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3rd Update, Saturday, 11:51 Pm: Ouija is still on track for right around a $20M weekend to take the No. one spot bragging rights for Universal and Blumhouse. John Wick‘s Saturday was not as strong as expected for Lionsgate and will end the weekend at around $14M and change. Keanu Reeves’ average opening box office weekend for wide releases now goes down further into the $16M range. Middle age is a bitch … unless you’re Brad Pitt. Fury is holding well for Sony/Qed, and is expected down only 45% in its second frame. It was a well-reviewed war pic with a stellar supporting cast. St. Vincent didn’t make it into the Top Five, but will end the weekend with a respectable $7.9M or so, and with an A- CinemaScore and a very watchable cast should have a decent multiple for The Weinstein Co. and Chernin Entertainment. Writer/director »
- Anita Busch
As many of you are no doubt aware, Tim Burton was set to foll0w-up his two Batman movies in the mid-90s with a reboot of the Superman franchise entitled Superman Lives, which would have seen Nicolas Cage starring as the Man of Steel. Burton spent several years – and a fortune of Warner Bros.’ money – developing the movie before it was abandoned, and now screenwriter Dan Gilroy has spoken about his work on the project during a promotional interview for his directorial debut Nightcrawler. Check out what he had to say:
“I spent a year working with Tim Burton on his Superman Lives movie and the day they pulled the plug on that was very, very disappointing. It was disappointing for all of us: for me, for Tim, for Nic Cage, for Jon Peters. We were very far along and Warner Bros. had gone through a cycle where nothing »
- Gary Collinson
Will the Dark Knight cast a big shadow over the Man of Steel in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Insiders say that DC/Warner Bros. is planning to put the spotlight firmly on their box-office champ, the Caped Crusader of Gotham, rather than on the man from Metropolis.
Superman may become a super sidekick in the upcoming Superman v. Batman: Dawn of Justice. According to the site Batman-On-Film.com, insiders say that the film will be very “Bat-heavy”, and Superman will be shoved down to the second rung of the ladder.
DC has a lot of faith in Batman, since he’s been their most successful franchise player, going all the way back to Tim Burtons’s hit films starring Michael Keaton. The Nolan trilogy was a gold mine for Warner Bros. in recent years. However, they don’t have the same faith in the man from Krypton, »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
One of the first major tentpole films in development that this site covered way back in the late 1990s may finally see the light of day.
After directing both the successful "Batman Forever" and the widely derided "Batman & Robin," filmmaker Joel Schumacher was originally slated to helm a third film entitled "Batman: Triumphant" based on a script by Mark Protosevich.
Schumacher has previously stated that following Tim Burton's two films, the studio pushed him to make Batman more family and merchandise friendly - especially in regards to "Batman and Robin". Schumacher want to go darker though, and after the widespread rejection towards "Batman & Robin" the hope was 'Triumphant' would allow him to do that. Unfortunately the project never made it out of development.
At the time it was rumored The Scarecrow would serve as the villain, with his fear toxin allowing for Batman to have visions of The Joker. »
- Garth Franklin
Less then 10 years after Tim Burton brought The Dark Knight to the big screen in 1989's Batman, the franchise was essentially killed off by the 1997 critical and commercial disaster Batman & Robin. It lay dormant until Christopher Nolan breathed new life into the popular character with his hugely successful Dark Knight trilogy. Joel Schumacher directed both the 1995 hit Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, and he was slated to make a third film entitled Batman: Triumphant, which was written by Mark Protosevich. But it was killed after Batman & Robin tanked. Today, Bleeding Cool reports that Joel Schumacher is revisiting the Batman franchise with a 12-issue comic book that outlines his original vision for all three films, including the one that never saw the light of day.
If you’re a Batman fan, then chances are you shudder when you hear the name “Joel Schumacher”. Having delivered the then-most successful Batman film with 1995’s Batman Forever, the director brought the franchise to its knees two years later with 1997’s Batman & Robin, forcing Warner Bros. to pull the plug on his planned sequel, which was going by the title of Batman Triumphant.
Well, if you’re a glutton for punishment and curious as to where Schumacher might have taken the series next, you may be interested in a report from Bleeding Cool, who has apparently heard that Schumacher is penning a twelve-issue Batman comic book series drawn by artist Dustin Nguyen, which will “revisit his intentions for the three films [and tell] one story”, giving us “his original vision for the movies.”
