Oscars News: ‘Birdman’ will change Michael Keaton’s life and ‘blow your mind’

Mark Harris proclaims that the new film ‘Birdman” will change the career of veteran actor Michael Keaton. Even better for audiences: “it will blow your mind.” With an eccentric and artistic cover for this week’s edition, the story says the character of Riggan Thomson is a “thinly fictionalized version” of Keaton himself. He helped create the modern-day superhero genre 25 years ago by starring for director Tim Burton in “Batman” and then “Batman Returns.” In the exclusive interview, he says that he hasn’t seen any of the more recent Christopher Nolan Batman movies all the way through and has “zero interest” in that. Keaton has never been nominated at the Oscars but is starting to gain serious traction. Entertainment Weekly

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Chris Branch interviews actor Jai Courtney about the upcoming Angelina Jolie film “Unbroken,” and he is already buzzing about the Oscars. Even though the film doesn’t premiere until Christmas, many pundits expect it to be an awards heavyweight. Courtney calls his director “fantastic” and says he continued to audition because it was a case of “I don’t care what I play, I just want to be part of this movie.” The true story is based on the life of Louis Zamperini (Jack O’Connell), an Olympic track star taken captive by Japanese soldiers during World War II. Huffington Post

Emily Smith discusses the London Film Festival premiere of hot Oscar pick “The Imitation Game.” Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley were the stars on the rain-soaked red carpet Wednesday night. Distributor and Oscar kingpin Harvey Weinstein flew over to London to host the event, which also included co-stars Allen Leech, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, and Matthew Beard plus Morten Tyldum. New York Post

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Kris Tapley reports that his unofficial count shows a record number of foreign language submissions for the next Academy Awards. With recent announced titles from Kyrgyzstan, Ireland, and Cuba, that puts the current total at 77, one more than last year. Countries such as Albania, Algeria, and Indonesia haven’t even spoken up yet, so the final total still might be higher. He is personally pulling for Hungary’s “White God” and “Wild Tales” for nods and one of them to win. HitFix

Scott Feinberg chats with music icon Patti Smith about the possibility of her first ever Oscar nomination. The singer-songwriter penned the haunting lullaby “Mercy Is” for the Biblical epic “Noah.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member is known as “the Godmother of Punk Rock.” At 67 years old, she might be remembered well by Academy members “who came of age with her music and be happy to hear it again.” Hollywood Reporter

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