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Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice Sequel Is “Closer Than Ever”

16 December 2014 7:26 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

We’ve been hearing about a Beetlejuice sequel since 2010 when Michael Keaton said that he wanted it to happen. Four years later the actor says that he’s still up for it. The script for the sequel is being developed by Seth Grahame-Smith, author of the book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and director Tim Burton made it a top priority of his. 

ComingSoon.net had the opportunity to talk with Burton while he was doing press for his upcoming movie Big Eyes. During the interview they asked him about the long-discussed sequel to Beetlejuice, and this is what he told them:

“It’s a character that I love and I miss and I miss actually working with Michael. There’s only one Betelgeuse. We’re working on a script and I think it’s probably closer than ever and I’d love to work with him again.”

It’s great »

- Joey Paur

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Exclusive: Tim Burton Thinks They’re ‘Closer Than Ever’ to Beetlejuice Sequel

14 December 2014 5:40 PM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Nearly 27 years since Tim Burton and Michael Keaton first teamed together for the comedy Beetlejuice, the movie is as popular as ever as new people discover the quirky mix of light comedy and family-friendly horror.  On top of that, Michael Keaton has been having a bit of a resurgence in the past year, starring in RoboCop, Need…

The post Exclusive: Tim Burton Thinks They’re ‘Closer Than Ever’ to Beetlejuice Sequel appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Spencer Perry

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Aaron Rodgers girlfriend Olivia Munn getting credit for Green Bay Packers Qb's good play

8 December 2014 5:16 PM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Aaron Rodgers is dating actress Olivia Munn and the girlfriend is getting credit for the Green Bay Packers Qb's good play this season. The 'Newsroom' actress, split from 'RoboCop' actor Joel Kinnaman  earlier this year and began dating the star Qb in April of 2014 and now that the Packers and Rodgers are considered one of the favorites to win the 2015 Super Bowl, she's getting some of the credit. WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends) often get dubbed a jinx if their man's play isn't up to par, so it's good to see Olivia enjoying the other side of that. Yahoo! Health dissects the Munn good luck charm factor in Rodger's success in an article titled "The Science of a Hot Girlfriend: Can Olivia Munn Really Be Aaron Rodgers’ Good-Luck Charm?" here. Earlier Rodgers was asked if he was upset about photographs of the couple kissing appearing online, and the 30-year-old »

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First trailer for Black or White starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer

4 December 2014 1:15 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Relativity Media has released the first trailer for Mike Binders Black or White starring Kevin Costner (Man of Steel) and Octavia Spencer (Snowpiercer), and we have it for you below after the official synopsis…

Black Or White is the story of a grandfather (Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter. When the little girl’s paternal grandmother (Academy Award® nominee Octavia Spencer) seeks custody, a legal battle ensues that forces the families to confront their true feelings on race, forgiveness and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white.

Set for release in the States on January 30th, Black or White features a cast that also includes Jillian Estell (So This Is Christmas), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier »

- Gary Collinson

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Oscars news: Reese Witherspoon on 'Wild' and 'Gone Girl,' Chris Rock's 'Top Five''

25 November 2014 4:54 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

. Reese Witherspoon has hit homeruns with her first two films as a producer: "Gone Girl" and "Wild." In Tatiana Siegel's must-read profile, she talks candidly about optioning the rights to both books before they were bestseller, why she had to play Cheryl Strayed in "Wild" and how she reacted when David Fincher told her she was not right for the role of Amy in "Gone Girl." THR -Break- Oscar experts: Eddie Redmayne narrows Michael Keaton lead, 'Selma' cracks top five Anthony D'Alessandro delivers a fascinating in-depth interview with Best Actor frontrunner Michael Keaton ("Birdman"). As he notes in the intro, "Keaton couches his trajectory, which picked up during the ’00s with supporting turns in 'The Other Guys' and the recent 'Robocop reboot,' simply as: 'I went through a lazy period. And (then) a hardworking, dedicated period.'” Deadline Drew Taylor t..." »

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Leeds International Film Festival 2014 Review – Birdman (2014)

21 November 2014 5:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Birdman, 2014.

Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

Starring: Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis and Naomi Watts.

