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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
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.”
- Brent Lang
Some of the U.K.’s top movie moguls, including the producers behind James Bond pics, Hollywood blockbusters and Oscar-winning films, have urged the British to vote to remain in the European Union in Thursday’s referendum. A letter released Tuesday, signed by more than 20 of the country’s most successful producers, claims that E.U. membership has “helped ensure that the U.K. has the fastest-growing creative industry sector in Europe,” generating $123 billion in 2014.
The statement, which is backed by “Kingsman: The Secret Service” filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, “Spectre’s” Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and Working Title duo Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, whose credits include “The Danish Girl,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Hail, Caesar!,” argues that “being in the E.U. means that our feature films, our television programs and our games can travel far more easily across borders because they are not subject to quotas »
- Leo Barraclough
Warner Bros. was counting on two powerful men to storm the box office this year with “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” but the studio just might find a bigger profit with a much smaller film — one that was written, directed, and produced by women and has a female lead.
“Me Before You,” the romantic drama that hits theaters June 3, is an intimate tearjerker strategically placed into a summer schedule full of blockbusters.
The film stars Emilia Clarke — best known as Daenerys Targaryen on “Game of Thrones” — as Louisa Clark, a working-class Brit who takes a job caring for the paralyzed Will Traynor (Sam Claflin, from the “Hunger Games” movies). Despite his initial resistance and their class differences, the two forge a unique bond and end up making signifcant changes in each other’s lives.
The gambit may sound familiar. Such counterprogramming took off two years ago when “The Fault in Our Stars »
- Jenelle Riley
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, »
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. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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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- Kellvin Chavez
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
Announcement coincides with the unveiling of six films by BFI graduates.
The UK’s Department for Education has announced it will invest $1.4m (£1m) of funding to support the BFI Film Academy in 2016-17.
The boost is on top of the $5.6m (£4m) the Dfe has invested in the Academy’s residential and regional programmes since 2012.
The move came on the day that 66 young filmmakers from the BFI Film Academy unveiled six short films to British film industry figures including producers Alison Owen (Suffragette, Saving Mr. Banks), Faye Ward (Suffragette, Jane Eyre) and Duncan Kenworthy (The Pass, Love Actually).
The screening and graduation ceremony, held today at BFI Southbank in London, showcased films created as part of the BFI Film Academy course at the National Film and Television School.
BFI CEO Amanda Nevill said: “Talent is everywhere but opportunity is not, and the BFI Film Academy is designed to change that. If UK film »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Young and quirky Louisa "Lou" Clark (Emilia Clarke) moves from one job to the next to help her family make ends meet. Her cheerful attitude is put to the test when she becomes a caregiver for Will Traynor (Sam Claflin), a wealthy young banker left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier. Will's cynical outlook starts to change when Louisa shows him that life is worth living. As their bond deepens, their lives and hearts change in ways neither one could have imagined. A new international trailer has arrived for Me Before You, and it promises to be the biggest tearjerker of the summer.
Based on the critically acclaimed, bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes, Me Before You is directed by Thea Sharrock, making her feature film directorial debut. This upcoming romance hits theaters on June 3, going up Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Universal's Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. »
The Weinstein Company has just done a bit of release date rearranging, Deadline reports, as their Michael Keaton-starring McDonald's origin story, "The Founder," has been pushed up from November 25 to August 5, when it will open wide. The film, directed by John Lee Hancock ("The Blind Side," "Saving Mr. Banks"), stars Keaton as Ray Kroc, one of the founders of the massive fast food chain, and follows his (not always triumphant or flattering) quest to build the classic American chain. Read More: The Weinstein Company Scaling Back on Indie Films to Focus on Television The "Founder" push has impacted another TWC offering, as Deadline also reports that "Lion," starring Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel, will now take over that November 25 release date. Directed by Garth Davis, the film follows a young Indian boy who gets lost on the streets of Calcutta and his amazing journey to being reunited with his family after being. »
- Kate Erbland
Justin Chang: Guy, we started this deep-dive conversation about the best picture race less than an hour after Alejandro G. Inarritu clinched the Directors Guild of America’s top prize for “The Revenant,” which was pretty much the last confirmation we needed — after the Producers Guild picked “The Big Short” and the Screen Actors Guild opted for “Spotlight” — that this really is the wildest, craziest, most confoundingly unpredictable best-picture Oscar race in years. Exciting, isn’t it? I’d be more excited if this recent turn of events didn’t seem to favor “The Revenant,” which now has extraordinary momentum on its side. There we were, hoping the film’s Golden Globe triumphs would simply be an isolated HFPA fluke — but then it came roaring back with a vengeance, not unlike that easily distracted CGI bear at its center, ready to sink its teeth back into the race and not let go this time. »
- Justin Chang and Guy Lodge
When you're talking about Hollywood songwriting history, Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman are as close to royalty as you get. Just walking through any Disney park on the planet, you are surrounded almost continuously by their music, whether it's the omnipresent "It's A Small World" or the fiendishly infectious "The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room" or the songs from the various films they contributed to like "I Wanna Be Like You" or "Trust In Me" from The Jungle Book. By far, though, their most lasting and memorable contributions to the Disney legacy came with their work on Mary Poppins. "Feed The Birds." "Chim Chim Cher-ee." "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." "A Spoonful Of Sugar." "Jolly Holiday." "I Love To Laugh." "Stay Awake." Even some of the lesser-known tracks like "Sister Suffragette" or "The Life I Lead" or "The Perfect Nanny" are just perfect. And as I wrote in my Film Nerd 2.0 piece on Mary Poppins, »
- Drew McWeeny
Disney's Mary Poppins sequel is moving forward in the right direction, with Emily Blunt entering talks to play the magical nanny last week. Today, Variety has word that Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star and creator of the hit Broadway sensation Hamilton, has engaged in talks with the studio to play Jack. This character is said to be a lamplighter, who resembles Dick Van Dyke's character Bert from the original Mary Poppins.
