Jack Nicholson said it all after watching “Birdman” with Michael Keaton and a couple of others.
“Masterful, Keats,” he told him and “Thanks for making this movie because now I don’t have to.”
Keaton, who does a pretty good imitation of Nicholson’s voice, told a few stories on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” about their days filming “Batman” (Jack typically was out till 3:30 a.m. so wouldn’t arrive till 9:30 or 10, and was able to snooze in the makeup chair as he was transformed into The Joker).
The Pittsburgh native also challenged Kimmel to a spelling bee and name-dropped CMU but joked that he never could have been admitted to the prestigious school even if he had given it millions of dollars. He will become a visiting scholar for the Entertainment Technology Center. “I am getting a pipe and a tweed jacket and developing a drinking problem,” he quipped.
The actor’s appearance opened with the TV host’s observation that Keaton, a Pittsburgh native, had won nine honors for “Birdman” and is in contention for eight more. “May I have one of your trophies?” Kimmel joked.
When the late-night host mentioned Keaton’s (surely) surefire Oscar nomination, the actor stopped him with, “Please, please, please, please” but acknowledged it was “ridiculously flattering.”
But Keaton is the front-runner and should be invited to the party, at the very least. I wouldn’t be surprised if he walks away with the gold. He's earned it.
Variety has just reported that the New York premiere of "The Interview" has been canceled. That came on the heels of word that Carmike Cinemas had scrapped plans to show the movie.
The news came hours after hackers’ threats that evoked 9/11 and seemed to target theaters playing the comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. It stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, who canceled their media appearances for today and tomorrow.
Sony still plans to release the movie, the trade publication reported, but told distributors they could pull it from their Christmas Day openings. It’s too early to know if other chains will follow Carmike’s example.
Christmas, after all, is one of the busiest, most lucrative movie seasons of the year. Today’s news isn’t just about patrons who might be leery of seeing “The Interview” but of going to any theater to see a movie.
The Department of Homeland Security said earlier today there was “no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters” but said it was still analyzing messages from the hackers calling themselves Guardians of peace. However, the Associated Press reports that law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles are addressing measures to ramp up security.