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Like any human, I saw the posters for "Mortdecai," rose from my seat, and sprinted into a wall. What was this damn thing? Johnny Depp and cronies Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, and Olivia Munn wore silly mustaches and expected to seem, I guess, irreverent and wacky. Instead they looked like they were starring in a movie adapted from a Pringles can, and the world frowned. "Mortdecai" also underlined the fact that Johnny Depp's presence as a Hollywood titan has been transformed and warped in the past decade. He got a taste of that Jack Sparrow hokum dollar and never looked back. Or if he did look back, he did it with a woozy Keith Richards glance that makes everyone with brain cells roll their eyes. Let's make Johnny Depp cool again. Here are six ways he could regain some of the "it" factor that kept him seeming bad-ass for »
- Louis Virtel
Disney isn't messing around when it comes to their live-action adaptations of popular animated features, especially given the kind of money Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland and Maleficent brought in. The pace is only going to pick up as we have Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella right around the corner, thankfully promising a less CG-intensive affair judging by the trailer. We've known that Bill Condon (Mr. Holmes, Dreamgirls) was on-board to »
- Sean Wist
Ahoy there! Put on your funniest thinking cap, because it's time for another Poster-Crop Quiz. This week, to coincide with the release of Mortdecai, we're celebrating our favorite films starring Mr. Johnny Depp. We've collected posters from 10 of these movies and then foolishly left them in the razor-sharp hands of some guy named Edward. See if you can identify the posters from their sliced remnants below, leaving your guesses in the comment section below. The first person to correctly name all the posters will receive a shout-out in next week's quiz. A shout-out? That's harder to come by than a five-picture deal with Tim Burton. To get things started, take a gander at the poster for the criminally underseen Dead Man. Jim Jarmusch directs this bleak...
- Brian Salisbury
My favorite Batmobile of all time is from Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman. The folks at Think Geek used digital files from the Warner Bros.' archive to create an accurate two inch steel-alloy replica of the Anton Furst design. At only $10, this might be a fun gift to buy for yourself (or other people).
As a kid, I had a die-cast version that was the same size. I took it everywhere, until I lost it. Thankfully I had a second one...which I also lost. As an adult, I now have much a much larger one, which I don't plan to lose anytime soon.
Buy now at Think Geek
- Free Reyes
While Johnny Depp prepares to give us another quirky character in Mortdecai, remember the good ol' days of... Cry-Baby (1990) Director: John Waters Stars: Johnny Depp, Amy Locane, Traci Lords The bad boy leader of a ne'er-do-well gang of misfits falls for a prim and proper upper class girl, creating tension and trouble in 1950s Baltimore. Much singing ensues. The same year he fell in love with Tim Burton and made Edward Scissorhands, Johnny Depp also worked with »
- Jason Adams
American Sniper was huge at the box office, who went to see it and what does this mean for its Oscar chancesc We also talk a little about "Saturday Night Live", explore 24 life lessons from Werner Herzog, answer "What makes a good film criticc", take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases and play a few games. Also, if you haven't done so yet, Ben Aston's He Took His Skin Off for Me short film is now available online, watch it here, Hope you enjoy! If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. »
- Brad Brevet
Here’s an old-school behind the scenes photo from Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice. It features Michael Keaton having his makeup applied by makeup artist Ve Neill. I don't think I’ve ever seen a behind the scenes photo like this from Beetlejuice before, so I thought I’d share it with the rest of you. I'm kind of getting excited about the sequel that is in development. There's been a lot of talk about it recently, and it sounds like it's actually going to happen soon. To check out 13 fun facts about the movie, click here.
Via: Stan Winston School »
- Joey Paur
Back in 2011, writer-producer Seth Grahame-Smith was brought on board to develop a sequel to the 1988 cult classic Beetlejuice, which – over the past year – seems to be edging ever closer to becoming a reality. We’ve heard on numerous occasions that director Tim Burton and stars Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder are all keen to return for the second outing, and now Grahame-Smith has revealed that the plan is to film the sequel once Burton completes his next film, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.