- Gary Collinson
“A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing.” That’s a message on a postcard displayed on the dressing room mirror of Riggan Thompson (Michael Keaton) in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance). With that phrase in mind, I feel it’s best to simply say, “Go see the movie. Then we can talk about it.” I could leave this review at that considering the film brings into question the role of the critic when an actor, director, or artist puts their heart and soul on the line for his or her art. But just plainly urging you to see the movie is also counter-productive when there is so much love, effort, and ideas pulsating from this work of art. And it is just that. Birdman is a work of art. Don’t take my word for it though, go and see it for yourself. »
- Michael Haffner
Switching off Gotham now would be premature damnation of a potentially-excellent show. Rob explains why…
This article talks about Gotham up to episode five. There are no big spoilers, though.
In some corners of the internet, there are those who are already trying to call time on the Gotham TV show. From the small handful of episodes we’ve seen so far (5 have aired stateside and 2 in the UK), a few folk out there are acting all Ra’s al Ghul about the matter and telling us that Gotham is beyond saving and must be allowed to die.
The tone of some of these pieces, we'd suggest, goes beyond criticism into lambasting. It feels somewhat like the cool kids ganging up on the new boy who read the questions wrong in his school entrance exam and landed himself in the bottom set for everything. Sure, there have been mistakes, but »
Chicago – There are parts of “Birdman” that are absolutely breathtaking, in dialogue, performance and visual acumen. Even its subtitle, “The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance” has a wonderful payoff. Michael Keaton provides an Oscar worthy performance as the title character.
The film is cut as if it were one long take, with cinematic coolness from director Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Babel”). If you’ve heard about the film, with Michael Keaton portraying a character that once starred in a huge superhero franchise, then you may think it’s autobiographical – substitute Batman for Birdman. But this is a fully realized and complex character that is mostly unlike the real life and affable Keaton. The performance is up close and personal, it goes places that are both dark and light, it mingles with the energy of the supporting cast with vivid and glorious insight. This is the Michael Keaton that proves he can »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Who doesn't love to laugh? Whether your taste runs to R-rated raunch, classic yuks or witty British humor, you'll find something hilarious to stream on Netflix.
Right now, there are movies starring Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jack Black, Goldie Hawn and a nice selection of films showcasing the comedy chops of Joan Cusack. (Availability subject to change, so get streaming now!)
1. "The Addams Family" (1991) PG-13
Everyone's favorite macabre family is wonderfully portrayed by Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester and Christina Ricci as Wednesday. Spooky fun, just in time for Halloween.
2. "The Bad News Bears" (1976) PG
3. "Bernie" (2011) PG-13
Jack Black stars in the real-life story of a mortician who ends »
- Sharon Knolle
Back in 1997, Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger starred in the fantastic noir thriller L.A. Confidential, and now the same genre will bring them together again 17 years later. THR has word that Basinger (Batman, 8 Mile) has joined the cast of The Nice Guys, the next film from Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang director Shane Black. The film stars Crowe teamed up with Ryan Gosling and follows a private eye (Gosling) and a hired leg breaker (Crowe) who must solve the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated death of a porn star. And just because Basinger has aged doesn't mean she's not getting saucy this time. Read on! The trade reports she will be playing a chief justice who is in bed with the criminals. It remains to be seen if by "in bed" they only mean working with, but we'll have to wait until »
- Ethan Anderton
Gotham, Season 1, Episode 5, “Viper”
Written by Rebecca Perry Cutter
Directed by Tim Hunter
Airs Mondays at 8pm Et on Fox
Gotham has done fairly well, so far, at integrating its cases of the week with its overarching storyline, with last week’s “Arkham” being one of the most momentous episodes yet in moving the season narrative forward, but with “Viper”, the tandem plots fail to blend together with the same consistency. The campy concept of the Viper drug, which gives super strength to its victims before destroying their bone density, could’ve worked if only the writers had decided not to display the victims’ feats of strength with such poorly executed and cartoonish special effects. What Gotham has done well in previous episodes is present a campy idea with a truly gritty noir tone, but the way that these super powered victims are realized, they look more like they belong »
- Jean Pierre Diez
The Modern Master Award, established in 1995, was created to pay tribute to an individual who has enriched our culture via the motion picture industry. Keaton joins past recipients Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Dern, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron. Keaton's career ranges far and wide, from Ron Howard's "Night Shift" and Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" and "Batman" to his lauded performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s dark show business satire "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance." »
- Anne Thompson
“Birdman” star Michael Keaton will receive the Modern Master Award at the 2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Sbiff organizers announced on Tuesday. The Santa Barbara festival, which takes place in the coastal town an hour north of Los Angeles at the end of January and the beginning of February each year, gives out a number of awards at gala presentations that are used as de facto campaign stops during awards season. See photos: Ben Affleck Is Batman: 16 Actors Who Played the Dark Knight Before Him Keaton, whose performance in Alejandro G. Inarritu's “Birdman” has been hailed as a career-reviving turn that. »
- Steve Pond
Fox Searchlight has released a new ‘Fight Club’ clip from Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s (21 Grams, Biutiful) new film Birdman, which sees Michael Keaton (Batman) tussling with Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk). Check it out below…
See Also: Read our review of Birdman here
Birdman is a dark comedy that follows a former actor, who once played an iconic superhero, as he mounts a Broadway play based on a Raymond Carver short story in a bid to reclaim past glory. However, the play’s egotistical leading man threatens to throw everything down the tubes.
