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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.
To celebrate the release, we’re giving one lucky winner the chance to win a limited edition talking Birdman doll, 1 set of exclusive Birdman city posters and a t-shirt! 3 runners-up will win a t-shirt.
For your chance to win, answer the following question: In Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), who plays the title character?
B: Val Kilmer
C: Adam West
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) flies into UK cinemas on January 1st 2015
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- Dan Bullock
In Jp Valderrama’s Batman franchise melding poster, Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne is asked by Alfred, “Who will you be tonight?” But the question isn’t whether he’ll be Batman or Bruce but, rather, which version of The Caped Crusader he’d like to be. The suits in front of him don’t just include the suit Bale wore in the last two films in The Dark Knight trilogy, but also suits worn by Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney in other live action iterations of the character. Oddly enough, for Bale’s screen test for Batman Begins, he actually did wear Kilmer’s suit from Batman Forever. I've embedded that video below in case you haven't seen it already.
You can order 24" x 18" Giclee prints of this poster at Hero Complex Gallery. They are $40, and there were only a limited edition of 50 made. So »
- Eli Reyes
Though Batman is an iconic comic book superhero, he is often defined by those who have played him on the big and small screen. While other actors picked up the cowl early on, the first real person to be identified with Bruce Wayne was Adam West in the campy 1960s TV show. His take was a little goofy, and full of humor. It wasn't until Michael Keaton took over the role in 1989's Tim Burton classic that audiences started to take this dark vigilante seriously, and the role helped redefine both the superhero genre and Keaton as an actor. While a few others have put on the suit since then, Michael Keaton himself still has strong feelings about his role in the evolution of the Dark Knight. But he is not intimidated by any newcomers who arrive, ready to offer their own take on Batman.
In a recent interview, Christian Bale, »
Adam West is quoted as saying that three B's shaped the '60s: Bond, The Beatles, and Batman. Curiously enough, West was offered the role of James Bond for the film On Her Majesty's Secret Service but turned it down, wanting a British actor to have the role instead. While West may have been right about the '60s, I might expand and say those three B's have shaped our pop culture to this day. Fifty years later we still get excited about all three, but over the years some have forgotten the impact West's Batman truly had on the series. While we may not have a Batman logo etched on our back molar like West does, we do remember some things his Batman did better than most.
Operate In Broad Daylight
- Mick Joest
Welcome back to day three of Daily Dead’s Holiday Gift Guide! Today we’re putting the spotlight on one of the coolest purveyors of geek-related collectibles out there and we’ve also got a few gift ideas for the ladies and the little genre fans out there as well.
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Vendor Spotlight: GeekDecor.net
Geek Decor offers up fans hundreds and hundreds of unique geek-related items 365 days a year. For the holiday season though, they’ve released several great items including their Weeping Angel tree topper, their Doctor Who ornament set and their brand new Star Wars Nutcracker collection.
They add new items each and every day so I’d recommend getting on »
- Heather Wixson
It gets harder and harder each and every year to find that perfect gift for the one you love. Thanksgiving is over, so its time to get a jump start on your Christmas shopping today! We've collected all of the biggest and best Blu-ray and DVD releases available this year in one convenient place. Whether you're hunting for Dad, Mom, a cousin, your kids or that long distant Aunt whose been living in a commune for the past three years, you simply can't go wrong with the gift of movies, or a favorite TV show. From the biggest Hollywood blockbusters to a few cult favorites, and even a very obscure release for that one snobby cinefile on your list, we have everyone covered...Even you! Take a look, and discover that finding the perfect gift really isn't that hard. Not when everyone loves a good film! Here is the best »
Yes, it’s that time of the year again. That hectic time when you suddenly need to buy gifts for all your loved ones. Fear not! Cinelinx is here to help you with our holiday gift suggestions for both cinephiles and gamers.
The holidays are fast approaching and you need some suggestions as far as what gifts to give movie and game lovers. We admit, movie and game lovers are not always the easiest type of people to shop for, but you’re in luck! Our talented staff of cinephiles and gamers have come up with a Movie Buff Wish List of awesome movie and game related gifts we’d love to receive this holiday season. Allow us to help you find the ultimate gift for that media-obsessed person on your list!