“I’ve emailed with Michael Keaton,” Grahame-Smith tells EW. “I know he’s excited about the idea. I know Tim is excited about the idea. Where it stands now is Tim’s got to get ready to make [Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children], and then hopefully we are set, deals are done, and we’re waiting in the wings ready to go right after Peregrine’s wraps up. The ideal »
- Gary Collinson
There's a lot of buzz surrounding Michael Keaton right now. The actor just won a Golden Globe for his performance in Birdman (he gave a great speech too), and he also just received an Oscar nomination for the film as well. Keaton has already lined up his next project in The Founder, the story of the man who turned McDonald's into a fast food empire, but it sounds like he may also reprise his role as Tim Burton's classic dead showman Beetlejuice before the year is out. Writer Seth Grahame-Smith just had an interview with EW about the various projects he has in the works, and he updated the status of Beetlejuice 2. Read on! When asked about what's going on with the sequel, Grahame-Smith said: "I’ve emailed with Michael Keaton. I know he’s excited about the idea. I know Tim is excited about the idea. Where »
- Ethan Anderton
By Anjelica Oswald
With Michael Keaton winning the Golden Globe for best actor in a musical or comedy and Eddie Redmayne winning for best actor in a drama, both men continue establishing themselves as the frontrunners in this year’s lead actor race at the Oscars.
Though not new to films, Redmayne starred in Oscar-nominated films such as Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2008) and Les Miserables (2012). His performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, however, propelled him to widespread acclaim and put him on the radar. He is one of four best actor nominees — along with Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Steve Carell — to receive their first nomination this year.
For most of his career, Keaton was known for his comedic roles, such as Mr. Mom (1983) and Beetlejuice (1988), and for his turn as Batman in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992). These roles earned Keaton praise and »
- Anjelica Oswald
Johnny Depp’s latest film, Mortdecai, looks like an absolute train wreck, and since Lionsgate has decided not to screen it for press we’ll all find out together this weekend if that initial assessment is valid. Well, some of you will find out — I’ll be skipping it because it looks like an absolute train wreck. Tim Burton also has a new film in theaters, and while it’s not quite wowing audiences it appears to be a step in the right direction after the disappointments of Dark Shadows and Alice in Wonderland. Depp’s career is a mixed bag of fantastic, awful and average films, and examples of each can be found in his eight collaborations with Burton. Most people tend to point to Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood as their best pairings, but I’m oddly partial to their 1999 gothic comedy, Sleepy Hollow. It’s one of Burton’s rare R-rated films and fully »
- Rob Hunter
Johnny Depp has had a remarkable career. After debuting – and dying – in A Nightmare on Elm Street back in 1984, he was just one of the guys in the ensemble Platoon, the rockabilly heartthrob in Cry-Baby, and the star undercover cop in TV’s “21 Jump Street.” With Edward Scissorhands came his career-changing role, blossoming him to the top of the A-list where he’s remained as a bonafide movie star ever since.
This week he’s back on the big screen in Mortdecai (and surprise! Tim Burton is nowhere to be found). As moustachioed art dealer Charles Mortdecai, Depp is searching for a stolen painting that’s been linked to a stolen bank account of Nazi gold.
- Rachel West
“I’ve watched the show. I think he’s a very good young Penguin,” DeVito told Access Hollywood. “He’s a terrific actor.”
It was announced last month that Mark Hamill would be returning to The Flash to reprise his role of The Trickster, but would DeVito be interested in appearing in Gotham in some capacity? “I don’t know about that,” DeVito said. “Again, it’s all about the schedules and the parts and like how the thing is written and what it would be and there are so many particulars.”
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- Luke Owen
Buzz about a potential "Beetlejuice 2" has been ongoing pretty much ever since the classic Tim Burton film first hit theaters in 1988. But now, with Burton confirming that a sequel is indeed in the works, it seems that the movie is actually, really, 100 percent happening -- and may begin production as early as this year.
Writer Seth Grahame-Smith ("Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"), who's co-writing the script and co-producing the flick with his "Dark Shadows" collaborator Burton, gave a status report on the project in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, and dished out a bunch of scoop about the follow-up.
