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Brad Pitt's "Fury" war movie took first place at the domestic box office this weekend with $24 million, which is one of the best openings of all time for a World War II film behind "Pearl Harbor" ($59 million), "Inglourious Basterds" ($38 million) and "Saving Private Ryan ($31 million). It's also the highest opening of director David Ayer's career. The new movie, co-starring Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman, cost $68 million to make and has an 81% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Thanks to positive reviews, it's expected that "Fury" will have a strong showing overseas, where it begins to roll out next weekend. The animated "Book of Life" movie, voiced by Channing Tatum and Zoe Salanda, ended up in third place with $17 million, which puts it on track to barely earn back its $50 million budget. Internationally, "Book of Life" took another $8.6 million for a worldwide debut of $25.6 million. It has a 79% fresh rating. The »
Plot - Birdman is a dark comedy that follows a former actor, who once played an iconic superhero, as he mounts a Broadway play based on a Raymond Carver short story in a bid to reclaim past glory. However, the play’s egotistical leading man threatens to throw everything down the tubes. Birdman is being directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu ("21 Grams"). He also wrote the script with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo. The cast includes: Emma Stone ("The Amazing Spider-Man 2"), Zach Galifianakis ("The Hangover"), Edward Norton ("The Incredible Hulk"), Naomi Watts ("King Kong") and Michael Keaton ("Batman Returns"). »
Birdman is directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu (21 Grams, Biutiful) and stars Keaton as a washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero, who has to overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.
Also featuring in the cast alongside Keaton and Galifianakis are Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk), Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion),Naomi Watts (21 Grams) and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone).
Birdman is out now in the States and opens on January 2nd 2015 in the UK.
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- Gary Collinson
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s Birdman, an inventive Gotham-set dramedy about the mid-life crisis of a former movie star desperately trying to revive his career by going to Broadway — played, in an Oscar-caliber performance, by Michael Keaton, with support from Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone — is being released by Fox Searchlight in select theaters Friday.
Over the past week, the aforementioned individuals made a barrage of appearances in New York (Keaton hit Los Angeles last month), some aimed at driving moviegoers to the box-office to see the $18 million film — which is not the easiest sell — but much of it geared toward courting Oscar voters during the small window in which these folks were available to do so.
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- Anjelica Oswald
Theodore Melfi directs a script he wrote about a man named Vincent, an old grouch set in his ways who finds a renewed sense of self thanks to the appearance of a neighbor. A single working mother, played by Melissa McCarthy, moves in next door with her 12-year-old son Oliver (newcomer Jaeden Lieberher) and soon solicits the baby-sitting services of Vincent (she’s pretty desperate).
So, Vincent takes Oliver around and show’s him a world that a 12-year-old probably doesn’t need to know about, which includes a bookie (Terrance Howard) and a prostitute (Naomi Watts). Eventually, Vincent’s influence clashes with Oliver’s mother’s wishes and also attracts the attention of Oliver’s schoolteacher »
- Anthony Marcusa
On the back of a whole host of huge praise at the London Film Festival, those of us who didn’t see it are massively excited to see the final product of Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman.
Backed by Fox Searchlight UK and directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, this first clip gives you a good taste of the intrigue and inventiveness to come. Not only do you get a look here at Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, it’s an encapsulating scene with beautiful steady-cam work that just makes you want more.
