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Telluride: Fest Closes As ‘Birdman’ , ‘Imitation Game’, ‘Foxcatcher’, ’99 Homes’ Stake Out Oscar Territory

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

In our conversation about his new film, Birdman on Sunday after its triumphant North American premiere at Telluride the night before, I told director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu that I never thought I would see the day when we would be talking about this creator of oh-so-heavy dramas like Amores Perros, Babel, 21 Grams  and Biutiful   becoming a front runner to win a Golden Globe for Comedy. “I have to laugh about that.  The intensity to do a drama is strong and when I hit 50 last year I really thought I should lighten up a little bit. I have been doing some personal stuff that I thought would get me to a very nice place and understand a lot of things that before I didn’t,”   he said about the decision to do Birdman. And he continued to challenge himself by shooting it with the illusion that it is one shot throughout. »

- Pete Hammond

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Stars Flock to the Venice Film Festival

8 hours ago | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

The Venice Film Festival is under way in Italy! On Monday, Uma Thurman struck a pose on the red carpet at the premiere of Nymphomaniac Volume 2 - Director's Cut. Last week, Kirsten Dunst, Lena Dunham, and Kate Mara got together for a Miu Miu event, while Andrew Garfield promoted his project. Emma Stone attended the famed festival to premiere Birdman, which also stars Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, and sported a shorter hairstyle for the stop. Keep scrolling for more shots of celebrities at the Venice Film Festival, and be sure to check back later for more stars! »

- Maria-Mercedes-Lara

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Is Joaquin Phoenix Reluctant To Sign On For Doctor Strange?

15 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Joaquin Phoenix has been circling the title role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange for a while now, and he was supposedly nearing a deal just before San Diego Comic-Con in July. Late last week, we heard that after some long talks with the studio, the three-time Academy Award nominee was in final negotiations for the role… but a new report suggests that he may be getting cold feet.

Not only is Phoenix reluctant to sign one of those famous multi-film Marvel contracts, but he’s supposedly uncomfortable with the way big-budget blockbusters like this are made and may in fact back out of his talks altogether.

The report comes from Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci, whose sources tell him that Collider’s report about the final negotiations last week may have been premature. Marvel wanted to get Phoenix to sign on for the role in time to announce it at Comic-Con, »

- James Garcia

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'Birdman' director Alejandro González Iñárritu has a problem with the word 'hero'

19 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Telluride — "Birdman" has arrived stateside and made as significant an impact as it did at the Venice Film Festival last week. You won't run into too many people who have managed to catch it at one of its packed screenings who weren't completely blown away by the accomplishment, and for director Alejandro González Iñárritu, it was clearly a much-needed exercise in self-reflection away from the somber fray of his filmography to date. From "Amores Perros" to "21 Grams," "Babel" to "Biutiful," González Iñárritu has marinated in heavy drama. And it's not that "Birdman" is without its own profound gravity — quite the opposite, in fact — but it gave him an opportunity to finally have fun and get outside his own head a bit, albeit through a film that very much exists as an exploration of his own midlife considerations. That made sitting down with him all the more enjoyable. Jet-lagged from Venice »

- Kristopher Tapley

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3 of the Greatest Book to Movie Adaptations

22 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anthony Hodgson on his three greatest book to movie adaptations…

American Psycho

Author, Bret Easton Ellis.

Screenplay, Mary Harron & Guinevere Turner.

Upon its original publication in 1991, American Psycho was marred by controversy, and it’s no surprise considering one of the chapters is called ‘Killing Child at Zoo’, which was sensibly not included in the film. The satire focuses on Patrick Bateman, a cold blooded narcissistic ‘yuppie’ who spends his days listening to Phil Collins in his plush Wall Street office, but spends his nights brutally murdering prostitutes and homeless people. Harron & Turner were set with the tough task of portraying the comedic elements of the book whilst keeping it’s gruesome themes.

And they nailed it. From the opening credits of blood-like condiments dripping across the screen, to the famously ambiguous ending, it is easy to tell that they truly understood what Ellis was trying to say. And through »

- Gary Collinson

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Is Joaquin Phoenix reluctant to sign a Marvel contract for Doctor Strange?

31 August 2014 12:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A few days ago we reported that after a long negotiation process, Joaquin Phoenix was finalizing his talks with Marvel Studios to take the lead role in the upcoming Doctor Strange film. However, new reports have surfaced suggesting that Phoenix may in fact be reluctant to sign a Marvel contract and may back out of talks altogether.

According to Badass Digest, Marvel hoped to get Phoenix to sign on the dotted line before San Diego Comic-Con last month, and are still having trouble with getting him to commit to the project. We originally cited that Phoenix was worried about signing one of Marvel’s multi-picture deals, in fear that it would disrupt the creative freedom he so enjoys and keep him from doing other projects. However, there may be more to it than just that:

“The problems that have kept the deal from closing remain, and they go beyond the »

- James Garcia

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‘Birdman’ Confirms Its Awards Buzz at Telluride

31 August 2014 10:32 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The “Birdman” awards buzz grew louder Saturday night at the Telluride Film Fest, as a packed screening confirmed that the film has potential for across-the-board kudos attention.

