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Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new film Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, will be the opening film of the 71st Annual Venice Film Festival. This move obviously conveys a high amount of confidence in the film not only on the part of the Fest, but on behalf of distributor Fox Searchlight as well. So far everything bodes well for what looks to be a truly original work. Hit the jump for more on Birdman opening the Venice Film Festival. The film also stars Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, and Amy Ryan. Birdman (aka The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) opens October 17th. And if you haven’t checked out the trailer, please do so. It’s wonderful. I’m not an awards prognosticator, but it’s a decent sign that we’ll be seeing a lot about this movie when awards season hits. Recent openers have included Black Swan, »
- Evan Dickson
Italy, it would appear, will be ground zero in the resurrection of Michael Keaton's career. After a long period out of the spotlight the hyper-talented Keaton as been gradually re-entering the conversation over the past few years but it is his part in Alejandro Iñárritu's Birdman that now gives him the chance to shine in a lead role seemingly tailored for his particular talents - to say nothing of Ed Norton's underpants - and it will do so on one of the world's largest stages, having just been announced as the opening selection of the Venice International Film Festival. Which means that the generally arthouse heavy festival may actually have a bit of fun this year. Take a look at the trailer below for a...
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In the late 1980s, Michael Keaton was Batman. Decades later, he's Birdman in a meta dark comedy that has us intensely intrigued. And it seems we're not alone as the Venice Film Festival has just announced Birdman will open their prestigious cinema celebration next month. Variety reports Birdman will make its world premiere on August 27th at the 71st Venice Film Festival. The movie's theatrical debut will follow on October 17th, when Birdman will land in the U.S. Though Stateside, Michael Keaton's bizarre new project has been called simply Birdman, its title for the comedy's Venice premier is longer and bit baffling. On the Venice Film Festival website, the film is listed as Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance. Whatever its called, this movie stars Keaton as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who long ago played a iconic superhero called Birdman. Now he's struggling personally and professionally, »
There were few films anyone would have guessed would open the 2014 Venice Film Festival and at the top of the list would have been Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman with probably Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice coming in a distant second. Fox Searchlight seems ready to unleash this film on the world in a big way, most likely with showings at both Telluride and Toronto as well as Venice as excitement among the movie blogosphere is clearly high after the release of that first trailer (see below). 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. Along with Keaton, the film co-stars Edward Norton, »
- Brad Brevet
Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, will open this year’s Venice Film Festival. The movie stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor famous for having played an iconic superhero as he tries a Broadway play and restore his reputation. The movie also stars Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Ryan.
Birdman’s Venice premiere dovetails nicely with last year’s opening movie, Gravity—which Alfonso Cuaron, a good friend of Iñárritu’s, directed. And both Gravity and Birdman were shot by Emmanuel Lubezki. However, while Gravity did not compete in the festival’s competition, »
- Jacob Shamsian
The fall festival season is lurking around the corner and before long, the Telluride guessing game will commence, the massive Toronto slate will be set (it'll be interesting to see how the tug of war between those two fests shakes out) and the always finely curated Venice line-up will help point the way after high profile debuts like "Gravity" and "The Master" in recent years. Add another to that growing list, as Alejandro González Iñárritu's highly anticipated "Birdman" has been tapped to open the 71st annual fest in a move you probably could have seen coming. Fox Searchlight has made good use of Venice in the past, dropping films like "Black Swan" there before charging out into the season. Telluride has also been a big part of the studio's awards strategy over the years, so I wouldn't be shocked to see "Birdman" turn up in the Colorado mountains not »
- Kristopher Tapley
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” will open the 71st Venice International Film Festival, kicking off awards season with the first of the major fall festivals. Venice organizers announced the booking on Thursday, landing one of the most eagerly awaited of the fall's movies for a high-profile slot. The film stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifiakanis, Edward Norton and Emma Stone, and is a black comedy about an aging actor known for playing a superhero as he tries to mount a Broadway play. See video: ‘Birdman’ Teaser: A Peeved Michael Keaton Wrestles Ed Norton in His Undies (Video) Inarritu's. »
- Steve Pond
The 71st Venice Film Festival has announced that it will launch on August 27 with the world premiere of Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's "Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance". The film stars Michael Keaton as an actor who first achieved fame for playing an iconic superhero struggling to mount a Broadway play and battling his ego and demons in the days leading up to the opening night. The trailer for Iñárritu's black comedy has been stirring up plenty of buzz since it was unveiled online last month. "Birdman" reportedly takes place in real time and unfolds in a series of long, uninterrupted takes. Keaton is joined in the cast by Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. The film will be screened in competition on August 27 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony hosted by Luisa Ranieri. »
Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s black comedy stars Michael Keaton.
Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton, has been selected as the opening film of the 71st Venice Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6), where it will play in competition.
The film will receive its world premiere on August 27 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony hosted by Luisa Ranieri.
The black comedy tells the story of an actor (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.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The big three European festivals are Berlin, Cannes and Venice, and the openers for the first two of those lurched from the sublime to the ridiculous this year: Berlin nabbed Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" to kick off their fest, while Cannes was stuck with the clanging disaster of "Grace Of Monaco." Venice kept their pick under wraps until now, and fortunately, it should be closer Berlin's pick in terms of quality... The festival have announced that Alejandro G. Inarritu's "Birdman," or to give it its full title, "Birdman, or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance," will kick off proceedings on August 27th on the Lido. The return of the director of "Babel" and "Biutiful," it toplines Michael Keaton as an actor best known for playing a superhero as he tries to mount a comeback in a Broadway play, and also features Zach Galifianakais, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The black comedy, about a washed-up actor (Keaton) who once played an iconic superhero and must overcome his ego and family trouble as he struggles to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory, will world preem in competition at the fest on August 27.
“Birdman” is a Fox Searchlight Pictures/New Regency presentation of a New Regency/M Productions/Le Grisbi production. The U.S. release date is October 17, while it will be going out internationally in early 2015. The producers are Inarritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, and James W. Skotchdopole.
“Birdman” is the first foray into »
- Nick Vivarelli
Rome -- The Venice Film Festival will open its 71st edition with Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, the latest film from Ajejandro G. Iñárritu, festival officials said Thursday. The black comedy, which stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, and Naomi Watts, tells the story of an actor known for playing a popular superhero and his struggles to produce a Broadway play. Keaton is in the starring role. Photos 25 Summer Movies for Grown-Ups Iñárritu, who earned two Oscar nominations for Babel in 2007, last came to Venice with 21 Grams, which screened in competition. Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance will also screen in competition, unusual for
- George Szalai, Eric J. Lyman
A couple of years ago, Andy Serkis' name again made the rounds in the awards conversation vis a vis his performance capture work. The talk concerned his performance in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," and came nearly a decade after he stirred consideration among more progressive minds for his work in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers." Well, with a performance in "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" that is sure to outshine a great many that will be in the actual running, it's time to dust off that conversation once again. First, a quick review. At the time of "Rise," then-Fox honcho Tom Rothman naturally stumped for Serkis' work to be considered in the Oscar race. Here's what he said back then: "Our job is to try to have people be aware of and recognize great performances, even when they »
- Kristopher Tapley
While at Texas Frightmare Weekend, I had the pleasure of hearing from a few cenobites at the Hellraiser panel, known to other Frightmare attendees as the Cenobite Me panel. Doug Bradley, who played the infamous character of Pinhead, along with Nicholas Vince, who played Chatterer, and Barbie Wilde, who played the female cenobite in Hellbound: Hellraiser II reunited in Texas for a quick chat with Fangoria Magazine’s editor in chief, Chris Alexander. This was undoubtedly one of the most entertaining panels I’ve ever been to, and I feel lucky to have had witnessed it in person. However, I know a lot of people couldn’t make it all the way to Texas, so I wanted to share the experience with everyone. This way, everyone can rejoice in the event of some of horror’s most iconic figures reliving the shocking, provocative, unforgettable Hellraiser films that we all know and love. »
- Kalyn Corrigan
The last couple of years Warner Bros. has put on incredibly entertaining Comic-Con panel events for their films. The studio has announced that this year they will be bringing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Jupiter Ascending to the massive geek convention. The studio announced that the panel will take place on Saturday, July 26th.
