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Award-winning ‘Birdman’ director wary of success

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ALEJANDRO G. Iñarritu (right) directs Naomi Watts and Andrea Riseborough. Behind him is cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. Photos courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

He sang a line from a Barry Manilow song and made irreverent quips. Alejandro G. Iñarritu was introduced as “el Mexicano loco” (Michael Keaton, star of his acclaimed film, “Birdman,” calls him that) so I introduced myself as “el Filipino loco.” Thus began my recent funny chat with the first Mexican to earn an Oscar Best Director nod (for “Babel”), at the New York Palace Hotel.

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‘Fury’ inspires Shia LaBeouf to make peace with Alec Baldwin

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LABEOUF. Has been reconnecting with people he had problems with. Ruben Nepales

“Me and Alec Baldwin just got good,” disclosed Shia LaBeouf to us recently, apparently inspired by the brotherly love, friendship and camaraderie he experienced while cooped up in a tank with Brad Pitt and three other actors on the “Fury” set. Shia and Alec had a widely reported spat during rehearsals for their 2013 Broadway play, “Orphans.” Amid a public exchange of insults between Shia and Alec, the former was replaced by Ben Foster.

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Brad Pitt, life after the wedding

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AFTER  going through boot camp, he now has “a deeper understanding and appreciation” of military men. photo by Ruben V. Nepales

The husband of the newly minted Honorary Dame of the British Empire strode into a New York restaurant and immediately apologized for being late.

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‘Iron Man’ actor and wife adding girl to Team Downey

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Photo by Ruben V. Nepales

“She’s sitting back there – I have to be careful,” Robert Downey Jr. quipped, referring to his wife Susan, seated at the back of a hotel meeting room.

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Ben talks about ‘Batman,’ ‘Gone Girl’ and directing

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AFFLECK says he would like “to direct movies that I think are interesting and act in movies with directors that I can learn from.”  RUBEN V. NEPALES

Ben Affleck’s bulked-up Batman physique was evident though he was all covered in a gray jacket and printed dress shirt during our recent chat at The Ritz Carlton New York-Central Park. The actor was nursing a cold—his voice was a bit hoarse—and he was tired from last night’s New York Film Festival premiere of “Gone Girl,” but he was his usual nice self.

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