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Best of the Week: Favorite 2014 Movies, J.R.R. Tolkien's Idea of Christmas and More

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The Important News The Critics Choice Awards nominations were announced. Meanwhile, President Obama named Boyhood as his favorite movie of 2014. Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy or Ken Watanabe will play the Ancient One in Doctor Strange. Viola Davis joined the cast of Suicide Squad. Tim Burton still plans to direct the Beetlejuice sequel and will bring Winona Ryder back. Meanwhile, Charlie Sheen is reprising his role from Ferris Bueller's Day Off for a TV show. Top Five gave Chris Rock his best opening ever, screen average-wise.  Tom Hanks might star in the Dave Eggars adaptation The Circle. Steven Spielberg cast a 10-year-old newcomer for his adaptation of The BfgRobert Rodriguez is moving...

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Princess Madeleine of Sweden Is Pregnant!

15 hours ago | | See recent Popsugar news »

Princess Madeleine of Sweden is expecting her second child - People George Clooney woos Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern on set - Us Weekly Azealia Banks reveals why she has such a beef with Iggy - HuffPost Celebrity Tim Burton is not a fan of modern-day superhero movies - Lainey Gossip Betty White gets hilariously wacky with Craig Ferguson - Dlisted Owen Wilson shares an adorable video of his son - Et Find out who Kylie Jenner had a date with - JustJared Wait, Bella Thorne was spotted working where?! - Hollywood Tuna You've never seen Nicki Minaj look this glamorous - Pink Is the New Blog See Charli Xcx's crazy Jingle Ball outfit - The Superficial Christina Hendricks moves on to her next big project - popbytes »

- Ryan-Roschke

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Exclusive: Tim Burton and Margaret Keane Gush Over Amy Adams

16 hours ago | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Amy Adams was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in Big Eyes, Tim Burton's biopic about painter Margaret Keane, whose husband, Walter (Christoph Waltz), takes credit for her work in the '50s and '60s. Besides her nomination, there's even more of an endorsement of her casting in this exclusive video about Adams. In it, her costars and director sing her praises, while even Margaret herself talks about meeting Adams and approving her. Watch and get excited to see the movie on Christmas Day. »

- Shannon-Vestal

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Daily | Tim Burton and Big Eyes

21 hours ago | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Almost inconceivably, the director of such macabre fantasies as Beetlejuice and The Nightmare Before Christmas manages to turn his subject's populist kitsch into a humdrum, paint-by-numbers portrait of midcentury Americana," writes Matt Brennan, reviewing Tim Burton's Big Eyes at Slant. For Variety's Justin Chang, Amy Adams’s "affecting performance" as artist Margaret Keane is countered by "an outlandish, ogre-like turn from Christoph Waltz that increasingly seems to hold the movie hostage." We're collecting more reviews, video and overviews of Burton's career. » - David Hudson »

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Podcast #142: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Tim Burton

18 December 2014 4:21 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The final regular podcast of 2014 ends on a high note, with some stellar interview talent in the form of Tim Burton (Big Eyes) and three members of the Dumb And Dumber To team: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and one of them there Farrelly Brothers everyone's talking about.Then there's a lengthy discussion of the biggest news of the week, namely Sony's decision to pull The Interview from cinemas, plus possibly the longest reviews section the Empire Podcast has ever seen. Christmas, eh? P.S. You can check out our podcast photo gallery here and subscribe to the Empire Podcast via our iTunes page or this handy RSS feed. You can subscribe to the magazine here if you like it in paper form, or here if you prefer things digitally. »

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Margaret Keane’s Eyes Are Wide Open

18 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Margaret Keane is 87 years old, an impish woman in a blue suit, a turtleneck, and jeans who’d been up until 3 o’clock in the morning December 15 for the MoMA premiere of Big Eyes, the new Tim Burton film about her, her husband, and the lies he told, very publicly, in passing her own haunted-moppet paintings off as his own, getting them quite rich and famous — by 1960s standards, anyway. We meet up in mid-afternoon the next day at the cocktail lounge Knave, at the Parker-Meridien Hotel. Bright-eyed, she hardly seems the worse for wear, still wearing the big-framed, blue-tinted eyeglasses — ”I like to hide behind them,” she tells me — she’d worn the for the red carpet, where she quipped for the assembled press: “I always wanted to be in MoMA. I just never thought it would take a film to get here!” She lives about an hour outside »

