Friday, June 13, 2014

Birdman Takes Flight/Here Comes "The Judge"/Looking at "Fury"

Welcome to Friday...


It was all over the Twitterverse yesterday.  The first poster (above) and teaser for Alejandro G. Inarritu's "Birdman".  The film stars Michael Keaton as a once famous actor whose claim to fame was playing a superhero and who is trying to recapture some of that fame (as well as prove his worth as an actor) by mounting a Broadway play.
Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan and Zach Galifinakis are also in the cast.  Fox Searchlight has the distribution and it is set for an Oct. 17 release here in the U.S.

I also fully expect it will land in the first Ten Bets for TFF #41 later this month.  I have included the teaser as well as massive coverage of its release yesterday:


The Hollywood Reporter:



Rope of Silicon:

The Playlist:


The Wrap:


The Dissolve:

Additionally, HitFix, The Playlist and Rope of Silicon all suggest what I have been suggesting which is that "Birdman" is a real Telluride possibility.  Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon goes so far as to say it's an "expectation".


Downey Jr. and Duvall in "The Judge" via

A film that has been completely off my radar is David Dobkin's "The Judge" but a brief post by Rope of Silicon yesterday about the film (Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Duvall) suggests that it may also be in the hunt for fall film fest gravitas including Telluride. Brad Brevet suggests that if Warners has some belief that it has awards potential that a play at Telluride is at least a possibility.  Check the complete post here:

As it turns out, also suggested "The Judge" was a Telluride possibility back in April:

"The Judge" also stars Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Melissa Leo and Leighton Meester.  It's set for release on Oct. 10.


Finally, a quick look at footage news about "Fury" a World War II drama starring Brad Pitt.  First footage from the film was screened earlier this week and though it is not a film that I've had as a one to watch for Telluride, the "Saving Private Ryan" vibe I get from the stuff that was screened and posted makes me, at least, entertain the possibility.

Here are three stories with the footage:

Rope of Silicon:

Awards Daily:

The Wrap:

More tomorrow including "Best of the Week".

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