After two mildly successful cinematic outings in the form of Ang Lee’s Hulk (starring Eric Bana) and Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk (featuring Edward Norton), Marvel’s green rage monster seems to finally have some undeniable momentum, largely thanks to Mark Ruffalo’s well-received portrayal of Bruce Banner in The Avengers. Due to his bromantic chemistry with Tony Stark and the smashing of a “puny god,” the character was viewed as one of the film’s highlights.
With newfound interest in the Hulk, there are many clamoring for a new solo film which would give Ruffalo a chance to carry an outing on his own (the actor has even said the Click to continue reading Kevin Feige Explains Why ‘Planet Hulk’ is Not The Next Step
- Chris Agar
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman is set to open the Venice Film Festival and now it will close the New York Film Festival, which means... will it go for all four fall film festsc Threec I have to admit, I'd be disappointed to learn Birdman was not playing Toronto, which will be announcing their line-up tomorrow, because I fully expect it to screen at Telluride. It will definitely be screening at either Telluride or Toronto given the fact the New York Film Festival announcement doesn't say it will be a North American premiere so with the world premiere at Venice, where will that North American premiere take placec Birdman, for those unfamiliar, 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 »
- Brad Brevet
Nyff hierarchy did not say whether the black comedy would receive its North American or Us premiere, given that the world premiere screening will open Venice Film Festival on August 27.
That leaves open the likely possibility that Birdman will receive its North American premiere at Toronto, which begins to announce programming this week.
Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts star in Birdman, which marks the third film by Iñárritu to screen at Nyff after Amores Perros at Nyff in 2000 and 21 Grams in 2003.
The Fox Searchlight Pictures and New Regency release is scheduled to open in the Us on October 17.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Inarritu has previously screened “Amores Perros” and “21 Grams: at the festival.
“Birdman” is the opening night film of the Venice Film Festival on Aug. 27. The Fox Searchlight and New Regency release will open in the U.S. on Oct. 17.
Keaton plays a one-time action hero who is staging his own adaptation of Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love” as he copes with a resentful daughter (Stone), a scene-hogging narcissist (Norton), a vulnerable actress (Watts) and an unhinged girlfriend (Riseborough).
Variety first reported that David Fiincher’s “Gone Girl” will be the opening night title at the New York Festival on Sept. »
- Dave McNary
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” will serve as the closing-night attraction at the 2014 New York Film Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced on Monday. The film, which will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival a month earlier, stars Michael Keaton as a fading action hero trying to revive his career with a stage production of a Raymond Carver story. Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Andrea Riseborough also appear in the film. See video: ‘Birdman’ Teaser: A Peeved Michael Keaton Wrestles Ed Norton in His Undies (Video) “Birdman” will be. »
- Steve Pond
Welcome to this week's Friday episode of the podcast where Laremy and I review Sex Tape and The Purge: Anarchy, take a look at what films may be hitting the upcoming Fall film festival circuit, discuss the future of film thanks to a listener voicemail, answer your questions and play some games. There are a couple weird tangents in there, but for the most part I think it was a successful episode. Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll »
- Brad Brevet
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New York (AP) - Elaine Stritch, the brash theater performer whose gravelly, gin-laced voice and impeccable comic timing made her a Broadway legend, has died. She was 89.
Joseph Rosenthal, Stritch's longtime attorney, said the actress died Thursday of natural causes at her home in Birmingham, Michigan.
Although Stritch appeared in movies and on television, garnering three Emmys and finding new fans as Alec Baldwin's unforgiving mother on "30 Rock," she was best known for her stage work, particularly in her candid one-woman memoir, "Elaine Stritch: At Liberty," and in the Stephen Sondheim musical "Company."
A tart-tongued monument to New York show business endurance, Stritch worked well into her late 80s, most recently as Madame Armfeldt in a revival of Sondheim's musical "A Little Night Music." She replaced Angela Lansbury in 2010 to critical acclaim.
