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Alejandro G. Inarritu Turns to Virtual Reality With ‘Carne y Arena’

Alejandro G. Inarritu Turns to Virtual Reality With ‘Carne y Arena’
Location-based Vr is beginning to blossom in museums as well as in dedicated theaters. Alejandro G. Inarritu, award-winning director of “Birdman,” created the “Carne y Arena” (Meat and Sand) Vr exhibit, which debuted at Cannes as one of the film festival’s official selections. The exhibit was also installed at Milan’s Fondazione Prada and has been on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art since July 2, functioning as a piece of politicized art to place viewers in the world of an immigrant crossing the Mexico-u.S. border.

Alejandro G. Inarritu wrote and directed the Vr experience “Carne y Arena.”

Emmanuel Lubezki

Participants begin their journey in a room similar to the cells in which the U.S. Border Patrol holds detainees, and after moving barefoot into another room — this one covered in sand and pebbles, with a metal barricade on one side — they put on Vr goggles to watch and interact with those making
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Amazon Signs First Look Deals with Bona Fide Productions, Killer Films, and Le Grisbi Productions (Exclusive)

Amazon Signs First Look Deals with Bona Fide Productions, Killer Films, and Le Grisbi Productions (Exclusive)
Amazon Studios is bringing three award-winning indie production companies into the fold.

The company has signed exclusive first-look deals with Bona Fide Productions, Killer Films and Le Grisbi Productions, Variety has learned. The pacts put the streaming giant in business with the makers of such film classics as “Birdman” and “Far From Heaven.” They come just two weeks before the Cannes Film Festival where Amazon will be on hand to premiere Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” which Killer Films produced, and Lynn Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here.”

Bona Fide Productions is backed by Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa. The company is working with Amazon on Marc Webb’s “The Only Living Boy in New York,” a drama with Jeff Bridges, Callum Turner and Kate Beckinsale. Its credits include “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Nebraska.”

Killer Films is the label of veteran producers
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Brad Weston Departs as CEO, President of New Regency

Brad Weston Departs as CEO, President of New Regency
Brad Weston is departing as president and CEO of New Regency after five years on the job, a decision the executive was said to have made jointly with the company’s founder, Arnon Milchan.

New Regency had a winning creative run during Weston’s tenure, taking best picture Oscars for “12 Years A Slave” and “Birdman” and multiple awards for last year’s “The Revenant.”

The company said it would be in strong hands going forward, led by Milchan’s son, Yariv, and by chief operating officer Jonathan Fischer and president of production Pam Abdy. A new management structure has not been set.

“I appreciate Brad’s contribution to New Regency over the last four and half years and I wish him absolutely nothing but the best going forward,” Milchan said in a statement. “I am very committed to New Regency’s growth and will continue to invest in its future.
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Shocker! Brad Weston Stepping Down As New Regency President/CEO

Shocker! Brad Weston Stepping Down As New Regency President/CEO
This is happening quickly, but Brad Weston is stepping down as president and CEO of New Regency, a job he has held for the last five years. This comes after a run in which Regency has had two Best Picture winners and a Best Picture nominee in three straight years in The Revenant, Birdman and 12 Years A Slave, a remarkable return to relevance for Arnon Milchan’s Fox-based finance/production shingle. Weston, the former president of Paramount and Dimension Films, came to New…
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Claudia Lewis Stepping Down as Fox Searchlight Production President

Claudia Lewis Stepping Down as Fox Searchlight Production President
Claudia Lewis is stepping down on as president of production at Fox Searchlight Pictures on May 23, following a decade in the post — a tenure that’s covered “Birdman,” “Black Swan” and “Wild.”

Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula made the announcement Tuesday. The announcement did not disclose her plans for what she will do after she leaves.