Gifts For Cinephiles
Time Bandits Criterion Edition Blu-Ray - Any cinephile worth their salt knows that the »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
75 long years after his appearance in Detective Comics #27, and the Dark Knight is still sitting pretty. In fact right now he might be at his strongest since his debut, with the Christopher Nolan movies and Scott Snyder’s run on the main Batman comic book being amongst the best portrayals of the character to date, and some of the most compelling stories to boot.
Bruce Wayne hasn’t changed a whole lot since that first issue, with that almost mythical origin story, costume and modus operandi passing through into popular culture to the degree that people who’ve never picked up a funnybook in their life know his deal. Batman isn’t just a comic character, he’s a cultural icon.
People have accepted all the little foibles about the character, like the tragic origin story which Gotham is currently oh-so-helpfully expanding upon, the propensity to dragging rather »
- Tom Baker
The lively 86-year-old star of the iconic 1960s series plays the Caped Crusader – and himself – in a new Lego game
• Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham review – enjoyable run-out for familiar platform format
Adam West – if not the original Batman, surely one of the superhero’s most memorable incarnations – is now 86. But, just so you know, a fine 86. Calling from his home in Palm Springs, California, he is evidently in a good mood. “Let me go look at this full-length mirror for just a moment,” he jokes. “I look great!”
In the four decades since he starred in the 1960s television series, West has seen the Batman baton passed on to Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, Christian Bale and now Ben Affleck – without ever quite leaving the shadows of Gotham city. He has reprised the role several times himself during his career, most recently providing his voice to the new Lego game Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. »
- Monica Tan
We bid adieu to Gotham for this year with an episode that reveals what a bad-ass butler Alfred really is...
This review contains spoilers.
Holy mid-season cliff-hanger, Batman! This week’s Gotham ended the first half of the show’s debut run (to return next year) on a confident footing, pulling together all its narrative strands with a rare all-inclusive plot. As such, there wasn’t much room for performances to stand out, but the plot was solid enough to hold it all together.
After a Wayne Manor gardener met a cruel fate, we were met with young Bruce balancing on beams, and another charming look at how the camaraderie between Gotham’s central weirdo kids could go on to define them both as adults. For once, this scene of Bruce training didn’t seem forced. The same could be said of his roof-jumping sequence, which riffed on a »
One question that often arises among Batman fans — and frequently leads to a heated debate in the process — is who played the best version of The Caped Crusader? More than likely, such a debate boils down to either Adam West, George Clooney, Christian Bale and Michael Keaton, and it’s often the latter actor that takes home the proverbial mantle. But coupled with Christopher Nolan’s M.O., Bale’s rendition of Bruce Wayne can’t be under overstated, and it turns out the actor wanted to continue his run as Gotham’s watchful protector beyond the planned trilogy.
In fact, in a recent interview with Empire, the British actor spoke candidly about Ben Affleck’s involvement in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and how he was initially jealous of someone taking up the coveted cape and cowl so soon after he hung it up.
“I’ve got to admit initially, »
- Michael Briers
Every week, Shelf Life sees Tom White select and talk about a movie that lives on his DVD shelf, one he thinks we should all see. In the 90's, Batman's big screen outings seemed to be all style no substance (in Joel Schumacher's case, too much style). Sure they were entertaining as hell, but they weren't that faithful to the comics, instead possessing an increasingly goofy tone cribbed from Adam West's 60's portrayal. It seems that it wasn't till Christopher Nolan took over that we got the grounded tone more in keeping with the Dark Knight comic book exploits. But we would be wrong in thinking that, because Christmas Day 1993 brought the release of the animated Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. Spinning off from Batman: The Animated Series, itself a spin off of Batman Returns, Mask of the Phantasm was the first really faithful adaption of Batman to hit the big screen. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.”
During her recent visit to The Daily Show, the Oscar-nominated »
- Michelle McCue
After taking in DC Comics’ latest issue of Batgirl, I regret not having jumped onboard a month earlier. Issue #35 launched the series back in time to the younger years of Barbara Gordon’s battle against crime. I can’t begin to tell you what a breath of fresh air the creative team of Cameron Stewart, Brendon Fletcher, and Babs Tarr has contributed to the monthly title.
Barbara Gordon is settling in and eager to start graduate school. Her first day of academics is interrupted when twin assassins riding motorcycles threaten the safety of the students. They wield swords and seem to have a particular target in mind: Batgirl.
