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Evan Rachel Wood to Make Directorial Debut

22 March 2017 12:02 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Evan Rachel Wood in “Westworld

Westworld’s” Evan Rachel Wood is stepping behind the camera. After more than 20 years of acting in the business, Wood will make her directorial debut. In an interview with Vulture, Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”) revealed that she’s been cast in the film, which co-stars Wood, Alison Pill (“The Newsroom”), and Cynthia Erivo (Broadway’s “The Color Purple”).

Little is known about the project besides the fact that it’s a road trip movie and it’s filming in Vancouver. No word on its title, who penned the script, who is producing, nor any other plot details.

Wood currently stars in HBO’s big budget science fiction Western “Westworld,” which concluded its first season in December 2016. She plays Dolores, the oldest android host working in the park. The show, created by Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, is a ratings hit. A second season is confirmed, but no word on a premiere date.

It was a woman who directed Wood in her breakout big screen role, 2003’s “Thirteen.” The Catherine Hardwicke film centers on the dysfunctional relationship between two troubled teen girls (Wood and “Twilight’s” Nikki Reed). Wood’s other credits include “Doll & Em,” “The Ides of March,” “True Blood,” “Mildred Pierce,” “Across the Universe,” and “The Wrestler.” Wood’s most recent film credit is Patricia Rozema’s “Into the Forest,” a tale of two sisters (Wood and Ellen Page) struggling to survive the elements, intruders, and each other in the wake of a mass power outage set in the not-so-distant future.

While the specifics are admittedly scarce, it seems like Wood’s directing project will be women-centric based on the casting news. “I don’t think people have a problem [with female-led stories.] I think it’s assumed because it’s a male-driven world and lot of entertainment decisions are made mainly by men,” Wood has said in the past. “We’re getting better about it but the misconception that if it’s female-driven, you’re gonna alienate people — that does men a disservice because you’re not letting them into that world and to really see women as people,” she observed. “We just have to give people a chance and give these films a chance and let the audience decide. Stop assuming that men are things incapable of empathy. It’s almost insulting to men!”

Evan Rachel Wood to Make Directorial Debut was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Mickey Rourke To Star In Supernatural Horror Pic ‘Unhinged’

3 March 2017 3:06 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Mickey Rourke has been tapped as the lead of Unhinged, a supernatural horror movie to be directed by Mark Atkins (Haunting Of Winchester House). The indie from Archstone Entertainment and Alt House Productions is set to begin shooting in July in Los Angeles. Ian Holt, who co-authored Dracula: The Undead, the 2009 sequel to Bram Stroker’s Dracula, penned the screenplay. Rourke, the Oscar nominee for The Wrestler (and who starred in the iconic 1987 supernatural… »

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‘Logan’: 10 Ways Hugh Jackman and James Mangold Convinced Fox to Make A Bold and Bloody Superhero Movie

3 March 2017 10:52 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Logan” will open huge this weekend, but the well-reviewed R-rated “Wolverine” sequel starring Hugh Jackman will provide Hollywood with something it needs more than great box office: It means permission to challenge the status quo.

Studios are in trouble. Box office is down four percent for the year to date — and the main culprit is combining familiar franchise properties with tried-and-true formulas.

Of course, “Logan” is the 10th installment in the “X-Men” franchise, which 20th Century Fox launched 16 years ago with producer Lauren Shuler Donner. But “Wolverine” director James Mangold didn’t direct it like a sequel.

Here’s how Mangold threw out the studio rulebook — and why Fox let him.

1. Get the backing of a major star.

Immediately after finishing “Wolverine” in 2013, Jackman and Mangold had a chat: Did they want to do this movie again? “If there was one, it would be his last one,” Mangold told me in a telephone interview. »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Logan’: 10 Ways Hugh Jackman and James Mangold Convinced Fox to Make A Bold and Bloody Superhero Movie

3 March 2017 10:52 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Logan” will open huge this weekend, but the well-reviewed R-rated “Wolverine” sequel starring Hugh Jackman will provide Hollywood with something it needs more than great box office: It means permission to challenge the status quo.

Studios are in trouble. Box office is down four percent for the year to date — and the main culprit is combining familiar franchise properties with tried-and-true formulas.

Of course, “Logan” is the 10th installment in the “X-Men” franchise, which 20th Century Fox launched 16 years ago with producer Lauren Shuler Donner. But “Wolverine” director James Mangold didn’t direct it like a sequel.

