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Jul 21, 2014

Inarritu's 'Birdman' w/Michael Keaton & Naomi Watts Set to Open Venice, Close New York Film Festivals

Get ready for the fall premiere of Birdman. Fox Searchlight has confirmed and announced that Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman will be the Closing Night film at the upcoming 52nd New York Film Festival, coming up from September 26th to October 12th.

It was already announced a few weeks ago as the opening night film of the Venice Film Festival, kicking off on August 27th coming up very soon.
This means Birdman is likely going to play at a number of big prestige festivals, these two include and perhaps Telluride/Toronto, before it goes on to become a smash Broadway success in cinemas.

The film tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton), famous for portraying an iconic superhero, as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself. Also starring Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. Fox Searchlight will release the film limited on October 17th.

[Casting News TBC] Naomi Watts in Negotiations to Join Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Demolition’

Jean-Marc Vallee (“Dallas Buyers Club”) will direct from a 2007 Black List script by Bryan Sipe

Two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts is in negotiations to star opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in “Demolition,” which is slated to be the next film from “Dallas Buyers Club” director Jean-Marc Vallee.

Based on the 2007 Black List script by Bryan Sipe, “Demolition” follows a young investment banker (Gyllenhaal) struggling to understand his emotional disconnect following the tragic death of his wife in an auto accident. As he tears apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong, he becomes obsessed with destruction and develops a unique relationship with a single mother (Watts) who rescues him.

Should a deal close, Watts would play a pot-smoking customer service representative for the company behind a vending machine that eats the protagonist's money. Though she's dating her own boss, she begins to fall for Gyllenhaal's character as she learns of his pain and loss....

Jul 10, 2014

Birdman (starring Michael Keaton & Naomi Watts) world premiere to open 71st Venice Film Festival

Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s black comedy stars Michael Keaton & Naomi Watts.

Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton & Naomi Watts, has been selected as the opening film of the 71st Venice Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sept 6), where it will play in competition.

The film will receive its world premiere on August 27 in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema at the Lido, following the opening ceremony hosted by Luisa Ranieri.

The black comedy tells the story of an actor (Keaton) - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

Co-stars include Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan and Emma Stone.

Birdman will be released in North America on Oct 17 and roll out internationally in Jan 2015. Worldview Entertainment is co-financing with Fox Searchlight and Regency Enterprises.

Naomi Watts seen in perfect figure after workout in LA Jul 9, 2014

Naomi Watts is impossible-y slender and reveals super-slim frame in tight leggings and singlet as she leaves yet another workout in LA on Wednesday..

She's frequently seen walking in exercise gear as she leaves her regular workout sessions in her tiny figure in a pair of three-quarter length leggings, a singlet and sneakers confirming that she's as dedicated as ever to her fitness regime.

She is seen in perfect figure while leaving Burn 60 fitness centre with friends.

Jul 2, 2014

Captures from the "St. Vincent" Trailer starring Bill Murray & Naomi Watts

'St. Vincent' Trailer Showcases Bill Murray, and Naomi Watts as a Russian Stripper

Is The Weinstein Company's St. Vincent another chance for Bill Murray to garner awards attention? Or is he making a return to his roots as a comedy leading man?

After The Weinstein Company debuted footage of the movie at Cannes, it drew comparisons to About a Boy and Bad Santa, so we're thinking the latter. Murray plays a hard-drinking, curmudgeonly lout who befriends a young boy. Melissa McCarthy plays the boy's mother, in what looks to be a turn that's somewhat more dramatic for her than her recent work. Perhaps the most interesting thing in the trailer? Naomi Watts playing a Russian stripper.

[Naomi Watts on the set]

The trailer doesn't scream "Oscar contender," but it's coming out in October and Harvey Weinstein is involved so we can't totally count it out. Watts' performance may just be one of those Mona Lisa Vito types that slides into the best supporting actress race.

Also of note: count the trailer as another step in the revival of Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky."

Release Date: October 24, 2014
Studio: The Weinstein Company
Director: Ted Melfi
Screenwriter: Ted Melfi
Starring: Bill Murray, Naomi Watts, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd,
Genre: Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Available

Plot Summary:
A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door.

Jun 20, 2014

New screen-shots from Naomi Watts' "Birdman"

*Directed by Alejandro G Inarritu and co-starring Michael Keaton & Edward Norton.
*Release Date: October 17, 2014