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Set to make its world premiere at the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) next month is Haitian filmmaker Raoul Peck's latest work, titled "Murder in Pacot," which we first alerted you to in May, when it was wrapping up principal photography. The feature film is loosely inspired by Italian director, Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1968 drama/mystery "Teorema," which starred Terence Stamp as a mysterious stranger who injects himself into the home of a wealthy Italian family, and seduces everyone in it, including the maid, which leads to each of them reaching some unique epiphany, leaving viewers »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The start of production on "Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass" isn't the only Tim Burton news happening. Additionally, newly released, are the first two images (below) from the Burton directed "Big Eyes." The stills, which first appeared in USA Today, show Amy Adams by herself, painting, in one image and her with Christoph Waltz in the other. In both, Adams has a painting of a girl with large eyes, but one will note that it is not the same painting across the two images. Burton's new movie, which opens on December 25th, is based on the true story of Margaret and Walter Keane, with Adams and Waltz taking on those two roles. The Keanes met in the 1950s and gained fame due to the paintings of children with large, sad, eyes, which were terribly popular in the '50s and '60s. Eventually, the marriage fell apart and »
- Josh Lasser
USA Today has our first look at director Tim Burton's Big Eyes, which follows the plight of American artists Margaret and Walter Keane, the husband and wife team responsible for launching the 'Big Eyed' kids trend in the 50s and 60s. Here, we see Amy Adams bringing Margaret to life alongside one of her iconic paintings. And a second photo offers our first look at Christoph Waltz as Walter, who was taken to court over the authorship of his shared work with his wife. Check it out and then read on for more about this intriguing new biopic.
"I remember the pictures from the 1960s, they were everywhere."
He also wasn't surprised when he heard that »
The film is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Waltz), "who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane's were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions."
Waltz said in an interview:
I remember the pictures from the 1960s, they were everywhere. We train ourselves to look for drama, to go for conflict because those are the stories worth telling. It would be expected that this (situation) too would be something extraordinary. »
- Joey Paur
Big Eyes follows the husband-and-wife team from their first meeting in the 1950s through to their success in the 1960s, when Walter began taking credit for Margaret’s paintings of children with large eyes, leading to a long-running feud between the two that culminated with a court case in the 1980s.
Big Eyes is set for release in the States on December 25th, with a cast that also includes Jason Schwartzman (Moonrise Kingdom), Danny Huston (Hitchcock), Terence Stamp (The Art of the Steal) and Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad).
- Gary Collinson
I’m looking forward to this and not just for the masterful Amy Adams but also because we’ll see Tim Burton move over to more ‘traditional’ cinema roots to tell the real-life story of painter Margaret Keane in Big Eyes.
Keane had huge success in the 1950s with her work but in the 1960s her husband, Walter Keane, took credit for her paintings and they then hit immensely difficult times with legal battles that would effect them both in every possible human way. In Tim Burton’s film, Margaret is portrayed by Amy Adams (already rumoured to give another amazing performance), alongside Christoph Waltz playing Walter, the man who tries to take away her talent and we all know he can play calm-to-crazy extremely well.
We also know what Burton can do and I hope, and always believe, that this move away from the more obscure might be a »
- Dan Bullock
In Hercules, Dwayne Johnson wears a lion’s head as a hat. That probably tells you a lot about the tone of director Brett Ratner’s larger-than-life sword-and-sandals adventure. Based on Steve Moore’s comic book of the same name, Hercules re-imagines the hero of classical legend as a flesh-and-blood mercenary struggling to live up to the weight of his own myth.
Surrounded by a misfit group of fellow warriors-for-hire, Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules is the ultimate working class hero, even if he is meant to be the son of Zeus: he leads from the front, and wades into action while the noblemen he works for stand around in their purple cloaks, chatting and eating freshly-peeled grapes.
