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Points of Articulation: Hot Toys Batman Returns and Bruce Wayne

6 May 2015 1:45 PM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

With the overwhelming hate and backlash the naysayers have spewed about the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, it makes me wonder how bad the internet trolling would have been in 1989 when Michael Keaton played the lead role of Tim Burton’s take on The Dark Knight and its sequel. I was a kid when those films were released, and even I remember being a bit concerned that “Beetlejuice” and “Mr. Mom” was going to be playing my favorite superhero on the big screen. I mean, this guy was a comedian, he was too short, and he didn’t fit the M.O. of Bruce Wayne/Batman at all, in any way. He wasn’t classically good looking and he sure as heck didn’t look like he could beat the holy snot out of anybody.

I don’t particularly care for Burton’s Batman films, but there is one »

- Dominic F

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1988

6 May 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...

Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.

It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an »

- ryanlambie

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The Walking Dead’s Daryl Dixon, Predator, Gremlins & More Included in Hallmark’s 2015 Ornaments

4 May 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

One of the zombie apocalypse's most durable survivors, an elite galactic hunter, a well-meaning Mogwai, a ghost with a sense of humor, two vastly different characters from Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas, and more are included in Hallmark's recently unveiled lineup of 2015 holiday ornaments:

Daryl Dixon ornament ($17.95, available October 3rd): "In a post-apocalyptic world, tracker and adept survivalist Daryl Dixon stands tall at the heart of a ragtag group of survivors. Holding his crossbow, Daryl may give off a lone-wolf vibe, but his actions prove otherwise. Time and again, he risks his own life to protect those around him, making himself a valued group leader and a popular character with fans of AMC's The Walking Dead."

Predator ornament ($17.95, available October 3rd): "This is the face of the extraterrestrial warrior that became one of the most iconic aliens in sci-fi film history. Now, this Predator can be yours, »

- Derek Anderson

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Batman Facts: 25 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the Dark Knight

1 May 2015 3:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Happy Batman Day, everyone! Around the world, May 1st may mark a spring holiday, but here, it marks the first appearance of the Dark Knight, in Detective Comics No. 27, in 1939.

For the past 76 years, the Caped Crusader has been fighting Gotham City evildoers in comic books, movies, TV shows, and pretty much anywhere else you can shine a Bat-signal. Throughout the years, Bruce Wayne's alter ego has gone through many incarnations, not just in actors (from Adam West to Michael Keaton to Christian Bale to Ben Affleck, among the many), but also in character, from haunted avenger to squeaky-clean do-gooder to campy clown to kinky prowler to world-weary fighter. He's due for yet another change this week, with the releases of DC's Batman No. 40 -- in which Bruce Wayne and the Joker finally kill each other (or do they?) and a special issue of DC's Divergence, where an undisclosed character »

- Gary Susman

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Time Machine: Burton and Bonham Carter Sporting Matching Hairdos on the Oscars' Red Carpet

24 April 2015 7:44 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »

- D. Zhea

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Soundtrack Digital Album Set For Release April 28 Physical CD Available May 19

16 April 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Marvel Music and Hollywood Records will release the original motion picture digital soundtrack for Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron on April 28, 2015.

The physical CD will be available on May 19, 2015. The score features music by Brian Tyler (Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” “Furious 7″) and Danny Elfman.

The Avengers return in Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron in theaters on May 1, 2015.

April 13: “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” cast and producers pose onstage during the world premiere of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” at the Dolby Theatre on April 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

April 13: “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” cast and producers pose onstage during the world premiere of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” at the Dolby Theatre on April 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Brian Tyler has scored over 70 films and recently won Film Composer »

- Michelle McCue

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Hollywood & Broadway: Studios Rush to the Stage Despite Clashing Business Models

7 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Hollywood merges with Broadway, there are always fender-benders.

Just ask Harvey Weinstein.

As the movie aficionado and awards maven steered “Finding Neverland,” his first venture as a lead theater producer, toward the Great White Way, eyebrows raised in his wake.

He switched press agents. He swapped out the lead actors. He entirely scrapped an earlier version of the musical with a different creative team. When in spring 2014, he landed a much-coveted spot for the show on the Tony Awards telecast, naysayers tut-tutted that the play hadn’t even begun performances out of town, much less confirmed its Broadway run. Besides, Jennifer Hudson, the star of the Tonys segment, wouldn’t even be appearing in the actual stage production.

