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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).
When it was revealed yesterday that Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis had signed on for parts in Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's comedy Birdman, it came with the news that the director was still looking for two key parts.