Synopsis:

Riggan Thomas (Michael Keaton) attempts to distance himself from his famous role as the superhero, Birdman by staging a Broadway play adaptation of Raymond Carver’s ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love‘. In the days leading to the premier, Riggan must overcome his ego and family troubles to ensure he can once again hit the big time.

There’s a scene in Birdman where Michael Keaton’s character, Riggan Thomas, confronts the theatre critic who threatens to shut down his play with a single review, without even seeing it. It’s one of the films best scenes – in a film where it’s difficult to choose just one – as Keaton describes her writing as full of labels and adjectives, with nothing about technique, structure or execution, reducing his »

- Gary Collinson

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Chevy Chase Christmas Comedy Shelby Acquired by Starz Media

10 November 2014 5:55 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Highland Film Group today announced the closing of major territory sales, including: Us, UK, France, Australia and more, on Brian K. Roberts’ Christmas heart-warmer Shelby, starring Chevy Chase (Caddyshack, Community), John Paul Ruttan (Robocop), Tom Arnold (True Lies), and the vocal talents of Rob Schneider (Grown Ups) as the mischievous dog.

The U.S. rights have been acquired by Starz Media with home video distribution via Anchor Bay Entertainment. In addition to the following territories and respective distributors have been secured: Signature Entertainment in the UK; Jigsaw in Australia/New Zealand; Just Bridge in Benelux; Zylo in France; Falcon in the Middle East; TV Joj in Slovakia; Fox Asia for PanAsia TV; Padora in Ex Yugo; and Profile Media in Turkey.

Shelby is an uplifting Christmas tale of a down-on-his-luck orphaned dog (voiced by Schneider), who escapes from the local pound and finds himself in the home of a young »

- Michelle McCue

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Channing Tatum’s ‘X-Men’ Spin-Off ‘Gambit’ Hires ‘RoboCop’ Writer & Moves Forward

1 November 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“There are only conversations and dreams right now, really,” Channing Tatum said in June of this year about 20th Century Fox’s proposed “Gambit” movie,  a stand-alone “X-Men” film he would star in. “Creatively, we’re starting to chug forward. Obviously there’s nothing official.” Well, a lot can change in a few months, especially when Marvel and Warner Brothers are planning dozens of films over the next six years, and a studio like Fox wants to stay in this escalating arms race of superhero movies. So “Gambit” is less of a pipe dream now, and is moving forward. Deadline reports that Joshua Zetumer has been hired to write the screenplay. Zetumer is an interesting figure in Hollywood. He only has one produced credit to his name, the recent “RoboCop” remake, however he’s an extremely hot screenwriter that’s very much in demand. He wrote a version of “Bourne »

- Edward Davis

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"Robocop" Scribe To Pen X-Men's "Gambit"

1 November 2014 1:37 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Channing Tatum is officially signed on to star in and produce, while "RoboCop" writer Joshua Zetumer is set to pen the screenplay for the upcoming "X-Men" spin-off feature about everyone's favorite Cajun mutant Gambit.

Marvel comics writer Chris Claremont, who co-created the character back in 1990, has penned a treatment upon which Zetumer will base the script. Story details are bing kept confidential.

In the comics, Gambit is also known as Remy LeBeau and is able to charge matter with an explosive kinetic energy - causing objects to explode on impact. Taylor Kitsch played the role in 2009's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine".

The news comes almost half a year after producer Lauren Shuler Donner confirmed long-swirling rumors about "Magic Mike" actor Tatum playing the role. Reid Carolin and Simon Kinberg will also produce.

No word on a release date, but it will certainly be sometime after "X-Men: Apocalypse" which opens May 27th »

- Garth Franklin

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Fox planning Channing Tatum 'Gambit' film

31 October 2014 5:19 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Fox is putting some kinetic energy into a new Gambit movie, with Channing Tatum set to star as the card-slinging mutant, sources confirm to EW. The 21 Jump Street star has long been linked to the character, who has the power to imbue any object with a dose of explosive power. (His weapon of choice is a deck of playing cards.) He gave an interview to MTV stating, “Gambit’s the only X-Man I ever loved. He’s the most un-x-Man X-Man that’s ever been an X-Man … he loves women and drinkin’ and smokin’.” The actor and the character also »

- Anthony Breznican

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'X-Men' Spinoff 'Gambit' Moves Forward; Channing Tatum Confirmed

31 October 2014 3:03 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Nearly six months after producer Lauren Shuler Donner revealed that Channing Tatum will play Gambit in a new X-Men spin-off movie, the project is officially moving forward with Channing Tatum officially signed to star and Joshua Zetumer (RoboCop) writing the screenplay.

