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‘Birdman’ Astounds in Limited Box Office Debut, But How High Can It Fly?

19 October 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Birdman” soared at the arthouses this weekend with the show business satire enjoying a smashing debut that could help it travel beyond the cinephile crowd.

The quirky comedy from Fox Searchlight picked up $415,000 in just four theaters, making it the year’s second-highest grossing film from a per-screen average standpoint. Its average of $103,750 is behind only “The Grand Budapest Hotel’s” $202,792 number.

“When the numbers started coming in on Friday, we all went ‘wow,'” said Frank Rodriguez, senior vice president of distribution at Searchlight. “We were seeing all the seats fill up. There’s so many films out there. So many holdovers and so many new films, that it’s hard to get the seats you need.”

In order to meet the demand, Searchlight will expand “Birdman” beyond New York and Los Angeles to 18 markets and between 40 and 50 theaters. Within three to four weeks, it hopes to have the film in between 400 and 600 theaters. »

- Brent Lang

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Interview: Michael Keaton Goes From Batman to ‘Birdman’

16 October 2014 5:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like most actors, Michael Keaton claims he doesn’t enjoy watching himself in his own movies. But when it comes to his buzzy starring role in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” which Fox Searchlight opens in limited release Friday, he can’t stop watching himself — as if in disbelief that it’s really him up there onscreen. “I like this movie so much, I just can’t get enough of it,” he says over a recent lunch at Santa Monica’s Miramar Hotel, the day after he’d seen “Birdman” for the third time, at an Academy screening attended by his old “Batman” sparring partner, Jack Nicholson. “I’m watching this movie and I’m thinking, God, I love this movie. And then I realized: Wait a minute, I’m in this movie!”

Coming from most people, a statement like that would sound like false modesty at best and willful self-delusion at worst, »

- Scott Foundas

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News Nuggets: What makes 'Pulp Fiction' the coolest film of the 1990s?

15 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Director and writer Quentin Tarantino burst into the mainstream 20 years ago this week with the debut of "Pulp Fiction." Matthew Chernov says that it was "like a shot of adrenaline to the heart" that "changed the movie landscape" forever. He adds that movies from that timeframe like "Dances with Wolves" and "A Few Good Men" were "content to play it safe." Calling it the "coolest" film of the 1990s, he praises the soundtrack, razor-sharp dialogue (from an Oscar-winning screenplay by Tarantino and Roger Avary), the cinematography, and stars John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and Uma Thurman. While nominated for the Best Picture of 1994, it lost that Oscar race to "Forrest Gump." Variety -Break- Jimmy Fallon grabs the YouTube late night crown from Jimmy Kimmel. Just eight months after starting "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," NBC's program is now at 4.76 million s...' »

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You're Old: 'Look Who's Talking' Came Out 25 Years Ago

14 October 2014 10:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Do thoughts of your inexorable march toward death consume you day and night? Do you long to rid yourself of all reminders of your advancing mortality? Then take solace in this column, which is about a movie about a baby! A newborn baby full of life and promise! A newborn baby that is now 25 years old! Yes, Look Who's Talking was released on October 13, 1989, meaning that if you saw it in the theater, You're Old™. We're sorry. This kind of backfired. When Look Who's Talking is mentioned today, it's usually the butt of a joke, as an example of either the type of idiocy John Travolta was doing before Quentin Tarantino rebooted him, or of how a dumb, innocuous comedy can sometimes inexplicably launch multiple sequels. But 25 years ago, Look Who's...

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- Eric D. Snider

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'Pulp Fiction' spawn: The best and worst of the Tarantino clones that followed

14 October 2014 1:58 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

When Pulp Fiction opened in theaters 20 years ago today, the mainstream moviegoing audience was introduced to a dynamic new Hollywood talent. Quentin Tarantino was a 31-year-old hipster whose formal film education never rose much higher than working as a clerk in a Manhattan Beach video store. A walking encyclopedia of film history who fetishized some of the more obscure genres, Tarantino had a gift for dialog and his own visual toolbox that expanded the language of cinematic storytelling. Pulp Fiction was the culmination of a two-year stretch where the director went from Nobody to Wunderkind, beginning with the Sundance premiere »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Et Flashback: On Set with 'Pulp Fiction' 20 Years Ago

14 October 2014 1:07 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

20 years later, we're still loving Pulp Fiction!