Like videogame characters, Hercules’ crew each has a »
I love a good heist (or caper) movie, of course as do many others out there, just look at the success of the “Oceans” franchise and the recent Now You See Me but my love does not end at the mainstream, I really love discovering hidden gems of the genre – films like Flypaper, How to Rob a Bank and The Perfect Score – so when I saw The Art of the Steal pop up on Amazon.com I knew it was a film I had to check out. Even more so considering it stars the legend that is Kurt Russell alongside the always awesome Jay Baruchel. So, thinking this is the type of under-the-radar flick that I’d dig (and that wouldn’t see the light of day »
- Phil Wheat
The stakes are always high in a con caper where the final revelation can either pay off handsomely, or leave everyone feeling cheated. In this case, Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon are short-changed by a script with a clever denouement that comes at the expense of the rest of the action, which is so self-consciously cool and vacuous, it's practically freeze-dried.
Russell provides the one heartfelt performance as Crunch Calhoun, the wheelman in a heist (badly) organised with half-brother Nicky (Matt Dillon), a too-slick grifter who lands Crunch in a Polish prison to save his own skin when the scam goes pear-shaped. Writer/director Jonathan Sobol cuts to chase straight away, showing off a flair for action while speedily looping around the gaps in logic. Occasionally he'll freeze the »
The Art of the Steal, 2013.
Directed by Jonathan Sobol.
Released after seven years in a Polish prison having been double-crossed by his half-brother Nicky, stunt rider and art thief Crunch Calhoun is tempted back into the game for one final heist that could set him and his old crew up for life.
On the basis of the synopsis alone this is the type of film many people would run long and hard to avoid. Given the nation’s propensity for obesity and, we’re told, diabetes on an epic scale, Brits running at all seems so unlikely as to prove just how high the bar is for yet another movie of just-one-final-job capering.
Never read other reviews before writing your own, we’re told, and though I didn’t it wasn’t easy to avoid the general »
- Gary Collinson
White Child Above the Clouds: Warmerdam’s Dark Classist Comedy a Winner
Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman has to be the steadily working director’s most accomplished work to date. Known mostly for his droll, sometimes perverse films dealing with families or communities tested by strange situations that range anywhere from a maintained weirdness to potential violence, his latest treat is poised to broaden his appeal to a larger audience. His 1992 film, The Northerners, perhaps his most celebrated film, deals with a group of people living in a 1960’s housing development, while 2003’s Grimm is an off kilter retelling of Hansel and Gretel. Warmerdam’s latest, which also seems to have roots in the fairy tale parable, plays like the strange, neglected cousin to a host of other considerable cinematic references, and yet, it’s a delectable concoction all its own. Incredibly, often wickedly funny, it’s filled with memorable moments, »
- Nicholas Bell
We here at Tfh have always thought of the great Vilmos Zsigmond as one of "our" movie icons, having begun his distinguished cinematographic career in the humble swamps of low budget exploitation before rising on his own merit to a justly celebrated mainstream career. So it is with fond memories of the likes of The Sadist, The Name of the Game is Kill, The Time Travelers and Five Bloody Graves that we congratulate him on this latest award: From The Daily News - The legendary Hungarian-American cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, director of photography of the soon-to-be-released film ‘Atatürk,’ will receive a Life Time Achievement Award today from the 67th Cannes International Film Festival 2014.
In an extraordinary, Academy Award-winning career spanning some six decades, Zsigmond’s outstanding credits include “The Deer Hunter” and “Heaven’s Gate” directed by Michael Cimino, “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind” and “Sugarland Express” by Steven Spielberg, »
- TFH Team
The original movie felt like the pilot for a TV series but the ensuing small screen version became a casualty of studio financing. Now with the concept of inter-species relations everywhere in franchises such as X-men, Fox are banking on another attempt to revive Alien Nation. The 1988 introduction saw James Caan and a heavily made-up Mandy Patinkin (Homeland) as a mismatched pair of cops, one of whom just happened to be from a race of recently-integrated extraterrestrials. Featuring Terence Stamp as the villain, it was a crime thriller with a sci-fi twist that certainly felt fresh back then but was perhaps a little ahead of its time for audiences to get on board.
Alien Nation the series (co-created by V‘s Kenneth Johnson with the film’s scribe Rockne S.O’Bannon) lasted one season in 1989, though the storyline was picked up in telemovies and novels. The single outing was »
- Steve Palace
Beneath the wigs, the film is about quintessential Australian values: self-deprecation, blunt humour and determination in the face of adversity
During the opening scenes of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert writer/director Stephan Elliotts bright, glitzy and fabulously queer road movie that made a mighty splash when it arrived in cinemas in 1994 two drag queens discuss travelling interstate for a cabaret show.
