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The first reviews are out for "Birdman," Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's film starring Michael Keaton as a washed up movie star who achieved his greatest fame playing a superhero and is now trying to mount a vanity project on Broadway. The single take film just had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival where reviews have been gushing. Here's just a sample:
"A quarter-century after 'Batman' ushered in the era of Hollywood mega-tentpoles - hollow comicbook pictures manufactured to enthrall teens and hustle merch - a penitent Michael Keaton returns with the comeback of the century, 'Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),' a blisteringly hot-blooded, defiantly anti-formulaic look at a has-been movie star’s attempts to resuscitate his career by mounting a vanity project on Broadway. In a year overloaded with self-aware showbiz satires, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s fifth and best feature provides the delirious coup »
- Garth Franklin
Michael Keaton is back, in a big way.
With his new film “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” premiering to favorable early buzz at the Venice Film Festival and set to play Telluride this weekend, word is out on the 62-year-old actor’s kinetic, revelatory performance. Variety’s Peter Debruge called it the “comeback of the century” and other rave reviews have begun to trickle online. In a bit of meta casting, Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, an actor famous for once donning a superhero’s cape, now trying to revive his career on Broadway.
Filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is a true actor’s director; his last three films, “21 Grams,” “Babel” and “Biutiful,” all saw actors nominated for Oscars. And Keaton seems certain to continue that trend. Though many names have been in the mix, at this point the only performance that seems like a lock for a nom has been Steve Carell for “Foxcatcher, »
- Jenelle Riley
Pierce Brosnan has been on the promotional trail for his new film, The November Man, over the past few days. Part and parcel of that has been a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, where a surprising admission came up: that Brosnan was took a meeting with a view to playing Batman.
This was back when Tim Burton was bringing the Caped Crusader to the screen in the late 1980s, and we suspect that Brosnan would have nonetheless been edged out by Burton's preferred choice, Michael Keaton (the pair having just worked on Beetlejuice together).
For almost 50 years, Batman has graced the silver screen. Whether working solo or accompanied by sidekicks and associates, Gotham City is continually saved by his enduring presence. Even though the eight theatrical live-action films featuring the Caped Crusader have had their ups and downs, there is no denying his appeal as a lead character.
With that in mind, these are all theatrical Batman releases, ranked from worst to best:
8. Batman and Robin (1997)
The dark cloud over a struggling franchise, Joel Schumacher’s second directorial outing in the Batman franchise hammered the last nail in the coffin and became known as one of the worst sequels, nay films, of all time. From the garish set design, poor character development, uninspired casting and hideously unfunny pun-filled script, Batman and Robin was a mistake from the moment it went into production.
7. Batman: The Movie (1966)
Occasionally forgotten as the first theatrical Batman film, this »
- Katie Wong
Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
Damien: Omen II (1978)
Directed by: Don Taylor
Cast: William Holden (Richard Thorn), Lee Grant (Ann Thorn), Jonathan Scott-Taylor (Damien Thorn), Sylvia Sidney (Aunt Marion), Robert Foxworth (Paul Buher), Lance Henriksen (Seargent Neff), Meshach Taylor (Dr. Kane)
I know it may be a bit peculiar to review a sequel without doing a retrospective of a whole series of films, but I actually have never seen this one. I watched it and the third movie “The Final Conflict” with Sam Neill back to back. While I haven’t seen the fourth entry, I can say this is probably the last one that has the feel of the original. I can compare this to “Jaws 2”. While not as powerful as the original, it still seems like it exists in the same world. Also like all the “Jaws” sequels after part two, »
Back during Comic-Con, director Jon Schepp made the timely debut of a trailer for his gestating documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? Now we get another glimpse of the doc which is still in production and looking for help with a FanBacked campaign. For those who don't know, the film is about the failed attempt by director Tim Burton to create a new Superman film with Nicolas Cage as the DC Comics superhero. This new trailer focuses on the crazy vision for the film that included monsters, weird landscapes, a translucent, Sigfried & Roy-style Superman suit, and much more insanity. Here's the second trailer for The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (via SlashFilm): The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? is directed by Jon Schnepp and explores the failed production of a Superman film that was supposed to be directed by Tim Burton (Batman, Beetlejuice) and written »
- Ethan Anderton
“What are you?’ That question has been on many a criminal’s mind for numerous decades. Out of absolute fear, these evildoers stare into the face of darkness personified, a creature of the night that is a true symbol of justice. I’m talking of course about Batman, the Dark Knight, a crimefighter who strikes fear into the hearts of those deserve it. He is a highly complex character and throughout his 75-year history, many talented (and some not so talented) actors have brought him to life on the silver screen.
