Frankenweenie, from director Tim Burton and screenwriter John August, is a charming, macabre and heartwarming tale, about Victor (voiced by Charlie Tahan), a young boy who, after unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life, but quickly faces unintended and sometimes monstrous consequences for his actions. The voice cast also includes Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Winona Ryder and Atticus Shaffer.
At the film’s press junket, actress Winona Ryder talked about what it was like to reunite with Tim Burton again (it’s been 22 years since Edward Scissorhands), how she found the experience of doing voice-over work, the messages that she connected to in the story, her impressions from the first time she worked with Burton on Beetlejuice, and why she’s always gravitated towards dark films and characters. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Heather, my love, there’s a new TV show in town. Not wishing to be left behind in the scripted TV game, Bravo is adding a bevy of new, original programming to its development slate, including a kind of reboot / sequel to the 1988 dark comedy cult hit Heathers, which starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater as two teenagers who rebel against the reign of the Heathers (Shannen Doherty, Kim Walker and Lisanne Falk) in their high school.
The series was envisioned by Jenny Bicks (The Big C), who wants to update the story by setting it 20 years after the first film, where Veronica (Ryder) returns to Sherwood with her daughter who herself must go up against the reigning high school clique – except this time instead of the Heathers it will be the Ashleys (who are actually the daughters of the surviving Heathers). For more on angel dust, switchblades, and sexually perverse photography (i.e. the project), hit the jump.
You’ve gone and done it again, Hollywood! Oh, you! News came out last night announcing that Fox plans to remake the 1989 cult classic dark comedy, “Heathers” for TV. The remake will be written by Mark Rizzo, whose only previous credit includes writing a pilot for a series named “Zip” for NBC, which never got picked up. He will also be assisted by “Sex and the City” writer, Jenny Bucks, who will produce the project. It’s still unclear if this remake will be a TV movie or a TV series. What is clear though, at least to me, is that the film does not need to be remade. To begin to shake your head in disappointment as you find out some more details, hit the jump.