Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s dark comedy piece follows a former actor as he mounts a Broadway play based on a Raymond Carver short story.
Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts and Zach Galifianakis will star in Birdman, Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s latest project that is being made by Fox Searchlight and New Regency.
As opposed to Gonzalez Inarritu’s usual soul-searing dramas, Birdman is a dark comedy that follows a former actor, who once played an iconic superhero, as he mounts a Broadway play based on a Raymond Carver short story in a bid to reclaim past glory. However, the play’s egotistical leading man threatens to throw everything down the tubes.
Keaton, who played Batman in the 1989 and 1992 Tim Burton movies, is the comic book movie star trying to regain his credibility.
Stone will play Keaton’s daughter, fresh from rehab and now his assistant. Watts will be an actress in the play, while Galifianakis will play the production’s conniving producer.
The other main parts to be cast include the play’s leading man and the ex-wife.
Gonzalez Inarritu co-wrote the script with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo. He is producing with Robert Graf and John Lesher.
An early April production start is being eyed.
Stone is shooting The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and is attached to star in Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak. Watts, who worked with Gonzalez Inarritu on 2003’s 21 Grams, is coming off an Oscar nomination for her performance in Summit’s The Impossible.
Galifianakis next reprises his breakout role as Wolf Pack member Alan in The Hangover Part III, while Keaton recently wrapped a turn in MGM’s remake of Robocop.
Stone is repped by WME, Anonymous Content and Ziffren Brittenham; Watts is repped by CAA, Untitled and Hanson Jacobson; Galifianakis is repped by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Morris Yorn; and Keaton by ICM and Ziffren Brittenham.
Emma Stone says if she didn’t use skin oils she wouldn’t be able to move her face.
The actress shared the secrets to her flawless and natural-looking complexion. Emma says she has super sensitive skin that is prone to being dry.
“My skin is chronically dry, so when I’m traveling I take Argan oil with me. I have to put oils on my skin because it feels like I can’t move my face if I don’t!” Emma revealed to the British edition of InStyle.
The pretty star says she is also cursed with allergies that affect her beauty regime. Emma has to be careful with products as picking the wrong kind can cause her skin to react.
“As I’m allergic to a lot of fragrances, I go for gentle natural skincare, like coconut, Argan and olive oils,” she continued. “I also have a sensitivity to glycerine, which is in almost every skincare product, although it’s fine in make-up because my moisturiser acts as a barrier.”
Emma has recently landed a role as the face of beauty brand Revlon. The style icon shared which of the cosmetics company’s items she uses on herself.
“I love Revlon’s Nearly Naked make-up. It’s light so my freckles show through. I also adore Revlon’s Colorburst Lip Butter in Red Velvet – a lovely deep shade,” she explained. “To cleanse my face, I keep it simple with Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser.”
A lot of the news lately about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been mostly about stars Andrew Garfield and Shailene Woodley, so what about Emma Stone? The actress spoke to Cineplex Magazine about the upcoming sequel and praised the film’s script.
“I’m in it, Andrew is in it, they just cast Dane Dehaan as Harry Osborn who is such a great actor. And Shailene Woodleyas Mary Jane, who’s also wonderful. So there’s all that and the script is very, very good. I’m very much looking forward to it.
“I’m very happy that our first one was received so well, it’ll be cool in the next one to see how Gwen and Peter bridge that distance that was between us at the end of it. I think the way it all unfolds is pretty neat. And I hope they continue letting Gwen be heroic, I think they might!”
We’ve yet to see any set photos of Stone on the set of the film, here’s hoping that changes soon.
In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) finds, life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.
Also starring Shailene Woodley, Colm Feore, Sally Field and Chris Cooper, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters May 2, 2014.
Oscar winner Chris Cooper has signed on to play Norman Osborn in Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for Columbia Pictures.
The character of Osborn is pivotal in the franchise because he is the alter ego of the Green Goblin, which was played by Willem Dafoe in the original Spider-Man trilogy. It is unclear whether Cooper will make his villainous turn in this film or in a sequel. Osborn starts out as a mentor to the superhero before turning bad.
The film stars Andrew Garfield as the webslinger and Emma Stone as his love interest.
Cooper, who won a best supporting actor Oscar for 2002’s Adaptation, joins an all-star cast of villains that includes Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti.
The screenplay is by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt. The film will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.
The sequel is set for release May 2, 2014.
