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DiCaprio will play the role of Hugh Glass, a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and then robbed. When he survives against all odds, he sets out on a treacherous journey to exact revenge on his betrayers in this captivating and inspiring story based on the Michael Punke novel, “The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge.”
Later this year Inarritu’s Birdman will hit theaters (on October 17).
- Laura Frances
Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Alejandro González Iñárritu's film The Revenant for New Regency it was announced today by Brad Weston, president and chief executive officer. The film, written by Mark L. Smith and Inarritu, is scheduled to start production this September with a fall 2015 release planned through New Regency's distribution deal with 20th Century Fox. Anonymous Content's Steve Golin, Keith Redmon and David Kanter will produce the film along with Inarritu, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole. Executive producer is Paul Green. RatPac and Worldview Entertainment will co-finance the film.
DiCaprio, recently nominated for his fifth Academy Award, will follow up his heralded performance in the enormously successful The Wolf of Wall Street with the role of Hugh Glass in The Revenant. Glass is a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and then robbed. When he survives against all odds, »
Glass is a 19th century fur trapper who is mauled by a grizzly bear, left for dead and then robbed. When he survives against all odds, he sets out on a treacherous journey to exact revenge on his betrayers in this captivating and inspiring story based on the Michael Punke novel, The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge.
The film, written by Mark L. Smith and Inarritu, is scheduled to start production this September with a fall 2015 release planned through New Regency’s distribution deal with 20th Century Fox.
- Michelle McCue
In a few days, the Cannes Film Festival will announce their slate, and while we have our guesses as to what movies will feature on the Croisette, one film that was widely expected to showcase in the south of France won't be in the lineup. Fox Searchlight confirmed with The Playlist that Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" will still be in post-production through the end of May and early June, and will not be part of Cannes. But don't be too bummed. The studio has announced a fall release date for the movie, and our guess is that you'll want to keep your eyes peeled to Telluride or Tiff instead. Bringing together a starry ensemble, including Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough and Amy Ryan, the black comedy tells the story of an actor (Keaton)—famous for portraying an iconic superhero—as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman is one of the strangest and most exciting films of the year, and though we’re still not quite sure what to expect, we now know when we can expect it. Fox Searchlight has assigned the dark comedy an October 17th, 2014 release date, which may give it a fighting chance on the awards circuit.
Birdman stars Michael Keaton as an actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero, who battles his ego and attempts to recover his family and career while struggling to mount a Broadway play. Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts will round out what looks to be a very strong supporting cast.
Personally, I’m enjoying Keaton’s little career resurgence that we’ve seen over the last couple of years, and this film sounds right up his alley. I think many people forget how comedic he can be and »
- James Garcia
Fox Searchlight has set an October 17 release date for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman, the director's new black comedy expected by most to premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival, but Fox Searchlight co-president Stephen Gilula told Deadline the film "won't complete post production until late May or early June", so the Cannes dream seems over. Interestingly enough, the film has already been rated R for language throughout, some sexual content and brief violence. Nevertheless, expect a premiere in Venice, Toronto or Telluride. The film stars Michael Keaton as an actor, famous for portraying a superhero, who's struggling 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. Along with Keaton the film co-stars Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough and Amy Ryan. I know a lot of people are »
- Brad Brevet
Fox Searchlight and Regency Enterprises have positioned their Alejandro Iñárritu dark comedy in a prime awards season slot.
Birdman aka The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance will go on limited released on October 17 and roll out internationally in January 2015.
Given the autumn release date and the fact that the film is unlikely to be completed until late May or June, an autumn festival berth seems most likely. Worldview Entertainment is co-financing with Searchlight and Regency Enterprises.
