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Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
Riggan Thomas (Michael Keaton) attempts to distance himself from his famous role as the superhero, Birdman by staging a Broadway play adaptation of Raymond Carver’s ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love‘. In the days leading to the premier, Riggan must overcome his ego and family troubles to ensure he can once again hit the big time.
There’s a scene in Birdman where Michael Keaton’s character, Riggan Thomas, confronts the theatre critic who threatens to shut down his play with a single review, without even seeing it. It’s one of the films best scenes – in a film where it’s difficult to choose just one – as Keaton describes her writing as full of labels and adjectives, with nothing about technique, structure or execution, reducing his »
- Gary Collinson
A touching and unprecedentedly personal view of Muhammad Ali, the only three-time heavyweight boxing champion in history, I Am Ali was released to Blu-ray™ and DVD on November 11, 2014 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. This inspirational and revealing film provides viewers with one of the most in-depth portraits ever of the charismatic global superstar.
I Am Ali is an intimate and heartwarming look at the legendary athlete, beloved father, humanitarian, and activist as he has never been seen before. With exclusive access to Ali’s personal archive of “audio journals,” I Am Ali features touching interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends, legends of the boxing community—including former heavyweight champions Mike Tyson and George Foreman—and Ali’s longtime friend and business manager, Gene Kilroy. The film shares the champion’s extraordinary history as a fighter, lover, brother, father, and friend as told by insiders and »
- Tom Stockman
Does Robert De Niro feel indebted to David O. Russell? His Best Supporting Actor nomination for 2012’s "Silver Linings Playbook" came 20 years after his last flirtation with the Academy, a Best Actor nod for 1991’s "Cape Fear." Many suspected that De Niro was done giving the all that earned him statues for "Raging Bull" and "The Godfather: Part II." Movies like "Little Fockers," "New Year's Eve" and "Righteous Kill" paid the bills — why chase awards fodder? And then "Silver Linings Playbook" came along, throwing the pessimistic theory out the window. De Niro kept a good thing going, reuniting with Russell for a bit part in "American Hustle," making him part of the director’s regular roster. From the sound of it, the working relationship isn’t slowing down: From De Niro’s mouth, he will costar in the director’s next project. Previously reported to be in talks for a role, »
- Matt Patches
Bennett Miller has been using the genre of the "sports movie" tell some of the most fascinating stories of American life and dreams on the big screen. He’s followed up his sophisticated baseball film “Moneyball” with another American story rooted in the context of sports. With last Friday’s release of “Foxcatcher,” the wider public will finally see what we’ve been raving about since Cannes (read our review); a film set in the world of wrestling, that pins down the corroding effects wealth can have on the individual, and intensely grapples with the tragic consequences of human hubris. Not only did it push Steve Carell to his furthest, darkest limits (so much so, he inspired us to write about our favorite dramatic roles from 20 comic actors), but “Foxcatcher” also reminds us of how combat sports can be used effectively as metaphor, highlighting our brittle human condition with individualistic punches. »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
This week, Camerimage film festival presents a retrospective of the films of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. Last month at the Lumière Festival, Thelma Schoonmaker, the three-time Oscar winning editor and Powell’s widow, spoke about “The Tales of Hoffmann,” Powell and Pressburger’s 1951 adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s opera, which is one of the films screening at Camerimage.
Martin Scorsese has influenced generations of new filmmakers. But who and what films influenced Scorsese? One front-runner: “The Tales of Hoffmann,” Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1951 adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s opera, which liberated the duo from the constraints of early 1950s’ sound cinema.
In a video presentation made for and screened at the Lyon Lumière Festival in October, Scorsese admitted that he became “rather obsessed” by the movie.
That could be an understatement. Attending Lyon, Thelma Schoonmaker, Scorsese’s three-time Oscar winning editor and Powell’s widow, took a captivated audience through the film, »
- John Hopewell
From the first look at Steve Carell in Foxcatcher, we knew he was going to be an Oscar contender. To play real-life wrestling coach John du Pont, Carell had to wear a prosthetic nose. And if history tells us anything, it's that donning a fake nose for a part in a movie means automatic awards buzz. If you don't believe us, check out the following list of movie stars who humbly altered their snouts for a character, all of whom received some level of kudos and talk of Academy Awards potential. Most of them were even nominated, and some actually won Oscars. Oscar Win: Robert De Niro in Raging Bull (1980) Often acknowledged for his physical tranformation in the part of Jake Lamotta, it's usually just De Niro's weight gain for the final act...
