Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN to Close New York Film Festival

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There’s no doubt about it, the 2014 New York Film Festival is on fire.  First they nabbed David Fincher’s Gone Girl as their opening night film, then they set the world premiere of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice as their centerpiece film.  Now they’ve announced that Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance will close out the festival on October 12th, just five days before the film opens in limited release on October 17th.  The black comedy stars Michael Keaton as 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.  NYFF director Kent Jones describes the pic as “consistently surprising and inventive”, which is no surprise given that Iñárritu shot the movie to look like it’s one giant continuous take.

Birdman will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on August 17th.  The NYFF press release makes no mention of this being the film’s North American premiere, so a Telluride or TIFF debut in September seems likely.  NYFF 2014 runs from September 26th – October 12th.  Read the press release after the jump.

BIRDMAN, Starring Michael Keaton and Edward Norton, to Open the Venice Film Festival; Early Awards Contender

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Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new film Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, will be the opening film of the 71st Annual Venice Film Festival.  This move obviously conveys a high amount of confidence in the film not only on the part of the Fest, but on behalf of distributor Fox Searchlight as well.  So far everything bodes well for what looks to be a truly original work.

Hit the jump for more on Birdman opening the Venice Film Festival.  The film also stars Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, and Amy RyanBirdman (aka The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) opens October 17th. And if you haven’t checked out the trailer, please do so. It’s wonderful. 

New BIRDMAN Images Hint at Epic Fight between Michael Keaton and Edward Norton and More

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Fox Searchlight has released five new Birdman images.  Michael Keaton plays Riggin Thomson an actor, who once played an iconic superhero, and now faces troubles with his ego and family as he prepares to mount a Broadway production of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love in a bid to reclaim past glory.  Edward Norton co-stars as an actor in the play and Emma Stone plays Thomson’s daughter.  Birdman is already one of my most-anticipated films for the remainder of 2014, and these images (the one with Keaton and Norton preparing to fight, in particular) make me want to see the movie even more.

Hit the jump to check out the Birdman images, and in case you haven’t seen the great teaser trailer, click here.  The film also stars Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, and Amy RyanBirdman opens October 17th.

TOP 5: 22 JUMP STREET, First Trailer for DUMB AND DUMBER TO, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, BIRDMAN Trailer, E3 2014 Coverage

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Following on the heels of one of my favorite comedies of the past five years is no small task and yet 22 Jump Street manages to stand toe-to-toe with its hugely successful predecessor at almost every turn. Sure its self-awareness can be heavy-handed at times, but the film’s deconstruction of comedy sequels is refreshingly on point and far more incisive than a summer blockbuster has any right to be. As far as performances go, while Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube deserve all the praise they receive for carrying the movie, I can’t say enough about how much Jillian Bell brings to the table in every single scene she’s a part of. The former SNL writer is responsible for my biggest laugh of the film which is saying a lot when you consider the consistent laughs that 22 elicits. Add in a near perfect end credits sequence for good measure and the result is the rare sequel that knows exactly what it is, where it came from, and where it wants to go.

We’ll talk more about 22 Jump Street after the jump while the rest of this week’s Top 5 highlights the first trailer for Dumb and Dumber To, interviews for and a review of How to Train Your Dragon 2, the excellent first trailer for director Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman starring Michael Keaton, and a look at some of the most popular video game trailer premieres from E3 2014. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

BIRDMAN Trailer: Michael Keaton Looks for a Revival in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Latest Film

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Fox Searchlight has released the first Birdman trailer.  Birdman (or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) stars Michael Keaton as 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.  Aside from the biographical implications of the story, this teaser trailer has some gorgeous shots, and looks far more fantastical than anything director Alejandro González Iñárritu has done before.  I’m also a huge fan of Keaton, and I can’t wait to see him a dramatic role that puts him front-and-center.

Hit the jump to check out the Birdman trailer.  The film opens on October 17th, and also stars Edward NortonNaomi WattsEmma StoneZach GalifianakisAmy Ryan, and Andrea Riseborough.

Emma Stone Talks THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Script Changes, the Gummy Bear Game, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN, and More

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Now playing around the world and opening in North America this weekend is director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  As most of you know, the follow-up finds Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) surrounded by antagonistic forces as Electro (Jamie Foxx) emerges, Parker’s old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to New York City, and everyone seems to have a connection to the shady goings-on at Oscorp.  The film also stars Emma StonePaul GiamattiSally FieldChris Cooper, B.J. Novak, and Felicity Jones.  For more on the film, here’s everything we’ve posted which includes trailers, clips, images, behind-the-scenes footage, toys, and much more.

At the recent New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Emma Stone.  She talked about whether the script changed during production, the experience of working on the sequel compared to the first film and the vibe on set, the Gummy Bear game, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, and more.  Hit the jump to watch and look for more exclusive interviews with the cast soon.