Here’s how Mangold threw out the studio rulebook — and why Fox let him.

1. Get the backing of a major star.

Immediately after finishing “Wolverine” in 2013, Jackman and Mangold had a chat: Did they want to do this movie again? “If there was one, it would be his last one,” Mangold told me in a telephone interview. »

- Anne Thompson

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The Founder DVD Release Date Announced

3 March 2017 5:25 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

                         Michael Keaton Stars in the Provocative Look at an American Icon                                Arriving on Digital HD April 4 and on Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD on April 18

One of the most interesting and entertaining movies of 2016 is being released digitally and home theater in April.  Based on the true story of the rise of McDonalds, The Founder is coming to Digital HD on April 4 and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and On Demand) April 18. Starring Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman and Linda Cardellini, this fascinating look at the rise of a fast food empire comes with behind-the-scenes featurettes and more.  Take a look below of all the interesting special features tied along with the DVD release.

Blu-Ray/ DVD/ Digital HD Special Features

·       “The Story Behind the Story” Featurette

·       “Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc” Featurette

·       “The McDonald Brothers” Featurette

·       “The Production Design” Featurette

·       “Building McDonald’s: Time Lapse Video”

·       Press Conference »

- Michael Connally

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The Marisa Tomei Oscars Conspiracy That's Fascinated Hollywood For Decades

2 March 2017 2:15 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

For anyone who watched the Academy Awards on Sunday, the jaw-dropping best picture mix-up for La La Land and Moonlight might have brought to mind a long-circulated Oscars conspiracy regarding Marisa Tomei. Although the two events aren't exactly alike, it's no wonder connections between the 2017 ceremony and a moment at the awards all the way back in 1993 are being drawn. At the 65th Annual Academy Awards, Tomei took the stage to accept the Oscar for best supporting actress from presenter Jack Palance thanks to her work in My Cousin Vinny. Elated and giggly, she celebrated other Hollywood actresses in her speech, profusely thanked costar Joe Pesci, proceeded to the press room to take photos with best supporting actor winner Gene Hackman, and that was that. Except, it wasn't; what should have been a purely celebratory milestone in her career ended up turning into one of Hollywood's oldest and most interesting award season rumors. »

- Quinn Keaney

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Inspirations for Hugh Jackman’s ‘Logan’ Character: Johnny Cash, Clint Eastwood and Mickey Rourke

1 March 2017 6:41 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine in “Logan” takes the character to a dark, dystopian future with the Australian actor playing an aging hero hustling for prescription drugs in Texas across the border from Mexico, caring for a senile Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart). While the latest “X-Men” outing is set in 2029, its gritty theme and location is a throwback to the Western era, which was actually a huge inspiration for both Jackman and director James Mangold. Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” and Mickey Rourke’s “The Wrestler” were both at the front of the star’s mind as he embarked on playing the troubled, »

- Debbie Emery

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The Founder Arrives on Digital HD April 4th and Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD on April 18th

1 March 2017 5:35 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Based on the true story, The Founder is coming to Digital HD on April 4 and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and On Demand) April 18. Starring Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman and Linda Cardellini, this fascinating look at the rise of a fast food empire comes with behind-the-scenes featurettes and more. 

Experience the rise of the biggest fast food franchise in history when the critically acclaimed The Founder arrives on Digital HD onApril 4 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand April 18 from Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company. Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, The Founder chronicles the rise of the biggest fast food chain in history. Academy Award® nominee Michael Keaton (Best Actor, Birdman) leads the film’s super-sized cast, which includes Nick Offerman (TV’s “Parks and Recreation”), Linda Cardellini (TV’s “ER”), Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring), Bj Novak (TV’s “The Office »

- Tom Stockman

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Westworld: The Complete First Season Digital HD Release Date & Special Features

17 February 2017 3:39 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is looking to give fans of HBO's Westworld more insights into the series than ever before with their upcoming March 6th Digital HD/Sd release of the series' first season. Westworld Season 1 will also be released on Blu-ray and DVD before its second season premieres in late 2017 or early 2018, but in the meantime, fans can look forward to plenty of bonus features on the Digital HD release:

Press Release (via Rama's Screen): Burbank, CA (February 17, 2017) – What happens in a world free of consequences and morality? From creators Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight films) and Lisa Joy (Burn Notice, Pushing Daisies), and executive producer J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Trek), Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings one of the most viewed HBO series ever to Digital HD for the first time: Westworld: The Complete First Season. In its critically acclaimed inaugural season, »

- Derek Anderson

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Darren Aronofsky’s Favorite Movies and Where to Stream Them

16 February 2017 12:55 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Find out the “Requiem for a Dream” and “The Wrestler” director’s favorite films — and how to watch them.

