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Michael Keaton Discusses Upcoming McDonald’s Biopic, Walk of Fame Honor

27 July 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After taking a few years off from acting, Michael Keaton has been making up for lost time with a string of impressive achievements — while making it all look so easy.

Mount an extraordinary comeback in “Birdman,” the role of a lifetime, and charm Hollywood with his self-effacing wit and humor? Check. Land his first Oscar nomination for said role? Done.

Show remarkable range by following the raging id of that role with the thoughtful, quiet performance of Boston Globe editor Walter “Robby” Robinson in “Spotlight?” Easy. Then see your two films win best-picture Oscars back-to-back? No problem.

Now comes another career milestone, as Keaton receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his career in film July 28. While he’s understandably thrilled, noting “it’s an amazing part of the life resume,” he can’t help but sneak in a zinger. “My biggest concern about having a star »

- Jenelle Riley

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The Founder Is Pushed To Awards Season

14 July 2016 11:34 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Setting the release date of theatrical films is almost a scientific undertaking. There are many factors to consider – including the optimization of the target demographic, in-theatre competition and the possibility of awards success. The Weinstein Company has a wealth of experience in this arena, which means any alteration to the release of a Weinstein Company movie is a notable event – and The Founder is no exception.

“Written by Robert Siegel (Big Fan), The Founder is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.”

The drama, starring Academy Award winner Michael Keaton, »

- Sarah Myles

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‘The Founder’ Pushed Back to an Awards-Friendly Release Date

13 July 2016 2:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Originally, director John Lee Hancock‘s The Founder was scheduled to open in theaters this August. Only a few short weeks before its opening, The Weinstein Company has had a change of heart. Instead of playing as counterprogramming next month, the biopic about McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) has been postponed to awards season. The film will […]

The post ‘The Founder’ Pushed Back to an Awards-Friendly Release Date appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Michael Keaton Biopic ‘The Founder’ Moves to December as Weinstein Juggles Awards Slate

13 July 2016 1:03 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Harvey Weinstein is behaving in a typical fashion: changing release dates. “The Founder,” starring “Spotlight” and “Birdman” star Michael Keaton as Ray Croc, the man who launched the McDonald’s billion-dollar empire, is now slotted for a December 16 debut.

The expansive movie mogul has always waited to see how his movies turn out before deciding where to slot them, driving exhibitors crazy. Last year in Cannes he promoted period triangle romance “Tulip Fever” with Alicia Vikander on hand, but wound up moving it first to August and then all the way back to 2017. It clearly did not pass muster as an awards flick. (Or the mogul lacks the funds to release it in 2016.)

This year, Weinstein debuted at a special Cannes screening fighter biopic “Hands of Stone” (August 26), starring Robert De Niro as a man who is in the corner of Panamanian fighter Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez).

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- Anne Thompson

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Michael Keaton Biopic ‘The Founder’ Moves to December as Weinstein Juggles Awards Slate

13 July 2016 1:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Harvey Weinstein is behaving in a typical fashion: changing release dates. “The Founder,” starring “Spotlight” and “Birdman” star Michael Keaton as Ray Croc, the man who launched the McDonald’s billion-dollar empire, is now slotted for a December 16 debut.

The expansive movie mogul has always waited to see how his movies turn out before deciding where to slot them, driving exhibitors crazy. Last year in Cannes he promoted period triangle romance “Tulip Fever” with Alicia Vikander on hand, but wound up moving it first to August and then all the way back to 2017. It clearly did not pass muster as an awards flick.

This year, Weinstein debuted at a special Cannes screening fighter biopic “Hands of Stone” (August 26), starring Robert De Niro as a man who is in the corner of Panamanian fighter Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez).

Read More: Why Weinstein Co. Wants Antoine Fuqua for First Look TV Deal 

He initially scheduled “The Founder, »

- Anne Thompson

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Weinstein Company Flips McDonald’s Drama ‘The Founder’ to Awards Season

13 July 2016 12:26 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Weinstein Company is moving “The Founder,” its look at Ray Kroc, the man who brought the Big Mac to the masses, into awards season.

