Michael Keaton Dedicates SAG Award To His Nephew Who Died From Drug Overdose

The SAG Awards went down last night, and a bunch of awards were handed out. Given what is going on around the world these days, award shows seem especially silly.

But whatever, they’re not going anywhere, and sometimes they provide us with special moments. Michael Keaton provided us with a special moment last night while accepting an award for his performance in Hulu’s ‘Dopesick‘ which is a miniseries about the opioid crisis.

During his acceptance speech, Keaton briefly addressed the situation going on in Ukraine, before moving to dedicate his award to his nephew Michael, who died in 2016 after a long battle with drugs.

Keaton tried to fight back tears, “Given the subject matter. This is for my nephew Michael and my sister Pam. I lost Michael to drugs, and it hurts.”

It was his nephew’s death that actually influenced his decision to star in the show. The series received mostly positive reviews from critics. It was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, including Best Miniseries.

Keaton’s performance in the series has been praised by everybody, which is not surprising. When you combine his talent with a personal connection to the source material? That’s where magic happens.

Watch The First Trailer For ‘American Assassin’ Starring Michael Keaton And Dylan O’Brien

We got a new trailer fresh out the oven for you today. American Assassin stars Michael Keaton and Dylan O’Brien, and is currently scheduled for a September 15, 2017, release date.

In the film, O’Brien plays Mitch Rapp, a CIA recruit who is not having the best of luck. His parents died when he was 14, and moments after he proposed to his girlfriend on the beach, terrorists dropped in and killed her.

This leaves Rapp “grief-stricken but motivated to serve in a black ops mission aimed at stopping World War III in the Middle East.”

Michael Cuesta directed the movie. He has primarily worked in TV in the past. He’s been a director on Six Feet UnderTrue Blood, Homeland and Billions. We’re sure he’ll make a smooth transition to the feature world. He’s got years of experience.

In addition to Keaton and O’Brien, Taylor Kitsch and Sanaa Lathan will also co-star. You can check out the official synopsis and trailer below…

“Black ops recruit Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) is reeling from the death of his fiancée in a terrorist attack when he is assigned to shadowy CIA figure Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) to receive special training in tracking terrorists. Rapp and Hurley are then dispatched to join a Turkish agent on a mission to stop a mysterious operative from unleashing chaos of international proportions.”

Michael Keaton Currently In Talks To Play Villain In Disney’s Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ Movie

One of the most talented actors in the game might be joining Disney’s live-action ‘Dumbo‘ remake. Michael Keaton is in negotiations to play the villain in the movie, which seems to be where his career is headed right now. He’ll also be playing the villain in the upcoming Spider-Man movie.

Tim Burton is set to direct this movie, so this would be a reunion for Keaton and Burton. They worked together in the 1992 film Batman Returns. And to make this more interesting, Danny DeVito was also in Batman Returns, and he’s already signed on to co-star in the live-action Dumbo film.

In addition to DeVito and Keaton, Eva Green and Colin Farrell will also star in the movie. Not much is known about the project, but we do know the script has been completed by Ehren Kruger. He’s had a long (and successful) career in Hollywood.

No word on when this movie might be released. We know Disney is really busy right now. They just released the live-action Beauty and the Beast, and they’re currently working on live-action remakes of The Lion King, Mulan and The Little Mermaid.

‘Beetlejuice 2’ Is Being Developed, Winona Ryder Just Confirmed She Will Be Returning!

Another Hollywood sequel? You got it, dude! It’s been over 25 years since Winona Ryder, Michael Keaton, and Tim Burton teamed up to create Beetlejuice. And for several years, there have been rumors about a possible sequel. But nothing was ever confirmed, and most (if not all) was just speculation.

That’s starting to change now. Director Tim Burton and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith have reportedly created a fresh script for the sequel. And the last time Grahame-Smith talked about the sequel, he mentioned that filming could begin as early as December 2015.

During her latest appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Winona Ryder confirmed that a sequel is happening and she will have a role in it.

“I think I can confirm it. It was very hush-hush top secret … but then (Tim Burton) was doing some press for ‘Big Eyes’ and and he did an on-camera interview and he said, ‘Oh yeah, we’re doing it, and Winona’s going to be in it.’ … If he said it, I can say it.”

But just like most of us, she doesn’t know much information about the sequel, “I really don’t know much more than anybody.” She told the audience.

By the way, Burton talked about the possible sequel last year and confirmed there was a script…

“There’s only one Beetlejuice, and that’s Michael. There is a script, and I would love to work with him again. I think there is now a better chance than ever… I miss that character.”

Movie Review: Minions – A Bit Exhausting To Watch


The Minions, those gibberish spewing sidekicks from Despicable Me, are back with their own feature movie. It’s a bit of an origin story, and a clear shameless attempt to cash in on the success of Despicable Me.

The movie starts out with an intro that covers just why the Minions are predestined to serve evil masters. Following all that, it jumps to 1968 where we meet the brave Minions living in New York City, but are sadly master-less. They then learn of a Villain-Con taking place in Orlando, and off they go, hoping to find a new big bad guy to follow. So of course, they get into tons of trouble, winding up riding along with bank robbers, and meeting a motivational speaker who is set on world domination. The movie jumps to different locales and has a lot going on, making it sometimes hard to follow for a children’s movie.

