The October issue of Empire Magazine has a preview/review of both Magic in the Moonlight and Birdman and you can find scans up in our gallery.
Magic in the Moonlight opens in UK on September 19 (it’s out on US already), and Birdman will open only in January 2 in UK, but with a limited release on USA in October 17.
Birdman is opening today on Venice Festival and reviews are on fire already!
Venice has done it again. Last year, Gravity blasted the lid off the festival as the opener and today Birdman, a film that’s got a fair bit in common with that one, bowed to one of the best receptions I have ever experienced on the Lido. (It’s even trending at No. 4 on Italian Twitter.) Applause, laughter and strong emotion emanated from attendees in the refurbed Sala Darsena this morning during the first press screening. Making my way out afterwards, I heard “bellissimo” uttered at least a dozen times. (Deadline)
There are some wonderful in-jokes and a nicely judged selection of namechecks for the likes of George Clooney and Justin Bieber, but Birdman isn’t just an arthouse What Just Happened. If anything, it is surprisingly emotional; as we’ve come to expect from an Iñárritu film, Birdman is a man’s movie in a very delicate sense, dealing with relationship and family issues from a place of vulnerability. (Empire)
In addition to being a virtuoso stunt in its own right, this single-shot illusion serves to address the critique that screen acting is somehow less demanding than stage acting, since there are no conventional editing tricks in place to shape the performances. The cast has no choice but to ante up, which everyone does in spades, and the film is built generously enough that everyone gets ample time to impress (although it should be noted that none of the background sexual intrigues amount to anything). (Variety)
Stone is maybe the best she’s ever been, which is saying something, delivering a snarling monologue at one point that is basically a manifesto for the modern millennial, and then tempering it with a tiny beat at the end that kind of deserves an Oscar by itself. (The Playlist)
Birdman is featured on Entertainment Weekly Fall Movie Preview issue. No new Emma picture was released with it, but you can find the scan added to the gallery anyway.
In Babel director Alejandro González Iñarritu’s dark comedy, Michael Keaton is Riggan Thomson, a former A-lister best known for playing the superhero Birdman, Hoping to recapture some of his earlier glory, Riggan writes, directs and stars in a Broadway play – then suffers a breakdown in the process. In the film’s mysterious trailer, he can be seen jumping off a tall building, sprouting Black Swan-like wings, and walking through Times Square in tighty-whities. Keaton admits he was worn out by the shoot, which included intense choreography and a long rehearsal period. “My guess is that there are some actors who don’t like that,” he says. “Alejandro is a perfectionist and detail-oriented and constantly striving for more.”
Birdman might remind you of a certain caped crusader the actor made famous in the late ’80s, but it was another classic Keaton role that made costar Edward Norton a fan. “I was in high school when I first saw Night Shift and remember being like, ‘What is that?’” Norton says. At the start of production, he says, “one part of you is a professional, but the other part is excitedly waiting for him to show up.”
Birdman will open the Venice Festival next August 27, and the release is set for October 17.
Fox Searchlight unveiled the Birdman international trailer on YouTube which is longer than the last one and reveals a bit more of the story.
BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) — famous for portraying an iconic superhero — as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
Birdman hits the Venice and New York Film Festivals this fall before landing in U.S. theaters for a limited release on October 17.
Last week Emma visited MTV News to promote her new film, Magic in the Moonlight. Check the interview below:
The Wrap is reporting that Emma’s upcoming Untitled Cameron Crowe movie is being pushed to 2015. It was originally set for a Christmas Day release.
Sony has announced the release date change and it takes Crowe’s movie out of the way of Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken,” Disney’s musical “Into The Woods,” MGM’s sequel “Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” and the family movie “Paddington” all opening in wide release. And that’s not to mention the MLK pic “Selma” and Tim Burton’s “Big Eyes” coming in limited release. Sometimes, you gotta know when to fold ‘em. And to hear Sony tell it, Crowe’s film probably wasn’t going to be an awards season contender anyway. Now, the still untitled film will open on May 29, 2015 putting it right in blockbuster season, and it will face far lesser competition with “Insidious Chapter 3″ and “Monster Trucks” opening.
“Once we saw the film, we knew that it would make a perfect summer release. The movie is Cameron at his best,” Jeff Blake, Chairman, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution for Sony Pictures said. And this cast will certainly make for an attractive multiplex offering.