You may have noticed that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is not a part of the lineup, which is crazy to me! The only thing I can think is that the studio will surprise fans with Zack Snyder, who will show us some footage. I'll be shocked if they don't show anything — this is the crowd that's going to want to see it!
- Joey Paur
With the San Diego Comic-Con International fast approaching, Warner Bros. has revealed its full schedule for the con, which includes movies such as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jupiter Ascending, Into the Storm and Godzilla, as well as a range of TV shows including The Big Bang Theory, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, Gotham, Constantine and The Flash. Oddly, there’s no mention of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so if those rumours about a teaser trailer and a big DC Cinematic Universe announcement are true, WB must be trying its best to keep it a surprise. Check out the full press release here…
Warner Bros. Entertainment will plant its flag at Comic-Con International: San Diego this year with a huge presence, with each individual division touting its upcoming offerings, including Film, Television, Interactive and Home Entertainment, as well as a variety of product from DC Entertainment, »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. Entertainment will plant its flag at Comic-Con International: San Diego this year with a huge presence, with each individual division touting its upcoming offerings, including Film, Television, Interactive and Home Entertainment, as well as a variety of product from DC Entertainment, whose celebrations in honor of 75 years of one of the world's most beloved Super Heroes-Batman-will be in full swing.
On Saturday, July 26th, beginning at 10 a.m., Warner Bros. Pictures brings three of its most hotly anticipated films to this year's Con: Peter Jackson will be on the main stage with The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies, from New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and George Miller will be on hand to present a first look at Mad Max: Fury Road, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. The Hall H audience will also get a peek at the Wachowski's original sci-fi actioner Jupiter Ascending, »
We are only a few weeks away from the geeky awesomeness that is San Diego Comic-Con, and studios are lining up to show off their upcoming slate of projects. Today, Warner Bros. announced details on what they plan on bringing to the show, including the DC Comics based TV shows, Batman anniversary celebration, and first looks at the final Hobbit film and Mad Max Fury Road.
If you're planning your Sdcc weekend around what could be announced, then these schedules will come in very handy for you. WB has now announced their schedule of events and broken down what they expect to show at this year's event. From the sounds of it we'll be getting our first teasers for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies and, thankfully, Mad Max: Fury Road.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Warner Bros. Entertainment will plant its flag at Comic-Con International: San Diego this year with a huge presence, with each individual division touting its upcoming offerings, including Film, Television, Interactive and Home Entertainment, as well as a variety of product from DC Entertainment, whose celebrations in honor of 75 years of one of the world’s most beloved Super Heroes—Batman—will be in full swing.
On Saturday, July 26th, beginning at 10 a.m., Warner Bros. Pictures brings three of its most hotly anticipated films to this year’s Con: Peter Jackson will be on the main stage with “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” from New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and George Miller will be on hand to present a first look at “Mad Max: Fury Road,” from Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures. The Hall H audience will also get a peek at the Wachowskis’ original sci-fi actioner “Jupiter Ascending, »
- Kellvin Chavez
Warner Bros. will present the films “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Jupiter Ascending” during its studio presentation inside the San Diego Convention Center’s massive Hall H at Comic-Con later this month.
Peter Jackson is set to take the stage to promote the final installment of the “The Hobbit” trilogy, while George Miller will present “Mad Max.” Warner Bros. has yet to say who will attend for “Jupiter Ascending.”
“Jupter Ascending” had originally been set to bow July 18 but was pushed to February 2015. Comic-Con will enable WB to generate more buzz for the sci-fier.
- Marc Graser
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