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Before the cast of The Big Bang Theory can get on with the business of portraying America's favorite eggheads (and one foxy, out-of-work actress), there is a customary ritual that always precedes the reading of the very first script of the season. It usually starts with a simple question: How did you spend your summer? Faster than you can bust out a Bazinga, details are shared in gleeful progression: Jim Parsons (Sheldon) became a Wimbledon groupie. Simon Helberg (Howard) nested at home with his second baby. Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) produced her first movie. Johnny Galecki (Leonard) jetted to Prague, Kunal Nayyar »
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
I've been diving back into Tim Burton's filmography as of late in preparation for this winter's "Big Eyes." The film will tell the story of artist Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), who build an empire with her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) on the little white lie that he was the one responsible for her popular images of children with, well, big eyes. They would simply sell better if considered a dude's work, you see. What I've been struck by — not that it isn't an obvious trajectory for Burton's career that many have observed — is how alive his art was prior to an early-to-mid aughts decline that has left us with products like "Alice in Wonderland" and "Planet of the Apes" and "Dark Shadows." Films like "Ed Wood" and "Edward Scissorhands" and "Beetle Juice" pop with vision and vigor, whereas so much of his work as of late seems to wear »
- Kristopher Tapley
In a development that feels more inevitable than surprising, Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are in talks to get back into the Bourne business. The two had sent mixed messages over the years, ever since Jason Bourne disappeared in the murky East River at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007, with the major roadblock being Damon’s insistence that a reluctant Greenglass direct, while Universal handed the franchise over to writer-turned-director Tony Gilroy. But with Gilroy’s Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, failing to live up to the original three Bourne films at the box office, and Damon’s recent non-Bourne projects, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Saturday’s show opened with the contestants waiting to learn the results of this week’s face-off. The audience learnt that the bottom two contestants this week were Akshat and Tara.
Tara and Jack were the first to perform in the face-off. Their chosen dance style was contemporary/freestyle and their song medley featured the following songs – ‘Ek Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si’, ‘Chahun Main Ya Naa’, ‘Uff Teri Adaa’. As always, the judge’s scores were saved and would be revealed only after their performance.
Akshat and Vaishnavi were next to perform. Their chosen dance style was freestyle and their song was ‘Sadda Haq’ from Rockstar. They were dressed as animals fighting for a piece of meat. It was then time for the scores to be revealed. Akshat received a full 30 marks from the judges and Tara received 27 marks. Tara was eliminated from Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa.
The judges appreciated Akshat »
- Jem Raj
Johnny Depp has made quite a name for himself portraying larger-than-life characters over the years, ones like Edward Scissorhands, Willy Wonka, the Mad Hatter and, oh yeah, Captain Jack Sparrow. But his last two films, Disney’s The Lone Ranger and science fiction drama Transcendence, were pretty much universally panned by critics and barely managed to make back their production budget, leaving many fans wondering what would happen to Depp’s career.
Well, the actor’s next big film is this winter’s musical fantasy Into the Woods, where he’ll be playing the big bad wolf in what looks to be an intriguing adaptation of the popular Broadway show. Then of course there’s the sequel to Alice in Wonderland, recently titled Through the Looking Glass, releasing in 2016, and Pirates of ...
- Araceli Roach
Suburban Gothic is director Richard Bates Jr's second film following Excision, his gruesome horror about a disturbed teen's mental state. Suburban Gothic, however, trades in most of the blood and grisly scenes of Excision for more humour while retaining Bates's trademark character moments and dialogues.
There's surely more room for genre comedies like Ghostbusters, but the gaps in between releases in that genre can almost be measured in decades, and it has to be said that many of them aren't particularly good: for every Spaceballs there's a The Creature Wasn't Nice (obscure reference − look it up), and for every Princess Bride there's a Your Highness. Luckily, we sometimes get a few good ones in a row, such as Zombieland, Shaun Of The Dead, and Tucker And Dale Vs Evil.
If you've seen Excision, »
The Important News Last weekend at Comic-Con, we got first wind of the following announcements: The King of the Monsters will be joined by three fan favorite creatures in Godzilla 2. If that's not enough giant beasts, Universal is also making a King Kong prequel set on and titled Skull Island. The main cast of Ant-Man and their characters -- including Evangeline Lilly as the Wasp -- were revealed during the Marvel Studios panel. Oscar winner Chris Terrio (Argo), who is scripting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will continue his work for the DC movies with Justice League. Edward Scissorhands is getting a sequel in comic book form. So is Django Unchained, and he teams up with Zorro. So is Galaxy Quest, and there might be a movie sequel, too. Also...
- Christopher Campbell
When Eva Green appeared in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows it was one of those ‘How has this not happened before?’ moments. Burton was probably under the same impression, for he’s now looking to cast her as the lead in his adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. The story is a striking blend of narrative and archive photography and should make an intriguing project for the director. The maker of Edward Scissorhands shooting a movie about a group of dispossessed orphans being chased by monsters on a Welsh island? The idea could have been extrapolated from the sweat in his thinking cap.
Green is in talks to play Peregrine, a transmogrifying woman from the 1940s who watches over the younglings of the title. If everything is ironed out it’ll be another eye-catching role for this lovely yet unsettling actress, who is also due »
- Steve Palace
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: Well, This Is Awkward […]
- Peter Sciretta
Sneak Peek the "Monster High: Ghouls Alive" 10" 'living' teenage dolls, including 'Frankie Stein' and 'Clawdeen Wolf', plus take a look @ the animated special, "Monster High: Fright On!":
"...for the first time ever, the ghouls of 'Monster High' are brought to life, featuring each character's freaky flaws.
"The 'Frankie Stein' doll amps up the energy as her skull, rib cage and bolts light up to electrifying sounds.
