Michael Keaton's not-so-superheroAwards season officially begins today with the opening of the 71st Venice Film Festival, which in recent years has put the likes of Black Swan and Gravity on the launching pad with its prestigious first-night slot. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest, Birdman (Or The Unexpected Virtue Of Ignorance) perches beautifully in that company, being an experimental yet fully grounded work by a supreme visual stylist.
Be careful what you toss in the rubbishWould it be reductive to call Stephen Daldry's Trash a sort of Slumdog Brazil-ionaire? Going by this trailer, we can expect some of the same atmosphere thanks to the energetic young leads here, the impossible odds and a note of optimism that runs throughout despite the threats of violence.
The American Film Institute announced today that luminous Italian movie icon Sophia Loren will receive a special Tribute on the penultimate night of AFI FEST 2014, which runs November 6 through 13 in Hollywood.
AFI FEST will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of her glamorous, Oscar-nominated role in Vittorio De Sica's "Marriage Italian Style" with a restored print, and a live discussion that will survey Loren's storied career.