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Big Eyes Review

18 December 2014 9:40 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When a major filmmaker decides to tell a story about a renowned artist, one expects that the director is painting a kind of self-portrait. That is the case with Mike Leigh’s splendid, thrillingly acted Mr. Turner (also out this month), and that may also be true for Tim Burton’s latest film, Big Eyes. Take a glance at Margaret Keane’s sweet, painted children with their milky, enveloping, entrancing eyes, and you get a feeling of sadness and youthful wonder, as well as a bit of kitsch – all factors omnipresent in Burton’s offbeat fantasies, films like Beetlejuice and Big Fish.

However, Burton is no longer such a gauche visionary, his films more about the inventiveness of their atmosphere than the depth of the performances in them. Big Eyes’ opening credit sequence, which shows several of Keane’s paintings going through a press to make thousands of copies, could »

- Jordan Adler

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Interview: Tim Burton Talks Making 'Big Eyes,' Going Digital, The "Disturbing" Process Of 'Alice In Wonderland' & More

18 December 2014 9:22 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Tim Burton has gotten very good at placing his easily identifiable stamp on a number of high profile studio projects. And with good reason. His 3D "Alice in Wonderland" made over a billion dollars worldwide and even supposed flops like "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (which he didn't direct but has his name above the title) have proven to be merchandising juggernauts down the line. But with "Big Eyes," Burton returns to small scale, independent filmmaking for the first time in 20 years, following 1994's "Ed Wood." Like "Ed Wood," "Big Eyes" is a true story, and he collaborated once again with screenwriters Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander, this time to tell the story of Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), whose husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) took credit for her famous and fabulously popular paintings. We got to sit down with Burton to discuss what drew him to the project, his switch to digital, »

- Drew Taylor

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The 14 Best Movies of 2014

18 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

2014 has been a brilliant year for movies. We can talk all day long about the disappointments and straight-up garbage shoveled our way, but that’s a waste of time and effort when so much greatness is available too. So lets talk about the great ones. One quick note: There are always acclaimed films that slip by and go unseen before the year-end deadline, and this year is no different. So for what it’s worth, at the time of this writing I have yet to see Citizenfour, Foxcatcher, Inherent Vice and Selma. 14. Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart Odds are you’ve never heard of this animated film from France, but regardless of whether or not you have kids at home it’s a movie guaranteed to surprise, delight and impress. The tale explores ideas of friendship, love and the value aiming high, but as solidly touching as the story and characters are it’s the creativity and »

- Rob Hunter

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Scott Foundas’ Top 10 Films of 2014

17 December 2014 3:28 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It was a year of many tortured geniuses onscreen — Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, J.M.W. Turner, Brian Wilson — and behind the scenes, where directors like Bong Joon-ho, James Gray and Paul Schrader fought producers and distributors over final cut, and the right to see their films properly released. Of course, the very idea of distribution has become nearly as diffuse in the digital era as that of film itself, a material on which few movies are still made and even fewer shown — unless you happen to be Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino or Christopher Nolan, who earned the ire of some theater owners when he demanded they reinstall 35mm projectors if they wanted to screen his “Interstellar” two days early. In light of the film’s $600 million worldwide gross (and counting), one can only say: poor them.

Speaking of “Interstellar,” if there was one undeniable constant at the movies in 2014, it was time, »

- Scott Foundas

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Justin Chang’s Top 10 Films of 2014

17 December 2014 12:58 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Assembling a year-end top-10 list has always been a personal, even self-indulgent, ritual, a way of disguising a whimsical ranking of favorites as a carefully curated declaration of personal taste. At the risk of making things even more solipsistic than usual, let me begin by noting that the fraught relationship between artists and critics provided 2014 with one of its most compelling movie themes, with critics themselves — food critics, art critics, theater critics and, yes, film critics — figuring among the year’s most favored characters. And by favored, of course, I mean mocked, loathed and misunderstood at every turn.