"The 'Spectra Vondergeist' doll glows blue and makes ghostly noises as she haunts the halls for gossip.
"And it must be a full moon since the 'Clawdeen Wolf' doll tilts her head back, closes her eyes and howls at the sky with her arms in the air..."
Click here to order the "Monster High" Ghouls Alive dolls !
- Michael Stevens
Friday was a big day for Idw at San Diego Comic-Con with the publishing company holding several panels and making some big announcements (with more still to come), and of note for the horror crowd are two new series, both featuring rather iconic characters...
Topps’ Garbage Pail Kids, the 1980s sensation, will have readers squirming with delight this winter as the obscene adolescents star in a brand-new comic book series from Idw Publishing.
With the likes of Adam Bomb, Leaky Lindsay, and New Wave Dave populating the Garbage Pail Kids universe, the delightfully deformed and often downright disgusting Kids are set to make their mark on the world of comics, just in time for their 30th Anniversary in 2015!
“As a child of the Eighties, I was at ground zero for the Garbage Pail Kids phenomenon,” series editor Denton J. Tipton said. “The profoundly irreverent stickers spoke »
- Debi Moore
Idw Publishing has announced an Edward Scissorhands sequel comic.
The five-issue miniseries will apparently feature the little girl who Winona Ryder's character told her story to in the movie.
"In a castle just outside a sleepy suburban town, a brilliant inventor created Edward Scissorhands... but left him tragically unfinished," reads Idw's solicitation.
"Two generations of exile have left Edward digging through abandoned experiments, but once he wakes up a creature left buried, he discovers he isn't the only one missing a vital piece.
"As Edward tries to fix a grave mistake, he comes face to face with a teenage girl who was sure he was only myth... despite the stories her grandmother told her, about the man she could never touch. »
'Breaking Bad' might be over but that doesn't mean your dream of being Walter White has to die. But instead of making Blue Sky Cupcakes, have you considered turning your noggin' into a shrine to everyone's favorite cancer patient turned drug dealer? If so, Rob The Original can hook you up. The irony of course being you have to have hair to become Heisenberg. The Los Angeles native moved to San Antonio, he combined his background as an artist with his skill as a barber to create some mind-bogglingly detailed hair art. Check out the finished design below! Bonus! Since it is now painfully obvious that 'Breaking Bad' is merely a superb prequel to 'The Walking Dead,' I'd be remiss not to show off Rob's take on the AMC walkers. Of course, in the event of an actual zombie apocalypse, this customer would be »
- Donna Dickens
This fall the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.
The Academy is enhancing the V&A’s exhibition and will include more than 145 costumes from over 60 lenders. The Academy’s presentation will add more than 30 costumes to this landmark show, including Jared Leto’s costume from Dallas Buyers Club (Kurt and Burt, 2013) – a recent acquisition to the Academy’s collection – as well as costumes from such recent releases as The Hunger Games (Judianna Makovsky, 2012), Django Unchained (Sharen Davis, »
- Michelle McCue
After a spectacular crash-landing on an uncharted planet, brash astronaut Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg) finds himself trapped in a savage world where talking apes dominate the human race. Desperate to find a way home, Leo must evade the invincible gorilla army led by ruthless General Thade (Tim Roth) and his most trusted warrior, Attar (Michael Clarke Duncan). Now the pulse-pounding race is on to reach a sacred temple that may hold the shocking secrets of mankind's past - and the last hope for it's salvation! Based on Pierre Boulle's classic novel "Planet of the Apes," the premise for this film has become one of the most recognized and provocative concepts in the canon of science fiction literature and cinema. Visionary filmmaker Tim Burton (Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow) has taken Boulle's basic idea and built upon it a uniquely envisioned journey to an incredible upside-down world. Actors: Mark Wahlberg »
We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.
The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »
20th Century Fox
The Internet is a place to foster our most passionate opinions on movies, though often these views might be fickle and ill-informed, born from an unsubstantiated rumour or a secret set picture that hasn’t had the usual studio-mandated airbrushing and lighting.
On the other hand, sometimes audiences are right to be skeptical about some upcoming movies, and so studios have to devote lots of time and energy to convincing potential customers that their movie is, in fact, worth shelling out for.
A well-placed trailer can do this perfectly, but if that’s too much work or filming just isn’t far along enough yet, often studios will release single promotional stills, or better yet, allow set images to “leak” so as to gauge the audience reaction to certain aspects of the production without doing so publically.
These 15 movies are all releasing under a certain degree of audience scrutiny, »
- Jack Pooley
The Disney Channel aired a surreal version of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel on Halloween in 1983. The 35-minute live-action short, directed by then-unknown filmmaker Tim Burton, featured Japanese actors in the parts of the siblings who are hunted by a cannibal witch deep in the forest and lured to a house made of cake and candy. The film's near avant-garde sets reveal the beginnings of a style that would later become popular in Burton's Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands, here more spare. Burton made the movie while employed as an animator at Disney for a mere $116,000. The short practically vanished from the face of the Earth — at least until this week when some kind soul posted it to YouTube. Travel back in time to Burton's early years...
- Alison Nastasi
The film stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz as an infamous pair of artists... of sorts. Margaret Keane was the artist but it was Walter Keane who got the credit for the well known paintings of sad children with ginormous eyes. In fact, as "Sage" points out in the test screening review at Head Over Feels in a great piece of trivia I was hardly aware of, Burton is a long time fan and commissioned a portrait of Lisa Marie, his former muse, who once cut such an indelible figure in his movies. (I think she's best in Ed Wood and Mars Attacks!)
Anyway, you should read the post if you're interested since there's a lot of Oscar talk (Amy= sure thing / Christoph »
- NATHANIEL R
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