“We are grateful for Claudia’s pioneering role as one of Searchlight’s first executives and her tireless efforts making Fox Searchlight a powerhouse in independent film,” said Utley and Gilula in the announcement. “Her leadership over the last two decades has resulted in a track record of success including films such as ‘Birdman,’ ‘Wild,’ ‘Black Swan,’ ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,’ ‘Juno’ and the company’s first ever Best Picture nominee ‘The Full Monty.’ Claudia’s keen insight and creativity will surely be missed. We wish her all the
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Yes, That Dazzling Boxing Sequence in ‘Creed’ Really Was One Shot

Yes, That Dazzling Boxing Sequence in ‘Creed’ Really Was One Shot
Extended single takes — or “oners,” as they’re often called — are fairly popular as of late. An exciting sequence in an episode from the first season of “True Detective” had people buzzing in early 2014. Last year’s best picture Oscar winner, “Birdman,” was photographed and edited to appear like one shot, while the year before, “Gravity” dazzled with its CG-assisted single takes. (Emmanuel Lubezki won the best cinematography Oscar for both.)

And this hasn’t been limited to American cinema, of course. Sebastian Schipper’s “Victoria” took things a step farther than “Birdman” by actually capturing the entirety of the film in one uninterrupted, unassisted take, while László Nemes’ Cannes prize winner “Son of Saul” tells a harrowing Holocaust story with a series of extended takes, unique in that they are all focused on the face of actor Géza Röhrig.

If you saw “Creed” over the weekend, you witnessed another
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Producer Says TIFF Turned Down 'Birdman'

Producer Says TIFF Turned Down 'Birdman'
While pundits study each fall film festival lineup, gauge the reactions, and endlessly alter their awards season charts, what often goes unappreciated is the burden of expectation programmers face when choosing the movies to debut. Not only do they have to tussle with competing fests for the big premieres, they also see early cuts of movies, and then have to determine in that unfinished form if the project is one they can afford passing up, or if it's worth taking the risk. And last year, it looks like Toronto International Film Festival lost a gamble on an Oscar winner. In a piece today about major purchases from distributors at TIFF, "Birdman" producer John Lesher noted that Toronto passed over the Best Picture winner. "We didn't go to Toronto because we didn't get into Toronto," he said. "We showed it to them as an early cut. Let's just say folks at
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Golden Trailer Nominations Announced

Golden Trailer Nominations Announced
The Golden Trailer Awards have announced nominations in 82 categories, a month ahead of its 16th annual awards show on May 6 at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills.

Universal Pictures had 44 nominations for films, including “Furious 7,” “Jurassic World,” “Minions,” “Unbroken” and “Ted 2.” Fox followed with 41 nominations, including work on “Birdman,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Gone Girl” and “Wild.”

Ignition Creative had the most nominations among agencies, working on 44 of this year’s nominees.

The complete list of nominees:

Awards Presented During The Live Stage Show Include:

Best Action

Agent 47 “New Assassin”, 20th Century Fox, Transit

The Equalizer “Domestic Trailer”, Columbia Pictures, Vibe Creative Inc

Furious 7 “Family”, Universal Pictures, Av Squad

John Wick “Domestic Trailer”, Lionsgate, Av Squad

Kingsman: The Secret Service “Trailer E: Path”, 20th Century Fox, Wild Card

Best Animation / Family

Annie “Dreams”, Columbia Pictures, Seismic Productions

Big Hero 6 “Find Your Way”, Disney, Trailer Park

Cinderella “Be Kind”, Disney,
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‘Birdman’ Financier Worldview Hit with New Suit

‘Birdman’ Financier Worldview Hit with New Suit
Worldview Entertainment, which helped finance best picture Oscar winner “Birdman,” has been hit with a lawsuit alleging fraud and mismanagement of a $25 million investment by one of its major backers.

Sarah Johnson, daughter of billionaire Charles B. Johnson, made the allegations in a March 12 suit filed in New York State Court.

“This misconduct has substantially devalued Plaintiff’s investment and virtually ensured that she will recoup a fraction of the millions of dollars she invested in the Worldview Film Funds,” the suit said.

Besides “Birdman,” the complaint details transactions dating back to 2011 and involving “Blood Ties,” “Devils’ Knot,” “Tulip Fever,” “The Immigrant,” “Welcome to the Punch,” “The Green Inferno,” “Child 44,” “Song One” and “Wish I Was Here.”

