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Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
To celebrate the release, we’re giving one lucky winner the chance to win a limited edition talking Birdman doll, 1 set of exclusive Birdman city posters and a t-shirt! 3 runners-up will win a t-shirt.
For your chance to win, answer the following question: In Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), who plays the title character?
B: Val Kilmer
C: Adam West
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) flies into UK cinemas on January 1st 2015
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- Dan Bullock
In Jp Valderrama’s Batman franchise melding poster, Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne is asked by Alfred, “Who will you be tonight?” But the question isn’t whether he’ll be Batman or Bruce but, rather, which version of The Caped Crusader he’d like to be. The suits in front of him don’t just include the suit Bale wore in the last two films in The Dark Knight trilogy, but also suits worn by Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney in other live action iterations of the character. Oddly enough, for Bale’s screen test for Batman Begins, he actually did wear Kilmer’s suit from Batman Forever. I've embedded that video below in case you haven't seen it already.
You can order 24" x 18" Giclee prints of this poster at Hero Complex Gallery. They are $40, and there were only a limited edition of 50 made. So »
- Eli Reyes
Batfleck, schmatfleck. Ben Affleck may be the latest Hollywood star to don Batman's horned mask and black cape, but he certainly isn't the first. Christian Bale, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, and Michael Keaton — among others — have all played the Caped Crusader on the big screen, and Keaton, for one, feels pretty confident that his legacy will go on. Asked whether he's envious that Gone Girl hunk Affleck, 42, gets to steer the Batmobile in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Keaton told [...] »
Though Batman is an iconic comic book superhero, he is often defined by those who have played him on the big and small screen. While other actors picked up the cowl early on, the first real person to be identified with Bruce Wayne was Adam West in the campy 1960s TV show. His take was a little goofy, and full of humor. It wasn't until Michael Keaton took over the role in 1989's Tim Burton classic that audiences started to take this dark vigilante seriously, and the role helped redefine both the superhero genre and Keaton as an actor. While a few others have put on the suit since then, Michael Keaton himself still has strong feelings about his role in the evolution of the Dark Knight. But he is not intimidated by any newcomers who arrive, ready to offer their own take on Batman.
In a recent interview, Christian Bale, »
(photo credit: Collette Lash Photography www.collettelash.com)
Known for her recurring role as Dora Mae Dreifuss on HBO’s Carnivale (amongst countless other projects), Amanda Aday has surely proven herself as much more than “Meat Loaf’s Daughter.” An actress and writer, Aday has recently taken the leap to try her hand at directing, with her new horror flick Painless. Icons of Fright was fortunate enough to have a chat with this jack-of-all trades about the industry, dream projects, and directing while female.
Icons: I know you have been acting for a very long time and you’ve developed a pretty nice career out of it, what made you decide to direct?
Amanda Aday: I think it’s always been in the back of my mind. Even when I was little during class projects, instead of making dioramas or writing papers, my friends and I would always make movies. »
- BJ Colangelo
The lively 86-year-old star of the iconic 1960s series plays the Caped Crusader – and himself – in a new Lego game
• Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham review – enjoyable run-out for familiar platform format
Adam West – if not the original Batman, surely one of the superhero’s most memorable incarnations – is now 86. But, just so you know, a fine 86. Calling from his home in Palm Springs, California, he is evidently in a good mood. “Let me go look at this full-length mirror for just a moment,” he jokes. “I look great!”
In the four decades since he starred in the 1960s television series, West has seen the Batman baton passed on to Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, Christian Bale and now Ben Affleck – without ever quite leaving the shadows of Gotham city. He has reprised the role several times himself during his career, most recently providing his voice to the new Lego game Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. »
- Monica Tan
Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.
