16 items from 2015
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Question: Any word on what’s happening with Revenge? The last few episodes have all felt very series-finale leaning. Will it be renewed or cancelled? And if we do get a Season 5, is there a major revamp in store? —Sean
Ausiello: Based on what I’m hearing about the finale, there would have to be a major revamp if the show returns for a fifth season. Actually, forget revamp — there’d have to be a whole new show. »
One of the people most directly responsible for the design of the "Star Wars" prequel is Doug Chiang, so it seemed only fitting that I would hop on the phone with him to discuss "Star Wars: The Digital Collection" the morning after the announcement was made. Before we spoke, Fox sent over a clip from the extras on the "Digital Collection," and in it, Doug talks about lessons he learned from George Lucas about design, lessons that Disney summed up for me in the following bullet points: Rule I: Silhouette As a designer, you can get bogged down in the minutiae of perfect form and proportions. Doug had to learn to think and draw like a kid again. Don’t worry about the details; they don’t define a design. Rule II: The 3-second Rule When the audience sees something new on screen, they have to immediately connect with this new item. »
- Drew McWeeny
Briefly: Even though Michael Keaton didn't win an Oscar for his performance in Birdman, it sounds like The Weinstein Company thinks he's got another chance with his next project The Founder. Keaton is playing Ray Kroc, the salesman from Illinois who picked up a burger operation in 1950s Southern California and turned it into McDonald's, which would become a multi-billion dollar fast-food chain in the world. The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock will be at the helm of the film with a script from Big Fan scribe Robert Siegel, and now THR reports the film has been set for a pretty prime awards season release on November 25th, 2016. We'll certainly be looking forward to seeing this one late next year. Stay tuned. »
- Ethan Anderton
Once hailed as “the next Spielberg,” the name M. Night Shyamalan is widely considered a punchline following a string of box office and critical failures. But that hasn’t stopped one of his earlier films “Unbreakable” from gaining a group of obsessive fans including Patton Oswalt. Released the same year as Bryan Singer’s “X-Men,” Shyamalan’s Bruce Willis-starring take on the superhero myth had a much cooler response from the moviegoing public and critics than his previous “The Sixth Sense.” So Buena Vista Pictures put the kibosh on any sequel plans, despite Bruce Willis’s hopes for a trilogy. Fifteen years later, the hopes for a David Dunn (Willis’ character) trilogy live on in Oswalt’s imagination. The “Big Fan” and “Ratatouille” actor stopped by Screen Junkies for their “Dream Sequels” segment to reveal what his ideal sequels for the 2000 film would be. Never mind what Shyamalan’s been tinkering with recently —the. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Should-be Oscar winner Michael Keaton may have been robbed of his divine right to win an Oscar for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), but that doesn't mean he is out of the business. He is still lining projects up, and certainly more than he was a couple of years ago. So, I think, ultimately, everything is going to be all fine. And who knows, maybe his film The Founder will be the one that gets him that golden statue. The film will tell the story of how McDonald's became an empire started by Ray Kroc (Keaton) and The Weinstein Company has stepped in and will distribute. They certainly know how to make an Oscar campaign, and you pair that alongside director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks) and it's hard not to see this as a true contender in the future. Hopefully, that doesn't make it boring, »
- Mike Shutt
Buffalo Bills Qb Ej Manuel is no dummy ... telling TMZ Sports he's a Big Fan of his new boss Rex Ryan -- the man who will ultimately decide if he starts ... or gets replaced. Of course, there have been rumblings that Ryan could make a move with the Qb spot this off-season ... possibly reuniting with his old NY Jets Qb Mark Sanchez to start ahead of Manuel. But at Lax Thursday, Ej didn't seem concerned at all -- in fact, »
- TMZ Staff
A healthy body does not always make for a healthy spirit in Andrew Bujalski’s “Results,” a wry relationship comedy about a team of personal trainers, their clients, and their shared desire for progress in and out of the gym. The fifth feature for the Austin-based Bujalski, and his first made with professional actors, “Results” is less of a departure for the writer-director than it might initially seem, as he once again homes in on a group of socially awkward characters taking baby steps towards maturity and (maybe) happiness. Acquired by Magnolia Pictures before its Sundance premiere, this delightfully low-key affair won’t pump major box-office iron, but will easily be seen by more people than Bujalski’s first four features combined, which is a very good result indeed.
A movie about personal trainers is one of the last things anyone would have expected from Bujalski, whose proto-Memblecore early films »
- Scott Foundas
Not the biggest week for Star Wars this January, but what are you going to do? It’s actually funny that it feels like not-a-big-news week when we got a ton of Original Trilogy goodness since we last spoke. Star Wars: Rebels brought Lando back into the fold and Marvel brought us Star Wars #1 on Wednesday: the biggest selling comic of the decade, already.
Let’s talk about Star Wars #1 for a minute, just because I’m excited that potentially 1 million of you read the issue along with me this week. I was very pleased with the direction this is all going in.
