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Alejandro González Iñárritu on Why He Wanted Michael Keaton for Birdman

4 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In 1989, Michael Keaton became a star after playing the title role in Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns. He has continued to act in the two decades since, but none of those roles have been as big as the one under the cowl. When it was time to make Birdman, his dark comedy about a former superhero actor who tries to make a play for respectability by putting on a Broadway play, director Alejandro González Iñárritu knew that Keaton was the one, the guy who could "bring the authority, a kind of a meta-dialogue to the film." Birdman played the Telluride Film Festival this past weekend following its world premiere in Venice. John Horn, host of The Frame — a new daily arts and entertainment show that Southern California Public Radio's Kpcc will be launching soon — was there and spoke with Iñárritu about choosing his star. “I always »

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'Birdman' director Alejandro González Iñárritu has a problem with the word 'hero'

1 September 2014 9:51 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Telluride — "Birdman" has arrived stateside and made as significant an impact as it did at the Venice Film Festival last week. You won't run into too many people who have managed to catch it at one of its packed screenings who weren't completely blown away by the accomplishment, and for director Alejandro González Iñárritu, it was clearly a much-needed exercise in self-reflection away from the somber fray of his filmography to date. From "Amores Perros" to "21 Grams," "Babel" to "Biutiful," González Iñárritu has marinated in heavy drama. And it's not that "Birdman" is without its own profound gravity — quite the opposite, in fact — but it gave him an opportunity to finally have fun and get outside his own head a bit, albeit through a film that very much exists as an exploration of his own midlife considerations. That made sitting down with him all the more enjoyable. Jet-lagged from Venice »

- Kristopher Tapley

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New Batman, Justice League Rides Planned for Six Flags Theme Parks

28 August 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have developed two new attractions that will debut at two Six Flags theme parks in 2015.

A redesigned version of “Batman: The Ride” is planned for Six Flags Fiesta Texas, while “Justice League: Battle for Metropolis” will debut at Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis. The attractions are expected to be open by the peak summer theme park going season.

Warner Bros. has long had a relationship with Six Flags to feature DC Comics superheroes and Looney Tunes characters in the parks through rides and attractions.

Batman: The Ride” will provide riders with the feeling of weightlessness as they fly outside the confines of a traditional roller coaster track. The attraction is considered the first coaster that includes six head-over-heels flips. The coaster also features a 120-foot tall hill, two 90-degree drops and a Bruce Wayne-Batman-themed queue line »

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The Simpsons top 50 episodes

28 August 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob counts down the top 50 episodes of TV's longest-running animated series, The Simpsons...

Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”

Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The »

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Interview: ‘Birdman’ Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on His First Comedy

27 August 2014 3:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Recently taking stock of his career, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu began to wonder if he might have gotten stuck in a creative rut of his own making.

“It was like I was on a ladder, and I was getting a little too comfortable,” says the 51-year-old filmmaker as he holds out two clenched fists, miming the grip on that ladder. “I was just doing my work. It was a habit. I was stuck, half out of fear and half out of safety. And I said to myself, ‘I’m going to let go of the ladder.’ ”

See Also: Michael Keaton Bursts Into Oscar Race with ‘Birdman

For Inarritu, letting go meant taking a stab at his first full-fledged comedy, albeit one with a strong undercurrent of existential despair. In the director’s self-reflexive “Birdman,” Michael Keaton stars as an actor once famous for playing a superhero, now trying to save his »

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‘Birdman’ Kicks Off Venice Film Festival

27 August 2014 12:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Venice – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s bold "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" sent the 71st Venice Film Festival flying high with journos almost unanimously raving about the pic following the packed morning press screening before stars Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Amy Ryan, and Andrea Riseborough pranced down the Lido red carpet on a balmy evening amid cheering fans and frenzied paparazzi.

The film, a Fox Searchlight/New Regency presentation, produced by Inarritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole, will be released by Fox in North America on October 17 and will go out internationally in early 2015.

At the post-screening presser Inarritu said that after making purely dramatic films, such as “21 Grams” and “Babel,” he wanted to “go away from my confort zone and jump into something that I really wanted, but that I never thought would happen: which is to laugh on the set.”