Praise for the Fox Searchlight film has been quietly building for weeks, and there was such a demand for tickets to the first screening that hundreds were turned away from the 650-seat venue.

Variety had recently made two upbeat predictions about its awards outlook, in Peter Debruge’s review (the film opened the Venice Fest) and an accompanying column by Jenelle Riley, stating Michael Keaton is a lead-actor front-runner. She’s absolutely right, but he’s just one of the film’s big hopes.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (in the photo above, with Keaton) could be a multiple contender, for his work as director, co-writer and one of the producers. He and his team of artisans balance substance with a lot of technical razzle-dazzle »

- Tim Gray

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Make way for Michael Keaton and 'Birdman' in this year's Oscar race

31 August 2014 9:54 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Some are already trying to figure out the "Birdman" backlash after the film dropped to raves in Venice, but sometimes the hype is justified, and make no mistake about it: Alejandro González Iñárritu's manic dissection of an artist desperate for fulfillment outside of commercial success is an out-and-out masterpiece. We wrote some time ago about how the film would be constructed to resemble a single take, and watching things unfold at the Werner Herzog Theater Saturday night, I was definitely paying close attention to that. I counted maybe 12 or 13 cuts that were obvious, but there are surely a number of invisible digital edits throughout (much like how the great "single-take" car scene from Alfonso Cuarón's "Children of Men" was assembled, though you'd never know it). The first shot of the film, honest to God, feels like a 30 minute single tracking shot, but there had to be a digital cut in there somewhere. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Wamg’s Guide To 100+ Films For Fall / Holiday 2014

29 August 2014 1:49 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.

Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.

Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.

We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.

Maps To The StarsSeptember 2014 – Toronto International Film Festival; UK & Ireland September »

- Movie Geeks

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Emma Stone Sensual in Plunging Dress at Venice Film Fest (pics!)

28 August 2014 11:55 AM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Emma Stone shortened her hair and let loose in a revealing gown on the red carpet at the opening ceremony and premiere of her new film “Birdman” during the 71st Venice Film Festival. At 25, Emma has matured into a full-blown Hollywood siren with an impressive and growing film resume. “Birdman,” her 18th motion picture, is a comedy-drama that also stars Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan, Merritt Wever and Benjamin Kanes. [...] »

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Movie Review

28 August 2014 7:05 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galafianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts. Alejandro González Iñárritu – the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, as well as by the Directors Guild of America – opens the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival with a rather remarkable flick. ‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’ is a black comedy that mercilessly demolishes all egos in showbiz. Critics, Hollywood celebrities, so-called artists from the New York scene, they all have to face their pretentiousness: the role they play in society  [ Read More ]

The post Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »

- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi

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Emma Stone and Michael Keaton open Venice Film Festival with Birdman

28 August 2014 2:41 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Emma Stone and Michael Keaton opened the 71st annual Venice Film Festival with their premiere of Birdman last night (August 27).

Stone, sporting a newly cropped hairdo, looked elegant in an emerald green Valentino couture gown, while co-star Keaton arrived in a black tuxedo.

The were joined by fellow Birdman stars including Edward Norton, with wife Shauna Robertson, and Andrea Riseborough, who looked dramatic in a black high-neck gothic-style dress with a silver cross, while wearing her hair up in a bouffant quiff.

Amy Ryan, who stars as Keaton's character's long-suffering ex-wife, was also in attendance, looking understated in a strapless navy crepe gown.

The Alejandro González Iñárritu-directed drama sees Keaton as a washed-up actor, famous for playing iconic superhero Birdman, which he has long since outgrown.

He attempts to recapture the spotlight by starring in a Broadway play, but the lines between reality and fiction begin to blur.

Zach Galifianakis, »

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Interview: ‘Birdman’ Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on His First Comedy

27 August 2014 3:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.’ ”

See Also: Michael Keaton Bursts Into Oscar Race with ‘Birdman

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

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Emma Stone Debuts Bob in Very Low Cut Dress

27 August 2014 3:04 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

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.

News: Emma Stone Addresses Her ‘Too Skinny’ Criticisms

Attending the opening ceremony and the Birdman premiere, Emma went to the red carpet solo but was joined by fellow co-stars Edward Norton, Michael Keaton, Andrea Riseborough and Amy Ryan.

News: Emma Stone on Andrew Garfield: 'I Love Him Very Much'

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.

Before Emma Stone was in [link »

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Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, and Emma Stone hit Venice for 'Birdman' premiere

27 August 2014 2:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

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

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‘Birdman’ Kicks Off Venice Film Festival

27 August 2014 12:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.”

“I’m »

- Nick Vivarelli

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First 'Birdman' Reviews Praise Michael Keaton

27 August 2014 12:35 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 Gonz&#225lez I&#241&#225rritu'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, »

- MovieWeb

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Early Buzz: Alejandro González Inarritu and Michael Keaton Wow Audiences With ‘Birdman’

27 August 2014 9:49 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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 […]

The post Early Buzz: Alejandro González Inarritu and Michael Keaton Wow Audiences With ‘Birdman’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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Venice 2014: Birdman Review

27 August 2014 8:22 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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

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'Birdman' Movie Reviews from Venice are Glowing

27 August 2014 8:08 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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