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The CCMAs are selected by critics, and have no direct influence on the Oscars. But as I mentioned in the last episode of Awards Blend (our weekly Oscar podcast), recognition by groups like SAG and the BFCA only help a film’s Oscar campaign, and an omission by a key organization like the BFCA can damage a campaign (or, at the very least, set it back).
Michael Keaton just shut down every other Batman to follow him in what is undoubtedly the best response to any question... ever.
There’s a lot of movement on the charts this week. Following the Golden Globes and the SAG nominations, I feel comfortable letting films that hung on as Longshots fall by the way side.
What makes Norton so unique is that each performance is strong, but each performance is incredibly different too. So it’s no wonder that Edward Norton’s performance in Birdman has been nominated.
Someone’s going to be left out in the cold. Several very talented and deserving people, in fact. There’s no avoiding it. There are simply too many talented actors vying for five Best Actor slots this year, so on the morning of the Oscar nominations, there could be as many as 10 worthy performers looking at the five nominees and wondering why they aren’t in that exclusive group.
The road to the Oscars have begun, and weekends are now starting to fill up with critically-acclaimed titles that are hoping for Academy Award glory this year. Of course, it was only a matter of time before nominations from various bodies to start pouring in, and this year it’s the Independent Spirit Awards that have come out the gate early and revealed the candidates for all of their big prizes.
This weekend Harry and Floyd made a triumphant return to the big screen twenty years after the original made a splash, creating two pop culture icons out of the main characters. Dumb and Dumber To landed a solid number one with a $38 million debut. That's more than double what the original made in 1994 when it banked $16 million.
This is the first time we’re going on record with official Oscar predictions, breaking films down into Frontrunners, Contenders, Dark Horses and Longshots. We still have a number of films left to screen between now and the end of the year. To date, here’s where I think all of the top films stand.
Are you ready to see some incredibly fun and crafty movie marketing? Well, then you should hit the play button inside, because Fox Searchlight has actually put together an official fake trailer for Birdman Returns - a fake movie that exists within the world of Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman.
With more of you having had a chance to see what all the buzz was about, we thought today would be a great time to dig into the inspirations that made this thoroughly modern and wildly original movie everything it is. Basically, what movies helped Birdman take flight.
Looking to Fury, Birdman, and John Wick for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of World War II dramas, showbiz comedies, and vengeance-fueled thrillers.
Hollywood is always trying to figure out the best time to release an Oscar hopeful. But after a film has tested the waters of the film festival circuit, what is the point of holding it back from an interested audience?
$340 million dollars. That's how far behind domestic box office ticket sales are from last year. In fact, sales are so slow they could end up being the lowest in seven years. That will be down to how well the holiday movies fare come December, but until then the usual October doldrums aren't doing much to help.
It must have seemed completely bizarre to the tourists who happened to be milling about Times Square that night. There, amid the stories-high billboards and glittering screens, the sprawling stores and Broadway theaters, the barrage of costumed characters hustling for tips, there--was a movie star striding through purposefully in a pair of tighty-whitie underwear.
Normally, directors usually go out of their way to heap praise onto Alfred Hitchcock, rather than bad-mouthing one of his most-revered films. But Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is a breathtakingly unique filmmaker, and after his hugely anticipated black comedy, Birdman, was recently compared to Hitchcock’s 1948 thriller Rope, he surprised many by reacting negatively to the analogy.
Many of us dream of fame and fortune. Zach Galifianakis has both. But despite what certain celeb mags might have you believe, he's not just like us. He could really do without the whole fame thing.
At the moment, the case is scheduled for a trial, which would begin the week after the Oscars. Could Keaton show up holding an Oscar for Birdman? Would that help, or hurt, his case?
Between these four fests, cinephiles and critics will have a chance to preview titles that are sure to be the most talked about of award season. We've sorted through the buzz of Telluride, Venice, TIFF and NYFF to distill what five movies you must see to stay in the conversation this year.
The flashier names are familiar to anyone who followed Cannes this year. Bennett Miller's murder mystery Foxcatcher will be a part of the fest, as will Alice Rohrwacher's The Wonders and Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner.
In the latest trailer, intended for international audiences we get a crasser and fuller perspective on Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, as it is slated to be titled overseas. Keaton's has-been is reaching for one last gasp of fame by writing and starring in a Broadway play that he's cast a scene-stealing Ed Norton in. We learn that that grumbling voice we heard in the first trailer isn't just the anti-hero's inner monologue.
Birdman will make its North America premiere on October 12th at the 52nd New York Film Festival, five days ahead of its theatrical release in the United States.
In the late 1980s, Michael Keaton was Batman. Decades later, he's Birdman in a meta dark comedy that has us intensely intrigued. And it seems we're not alone as the Venice Film Festival has just announced Birdman will open their prestigious cinema celebration next month.
Inarritu is working with cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who last year brought a similar vision to Gravity, developing extended sequences impossibly altered to look like single uninterrupted shots.
He plays an actor famous for playing a superhero who, at wit's end, launches a desperate Broadway play version of his popular source material. Tensions, as you can imagine, rise.
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).