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With Big Eyes starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz poised to hit theaters this winter, director Tim Burton now has his focused on his forthcoming adaptation of the novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. 20th Century Fox recently pushed the film back again to March 4th, 2016, but it sounds like that's not stopping Burton from getting the cast together as The Wrap reports Asa Butterfield, star of Hugo and Ender's Game, is wanted to lead the film about 16-year old Jacob Portman, who seeks the truth about his grandfather's past after he's murdered by a “hollow,” a creature thought to be imaginary. But in his search for the truth, Jacob meets a girl names Emma who can control fire, and takes him through some kind of time loop where he encounters a group of orphan children who have special powers but find themselves and the island where they live »
- Ethan Anderton
By Anjelica Oswald
Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as a sleazy freelance TV reporter determined to go to any length in search of crime footage in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler could get him “recognized as one of the most daring actors working in Hollywood today” and has been called some of the “best work of his career.” With this type of praise, award contention usually follows, but historically speaking, “genre films” don’t fare well at the Oscars. It’s not impossible for films that deviate from the Oscar norm — biopics, period pieces or dramas — to secure Oscar nominations for the actors involved, but looking back through the years, from 2000 to the present, shows that these films constitute a lower percentage of overall nominees.
Musicals are a type of “genre film” that actors have managed to score Oscar nominations for, though they have had more difficulty doing so since the late 60s. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Well-known British producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward have teamed up to form Monumental Pictures, which will produced film and TV content. The long-time friends, whose last shared credit was the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA Award-winning Elizabeth, announced the new venture on Wednesday. Owen produced the film starring Cate Blanchett, with Hayward serving as co-producer. Owen previously set up Ruby Films in 2008. The firm worked on such films as Saving Mr. Banks and Jane Eyre. She is currently in post-production on Tulip Fever, starring Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz, Zach Galifianakis and Matthew Morrison, for The Weinstein
- Georg Szalai
abstew here. Well, it must be Oscar-movie season because no sooner did we receive a teaser trailer and release date for A Most Violent Year, but mere hours later, the first trailer for the Tim Burton-directed Oscar hopeful Big Eyes popped up as well. Big Eyes is the biopic of kitschy painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and her husband Walter (two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz), who falsely claimed to be the paintings' creator. The screenplay from Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski reunites them with Burton (who actually collects Keane paintings) for the first time since the Oscar-winning Ed Wood 20 years ago. But, I know y'all really just wanna know, does the film have what it takes for the quintuple Oscar-less Amy Adams to finally be crowned the winner? Let's examine with the trademarked Yes, No, Maybe So »
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 international fame while taking credit for her work.
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- Michelle McCue
Shot on a dime, Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem is a dense sci-fi fantasy/allegory that fills the screen with so much stuff — so many ideas and symbols and story elements and suggested pathways — that it winds up feeling claustrophobic. This happens sometimes with Gilliam: The greater his budgetary and narrative limitations, the more his imagination wants to cram in there, and sometimes his films threaten to break under the weight of all those fevered obsessions. The Zero Theorem, however, doesn’t break. It starts off as a mess, yes, but eventually finds itself in a very poignant place. Even a lesser Terry Gilliam film is usually more engaging and invigorating than most of the other movies out there.Here’s the (crazy, heavily symbolic, dreamlike) plot: Living in a huge, rambling church, an introverted computer wiz named Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) spends all his time working on programming »
- Bilge Ebiri
Editor’s note: This review was originally published on September 30, 2013 as part of our Fantastic Fest 2013 coverage. A bald man, one without hair seemingly anywhere on his body, calmly sits naked in front of his computer screen as he watches what appears to be either a simulation or video of the awesome action of an outer space black hole. It sucks in all of the space circling around it like an endlessly flushing toilet bowl of stars, matter, and time. Our hairless hero is Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz). Qohen is neither the cunning villainous type nor the quick-witted heroic type, and his emotional characteristics are as bald as his head. We’re exposed to only a handful of states out of Qohen as we follow with him in his daily routine through a comically crazy and colorful future where he seems as physically discomforted by the assaults of this world as a prisoner released from Shawshank prison »
- Adam Charles
Tim Burton's upcoming drama, Big Eyes, now has an eye-popping debut trailer. The film, out on Christmas Day, tells the true story of Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), whose striking portraits of children with massive eyes became a sensation in the Fifties and Sixties – though her husband, Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), took all the credit for her work, claiming no one would buy art created by a woman.
