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Ellen DeGeneres and Lena Dunham Want to Be 'Ghostbusters'

2 hours ago | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Melissa McCarthy and Girls creator/star Lena Dunham both appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show earlier today, where host Ellen DeGeneres suggested that they all be cast in the all-female reboot of Ghostbusters that Paul Feig is directing. After Ellen made the initial suggestion, Lena Dunham had this to say.

"I have to say, since I've heard that rumor I think every lady in town who fancies herself a jokester wants in."

After rumors of an all-female Ghostbusters started popping up last month, original Ghostbusters star Bill Murray suggested that his St. Vincent co-star Melissa McCarthy be cast, along with Kristen Wiig, Linda Cardellini and Emma Stone. It was announced earlier this month that Paul Feig is officially directing an all-female version of Ghostbusters, which lead to The X-Files star Gillian Anderson expressing her interest in the project last week.

Of course, no one has been officially cast yet, but »

- MovieWeb

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Oscars: ‘Birdman’ Flew Sky High In Theaters, But How Did It Play With Academy Voters?

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

There can be no question that one of this year’s most anticipated films, Oscar-wise, flew high in its limited platform break at the box office this weekend. With an estimate exceeding $400,ooo at just four theatres in NY and La, the $103,000-per-screen figure indicates strong want-to-see on the coasts. I had expected this totally unique and original film, with its orgiastic critical and Venice/Telluride/NY film fest response and general must-see status, would be huge on its first break. And since both NY and La are full of industry players, that bodes well for the awards future of the film.

So how did it do with Oscar voters? Well, it also played a fifth cinema on Sunday, the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, where it had its “official” Academy screening to a nearly packed auditorium of what is estimated by several attendees at about 90% capacity. Most told »

- Pete Hammond

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'Birdman' (2014) Movie Review

9 hours ago | 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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Are Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa McCarthy and Lena Dunham the New Ghostbusters?

11 hours ago | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Ellen DeGeneres is throwing her name in the ring for 'Ghostbusters 3.'

Ellen DeGeneres is taking it upon herself to cast the new Ghostbusters 3 -- and this trio isn't too far off from some of our casting picks.

Bridesmaids actress Melissa McCarthy and Girls star Lena Dunham joined Ellen on her Monday show and the daytime host took the opportunity to pitch the movie to the funny women. "The three of us, I think we should maybe do Ghostbusters together or something like that," Ellen told the women.

Photos: Ghostbusters 3 Dream Casting

Turning to Melissa, Ellen said, "I think you’re in already." Despite some prying on both Ellen and Lena's part to get the actress to confess she's already been cast in the sequel, Melissa denied the claims several times, saying, "I’m not in. I’m not it!"

Lena, however, is all for being a Ghostbuster. "I have to »

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

11 hours ago | | 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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This Week on Stage: New York, New York – a helluva 'Town'

14 hours ago | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

The randy sailors of On the Town are back in the Big Apple, and taking up permanent residence at the newly-renamed Lyric Theatre (where the beleaguered Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was the previous tenant), with lots of dancing boys and girls courtesy of Smash's acclaimed choreographer Joshua Bergasse (keep your eyes peeled to for a future feature on him, by the way). In other news, "Big" Al Pacino is coming back to Broadway next fall in a brand-new play written expressly for him by master wordsmith David Mamet, about a billionaire taking a fateful phone call before semi-retirement. »

- Jason Clark

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

15 hours ago | 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.


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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Birdman's Gonzalez Iñárritu: 'Superhero films are cultural genocide'

16 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu has called superhero films "cultural genocide".

The filmmaker warned about the philosophy of the genre and the values that he perceives such movies to promote.

"I sometimes enjoy them because they are basic and simple and go well with popcorn," Gonzalez Iñárritu told Deadline.

"The problem is that sometimes they purport to be profound, based on some Greek mythological kind of thing. And they are honestly very right wing.

"I always see them as killing people because they do not believe in what you believe, or they are not being who you want them to be. I hate that, and don't respond to those characters.

"They have been poison, this cultural genocide, because the audience is so overexposed to plot and explosions and s**t that doesn't mean [anything] about the experience of being human.

"If you observe the mentality of most of those films, it's »

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

19 October 2014 7:35 PM, PDT | | 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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‘Birdman’ Astounds in Limited Box Office Debut, But How High Can It Fly?

19 October 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Birdman” soared at the arthouses this weekend with the show business satire enjoying a smashing debut that could help it travel beyond the cinephile crowd.

