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Will Birdman take flight at the Oscars?


Michael Keaton and his Birdman alter ego.

Michael Keaton and his Birdman alter ego.

Birdman: The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, was the strangest film I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen strange.

I’m not counting bizarro sci-fi flicks, like Mesa of Lost Women, about a mad scientist who injects spiders with human growth hormone to create a race of beautiful women, or David Croneberg’s Videodrome (David Cronenberg, ’nuff said). Those films are in a strange category all their own.

Birdman falls in line with more mainstream films such as Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda, Barton Fink, Mulholland Drive, and Donnie Darko. Strange films geared toward a general audience. That’s where Birdman feathers its nest as the strangest of them all.
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Tony Awards: Tracy Letts is the leader of the pack


Best Actor Tony Award Winner Tracy Letts

Best Actor Tony Award Winner Tracy Letts

With a dazzling opening number by Neil Patrick Harris and the casts of current Broadway shows to start things off, the Tony Awards broadcast was pretty spectacular.

I was thrilled Edward Albee’s play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was so successful. My favorite show of the Broadway season, it won three Tonys: Best Revival of a Play, Best Direction of a Play – Pam MacKinnon, and Tracy Letts for Best Leading Actor In a Play.

An underdog, Mr. Letts was universally hailed for his astounding portrayal of the henpecked husband George, but Tom Hanks in Lucky Guy was considered the Tony favorite, because, well, he’s Tom Hanks.

To the delight of Broadway fans, Mr. Letts proved to be the alpha male of the pack. Read more…

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