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First 'Birdman' Reviews Praise Michael Keaton

15 hours ago | 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’

18 hours ago | 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

20 hours ago | 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

20 hours ago | 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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Venice: ‘Birdman’ Soars To Raves In Seamless Festival Bow

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

Venice has done it again. Last year, Gravity blasted the lid off the festival as the opener and today Birdman, a film that’s got a fair bit in common with that one, bowed to one of the best receptions I have ever experienced on the Lido. (It’s even trending at No. 4 on Italian Twitter.) Applause, laughter and strong emotion emanated from attendees in the refurbed Sala Darsena this morning during the first press screening. Making my way out afterwards, I heard “bellissimo” uttered at least a dozen times.

Ahead of the festival, chief Alberto Barbera told me the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed dark comedy was “inventive.” He wasn’t kidding. A scorching satire on celebrity mixed with existential musings on life, it’s being hailed as a technical tour de force and a potentially career-defining role for lead Michael Keaton as a former Hollywood star known primarily for his »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Daily | Venice 2014 | Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman

27 August 2014 3:41 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman opens the 71st Venice International Film Festival today, and the first reviews are in. Variety's Peter Debruge calls it a "delirious coup de grace—a triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution." As the once-huge movie star Riggan Thomson, Michael Keaton is "dream casting, and he’s fearless," writes Time Out's Cath Clarke. The Telegraph's Robbie Collin: "Riggan, his publicist Brandon (Zach Galifianakis), daughter (Emma Stone) and fellow cast members (Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough) come clattering in and out of shot like characters in a farce, underscored by a stumbling, skittering drumbeat. There are streaks of 42nd Street, The Producers and Sunset Boulevard here, but otherwise, Birdman isn’t much like anything else at all. Think Black Swan directed by Mel Brooks and you’re in the vicinity, but only just." » - David Hudson »

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Review: Alejandro G. Iñárritu's 'Birdman' opens Venice with a sure-fire Oscar bet

27 August 2014 2:38 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Venice - Truth or dare? This is a game played by two characters in magnificently acidic metatextual comedy "Birdman." It's also the film as a three-word question. Truth or dare? Real stage actor or star? You can have your artistic integrity, or you can have a hit. You can go Method, or you can really fly. You can be Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), or you can be Birdman (Riggan Thomson). Initially, "Birdman" poses as a trenchant critique of the seemingly endless parade of men in capes that is the summer blockbuster season (Michael Fassbender and Robert Downey Jr. are name-checked as fine actors currently otherwise occupied), but it's actually rather more nuanced than that. The values of the sober-minded art espoused by a poisonous critic (Lindsay Duncan) and the untrustworthy joys of escapist cinema are both probed and prodded in this film. It's impossible for a film featuring the nightmare »

- Catherine Bray

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Venice Film Review: ‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’

27 August 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” a blisteringly hot-blooded, defiantly anti-formulaic look at a has-been movie star’s attempts to resuscitate his career by mounting a vanity project on Broadway. , that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career.

See Also: Michael Keaton Bursts Into Oscar Race

Keaton was a controversial choice to play the Caped Crusader back in 1989, though the role was the best and worst thing that could have happened to the “Mr. Mom” star, who became world-renowned but never found another role of that stature — and who didn’t get nearly the same boost from working with Tarantino (on »

- Peter Debruge

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Book Now: Dogwoof Weekender Opens With Roger Ebert’s Biopic ‘Life Itself’

26 August 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Dogwoof have been our favourite documentary film distributors in recent years and now they are set to celebrate their 10-year anniversary with a tremendous looking line-up of new films at London’s Ica from Friday 26th September to Sunday 28th September.

Their three-day Dogwoof Weekender birthday bash is showcasing six hot new releases, with the opening gala on Friday 26th being the highly anticipated Life Itself, the biography of American critic and commentator Roger Ebert from acclaimed director Steve James - Watch a clip here! The Saturday and Sunday screenings will include four exclusive previews of Dogwoof’s Autumn slate, so come to one, come to all, this isn’t just a birthday party but a platform of the best in documentary filmmaking.

After kicking off on Friday, we then move to Saturday to see a trio of heavy-weight previews: The Case Against 8 directed by Ben Cotner and Ryan White »

- Dan Bullock

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Toronto plans acquisitions push

22 August 2014 10:37 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: In a bid to drive acquisitions, Toronto top brass are understood to be collaborating with select sales agents to allow festival staff and volunteers to attend four early-stage private buyers screenings.

Screendaily has learned the move is being orchestrated to replicate the buoyant atmosphere of public screenings in an effort to stir up sales.

