Michael Keaton
American actor
Michael Keaton
Michael John Douglas, better known by the stage name Michael Keaton, is an American actor who became known for his early comedic film roles, most notably his performance as the title character of Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, and gained international fame for his dramatic portrayal of Bruce Wayne / Batman in Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns.
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The Founder is a film of our time: capitalism as entertainment | Tim Lott
Guardian (UK) - about 16 hours
Story-telling is the fashion in commerce. This McDonald’s biopic, with its triumphant villain, exemplifies a sorry trend This week I went to see The Founder, a new movie about the man behind the origins of McDonald’s fast food empire. Michael Keaton has been tipped for an Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Kroc, who turned the single-outlet burger flippers McDonald’s in San Bernadino, California, into a global success story. The film has an 80% rating on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, a solid gold cast, outstanding production values – and I hated it more than any other movie I can remember. It represented something I had never seen on screen before (outside of United Passions, the ludicrous hagiography of the then Fifa president Sepp Blatter): the full penetration of corporate values into mainstream culture. Continue reading...
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What Does It Really Mean To Win Best Picture?
Huffington Post - 3 days
Sunday’s Oscars loom in the shadow of Donald Trump’s fledgling presidency. As with every awards show this year, we can expect copious equal-rights diatribes mounted in resistance to the regressive legislation and callow disregard for tradition that has defined the Trump administration’s debut. But before arriving at the annual ritual, we will have already seen one of the most politically driven Best Picture debates unfurl in the media. This time, it’s personal. Perhaps more than ever, the Best Picture contest seems to double as a referendum on our culture’s conscience. It’s bigger than the Oscars, just as Beyoncé losing Album of the Year to Adele was bigger than the Grammys. If movies are statements about the world around us, then one purpose of the Academy Awards is to adjudicate the year’s best cinematic manifestos. That’s complicated when titles from Obama’s America are being feted in Trump’s America.  It’s especially complicated when considering the Oscars’ thorny politi ...
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'Hidden Figures' Director On 'Hidden Fences' Flub: 'It's Not That Funny'
Huffington Post - 7 days
Ted Melfi, director of “Hidden Figures,” has finally weighed in on the infamous “Hidden Fences” controversy.  At January’s Golden Globes, both Michael Keaton and red carpet host Jenna Bush referred to the film as “Hidden Fences,” mistakenly combining the title of Melfi’s movie, about black women’s contributions to NASA, with Denzel Washington’s “Fences.” The flubs launched hilarious memes on social media, but also criticism over Hollywood’s inability to differentiate between two films with predominantly black casts.  Melfi says his initial reaction to the mistake was to laugh.  “You laugh about it. You say, ‘Oh that’s funny.’ And then... it’s not that funny,” Melfi told The Huffington Post. SAY HIDDEN FENCES ONE MO' TIME! #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/cHZ1qj4ABd — HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) January 9, 2017 “You start to analyze it. Is it misspelled on the teleprompter? You think, well if that’s the case, it’s even ...
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Stage Door: 'Jitney, The Dork Knight'
Huffington Post - about 1 month
August Wilson's Century Cycle chronicles the lives and fortunes of African-Americans in the 20th century. Jitney, set in 1977 in Pittsburgh's Hill District, is among his best -- and it's making an impressive Broadway debut. Now at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater, Jitney, which had a run off-Broadway in 2000, is set in a gypsy cab company. Because regular taxi cabs won't go to the neighborhood, residents utilize jitneys, like Becker's car service. A character-driven drama, Jitney focuses on the lives of working men and their domestic travails -- men and women, fathers and sons. Wilson is a naturalistic writer; he captures their quirks and tensions in distinct rhythms of speech. A microcosm of a changing America, the ensemble is presented with sympathy and the occasional moment of grace. It's like a jazz riff; each person strikes a singular chord in a larger symphony. Becker (John Douglas Thompson) is the dignified cab owner trying to save his crumbling building from urban ...
