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Since she broke on the scene with "An Education" just five years ago, she has delivered in a range of dramatic roles, period and contemporary, from Steve McQueen's "Shame" and Baz Lurhmann's "The Great Gatsby" to her heartbreaking turn in Mark Romanek's underappreciated "Never Let Me Go." (See clips below.) Now she has landed the juiciest --and from the looks of the trailer below, the sexiest--lead role of all, in Danish director Thomas Vinterberg's new movie adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far from the Madding Crowd," which was memorably made by John Schlesinger back in 1967. Fond as I am of that romance starring Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates as the three men who woo headstrong "adventuress" Bathsheba Everdeen (Julie Christie)--the movie is far better than the hilarious trailer below--i am hearing good buzz on the new one from writer David Nicholls ("Starter for Ten") and Vinterberg ("The. »
- Anne Thompson
The drama is centred around Bathsheba, who attracts three different men - sheep farmer Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), charismatic Sergeant Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge) and wealthy bachelor William Boldwood (Michael Sheen).
The latest film's script is written by One Day's David Nicholls.
Thomas Vinterberg adapts Thomas Hardy with Far from the Madding Crowd, and a teaser trailer for the May 2015 release has now been released. Carey Mulligan stars as independent-minded Bathsheba Everdene, who finds herself attracting three very different male suitors: sheep farmer Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), Sergent Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), and prosperous, older bachelor William Boldwood (Michael Sheen). Juno Temple also co-stars in this exploration of relationships and resilience.
There have been many film and TV adaptations of Hardy’s novel, with the 1967 version by director John Schlesinger – which starred Julie Christie, Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates – being the most beloved, so Vinterberg has his work cut out for him. This is his first English language feature since 2004′s Dear Wendy, though Fox Searchlight’s trailer makes an effort to promote Far from the Madding Crowd as from the filmmaker behind Oscar nominee The Hunt. He’s far from the Dogme crowd now. »
- Josh Slater-Williams
Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far From The Madding Crowd is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (the lovely Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor.
This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.
The book finished 10th on the Guardian‘s list of greatest love stories of all time and in 2003, the »
- Michelle McCue
The singer will release title track 'Big Eyes' and 'I Can Fly' as part of the soundtrack for the film, The Hollywood Reporter states.
"Tim showed her the film and she fell in love with it. Women in particular seem to get the movie, and Lana really got the movie."
Big Eyes »
Soul Windows: Burton Returns to the Biopic with Flagging Interest
Long judged as a director clearly intent on recycling the same motif, themes, and styles, generally with the same few cast members, Tim Burton throws an interesting curveball with his latest film, Big Eyes, a reenactment of the art world Keane scandal of the 1960s. Scripted by Burton’s Ed Wood (1994) scribes, the title that remains the sole point of comparison with which his latest will be compared, many will be disappointed to find a rather basic film, devoid of Burton’s customary flourish or that earlier, celebrated title’s ingenuity. And though the film’s greatest challenge will be to breathe under the weight of its creators’ own reputations, it’s a likeable recapitulation of 1950s era America and the strange mutations that occur involving those humans attempting to buck the wrongly conditioned trappings of gender based social mores. »
- Nicholas Bell
Like all Tim Burton movies, “Big Eyes” is a visual/aural treat, with quirky humor, heart and a zippy pace. Cult status seems assured, and it could get attention at the Golden Globes. But Oscar is another question.
For a respected director who has been making big, successful movies for nearly 30 years, his track record with Oscar is surprisingly hit and miss. His films do best in the Academy’s artisan categories, and that’s likely to be true with “Big Eyes” as well: Bruno Delbonnel’s cinematography, Rick Heinrich’s and Colleen Atwood’s respective production and costume design, Jc Bond’s editing and Danny Elfman’s score.
The Globes seem likely to recognize the Weinstein Co. release it in the comedy/musical best-picture race, and lead actress Amy Adams could also score. Christoph Waltz once again steals the show in a supporting role. There is also terrific work by co-stars Jason Schwartzman, »
- Tim Gray
The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but they wind up revealing far too little in “Big Eyes,” an unpersuasive, paint-by-numbers account of the fraud perpetrated by Walter Keane, who succeeded in fooling the public and amassing a fortune by passing off his wife Margaret’s paintings as his own. Despite Amy Adams’ affecting performance as an artist and ’50s/’60s housewife complicit in her own captivity, this relatively straightforward dramatic outing for Tim Burton is too broadly conceived to penetrate the mystery at the heart of the Keanes’ unhappy marriage — the depiction of which is dominated by an outlandish, ogre-like turn from Christoph Waltz that increasingly seems to hold the movie hostage. Still, the tale’s colorfully entertaining veneer and the name talents involved should draw an appreciative number of arthouse patrons to the Weinstein Co. release, set to open Christmas Day.
Although this independent production qualifies »
- Justin Chang
Yesterday, we learned that the rumours linking Ewan McGregor to playing Doctor Strange for Marvel weren't, ultimately, true (Benedict Cumberbatch has the role). But McGregor is a busy man anyway, having recently made his Broadway debut.
In a chat with Details, McGregor was asked in particular about his Star Wars work. In particular: does he agree with people who believe that The Phantom Menace is 'a piece of crap'? "I watched it once, at the premiere", McGregor said. "So I'm not in a good position to judge".
He did add that "they had a tall order, the three films I did. The fans waited so long and wanted to feel like they did when they watched the first film, but they were grown-ups by that time". He »
[One of my favourite films of the year, so far, is heist movie The Art of the Steal; with the film set for release tomorrow, here's a reposting of my review from the films very limited cinema run. Why? Because this is one film I think everyone should see!]