Related stories'mother!': Darren Aronofsky Drama Starring Jennifer Lawrence Gets Awards-Friendly Release DateParamount Reveals Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' Footage, Plus Darren Aronofsky and Jennifer Lawrence's New Film 'Mother'Darren Aronofsky on His Private Writing Process, Fighting Financiers and His Mysterious New Film »

- Indiewire Staff

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New UK trailer for Schwarzenegger’s ‘Aftermath’

16 February 2017 5:01 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Aftermath is a nail-biting revenge film based on the real life incident where a man hunts down the air traffic controller he holds responsible for a plane crash that killed his wife and children.

Schwarzenegger, as he showed in Sabotage and the recent zombie film Maggie, has matured into an interesting dramatic actor; here, he is a thoughtful and imposing screen presence, but one who can dish out suitably ferocious revenge if is required. Like the recent box office hit Sully, Aftermath takes an extraordinary real life incident and turns it into nail-biting, must- see cinema: except this time with Arnie at the controls, which means audiences are in for a guaranteed thrill ride.

Directed by Elliott Lester (Blitz, Chop Shop, Sleepwalkers), and produced by Black Swan and The Wrestler director Darren Aronofsky, Aftermath also stars Maggie Grace and Scoot McNairy, and showcases Arnie on superb form as a man »

- Phil Wheat

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Exclusive Interview: Director John Lee Hancock on The Founder

9 February 2017 12:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Steven Goldman chats with director John Lee Hancock about The Founder

Directed by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks; The Blind Side), The Founder stars Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc – a down-at-heel salesman from Illinois who transformed a successful restaurant run by brothers Mac and Dick McDonald (John Carroll Lynch and Nick Offerman) into the McDonalds empire known the world over today. Based on a true story, Hancock’s film follows the trail of how Kroc, impressed by the brothers’ innovative assembly-line approach, maneuvered himself into a position where he was ultimately able – by degrees unwittingly and ultimately callously – to take control of the company, transforming himself in the process from failure to ‘founder’ of an American economic empire.

We spoke with John Lee Hancock about the making of The Founder in Los Angeles.

What was it about the story of Ray Kroc that appealed to you as a filmmaker? »

- Amie Cranswick

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First Aftermath Trailer Pushes Arnold Schwarzenegger To The Brink Of Madness

7 February 2017 1:27 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been watching Celebrity Apprentice because its him… Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Get To The Choppah”!!! in Predator will forever go down as one those great iconic Hollywood one-liners. His role as a grieving father in the Zombie apocalypse film Maggie showed a different side to the one-time Governor of California.

Now comes his turn as a father and husband bent on vengeance.

In cinemas and On-Demand on April 7th, watch the new trailer for Aftermath.

Two strangers’ lives become inextricably bound together after a devastating plane crash. Aftermath is inspired by the remarkable true story of the events that unfolded when a Russian passenger plane collided with a cargo plane over Germany in 2002. 71 people die.

Aftermath tells a story of guilt and revenge after an air traffic controller’s (Scoot McNairy) error causes the death of a construction foreman’s (Arnold Schwarzenegger) wife and daughter. »

- Melissa Thompson

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James Mangold Talks Logan at 20th Century Fox’s Genre Showcase, Read Our Impressions of the First 42 Minutes

23 January 2017 9:52 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In December at their 2017 Genre Showcase event, 20th Century Fox previewed the first 42 minutes of Logan, the eagerly awaited final chapter of the Wolverine saga. Daily Dead was in attendance at the event, and to give readers a big idea of what to expect, we have highlights from director James Mangold’s comments at the event, as well as our impressions of the intense footage that was shown.

After appearing as the character in now nine films (including his X-Men: First Class cameo) Hugh Jackman teams up once again with director James Mangold to bring his run as the “Mutant Formerly Known As Weapon X” to an end.

