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Five New Photos from Iñárritu's Mysterious New Film 'Birdman'

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 20, 2014 at 12:22PM

Alejandro González Iñárritu hasn't released a full-length film since 2010's "Biutiful," so there's been plenty of anticipation for this year's "Birdman"--especially after it didn't quite make it to Cannes this spring.
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Birdman (Michael Keaton)

Alejandro González Iñárritu hasn't released a full-length film since 2010's "Biutiful," so there's been plenty of anticipation for this year's "Birdman"--especially after it didn't quite make it to Cannes this spring. Expect to see it at Telluride and/or Toronto. 

The inscrutable first trailer for the film showed Michael Keaton struggling as a jaded actor performing on Broadway long after the glory days of the superhero character he originated on film--and raised more questions than it answered.  Why is Michael Keaton running around New York City in his underwear?  And who the heck is Birdman, anyway?  "We don’t want to give away too much," Keaton said of the first trailer. "This thing will keep unveiling itself."

Turns out Keaton's character, Riggin Thomson, once played the superhero Birdman, a role that made him famous but which now haunts him as his nerves fray before the Broadway premiere of Raymond Carver's "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love," which Thomson directed and is starring in.  Edward Norton (who makes an appearance in his underwear as well) co-stars as an actor in the play, and Emma Stone plays Thomson's daughter.  Rounding out the cast are Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Ryan.

Check out five new images of the film via Entertainment Weekly, plus a very neat first poster.

Birdman EW 1
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This article is related to: Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, Cannes, First Look, Birdman Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.