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Tim Burton will have the honour of turning on this year's Blackpool Illuminations.
The Hollywood movie director, who has been a long-time fan of the seaside town, will turn on the light display after a concert next month, reports BBC News.
The event on September 4 will see performances from acts including Only The Young, Lawson, Jedward and Professor Green. The Vamps are headlining proceedings.
Councillor Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool's council, said: "Having one of the most famous film directors in the world turn on the Blackpool Illuminations is a major coup and shows the high regard the town is held in the hearts of our famous visitors.
"We know he is a huge fan of Blackpool and we are delighted that he has agreed to switch the Illuminations on for us on the biggest night of Blackpool's year.
"This is gearing up to be one of the best »
It takes a certain twisted, melancholy, big-hearted man to come up with stories about a boy cursed with scissors for hands, a skeezy demon who moonlights as a bio-exorcist, and a man-child fixated on finding his stolen bike. For the last thirty years, that storyteller has been Tim Burton.
In 1985, Tim Burton jumpstarted his film career by bringing the aforementioned man-child, Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens), to the silver screen in Pee-wee's Big Adventure. Since then the goth-friendly director has created a filmography that's both striking in its visuals and emotion, introducing cinema-going outsiders to weirdly relatable characters like Edward Scissorhands, and not-so-relatable characters such as Batman, the Joker, and Beetlejuice.
Starting with that very first adventure into the absurd in 1985, we've picked our top five (or six) favourite films by Tim Burton. Do your favourites make the list?
- Andrea Miller and Rachel West
Like most talented performers who’ve doubled as quintessential movie stars, Tom Cruise doesn’t always get the chance to demonstrate that he can actually act. There’s often just too much Tom Cruise in the way for people to notice, especially when he lets his erratic personal life take center stage. Putting together an “essential” list for such an actor is a bit of a tightrope act, walking the line between crowd pleasing star turns and performances of real substance. That said, here are ten Tom Cruise films that are not to be missed:
Risky Business (1983) – The early 80s were awash in teen sex comedies, most of which have justifiably faded from memory. Then there’s Risky Business, which not only rose above the pack, but made an indelible mark on pop culture history. It wasn’t Tom Cruise’s first movie, but it might as well have been: »
- M. Robert Grunwald
At the New York premiere of Sony Pictures Classics’ coming-of-age drama “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” on Wednesday evening, the red carpet was still buzzing about the film’s star Alexander Skarsgard dressing in full drag on Monday for the movie’s San Francisco screening. Photos of his jaw-dropping makeover have gone viral online and readers are collectively praising his versatile looks.
The 6-foot-4 Swedish actor revealed that he enjoys dressing in drag so much that he has own drag name. “It’s Lady Libido Lushbody,” Skarsgard, 38, told Variety at the Cinema Society hosted screening at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema. “It’s a good name!”
The “True Blood” alum explained that he went drag for the night to celebrate “The Diary of a Teenage Girl’s” special friends and family screening and party held at the Castro Theatre hosted by the local drag queens who worked as part of the film’s crew. »
- Paul Chi
One of Tim Burton‘s best films is still Edward Scissorhands starring Johnny Depp. This year just happens to mark the 25th anniversary of the peculiar suburban fantasy about a misfit creation named Edward who has scissors for hands who ends up being taken in by family who in many ways is just as strange as […]
The post What Does the Neighborhood from ‘Edward Scissorhands’ Look Like 25 Years Later? appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
30 years ago today, two geeks from Shermer, Illinois created Lisa, the perfect woman, with a little computer know-how. That's right, "Weird Science" came out exactly three decades ago and was the third film John Hughes stepped behind the camera for as director, following "The Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles." The flick was also the fourth time Hughes had worked with star Anthony Michael Hall, who appeared in both of the aforementioned films, as well as the Hughes-penned "Vacation." Fun fact: Hall reportedly chose this flick over doing a "Vacation" sequel -- thus starting a franchise tradition of switching the actors playing the Griswold children each film. Joining Hall were Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Kelly LeBrock, a former model who turned her sights towards acting. "Weird Science" went on to become a cult classic and spawned a USA series of the same name, with Vanessa Angel taking over the role of Lisa. »
