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‘Birdman’ will hit theaters on October 17th

Birdman movieA potential awards season X factor in this year’s upcoming Oscar race is filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman, a comedy from the normally dark director. It’s also a rare leading role for Michael Keaton, so many of us are highly anticipating it. The film might debut at the Cannes Film Festival this year (we’ll potentially find out next week), but apparently it’s going to have an awards friendly release date regardless. Birdman is scheduled to come out now on October 17th, right in the thick of things. You can see more below on the movie, and stay tuned to find out if the flick gets a spot in Cannes.

Here’s the story from Variety:

Fox Searchlight has set Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” starring Michael Keaton, for an awards-season release date of Oct. 17 in the U.S.

Keaton stars as a famous actor struggling to mount a Broadway play. Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts also star.

Inarritu wrote the dark comedy with Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo. He also produced along with John Lesher, Arnon Milchan and James W. Skotchdopole.

The film may be selected next week as a competition title for the Cannes Film Festival. Inarritu’s films screened at Cannes include “Biutiful,” “Babel” and “Amores Perros,” which won the Critics Week prize.

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Written by Joey Magidson

When he’s not obsessing over new Oscar predictions on a weekly basis, Joey is seeing between 300 and 350 movies a year. He views the best in order to properly analyze the awards race/season each year, but he also watches the worst for reasons he mostly sums up as "so you all don't have to". In his spare time, you can usually find him complaining about the Jets or the Mets. Still, he lives and dies by film. Joey's a voting member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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