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Directed by Tim Burton
At first glance, Tim Burton’s latest, Big Eyes, appears to be a departure from the filmmaker’s general proclivities towards the grotesque and fantastical. Scissor-handed youths, murderous barbers, and obnoxious ghouls are nowhere to be found in this deceptively straightforward biopic of kitsch-master Walter Keane and his wife, Margaret. A cursory glance at the film might lead one to question just what Burton thinks he’s doing in the realm of realism.
Granted, this isn’t the first time that Burton’s examined life in the “real world.” His 1994 biopic Ed Wood offered a look at the life and work of the cult Z-grade director of films such as Plan 9 from Outer Space. But even then, the subject’s attraction to topics that spawned films widely considered to be among the worst of all »
Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" chronicles the strange, amazing case of mid-century American artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), whose husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) fraudulently claimed her work as his own. Waltz's performance is downright dastardly, but the two-time Oscar winner was quick to play down any connections between Walter and his most nefarious role of all, Hans Landa in "Inglourious Basterds." "If you only know two people, then that [comparison] might be understandable," he told HitFix in an interview. "But I hope you know more than that. Everybody has something hidden underneath. You have a lot hidden underneath that you might not be aware of, like everyone else. Or you're aware of it, but you're scared of it so you keep the lid on as tightly as possible [so as] not to confront that. That's why Tim is a master storyteller. He can kick the lid off." Speaking of keeping things hidden, Waltz »
- Louis Virtel
Big Eyes is the story of a husband and a wife, and a defining moment in history where art and commercialism intersected for the first time. Before there was Warhol, there was Margaret and Walter Keane. Walter, a con artist, took credit for the true artist, Margaret’s work for years. As a maniacal salesman, he twisted the truth to serve his means, and invented the system of mass art reproduction. The frenzy surrounding the Big Eyes paintings marks the birth of the “pop art” movement, and eventually redefined what it means to be “kitsch.” The historic relevancy alone is enough to pique my interest, but I have a more personal connection to the paintings as well.
- Harvey Weinstein
Filmmaker David Fincher has a reputation for doing many, many takes of scenes during production, and the advent of digital photography has given him the ability to push his actors even further in striving to get the best possible performances. Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo recently took part in a roundtable discussion for the La Times and Epix’s “Hollywood Sessions” series, and in an exclusive clip from tonight’s Supporting Actor episode (in which Norton is up for Birdman and Ruffalo for Foxcatcher), the two discuss what it was like to work with Fincher and, amusingly, the difference between Norton’s experience on Fight Club and Ruffalo’s on Zodiac, which was Fincher’s first all-digital film. Ruffalo’s response is pretty great. Watch the clip after the jump and tune into “Hollywood Sessions: Supporting Actress” tonight on Epix at 8pm Et/Pt, which also features Josh Brolin, J.K. Simmons, »
- Adam Chitwood
Ruffalo, 47, says on Hollywood Sessions airing on Monday, Dec. 22 on Epix, the advice he would give himself at a young age is, "I promise you, you're not going to be homeless."
Photos: The 2015 Golden Globe Nominees
"I didn't have a lot of faith in myself, and it was a struggle," Ruffalo explains when asked if he seriously ever worried about that. "I mean everyone struggles, but I was really hard on myself."
Today, he would say to himself, "You're going to be Ok."
Waltz, a two time Academy Award winner, tells the group »
The Oscars like to pretend they are entirely about merit, not commerce. They are not, after all, the People's Choice Awards, which can be predicted from box office earnings. Indeed, sometimes a movie like "The Hurt Locker," which almost no one bought tickets to see, can win Best Picture over an "Avatar." And yet, it would be naïve to think that Academy voters don't have a film's box office returns in the back of their minds as they decide how they'll vote.
It's been clear for the last few years, ever since they expanded the Best Picture field from five to as many as 10 nominees in 2009, that the Academy wants to be more accommodating to popular taste. For one thing, they want viewers to watch the awards show, and they're more likely to do so if they have a rooting interest in at least one of the movies up for top prizes. »
- Gary Susman
Amy Adams is a relentlessly nice person. You can get this sensation just by spending a few minutes with her in a Midtown hotel room, flanked by publicists and studio personnel. And its this inherent niceness that makes her perfect for something like Tim Burton's "Big Eyes," the true life story of painter Margaret Keane (played by Adams), who popularized a series of paintings (and, later, mass produced prints) that featured waifish children with huge, saucer-like eyes. Of course, she didn't get any of the credit for it (and a fraction of the acclaim and financial rewards), because her overbearing husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) took it all for himself. Adams and Margaret share something else, though: a determination and strong-willed resilience, which makes her even more perfect for the role.
