From the Name Change to His Comeback: The Career of Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice

Night Shift dir. Ron Howard (1982)
Keaton starred in Ron Howard’s Night Shift alongside Henry Winkler. The film featured a soundtrack featuring Talk Talk, Rod Stewart, Quarterflash, and Heaven 17, an ultimate ‘80s flashback. Keaton was praised for his performance as the aggressive Bill “Blaze” Blazejowski, the coworker of Chuck (Winkler) at a morgue.

Beetlejuice dir. Tim Burton (1988)
Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! What made the mark for Michael Keaton was Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice as he gave an exuberantly energetic and infectious performance. Classic.

Batman/Batman Returns dir. Tim Burton (1989/1992)
Returning in another Tim Burton film, Michael Keaton was casted as the lead for Batman. He returned in the darker Batman Returns with the delicious Michelle Pfeiffer as Cat Woman and Danny Devito as Penguin.

Pacific Heights dir. John Schlesinger (1990)
Starring alongside Melanie Griffith, Keaton starred as Carter Hayes, a mysterious man who moves into the building where he meets a married couple (Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine) that becomes increasingly suspicious of him. Pacific Heights grossed 44 million dollars and made its mark on the list for Bravo’s Top 100 Scariest Movie Moments. Though the film received mixed reviews (Ebert called it “a horror movie for yuppies”) it was one of the top films of that year.

 My Life dir. Bruce Joel Rubin (1993)
An early Nicole Kidman stars alongside Keaton in a moving portrait of a married man and soon-to-be father diagnosed with kidney cancer as he videotapes his life and words of wisdom for the child his wife is soon to have. Director Bruce Joel Rubin dedicated the film to his own mother Sondra Rubin. Look out for co-star Queen Latifah.

Much Ado About Nothing dir. Kenneth Branagh (1993)
Much Ado About Nothing was a hit at the box office the year of 1993. Too many stars to count star including Kate Beckinsale, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Kenneth Branagh, and Robert Sean Leonard. Keaton star in the comedy romp famously based on Shakespeare’s play.

The Paper dir. Ron Howard (1994)
The Paper is yet another film Ron Howard directed featuring Michael Keaton. Keaton stars as the editor of a fictional New York City tabloid in this film chronicling a 24 hour tour-de-force of a newspaper editor’s working life and personal life.

Jackie Brown dir. Quentin Tarantino (1997)
One of Keaton’s finest moments was in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. His role as an ATF agent named Ray Nicolette was an essential part of this crime story that entertained audiences worldwide.

Live From Baghdad dir. Mick Jackson (2002)
Keaton received a Golden Globe nomination for HBO’s Live from Baghdad as CNN producer Robert Wiener covering the Persian Gulf War in 1991. The film’s approach to journalism and particularly news coverage from CNN is riveting stuff and Keaton’s performance is certainly one of his best.

The Company dir. Robert Littell (2007)
The TV-mini-series The Company, which aired on TNT, earned Keaton a Screen Actors Guild nomination. Based on the director Robert Littell’s own novel, The Company “follows the Cold War intelligence battle between the CIA and the KGB from the end of WWII to the fall of the Soviet Union”. Alfred Molina and Chris O’Donnell costar.

Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis to Star in Alejandro González Iñárritu Comedy

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s oeuvre—which includes Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, and Biutiful—is brilliant, but it isn’t particulary hilarious (unless, of course, you think dog fighting is a total riot). That is why it’s a bit surprising to learn that González Iñárritu’s next feature, Birdman, is set to be a comedy. Featuring Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, and Zach Galifianakis, Birdman follows the Broadway production of a play based on a Raymond Carver story. Keaton will star as a marquee actor trying to reclaim his artistic credibility. How very Bullets Over Broadway, only without the mob, Woody Allen’s neuroses, or Jennifer Tilly. 

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Linkage: Darren Aronofsky Eyes Another, Hip Hop’s 5 Wealthiest

His Biblical epic Noah and a Judy Garland biopic still in the chamber, Darren Aronofsky has begun whispering about yet another project: a dark George Washington tale called The General. Why not? [Variety]

Diddy ($550 million), Jay ($460 million), Dre ($270 million), Birdman ($125 million) and 50 Cent ($100 million) — with special shout outs to their vodkas, tee shirts, headphones, energy drinks, and Nicki Minaj‘s — make for the wealthiest acts in hip hop. [Forbes]

It might not pay the same (see above), but when it comes to the lewd, hip hop’s bad bitches can certainly play with the boys. [Vice]

From Zora Neale Hurston to Patti Smith, plenty of women writers have found success in New York, but that’s not to say it was easy. The Awl considers rent, beverage, and the price of life’s incidents to tabulate exactly what it cost eight such ladies to make it in New York. [The Awl]

There are two different Portlands (Maine and Oregon) and one U.S. territory (San Juan, Puerto Rico) on Travel + Leisure‘s “Best Cities for Hipsters” list, but no mention of New York. Brooklyn, are you going to take that? [Yahoo]

Maybe it’s not so hard to write a best seller. A good book, though, there’s a challenge. [NPR]

That mahogany lined G5 jet was probably a lie, but Soulja Boy’s closet full of weed isn’t. [TMZ]

Afternoon Links: ‘Art Breaks’ Returns To MTV, Anne Hathaway’s Miserable ‘Les Misérables’ Diet

