Michael Keaton (born Michael John Douglas, 5.9.1951) Michael Keaton is an American film actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the Tim Burton-directed Batman films and Beetlejuice.
Childhood: Michael Keaton is the youngest of seven children. He was born in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania and his Catholic family lived in Robinson Township, Alleghny County. His mother was a housewife and his father was a civil engineer.
Keaton attended Montour High School in Pennsylvania and then studied speech at Kent State University, but dropped out and moved to Pittsburgh.
Acting Career: Michael Keaton's first TV appearance came in 1975, on the Pittsburgh-based Mister Rogers' Neighbourhood. He also worked as an assistant on the show. He also befriended Spike Jonze early on in his career, when he appeared in a Jonze-directed advert for Architect Jeans.
After leaving Pittsburgh, Keaton successfully auditioned for a number of small TV roles in Los Angeles, including The Mary Tyler Moore Hour and Maude. Having to change his name, to avoid confusion with the actor Michael Douglas, he chose Keaton, inspired by the actress Diane Keaton.
A significant break came for Michael Keaton when he appeared alongside James Belushi in Working Stiffs, as well as appearing in a Ron Howard-directed comedy, Night Shift, which also starred Henry Winkler and Shelley Long. His reputation as a decent comic actor was bolstered by appearances in Mr. Mom, Johnny Dangerously and Gung Ho.
Michael Keaton's crossover to the mainstream came in 1988 when he was cast in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, which also starred Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis. Moving away from comedy, he also gave an acclaimed performance as a drug-addict businessman in Clean and Sober.
Tim Burton gave Michael Keaton another break the following year when he cast him as the lead in his comic book adaptation, Batman. The film also starred Jack Nicholson and Kim Basinger. Keaton returned to the role in 1992 for Batman Returns, which featured Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny DeVito. Michael Keaton had been lined up to play Batman once more in Batman Forever but left the franchise when Tim Burton was dropped by Warner Bros. in favour of Joel Schumacher. The role went to Val Kilmer and later George Clooney and Christian Bale.
The 1990s continued to be a steady success for `Michael Keaton, though lacking the blockbuster successes that preceded them. Amongst his successes were Pacific Heights (with Melanie Griffith), One Good Cop (with Rene Russo). He then went on to feature in Much Ado About Nothing, in a star-studded cast that featured Kenneth Branagh, Richard Briers, Keanu Reeves, Emma Thompson and Denzel Washington.
Keaton returned to work with Ron Howard in The Paper and then worked alongside Andie MacDowell in Multiplicity. In the Quentin Tarantino movie Jackie Brown, Keaton performed alongside Pam Grier and Samuel L. Jackson. He then starred in the Steven Soderbergh-directed Out of Sight, with George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez.
In 1998, Keaton starred in Desperate Measures, with Marcia Gay Harden and Andy Garcia. He followed this with a lightweight Christmas release, Jack Frost.
In Speechless, Keaton worked with Geena Davis once more, as well as Christopher Reeve.
Michael Keaton was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his performance in the HBO movie Live From Baghdad in 2002. It also starred Helena Bonham Carter. The years following this failed to regain Keaton's former box office success. He starred opposite Katie Holmes in the box office flop First Daughter (directed by Forest Whitaker). He also appeared in Herbie: Fully Loaded with Lindsay Lohan. In 2006, Keaton provided the voice for Chick Hicks in the animated Cars as well as putting in a cameo appearance in the Tenacious D film Time Fixers.
Personal Life: Michael Keaton was formerly married to the actress Caroline McWilliams. They have a son together, Sean Maxwell (b.1983). Michael Keaton also dated Courtney Cox for around six years.
'Genius', 'Dunkirk', 'Snowden' - real life is as exciting as fantasy.
We love a good true story blockbuster as, indeed, was aptly demonstrated at the 88th Academy Awards; success came to the likes of 'Spotlight', 'The Revenant' and 'The Danish Girl', and now we've got a number of music biopics to look forward to like 'Nina' and 'Miles Ahead'. But what historical events of the world will be newly documented on the big screen in the coming months?
Here are 8 forthcoming biographical/historical films that we're definitely looking forward to:
Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl star in 'Colonia'
Continue reading: 8 Upcoming Non-Music Biopics To Be Excited About
Michael Keaton - Celebrities attend 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 28th February 2016
Michael Keaton - 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards held at Santa Monica Beach - Outside Arrivals at Santa Monica, Independent Spirit Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 27th February 2016
'Spotlight' took home five awards at the annual ceremony, held the night before the Oscars.
