New PEE-WEE HERMAN Movie is “Imminent” According to Paul Reubens

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As long as this is closer to Pee Wee’s Big Adventure and a decided departure from 1988′s ill fated Big Top Pee-Wee I think we’ll be in fairly decent shape.  Paul Reubens is claiming that an official announcement regarding a new Pee-Wee Herman movie is almost incredibly f*cking nigh.  This is excellent news considering the fact that it’s been well over two years since our last update on the project.  Given the fact that Reubens sounded optimistic then (though not quite this optimistic), let’s hope there’s a bit more going on than last time around.

There’s no word on if Judd Apatow is still involved or if they are using any of the script that he worked on, but I’m hoping there’s a strong steward aboard either way because I don’t want my Pee-Wee ship sailing rudderless.  Hit the jump for more on the new Pee-Wee Herman movie. 

BIG EYES Poster Featuring Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams and The First Grail

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If you’re amassing a collection of Tim Burton posters somewhere, this new one for his latest film, Big Eyes, is bound to stand out.  The film tells the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) and his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams).  Back in the 1950s, Walter Keane became a household name courtesy of a series of oil paintings featuring kids with enormous eyes.  But the thing is, he wasn’t the one making them.  Margaret was.

The very first Big Eyes poster just hit the web and it features Waltz and Adams in front of a Margaret Keane design called “The First Grail.”  Hit the jump to check it out.  Big Eyes arrives in theaters on December 25th and also stars Krysten RitterTerrence StampJason Schwartzman and Danny Huston.

Jason Schwartzman Talks LISTEN UP PHILIP, Portraying an Extremely Abrasive Character, THE OVERNIGHT, Tim Burton’s BIG EYES and More

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Jason Schwartzman is really nice and a great guy to interview.  His character in Listen Up Philip?  Not so much.  Philip’s about to have his second book published and he’s sure it’s a big winner.  However, when his editor tells him that The New York Times is giving him a negative review, Philip decides he won’t do any press for the book.  A raging cynic and egoist, Philip sours every single relationship he’s got and that’s when director Alex Ross Perry lets you see the other side of the situation, what happens to the people around him when Philip is gone.

With Listen Up Philip set to hit select theaters in New York City on October 17th, I got the chance to sit down with Schwartzman to discuss his very first impression of the script, what happened when they tried to make Philip a more likable character, what it’s like getting into the headspace of such a rageful guy, how playing Philip inspired him to be more forward in his own life and more.  Hit the jump to hear about all of that as well as Schwartzman’s upcoming film, The Overnight, and his experience working with Tim Burton on Big Eyes.

Asa Butterfield Eyed for MISS PEREGRINE; Michael Pena in Negotiations for THE MARTIAN; Natalie Dormer Locked to Lead PATIENT ZERO

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We’ve got some casting news worth noting.  Here’s what’s coming at a glance:

Hit the jump for more on all three films.

BIG EYES Trailer: Tim Burton Made a Real Movie Again with Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz

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The Weinstein Company has released the first Big Eyes trailer for director Tim Burton’s upcoming drama.  The film revolves around the lives of artists Margaret (Amy Adams) and Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz).  Walter became famous in the 1950s and 60s for paintings featuring saucer-eyed kids, but it was the shy Margaret who really did the work.  Walter’s fraud eventually led to a divorce and a heated court battle to prove authorship of the paintings.  This looks to be a fantastic return to form for Burton after his flurry of CG-stuffed studio films, and honestly if I didn’t know this was a Tim Burton film going in, I might not have guessed it from this trailer.  The film appears to tackle issues like the commercialization of art and the marginalization of women both at home and in the workplace, and I would not be shocked to see Adams become a major player in this year’s awards season.  Big Eyes just skyrocketed towards the top of my most anticipated list for the rest of the year.

Hit the jump to watch the Big Eyes trailer.  The film also stars Krysten Ritter, Terrence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman, and Danny HustonBig Eyes opens in theaters on December 25th.

Ridley Scott’s THE MARTIAN Release Date Set for November 25, 2015; Tim Burton’s PECULIARS Pushed to 2016; PAPER TOWNS Dated for July 31, 2015

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We have a few release date changes and announcements to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • 20th Century Fox’s “Untitled Ridley Scott Project” has been confirmed, as The Martian release date has been moved up from March 2016 to November 25, 2015.
  • Director Tim Burton’s next film, Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars, will take over the date previously held by The Martin, as Fox has pushed it to March 4, 2016.
  • Following the success of The Fault in Our Stars, Fox has set the adaptation of another John Green novel, Paper Towns, for release on July 31, 2015.
  • Universal Pictures will release Clifford the Big Red Dog on April 8, 2016.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects. 

THE JUNGLE BOOK Adds Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito; Eva Green in Talks for Tim Burton’s MISS PEREGRINE

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Disney continues to expand the cast of it’s The Jungle Book adaptation, even if only one actor will ever be seen on screen.  Director Jon Favreau’s iteration recently cast young newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, and he will be the only live-action actor to appear in the film.  The rest of the cast is filled out with CG-animated creatures, and today Disney announced that Christopher Walken and Breaking Bad’s Giancarlo Esposito have joined the voice cast.  Walken will fill the role of King Louie, the ruler of a troop of monkeys and apes, while Esposito will voice Akela, the leader of the wolf pack.  Other voice actors in the film include Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, and Sir Ben KingsleyThe Jungle Book is scheduled for release on October 9, 2015.

Hit the jump for news concerning a Dark Shadows actress leading the next film from director Tim Burton.

THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN LIVES; WHAT HAPPENED? Trailer Offers Amazing Glimpse Into What Could Have Been

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Superman Lives is one of the great (or not-so-great) lost movies of Hollywood.  Back in the mid-90’s Tim Burton came onboard the project alongside star Nicolas Cage and screenwriter Kevin Smith.  They actually got pretty far along in development (you’ve no doubt seen Cage’s infamous photo in the costume) before the whole thing fell apart.  Now, filmmaker Jon Schnepp is attempting to brave the waters and figure out what happened with his upcoming documentary, The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened?

The trailer for the film was unveiled last night at the San Diego Comic-Con and is actually pretty great, featuring many of the key players (no Cage though) in the debacle. Hit the jump for the The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened trailer and to find out more on how this intriguing film can become a reality.

“Never Send a Monkey to Do a Man’s Job”: Looking Back at the Remake of PLANET OF THE APES

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[With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opening on Friday, July 11th, I'm taking a look back at the Planet of the Apes movie franchise. These reviews contain spoilers.]

Battle for the Planet of the Apes chose to end the original 5-film saga on a message of hope, and then the franchise lay dormant for almost thirty years.  Interest had waned, fans had grown up, and that’s usually the signal for a studio to dig back into the archive to try and reinvent a property—no matter how classic or untouchable—for modern audiences, i.e. male teenagers with disposable income.  Planet of the Apes had endured to where the mainstream was aware of the original insofar as the twist, the final shot, and “Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!”

But after watching the first five movies, I think the franchise’s most admirable trait is its tonal flexibility in service of various themes.  These movies were radically different, but they each had a distinct personality.  Tim Burton‘s 2001 remake “re-invented” the franchise by removing any personality whatsoever.

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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