Birdman is out now in the States and opens on January 2nd 2015 in the UK, with a cast that also includes Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Naomi Watts (21 Grams) and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone).
- Gary Collinson
Once Birdman starts it doesn't stop until the film runs out and even then its energy seems to bleed into your veins as you exit the theater. It's a story of actors and the stage, artists and their critics. It's about the desire to be somebody as much as it's the fear of being a nobody. It tells of a world where artists are no longer recognized for their talent, but instead for the larger-than-life characters (literal and figurative) they play. Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is one such artist. Years ago, Riggan played Birdman in a trilogy of big budget, billion dollar blockbusters. The franchise was a massive hit and he turned down a lot of money for Birdman 4. Now he finds himself at his wits end, quite literally haunted by the character that made him famous while at the same time attempting to become the actor he's always dreamed of being. »
- Brad Brevet
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.
There might not be a more meta film in existence than Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest film Birdman. There is the obvious selling point of the film in that Michael Keaton – famous in real life for portraying Batman yet recently finding himself accepting a load of crappy projects – playing Riggan Thomson, a washed up Hollywood actor that society most associates with Birdman, but the mimicking of reality actually goes even further down the rabbit hole. Edward Norton’s Broadway performance art actor character Mike is a total prick to everyone on-set, and if you go do some »
- Robert Kojder
Beverly Hills — Fox Searchlight's "Birdman" flew into limited release this weekend with a fantastic $103,750-per-screen average and plenty of Oscar potential. This comes on the heels of a New York press blitz built around a closing night New York Film Festival berth for the film and with the expectation for limited availability from the ensemble and key crew members during the upcoming awards season (and in lieu of a proper Los Angeles premiere, to boot). At the film's official Academy screening Sunday afternoon, Alejandro González Iñárritu's thematically rich, formally inventive opus drew a sizable turnout (800 or so people in the 1,000-seat venue) and a warm reception that seemed to indicate this one will do well with voters. Nevertheless, I'm mostly against taking reportage from Academy screenings to heart. So take any or all of this with a grain of salt. Generally this kind of thing is only an element »
- Kristopher Tapley
In a case of life imitating art, Birdman soared in its bicoastal debut for former Batman star Michael Keaton, who plays a washed-up superhero movie star trying to rehabilitate his career by launching a show on Broadway. The dark comedy, from director Alejandro G. Inarritu, grossed an estimated $415,000 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles for a whopping screen average of $103,750, the best showing so far this year after Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, which posted a record-breaking theater average of $202,792 earlier this year. (This year's other indie hit,
- Pamela McClintock
“Birdman” soared at the arthouses this weekend with the show business satire enjoying a smashing debut that could help it travel beyond the cinephile crowd.
The quirky comedy from Fox Searchlight picked up $415,000 in just four theaters, making it the year’s second-highest grossing film from a per-screen average standpoint. Its average of $103,750 is behind only “The Grand Budapest Hotel’s” $202,792 number.
“When the numbers started coming in on Friday, we all went ‘wow,'” said Frank Rodriguez, senior vice president of distribution at Searchlight. “We were seeing all the seats fill up. There’s so many films out there. So many holdovers and so many new films, that it’s hard to get the seats you need.”
In order to meet the demand, Searchlight will expand “Birdman” beyond New York and Los Angeles to 18 markets and between 40 and 50 theaters. Within three to four weeks, it hopes to have the film in between 400 and 600 theaters. »
- Brent Lang
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