- Christopher Campbell
Benedict Cumberbatch is Alan Turing. Benedict Cumberbatch is also the most popular Sherlock Holmes in history, the terrible and stupendous dragon Smaug in The Hobbit film adaptations and the ultimate nemesis that is Khan in the alternate-timeline that constitutes the Star Trek reboot movie cycle.
Benedict Cumberbatch is also set to become Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe - the hottest multi-franchise in the galaxy (several galaxies, actually) and the multifaceted pop-cultural entity magnetically attracting the most fascination and speculation right now (even more than the upcoming Star Wars sequels, which Cumberbatch has also been heavily linked with. In all likelihood, for all we know, Benedict Cumberbatch is also a Star Wars secret).
The poster touts “from the writer of ‘Taxi Driver’ and co-writer of ‘Raging Bull’,” but in case you haven’t paid attention, director Paul Schrader —who the poster is referring to— does not want you to see his latest movie “Dying Of The Light.” Its stars Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin don’t really want you to see it either, nor does the executive producer filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. Why? In short, the producers on the film took the film away from Schrader; at least he alleges as much. Their take is that Schrader quit after they asked for certain changes, whereas he contends he was forced out of the editing room and the producers took over. Schrader, Cage, Refn and Yelchin then took to Facebook to mount a silent protest. Under the terms of their contract, they are not allowed to disparage the film or the producers. So instead, »
- Edward Davis
'Idol's Eye' production shut down: Robert De Niro, Robert Pattinson and Rachel Weisz to have starred in Olivier Assayas' action-thriller (photo: Robert Pattinson) Production on screenwriter-director Olivier Assayas' action-thriller Idol's Eye, which was to have starred two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro (The Godfather: Part II, Raging Bull), Robert Pattinson (the Twilight movies, The Rover), and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), has been shut down, officially due to financing woes. Michael Benaroya's Beverly Hills-based Benaroya Pictures announced the bad news earlier today, November 3, 2014. “Due to the criteria for financing not being met by producers, Benaroya Pictures has formally decided to discontinue financing the motion picture titled Idol's Eye. The company cannot continue to put its investment at risk and has been forced to stop cash flowing [to] the production. “This is something all of us wanted to avoid, but due to the producers missing »
- Zac Gille
It.s common knowledge that if Martin Scorsese has something to say about the movies, you sit down, shut up, and immediately start taking notes. To celebrate Halloween, the cinematic genius has picked out the 11 scariest films of all time in his opinion. And as you could have probably guessed there are a few freaky flicks on his list. But what film truly terrifies Martin Scorsese? Well, during a in depth interview with the Daily Beast, which he actually conducted last year, the man behind such incredible delights as Raging Bull, Taxi Driver and Goodfellas revealed that Robert Wise.s 1963 horror The Haunting is the scariest movie of all time. You can check out a trailer for the psychological horror, which was adapted from Shirley Jackson.s The Haunting Of Hill House, below. Pretty spooky stuff. While The Haunting isn.t quite as famous as others on Scorsese.s list, »
Richard Gere‘s ”American Gigolo” is the latest film to get a TV makeover. Paramount Television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television will try their hand at bringing the feature-length crime drama to the small screen, the two companies announced on Wednesday. Bruckheimer was also a producer of the 1980 movie, which starred Gere as a male escort in trouble with the law. See photos: 28 Classic Movies That Never Won Best Picture Oscars – From ‘Raging Bull’ to ‘Chinatown’ “With its signature noir aesthetic, ‘American Gigolo’ has remained a deeply entertaining, psychological thriller and I'm thrilled to partner with Brad and Amy on remaking it into a television. »
- Ryan O'Connell
Despite a weak run of recent films (The Canyons, Dying Of The Light, Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist), Paul Schrader is still the guy who wrote Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. Amongst his better films as director, American Gigolo stands out. The 1980 film has had a lasting impact on films and now looks to be on the cusp of being a part of pop culture yet again. Jerry Bruckheimer, who served as producer on American Gigolo, is reportedly developing the film as a TV series. Bruckheimer would »
- Alex Maidy
A few years ago, hot off the back of Bronson and Valhalla Rising, Nicolas Winding Refn was in Hollywood developing a film with Harrison Ford. Disagreements over the ending meant neither Ford nor Winding Refn remained attached the film. The upside was that Ford gave the Dane some very strong pills for the flu he was suffering from. While under the influence of these tablets, he had a meeting with the star of The Notebook and Lars and the Real Girl, and because he was not firing on all cylinders, he ended the meeting early and asked the actor to drive him home. Flicking through radio stations on the drive back to his hotel, Winding Refn said that this is what he wanted to make a film about; a guy driving round La listening to electropop. »
- Oliver Davis
30. No Country for Old Men (2007)
Scene: Coin Flip
There was a brief period of time from 2006-2009 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made some more daring, but wholly deserved choices for Best Picture. It began in 2006, when Martin Scorsese finally won for The Departed which, while not his best and not nearly as dark as, say, Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, still leaned that direction. Three years later, they handed the Oscar to The Hurt Locker over the blockbuster Avatar, rewarding quality over audience love. But in between the two it was given to No Country for Old Men, an incredibly dark neo-Western based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It’s still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, an incredible cat-and-mouse journey through West Texas in the 1980′s. The film stars Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, »
- Joshua Gaul
I would like to see Nicolas Cage make a good movie again, and this may or may not be it. The poor guy has been on a downward spiral, making lots of really bad movies lately. We now have a trailer for an espionage thriller that he stars in called Dying of the Light. It was written and directed by Paul Schrader, who is the writer of classic films such as Raging Bull and Taxi Driver.