The script will be based on a treatment written by Marvel comics writer Chris Claremont, who created the character alongside Jim Lee in 1990, with story details being kept under wraps. The mutant character, also known as Remy LeBeau, has the ability to charge matter with an explosive kinetic energy, causing objects to explode on impact. Gambit was previously seen on the big screen in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, played by Taylor Kitsch.

Channing Tatum is also attached to produce Gambit with his Free Association partner Reid Carolin, who wrote the script for and is producing Magic Mike Xxl, which is currently in production. Lauren Shuler Donner is also producing alongside Simon Kinberg. »

- MovieWeb

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'Birdman' Review: Madness Meets Artistry in This Ambitious Movie

24 October 2014 4:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

"Birdman" is the latest film from "21 Grams" and "Babel" director Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Actually, that might not be the real title of the movie, as journalists received the following message prior to the screening: "Please use the film's full title, "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance," the first time the film is mentioned in an article. " Meanwhile, on IMDb the title is listed with brackets: "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)."

If this seems a mix of confusing and pedantic, then that's in keeping with the tone of much of the film. There's a lot to admire about this work, but it also feels like it's trying too damn hard at times to be quirky and different, right down to the convoluted title.

What's it about?

Plot-wise, we follow a Hollywood star that's looking for a bit of authenticity by staging a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver's »

- Jason Gorber

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Michael Keaton Honored by Santa Barbara Film Festival

21 October 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Keaton, on the awards circuit for “Birdman,” will be honored at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on January 31 with the Modern Master Award. The 30th edition of the festival runs January 27-February 7.

The highest honor presented by the festival, it has previously been awarded to figures including Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Jodie Foster, Diane Keaton, George Clooney, Will Smith,  Clint Eastwood and James Cameron.

“There is no actor more befitting of the Modern Master Award than the legendary Michael Keaton. His performance in ‘Birdman’ is tremendous, showing the range of decade’s long experience,” exec director Roger Durling said in a statement.

Keaton, who has a ranch in Santa Barbara, also recently appeared in “Penthouse North,” “Robocop” and “Need for Speed.”

 

 

 

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- Variety Staff

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Hey Hollywood, Please Don't Soften Up Badass Characters!

17 October 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

I went and saw Universal PicturesDracula Untold last weekend, and not only was I extremely disappointed in the story and script, but their portrayal of Dracula was absurd. Dracula is a badass character, he's suppose to be a very scary dude, and even the real life person that he's based on, Vlad, is just as terrifying, maybe even more so! That is a man that should be feared. Unfortunately, the people who made Dracula Untold removed all of that from this character. They made him a soft heroic person that absolutely does not strike fear in the hearts of men. Dracula is supposed to be a villain. The furthest they should take him away from that would be to make him an anti-hero, but they didn't even play with that notion. I will say that Luke Evans played the part fantastically! It was just the way that the »

- Joey Paur

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'Birdman' Review: 10 Things You Need to Know About Michael Keaton's Big Comeback Movie

17 October 2014 6:01 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Michael Keaton is perhaps best known for playing Batman in a pair of Tim Burton-directed superhero movies, whose visionary tone has set the standard for the genre until this day. And now he's stepping back into the superhero suit (sort of) for "Birdman," the latest film from "Babel" director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

"Birdman" tells the story of an actor who has been immortalized in a series of superhero movies (played, obviously, by Keaton), who decides to attempt a comeback by writing, directing, and starring in a stage adaptation of a Raymond Carver story. Of course, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. (Andrea Riseborough, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, and Emma Stone co-star.)

So why is everyone talking about this relatively little movie that could conceivably do very big things? Read on to find out!

