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Michael Keaton to Star and Produce in Comic Adap “Imagine Agents”

Given Michael Keaton‘s swan song to his Batman-ish movie past with his performance in last year’s Birdman, it would be a little odd to discover that the former comic book hero has another comic adaptation in the works right? Well, get ready to feel all kinds of odd, because Keaton’s got another one in the works.

Slashfilm is reporting that Keaton is on board  to produce and star in the big screen adaptation of Imagine Agents, a comic book written by Brian Joines and drawn by artist Bachan. What’s Imagine Agents you ask? It follows an agency that polices and surveys children’s imaginary friends, keeping them in check when necessary.  If you imagine that Men in Black merged with Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends in an amusing amorphous mass, you’d be more or less there. Here’s a description of Imagine Agents from the creators of the series:

“Ever try to wrangle an illiterate, 30-foot tall rock monster away from his 5-year-old best friend? Or calm down a 400 pound muscle-man rag-doll during her daily temper-tantrum? For Dave and Terry, it’s all in a day’s work. As agents for I.M.A.G.I.N.E., they are responsible for keeping your imaginary friends in-line… Little do they know that six-year-old Elliot and his best bear-friend, Furdlgurr, are about to be entangled in a plan to change everything!”

This looks to be a far cry from Keaton’s rubber suit. The actor will be starring as a veteran agent who takes a young recruit under his wing. Michael Sugar from Anonymous Content and Boom! Studios’ Ross Richie are on board to produce, while Stephen Christy and Eli Selden have been brought on as exec producers.

There’s no word as yet on who will be starring opposite Keaton as his eager recruit, but this could be an ideal environment for some new blood, especially with Keaton to carry the star weight.

We all know that non-denominational comic books (not Marvel or DC) don’t have a strong  predictability of success, falling  anywhere between Kick-Ass and RIPD. Hopefully Imagine Agents will fall in the former camp.


Everybody Squeeze Together for the Oscar Nominees Class Photo!

You may have seen some hot-right-now actors on tv having pictures taken in front of Academy Award backdrops and thought to yourself “oh no! I’ve missed the Oscars! What have I done? What’s the point in living anymore!?” Calm down you silly idiot, you didn’t miss a thing. It’s just a photo shoot. That’s right, just in case you wanted a collective view of anybody who’s anybody this awards season, you can thanks to a big photo shoot at the Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the Beverley Hilton this week. Deadline has the scoop, but what we really want is the picture, right? Well here it is, every category represented in one big class photo: try and find Best Actor Oscar nominees Michael Keaton and Julianne Moore, pulling a stupid face licking the back of Reese Witherspoon‘s head respectively:

87th Oscars®, Nominees Luncheon

Now here’s the list, just in case your favourite Oscar nominees eluded you:

Seated: Kristina Reed, Ian Hunter, David Lancaster, Mat Kirkby, Christopher Hees, Graham Annable, Bonnie Arnold, Robert Duvall, Host Neil Patrick Harris, Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, Richard King, Gregg Rudloff, Barney Pilling, Aneta Kopacz, Emma Stone, Jason Blum, and Mathilde Bonnefoy.

First Row: Ronan Blaney, Ellen Goosenberg Kent, Cathleen Sutherland, Gary Dennis Liddiard, Jr., Russell Earl, Teddy Schwarzman, Nicolas Aithadi, E. Max Frye, Ben Wilkins, Dice Tsutsumi, J. Christian Jensen, Julien Féret, Dirk Wilutzky, Andrew DeCristofaro, Dan Gilroy, Keven McAlester, Oded Binnun, Robert Kondo, Anthony Stacchi, Jeremy Dawson, Aaron Glascock, Hu Wei and Bub Asman.

Second Row: Daniel Sudick, Gary Fettis, Gregg Alexander, Gregg W Landaker, Brent Burge, Ido Ostrowsky, Erik Winquist, Patrick Osborne, Adam Stockhausen, Craig Mann, John Lesher, Tim Crosbie, Robert Yeoman, Paul Franklin, Hans Zimmer, Travis Knight, Rosamund Pike, Jason Hall, Tomm Moore, Laura Poitras, Daniel Barrett, Helen Estabrook, Yoshiaki Nishimura, and Isao Takahata.

Third Row: John T Reitz, James Lucas, Andrew Lockley, Thomas Curley, Mihal Brezis, Peter Morgan, Felicity Jones, Jonathan Fawkner, Colleen Atwood, Robert Lorenz, Michael Keaton, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Armando Bo, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Damián Szifron, Roy Conli, Jeremy Kleiner, Torill Kove, Dan DeLeeuw, Rory Kennedy, Joel E Cox, Hugo Guinness, Diane Warren, Bill Corso, Stefan Eichenberger, Nora Grossman, Alan Robert Murray, Talkhon Hamzavi, and Michael Lennox.