The cinematic look at the driving force behind the national expansion of McDonald’s has already skipped around the release calendar. It was originally slated to debut on Nov. 25, 2016 before getting moved to Aug. 5, 2016. It will now hit theaters in limited release on Dec. 16, 2016, before going wide on Jan. 20, 2017.

The hope is that Michael Keaton, who plays Kroc, could generate some Oscar chatter and that the film itself might get some love from awards voters. In December, it will face off against “Star Wars: Rogue One” and the Will Smith drama “Collateral Beauty.” When it goes wide, it will get competition from “XXX: The Return of Xander Cage” and the horror thriller “Split.”

In addition to Keaton, the cast includes Laura Dern, B.J. Novak, »

- Brent Lang

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Oscar Race at the 2016 Halfway Mark: Diversity and Confusion

24 June 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As 2016 hits the halfway point, the Oscar race is even fuzzier than usual. Two things are clear: The studios are back-loading their awards hopefuls yet again, with launches at fall festivals and/or the fourth quarter; and there are more diverse films in the mix, with at least 16 potential biggies from filmmakers who are women, Asians, Latino-Hispanics, black and seniors (i.e., over 65).

In the past few years, “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Boyhood” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” had been widely screened and started industry buzz by late June. This year, there is a lot of industry enthusiasm for a few January-to-June titles such as “Zootopia,” “The Jungle Book” and “The Witch.” But best-pic contenders? Not so sure.

The festivals so far have offered possibilities like “Manchester by the Sea” and “Loving.” And some pundits anointed “The Birth of a Nation” as the Oscar front-runner last January (a mixed blessing for Fox Searchlight, »

- Tim Gray

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Canada’s Elevation Pictures and Anton Corp. Ink Slate Financing Deal

10 May 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Canadian distrib Elevation Pictures has inked a multi-year slate co-financing deal with Sebastien Raynaud’s Europe-based investment outfit Anton Corp.

Under the deal, Anton will partner on Elevation’s acquisition slate of around 20-25 pics per year ranging from elevated commercial films to prestige driven titles, including those from its output deals with Black Bear Pictures, Bleeker Street and Bold Films.

The strategic partnership will give Elevation, which is backed by Teddy Schwartzman’s Black Bear Pictures, the muscle to target opportunities to built its slate, which has so far included titles such as “The Imitation Game” and “Room.” Anton is on board to back releases from the indie disturb such as Garry Marshall’s “Mother’s Day,” Garry Ross’ “Free State of Jones,” John Lee Hancock’s “The Founder,” starring Michael Keaton and Oliver Stone’s “Snowden.”

“This collaboration with the excellent team at Elevation Pictures and Teddy Schwartzman »

- Diana Lodderhose

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The Founder trailer: Michael Keaton starts McDonald’s

21 April 2016 10:30 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The man who transformed McDonald's is brought to the screen by Michael Keaton, in The Founder...

Michael Keaton’s next big screen role will see him play Ray Kroc in The Founder. Kroc is the man who bought McDonald’s from its original founders back in 1961, and then turned it into the global business it’s known as today.

The movie is being directed by Saving Mr Banks’ John Lee Hancock, and it co-stars Laura Dern, John Carroll Lynch, Nick Offerman and Linda Cardellini. Arriving in Us cinemas in August (there’s no UK release date in place yet), the first trailer and an official synopsis for The Founder have now been released.

Here’s the trailer first…

And here’s the official synopsis…

Written by Robert Siegel (Big Fan), The Founder is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, »

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The Founder Trailer Stars Michael Keaton as the Man Behind McDonald's

21 April 2016 11:38 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

One of this summer's most highly-anticipated movies is Warner Bros'. Suicide Squad, which will provide an origin story for the members of Task Force X in the studio's DC Extended Universe. When that movie hits theaters on August 5, it will be going up against a much different origin story, The Weinstein Company's The Founder, which charts the origins of fast food giant McDonald's, and its founder, Ray A. Kroc, played by Michael Keaton. Today we have the first trailer for The Founder, which shows how a salesman turned one hamburger stand into a worldwide empire.