The timing of the move is dictated by a growing recognition that most decision-makers at distribution companies will have left town by the time these films officially premiere in the second week, despite Toronto’s efforts to spread its riches across the duration of the festival.

That strategy was informed in part by the festival’s new and well documented policy of holding back until the second week premieres of anticipated films that will receive their actual world premiere in Telluride.

Two cases in point are North American premieres of The Weinstein Company’s Benedict Cumberbatch starrer The Imitation Game and Fox »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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What’s Scarier Than ‘The Ring?’ How About a 3D Sequel Written by Akiva Goldsman

22 August 2014 4:45 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Back in 2002, an unsuspecting horror movie ruined the lives of pretty much anyone who mistakenly thought they were just in for a fun time with friends at the theater only to instead develop lifelong phobias of backyard wells, VHS tapes, staticky televisions, girls with untrimmed bangs and being told you have to wait for anything for seven days. The Ring, Gore Verbinski’s exercise in seeing exactly how long it would take before he could convince Naomi Watts to punch a little girl in the face, is now a terrifying horror classic. It was followed in 2005 with a still scary, but not as fetal position-inducing second film from Hideo Nakata — who actually helmed the 1998 scare-fest Ringu, the nightmarish inspiration for the American films as well as a handful of other sequels and spin-offs. Now, almost 10 years after the last victim popped that unmarked video tape into their Vcr, the third American installment is going to drag itself »

- Samantha Wilson

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St. Vincent Images Show Off Bill Murray’s Unusual Babysitting Techniques

21 August 2014 2:55 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Theodore Melfi’s feature directorial debut, St. Vincent, is just about two weeks away from making its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.  We’ve already got a trailer and a small handful of images, but now there’s three more stills from the film to go along with them. St. Vincent features Bill Murray as Vincent, Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and Oliver’s (Jaeden Lieberher) retired neighbor with a drinking problem, bad attitude and no money in his bank account.  When Maggie gets stuck working long hours, she lets Vincent watch Oliver while she’s gone, giving him a chance to make a quick buck.  Hit the jump to check out those new stills to get a sense of what babysitting means to Vincent.  The film also stars Chris O’Dowd and Naomi Watts.  It’s set to screen at Tiff on September 5th and will begin its theatrical run on October 14th. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Oscar-Winning Writer Heading Down the Well for The Ring 3D

21 August 2014 11:21 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Last month we learned that Paramount Pictures is working on a third installment in The Ring's American franchise, which is now being titled The Ring 3D. In addition to the title and dimensional change, a new writer has come on board, so read on for the latest!

Deadline reports that Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman is in talks to pen a new draft of the second sequel's screenplay, working off an existing script by David Loucka. F. Javier Gutierrez was previously announced as the project's director.

Goldman's previous writing credits include I Am Legend, Batman & Robin and I, Robot; and he also executive produced the first three sequels in the Paranormal Activity franchise.

Based on a Japanese cult success, the first U.S. film went on to gross $249 million at the worldwide box office. That was enough to justify a sequel, which didn’t match the first one’s B. »

- John Squires

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'The Ring 3D' Brings on 'I Am Legend' Writer Akiva Goldsman

21 August 2014 10:52 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just one month after F. Javier Guti&#233rrez signed on to direct Paramount's horror sequel The Ring 3D, Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has signed on to rewrite the script.

David Loucka (Dream House, House at the End of the Street) wrote the original script, which follows the return of an ominous video tape that, upon watching, will lead to the viewer's death from the nefarious spirit Samara. The project was initially envisioned as a 3D sequel, although it wasn't clear when F. Javier Guti&#233rrez joined the project if it will be crafted in 3D or not. Now it seems Paramount is aiming for a 3D release, although it isn't known if it will be shot in native 3D, or converted in post-production.

It isn't clear if The Ring and The Ring Two star Naomi Watts will return for the follow-up. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie McDonald are producing, although »

- MovieWeb

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'The Ring 3D' Brings on 'I Am Legend' Writer Akiva Goldsman

21 August 2014 10:52 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Just one month after F. Javier Guti&#233rrez signed on to direct Paramount's horror sequel The Ring 3D, Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has signed on to rewrite the script.

David Loucka (Dream House, House at the End of the Street) wrote the original script, which follows the return of an ominous video tape that, upon watching, will lead to the viewer's death from the nefarious spirit Samara. The project was initially envisioned as a 3D sequel, although it wasn't clear when F. Javier Guti&#233rrez joined the project if it will be crafted in 3D or not. Now it seems Paramount is aiming for a 3D release, although it isn't known if it will be shot in native 3D, or converted in post-production.