“I’m »

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First 'Birdman' Reviews Praise Michael Keaton

27 August 2014 12:35 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Venice International Film Festival has a long history of introducing Oscar contenders, with critically-acclaimed hits and Best Picture nominees such as The Wrestler, Black Swan and last year's Gravity making their world premieres at the festival. This year's Venice International Film Festival kicked off earlier this week with Alejandro Gonz&#225lez I&#241&#225rritu's Birdman, and if the overwhelmingly positive reviews are any indication, this could be the year's first major Oscar contender.

The story, as we saw in the first international trailer from last month, centers on Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton), a washed up actor who used to play a famous superhero character on the big screen. He tries to mount a comeback by putting on a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver's What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, although little goes as planned.

Take a look at excerpts from some of the early reviews that have come in from Venice, »

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Birdman Review

27 August 2014 11:42 AM, PDT | IMDb Blog - All the Latest | See recent IMDb Blog - All the Latest news »

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu‘s ambitious, existential, stream-of-consciousness, comedy/farce Birdman is an audacious gamble and a grand stage for actors, particularly for those who have never had a chance to show their serious chops on the big screen. (Any big actor who has fallen from grace should be ringing Inarritu’s agent this weekend for his next film.)

First and foremost among these is Michael Keaton. He plays Riggan Thomson, a movie actor who walked away from a successful superhero franchise entitled “Birdman” (any similarities between this film and the “Batman” character that Keaton assayed in the ’90s is purely coincidental. Purely.). In a full-throttle performance Keaton upends most of what we’ve ever thought of him and his toolkit as an actor. He doesn’t appear to be baring his soul, he appears to be working his ass off, using an arsenal of intellect and empathy to create a »

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Rave Reviews For Michael Keaton In "Birdman"

27 August 2014 10:49 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

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

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Michael Keaton Bursts Into Oscar Race with ‘Birdman’

27 August 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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, »

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First Birdman Reviews Soar To New Heights

27 August 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Hollywood Reporter: "Brilliantly directed dark comedy about celebrity and creation " "Birdman flies very, very high. Intense emotional currents and the jagged feelings of volatile actors are turned loose to raucous dramatic and darkly comedic effect in one of the most sustained examples of visually fluid tour de force cinema anyone's ever seen, all in the service of a story that examines the changing nature of celebrity and the popular regard for fame over creative achievement." - Todd McCarthy Variety: "blistering showbiz satire" "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 »

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Venice 2014: Birdman Review

27 August 2014 8:22 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Venetian perennial Alejandro Inarritu opens this year’s Venice Film Festival with the exhilarating Birdman, a self-referential, biting comedy that channels something of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off but this time it’s for the Twitter generation.

The setting is a Broadway theatre, and our hero (or should I say superhero?) is aging Hollywood star Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), he of the Birdman superhero trilogy, last seen spreading his wings in the early 1990s. Now Thomson has decided to bring his stage adaptation of a Raymond Carver story to the stage, writing, directing and starring in What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.

Has he undertaken too great a task? Is he just another Hollywood has-been using the New York theatre scene to boost his ego and show of his acting chops? The evil Times critic appears to think so and she is determined that he fail. She is played by Lindsay Duncan, »

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'Birdman' Movie Reviews from Venice are Glowing

27 August 2014 8:08 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman premiered at the Venice Film Festival only a short time ago and the first reviews are finally hitting the web and they are glowing as well as informative. Alonso Duralde's review at The Wrap the film tells us Inarritu and cinematographer Emanuel Lubezki (Gravity) "have used camera and editing tricks to make the film look like one continuous take, and while it sounds gimmicky, the constantly moving camera and seeming lack of edits underscore the jitteriness of the proceedings". Peter Debruge at Variety is ecstatic in his review opening with a paragraph that should get you primed to see the pic once it hits theaters on October 17: 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 »

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Venice: ‘Birdman’s Michael Keaton Is “Ok With The Elephant In The Room”

27 August 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Michael Keaton’s character in raved-about Venice Film Festival opener and Competition entry Birdman and the actor himself share a common thread — they both gained enormous fame playing superheroes in the ’90s. In the film, Keaton’s Riggan Thompson is unable to escape his winged, spandex-clad alter ego who haunts, taunts and goads him incessantly. Keaton and director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu both feel everybody has their own sort of Birdman, but for Keaton it’s not the caped crusader he played in Tim Burton’s Batman movies. They had a “giant effect” on his career especially as his international profile skyrocketed, but the character isn’t a sort of negative presence. A first question about Batman came up early in a press conference for Birdman in Venice today and Keaton said, “I just came back from Africa and I fucking love elephants, so I’m Ok with the elephant in the room… »