First Images from the Set of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN Featuring Michael Keaton and a Costumed Superhero

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The first images from the set of director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s black comedy Birdman have surfaced, and they’re quite glorious.  The film stars Michael Keaton as 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.  The majority of the film takes place inside a New York City theater, but these photos show Keaton filming a scene on the NYC streets in which he is followed around by his former superhero character.  The superhero is likely a figment of Keaton’s imagination in this particular scene, but the costume for the titular Birdman looks fantastic. I absolutely cannot wait to see Keaton shine in Iñárritu’s first foray into the comedy genre.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Edward NortonNaomi WattsEmma StoneZach GalifianakisAmy Ryan, and Andrea Riseborough.

Andrea Riseborough Talks SHADOW DANCER, the Film’s Reception in Northern Ireland, Her Personal Memories of the Era, Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN, and More

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Andrea Riseborough delivers a compelling performance as Collette McVeigh, a character who risks everything in Shadow Land, Academy Award-winning director James Marsh’s taut, thought-provoking adaptation of the Tom Bradley conspiracy thriller about an IRA member turned MI5 spy in 1990s Belfast.  A single mother living with her mother (Brid Brennan) and hardliner IRA brothers (Aidan Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson), Collette is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA bomb plot in London.  An MI5 officer (Clive Owen) offers her a choice:  go to prison and never see her son again or return to Belfast and turn informer against her own family.  Opening May 31st, the film also features Gillian Anderson.

At the recent press day, Riseborough talked about her character, what drew her to the complicated role, how her RADA training helped her prepare, what it was like traveling back in time to the 1990s, her personal experiences and memories of the era, her close collaboration with Marsh, why the film was shot in Dublin, and how it’s been received by the people of Northern Ireland.  She also discussed her portrayal of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Long Walk to Finchley and her upcoming role in Alejandro Iñárritu’s dark comedy, Birdman.   Hit the jump to read the full interview.

Production Begins on Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN Starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, and Zach Galifianakis

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Filming is underway on Alejandro González Iñárritu’s black comedy Birdman.  Fox Searchlight and New Regency announced today that principal photography has begun in New York City on Birdman, which 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.  Michael Keaton stars as the struggling actor, and he’s surrounded by a fantastic ensemble cast that includes Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, and Andrea Riseborough.

Iñárritu co-wrote the original script alongside Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo, and is also producing the film with John Lesher.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

Robert Duvall to Star Alongside Robert Downey Jr. in THE JUDGE; Amy Ryan Joins Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN

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We’ve got a couple of exciting casting stories to share this afternoon.  First up, Robert Duvall is signing on to co-star with Robert Downey Jr. in the dramedy The Judge.  The folks at Variety report that Duvall is in final negotiations to play Downey Jr.’s father in the pic, which centers on an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral where he learns that his estranged father, a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is suspected of murder.  Last fall we heard that Warner Bros. was attempting to coax Jack Nicholson to take on the father role and Tommy Lee Jones was apparently also in the mix, but Duvall won out in the end.

Hit the jump for more, including who’s in the running for the female lead and casting news for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s star-studded comedy Birdman.

Andrea Riseborough Joins BIRDMAN, Bella Heathcoat Boards an Untitled Comedy from Marc Lawrence, Corey Stoll Joins Shawn Levy’s THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU

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Check out the latest casting announcements below:

  • Andrea Riseborough (Happy-Go-Lucky) has joined the increasingly impressive cast of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s dark comedy Birdmanwhich already stars Michael KeatonEmma StoneZach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts and Edward Norton.
  • Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) will join Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei in an untitled comedy by writer/director Marc Lawrence (Did You Hear About the Morgans?).
  • Corey Stoll (The Bourne Legacy) boards This Is Where I Leave You, the Shawn Levy-directed adaptation of the Jonathan Tropper novel that stars Tina Fey and Jason Bateman.

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Edward Norton Joins Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN

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Another very talented actor has been added to the impressive lineup for director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s dark 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.  Yesterday we learned that Michael Keaton has been set in the lead role alongside a supporting cast that includes Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, and Naomi Watts, and now Deadline reports that Edward Norton has signed on as well.

Norton will be playing the lead stage actor in Keaton’s play whose ego threatens the former superhero actor’s comeback.  The plan is to start production in New York in mid-April, where filming will take place in a Broadway theater.  The prospect of Iñárritu tackling a comedy initially put this on my radar, but the great cast and intriguing premise are making this one of my most anticipated films currently in development.

Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, and Naomi Watts Set for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s BIRDMAN

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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.

Alejandro González Iñárritu to Try His Hand at Comedy with BIRDMAN

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Beloved director Alejandro González Iñárritu has settled on his next film, but it’s not exactly what you’d expect from the man behind such heady dramas as Amores Perros, Babel, and Biutiful.  Per THR, Iñárritu will next direct the comedy Birdman, based on a script he co-wrote with Nicolas Giacobone.  The story 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.” It’s decidedly lighter material for the filmmaker, but it’s nonetheless exciting news.  The film reportedly takes place in one location over the course of three days (ah, there’s that Iñárritu ambition), so it should provide an exciting challenge for the lead actor.

The filmmaker is still moving forward with the survival thriller The Revanant, which has caught the eye of Leonardo DiCaprio, so we could see Iñárritu head back into dramatic territory for his Birdman follow-up.

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