Can you believe it's been 20 years since we first learned what a "Royale with Cheese" was in Quentin Tarantino's classic Pulp Fiction?

Et was on the set a year before the film's release back in 1993 with stars John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, and the creator himself, Quentin Tarantino.

"The intensity level is way up, and the comedy level is way up and that’s even disturbing," Tarantino told Et. "I'm trying to also make you laugh at things you've never laughed about."

Video: Is Robert Rodriguez Recruiting Quentin Tarantino For His Next Project?

And while we couldn't imagine anyone else as Vincent Vega, there was once a time when the John Travolta casting choice came as a shock.

"A lot of people read the script before we cast and they’re thinking of a zillion different names and then you say John Travolta – they go… what!?" Tarantino »

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Six Surprising Facts About "Pulp Fiction" -- See the Cast 20 Years Later!

14 October 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

"Pulp Fiction" resurrected John Travolta's career, made Uma Thurman a star and established Quentin Taratino as the most daring director in Hollywood.October 14, 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the film's release -- and we've gleaned six surprising facts from the filmmaking from a recent Vanity Fair retrospective.Check out the gallery above to see how the stars have all aged in the past two decades. Plus, find out who was hiding underneath all that leather as The Gimp!Now, onto the fun facts!1. The now infamous Gimp scene was Uma's main hesitation with the film, over the obscenity or drug use. "[Quentin] wasn’t this revered demigod auteur that he has grown into" the actress explained. "And I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it, because I was worried about the Gimp stuff."2. As for the scenes she was actually in, Uma was most nervous about doing the Twist with John. »

- tooFab Staff

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‘Pulp Fiction’ at 20: Why It’s the Coolest Film of the ’90s

14 October 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like a shot of adrenaline to the heart, “Pulp Fiction” changed the movie landscape when it opened on Oct. 14, 1994. Quentin Tarantino’s ode to crime and pop-culture was a bold new cinematic vision in a decade that badly needed one. Before “Pulp Fiction,” prestige films like “Dances with Wolves” and “A Few Good Men” seemed content to play it safe, while blockbusters like “Jurassic Park” and “The Fugitive” focused squarely on the mainstream. Overnight, the term ‘Tarantinoesque’ became shorthand for audaciously stylized ultra-violence and genre-bending thrills. On its 20th anniversary, here’s why “Pulp Fiction” remains the coolest movie of the ’90s.

The Soundtrack: From the rumbling reverb of Dick Dale’s surf-rock rendition of “Misirlou” to the soulful crooning of Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man” and the strip club sexiness of Kool & the Gang’s “Jungle Boogie,” the “Pulp Fiction” soundtrack effortlessly mixes musical styles the way the film blends genres. »

- Matthew Chernov

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‘Look Who's Talking’ Director Amy Heckerling Spills 7 Tidbits, 25 Years Later – Kirstie's Crush, Travolta's Moves

13 October 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

On this date 25 years ago, baby Mikey crawled into theaters to charm audiences in director Amy Heckerling‘s “Look Who's Talking.” The story centers around a baby whose thoughts the audience can hear, voiced by none other than tough guy Bruce Willis doing a little baby talk. The infant's commentary follows Kirstie Alley, who plays his single, career-minded mom, as she falls for the new man in her life, a cab driver played by John Travolta. Also read: ‘Look Who's Talking’ Again! It was an era when making the choice to enter single motherhood was quite controversial, and the film tackled the issue. »

- Gina Hall

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John Travolta sports amazing new beard and ponytail on film set

13 October 2014 7:49 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

John Travolta was sporting a beard reminiscent of Brad Pitt's disastrous 2010 decorative facial hair as he filmed scenes for his latest movie Life on the Line.

Travolta plays an eccentric powerline technician called Beau whose dangerous high-wire job causes friction within his family life, before he and his fellow linemen are hit by the arrival of a massive storm.

He stars alongside Kate Bosworth and Final Destination star Devin Sawa.

The action drama is being directed by David Hackl and produced by Marro Films and Elite Film Productions, with Marro CEO Marvin Peart explaining: "The last film made in and around the lineman industry was in 1937, Slim the Lineman, and starred Henry Fonda.

"It's an honour and a career highlight to tell this modern-day story about these unsung heroes."

