Saturday, February 24, 2024

Oscars: Weinstein Company Will Send Michael Keaton, Matthew McConaughey Into Best Actor Race


There was a well written but maybe too speculative story today about the Weinstein Company and their fortunes. They’ve recently announced a lot of date changes for new movies.

But now they’ve got Stephen Gaghan’s “Gold” and Michael Keaton in John Lee Hancock’s “The Founder” each coming during the last week of December for Oscar runs. This sends Matthew McConaughey and Keaton into the race, not to mention Edgar Ramirez from Hands of Stone, coming in August. Ramirez is also in “Gold.”

The only movie that really suffered a big change is “Tulip Fever,” which was moved abruptly to a dump spot in February 2017, the weekend of the Oscars. That’s a bad sign.

Otherwise, TWC seems to be confident enough to go for it. “Gold” is a business thriller that goes from Wall Street to Indonesia, and also stars one of my faves, Bryce Dallas Howard. “The Founder” is about McDonald’s and Ray Kroc. Good balance.

Oscar season? It’s around the corner. The other interesting Oscar development…I’ll save it for my next item…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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