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Golden Trailer Nominations Announced

10 April 2015 10:05 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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, »

- Dave McNary

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‘Birdman’ Financier Worldview Hit with New Suit

23 March 2015 6:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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 »

- Dave McNary

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‘Birdman’ Financier Worldview Slammed With $70M Lawsuit By Heiress Investor

23 March 2015 7:59 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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"

25 February 2015 7:57 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Edited by Adam Cook

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, »

- Notebook

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From Mickey Rourke to Michael Keaton: Ranking Our Favorite Oscars Comebacks

24 February 2015 4:05 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

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

24 February 2015 4:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

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 […]

The post Lol: ‘Birdman’ Gets a Perfect ’90s-Style Toy Commercial appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Meeting Avid Filmmakers: Four Years of Best Director Interviews

24 February 2015 2:16 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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. »

- Alex Billington

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Watch Michael Keaton Put His Speech Back In His Pocket After Losing At The Oscars

24 February 2015 1:37 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

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'

24 February 2015 1:36 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

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, »

- Michael Stevens

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Watch: 'Birdman' Gets a Perfect Retro 90s Action Figure Commercial

24 February 2015 1:36 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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 »

- Ethan Anderton

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Watch: This Fake ‘Birdman’ Action Figure TV Commercial Is Awesome

24 February 2015 1:12 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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. »

- Edward Davis

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Watch Michael Keaton Put Away His Oscar Acceptance Speech After Losing to Eddie Redmayne

24 February 2015 1:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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 »

- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos

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Watch Michael Keaton Put Away His Oscar Acceptance Speech After Losing to Eddie Redmayne

24 February 2015 1:05 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

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 »

- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos

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Michael Keaton Stars in the Saddest Oscars Moment Ever?

24 February 2015 12:35 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Michael Keaton was all ready to accept an Oscar, but the only problem was that it didn't go to him.

In a heartbreaking vine that is going viral, the Birdman star is seen putting what many believe is his acceptance speech back into his suit jacket after Eddie Redmayne's name was just called for Best Actor in a Leading Role at the 87th Academy Awards.

Photos: All of the Winners at the 2015 Oscars

The 63-year-old actor stills stand and applauds Redmayne who won for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. And while Keaton didn't end up victorious in this category, his film won for Best Picture and Best Director.

Whether he was prepared for the win or not, he did not seem phased at all at the Governors Ball post-Oscars. Keaton smiled with his Birdman director as Gonzales held up that golden statue.

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News: 12 Things You Didn't See at the »

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Watch: 28-Minute Documentary 'Six Different Kinds Of Light' About Stanley Kubrick Cinematographer John Alcott

24 February 2015 11:01 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Sunday’s Academy Awards marked an historical moment in the annals of cinematography. With his win for “Birdman,” Emmanuel Lubezki became just the fifth cinematographer ever in Hollywood history to win back-to-back Oscars (he took home the statuette last year for “Gravity”). Lubezki’s impressive and deservingly Oscar-winning “single-take” illusion will surely be much discussed over the coming weeks, but let’s take a moment now to turn back the pages of the history books and revisit one of the late, great cinematographers — John Alcott. Alcott passed away nearly 30 years ago, but he remains, in memory, one of the best cinematographers of his time. Though he has multiple additional credits to his name, he is best known for his four collaborations with Stanley Kubrick. The two men first worked together on “2001: A Space Odyssey”; their partnership then continued over Kubrick’s next three films, “A Clockwork Orange,” “Barry Lyndon, »

- Zach Hollwedel

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Michael Keaton Caught Putting Speech Away After Losing Best Actor at 2015 Oscars

24 February 2015 10:00 AM, PST | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Poor, Michael Keaton! In a viral video making the rounds this morning, the "Birdman" star was spotted putting away his Oscar speech after losing Best Actor to Eddie Redmayne at the 87th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday in Hollywood. In the clip, the 63-year-old is seen pulling out a piece of paper from his jacket pocket just before Eddie was announced as the winner for his work playing Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything." While Keaton probably thought he was a shoo-in for the Oscar -- mostly because he snagged accolades at the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards for his work in the dramatic flick -- the Academy obviously decided to go a different way. It definitely looks like the "Batman" star was more than disappointed when he realized he would not be taking home any Oscar gold for his role ... even though the film went on to win Best Picture. »

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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) movie review: winged infamy

24 February 2015 9:43 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

It’s all a bit satirical. Or maybe not. Look, over there, Shakespeare in a superhero cape! I’m “biast” (pro): like the director, love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

It was one thing when Birdman was the scrappy little indie that could. (Never mind that it was an indie with a budget of $22 million and an A-list cast.) Then it was just a snooty pretentious film with an arty gimmick that hardly anyone had seen. But now it has been crowned as the very best movie of 2014 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science. The people who are the most Hollywood that people can be have officially spoken. And what they have said is, “We hate superhero movies. We hate the fans who make superhero movies huge. But we love your money, so thanks for that. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Michael Keaton Really Thought He Was Going to Win the Oscar—Watch the Saddest Vine Ever

24 February 2015 9:40 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

This just may be the saddest Vine that's ever existed… New video just surfaced showing Michael Keaton putting his Oscars acceptance speech back into his tuxedo jacket shortly after Eddie Redmayne's name was announced as the winner of the Best Actor category. The 63-year-old is seen sitting in the front row quickly shoving a piece of folded up paper into his coat while the audience around him cheers in delight for The Theory of Everything star. Keaton may not have won in his category Sunday night, but his film, Birdman, did tie with The Grand Budapest Hotel for the most wins at the 87th Annual Academy Awards. So it wasn't all a wash! Birdman director Alejandro »

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That Truly Sad Moment When Michael Keaton Put Away His Oscar Acceptance Speech

24 February 2015 9:25 AM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

There were many emotional moments at the Oscars on Sunday, but none were quite as sad as when Michael Keaton subtly put his acceptance speech back into his jacket. Shown in a Vine that's since gone viral, the actor was seen tucking his speech away when Eddie Redmayne's name was announced for best actor. Still, it isn't too sad. Not only did his film Birdman win the award for best picture, but Michael took home the Golden Globe earlier this year, showing off his special formula for the perfect acceptance speech. Although he didn't get to bring those skills to the Oscars, he did have one very exciting weekend, stopping by the Spirit Awards before bringing his bromance with David Oyelowo to Sunday's red carpet. »

- Laura-Marie-Meyers

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James Gunn Defends Comic Book Films After Oscars, Indie Spirit Awards Pile-On

24 February 2015 9:07 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn has come to the defense of superhero movies after the genre was criticized and lampooned at the Oscars and Independent Spirit Awards last weekend.

Indeed, Hollywood’s dependence on films about costumed avengers was a source of derision and humor as the industry gathered to hand out statues and applaud the work of, mostly low-grossing, adult-oriented dramas. “The Avengers” may pay the bills, but off-kilter fare such as “Birdman” feeds the soul, Oscar voters implied.

“When something is that big in the industry, it’s going to be an easy target for Oscar jokes,” noted Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It could indicate a general kind of weariness of these movies by talent, because they have been so popular.”

Gunn wrote that he didn’t take the jokes personally, but he did argue that the writing on the »

- Brent Lang

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