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Casting: Rose Byrne Tackles ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ & ‘Townies,’ Bella Heathcote Joins Hugh Grant Rom-Com & Amy Ryan Lands ‘Birdman’

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • March 15, 2013 5:05 PM
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“Damages” star and “Bridesmaids” queen bee Rose Byrne is in negotiations for two major movie projects – Warner Bros.’s “This is Where I Leave You” and Universal’s “Townies.” In the Shawn Levy-directed and Jonathan Tropper-written “This is Where I Leave You,” the Aussie actress joins an ensemble cast that currently includes Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver (HBO’s “Girls”), Kathryn Hahn, and Jane Fonda.

Andrea Riseborough Joins The Increasingly Great Cast Of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Comedy 'Birdman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2013 5:59 PM
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Well, hell... As if lining up Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Edward Norton wasn't enough, the cast for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's comedy "Birdman" just keeps getting better and better.

Edward Norton Flies To Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Comedy 'Birdman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2013 10:39 PM
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We don't always see Edward Norton exercise his comedy chops, but he's definitely got 'em. From last year's "Moonrise Kingdom" to the underseen "Leaves Of Grass" to the underrated "Everyone Says I Love You", even to his directorial effort "Keeping The Faith," the actor has got a funny bone. And lucky for us, he's going to put it to use once again.

Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts & Zach Galifianakis To Star Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s Comedy 'Birdman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 5, 2013 3:41 PM
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Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis will star in Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s BIRDMAN.
Generally known for his tough, harrowing dramas like “Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel” and “Biutiful,” we've been waiting patiently to see what Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu would be doing next. His options of late have included the con man/criminal drama "Flim-Flam Man" and the period vengeance tale "The Revenant," but it looks like his next feature will find him changing gears in and taking something a lot more lighthearted.

Alejandro González Iñárritu To Helm Period Revenge-Actioner 'The Revenant'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 17, 2011 12:23 PM
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After failed iterations of the project that featured Park Chan-wook and Samuel L. Jackson and another version with John Hillcoat and Christian Bale, Warner Bros.' adaptation of Michael Punke's period revenge-actioner "The Revenant" has now found itself another top notch director.

International Panel, Iñárritu, Bier, Guadagnino & More Discuss Truth And Nationality In Filmmaking

  • By Leah Zak
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  • February 8, 2011 2:42 AM
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Foreign Oscar Nominees Talk Their Process And How They Avoid The (Melo)drama We recently had the opportunity to sit in on a panel at the American Cinematheque with some of the best foreign film nominees at last month's Golden Globes (and 2 that have gone on to become Oscar nominees): Luca Guadagnino, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Susanne Bier and Aleksei Uchitel (Radu Mihaileanu, director of "The Concert" was still on a plane coming in from France). Moderating the panel was Screen International Editor, Mike Goodridge, who led a fascinating discussion that in the end, came to about 2 hours. While we haven't recreated every word for you here, we have a few choice moments that captured the theme of the afternoon: working outside of one's cultural comfort zone, and finding the truth in that storytelling.

Exclusive: Alejandro González Iñárritu Talks the Spirituality, Collaborative Nature of 'Biutiful'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 22, 2010 6:58 AM
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Director Talks His First Collabo With Javier Bardem & Working With His Friend Guillermo del ToroAlejandro González Iñárritu is a challenging filmmaker. This much we already know. With films like "21 Grams" and "Babel," he took major stars and put them in morally complicated quagmires that involved personal choice and global oppression, which made for some very uncomfortable viewing. But nothing he has done is quite as confrontational as "Biutiful," a wonderfully executed, spiritually rich meditation on life and death, told through the point of view of Javier Bardem's streetwise hustler (who himself is dying). It's a performance that won him a Best Actor award at Cannes and, once the film is eventually released (it got bumped to January today but will still receive NY/LA qualifying runs for the Oscars), it will break a whole slew of hearts.

Updated: 'Biutiful' Gets A Wide Release Date of January 28, 2011

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 22, 2010 5:45 AM
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It's a bit of good news/bad news for arthouse fans today. While The Weinstein Company have pushed up the release date for "Blue Valentine" to December 29th, another highly anticipated movie is being shoved back a full month. Updated: Roadside Attraction has clarified that the film's wide release has been set at January 28. Its NY/LA December 29th limited release date will not change.

Exclusive: Javier Bardem Talks The Sorrow, Joy Of Being 'Biutiful' & Working With Terrence Malick

  • By Leah Zak
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  • December 20, 2010 5:50 AM
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Oscar-Winning Actor Also Says Reported Project With Tony Scott Is "Not Real"A dying street hustler with two young children, a bi-polar ex-wife and a dicey career in the black market of Barcelona, Alejandro González Iñárritu's harrowing humanist drama, “Biutiful,” follows the final days of Uxbal, as he struggles to prepare all the parts of his life to go on without him. Oh yes, and to complicate things, the man coming to terms with his own mortality has a special gift/curse; he sees dead people. At times touching, at others shocking and bleak, this film certainly produces affect, but it is biutiful indeed, and due in no small part to the performance of lead actor Javier Bardem. We recently had a chance to speak to the Oscar winner about the film’s critics, Hollywood's rallying around the film, the painful exercise of living the character Uxbal, his latest project with Terrence Malick and more.

Alejandro González Iñárritu Says The Somber 'Biutiful' Is Actually About "Life"

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 18, 2010 4:16 AM
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When "Biutiful," Alejandro González Iñárritu's searing and deeply-moving (and, granted, at times painfully difficult-to-watch) new film debuted at Cannes this past summer, it was almost universally cut down to size. People said it was too bleak, too hopeless, and no matter how stellar and immersive a performance lead Javier Bardem provided -- and, trust us, it's spectacular; the film's one element that was unanimously praised -- most critics couldn't get behind it (Bardem would go on to win the Best Actor prize in Cannes). Maybe it was the heat stroke, the film festival nature of cramming in four or five films a day, or the looking-for-the-next-big-thing attitude that permeates Cannes, but the film was, at best, unfairly overlooked and, at worst, almost universally derided.

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