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I'd say we've pretty much covered it around here as it pertains to "Birdman." Interviews with Alejandro González Iñárritu, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis & Amy Ryan, etc. I've banged the gong for Keaton this season (I have a favorite, sue me) and the Academy seemed receptive enough. We've even gone deep on the costuming of it and the creation of the iconic Birdman superhero suit. The movie is out there in the world now, though, dealing in the court of public opinion. This weekend the film expanded to 50 more locations, so it's certainly closer to some of you now that it was last week. And given that it's been such a hotly anticipated entry this season, I can't leave it without hearing your thoughts. So if you see it this weekend/week, head on back here with a note or two and vote in our poll. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Universal’s séance pic scared up $8.3 million in the U.S. on Friday and has a weekend win in its future as it heads toward a $20 million opening. “John Wick” isn’t too far behind with $15 million, while Bill Murray’s comedy “St. Vincent” climbed into the top five as it expanded nationwide.
Directed by Stiles White and starring a crop of newcomers, including Daren Kagasoff and Olivia Cooke, “Ouija” centers on a group of teens who accidentally summon dark powers when attempting to make contact with a recently deceased friend.
It’s no surprise that the “Ouija” topped the box office, considering that Halloween is only a week away and that the film carries a PG-13 rating that broadens its appeal to its target audience of teens.
“Ouija” was produced for less »
- Maane Khatchatourian
I love this time of year. The weather starts to cool off, football games start to matter and Hollywood releases some incredible movies that will be in play during Award season. That brings me to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s incredible new film, Birdman. Made to look like one long shot, Birdman stars Michael Keaton as an actor who once played an iconic superhero and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory. While some movies have incredible performances or a great script, Birdman is one of those rare films where everything across the board is memorable. It’s absolutely one of my favorite films of 2014 and it should be seen as soon as possible. Trust me, this is a special movie that you will want to see. The film also stars Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
That "creepy kid" from "The Ring" is all grown up ... and has quite the impressive resume these days!As part of our ongoing 13 Days of Horror, we're checking in with some of the stars of our favorite freaky flicks and today, it's all about David Dorfman.Dorfman, who starred alongside Naomi Watts in the American remake of "The Ring" 12 years ago, chatted with toofab’s Candice Brock about working with the actress, getting typecast in bizarre roles and what he’s been up to since the movie. See what he and Samara herself (actress Daveigh Chase) look like now in the gallery above.David was only 9-years-old when the horror flick was released -- but does it feel like a lifetime ago for the former actor? "Amazingly it doesn’t, I’ve been keeping pretty busy and I guess times just sort of flown by. I guess the fact that »
- tooFab Staff
Actually, that might not be the real title of the movie, as journalists received the following message prior to the screening: "Please use the film's full title, "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance," the first time the film is mentioned in an article. " Meanwhile, on IMDb the title is listed with brackets: "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)."
If this seems a mix of confusing and pedantic, then that's in keeping with the tone of much of the film. There's a lot to admire about this work, but it also feels like it's trying too damn hard at times to be quirky and different, right down to the convoluted title.
What's it about?
Plot-wise, we follow a Hollywood star that's looking for a bit of authenticity by staging a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver's »
- Jason Gorber
“A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing.” That’s a message on a postcard displayed on the dressing room mirror of Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton) in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance). With that phrase in mind, I feel it’s best to simply say, “Go see the movie. Then we can talk about it.” I could leave this review at that considering the film brings into question the role of the critic when an actor, director, or artist puts their heart and soul on the line for his or her art. But just plainly urging you to see the movie is also counter-productive when there is so much love, effort, and ideas pulsating from this work of art. And it is just that. Birdman is a work of art. Don’t take my word for it though, go and see it for yourself. »
- Michael Haffner
Chicago – There are parts of “Birdman” that are absolutely breathtaking, in dialogue, performance and visual acumen. Even its subtitle, “The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” has a wonderful payoff. Michael Keaton provides an Oscar worthy performance as the title character.
The film is cut as if it were one long take, with cinematic coolness from director Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Babel”). If you’ve heard about the film, with Michael Keaton portraying a character that once starred in a huge superhero franchise, then you may think it’s autobiographical – substitute Batman for Birdman. But this is a fully realized and complex character that is mostly unlike the real life and affable Keaton. The performance is up close and personal, it goes places that are both dark and light, it mingles with the energy of the supporting cast with vivid and glorious insight. This is the Michael Keaton that proves he can »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
“Rhythm is everything in cinema,” says director Alejandro G. Iñárritu.
Making the unique choice for the Birdman soundtrack, Iñárritu went with an almost total drum score by four-time Grammy Award winner Antonio Sanchez.
Sanchez is considered by many critics and musicians alike to be one of the most prominent drummers, bandleaders and composers of his generation.
Sanchez will open the 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Awards with a special drum performance from Birdman. Held at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood on Tuesday, November 4, Sanchez will play his critically acclaimed drum score live to a scene from the film.
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, »
- Michelle McCue
Ouija, another micro-budget pic from Blumhouse Prods., is likely to take the weekend, despite Universal keeping this one away from the critics (Danger, Will Robinson!). It opens tonight at 8 Pm in over 2,000 theaters before its Friday run of 2,857. Universal is thinking it could do high-teens, but the horror crowd comes out in force the first weekend and this one is appealing to teen girls and the Hispanic and African American sectors which tend to come out in groups to see films. Good news for this one, so if that happens, figure it could do anywhere from $20M-$24M. The audiences for horror films always seem to come out in force and then the drop-off comes the second weekend. But this second weekend will be Halloween.