1. Michael Keaton Is Truly Incredible

Michael Keaton is kind of always incredible. »

- Drew Taylor

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‘Birdman’ soars high with stellar performances and brazen cinematography

17 October 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Written by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo

Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu

USA, 2014

The cast and crew, fly high in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by visionary Alejandro González Iñárritu. Michael Keaton stars as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who never bounced back from his peak stardom days as part of a 1990s superhero franchise, and who is desperate to gain back some spark for his faded career. Riggan attempts to jolt himself back into the limelight through the triple threat of writing, directing and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.

Much of the film’s content can be compared to Keaton’s own career and his peaking success in the  late 80s/early 90s with Tim Burton’s Batman films, and although »

- Christopher Clemente

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'Game of Thrones' Pedro Pascal will sentence Jesus to death in the 'Ben-Hur' remake

16 October 2014 6:10 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Movies give Pontius Pilate a bad wrap. Yes, he gave the orders to crucify Jesus Christ. But check canonical Biblical writing and one finds a tinge of reluctance, a man of power caving under the peoples' demands. Plus, would we still be talking about God's Son if Pilate didn't off him in the grisliest way possible? Silver linings. Pending deals, the next on-screen Pilate could add all this nuance with a splash of smarmy charm. Deadline reports that "Game of Thrones" favorite Pedro Pascal is in talks to play Judaea's prefect in the upcoming remake of "Ben-Hur." The film is said to skew closer to Lew Wallace's 1880 novel than the 1959 Charlton Heston-led epic, which chronicled the parallel stories of Jewish prince-turned-slave Judah Ben-Hur's quest for revenge and Christ's Passion. The in the original film, Pilate presides over the major chariot race setpiece and orders Jesus' death. He »

- Matt Patches

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Answering the Birdman signal, Keaton soars again

14 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

When Michael Keaton met Barack Obama shortly before Obama would become president, the then-senator had a question for the actor.

"Why don't you make more movies?"

It's a quandary that has long bedeviled moviegoers just as it has, so it seems, heads of state. Why did the roundly beloved Keaton - a manic comic actor, an intense live wire, a real-deal movie star - become such an infrequent presence on the big screen?

Even at the height of Keaton's stardom in the 1980s and '90s, he was famously picky, usually doing a movie a year and turning down about as many hits (Splash, JFK, among them) as he said yes to. But after a handful of flops in the late '90s and early 2000s, Keaton all but disappeared from movies.

"I did turn a lot of things down. But a lot of the things I turned down, you would have turned down, »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Competition: WIn ‘Easy Money III: Life Deluxe’ on Blu-ray

12 October 2014 2:25 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

To celebrate the release of Easy Money III: Life Deluxe out on DVD, Blu-ray and Download 20th October 2014, we have a copy on Blu-ray to giveaway courtesy of Icon Film Distribution.

Hollywood’s latest “leading man” discovery Joel Kinnaman (Robocop; The Killing) stars in the explosive final chapter of the hit Nordic Noir trilogy based on the bestselling crime thriller series by Swedish author Jens Lapidus. Easy Money III: Life Deluxe is an intelligent, action-packed finale to one of the best crime thriller trilogies seen in recent years.

Easy Money III: Life Deluxe is available to order on Amazon today: http://amzn.to/Z5S4kE

To win Easy Money III: Life Deluxe on Blu-ray, just answer the following question:

Which of the following films also starred Joel Kinnaman? Was it:

a) Gremlins

b) Back to the Future

c) RoboCop

Email your answer to NerdlyComps@gmail.com, making sure to include your name and address. »

- Phil Wheat

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Series of ‘Birdman’ Posters Set in Ten North American Cities

11 October 2014 8:38 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Birdman, the new film from Alejandro González Iñárritu, has been one of our most anticiapted films of 2014. The movie, which opens limited on October 17, has recieved a series of great posters placeing the hero himself in watchful positions on landmarks from cities across North America.

We caught our first screening of Birdman over at Telluride last month. In her amazing review, Lane Scarberry writes, “ Birdman is director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s mad masterpiece about one man’s search for relevance and validation. It’s a striking and welcome return to form for Michael Keaton, who has long been absent from the spotlight, bar occasional supporting roles in the likes of The Other Guys and the RoboCop remake. The surprisingly meta world of Birdman is more along the lines of a Charlie Kaufman concoction than something Iñárritu would normally attempt. His crushingly sad takes on existence in Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel »

- Ricky

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