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Tim Burton's "Big Eyes" is about a lot of things. It's about Margaret (Amy Adams) and Walter (Christoph Waltz), artists who popularized mass-market prints (Walter claimed he had created the artwork when Margaret was actually doing the painting). It's about the commercialization of art. And it's about the public perception of said art -- critics hated Margaret's paintings but consumers ate it up. And one of those arbiters of taste, in the film, is a snooty gallery owner played by Jason Schwartzman.
We sat down with Schwartzman recently to discuss what his favorite Tim Burton movie is, what he responded to in the script, whether or not he would hang a Keane painting in his house, and the response to a couple of his more recent films -- "Saving Mr. Banks" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel."
Moviefone: Let's start off by talking about what your favorite Tim Burton movie is. »
- Drew Taylor
Now that Tim Burton is promoting his "Big Eyes" film, the director spoke about being replaced by Joel Schumacher on the 1995 film "Batman Forever" after directing both "Batman" and "Batman Returns." According to the helmer, Warner Bros was forced into the decision due to pressure from McDonalds, which was unhappy about how dark "Batman Returns" was, especially Danny DeVito's portrayal of the Penguin. "I think I upset McDonalds. [They asked] 'What's that black stuff coming out of the Penguin's mouth. We can't sell Happy Meals with that!,'" explained Burton. "It was a weird reaction to 'Batman Returns,' because half the people thought it was lighter than the first one and half the people thought it was darker. I think the studio just thought it was too weird - they wanted to go with something more child- or family- friendly. In other words, they didn't want me to do another one. »
After the success of Batman and Batman Returns in 1989 and 1992, star Michael Keaton and director Tim Burton were set to return for a third Batman adventure, although it didn't quite work out. Warner Bros. wasn't a fan of Tim Burton's darker approach to the iconic character, and his version was discarded in favor of a lighter approach, which resulted in Joel Schumacher's 1995 adventure Batman Forever. More than 20 years later, images have surfaced from what may have been Michael Keaton's new Batsuit from Batman 3, although they may also just be unused designs from Batman Returns.
TheMovies.za found these images on the Brotherhood of the Bat forums, which reportedly came from Jose Fernandez, who sculpted "small armatures" of Michael Keaton in his new costume when he was still attached to the film. While the grey designs are much different than the all-black Batsuit in Batman and Batman Returns, »
At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. With the release of Big Eyes this week, let’s examine the trademark style and calling signs of Tim Burton as director.
Burton went to college to study animation. His work there caught the eye of Disney and he was hired on as an animator. He worked on several projects before it became apparent that his style did not fit with what Disney wanted to do. He worked on several short film projects before catching the eye of Paul Reubens who offered Burton the opportunity to direct his first full length motion picture, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (1985). That film was a success and led to Burton’s working relationship with Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman. Burton’s next opportunity was 1988’s Beetlejuice, which was also »
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Particularly when contrasted against the gloomier incarnations of the character via Christopher Nolan's films, it's accurate to say that Tim Burton's "Batman" movies are decidedly quirkier, more lighthearted affairs. But at the time, those films were widely seen as very risky alterations to a franchise that had enormous licensing agreements. So Burton's movies could not get too dark, should they diminish the chances of pushing various toys, underwear and other items emblazoned with the Bat-signal onto children. According to Burton, he wasn't invited back to Gotham after "Batman Returns" because he couldn't be trusted with four-quadrant blockbusters. ”I think I upset McDonalds," Burton told Yahoo! about why he didn't do a third Batman movie. "[They asked] ‘What’s that black stuff coming out of the Penguin’s mouth. We can’t sell Happy Meals with that!’ It was a weird reaction to 'Batman Returns,' because half the people thought it was. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tim Burton is currently promoting his latest movie Big Eyes and during interview-after-interview he has been fielding a lot of questions about his previous films like Batman and Batman Returns. In a recent interview with Yahoo Movies, Burton discussed the reasons he chose Michael Keaton ("Mr. Mom") to play Bruce Wayne/Batman, and how the Penguin/Oswald Cobblepot (Danny DeVito) death scene in Batman Returns upset McDonalds. On walking away from Gotham City following 1992’s sequel, Batman Returns: ”I think I upset McDonalds. [They asked] ‘What’s that black stuff coming out of the Penguin’s mouth. We can’t sell Happy Meals with that!’ It was a weird reaction to Batman Returns, because half the people thought it was lighter than the first one and half the people thought it was darker. I think the studio just thought it was too weird — they wanted to go with something more child- or family- friendly. »
During the 90s, the still-young Batman movie franchise underwent a pretty massive change. Following the release of Batman Returns in 1992, Warner Bros. decided to go in a different direction with filmmakers, and wound up replacing Tim Burton with Joel Schumacher for what would wind up becoming 1995's Batman Forever. So what exactly happened? Apparently it all had to do with a certain gigantic fast food corporation and their dislike of Burton's dark style. Yahoo! recently sat down with Tim Burton for a retrospective interview about the filmmakers entire career, and when asked about why the decision was made to walk away from Gotham in the early '90s, Burton revealed that a significant part of it was that McDonald's was unhappy about how dark and gross Batman Returns was at moments - specifically Danny DeVito's portrayal of Oswald Cobblepott a.k.a. Penguin. It turns out that people don't »
Good morning! It's just three days until Christmas. Three! To note that I am unprepared is to state, shrugging, 'he thinks movies are alright'
I mean we haven't even started the Year in Review! Rectifying. Rectifying.
