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Marvel Studios Countdown: Will We Ever See 'Namor,' Marvel Studio's Own Aquaman?

4 hours ago | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

We all got a good look at Jason Momoa’s Aquaman in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and it stirred the imagination of Marvel fans who wondered why we hadn’t seen the other Prince of Atlantis, Namor the Sub-Mariner in a movie yet. The character is one of the oldest popular superheroes, first appearing on the stands in 1939 - the very same year as DC’s Batman. Namor’s been represented in games, cartoons, and toys, and his long history has seen him associated with just about every superhero team under Marvel’s banner. He’s been an Avenger, a Defender, an X-Man, and a supporting cast member in Fantastic Four. So, where’s our Namor movie? Universal had the rights to release a Namor film, but as all these things go, the rights...

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- John Gholson

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Watch: Michael Keaton Dishes on 'Birdman' in New TimesTalk

19 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The awards season may be over following the February 22 Oscar ceremony, but that doesn't mean we have to stop talking about the films and their performances. "Birdman" won Best Picture, making it an ideal time to watch star Michael Keaton talk in-depth about what it was like to film "Birdman" and his role. The Golden Globe, Gotham and Critics Choice Award winner (among others) took awards season by storm with a likable personality and humor which he demonstrates in this interview. During the nearly hour-long interview with New York Times culture reporter Cara Buckley, Keaton talks about working with co-stars such as Edward Norton, the comparisons between the film and his real-life career, Batman and many other topics.  Watch the entire TimesTalk below.  Read More: Michael Keaton Dug Deep to Deliver the Best Performance on His Career in 'Birdman' »

- Travis Clark

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"Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" - Close On The 'Bat-Suit'

1 March 2015 9:51 AM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ the 'Bat-Suit', worn by actor Ben Affleck in director Zack Snyder's "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice", currently in post-production, plus Sneak Peek an image from one of the official T-Shirts, handed out to cast/crew of the new film, revealing armor worn by 'Batman' during his fight with 'Superman':

"...'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' stars Henry Cavill in the role of 'Clark Kent'/'Superman', Ben Affleck as 'Bruce Wayne'/Batman'...

"...Gal Gadot as 'Diana Prince'/'Wonder Woman', with Amy Adams as 'Lois Lane'...

"...Laurence Fishburne as 'Perry White', Diane Lane as 'Ma Kent', returning from 'Man of Steel'...

"...Jesse Eisenberg as 'Lex Luthor'...

"...Jeremy Irons as 'Alfred' and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film.

"'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' is »

- Michael Stevens

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The Callow Way – Why Jack Black Was Right…

1 March 2015 3:49 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week Neil Calloway unexpectedly finds himself in agreement with the guy from Tenacious D

It pains me to say it, but Jack Black had a point.

During his interjection into the opening song of last week’s Oscars, Black jokingly bemoaned the current state of cinema, complaining about sequels, prequels and comic book movies. It’s a familiar argument, and one that has been made before – one that I make regularly myself, to be honest. Given that it was a funny, but throwaway line during an award ceremony, you’d expect it to be forgotten quite quickly. Not so, it seems. James Gunn, director of Guardians of the Galaxy, wrote on Facebook that he didn’t find it offensive, before devoting 300 words as to why it was wrong.

This puzzled me. If I had just directed a film that was nudging close to $800 million at the box office, I »

- Neil Calloway

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Birdman got it wrong: serious actors love playing superheroes

27 February 2015 4:55 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The torment of Michael Keaton’s washed-up thesp grossly exaggerates the gap between arthouse movies and Hollywood’s fantasy blockbusters

I blame Alec Guinness. The late Englishman is famously reputed to have labelled 1977’s Star Wars, which brought him elevated fame, fortune and an Oscar nomination, as “fairytale nonsense”. And so, right at the very beginning of Hollywood’s blockbuster era, the message to awards season voters was clear: the new wave of fantasy action epics were to be regarded as inferior, especially so as even those who starred in them thought they weren’t much cop.

