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Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" is about a lot of things. It's about Margaret (Amy Adams) and Walter (Christoph Waltz), artists who popularized mass-market prints (Walter claimed he had created the artwork when Margaret was actually doing the painting). It's about the commercialization of art. And it's about the public perception of said art -- critics hated Margaret's paintings but consumers ate it up. And one of those arbiters of taste, in the film, is a snooty gallery owner played by Jason Schwartzman.
We sat down with Schwartzman recently to discuss what his favorite Tim Burton movie is, what he responded to in the script, whether or not he would hang a Keane painting in his house, and the response to a couple of his more recent films -- "Saving Mr. Banks" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Moviefone: Let's start off by talking about what your favorite Tim Burton movie is. »
- Drew Taylor
Sam Taylor-Johnson’s "Fifty Shades of Grey" will arrive to theaters in February 2015 with a handicap. Even if it’s artfully crafted, sensual and romantic, and joins "Basic Instinct," "Eyes Wide Shut," "Body Double," "Little Children," "9 1/2 Weeks" in the pantheon of Hollywood kink, it’ll still carry a burden: E.L. James’ e-book source material. "Fifty Shades" that swept a nation and embarrassed the lit-savvy. The book has an audience, selling over 100 million copies since its 2011 release. But it’s also the butt of many a joke; When rumors leaked that Emma Watson was up for the film adaptation’s lead role, Anastasia Steele, she tweeted "'Who here actually thinks I would do 50 Shades of Grey as a movie? Like really. For real. In real life.'" Salman Rushdie thought "Fifty Shades" made "'Twilight' look like 'War and Peace.'" Half-baked material can be mined for transcendent film experiences, so »
- Matt Patches
<< Continued from "Weekend Report: 'Hobbit' Emerges Victorious in Final Box Office 'Battle'"Playing at 3,785 locations, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opened to $17.1 million this weekend. That's a fraction of the last movie's $54.2 million debut, though that did open over Memorial Day weekend (when the opening frame is much more significant). A better comparison is the first Night at the Museum, which earned $30.4 million on the same weekend back in 2006.More recent comparisons are Fox three-quels The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, which opened to $24 million and $23.2 million, respectively. If the final Night at the Museum follows the same pattern as those movies, it will wind up with less than $100 million total.The second Night at the Museum movie earned 29 percent less than the first, which suggested that the novelty of the original movie had quickly worn off. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies dominated the box office on Friday, while Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Annie essentially tied for second place.The final installment in the Hobbit trilogy added $16.58 million yesterday, which brings its three-day total to $51 million. It was up 67 percent from Thursday, which is a bigger jump than any of the Lord of the Rings movies had at the same point.For the three-day weekend, Battle of the Five Armies should earn at least $50 million. That would translate in to a five-day opening at $85-million-plus, which is a very solid result.Playing at 3,785 locations, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opened to an estimated $5.63 million on Friday. That's a fairly disappointing number for this big-budget threequel: in contrast, the first Night at the Museum earned $12.1 million on opening day back in December 2006. This opening puts Secret of »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Next year we'll likely see Tom Hanks in the adaptation of Dave Eggers' novel A Hologram for a King, though no specific release date has been revealed. And now Deadline reports Hanks is looking at taking on another one of Eggers' books. The star of Saving Mr. Banks and Saving Private Ryan is said to have his eye on The Circle, which is set to be adapted for the screen and directed by The Spectacular Now and Smashed filmmaker James Ponsoldt. The novel was just published last year and follows a woman hired at The Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, but the dream job turns into a questionable nightmare. Here's the official synopsis of Eggers' book: When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run »
- Ethan Anderton
Sure, we have 18 performers who have reaped bids at three key precursor prizes -- the Golden Globes, SAG and Critics' Choice Awards. But contending for that triple crown still doesn't make them sure things in the Oscars derby. Just ask Tom Hanks ("Captain Phillips"), Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Daniel Bruhl ("Rush"). These three thespians racked up recognition from all of these kudos last year but were snubbed on Oscar nominations morning. Who else has fallen short of expectations for an Oscar nomination? -Break- Pity poor Leonardo DiCaprio. He makes this list of dubious achievements twice. He was spurned by the actors branch of the academy for his leading performance in "J. Edgar" (2011) and his turn in "The Departed" (2006). In the case of the latter film, which went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars, he was the victim of category confusion. He had reaped lead nominati »