Michael Keaton stars in the tale of an actor famous for once playing an iconic superhero who attempts to recover himself, his career and his family as he struggles to put on a Broadway play.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Briefly: Fox Searchlight has announced a release date for Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman, a Broadway stage drama about a fading actor starring Michael Keaton (seen above), for early in awards season 2014. Birdman will open in select theaters starting October 17th, 2014 this fall; a similar release date slot was used by Searchlight to debut 12 Years a Slave last year, and that went all the way to win Best Picture. Not saying that Birdman has that chance as we haven't seen much yet, but it will be something to behold anyway - with Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki behind the long-take cinematography. Also in the cast: Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. Birdman, co-written & directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu (of Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful), has been described as a dark comedy. A washed-up actor, played by Michael Keaton, who once played an iconic »
- Alex Billington
The film may be selected next week as a competition title for the Cannes Film Festival. Inarritu’s films screened at Cannes include “Biutiful,” “Babel” and “Amores Perros,” which won the Critics Week prize.
- Dave McNary
It’s safe to say that Liev Schreiber isn’t the most famous actor in Hollywood, nor is he the most obviously successful or instantly recognisable; he’s the sort of guy who turns up now and again, usually when you least expect it, delivering fine and competent performances on an array of different projects. Known for his rugged good looks and gruff voice, he fits the bill as bonafide action hero, stoic protagonist, terrifying antagonist, or – better – a character in that “grey” area.
Aside from his film work, Schreiber is also a talented and acclaimed stage actor, and has won praise for his work in the plays of Mr. William Shakespeare. “He has a swiftness of mind,” the New York Times wrote, “which convinces the audience that language is being coined in the moment. His speech, unlike that of the merely adequate supporting cast, feels lived rather than learned. »
Excepting superhero blockbusters and animated family flicks, no other major studio release has been dated as far as October of 2016, so Focus Features’ early scheduling indicates that the studio is highly confident in A Monster Calls‘ ability to break out at the box office.
The film was adapted from the novel of the same name by Patrick Ness, which was in turn inspired by an idea by Siobhan Dowd. Described as a “visually spectacular drama,” A Monster Calls focuses on a young boy who, reeling from his mother’s terminal cancer diagnosis and severe bullying at school, escapes into a fantastical world filled with sinister monsters. When one particularly horrific creature begins to appear outside the boy’s window every night, the two form a »
- Isaac Feldberg
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It seems that no matter how well we think we know our favorite celebrities, they always find ways to surprise us. We could have sworn that we’ve read that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have already tied the knot and we were positive that Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts were man and wife, but the truth is none of them have put a ring on it yet!
Sure, some celebrities have shocking first marriages that we still can’t believe actually happened, but we’re almost more surprised that Johnny Depp never officially married his long-time lady love (and mother of his children) Vanessa Paradis. He told a reporter that “marriage is really from soul to soul, heart to heart. You don’t need somebody to say, okay you’re married.” So, it’s kind of ironic that he’s now engaged to twentysomething Amber Heard. »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Let's dust off the old part-time specialty feature "Oscar Bait" with some news on an acquisition, shall we? Now, this time last year a lot of eyes were turned toward Naomi Watts in what seemed like a baity role as Princess Diana in "Diana." Then the film waited for a distributor, and waited, and waited. The writing was on the wall by the time Entertainment One grabbed it and it went nowhere with critics, audiences and, certainly, awards-voting bodies. This year, the upstart distributor has another play that may or may not work out on the circuit, "You're Not You" starring two-time Best Actress Oscar winner Hilary Swank. Emmy Rossum, Josh Duhamel, Loretta Divine, Ernie Hudson and Marcia Gay Harden also star. Here's the official synopsis: "'You're Not You' centers on the relationship between Kate (Swank), a woman who has been immobilized by Als - also known as »
- Kristopher Tapley
