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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
We’re back from this years New York Comic Con, the biggest mass media and geek culture conglomeration on the East Coast. We have a lot to talk about, from the Birdman panel with Michael Keaton and Edward Norton and Batman’s 75th Anniversary panel to the Occulus Rift, the new Daredevil series and more. Cons can be a daunting and overwhelming setting, so we’re sharing our experiences, both wins and losses, from battling panel lines, contending with floor traffic and planning ahead as a guide to doing Comic Con the right way. We also offer our opinions on the state of geek culture and shifts we observed at this years con. Give a listen, review us on iTunes and enjoy!
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- Tony Nunes
Birdman is directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu (21 Grams, Biutiful) and stars Keaton as a washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero, who has to overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.
Also featuring in the cast alongside Keaton and Galifianakis are Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk), Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion),Naomi Watts (21 Grams) and Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone).
Birdman is out now in the States and opens on January 2nd 2015 in the UK.
The post Michael Keaton brings the curtain down in new Birdman clip appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League, The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Batman, Superman, Lego Batman, Lego DC Super Heroes, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Civil War, Captain America 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Powers and more….
Well, it’s been a huge week for superhero news – so much so that it was a toss-up between Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios for our lead story this week. However, as we’ve been inundated with Marvel news, we’ll get things underway with Warner and its big DC Cinematic Universe announcement. Yes, the studio has finally revealed its plans post-Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, »
- Gary Collinson
Missed out on some of this weeks big movie stories because you were to busy saving the world? Up to your eyeballs in work? Or interfering with yourself? Then we’ve got you coverd! Here’s some of the biggest movie news stories all in one spot! And we’ve got an awesome podcast of this to boot with laughs, bells, whistles and probably self interference too! The first trailer for Chris Rock’s Top Five, a movie about a former comedian who becomes a movie star, made us laugh Jean Malone has joined Batman v Superman playing a mystery role. At this stage the cast for this is nearly bigger than Braveheart The first poster for Tim Burton’s Big Eyes arrived, and it looks fantastic Jack O Connell really impressed in the first trailer for Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken It’s going to be the short attached to Big Hero 6, »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Warner Bros. Pictures
It’s over six years since The Dark Knight took the world by storm and we still can’t stop thinking about Heath Ledger’s incredible performance as the Joker. Originally met with a fan backlash that makes Ben Affleck’s Batman feel loved, as publicity stills and trailers were slowly released it became apparent that Ledger had delivered something incredibly special.
This is made all the more impressive as it was an accepted ‘fact’ amongst the fans that no one could ever do the character better than Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s Batman. Now that sentiment feels laughable; next to The Dark Knight’s version, Jack Napier could pass for a genuine children’s entertainer.
One of the biggest elements of the character that Nolan’s version trumped Burton’s was in the origin, or lack thereof; unlike Nicholson, whose story provided the main arc, »
- Alex Leadbeater
30. No Country for Old Men (2007)
Scene: Coin Flip
There was a brief period of time from 2006-2009 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made some more daring, but wholly deserved choices for Best Picture. It began in 2006, when Martin Scorsese finally won for The Departed which, while not his best and not nearly as dark as, say, Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, still leaned that direction. Three years later, they handed the Oscar to The Hurt Locker over the blockbuster Avatar, rewarding quality over audience love. But in between the two it was given to No Country for Old Men, an incredibly dark neo-Western based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It’s still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, an incredible cat-and-mouse journey through West Texas in the 1980′s. The film stars Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, »
- Joshua Gaul
"It sucked... It just was -- awful," Michael Keaton says of Batman Forever in the following "CBS Sunday Morning" interview piece, which largely asks "Where has Michael Keaton beenc" It's a good little piece as we learn Keaton turned down a reported $15 million to play Batman a third time. The role would eventually go to Val Kilmer and while the question of where has Keaton been floats in the air... Well, since Batman Returns he's made The Paper, Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, starred in White Noise, voiced characters in Pixar's Cars and Toy Story 3 and was an excellent contribution to The Other Guys. Granted, none of those roles stacks up to his new film, Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which I had the pleasure of seeing just this morning and while I'll have my review for you on Monday, let me just say the hype around this one is for real, »
- Brad Brevet
It must have seemed completely bizarre to the tourists who happened to be milling about Times Square that night. There, amid the stories-high billboards and glittering screens, the sprawling stores and Broadway theaters, the barrage of costumed characters hustling for tips, there--was a movie star striding through purposefully in a pair of tighty-whitie underwear. This was the extraordinary circumstance that began to be posted on Youtube in June of 2013. Michael Keaton, best known for his lead roles in Batman and Batman Returns, was dashing through Times Square with a small camera crew following his every move. It wasn't a publicity stunt or part of some bizarre reality show. This nearly naked jaunt was part of the shooting requirements of Birdman, the new Alejandro González Iñárritu that is winning rave reviews. Yahoo spoke to Birdman's production designer Kevin Thompson about how the New York theater-set tale accomplished this tricky »
Michael Keaton was the first movie actor to say, "I'm Batman." In 1989, Keaton defied the skeptics who'd shrieked when Tim Burton cast him as the Caped Crusader when Batman became a blockbuster, laying the groundwork for the future of superhero franchises and, hence, Hollywood. But after a popular sequel, Keaton hung up the cape, and despite some memorable performances since then—The Paper, Jackie Brown, The Other Guys—he's never found another role with either the depth or profile of Batman. Until now, perhaps. In Birdman, Keaton plays someone we immediately identify—even if he claims he does not. Riggan »
- Jeff Labrecque
The film's challenge: the number of tracking shots with hand-held cameras and Steadicams made maintaining the film's continuous shot structure incredibly difficult. And so the editors had to be proactive and creative in collaborating with G. Iñárritu, Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel (Chivo) Lubezki ("Gravity"), production designer Kevin Thompson, Rodeo FX, and Technicolor. They shot the film in only 30 days at the storied St. James Theater in Times Square and on a soundstage in Queens, which served as the backstage, but not in chronological order due to the compressed schedule. Like the director, who is trying to preserve some movie magic, the editors won't divulge how many cuts there are or what the longest shot was, but they do describe how they put us inside the wild and crazy mind of Michael Keaton's former Batman-like superstar. "They blocked everything out and it allowed Alejandro and us to look at scenes before they. »
- Bill Desowitz
Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a black comedy which chronicles the story of Riggan Thomas (Michael Keaton), a washed up, former action star who attempts to cling to his relevance by making a comeback on Broadway. While many assume the story reflects Keaton’s real life as the man who once defended Gotham in the black Batman suit (in 1988 and 1992), you’d be surprised to know how the actor really feels about trading in one suit for another.
Shot with a continuous single camera, Alejandro G. Iñárritu‘s story takes you on an unexpected journey, built by the wonderful and raw performances of Ed Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, and Andrea Riseborough in a film Entertainment Weekly claims will change Keaton’s career. The movie has a self-aware tone in exploiting the narcissistic nature of actors, so much so that they have no problem showing off »
- Taylor Ferber
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