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The Week in Spandex – Avengers: Age of Ultron, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Statick Shock, Superman Lives, Spawn and more

1 hour ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Big Hero 6, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, Shazam, The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, Constantine, Static Shock, Batman 66, Lego DC Comics Super Heroes, Batman Triumphant, Superman Lives, Spawn and more….

Well, it’s certainly been a huge week for Marvel fans! Having announced that we’d get our first look at Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron during the next episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, Marvel were forced to act when the trailer leaked early, (via Hydra, no less!) prompting the studio to release an official version which went on to pull in an astonishing 35 million views in 24 hours, »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Ouija,’ ‘John Wick,’ Lead Top Five Friday, Bill Murray Graces ‘St. Vincent’ In Box Office Weekend

6 hours ago | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

1st Update, Friday 11:51 Pm: Ouija’s CinemaScore is probably the most frightening thing about this movie. No wonder they wouldn’t screen it. This micro-budgeted film based on the popular Hasbro toy from Blumhouse and Universal Pictures is estimated to have scared in about $8M Friday (including the $911K from late nights) and is on track for a 3-day gross of around $19M+. It got a C CinemaScore. Expect it to fall off the board with its percentage drop next weekend.

John Wick, the violent R-rated film which was a co-production with China, had the advantage of opening in IMAX theaters this weekend. The CinemaScore is only a B which means exit polls for its core audience weren’t that great despite mixed to positive reviews. That will average out to a 2.9 multiple. Surprisingly, Keanu Reeves’ average opening is only $17.6M for wide releases. To show how horrible the tracking continues to be, »

- Anita Busch

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Oscar experts predict 'Birdman' will get 10 nominations

13 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"Birdman" lands in movie theaters as a formidable Oscar contender with strong support from critics (93% at Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences (A- Cinemascore), too. Happily, it also received a warm welcome when shown to voters at its official academy screening last week. According to our Experts' predictions, "Birdman" will reap 10 nominations: Best Picture, Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Actor (Michael Keaton), Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Music Score. Possibly, visual effects, too. -Break- Currently, it's ahead to win in two races (Best Actor, Cinematography) and is within striking distance (top three slots) in six more: Director, Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Original Screenplay, Editing and even Best Picture. Keaton has a commanding lead in the Best Actor contes »

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Oscar experts give 'Birdman' great odds in 10 top races

13 hours ago | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

"Birdman" lands in movie theaters as a formidable Oscar contender with strong support from critics (93% at Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences (A- Cinemascore), too. Happily, it also received a warm welcome when shown to voters at its official academy screening last week. According to our Experts' predictions, "Birdman" will reap 10 nominations: Best Picture, Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Actor (Michael Keaton), Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design and Music Score. Possibly, visual effects. -Break- Currently, it's ahead to win in two races (Best Actor, Cinematography) and is within striking distance (top three slots) in six more: Director, Supporting Actor (Edward Norton), Supporting Actress (Emma Stone), Original Screenplay, Editing and even Best Picture. Keaton has a commanding lead in the Best Actor contest wit »

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Zach Galifianakis and Amy Ryan Talk Birdman, Working with Director of Photography Emmanuel Lubezki, Michael Keaton, and More

13 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

I love this time of year.  The weather starts to cool off, football games start to matter and Hollywood releases some incredible movies that will be in play during Award season.  That brings me to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s incredible new film, Birdman.  Made to look like one long shot, Birdman stars Michael Keaton as an actor who once played an iconic superhero and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.  While some movies have incredible performances or a great script, Birdman is one of those rare films where everything across the board is memorable.  It’s absolutely one of my favorite films of 2014 and it should be seen as soon as possible.  Trust me, this is a special movie that you will want to see.  The film also stars Edward NortonNaomi Watts, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Edward Norton reflects on his departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

17 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in 2010, Marvel Studios unveiled its roster for The Avengers, with Mark Ruffalo being brought in to replace Edward Norton as Bruce Banner, a role Norton had filled in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. According to Marvel’s Kevin Feige, the decision was made to bring in an actor “who embodies the creativity and collaborative spirit of our other talented cast members” and “who thrives working as part of an ensemble.” Naturally Norton wasn’t too happy about this, with his reps accusing Marvel of deliberately painting him in a bad light, and now the actor has spoken about his departure from the McU during an interview with EW:

“My feeling was that I experimented and experienced what I wanted to. I really, really enjoyed it. And yet, I looked at the balance of time in life that one spends not only making those sorts of films but then especially putting them out, »

- Gary Collinson

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The Wide Open Spaces of Best Supporting Actor

19 hours ago | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

With only six presumed major contenders yet to be screened by these eyes (Unbroken, Big Eyes, Into the Woods, A Most Violent Year, Selma, American Sniper) it's awfully late in the year for there to be so little in the way of clues as to what the full Supporting Actor lineup might look like. In a more competitive year Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), and Edward Norton (Birdman) probably wouldn't seem like cast iron locks in October. But they do. 