In the 1950s, Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) was a lowly milkshake maker salesman from Illinois who came across a Southern California hamburger restaurant dubbed McDonald's, run by two brothers, Mac (John Caroll Lynch) and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman). Impressed by their speedy system of making what would become known as fast food, and their signature golden arches, »

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Michael Keaton Creates McDonald's in First Trailer for 'The Founder'

21 April 2016 10:01 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"There should be McDonald's everywhere! Franchise the damn thing!" This looks like it might be pretty damn good. The Weinstein Company has debuted the first trailer for The Founder, from director John Lee Hancock, starring Michael Keaton as McDonald's founder Ray Kroc. The story is actually about how Kroc sort of "stole" the business right out from under the McDonald brothers, played by Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch, who originally came up with the idea for a fast food burger joint in the 1950s. The cast includes Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson and B.J. Novak. Keaton's performance doesn't seem better than his last few roles, but the film looks like it's definitely worth seeing when it opens. Here's the first official trailer for John Lee Hancock's The Founder, from USA Today (via The Playlist): Written by Robert Siegel (Big Fan), The Founder is a drama that »

- Alex Billington

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First trailer for The Founder starring Michael Keaton

21 April 2016 8:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The first trailer has arrived online for director John Lee Hancock’s  The Founder which stars Michael Keaton as businessman Ray Kroc, the man responsible for turning McDonald’s into a global brand; check it out here…

Written by Robert Siegel (Big Fan), The Founder is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

The Founder is set for release on August 5th and sees John Lee Hancock directing a cast that also includes Laura Dern, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Patrick Wilson, Ric Reitz, Wilbur Fitzgerald, B.J. Novak and Linda Cardellini. »

- Amie Cranswick

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Michael Keaton Builds McDonald’s Empire in ‘The Founder’ First Trailer

21 April 2016 8:47 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“McDonald’s can be the new American church, and it ain’t just open on Sundays,” Michael Keaton’s character says in the first trailer for “The Founder.”

The film follows milkshake-machine-salesman-turned-fast-food-empire-owner Ray Kroc, who made McDonald’s into a billion dollar chain and one of the most powerful brands in the world.

Kroc began working for Mac and Dick McDonald (John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman) as a franchising agent in 1954. Impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making food in the Southern California burger operation, he saw franchise potential and bought the chain for $2.7 million in 1961.

The key to his success? “Persistence,” Kroc says in the trailer.

Directed by John Lee Hancock, the movie, likened to both David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” also stars Linda Cardellini, Laura Dern and B.J. Novak.

Robert D. Siegel wrote the screenplay, and Don Handfield, Karen Lunder, Jeremy Renner and Aaron Rydert produced he film, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Michael Keaton Hatches The McDonald’s Empire In First Trailer For The Founder

21 April 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If Birdman and Spotlight were any indication, Michael Keaton’s triumphant return to the acting scene has been welcomed by critics and fans alike, and the actor will be hoping to continue that streak later this year with real-life drama, The Founder.

Keaton will headline The Weinstein Company’s biopic as Ray Kroc, the astute businessman who transformed McDonald’s from a modest fast food chain to a global franchise, one which serves upwards of 68 million customers each and every day. That barnstorming revolution proved somewhat controversial, though, given that Kroc initially joined the company as a franchise agent during its formative years, before purchasing McDonald’s outright.

At the time, he set aside $1 million for each of the McDonald brothers, but by the time Kroc passed away in 1984, the sly businessman was worth close to $500 million, and the fast food chain has long established its presences as a global phenomenon. »

- Michael Briers

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Witness The Beginning Of McDonalds With The Founder Trailer

