Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Benedict Cumberbatch received an Oscar nomination for playing Alan Turing in 2014’s The Imitation Game, so it makes perfect sense that he’s seek out another movie with an awards-friendly premise where he gets to play a fascinating historical figure. The Current War gives him one hell of a role: Thomas Edison, the prolific American inventor and businessman responsible for the lightbulb, the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and countless other items we take for granted today (he held over 1,000 patents in the United States alone). And he was also something of a total dick, a subject that this film will undoubtedly explore.
Our first look at Cumberbatch as Edison in the film has arrived, so how about we take a look?
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The Founder doesn’t resemble the often feel-good stories of some of John Lee Hancock‘s previous films, such as Saving Mr. Banks, The Rookie, or The Blind Side. At the end of the day, this is a story of the good guys losing. Depending on who you ask, there’s little that’s inspiring about Ray Kroc’s (Michael Keaton) success story.
The Founder is a biopic that doesn’t champion, idolize, or demonize its subject; it’s a warts-and-all portrait of an unimaginative but ambitious (or greedy) man with a hunger for success. He achieved the American dream by destroying Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac McDonald’s (John Carroll Lynch) dream. They’re the heroes of the story — always pure in their intentions — but they don’t come out on top.
In one thrilling sequence, Mac explains how McDonald’s got started over dinner. It’s a lengthy, dialogue-heavy scene that communicates history and backstory, helps strengthen Dick and Mac’s loving relationship, and moves along at such a fast pace. This scene, which was written by Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler), is where we began our recent conversation with Hancock.
Below, check out our John Lee Hancock interview.
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Next week brings the wide release of The Founder to theaters across the nation. Michael Keaton stars in the movie as Ray Kroc, the man who took a family-owned burger diner in Southern California and turned it into the fast food empire known as McDonald’s, and he has some awards buzz for a potential Oscar nomination.
If there was any doubt about what he pours into this performance, a new featurette for The Founder has been released, focusing on Michael Keaton and just how much the director, producers and fellow cast members love him. Plus, there’s a bunch of new footage from the movie showcasing Keaton’s performance. Watch The Founder featurette after the jump. Read More »
The first wave of reviews for Gold are disappointing. Unfortunately, Stephen Gaghan‘s latest directorial effort, which The Weinstein Company positioned as an awards contender, so far hasn’t connected with critics. Perhaps it’ll fare better with audiences once the film, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez, goes wide at the end of the month.
Below, watch the Gold red band trailer.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by Angie Han
Technically, The Founder has already hit in theaters, but with a limited run so small and so haphazard you likely didn’t even know it happened. Fortunately, it’s about to get a much wider release in the coming weeks. And this time, there’s a trailer and everything so you can get ready to dig in.
Directed by John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) from a script by Robert Siegel (The Wrestler), The Founder chronicles the dizzying rise of Ray Kroc — a struggling salesman who transformed McDonald’s from a tiny burger operation in Southern California into the gazillion-dollar global empire that it is today. It will probably not surprise you to learn that he pissed a lot of people off and made a lot of enemies and maybe lost his soul along the way. Watch the latest The Founder trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
“Follow your dreams” may not be the theme of every animated movie ever made, but it is a common message for a bunch of them, from Moana to Sing. And next year brings yet one more in the same mold, Leap! directed by Eric Summer and Éric Warin.
Elle Fanning voices the lead, a plucky young orphan named Félicie in Belle Époque France. She dreams of training at the Opera Ballet School and becoming a dancer, so she runs off to Paris with her BFF Victor (Dane DeHaan), an aspiring inventor, to make her dream a reality. The film’s already opened in a few non-U.S. markets under the title Ballerina, but it’s just now making its way to the U.S. thanks to the Weinstin Company. Watch the Leap! trailer below. Read More »
When the first trailer for The Founder debuted back in April, the film about the creation of the massive fast food chain known as McDonald’s was slated for an August release. But about a month before the film was set to debut in theaters, The Weinstein Company decided it was good enough for a run through awards season, opting to give it a limited release this month starting this past weekend before it goes wide in January. Now the marketing blitz is starting to push it to awards voters.
In The Founder, we get Michael Keaton starring as Ray Kroc, a struggling salesman who convinced two brothers to take a successful hamburger diner in Southern California in the 1950s and turn it into a national chain of restaurants. Now a new clip from the movie features Keaton giving meaning to the signature McDonald’s logo, saying they mean more than just delicious hamburgers. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
Amityville: The Awakening will have to come out eventually, but Dimension Films seems determined to put off that date as long as possible. They’ve just delayed Franck Khalfoun‘s horror film yet again, moving it from January 2017 all the way to summer 2017. Keep in mind this movie was originally scheduled to arrive in early 2015. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 by Angie Han
Michael Keaton‘s Oscar chances just got ever-so-slightly better. The Weinstein Company has just announced that it will put The Founder into theaters starting today for an awards-qualifying release. Directed by John Lee Hancock, the biopic tells the story of Ray Kroc, the enterprising businessman who turned McDonald’s from a humble local operation into a global billion-dollar empire. Get details on The Founder awards qualifying run, and check out the new The Founder trailer, below. Read More »
Harvey Weinstein‘s name is synonymous with the Academy Awards. The producer has had films famously dominate the awards ceremony before. This year he’s pushing Lion and The Founder as serious contenders, and hopefully Sing Street will get more attention come awards season. Another Oscar hopeful for Weinstein’s is Stephen Gaghan‘s new film Gold, which based on the trailers, also has a chance of finding an audience when it goes wide at the end of January.
Below, learn the new Gold release date.
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