- tooFab Staff
It's hard to believe it's been more than 20 years since we first met the Griswolds in National Lampoon's "Vacation." The 1983 original followed Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, an overly enthusiastic dad who just wants to have a fun family trip to Wally World, a California amusement park. Unfortunately, it all goes to hell as they encounter a series of misadventures along the journey. The film sparked a number of sequels, including "European Vacation," "Christmas Vacation" and "Vegas Vacation." Fast forward to 2015, as the latest installment in the hilarious franchise, "Vacation," his theaters today. The new film focuses on a fully-grown (and once again recast) Rusty Griswold, as he takes his own family on a disastrous getaway. Ed Helms is taking over the lead role, Christina Applegate plays his wife and Leslie Mann fills the role of sister Audrey. Before we welcome the Griswolds back to the big screen, we're taking »
- tooFab Staff
Tim Burton is embracing social media in the promotion of his latest fantasy adventure. He jumped on his personal Facebook page last night to share the first official look at his upcoming adaptation Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. While we don't get to see any of the characters yet, we do get to see the home mentioned in the title. And we get some bird symbolism. It looks like nothing but blue skies for these strange kids who are about to get a very unexpected visitor.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is based upon the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs. We won't get to see the movie until March 4, 2016, so a trailer may still be miles away. The movie has quite an ensemble of fan-favorite talent, lead by Asa Butterfield, who lost out on the role of Spider-Man just in the last few months. At least he has »
London — Toby Haynes, who directed and exec produced TV drama “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell,” is set to direct a new movie version of Lionel Bart’s musical “Oliver!,” which Cameron Mackintosh, Working Title and Sony Pictures are producing, according to the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye.
“Oliver!” is set to be greenlit in a matter of weeks, once rights deals are completed, and the film will start shooting early next year, with a release penciled in for the end of next year. The film, which will be grittier than the original, will shoot on location in and around London.
Haynes and casting director Lucinda Syson have started to scout for the young British actors who’ll play the title character, the Artful Dodger and the other kids in the musical. Working Title has experience in seeking out young talent as it produced the film and stage versions of “Billy Elliot. »
- Leo Barraclough
Welcome to a special San Diego Comic-Con edition of Outrage Watch, HitFix's semi-regular rundown of entertainment-related kerfuffles. Not anxious enough already? Get your fix of righteous indignation below, and stay posted for outrage updates throughout the week. As it turns out, cosplayers are...not as angry as I want them to be. Maybe we should call this "Annoyance Watch"? But seriously, there are some good rants here. Do you hate the new "Teen Titans" TV show? Harley Quinn feels your pain. Is "Twilight" the bane of your entire existence? Let Deadpool be your voice. Disgusted with all these Disney live-action remakes? Edward Scissorhands is in your corner, friend. Oh, and let's not forget Hit-Girl Jr., who quietly but passionately echoes what we've all been thinking: why in the hell are Batman and Superman even fighting? Seriously! What. Is. Up. With. That. Get all the outrage you can handle above. »
- Chris Eggertsen
It’s been some time since Johnny Depp graced our screens. He’s been a Hollywood icon for over 30 years and has starred in some of the biggest box office smashes in history as some of the most recognisable characters on our screens.
So much so that in a recent poll by Ladbrokes, he was voted the UK’s favourite current celebrity. Which is quite the accolade in a world of the Kardashians and Ryan Gosling.
Of course, that’s because he has a fantastic back catalogue of work, but what ranks up there amongst his best?
A Nightmare on Elm Street may have been Johnny Depp’s first role on the big screen, but he showed no sign of nerves with a magnificent performance as Glen Lantz, one of the main characters who experience the horrific nightmares of Freddy Krueger.