In one of the most talked-about scenes in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s virtuoso backstage farce “Birdman,” a washed-up movie star named Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) comes face to face with a notoriously nasty New York Times theater critic, Tabitha Dickinson (Lindsay Duncan), who calmly informs him that she’s going to eviscerate his new Broadway play, »

- Justin Chang

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'Into The Woods' Reviews: Rob Marshall Directs a Solid, Satisfying Sondheim Fairytale

17 December 2014 11:26 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

You can't please everyone, but Rob Marshall's reinvention of the Stephen Sondheim fairytale-mashup musical is just what the doctor ordered if you seek late-December escapism: catchy songs, blandly reassuring plot points, decent visuals and Meryl Streep as a witch in a wig. It's no "Chicago," but "Into the Woods" should satisfy (or, at least, shouldn't piss off) Sondheim fans, who were spoiled by Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd" in 2007. If we can all take off our Streep blinders for a moment, the rest of the musical-savvy cast is also strong. Emily Blunt is especially striking as the Baker's Wife, bringing bouncy comedy to this otherwise thankless role; Anna Kendrick is as overly earnest as ever as the ragamuffin Cinderella; and Johnny Depp as The Wolf gets in and out of the way before becoming annoying. While the trades have stamped the film with approval—it's likely to nab SAG »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Tim Burton confirms Winona Ryder return for Beetlejuice 2

17 December 2014 10:57 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Over the past couple of weeks both Michael Keaton and Tim Burton have been speaking about the long-rumoured Beetlejuice 2 – with Burton stating this week that “it’s probably closer than ever” – and now the director has confirmed that Winona Ryder will be back for the sequel.

“Oh yeah,” Burton told MTV News when asked if he’d be directing the follow-up to the 1988 supernatural comedy during a promotional interview for his new film Big Eyes. MTV then asked if Ryder would be back, with Burton responding: “Oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah. Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah yeah, oh yeah.”

After presumably tiring of the word “yeah”, the filmmaker then added that: “I worked with [Ryder], I hadn’t seen her in awhile… and she was so great. I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her… and that character, I just miss it, »

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Tim Burton Explains Why He Doesn’t Like Marvel Superhero Movies

17 December 2014 9:34 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Tim Burton was one of the first director to venture into superhero movie territory, and he did a great job! I love what he did with Batman and Batman Returns, and with those films he kind of laid the foundation for what was to come. During an interview with Yahoo, he was asked about what he thought of the movies Marvel was making, and he didn’t seem very impressed.

“How many times can you say ‘you’re wearing a funny costume’ with the tights and stuff? That’s been going on for 20 years now. Yes, we all know that superheroes are damaged individuals. Maybe we need to see a happy superhero?”

With a statement like that, I’m not even sure if he’s seen any of the Marvel movies. No one ever really says “you’re wearing a funny costume,” in those movies. As for the whole happy superhero comment, »

- Joey Paur

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Tim Burton Confirms Winona Ryder Will Return for Beetlejuice Sequel

17 December 2014 7:26 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Director Tim Burton recently sat down for an interview with MTV and confirmed that he’s still planning on directing Beetlejuice 2. He also revealed that Winona Ryder will return to reprise her role as Lydia Deetz. When asked if Ryder would be back, he said, 

“Oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah. Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah yeah, oh yeah,” 

Ryder hinted that she would be included in the film about a year ago. It’s good to get a good solid confirmation from Burton, though. He also said,

“I worked with [Ryder], I hadn’t seen her in awhile… and she was so great. I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her… and that character, I just miss it, there’s some freedom about that character that I love.”