The two last brought the character to the screen in 2013 with The Wolverine, when original director Darren Aronofsky bowed out after a lengthy pre-production phase. The results were mostly positive, but moments felt hamstrung by superhero movie clichés, such as the out-of-place »

- Jason Alvino

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Split Scares Up $40.2M to Win the Weekend Box Office

22 January 2017 10:57 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This year has gotten off to a booming box office start, with the drama Hidden Figures surprisingly snapping Rogue One's four weekend winning streak early in the month. After Hidden Figures took two in a row, it dropped in its third, with Universal's R-rated thriller Split taking the top spot with an unexpected $40.1 million, going up against XXX 3, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone and The Founder, which expanded nationwide after an awards-qualifying run in December. It was always going to be a close race between Split and Paramount's XXX: Return of Xander Cage, but Split shockingly doubled XXX 3's estimated opening weekend tally of $20 million.

Box Office Mojo reports that Split pulled in an impressive $13,229 per-screen average from 3,038 screens. It also earned an impressive 75% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and its $40 million debut means it has already earned eight times more than its reported $5 million budget. Split is director »

- MovieWeb

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The Founder, xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Split top Tanner's What to Watch weekend preview

20 January 2017 12:21 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The Founder, xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Split top Tanner's What to Watch weekend previewThe Founder, xXx: Return of Xander Cage and Split top Tanner's What to Watch weekend previewTanner Zipchen1/20/2017 3:21:00 Pm

Happy Friday! *said with Cineplex popcorn in my hair.

This weekend we have some very exciting movies landing on the big screen: M. Night Shyamalan Is Back with Split. Starring James McAvoy, a man with 24 personalities who does very bad things -- a great date night movie if you ask me! Michael Keaton is loving it in The Founder, about the insane story of how McDonalds started up. The movie is written by Robert D. Siegel, who wrote the cult movies Big Fan and The Wrestler. And finally Vin Diesel returns as the extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage. This high fueled action tale is a must see on the big screen with big sound! »

- Tanner Zipchen

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'The Founder' Review: Michael Keaton Makes a Happy Meal of McDonalds Biopic

18 January 2017 6:50 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

How is Michael Keaton's performance as McDonald's self-proclaimed founder Ray Kroc? I gotta say, I'm lovin' it. Keaton is firing on all cylinders in The Founder and he makes this electrifying film something to see. Kroc was a hustler down to his fingertips, but he never found the product he was born to sell until he eyeballed those golden arches. That's right: Everything about this fast-food franchise, from the pickle to the bun, was already there when Kroc drove out from his Illinois base in 1954 to see what Dick »

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Will xXx 3 Be the First Big Box Office Hit of 2017?

17 January 2017 8:53 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The 2017 calendar year has gotten off to an interesting start at the box office, with the inspirational drama Hidden Figures pulling off surprise wins over the past two weekends, while La La Land continues to expand and climb up the charts after its impressive sweep at the Golden Globes. This weekend, four new releases will hit theaters, Paramount's XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage, Universal's Split, The Weinstein Company's The Founder and High Top Releasing's The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, with A24's 20th Century Women also expanding nationwide. When all the dust is settled, we're predicting that XXX: The Return of Xander Cage will come out on top at the box office.

Box Office Mojo reports that, while those aforementioned films will all be released wide, there will be quite the large discrepancy between their theater counts. Both XXX 3 and Split are expected to open in roughly 3,000 theaters apiece, »

- MovieWeb

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 25 Pairs of Passes to ‘The Founder’ With Michael Keaton

15 January 2017 10:47 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 25 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new true-story film “The Founder” starring Michael Keaton about the creation of McDonald’s!

The Founder,” which opens on Jan. 20, 2017 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Patrick Wilson, Laura Dern, B.J. Novak, Linda Cardellini and Kate Kneeland from director John Lee Hancock and writer Robert D. Siegel.

To win your free passes to “The Founder” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at 7 p.m. in Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!

Preferably, use your computer to enter rather than your smartphone. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Michael Keaton Details The Interesting Challenge It Was To Play The Vulture In Spider-man: Homecoming

14 January 2017 11:00 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Michael Keaton will forever be etched in the memories of millions of fans worldwide as the original film Batman, having starred as the Caped Crusader in 1989's Batman and then again in its 1992 sequel Batman Returns, but this summer he's primed to leave behind a whole new kind of legacy, this time a much more menacing one. The Academy Award-nominated actor will of course star as Adrian Toomes a.k.a. The Vulture in Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will be the beloved wall-crawler's official entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following his debut in the 2016 blockbuster Captain America: Civil War. Keaton will star opposite up-and-comer Tom Holland (The Impossible), who is headlining the Jon Watts-directed film as everyone's favorite friendly neighborhood web-swinger. Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler) and 2x Academy Award-nominee Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) will also feature in key roles. In a recent profile on Variety, »

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