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New York Times Apologizes For Much-Ridiculed Story About Fathers
Huffington Post - about 1 month
The reporter and editor responsible for publishing a much-derided New York Times story about fathers are sorry for running the article, they told The Huffington Post Monday morning. “It was a bad idea from the get-go,” said Wendell Jamieson, the editor who oversees the Times’ Metro section, where the story appeared on Sunday. “It was conceived with the best intentions, but it fell flat. And I regret it.” Filip Bondy, the freelancer who wrote the story, said, “Sorry, sorry, sorry.” The Times story, “How Vital Are Women? This Town Found Out as They Left to March,” ran the day after millions of women took to the streets around the world to stand up for their rights. The article, however, wasn’t about women or the extraordinary political challenges they’re likely to face under President Donald Trump. Rather, it focused on upper-class suburban dads in the liberal enclave of Montclair, New Jersey, who on Saturday had to ― gasp! ― look after their own children while their wives mar ...
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Jason O'Connell Talks Batman in "The Dork Night," Benjamin Evett Is the Ancient Mariner in "Albatross"
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Batman swept Jason O'Connell off his equilibrium when he was just a lad, and he's lived to tell the tale, which he's enthusiastically spinning in The Dork Night right now at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre. For the extremely friendly and appealing O'Connell, Batman in his many film guises (Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, among them), the comic book figure hasn't simply been a pastime. For him, the pointed-eared masked figure has been more like a case of WWBD--What Would Batman Do? Since he was 9 years old, he's asked the pressing question of himself whenever faced with a dilemma. He's continued to employ Batman as role model right up to the present date when he's in his 40s. He's certainly relied on what he's learned for his several forays with the opposite sex. It's certainly been important for him, but not absolutely prohibitive, that the object of his affection is also a Batman aficionado--a Batwoman, you might say. When O'Connell, born in Commack and educated a ...
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'The Founder' Review: Cooking Keaton, Underdone Burger
Wall Street Journal - about 1 month
Michael Keaton stars as Ray Kroc, the entrepreneur who made McDonald’s and fast food ubiquitous.
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'The Founder': Michael Keaton Brings A Ruthless Ray Kroc To Life, With Relish
NPR - about 1 month
As the businessman who built a network of McDonald's franchises while nastily — and gleefully — disenfranchising his business partners, Keaton exudes a sleazy brio. (Image credit: Daniel McFadden/The Weinstein Company)
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Another Guy Making Oscar Predictions
Huffington Post - about 1 month
A week from today the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced, and I'd expect a few jaw-dropping omissions (Ryan Gosling?) and additions (Michael Keaton?) like every year. That said, I think we'll see less surprises this year than in years past (ie. La La will sing and dance to the tune of a lot of nods. I'll also say #oscarssowhite isn't going to happen this year. There's just too many amazing performances and films to pass over this year plus Cheryl Boone Isaacs totally revamped the Academy's voting process. Anyway, here I am writing down my Oscar predictions like everybody else in the world. Read on, and predict your own. Guess right on all, and win a pony! Best Picture I'm going to say the Academy uses eight slots this year, but will add the last two here in case they go all the way or to nine. Arrival Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Loving Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Hacksaw Ridge Fences Potential Surprises Sil ...
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Weinstein Co. serves up 'The Founder' amid smaller film slate and shift to TV
LATimes - about 1 month
In Weinstein Co.'s "The Founder," opening nationwide this week, McDonald's executive Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) uses strong-arm tactics to wring gold from the golden arches, turning them into a ubiquitous symbol of American success. But in the process, he alienates associates and burns his share...
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Michael Keaton premieres McDonald's movie, 'The Founder'
Reuters.com - about 1 month
Michael Keaton reveals his food service past as he premieres McDonald's movie, 'The Founder'. Saskia O'Donoghue reports.
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President Obama Writes Note Praising The 'Diverse Tales' Honored At Sunday's Golden Globes
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Barack Obama has joined the chorus of praise for the ongoing awards season’s diverse films and television series. The president printed a note in Sunday’s Golden Globes program espousing the importance of stories that reflect all spectrums of the human experience.  Here’s what Obama wrote, as first obtained by The Hollywood Reporter: Michelle and I send greetings to all those attending the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards. Film and television have captured audiences for generations — transforming the art of storytelling and challenging our understanding of society. Using the big and small screens to bring diverse tales to life, actors and actresses and creative visionaries behind the scenes have inspired us to find deeper meaning in our shared humanity. Tonight’s nominees have devoted their talents to helping us celebrate our triumphs and illustrate our flaws. By enabling us to see ourselves in each other and creating a space for the many narratives that reflect our ...
