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Recently taking stock of his career, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu began to wonder if he might have gotten stuck in a creative rut of his own making.
“It was like I was on a ladder, and I was getting a little too comfortable,” says the 51-year-old filmmaker as he holds out two clenched fists, miming the grip on that ladder. “I was just doing my work. It was a habit. I was stuck, half out of fear and half out of safety. And I said to myself, ‘I’m going to let go of the ladder.’ ”
For Inarritu, letting go meant taking a stab at his first full-fledged comedy, albeit one with a strong undercurrent of existential despair. In the director’s self-reflexive “Birdman,” Michael Keaton stars as an actor once famous for playing a superhero, now trying to save his »
- Scott Foundas
Emma Stone has a new look at the Venice Film Festival.
Ciao Bella! Emma Stone is at the 71st Venice Film Festival with short hair and a dark green Valentino Couture gown that has a very low cut. Her red hair goes fabulous with that color, and she pulls off the latest bob trend.
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Birdman is about an actor who once played an iconic superhero, but he must overcome his ego and family trouble when he tries to mount a Broadway production to reclaim his past glory. The film is set to debut at the New York Film Festival on October 11, 2014.
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The 71st Venice Film Festival opened earlier today with the world premiere of Alejandro G. Iñárritu's newest film, "Birdman." Naturally, accompanying the screening was a red carpet and a photocall featuring Iñárritu as well as the cast of "Birdman" along with other celebrities. In the gallery below then you will find the likes of Michael Keaton, who leads the cast, along with pictures of Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, and more. Certainly, everyone appears to be having an enjoyable time at the festivities. Check them out for yourself and see what you think. As for the film itself, in the HitFix review of "Birdman," Catherine Bray gives the movie an "A-" rating. She writes that it "offers several sure bets come Oscar season," and that while it may not win the Oscar for Best Picture, she would "be genuinely shocked if it wasn't nominated." The Venice Film »
- Josh Lasser
Venice – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s bold "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" sent the 71st Venice Film Festival flying high with journos almost unanimously raving about the pic following the packed morning press screening before stars Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Amy Ryan, and Andrea Riseborough pranced down the Lido red carpet on a balmy evening amid cheering fans and frenzied paparazzi.
The film, a Fox Searchlight/New Regency presentation, produced by Inarritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole, will be released by Fox in North America on October 17 and will go out internationally in early 2015.
At the post-screening presser Inarritu said that after making purely dramatic films, such as “21 Grams” and “Babel,” he wanted to “go away from my confort zone and jump into something that I really wanted, but that I never thought would happen: which is to laugh on the set.”
- Nick Vivarelli
The Venice International Film Festival has a long history of introducing Oscar contenders, with critically-acclaimed hits and Best Picture nominees such as The Wrestler, Black Swan and last year's Gravity making their world premieres at the festival. This year's Venice International Film Festival kicked off earlier this week with Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, and if the overwhelmingly positive reviews are any indication, this could be the year's first major Oscar contender.
The story, as we saw in the first international trailer from last month, centers on Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton), a washed up actor who used to play a famous superhero character on the big screen. He tries to mount a comeback by putting on a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, although little goes as planned.
Take a look at excerpts from some of the early reviews that have come in from Venice, »
Emma Stone didn't have boyfriend Andrew Garfield by her side when she walked the red carpet in a Valentino gown during the opening ceremony of the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday. The actress is at the famed festival to premiere Birdman, which also stars Michael Keaton and Edward Norton. Emma, who was sporting a shorter hairstyle, made the stop in Italy after wrapping up filming on her upcoming Woody Allen film in NYC earlier this Summer. (The new movie, starring Joaquin Phoenix, is not to be confused with Emma's other Woody film, Magic in the Moonlight, which hit theaters earlier this month.) Keep scrolling for more shots of celebrities at the Venice Film Festival, and be sure to check back over the week for more stars! »
When we heard Michael Keaton was doing a new superhero movie, everyone got interested. When we heard he’d be joined by Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts, the film became anticipated. Then we heard it would be directed by Alejandro González Inarritu, in one single take, it became one of our […]
- Germain Lussier
Venetian perennial Alejandro Inarritu opens this year’s Venice Film Festival with the exhilarating Birdman, a self-referential, biting comedy that channels something of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off but this time it’s for the Twitter generation.
The setting is a Broadway theatre, and our hero (or should I say superhero?) is aging Hollywood star Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), he of the Birdman superhero trilogy, last seen spreading his wings in the early 1990s. Now Thomson has decided to bring his stage adaptation of a Raymond Carver story to the stage, writing, directing and starring in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.