Spotlight was the big winner at last night’s Independent Spirit Awards, taking home five gongs, including best feature. The ceremony, which was held at Santa Monica Beach, included many references to the ongoing diversity debate in Hollywood, just one night before this year’s Oscars.
Spotlight’s Michael Keaton.
Spotlight took home the awards for best feature, best director, best screenplay, best editing and best ensemble cast. The drama, directed by Tom McCarthy focuses on the investigation by the Boston Globe newspaper into sex abuse within the Catholic Church.
Continue reading: 'Spotlight' Wins Big, As Independent Spirit Awards Celebrate Diversity
This film demonstrates that you don't need guns to make an exciting thriller. Based on a true story, this is a journalistic procedural following a team of newspaper writers who take on a corrupt system. The outcome is well-known (they won a Pulitzer Prize and launched the global investigation into child abuse by Catholic priests), but the film is still utterly riveting, beautifully written and played to perfection.
In 2001, the Boston Globe's investigative Spotlight team is working to report the biggest stories in the city. So newly arrived senior editor Marty (Liev Schreiber) asks them to find out if there's truth to rumours that the local Catholic Archdiocese is covering up abuse. But he's unaware that the church controls the city, and the Spotlight writers (Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Brian d'Arcy James) quickly encounter heavy resistance from the establishment. As they persistently dig deeper, they realise that the story is exponentially bigger than anyone thought it was. Two lawyers (Stanley Tucci and Billy Crudup) prove to be crucial in this process, as the team works to prove that the Cardinal (Len Cariou) has been covering up abuse for decades.
Cleverly, writer Josh Singer and writer-director Tom McCarthy never play this story for its salacious details. Instead, they focus on the people involved, which gives the film a strong sense of what's at stake here and the urgency of getting the story exactly right. It's a rare movie that can maintain this balance, gripping the audience and building suspense without ever tipping over into sensationalism. And the filmmakers bring out some strong emotional resonance in sensitive conversations between the journalists and the victims. All of this is expertly played by actors who stir in personal details without letting their characters' side-stories interfere with the larger narrative. They also resist the temptation to overplay the material, letting the facts of the case provide every gut-punch.
Continue reading: Spotlight Review
Rich Cline picks out his top films of 2015.
There were some nice surprises in cinemas this year, with thoughtful thrillers, quality blockbusters, exhilarating franchise reboots and twists on familiar genres...
10. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
An Iranian vampire movie shot in California, this super-cool black and white comedy-thriller is witty, scary and sexy. It's also so original that it takes the breath away.
9. Inside Out
Pixar triumphs again with this inventive look inside the mind of a young girl struggling with her emotions. It's colourful, hilariously silly and also the kind of movie that can make grown men cry.
Continue reading: Rich Cline's 10 Best Films Of 2015
Rachel McAdams will star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in ‘Doctor Strange’.
Rachel McAdams has joined the cast of Doctor Strange. The 36-year-old Canadian born actor, best known for her roles in The Notebook and True Detective, confirmed her casting whilst appearing at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday (14th September).
Rachel McAdams at the New York premiere of Southpaw in July 2015.
Continue reading: Rachel McAdams Confirms Her Casting In Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’
Get ready for the likes of 'Everest', 'The Danish Girl' and 'Black Mass'.
With the Venice Film Festival kicking off this week, awards season is officially underway. Venice has been the launchpad for a number of films that have gone on to Oscar glory. Last year, the opening night film was Birdman, and the year before it was Gravity. So there are big hopes for this year's opener, the true-life thriller Everest, directed by Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur with an ensemble cast including Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright, Emily Watson and Jason Clarke.
Jake Gyllenhaal stars in true story disaster thriller 'Everest'
And anticipation is running even higher for a number of other movies. Venice is hosting the premiere of The Danish Girl, the true story of one of the world's first-known transgender women, played by Eddie Redmayne. Can he win back-to-back Oscars? This week's new poster and trailer are very promising.
Continue reading: Awards Season Kicks Off With Venice Film Festival 2015
Michael Rezendes is a dedicted reporter for the Boston Globe and part of their Spotlight Team; an investigative division focused on justice and whistle-blowing. When accusations of child sex abuse by members of the Catholic Church arise, he leads the team into their latest case, determined to uncover the truth about a morally questionable priest and his scandalous activities across six different parishes over the course of several decades. It is alleged that the church knew what was going on, but chose not to act and hold their reputation above the welfare of their children. Not only that, but past statements from attorneys don't appear to add up and a delicate battle ensues with the government and police all getting involved as the Boston Globe take on the church. There's a large team at the newspaper working on bringing this case into the open once and for all, and they refuse to let these atrocities be swept under the rug another time.
