The great “schnozzola” Jimmy Durante’s signature catch phrase “Everybody wants ta’ get into da’ act!’ couldn’t be more true when it comers to animated features these days. Perhaps this may be a result of the incredible all-ages success of Pixar. Or it might be the love of animation held be many aging “baby boomer” film makers who awaited Saturday mornings in front of the tube (which just ended now that no broadcast networks run weekend ‘toons) or those grand ole’ special kiddie matinees. Tim Burton may have kick-started this trend by coming off his big Batman flicks to produce The Nightmare Before Christmas and later direct The Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie. Johnny Depp and his Pirates director scored a hit with Rango. And recently Adam Sandler started a new franchise with Hotel Transylvania. New to the animation arena, but a big name in the fantasy/horror genre is »
- Jim Batts
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
Jason Schwartzman is really nice and a great guy to interview. His character in Listen Up Philip? Not so much. Philip’s about to have his second book published and he’s sure it’s a big winner. However, when his editor tells him that The New York Times is giving him a negative review, Philip decides he won’t do any press for the book. A raging cynic and egoist, Philip sours every single relationship he’s got and that’s when director Alex Ross Perry lets you see the other side of the situation, what happens to the people around him when Philip is gone. With Listen Up Philip set to hit select theaters in New York City on October 17th, I got the chance to sit down with Schwartzman to discuss his very first impression of the script, what happened when they tried to make Philip a more likable character, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which opens in limited release Friday, has already made a major impression on critics nationwide. Of particular interest is the movie's somewhat self-reflexive leading role, in which Michael Keaton plays an actor attempting to re-establish himself after a career defined by an iconic big-screen superhero role. Keaton himself became a star after his turns in Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns. Although the former Caped Crusader has worked sporadically in the 25 years since, nothing has quite matched those films. We dug through the archives to see what people said about Keaton as Batman.Batman "The film meanders mindlessly from one image to the next, as does a comic book. It doesn't help that the title character remains such a wimp even when played by Michael Keaton. Nobody could do anything with this ridiculous conceit, but asking Mr. Keaton, »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
This is the perfect example of when indecision goes terribly, terribly Right! C’mon, you know this is brilliant, so give it up for this guy. This walking all-you-can-eat buffet of Johnny Depp cosplay looks like something that crawled out of the nightmare of someone who just binge watched all of Depp’s films on Netflix. And! he managed to cosplay all of these characters without painting his face white... somewhere in the world Tim Burton is shaking his fist in the air.
Do your best to name all of the characters being represented here in the comments section below. Or, come up with a cool name combination for him for extra points. (If anyone knows the name of the cosplayer or photographer, please let us know so we can credit them.)
[Reddit via: Fashionably Geek] »
- Eli Reyes
Further proving that we are living through the biggest week for superhero-movie news since last week and the week before, Warner Bros. just announced one of the most hilariously aggressive franchise-extension plans in movie history. Between now and 2020, WB plans to release a whopping 13 movies based on DC comic book characters–including two Justice League movies, the long-awaited Wonder Woman film, a movie starring the popular Lego™ Batman character and a movie starring the somewhat less popular Affleck™ Batman character. Now, it's hard to know where this fits into the glorious history of Superhero Franchise announcements. Is this the second »
- Darren Franich
In an extremely unsurprising turn of events, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 has been shifted from its previous Christmas release date to February 20th of next year. The holiday season is always tremendously crowded at the box office, and the competition is so steep this year that the raunchy sequel wouldn’t have stood an ice cube’s chance in hell at the box office.
Clark Duke, Rob Cordrry, Craig Robinson, Chevy Chase and Collette Wolfe all return for the follow-up, in which Lou (Cordrry) becomes the father of the Internet and is shot by an unknown assailant from the future, leading the gang to jump into the time machine to save their friend. John Cusack is not returning, and Parks and Recreation‘s Adam Scott will be taking on a new role to fill in for him. Community‘s Gillian Jacobs also has a part.
In its previous slot, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Michael Keaton, better known to some as Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, is donning a cape and cowl again in this week’s upcoming release, "Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)." Sort of. In the film, directed and co-written by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, a washed up actor most famous for his portrayal of a popular superhero, struggling to relaunch his career with a turn on Broadway. The film draws obvious connections to Keaton as Batman in the Tim Burton series of the caped crusader franchise. Naturally, Keaton’s been answering a ton of questions about his time as the Dark Knight. SlashFilm recaps an interview the actor did with Entertainment Weekly, in which he says he would have reprised his role in "Batman Forever" had Burton remained on board, but it wasn’t meant to be. “Tim, in movies, really invented the whole dark superhero thing. »
- Zach Hollwedel
Before there was a Birdman, there was a Batman — several, in fact, though the best was played by Michael Keaton in the two Tim Burton films in the late '80s and early '90s. Since then, Christian Bale's somber strutting and muttering, as seen in Christopher Nolan's Batman movies, has — go figure — become the gold standard of Batman performances. But there's no vitality in Bale's brooding; he's dark in the way wet coffee grounds are. Keaton played Batman as a hero who, save for a somber twist of fate, might have been mischievous and joyful and confident — he wanted to be all of those things and just couldn't. Instead of stumbling around in his own self-pitying darkness, he kept turning, in futility, toward the light. His suffering had the keen, meta »
"Why don't you make more movies?"
It's a quandary that has long bedeviled moviegoers just as it has, so it seems, heads of state. Why did the roundly beloved Keaton - a manic comic actor, an intense live wire, a real-deal movie star - become such an infrequent presence on the big screen?
Even at the height of Keaton's stardom in the 1980s and '90s, he was famously picky, usually doing a movie a year and turning down about as many hits (Splash, JFK, among them) as he said yes to. But after a handful of flops in the late '90s and early 2000s, Keaton all but disappeared from movies.