21 April 2016 7:36 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

In the 1950’s, travelling salesman Ray Kroc met brothers Mac and Dick McDonald, owners of a small burger joint in Southern California. Impressed by the brothers speedy system of making the food, Kroc saw franchise potential for McDonalds, and the rest as we know is history. But getting from their to where the fast food giant is now wasn’t all wine and roses, and director John Lee Hancock's (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks) The Founder sheds light on the dark history of the franchise, with Michael Keaton’s Kroc attempting to wrest control away from the brothers McDonald (Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch). The first trailer, via USA Today, promises yet another meaty role for Keaton since Birman signalled a career resurgence for him, and to his his credit he seems to be relishing the role, being incredibly liable and repulsively slimy all at the same time. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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The Founder Trailer: Michael Keaton Builds A Fast-Food Empire, Contends For An Oscar

21 April 2016 7:25 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Like it or not, McDonald.s restaurants are one of those classic American institutions that have stood the test of time. And part of the reason that.s true is because of the tenacity of one man: Ray Kroc, the man who innovated fast food franchising not only for the company, but also for the world. The story of that conquest is told in John Lee Hancock.s latest motion picture, The Founder, and as you.ll see below, Michael Keaton is hungry for a little more than just a Quarter Pounder with Cheese. The trailer for The Founder dropped this morning as a USA Today exclusive, and it.s not hard to see why. Michael Keaton.s performance of Kroc.s evolution from struggling milkshake machine salesman to ruthless entrepreneur is a thing of beauty. Not only does Keaton get to show his normally lovable side, but he also »

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Trailer Hits for McDonald’s Biopic 'The Founder' Starring Michael Keaton

21 April 2016 6:58 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for McDonald’s biopic The Founder starring Michael Keaton and Laura Dern. Film is directed by The Blind Side and Saving Mr. Banks helmer John Lee Hancock.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

Written by Robert Siegel (Big Fan), The Founder is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

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Michael Keaton Builds a Fast Food Empire in First Trailer For ‘The Founder’

21 April 2016 6:39 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Continuing his comeback streak following Birdman, Michael Keaton once again led a Best Picture-winning feature with last year’s Spotlight. He’s back this year with The Founder, a true story drama which depicts the creation of the ubiquitous fast food empire McDonalds. Ahead of a summer release from The Weinstein Company, the first trailer has now arrived.

Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) and written by Robert D. Siegel (Big Fan), the helmer is mostly known for his awards-friendly features which don’t always have a lasting impact, but perhaps the darker side of the writer will pull out something special. Also starring Nick Offerman, Linda Cardellini, Laura Dern, Bj Novak, and John Caroll Lynch, check out the trailer below.

Written by Robert Siegel (Big Fan), The Founder is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, »

- Jordan Raup

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Michael Keaton Invents McDonald's In First Trailer For 'The Founder'

21 April 2016 6:19 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Once poised as a potential Oscar season player with a prime November release date, The Weinstein Company shook up expectations when they moved "The Founder" up to August instead. Hopefully that isn't an indication of the quality of the movie, because on paper, it sounds quite promising. Read More: The Essentials: The 10 Best Michael Keaton Performances Michael Keaton leads the movie as Ray Kroc, the man with a dream of selling burgers across the country and around the world. Yep, this is the movie about how McDonald's became a fast food giant, and telling the tale is director John Lee Hancock ("The Blind Side," "Saving Mr. Banks") with a script by Robert D. Siegel ("The Wrestler"). Here's the official synopsis:  Written by Robert Siegel (Big Fan), The Founder is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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First 'Magnificent Seven' Remake Photos Team Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt

19 April 2016 10:21 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last week during CinemaCon, the banner for MGM's highly-anticipated The Magnificent Seven debuted, giving us our first look at the all-star cast. Thankfully, we didn't have to wait much longer for even more images, with USA Today revealing the first official photos, along with the news that the first trailer is set to debut Wednesday, April 20. The site also spoke with director Antoine Fuqua, who shed some light on how this incredible cast came together.

The original 1960 Western classic directed by John Sturges featured an ensemble cast including Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Robert Vaughn and James Coburn, centering on a group of gunslingers hired by a Mexican village to stop a tyrannical bandit from terrorizing their town. The remake's cast is just as impressive, lead by Denzel Washington, who is collaborating with director Antoine Fuqua for the third time, following the critically-acclaimed Training Day and The Equalizer. »

- MovieWeb

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