Tell us what you thought of 'Birdman'

Tell us what you thought of 'Birdman'

The Michael Keaton vehicle makes it to 50 more locations this weekend

I'd say we've pretty much covered it around here as it pertains to "Birdman." Interviews with Alejandro González Iñárritu, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis & Amy Ryan, etc. I've banged the gong for Keaton this season (I have a favorite, sue me) and the Academy seemed receptive enough. We've even gone deep on the costuming of it and the creation of the iconic Birdman superhero suit. The movie is out there in the world now, though, dealing in the court of public opinion.

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<p>Gregg Alexander</p>

Gregg Alexander

Credit: Photo © Robert G. Zuckerman

New Radicals frontman Gregg Alexander breaking his silence to talk 'Begin Again'

He's set to perform for the first time in 15 years at next month's Hollywood Music in Media Awards

BEVERLY HILLS — Gregg Alexander is enamored by movies. He grew up in a conservative household where television was "Satan's tool," but he'd sneak off to friends' houses to watch theirs instead. He talks passionately about filmmakers like the Coen brothers, Michael Haneke and Mike Leigh and seems eager to be a part of an industry he finds incredibly efficient. So it's perfectly fitting that he would eventually make his way there via a collaboration on John Carney's "Begin Again," and maybe even more understanding that after 15 years of being relatively reclusive away from touring and the media, he's finally speaking out again in support of the film and his work on tracks like "Lost Stars," which is primed for a Best Original Song Oscar nomination.

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<p>Anne Hathaway in &quot;Interstellar&quot;</p>

Anne Hathaway in "Interstellar"

Credit: Paramount Pictures

'Interstellar' director Christopher Nolan says it's important 'to start looking up again'

The director's comments get at the heart of one of the film's themes: hope

BEVERLY HILLS — When you see "Interstellar," you'll get the sense right away that a deep admiration for exploration lies at the root of it all. Amid all of that epic imagery (and equally epic familial drama), there is a seething indictment of our general abandonment of space programs. At a press conference Friday afternoon, filmmaker Christopher Nolan and three of the film's stars spoke about their early experiences with space travel and the value of keeping NASA funded while continuing to push for the outer limits.

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Stephen Hawking

In time for 'The Theory of Everything,' Stephen Hawking joins Facebook

The renowned physicist takes us inside his life through social media magic

Through number-crunching and theorizing, Stephen Hawking opened our universe to new possibilities. Now, the theoretical physicist is hoping to do the same for his lifetime of work, connecting with curious followers in a way that represents the future of communication. Just in time for “The Theory of Everything,” a biopic delving into the 72-year-old scientist’s life, Stephen Hawking has joined Facebook.

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<p>Mark Wahlberg in &quot;The Gambler&quot;</p>

Mark Wahlberg in "The Gambler"

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Cinematographer Greig Fraser talks 'Foxcatcher,' 'Gambler' and NOT 'Star Wars'

That's right: He's doing Gareth Edwards' standalone film

I've known Greig Fraser for a few years now and have been positively stoked to see him rise through the ranks and become, truly, one of the great DPs of his generation. He's gone from making a big splash with painterly work in Jane Campion's "Bright Star" to taking on major projects from Matt Reeves ("Let Me In"), Kathryn Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") and Bennett Miller ("Foxcatcher"). Oh, and now he's lined up a "Star Wars" movie.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings
Credit: 20th Century Fox

See how Ridley Scott terraformed Spain into Ancient Egypt for 'Exodus'

The 'Prometheus' director gets his Demille on

Epic can’t be faked. CG magic can only take directors partway. Without an element of the real to hang on, digitally rendered wideshots filled with simulated armies are going to trigger our scrutinous brains. Blame Cecil B. DeMille and David Lean. Audiences know how epic is done right.

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The 10 best Jake Gyllenhaal performances to date

The 10 best Jake Gyllenhaal performances to date

Where does his latest work in 'Nightcrawler' figure in?

Jake Gyllenhaal has already popped up in one film this year, Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy." But he has another one on the way — Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" — that is a fierce reminder of his upward trajectory as of late: he's building to something major. You can just feel it.

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<p>Matthew McConaughey in &quot;Interstellar&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey in "Interstellar"

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Matthew McConaughey champions the intimacy, and the scope, of 'Interstellar'

Plus: Jessica Chastain says she felt isolated during production, maybe by design

HOLLYWOOD — Save a taste-maker here and there for friends and family and filmmakers (bound by no man's embargo), Christopher Nolan finally unleashed "Interstellar" to audiences of press and guild members on both coasts Thursday night. Ever the perfectionist, the director was on hand at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood right up until showtime, ensuring that the venue's image and sound were up to snuff before it before it was projected on 70mm IMAX for a capacity crowd that saw some late-comers turned away without a seat.

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Tech Support: 'Birdman,' 'Unbroken' and 'Interstellar' set the mood for Best Cinematography

Tech Support: 'Birdman,' 'Unbroken' and 'Interstellar' set the mood for Best Cinematography

The gap continues to close on digital films in the race versus celluloid

Commentators have noted that this year's Best Actor race is stacked with way more than five outstanding candidates. And they are right. But compared to Best Cinematography, Best Actor is positively paper thin. As usual, an embarrassment of riches is present in this category, which awards a film's director of photography (DP).

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Keira Knightley makes it clear 'The Imitation Game' is not a documentary

Keira Knightley makes it clear 'The Imitation Game' is not a documentary

The movie is about 'celebrating people's differences'

TORONTO — Let's hope Keira Knightley never changes. Having interviewed the "Pride & Prejudice" star at least five times over the past decade I can attest that she's as blunt, energetic and smart as ever. This is one actress who no doubt rolls her eyes at studio talking points. Take for instance our interview last month about her role in the beloved new Best Picture contender "The Imitation Game" where she was at the top of her, um, game.

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