This is the kind of time frame wherein you need little friendly woodland animals to be doing all your busy work so that you can focus on the important things like Going to the Ball. I illustrate twitter collections with a picture of birds and today Cinderella seemed natural since Into the Woods is soon upon us. I hadn't really thought about this before but Cinderella is supposed to have this miserable indentured servant life but look at that view from her bedroom window! Talk about a room with a view... that's prime real estate. Shouldn't she be sleeping in the cellar or something?
Herewith some tweets that amused, edified, or otherwise cocked a »
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Instead of watching the usual seasonal fare, why not deck the halls with a little less holly and a bit more gore? Here are seven of the craziest, most murderous holiday flicks to watch this Christmas! Just a heads up: You probably shouldn't watch these with your kids.
Video: Holiday Movies the Stars Just Can't Get Enough Of
Jack Frost (1997) - In this ridiculous campy cult classic, which takes place in the town of Snowmonton, serial killer Jack Frost is being transported to his execution when the police van crashes into a "genetic research" truck full of… genetics? It's not really clear. However, they mysterious substance kills Jack and causes his body to fuse with the snow. Soon, he comes back to life as a vengeful »
Tim Burton was one of the first director to venture into superhero movie territory, and he did a great job! I love what he did with Batman and Batman Returns, and with those films he kind of laid the foundation for what was to come. During an interview with Yahoo, he was asked about what he thought of the movies Marvel was making, and he didn’t seem very impressed.
“How many times can you say ‘you’re wearing a funny costume’ with the tights and stuff? That’s been going on for 20 years now. Yes, we all know that superheroes are damaged individuals. Maybe we need to see a happy superhero?”
With a statement like that, I’m not even sure if he’s seen any of the Marvel movies. No one ever really says “you’re wearing a funny costume,” in those movies. As for the whole happy superhero comment, »
- Joey Paur
It was director Tim Burton's 1989 monster hit Batman that arguably ignited several blockbuster obsessions. It showed - for the first time since Superman - that comic book movies could be big hits. It also set out the template for the drive to get a huge opening weekend at the box office. And it changed the way blockbuster movies were promoted.
Burton would return for 1992's Batman Returns, but he's not been near a comic book movie since (save for dabbling with Superman Lives, before dropping out of that project). But is he tempted?
Chatting to Yahoo!, he said that "Marvel, they have their thing and there’s a certain formula to it all which seems to still be working, but how many times can you say ‘you’re »
Tim Burton is a man who paved the way for the modern day superhero movie since 1989’s Batman and its sequel Batman Returns. However, the director thinks its time for the superhero genre to have a change of pace.
“Marvel, they have their thing and there’s a certain formula to it all which seems to still be working,” he told Yahoo! Movies. “But how many times can you say ‘you’re wearing a funny costume’ with the tights and stuff? That’s been going on for 20 years now. Yes, we all know that superheroes are damaged individuals. Maybe we need to see a happy superhero?”
Burton, whose movie Big Eyes is out soon, added that his Batman movie doesn’t compare to the current superhero movie product. “I remember Batman getting so much flak and criticism at the time for being too dark,” Burton adds. “And now 20-30 years later, »
- Luke Owen
"No," he told Shortlist. "Do you know why?
"Because I'm Batman. I'm very secure in that."
Keaton recently played a washed-up superhero actor in acclaimed comedy Birdman, which opened in the Us last year and will arrive in the UK on January 1.
It was 1988 when we saw the first incarnation of Tim Burton’s bizarre comedy fantasy Beetlejuice. Now, after over a quarter century and several failed sequel attempts, it appears the likelihood of Michael Keaton resurrecting the legendary character is better than ever.