The trailer, released by The Weinstein Company, establishes the film's engaging arc – from Margaret's early development as a painter to her »
Terry Gilliam's new film The Zero Theorem touches on a lot of his established aesthetic signposts while exploring new thematic ground with its questions about the universe and how we all wait for permission for the wrong things. The film stars Christoph Waltz as Qohen Leth, a computer hacker who searches for the meaning of life while being distracted by Management, a shadowy figure from an Orwellian corporation. Melanie Thierry, Tilda Swinton, and David Thewlis also star. I recently hopped on the phone with Gilliam to talk all things The Zero Theorem, his reaction to the film's philosophy as well his take on why people do what they do without thinking ahead. Be sure to check out the trailer and hit the jump for my Terry Gilliam interview. Collider: Watching this movie it became kind of clear to me that this Sisyphean sort of task that the protagonist has »
- Evan Dickson
It’s virtually impossible to recognize Terry Gilliam’s Zero Theorem as anything but a spiritual sequel to Brazil. It’s a similar story of a corporate cog lamenting his status in an insane (and insanely large) world that makes him feel powerless, but it takes place in the universe next door where the Marx Brothers didn’t invent the bureaucracy. Christopher Waltz plays a man desperately waiting for a phone call that will explain his purpose. He kills his time by obsessively trying to slam math blocks into an impossible equation for a paycheck. It’s a somber absurdity, which is why this new poster represents the film beautifully. The stoicism, the closed eyes, the deconstruction. Not only is it striking, it looks like the back of his mind turns to stardust just off the edge of the page — a fitting representation of the movie’s larger-than-the-universe sentiment that plays out in a cramped church nave »
- Scott Beggs
I've given up trying to understand my own life," Terry Gilliam says. "I'm just trying to make sense of the world this life is taking place in." The movie director emits a high-pitched giggle.
At the moment, Gilliam's "world" is located in the trendy restaurant in Manhattan's Tribeca Grand Hotel, but, just as he's done for decades, the director is continuing to parse the meaning of life on film. His latest movie, The Zero Theorem, focuses on a discontented misanthrope, played by Django Unchained's Christoph Waltz, who attempts to »
Burton has long been attracted to characters who are dreamers, marginalized by society – from his biopic on Ed Wood to Edward Scissorhands and Willy Wonka – Burton loves turning the camera on the rebels. It’s no wonder he has found his latest project in the true tale of American artist Margaret Keane, whose saucer-eyed portraits of children were labelled as “kitsch” and became a 1960s art fad.
Keane’s story is not so simple. Margaret’s husband, Walter Keane (Waltz) took credit for all her work, claiming that no one buys “lady art.” Since Margaret (Adams) only signed her work using her last name, Walter was able to dupe the public into believing he was the master behind the art for years, catapulting him to international fame. »
- Rachel West
The Zero Theorem is director Terry Gilliam-squared. The sci-fi film features all of his trademarks—unhinged characters, oppressive societies, canted angles and zooms, colorful settings—and then pushes them to a level that would border on self-parody if Gilliam wasn't already a self-deprecating person. There's something fearless inside the Zero Theorem in that the movie tries to wear its brain on its sleeve, which is good because there's more pontificating than genuine romance. The movie will inevitably invite comparisons to Gilliam's masterpiece Brazil, but The Zero Theorem struggles to solve its own problem, namely, turning all of its subtext into text. Qohen Leth (Christoph Waltz) is an anti-social introvert who would rather stay at home inside his abandoned chapel than go to work at Mancom where he excels as a "number cruncher." He wants to stay at home because he's anticipating a mysterious phone call, and is terrified he'll miss it. »
- Matt Goldberg
Will "Big Eyes" be Tim Burton's comeback? This trailer is giving us hope that the wild-haired director is returning to his weird suburban roots -- this time without Johnny Depp. No real disrespect meant, but their gothic bromance was getting a little codependent, don't you think?