When we sat down with Adams, we discussed what initially turned her off about the script and why she circled back many years later, »
- Drew Taylor
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Amy Adams leads Big Eyes as Margaret Keane, the woman behind the famous sad-eyed waif paintings. However, it wasn’t until 1970 that that information was made public because, for years, Margaret’s husband, Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), claimed her work as his own. Margaret wasn’t particularly outspoken and it took her a good deal of time to insist on getting the credit she deserved, but it was her “quiet dignity” that drew Adams to the role. While in New York City promoting Big Eyes’ December 25th limited release, Adams sat down to talk about that, the Tim Burton role she dreamed of playing back when she first considered getting into acting, working with Waltz, how to fake paint convincingly, Lois Lane’s role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and more. Hit the jump to check out the interview. Amy Adams: Her favorite Tim Burton movie; wanting »
- Perri Nemiroff
Despite being asked several times about the character he plays in Spectre, the upcoming 24th Bond film, Christoph Waltz keeps saying his character is Franz Oberhauser. A few days ago in an interview Waltz said his character is not head of Spectre, and in a recent interview with Seth Meyers the two-time Oscar winner has reiterated this, as well as talking about his excitement for the project. Check out the video here…
With the film just under a year away from release it seems unlikely that any major plot points will be revealed by the cast, although despite his denials fans still believe that Waltz will play iconic Bond villain Blofeld…
Spectre is set for release in the UK on October 23rd 2015 in the UK and November 6th 2015 in the States. The film sees Sam Mendes (Skyfall) directing Bond veterans Daniel Craig as James Bond, Rory Kinnear as Tanner, Ben Whishaw as Q, »
- Thomas Roach
Big Eyes The Weinstein Company Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B+ Director: Tim Burton Screenwriter: Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski Cast: Amy Adams, Krysten Ritter, Christoph Waltz, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston, Terence Stamp Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 12/1/14 Opens: December 25, 2014 I remember standing in line at a bank in Madrid during the 1970s, during the bad old days of Franco’s government. A woman in front of me was cashing her own travelers’ checks. The bank teller asked her for a document from her husband allowing her to take money out of the bank. She insisted that the checks were her own in [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Based on the ancient legend of a pagan demon who punishes the wicked, Legendary Pictures’ Krampus, a twisted horror comedy set during the holidays, is written and directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat).
Co-written by Todd Casey and Zach Shields and produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Alex Garcia, this darkly festive tale of a yuletide ghoul will be released by Universal Pictures on December 4, 2015.
#KrampusMovie is coming to town 2015. pic.twitter.com/3sw3MqFcIA
— Legendary (@Legendary) December 19, 2014
#KrampusMovie is coming to town 2015. pic.twitter.com/EZ9mcHiDgj
— Legendary (@Legendary) December 19, 2014
#KrampusMovie is coming to town 2015. pic.twitter.com/1XxzaLQr1k
— Legendary (@Legendary) December 19, 2014
St. Louis has their own chapter to celebrate the legend – the Krampus Research Association of St. Louis. Check it out on Facebook:
- Michelle McCue
As strangely wonderful as the story, and Burton’s vision of it, is, it’s a truth is stranger than fiction sort of tale, and it will make you want to get all the details of the real story. Though shorter than you’d hope, there’s a new featurette that helps tease the details and gives you some footage of the real Walter Keane.
Check it out below, and don’t miss this one in theaters.
- Marc Eastman
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. »
Hey there Lizard People, only one more episode of the podcast for 2014 is left after today's as we review The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and The Gambler, discuss our Critics Choice Award nominations, explore the Oscar field, discuss Sony's decision to cancel the release of The Interview, play a couple of voice mails and much, much more. Hope you enjoy! Only a few more episodes until our final episode of the year, thanks to all of your support this year, hopefully it was worth it! 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
"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 »
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Amy Adams played "Holiday Flip Cup" with Jimmy Fallon on "The Tonight Show" on Thursday, and ... she did her best. She's hosting "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, with One Direction as the musical guest, so hopefully Amy is better at hosting than playing drinking games. But her little "ack!" sound when things go wrong is pretty cute.
- Gina Carbone
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
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
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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