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Cary Fukunaga Finds His Evil Clown Pennywise for 'It' Remake

17 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

There's nothing scarier than a demented, child-killing, sewer-dwelling clown. So rather than follow in the footsteps of the 1990 miniseries version of Stephen King's terror tome, starring a creepy Tim Curry in the role of Pennywise, Cary Fukunaga is going young. Variety reports that New Line and Fukunaga have cast Will Poulter, 22, as the titular demon that haunts a group of seven outcast friends. Fukunaga reportedly considered older actors like stage thesp Mark Rylance and "Bloodline" star Ben Mendelsohn for the part, but were "blown away by Poulter's audition." The British actor broke out in New Line's "We're the Millers," starred in "The Maze Runner" and will soon be seen in Alejandro González Iñárritu's dark western "The Revenant" as a robber who leaves Leonardo DiCaprio for dead. Production is slated to begin this Summer on Fukunaga's two-part "It," which the busy 37-year-old director assures »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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DVD Review: 'The Last Act'

23 hours ago | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★★☆ The shrouded world of the stage proved very much the theme of last year's Venice Film Festival. Director Barry Levinson's Philip Roth adaptation The Last Act (2014) is a bird of an entirely different feather to the screwball antics of She's Funny That Way (2014) or the anarchic brio of Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman (2014). Featuring a masterly turn by Al Pacino, The Last Act is actually closer to Pacino's own theatre-based documentaries Looking for Richard (1996) and Wilde Salomé (2011) in its looseness and postmodern playfulness. It's also by turns moving and very funny. Simon Axler (Al Pacino) is an ageing actor in decline and verging of a nervous breakdown.

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- CineVue UK

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DVD Review: 'Birdman'

5 May 2015 3:22 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Mexican director (and now Oscar-winner) Alejandro González Iñárritu has toyed around with the elasticity of the medium before, most notably in the daringly non-linear 21 Grams (2003). With Birdman (2014) he once again attempts to turn the format on its head, concocting a visually exhilarating commentary on the pitfalls of celebrity and the process and art of performance. Presented as one continuous shot, it is a dizzyingly immersive experience to behold - jumps in time and between scenes are masterfully blended together. This is also the film's Achilles' heel, though, with the technique endlessly threatening to overpower the emotional content.

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- CineVue UK

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DVDs and downloads: Birdman, Unbroken, The Last Five Years and more

2 May 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Now that Oscar fever has worn off, Michael Keaton’s angry actor isn’t so compelling, but at least Alejandro González Iñárritu’s one-take wonder is better than Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken

Two months have passed since Birdman (Fox, 15) swooped in on strong competition to take the best picture Oscar. It already feels longer ago than that, in part because of the widely perceived inevitability that comes with hindsight (“It’s a two-hour pity party for actors – of course it won!”) and in part because the film exists in something of an era-averse bubble. For all its modern technical bravado and social media referencing, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s whiz-bang inhabitation of one frayed artist’s fraying mind has little bearing on the dimension we, or even its own characters, live in.

The skewed, narcissistic worldview of washed-up superhero star Riggan Thomson (the cannily cast Michael Keaton) becomes that of the film itself, »

- Guy Lodge

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Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Blu-ray Review

2 May 2015 3:24 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu

Cast: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough

Certificate: 15

Running Time: 119 minutes

Special Features: Birdman: All-Access, A Conversation with Michael Keaton and Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Gallery: Chivo’s On-Set Photos

BiRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance was a revelation when released in cinemas at the start of the year and even managed to pick up the Oscar for Best Picture but after the hype has settled, does it still hit the spot? The resoundingly easy answer is yes. It’s a wonderful, insightful, revealing and unforgettable piece of filmmaking that rips apart both its lead character and the movie world around it by poking a sharp satirical stick directly into heart and holds it there with an entertaining, captivating grin.