The key character in Birdman, Riggan Thomson, might be seen as a latter day Guinness (though surely the Englishman never suffered so greatly). Former Batman Michael Keaton plays a washed-up former A-lister fighting against almost constant psychological torment, desperate to prove himself as a “real” actor because his best-known role is that of the titular man-sized avian crime-fighter. »

- Ben Child

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Will Smith Focused on Career, Not Box Office Results

26 February 2015 5:14 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

You might not be able to take the schadenfreude out of the town – some in Hollywood love to root for a competitor’s heartaches – but you can take a bit of the town out of the man.

Will Smith said he will emotionally, and even physically, remove himself this weekend from the chatter over box office results for “Focus,” his first star turn since critics scoffed and most fans dodged 2013’s “After Earth.”

“I’m probably going to leave town for a week or so, so I don’t get sucked back into the machine,” Smith said before the premiere of the grifter pic this week. “I can’t allow the box office success, or the lack thereof, to determine my self-image.”

That’s no commentary on his feelings for Warner Bros. release “Focus,” which Smith touts as a genre-busting romp, with humor, drama and multiple plot turns. Projections suggest »

- James Rainey

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Batman V Superman: Hans Zimmer discusses the music

24 February 2015 11:03 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Hans Zimmer isn't writing the new Batman theme - but he is working on something for Wonder Woman and Aquaman...

More than any other composer in the superhero genre, Hans Zimmer has been able to leave his musical stamp. Sure, John Williams composed iconic soundscapes for Superman, and Danny Elfman also has a beloved legacy with both Batman and Spider-Man (Ang Lee's Hulk movie, too). However, Hans Zimmer has written themes for all three of those superheroes, and he’s not done yet.

While chatting with MTV at the Oscars, Zimmer talked about scoring for multiple heroes in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Because in addition to following up his memorable work of creating an all-American Superman sound for the 21st century on Man Of Steel, we now have new heroes that he has never worked with before, including Aquaman and Wonder Woman. Hell, for all we know, Cyborg »

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"Birdman" : 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'

24 February 2015 1:36 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

From The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.Ca, Sneak Peek 'the good, the bad and the ugly' in "Birdman", starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone:

Michael Stevens For 'The Good':

"'Birdman' aka 'The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance' hurtles along as if in flight, with a single cinematic take, soaring over, under and around the inner demons haunting 'Riggan Thomson' (Michael Keaton) , a grizzled film actor turned stage director, eager to rebuild his reputation in the theater world ...

"...after famously portraying the iconic movie superhero 'Birdman'.

"The funny, clever script shows how vain, fragile and bird-brained actors can be, as they go through the hollow motions of life, when their true calling is in performance...

"...with a convincing ensemble cast, bopping along to a jittery jazz drum score by Antonio Sanchez...

"'Birdman' is a unique satirical feature, that kept me on the edge, »

- Michael Stevens

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Michael Keaton Caught Putting Speech Away After Losing Best Actor at 2015 Oscars

24 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Poor, Michael Keaton! In a viral video making the rounds this morning, the "Birdman" star was spotted putting away his Oscar speech after losing Best Actor to Eddie Redmayne at the 87th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday in Hollywood. In the clip, the 63-year-old is seen pulling out a piece of paper from his jacket pocket just before Eddie was announced as the winner for his work playing Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything." While Keaton probably thought he was a shoo-in for the Oscar -- mostly because he snagged accolades at the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards for his work in the dramatic flick -- the Academy obviously decided to go a different way. It definitely looks like the "Batman" star was more than disappointed when he realized he would not be taking home any Oscar gold for his role ... even though the film went on to win Best Picture. »

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) movie review: winged infamy

24 February 2015 9:43 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It’s all a bit satirical. Or maybe not. Look, over there, Shakespeare in a superhero cape! I’m “biast” (pro): like the director, love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It was one thing when Birdman was the scrappy little indie that could. (Never mind that it was an indie with a budget of $22 million and an A-list cast.) Then it was just a snooty pretentious film with an arty gimmick that hardly anyone had seen. But now it has been crowned as the very best movie of 2014 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. The people who are the most Hollywood that people can be have officially spoken. And what they have said is, “We hate superhero movies. We hate the fans who make superhero movies huge. But we love your money, so thanks for that. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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James Gunn Defends Comic Book Films After Oscars, Indie Spirit Awards Pile-On

24 February 2015 9:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn has come to the defense of superhero movies after the genre was criticized and lampooned at the Oscars and Independent Spirit Awards last weekend.

