'Birdman' to open Venice Film Festival
Alejandro Inarritu's "Birdman," starring Michael Keaton, will open the 71st Venice Film Festival.
Festival organizers announced Thursday that the film, whose full title is "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance," will premiere Aug. 27 at the annual Italian festival.
In the black comedy, Keaton plays an actor famous for portraying an iconic superhero who is trying to mount a Broadway play. The movie also stars Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts.
Inarritu's previous films include "Babel," "Amores Perros" and "21 Grams."
One of the most anticipated movies of the fall, Fox Searchlight will release "Birdman" in North America on Oct. 17.
The Venice Film Festival runs Aug. 27 through Sept. 6.
Brooks' music coming to digital via his own site
Garth Brooks, one of the last musicians to refuse put his music on iTunes, will make his songs available digitally on his own website.
The 52-year-old country singer made the announcement Thursday at a press conference in Nashville, Tennessee.
Brooks is one of music's top-selling artists. He said in the past that he had no animosity toward Apple, but disagreed with its approach to selling music.
Others were like Brooks and refused to join iTunes until reaching deals, including AC/DC, the Beatles, Radiohead and Led Zeppelin.
Hollywood 'Godzilla' finally stomps home to Japan
Tokyo is rolling out the red carpet for Hollywood's "Godzilla" remake although the nation that gave birth to the fire-breathing monster is seeing the latest movie after it opened everywhere else.
"Godzilla," opening in the U.S. May 16, has grossed more than $488 million globally.
But trepidation remains about its reception in Japan because of the intense loyalty fans feel toward the original. The film opens in Japan on July 25.
Director Gareth Edwards, present in Tokyo for the gala Thursday, stressed he had merely parented what was the child of Japan.
"It feels like a homecoming," said Edwards. "His home is Japan."
'Game of Thrones' earns a leading 19 Emmy nods
The sprawling and bloodthirsty saga "Game of Thrones," defying the Emmy Awards' grudging respect for such fantasy fare, emerged as the leader in the nominations announced Thursday with 19 bids, including best drama series.
Other top nominees included a pair of ambitious miniseries, "Fargo," with 18 bids, and "American Horror Story: Coven," with 17. The AIDS drama "The Normal Heart" received 16 nominations, including best TV movie. The meth kingpin tale "Breaking Bad" got 16 bids for its final season, including best drama and a best actor nod for star Bryan Cranston.
The 66th prime-time Emmy Awards ceremony will have big-screen star power to spare. This year's Academy Awards best-actor winner Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club") and nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave") are both nominees for TV projects, as is past Oscar winner Julia Roberts.
In the competitive best-drama series category, "Game of Thrones" will compete with "Breaking Bad," "Downton Abbey," "House of Cards," "Mad Men" and "True Detective."
Whether HBO's "Game of Thrones" can take home the top trophy is another question: Only one fantasy or sci-fi series, "Lost," has ever captured it, according to Tom O'Neil, author of "The Emmys" and organizer of the Gold Derby awards site.