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The Piano Guys have paid homage to Batman.s iconic soundtrack with a four minute and 21 second video homage that zips from the 1966 television series to Tim Burton.s 1989 cinematic reboot before finally ending on Christopher Nolan.s lauded Dark Knight trilogy with aplomb. It.s an amazing celebration of Neal Hefti, Danny Elfman and Hans Zimmer.s work, and if you call yourself a Batman fan you need to spend a good portion of your day watching the above video. I know, I know . it.s pretty special isn.t it? This isn.t the first time that The Piano Guys have taken on classic movie material though, and over the last few years the group -- which consists of Jon Schmidt, Steven Sharp Nelson, Paul Anderson, and Al van der Beek -- have replicated Star Wars, Frozen, and the Bourne trilogy.s soundtracks, while their first three major-label »
So on Monday, I watched the Gotham series premiere with about 8 million of my friends. I started writing a column about the show and what it says (accidentally and/or purposefully) about the role of Batman in pop culture right now. But working on that column got me thinking more generally about Batman: A character who has been around for 75 years, a figure in my cultural consciousness since before my memory begins. The next thing I knew, I was making a list of my favorite Batman things–the movies, the TV shows, the vividly recalled comic book story arcs and standalone issues, »
- Darren Franich
Ahead of its release next month, Fox Searchlight has debuted the first TV spot for acclaimed filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s (21 Grams, Biutiful) latest offering, the eagerly-anticipated Birdman starring Michael Keaton (Batman) as a once-famous actor looking to mount a comeback. Take a look after the official synopsis…
“Birdman is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.”
Also featuring in the cast of Birdman are Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover Part III), Naomi Watts (21 Grams) and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone).
Birdman is set for release in the States on October 17th and on January 2nd 2015 in the UK. »
- Gary Collinson
Michael Keaton is a superhero again … except, not really. In “Birdman,” he portrays Riggan Thomson, an actor who became famous for portraying an iconic superhero. Granted, Keaton was already famous when he took on the mantle of Batman in Tim Burton‘s 1989 film, but it's still something he knows a little about from personal experience. Now in his 60s — or at least Keaton is 63 — Thomson is attempting to put on a Broadway play to recapture his glory days and get back some of the respect and adulation he yearned for. That play is an adaptation of »
- Jason Hughes
The United States Postal Service is honoring Batman’s 75th birthday with a special stamping collection that will be unveiled in time for next month’s New York Comic Con. The New York Comic Con takes place from Oct. 9-12 at the Jacob Javits Center, and the stamps will be released to coincide with these dates.
There will be a four stamps in total—each one commemorating a different look and era. The first is the Golden Age design (based on the Bill Finger and Bob Kane original), the second is the Adam West inspired Silver Age, the Jim Aparo and Neal Adams influence in the Bronze Age, and the Jim Lee design in the Modern Age.
“He is the quintessential American superhero,” said Susan McGowan, the Postal Service’s director of stamp services and corporate licensing. “What a great place to celebrate him—on a stamp. We »
Birdman has an insanely talented cast and a lot of good buzz surrounding it. If you are not already sold on the movie, watch the mind-trip that is the trailer. Michael Keaton's career lost a lot of its luster after doing Batman, but he's slowly found his way into more interesting work. Birdman could be his "comeback" film.
We have nine images from Indiewire and a new poster from Vulture, via Screen Rant. The poster has a very arthouse feel to it, with all the actor's names being pushed. To me the poster is boring. I really wish they had a design that had the feeling the trailer does.
Storyline: 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.
Birdman lands in theaters October 7th (USA).
- Free Reyes
Rumour has is that Robert Downey Jr. will say goodbye to the character of Tony Stark after just two more movies, the first of which is next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, followed by a third Avengers film expected in 2017/2018. Many cannot imagine anyone else taking over the iconic role. However, President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has suggested that the role will eventually be recast and this will be a continual process as seen with long-standing franchies such as James Bond and Doctor Who. But Kevin Feige has also expressed the possibility of introducing new Avengers and phasing old ones out, giving characters a definitive ending and avoiding the need to recast.
Despite his immense popularity as Tony Stark, Robert Downey Jr. recently stated in an interview that as an actor playing a character, »
- Thomas Roach
True confession time: you can keep your gravelly-voiced Christian Bales and your nipple-suited George Clooneys – my favorite Batman will always be Michael Keaton. In fact, Keaton raises the bar in just about every good, bad, or indifferent role he’s ever played. In his latest film Birdman, from director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, it looks like Keaton might finally be getting his critical due.