Mitzi (Hugo Weaving) pitches the idea to venture to Alice Springs to Bernadette (Terence Stamp), a tart-tongued trans woman with a sense of humour as dry (to use the sort of Australian colloquialisms the film embraces) as a dead dingos donger.
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- Luke Buckmaster
Fond as I am of the 1967 John Schlesinger adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far From the Madding Crowd," which stars Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates as the three men who love headstrong "adventuress" Bathsheba Everdeen (Julie Christie)--the movie is far better than the hilarious trailer below--i am eager to see the new one from writer David Nicholls ("Starter for Ten") and director Thomas Vinterberg ("The Hunt"), starring Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba. Matthias Schoenaerts takes on the farmer role once played by Bates, Michael Sheen is the more mature gentleman who proposes marriage (Finch), and Tom Sturridge is the rakish sergeant (Stamp). I figured the movie would play Cannes May 2014, as it should be finished. Fox Searchlight is dating the period romance for May 1, 2015, so it looks like Vinterberg will take more time with this and skip this year's awards corridor. So we'll have to wait for a while. »
- Anne Thompson
In the film, Adams portrays Margaret Keane and Waltz plays her husband Walter Keane, who was credited with revolutionizing popular art in the 1950s and 1960s with portraits of waif-like children with huge eyes. However, Margaret Keane was the actual painter, leading to the breakup of their marriage when the ruse was discovered.
This is the fifth title set to open this Christmas. The others are Paramount’s “Hot Tub Time »
- Dave McNary
The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby goes out on September 26 and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes on December 25. All films open initially in limited release except Big Eyes, which will open in a “moderate” release pattern.
Morten Tyldum directs The Imitation Game, the true story of British maths and computing genius Alan Turing, who cracked the German Enigma code in WWII and was driven to possible suicide in 1954 two years after he was prosecuted for being gay. Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode also star.
Writer-director Ned Benson conceived of The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby as a two-part his-and-her account of the disintegration of a romance. The drama debuted in Toronto last autumn as two separate films and discussions are ongoing as to what form the release will take.
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- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Tim Burton's next movie is called Big Eyes, and The Weinstein Company has announced that it will be released on December 25th. The film is a biopic that centers on a artist named Margaret Keane, a "painter whose distinctive creations featuring big-eyed children became one of art's first mass-market success stories in the 1950s. The drama covers Keane's personal awakening at the onset of the feminist movement, leading to a lawsuit she filed against her husband, Walter, who claimed credit for her works. He lived the high life while she toiled in relative anonymity in the Bay Area."
This seems like it will be a great project for Burton. He's been needing to change things up a bit and do something different. This seems like a different kind of movie than we're used to seeing him make, so my hopes are high.
I'm a huge fan of Burton's early work, »
- Joey Paur
The Weinstein Co. have set a few of their fall release dates lately and while I suspect a couple of them will likely change, as is par for the course when it comes to the Brothers 'stein, we at least can gauge their intentions as Tim Burton's Big Eyes, Eleanor Rigby and The Imitation Game have all landed late year release dates as the studio plots their awards season course. First off, Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, seems to be a title most everyone believes will be a major player at the Oscars this year and given it has now landed a Christmas Day release it would seem the Weinstein Co. agrees. Centering on the story of painter Margaret Keane (Adams), the story focuses on her success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband (Waltz), who claimed credit for her »
- Brad Brevet
The Weinstein Company has revealed that Tim Burton's biographical drama Big Eyes will be hitting theaters December 25, 2014. Director Morten Tyldum's Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game has been given a November 21, 2014 release date.
Big Eyes stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. It tells the true story of artist Margaret Keane, who because famous for painting big-eyed children in the 1950s. It also explores the relationship between her and her husband, Walter, who took credit for her work. He lived the high life while she toiled in relative anonymity in the Bay Area.
Exhibitor Relations made the announcement on Twitter yesterday afternoon.
— Exhibitor Relations (@ERCboxoffice) May 1, 2014
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