"I did turn a lot of things down. But a lot of the things I turned down, you would have turned down, »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
"Tim, in the movies, really invented the whole dark-superhero thing. He started everything, and some of the guys who have done these movies since then don't say that, and they're wrong."
He recently admitted that he has not watched any of the modern Batman films all the way through.
Keaton currently stars in Birdman as washed-up actor Riggan Thomson, »
Available On 3D Blu-ray, Blu Ray™ & DVD 20th October 2014
Director: Robert Stromberg
Running Time: 97 minutes
Disney’s Maleficent heads out with the intention of a fresh angle on a classic story but where the beauty of possibility is endless, the final result is disappointingly underwhelming.
We initially follow the young life of Maleficent, as she grows up in a tranquil forest kingdom but one day an invading Scottish army of some kind – I think that’s the accent they’re going for – tries to steal the land and break the harmony. As time goes by, our Maleficent becomes the protector of her realm but then suffers a ruthless, somewhat horrific, act of betrayal and it turns »
- Dan Bullock
Michael Keaton has been reminiscing about his time as Batman, and says he would re-don the cape and cowl if the chance of a reunion with Tim Burton ever presented itself. “If it was Tim Burton directing?” clarified Keaton, when asked by Entertainment Weekly whether he would ever consider playing the character again. “In a heartbeat.” “Tim, in the movies, really invented the whole dark-superhero thing. He started everything, and some of the guys who have done these movies since then don’t say that, and they’re wrong.” Meanwhile,...
- George Wales
(Cbr) Variety caught up with Joel Schumacher while the director was at the Hamptons Film Festival to accept a lifetime achievement award. For comic book fans, Schumacher will always be remembered as the man who put nipples on the Batsuit in 1995's "Batman Forever" and 1997's "Batman & Robin." The interview reveals that Schumacher is quite aware of that. “I think that will be on my gravestone,” Schumacher said of the controversial nipples. “It’s how I’ll be remembered.” Beyond the nipple talk, the Q&A session allowed Schumacher to reflect on his two installments in the Batman franchise — specifically in comparison to Tim Burton’s. “I was never able to go into the darkness,” Schumacher said. “Because of 'Batman Returns,' families had objected that it was too adult, which is no criticism of Tim Burton’s. When they offered it to me, I went to Tim and said, »
- Brett White, Comic Book Resources
A few new details in the on-screen history and future of Batman have been revealed this week. First up, Michael Keaton is out promoting his new superhero film Birdman and is answering lots of questions about his iconic role as the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton‘s films. He said the reason he didn’t do Batman […]
- Germain Lussier
In the better late than never department, Warner Home Entertainment is celebrating Batman’s 75th Anniversary with a variety of releases and just in the nick of time for the holidays comes a new edition of the 1989 Tim Burton adaptation that can arguably be said for kickstarting the current generation of super-hero films.
Burbank, Calif., August 14, 2014 – To help mark Warner Bros. Entertainment (Wbe) and DC Entertainment’s milestone 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ popular Batman character, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will release Batman 25th Anniversary Two-Disc Edition, a new Blu-ray™ edition debuting December 9 (at
$24.98 Srp) in the studio’s distinctive new sleek Diamond Luxe collector-style packaging. With its state-of-the-art sophisticated and durable design, the new packaging is perfect for those wishing to add this edition to their home libraries. Also included is
Batman: The Birth of the Modern Blockbuster — a look at the phenomenal marketing, extensive merchandising and »
- ComicMix Staff
After Batman Returns hit theaters back in 1992, director Tim Burton started working on ideas for a third film featuring the Dark Knight. This new entry was set to see the arrival of Robin (to be played by Marlon Wayans), but a lot of behind-the-scenes stuff went down (Warner Bros. felt Batman Returns was too dark for families and not a good film for selling toys – and Burton’s third film was going to be even darker, apparently) and the director eventually exited the project. Joel Schumacher came in to replace him, and the results were Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. However, there are bits and pieces of things designed for Burton’s unmade film floating around on the Internet – including this piece of concept art for the costume Wayans would have worn...
- Mike Bracken
Michael Keaton is currently doing press for his new movie Birdman, and the media can't seem to help but ask him about Batman. The superhero is a hot topic of discussion because of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is currently in production. Keaton played Bruce Wayne/Batman in Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns. He was supposed to come back for a third Batman film, but once Burton's film was ditched by the studio in favor of Joel Schumacher's Batman Forever things took a turn for the worse. The studio offered Keaton $15 million dollars to reprise his role as the Dark Knight in the film, but he turned it down. CBS Sunday Morning asked why he turned it down and he gave one simple answer,
"Sucked. Yeah, it just was awful!"
It really was. It must have been hard to turn down $15 million though! That's a lot of freakin' money! »
- Joey Paur
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…
“I think since Batman that I’ve been disinvited from Comic-Con for 20 years. I see the comment sections on all you guys. I just met Adam West there [referring to behind the Nycc main stage] and I apologized to him. Sorry about the nipples on the suit. Freeze, freeze, I apologize for that.” – George Clooney
“I never did a sequel to any of my movies, and sequels are only made for one reason: to make more money and sell more toys. I did my job. But I never got my ass in the seat right.” – Joel Schumacher
- Simon Columb
1999 will always be one of my favorite years for movies. This is partially because there were a lot of great movies released that year, but mainly because in 1999 I was in high school, and as we all know, the world was more important and less terrible when we were in high school. Last week, I took a look at which movies from 1999 had aged well, and asked which had aged poorly. The response was overwhelming, insofar as it's overwhelming that anyone likes American Beauty. However, one reader email in particular struck me as a launchpad for an important conversation. Here »
- Darren Franich
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