This new Mary Poppins project will be set in the 1930s, 20 years after the events of the original movie, in Depression-Era London. The plot follows the adult Michael Banks, who now has children of his own. When his big sister Jane returns to town, after falling on hard times, their beloved Mary Poppins comes back to help. The story will be pulled from author P.L. Travers' eight literary sequels, including the first follow-up Mary Poppins Comes Back, but »
Sicario star Emily Blunt is apparently in talks to the play the legendary role of Mary Poppins in the planned sequel over at Walt Disney Pictures. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Blunt is all set to headline the Rob Marshall-directed film. The two worked on the musical Into The Woods previously.
The original 1964 film was set in 1910, and the upcoming sequel will take places in the 1930s with the story coming from the series of children’s books by P.L. Travers.
The first film revolves around Julie Andrews’ British nanny, who entered the world of the Banks’s to care for their two children.
- Paul Heath
Back in September, Disney announced they were moving forward on a Mary Poppins sequel, that will take place roughly 20 years after the events of the original movie, set in the 1930s. We haven't heard anything about the project since then, but today we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that Emily Blunt is in talks to star as the title character. The actress' name surfaced as a potential candidate to play Mary Poppins in September, but now negotiations are officially under way.
The story will be pulled from author P.L. Travers' eight literary sequels, including the first follow-up Mary Poppins Comes Back. The first Mary Poppins movie was released in 1964, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, with the story set in 1910. This new report reveals that the sequel is set in Depression-era London, following the adult Michael Banks, who now has children of his own. When his big sister Jane returns to town, »
Hollywood and the global film business have a long way to go before approaching gender parity, but in Europe, the independent film biz has been a fertile place for women to foster careers. Government subsidies and national funding organizations that put an emphasis on art rather than commerce are among the factors helping women gain a toehold in the business. But as the Berlin Film Festival gets ready to unspool on Feb. 11, many acknowledge that inequities aren’t hard to find despite gains.
The U.K. has been a fantastic launchpad for female execs and creatives. Home-grown producers ranging from Elizabeth Karlsen (“Carol”) to Alison Owen (“Saving Mr. Banks,” “Me Before You”) to Debra Hayward (“Les Miserables,” “Bridget Jones’s Baby”) to Faye Ward (“Suffragette,” TV series “The Crown”) have mastered the indie financing game to bring top-notch product to screen, and the country has produced scribes such as Abi Morgan (“The Iron Lady, »
- Diana Lodderhose
Actor Colin Farrell seems to have quite the knack for picking out interesting roles. Sure, every so often he'll show up in bigger films like Horrible Bosses or the upcoming Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, but more often than not, he tends to stick to relatively dark, low budget affair like In Bruges or Saving Mr. Banks (which, while not quite a low-key affair, had a surprising performance from the Irish thespian). This upcoming film, The Lobster, seems to be more in the spirit of the weird, dark films the actor has done in the past.
Directed by Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (who also co-wrote the picture), The Lobster tells the story of a dystopian future. In this future, single people are sent away to a place called The Hotel. There, they have 45 days to find a mate, and if they should fail, they will be transformed into »
- Joseph Medina
A young woman finds romance where she least expects it in the first trailer for Warner Bros. upcoming romance Me Before You. Based on the critically acclaimed, bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes, Me Before You stars Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games series), under the direction of Thea Sharrock, making her feature film directorial debut. This upcoming romance hits theaters on June 3, going up Paramount's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows and Universal's Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Movie.
Oftentimes you find love where you least expect it. Sometimes it takes you where you never expected to go... Louisa "Lou" Clark (Emilia Clarke) lives in a quaint town in the English countryside. With no clear direction in her life, the quirky and creative 26-year-old goes from one job to the next in order to help her tight-knit family make ends meet. Her normally »
Following the massive success of Game Of Thrones, it was inevitable that actress Emilia Clarke (best known for portraying Daenerys Targaryen in the series) would begin making her rounds in Hollywood in a variety of genres. Unfortunately, Terminator: Genisys didn't really turn out too well, and the film's sequels have been put on hold until further notice. Though in addition to booking within the genre of action films, Clarke has also turned to making more low-key, emotional flicks like Me Before You.
Check out the trailer for the drama below:
Based on the critically acclaimed, bestselling novel by Jojo Moyes, New Line Cinema’s and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ Me Before You stars Emilia Clarke (Game Of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games series), under the direction of Thea Sharrock, making her feature film directorial debut.
Oftentimes you find love where you least expect it. Sometimes it takes you where you never expected to go… »
- Joseph Medina
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