"Big Eyes" stars Amy Adams as Margaret Keane, the artist behind those wonderfully creepy paintings of children staring out at the viewer with giant, limpid eyes. Keane's husband Water (Christoph Waltz) convinces her to let him take credit for the paintings -- "Sadly, people don't buy lady art" -- and she watches while the money rolls in from what becomes a kitschy cottage industry. Eventually, the empire bearing her last name just isn't enough, and Margaret sets out to tell the truth about her "big eyes."
The trailer gives us a good look at the overbearing Walter, who tries to convince Margaret that »
- Jenni Miller
The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) has announced its Special Screenings line-up of high-profile films from Japan and abroad.
Aside from previously announced opening and closing films - Big Hero 6 and Parasyte - world premieres in Special Screenings include Mamoru Oshii’s Japan-Canada coproduction Garm Wars The Last Druid, a “hybrid animation fusing pioneer CG and live-action technologies”.
Also, Isshin Inudo’s romance Miracle: Devil Claus’ Love And Magic, Sebastian Masuda’s The Nutcracker 3D and Kiyotaka Taguchi’s The Next Generation - Patlabor - Episode 10, a live action version of Mobile Police Patlabor with special footage to screen with commentary from general director Oshii.
The festival will run Oct 23-31.
Title/country/director, Wp - World Premiere
- email@example.com (Jean Noh)
Today we have the official trailer for the upcoming "Big Eyes," which stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), and is directed by Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Check it out below. Plot: The story focuses on Margaret (Adams) and Walter Keane (Waltz), a pair of artists who popularized mass-produced paintings in the 1950s and 1960s that featured portraits of small children with big, sad eyes. Walter was said to be the painter, but it was later revealed that Margaret did the paintings. Margaret sued to get her share of the profits that resulted in a 1986 case in which a judge forced the couple to a "paint off" in federal court. The new movie, which co-stars Krysten Ritter, Terrence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman, and Danny Huston, is set to hit theaters on Christmas. Trailer: »
Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams take the lead as Walter and Margaret Keane, and now The Weinstein Company has launched the first trailer, giving the first good look at what could well go on to become Best Actor and Best Actress nominations early next year.
Walter Keane became a household name in the 1950s, when his oddly emotional and best-selling paintings of big-eyed children made him a coveted TV talk show guest. But was the art really his? His wife Margaret claims that Walter’s only contributions to the work were his signatures, and the Keanes’ subsequent legal battle will destroy their marriage and lead to a jaw-dropping court showdown that will prove once and for all who the real artist is.
- Kenji Lloyd
Bluntly, we can't wait for this one. Arriving in cinemas in December is the new film from Tim Burton, Big Eyes. It reunites him with Ed Wood screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Laraszewski, and it's a biopic of the artist Margaret Keane. Keane's distinctive art, recognisable in particular for her pictures of big-eyed children, was hugely successful in the 1950s and 1960s, yet her husband took credit for much of her work. That was to the point where Keane filed a lawsuit against her husband.
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The first trailer has emerged for Big Eyes, Tim Burton’s latest film starring Amy Adams as painter Margaret Keane, whose signature is the oversized eyes she gives her figures. When she meets and marries Christoph Waltz, he suggests trying to sell the paintings under his name, reasoning that nobody is interested in buying “lady-art”. Sure enough, the paintings are wildly popular, and the money begins to roll in, but Margaret finds that the lie becomes increasingly hard to live with, particularly as it begins to consume her marriage. ...
- George Wales
Here’s the first trailer for Tim Burton’s biopic about the couple whose paintings became one of the first mass-marketed art sensations in the 1950s and early ’60s. Two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and five-time nominee Amy Adams star as Walter and Margaret Keane, whose paintings of large-eyed children were hawked in gas stations and just about every five-and-dime store. He got all the fame, but she was the real artist of the family. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski wrote Big Eyes, which also stars Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Terrence Stamp and Danny Huston. The Weinstein Company is positioning for an awards-season run with a Christmas Day opening.
- The Deadline Team
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