“I was criticized for Jennifer,” Weinstein recalls. “But this song (‘Neverland’) has been downloaded a million times, and all over the world people now know ‘Finding Neverland.’ In the movie business, »

- Gordon Cox

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Today in Movie Culture: Michael Keaton's 'SNL' Homage to 'Batman' and 'Beetlejuice,' Life-Size Transformers and More

6 April 2015 6:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:   The best thing about Saturday Night Live's plea to Michael Keaton to do his iconic characters from Batman and Beetlejuice is Taran Killam as Catherine O'Hara:   See the magic of color correction in this before-and-after side-by-side video of scenes from Lily in the Grinder (via Film School Rejects):   This Guardians of the Galaxy poster in the style of Big Trouble in Little China is by Axel Medellin for a series on comic book characters in classic movie posters. See more at Comic Book Resources.   A Chinese farmer and his son make life-size Transformers out of scrap metal and auto parts and have made a bunch of money selling them (via Design...

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- Christopher Campbell

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SNL: Michael Keaton Revisits 'Batman' & 'Beetlejuice'

6 April 2015 11:15 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Coming off his success in the hit Birdman, Michael Keaton hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live over the weekend. His monologue was memorably interrupted by cast members Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan, who asked the legendary actor to reprise his roles as Batman and Beetlejuice. Unfortunately for them, their song-and-dance didn't go quite as planned, when Jay Pharoah interrupts dressed as characters from both of those hit movies.

While Michael Keaton ultimately declines to play both Batman and Beetlejuice, Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan took the liberty of shooting their own Batman and Beetlejuice parodies, using backstage footage of Michael Keaton and crude special effects. When the entire cast comes on stage, dressed in either Batman or Beetlejuice t-shirts, Michael Keaton finally gives the fans what they want.

This episode of Saturday Night Live marked the third time he has hosted the show, following hosting stints from 1982 and 1992. Do you think »

- MovieWeb

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Michael Keaton's Batman-Filled SNL Monologue Is Pure Nostalgia Gold

6 April 2015 8:25 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

After making a major comeback thanks to award season juggernaut Birdman, Michael Keaton returned to host Saturday Night Live, where he first appeared in 1982. He pokes fun at himself for having his major hits in the '80s, proving that he might be the coolest dude ever. Not only does he let the cast incessantly pester him about what it was like to play Batman, but there's even a Beetlejuice moment in here. Take a look, and if you haven't seen it, check out the ridiculous Scientology parody from the same episode! »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Michael Keaton Plays 'Batman' & 'Beetlejuice' With the 'SNL' Cast (Video)

6 April 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Michael Keaton hosted "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, and while he was there ostensibly to promote his Oscar-nominated role in the Best Picture winner "Birdman," the actor was instead bombarded by requests from the cast the reprise two of his most iconic roles: Batman and Beetlejuice.

During his monologue, Keaton was interrupted by Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan, who begged the actor to "play 'Batman' with us" and "play 'Beetlejuice' with us," citing their childhood love of those two '80s classics. The castmates broke into song to explain how much they idolized Keaton, and those movies in particular, as Keaton stammered and became more and more uncomfortable.

Things escalate until Killam and Moynihan decide to just act out scenes from "Batman" and "Beetlejuice" themselves, hilariously dressing up as characters from each film (Killam as Catherine O'Hara in "Beetlejuice" was especially inspired) and editing Keaton into the clips. »

- Katie Roberts

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It’s Showtime! Beetlejuice Midnights This Weekend at The Tivoli

5 April 2015 8:12 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

“Let’s turn on the juice and see what shakes loose!”

Beetlejuice plays this weekend (April 10th and 11th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series.

It’s showtime! The spring season of the Tivoli Theater’s ‘Reel Late at the Tivoli’ midnight series really kicks off this weekend (unless you count this past weekend’s Rocky Horror) with the 1988 favorite Beetlejuice

There’s never been a horror comedy like Tim BurtonBeetlejuice before or since. The film is a nugget of precise mayhem that never seems to get old. Tim Burton and Danny Elfman’s partnership is at or near its peak at this point in their careers, delivering a perfect blend of wildly original visuals and unusually appropriate musical cues, and they get plenty of extra help from the cast; Michael Keaton’s Beetlejuice (Burton originally wanted Sammy Davis Jr for the role! »

- Tom Stockman

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Watch: ‘SNL’ Cast Begs Michael Keaton to Reprise Batman, Beetlejuice

5 April 2015 12:18 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Michael Keaton may have been recently nominated for an Oscar for his critically acclaimed turn in “Birdman,” but it should be little surprise that his two truly most iconic characters — Batman and Beetlejuice — were mentioned right away when Keaton returned to “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.

In Keaton’s first “SNL” hosting gig in more than two decades, castmembers Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan crashed his opening monologue, and went into full fanboy mode as they asked Keaton a favor.

“Will you play Batman with us, Michael Keaton?” the two comedians sing. “Come on put the suit, we’ll be the villains that you’ve beaten!”