It’s the fourth suit involving Worldview that has been filed since last summer, when founder Christopher Woodrow was ousted. The company has largely ceased operating.

Former CFO Hoyt David Morgan sued
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‘Birdman’ Financier Worldview Slammed With $70M Lawsuit By Heiress Investor

‘Birdman’ Financier Worldview Slammed With $70M Lawsuit By Heiress Investor
The legal fallout continues after the shakeups started last June at the film financing company formerly run by Christopher Woodrow. This time it is the one of the biggest investors in Worldview Entertainment taking the once high-flying company that had multi-picture deals with The Weinstein Company and a $5.458 million stake in the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu-directed Birdman to court. Sarah Johnson, daughter of the founder of financial services giant Franklin Templeton Investments and San Francisco Giants owner Charles B. Johnson, wants her “nearly $25 million” and more back from the semi-shuttered and now highly litigated company.
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The Noteworthy: New Directors/New Films, On Gilberto Perez, "Black Movie Poster Art"

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The lineup for this year's New Directors/New Films, "presented jointly by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art," has been announced. "For the Birds": Richard Brody picks on the Academy Awards. There's an intriguing new film journal on the scene: "The Completist," authored by Rumsey Taylor. Head over to the site to read his "Statement of Intentions". Described as being "roughly quarterly", we're looking forward to future instalments. In Film Comment, Tanner Tafelski writes on the films of John Korty:

"Carroll Ballard, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Philip Kaufman, and Michael Ritchie all are, or were, San Francisco–based filmmakers. Yet none of these people seem to be Bay Area filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Abel Ferrara, or Spike Lee are New York filmmakers. Avant-garde cinema, on the other hand, has a rich history with the West Coast in general,
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From Mickey Rourke to Michael Keaton: Ranking Our Favorite Oscars Comebacks

From Mickey Rourke to Michael Keaton: Ranking Our Favorite Oscars Comebacks
Are you still reeling from Sunday night's Oscars show? Same. And no, we don't mean the shock of John Travolta's excessive face-caressing  or Neil Patrick Harris' extended crotch shot. We're talking about the Best Actor results. To start, we're more than overjoyed for Eddie Redmayne. His portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything was heartbreakingly good, and his adorable speech proved him to be just as humble as we suspected. But, it would be a lie to say that his win wasn't a bit of a shock. Just like Michael Keaton himself, we really thought The Birdman was going to take it. For starters, Birdman had already won three other awards that evening. And,...
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Lol: ‘Birdman’ Gets a Perfect ’90s-Style Toy Commercial

Lol: ‘Birdman’ Gets a Perfect ’90s-Style Toy Commercial
Birdman took home a lot of gold statuettes this Sunday, but Riggan Thomson of all people would know that you haven’t really made it until you have your own action figure. The latest advert for the Alejandro González Iñárritu picture takes the form of a toy commercial, done up in perfect 1990s style. It goes […]

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Meeting Avid Filmmakers: Four Years of Best Director Interviews

Congratulations Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu, winner of the Oscar for Best Director! This is now four years in a row that I've interviewed the Best Director winner. Though at the time, I wasn't thinking about awards or anything else besides what to ask about the film and their process as a filmmaker. In an industry that loves data and obsessing over success, I can't help but notice a bit of a pattern here. Not that I am any indicator or predictor or grand wizard of the Oscars, but if anything I have my eye trained on very talented filmmakers and outstanding films. With Iñárritu winning this year, that makes four years in a row of winners interviewed, including Alfonso Cuarón, Ang Lee, even Michel Hazanavicius (of The Artist). Now here's the thing, behind-the-scenes there's a lot going on. Within my own realm, getting interviews is not as easy as it seems.
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Watch Michael Keaton Put His Speech Back In His Pocket After Losing At The Oscars