I think it needs to be said. There’s a reason the minions are pill shaped, and that’s because they should be taken in small doses. While their gibberish is cute for a few minutes, it only takes a while before it starts to grate on your nerves.

The best way to describe the movie is shrill, but cute. It’s at times fun, and mostly cute, but occasionally cloying. This is a kid’s movie for kids, not one for adults to enjoy with kids.



But then, with the rock and roll soundtrack, references to the Beatles, Japanese monster movies and the musical Hair, the jokes sometimes seem focused on adults. Maybe it was a way for adults to feel like they belonged in the audience, but I think the references were mainly just confusing to kids.

I can’t say it wasn’t cute. The movie was straight up adorable. The Minions are designed to be cute, so it’s hard not to enjoy their antics, but they were just too cute. It was too over the top and these little sidekicks are certainly not deep enough to have earned their own movie.

While I know sidekick spinoffs have worked in the past, with movies like Puss & Boots and the Penguins of Madagascar, those side characters actually had an interesting plot around them. Puss & Boots was a suave, debonair feline and the penguins were prison break artists. The most I can tell of the Minions is that they speak in gibberish and bumble around, knocking lots of stuff over and generally screwing up other people plans.

While it’s great for a side gag, it doesn’t work for an entire movie. It’s actually a bit exhausting to watch.

While your kids might make you suffer through this, I can’t say it’s one to watch for single adults. It’s a bit too cute, a bit too loud and a bit too bright for most people over 12 to walk away from without a massive migraine.

Sometimes, a sidekick is just a sidekick and it’s ok to leave them at that. For that reason, I got to say this is one to skip…unless your kids make you see it.

WE GAVE IT: 2.5 Stars

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Movie Review: Need For Speed

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I’m usually disappointed when a movie is based on a video game, especially when it’s a game I like. When I learned that Disney was making a “Need for Speed” movie, I was naturally horrified. But the results weren’t half bad.

The protagonist is a mechanic making one last attempt to save his struggling garage. Blue-collar mechanic Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) builds and races cars with his rag tag team of buddies. Enter arch nemesis, the wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), who manages to frame Tommy for manslaughter just as he is about to save the day. It’s two years later and Tommy wants revenge.

The movie features a clever snappy script, which was well developed and cleverly executed. I wasn’t expecting a really dramatic premise, but the screenwriter delivered anyway. It’s one part action and one part innocent ex-con bent on revenge drama.


Of course, what’s a racing movie without car races? These races were interesting, elegant and flawlessly executed. It’s a racing movie that allows you into the car, heightening the suspense. I think a lot of this worked because the producers chose to go with real stunts, as opposed to CGI. The results are realistic and suspenseful, if a little over the top at times.

I mean really, does every car have to explode into flame because it gets hit? Are these cars made of oxygen tanks soaked in gas?

This is Paul’s debut on the big screen, and I think he pulled it off reasonably well. Of course, coming from the role of Jesse, a meth cooking drug dealer in Breaking Bad, playing a blue collar criminal type is obviously Paul’s foray.

It’s not high art by any means. Need for Speed is just like its name, fast paced. It’s pure action and butt kickings, with more than a few explosions thrown in for good measure. You won’t walk away from this movie any smarter, but you’ll definitely be entertained.




They clearly made a point of keeping the script relatively simple and cohesive, which is a refreshing change from the millions of other racing movies out there. This movie has a 70s or 80s racing movie feel, with a $60 million budget. In short, it pulls off pure entertainment.

The supporting players were a bit forgettable. Imigen was the fiery British love interest, but she really didn’t seem to fit into the movie. Michael Keaton as billionaire Monarch just felt silly. Dominic Cooper was a mustache twirling villain cliché of the highest form.

Is it the best movie I’ve seen this year? No. But it might be one of the most entertaining. This is a good Friday night movie, when you don’t want to do a lot of thinking. The plot moves pretty quick (I mean, the kid only does 2 years for manslaughter) and the high speed racing keeps it interesting.

If you’re a fan of the Fast and Furious franchise, then chances are, you will like this movie. If you’re a fan of the video game Need for Speed, you will probably like this movie. It’s fun, just a little bit angsty and not driven by drama or messages. It’s just a good time.

‘Need for Speed’ Character Posters Released- Unfortunately No Cars


Breaking Bad might have been the fuel needed to get ‘Need for Speed’ the momentum it needs to be the next huge “Car” flick that we fall in love with. I have to say the more car chase scenes I see, the more intrigued I become. You have to suspend all sense of reality, what you know about gravity, and how fatal a car crash can really be to enjoy it. This was no different than the “Fast & Furious” series however they at least took their time got you hooked on the characters and then became unreal.

In the first movie it was more cult culture then over the top stunts and chases. Then as it grew in popularity and budget things got a lot more unrealistic. Remember the chase scene dragging a safe behind the car in “Fast 5” or how about the longest runway known to mankind in “Fast 6″.

Need for speed will attempt to bypass all formalities and just get right to it, however the film boasts that there is NO CGI.  Aaron Paul during an interview with Movie Fanatic even says that the stunts are practical.  I’m still trying to figure out what that means.

Here is the interview, the latest trailer (so you can see practical for yourself) and the newly released character posters.  The move hits theaters on March 14th, 2014.

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