Indeed, Hollywood’s dependence on films about costumed avengers was a source of derision and humor as the industry gathered to hand out statues and applaud the work of, mostly low-grossing, adult-oriented dramas. “The Avengers” may pay the bills, but off-kilter fare such as “Birdman” feeds the soul, Oscar voters implied.

“When something is that big in the industry, it’s going to be an easy target for Oscar jokes,” noted Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It could indicate a general kind of weariness of these movies by talent, because they have been so popular.”

Gunn wrote that he didn’t take the jokes personally, but he did argue that the writing on the »

- Brent Lang

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Birdman | Blu-Ray Review

24 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Taking home four Oscars out of its nine nominations, including Best Picture, Director, Original Screenplay and Cinematography, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman was the big winner at this year’s Academy Awards. Premiering last August at the Venice Film Festival (where it left with trio of minor awards), cinematography has long been the awards season lock for the film (winning Lubezki a BAFTA), and it’s picked up a pair of Golden Globes (Screenplay and Actor) and a host of critic’s choice awards. Box office has also been profitable, opening last October in limited release before expanding nationwide Mid-November to successful box office results—its Best Picture win will most likely edge it over or close to the one hundred million mark.

Not only is Birdman (or The Virtue of Ignorance) arguably the best film of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s impressive filmography (from a list that includes Amores Perros, »

- Nicholas Bell

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Michael Keaton: his 10 greatest screen characters

24 February 2015 6:48 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Batman to Birdman and everything in between, we take a look at Michael Keaton's top 10 most memorable roles...

Sometimes, the Oscars have a tendency of giving out awards to actors who are seen to have paid their dues, perhaps not for the best performance of that year or even for the particular actor's own best performance, but to recognise past work. Michael Keaton is not the most likely of these, but this could be why some speculated that he was an early favourite for this year's Best Actor award, for his performance in Birdman.

The later frontrunner Eddie Redmayne rightfully and very graciously wound up taking it home for his work as Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, though Birdman went on to take home the main prize for Best Picture and a number of other major awards.

It would hardly have been a major upset if »

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Hans Zimmer Planning To Establish Themes For Justice League Characters In Batman v Superman

24 February 2015 2:53 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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When the blockbuster movie was born in the late 70s, the stonking, foot stomper theme was in its prime. This is when John Williams made his name with scores for Jaws, Superman and Star Wars. The modern superhero boom can arguably be traced back to 1989’s Batman, and again, there was a memorable, hummable, infectious theme, this time courtesy of Danny Elfman.

But more recently, the glut of superhero pictures hasn’t produced anything like the same calibre of ‘hit themes.’ Iron Man has no big character theme, Thor neither, and Chris Nolan’s Batpictures don’t really scratch that itch at all.

But Man of Steel almost does. It’s not comparable to John WilliamsSuperman theme, but Hans Zimmer did definitely offer up some kind of hook and tied it to Jor-El.