Birdman tells the story of a former movie superhero star Riggan Thompson who gets a chance to stage his comeback via Broadway in an adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Family, friends, and ego get in the way as opening night approaches, and Thompson finds himself faced with personal and professional challenges. In addition to Keaton, the film stars Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts – so if Keaton’s name was not enough to get you into the theater, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
There are many, many things that make up the Batman persona; and as a night-stalking dispenser of justice with a penchant for broken bones and holding people over the edges of rooftops, he’s able to do all of this thanks to an unmatched plethora of all-purpose gadgets.
Now whilst we’re not going to start wishing for some Adam West-style Bat-Shark Repellant, it’s safe to say at this point in development Rocksteady still have a few tricks up their collective sleeves to make sure this final chapter is the best. The two previous iterations were incredibly solid and are both some of the most successful video games of all time, let alone in the superhero genre; it’s safe to say the ever-mounting pressure will be reaching incredibly high levels as they attempt to do what Christopher Nolan couldn’t; deliver a final chapter that satisfies everyone. »
- Scott Tailford
Maybe hard to believe looking at the latest theatrical poster, but Birdman has garnered nothing but praise from its round of festival screenings before it officially hits theaters on October 17th. As of now, it's the early favorite to sweep the Oscars, for everything from Best Picture to Best Actor for Michael Keaton to Best Original Screenplay to even Editing, but its a long way until next year's award ceremony and anything can happen.
That doesn't stop the fact that director Alejandro González Iñárritu has created an incredibly special film. Returning Michael Keaton to his Batman roots, the comedic drama finds a struggling actor coming face-to-face with his big screen superhero alter ego as he attempts to launch a career comeback. Check out this colorful comic book inspired one-sheet that not only features the Birdman of the title, but also the incredible ensemble cast that includes Michael Keaton, »
The film-festival circuit this time of year is not unlike presidential-primary season. Venice or Telluride are sort of like the Iowa caucus, an important first step for a film to generate some name recognition and Oscar buzz—but not exactly the setting for a coronation. Toronto is the traditional Oscar-campaign battleground, a sort of New Hampshire primary that often separates the contenders from the pretenders. Last year, Toronto unofficially nominated 12 Years a Slave, Gravity, and Dallas Buyers Club, and those films went on to collect major awards.
But this year, the races still remain wide open after the first new rounds, »
- Jeff Labrecque
John Malkovich photos: How to look like a model, from Marilyn Monroe to Albert Einstein (image: John Malkovich as Marilyn Monroe in Bert Stern's 1962 portrait 'Marilyn in Pink Roses') Whether you found Spike Jonze's 1999 mind-invading comedy Being John Malkovich a pretentious bore or the most innovative motion picture since Georges Méliès' The Man with the India-Rubber Head, you'll probably enjoy Sandro Miller's series of John Malkovich photos, in which the two-time Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee becomes the real-life characters in some of the most celebrated (and mostly pop, U.S.-made) photographs ever taken. Malkovich's various guises will be featured in the exhibit "Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters," which runs from November 7, 2014, to January 31, 2015, at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. In Being John Malkovich, the likes of John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Keener discover an escape from their drab lives »
- Andre Soares
Anne Marie reporting from Los Angeles...
Will Keaton need the tux regularly this season? We think soThe starter's gun for awards season campaigning has unofficially gone off, signalling the beginning of the most exciting/frustrating few months in an Oscar-lover's heart. Sandwiched between the mad dash of Tiff and Nyff on the East Coast was a screening and reception on Tuesday for Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu's Birdman. As a courtyard full of film critics tried to absorb everything the ambitious black comedy presented them, producer John Lesher and star Michael Keaton were there to answer questions and talk over Iñarritu's dizzying vision.
In the coming weeks, we'll undoubtedly hear many comparisons between Michael Keaton and Riggan, the washed up superhero has-been Keaton portrays. Michael Keaton is not nearly as attention-grabbing (or off ghis rocker) as his onscreen doppelganger. Instead, he walked through the crowd quietly, speaking to members of the »
- Anne Marie
Cool film stuff can be almost as fun as actually going to the movies. Think of a Batman cape, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action figure, or Goldeneye on the N64. Hell, the merchandising can often be more enjoyable than the actual film – remember how much fun the first few months of 1999 were before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was actually released?
