“Birdman” recently premiered at Venice Film Festival and many reviewers are praising Alejandro G. Inarritu’s brilliantly directed dark comedy with thanks mostly to Michael Keaton’s performance. As always, avoid reading them if you want to watch the movie spoiler-free.
Hollywood Reporter (Todd McCarthy on August 27, 2014):
The film’s exhilarating originality, black comedy and tone that is at once empathetic and acidic will surely strike a strong chord with audiences looking for something fresh that will take them somewhere they haven’t been before.
IndieWire (Erick Kohn on August 31, 2014):
During one lively scene in Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s unclassifiably nutty showbiz satire “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” someone labels a dangerous form of theatrical performance “super-realism,” which is the best word to explain the attraction of this utterly unpredictable movie. Starring Michael Keaton as an aging actor attempting to reclaim his flagging celebrity (sound familiar?), Iñarritu’s screenplay and restless formalism at once convey aspects of real life and depart from them in dramatic fashion.
Variety (Peter Debruge on August 27, 2014):
In a year overloaded with self-aware showbiz satires, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s fifth and best feature provides the delirious coup de grace — a triumph on every creative level, from casting to execution, that will electrify the industry, captivate arthouse and megaplex crowds alike, send awards pundits into orbit and give fresh wings to Keaton’s career.
Emma Stone has finalized plans to make her Broadway debut in “Cabaret,” stepping into the show when Michelle Williams exits in November.
The deal — reached following earlier reports of negotiations — sees Stone kick off her run in show Nov. 11 and stick around through Feb. 1. That timing puts Stone in the production during the end-of-the-year holidays, traditionally the most profitable time during the Broadway season.
Alan Cumming, who currently stars in the show opposite Williams, will stick with the production through March 29, as will co-stars Linda Emond and Danny Burstein.
Williams finishes up her stint in “Cabaret” Nov. 9.
Emma finally accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and she posted the video online. She was challenged by Taylor Swift and later nominated Bill Murray, Andrew Gar-field-of-dreams and Dame Maggie Smith. Check out the cute clip below.
Haha! MTV unveiled 12 new emojis (or ‘Emma-jis’) Thursday featuring Emma Stone depicting different emotions in each one. You can download them individually from their website.
Ever find yourself in that mood where you feel like Emma Stone, except with an animated thunder cloud and a lightning bolt over your head and a cartoony little doodle where your real person lips should be? We know what it’s like. Actually, we don’t.
Because now that we have custom Emma Stone emojis — Emma-jis, if you will — we can express how we truly and specifically feel. Check out the full set below, followed by individual pics that you can download and share with your friends, or just print out and carry in your wallet to look at when you really and truly feel that Emma Stone and Emma Stone alone knows how you feel.
The 25-year-old actress is in negotiations to make her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles—the role currently played by Michelle Williams—in Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Cabaret, EW has confirmed. Williams recently extended her run in the classic 1966 Kander and Ebb musical through November 9, 2014; the show itself is slated to play a limited engagement through January 4, 2015.
Stone would replace Williams as Sally, the flirtatious, intoxicating showgirl who steals the heart of an American writer visiting the seedy Kit Kat Klub in Berlin at the dawn of the 1930s. It’s not just Sally’s show; Cabaret‘s other flashy role belongs to Alan Cumming, reprising his award-winning turn as the club’s—and the show’s—extravagant Emcee.
Stone had previously been associated with the production back in 2013, when Roundabout announced the intention of bringing a replica of the 1998 Tony-winning production back to Broadway. Stone’s name was attached to play the role of Sally, but film scheduling conflicts prevented her from making her expected Broadway debut. Should the deal work out, Stone would ostensibly begin her run in Cabaret on November 11.
‘Untitled Woody Allen‘ Movie is looking for extras to work on scenes filming in Rhode Island. The feature film stars Woody Allen, Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix.
The Woody Allen film is still untitled and not much is known about the plot, though the film has been described by the Boston Globe as a ‘”contemporary story” with academics, graduate students, and middle- and working-class folks’.
According to Patch, Woody Allen‘s next feature film has started filming in Rhode Island and producers are looking for extras.
Casting Agency LDI Unlimited put out a casting call for extras in Newport, Rhode Island area.
Actors will be hired throughout the summer. But, casting director are seeking talent available on August 11th and August 12th.
If you are interested in submitting, send your pictures and resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org with “CLASSROOM” in the subject line.
Selena Gomez was feeling a bit inspired by some fellow celebrities over the weekend.
On Sunday, Selena took a page out of Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield’s handbook and brought attention to some important causes.
Standing with three friends, Selena shows off her body in an adorable pink bathing suit, but covers her face with a sign encouraging her millions of fans to go to UNICEF.org, the organization in which she is a global ambassador. The pop star captioned the photo, “Thank God for Emma and Andrew. What are you up to on your Sunday folks?”
