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Birdman (2014)

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Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in Birdman

Details Limited Release: Oct 17, 2014; Rated: R; Genre: Comedy; With: Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts; Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures

In Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu's dark comedy, Michael Keaton is Riggan Thomson, a former A-lister best known for playing the superhero Birdman. Hoping to recapture some of his earlier glory, Riggan writes, directs, and stars in a Broadway play—then suffers a breakdown in the process. In the film's mysterious trailer, he can be seen jumping off a tall building, sprouting Black Swan-like wings, and walking through Times Square in tighty-whities. Keaton admits he was worn out by the shoot, which included intense choreography and a long rehearsal period. ''My guess is that there are some actors who don't like that,'' he says. ''Alejandro is a perfectionist and detail-oriented and constantly striving for more.''
Originally posted Aug 14, 2014 Published in issue #1325-1326 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Sep 14 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
No Good Deed
Screen Gems
$24.5 1 $24.5 C
2.
Dolphin Tale 2
Warner Bros.
$16.5 1 $16.5 C+
3.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$8.0 7 $305.9 A-
4. $4.8 6 $181.0 C+
5. $4.3 5 $73.0 F
6.
The Drop
Fox Searchlight
$4.2 1 $4.2 B
7.
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$4.0 4 $44.9 C-
8.
The November Man
Relativity
$2.7 3 $22.5 C
9.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$2.6 5 $41.3 C-
10.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$2.5 6 $49.4 B
* in millions

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