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As the fall season gets underway, I'm starting to finally get a look at some of the movies I've been most excited about, including "Birdman," which I get to see tomorrow. I couldn't be more excited about the movie based on what I've heard, and I'm doing my best not to watch clips or to learn too much. I want to see it all in context.
Well… almost all. They did send me some new images from the film today that I'm going to share, featuring the cast and, in one shot, the director. Is it weird that one of the things that makes me happiest about the mere existence of this film is that Michael Keaton is front and center again?
In general, Michael Keaton's career has been the source of confusion for me for a while now. Keaton is the quintessential '80s leading man, the cloth from which Tom Hanks was cut, the model that everyone imitated, and he has been missing from starring roles for too long. When he showed up in the same small role in both "Jackie Brown" and "Out Of Sight," it felt like everyone I spoke to about it was excited the same way. They were thrilled to see him. They said they wanted to see more of him. They were confused why we haven't seen him more often lately.
While "Birdman" is an original, written by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, and Armando Bo, it feels like there are parallels between the character Keaton's playing, named Riggan Thomson, and his own professional persona. While it seems like an easy thing to imagine that as an actor you'd want to be playing the biggest roles possible, making the choice to become Batman is a big one, and it becomes a defining moment, no matter what else you do in your career. I would imagine there are things about the role that would haunt you no matter what, no matter how much you appreciated it, and while I normally am not a fan of movies about the people who make movies, I think there's some real dramatic heft to the concept.
Anyway, enjoy the photos, and I can't wait to both see and review the movie.
"Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance)" begins as a limited release on October 17th, then starts rolling out wider at the end of the month.
Parents TV Council outraged over 'torture porn' on 'Stalker'
The conservative watchdog is up in arms over a horrific scene in the first two minutes of tonight’s pilot.
Check out Benedict Cumberbatch as Richard III on “The Hollow Crown”
PBS will air the William Shakespeare miniseries, which is being made with NBC Universal and BBC. PLUS: Cumberbatch blames Ellen for his U2 photobomb at the Oscars.
Netflix orders a King Kong animated series for kids
The CGI-animated "King of the Apes” will be set in 2050 San Francisco.
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Charlie Sheen’s freak pool injury causes “Anger Management” to shut down for 1 week
As Sheen’s rep explains, “Charlie was playing with one of his dogs in the pool and he accidentally dove into the shallow end, thinking it was much deeper and cut his nose. He was taken to the doctor and got stitches. He was out of work for about a week, but was back on Monday morning.”
Heather Graham will be back for another “Flowers in the Attic” movie
She’ll reprise her role as Corrine Dollangager in the 3rd installment, “If There Be Thorns.”
“Better Call Saul” is dropping a music video on Sunday
Country artist Junior Brown will perform the song “Better Call Saul,” which will premiere at 7:15 pm on Sunday at the conclusion of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” binge.
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"I wouldn't rap if I knew who my father was..."
So begins rapper Thurz in his lyrical journey through soul-sampling "Right Now," produced by Aaron Harris, the newest and first track from the emcee's forthcoming EP "Designer."
It's an intimate turn into the rising hip-hop star's life, after his funky party track "21" and the smooth summer day of "Perfect Words" featuring Kelsey Bulkin. Listen to both below our exclusive premiere of "Right Now" below.
"'Right Now' is designer music where I give the listener insight to my upbringing, where I'm at right now, and where I'm taking them," the Inglewood-raised artist said about the track. His "designer music" style is described as "fabric cut from the young, black Los Angeles experience, threads from Belize and the Ivory Coast, and tailor fit to move the world."
"Designer," the EP, will be out on Nov. 4 via Red Bull Sound Select. The seven-song sophomore solo outing features contributions from Prince bassist Andrew Gouche, producer Battlecat, DJ Khalil, DJ Dahi, recent Kendrick Lamar producer Rahki, BJ the Chicago Kid, Kent of OverDoz and even more.
Thurz opens for Immaculate Noise favorite Run The Jewels and Mystery Skulls at The Echo during the Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in L.A. series. We'd say go, but the show's already sold out, so too bad.
Here is the tracklist for Thurz' "Designer" EP:
1. "Right Now"
2. "Big Bang"
4. "Favorite Girl"
6. "Perfect Words"
The hotly anticipated release of Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" draws ever near. Today, to further whet your appetite, we have a new trailer for the sci-fi epic. It offers some more imagery as details about the film continue to trickle out, but still holds back on so much.
Fast National ratings for Tuesday, September 30, 2014.
"NCIS" added a few viewers from last week, while "NCIS: New Orleans" retained well in its second airing, leading CBS to an easy Tuesday win overall. However, both CBS procedurals were down in young viewers, as "The Voice" helped helped NBC to an easy victory in the key demo.
The night's big new premieres were ABC's "Selfie" and "Manhattan Love Story," which got off to less-than-impressive starts, but still easily beat FOX's "New Girl"/"Mindy Project" comedy block. Of more concern to ABC is the way that soft opening block may have contributed to drops for "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and "Forever."
And although FOX's entire night was still untenably low, "Utopia," "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" were all up a hair either in viewers, the key demo or both.
On to the numbers...
A whiff of “Man on Wire" director James Marsh's "The Theory of Everything" should convince you the Stephen Hawking biopic is a Best Picture contender (and we would agree with you). Shades of "A Beautiful Mind," Eddie Redmayne's all-in performance as the paralysed Professor Hawking, a breakout role for critical darling Felicity Jones, and praise from the festival circuit all add up to Oscar. Some things aren't physics.
ABC’s “Selfie” and “Manhattan Love Story” have disappointing debuts
Just 4.9 million and 4.3 million, respectively, watched ABC’s new romcoms, which is higher than Fox’s “New Girl” and “The Mindy Project” but still very low for ABC.
Alyssa Milano leaving “Mistresses”
Milano won’t be part of Season 3 because production is moving to Canada.
Donald Trump considers “Black-ish’s” title offensive
"How is ABC Television allowed to have a show entitled ‘Blackish’?,” he tweeted. "Can you imagine the furor of a show, ‘Whiteish'! Racism at highest level?”
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"Your parents never told you the truth. The year of your birth, there was a prophecy that our leader would be born to liberate us. That leader is you."
Yes, that's basically a line from the recent "Jupiter Ascending" trailer, but no, this exact quote comes from "Exodus: Gods and Kings," the latest Biblical epic attempting to shatter the Christmastime box office. From "Gladiator" and "The Counselor" director Ridley Scott, "Exodus" retells the classic Moses legend with ex-Batman Christian Bale as the chosen one and Joel Edgerton as Ramesses, wearing more eye-liner than Jack Nicholson's Joker. This is The Good Book as The Comic Book.
"Go big or go home": A skateboarder mindset, a Sarah Palin slogan, the name of a "Parks & Recreation" episode," and now, the guiding mantra of Russell Crowe's directorial debut, "The Water Diviner." Via the magic of Twitter, Crowe debuted the first trailer for the war drama, a shiny blockbuster reminiscent of the high-impact Hollywood productions that shaped the actor's career. When it's not blowing up World War I battlefields, it's swelling with emotional power strings.
A quick review of last night's "New Girl" coming up just as soon as I save you from a hideous river disease...