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
Sneak Peek more from director Tim Burton's new dramatic feature "Big Eyes" based on the life of illustrator Walter Keane, an artist noted in the 1950's and 1960's for his 'kitsch' paintings of large-eyed waifs.
"...'Walter Keane' (Waltz) became a national celebrity and talk show fixture in the 1950's after he pioneered the mass production of prints of big-eyed kids, using his marketing savvy to sell them cheaply in hardware stores and gas stations. Unfortunately, he claimed to be the artist. That role was played by Margaret (Amy Adams), his shy wife.
"She generated the paintings from their basement and Walter's contribution was adding his signature to the bottom. The ruse broke up their marriage, and when she tried to make it known that she authored the paintings, they ended up in a court battle..."
- Michael Stevens
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. 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 art was actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. Big Eyes centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to »
- Gary Collinson
Tim Burton's upcoming film Big Eyes looks absolutely fantastic, and today we bring you the first poster for the film featuring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, along with the "Big Eyes" art that made the characters they play famous. If you haven't seen the trailer yet, make sure to check it out here. I think this is going to be the best movie that Burton has made in years. It also stars Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, and Terence Stamp. Here's a brief synopsis:
A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane (Adams), her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s.
The film is set to be released on December 25th, 2014. »
- Joey Paur
Tim Burton returns to his love of oddball real-life stories with Big Eyes, a biopic on Walter and Margaret Keane, the artistic duo responsible for the Big Eyed kid craze of the 1950s and 60s. The Weinstein Company and Yahoo! have just released the first poster featuring stars Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams.
Directed and produced by Tim Burton, 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. 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 art was actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been  living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. Big Eyes »
The first poster for Tim Burton's possible Oscar contender, Big Eyes, has been revealed and it gets to the heart of the film's narrative, which focuses on famed painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) whose artwork was originally sold under the name of her husband of the time, Walter (Christoph Waltz). Not wanting to relinquish the rights to the artwork, Walter and Margaret's divorce proceeding went all the way to Federal court. Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston and Terence Stamp co-star in the film, which is set to begin hitting theaters on Christmas Day. Check out the poster below. Fb »
- Brad Brevet
Loosely inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's 1841 story "Never Bet the Devil Your Head," "Toby Dammit" was part of "Spirits of the Dead," a collage of films by Fellini, Louis Malle and Roger Vadim. Flasy and ostentatious as ever, this was Fellini's short film follow-up to "Juliet of the Spirits," and it has that film's lurid stylishness. Sexy Terence Stamp (not-so-sexy and actually quite dead-looking here) plays a boozy former Shakespearian actor in meltdown mode who sells his soul to the devil a la "Doctor Faustus." But here he's driving around the Rome cityscape in a Ferrari, having creepy visions of Satan in the form of a creepy blonde child. Nina Rota, of course, provides the groovy score. Thanks to Open Culture for the generous share. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Christopher Reeve Foundation for spinal cord and stem cell research (photo: Darryl Hannah and Christopher Reeve in 'Rear Window') (See previous post: "'Superman' Christopher Reeve and his Movies: Ten-Year Death Anniversary.") In his 1998 autobiography Still Me, Christopher Reeve recalled: "At an especially bleak moment [prior to an operation that might result in his death], the door [of his hospital room] flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay." The "old friend" was the recently deceased Robin Williams, whom Reeve had befriended while both were studying at Juillard. Eventually, Reeve became a staunch advocate for spinal cord and stem cell research, sponsoring with his wife the Christopher Reeve Foundation — later renamed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (and formerly known »
- Andre Soares
Christopher Reeve: 'Superman' and his movies (photo: Christopher Reeve in 'Superman' 1978) Christopher Reeve, Superman in four movies from 1978 to 1987, died ten years ago today. In 1995, while taking part in a cross-country horse race in Culpeper, Virginia, Reeve was thrown off his horse, hitting his head on the top rail of a jump; the near-fatal accident left him paralyzed from the neck down. He ultimately succumbed to heart failure at age 52 on October 10, 2004. Long before he was cast as Superman aka Clark Kent, the Manhattan-born (as Christopher D'Olier Reeve on September 25, 1952), Cornell University and Juillard School for Drama alumnus was an ambitious young actor whose theatrical apprenticeship included, while still a teenager, some time as an observer at London's Old Vic and Paris' Comédie Française. At age 23, he landed his first Broadway role in a production of Enid Bagnold's A Matter of Gravity, starring Katharine Hepburn. »
- Andre Soares
British director Stephen Frears is to receive a BFI Fellowship on Oct 18, ahead of the close of the 58th BFI London Film Festival.
The BFI Fellowship is awarded to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television and is the highest honour bestowed by the organisation.
BFI chairman Greg Dyke described Frears as one of the UK’s most important directors.
“Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen has produced a body of work which never fails to surprise – from sweeping costume drama to powerful social realism, his films strike a perfect balance between drama, humour and pathos helping to make them a hit with audiences and critics alike,” added Dyke.
Frears said he was “thrilled” to be receiving the honour. “I’ve spent much of my life in the cinema and quite a lot of it at »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The British Film Institute is to fete Stephen Frears with its Fellowship, the highest honor the organization can bestow.
The award will be given during the closing ceremony of the BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 18. The Fellowship is awarded to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to film or television.
BFI chairman Greg Dyke said: “Throughout his extraordinary career, Stephen has produced a body of work which never fails to surprise — from sweeping costume drama to powerful social realism, his films strike a perfect balance between drama, humor and pathos helping to make them a hit with audiences and critics alike. He is one of the U.K.’s most important directors and we are delighted to honor him.”
Frears said: “I’ve spent much of my life in the cinema and quite a lot of it at BFI Southbank. I am thrilled by this Fellowship.”
Frears made his name in TV drama, »
- Leo Barraclough
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