Fourth Row: Alexander Dinelaris, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, David Rosier, Bennett Miller, Reese Witherspoon, Anthony McCarten, Jason Canovas, Maria Djurkovic, Morten Tyldum, Pawel Pawlikowski, Suzie Davies, Sandra Adair, Bradley Cooper, Charlotte Watts, Lisa Bruce, Tom Cross, Common, Graham Moore, Mark Coulier, Bryan Grill, Frank A Montano, Eddie Redmayne, Julian Raymond, Orlando von Einsiedel, Gary Rizzo, J. K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette, Lou Pecora, Gary D. Roach, and Chris Williams.

Fifth Row: Julianne Moore, Charlie Siskel, Dan Lemmon, Shawn Patterson, Edward Norton, Laura Dern, Danielle Brisebois, Oprah Winfrey, Damien Chazelle, Joanna Natasegara, Richard Linklater, Jon Taylor, Mark Weingarten, Dana Perry, Don Hall, Clint Eastwood, Joe Letteri, Paul Young, Marion Cotillard, William C Goldenberg, Abderrahmane Sissako, Richard Stammers, Steve Carell, Dean DeBlois, Dede Gardner, Scott Fisher, Becky Sullivan, Tomasz Śliwiński, Mark Bridges, Stephane Ceretti and Andrew Lazar.

“Guardians” and “Edge of Tomorrow” Surprise Winners at the Critics’ Choice Awards

It may not have the glamour of the Oscars or the public drunkenness of the Golden Globes, but the Critics’ Choice Awards is up there with the most sought after awards of the season. Not as desirable as the Hasty Pudding Man/Woman of the Year obviously, but still pretty good. Not only that, but also pretty surprising in some cases when it comes to the winners. The ceremony took place last night and filled some gaps that may have been left vacant by the Academy. Have a look, courtesy of Deadline:

Michael Keaton, Birdman
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Richard Linklater, Boyhood 
Gone Girl
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jenny Slate, Obvious Child
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
“Glory,” Common/John Legend, Selma
The Lego Movie
Guardians of the Galaxy
Emily Blunt, Edge of Tomorrow
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Ellar Coltrane, Boyhood
Life Itself
Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Birdman, Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Adam Stockhausen/Production Designer, Anna Pinnock/Set Decorator
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Milena Canonero
Guardians of the Galaxy
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Force Majeure (Sweden)

So it was a good night for Birdman (there’s been a few of those recently), taking home 7 awards including Best Picture, Best Ensemble, Best Actor and Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical (both for Michael Keaton). A surprise multi-award winner was Guardians of the Galaxy, taking home 2 awards for Hair and Makeup and Action Movie. A lot of films that didn’t make the Oscar nominations took home some metal: Life Itself took Best Documentary, Force Majeure took Best Foreign Film, and The Lego Movie snagged Best Animated Feature. Not only that, but Obvious Child and Edge of Tomorrow came right out of left field with Best Actress in a Comedy and Action Movie respectively.  A lot of single winners this year which always makes for a good mix of films, even if Birdman did get a little greedy. Once again Selma came up short with one win for Best Song but got more than Theory of Everything, Foxcatcher or Mr Turner, all of which went home empty handed. All in all, a solid mix of winners at the 20th Critics’ Choice Awards. Here’s a list of how many wins each film got:

Wins by film:
Birdman – 7
Boyhood – 4
The Grand Budapest Hotel – 3
Guardians of the Galaxy – 2
American Sniper – 1
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – 1
Edge of Tomorrow – 1
Force Majeure – 1
Gone Girl – 1
Interstellar – 1
Life Itself – 1
The Lego Movie – 1
Obvious Child -1
Selma – 1
Still Alice – 1
Whiplash – 1

Did your favourite get a piece of the action?

Golden Globes Winners: Keaton Scoops Up Best Actor

Well folks, we’ve officially cleared the first hurdle. Last night we officially ushered in 2015 with the Golden Globes Awards Ceremony, which took place at the Beverley Hills Hilton. There was the usual combination of red carpet flourishes, stinging jokes and politically charged acceptance speeches (check out George Clooney’s speech, it’s pretty intense).

By all accounts the whole thing went off without a hitch, including the opening monologue from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler which has set the bar incredibly high for whomever takes it on next year. But hey, let’s not talk about next year already – not when we still have this year’s ceremony to go through. So here are the winners below, in the neatest list possible. Take a deep breath before you go through, it’s always longer than you think it will be. Aaaaaand go!

