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Chicago – Tim Burton used to be one of my favorite filmmakers. His first eight films, from 1985 to 1999 — “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,” “Beetlejuice,” “Batman,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Batman Returns,” “Ed Wood,” “Mars Attacks!,” and “Sleepy Hollow” — made him one of my favorite filmmakers alive. And then he fell from the pedestal on which I put him, with over a decade of disappointment. I heard he had returned to form by expanding on one of his first visions in “Frankenweenie,” now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Almost.
Blu-ray Rating: 3.5/5.0
I’ll admit that “Frankenweenie” displays some of the wit and creativity that Burton lost in his soulless work of the ’00s but I still wish he had made it 20 years ago. Just because it’s undeniably better than other mainstream animated junk like “Ice Age 4” or “Hotel Transylvania” doesn’t make it great. Only by comparison. To be fair, there’s a lot of fun, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
On February 1st Jonathan Levine's zombie rom-com Warm Bodies arrives in theaters courtesy of Summit Entertainment. During a recent press day for the flick, Dread Central caught up with the director and several cast members for roundtable interviews in support of the release.
Based on the popular book written by Isaac Marion, the wonderfully charming and thoughtful Warm Bodies follows a zombie named R (Nicholas Hoult), who begins to fall in love with a young girl named Julie (Teresa Palmer) after saving her during a zombie attack. As their connection grows, R begins to de-zombify, which triggers an entire world-changing chain of events that will forever transform the post-apocalyptic world they both now belong to. With a screenplay written by Levine, Warm Bodies also stars Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, Dave Franco and Analeigh Tipton.
First up is our interview with Warm Bodies co-star Hoult, who gave us his thoughts »
Tim Burton is a director known for creating an array of eccentric characters that populate his macabre films. In fact, it’s common for him to build his films around his characters – think how many Burton films are named after someone featured in it – making many of his works feel like character pieces.
Even those of his films that are adaptations contain Burton’s own spin on the source characters. Usually Burton’s own spin creates outcasts, misunderstood by the world around them. It’s true of household names such as Edward Scissorhands and Batman to his take on director Ed Wood. Arguably, as they are more personal to the man, these are the 10 best of Tim Burton’s weird and wonderful creations.
Oh, before you read on, you should probably prepare to see Johnny Depp’s face a few times over the coming pages.
10. Sweeney Todd & Mrs. Lovett
- Christian Bone
Related: Oscars: 85th Academy Award Nominations The six-part video series Behind The Ballot that launched today on Oscar.com features panels of experts breaking down what Oscar voters look for in contenders for Production Design, Cinematography, Makeup & Hairstyling, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Costume Design. In the seemingly endless chatter about the marquee categories during an awards season that seems to get longer every year, it’s a refreshing initiative that shines a light on the behind-the-scenes folks that form the backbone of the year’s best movies. A new video will debut each week — the lead-off panel is Cinematography, which features a chat with DPs Daryn Okada, Theo van de Sande and Mandy Walker (check it out below). Here’s the full lineup announced today by the Academy: Production Design: Scott Chambliss, “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III” Alex McDowell, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Minority Report, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
For Oscar fans that just can’t seem to win their Oscar ballot pool because of that one craft category, Oscar.com today launched “Behind The Ballot,” a six-part video series that explores how Academy members view and ultimately determine who’ll win Oscars for Production Design, Cinematography, Makeup and Hairstyling, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Costume Design. Hosted by Entertainment Weekly’s Geoff Boucher, Anthony Breznican and Adam Vary, each episode, shot in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Margaret Herrick Library, features a panel of experts discussing what it takes to be a strong contender in each category. A new video will debut each week for the next five weeks on www.oscar.com, as well as on the official Oscars app for iPhone, iPad, Android and Kindle Fire devices. Link to embeddable video file: http://oscar.go.com/video/PL55161146/_m_VD55266156 Expert »
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The singer wore her newly blonde hair down and full of volume for the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Do You love look? Sound off below!
Kelly Clarkson, 30, sported lush, voluminous waves for her star-studded performance. The star looked so glamorous in the style and her blonde hue is so flattering against her porcelain complexion.
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The singer has been quite the hair chameleon over the years–she’s been everything from brunette and red to blonde and back again! But now, Kelly seems to have found her main hue. The sunny blonde shade is gorgeous on the star. To get your hair as high on volume, try a volumizing product like Big Sexy Hair Blow Dry Volumizing Gel Hair Styling Mousse➚. This volumizing gel adds incredible fullness and volume to your hair, while delivering a medium hold. »
- Jennifer Tzeses
The internet and film magazines are rife with countdowns of cinema’s most iconic roles. There have been some amazing portrayals throughout cinema history of a wide variety of characters, both real-life historical figures and people from fiction, some created solely for a particular film or franchise.
For most actors the opportunity to take on a good role that they will be remembered for is probably a once in a lifetime thing but there are actors who have been fortunate enough to be blessed with several stand out characters. These are the roles that when we think of our favourite movies, inevitably come to mind. The characters that drew us into cinema in the first place. That without whom, the films they appear in wouldn’t have been anywhere near as memorable.
You could argue that makeup and wardrobe go a long way into bringing these characters to life but »
- Graham Gallagher
Sneak Peek the new "Monster High: Ghouls Alive" 10" 'living' teenage dolls, including 'Frankie Stein' and 'Clawdeen Wolf', with box art inspired by Universal's classic famous monster posters of the 1930's :
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"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..."
