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.
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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 »
Originally, director John Lee Hancock‘s The Founder was scheduled to open in theaters this August. Only a few short weeks before its opening, The Weinstein Company has had a change of heart. Instead of playing as counterprogramming next month, the biopic about McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) has been postponed to awards season. The film will now open in limited release on December 16th.
Below, learn more about The Founder release date.
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This week officially kicks off blockbuster summer with the release of Captain America: Civil War. And the Marvel Studios sequel is just one of a bunch of movies you should be excited to see this season. Later this week we’ll highlight a selection of movies that might be flying under your radar this summer, indie comedies and dramas that may not get the barrage of marketing that studios dish out this season. But this edition of the /Film 2016 Summer Movie Preview will focus on the studio and blockbuster releases you should be excited about. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Every successful business is a story. There are those hopeful and desperate beginnings, when someone puts their livelihood on the line to pursue a dream. There are those dramatic rises to power, where everything pays off and the money and accolades start to roll in. And, often enough, there are those dramatic third acts where all kinds of chickens come home to roost and the shape of that original dream has been distorted beyond measure.
The Founder tells the story of Ray Kroc, the struggling businessman who stumbled across a homegrown hamburger restaurant called McDonald’s, recognized its potential for greatness, and dragged it kicking and screaming into the future, where it set the template for how Americans would consume food for the rest of the century and beyond. Oh, and as the new trailer makes it clear, he was probably a bit of a dick.
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Posted on Thursday, January 15th, 2015 by Angie Han
Golden Globe winner and (as of this morning) Academy Award nominee Michael Keaton may have found his next big role. Keaton is looking to lead The Founder, a Social Network-esque drama about the rise of American fast food empire McDonald’s. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks) is directing.
More details on the Michael Keaton McDonalds movie casting after the jump. Read More »
The Black List 2014 has been released. The annual list is compiled with a poll of over 250 development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2014 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, The Black List is a list of the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven’t heard of yet.
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