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.

Larry David Dons A Big Ol’ Beard for ‘Clear History’

The incarnation of Seinfeld creator Larry David with which audiences are probably most familiar is his Curb Your Enthusiasm self: clean-shaven, mostly bald and always in the midst of an uncomfortable situation. This perception is so ingrained in our collective cultural memory that most people probably won’t even recognize Mr. David in his latest role, the upcoming HBO film Clear History. In the new trailer for the movie, David appears as a grizzled old man with a yacht-rock-meets-hippie vibe, driving a convertible and belting out Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4.” Cool.

The beard, sunglasses and convertible make sense when you consider the plot of the Greg Mottola-directed comedy. David stars as Nathan, a guy with an office job (marketing) who loses out on a big opportunity from a spat with his boss (sounds a bit Curb-y, no?) and walks away humiliated. A decade later, we find that after his life went into shambles, he has started over and is living on an island off of Massachusetts with a new name and a new identity, but his past comes creeping up behind him.

The rest of the cast looks formidable too, including Jon Hamm, Eva Mendes, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Amy Ryan and probably some other big names we haven’t heard yet. Watch the trailer below, and then have “25 or 6 to 4” stuck in your head all day.

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. 

[via THR]

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Important Question: Would You Have Sex With a Ghost?

Our friends at The Gloss have a regular series called "Wed Bed Dead" (that’s the PG version of "Marry Fuck Kill," for those not in the know, such as all of our moms), which really is the best game to play, right? And this week’s episode brings up a very important question: would you have sex with a ghost? For those of us who are not Ke$ha, this is probably not something we’ve thought much about. (Well, I guess I have.) Jennifer and Ashley pick three of the most eligible ghostly bachelors—Casper, Beetlejuice, and Sam from Ghost—and break down the options for us all. Take a look after the jump.

(Obviously, the correct answer is Wed Sam, Bed Beetlejuice, and Kill Casper. Think of the lifetime of pottery! And also Oda Mae would probably come hang out all the time.)

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Celebrate Boss’s Day Like a Boss With These Cinematic Honchos

It’s that time of year again: Boss’s Day. (What’s that, you ask? When is Employee’s Day? Everyday is Employee’s Day! Now shut up and get back to work, you peons!) (Yes, one could say I am blogging like a boss today.) To celebrate, here’s a list of the best bosses in movie history. "Best," of course, is a relative term, but hey, this is the internet and all I know is that I’m the boss of listicles today, so deal with it or you’re fired. 

1. Sigourney Weaver as Katharine Parker in Working Girl

2. Dabney Coleman as Franklin M. Hart, Jr. in 9 to 5

3. Diana Rigg as Lady Holiday in The Great Muppet Caper
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4. Christopher Walken as Max Shreck in Batman Returns

5. Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada

6. Bette Midler as Sadie Shelton in Big Business

7. Michael Keaton as Captain Gene Mauch in The Other Guys

8. Garry Marshall as Walter Harvey in A League of Their Own

9. Dan Hedaya as Richard Nixon in Dick

10. Harvey Keitel as Matthew "Sport" Higgins in Taxi Driver

11. Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker in In the Loop

12. Anthony LaPaglia as Joe Reaves in Empire Records

13. Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly in You’ve Got Mail

14. Maggie Smith as Mother Superior in Sister Act

15. John Cusack as Rob Gordon in High Fidelity

16. Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest

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