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The success of rags-to-riches comedy Nosotros los Nobles confirms Mexico as a cinematic supremo, albeit one whose own prosperity hangs on its film-making neighbour to the north
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An 11-year record at the Mexican box office fell the weekend before last, when class-clash comedy Nosotros los Nobles (We Are the Nobles) dislodged the 2002 Gael García Bernal drama The Crime of Father Amaro as the highest-grossing local film of all time. The sickly sweet whiff of Catholic corruption enticed audiences a decade back; this time it's the equally worn groove of the gulf between rich and poor in the country. Nosotros los Nobles riffs on the cunning scheme of a Mexico City millionaire who strips his kids of all their luxuries by staging a fake police raid, forcing them to drive buses, wait cantina tables and other humiliations conducive to heartwarming life lessons. »
- Phil Hoad
Los Angeles, April 18 (Ians/Efe) Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has begun shooting in New York for his next film, "Birdman", a black comedy starring Michael Keaton, Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis and Edward Norton, Fox Searchlight Pictures said.
Inarritu, the creator of films such as "Amores Perros", "21 Grams", "Babel" and "Biutiful", said he was thrilled "to have such a talented cast to bring this script to life".
The story centers on the travails of Keaton's character, an actor who became famous for playing a superhero, as he tries to mount a Broadway play.
Collaborating with Inarritu on the script were Nicolas. »
- Shiva Prakash
Add up the belly laughs in Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s first four features -- "Amores Perros," "21 Grams," "Babel" and "Biutiful" -- and, well, you'll find you have a lot of fingers going spare. Accomplished and sometimes exhilarating as his films (all of which have found favor with the Academy to some degree) have been, a change of pace wouldn't hurt him at this point. That appears to be very much what he's going for in his new project, "Birdman," which began principal photography in New York City yesterday. Billed as a black comedy, it stars several names you might »
- Guy Lodge
Legendary Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran is getting a professional biopic treatment. Deadline reports that the film will star Golden Globe Nominee Édgar Ramírez (for Carlos) as Duran and Robert De Niro as his trainer Ray Arcel. The film will be directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz (Sequestro Express).
Gael García Bernal (Amores Perros, The Science of Sleep) was circulating the role of Duran and even visited Panama last year but in the end, director Jakubowicz decided to go with a different actor due to García Bernal’s time constraints.
I’m really bummed that García Bernal didn’t land this role. He’s a great actor who would have surely given this role great care. With his departure I sincerely hope that Ramírez brings everything that he’s got and more for this important role, which is representative of the tiny Central American country of Panama.
Ramírez was most recently seen in »
- Alex Corey
Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Written by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Armando Bo & Nicolas Giacobone
It’s a real testament to a filmmaker’s abilities when one of his pieces can principally revolve around a struggling man’s attempts to support his family, plus the effects he has on those around him, and then use said protagonist’s psychic abilities as little more than a subplot. Imagine if The Sixth Sense portrayed Cole as a grown man, near destitute and hammered by life, with the “I see dead people” crux as narrative depth rather than intricate focus. Mexican maestro Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu has proved just how apt he his at capturing the vast scope of a story, whether in the sensational and emotionally hardboiled (Amores Perros) or the ambitious but ultimately underwhelming (Babel), but with his Catalan set epic Biutiful he takes a boat across the Atlantic to »
- Scott Patterson
Three days ago, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.s Birdman barely seemed real due to the left field aspect of its ensemble comedy notion being worlds away from the trauma-filled drama of his earlier films (such as Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Blutiful). But the influx of an amazing cast has catapulted the film back into everyone.s consciousness this week. The latest name on Birdman.s roster, according to Deadline, is U.K. actress Andrew Riseborough, perhaps best known to U.S. audiences for her work in Mike Leigh.s 2007 dramedy Happy-Go-Lucky or Mark Romanek.s 2010 love triangle romance Never Let Me Go. She.ll soon be appearing with Tom Cruise in the sci-fi epic Oblivion; and in the horror Hidden with Alexander Skarsgåard, whom she.ll also co-star with in Henry Alex Rubin.s Disconnect. Somewhere in all that is the crime story Welcome to the Punch with James McAvoy »
Another star has been added to the ever-growing cast of the soon-to-shoot comedy Birdman . Deadline brings word that Andrea Riseborough has signed on to play the part of Laura. She joins Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton and Naomi Watts in the Alejandro Gonzalez Inaritu ( Amores Perros , Babel ) film. Co-written by Inaritu with Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris and Nicolas Giacobone, Birdman follows an actor famous for having once played a popular superhero over a three day period during which he makes an attempt to mount a Broadway play. Riseborough, best known for roles in films like Happy Go Lucky and Never Let Me Go , can soon be seen on the big screen in Eran Creevy's Welcome to the Punch and Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion . Inaritu will »
Earlier this week we announced some casting made for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s next feature Birdman. The film will star Michael Keaton as an actor once famed for playing a superhero, trying to direct a Broadway production. Zack Galifianakis will play a producer, with Naomi Watts as the lead actress and Emma Stone as Keaton’s daughter.
