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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.



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The Founder Trailer


Ray Kroc is a milkshake maker salesman who is intrigued by a large number of orders one day and decides to track down the business buying them. It's a burger restaurant in California owned by two brothers named Richard and Maurice McDonald who have revolutionised dining with their lightning fast service and quality control. Ray starts to see potential in the company and tries to encourage them to branch out, and while the McDonald brothers are initially hesitant, they soon slowly allow Kroc to take over their business without realising that they are in danger of losing their hold on it. Kroc wants McDonald's and he's not going to let anyone stand in his way.

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Michael Keaton Turned Down 'Batman Forever' Because The Script "Sucked"


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The resurgent Michael Keaton has spoken about why he chose to quit what was arguably his most famous role as Batman, revealing that he dropped out of 1995’s Batman Forever because the movie “sucked”.

The 65 year old actor portrayed The Caped Crusader in 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns, which were both directed by Tim Burton, but he elected to drop out of the Joel Schumacher-helmed Batman Forever three years after that, with Val Kilmer taking on the role for that movie and 1997’s Batman & Robin.

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How Mark Knopfler Inspired Michael Keaton's McDonald's Movie


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The story of how the world's biggest fast food restaurant was founded is a shocking one rife with betrayal and dishonesty. 'The Founder' directed by John Lee Hancock tells as much about the beginnings of McDonald's, but it was actually a song that inspired the creation of the biopic.

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When producer Don Handfield heard Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler's 2004 single 'Boom, Like That' - from his album 'Shangri-La' - he was fascinated by the narrative and the central figure; a former milkshake mixer salesman Ray Kroc. It's written in his perspective with lyrics like: 'These boys have got this down ought to be one of these in every town/ These boys have got the touch It's clean as a whistle and it don't cost much/ Wham! Bam! You don't wait long, shake, fries, patty you're gone/ How about that friendly name, heck, every little thing ought to stay the same'.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer


Peter Parker is a teenager who has a lot to deal with after being bitten by a radioactive spider. He suddenly finds himself equipped with the ability to climb buildings and spin webs - powers that he knows he wants to use for good but of which he really doesn't know where to start. He's being mentored by Tony Stark, who suggests he keep to small-time crime rather than taking on the city's supervillains, but he's ready to take on the big guys and he's certainly tired of being patronised by Iron Man who doesn't think he's ready to become an Avenger especially when he's still got high school to complete. When a new menace in the shape of the Vulture makes himself known in New York, the newly dubbed Spider-Man wants to help take him down, but how can he do that with the Avengers trying to keep him out of the loop?

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Michael Keaton seen at the 'The Beatles: Eight Days a Week' World Premiere held at Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Thursday 15th September 2016

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8 Upcoming Non-Music Biopics To Be Excited About


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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:

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Michael Keaton - The 88th Annual Academy Awards Arrivals at Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 29th February 2016

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Spotlight Review

Extraordinary

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.

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Rich Cline's 10 Best Films Of 2015


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There were some nice surprises in cinemas this year, with thoughtful thrillers, quality blockbusters, exhilarating franchise reboots and twists on familiar genres... A Girl Walks Home..., Inside Out, 45 Years

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.

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Rachel McAdams Confirms Her Casting In Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’


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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 McAdamsRachel McAdams at the New York premiere of Southpaw in July 2015.

Read More: Benedict Cumberbatch Officially Confirmed As Playing Doctor Strange.

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Awards Season Kicks Off With Venice Film Festival 2015


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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.

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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.

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Spotlight Trailer


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.

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Michael Keaton - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards which were held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 15th January 2015

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Michael Keaton

Date of birth

5th September, 1951

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

1.78




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Michael Keaton Movies

The Founder Trailer

The Founder Trailer

Ray Kroc is a milkshake maker salesman who is intrigued by a large number of...

Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer

Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer

Peter Parker is a teenager who has a lot to deal with after being bitten...

Spotlight Movie Review

Spotlight Movie Review

This film demonstrates that you don't need guns to make an exciting thriller. Based on...

Spotlight Trailer

Spotlight Trailer

Michael Rezendes is a dedicted reporter for the Boston Globe and part of their Spotlight...

Minions Movie Review

Minions Movie Review

Utterly charming, this silly prequel rewrites the origin story of the minions and sends them...

Minions Trailer

Minions Trailer

Since the dawn of time, the Minions have been desperately looking for a master. From...

Minions - International Trailer

Minions - International Trailer

It's a wonder why the prehistoric tribe of Minions have managed to survive so long...

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Birdman Movie Review

Birdman Movie Review

Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu continues to reject traditional narrative structures with this whizzy, ambitious...

Birdman - Exclusive Featurette Trailer

Birdman - Exclusive Featurette Trailer

The cast and crew of 'Birdman' discuss the visionary filming techniques behind the movie in...

Birdman Trailer

Birdman Trailer

Riggan Thomas (Michael Keeton) is faced with a serious problem. In an attempt to make...

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