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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) – The Review

10 hours ago | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“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

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Film Review: Michael Keaton Soars in Mesmerizing ‘Birdman’

17 hours ago | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

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.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

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 »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Drummer Antonio Sanchez Sets The Cadence For His Birdman Score

20 hours ago | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

“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

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‘Ouija’ To Scare Up No. 1 At Box Office, ‘John Wick’ Another Test For Keanu – B.O. Preview

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

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

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Behind the Scenes with Birdman's Star-Studded Cast (Video)

23 October 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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

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Behind the Scenes with Birdman's Star-Studded Cast (Video)

23 October 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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

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Michael Keaton Talks Birdman, Working with Alejandro González Iñárritu and Emmanuel Lubezki, and More

22 October 2014 7:03 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

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 NortonNaomi WattsEmma Stone, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Justin Bieber's Boxing Lessons With Floyd Mayweather Not Going Well According to ‘Conan’ (Video)

21 October 2014 10:02 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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Fight Club clip from Birdman featuring Michael Keaton and Edward Norton

20 October 2014 11:44 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

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).

The post Fight Club clip from Birdman featuring Michael Keaton and Edward Norton appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Gary Collinson

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'Birdman' (2014) Movie Review

20 October 2014 10:37 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

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

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’22 Jump Street’ Being Re-Released Oct. 24th Only Days Before Home Entertainment Launch

20 October 2014 10:16 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

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

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Jean-Marc Vallée's 'Demolition' Lands at Fox Searchlight, Stars Gyllenhaal and Watts

20 October 2014 9:37 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

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

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Birdman "Fight Club" Clip: Ed Norton & Michael Keaton Have A Confrontation

20 October 2014 7:46 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

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"). »

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50th Chicago International Film Festival Review – Birdman (2014)

20 October 2014 4:41 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Birdman. 2014

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

Starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough and Naomi Watts

Synopsis:

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

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Brad Pitt's Fury and Michael Keaton's Birdman Top Box Office

19 October 2014 7:35 PM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

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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Zach Galifianakis Gives Michael Keaton A Reality Check In New Birdman Clip

19 October 2014 5:43 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

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"). »

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Michael Keaton brings the curtain down in new Birdman clip

19 October 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coinciding with its U.S. release on Friday, a new clip has arrived online from Birdman featuring Michael Keaton (Batman) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), which you can check out below…

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.

The post Michael Keaton brings the curtain down in new Birdman clip appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

- Gary Collinson

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‘Birdman’ Swoops Into Theaters, Will Attempt to Fly All the Way to Oscars With Clipped Wings

18 October 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

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 NortonNaomi 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

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Exclusive Video Interview With The Cast And Director Of St. Vincent

18 October 2014 3:54 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

While the main appeal of St. Vincent is unapologetically Bill Murray playing a lazy, drinking, and smoking curmudgeon, it’s an ensemble cast and a first time director that shape this feel-good drama.

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

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Michael Keaton & Ed Norton In Captivating First Clip From Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s ‘Birdman’

18 October 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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

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