Lewis Wilson Batman (1943) The first film appearance of the Caped Crusader occurred at the height of World War II in 1943, four years after the character’s creation. Lewis Wilson portrayed Batman in a 15-chapter film serial released by Columbia Pictures, in which he and trusty sidekick Robin go head to head with Dr. Daka, a demented Japanese scientist who »
- Randall Unger
Over the years, Tim Burton has proven himself to be one of Hollywood’s most quirky and imaginative directors, particularly in the horror and fantasy genres. This fall, however, the Beetlejuice helmer will be setting his sights on something a little more grounded, with his character-driven drama Big Eyes. Starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, the film looks to be a serious Oscar contender, and we’ve been keeping an eye out for any new information about the project.
Today, thanks to USA Today, we’ve got our first look at the two leads. Waltz plays disgraced artist Walter Keane, who was known in the ’50s and ’60s for what he claimed to be his kitsch paintings of wide-eyed children. Adams portrays his wife Margaret, who took Walter to court for taking credit for her works. Their conflict culminated in one of the most tense and unconventional courtroom moments in »
- Isaac Feldberg
After teaming up with direct Tim Burton for the lackluster Dark Shadows, the stunning and brilliant Eva Green will reunite with the director of Batman and Beetlejuice for another project. Variety has word that the star of the forthcoming graphic novel sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is currently in talks to star in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, an adaptation of Ranson Riggs' novel of the same name. Green would play the title character, a guardian for a group of orphan children who have special powers but find themselves and the island where they live threatened by creatures out to destroy them. Here's hoping that Burton can turn out something much more inspired than his recent adaptation fare. Despite the fact that Alice in Wonderland has a huge young fanbase and made tons of money at the box office (and and has a sequel on the »
- Ethan Anderton
We aren't forgetting DVDs and Blu-rays this Tuesday, not sure if that's a good thing or not, but beyond that Laremy and I chat about our similar taste in movies, the future plans for Marvels Cinematic Universe, and the escapism found in blockbusters or the lack thereof. On top of that we have your questions, which includes a voice mail from Mike, games and more. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative »
- Brad Brevet
It is not too shabby in what the Northeast (New England) part of the United States has produced in terms of past and present actors/actresses making their show business dreams come true. Film careers can be a lot like ice cubes–they start out solid and cool but if you sit around in stagnation your efforts and hard work can melt away before one’s very eyes. Certainly no one can accuse this talented crop of thespians of being one-hit wonders on the big screen. After all, one does not become a recipient of an Academy Award by just sheer luck and charitable fortune.
As a native Bostonian and life long New Englander, I felt compelled to spotlight those Massachusetts-born and bred actors from the same region that had ultimate success on the big screen in winning the Oscar for their acting achievement and contribution to the motion picture industry. »
- Frank Ochieng
Alec Baldwin seems to be in high demand ever since the end of unforgettable TV comedy 30 Rock. The Beetlejuice star is looking at a number of high profile roles in film as well as a new TV series too. The first of these big projects is the head of the CIA in the upcoming Mission: Impossible 5. It’s easy to imagine Baldwin in such a role, and hopefull he’ll play it like his character in The Departed. Swear words in tact.
Baldwin may also be joining Will Smith in a film focused on football concussions. The sports related film will be directed by Peter Landesman who gave us last years Parkland. This will be Landesman’s second film in the director’s chair.
