marketing material and it's boring. Channing Tatum is just standing there, acting unlike his character. This film deserves better.

New official poster for Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, debuted by People magazine. Seen full-size right here:

Foxcatcher Poster

Watch the first teaser trailer. And here's the French teaser poster for Foxcatcher that is much better.

Foxcatcher is directed by Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) and written by Dan Futterman (Capote, "In Treatment") and E. Max Frye ("Band of Brothers"). The film tells the gripping, true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark Schultz & Dave Schultz (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo) and their relationship with eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune, that led to a gruesome murder. Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave and Anthony Michael Hall also star in the film which Sony Pictures Classics releases in the heart of awards season on November 14th this fall. Read our review.

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  • Fei
    Come on, the French poster looks like a dying man's memoir. Someone gonna sell the movie to a wider audience. Don't be such a whiner!
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Alex Billington
      Hahaha wait what?? A whiner? Are you kidding me?! This is NOT how to sell a film to a "wider audience". Boring, unimaginative poster art for a film that deserves wide appreciation because of its nuances, subtlety, not because of an actor. You don't sell a film to wider audiences by putting out terrible poster artwork. This deserves better. And they can still sell it to a wider audience even if they made 100x better posters. I didn't want to have to defend my opinion, but it's absolutely ridiculous to think that this POS poster is the ONLY way to sell this to a wider audience.
      • Stephen Ritchie
        Am really just wondering if you say this kind of stuff just to get people to click on it. No offence but the French poster and this poster is entirely different to compare with. With the French poster all you had was the names and an image that looked like Steve Carell's character from Despicable Me crossed over into the live action world. There was nothing really eye grabbing about that poster on first glance unless you stared really hard to see the White House further in the background, but still more less I would just count it as a simple teaser. This poster we now actually have a familiar face and that's Channing Tatum who the majority of film audiences know. He is simply standing (because people in posters can't obviously move) against an American Flag. What does it symbolize? And that is the mystery for people who don't about the film. It's simply a hint and teaser of events to come. I guess anyway we are going to have another "Black and White Lincoln Poster" debate on here.
        • Fei
          I also think the wrestling community will prefer this poster to the Cannes one.
  • rolyjimenez
    So, just to be clear.... you're calling Channing Tatum hot?
  • Bo
    Well Alex, I think you're totally out to lunch with your take on this poster. I find it quite intriguing, dark, provocative and very invoking of intense emotions lurking beneath the surface! Not sure you'd ever be hired to be a part of a marketing effort with major films...lol...I'm sure lots of thought, discussions, etc. went into the creation of this piece and I think they did a good job. I clicked on this because I couldn't believe you could be so off-base...but you are for sure in my opinion!
  • steve
    What do you expect the poster to look like for a movie like this.. The poster fits the tone of the movie, like posters are supposed to do. It did it's job and looks good for the type of movie it is. It doesn't suck.
  • DAVIDPD
    I would have liked some artistic thing with a fox and a large net.

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