In 2013, Stritch - whose signature "no pants" style »
- The Associated Press
‘I’m interested in films that scar’ February 96’ (Empire Magazine)
‘I’m not interested in the guy on his own, in a dark room sharpening his knives’ (Zodiac Commentary)
At the heart of David Fincher is a contradiction. Beneath his meticulous approach and need for perfection is a conflict of interest. With a history of visually striking music videos which often extend into short narrative films, Fincher’s unflinching focus on character and exploration of social agendas make him a true original. For someone defined in part by his use of darkness, that Fincher would feign indifference to those characters that exist within it is baffling. If we discount The Curious Case of Benjamin Button it becomes apparent that elsewhere, from Alien3 through to The Social Network, are pivotal characters with thematically dark undertones. So the question is, how can he be »
- Gary Collinson
There are a lot of "what ifs" in the movie business. There are so many options when it comes to casting actors to play characters in movies. Superhero films are huge right now, and I love most of the actors that studios have cast to play these badass characters. Christian Bale as Batman, Andrew Garfield aa Spider-Man, Henry Cavill as Superman, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man are just a few of many. But these characters could have easily been played by other actors. It's hard to imagine that now since we're already invested in what's in front of our eyes.
I've come up with a list of actors who almost played some of these superheroes. You may already know about some of the close calls on the list, you may not, but when I was researching for this article there were a few things I didn't know before, »
- Joey Paur
One doesn’t have to be an analyst or expert in all things cinema to note the decline of certain genres and niches within the film-making machine. While comic-book movies and superhero franchises have risen to soaring heights over the last fifteen years, we have seen a dramatic drop in other, classic outputs, seemingly to make way. A perfect example of this would be the procedural crime thriller, tales of murder investigation and corruption, a hallmark of hard boiled fiction from the 1970′s onwards that by now have tailed off. It says a lot that the most recent archetypal release from said field was last year’s Broken City, a box office and critical failure from highly rated scribe Stephen Knight. A production line that once gave us the likes of Chinatown, Serpico and Seven is now decrepit and seemingly unfit for purpose.
Not only is this genre starved, it »
- Scott Patterson
David Fincher‘s Fight Club wowed audiences with his typical technical brilliance and sharp use of CGI, but it remains an amazing piece of work fifteen years later for its narrative, social commentary and fantastic black humor. Misunderstood and under-appreciated by many upon its release, the film has gone on to earn legions of fans over the years, and listening to the commentary track featuring Fincher, Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter (one of four commentaries on the disc) opens up an even more detailed appreciation of the film. It’s actually one of the very first commentary tracks (or “auxiliary tracks” as Fincher calls them) I ever listened to many years ago, and the discovery that we had yet to cover it here made it well worth a second listen. Keep reading to see what I heard on the commentary for Fight Club. Fight Club (1999) Commentators: David Fincher (director), Edward Norton & Brad Pitt & Helena Bonham Carter »
- Rob Hunter
It was announced today that the film, whose full title is Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, will have its world première at the annual Italian film festival on August 27th. The intriguingly-titled movie is centred around a now washed-up actor (Keaton) who once played an iconic superhero. In order to overcome his family problems he mounts a Broadway play in an attempt to reclaim his past glory.
Keaton, who himself played the iconic superhero Batman in Tim Burton’s 1989 film and is poking fun at his own persona in Birdman, is joined in Inarritu’s black comedy by Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, and Zach Galifianakis. »
- Rachel West
Are you getting restless about all these halfway posts? We're almost done. The Power of List compels me. There's one more halfway post to go that's basically 'The Oscar Charts are Updated!' as the coding problem I mentioned is fixed and the updates are happening behind the scenes as you read this. We must get all this halfway business behind us by Saturday morning so that we can ape out all weekend with Andy Serkis & Co and start this second half of the year off right.