Centering on the life of actor Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), he’s out to prove that he is more »

- Dan Bullock

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Tom Hardy Talks Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant and Splinter Cell

30 April 2015 4:07 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Last week at CinemaCon, I landed a few minutes with Tom Hardy on the red carpet before the Warner Bros. presentation. He was in Las Vegas to help promote George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. As you’ve seen in the trailers, Fury Road looks incredible and I cannot wait to see the finished film. During the interview Hardy talked about the experience of making Mad Max, his reaction to the finished film, the worst job he’s ever had, what it’s been like shooting Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant in remote Canada, his reaction to seeing the first 20 minutes of the film, the status of the Splinter Cell movie, and more. Mad Max: Fury Road opens May 15th. Look for more on Mad Max soon. [complextv contentid="txcWh0dDoB-wiW6rpjfKNJoqTXsH0mhD" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""]   Tom Hardy: He says hi to some friends. Has he seen the finished version of Mad Max: Fury Road? Has »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Michael Keaton recalls the moment he knew he'd lose the Oscar on Letterman

29 April 2015 12:36 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Have you been watching this last leg of David Letterman shows as the late night king prepares to retire next month? If not, you're missing out. It's classy send-off after classy send-off, and Tuesday night, Michael Keaton decided to swing back by to say goodbye to his old pal from the comedy club circuit. We're a few months removed from the "Birdman" star losing the Academy Award to "The Theory of Everything" star Eddie Redmayne on Oscar night, and he had a few thoughts on that, it turned out. Keaton told a story about being at the Academy Nominees Luncheon in February and a distinguished industry vet gushing about his performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's film, which itself went on to win four Oscars including Best Picture. "I thought to myself, 'Psh, I am a lock…That's about it. That's all I need!'" he recalled. "And as I get up he says, »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Does WB have another awards player with Chilean miners disaster flick 'The 33'?

28 April 2015 3:54 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you don't believe awards season runs 365 days a year look no further than the news today that Alcon Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights to "The 33."  Based on the Copiapó mining accident in 2010, the new drama centers on 33 minters who were trapped for 69 days in a collapsed copper-gold mine in Northern Chile.  Their plight captured the attention of the world and, surprise, Hollywood came calling.  Independently financed by Phoenix Pictures and Half Circle, "33" is being distributed in Chile by 20th Century Fox, but not in the U.S. The news Alcon came on board and Warner Bros. will distribute makes this a somewhat unusual story. Alcon announced that WB will release "The 33" on Nov. 13 which is smack dab in the middle of Oscar season.  Warner Bros. marketing and publicity teams have three other films that are expected to be awards players; Scott Cooper's "Black Mass," Jeff Nichols »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Ridley Scott’s The Martian Highlight of 20th Century Fox’s CinemaCon 2015 Event

25 April 2015 6:38 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Following the exciting presentation at CinemaCon last week, 20th Century Fox released some new details for their upcoming releases. Check out the official synopses along with some photos for all their 2015 and 2016 films.

The highlight of the event was the must-see film of 2015 – Ridley Scott’s The Martian.

During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, Nasa and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, »

- Michelle McCue

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How Movies Like Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘The Revenant’ Could Revolutionize the Industry

24 April 2015 1:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The proliferation of quality television programs like “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” has blurred the lines between small and big screen.

These shows aren’t just well-written and acted. They are painstakingly composed, benefiting from a cinematic quality that was absent in earlier eras of adult-driven programming.

Based on footage and studio presentations this week at CinemaCon, big screen auteurs such as Ang Lee, Robert Zemeckis and Alejandro González Iñárritu may be pushing back against the television revolution. The technologies and techniques used on films such as “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” and “The Revenant” can radicalize filmmaking and redefine the boundaries of cinema.

Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” will be the first film in history to be shot in 120 frames per-second, which he told exhibitors will create a greater sense of immediacy and will help the film’s 3D crackle.