In a previous interview, Burton said this sequel is closer than ever to happening. »

- Joey Paur

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Watch the Exclusive First Clip From Tim Burton’s Big Eyes

17 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The long con at the center of Big Eyes is so unbelievable that it almost makes sense that people believed it for so long: Those kitschy paintings of children with enormous peepers that became so popular at the end of the 1950s were not actually made by the outrageous showman Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) but by his suffering-in-secret wife Margaret (Amy Adams), who allowed Walter to take full credit even as her own artistic awakening (and attendant misgivings about the charade) began to come to the fore. In this exclusive clip from the Tim Burton–directed film (out December 25), you can take a look at the contentious Keane marriage in a nutshell: As Margaret timidly offers some resistance to her husband's credit-hogging, Walter browbeats her back into submission with a potent combo of flattery and condescension. "You're Keane, I'm Keane," he says ... and soon, the entire country would be »

- Kyle Buchanan

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Film Review: ‘Into the Woods’

17 December 2014 6:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“Be careful what you wish for” warn the ads for “Into the Woods” — an apt summary of the movie’s theme, and also the mindset of many a Stephen Sondheim fan ever since it was announced that the composer’s popular 1987 Broadway musical was being turned into a film. But such fears are swiftly allayed by director Rob Marshall, who, um, marshals Sondheim’s cavalcade of fairy-tale all-stars on to the screen in a faithful, never particularly inspired, but supremely respectable version — one that outclasses Marshall’s prior “Chicago” and “Nine,” to say nothing of this season’s two-ton musical monstrosity, “Annie.” Strong reviews and family appeal should earn Disney much more than a bunch of magic beans at the holiday box office, with a long shelf life to follow.

It certainly took Hollywood long enough  to see the forest for the trees where “Into the Woods” was concerned. A »

- Scott Foundas

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Tim Burton and Christoph Waltz talk Big Eyes – Flickering Myth Podcast

17 December 2014 5:37 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Flickering Myth Podcast gets Big Eyes

Set for release on Christmas Day in the Us and Boxing Day in the UK, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes is the true-life story of artist Walter Keane, who stole the work of his wife Margaret and claimed it as his own.

On this edition of the Flickering Myth Podcast, Scott Davis sits down for a roundtable discussion with director Tim Burton and Christoph Waltz, who plays Walter Keane, to discuss the movie.

You can subscribe to the Flickering Myth Podcast via iTunes, update your RSS feed or listen via Sitcher or using the player below…

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Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. »

- Luke Owen

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Into The Woods Review

17 December 2014 3:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Rob Marshall.

Cast: James Corden, Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Mackenzie Mauzy, Lilla Crawford, Billy Magnussen, Daniel Huttlestone, Lucy Punch, Christine Baranski, Tammy Blanchard, Tracey Ullman.

Certificate: PG

Running Time: 124 minutes

Synopsis: A childless baker (Corden) and his wife (Blunt), must collect a series of items for a witch (Streep) in order to lift the family curse.

Johnny Depp. Disney. A Stephen Sondheim musical. You’d be forgiven for thinking you were stepping into a Tim Burton movie with Rob Marshall’s latest. With the plethora of fairy tale twists also coming out of Disney at the moment, you’d also be forgiven for thinking this was just another unimaginative money grab. To an extent you’d be right. After all, the stage show may have been around since 1987, but it’s taken this long to come around, and the success of Disney’s Once Upon A Time, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Tim Burton Doesn't Like Marvel Films, Says Superheroes Should Be Happier

17 December 2014 1:22 AM, PST | | See recent Worst Previews news »

Now that superhero movies have become extremely popular, Yahoo! reached out to "Batman" director Tim Burton to get his thoughts on how the genre has changes over the years. "Marvel, they have their thing and there's a certain formula to it all which seems to still be working," he said. "But how many times can you say 'you're wearing a funny costume' with the tights and stuff? That's been going on for 20 years now. Yes, we all know that superheroes are damaged individuals. Maybe we need to see a happy superhero?" Burton's "Batman" movie wasn't really about a happy superhero. But according to the director, things have become much darker. "I remember 'Batman' getting so much flak and criticism at the time for being too dark," he explained. "And now 20-30 years later, it now looks like a light-hearted romp, it's such a strange thing to go through. »

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