bird man black swan comparison

The parallels between Birdman and Black Swan were quickly apparent, as both films feature lead characters with theatrical ambitions who are haunted by bird or bird-like specters. An editor has now presented shots from the two films side by side, and if nothing else the Birdman Black Swan comparison provides a jumping-off point to discuss the relationship of each film to the other. Along with that, you can take in a long conversation with Birdman star Michael Keaton. Read More »


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Birdman toy commercial

Birdman took home a lot of gold statuettes this Sunday, but Riggan Thomson of all people would know that you haven’t really made it until you have your own action figure.

The latest advert for the Alejandro González Iñárritu picture takes the form of a toy commercial, done up in perfect 1990s style. It goes great with the Birdman Returns trailer released last year. Watch the Birdman toy commercial after the jump. Read More »

Independent Spirit Awards 2015

The Independent Spirit Awards were handed out in Santa Monica this afternoon, and the crop of winners includes two accolades for Nightcrawler, two for Boyhood, and three for Birdman, including Best Feature. Whiplash also did well, and in general the Indie Spirit awards this year lined up very strongly with the Oscar predictions we and many other people have made. Check out all the winners for the Independent Spirit Awards 2015 below. Read More »


Not many of us can relate to Riggan Thomson’s exact predicament, because not many of us got world-famous playing avian heroes. But you know who can? Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer behind Big Bird, in this pitch-perfect spoof of Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman.

Big Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Orange Pants follows Spinney as he asks himself questions like “How did we get here?” and gets advice from a certain giant bird. Watch the Sesame Street Birdman parody after the jump. Read More »


Among other things, Birdman stood out last year for the way it was shot. Nearly the entire film looks like it was captured in a single take. It wasn’t — you can spot the seams if you’re paying attention — but it’s still a remarkable feat that required a stunning level of coordination.

To show you just how much work went into maintaining this illusion, a new Birdman featurette dives behind the scenes with director Alejandro González Iñárritu, cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and stars Michael Keaton and Amy Ryan. Watch it after the jump. Read More »

Birdman alternate ending

Birdman, directed byAlejandro González Iñárritu from a script by Alexander Dinelaris, is pretty cynical about Hollywood product. But if things had gone the way the film was originally scripted, it would have ended with an even more pointed jab at the studio franchise machine.

In the film, Michael Keaton plays an actor whose most popular role, Birdman, haunts him as he attempts to mount a stage play. The parallels between Birdman and Batman are impossible to miss. But the original script ended with a scene that took the film’s structure forward to another actor/character pair: Johnny Depp and his Pirates of the Caribbean alter-ego Jack Sparrow.  Read More »

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If the PGA and SAG Awards are any indication, Birdman will be the one to beat in this year’s competitive Best Picture category at the Oscars. The dark comedy took top prize at both ceremonies.

However, it was far from a clean sweep. Although Birdman won Best Ensemble at SAG (the guild’s closest equivalent to Best Picture), none of the three individual actors nominated for the film won their respective categories. Meanwhile, two of the winners from the PGA’s film categories — the animated feature The Lego Movie and the documentary Life Itself — weren’t even nominated in the equivalent category at the Oscars.

On the TV side, Breaking Bad picked up one last trophy at the PGA awards, Orange Is the New Black got showered with love from both guilds, and True Detective once again lost out. Get the full list of 2015 PGA and SAG winners after the jump.

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2015 DGA Nominations

The Director’s Guild of America released its nominations today for awards that will recognize achievement in feature film directing from 2014. The list features two biopics, The Imitation Game and American Sniper, and one film, Boyhood, that was made under circumstances that all but turn it into a biopic of its cast and director, Richard Linklater. But the biopic love ends there, and the DGA has no nomination to spare for Ava DuVernay and Selma. The full 2015 DGA nominations list is below. Read More »

2015 ASC award nominations

We’re in full awards season swing, as gross as that process can be. (Just see the attempts to tear down Selma for a good example of the nasty part of this season.) But the guild nominations and awards are always somewhat interesting, if only because they represent the efforts of a focused group to recognize achievements by their direct fellows and colleagues. We saw the writer’s guild awards this morning, and the American Society of Cinematographers has also chimed in with the 2015 ASC award nominations.

Even when trying to approach this from a positive position, there’s always as much to be said about what got left out as what is nominated. And so while Roger Deakins is (of course) nominated for Unbroken, there’s nothing for Robert Elswit, who shot Inherent Vice and Nightcrawler. Check out the full nomination list below. Read More »