Her friends each have other charities and organizations that they are endorsing, taking the attention off the celebrity and on to causes that will help change people’s lives.
You may remember, Andrew and Emma were spotted walking the streets of New York in June, when they were met with paparazzi, they both covered their faces with hand-written signs saying, “We don’t need the attention, but these wonderful organizations do.”
Today in news that makes us go, “OMG, Emma Stone, we are meant to be BFFFFFFFF,” we learned that the actress taught famed director Woody Allen how to text.
Stone starred in Allen’s most recent film, the 1928-set “Magic in the Moonlight.” Despite the film’s long-passed time period, there’s no escaping the technology of today. The 78-year-old Allen has a tech-averse reputation, only recently getting an iPhone, which he told the New York Observer his assistant loaded up with jazz albums for him. He listens with headphones when he travels.
“I’m so untechnical,” he said. “I don’t have a word processor. I still have my typewriter, the Olympia portable.”
Despite Allen’s insistence that the smartphone is for jazz and phone calls only, Stone somehow convinced him to pull up the tiny keyboard and tap a few words out at some point.
Start your betting now on what Allen’s favorite emoji is. For that matter, place a bet on how you think he pronounces “emoji.”
Unfortunately, we won’t know unless it comes from the mouth — or tiny touchscreen keyboard — of Allen himself. As he says in the profile, “There’s no magic, unfortunately … And there are no psychics.”
Uh, spoiler alert? Sheesh.
“Magic in the Moonlight” is in theaters now.
When a movie trailer opens with a tighty whities-clad Michael Keaton meditating mid-air in his apartment, you know you’re in for an absurd three minutes. “How did we end up here?” the gruff-voiced actor narrates. “This place is horrible, smells like balls.” And the official international trailer for Birdman, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel, 21 Grams), only gets more bizarre from there.
The film stars Keaton as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor (best known as fan-favorite superhero Birdman) who attempts to revive his career by writing, directing and starring in a Broadway play. The trailer offers a bit of background on the story, showing Keaton’s character as he deals with skepticism from everyone in his life – including his daughter (Emma Stone) and a hot-headed rival actor played by Edward Norton. Mostly, though, the clip previews exactly how insane this film will be – with guns, explosions, backstage make-out sessions, a screaming Zach Galifianakis and Keaton jumping off a tall building.
The first Birdman teaser took a similarly surreal approach – including shots of seals washed up on a beach and Keaton strolling through Times Square in his underwear while being hounded by reporters and a marching band.
The film’s dark comedic tone is a change in direction for Iñárritu, whose previous films have been heavy dramas (including his most recent, 2010’s Biutiful). Birdman premieres at the Venice International Film Festival later in August, with a wide release date set for October 17th.
On the one hand, you’ve got to feel pretty damn good when you’re cast in a Woody Allen film. He’s an Academy Award winning director who continues to churn out films with outstanding performances year after year. But, on the other hand, that’s a seriously high-pressure situation right there and Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight stars, Emma Stone and Colin Firth, certainly felt it.
While promoting the film’s July 25th limited release, Stone and Firth sat down with us to talk about hitting the set having done no rehearsals, shooting and re-shooting a certain scene only to have it completely cut from the film, adding Allen’s signature cadence to their own performances and much more. You can check it all out after the jump.
Collider: Is there anything you’ve seen in past Woody Allen films that, when you got these roles, made you say, ‘Wow, I can’t wait to get to do that?’
COLIN FIRTH: I don’t think there’s anything in my character that I had particularly seen in another Woody Allen film.
EMMA STONE: I had seen elements I think of my character in a few. Elementally there are bits and pieces that are kind of an amalgamation of characters. Because I guess every character plays a different part of Woody’s psyche.
FIRTH: Oh, I can definitely see a lot of – there’s the motif of the Woody role, as people call it, and I guess I had that, but in a completely different form. Some of those sentiments and the gags that you would expect somehow landed with me. And I was looking forward to those, some of them such wonderful, vintage little zingers. But, you know, I’d seen good acting in all Woody Allen films and good writing. I didn’t think, ‘I can’t wait to do that;’ I just thought, ‘I hope to god I can do that.’
Was there an intimidation factor here?
STONE: Oh, yeah. Hugely. It was hugely intimidating. I think after a while you get your sea legs a little bit, but there’s no rehearsal process, there’s no real getting-to-know Woody at all. You just are terrified. It’s all cold.
What’s the first thing he does with you when he gives you a role? Is there a table read or anything?
FIRST: Action! Roll camera!
STONE: You get on set and he says, ‘Action,’ and then he re-shoots it. [Laughs]