Depp was aged just 21 at the time, »
- The Hollywood News
This December will mark the official 25th anniversary of Edward Scissorhands, easily one of the best films director Tim Burton has ever made. It represents a fond memory of a time when the filmmaker was still cooking up original stories for the big screen. To honor this milestone anniversary, Fox Home Entertainment has a restored, […]
The post ‘Edward Scissorhands’ 25th Anniversary: Mark Englert Lithograph and New Blu-Ray Revealed appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Fox Home Entertainment has announced that it is set to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s romantic fantasy Edward Scissorhands with a restored, special edition commemorative Blu-ray release…
The Blu-ray is set for release on October 13th, while fans pre-ordering the set at the San Diego Comic-Con International this week will also be able to grab themselves an exclusive limited-edition lithograph from artist Mark Englert, which you can see here…
Released in 1990, Edward Scissorhands starred Johnny Depp in the title role as a gentle “Frankenstein’s Monster” who is taken in by a suburban family after his creator passes away and soon falls for the teenage daughter, played by Winona Ryder.
- Gary Collinson
The way film composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman tells it, his whole career boils down to two words: "Fuck it." He muttered that philosophical phrase when he offered an opportunity to write his first movie score – for director Tim Burton's feature debut, Pee-wee's Big Adventure – and the musician said it again when given the chance to perform his now-impressive catalog of symphonic cinematic creations in his "Music From the Films of Tim Burton" concert series.
The shows, which opened in London in 2013 and will kick off »
For decades Denise Di Novi has worked as a producer. She consulted on Videodrome; her name is on Heathers; and she was among the most significant members of the team that brought early Tim Burton films to the screen. She worked to make Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Ed Wood, for starters. Now Di […]
- Russ Fischer
Johnny Depp turns 52 this week - we can't believe it either - and his birthday has given us a great reason to take stock of his many movie roles. Depp has become famous for donning crazy costumes and makeup from one character to the next, throughout his career, in movies like Edward Scissorhands and Pirates of the Caribbean. Some looks are scary, some are sexy, and some are just plain strange. See them all here, and then reflect on how your crush on him has had just as many weird phases. - Additional reporting by Shannon Vestal »
Believe it or not, Johnny Depp turns 52 today! It seems like just yesterday Johnny was charming small-screen audiences on 21 Jump Street, but since his big break in the '80s, the actor has evolved from teen heartthrob to established leading man. Over the years, he's brought us memorable characters like Gilbert Grape, Edward Scissorhands, and Jack Sparrow and has taken on tons of different looks both on and off screen. In honor of his birthday, we're charting Johnny's evolution from fresh-faced hottie (the Kate Moss, Winona Ryder, Viper Room days) to the hat-wearing, guitar-playing king of Hollywood. See the full transformation when you keep reading, and then relive his romantic wedding to Amber Heard in February. »
It had been announced that Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation) was on sailing to direct Universal and Working Title’s adaptation of the fairy tale The Little Mermaid (not the Disney one), but now Deadline are reporting that the relationship has sunk.
The script for The Little Mermaid is currently being re-written by Caroline Thompson (Edward Scissorhands), which was previously drafted by Kelly Marcel (Fifty Shades of Grey). Abi Morgan (Brick Lane) had also done a pass on the script. The story, written by Hans Christian Anderson, follows a mermaid who gives up her life in the sea for a human prince on land and has been adapted several times over, the most famous of which being the 1989 Disney animated classic. »
- Luke Owen
Just over a year ago, we learned that Universal was looking to bring a live action take on Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid to the big screen. This is independent of Disney's crusade to bring lots of animated films to the screen in live action.
However, whilst the project is still very much active, Sofia Coppola is no longer involved. Deadline reports that she's left the film over - yes! - 'creative differences', with the key area of contention appearing to be the casting of Ariel. Coppola was after Maya Thurman Hawke for the role (the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke), but that choice »
The live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid is looking for a new director.
Sofia Coppola was signed on to direct the film, but has pulled out due to creative differences, according to Deadline.
The story follows a mermaid who wishes to become human after falling in love with a man she saved from drowning.
Universal has been looking for a perfect Ariel for some time and it seems like the choice of actress may have been the issue that caused the partnership split.
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