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Channing Tatum Shares Photo Of Wife Jenna Dewan Napping In The Nude
Huffington Post - about 2 months
On Sunday night, while we were watching reporters ― and Michael Keaton ― talk about “Hidden Fences” and “The Arrival” at the Golden Globe Awards, Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan were at home for what seemed like a pretty relaxing, and very naked, night.  The “Magic Mike” actor shared a photo on Instagram of Jenna having a nap in the nude. (Is there any better way to nap?) Channing even added an ~artsy~ flair to the photo, making it black and white.  Channing captioned the pic, “nap time = best time,” and we’d have to agree. Especially if your nap partner is Jenna Dewan.  Nap time = The Best Time A photo posted by Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) on Jan 8, 2017 at 7:20pm PST Jenna didn’t stay home all night, though. It appears she was just getting a little power nap in before heading out to a Golden Globes after-party, sans Channing.  As per usual, she looked great.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, a ...
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Michael Keaton Reveals Why He Walked Away From 'Batman'
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Michael Keaton held the title role in Tim Burton’s “Batman,” the highest-grossing film of 1989. He also starred in the sequel, “Batman Returns,” which was the third biggest movie of 1992. And then he walked away when director Joel Schumacher took over the franchise for the third installment, “Batman Forever.”  Now, Keaton has explained why he left despite all the success, and the answer is pretty simple: He didn’t like the script for the third film.  “It sucked,” Keaton told The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast. “The script never was great. I didn’t understand why (Schumacher) wanted to do what he wanted to do.” Keaton said he attended “many meetings” over the film, and was “polite up to a point about things.”  But he didn’t like the new direction Schumacher had in mind.  “I knew it was in trouble when he said ‘Why does everything have to be so dark?’” he said.  When it came down to it, Keaton said he just couldn’t do it.  “Not like, I’m above it, ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Keaton
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  • 2016
    Age 64
    In 2016, Keaton entered negotiations to appear in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will be released in 2017, portraying the film's villain.
    More Details Hide Details While initially dropping out, Keaton later re-entered final negotiations and closed the deal. His character was announced to be the supervillain Vulture.
    On January 18, 2016, he was named Officer of Order of Arts and Letters in France.
    More Details Hide Details He is also a visiting scholar at Carnegie Mellon University. Keaton, the youngest of seven children, was born in Forest Grove, in Robinson Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. His father, George A. Douglas, worked as a civil engineer and surveyor, and his mother, Leona Elizabeth (née Loftus), a homemaker, came from McKees Rocks. Keaton was raised in a Roman Catholic family. His mother was of Irish descent, and his father was of English, Scottish, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. He attended Montour High School in Pennsylvania. Keaton studied speech for two years at Kent State before dropping out and moving to Pittsburgh. An unsuccessful attempt at stand-up comedy led Keaton to working as a member of the Production Crew at public television station WQED (TV) in Pittsburgh. Keaton first appeared on TV in Pittsburgh public television programs, including Where the Heart Is and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1975), as one of the "Flying Zookeeni Brothers." He also served as a full-time production assistant on the show. In 2004, following Fred Rogers' death, Keaton hosted a PBS memorial tribute program, Fred Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor. Keaton also worked as an actor in Pittsburgh theatre; he played the role of Rick in the Pittsburgh premiere of David Rabe's Sticks and Bones with the Pittsburgh Poor Players.
  • 2015
    Age 63
    In February 2015, Michael Keaton was cast for the role of Ray Kroc in the biopic The Founder.
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  • 2012
    Age 60
    Keaton is a Democrat. He endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012 and Senator Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination in 2016.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2010
    Age 58
    He announced in June 2010 his interest in returning for a Beetlejuice sequel.
    More Details Hide Details He played Captain Gene Mauch in the comedy The Other Guys. Keaton starred alongside Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts in Birdman (2014), playing Riggan Thomson, a screen actor, famous for playing the iconic titular superhero, who puts on a Broadway play based on a Raymond Carver short story, to regain his former glory. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his portrayal of Thomson and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
  • 2008
    Age 56
    The role garnered Keaton a 2008 SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.
