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John Lee Hancock may direct the McDonald's origin story The Founder

Imagine THE SOCIAL NETWORK crossed with THERE WILL BE BLOOD. Now add a Coke and a side of fries and you have the concept behind THE FOUNDER, a developing movie about the origin and creation of McDonald's. That's right, there is a movie being developed about the world famous fast food franchise that is inescapable anywhere you go on Earth. And the movie may have nabbed a director as well....

Penny Marshall's first film in 13 years will be the baseball biopic Effa

Penny Marshall has made an impact both behind the camera and in front of it. As an actress, she starred on the popular sitcom LAVERNE AND SHIRLEY before segueing to the director's chair. Her short filmography includes movies like BIG, AWAKENINGS, THE PREACHER'S WIFE, and A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. Her last film as director was the 2001 movie RIDING IN CARS WITH BOYS. Despite producing and...

Ethan Hawke to pick up the trumpet and needle in Chet Baker biopic

Shooting is now underway for the biopic BORN TO BE BLUE, which will chronicle the rise and fall of jazz singer/songwriter Chet Baker. Evidently the film will focus on Baker's resurgence in popularity in the 1970s, as well as his love affair and eventual death due to a mixture of cocaine and heroin. Ethan Hawke has been tapped to play Baker, and will star alongside the likes of...

Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant to co-star in Stephen Frears' biopic Florence

Stephen Frears has lined up a pretty high profile pair of actors for his next biopic. Based on the life of socialite turned opera singer Florence Foster Jenkins, FLORENCE will star Meryl Streep in the title role with Hugh Grant as her significant other. Frears has become best known in recent years for his political films like THE QUEEN and PHILOMENA, but he also has a background in...

Christian Bale in talks to play Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle's biopic

Six months ago, David Fincher departed Sony's biopic on Steve Jobs amidst creative differences, one of which was regarding his desire to cast Christian Bale in the title role. The Aaron Sorkin scripted movie based on Jobs' authorized biography would have been an instant Oscar contender and was due to go against the Ashton Kutcher film JOBS. Now, Fincher has departed and Danny...

Leonardo DiCaprio exits Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic

Earlier this year, David Fincher quit the Aaron Sorkin -scripted Steve Jobs biopic he was developing at Sony because the studio didn't want Christian Bale for the lead. At least, that is the rumor . After Fincher's exit, Leonardo DiCaprio and Danny Boyle jumped on board to produce/star and direct, respectively. Now, that is changing as well. Due to commitments on other...

Angelina Jolie set to direct elephant poaching drama Africa

Angelina Jolie made her feature directorial debut in 2011 with the moderately lauded IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY. That film was scripted by Jolie and served as a political passion project for the actress and humanitarian. It took 3 years before her second film, UNBROKEN, was completed and scheduled to hit theaters this Christmas. Now, not only is she hard at work filming her third...

Reese Witherspoon will play Peggy Lee for director Todd Haynes

After winning an Academy Award for playing June Carter Cash in WALK THE LINE, Reese Witherspoon has failed to live up to what that award represents. She has Jean-Marc Vallée's WILD coming this December which could be her ticket back to the A-list, but maybe playing another iconic musician could do it as well. After working on a biopic about Peggy Lee for years with Nora Ephron ,...

Hey ho, let's go! Martin Scorsese is attached to direct a Ramones biopic

There aren't that many details at this point, but according to Billboard's report on the Johnny Ramone tribute at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Sunday, Martin Scorsese is planning on directing a movie about the legendary punk rock band The Ramones. The estate for the band has big plans for 40th anniversary of the release of The Ramones' debut album in 2016, and...

Oprah Winfrey to play Richard Pryor's brothel-running grandmother

Oprah Winfrey has always treated acting as a hobby more than a career, but since the end of her iconic talk show and the formation of her own cable network, Winfrey has found time to stretch her thespian muscles. After a substantial role in Lee Daniels ' drama THE BUTLER and Ava DuVernay's upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr film SELMA, Winfrey is looking to make a very uncharacteristic...

Mike Epps is officially playing Richard Pryor in Lee Daniels' biopic

A few weeks ago we told you that comedian Mike Epps was the frontrunner to take on the role of the legendary comic Richard Pryor . Now after beating out other hopefuls for the role including Eddie Murphy , Chris Rock , Marlon Wayans , and Michael B. Jordan , he has officially been given the role. The movie has been in the works for years but is now finally gaining momentum...

Brittany Murphy's story to be told in a Liftetime network biopic

Lifetime, the cable bastion of good taste and quality filmmaking, has already made a biopic on the life of Elizabeth Taylor starring Lindsay Lohan and are in production on an Angela Bassett directed film about Whitney Houston . Next, they are going for the logical trifecta and will be bringing us the movie biopic of Brittany Murphy . Murphy, who died in 2009, was an actress who...
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