Tim Burton in Talks to Direct BEETLEJUICE 2; Michael Keaton Expected to Return

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Beetlejuice 2 is looking like it’s going to become a reality.  The film has been in development for years, and Tim Burton has never taken his eye completely off of it.  Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter writer Seth Grahame-Smith was tasked with penning a new screenplay, but Burton said his involvement was based on the quality of the script.  Now it appears that script is good enough as The Wrap reports that Burton is in talks to direct the further adventures of the mischievous ghoul.

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Tim Burton to Next Direct Biopic BIG EYES; Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams Will Star

by     Posted 1 year, 16 days ago

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Director Tim Burton’s long-developing biopic Big Eyes is finally moving forward.  The filmmaker first became attached to the pic back in 2010, when he sparked to a script by Ed Wood scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski that he intended to produce.  The film’s story focuses on the artistic coupling of Margaret and Walter Keane.  Walter became famous in the 1950s and 60s for paintings featuring saucer-eyed kids, though it was the shy Margaret who really did the work.  Margaret eventually tired of the misplaced credit, which led to a divorce and a heated court battle to prove authorship of the paintings.

Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon became attached to play the couple early last year, but now a different promising duo of actors will be bringing The Keanes to life on the big screen with Burton in the director’s chair, as Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams have signed on to topline the pic.  Hit the jump for more.

FRANKENWEENIE Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 1 year, 68 days ago

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It seems like over the past decade or so people have given up on Tim Burton.  After a string of successful films filled with his trademark stylistic flourishes and quirk, the auteur seemed like he stopped caring.  With his Planet of the Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Corpse Bride it felt like Burton lost an emotional stake in his work.  And even though 2010′s Alice in Wonderland was his biggest commercial hit ever (a god damn billion dollars?!), it still seemed like he was phoning it in.  In 2012 (maybe in order to jump start his creative libido again) he returned to material that got him fired up.  One was his interpretation of a gothic ’60s soap opera and the other was Frankenweenie - the 3D stop motion animation based on his 1984 short.  Find out how the Disney Blu-ray fares after the jump.

Jane Goldman to Rewrite PINOCCHIO for Tim Burton and Robert Downey Jr.

by     Posted 1 year, 153 days ago

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Early this year, a curious pairing popped up in the form of director Tim Burton and Robert Downey Jr. possibly teaming up on a new take on Pinocchio.  Downey Jr. subsequently spoke enthusiastically about the prospect, and now we have an update on the Warner Bros. project as Heat Vision reports that Stardust and X-Men: First Class co-writer Jane Goldman has been brought on to rewrite the script.  It’s a bit of a curious move as Pushing Daisies mastermind Bryan Fuller penned the intial draft, but I guess his script wasn’t up to snuff for the duo.

The new take on the classic story would find Downey Jr. playing Geppetto, the woodcarver responsible for creating the puppet boy Pinocchio who comes to life.  When Pinocchio goes missing, Geppetto must embark on a quest to bring him back.  Burton and Downey Jr. have yet to officially commit to the project, but WB apparently hopes to bring their courtship to a close with the hiring of Goldman as she’ll be incorporating Downey’s notes into her rewrite.  This is one of a number of Pinocchio-centered projects in development at the moment, including a stop-motion animated take from Guillermo del Toro and 20th Century Fox’s The Three Misfortunes of Geppetto.

ED WOOD Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 1 year, 173 days ago

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After sending Pee-Wee on a big adventure, raising Beetlejuice from the dead, and flying Batman into Gotham City (twice), Tim Burton was heralded as one of America’s most original and commercially viable directors. So, what did he decide to do as a follow-up to his successful late ‘80s/early ‘90s run? Why, he made a quirky little film about Ed Wood, a man often referred to as “the worst movie director of all time.”

It’s easy to imagine why Burton was drawn to the life and career of this notoriously wacky filmmaker, who also had a penchant for wearing woman’s apparel. Clothing fetish aside, both directors take (or “took,” in Wood’s case) an inventive, handcrafted approach to filmmaking and always exhibit a deep affection for their misfit, on-screen characters. The biggest difference between the two, however, is that, Wood only succeeded in making a few so-bad-they’re-good cult films, while Burton can’t seem to make a truly bad one.  My review of the Blu-ray after the jump.

