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It’s worth seeing Alejandro G. Iñárritu's "Birdman" a second time. For me, the first viewing was about spotting cuts and marveling at the elaborate camera work. The second time I was caught up in the performances. When the filmmaker turned 50, his examination of his life and psyche led him to collaborate with a team of writers on this sharp show business comedy that skewers the current Hollywood obsession with superheroes as it reveals the psychological pitfalls of the creative process. This is something G. Iñárritu knows something about, as he followed up his breakout "Amores Perros" with a series of tough English-language dramas ("Babel," "21 Grams") as well as Spanish "Biutiful," which garnered an Oscar nomination for Javier Bardem. This movie was not easy to realize, given the logistical and aesthetic risk of shooting in a radical new way via a series of long single takes--giving the illusion »
- Anne Thompson
Courtesy of a script by Cormac McCarthy, Ridley Scott’s 2013 thriller veers wildly between over-the-top satire reminiscent of Terry Southern at his most indelicate and grimly ghoulish violence a la McCarthy’s own "No Country For Old Men." The stellar cast, who seem down for anything, includes Michael Fassbender as the slightly honorable lawyer to an extremely dishonorable drug runner played by Javier Bardem. Brad Pitt drops in for a charming cameo as a doomed business associate but the film will be best remembered for Cameron Diaz as the crime lord’s girlfriend who reminds us you can’t spell “carnal” without “car”. »
- Trailers From Hell
Colin Farrell is apparently the latest actor added to the mix when it comes to those being considered for the title role in Marvel's Doctor Strange. He joins names that include Benedict Cumberbatch, Keanu Reeves, Jared Leto and Justin Theroux. Scott Derrickson is directing for a July 8, 2016 release. The Wrap In a new interview director Guillermo del Toro says the first draft of Pacific Rim 2 is completed with an eye to start shooting around November next year. He also adds, "Some of your favorite characters come back, some others don't because we have decided that we're going to shoot ambitiously and say 'Let's hope we have three movies.' So some characters come in at the end of the second, hoping that it will ramp up on the third one." Collider Scarlett Johansson has reportedly been offered $10 million to star in the Rupert Sanders-directed adaptation of the Japanese »
- Brad Brevet
The Lumière Festival was created by Cannes chief Thierry Frémaux and Lumière Institute President Bertrand Tavernier six years ago here in Lyon, the birthplace of cinema. As the week-long event that wraps tomorrow has grown, it has become a favorite stop on the calendar for filmmakers, film buffs and friends of Frémaux to attend. It includes restorations, masterclasses and retrospectives, but no competition. And it’s not just art-house either — tonight’s program includes an Alien marathon presented by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and a screening of Die Hard with John McTiernan hosting. Last year’s Prix Lumière winner, Quentin Tarantino, spent several days soaking up the scene here in 2013. This year’s recipient of the Lumière Prize, which has previously also gone to Milos Forman, Gérard Depardieu, Ken Loach and Clint Eastwood, was Oscar-winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.
On Friday night, a two-and-a-half hour tribute to Almodovar concluded with a rousing »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The Important News DC and Warner Bros. announced a whole ton of superhero movies, including solo Aquaman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Shazam, Cyborg and Green Lantern installments and more Justice League and Batman. Batman is also getting a Lego Movie spin-off. Wonder Woman Gal Gadot is also going to star in Ben-Hur. Marvel announced Iron Man will be a co-lead in Captain America 3, which will be based on the comics' Civil War storyline. Black Widow Scarlett Johansson is going to star in Ghost in the Shell. Dave Bautista is going to be an evil henchman in the next Bond movie. Former Bond movie villain Javier Bardem will now be a Pirates of the Caribbean villain. Gone Girl is still the tops at the box office. And one of its stars is hosting the...