Winner! Boyhood
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo – Selma
Winner! Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Winner! Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Winner! The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
St. Vincent

Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Winner! Michael Keaton – Birdman
Bill Murray – St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix – Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz – Big Eyes

Winner! Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Emily Blunt – Into the Woods
Helen Mirren – The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis – Annie

Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem
Winner! Leviathan

Big Hero 6
The Book of Life
The Boxtrolls
Winner! How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Lego Movie

Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward NortonBirdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
Winner! J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Winner! Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Jessica Chastain – A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods

Wes Andreson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay – Selma
David Fincher – Gone Girl
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
Winner! Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Winner! Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo –Birdman
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Graham Moore – The Imitation Game

Alexandre Desplat – The Imitation Game
Winner! Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything
Trent Reznor – Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez – Birdman
Hans Zimmer – Interstellar

“Big Eyes” from Big Eyes
Winner! “Glory” from Selma
Mercy Is” from Noah
“Opportunity” from Annie
“Yellow Flicker Beat” from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Well there you go! For the most part the winners were as deserving as they were expected – I’m especially glad that Leviathan beat Force Majeure to the Best Foreign Film spot – but the big winners by far were Boyhood and Birdman. It was certainly refreshing to see a comedy get such attention at one of the big awards ceremonies, especially as a precursor to the Oscars. My disappointment of the night? Part of me did hope that Jennifer Aniston would snag Best Actress, but unsurprisingly she won out to Julianne Moore and her outstanding performance in Still Alice.

Did you enjoy this year’s Globes?

Michael Keaton the Latest to Join “Kong: Skull Island” Expedition

For a film that we know surprisingly little about, there’s a lot of reasons to get excited about Legendary’s upcoming project Kong: Skull Island. Well, there were actually three reasons to get excited: Kong, obviously, Thor villain Tom Hiddleston and Whiplash Villain J.K Simmons are all on board. But now we have another name joining the expedition onto the prehistoric island: that’s right, it’s history’s greatest Michael, Birdman‘s Michael Keaton!

Keaton is currently in talks to finalise his role in the film that will act as a prequel to King Kong and take place almost completely on the great ape’s original stomping ground.

Who will he be playing? Well, there’s really nothing to go on character-wise right now, for any of the actors involved. But that’ not necessarily a bad thing: For such a well known franchise, there’s really nothing that we can knowingly expect from this film, aside from the ape himself. So, much like Rise of the Planet of the Apes, We could be seeing a much-loved concept combined with an entirely original storyline and batch of characters.

Let’s not forget that the actors now named in this project have all had a great twelve months – we’ll most likely be seeing Simmons and Hiddleston in the Oscar race considering the hefty dose of awards buzz they’ve gotten so far. Unfortunately, Hiddleston’s Only Lovers Left Alive may not have been timed quite right for a nomination, especially considering the competition from Selma, The Imitation Game and Theory of Everything later in the year. But he is in the next Avengers film, so he’ll probably be fine. So there’s no doubt in the strength of the cast – all we need now is a story. Unfortunately, since release for this particular creature feature won’t be util March 2017, we’ll be waiting a while for that trailer.

Kong: Skull Island will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts of Kings of Summer fame with a script from John Gatins (Real Steel) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla).

Are you digging Keaton in Skull Island?


Michael Keaton’s Christmas Message: “I’m Batman”

There are a lot of traditions that we look forward to during the Christmas season. One of my particular favourites – and I’m sure it’s one of yours – is an annual Christmas message from veteran actor and word-sayer Michael Keaton. This year, after such a flourish of success with nomination-magnet Birdman, I’ve been looking forward to how Keaton’s traditional Christmas speech reflects his experiences with a modern Hollwood. Now the wait is over, and during an interview Keaton’s Yuletide message was clear, powerful and succinct: “I’m Batman”.

Keaton’s Christmas messages have always been rich with distinctive themes that have run true over the decades of his successful acting career. Those themes include bats, men, batmen, cowls, capes, justice, and the Riddler being the worst kind of dick there is…a dick that tells riddles.

It’s around this time that I like to remember some of my favourite Keaton Christmas messages, and there are so many great moments to choose from. I remember the mesmerising 1988 classic “I’m going to be Batman”, 1990’s “I was Batman, and I’ll be Batman again”, 2000’s unforgettable “Wassuuuuup…I’m Batman” and of course 2012’s “I’m all of the Avengers…also Batman”. I have to say I’m a little surprised this time around: I was sure the message would be along the lines of “I’m Birdman”. But that’s what you get when you try to predict the unpredictable.