The film also stars Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis. It’s full title is BiRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance and it swoops into UK cinemas Friday 2nd January. Set up as a black comedy, it tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. »
- Dan Bullock
Gowns, gowns, and more gowns!Naomi Watts looked gorgeous in gray at the closing night of "Birdman" in New York City on Saturday. The actress dazzled in a lace Gucci gown and added a touch of glamour with delicate earrings and a tousled updo. Reese Witherspoon was stunning in a beautiful cutout dress at the BFI London Film Festival on Monday. The "Good Lies" star showed just the right amount of skin in a Stella McCartney gown, which she paired with straight tresses and a colorful lip. Blake Lively stole the show at her first red carpet appearance since announcing her pregnancy. The "Gossip Girl" actress glowed in an embellished floral Michael Kors gown at the Golden Heart Awards in New York City on Thursday. The blonde beauty completed her elegant ensemble with loose waves and some fun rings. Whose dazzling gown was your favorite this week? Tell toofab in the comments section below, »
- tooFab Staff
"Birdman" flies into theaters this weekend, and with it comes one of the year's most finely tuned and vibrant ensembles. Indeed, as wonderful as Michael Keaton is in the leading role, and as much as actors like Edward Norton and Emma Stone stand out on the periphery, one of the unsung stories of the film is how well the cast jumped through the hoops of production, turning out an incredibly organic community performance. That was one of the main topics of discussion when I hopped on the phone with actress Andrea Riseborough recently. It was just hours before the film's big New York Film Festival premiere, which she said felt like a homecoming for all involved as they shot "Birdman" just a few blocks away at the St. James Theater in April of 2013. We talked about that camaraderie, the film's humanist theme of seeking love and approval and working with the likes of Keaton, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Emma Stone, Edward Norton, and Zach Galifianakis star in the much buzzed about dark comedy Birdman, which also marks the return of its star Michael Keaton to the big screen. While the film deals with an aging star’s struggle with his career, ego, and personal life as he tries to mount a Broadway show, one of the most memorable scenes in the movie has Keaton running around Times Square with only his tighty whities to support him.
In honor of this cinematic spectacle, we challenged the cast (which also includes Naomi Watts, rising star Andrea Riseborough, and The Office’s Amy Ryan) to identify other actors who dared to bare their briefs on screen, including Tom Cruise, Jason Segel, Rhys Ifans, and Birdman’s own Zach Galifianakis, who believes he’s very skilled at ID-ing his own body. »
- Lauren Elizabeth Thompson
Michael Keaton was the first movie actor to say, "I'm Batman." In 1989, Keaton defied the skeptics who'd shrieked when Tim Burton cast him as the Caped Crusader when Batman became a blockbuster, laying the groundwork for the future of superhero franchises and, hence, Hollywood. But after a popular sequel, Keaton hung up the cape, and despite some memorable performances since then—The Paper, Jackie Brown, The Other Guys—he's never found another role with either the depth or profile of Batman. Until now, perhaps. In Birdman, Keaton plays someone we immediately identify—even if he claims he does not. Riggan »
- Jeff Labrecque
As the Michael-Keaton-for-Oscar bandwagon gains momentum, it’s worth taking a minute to see what all the fuss is about. Alejandro Iñárritu's Birdman is a much-hyped showcase for his acting skills, setting him alongside a gifted support cast that boasts Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. It’s Norton, though, on sidekick duties in this new clip from the film as a fiery actor with plenty to tell his new boss. brightcove.createExperiences(); Keaton plays Riggan, an actor once famous for playing a Batman-like character who’s since fallen on tough times. His shot of redemption – as he sees it – is a Broadway play charting the triumphs and disasters of a man not entirely dissimilar to Riggan himself. Meta, eh? Well, throw in Norton’s domineering thesp, Zach Galifianakis’s eccentric agent-cum-lawyer and all the usual perils of show business and his plans (and sanity) seem to be in deepest jeopardy. »
Chicago – “Garfield, maybe” was the sole utterance of regret that iconic actor/prolific movie-golfer Bill Murray expressed in 2009’s “Zombieland” before he died. Should the adoration for this cameo resurrect him for that film’s announced sequel, Murray will hopefully denounce “St. Vincent,” his most needless and perverse career choice since vocally birthing “Garfield” (and yes, that includes getting a handjob as Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 2012’s also terrible “Hyde Park on Hudson”).
Unpromising writer/director Ted Melfi’s “St. Vincent” is a film that is so ordinary with its story construction that its only substantial charm is indeed Murray’s casting. And yet, this selling point does not need a film like this to please a crowd, as he thrills people even by starring in numerous Bs urban legends. Though this shiny film won’t go away any time soon, “St. Vincent” is best taken as another joke project from Murray, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The layers blurring reality and fantasy run deep with Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new film, Birdman, both within the story and in real life. Iñárritu had become known for his trilogy of everything-is-connected mope-fests (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, and Babel), and then followed those up with a widely panned film called Biutiful that straightened out the narrative intricacies but still kept all the misery porn. So what to do next? Well, I wouldn’t call it a comeback, just as Birdman’s main character, a struggling actor named Riggan Thomson (played by Michael Keaton) who played an iconic superhero character twenty-five years ago and who is struggling to put on a Broadway adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story, wouldn’t call it a comeback either. Iñárritu’s wild meta-commentary comedy Birdman instead eschews categorization and proudly defines itself as an unconventional tour de force.