Writers Cameron Stewart and Brendon Fletcher have taken the world of Batman and done the impossible. They’ve made it relevant for not only fanboys, but high school girls and the youth of today in general. As I perused Batgirl #36, I couldn »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Last month, Warner Bros. announced that they'll be developing a Lego Batman spinoff film, which is being directed by Chris McKay, who was the animation supervisor on The Lego Movie. There weren't really any details revealed for the film, but Will Arnett is set to reprise his role as the voice of the Dark Knight. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are also attached to produce the feature.
Miller recently talked to Empire Magazine, and he offered up a really cool piece of information that Batman fans are sure to love. He says,
"Rest assured that every era of Batman filmmaking will be acknowledged. There have been so many interpretations of Batman and there is so much to play with there. There are 40 versions of his origin story alone."
That's so awesome that they are looking to pay tribute to every era of Batman. There's no doubt that they are going »
- Joey Paur
Throughout the years, Gotham’s Caped Crusader has been put in many awkward and dangerous situations, and has managed to always save the day without taking a life in the process. He’s the class act superhero; one who loves his city and will do almost anything to save it, except for killing someone. And going the extra mile is something he’s forced to do once again in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the latest in the long line of Lego-themed video games from Traveller’s Tales.
Although its subtitle makes you think otherwise, Beyond Gotham does manage to put its titular city in danger. That said, it’s just one of many of evildoer Brainiac’s planned targets – a list that includes every major city on our planet, and even the space rock itself. Needless to say, the green-skinned and pink-spotted evildoer is looking to make his evil mark, »
- Chad Goodmurphy
Walk down the wrong alleyway in Gotham City and you're in for a nasty shock. Nobody has found this out more frequently (or violently) than Thomas and Martha Wayne, the most murdered people in all of film and television history apart from Sean Bean.
This event proves to be a formative moment in the life of a young Bruce Wayne, the turning point that spurs him on to a life of fighting crime as a masked vigilante.
The first big screen depiction of the Waynes' death happened in Tim Burton's 1989 blockbuster. Here there's a twist in the tale as it's not Joe Chill but Jack Napier (later reborn as The Joker) who ambushes the millionaires.
A review of tonight's "Gotham" coming up just as soon as someone mugs me with a diving board... Of the three "Gotham" episodes titled after a significant character, "Selina Kyle" barely featured Selina at all until the final third, "Penguin's Umbrella" featured a lot of Oswald but was technically named after an accessory he hasn't used in a while on the show, and "Harvey Dent" didn't do a whole lot with the introduction of Nicholas D'Agosto as the man who would be Two-Face. At this rate, I'm expecting an episode sometime in season 2 called "The Joker" which doesn't even feature the title character at all. And what we actually got of the show's second Harvey felt like too much, too soon. It's not just that the series doesn't need another embryonic Bat-villain given the trouble it's having juggling its current roster, but that his very first appearance probably wasn't the »
- Alan Sepinwall
The Lego Movie is one of the best films of the year, bursting with imagination and colorful characters, so you can understand our excitement to watch Warner Bros. expand that animated universe in the coming years. The studio certainly isn’t resting on its laurels with the property – by 2019, we’ll have seen Lego Ninjago, The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Movie 2. Recently, during an Empire interview, The Lego Movie writer-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller revealed some details about upcoming titles in Warner’s Lego-verse.
Specifically, Miller noted that The Lego Batman Movie will add to the Caped Crusader’s cinematic legacy by putting a Lego spin on all of the past big-screen incarnations of the character. That’s right – everything from the classic Adam West cartoon up through Christian Bale’s garbling-marbles take on the character is fair game for director Chris McKay and his scribe »
- Isaac Feldberg
Make no mistake – the box says Batman 3, but this is clearly the DC response to the Marvel Lego Super Heroes game from last year. With over 150 heroes and villains, an oncoming storm of Dlc, and a sweeping plotline, this is the biggest look at the Lego DC Universe yet.
The title says “Beyond Gotham” and they follow up straight away – the opening video features the six Lantern Corps that aren’t green. Sinestro, Star Sapphire, Saint Walker and Larfleeze start off bickering but are quickly defeated and put under the thrall of the game’s Big Bad, Brainiac. In only the opening levels of the game the narrative moves from an underground battle against Killer Croc to a outer space where Batman and Robin team up with fellow Justice Leaguers Flash, Cyborg and the Martian Manhunter.
All the Lego games bear some common concepts – the characters fight and puzzle their »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
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