Inarritu’s Birdman will feature an impressive ensemble cast

When earlier news reported that Michael Keaton is to star in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s upcoming movie Birdman, one could not help but chuckle at the delicious irony.

Keaton, famous for playing Tim Burton’s Batman back in the day, will in Birdman play an actor who – likewise – once player a similar iconic superhero. Being down on his luck, the movie’s protagonist decides to revive his failed career with a stage play based on Raymond Carver’s short story. And that’s where things go downhill, thanks to an egotistical lead actor in the play…

Such an antagonist might prove to be annoying rather than funny, but it has just been confirmed that the said character will be played by Edward Norton. Knowing the scope of his acting skills, we’re in for a treat.

With an amusing premise of a-play-within-a-movie and Inarritu as a director (21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful), Birdman was set to be an interesting, quirky comedy from the very start. Now, with a growing ensemble of talented cast, the expectations rise even more.

To recollect, apart from Keaton and Norton, Birdman is to feature Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis and Andrea Riseborough. Just like Edward Norton, Watts is to play a stage actress, while Emma Stone will take the role of Keaton’s daughter/assistant. Zach Galifianakis will play the show’s producer.

It will be intriguing to see how Inarritu – a director famous for movies that deal with human drama and tragedy  – will handle a comedy. Currently in pre-production, Birdman is to be released some time in 2014.

We’ll have to get our casino games on while we’re waiting for this one! There are quite a few funny slot games out there to keep us entertained for a while.…

Argo wins best picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards

Ben Affleck’s hostage negotiation drama Argo took home the best picture award at the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards at the weekend, further intensifying speculation that the film could be the surprising recipient of the corresponding Oscar award in a few weeks time.

Argo beat four other films; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Misérables, Silver Linings Playbook and Lincoln to the gong and many experts feel that this may well be a dress rehearsal for Oscar’s night.

While not originally thought of as a leading contender for the big prizes, Argo has been well received by many critics and many people (see highrolleronlinecasino.net) are making the film a strong favourite to also land the Best Picture Oscar.

Other winners on the night included Daniel Day Lewis, who won the SAG award for his portrayal of the title role in Steven Speilberg’s Lincoln. There was further recognition for the film when Tommy Lee Jones also won the award for the best supporting actor.

Jennifer Lawrence arguably sprung the surprise of the evening when she pipped favourite Jessica Chastain, from Zero Dark Thirty, to earn the best actress award for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook.

One time Oscar favourite Les Misérables had to be content with just the one award, for best supporting actress for Anne Hathaway, who beat Sally Field, Nicole Kidman, Maggie Smith and Helen Hunt to the gong.

The lifetime achievement award went to Dick Van Dyke, perhaps best known for his role as the cockney-accented chimney sweep in Disney’s Mary Poppins.…

Stars at Sundance

The Sundance Film festival is a place to take risks, just like at the craps table. This year’s festival included plenty of films featuring big-name Hollywood stars, but not all of them succeeded in creating unique and memorable films. Here are a few of those star-powered films and how they fared at Sundance.

Don Jon’s Addiction. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in his own directorial debut playing a pornography-addicted Jersey shore stereotype who needs to decide once and for all which is better: fantasy or reality. Though Gordon-Levitt displays some interesting directorial chops and plays his slime ball character quite convincingly, the story’s over-simplified, predictable resolution leaves something to be desired.

Mud. Matthew McConaughey continues his recent streak of outstanding films in this Arkansas coming of age tale. It’s hard to believe this actor was once pigeonholed as a rom-com lead as he gives another nuanced performance here, mixing caution and charisma as he charms two young boys into helping him evade the law and reunite with his lover (played by Reese Witherspoon). This film may be a bit long and meandering, but the music, cinematography, and characters can justify the length.

The East. cn_image.size.sundance-film-festival-2013-park-city-utahThis thoughtful and provocative spy thriller comes from Sundance stars Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, who starred and directed (respectively) in previous Sundance sensation, Sound of My Voice. If this second film is any indication, these two are set to become household names just like another indie favorite, Ellen Page, who also happens to be in this film. Full of twists and turns, The East also has a solid storyline with a satisfying ending and not too many leaps of faith required.…