Well another ex-superhero is set to join the cast, as Edward Norton (formerly the Hulk) will play the lead actor in Keaton’s play whose ego causes much conflict. Production looks set to begin in mid-April in an actual Broadway theatre. This will be Inarritu’s first comedy, after having dealt with darker dramas such as Biutiful, Babel, 21 Grams, and Amores Perros.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Keaton will play a washed-up actor known for playing the titular superhero on-screen, who is hoping to revive his career by putting on a play based on the work of Raymond Chandler.
Stone will play the daughter of Keaton's character, with Galifianakis as a producer with his own agenda.
Birdman will begin shooting later this year.
Watch a trailer for Amores Perros below: »
Following yesterday's major casting announcement, Birdman has added another star in Edward Norton. Deadline reports that the Fight Club actor will star alongside Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts in the Alejandro Gonzalez Inaritu ( Amores Perros , Babel ) film. Co-written by Inaritu with Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris and Nicolas Giacobone, Birdman follows an actor famous for having once played a popular superhero over a three day period during which he makes an attempt to mount a Broadway play. Inaritu will produce alongside Robert Graf and John Lesher with production planned to begin later this month. (Photo Credit: WENN.com) »
Poor old Spider-Man. If only his spider-senses could have told him that his on-screen ladylove, Emma Stone, would be cheating on him with another superhero. She’s just joined the cast of Alejando Gonzalez Innaritu’s new dark comedy Birdman, which will also feature Naomi Watts, Michael Keaton and Zach Galifianakis. Birdman is a slight change of gear for Inarritu, a man normally known for such deep and painful films as Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Biutiful. But lest you think he’s going totally wacky, the new movie promises to be a dark comedy.We follow Keaton as an actor once known for playing the titular iconic superhero (ironic, given Keaton’s time in the Bat suit) who is trying to dig himself out of a career slump by mounting a play based on a Raymond Chandler short story. But he faces problems with the show’s egotistical leading man. »
Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is changing gears in a major way for his next project. While we have gotten to know the filmmaker through his deeply dramatic, soul crushing movies like Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful, his next title, Birdman, will take him head-first into the world of comedy. And he's assembled an absolutely amazing cast to take the trip with him. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis have all signed on for Inarritu's first comedy. As previously reported, the movie will center on an aging actor who earned fame while young playing an iconic superhero, Birdman. Looking for a way to see his name back in lights, he realizes that his best course of action is to put on a Broadway play. Keaton, who actually played Batman in Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns, will star as the »
Michael Keaton, the world’s best Batman, will return as a superhero…kind of. He is taking on the lead role in Amores Perros and 21 Grams director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inaritu, latest offering Birdman. Birdman follows an actor (Keaton) once famous for playing a superhero, trying to put together a Broadway play over the course of three days. Other cast members announced include Emma Stone as Keaton’s daughter, Naomi Watts as one of the show’s actresses, and Zack Galifianakis as a Broadway producer. The film will be a dark comedy which should suit Keaton perfectly. Keaton has recently seen a well deserved career resurgence with turns in The Other Guys, the voice of Ken in Toy Story 3, and an upcoming performance in the Robocop remake.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, Amores Perros) has assembled quite the cast for his upcoming comedy Birdman. The film centers on an actor who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim past glory. Though Iñárritu’s previous work veers on the heavy drama side of things, he’s nabbed some top-notch comedic talent to bring this lighter film to fruition as Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis have been enlisted to topline the pic. Hit the jump for more. Per Heat Vision, Keaton is set to play the lead role of the washed up comic book movie actor in Birdman, which is an absolutely brilliant piece of casting. Keaton is a crazy-gifted comedic actor and I can't wait to see what he does under the direction of »
- Adam Chitwood