Weekend Box Office – TAKEN 2 Grabs First with $50 Million; FRANKENWEENIE in Fifth with $11.5 Million

by     Posted 1 year, 192 days ago

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It’s a weekend box office worth celebrating, with grosses up more than 50% from 2011. That success was almost entirely due to Taken 2, which delivered an estimated $50 million from 3,661 runs for one of the highest October debuts of all time. On the other end of the spectrum, Disney’s Frankenweenie failed to impress; opening in fifth place with an estimated $11.5 million from 3,005 runs despite weeks of heavy promotion.

Title Weekend  Total
1. Taken 2 $50,000,000  $50
2. Hotel Transylvania $26,300,000  $75.9
3. Pitch Perfect $14,700,000  $21.5
4. Looper $12,200,000  $40.3
5. Frankenweenie $11,500,000  $11.5
6. End of Watch $4,000,000  $32.8
7. Trouble with the Curve $3,870,000  $29.7
8. House at the End of the Street $3,698,000  $27.5
9. The Master $1,840,000  $12.4
10.  Finding Nemo 3D $1,555,000  $38.9

Catherine O’Hara Talks FRANKENWEENIE, Working with Director Tim Burton, Her Reaction to Seeing the Final Film, Voicing Three Characters and Much More

by     Posted 1 year, 193 days ago

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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 Catherine O’Hara (who has also done Beetlejuice and  The Nightmare Before Christmas with Burton) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about her experiences working with Tim Burton as a filmmaker, how mind-blowing it was to see the final film put together, how she approached developing the voices for each of her three characters (Victor’s mom, the gym teacher and Weird Girl), getting to record with Martin Short (who plays Victor’s father), why Burton’s films are so special for so many people, and what it’s like to be a part of work that’s so enduring for the fans.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

TOP 5: A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Trailer, TAKEN 2, SKYFALL, FRANKENWEENIE, GOLDENEYE 007 and Other Video Games That Should Get HD Remakes

by     Posted 1 year, 193 days ago

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If you’ve followed the Top 5 for any amount of time you’ve probably already deduced that I like to use the opening paragraph in an anecdotal fashion. Whether I’m spinning a recap of my latest pop-culture excursions or using the latest wedding I’m attending as a gateway for complaining about the pop-culture excursions I’d rather be partaking of, I try and keep this space at least loosely based around entertainment. That said, this week is no different as I finally had the chance to sit down with writer/director David Ayer‘s End of Watch last night. I won’t do the film the disservice of reviewing it in two sentences, but I will say that I found Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña‘s chemistry to be excellent and the action to be consistently suspenseful/captivating. Is the script’s attempt to tie nearly every encounter the partner’s undertake into an interconnected climax a little bit of a stretch? I think so. Nevertheless, End of Watch is still a cop drama that pushes almost all of the right buttons.

But enough of my reviews in 100 words or less, in this week’s trek down memory lane is the first official image and trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard, Taken 2 interviews with Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and more, a recap of all our James Bond / Skyfall coverage from the past week, Frankenweenie interviews with Tim Burton, Winona Ryder and more, and finally a look at some classic video games that we feel deserve an HD remake.

FRANKENWEENIE Review

by     Posted 1 year, 194 days ago

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[This is a re-post of my review from Fantastic Fest.  Frankenweenie opens today.]

Frankenweenie is a paradox for writer-director Tim Burton. Burton’s style has become a cage. His spirals, stripes, high-contrast colors, preference for Danny Elfman‘s scores, and reliance on Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter made it seem like Burton had reached the limits of his creative powers. This limitation was highlighted by using it as a catch-all for any adaptation, and he’s only done adaptations since 2005′s Corpse Bride (and that was his only non-adaptation since 1990′s Edward Scissorhands). Strangely enough, by doing a stop-motion animated adaptation of Frankenweenie—based off his 1984 short film of the same name—Burton has come back to his origins in a way that hasn’t changed his style (although there’s no Depp or Carter), but rediscovered the fun and warmth that used to be intertwined into his visuals and tone.