Kingsley (Exodus), Waltz (Big Eyes), Caine (Interstellar), Duvall (The Judge). 19% of the nominees in this category in the past 20 years have been previous winners.

In the fantasy world inside my head, the Academy board of governors throws up their hands and admits defeat, making a special ruling that from this day forward there will be 7 Supporting Actress nominees each year and only 3 Supporting Actors because everyone knows that's the »

- NATHANIEL R

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'Birdman' Review: Madness Meets Artistry in This Ambitious Movie

24 October 2014 4:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Birdman" is the latest film from "21 Grams" and "Babel" director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Actually, that might not be the real title of the movie, as journalists received the following message prior to the screening: "Please use the film's full title, "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance," the first time the film is mentioned in an article. " Meanwhile, on IMDb the title is listed with brackets: "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)."

If this seems a mix of confusing and pedantic, then that's in keeping with the tone of much of the film. There's a lot to admire about this work, but it also feels like it's trying too damn hard at times to be quirky and different, right down to the convoluted title.

What's it about?

Plot-wise, we follow a Hollywood star that's looking for a bit of authenticity by staging a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver's »

- Jason Gorber

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) – The Review

23 October 2014 10:31 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing.” That’s a message on a postcard displayed on the dressing room mirror of Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton) in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance). With that phrase in mind, I feel it’s best to simply say, “Go see the movie. Then we can talk about it.” I could leave this review at that considering the film brings into question the role of the critic when an actor, director, or artist puts their heart and soul on the line for his or her art. But just plainly urging you to see the movie is also counter-productive when there is so much love, effort, and ideas pulsating from this work of art. And it is just that. Birdman is a work of art. Don’t take my word for it though, go and see it for yourself. »

- Michael Haffner

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"Birdman," "Once Upon a Time," and More Highlights From Nycc - Friday

23 October 2014 7:46 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Friday at New York Comic Con is over, and wow, it was a busy day! On the main stage, there was ABC’s Once Upon a Time, as well as Michael Keaton and Edward Norton’s new film Birdman. Meanwhile, “Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender and the Comic Book Medium” was at full capacity (and then some!), and it definitely did not disappoint with a wide variety of artists, writers, and creators. Here are the highlights from Friday, including a preview of Michael Keaton and Edward Norton's new film Birdman, social justice superheroes, and great cosplay from New York Comic Con!

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- Rachel Kolb

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Film Review: Michael Keaton Soars in Mesmerizing ‘Birdman’

23 October 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – There are parts of “Birdman” that are absolutely breathtaking, in dialogue, performance and visual acumen. Even its subtitle, “The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” has a wonderful payoff. Michael Keaton provides an Oscar worthy performance as the title character.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

The film is cut as if it were one long take, with cinematic coolness from director Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Babel”). If you’ve heard about the film, with Michael Keaton portraying a character that once starred in a huge superhero franchise, then you may think it’s autobiographical – substitute Batman for Birdman. But this is a fully realized and complex character that is mostly unlike the real life and affable Keaton. The performance is up close and personal, it goes places that are both dark and light, it mingles with the energy of the supporting cast with vivid and glorious insight. This is the Michael Keaton that proves he can »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Drummer Antonio Sanchez Sets The Cadence For His Birdman Score

23 October 2014 12:55 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“Rhythm is everything in cinema,” says director Alejandro G. Iñárritu.

Making the unique choice for the Birdman soundtrack, Iñárritu went with an almost total drum score by four-time Grammy Award winner Antonio Sanchez.

Sanchez is considered by many critics and musicians alike to be one of the most prominent drummers, bandleaders and composers of his generation.

Sanchez will open the 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Awards with a special drum performance from Birdman. Held at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood on Tuesday, November 4, Sanchez will play his critically acclaimed drum score live to a scene from the film.

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, »

- Michelle McCue

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Edward Norton Reveals Why He Didn't Return as Hulk in 'Avengers'

23 October 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When Edward Norton signed on to play Bruce Banner in The Incredible Hulk, Marvel's second Phase One adventure, many fans assumed that he would return for The Avengers, which was teased at the end of Iron Man. Edward Norton eventually turned down the chance to reprise his role as the Green Machine, paving the way for Mark Ruffalo to step in. While discussing his new indie hit Birdman, which is currently playing in limited release, Edward Norton explained why he decided to step away from Hulk in a new interview with NPR.

"My feeling was that I experimented and experienced what I wanted to. I really, really enjoyed it. And yet, I looked at the balance of time in life that one spends not only making those sorts of films but then especially putting them out, and the obligations that rightly come with that. There were just a lot of things-i wanted more diversity. »

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Norton Talks Not Playing "Hulk" Again

23 October 2014 8:49 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Whilst Ang Lee's "Hulk" with Eric Bana is a one-off dead end, 2008's "The Incredible Hulk" is considered a part of the official canon of Marvel Studios films and within the Marvel Cinematic Universe's continuity.