At first glance it seems as though he brought over some of that talent for this and made a great movie, but the main talent involved with the feature are currently protesting it, including the director. Here's a statement from the director, who also posted a poster with himself, Cage, Anton Yelchin, and producer Nicolas Winding Refn protesting the film. Here's a note from the director on why they are doing this:
We lost the battle. »
- Joey Paur
Paul Schrader still is able to make movies. I do not understand how this can happen. Yes, I know he wrote Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and The Last Temptation of Christ, but unless he is working with Martin Scorsese, every other thing he has made has ranged from subpar to genuinely awful, much like his last film The Canyons. You know, the one with Lindsay Lohan and James Deen. The one I and six other people saw. Well, today we are "treated" to a trailer for his latest film Dying of the Light, starring the man who is willing to take on any role: Nicolas Cage. Now, I like Nic Cage. I think he is a legitimately good actor. He just has a knack for picking the worst material possible. He had a bit of luck with this year's Joe, David Gordon Green's movie that came and went, but »
- Mike Shutt
There's a chance we just might get a break from the terrible films that Nicolas Cage has been making lately. Director Paul Schrader (writer of Raging Bull and Taxi Driver) is entering espionage thriller territory with Dying of the Light, and Cage isn't playing the kind of protagonist you'd expect. Complete with grayed hair, and a shaky, elderly demeanor, Cage plays an ailing veteran CIA agent who is hellbent on taking down a terrorist who has evaded him for years. This doesn't look half bad, but Shrader hasn't directed the best films throughout his career. At least it looks better than Cage's other recent work. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Paul Schrader's Dying of the Light, originally from Apple: Dying of the Light is written and directed Paul Schrader (director of The Canyons, Adam Resurrected and writer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull). Nicolas Cage ignites a powder »
- Ethan Anderton
For most people these days, a new Nicolas Cage movie is grounds for immediate ignorance. The guy has turned in only a few decent performances (Joe is actually the only one that comes to mind) with the rest being pure, unadulterated crap. Still, the prospect of a movie written and directed by Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull) and producer by Nicolas Winding Refn is enticing enough to garner my viewing. Schrader has a history of control issues when it comes to his films. After his »
- Alex Maidy
Exclusive: The Hobbit star joins Funny Cow cast.
Peake, best known for her roles in British TV dramas Shameless and Silk, will lead cast in Funny Cow, which charts the rise of a stand-up comedienne in the sometimes violent and macho clubs of Northern England in the 1970’s and 80’s.
Richard Hawley is set to score the film.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Well, that femme-centric Ghostbusters reboot is a reality, and upon some reflection, the notion of chicks chasing ghosts is starting to grow on this caveman. Paul Feig is officially aboard to execute his idea to relaunch a franchise that Amy Pascal has salivated 0ver for years dominated by an endless wait for Bill Murray to reprise his Peter Venkman, or at least to acknowledge he had read the sequel script. My pal Borys Kit scooped that Feig will be helped by Katie Dippold, his collaborator on the Melissa McCarthy-Sandra Bullock starrer The Heat. Feig’s potential participation cropped up in August, and I must admit, I reacted like a chauvinist in wanting to preserve the spirit of the original, one of my favorite guy films.
- Mike Fleming Jr
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