It was late last year when Winona Ryder all but confirmed that a sequel was indeed in the works. “I love Lydia so much. She was such a huge part of me. I would be really interested in what she is doing 27 years later,” said Ryder. “I would never go near [a sequel] if it was not Tim and Michael, because those guys, I love.”
Things died down a bit after that but in February of this year they started swirling again after Keaton mentioned he was in discussions with Burton about potentially bringing Betelgeuse back to the big screen. “I always said that [Beetlejuice] is the one thing I’d like to do again, »
- William Fanelli
You want to celebrate the holidays, but want to do it a little differently? Cinelinx presents this list of our favorite non-traditional holiday films.
It’s a fact. TV networks love the holiday season. It’s their chance to program endless Christmas Story reruns and James Bond marathons. More importantly, it’s a time when the whole family is at home and sitting down in front of the TV. Let’s say you’re tired of the normal selection of holiday films that cycle throughout the day on TV. You’re tired of hearing “Every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings!”. You’ve had enough of Macaulay Culkin’s self-defense antics, and Ralphie just maybe deserves to get his tongue stuck to that pole. You are very familiar with how many sizes too small the Grinch’s heart is, and maybe Frosty the snowman is just another migraine waiting to happen. »
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The new film is the intended sequel to 2013's "Man of Steel"...
...and the second installment in the 'DC Cinematic Universe'.
The custom rigged car debuted in DC's "Detective Comics" #27 (May, 1939), followed by the cover of "Batman" #20.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice"...
"Batman Returns" Batmobile
- Michael Stevens
Our weekly round-up of the latest news and talking points from the world of screen superheroes, including Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Justice League Dark, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Constantine, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Batman Versus Robin, Doctor Strange, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Jessica Jones, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Fantastic Four, Powers and more…
There’s been some big casting news this week, and we’ll start things off with Warner Bros.’ 2016 supervillain ensemble Suicide Squad. Just days after Jared Leto stated that he’d “sworn to keep my mouth shut” over talk linking him to The Joker, the Oscar-winner was officially announced as taking on the role of the Clown Prince of Crime in the David Ayer-directed film. Leto will be joined in the cast by Tom Hardy (The Drop) as Rick Flagg, »
- Gary Collinson
Jules: “You know what they call a Quarter-Pounder with Cheese in Paris?”
1994. The year Justin Bieber and Harry Styles were born – luckily the world was not ready yet for those two (was it ever ready?) and instead, we had actual art like Pulp Fiction to lift us from the grave, like The Bride in Kill Bill Vol.2. Interestingly, much like The Bride Pulp Fiction had to fight through the suffocating dirt that went with making an independent film in the 90s. Before we delve further in to the humble beginnings of the iconic film, 1994 was the year Dumb And Dumber, The Shawshank Redemption, Forrest Gump, The Lion King, Interview With The Vampire and Natural Born Killers were released. Not a bad year for film you could say, certainly for a young kid growing up then. I must admit, I wasn’t totally aware of Pulp Fiction at that time, but »
- Louise Tooth
Tim Burton's Batman in 1989 may have redefined how the general audience viewed DC.s Caped Crusader, but just imagine how he affected the populace of Gotham City within this fictional universe. One minute they.re living their lives in this anachronistic setting, the next minute a guy dressed like a bat is beating up criminals in the night. People may have been off put by him at first, but by 1992.s Batman Returns, Gotham City was used to its caped vigilante - so much so that the movie almost featured a Batman-themed store, complete with an intense, action-packed scene that would have highlighted it. 1989Batman.com has posted images of the unused Batman store set filled with merchandise centered around Gotham City.s Caped Crusader. This place had everything from action figures to ball caps to stickers to his own arcade game (which suspiciously had Bruce Wayne.s »
There's a certain amount of nostalgia that fans of The Dark Knight will always have when it comes to the original 1989 adaptation of Batman from director Tim Burton. That film and the sequel paved the way for more mature comic book movies, even if they don't hold up quite as well with the passage of time (though I still love them). Well, here's something cool you may not have known about Batman Returns. In what feels like perfect mimicry of the real world, there was once a plan for Batman Returns to feature a scene that took place in a Batman store, right in Gotham City. It was scrapped, but here's proof it existed. Here's photos of the scrapped Batman store in Batman Returns from 1989Batman.com (via SlashFilm): As you can see, the store is chock full of Batman merchandise, some of it was probably real stuff that »
- Ethan Anderton
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