- Christopher Campbell
30. No Country for Old Men (2007)
Scene: Coin Flip
There was a brief period of time from 2006-2009 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made some more daring, but wholly deserved choices for Best Picture. It began in 2006, when Martin Scorsese finally won for The Departed which, while not his best and not nearly as dark as, say, Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, still leaned that direction. Three years later, they handed the Oscar to The Hurt Locker over the blockbuster Avatar, rewarding quality over audience love. But in between the two it was given to No Country for Old Men, an incredibly dark neo-Western based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It’s still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, an incredible cat-and-mouse journey through West Texas in the 1980′s. The film stars Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, »
- Joshua Gaul
Michael Keaton is perhaps best known for playing Batman in a pair of Tim Burton-directed superhero movies, whose visionary tone has set the standard for the genre until this day. And now he's stepping back into the superhero suit (sort of) for "Birdman," the latest film from "Babel" director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
"Birdman" tells the story of an actor who has been immortalized in a series of superhero movies (played, obviously, by Keaton), who decides to attempt a comeback by writing, directing, and starring in a stage adaptation of a Raymond Carver story. Of course, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. (Andrea Riseborough, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, and Emma Stone co-star.)
So why is everyone talking about this relatively little movie that could conceivably do very big things? Read on to find out!
1. Michael Keaton Is Truly Incredible
Michael Keaton is kind of always incredible. »
- Drew Taylor
Once upon a time, Johnny Depp was a reasonably sane actor with only a few zany hats in his personal collection. Once upon a time, the name “Pirates of the Caribbean” conjured up animatronic seafarers, skeletons guarding plastic treasure and that skipping track playing “yo-ho yo-ho” over and over in a dark tunnel until it was time to leave and get a delicious churro. That all changed in 2003 when Disney realized turning their park rides into movies was a valid business venture (thanks for the Haunted Mansion memories, Eddie Murphy), and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was born. Four movies — and Depp staggering around doing his best Keith Richards impression (and an actual Keith Richards eventually too) — later we can now look forward to Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. It’s certainly about time that they used that phrase, isn’t it? It »
- Samantha Wilson
Exclusive: When Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu stumbles into a suite in the Park Hyatt with his co-writers Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Nicolas Giacobone and Armando Bo, each feels the influence of last night’s party after their film closed the New York Film Festival. A little hung over and more than a little giddy at the rousing response given their frenzied film that was backed by New Regency and will be released Friday by Fox Searchlight, they swap stories of a wild night that included card tricks by street magician David Blaine that left them dumbstruck. Mostly, they are relieved to have pulled off a major parlor trick with Birdman, a satire that in equal measure skewers Hollywood’s superhero fixation, artistic insecurity, and even holier-than-thou critics who kill Broadway shows.
They did it with a movie that plays more like Black Swan than any recent Oscar buzzworthy black comedy to come along since. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Javier Bardem is in early talks to star as a villainous character opposite Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Bardem would play a ghost pirate seeking revenge. The fifth installment of the series is scheduled to shoot in February, aiming for release in 2017. Bardem previously played villains to superb effect in the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men and the James Bond adventure Skyfall (above). [The Wrap] Jurassic World: Director Colin Trevorrow debuted the first official poster for Jurassic World via social media, featuring the tag line: "The Park Is Open." It doesn't tell us anything new about the movie, which is heading to theaters on June 12, 2015, but the dark...
- Peter Martin
Movie News - Javier Bardem is in talks to be the new villain in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tells No Tales'. The 45-year-old 'No Country for Old Men' actor is reportedly in talks with producers to play the new bad guy in the Disney film series, which has also starred Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Javier is keen on playing a ghostly pirate, who is looking to exact revenge on Jack Sparrow (Depp) who is responsible for the death of the ghost's brother. However, it is thought that the actor is only in the early stages of discussing the as-yet-unnamed role with the executives, which is due to start filming in Australia. The script has been worked on by 'Catch Me If You Can' writer Jeff Nathanson and Terry Rossio who has worked on all the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' film. »
A veritable cavalcade? avalanche? orgy? of links this morning from news stories we haven't covered through interesting film tidbits and showbiz articles we wanted to point out for various reasons.
Vanity Fair looks back at the making of now 20 year old Pulp Fiction
Fox Searchlight Birdman gets an incredible series of city-specific movie posters. Hopefully various movie theaters around the country will latch on to this. Such a fun idea.