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Venice: Why 'Birdman' Could Not Have Been Made Without Michael Keaton

27 August 2014 5:53 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Birdman played for the press today in Venice, with almost unanimous praise from international critics. The film marks an incredible kickoff to the festival, already spawning enough Oscar talk to rival last year’s Gravity opener. The film follows a retired action hero star, played by Michael Keaton, who's trying to make his comeback with a theater revival. Keaton is making somewhat of a comeback of his own with the role, a character he mirrors in real life after starring in Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman. It was a necessity to the role, said director Alejandro G. Inarritu. "I thought that few

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Venice: ‘Birdman’ Soars To Raves In Seamless Festival Bow

27 August 2014 4:39 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Venice has done it again. Last year, Gravity blasted the lid off the festival as the opener and today Birdman, a film that’s got a fair bit in common with that one, bowed to one of the best receptions I have ever experienced on the Lido. (It’s even trending at No. 4 on Italian Twitter.) Applause, laughter and strong emotion emanated from attendees in the refurbed Sala Darsena this morning during the first press screening. Making my way out afterwards, I heard “bellissimo” uttered at least a dozen times.

Ahead of the festival, chief Alberto Barbera told me the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed dark comedy was “inventive.” He wasn’t kidding. A scorching satire on celebrity mixed with existential musings on life, it’s being hailed as a technical tour de force and a potentially career-defining role for lead Michael Keaton as a former Hollywood star known primarily for his »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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DC superhero movies that never got the greenlight

27 August 2014 3:26 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We may be in the golden age of superhero cinema, but here are some DC movies that never made it…

Naysayers would have you believe that Hollywood chucks bucket-loads of cash at any old comic book movie pitch that happens to float through their corner-office window, get stuck to their shoe or come to them miraculously as an on-the-toilet epiphany.

However, this is not the case, particularly with DC comics characters. While some films that do get made may seem like bog-fodder (oh hey, Green Lantern), there are plenty of comic adaptation pitches, in-development scripts and passion projects that have ended up not getting made for various reasons.

We had a rummage through the aeons of DC cinema history (also known as extensive Googling) and pulled together all the comic book movie projects we could find that ended up in the bin of crushed dreams for Batman, Superman and more. »

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Review: Alejandro G. Iñárritu's 'Birdman' opens Venice with a sure-fire Oscar bet

27 August 2014 2:38 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Venice - Truth or dare? This is a game played by two characters in magnificently acidic metatextual comedy "Birdman." It's also the film as a three-word question. Truth or dare? Real stage actor or star? You can have your artistic integrity, or you can have a hit. You can go Method, or you can really fly. You can be Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), or you can be Birdman (Riggan Thomson). Initially, "Birdman" poses as a trenchant critique of the seemingly endless parade of men in capes that is the summer blockbuster season (Michael Fassbender and Robert Downey Jr. are name-checked as fine actors currently otherwise occupied), but it's actually rather more nuanced than that. The values of the sober-minded art espoused by a poisonous critic (Lindsay Duncan) and the untrustworthy joys of escapist cinema are both probed and prodded in this film. It's impossible for a film featuring the nightmare »

- Catherine Bray

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Venice Film Review: ‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’

27 August 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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. , that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career.

See Also: Michael Keaton Bursts Into Oscar Race

Keaton was a controversial choice to play the Caped Crusader back in 1989, though the role was the best and worst thing that could have happened to the “Mr. Mom” star, who became world-renowned but never found another role of that stature — and who didn’t get nearly the same boost from working with Tarantino (on »

- Peter Debruge

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The Best Film of 1989 That Wasn't

25 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Glenn here to discuss a lil something from 1989, but first a divergence to the modern day.

Last night’s MTV Video Music Awards were like stepping into a pop culture gulag. It’s easy to get misty-eyed thinking about Vma ceremonies of years past, when the network actually showed music videos and the form felt truly like art. Despite being aware of last night’s winner, “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus the icky Terry Richardson, I don’t claim to have near enough knowledge of modern music videos to truly complain. It does seem harder to imagine Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, or Pearl Jam winning these days though, doesn’t it? Are there brilliant works that just aren’t being recognized?

It’s been some time since videos were genuine pop culture moments and the internet certainly doesn’t help. Beyoncé appears to be the only one who’s been »

- Glenn Dunks

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