Birdman's protagonist Riggan did a fair amount of flying, with no one quite sure to what end. But after his almost Sisyphean start, Alex Dinelaris Jr.'s star continues to ascend. Last year I was fortunate enough to interview the break-out writer at possibly the most exciting time of his life.
I am a story and career consultant for writers. Many writers face the challenge of how to elevate the emotional component of their story. If we are not connecting to your story on an emotional level, the story doesn't work.
Birdman's Oscar-Winning Writer, Alex Dinelaris, Scores Hat-Trick With Upcoming Broadway Musical and Starz TV Series
I caught up with Alex some three months ago on the cusp of "the awards show season."
Watching Birdman (Or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) was a lot like going through menopause -- one minute I was delighted, the next I was depressed, and a few times I delved into a scene and forgot why I was there. There was something profoundly honest in the movie that touched my Baby Boomer soul.
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Here are a few observations on current shifts in our cultural zeitgeist -- and how they found a reflection in some of Sunday night's best picture contenders at the Oscars.
Besides the Great Boyhood snub of 2015 -- and Eddie Murphy affirming he's purged all personality/humor -- this year's biggest regret surrounds Eddie Redmayne beating Michael Keaton for Best Actor.
For the third time in four years, the Oscar for Best Picture has gone to a film about film -- a "meta-film" if you will. If we wanted to, we could take this observation and ask the question: What does this say about the Academy? But instead, why don't we take this Academy bias and ask a harder question.
Never did I ever expect Lady Gaga to do a medley of songs from The Sound of Music. Then when she introduced and embraced Dame Julie Andrews, I kept thinking "Pop royalty meets actual royalty."
The Academy Awards for me was a surprise, notably in that I mostly enjoyed Neil Patrick Harris' performance.
Film insiders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences may have given Best Picture honors to Birdman, but moviegoers in the new Moviegoers Best Blockbuster Film Awards gave top honors to Interstellar!
Michael Keaton isn't the only Birdman. Caroll Spinney might be the original Birdman since he's been playing Big Bird on "Sesame
Alejandro González Iñárritu won Best Director at Sunday's Oscars for "Birdman." Iñárritu bested Wes Anderson ("The Grand