Keaton doesn’t particularly like the idea at first, but Killam and Moynihan are persistent. The bit even includes a bit of badly edited video, which superimposes the Batman and Beetlejuice costumes onto backstage footage of Keaton as Killam and Moynihan play supporting characters from the movies, »

- Alex Stedman

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Michael Keaton (Kinda) Returns as Batman & Beetlejuice on 'SNL'

5 April 2015 9:52 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

For many children of the 90s, The Dark Knight will always be Michael Keaton, because the actor was the first to portray a serious version of the DC Comics superhero on the big screen, and marked the first time a character from comics was taken seriously on the big screen. The film is certainly more campy than today's superhero films, but for my money, it still works. But a few years before Keaton was Batman, he worked with Tim Burton in the wild horror comedy Beetlejuice. These were two of my favorite films as a kid, and the writing staff at "Saturday Night Live" seems to have similar tastes, because some of the cast members begged Keaton to play Batman and Beetlejuice with them during the monologue last night. Watch below! Here's the opening from Michael Keaton from last night's "Saturday Night Live" from YouTube: All right, it's a little »

- Ethan Anderton

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'SNL': Keaton Revisits Batman

5 April 2015 9:11 AM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Michael Keaton hosted "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, and the show cut straight to his storied acting career in the opening monologue.

As the "Birdman" star took the stage to kick off the show, he was immediately interrupted by fanboys Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan, who begged Michael to play Batman and Beetlejuice with them.

(Michael played Beetlejuice in 1988, and the Caped Crusader in 1989 and 1992.)

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The actor declined, forcing Taran and Bobby to break into a song, begging Michael to play along.

"Will you play Batman with us Michael ...

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Watch The SNL Cast Hysterically Beg Michael Keaton To Reprise Batman And Beetlejuice

5 April 2015 8:16 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }A:link { } Last night Michael Keaton returned to Saturday Night Live after not having hosted for over two decades. As many of us were expecting the highly-respected actor reprised two of his most iconic big screen characters, Batman and Beetlejuice, after being begged by a few SNL fanboy cast members . although it didn't go quite as you may think. As you can see in Michael Keaton's opening monologue above, the actor appeared pretty thrilled to be back on the stage he first graced back in 1982, then again in 1992, the latter following the release of his film Batman Returns. That said, it took less than a minute for Taran Killam and Bobby Moynihan to squeeze in on each side of him and break into song, in an attempt to get the Birdman actor to reprise his roles as Batman and Beetlejuice. While the songs weren't necessarily all that »

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Michael Keaton Hosts SNL, Brings Back Batman and Beetlejuice and Makes Easter Creepy—Watch Highlights!

5 April 2015 8:12 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It's show time! Michael Keaton, recently seen in Birdman, hosted SNL on Saturday, during which he reprised his two most iconic movie roles—Batman and Beetlejuice. The episode also mocked Indiana's controversial Indiana's Religious Freedom law and CNN and featured a cameo from The Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus. Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen was the musical guest, performing her new songs "I Really Like You" and "All That." And since the show aired a day before Easter Sunday, there was of course a holiday sketch that was hilariously creepy. This marked the third time Keaton has hosted Saturday Night Live and the first »

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Michael Keaton on 'SNL': 3 Sketches You Have to See

5 April 2015 7:26 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The first time Michael Keaton hosted Saturday Night Live back in 1982, the New Joe Jackson Band served as the episode's musical guest (the next time he hosted, ten whole years later, Morrissey was on deck to provide the jams). The New Joe Jackson band may no longer exist, but Keaton happens to be in the midst of a major career resurgence (note to Joe Jackson: hey, maybe now it's time for that comeback tour), and a return to the SNL stage feels like a necessary, if not still amusing stop »

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‘Birdman’ Michael Keaton Back As Batman (Sorta) For ‘SNL’

5 April 2015 4:16 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Michael Keaton has had a pretty outstanding past year, with his turn as a fading superhero movie star in Birdman earning him a Best Actor Oscar nomination and the movie a Best Picture win. But for many fans, like those rooting for another Birdman movie by his character, Keaton will always be known as Batman and/or Beetlejuice, two career-defining roles that just happened to have been in movies released more than a quarter-century ago, in 1989 and 1988, respectively. With… »

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Michael Keaton Hosts SNL: Watch Video of the Best and Worst Sketches

4 April 2015 11:22 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

This just in: There are still a few scenarios in which Batman cannot save the day.

And alas, this week’s installment of Saturday Night Live — hosted by erstwhile Caped Crusader and recent Oscar nominee for Birdman Michael Keaton — drove home the point in a sometimes deeply uncomfortable way.

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Keaton managed a few laughs here and there — his opening monologue fending off Batman/Beetlejuice fanboys Bobby Moynihan and Taran Killam was decent, and the demented final Easter-themed sketch worked mainly due to the host’s unhinged commitment (as »

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