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'Birdman' by Alejandro G. Iñárritu to Opens the 71st Venice Film Festival

15 July 2014 7:40 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The latest film by the acclaimed Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu will have the honor to open the upcoming Venice Film Festival. Starring Michael Keaton in the leading role, this is of course a title that will be in the mix for awards contention in the upcoming  months.

Here is what Cineuropa had to say:

By Camillo De Marco

"Birdman" (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance ), directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu ("Amores perros," "21 Grams," "Babel,""Biutiful") with Michael Keaton, will open the 71st Venice Film Festival (August 27– September 6, 2014) directed by Alberto Barbera.The world premiere will be screened, in Competition, on the evening of 27 August in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema in Lido, following the opening ceremony hosted by Luisa Ranieri.

In the cast with Michael Keaton are Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. The film is a Fox Searchlight Pictures / New Regency distribution of a New Regency / M Productions / Le Grisbi production.

"Birdman" (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance ) is a black comedy that tells the tale of a fading actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for playing an iconic superhero – faced with the difficulties and unexpected events involved in producing a Broadway show that is supposed to re-launch his success. In the days preceding the opening night, he battles with his ego and desperately tries to save his family, career and himself.

The film is written by Alejandro Iñárritu with Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr. and Armando Bo. Theproducers are Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole. The credits also include Director of photography Emmanuel Lubezki ("Gravity," "The Tree of Life," "Children of Men"), production designer Kevin Thompson ("The Bourne Legacy," "Michael Clayton") and music is composed by Antonio Sanchez.

"Birdman" will be released in North America on 17 October and in international territories at the beginning of 2015. »

- Sydney Levine

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Venice Film Festival Opens With Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's 'Birdman'

10 July 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The 71st Venice Film Festival has announced that it will launch on August 27 with the world premiere of Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's "Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance". The film stars Michael Keaton as an actor who first achieved fame for playing an iconic superhero struggling to mount a Broadway play and battling his ego and demons in the days leading up to the opening night. The trailer for Iñárritu's black comedy has been stirring up plenty of buzz since it was unveiled online last month. "Birdman" reportedly takes place in real time and unfolds in a series of long, uninterrupted takes. Keaton is joined in the cast by Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. The film will be screened in competition on August 27 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony hosted by Luisa Ranieri. »

- Matt Mueller

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Birdman world premiere to open Venice

10 July 2014 3:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s black comedy stars Michael Keaton.

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton, has been selected as the opening film of the 71st Venice Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6), where it will play in competition.

The film will receive its world premiere on August 27 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony hosted by Luisa Ranieri.

The black comedy tells the story of an actor (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.

Co-stars include Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.

Birdman will be released in North America on Oct 17 and roll out internationally in Jan 2015. Worldview Entertainment is co-financing »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Global Showbiz Briefs: NBCUniversal, Amazon Ink UK Streaming Deal; Fox International Channels Takes ‘Wayward Pines’ Rights; More

8 May 2014 10:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Amazon, NBCUniversal Ink U.K. Streaming Deal Amazon and NBCUniversal have finalized a UK instant video subscription deal that will make hundreds of episodes of U.S. TV series available on Prime Instant Video. Amazon is bringing multiple seasons of such NBCUniversal shows as Suits, Grimm and Parks And Recreation to the UK’s largest movie and TV streaming subscription service. Also included in the deal are renewals of series such as Battlestar Galactica, Heroes, The Office (U.S.) and 30 Rock. Fox International Channels Takes ‘Wayward Pines’ Rights Fox International Channels, Fox Broadcasting Company and FX Productions have locked in an international partnership on M. Night Shyamalan’s new 10-episode event series Wayward Pines. Fic will control all rights outside of the U.S. to become exclusive first-window broadcaster in its 125-country universe as well as the exclusive international sales arm. Set to premiere on Fox globally during the 2014- »

- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor

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