The 60-year-old actor was pictured on set sporting not one but two ponytails, in both his hair and impressively long black beard. »

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Anson Mount, More Join Hitman Romance ‘Mr. Right’

10 October 2014 12:27 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Hell On Wheels star Anson Mount has joined the cast of Mr. Right, the hitman action romance starring Anna Kendrick as girl unlucky in love and Sam Rockwell as the assassin she accidentally falls for. Filming begins next week in New Orleans under helmer Paco Cabezas (Neon Flesh), who’s directing from a script by Chronicle‘s Max Landis.

Mount will play Richard Cartigan, a member of a New Jersey crime syndicate who’s jockeying to become head of the family. Also joining Mount alongside Rockwell, Kendrick, Tim Roth, RZA,and James Ransone in the cast are Michael Eklund (Bates Motel, The Call) as the tattooed thug Johnny Howl, and Katie Nehra (Alex Of Venice), who’ll play the bookish roommate to Kendrick’s Martha.

The Amasia Entertainment and Circle of Confusion film is produced by Michael Helfant, Bradley Gallo, Lawrence Mattis, and Rick Jacobs. Stephen Emery and Landis are exec producers. »

- Jen Yamato

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Gargoyles and Devil’S Rain at the Heavy Anchor Oct. 13th – Krampus Movie Night!

10 October 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Who calls me from out of the Pit?!”

Holy Melting Travoltas! A pair of schlock classics from the early ‘70s both involving horned demons in the desert plotting world domination?!? It must be Krampus Movie Night!

The Krampus Research Association of St. Louis will be throwing their first movie night Monday October 13th at The Heavy Anchor (5226 Gravois, St. Louis 63116) with a double feature of Gargoyles and The Devil’S Rain. This is a Fundraiser for Saint Louis Krampusnacht 2014. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Suggested donation of $5 for admission.

Gargoyles is one of the seminal TV horror films of my youth. I saw this gem the first time it aired as a Tuesday Movie-of-the-Week in 1972 when I was 9 years old and it’s all the kids talked about at school for a solid week. For 1972, this was one helluva TV movie. The effects, though »

- Tom Stockman

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From Under the Radar to Potential Oscar Contention

7 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

The conversation surrounding potential supporting actress nominees includes some names familiar to the Oscar race, such as Meryl Streep (Into the Woods), and some that could be nominated for the first time, such as Emma Stone (Birdman). The list of potential contenders also includes Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) and Rene Russo (Nightcrawler), two ladies that have flown under the radar since the 90s but could mark their return with first-time Oscar nominations.

Arquette’s role as the mother in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, a film that chronicles 12 years in a young boy’s (played by Ellar Coltrane) life as he grows up in a divorced household, has been generating Oscar buzz since the film premiered at Sundance. Arquette was involved in a few projects during those 12 years of filming, which was possible due to the sporadic nature of shooting, only three to four days a year. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Saturday Night Fever

1 October 2014 2:17 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Dancefloors were never the same after John Travolta became a hip-swivelling, jacket-throwing icon in the movie that launched the disco craze. Thanks to The Bee Gees' timeless soundtrack, you can tell by the way he walks he's a woman's man - but Brooklyn boy Tony Manero's ego takes a pricking when he gets serious with dance partner Stephanie (Karen Lynn Gorney). But their moves dazzle like a glitterball. »

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George Clooney's Road to the Altar: His Past Loves

26 September 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Before Clooney weds here's a look back at his former flames.

As we wait with bated breath for Amal Alamuddin to finally make an honest man out of George Clooney this weekend, here's a look back at the notorious bachelor's past loves.

Video- George Clooney Will Marry Amal Alamuddin in Venice

We all know many members of Clooney's ex-girlfriends but do you remember that he used to date Kelly Preston? The two dated from 1987-1989 and lived together long before either one of them was famous and before she became Mrs. John Travolta.

Following Preston was actress Talia Balsam. She is the only woman to ever get George to the altar. After their divorce in 1993 she went on to marry Mad Men's John Slattery and George uttered famous words he'd live to regret.

"It was the first year of ER and I said, 'I'm done,'" Clooney told Et in 2002 about never marrying again. "When you first »

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Here's What's New on Netflix for October 2014

25 September 2014 7:01 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Looking for what's new on Netflix streaming for October 2014? You've come to the right place.

We've rounded up the best TV shows and movies arriving soon. So take some time to peruse this list, and maybe block off a weekend or two so you can binge-watch Season 5 of "The Vampire Diaries" or something.