Michael Keaton’s dedication to bring such meaning to this dark, winter season, is truly inspirational. His words remind us that we too can be whatever we want to be as we approach the new year. That is of course unless you want to be Batman, because Keaton has made it pretty clear that he’s Batman.

Now that Keaton’s weaved his magic for 2014, all that is left to do is look forward to next year, and the Batman-oriented wisdom Christmas 2015 will surely bring.

If you would like to read the interview that inspired this piece of mania, you can read it here on Shortlist.


Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominees Named

I know, I know, if you see another nominations list this month you’re going to shove your Golden Globe replica into the face of the person next to you. But this one will be different, I promise.

Ok, so it’s really not different to all the others. Birdman is there, The Imitation Game is there and Boyhood is there. But there are a few little additions that we’ may well start seeing a lot more of. You know how I am about lists inside paragraphs by now, so here’s the list care of the Screen Actors Guild Awards site. Read at your own peril:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Jennifer Aniston – Cake
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Robert Duvall – The Judge
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Emma Stone – Birdman
Meryl Streep – Into the Woods
Naomi Watts – St. Vincent

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Birdman – Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Andrew Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts

Boyhood – Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke, Lorelai Linklater

The Grand Budapest Hotel – F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Ralph Fiennes, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Tony Revolori, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwarzman, Lea Seydoux

The Imitation Game – Matthew Beard, Benedict Cumberbatch, Charles Dance, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Keira Knightley, Allen Leech, Mark Strong

The Theory of Everything – Charlie Cox, Felicity Jones, Simon McBurney, Eddie Redmayne, David Thewlis, Emily Watson

SAG Awards® Honours for Stunt Ensembles
Get On Up
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Without giving too much away I was surprised to see St Vincent up there, but not as surprised to Naomi Watts‘s name. Into The Woods is definitely making a lot more appearances than people thought considering it’s a soft musical sort. It’s good to see Fury and The Judge poking their heads above water, and hopefully we’ll see a lot more of them.

Any films you think were missed out?

Gotham Awards – All the Winners

The Gotham Independant Film Awards made a lot of people very happy on Monday. Boyhood, Birdman, Foxcatcher, Nightcrawler, Under the Skin and Dear White People all had multiple nominations, and the good thing about this particularly ceremony is its unpredictability, if not for its nominees then for its winners. Last year Inside Llewyn Davis beat 12 Years a Slave for Best Feature, and relative unknown Fruitvale Station took home Breakthrough Director and Breakthrough Actor for Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan respectively.

I’m not gonna mix all the winners up in a few paragraphs and make you pick them out, because that’s not cool. So here are the winners of the 2014 Gotham Awards. Have a look!

Best Feature

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — WINNER
The Grand Budapest Hotel 
Love Is Strange
Under the Skin

Best Actress

Julianne Moore in Still Alice — WINNER
Patricia Arquette — Boyhood
Gugu Mbatha-Raw — Beyond the Lights
Scarlett Johansson — Under the Skin
Mia Wasikowska — Tracks

Best Actor

Michael Keaton in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — WINNER

Bill Hader — The Skeleton Twins
Ethan Hawke — Boyhood
Oscar Isaac — A Most Violent Year
Miles Teller — Whiplash

(Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum received a special Gotham Jury Award from the Best Actor nominating panel for their collective performances in Foxcatcher.)

Steve Carell accepting his prize...the award I mean, not Meryl Streep.
Steve Carell accepting his prize…the award I mean, not Meryl Streep.

Best Documentary

CITIZENFOUR — WINNER                                                                                Actress                                                                                                                                  Life Itself                                                                                                              Manakamana                                                                                                                          Point and Shoot

Spotlight on Women Filmmakers “Live the Dream” Grant

Chloé Zhao, director — Songs My Brothers Taught Me — WINNER
Garrett Bradley, director, Below Dreams 
Claire Carré, director, Embers

Independent Film Audience Award

Boyhood — WINNER

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award

Ana Lily Amirpour in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night — WINNER
James Ward Byrkit — Coherence
Dan Gilroy — Nightcrawler
Eliza Hittman — It Felt Like Love
Justin Simien — Dear White People

Breakthrough Actor
Tessa Thompson in Dear White People — WINNER

Riz Ahmed — Nightcrawler
Macon Blair — Blue Ruin
Ellar Coltrane — Boyhood
Joey King — Wish I Was Here
Jenny Slate — Obvious Child

Phew, well there we have it. Birdman was the only film to win multiple awards and it was a relief to see Foxcatcher take away a special award in the end. It was a good mix of winners and the nominations overall reflect perfectly where the real talent was hiding this year.

What did you think of the winners? Any travesties of justice?