I can win over most of you with five words about this week: Game of Thrones is back. But if that’s not enough for you, we’ve also got a new Bill Murray film in theaters, a funny new read, and the start of the 25th season of MTV’s The Challenge. Let’s just say you’ve got a diverse and very interesting week of pop culture ahead of you. Here’s what your schedule looks like this week:
Game of Thrones, 9 p.m., HBO
Could this be the best season yet? There’s only one way to find out. »
- Samantha Highfill
With the Monday-through-Friday grind behind them, our favorite celebrities are getting social and active around the globe. Naomi Campbell kicked off her Friday night with Sharon Stone and Mary J. Blige at amfAR's glitzy Inspiration Gala in São Paulo, Brazil. In NYC, Sarah Jessica Parker dazzled at the 2014 Dvf Awards, Pharrell Williams jumped into his 41st year with a star-studded birthday bash, and Lady Gaga donned yet another big wig as she took center stage. Elsewhere, Naomi Watts scored some exercise and fresh air on a lovely La day, and Chelsea Handler fit in with tourists in the Sunshine State. Scroll through to see all the exciting weekend fun unfold, and come back later to find out what the stars do next! View Slideshow › »
- Nick Maslow
“St. Vincent,” the comedy starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts, was given an Oct. 24 release date by the Weinstein Company on Thursday. See photos: 49 Summer Movies on Our Radar: From ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ to Tina Fey's Next Comedy That puts the film, written and directed by Theodore Malfi, up against Universal's horror thriller “Ouija,” Paramount's “Paranormal Activity 5” and the Fox action adventure “The Secret Service.” Also read: Bill Murray Invaded ‘Letterman’ to Tell Jokes, Take a Selfie With Lady Gaga (Video) Chris O'Dowd, Kimberly Quinn and Scott Adsit co-star in the film, which is about a young boy who. »
- Todd Cunningham
Crackle and NBCUniversal have entered an exclusive, multi-year content licensing deal to stream feature films. Beginning on Thursday, Crackle users will have access to several movies, with more than 140 new library titles rolling out over the next three years. The deal gives Crackle the exclusive ad-supported video on demand (Avod) rights to a variety of feature films, including the big-screen reboot of “Miami Vice,” starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx; war drama “Jarhead,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal; the remake of “King Kong,” starring Naomi Watts and Jack Black; and the Academy Award-winning biography “Ray,” starring Jamie Foxx. Also read: Jerry Seinfeld »
- Tony Maglio
Although films like Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” look like Cannes shoo-ins, the festival’s 2014 lineup is still very much a work in progress. That hasn’t stopped Variety’s top film critics from naming what they’d like to see included when the official selection is announced April 17.
When people talk of ambition in Hollywood, they usually mean big budgets and visual effects, but what impresses me about Anderson is his ability to render cinematic the most challenging of subjects — from Scientology to, in this case, a Thomas Pynchon novel.
“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” Roy Andersson
It takes the Swedish master so long to make his meticulously composed absurdist satires that there have only been two in my lifetime: “Songs From the Second Floor” and “You, the Living. »
- Variety Staff
The film focuses on the story of how the famous male exotic dancers started after Paul Snider and Somen “Steve” Banerjee expanded the Chippendales nightclub. It’s a story which has potential for both the glitzy highs of bouffant hair and the seedy lows – Banerjee was found hanging dead in his cell after being jailed for attempted arson, racketeering and murder for hire. This true life scandal has already been explored in made for TV movie The Chippendales Murders, with Lost actor Naveen Andrews playing Banerjee.
If everything works out for Stiller, he’ll play choreographer Nick de Noia, who helped the troupe go supernova – and later fell victim to Banerjee. Alan Ball is writing the script which is based on Rodney Sheldon’s book. Ball’s script writing credentials include American Beauty and True Blood. »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
The Oscar-nominated actress, who played the title role in Oliver Hirschbiegel's Diana, saw the film come in for a critical panning last year and earn just $20 million at the worldwide box office.
Speaking to Harper's Bazaar, Watts described the film as "a sinking ship".
"I got seduced by the fantastic character," she said. "Diana did a lot of things that had positive and negative results. She was multifaceted.
"But ultimately there were problems [with the film] and it ended up taking a direction that was not the one I was hoping for. With risk there is every chance it's going to fail. If you have to go down with that sinking ship, so be it."
Watts famously walked out of an interview with 5 Live's Simon Mayo while promoting the film in the UK.
The movie later »
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