Towards the end of 2012, we heard that 21 Grams, Babel and Amores Perros director Alejando González Iñárritu would try his hand at comedy with a new film called Birdman set up at Fox Searchlight and New Regency. The project, described as a dark comedy, follows a former actor, who once played an iconic superhero, as he decides to take on a Broadway play based on a short story by Raymond Chandler in order to reclaim past glory. Now the perfect man has been found for the role as THR reports Michael Keaton, who once played Batman for director Tim Burton, has taken the lead role of the comic book movie star. In addition, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis have also landed roles in the film. Stone is playing Keaton's daughter who has just gotten out of rehab and is now acting as his assistant. Meanwhile, in the area of the Broadway play, »
- Ethan Anderton
Generally known for his tough, harrowing dramas like “Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel” and “Biutiful,” we've been waiting patiently to see what Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu would be doing next. His options of late have included the con man/criminal drama "Flim-Flam Man" and the period vengeance tale "The Revenant," but it looks like his next feature will find him changing gears in and taking something a lot more lighthearted. First announced at the end of last year, "Birdman" reunited Innaritu with "Biutiful" co-writers Nicolas Giacobone, Armando Bo and playwright Alexander Dinelaris with whom he wrote the comedy, based on a Raymond Chandler short story, centering a former actor who once played an iconic superhero and mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glories. And now, an ace cast is coming on board the film with Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis all slated to star. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
First announced in December , Amores Perros director Alejandro Gonzalez Inaritu's Birdman has found its principal cast. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts have all signed on. Co-written by Inaritu with Armando Bo, Alexander Dinelaris and Nicolas Giacobone, Birdman follows an actor famous for having once played a popular superhero over a three day period during which he makes an attempt to mount a Broadway play. Keaton will play the leading role, offering a bit of a postmodern nod to his iconic role as Batman in both of Tim Burton's films. Stone, meanwhile, will play his daughter with Watts starring as one of the play's actresses and Galifianakis a Broadway producer. Inaritu will produce alongside »
Mexican film star Gael Garcia Bernal would be willing to throw his formidable talent, not to mention his piercing gaze, into the Hollywood blockbuster juggernaut - if only the films were a bit more… subtle.
“Are they willing to do a film without a flashback to help us understand?” he asks. “All these films insist on having this moment where they explain why the character is the way he is or she is. It's the opposite of emotional empathy."
Gael Garcia Bernal has got Hollywood knocking at his door, but he has certain conditions
Garcia Bernal, one of Latin America’s hottest stars after appearing as Che Guevara in ‘The Motorcycle Diaries’ after the Oscar-nominated ‘Amores Perros’, is convinced his current film, the Oscar-nominated ‘No’, would never have made it past the studio system…
“They’d never do anything with this complexity. It’s a film that leaves many things unsaid or unexplained, »
- Caroline Frost
Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu has been recognized by the Director Guild of America (DGA) with the Outstanding Commercial Director award for his moving ad inspired on mothers’ unconditional love.
The Procter & Gamble commercial showcases the special bond between mothers and their sons and daughters, hailing from different countries and living in diverse circumstances. The stories reflect each family's life experiences from the beginning of their children’s sports careers until they become successful Olympic athletes.
“The hardest job in the world, is the best job in the world. Thank you, Mom,” a message reads at the end of the commercial.
In the past, Gonzalez has been responsible for the direction of other acclaimed films, like “Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel” and “ Biutiful,” among others, but this is his first Dag award so far.
The organization also honored actor Ben Affleck with an Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film award for »
- Zuania Ramos
The DGA honored Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for his commercial "Best Job" on Saturday night. The Mexican filmmaker behind Academy-Award nominated "Babel," "Amores Perros," and "Biutiful" made the commercial for Procter and Gamble. It weaves vignettes about parents supporting children in sports as a lead-up to Olympic victories. See the lovely 120-second tearjerker below. Full coverage of DGA winners is here. »
- Maggie Lange
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