Yet, in the chase to make a quick buck out of devoted fans, some... let's just say less relevant, movie merchandise is churned out and flogged to the public.
Here then are 50 of the strangest (not ranked in order!) – expect action figures of obscure henchmen, 16-carat gold Twilight jewellery and some truly vomit-inducing burgers…
In Spider-Man 3, Peter »
Every good superhero needs an awesome superhero lair – because where else will you spend your downtime between bouts with evil villains and maintaining your secret identity? It’s not like you can be Batman and rent office space, after all. Website Terry’s Blinds created this cool new infographic, which gives you the tools you'll need to start building your very own Fortress of Solitude (or Batcave, or School for Gifted Mutants, and so on). Following this handily designed chart will have you ready for an appearance on Superhero Cribs – just as soon as that show actually becomes reality. The chart covers the gamut of Hero Hideouts, but the only downer is that you basically need to be fabulously wealthy to build any of them. The artist took...
- Mike Bracken
(Cbr) Although we can never be assured that a film or television adaptation of Batman will be any good, there is one safe bet: It will likely include a depiction of the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne in Crime Alley (slow-motion shot of a broken string of pearls tumbling to the pavement optional, but preferred). "Gotham," which premiered Monday on Fox, was of course no exception, spurring Vulture to compile a supercut of the Waynes dying on screen, from "Super Friends" and Tim Burton’s "Batman" to "Batman Begins" and "Batman: Arkham Origins." I imagine this is what Bruce Wayne’s nightmares look like. »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
I always wondered how World War II would have turned out if only Joseph Goebbels had a sense of humor. After all, what’s the old adage – you get more with a smile and a bomb than just a bomb alone? Really, the whole concept of Harley Quinn is based upon this philosophy.
You know Harley Quinn. The Joker’s… ah, paramour? Quadramour? Well, hold that thought for a couple paragraphs.
This is the start of the new fall television series, not only in North America, but evidently in Iraq as well. A new program, The Superstitious State, is being promoted up in the land between two rivers. It’s tagged “satire,” but it’s not going to close on Saturday night. Here’s the premise.
There’s this big celebration somewhere in some desert. It’s a wedding, although the focus is on the consummation of this blessed event. »
- Mike Gold
Every time we hear there's a new version of the Batman mythos coming down the pike, there's one question that weighs on everyone's minds: "Does this mean we need to see Bruce Wayne's parents die again?" It's a valid question, as there have been countless origin stories for the Caped Crusader, and an almost equal amount of re-enactments of the moment Bruce Wayne swore his life to vengeance against the criminal scum of Gotham City. For those of you who are still somewhat curious about the different versions to the demise of Thomas and Martha Wayne, Vulture has the video you've been waiting for. Batman's Parents Dying: The Supercut is a compilation of the shooting death of Bruce Wayne's parents from the various animated and live action incarnations from the past 25 years, ranging from the classic Superfriends cartoon to Tim Burton's Batman, and even running all the way »
Last night, Gotham — Fox's long-awaited and endlessly trailered Batman show without Batman — hit the small screen. And if you have ever even heard of Batman, this next bit of information won't be a spoiler: His parents die! The Caped Crusader's origin story has been tweaked and reinterpreted countless times throughout the decades, but Bruce Wayne always starts his war on crime to avenge his parents' death in an alleyway stick-up. And so, in virtually every TV and movie adaptation of Batman — from the 1989 Tim Burton movie to his various animated adventures and beyond — we see li'l Bruce stand by, jaw agape, as Thomas and Martha Wayne get gunned down. How many goddamn times do we have to see this brutality? And will anyone ever significantly alter it? We put together this little video remix/mash-up to show all of the various Wayne murders, synced up to »
- Abraham Riesman
The best movies leave you thinking about them long after the end credits roll. Some films marinate in the mind more than others, spawning fanciful theories and intriguing 'what ifs' from their dedicated fans.
Is James Bond really just one man? Do the Pixar films exist in a shared universe? And just how did Heath Ledger's Joker get those scars? We look at 9 mind-blowing movie fan theories below...
Heath Ledger's Joker is a war veteran
The Joker appears in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight seemingly out of the blue, an agent of destruction hell-bent on reeking havoc across Gotham. Unlike Jack Nicholson's Jack Napier, we never get to see a backstory for Heath Ledger's incarnation play out.
The Joker himself offers up two contrasting "wanna know how I got these scars?" stories so we can never truly trust the Clown Prince of Crime's explanation. One »
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