First, Grahame-Smith confirmed what Burton had alluded to during a recent press tour for "Big Eyes": Winona Ryder will be back. And after publicly hinting that he'd be interested in the sequel, Michael Keaton is also on board, according to Grahame-Smith.
As for what the writer's script entails, »
- Katie Roberts
Tim Burton‘s latest film, Big Eyes, is now in theaters. His next film, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, is getting ready to shoot, aimed at a March 4, 2016 release. Once he’s done with that, the prolific filmmaker has a ton of options to choose from (as always). According to writer Seth Grahame-Smith, that’s when he’ll […]
- Germain Lussier
Certain films can be both uplifting and exhausting, bringing the feel-good factor not from sunny optimism, but from a hard-won victory over cynicism and adversity. The most comfortable Wild ever feels would be in that category, taking inspiration from Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild: From Lost To Found On The Pacific Crest Trail.
The book covers her 1,100 mile hike across America's Pacific Crest Trail, from the Mojave Desert to the border of Washington State, through extreme weather on both ends of the spectrum, without any prior backpacking experience.
Using an elliptical time structure, we first meet Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) at the top of a mountain, some distance into her hike, suffering through a scene of cringe-making body horror that wouldn't be too out of place in an Evil Dead movie.
Robin Lord Taylor's Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin) may not be short and stout with flippers for hands like Danny DeVito's Penguin in Tim Burton's 1992 superhero film Batman Returns, but that hasn't stopped Taylor from becoming Gotham's breakout star. In past interviews Taylor had expressed being intimidated about taking on a role that was played so well by Danny DeVito and Burgess Meredith in the 1960s Batman television series. I'm sure he won't feel as intimidated when he hears what DeVito thinks of him. "I've watched the show. I think he's a very good young Penguin," DeVito said. "He's a terrific actor." We've seen actors that portrayed comic book characters on film or on past TV shows reappear on Smallville and The Flash, but would Danny DeVito be interested in returning to Gotham? "I don't know about that," DeVito told Access Hollywood. "Again, it's all about »
Joel Schumacher is not a popular man among Batman fans. His Batman And Robin has gone down in history as one of the worst comic book movies ever made (or the worst, depending on who you ask) – his rubber nipple-suited Batman and glittery Mr. Freeze forever punning the film into the history books. It all turned out fine in the end, with Christopher Nolan and a very gruff Dark Knight subsequently rescuing his career with two of the greatest Batman movies of all time (plus the other one), but that does not make Batman And Robin any less terrible.
Often mentioned in the same breath as Batman And Robin is the film’s immediate predecessor, Schumacher’s Batman Forever. With director Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton nowhere to be seen, Schumacher had the unenviable job of following up one of the most iconic superhero films of all time. »
- Joel Harley
Earlier today, screenwriter/producer Seth Grahame-Smith revealed that his Gremlins reboot has been put on hold, but that is just one of the many projects he is currently involved in. During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the writer offered an update on Beetlejuice 2, which he co-wrote with his writing/producing partner David Katzenberg. Last month, director Tim Burton revealed that the sequel is "closer than ever" to happening, which Seth Grahame-Smith essentially confirmed, revealing that they hope to start production at the end of this year. Here's what the writer had to say.
"I've emailed with Michael Keaton. I know he's excited about the idea. I know Tim is excited about the idea. Where it stands now is Tim's got to get ready to make [Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children], and then hopefully we are set, deals are done, and we're waiting in the wings ready to go right after Peregrine's wraps up. The »
The Tim Burton movie, Edward Scissorhands came out in 1990, so it’s totally possible that unless your parents sat you down to watch a “classic” this might not even be on your radar. Though we love Tim Burton and Johnny Depp (and our mom makes us watch a lot of old movies for our “own cultural good”) we hadn’t gotten to this one yet. But thanks to Idw we are now fully Team Edward! In our review of Issues 1-3, we let you know who Edward Scissorhands is and why he’s totally awesome.
- Maddy and Anya Ernst
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