The quirky comedy from Fox Searchlight picked up $415,000 in just four theaters, making it the year’s second-highest grossing film from a per-screen average standpoint. Its average of $103,750 is behind only “The Grand Budapest Hotel’s” $202,792 number.

“When the numbers started coming in on Friday, we all went ‘wow,'” said Frank Rodriguez, senior vice president of distribution at Searchlight. “We were seeing all the seats fill up. There’s so many films out there. So many holdovers and so many new films, that it’s hard to get the seats you need.”

In order to meet the demand, Searchlight will expand “Birdman” beyond New York and Los Angeles to 18 markets and between 40 and 50 theaters. Within three to four weeks, it hopes to have the film in between 400 and 600 theaters. »

- Brent Lang

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Thoughts I Had... The "Big Eyes" Poster

19 October 2014 6:16 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

We finally have a poster for Tim Burton's Big Eyes. Herewith some thoughts as they came to me.

• "Visionary Director" would be so much more impressive as a description if it weren't so overused.

• "Big Eyes" could well describe lots of celebrities: Emma Stone, Amanda Seyfried, Marty Feldman*, Heather Graham, Jake Gyllenhaal, Susan Sarandon, Anne Hathaway, Sailor Moon.

Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams have Normal-Sized Eyes but that will never be a film title. The only person in this cast with gargantuan eyeballs is Krysten Ritter

• The tag line is basic but it does cleverly have a double meaning with the last bit "... and everyone bought it" 

• A lot of people seem to be sure that this one won't be a major Oscar player but apart from test screenings (a notoriously unreliable source of info) no one has seen it so it's one of our mystery movies when it »


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

19 October 2014 5:43 AM, PDT | | 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. »

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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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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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Meet the Contenders: Emma Stone "Birdman"

18 October 2014 9:31 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Each weekend a profile on a just-opened Oscar contender. Here's abstew on this weekend's new release, Birdman which is marvelous as previously noted.

Emma Stone as Sam Thomson in Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Best Supporting Actress

Born: Emily Jean Stone was born November 6, 1988 in Scottsdale, Arizona

The Role: Known for his sprawling (and epically depressing) Oscar-nominated films (21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful), writer/director Alejandro González Iñárritu tries his hand at a more comedic film with Birdman. Don't worry, it may have laugh-out-loud humor, but it's still as satirical, dark, and complex as we would expect from the filmmaker. The film centers on a movie star, Riggan Thomson, most famous for playing a costumed superhero (played by Best Actor contender Michael Keaton) that attempts to revive his career by mounting a play on Broadway. Stone plays his resentful daughter, who was recently released from rehab and now works as her father's personal assistant. »

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Andrea Riseborough says 'Birdman' was like working with a theater company of actors

18 October 2014 12:25 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"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

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Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone & Nicole Richie Rock Our Favorite Looks of the Week!

17 October 2014 5:09 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

We're breaking down the fashion do's and don'ts of the week.

Hollywood’s most stylish stars can sometimes make poor stylistic choices so we’re looking at the do’s and don’ts of the latest red carpet trends.

Nicole Richie and Reese Witherspoon recently strutted down the red carpets wearing sheer lace, which can be very sultry and glamourous when styled correctly. Richie successfully pulled off a rocker chic look at the AOL Originals Fall Premiere event with a lace and rose print gown. This Blumarine design called for a touch of elegance and she delivered by pulling her hair back and keeping accessories to a minimum with a choker necklace. Reese Witherspoon's styling of a black Stella McCartney gown missed the mark at her premiere for Wild during the 58th BFI London Film Festival. There were a lot of contrasting elements in the design which may have worked if she had pushed the limits »

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Emma Stone and the Cast of Birdman Know Their Underwear

17 October 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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Five reasons why we love Bill Murray

17 October 2014 11:40 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

With St. Vincent in theatres this weekend and Ghostbusters reboot news flooding Twitter, it’s seems like everything’s coming up Bill Murray lately.

Though an enigma off-screen, Murray has long-established his position as one of the funniest and most consistent comedic actors in film history with an output of modern classics like Groundhog DayGhostbustersCaddyshack,Rushmore, and Lost In Translation.

According to Emma Stone in Zombieland, Bill "has a direct line to my funny bone." We agree with you, Emma – though we probably wouldn’t go so far as punching a child for not knowing who Bill Murray is, Woody Harrelson.

So, yes -- with the exception of some the participants of his infamous "Saturday Night Live" era feuds -- everybody loves Bill Murray. But why exactly is Bill so universally loved?

We try to pare down our reasons for loving Bill Murray down to five, but we fail, »

- Sasha James

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