Alejandro González Iñárritu

Birdman

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman has plenty of gimmicks to drive it – there’s Michael Keaton playing the eponymous cinematic superhero (Keaton played Batman, you know), an energetic shooting style meant to approximate a continuous shot and that whole play-within-a-play thing (for Birdman, it’s a play-within-a-movie, but you get the point) – but despite a bevy of clever tricks, Birdman succeeds simply because of it has the basics down pat. Everything else is just icing (feathers?). Keaton stars as Riggan Thomson, a faded and fallen movie star who never quite bounced back from the superhero franchise from which Iñárritu’s feature derives its name – the film’s full title is actually Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which is a mouthful, but which makes perfect sense by the film’s end – and who is desperate to recapture some former (or, really, some fresh) glory. Riggan has launched an ambitious project to get back into the limelight, a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love,” that he’s pulling triple duty on (adapting the script, directing and starring in the play). Mere days away from opening, things aren’t going so well, and they’re about to get worse, thanks to a heavy stage light that cracks a middling actor on the head, leaving Riggan and the production scrambling for a replacement, and Riggan believing that he caused the accident, just by force of will. Oh, yeah, that’s something the former movie star thinks he can do: move things with […]

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Fox Searchlight

Michael Keaton is no stranger to donning a superhero’s cape and tights and serving up justice. But the former Batman isn’t exactly joining the ranks of Marvel and DC’s long list of superhero features in the coming months and years with his new film, Birdman. (The poster includes a subtitle, or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, but don’t expect to be seeing that in any other marketing.) Once a prominent actor who portrayed everyone’s favorite fictional hero, the man at the center of this fascinating little story (Keaton) must deal with his current status as a struggling, dull shell of the star he once was, as he attempts to take on a role in a Broadway play and maybe face reality. While he’ll always have his past life as Birdman, it’s been too long since he’s strapped on his wings and slipped on his mask, and the cracks are beginning to show in his persona. What about the public that still views him as Birdman, even when he’s clearly coming apart at the seams? Take a leap of faith with the first trailer for Birdman below.

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Ron Howard

With director Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams, Babel) dropping out of the project due to scheduling issues related to post-production duties on his latest film, Birdman, Warner Bros. has approached Ron Howard to take the helm on their live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book. The script, written by screenwriter Callie Kloves, is an adaptation from novelist and poet Rudyard Kipling’s short stories featuring feral jungle child, Mowgli, and his animal pals Bagheera and Baloo, and the ever awful Bengal tiger, Shere Khan.

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keat

We are on the eve of possibly one of the biggest superhero movies ever to be made. No, it’s not Man of Steel, but Birdman, of course! That’s right, you should be as or more excited for that superhero you don’t even know. Why? Because this movie has Michael freakin Keaton, universally beloved actor. If Keaton can make us forget Jack Frost, then who better to play a superhero? Well, at least a guy who played a superhero anyway.

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The Hunger Games was a massive movie, but Lionsgate is definitely appealing to geek credibility when it comes to their wish list covering who should take over the franchise now that Gary Ross is gone. According to the LA Times Blog, that list includes seven or eight names, and none of them are women. The only names they’ve revealed are serious heavy-hitters –  Alfonso Cuarón, David Cronenberg and Alejandro González Iñárritu. All three would be stellar choices. They’re icons, visionaries. Of course, this is more than conjecture. This is a theoretical list of random names – not some concrete list of conversations that the studio has had. However, if it’s true that the list doesn’t include any women whatsoever, it seems like a calculated misstep from Lionsgate –  a poor, yet unsurprising oversight.  

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