First off, it’s great to see Luke between blowing up the Death Star and the Wampa cave. The beginning of Empire Strikes Back starts off great for a serial, but as a continuation of the character arcs that eventually lead to Death Star »
Michael Keaton recently won a best actor Golden Globe for his work in "Birdman" and is currently nominated for a best actor Oscar. And now comes word that Keaton is in talks to star in "The Founder," about the rise of the McDonald's fast food empire. Written by Robert Siegel (Big Fan), "The Founder" is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, 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 tone of the script has been described as being akin to "The Social Network" and "There Will Be Blood." The film will be directed by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks, »
Michael Keaton’s recent career boost thanks to his stellar turn in Birdman has already bagged the former Batman a Golden Globe, and as of this morning, his first Academy Award nomination. Keeping his eye on the prize, the actor isn’t taking his foot off the gas any time soon, as THR reports that Keaton is tipped to lead McDonalds biopic, The Founder.
Described as The Social Network meets There Will Be Blood, The Founder will lens under the experienced eye of John Lee Hancock. A solid choice for that responsibility, as the director’s resume is already peppered with award-winning biopics including Sandra Bullock-starrer The Blind Side and Walt Disney tale, Saving Mr. Banks. These two films might have bordered on the sentimental, but The Founder strikes as a much darker rags-to-riches story. Penned by Big Fan screenwriter Robert Siegel, the film traces the origins of the »
- Gem Seddon
Fresh off his Golden Globe win and Oscar nomination for Birdman, Michael Keaton is in talks to star in The Founder for FilmNation. We first reported on this project back in December, when John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks, The Blind Side) signed on to direct. This biopic charts the origins of the fast food empire McDonald's.
Michael Keaton is in talks to play Ray Kroc, an Illinois salesman who discovered a Southern California hamburger restaurant in the 1950s, run by Mac and Dick McDonald. Impressed with their speedy and efficient methods, and seeing franchise potential, Ray Kroc eventually pulled the company out from under the McDonald brothers, creating a massive fast food empire. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Michael Keaton met with John Lee Hancock on Monday, received an offer earlier this week, and is now in talks to star.
Birdman actor Michael Keaton is flying high these days. Now the recipient of a Golden Globe award (and likely an Oscar to follow) for his work on the Alejandro González Iñárritu film, an abundance of choice roles are bound to present themselves to him. Less than a week after his big win at the Globes, he is reportedly already in talks to star in The Founder, a “dark story” detailing the rise of fast food chain McDonald’s.
Robert Siegel (Big Fan) penned the script, which is being described as comparable to The Social Network and There Will Be Blood. John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) has signed on to direct the picture, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which follows the true story of McDonald’s mogul Ray Kroc. Hailing from Illinois, the salesman met Mac and Dick McDonald when they were running a Southern California burger outfit in the 1950s. »
- William Fanelli
THR has learned Michael Keaton (who just received an Oscar nomination for his performance in Birdman) is in talks to play McDonald's tycoon Ray Kroc in The Founder. John Lee Hancock is attached to direct the film from a script by Robert D. Siegel (Big Fan, The Wrestler), which has been described as "being akin to The Social Network and There Will Be Blood." The Founder is a drama that tells the true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac »
- Jesse Giroux
Robert Siegel ("Big Fan") penned the drama which tells the true story of how Illinois salesman Ray Kroc (to be played by Keaton) turned Mac and Dick McDonald's small 1950s Southern California burger chain into the largest fast food franchise on the planet.
Kroc did this by getting into a position that allowed him to pull the company out from under the pair, and then turned it into a billion-dollar empire. Naturally the tone will be more akin to "The Social Network" and "There Will Be Blood" in which fortunes are built and lives ruined by unadulterated greed.
Keaton reportedly met with Hancock earlier this week and has since received an offer, with talks now underway. »
- Garth Franklin
Last week, I gave Michael Keaton a hard time on this site for signing on to a blockbuster like Kong: Skull Island in the wake of his acclaimed comeback in Birdman. Now, on the eve of potentially his first Oscar nomination, Keaton is in the news for a meatier follow-up. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is in talks to play Ray Kroc, the businessman who turned McDonald’s into the king of fast food restaurants and one of the biggest brands in the world. Don’t worry, haters, this is going to be closer to Super Size Me than Mac and Me in its interests. Something darker than the biography you’ll find at the McDonald’s website. THR says the script, by Robert Siegel (writer of The Wrestler and Big Fan but also co-writer of Turbo), is being likened to The Social Network and There Will Be Blood. “There »
- Christopher Campbell
So now we know how to pronounce his character's name, and that Mr. Dameron has legs! Jokes aside though, Isaac also reveals who the first people were he told after finding out he won the Star Wars: The Force Awakens role. His uncle is a Big fan apparently. Get More: Movie Trailers, Celebrity News Starring original cast members Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker and franchise newcomers, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o and Max von Sydow, Star Wars Episode VII is set to be released on December 18th, 2015. »
16 items from 2015
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