DARK SHADOWS Blu-ray Review

by     Posted 1 year, 197 days ago

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Where did Tim Burton go exactly? There was a time when Burton was one of our greatest mainstream auteurs, someone who could imbue films like Batman Returns and Edward Scissorhands (both huge commercial films) with his personality and still appeal to audiences worldwide. Now we get stuff like Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows. It’s like his directorial tank is on empty. Dark Shadows adapts the soap opera with Johnny Depp leading the cast as a cursed vampire. It’s a mess. Our review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Tim Burton Talks FRANKENWEENIE, Revisiting the Story, and What Black-and-White 3D Stop-Motion Adds

by     Posted 1 year, 197 days ago

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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, in a suite at the Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland, Tim Burton spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about when he started to revisit his original Frankenweenie drawings, why he wanted to revisit this story when he’s never had any interest before, what the black-and-white stop-motion in 3D added to the film, why his childhood experience with his first dog was so intense, who encouraged the sense of experimentation and imagination in him, and that the medium of stop-motion animation doesn’t really allow for many deleted scenes. He also talked about how and when he’ll decide what he’s going to do next, how he’s never even had a tinge of regret about anything he’s turned down, over the years, and that he avoids reading reviews of his films. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

6 Classic Monster Movie-Inspired Posters for FRANKENWEENIE

by     Posted 1 year, 198 days ago

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Today is the first day of October, and to mark the occasion Disney has unveiled a batch of appropriately spooky posters for Tim Burton’s stop-motion animated feature Frankenweenie.  The six posters boast some amusing artwork that’s inspired by classic monster movies, with titles such as “Day of the Turtle,” “Curse of the Mummy Hamster,” and “Return of the Vampire Cat.”  The posters are a lot of fun, and I actually think it’d be great if Disney produced some short films based on these goofy creations.

Hit the jump to check out the posters, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film.  The pic features the voices of Charlie Tahan, Winona Rider, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Christopher Lee and Catherine O’HaraFrankenweenie opens in 3D on October 5th.

6 Clips from Tim Burton’s FRANKENWEENIE, Plus New 12:01 IMAX Poster

by     Posted 1 year, 208 days ago

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Tim Burton‘s return to stop-motion, Frankenweenie, hits theaters on October 5.  The film is based on a live-action short that Burton made quite a while ago, and centers on a young boy who reanimates his deceased dog.  The pic has received some rather glowing reviews, with our own Matt Goldberg calling it a return to form for Burton that rediscovers “the fun and warmth that used to be intertwined into his visuals and tone.”  Read his full review right here.  Disney has released six clips from the film as well as the pic’s “12:01 IMAX Poster,” which will be given out to fans who attend Frankenweenie midnight IMAX screenings.  The limited edition poster is actually pretty great and features an original sketch by Burton himself.

Frankenweenie features the voices of Charlie Tahan, Winona Rider, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Christopher Lee and Catherine O’Hara.  Watch the clips and check out the poster after the jump.

Fantastic Fest 2012: FRANKENWEENIE Review

by     Posted 1 year, 209 days ago

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Frankenweenie is a paradox for writer-director Tim Burton.  Burton’s style has become a cage.  His spirals, stripes, high-contrast colors, preference for Danny Elfman‘s scores, and reliance on Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter made it seem like Burton had reached the limits of his creative powers.  This limitation was highlighted by using it as a catch-all for any adaptation, and he’s only done adaptations since 2005′s Corpse Bride (and that was his only non-adaptation since 1990′s Edward Scissorhands).  Strangely enough, by doing a stop-motion animated adaptation of Frankenweenie—based off his 1984 short film of the same name—Burton has come back to his origins in a way that hasn’t changed his style (although there’s no Depp or Carter), but rediscovered the fun and warmth that used to be intertwined into his visuals and tone.

FRANKENWEENIE Releases Two New Clips and a Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

by     Posted 1 year, 210 days ago

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Director Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie is set to open in theaters on October 5th, but we have some previews to share with you today.  Two new clips have gone online for Disney’s stop-motion animated film that was based on Burton’s original idea and 1984 short film.  One of today’s clips shows young Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Charlie Tahan) in the process of resurrecting his deceased pet dog, Sparky (Frank Welker).  The second clip reveals that Victor’s secret is out, when classmate Edgar (Atticus Shaffer) pops by to share in Victor’s success.  The behind-the-scenes featurette is a bit spoilery and spotlights a good amount of plot points, but it does show some interesting puppetry work behind the camera.  Hit the jump to check it all out.

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