After that onslaught of nominations from the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and Critics' Choice, let's take a deep breath and consider what they all mean. A staggering 18 lead and supporting players reaped bids with all three of these precursor prizes. How likely are they to number among the 20 performers who earn Oscar nominations? -Break- Turns out, the odds are in their favor but not as overwhelmingly as they once were. In the first 18 years since the the Critics Choice kudos came on the scene in 1995, there were only 11 instances when a performer who had been nominated for all three of these awards did not go on to contend at the Oscars. However, last year, three of the 17 performers with bids across the board were snubbed at the Oscars: leads Tom Hanks "Captain Phillips" and Emma Thompson ("Saving Mr. Banks") and supporting player Daniel Bruhl ("Rush"). Conversely, 14 Oscar nominations (of the »
John Lee Hancock, director of The Blind Side and Saving Mr. Banks, is currently in negotiations to helm The Founder. The film tells the story of the founders of McDonald’s and how they managed to create their fast food empire.
Written by Robert Siegel (Big Fan), The Founder centers on Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, and his meeting of Mac and Dick McDonald, who in the 1950s had a small burger joint. Kroc essentially managed to take control of the company away from the brothers and create the McDonald’s of today that we all know and love.
This story seems to have potential. Currently it is being described as having a tone similar to The Social Network and There Will Be Blood. The comparison to Social Network works as they both dramatized the true story of an early business filled with a whole lot of betrayal. The »
- Laura Frances
John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks, The Blind Side) is in negotiations to direct "The Founder," the story of the rise of the McDonalds fast food empire. The tone has been described as being similar to "The Social Network" and "There Will Be Blood." "The Founder" 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 in a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. Tom Hanks was offered the lead role, but the actor turned it down. Now that Hancock is involved, it's possible that Hanks may reconsider since that two recently worked together on "Saving Mr. Banks." »
Director John Lee Hancock has created an interesting niche for himself in Hollywood, regularly finding projects that bring true stories to life. In recent years he has done so with films like The Blind Side and Saving Mr. Banks, but now he's preparing to tell the origin story of the biggest fast food chain in the world. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hancock is now attached to direct a film titled The Founder, which will tell the story of how the restaurant chain McDonald's wound up being created. Robert Siegel, who previously earned acclaim for writing the script for Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler and for his directorial debut Big Fan, is penning the script, and Jeremy Renner's production company, The Combine, is working along with FilmNation to produce the feature. The story will center on Illinois-born businessman Ray Kroc, who moved to Southern California in the 1950s and »
The biggest fast food chain in the world is getting its own movie. The film will be called The Founder, and Saving Mr. Banks director, John Lee Hancock, is in negotiations to direct. The film will tell the origin story of McDonald's and its rise to the top in the fast food empire. This is seriously like the The Social Network, but with McDonald's. Here's a description of the story from THR:
"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 in a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire."
- Joey Paur
While most origin stories are reserved for superhero movies, the history behind fast food restaurant McDonald's will be getting its own big screen retelling in The Founder. John Lee Hancock, best known for his hit dramas Saving Mr. Banks and The Blind Side, will direct this tale of McDonald's rise as a fast food empire. Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield are producing.
The Founder will tell the true story of Ray Kroc, who was a salesman from Illinois. He met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running their own burger operation in 1950s Southern California, and was impressed by their speedy system of making and delivering food. Kroc saw franchise potential in the restaurant, and pulled the company from the brothers to create a billion-dollar business.
It started with an infographic. Then more infographics. And some think pieces. And some brief TwitterRage. Over the last year and a half, women’s role in cinema, specifically Hollywood cinema, has become a lightning rod for discussion and debate, and more so than any time in the past, people are approaching film a little more critically in regards to how women are portrayed. The statistics are mind-numbingly bleak, with women representing a fraction of the work force behind the camera, from director to CEO to the best boy. Women in front of the camera rarely fair much better, with roles such as “beautiful and always understanding girlfriend/wife to the hilarious schlub” and “girl with cleavage that shoots guns in tight clothes”.