Here's a much larger rundown of what subscribers can expect in September, courtesy of Netflix. All title dates are subject to change.

Available October 1

"Annie" (1982)

Based on the Depression-era comic strip "Little Orphan Annie," this adaptation of the smash Broadway musical follows America's favorite urchin (Aileen Quinn) as she captures Daddy Warbucks' (Albert Finney) heart with her unquenchable optimism. In the meantime, Annie must try to dodge the treacherous head of the orphanage (Carol Burnett). Directed by John Huston, Annie features the hit song "Tomorrow."

"Annie: A Royal Adventure" (1995)

Annie, the charming orphan with a head full of red curls, »

- Tim Hayne

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New Distributors Saban, Broad Green, Bleecker Street, Clarius Shake Up Indie Scene

24 September 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Four months into its existence, Saban Films made a serious statement at the Toronto Film Festival as it bought three films — John Travolta’s “The Forger,” Taylor Lautner’s “Tracers” and Hayden Christensen’s “American Heist.”

“That’s what we were here to do,” said Saban Films president Bill Bromiley. “Toronto is always a good place for acquisitions.”

Bromiley should know. Before signing on to the Saban post in the spring, he’d been the key acquisitions exec for Image Entertainment.

Saban’s first purchase came at Cannes when it acquired Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Homesman.” It’s also developing a reboot of the Power Rangers franchise.

“We’ve stuck to our business plan by focusing on commercial high-quality product, with ‘The Homesman’ being a prestige title.”

Bromiley also said he was a bit disappointed over the overall quality of films for sale at Tiff — with one notable exception: forereclusure drama “99 Homes, »

- Dave McNary

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It’s Electrifying: John Travolta to Depict one of the Hardest Jobs in the World in ‘Life on the Line’

24 September 2014 11:17 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

There are plenty of films about a variety of dangerous career paths. Firefighters, police officers, paramedics, that one where Ashton Kutcher is a Coast Guard, all branches of the military, construction crews, vigilante superheroes, lifeguards, pilots and conductors, detectives and inspectors, astronauts — they’ve all had their due. But one sector of selfless, high-impact human service has largely been ignored by the film industry: linemen. It doesn’t matter what kind, be it those who lay railroad tracks or those who install and repair electrical, telephone or telegraph wires. They’ve gotten the short end of the stick. With the last film to commemorate their work premiering in 1937 (Slim the Lineman, which starred Henry Fonda), it’s now up to John Travolta and a merry band of brethren that includes Kate Bosworth and Devon Sawa to right this wrongs with Life On The Line. The indie drama, directed by David Hackl (Grizzly) and written by the team »

- Samantha Wilson

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Here's Christopher Walken as Captain Hook in 'Peter Pan Live'

24 September 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Shiver me timbers -- Captain Hook is ready to do some dastardly deeds.

NBC released the first image of the infamous pirate, played by Christopher Walken, from its upcoming "Peter Pan Live." The musical adaptation's executive producer, Neil Meron, posted the picture on Twitter:

wow!!!! #allisonwilliams #chriswalken @craigzadan @broadwayworld #PeterPanLive Dec. 4 pic.twitter.com/mzObXroj1i

- Neil Meron (@neilmeron) September 24, 2014

Walken has a villainous gleam in his eye as he brandishes both hook and sword at Peter Pan ("Girls" star Allison Williams). And might he seem like he's ready to break into song and dance? Eh, maybe.

"I'm not a good singer," he told Entertainment Weekly. But that's Ok, because "the songs are done almost like patter. Think Rex Harrison in 'My Fair Lady.'"

It's not as if Walken is a total musical newbie; he tapped in 1991's "Pennies From Heaven" and duetted with John Travolta in 2007's "Hairspray" movie. »

- Kelly Woo

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What's Broad Green? Meet Indie Film's Hot New Hedge Fund Benefactors

24 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

A small army of new U.S. film distributors waged a surprise invasion at this year's Toronto Film Festival, buying high-profile titles — including ones with stars Adam Sandler, Tobey Maguire, Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta — that usually would go to established players. But the biggest curiosity was Broad Green Pictures, an outfit few had heard of until it plunked down $3 million for U.S. rights to Andrew Garfield's real estate drama 99 Homes. Bgp, founded by billionaire hedge fund wunderkind Gabriel Hammond, 35, and brother Daniel, 31, quietly entered the scene last year when it financed

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- Pamela McClintock

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