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Watch: Walter Murch & Jon Favreau Talk Editing Of 'The Conversation,' 'Birdman,' 'Gravity' And More In 7-Minute Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2014 4:16 PM
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The art of film editing isn't exactly a subject that will get even the most devoted of cinephiles excited. It's a hidden art, a laborious task and often an undersung skill in the filmmaking world, with few "celebrity" practitioners. Martin Scorsese's regular collaborator Thelma Schoonmaker is probably the most "famous," and ranking right up there with her is Walter Murch. The Oscar winner was the man who brought "Apocalypse Now" down to size, helped reshape Orson Welles' "Touch Of Evil" and lend his touch to "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "The English Patient." And if you're going to listen to someone talk editing, he's the guy you'll want to pay attention to.

Watch: New International Trailer For Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's 'Birdman' Starring Michael Keaton & Emma Stone

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 31, 2014 10:39 AM
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Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu's "Birdman," has quickly skyrocketed to the top of the year's most anticipated films along with "Inherent Vice," and "Gone Girl" (a trifecta that will hopefully make this year's New York Film Festival one of its best years ever). Why? Well outside a stellar cast which we'll get to, it's a pitch black comedy about a washed up actor famous for a superhero role who tries to mount a comeback on Broadway. Trailers so far suggest a delusional dark psychology that the hero has to battle and possibly even a sly meta commentary in the nature of super hero hegemony on screen.

Venice Film Festival Artistic Director Explains Why 'Gone Girl' & 'Inherent Vice' Missed The Fest

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 28, 2014 1:04 PM
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It's hard to believe, but in less than one month, the Venice Film Festival will kick off with Alejandro González Iñárritu’s "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance," launching both the fest season and the awards calendar all at once. And while it's certainly a high-profile movie, and a major get for the fest, it can't be denied that the two movies every festival organizer wants this year is David Fincher's "Gone Girl" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "Inherent Vice." And credit to New York Film Festival for snagging the World Premiere for both movies, but as you might guess, the reasons why they landed there versus Venice or Toronto or Telluride is complicated.

Venice 2014 Line-Up: New Films By David Gordon Green, Ramin Bahrani, Andrew Niccol & Peter Bogdanovich

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 24, 2014 5:30 AM
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It feels like film festival announcements get earlier and earlier every year. There's still a week of July left, and we've already had major announcements from TIFF, NYFF and even London and Tokyo (which don't happen until November, and will be opening with "The Imitation Game" and "Big Hero 6" respectively). But before any of those arrive, we've got the 71st Venice Film Festival, and after unveiling their big-ticket opener with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman," the rest of the line-up for the official competition was announced in Rome this morning.

Alejandro G. Iñárritu's 'Birdman' To Close New York Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2014 1:24 PM
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Tomorrow, the Toronto International Film Festival unveils their first wave of titles, and many are already speculating what it will look like given their new rules. Basically, after being scooped on big titles by Telluride the past few years, Toronto has essentially told distributors that any movie that wants to play the crucial opening days of TIFF must be a true premiere. That means no sneaking it to Colorado a few days before. So this next announcement is an interesting one.

Alejandro G. Inarritu's 'Birdman' Starring Michael Keaton & Emma Stone To Open 2014 Venice Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 10, 2014 6:41 AM
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The big three European festivals are Berlin, Cannes and Venice, and the openers for the first two of those lurched from the sublime to the ridiculous this year: Berlin nabbed Wes Anderson's "Grand Budapest Hotel" to kick off their fest, while Cannes was stuck with the clanging disaster of "Grace Of Monaco." Venice have kept their pick under wraps, until now, but fortunately, it should be closer to the Berlin pick in quality...

New Images From Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'Birdman' Starring Michael Keaton And Edward Norton

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 20, 2014 9:26 AM
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Earlier this month, the first trailer for Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" dropped and it was kind of bonkers awesome. But what on Earth is it about? “It’s less about a guy who played a superhero in big hit movies than it is about exploring the human soul and psyche, and also where we are as a society today and how much importance we place on those kinds of things,” the film's star Michael Keaton told EW. So certainly, not your average comedy or drama by stretch, but the firepower behind the movie is undeniable.

Watch: First Trailer For Alejandro Iñárritu's 'Birdman' Starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Norton & More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 12, 2014 1:30 PM
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Well, our week just got a whole lot better, because the trailer (and poster) for one of our most anticipated films of the year has arrived. We've been enormously curious about "Birdman," partly because it's the latest film from one of our favorites, Alejandro Alejandro González Iñárritu (or Alejandro G. Iñárritu, as the trailer now bills him), and partly because the film promised to be something of a departure, apparently a more comic vibe for a filmmaker whose work before now, like "Amores Perros," "21 Grams," "Babel" and "Biutiful," has tended towards the bleak.

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.

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