Taking place completely in and around the St. »
- Sean Hutchinson
Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a black comedy which chronicles the story of Riggan Thomas (Michael Keaton), a washed up, former action star who attempts to cling to his relevance by making a comeback on Broadway. While many assume the story reflects Keaton’s real life as the man who once defended Gotham in the black Batman suit (in 1988 and 1992), you’d be surprised to know how the actor really feels about trading in one suit for another.
Shot with a continuous single camera, Alejandro G. Iñárritu‘s story takes you on an unexpected journey, built by the wonderful and raw performances of Ed Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, and Andrea Riseborough in a film Entertainment Weekly claims will change Keaton’s career. The movie has a self-aware tone in exploiting the narcissistic nature of actors, so much so that they have no problem showing off »
- Taylor Ferber
It's good to be Naomi Watts right now which is something of a surprise since last year it wasn't. But then the blonde Aussie's career has always been like that. Let's investigate.
In the Posterized series, now beginning a new season so expect one each Friday, we look back at a star's career through their movie posters. Sometimes it's their giant sized faces and sometimes they don't appear on the poster at all. Such are the vagaries of stardom and advertisements.
In Naomi's film debut she didn't even get a name. The then 18 year old actress was billed as "Leo's Girlfriend" I couldn't find a movie poster of that one so we begin five years later when the actress, after a few TV stints debuted properly opposite her best friend Nicole Kidman in Flirting (1991) a terrific Australian coming of age movie you should seek out. »
- NATHANIEL R
Watching funny people perform dramatic roles can always be an interesting experience, especially if other parts of the film are funny. In Alejandro González Iñárritu's film "Birdman," Zach Galifianakis and Amy Ryan have two of the more serious roles in what is a dark comedy. The film itself is centered on Michael Keaton's Riggan Thomson, a movie star who has opted to head to Broadway to write, direct, and star-in a play. Galifianakis appears as Thomson's friend and manager, Jake, while Ryan is Thomson's ex-wife, Sylvia. No small part of both roles is keeping Thomson on the (relatively) straight and narrow. They act as a reality check on Thomson's flightier notions, which is what makes their roles somewhat more serious than those of other people in the film. Do not think though that just because Ryan and Galifianakis are funny people that they had any desire to show that funny while filming. »
- Josh Lasser
Birdman, out Friday at the specialty box office in New York and Los Angeles, follows Michael Keaton as Riggan Thomson, a has-been blockbuster superhero who is about to unveil a Broadway play in which he wrote, directed and stars, with hopes that the risk will bring him renewed acclaim and respectability. The Alejandro G. Inarritu dark comedy from Fox Searchlight and New Regency also stars Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Lindsay Duncan, and is made to appear to be lensed with one continuous shot. Read what top critics are saying about
- Ashley Lee
Michael Keaton is perhaps best known for playing Batman in a pair of Tim Burton-directed superhero movies, whose visionary tone has set the standard for the genre until this day. And now he's stepping back into the superhero suit (sort of) for "Birdman," the latest film from "Babel" director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
"Birdman" tells the story of an actor who has been immortalized in a series of superhero movies (played, obviously, by Keaton), who decides to attempt a comeback by writing, directing, and starring in a stage adaptation of a Raymond Carver story. Of course, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. (Andrea Riseborough, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, and Emma Stone co-star.)
So why is everyone talking about this relatively little movie that could conceivably do very big things? Read on to find out!
1. Michael Keaton Is Truly Incredible
Michael Keaton is kind of always incredible. »
- Drew Taylor
“Birdman 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.”
Birdman is directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s (21 Grams) and also stars Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover Part III), Naomi Watts (21 Grams) and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone).
Birdman is set for release in the States on October 17th and on January 2nd 2015 in the UK.
- Gary Collinson
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
The cast and crew, fly high in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by visionary Alejandro González Iñárritu. Michael Keaton stars as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who never bounced back from his peak stardom days as part of a 1990s superhero franchise, and who is desperate to gain back some spark for his faded career. Riggan attempts to jolt himself back into the limelight through the triple threat of writing, directing and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.
- Christopher Clemente
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