Has he undertaken too great a task? Is he just another Hollywood has-been using the New York theatre scene to boost his ego and show of his acting chops? The evil Times critic appears to think so and she is determined that he fail. She is played by Lindsay Duncan, »
- Jo-Ann Titmarsh
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman premiered at the Venice Film Festival only a short time ago and the first reviews are finally hitting the web and they are glowing as well as informative. Alonso Duralde's review at The Wrap the film tells us Inarritu and cinematographer Emanuel Lubezki (Gravity) "have used camera and editing tricks to make the film look like one continuous take, and while it sounds gimmicky, the constantly moving camera and seeming lack of edits underscore the jitteriness of the proceedings". Peter Debruge at Variety is ecstatic in his review opening with a paragraph that should get you primed to see the pic once it hits theaters on October 17: A quarter-century after Batman ushered in the era of Hollywood mega-tentpoles -- hollow comicbook pictures manufactured to enthrall teens and hustle merch -- a penitent Michael Keaton returns with the comeback of the century, Birdman or (The »
- Brad Brevet
Michael Keaton’s character in raved-about Venice Film Festival opener and Competition entry Birdman and the actor himself share a common thread — they both gained enormous fame playing superheroes in the ’90s. In the film, Keaton’s Riggan Thompson is unable to escape his winged, spandex-clad alter ego who haunts, taunts and goads him incessantly. Keaton and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu both feel everybody has their own sort of Birdman, but for Keaton it’s not the caped crusader he played in Tim Burton’s Batman movies. They had a “giant effect” on his career especially as his international profile skyrocketed, but the character isn’t a sort of negative presence. A first question about Batman came up early in a press conference for Birdman in Venice today and Keaton said, “I just came back from Africa and I fucking love elephants, so I’m Ok with the elephant in the room… »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's showbiz satire "Birdman" kicked off the 71st edition of the Venice film festival on Wednesday and soared into the Oscar race with a slew of rave reviews. Critics singled out star Michael Keaton for his turn as a faded film star, known for playing a superhero, who hopes to stage a comeback on Broadway. Also being hailed is the scene-stealing performance of Edward Norton as his rival both on and offstage. -Break- It is never too early to dish the Oscars Join the red-hot debate in our fiery forums right now Variety scribe Peter DeBruge called the film "a triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution, that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career." For Mark Adams (Screen International), the film "finally offers the talented Michael Keaton a role. »
Venice has done it again. Last year, Gravity blasted the lid off the festival as the opener and today Birdman, a film that’s got a fair bit in common with that one, bowed to one of the best receptions I have ever experienced on the Lido. (It’s even trending at No. 4 on Italian Twitter.) Applause, laughter and strong emotion emanated from attendees in the refurbed Sala Darsena this morning during the first press screening. Making my way out afterwards, I heard “bellissimo” uttered at least a dozen times.
Ahead of the festival, chief Alberto Barbera told me the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed dark comedy was “inventive.” He wasn’t kidding. A scorching satire on celebrity mixed with existential musings on life, it’s being hailed as a technical tour de force and a potentially career-defining role for lead Michael Keaton as a former Hollywood star known primarily for his »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman opens the 71st Venice International Film Festival today, and the first reviews are in. Variety's Peter Debruge calls it a "delirious coup de grace—a triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution." As the once-huge movie star Riggan Thomson, Michael Keaton is "dream casting, and he’s fearless," writes Time Out's Cath Clarke. The Telegraph's Robbie Collin: "Riggan, his publicist Brandon (Zach Galifianakis), daughter (Emma Stone) and fellow cast members (Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough) come clattering in and out of shot like characters in a farce, underscored by a stumbling, skittering drumbeat. There are streaks of 42nd Street, The Producers and Sunset Boulevard here, but otherwise, Birdman isn’t much like anything else at all. Think Black Swan directed by Mel Brooks and you’re in the vicinity, but only just." » - David Hudson »
Venice - Truth or dare? This is a game played by two characters in magnificently acidic metatextual comedy "Birdman." It's also the film as a three-word question. Truth or dare? Real stage actor or star? You can have your artistic integrity, or you can have a hit. You can go Method, or you can really fly. You can be Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), or you can be Birdman (Riggan Thomson). Initially, "Birdman" poses as a trenchant critique of the seemingly endless parade of men in capes that is the summer blockbuster season (Michael Fassbender and Robert Downey Jr. are name-checked as fine actors currently otherwise occupied), but it's actually rather more nuanced than that. The values of the sober-minded art espoused by a poisonous critic (Lindsay Duncan) and the untrustworthy joys of escapist cinema are both probed and prodded in this film. It's impossible for a film featuring the nightmare »
- Catherine Bray
A quarter-century after “Batman” ushered in the era of Hollywood mega-tentpoles — hollow comicbook pictures manufactured to enthrall teens and hustle merch — a penitent Michael Keaton returns with the comeback of the century, “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” a blisteringly hot-blooded, defiantly anti-formulaic look at a has-been movie star’s attempts to resuscitate his career by mounting a vanity project on Broadway. , that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career.