One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »
- Gary Susman
Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale and now....Ben Affleck. By the time "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice" arrives it will be five actors playing Bruce Wayne/Batman in just under thirty years. It speaks both to the viability of the character and the constant reinvention the franchise has gone through. But arguably, the peak thus far has been Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy. Together with Christian Bale, they created a Batman worthy of the comic mythology, grounded in reality and stripped of the more cartoony takes in previous efforts. Many people wanted more after "The Dark Knight Rises" -- as it turns out, so did Bale. With the actor now doing the rounds for "Exodus: Gods And Kings," it was inevitable that he would be asked about Affleck taking over the cowl, and rather than the standard I-wish-him-luck speech, Bale was candid about the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Who's the latest Saint Laurent hunk, you ask? The name's Dylan. Dylan Brosnan. Pierce Brosnan's 17-year-old son is making his modeling debut as he joins Saint Laurent's new ad campaign for the men's permanent collection. But don't think he's the only celebrity offspring to be chosen for the task—nope, Val Kilmer's own 19-year-old son, Jack Kilmer, is also heating up the luxe brand's hot new men's ads. The younger Kilmer will undoubtedly offer up a few pointers to his modeling co-star, since he strutted down Saint Laurent's runway this fall. But honestly, both Dylan and Jack are well equipped for the task just drawing from their A-list gene pool and maybe a few »
Good genes run in these famous families!There is a new set of celebrity kids who are making their mark in the modeling world -- all landing major magazine covers and ad campaigns.Supermodel Gigi Hadid's sister Bella just nabbed her first fashion cover in Jalouse Magazine.Inside the mag, the 18-year-old beauty is named "Barbie Star," sporting a Moschino by Jeremy Scott outfit complete with a sexy, matching jacket and luggageShe took to Instagram to share a few snapshots from the cover shoot, writing, "So rad to see on arrival back in NYC....thank you @jenjalouse, @jalousemag in @moschino @itsjeremyscott All you french babies go grab a copy and check out the spread inside." Bella recently signed with the same agency as her sister, Img models, and has appeared in both Teen Vogue and Vogue magazine.Another budding supermodel is Cindy Crawford and Randy Gerber's daughter Kaia! »
- tooFab Staff
Last month, Warner Bros. announced that they'll be developing a Lego Batman spinoff film, which is being directed by Chris McKay, who was the animation supervisor on The Lego Movie. There weren't really any details revealed for the film, but Will Arnett is set to reprise his role as the voice of the Dark Knight. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are also attached to produce the feature.
Miller recently talked to Empire Magazine, and he offered up a really cool piece of information that Batman fans are sure to love. He says,
"Rest assured that every era of Batman filmmaking will be acknowledged. There have been so many interpretations of Batman and there is so much to play with there. There are 40 versions of his origin story alone."
That's so awesome that they are looking to pay tribute to every era of Batman. There's no doubt that they are going »
- Joey Paur
Walk down the wrong alleyway in Gotham City and you're in for a nasty shock. Nobody has found this out more frequently (or violently) than Thomas and Martha Wayne, the most murdered people in all of film and television history apart from Sean Bean.
This event proves to be a formative moment in the life of a young Bruce Wayne, the turning point that spurs him on to a life of fighting crime as a masked vigilante.
The first big screen depiction of the Waynes' death happened in Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster. Here there's a twist in the tale as it's not Joe Chill but Jack Napier (later reborn as The Joker) who ambushes the millionaires.
From Russia with Schlock: Martinez’s Derivative Revenge Flick
While there’s certainly a modicum of perverse interest to be satisfied in witnessing the rotund Gerard Depardieu as an ex-con exacting vengeance on a gang of Russian hoods in the type of watered down B-action flick that’s about as originally conceived as the already derivative Liam Neeson franchise Taken (or Pierce Brosnan’s The November Man), Philip Martinez’s Viktor is neither of significant quality nor campy enough to justify its bizarre existence. Depardieu’s well-publicized tax inclined emigration from France to Russia may explain some of how this nonsense came into existence, but Martinez’s workmanlike march through a series of unenthusiastic events makes it seem as if everything was filmed in one, hurried take.
