If you watched American Sniper and thought they weren’t patriotic enough in their depiction of Americans taking down terrorism, there’s another overtly American movie on the way, and we know that, because the word American is in the title. America.
American Assassin is based on Vince Flynn’s novel of the same name, introducing the recurring character of Mitch Rapp. With several books featuring the character, Mitch Rapp is a seasoned counter-terrorism operative who was first recruited unofficially by the CIA before being brought on board the agency officially later in his career. But American Assassin gives us the origin of this aggressive operative (played by The Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien) who has an axe to grind against radical terrorists who were responsible for killing his girlfriend.
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You either win an Oscar for playing a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself play the villain.
That seems to be Michael Keaton‘s career trajectory at least, potentially following up his villainous turn as Vulture in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming with a role as the villain in Tim Burton‘s live-action remake of Disney’s Dumbo.
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A new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer will debut tomorrow as part of the movie hype that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios will be unveiling at CinemaCon in Las Vegas this week. There will likely be plenty of new footage to explore when the trailer debuts, but in the meantime, a tease reveals a certain enhancement to Spider-Man’s suit that is unlike anything the superhero has had before.
Beyond our titular superhero, some new details on the villain Spidey has to deal with have been revealed too. We know Michael Keaton is playing the Vulture, but we’ve only gotten a sneak peek at the villain in the first trailer without any indication as to why he has it out for Spider-Man (Tom Holland).
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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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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Posted on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I remember watching the trailers for The Avengers and seeing that shot of the Marvel’s superhero team facing down the giant flying leviathan in the streets of New York and just knowing that I was looking at the film’s climactic moments, at the final threat Iron Man and Captain America and the rest of the crew would face. That just turned out to be canny marketing, as that giant beastie was one of many and Marvel had accomplished something pretty damn cool: it managed to hide its biggest surprises from audiences until they were in the theater.
So I remember that moment whenever the folks representing Marvel Studios play coy with the details and dodge questions and don’t explain who certain actors are playing. It’s for our own good! That brings us to today’s little comic book news blast, as Michael Keaton has been finally confirmed to be playing the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming while Zendaya remains tight-lipped about her role in the film.
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Actor Dylan O’Brien still has work to finish on The Maze Runner series, but he recently attached himself to another potential franchise. Based on Vince Flynn‘s best-selling book series, O’Brien will play CIA black ops recruit Mitch Rapp. Director Michael Cuesta‘s (Kill the Messenger) thriller also stars Michael Keaton, Taylor Kitsch, and Sanaa Lathan.
Below, check out the American Assassin first look.
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