● MTV is bringing back Art Breaks, a series that broadcasts short TV spots made by Moma PS1 and Creative Time curated artists between commercials. As PS1 director Klaus Biesenback explains, the series encourages "a younger generation of artists to experiment beyond the walls of the museum and onto the screens of a broad, international audience." And here we thought that Snooki was the art… [ArtsBeat]

● Meanwhile in the MTV universe, MTV2 is rebooting and reworking Hollywood Squares as Hip Hop Squares, wherein members of the hip hop community fill each of the show’s nine quadrants. MTV promises that their new version will be "much more ‘party’ than ‘game show.’" [EW]

● Anne Hathaway has been subsisting on just 500 calories a day in order to drop weight quick for her role in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables.[TheMirror]

● The guys who direct Community are apparently in the running to helm the Captain America sequel. [Vulture]

● One thing Adele will not be spending any of that record money on is shampoo. Asked about her signature pouf, she said: "I only wash it with water." [Us]

Complex gets an answer from Birdman to the question that’s been burning you up: What’s with the handrubbing? "My palms do itch a lot," he explains in an interview in this month’s issue. "I got tired of scratching them and just went to rubbing my hands." [Complex]

Morning Links: Demi Moore Hospitalized For Exhaustion, Tim Gunn Hasn’t Had Sex In 29 Years

● Demi Moore was rushed to the hospital late Monday night for a "substance abuse related issue" — "shaking" and "acting like she was suffering from a seizure," reportedly — and exhaustion. According to her rep, "Because of the stresses in her life right now, Demi has chosen to seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health. She looks forward to getting well and is grateful for the support of her family and friends." [TMZ]

● And accordingly, Demi Moore has dropped out of Lovelace, wherein she was set to play Gloria Steinem. [TMZ]

● An "impatient" ex-lover left Project Runway‘s Tim Gunn nearly celibate. During an episode of his new show, The Revolution, he revealed that it’s been 29 years since his last go. "Do I feel like less of a person because of it? No. Not even remotely." [Celebuzz]

● Miley Cyrus’s choice of cake for her boyfriend Liam Hemsworth’s birthday was unusual, to say the least. [ONTD]

● Kirsten Dunst and her new man, Country Strong‘s dreamy Garrett Hedlund, seem to be making a splash at Sundance. [People]

● Young Money CEO Birdman has got five million on Tom Brady taking the Superbowl. "I like New ENGLaNd," he tweeted. Belie’e dat! [RapFix]

● Etta James’s funeral has been set for Saturday in Los Angeles, with Reverand Al Sharpton presiding over the ceremonies and several as-of-yet unnamed celebrity performances. Let’s all hope, for Etta’s sake, that Flo Rida is busy that day. [Billboard]

Morning Links: Justin Bieber has a situation, Martha Stewart’s a grandmother

● Nickelodeon is looking to win back the generation of early watchers who were raised on their early ’90s programming. They are dedicating the too-late-for-current-Nick-viewers midnight-to-2 AM time slot to golden-era favorites like Pete and Pete, Rugrats and Clarissa Explains It All. The ’90s Are All That, indeed! [EW] ● The numbers are in and this years richest rappers are as follows: Diddy, $475 million; Jay-Z, $450 million; Dr. Dre $125 million; and tied for fifth, 50 Cent and Birdman with an easy $100 million a piece. Diddy’s got Ciroc, 50’s got a burgeoning career in cinema, and Jay’s got a kingdom — how did Birdman, a fairly middling rapper with little output, make this list? It had to be swag. [Forbes] ● There was something of a situation yesterday outside Justin Bieber’s London hotel where hundreds of screaming girls had gathered to get a glimpse of the pop god. Ironically, as a result of the mania, Justin had to cancel the Beatles tour he had planned. [TMZ]

● Martha Stewart is a grandmother, but don’t call her that! Baby Jude will be referring to her as “Martha,” just like the rest of us. [People] ● The end of this relationship has been teased almost since it began four years ago, but it looks like Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have finally parted ways. Justin has had his chances of love and will surely have many more. Also, we’re single! [NYDN] ● After years of being banned for his anti-authoritarian bends, China is finally warming up to the idea of Bob Dylan. Or maybe he has just cooled down enough for them. “He evokes more nostalgia than notoriety,” said a Chinese-American musician, noting a probably pleasing change in Dylan’s brand. Dylan will play two shows, one in Shanghia and another in Beijing, tickets should still be available. [Yahoo/AP]

Morning Links: AOL Buys Huffington Post, Charlie Sheen Dances the Night Away

● AOL’s Tim Armstrong and Huffinton Post’s Arianna Huffington jack-knifed post-Super Bowl talk last night by announcing AOL’s $315 million acquisition of the Huff Po. How about that Groupon commercial? [AllThingD’s] ● Lil Wayne helped the Wall Street Journal live blog last night’s game from the endzone, while Birdman made a milli. [WSJ/HipHopDX] ● LCD Soundsystem is bowing out, just like frontman James Murphy said they would, but not until they complete a three hour victory jam at Madison Square Garden. All guests are asked to wear white and/or black. Should be special. [Pitchfork]

● Martha Stewart thought Fergie looked great at last night’s halftime show. [Twitter] ● Meet Guy Pelly, the best friend of Prince William and Prince Harry, who’s been charged with organizing Prince William’s bachelor party. Exotic locales! Girls! Booze! Prying eyes await the scandalizing photos. [NYT] ● Looped three times, this video of Charlie Sheen dancing is almost art. [TMZ]