- Nicholas Bell
It's always a good time to revisit our favorite children's movies, whether you're introducing your kids to them for the first time or enjoying a Disney classic yet again. If kids' movies like "Dumbo" and "The Rescuers" aren't already in your library, they're available right now to stream on Netflix, along with a lot of newer movies that will appeal to your kids (and to the kid in you).
(Availability subject to change.)
1. "Anastasia" (1997) G
2. "Antz" (1998) PG
3. "Born Free" (1966) PG
A still-moving classic about the couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, then »
- Sharon Knolle
Major Us broadcasters are developing more than 20 TV adaptations of feature films as they follow the example of their cable counterparts.
Us pay-tv networks have recently found success with the likes of Fargo and Teen Wolf, and have lined up further adaptations of Scream (MTV), Twelve Monkeys (Syfy), Shutter Island (HBO) and Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead (Starz).
Traditional networks - ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW - are now getting involved and have struck deals for adaptations of well-known films including Big, Minority Report and The Devil’s Advocate, as well as more niche films such as John Ritter’s Problem Child and Val Kilmer’s Real Genius.
The networks have ordered scripts for the 20-plus adaptations and will decide which projects to pilot by January. Those taken to series will likely be ordered in May for an autumn 2015 launch.
UK consultancy firm Tape monitors the Us development process for a number of UK broadcasters »
Amazon has a sale today on the Quentin Tarantino Xx: 8-Film Blu-ray Collection, which includes Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds. The set is normally priced at $119.99, but today it's only $59.99 and to make your set complete you can also pick up Django Unchained on Blu-ray for only $14.50. amz asin="B009B0OG1O" size="small"As for what the 8-film collection includes, here are the details: Blu-ray Special Features - 2 Discs Critics Corner: The Films of Quentin Tarantino - In-depth critics' discussion piece exploring Tarantino's films that redefined cinema and the impact of one of the most influential writers/directors of our time. 20 Years of Filmmaking - Take a look at Tarantino's career from the beginning, with interviews from co-workers, critics, stars and master filmmakers alike as well as a tribute to his greatest collaborator, »
- Brad Brevet
When you're in the mood for an action movie, Netflix has plenty to stream. Great, except that so many of their action titles are no-name, forgettable schlock. So we've done some of the heavy lifting by highlighting the best of the best currently available in the genre. Who do you want to see duke it out? Take your pick, from gangsters to gladiators, robots to ninjas, schoolkids to superheroes.
Cue that suiting-up pre-battle montage and start streaming, because here are some of the best action movies Netflix has to offer. (Availability subject to change.)
1. "13 Assassins" (2010) R
2. "48 Hrs."(1982) R
3. "Assault on Precinct 13" (1976) R
- Sharon Knolle
Val Kilmer just learned a hard lesson about being a tenant ... because a judge just socked him hard for making what the actor felt were "improvements" on his Malibu rental.As we reported ... Kilmer sued his landlord, claiming he made drastic improvements on the crib by painting the fireplace and slapping wallpaper on the wooden cabinets in the kitchen.Problem is ... the lease required the landlord's prior approval, and Val didn't get it.When Kilmer moved out, »
- TMZ Staff
"I think what happened was, I was really looking forward to working with Tommy because he's a fantastic actor and he still is to me, I mean he's amazing, but he was a little crusty, he was a little crusty," Carrey said.
"Sometimes that Rhodes Scholarship is more of a weapon than an asset."
He continued: "I think he was just a little freaked out because Dumb and Dumber came out on the same weekend as Cobb, and Cobb was his big swing for the fences and that didn't work out and that freaked him out a bit I think. »
Tommy Lee Jones is hardly a Jim Carrey fan. The two award-winning actors worked together on 1995's Batman Forever, but their relationship was far from cooperative when the cameras weren't rolling. Carrey played the Riddler alongside Jones' Two-Face with Val Kilmer in the role of the Caped Crusader. Carrey, 52, was asked about his time with Jones when he appeared on The Howard Stern Show on Tuesday, Oct. 28, in promotion of his upcoming movie Dumb and Dumber To. "When you were doing Batman Forever, when you were [...] »
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