Continue: Spotlight Trailer
McDonald’s have no intention of recalling their Minions Happy Meal toys despite claims the toys sound as if they are using obscene language.
McDonald’s is adamant those Minions Happy Meal toys aren’t really swearing at children. Controversy arose this week when parents shared videos of their children’s Happy Meal toys seemingly saying ‘what the f**k. Some of the videos, uploaded on YouTube, have been watched millions of times. However, McDonald’s has no intention of recalling the toys despite widespread distaste and a number of complaints.
The Minions movie is out in cinemas now.
Continue reading: McDonald’s: Minions Happy Meal Toys Are Not Swearing At Children
So it seems actors like not having to worry about their image while recording for an animated movie.
For the Despicable Me prequel Minions, filmmaker Pierre Coffin had no trouble finding A-list actors to voice characters because so many are fans of the earlier films. And most are looking for the freedom offered by starring in an animated movie.
Voicing characters is much simpler than performing onscreen
Jon Hamm voices the groovy inventor Herb, married to super-villain Scarlet Overkill (who's voiced by Sandra Bullock). He loved creating an all-new character. "You're not constrained by what you look like or what haircut you're stuck with from whatever thing you just finished filming," he says. "Part of it for me was getting the artist's rendering of the character. I was like, 'Oh wow, that guy looks so cool. I wonder what he sounds like.' And then messing around with voices in your head like a crazy person, or like a child basically. You know, things I do normally in my day-to-day life, like I talk to my dog, I talk to myself. It's really fun and it's completely creative. And when you're working with people who are also incredibly collaborative too, they're just like, 'Go!' So you get to go."
Continue reading: 'Minions' Offers Freedom To Jon Hamm And Allison Janney
Utterly charming, this silly prequel rewrites the origin story of the minions and sends them on a series of adventures that are gently anarchic and refreshingly low-key for an animated blockbuster. The film has an unusually gentle tone, with some real visual artistry to it rather than the cookie-cutter story structure and imagery in most summer movies. And while it's not riotously funny, children will be mesmerised and adults will be smiling.
It opens at the dawn of time, as minions evolve into yellow pill-shaped sidekicks who serve their evil masters throughout history. When they find themselves without a leader, they try to build a society in an arctic cave, but something just isn't right. So Kevin, Stuart and Bob (voiced in Esperanto-style gibberish by director Pierre Coffin) head off to 1968 New York to find a villain to work for. There they hear about ruthless baddie Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock), so they head to Villain-Con in Orlando to meet her. She's impressed by their loyalty and takes them to London to work with her inventor husband Herb (Jon Hamm) on a nefarious plan to steal the British crown from the Queen (Jennifer Saunders). But nothing goes quite as planned.
Since it's set in the 1960s, the filmmakers give the film a groovy vibe, with sun-drenched animation and hilariously colourful details in every scene. Adults are more likely to catch references to things like the Monkees, Hair or Bewitched, but kids will enjoy the general silliness, including lots of chances to sing along with the minions as they babble through classic tunes. Thankfully, directors Coffin and Kyle Balda resist temptation to use the standard animation formula, opting instead for a meandering pace, a less pushy moral message and action scenes that emerge from the plot, settings and characters. And the starry voice cast refreshingly disappears into the characters.
Continue reading: Minions Review
Please read Roger Angell article in New Yorker magazine re the election
Former First Lady Laura Bush putting finishing touches on Scott Baio's speech at convention
Birther campaign hires Michelle Obama as speech writer
Republicans raving over Melania's speech - written by Michelle Obama
during this sad and frustrating time, remember this-The donald?? --the Original Birther.
No fly-No guns. Listen to congressman Mike Thompson. Common sense
Read Friedman again today in NYTimes op ed. Once again-insightful. He should run for president.
no one, no one, no one like Prince. Incomparable.
Garry Shandling---so so damn funny! Another comedy loss.
From conservative- David Brooks. Thank you -about time somebody said it and put it in print https://t.co/QY9361YWW5
Let's face it, compared to Bruno Mars? Everyone looks like Lawrence Welk
He (Peyton) needs to get it in the end zone!! 3s are nice but......
This guy and his partner Ray were about as good as it gets. Bob and Ray's House of Toast?… https://t.co/OvSW4Pj09V
Just posted a photo https://t.co/9C37OJ497Q
NYTimes editorial--a MUST read! Been saying this but not nearly as well https://t.co/dk6SgxINSz
Just posted a photo https://t.co/jd3o58pxWS
60 minutes https://t.co/qc8rP0BVz3
All these guys have prosthetic legs---I can't even keep up with 7 yr olds.--tremendous!!!! https://t.co/84ntUxWsLo
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