The Greatest Performances Of 2014's First Half
Best Leading Actress: Keira Knightley does her most relaxed and fluid work ever in Begin Again as a musician at a crossroads, never letting any one aspect of the character's situation pigeonhole her emotional responses; Agata Kulesza is an abrasive and evasive presence in her first scenes in Ida as a cynical woman who is »
- NATHANIEL R
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new film Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, will be the opening film of the 71st Annual Venice Film Festival. This move obviously conveys a high amount of confidence in the film not only on the part of the Fest, but on behalf of distributor Fox Searchlight as well. So far everything bodes well for what looks to be a truly original work. Hit the jump for more on Birdman opening the Venice Film Festival. The film also stars Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, and Amy Ryan. Birdman (aka The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) opens October 17th. And if you haven’t checked out the trailer, please do so. It’s wonderful. I’m not an awards prognosticator, but it’s a decent sign that we’ll be seeing a lot about this movie when awards season hits. Recent openers have included Black Swan, »
- Evan Dickson
Italy, it would appear, will be ground zero in the resurrection of Michael Keaton's career. After a long period out of the spotlight the hyper-talented Keaton has been gradually re-entering the conversation over the past few years but it is his part in Alejandro Iñárritu's Birdman that now gives him the chance to shine in a lead role seemingly tailored for his particular talents - to say nothing of Ed Norton's underpants - and it will do so on one of the world's largest stages, having just been announced as the opening selection of the Venice International Film Festival. Which means that the generally arthouse heavy festival may actually have a bit of fun this year. Take a look at the trailer below for a...
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There were few films anyone would have guessed would open the 2014 Venice Film Festival and at the top of the list would have been Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman with probably Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice coming in a distant second. Fox Searchlight seems ready to unleash this film on the world in a big way, most likely with showings at both Telluride and Toronto as well as Venice as excitement among the movie blogosphere is clearly high after the release of that first trailer (see below). 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. Along with Keaton, the film co-stars Edward Norton, »
- Brad Brevet
Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, will open this year’s Venice Film Festival. The movie stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor famous for having played an iconic superhero as he tries a Broadway play and restore his reputation. The movie also stars Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Ryan.
Birdman’s Venice premiere dovetails nicely with last year’s opening movie, Gravity—which Alfonso Cuaron, a good friend of Iñárritu’s, directed. And both Gravity and Birdman were shot by Emmanuel Lubezki. However, while Gravity did not compete in the festival’s competition, »
- Jacob Shamsian
The fall festival season is lurking around the corner and before long, the Telluride guessing game will commence, the massive Toronto slate will be set (it'll be interesting to see how the tug of war between those two fests shakes out) and the always finely curated Venice line-up will help point the way after high profile debuts like "Gravity" and "The Master" in recent years. Add another to that growing list, as Alejandro González Iñárritu's highly anticipated "Birdman" has been tapped to open the 71st annual fest in a move you probably could have seen coming. Fox Searchlight has made good use of Venice in the past, dropping films like "Black Swan" there before charging out into the season. Telluride has also been a big part of the studio's awards strategy over the years, so I wouldn't be shocked to see "Birdman" turn up in the Colorado mountains not »
- Kristopher Tapley
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” will open the 71st Venice International Film Festival, kicking off awards season with the first of the major fall festivals. Venice organizers announced the booking on Thursday, landing one of the most eagerly awaited of the fall's movies for a high-profile slot. The film stars Michael Keaton, Zach Galifiakanis, Edward Norton and Emma Stone, and is a black comedy about an aging actor known for playing a superhero as he tries to mount a Broadway play. See video: ‘Birdman’ Teaser: A Peeved Michael Keaton Wrestles Ed Norton in His Undies (Video) Inarritu's. »
- Steve Pond
The 71st Venice Film Festival has announced that it will launch on August 27 with the world premiere of Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's "Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance". The film stars Michael Keaton as an actor who first achieved fame for playing an iconic superhero struggling to mount a Broadway play and battling his ego and demons in the days leading up to the opening night. The trailer for Iñárritu's black comedy has been stirring up plenty of buzz since it was unveiled online last month. "Birdman" reportedly takes place in real time and unfolds in a series of long, uninterrupted takes. Keaton is joined in the cast by Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. The film will be screened in competition on August 27 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony hosted by Luisa Ranieri. »
- Matt Mueller
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