Zemeckis is also deploying 3D with “The Walk, »

- Brent Lang

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Cinemacon 2015: Fox unveils first looks at The Martian and The Revenant

23 April 2015 2:25 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Fox's presentation at Cinemcon today kicked off with some heavy beats from DJ Enferno and a dance performance from The Academy of Villains, all set to the Peanuts theme song, waking up the audience a bit before diving into their 2015 slate. Lots of films were shown, but there were definitely some true standouts, most notably Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Reverent and Ridley Scott's The Martian. Both films impressed well above all »

- Paul Shirey

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Could this be Leonardo DiCaprio's Year?

23 April 2015 1:46 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Las Vegas - 20th Century Fox found themselves mostly on the Oscar sidelines last year thanks to "Gone Girl" director David Fincher's unwillingness to partake in such matters, but 2015 looks like it's going to be a completely different story.  On Thursday the studio highlighted much of its upcoming slate including footage from expected hits such as "Spy," "The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials" and "Victor Frankenstein."  What really popped, however, are four titles that could make big waves during the upcoming awards season. The footage from Ridley Scott's "The Martian" depicts a faithful adaptation of Andrew Weir's novel. A crew of Nasa astronauts finds themselves racing to evacuate their base on Mars as a gigantic storm approaches.  The problem is one member of the crew, Mark Whatley (Matt Damon), doesn't make the escape vehicle in time.  The preview actually begins with Jeff Daniels' character telling a press conference Whatley is presumed dead. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Tribeca Review: Tim Blake Nelson’s ‘Anesthesia’ With Sam Waterston, Kristen Stewart, Michael K. Williams & More

23 April 2015 12:39 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If there are ten million-plus stories in the naked city of New York, then writer/director Tim Blake Nelson focuses in on about practically a dozen personal ones in his slightly overcrowded fifth directorial effort. All these stories are connected by familial bonds, both secure and stressed, touch upon the flipside of economic strata, fated chance, and as the title suggests, the deadening ways we cope with the harsh realities of life and existence. And while Nelson’s monologue-prone interconnectedness is perhaps less contrived than the Guillermo Arriaga screenplays directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu in the early aughts on a foundational story level— some of these connections aren’t as haphazard and make a bit more sense in the milieu — “Anesthesia” is still an uneven effort that strains itself in communicating its overwrought themes. But as hackneyed as the movie can sound at times, “Anesthesia,” is generally never trite (save one. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Robert Downey Jr and the Avengers: Age of Ultron cast hit back at superhero movie critics – video interview

23 April 2015 4:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The stars of Avengers: Age of Ultron, including Robert Downey Jr, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans, respond to Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu's statement that superhero films are 'cultural genocide'. Avengers: Age of Ultron, which sees the superhero posse take on an evil artificial intelligence, is released in the UK on 24 April and Us on 1 May Continue reading »

- Henry Barnes

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Cannes 2015: Critics' Week Selection Rich In French Flair

20 April 2015 8:30 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The Cannes Film Festival is just weeks away, and as April winds its way towards May things are really picking up steam. Last week heralded both the Official Competition and the Un Certain Regard lineups, and today we saw this year's batch of Critics' Week contenders announced. Critics' Week, though not an official part of the Cannes festival, is what our own Ryland Aldrich likens to a kind of Slamdance to the main festival's Sundance, a kind of Cannes farm team. The independent sidebar focuses on films from first and second-time directors; up and comers making their debut on the world stage. Brand-name directors like Wong Kar-wai, Guillermo del Toro, and Alejandro González Iñárritu have broken through following Critics' Week spotlights, as have many, many...