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Keaton was a controversial choice to play the Caped Crusader back in 1989, though the role was the best and worst thing that could have happened to the “Mr. Mom” star, who became world-renowned but never found another role of that stature — and who didn’t get nearly the same boost from working with Tarantino (on »
- Peter Debruge
Gambling has been extensively used in movies as a plot device to convey tension and instances of high drama. Whether it’s a spin at the roulette table or a game of cards, seeing the hero and enemy at the mercy of sheer luck is a heart-stopping moment in any film that has us at the edge of our seats eager to find out the outcome of their gamble.
But you shouldn’t believe everything you see on the big screen. In this article we list the five silliest gambling scenes in movie history and explain the mistakes that spoil the fun for gamblers who know their game.
Director: Robert Luketic
Running time: 123 minutes
21 is a crime-thriller-drama movie that follows the factual exploits of six MIT whizz kids who decide to combine their intellectual genius to take on the blackjack tables at Vegas »
- Gary Collinson
Ant-Man only began filming last week on the streets of San Francisco, but eagle-eyed fans have already noticed a cool Easter egg on set, which ties the story of this Marvel Phase Three adventure into 2008's The Incredible Hulk.
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As you can see in the photo, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) walks past a billboard poster for Pingo Doce soda. In The Incredible Hulk, which is still considered part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Bruce Banner (then played by Edward Norton), worked at a Brazillian bottling plant while he was trying to control his anger issues.
A drop of his gamma-infused blood drips into one of the Pingo Doce soda bottles. Later in the movie, Stan Lee (doing his infamous cameo) opens his fridge to retrieve that same bottle, drinking it only to come down with 'gamma sickness'.
You can watch the original scene »
Along with those new photos yesterday of Jeremy Renner sporting his swank new coat on the set, the new issue of Empire (via Cbm) also includes some quotes from "Avengers: Age of Ultron" director Joss Whedon and Marvel's Kevin Feige about both the villain Ultron and the inclusion of the famed 'Hulkbuster' armor in the movie.
In terms of the robot nemesis, Whedon says the film on the whole "is more epic and in other ways it's more noirish and suspect and devious and specific. Ultron... he's got a touch of the apocalypse in him."
Feige adds: "Ultron was the villain Joss wanted, from midway through production on the first film, to have serious repercussions for The Avengers. We unveiled a poster here [at Comic Con] which is nothing but Ultron after Ultron after Ultron clawing at the beginning to defeat all of our Avengers. That's what a lot of this movie is about. »
- Garth Franklin
"Ant-Man" is currently shooting in San Francisco where Paul Rudd was spotted walking around with a backpack. While that may not be too interesting, in the background hangs some advertising, promoting Pingo Doce soda. For those who remember, the soda was first seen in Edward Norton's "The Incredible Hulk." Banner worked at a Brazilian bottling plant where a drop of his blood drips into the drink. We later see Stan Lee opening his fridge and taking a sip of the soda, resulting in sickness. With Pingo Doce appearing in "Ant-Man," that may mean one of several things. The whole movie may be set during the same time as "The Incredible Hulk" or maybe it's a flashback scene. Either way, there's an opportunity to add Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and potentially establish a relationship between the two characters. There's also an opportunity to show events from earlier Marvel films from a different perspective. »
It’s official: Emma Stone will make her Broadway debut in Cabaret beginning November 11th and hanging around Studio 54 as B-grade chanteuse Sally Bowles through February 1, 2015. Michelle Williams, who opened in this revival of Sam Mendes’s Tony Award winning production in the spring, will play Sally for the final time on November 9th. Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man franchise) stars with Zack Galafianakis, Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in Birdman, opening October 17.
Showing faith in the show’s even longer-term prospects, Studio 54 owner the Roundabout Theatre Company also announced that headliner Alan Cumming, reprising as the Emcee, and co-stars Linda Emond and Danny Burstein, have re-upped through March 29, 2015.
- Jeremy Gerard
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