Finally, Baldwin may also be taking on a Rob Ford type character in an NBC comedy drama. Although not playing Ford specifically, this will be the »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by ruthless General Thade (Tim Roth) and his most trusted warrior, Attar (Michael Clarke Duncan). Now the pulse-pounding race is on to reach a sacred temple that may hold the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the last hope for it's salvation! Based on Pierre Boulle's classic novel "Planet of the Apes," the premise for this film has become one of the most recognized and provocative concepts in the canon of science fiction literature and cinema. Visionary filmmaker Tim Burton (Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow) has taken Boulle's basic idea and built upon it a uniquely envisioned journey to an incredible upside-down world. Actors: Mark Wahlberg »
We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.
The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »
If you were around and old enough to know anything in the summer of 1989, you remember what a phenomenon the release of Batman was. Tim Burton‘s comic book movie was almost as significant to blockbuster history as Star Wars, only in a different way. The DC superhero adaptation was sort of a peak for Hollywood’s aims in the wake of the surprise game changer of 12 years prior. Warner Bros. went all out to sell Batman as an event long ahead of its June 23rd opening and then used that hype to in turn sell the world on Batman merchandising, especially to those who weren’t already hardcore fans. There’s very little about today’s blockbuster and fan culture that wasn’t around for Batman 25 years ago. Even the Internet was involved. To commemorate the anniversary of the movie that sent America into a frenzy of Batmania, I’m not going to highlight a bunch »
- Christopher Campbell
There may have been a point, in late 1988, where Tim Burton began to wonder whether he'd bitten off more than he could chew.
Sure, the 30-year-old director had made feature films before - namely Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and Beetlejuice - but those films were relatively low-budget. Small-scale. Made outside the glare of public and Hollywood studio scrutiny.
Batman, on the other hand, was being put together with a blinding media spotlight trained on it. Warner Bros had set aside somewhere around $30m to adapt DC Comics' beloved Caped Crusader for the silver screen, and both journalists and fans were following every step of its production with keen interest.
Most worryingly, as production on Batman got underway in October 1988, a vocal proportion of those fans were decidedly unhappy. »
The Disney Channel aired a surreal version of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel on Halloween in 1983. The 35-minute live-action short, directed by then-unknown filmmaker Tim Burton, featured Japanese actors in the parts of the siblings who are hunted by a cannibal witch deep in the forest and lured to a house made of cake and candy. The film's near avant-garde sets reveal the beginnings of a style that would later become popular in Burton's Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, here more spare. Burton made the movie while employed as an animator at Disney for a mere $116,000. The short practically vanished from the face of the Earth — at least until this week when some kind soul posted it to YouTube. Travel back in time to Burton's early years...
- Alison Nastasi
Before bursting onto the scene with films like Beetlejuice and Batman, Tim Burton directed a handful of short films, many of which have been included as bonus features on the DVD releases of his movies. One short which has never seen release, however, is Burton's take on Hansel and Gretel, which aired only once on the Disney Channel before vanishing forever.
Featuring special effects work by Stephen Chiodo, who went on to direct Killer Klowns from Outer Space, the live-action 45-minute TV movie was apparently deemed too frightening by Disney Channel executives, who ensured that it would never air again after its initial premiere.
Since then the short was thought to be lost, one of the few Tim Burton films that even his most die-hard fans had never seen.
All these years later, a video of the film has finally surfaced over on YouTube, thanks to a fan who managed »
- John Squires
The summer of 1989 was brimming with blockbusters. A number of high profile sequels were set to light up the box office. Massive franchises like like Indiana Jones, Ghostbusters, and Lethal Weapon were debuting new installments guaranteed to rake in fat stacks of cash. But this summer would be ruled by another movie. A film that had been widely speculated about since it started production. A movie with an unproven dramatic leading man and a director seen as something of an anomaly in the studio system. This film would forever change the landscape of the summer blockbuster and serve as an influence for a generation of movies.
It’s easy to see the impact of Batman 25 years later as »
- Anghus Houvouras
There’s still a lot of love out there for Michael Keaton, who was an A-list superstar in the 1980s when he starred in Mr. Mom, Beetlejuice, and Batman, among other hits. Today, he’s more of a character actor who does voice acting for Pixar films and lends some manic energy to movies like Need for Speed.
But for better and worse, he’ll always be Batman. It’s a shadow that follows any actor who dons a cape and mask for a modern Hollywood franchise – which makes Keaton the perfect star for Birdman, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s upcoming »
- Jeff Labrecque
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