On Sunday, the Oscars turned out to be a pretty good night for just about any and all things related to Birdman. However, for Michael Keaton, the man who played the guy who played Birdman, the night was not quite so bountiful. The 63 year-old actor's improbable presence amongst the nominees for Best Actor seemed to be the inevitable culmination of the film.s fourth-wall breaking, close-to-home story, but, unfortunately for him, The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne ended up being the spoiler. This means that we will never get to hear the speech that Keaton prepared in case he took home the Oscar, but now thanks to a viral Vine, we can watch the moment when the actor unceremoniously pocketed the paper on which it was written. Yes, much like someone left hanging after an attempt to garner a high-five goes ignored, Keaton.s preparedness for this pivotal moment
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"Birdman" : 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly'

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From The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.Ca, Sneak Peek 'the good, the bad and the ugly' in "Birdman", starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Emma Stone:

Michael Stevens For 'The Good':

"'Birdman' aka 'The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance' hurtles along as if in flight, with a single cinematic take, soaring over, under and around the inner demons haunting 'Riggan Thomson' (Michael Keaton) , a grizzled film actor turned stage director, eager to rebuild his reputation in the theater world ...

"...after famously portraying the iconic movie superhero 'Birdman'.

"The funny, clever script shows how vain, fragile and bird-brained actors can be, as they go through the hollow motions of life, when their true calling is in performance...

"...with a convincing ensemble cast, bopping along to a jittery jazz drum score by Antonio Sanchez...

"'Birdman' is a unique satirical feature, that kept me on the edge,
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Watch: 'Birdman' Gets a Perfect Retro 90s Action Figure Commercial

Pretty much everything came up Birdman at the 87th Academy Awards last weekend, with the exception of Michael Keaton not winning Best Actor. Director Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu took home Best Director, and the film also won Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture. And since the film is already available on Blu-Ray and DVD, clearly Fox Searchlight wants to keep the excitement going since a faux commercial for the official Birdman action figure, which Alex Billington received when the film hit theaters last fall. It's the kind of commercial you'd see for action figures in the 90s (and occasionally still see today). Watch! Here's the official commercial for the Birdman action figure from YouTube: Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who co-wrote the script with Nicolás Giacobone & Armando Bo (Biutiful) and newcomer Alexander Dinelaris. The film tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton
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Watch: This Fake ‘Birdman’ Action Figure TV Commercial Is Awesome

In case you somehow missed it, didn’t care, or were living under a rock, Fox Searchlight’s “Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance" dominated the Academy Awards this weekend. The movie won Best Picture, filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu won Best Director and the movie also took Best Cinematography and Best Screenplay (all our 2015 Oscar coverage can be found here). And in case you’re somehow unaware, the superhero-skewering conceit of the movie (though really it’s a big send-up on the entire movie industry and its players too) is that Michael Keaton’s character is a once-iconic, now-washed-up actor known for a past superstar career where he played Birdman to blockbuster success in multiple sequels (and in the movie he’s trying to regain his artistic dignity by mounting a Broadway play of merit). To celebrate their Oscar wins, Fox Searchlight has released this amusing “Birdman” action-figure commercial.
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Watch Michael Keaton Put Away His Oscar Acceptance Speech After Losing to Eddie Redmayne

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Watch Michael Keaton Put Away His Oscar Acceptance Speech After Losing to Eddie Redmayne
During the Oscars show, the cameras catch everything! And a new Vine clip shows one moment Best Actor nominee Michael Keaton would probably rather forget. The video shows the Birdman lead actor shoving his acceptance speech back into his jacket pocket as The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne walks to the winner's podium. Keaton, who won a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award, was a sentimental favorite to win the Best Actor Oscar. But although he missed out, his comeback film, Birdman, took home four awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. The 63-year-old
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Watch Michael Keaton Put Away His Oscar Acceptance Speech After Losing to Eddie Redmayne

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Watch Michael Keaton Put Away His Oscar Acceptance Speech After Losing to Eddie Redmayne
During the Oscars show, the cameras catch everything! And a new Vine clip shows one moment Best Actor nominee Michael Keaton would probably rather forget. The video shows the Birdman lead actor shoving his acceptance speech back into his jacket pocket as The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne walks to the winner's podium. Keaton, who won a Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award, was a sentimental favorite to win the Best Actor Oscar. But although he missed out, his comeback film, Birdman, took home four awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. The 63-year-old
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