Cooper, whose credits also include The Muppets, Syriana and American Beauty, next will be seen in August: Osage County. He is repped by Untitled Entertainment.
Jennifer Lawrence has a message for Emma Stone. “Oh god! Hang on, I told Emma Stone that I’d do this,” she laughed when our very own Ryan Seacrest wheeled out the mani cam. “Wait, no I can’t actually do it.”
With a little bit of encouragement, the Oscar nominee leaned down into the camera and hollered, “Your ass is mine, Stone!”
Unfortunately, the mani cam was having a minor technological issue and didn’t capture the jab, but Jennifer was content: “I did it in theory. I can still tell her that I did it.”
And while the Silver Linings Playbook nominee had previously revealed she ate a Philly cheese steak before hitting the carpet at last year’s Oscars, this year she came with an empty stomach: “Today was stressful and I had no time to eat,” she moaned. “I am starving.”
“Is there food here?” she continued, when Ryan informed her that Wolfgang Puck would cater a post-show meal. “Aw, the show is so long. Sorry! I’m so upset about the food!”
But a growling stomach aside, the actress, who looked flawless in Dior Haute Couture, seemed thrilled to attend the ceremony again. “It’s such an amazing ride. This was such a passion project for all of us,” she gushed. “To be able to share this with each other, with David and Bob and Jacki and Bradley, it couldn’t be better.”
Having enjoyed pretty much the definition of a meteoric rise to fame, you could maybe forgive Emma Stone for having lost the run of herself. But just as her big-screen persona is usually based on being the approachable, down-to-earth, girl-next-door type, in person she demonstrates many of those qualities too, along with an absolute refusal to take herself too seriously. It made for an entertaining interview at the Berlin Film Festival following the premiere of her animated film “The Croods” (our review here). And if some members of our small press group were not just eating out of her hand, but apparently longing to curl up in her lap and go to sleep there by the end of our time with her, in between the various “Why are you so awesome?”-style questions, Stone did fill us in quite a bit on her philosophy towards her career to date, her role models and what the future holds. And if she has been taught to be a little cagey in some areas, she admitted as much saying, “This is what ‘Spider-Man’ does to you I’m always like ‘I don’t know if I can tell you about that, you’ll have to wait and see.’ About everything. ‘Would you like some water?’ ‘I dunno, you’ll have to wait and see…’ ”
Here’s the interview more or less in full, which, professional reticence aside, was mostly candid and insightful, and anyway, girl gets our vote for namechecking Billy Wilder’s “The Apartment” in such a specific way.
How did the experience of voicing an animated character compare to live-action acting?
The experience was a lot more like traditional acting than I expected. I thought I was just gonna be in a booth “doing a cartoon voice.” I mean, the first year of the project – because you only go in once every couple of months, it’s the easiest, most fun job in the world – I would go in and I was voicing Eep like [perky, high-pitched] “Hi! Ok! Great! Suuper” in this higher cartoonish register. And then once I saw the animation and I saw her build, you know, she just felt like she had a lower register, so I ended up having to make it a lot truer to life.
Do you think you can interpret “The Croods” as politically or ideologically standing against conservatism? [???!?]
I have literally no idea what you’re talking about. It’s… man, calm down. You’re firing on all four burners, I’m at a lower speed, on a different plane.
Have the roles you’ve taken helped you learn about yourself?
Yes, very much so. I have a friend who says that roles choose you at the time that you need them most, and you have to believe, as an actor, if you didn’t get a part that you really, really wanted and it went to someone else, it was because it was theirs to begin with. Just like a relationship, if you don’t end up with that person that you thought was the love of your life and they fell in love with someone else, they weren’t yours, it wasn’t meant to be. So the roles that have come into my life have taught me – and in that time period maybe I didn’t even know it but whatever came up or whatever it is that you have to express at that time, has benefitted me in a particular way.
One of those parts that got away was the cheerleader in “Heroes,” right?
Yeah, I think maybe everyone, unless you’re like super-lucky and got a job your first time out, can relate to going and going and going and hearing no again and again and again and the reason “Heroes” was tough was because I could hear them through the wall telling Hayden Panettiere, “you got the part, you’re the best!” and then I went in right after her. And I was just, like “Fuck, man, is it always just gonna be no, no, no, it’s never gonna be the time?” And then two weeks later I got ”Superbad” and that changed my entire life. It was my first movie and it changed everything and that’s why I say that part was meant to be hers, and there were other roles I’ve auditioned for too that were not meant to be mine.