Now he’s starting work on the music for Batman v Superman, and according to the man himself, »

- Brendon Connelly

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Comics: 'Bruce' Takes Desperate Measures To Stop 'The Joker' In Batman #39

23 February 2015 3:20 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

“Endgame” part 5. The Joker is back! The penultimate issue of the Clown Prince of Crime’s horrifying return! Plus, in the backup story, the inmates and Mahreen finally learn the truth about The Joker! Batman #39 Written by Scott Snyder Backup story written by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV Art and cover by Greg Capullo and Danny Miki Backup story art by Dustin Nguyen Harley Quinn Variant cover by Jill Thompson 1:25 Variant cover by Andy Kubert On sale February 25 »

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Will Arnett Sings Some Of His Batman Song From The Lego Movie At The Oscars

23 February 2015 4:00 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Many people were not happy that the brilliant The Lego Movie wasn't nominated for best animated feature at this year's Oscars, but we did get a rousing rendition of "Everything Is Awesome", which was nominated for (but didn't win) best original song. The full performance was... okay? What made it special was Will Arnett appearing on-stage dressed as the Caped Crusader to sing a couple of lines from the hilarious Batman song ("Untitled Self Portrait") that can be heard blaring from the Batwing when the character is introduced in the film. Plus, as you can see from Chris Miller's tweet below, he was was actually wearing Val Kilmer's costume from Batman Forever. As cool as this was, I can't help wishing they managed to persuade Michael Keaton to get up there too. Oscars2015 : La chanson "Everything is awesome... by tuxboard Fun Fact: @arnettwill was wearing Val Kilmer »

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Birdman triumphs at the Oscars by Jennie Kermode - 2015-02-22 23:05:19

22 February 2015 3:05 PM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in Birdman

Birdman - a film about an ageing actor trying to make a comeback by directing a play - won Best Picture at the Oscars tonight and also took Best Director for Alejandro Iñárritu, who received his award from future Batman Ben Affleck. He described it as "Like a slow motion moment in my life."

Eddie Redmayne seemed to be the only person surprised by his Best Actor win for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, looking dazed as he took to the stage. Julianne Moore may not have surprised anyone by winning Best Actress - with her fifth nomination - but her almost completely clean sweep of Best Actress awards this season is a remarkable achievement. In her speech, she talked about Alzheimer's disease and the importance of research which is believed to be close to finding successful treatments and helping people like Alice. »

- Jennie Kermode

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Jared Leto teases Suicide Squad's Joker: 'He's a beautiful disaster'

22 February 2015 2:30 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jared Leto has described his version of Batman villain the Joker in Suicide Squad as a "beautiful disaster".

Director David Ayer's upcoming DC cinematic universe movie features Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jai Courtney as super-villains sent on a mission of redemption by the government.

It is not yet clear how the Joker will fit into Suicide Squad's storyline, but Leto described the Clown Prince of Crime's characterization in an interview with Billboard.

"The opportunity to take on this nearly Shakespearean character - that's what graphic novels and comic books are becoming, right," he said. "[He's] this beautiful disaster of a character - what a big challenge."

Leto also joked about his struggle to put on weight for the upcoming movie.

"I'm trying to gain a lot of weight," he explained. "It means I have to eat every couple of hours - and I'm terrible at eating a lot. »

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13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards — Final Results — 2014 Films

22 February 2015 9:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards

Here are the results for the 13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards.

Thank you to the 342 movie fans from across the nation voted in the awards this year.

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Best Blockbuster

7.87 Guardians Of The Galaxy

7.80 The Lego Movie

7.57 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

7.48 X-men: Days Of Future Past

6.96 Big Hero 6

6.68 The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

6.51 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

6.40 American Sniper

5.09 Maleficient

3.63 Transformers: Age Of Extinction

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- Jeff Bayer

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13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards (Critics Only Edition) – Final Results – 2014 Films

22 February 2015 8:55 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards (Critics Only Edition)

Here are the results for the 13th Annual Tsr Movie Awards (Critics Only Edition).

Twenty-nine film critics from across the nation voted in the awards this year.

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Best Blockbuster

8.43 The Lego Movie

7.70 Guardians Of The Galaxy

7.43 Captain America: The Winter Soldier

6.70 X-men: Days Of Future Past

6.63 Big Hero 6

6.58 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

5.79 American Sniper

4.96 The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

4.38 Maleficient

2.68 Transformers: Age Of Extinction »

- Jeff Bayer

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