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Ridley Scott and “The Martian”: Early Oscar Predictions for April

10 April 2015 9:20 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

After taking the month of March off in terms of Oscar predictions, I’m back taking a new look at what the Academy could do with this upcoming year in film. Again, it’s super early and probably silly to be focusing in on them like I am currently, but it’s also fun and gives us an idea of what movies to potentially look forward to. I’m keeping it mostly short and sweet today, just basically posting an update to the predictions (with a slight detour to discuss one contender), plus the next in line list that I know is popular as well. All of this can and likely will change in the near future, possibly even in the summer when things first begin to shape up, so stay tuned on that front. For now, enjoy these Academy Award predictions and cross your fingers that we have a good year for prestige films. »

- Joey Magidson

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Iff Panama: Guillermo Arriaga Presents Panama with ‘Words with Gods’

10 April 2015 4:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Panama – On Sunday, April 12, the Oscar-nominated Mexican scribe-helmer Guillermo Arriaga will present “Words With Gods” at Panama City’s National Theater, followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Arriaga, who was the Fipresci Latin American Personality of the Year in 2014, boasts a filmography that includes three collaborations as a screenwriter with three-time Oscar-winner Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Love’s a Bitch,” “21 Grams” and “Babel”), as well as “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” with Tommy Lee Jones, which won the best screenplay prize for Arriaga at Cannes; “The Night Buffalo” with Jorge Hernández Aldana; and “The Burning Plain,” which Arriaga also directed, premiered in Venice in 2008 and starred Charlize Theron, Kim Basinger and Jennifer Lawrence.

He has also written the novels “The Guillotine Squad” (1991), “A Sweet Scent of Death” (1994), “Night Buffalo” (1999) and the book of short stories “Retorno 201” (2006). His novels have been translated into 18 languages.

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- Christopher Pickard

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Cannes face of a free-thinker by Richard Mowe - 2015-04-07 11:17:54

7 April 2015 3:17 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

The poster for 2015's Critics' Week

As the many and myriad elements of this year’s Cannes Film Festival start to come together ahead of next week’s launch of the official selection, the Critics’ Week (La Semaine de la Critique) today (7 April) unveiled this year’s poster image.

The designers have used a still from last year’s entry - Respire, the second film by actress turned director Mélanie Laurent. It depicts actress Lou de Laâge who played the heroine and who, in the words of the organisers, sums up “the vivacity, audacity, and free-thinking” of the selectors who concentrate on emerging talents.

Since its creation in 1962 the Critics’ Week has thrown a sharp focus on new talents in world cinema with a selection comprised mainly of first or second features as well as shorts.

Among those to have featured in previous editions are: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Ken Loach, »

- Richard Mowe

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DVDs and downloads: Birdman, Unbroken, The Last Five Years and more

2 April 2015 10:34 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Now that Oscar fever has worn off, Michael Keaton’s angry actor isn’t so compelling, but at least Alejandro González Iñárritu’s one-take wonder is better than Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken

Two months have passed since Birdman (Fox, 15) swooped in on strong competition to take the best picture Oscar. It already feels longer ago than that, in part because of the widely perceived inevitability that comes with hindsight (“It’s a two-hour pity party for actors – of course it won!”) and in part because the film exists in something of an era-averse bubble. For all its modern technical bravado and social media referencing, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s whiz-bang inhabitation of one frayed artist’s fraying mind has little bearing on the dimension we, or even its own characters, live in.

The skewed, narcissistic worldview of washed-up superhero star Riggan Thomson (the cannily cast Michael Keaton) becomes that of the film itself, »

- Guy Lodge

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The Founder starring Michael Keaton gets release date

28 March 2015 12:02 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Michael Keaton's The Founder has been given a release date.

The movie stars Keaton as Ray Kroc - the man who turned McDonald's into the world's biggest fast-food chain.

The Hollywood Reporter states that it will be released in the Us on November 25, 2016.

The actor lost out on the Best Actor award at 2014's Academy Awards to Eddie Redmayne after he was nominated for Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman.

The Founder, directed by John Lee Hancock, tells the story of Kroc who saw potential in the speedy burger operation run by Mac and Dick McDonald in southern California.

Kroc eventually buys the company and turns it into a global franchise. »

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