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Now playing in theaters is one of the best films of 2014: Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 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 the year 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 Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, and Amy Ryan. At the New York City press day I landed a video interview Emma Stone and Edward Norton. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The deal is part of Fandango’s ongoing effort to expand its offerings as a one-stop-shop for moviegoers. The site now offers reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews, trailers, guidance for families, and of course, their well-known ticket purchasing service.
“Frontrunners,” now entering its third season, is hosted by Fandango’s chief correspondent Dave Karger, and has become a forum and showpiece for Oscar contenders. Karger and his guests — stars from newly-released films — talk about personal journeys, showcase a pivotal scene from their award-worthy films, and discuss the work.
- Shelli Weinstein
Kourtney confronts Khloé about partying with Scott - Us Weekly Netflix gets its own Game of Thrones - Huffington Post Renée Zellweger steps out amid face drama - Et Bella Thorne opens up about breakups - Ok! Taylor Swift talks about inviting fans to her house - Hollywood Reporter Rita Ora opens up about sex - TooFab Will you see Nicole Kidman's latest? - Rotten Tomatoes Stars dress up their pets for Halloween - Wonderwall Ed Norton finally speaks about abandoning Marvel - Moviepilot »
When Mark Ruffalo was cast as Bruce Banner, the mild-mannered scientist who, when seized with a fit of rage, morphs into a towering green giant colloquially known as The Hulk, movie fans rejoiced. Even though Edward Norton had just essayed the character in an above-average movie for Universal, Ruffalo was a more exciting prospect. As an actor, Ruffalo is affable, approachable; this was a Hulk you wanted to cuddle up with (before he broke every bone in your body). Still, it was something of a surprise just how much of scene-stealer Ruffalo's Hulk turned out to be. Ask anyone who saw 2011's "The Avengers" (and, judging by its $1 billion+ box office haul, that translates to "ask anyone") and they'll tell you that their favorite part of the superhero smorgasbord was the Hulk.
Back in June, when we visited the set of next year's feverishly anticipated sequel "The Avengers: Age of Ultron, »
- Drew Taylor
Final Update, Monday, 2:25 Pm: The finally tallies are in with Universal’s horror film Ouija and the Keanu Reeves’ actioner John Wick winning the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. St. Vincent, which went wide, did okay for The Weinstein Co. With terrific exit polling, it should get some more play. In their second weekends, Sony/Qed’s Fury held well (-44%) as did Fox’s animated The Book of Life (-41%). Relativity’s The Best of Me wasn’t as lucky (-54%). Noteworthy: We’ve included the grosses for the Bollywood heist film Happy New Yea from our own sources as Rentrak did not report for it. There are still no official numbers for the the film which we know tallied biggest opening weekend in Indian Cinema history (per its producer). Strange as to why they are not touting the numbers and reporting them as soon as possible, but »
- Anita Busch
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman is currently making waves and kicking up early Oscar buzz (read our review here), and thanks to Vanity Fair we now have some great behind-the-scenes photos from the film to share, which feature Inarritu with film stars Michael Keaton (Batman), Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk), and Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2). Check them out below….
Birdman is out now in the States and opens on January 2nd 2015 in the UK, with a cast that also includes Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Naomi Watts (21 Grams) and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone).
The post Check out some cool Birdman behind-the-scenes photos appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- James Garcia
Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman has been drawing rave reviews and even has some speculating that the film could earn star Michael Keaton an Oscar. Check out some behind-the-scenes photos from the production below. Birdman was released on October 1st in select theaters and expanded its theater account on October 17th. Buoyed by critic reception and per-theater-average, Birdman will receive another increase in theater count (~250) for the Halloween weekend. Synopsis: 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. Directed by Alejandro Iñárritu, and also starring Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. »
I'd say we've pretty much covered it around here as it pertains to "Birdman." Interviews with Alejandro González Iñárritu, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis & Amy Ryan, etc. I've banged the gong for Keaton this season (I have a favorite, sue me) and the Academy seemed receptive enough. We've even gone deep on the costuming of it and the creation of the iconic Birdman superhero suit. The movie is out there in the world now, though, dealing in the court of public opinion. This weekend the film expanded to 50 more locations, so it's certainly closer to some of you now that it was last week. And given that it's been such a hotly anticipated entry this season, I can't leave it without hearing your thoughts. So if you see it this weekend/week, head on back here with a note or two and vote in our poll. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Although Michael Keaton has stated the personality of his character Riggan Thomas is the most dissimilar to himself of any he has ever played, Birdman, it could be argued, is his Jcvd. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Biutiful) and scripted by Iñárritu along with Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, it chronicles the efforts of a former Hollywood superhero to reignite the spark of his ailing career.
Hoping to regain relevance, pay homage to the hero who inspired him, and put his family life back together, Riggan Thomas is in the final days of launching a Broadway play he has written, directed, produced and stars in. Guided by an inner voice that sounds not unlike the growling baritone of Beetlejuice, Thomas confronts innumerable internal and external crises that threaten to crush the production.
Behind the scenes, his daughter (Emma Stone), fresh out of rehab, is intent on punishing him for being an absent father. »
- Mike Saulters
Catching Up on Fall's Best at Mill Valley Film Festival Cumberbatch vs. Hiddleston: Who's The Hotter Brit? (Dueling Videos) Edward Norton and Andrea Riseborough Dig Into Actors' Egos and "Birdman" Eight Things You Should Know About Shailene Woodley's "White Bird in a Blizzard" "Force Majeure" Director Ruben Ostlund Answers 10 Questions How "Birdman" Got Made: Fox Searchlight and New Regency Partners Tell All How "Dear White People" Grabbed Young Moviegoers How Sebastian Junger Went Hobo for HBO Doc "Last Patrol" Laura Poitras Takes Us Behind the Scenes on Edward Snowden Doc "Citizenfour" London Film Fest: "Fury" Closes; "Whiplash," "Leviathan" Are Big Winners Mexican Noirs Screen in Morelia (Plus the Film "Gone Girl" Should've Been) Morelia Fest Tips Hat to Maria Felix, Mexican Classics and Pawel Pawlikowski Recipe for a Successful Cinematheque Ball: Matthew »
Our weekly round-up of all the latest superhero news and talking points, 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, shattering the previous record »
- Gary Collinson
"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 »
"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 »
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 Norton, Naomi Watts, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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
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.
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
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
“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
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!
- Rachel Kolb
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.
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 »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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