Based on the Hasbro toy of the same name, Ouija had been in development for some time and back in 2008, it was originally envisioned as »
- Anita Busch
In Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Michael Keaton stars as has-been actor Riggan Thompson, best known for his role as a superhero years before. In a last-ditch attempt to revive his career, Riggan heads to the Great White Way to direct and star in a play. The dark comedy follows Keaton's character as his show heads to opening night, chronicling the behind-the-scenes drama of his egotistical and insecure costars (played by Edward Norton and Naomi Watts) and voice-of-reason manager (Zach Galifianakis). There's family drama, as well: Emma Stone plays his right-out-of-rehab daughter. Birdman, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Babel, »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
In Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Michael Keaton stars as has-been actor Riggan Thompson, best-known for his role as a superhero years before. In a last-ditch attempt to revive his career, Riggan heads to the Great White Way to direct and star in a play. The dark comedy follows Keaton's character as his show heads to opening night, chronicling the behind-the-scenes drama of his egotistical and insecure costars (played by Edward Norton and Naomi Watts) and voice-of-reason manager (Zach Galifianakis). There's family drama, as well: Emma Stone plays his right-out-of-rehab daughter. Birdman, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Babel, »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
I love this time of year. The weather starts to cool off. Football games start to matter. And Hollywood releases some incredible movies that will be in play during Award season. Which brings me to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s incredible new film, Birdman. Made to look like one long shot, Birdman stars Michael Keaton as an actor who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory. While some movies have incredible performances or a great script, Birdman is one of those rare films where everything across the board is memorable. It's absolutely one of my favorite films of 2014 and it should be seen as soon as possible. Trust me, this is a special movie that you want to see. The film also stars Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Justin Bieber and Floyd Mayweather both posted pictures and video on social media showing the pop star getting boxing lessons from the undefeated Olympic medalist. But it was Conan O'Brien who scored the first “exclusive footage” of the two in the ring. See photos: The Scene at Cannes: Robert Pattinson, Heidi Klum, Justin Bieber, Blake Lively, Naomi Watts, and Julianne Moore The clip, shown on TBS's “Conan,” started off innocently enough. Bieber threw a few jabs at Mayweather. But then the tables turned and Mayweather knocked him to the mat with one hit. Things only got worse for Bieber after that, »
- Jason Hughes
Fox Searchlight has released a new ‘Fight Club’ clip from Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s (21 Grams, Biutiful) new film Birdman, which sees Michael Keaton (Batman) tussling with Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk). Check it out below…
See Also: Read our review of Birdman here
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 out now in the States and opens on January 2nd 2015 in the UK, with a cast that also includes Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Naomi Watts (21 Grams) and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone).
- Gary Collinson
Once Birdman starts it doesn't stop until the film runs out and even then its energy seems to bleed into your veins as you exit the theater. It's a story of actors and the stage, artists and their critics. It's about the desire to be somebody as much as it's the fear of being a nobody. It tells of a world where artists are no longer recognized for their talent, but instead for the larger-than-life characters (literal and figurative) they play. Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is one such artist. Years ago, Riggan played Birdman in a trilogy of big budget, billion dollar blockbusters. The franchise was a massive hit and he turned down a lot of money for Birdman 4. Now he finds himself at his wits end, quite literally haunted by the character that made him famous while at the same time attempting to become the actor he's always dreamed of being. »
- Brad Brevet
The Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill buddy comedy hit 22 Jump Street is being re-released by Sony on October 24, in a distribution and marketing move that is kind of odd, given that the film is now at $191M domestically and $137.4M internationally. Usually this is done to reach some kind of box office benchmark, but given that it’s already at $328.4M worldwide and is unlikely to make another $9M domestically, it has us scratching our heads. The DVD comes out on October 28th so why would you re-release it into theaters four days before?
According to one Sony exec, “It’s essentially a promotional run, a chance for audiences to see the No. 1 comedy of the year on the big screen before its home entertainment launch. Not trying to hit any milestone per se. Always good for audiences to enjoy together before home entertainment kicks in.” Okaaay. I still don’t get it. »
- Anita Busch
Jean-Marc Vallée hasn't finished "Demolition," his indie drama followup to 2015 Oscar contender "Wild" and 2014 Oscar winner "Dallas Buyers Club." But already Fox Searchlight has sealed the deal, putting their faith in the Canadian-born filmmaker once again. Fox Searchlight, word has it, has picked up Us rights to "Demolition," starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts, after a heated bidding war and before it unleashes Reese Witherspoon-starrer "Wild" into the Oscar race on December 5. In December 2013, Focus released Vallée's "Dallas Buyers Club" and garnered the film Best Actor and Best Supporting Actors Oscars. Vallée clearly has a way with leading Hollywood actors, leading studios to trust his instincts (see: McConaughey, Leto, Witherspoon). Another emotionally wrought indie drama for adults, "Demolition" turns on a troubled, investment banker widower (Gyllenhaal) »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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"). »
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.
There might not be a more meta film in existence than Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film Birdman. There is the obvious selling point of the film in that Michael Keaton – famous in real life for portraying Batman yet recently finding himself accepting a load of crappy projects – playing Riggan Thomson, a washed up Hollywood actor that society most associates with Birdman, but the mimicking of reality actually goes even further down the rabbit hole. Edward Norton’s Broadway performance art actor character Mike is a total prick to everyone on-set, and if you go do some »
- Robert Kojder
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 »
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