You can go anywhere in the world and still recognize those two golden arches silhouetted against a solid red background. McDonald‘s is not only a name, it’s a brand. It’s one of the most renowned brands in the history of America, and by extension, the world. Despite the fact that we live in a post-Supersize Me society, McDonald’s is still one of the most daily-visited restaurants globally. In fact, McDonald’s has been around for so long that its name and label are now simply embedded in the American conscious. This weekend, however, fans of the fast-food-fav can see how it all began. Director John Lee Hancock’s The Founder is now playing in theaters nationwide. Starring Michael Keaton (Beetlejuice, Birdman), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, 22 Jump Street), John Carroll Lynch (Gran Torino, Crazy Stupid Love), Linda Cardellini (Grandma’s Boy, Avengers: Age of Ultron), BJ Novak (The Office, Inglorious Basterds), and Laura Dern (Jurassic Park, The Master), The Founder tells the tale of Ray Kroc, the passionate salesman who took the McDonald brothers’ small burger shack and turned it into the internationally known conglomerate we know today. Continue reading →
A new drama starring Oscar-winner Michael Keaton (Batman, Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) titled The Founder is coming to theaters this August, which follows the life of Ray Kroc, the entrepreneurial salesman who took the McDonald brother’s small-time burger shack and turned it into the international conglomerate known today as McDonalds. The movie comes from director John Lee Hancock (The Alamo, Saving Mr. Banks) and screenwriter Robert D. Siegel (The Wrestler, Turbo), and co-stars actors Linda Cardellini (Grandma’s Boy, Avengers: Age of Ultron), Patrick Wilson (Watchman, The Conjuring), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, 21 Jump Street), and Laura Dern (Jurassic Park, October Sky). Check out the new trailer here on MADE. The movie will be out in theaters this summer.
A new documentary called A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story opening in theaters across the country today. The film has been featured at the SXSW Film Festival, the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Lower East Side Film Festival, receiving critical acclaim from fans and critics alike, and securing awards at each festival. A Brave Heart tells the story of Lizzie Velasquez, who has an extremely rare condition that doesn’t allow her body to properly store fat. Lizzie was termed the World’s Ugliest Woman at the age of 17, when an unknown YouTube subscriber uploaded a video of her and set off a storm of social media comments, some going so far as to suggest that she kill herself and “do society a favor”. Lizzie was suddenly faced with a choice: run and hide, or stand and fight. Since the video was uploaded, Lizzie has become a worldwide icon against bullying and has given herself a mission of empowering a more positive online environment for all. The film was scripted by documentary writer/producer Michael Campo (Child 31, The Human Experience) and will be the directorial debut for producer/marketing specialist Sara Hirsh Bordo. It features interviews from Lizzie, herself, as well as others like sociology professor Robert Faris (PhD) and Rep. Linda Sanchez (38th District). The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy the weekend!
The Oscar-winning composer behind such famous scores as Titanic, Field of Dreams, Apollo 13, and A Perfect Storm, James Horner, has died at the age of 61 in Santa Barbara, California. Horner was flying a small single-engine aircraft when the plane went down, killing him and potentially another passenger. Horner’s reputation in Hollywood was impeccable; he was a long-time collaborator with director James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar) and producer Roger Corman (The Lady in Red, Battle Beyond the Stars), and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards (winning 2 for Titanic) and also won 4 Grammy’s (from a total of 11 nominations) for his work on Celine Dion‘s My Heart Will Go On and Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram‘s Somewhere Out There. Horner’s most recent work include Antione Fuqua‘s upcoming boxing drama Southpaw with Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, and Naomie Harris, and The 33, a drama revolving around the coal-mining disaster in which 33 miners were trapped underground for 69 days. These will become Horner’s final projects; Southpaw is due out July 24th, while The 33 is expected in theaters November 13th, 2015. His work, his passion for music and his influence on film will be truly missed.
