Madding Crowd trailer

The Thomas Hardy novel Far From the Madding Crowd has been adapted into a lush film by Thomas Vinterberg, who gained international notice as part of Lars von Trier’s Dogme 95 crowd and most recently made The Hunt. Carey Mulligan stars as the very independent woman Bathsheba Everdene, while Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, and Michael Sheen play the three very different men who come into her life as suitors. The first Far From the Madding Crowd trailer eschews dialogue in favor of a montage backed with a gorgeous song; the strength of this footage might be enough to entice any lit obsessives, Mulligan fans, and period film devotees. Read More »

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new Jason Reitman movie

As it stands, Jason Reitman‘s career can be divided into two phases: Fox Searchlight and Paramount. His first two movies, Thank You For Smoking and Juno, were released by Fox Searchlight and the four since have all been at Paramount. For an upcoming project, the director of Up in the Air will transition back to the studio were it all started.

Reitman is now attached to a film called I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family, based on a magazine article about a seemingly normal Texas family who robs banks together. It’ll be adapted by High Fidelity author Nick Hornby and produced by Jason Reitman’s father, Ivan Reitman. Read more about the new Jason Reitman movie below. Read More »

Let’s Talk About the Ending of ‘Birdman’

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Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman is one of the most technically dazzling and thematically ambitious films of the year. With an all-star cast and some spectacular digital effects to make the film seem like it was done in one long continuous shot, Birdman is stuffed to the gills with ideas and importance. This movie doesn’t just want to make you feel something, it wants to say something about humanity and stardom and the inner lives of celebrities and the “cultural genocide” that superhero films have wrought upon us.

But what was up with that ending? Let’s explore. Massive spoilers for Birdman follow.
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We’ve already seen a bunch of trailers for Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman, but as the film continues its expansion across the country the team over at Fox Searchlight are trying something a little different.

The latest Birdman promo isn’t really a Birdman promo per se, but a (fake) trailer for Birdman Returns, the 1992 superhero sequel starring Michael Keaton‘s Riggan Thomson. Watch the Birdman Returns trailer after the jump. Read More »

new Birdman poster

Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman would be a good movie if it looked traditional. It’s a great movie because the filmmaker tried something very ambitious. From the first image of the film, the whole thing is constructed to look likes it’s a long, continuous long take. An uninterrupted, two hour look at the story of Riggan (Michael Keaton) a once famous superhero actor who stages a play hoping to regain his self-respect, the respect of his family and the public.

Considering the film takes place over a few days, across multiple locations and – arguably – multiple plains of consciousness, there was no way for Iñárritu to actually shoot the movie in one take. So how did they do it? A new video has come online that shows some – but not all – of the secrets of the Birdman single shot. Read More »

Jason Bateman to Direct and Star in ‘IPO Man’

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Jason Bateman is going behind the camera again. The actor/director has just booked IPO Manbased on the real-life story of a guy who sold shares of himself and then let shareholders make his decisions for him. It sounds like horrible strategy for life, but could be a fun premise for a movie. Hit the jump for more on the Jason Bateman IPO Man movie.

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I saw Birdman Wednesday night at an advanced screening in downtown Seattle. I don’t think my audience knew what to make of it. It definitely suffers from many of the issues that Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s films typically fall prey to: overwrought dialogue; characters who serve as symbols or ideas nothing more; and a bit too much fixation on misery and regret.

Still, I loved Birdman and can’t stop thinking about it. Hit the jump for my video review, and share your thoughts on the film in the comments below.
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Birdman Posters

Birdman, the new film from Alejandro González Iñárritu, opens limited on October 17. Then we’ll see Michael Keaton as an actor who fears that his image may be permanently tied to one character, the hero Birdman. As he struggles to mount a new play, all his anxieties play upon his character in dramatic fashion. Now a series of great Birdman posters places the hero himself in watchful positions on landmarks from cities across the United States (and, briefly, Canada). See them all below. Read More »

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