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- M. Stevens
Directed by Gore Verbinski
Captain Jack Sparrow is the worst thing that ever happened to Johnny Depp’s career. The prevailing wisdom is that the constantly soused pirate is what vaulted Depp to superstardom, and though it’s accurate, I don’t think this financial leap represented a positive for his qualitative growth as an actor. Some people have found a balance between being legitimate actors and movie stars. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon come to mind. (Sadly, not every one of the 21st-century Ocean’s Eleven qualify as stars. Sorry, Eddie Jemison.) This trio are easily among the most recognizable faces in film, this generation’s respective answers to Cary Grant, Robert Redford, and Henry Fonda. Their »
- Josh Spiegel
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 is a bit like a bull in a china shop. There is supposed structure in the narrative form, with each incident of the plot boxed neatly in a "chapter", but somehow Tarantino weaves an engaging and cohesive story amid chaos. The jumps and swings in plot, typical of Tarantino's style, which has been well established in his previous three films by this point. The conception of the plot in Kill Bill is so careful and articulate, yet witty and aggressive that it demands attention. And that's what it gets.
Although by no stretch of the imagination is Kill Bill Tarantino at his best, it was one of the Tarantino films that demonstrated him to be a consistent director. »
Frankenweenie If you're a fan of Tim Burton's eccentric, gothic style, particularly his Edward Scissorhands era, you will most certainly love this full-length version of the movie that almost killed his career when Disney fired him over the original short. If you've ever had a pet die on you (as I have recently; keep the Kleenex handy) you know how horrible it feels, and Burton captures that sadness and longing to bring back the dead--in this case, a young boy in fact does bring back his beloved Sparky from unexpected death with a wild experiment. The characters are freaky and probably too scary for young kids under 10, but the story is endearing and the stop-motion animation fantastic. If you can see this in 3D at home, definitely choose the option. Extras:...
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Forgive me if I appear a little confused here; as I am writing this on the back off of an unsuccessful quiz night in which my significant answers which no-one else could manage were:
The sequel to Bridget Jones. Where Justin Bieber was born. Identifying a song as Glee by the intro music and identifying a song from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory. All which managed to give the impression of me as a hopelessly sad character with a flair for the ultra camp; therefore you won’t be surprised to hear I’ve got quite the taste for Baz Luhrman films and The Great Gatsby is his latest glitz and glam offering.
We are muscling in to the fabled territory of ‘Oscar contenders that are no longer Oscar contenders because of release date issues and now will be a monumental flop’ and it requires commitment to get us »
- Luke Stevenson
Something has clearly happened to Tim Burton. Once upon a time, Frankenweenie might have been a revelation, a gothic counterpoint to E.T. in its exploration of how children deal with loss. But that Burton is gone, presumably buried under the piles of money he got after Alice in Wonderland. Possessing neither the nastiness of Edward Scissorhands or the warped sweetness of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Frankenweenie manages to take perhaps the saddest event in a child’s life and give it the visual texture of a Rembrandt and the emotional texture of flypaper. Gorgeous, hopelessly reverent, but painfully lacking in insight, Frankenweenie reminds us at every turn of the director that Burton used to be but is no longer. Beware, as a few spoilers lay ahead.
- Anders Nelson
And now for something completely different than the normal Family Guy intro: The beginning of Sunday’s episode will pay homage to Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Yes, the animated Fox series has hijacked one of the beloved British sketch comedy’s opening credits sequences and given it a Griffin twist. (Family Guy, of course, has a history of reimagining TV show and movie opening credits, including those from The Incredible Hulk, Law & Order, and The Naked Gun.)
The Python tribute is strictly random fun, and has little to do with the rest of the episode, in which Chris attends »
- Dan Snierson
Cinelinx gets a charge out of the Frankenweenie 3D Blu-ray!
This review is based on the 4 disc 3D Blu-ray set.
A young boy named Victor (voice of Charlie Tahan) reanimates his beloved dog Sparky after it dies, causing a series of misadventures when his classmates find out. Also stars the voices of Martin Short, Martin Landau, and Catherine O'Hara.
Directed by Tim Burton
Tim Burton remakes his early short as a full-length stop-motion animated feature, and from the get-go, it is the last movie you might expect to carry the Disney label. Sure, Tim Burton has had success making the macabre mainstream, but a stop-motion animated flick about a dead dog (in black and white no less) might have caused ol' Walt to have a fit.
Although it is marketed as a kid's film, Frankenweenie is definitely not for the very young. In truth, older fans »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
In October 2011, I was lucky enough to visit the set of Jonathan Levine's Warm Bodies. The film follows R (Nicholas Hoult), a zombie who falls in love with the non-zombie Julie (Teresa Palmer) after eating her boyfriend's brains. Judging by the trailers, it looks like Levine has crafted a sweet, funny rom-zom-com. In addition to getting zombified on the set, I got the chance to sit down and talk with Hoult. During out conversation, we spoke about eating brains, zombie school, influential zombie movies, playing an unconventional hero, communication without words, and much more. Hit the jump to check out the interview. Warm Bodies opens February 1st. Watching you in the first sequence, the way you're dragging yourself, how did you come up with your body mannerisms? Nicholas Hoult: What happens to him at the beginning of the story is he can't communicate with anyone, he's lost the power of speech, »
- Matt Goldberg
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