Since the death of original writer and actor Harold Ramis earlier this year, the fate of Ghostbusters 3 has been hanging on the edge between becoming a potential hollywood-hit or a shelved might-have-been project. Bill Murray has also been pretty reluctant to go any further with the project, especially now that Ramis is out of the picture, but a recent idea from Columbia Pictures execs did manage to raise an eyebrow. The pitch is to put director Paul Feig at the helm of an all-female squad of paranormal butt-kickers for a totally new Ghostbusters film altogether, replacing a group of saggy, old men with a group of young, sexy Ladybusters! Murray was apparently really intrigued with that idea, and even provided some suggestions to the filmmakers, including Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Identity Thief), Emma Stone (SuperBad, Zombieland), Kristen Wiig (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Her), and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks, Grandma’s Boy). Ironically enough McCarthy and Wiig have both done work with Feig in Bridesmaids, with McCarthy also collaborating with him on Identity Thief and The Heat. Although I wouldn’t personally put McCarthy in the “sexy-squad” category, her comedy genius would definitely be a key component of a female Ghostbusters movie, and from the looks of it Murray is pretty much guaranteed not to be involved, but we’ll see what happens with final casting if we ever do get a final script written.
The Terminator originally hit the big screen in 1984 from director James Cameron. The movie made Arnold Schwarzenegger an action movie star and earned director Cameron his reputation for outstanding visual effects. Following a cyborg robot (Arnold) who is sent back to 1984 to terminate the mother of John Connor, the leader of the human resistance against the Machines, the movie co-starred Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn and since its release has had a total of three sequels, the first of which was also directed by Cameron. Now a reboot in the series is in the works with Arnold Schwarzenegger back as the Terminator, Emilia Clarke as Sarah Connor, and Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, and the plot will, according to Schwarzenegger, involve time travel back to 1984 up to the present day. Since the film is a reboot the plot will most likely revolve around the same story as the original, or at least an adaptation of it, but what will be most exciting will be seeing Arnold back in his famous role and the visual effects modern technology will allow director Alan Taylor to bring to the story. Production is set to begin next month, so we’ll keep an ear out for more news.
It’s been a few years now since Tim Burton re-imagined Lewis Carroll’s classic tale Alice in Wonderland for the big screen, with Johnny Depp in the role of the Mad Hatter. Walt Disney Pictures has since been working on a sequel to Alice, which grossed over a billion dollars worldwide and brought Carroll’s surreal world to the big screen in 3D and IMAX. Screenwriter Linda Woolverton is currently working a script for Alice 2, with Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska both reprising their roles, but without Tim Burton directing the project. Instead, Muppets director James Bobin will be taking over for Burton, and Sacha Baron Cohen may be joining Depp and Wasikowska for the new movie. Cohen was last seen in Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables in 2012 and is presently working on several projects, including the action-comedy Grimsby (expected to go into production by the end of the year) and The Lesbian with Paramount Pictures. Depp is also signed on with Disney for a fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and is currently filming Transcendence with director/cinematographer Wally Pfister. The new Alice project will be titled Through the Looking Glass (based on the book by Carroll) and is expected to be released in May 2016.
Al Pacino has always been one of the most versatile actors to ever appear on the big screen. Always taking on challenging and original roles, the actor has been nominated for seven Best Actor Oscars, finally winning for Scent of a Woman in 1993 in which he plays an alcoholic/blind colonel out on a mission of self-destruction. Pacino has most recently starred alongside Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren in the HBO biographical film Phil Spector, which chronicles the elicit affair between rock and roll recording legend Phil Spector and his attorney Linda Kenney Baden during his 2003 murder trial.
Pacino’s next project finds him playing an aging 1970s rock star still living an extravagant lifestyle when he finds a letter from John Lennon written to his younger self that causes him to reexamine his life and try to re-discover the music he originally set out to make. Incidentally John Lennon worked very closely with Phil Spector on many of his solo LPs during the early 1970s, right around the time when Pacino was getting notices for The Godfather (1972) and Serpico (1973). Dan Fogelman will be making his directorial debut with this movie, for which he also wrote the screenplay. Imagine is expected for release next year.