Saturday, July 19, 2014

Michael Keaton tells himself "You used to be a movie star" in Birdman trailer


*Okay. If you think this poster is awesome - and I do, I love the graphic approach - you've got to love the trailer for Birdman. The film from writer/director Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful) stars Michael Keaton as the former superhero movie star who mounts a Broadway play in an effort to revive his flagging career. Some are calling it a comeback for Keaton and it's hard not to cry 'Meta!' at the sight of the actor being haunted by his own Batmanesque character in this trailer. The film - weird and wild and sort of surprising considering Iñárritu's previous work - is slated for release here in the states on October 17th. 




Birdman co-stars Emma Stone as the former star's daughter and assistant, Zach Galifianakis as producer of the play, Naomi Watts as his co-star, along with Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough, and Edward Norton in, whether intentionally or not, what amounts to a comic shout out to Fight Club.



Nope, it's not based on a book, a play, or a short story BUT the play within the movie is!
Raymond Carver's famous story "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love" serves as the central piece. And that's all the connection I need to share this awesome trailer with you:) 




*Oops; I published this post erroneously stating that Emma Stone tells Michael Keaton "You used to be a movie star" which is obviously not the case in the trailer here. The error has been corrected.

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