Edward Norton played the part of Bruce Banner/Hulk in that film, a role which was recast for "The Avengers" with Mark Ruffalo taking over the part and scoring a much more welcome reaction from fans.

Still, Norton was originally slated to return for "The Avengers" and opted not to. In a new interview with NPR, the acclaimed actor spoke about turning down the role:

"My feeling was that I experimented and experienced what I wanted to. I really, really enjoyed it. And yet, I looked at the balance of time in life that one spends not only making those sorts of films but then especially putting them out, and the obligations that rightly come with that. »

- Garth Franklin

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Why Edward Norton Doesn't Play The Hulk Anymore, According To Edward Norton

23 October 2014 8:16 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Edward Norton has revealed why he didn.t play The Hulk in The Avengers, and he has basically suggested that he wouldn.t have wanted to do it anyway... even if they.d asked him. Edward Norton rebooted Bruce Banner in Louis Leterrier.s The Incredible Hulk back in 2008. While not totally terrible, the movie failed to truly connect with its intended audience, only generating $263.4 million at the box office. This poor display -- as well as a number of other creative issues between Marvel Studios, Norton and Leterrier -- resulted in Mark Ruffalo taking the part of The Hulk for Joss Whedon.s 2012 monster-hit, The Avengers. Of course his success in the film means that Norton.s time as Banner has almost been entirely dismissed. But despite the way it panned out, Norton has now told NPR that he doesn.t regret starring in the film and he.s »

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Behind the Scenes with Birdman's Star-Studded Cast (Video)

23 October 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Michael Keaton stars as has-been actor Riggan Thompson, best known for his role as a superhero years before. In a last-ditch attempt to revive his career, Riggan heads to the Great White Way to direct and star in a play. The dark comedy follows Keaton's character as his show heads to opening night, chronicling the behind-the-scenes drama of his egotistical and insecure costars (played by Edward Norton and Naomi Watts) and voice-of-reason manager (Zach Galifianakis). There's family drama, as well: Emma Stone plays his right-out-of-rehab daughter. Birdman, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Babel, »

- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff

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Behind the Scenes with Birdman's Star-Studded Cast (Video)

23 October 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Michael Keaton stars as has-been actor Riggan Thompson, best-known for his role as a superhero years before. In a last-ditch attempt to revive his career, Riggan heads to the Great White Way to direct and star in a play. The dark comedy follows Keaton's character as his show heads to opening night, chronicling the behind-the-scenes drama of his egotistical and insecure costars (played by Edward Norton and Naomi Watts) and voice-of-reason manager (Zach Galifianakis). There's family drama, as well: Emma Stone plays his right-out-of-rehab daughter. Birdman, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Babel, »

- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff

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Edward Norton Offers New Explanation for Not Playing Hulk in 'Avengers' Films

23 October 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

With the world still relishing its first peek at the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, Edward Norton is explaining why he's put the purple pants away for good. The actor, who has been earning Oscar buzz for his role opposite Michael Keaton in the dramedy Birdman, spoke to NPR about why he did not play the Hulk in the Avengers films after having donned the green makeup for director Louis Leterrier's 2008 film The Incredible HulkMark Ruffalo has taken over for Norton in the role since then. Read more Marvel Gave Robert Downey Jr. the Giant "A" From 'Avengers' "My feeling was that I experimented

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Ed Norton opens up on Hulk exit: "I continue to be a fan"

23 October 2014 2:31 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Edward Norton has explained his decision to step down from the role of the Hulk.

The actor said that he was glad to have played Bruce Banner in 2008's The Incredible Hulk but could not bring himself to commit to the extended Avengers franchise.

"I think that, you know, my feeling was that I experimented and experienced what I wanted to," Norton told NPR. "I really, really enjoyed it.

"And yet I looked at the balance of time in life that one spends not only making those sorts of films, but then especially putting them out and obligations that rightly come with that. And there were just a lot of things that... I wanted more diversity. I sort of chose to continue on my path of having a diversity of experiences.

"Maybe on some unconscious level, I didn't want to have an association with one thing in any way degrade »

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Michael Keaton Talks Birdman, Working with Alejandro González Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezki, and More

22 October 2014 7:03 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

I love this time of year.  The weather starts to cool off.  Football games start to matter.  And Hollywood releases some incredible movies that will be in play during Award season.  Which brings me to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s incredible new film, Birdman.  Made to look like one long shot, Birdman stars Michael Keaton as an actor who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory.  While some movies have incredible performances or a great script, Birdman is one of those rare films where everything across the board is memorable.  It's absolutely one of my favorite films of 2014 and it should be seen as soon as possible.  Trust me, this is a special movie that you want to see.  The film also stars Edward NortonNaomi WattsEmma Stone, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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