    More Details Hide Details The Company. Keaton provided the voice of Ken in Toy Story 3 (2010). The film received overwhelmingly positive acclaim and grossed over $1 billion worldwide, making it one of the most financially successful films ever.
  • 2007
    Age 55
    Keaton starred in the 2007 TV miniseries The Company, set during the Cold War, in which he portrayed the real-life CIA counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton.
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  • 2006
    Age 54
    In 2006, Keaton starred in an independent film called Game 6, a semi-thriller based around the infamous 1986 World Series bid by the Boston Red Sox.
    More Details Hide Details He had a cameo in the Tenacious D short film Time Fixers, an iTunes exclusive. The 9-minute film was released to coincide with Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny. Keaton reportedly was cast as Jack Shephard in the series Lost, with the understanding that the role of Jack would be a brief one. Once the role was retooled to be a long-running series regular, Keaton withdrew. The part was then given to actor Matthew Fox. The show ran for six seasons, with the Shephard role continuing throughout.
  • 2004
    Age 52
    On New Year's Day of 2004, he hosted the PBS TV special Mr. Rogers: America's Favorite Neighbor.
    More Details Hide Details It was released by Triumph Marketing LLC on DVD September 28 that year.
  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 42
    Keaton starred as a political candidate's speechwriter in 1994's Speechless.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 2000s, Keaton appeared in several films with mixed success, including Live From Baghdad (for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe award), First Daughter, White Noise and Herbie: Fully Loaded. While he continued to receive good notices from the critics (particularly for Jackie Brown), he was not able to re-approach the box-office success of Batman until the release of Disney/Pixar's Cars (2006), in which he voiced Chick Hicks.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 37
    He also had a relationship with actress Courteney Cox from 1989 to 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Keaton, a long-time Pittsburgh resident, is an avid Pittsburgh Pirates fan and negotiated a break in his Batman movie contract in case the Pirates made the playoffs that year. He also wrote an ESPN blog on the Pirates during the final months of their 2013 season, in which the Pirates made the playoffs for the first time since 1992. He is often seen at Pittsburgh Penguins games and is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. In the 1980s, Keaton bought a ranch near Big Timber, Montana, where he spends much of his time. An avid fisherman, Keaton can often be seen on the saltwater fishing series Buccaneers & Bones on Outdoor Channel, along with Lefty Kreh, Tom Brokaw, Zach Gilford, Thomas McGuane and Yvon Chouinard.
    Keaton's career was given another major boost when he was again cast by Tim Burton, this time as the title comic book superhero of 1989's Batman.
    More Details Hide Details Warner Bros. received thousands of letters of complaint by fans who believed Keaton was the wrong choice to portray Batman. However, Keaton's performance later garnered acclaim from critics and audiences, and Batman became one of the most successful films of that year. According to Les Daniels's reference book Batman: The Complete History, Keaton wasn't surprised when he was first considered as Batman as he initially believed the film would be similar to the 1960s television series starring Adam West. It was only after he was introduced to Frank Miller's comic book miniseries, The Dark Knight Returns, that Keaton really understood the dark and brooding side of Batman that he portrayed to much fan approval. Keaton later reprised the role for the sequel Batman Returns (1992), which was another critically acclaimed success. He was initially set to reprise the role again for a third Batman film, even going as far as to show up for costume fitting. However, when Burton was dropped as director of the film, Keaton left the franchise as well. He was reportedly dissatisfied with the screenplay approved by the new director, Joel Schumacher. According to the A&E Biography episode on Keaton, after he had refused the first time (after meetings with Schumacher), Warner Bros. offered him $15 million, but Keaton steadfastly refused and was replaced by Val Kilmer in Batman Forever (1995).
  • 1988
    Age 36
    He played the title character in Tim Burton's 1988 horror-comedy Beetlejuice, earned Keaton widespread acclaim and boosted him to movieland's A list.
    More Details Hide Details He originally turned down the role, then reconsidered like most of the cast. He now considers Beetlejuice his favorite of his own films. That same year, he also gave an acclaimed dramatic performance as a drug-addicted businessman in Clean and Sober.
  • 1982
    Age 30
    Keaton was married to actress Caroline McWilliams from 1982 to 1990.
    More Details Hide Details They have one son, Sean Maxwell Douglas.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Born
    Born on September 5, 1951.
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