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Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' Starring Leonardo DiCaprio Back On With 2015 Release Planned

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2014 2:31 PM
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Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film “The Revenant”
Even though we were a little bummed by the word that Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" won't be premiering at Cannes, another piece of news has buoyed our spirits. You may have forgotten, but way back in 2011, Iñárritu was attached to direct "The Revenant" with Leonardo DiCaprio slated to star (Sean Penn was also linked). Not much else was heard after that, but the project is now fully back on.

Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'Birdman' Will Not Be Going To Cannes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2014 11:05 AM
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Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis will star in Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s BIRDMAN.
In a few days the Cannes Film Festival will announce their slate, and while we have our guesses as to what movies will feature on the Croisette, one film that was widely expected to showcase in the south of France won't be in the lineup.

Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'Birdman' To Open October 17

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2014 11:32 PM
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Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis will star in Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s BIRDMAN.
The wacky, theater-based, somewhat-meta comedy is tough trick to pull off, but we'll be damned if Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu isn't pulling together a helluva cast together to try and make his upcoming "Birdman" work. Before we even get to that, we're just excited to see Iñárritu shift gear completely and move away from his trademark heavy drama into what could possibly be his own "I Heart Huckabees." Or something. Either way, the possibilities for this being awesome are certainly up there, and we have our fingers crossed and undoubtedly, these set photos have stoked our excitement a little bit more.

Alejandro González Iñárritu Was Originally Attached To 'True Detective' & More Revelations From Cary Fukunaga

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2014 5:25 PM
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There is a reason everyone you know is talking about "True Detective": it's that fucking good. With two episodes to go on HBO's breakout hit, and frontrunner for TV show of the year (and hell, the damn-thing-you'll-watch-in-any-medium of the year), the focus is turning to toward writer Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Fukunaga, who collaborated to put forth a singular, riveting vision for their Southern philosophical mystery. Far from an ordinary procedural, certainly not a noir, and fairly uncategorizable—that's what makes the show so special.

Alejandro González Iñárritu Swings Off 'The Jungle Book,' Joe Johnston & More Line Up New Gigs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2014 2:08 PM
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It seemed improbable that arthouse fave Alejandro González Iñárritu would tackle a big studio tentpole, but last month that seemed to be the case when reports surfaced he was circling "The Jungle Book" at Warner Bros. But indeed, Iñárrituu won't be going blockbuster any time soon as he's bounced from the project, leaving Warner Bros. to find another director for the Callie Kloves-penned take on the public domain material.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Developing TV Series '1%' With 'House Of Cards' Producers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 6, 2013 1:14 PM
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With the whole Occupy Wall Street thing touching on pop culture in fits and starts (it recently served as a pretty poor subplot during the last season of "The Newsroom"), it was only a matter of time before it became the central focus of a movie or series. And it's the latter, where an acclaimed filmmaker will get dive deep into the subject.

Guillermo del Toro Hasn't Seen 'The Hobbit' Yet, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu Helped Him Cut 10 Minutes Out Of 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2013 5:24 PM
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So Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" (our review) storms into theatres on Friday tonight, with screenings starting at 7 PM, and while critical consensus is leaning in his favour, it remains to be seen if audiences want to see robots smash monsters or watch Salma Hayek getting farted on in Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups 2" (yes, really). But no matter how the box officed plays out, Del Toro has many irons in the fire (he's producing and direct the pilot of "The Strain" next, with his next feature "Crimson Peak" shooting in early 2014) and in between all that he's likely busy with a dozen other things we don't even know about yet. But things might have been very different had he stuck around to direct "The Hobbit" films (he bailed when MGM was in near financial ruin and their future was in doubt) but has he been in a rush to see what Peter Jackson has done?

5 Great & 5 Disappointing English-Language Debuts By Foreign-Language Directors

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • February 28, 2013 11:01 AM
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This Friday sees the release of the much-anticipated "Stoker." The melodrama would probably be of note just because it stars Mia Wasikowksa and Nicole Kidman, but it's even more so because it marks the English-language debut of acclaimed Korean filmmaker Park Chan-Wook, the man behind "Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance," "Oldboy" and "Thirst," among others. The film lands hot on the heels of "The Last Stand," from Park's countryman Kim Ji-Woon, and a few months from the English-language debut of another Korean filmmaker, Bong Joon-Ho's "Snowpiercer." The three are only the latest international filmmakers to seek wider audiences and acclaim by making a film in the English language.

DGA Award TV Nominees Include Rian Johnson, Lena Dunham, Louis C.K., Philip Kaufman & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 9, 2013 3:19 PM
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Perhaps as further evidence that great storytelling is happening just as often on the small screen as it is in the multiplex, this year's DGA nominees for televison feature more than a few names who are seasoned in the feature film world, so let's get right to it.

Alejandro González Iñárritu To Direct Awesome-Sounding Comedy 'Birdman'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 7, 2012 5:05 PM
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“Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel” and “Biutiful” are each of them meditations on the human condition, the interconnectedness of human suffering, and the threads that bond us through tragedy. Each one of these four films by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu are generally some form of bruising emotional journey, the latter, "Biutiful" being so bleak it bombed at Cannes in 2010. But some critics, including yours truly, loved it for its punishing but beautiful look at love and anguish (I named it my #1 movie of the year). Does Iñárritu sound like a happy man to you? If not, well, he's finally changing gears in a big, big way.

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