The Spy in the Sandwich looks at Oscar's resistance to Asian cinema in the Foreign Language Film category and The Phillipines in particular
NonFics 10 essential documentaries on sex and sexuality. »
- NATHANIEL R
Javier Bardem is talks with Disney to play the villain in the fifth "Pirates of the Caribbean" film, called "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." If the deal is signed, Bardem will play the role of Captain Brand, a ghost bent on revenge against Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), who he holds responsible for the murder of his brother. Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) has been rumored to play the part, but the studio made an official offer to Bardem. Bardem is no stranger to playing villains, having played Silva in the last James Bond movie "Skyfall." He also won an Oscar for his performance as Anton Chigurh in "No Country for Old Men." "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" will be directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki) and will begin filming in Februaryin Australia. It will then hit theaters on July 7th, »
Unnerving charisma factory Javier Bardem could be giving Johnny Depp a run for his booty when Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 starts shooting in Australia. The actor is reportedly close to signing up as Jack Sparrow’s latest nemesis, following in the footsteps of Geoffrey Rush, Bill Nighy and Ian McShane. His character will apparently share the supernatural tendencies of Nighy’s tentacle-faced Davy Jones and Rush’s undead pain in the backside Barbossa. Anyone who’s seen Bardem in No Country For Old Men or Skyfall knows he can do spooky in spades, so Sparrow may have quite a fight on his greasy, no good hands.
Depp and Bardem previously worked together on Before Night Falls, where the former famously appeared in drag. While the casting has yet to be confirmed, I can’t see the Spanish star dragging his heels too long over the prospect of a sun-drenched escapade messing about in boats. »
- Steve Palace
Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 - currently going by the nice and short title of Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales - is finally heading into production earlier next year. The film will shoot mainly in Australia, and Johnny Depp will be reprising the role of Captain Jack Sparrow again. Furthermore, Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg are locked in to direct, with Jerry Bruckheimer producing.
And as the start date for the movie edges just a little closer, a major piece of casting news has dropped. Clearly the Pirates Of The Caribbean team were quite fond of Skyfall, as they're reportedly in early discussions with Javier Bardem to take on the role of the villain in the new film.
Nobody is saying anything official about this thus far, »
Javier Bardem is said to be in talks to play the villain in the latest instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Javier Bardem is said to be playing a ‘ghost pirate’ who clashes with Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow. Jared Leto was also allegedly approached first for the role but bowed out, while Christoph Waltz was also rumoured for the villain role in the fifth instalment as well.
Javier Bardem’s wife, Penelope Cruz appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and could be set to reprise her role. Actors Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Jack Davenport have all been rumoured to return but there is no official word as of yet.
- Thomas Roach
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales: Javier Bardem is in early talks to star as a villainous character opposite Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Bardem would play a ghost pirate seeking revenge. The fifth installment of the series is scheduled to shoot in February, aiming for release in 2017. Bardem previously played villains to superb effect in the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men and the James Bond adventure Skyfall (above). [The Wrap]...
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It looks like Javier Bardem might still have a bone to pick with Jack Sparrow after Sparrow's last Pirates of the Caribbean adventure ended with Bardem's wife, Penélope Cruz (Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive 2014), stranded on a deserted island. His plans for revenge look to be coming to fruition sooner than later as earlier today, TheWrap reported that the Academy Award winner is in early talks to play the villain in 2017's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which will be the fifth installment in the billion-dollar Johnny Depp-led franchise. The role in question is that of Captain Brand, who is "a ghost bent on revenge against Capt. Jack Sparrow, who he holds responsible for the murder of his brother." The fifth Pirates of the Carribbean adventure will see both Johnny Depp return as Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush return as Barbossa. Outside of them, it »
Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 may well have found its chief antagonist, with Javier Bardem reportedly in talks to play Jack Sparrow’s latest enemy. The Wrap reports that Bardem is currently negotiating with Disney to play the villain of the piece, a ghost captain who blames Sparrow for the death of his beloved brother. Christoph Waltz had initially been linked to the role, but Disney are thought to have made an offer to the Spanish actor whose wife, Penelope Cruz, appeared in the last instalment in the franchise. THR also confirms...
- George Wales
Bardem is reportedly set to play a ghost captain who blames Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow for the death of his brother and is searching for a supernatural object to aid him.
Another key role yet to be cast is a love interest for Depp, a woman who is accused of being a witch. Joachim Ronnin and Espen Sandbreg are directing the film.
Geoffrey Rush is also reportedly set to return as Barbosa in the project which begins a five month shoot next year in Australia.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
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