It isn't clear if The Ring and The Ring Two star Naomi Watts will return for the follow-up. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie McDonald are producing, although »

- MovieWeb

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Akiva Goldsman Circling Rewrite On The Ring 3D

21 August 2014 8:32 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

His directing career may have taken a serious blow with the travesty that was Winter’s Tale, but Akiva Goldsman is still killing it in Hollywood as a writer and producer. He recently did a rewrite of the next Divergent film, titled Insurgent, and upcoming projects that he’s producing include Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur series starter and a planned follow-up to I Am Legend. Now, it appears that Goldsman is going back to the horror genre (he exec-produced the first three Paranormal Activity entries) for his next gig – rewriting Paramount’s The Ring 3D.

Like the first two films, The Ring 3D will find Samara returning to strike terror into the hearts of many with her haunted video tape. F. Javier Gutiérrez, the Spanish filmmaker behind Before the Fall, is set to direct. If he strikes a deal with Paramount, Goldsman will be rewriting a script originally by David Loucka (Dream House, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Zen and the art of casting Bill Murray in your movie

20 August 2014 1:44 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

“You know what the truth is? You don’t find Bill Murray,” filmmaker Theodore Melfi says. “Bill ­Murray finds you.”

This fateful lesson is one learned by many directors, though not all succeed in the quest to recruit the Ghostbusters and Rushmore star for their projects.

Melfi, a longtime commercial director making his feature writing and directing debut, was certain Murray would be perfect for the title role in St. Vincent, his indie comedy about a rotten, miserable old man who reluctantly discovers he’s not so rotten and miserable after all.

“He finds everything he’s supposed to be »

- Anthony Breznican

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Open Road Films Sets Spring Release for 'Rock the Kasbah'

20 August 2014 10:24 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Open Road Films will release Barry Levinson's "Rock the Kasbah" nationwide April 24, 2015. The comedy written by Mitch Glazer stars Bill Murray as washed-up rock manager Richie Vance, who takes his sole client (Bruce Willis) on a Uso tour of Afghanistan. Alone in Kabul without money or passport, Vance discovers a girl (Zooey Deschanel) with a great voice and manages her through "Afghan Star," the Afghan "American Idol." Levinson's latest film "The Humbling,"  adapted by Buck Henry from Philip Roth's novel, stars Al Pacino and will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival. Murray played supporting roles in Wes Anderson's 2014 hit "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and Lisa Cholodenko's upcoming TV series "Olive Kitteridge." He also stars with Naomi Watts  in Weinstein Co. fall comedy "St. Vincent."  Willis currently stars in Robert Rodriguez's "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For." »

- Anne Thompson

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Toronto Finds Bill Murray And Gives Him A Day

20 August 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Bill Murray has been found! Deadline told you July 30 that the Toronto Film Festival angled to premiere Bill Murray’s new film St. Vincent and wanted to turn it into a big shebang for the great comic actor. The only trouble was, they were having trouble locating him to be sure he was going to be there to preside over the festivities. Well, today Toronto has announced that Murray will indeed get his day. Here’s the announcement:

Related: Paging Mr. Bill Murray: Toronto Wants To Honor You With ‘St Vincent’ Gala, But Cannot Find You

The Toronto International Film Festival has dedicated one day of its 2014 edition to a celebration of the charismatic, wise-cracking, comedic genius of living legend Bill Murray. September 5 is Bill Murray Day and includes free public screenings of three comedy classics — Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters — leading up to the world premiere of the latest Murray-starrer, »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Nyff 2014. Main Slate

19 August 2014 5:16 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Opening Night – World Premiere

Gone Girl

David Fincher, USA, 2014, Dcp, 150m

David Fincher’s film version of Gillian Flynn’s phenomenally successful best seller (adapted by the author) is one wild cinematic ride, a perfectly cast and intensely compressed portrait of a recession-era marriage contained within a devastating depiction of celebrity/media culture, shifting gears as smoothly as a Maserati 250F. Ben Affleck is Nick Dunne, whose wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing on the day of their fifth anniversary. Neil Patrick Harris is Amy’s old boyfriend Desi, Carrie Coon (who played Honey in Tracy Letts’s acclaimed production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) is Nick’s sister Margo, Kim Dickens (TremeFriday Night Lights) is Detective Rhonda Boney, and Tyler Perry is Nick’s superstar lawyer Tanner Bolt. At once a grand panoramic vision of middle America, a uniquely disturbing exploration of the fault lines in a marriage, »

- Notebook

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