Last week I happened across a piece about the Best Actress race for the upcoming Academy Award Ceremony and the author talked about how the Actress race »
- Jae K. Renfrow
The rags-to-riches biopic has proven to be a crowd-pleasing template for movie gold. Tracing the origins of a noted person of interest as they ascend the ladder of success is a sure-fire way to capitalize on a business’s notoriety in the public domain. With The Social Network an example of the darker shades of corporate practice linked to Facebook, and another Steve Jobs biopic en route, the rise of the underdog movie still has a few miles left. Bearing that in mind, the next business earmarked for the big screen treatment is fast food giant, McDonald’s, in The Founder.
According to a report by THR, the director tasked with bringing the story of the globally recognized burger slingers to theatres is The Blind Side helmer, John Lee Hancock. In conjunction with FilmNation and The Combine – Jeremy Renner’s production outfit – he’s set to tell the story of »
- Gem Seddon
After directing Saving Mr. Banks last year, The Blind Side helmer John Lee Hancock hasn't yet found a follow-up film for his next project, but one more project has been added to his small, potential future slate. THR has word that Hancock is currently in talks to direct The Founder, a film focusing on Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, who founded the fast food empire that pretty much everyone in the world knows as McDonald's. The script comes from Robert Siegel (Big Fan) and focuses on the rise of the fast food chain that began all the way back in the 1950s and would go on to become a billion dollar corporation. Read on! If you'd like to know more about this story, check out this CNBC special on McDonald's: It all started when Kroc met Mac and Dick McDonald, who had their own burger join in Southern California, »
- Ethan Anderton
Kroc was impressed by the brothers' quick 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.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
A movie about the rise of McDonald's is in the works.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plot will follow how a salesman from Illinois, Ray Kroc, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger service in 1950s Southern California.
McDonald's was also in the news earlier this week, as the chain is trialling a tablet app in the Us that allows customers to create their own burger.
Filmmaker John Lee Hancock most recently helmed a film about the true story behind the making of Mary Poppins, and now he’s setting his sights on the creation of a fast food empire. THR reports that the Saving Mr. Banks director is in talks to helm The Founder for FilmNation and the Combine, which will tell the story of how salesman Ray Kroc acquired the McDonald’s restaurant and turned it into a billion dollar empire. An inspiring rags-to-riches story this is not, as Kroc stumbled upon a small burger operation run efficiently by brothers Mac and Dick McDonald in Southern California, then maneuvered himself to a position from which he was able to pull the company away from the brothers and enjoy the profits. More after the jump. Per THR, The Founder has a screenplay by Big Fan and The Wrestler scribe Robert Siegel and is described as »
- Adam Chitwood
The story is designed to be in the vein of “The Social Network” and shows how Kroc went from a simple salesman to one of the most powerful moguls in the world.
FilmNation has been trying to package the film for some time and had approached Hancock early on in the process, as well as his “Saving Mr. Banks” star Tom Hanks for the role of Kroc. Both passed at the time, and it’s unknown if these new developments will lead to Hanks reconsidering the offer to star.
Sources also »
- Justin Kroll
Following The Alamo, The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks and a screenplay credit on Snow White And The Huntsman, polymath John Lee Hancock seems intent on choosing unpredictable projects. His possible next gig - he's currently at the "in talks" stage - is The Founder: a corporate biopic about the origins and rise of the McDonalds fastfood chain. FilmNation and Jeremy Renner's company The Combine are producing.The story revolves around Illinois businessman Raymond Albert Kroc, who encountered Mac And Dick McDonald running a small but efficient burger business in 1950s California. Recognising franchise potential in their business method, Kroc went into partnership with the brothers, and eventually bought their share of the business for a reasonably paltry $3m in 1961. He then went about turning it into the ubiquitous multi-billion dollar corporation we know today.Unsurprisingly, the comparison being most bandied about is David Fincher's Facebook drama The Social Network. »
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