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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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A few new details in the on-screen history and future of Batman have been revealed this week. First up, Michael Keaton is out promoting his new superhero film Birdman and is answering lots of questions about his iconic role as the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton‘s films. He said the reason he didn’t do Batman Forever is because the studio didn’t appreciate the character in the way he did. But he said that he would play the character again — under one condition.

Also, producer Charles Roven (who did all of Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, as well as Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) revealed Ben Affleck was everyone’s first choice to play the character in the new film. Even Christopher Nolan had an opinion on the casting. Read the Michael Keaton Batman Forever quote and more below. Read More »

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 »

See a New ‘Birdman’ Poster and Images

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As we get into the full swing of the fall movie season, one of the films we’re most interested in is Birdman, from Alejandro González Iñárritu, also the director of Amores Perros and 21 Grams. We’ve already seen some head over heels reviews of the movie thanks to early festival appearances. Now there’s a great new Birdman poster, which reminds us of the film’s subtitle: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Check out that one-sheet along with a batch of new Birdman images below. Read More »

birdman reviews

When we heard Michael Keaton was doing a new superhero movie, everyone got interested. When we heard he’d be joined by Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts, the film became anticipated. Then we heard it would be directed by Alejandro González Inarritu, in one single take, it became one of our most anticipated films of the year. (That trailer didn’t hurt either.)

Now that film, Birdman, is out there. It had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival and the reviews were overwhelmingly, almost embarrassingly positive. Read some early Birdman reviews below. Read More »

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Tom McCarthy is recently wrapped a fanciful dramedy called The Cobbler, in which Adam Sandler plays a shoe repairman who walk in his customers’ shoes (in the metaphysical sense, not the boring literal one). But now the director is getting ready to head into much darker, heavier fare.

Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Stanley Tucci have entered talks to lead McCarthy’s Spotlight, about the Catholic Church’s child molestation scandal. Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, and Aaron Eckhart are circling other key roles. Hit the jump for all the details.

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Birdman international trailer

Forget Guardians of the Galaxy — this year’s most unusual superhero movie has got to be Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s Birdman. Though to be fair, it’s not so much a superhero movie as it is a superhero movie movie.

Former Batman Michael Keaton plays a washed-up actor who got famous years ago playing an iconic superhero. In a bid to recapture his former glory, he decides to put on a Broadway show. On his way to opening night, he struggles with everything from egotistical actors to an unhappy family to his own troubled soul. Watch the new Birdman international trailer after the jump.

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1989 Batman documentary

A lot can happen in 25 years. When Warner Bros. was pushing Tim Burton‘s Batman, released on this day in 1989, changed the landscape for superhero movies. But at the time, the studio had to convince many people that there was good reason to make a Batman movie. More to the point, Warner Bros. put in a lot of effort to convince people that a serious take on Batman was a good idea, rather than a continuation of the Adam West concept for the character.

One tool used to make the case for this new Batman was a 20-minute documentary feature showing the history of the character, and detailing the thought and work that went into Burton’s film. In celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary that doc has been dropped onto YouTube, and you can watch it below. Read More »

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