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L.A. Now Casting: ‘Big Fish’ Open Call and More

13 December 2016 8:10 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

The wrenching “Big Fish” musical, based on the film of the same name and which bowed on Broadway in 2013, will hold an upcoming open call for several nonunion actors. The piece, “about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities,” is casting two male actors for the leading roles of Edward and Will Bloom, as well as talent to portray roles including Sandra Bloom, Josephine Bloom, Karl, the Giant and more.  Featuring a score by Andrew Lippa and a book by John August, the musical will hold an open casting call Jan. 14–16, 2017 at the Westchester Playhouse in Los Angeles. The L.A. production is scheduled to run March 17–April 22, 2017. For more information on “Big Fish,” check out the full listing here, and browse more L.A. opportunities in Backstage casting!  And for tips on your next musical audition, head over to Backstage's YouTube channel!    »

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Newswire: Richard Pryor biopic won’t skimp on the grim stuff, producer promises

23 November 2016 11:30 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

It’s common for Hollywood biopics to gloss over the more unsavory details of their subjects’ lives and focus on the positive aspects. But if producer Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Silver Linings Playbook, Big Fish) is true to his word, the long-awaited Richard Pryor biopic will not fall into that trap. Between the cocaine abuse, the string of divorces, and the early 1980s suicide attempt, there is plenty of potentially disturbing material in Pryor’s life story. “We’re tackling it full on,” Cohen says in an interview with Collider’s Steven Weintraub. “The script is as dark, and raw, and sad, and scary in some ways but ultimately inspiring as well as a script can be.” That’s an appropriate tribute to Pryor, who didn’t shy away from uncomfortable topics in his stand-up act. An example:

The Pryor biopic, an ambitious “wide scope” epic that will cover the »

- Joe Blevins

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Camerimage Honoree Jessica Lange Tries to Balance Acting and Photography

13 November 2016 11:48 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The world knows Jessica Lange as an actress.

And not just any actress. Lange has won two Oscars, one in 1983 for a supporting role in “Tootsie” and another in 1995 for a lead role in “Blue Sky.” She’s also taken home Emmys for “Gray Gardens” and “American Horror Story.” And earlier this year, she won a Tony for the role of Mary Tyrone in Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” making her the 22nd member of the so-called Triple Crown of Acting (Helen Hayes was the first).

And just on Saturday, Lange received this year’s Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Acting at the 24th annual Camerimage Film Festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The world knows less about Lange’s extensive career as a photographer, but that side of her life drew big crowds in this small Polish city where Sunday she opened an exhibit of her work at the bwa municipal gallery. »

- Peter Caranicas

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Production Designer Dennis Gassner on James Bond, ‘Blade Runner,’ Coen Bros.

11 November 2016 12:42 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dennis Gassner’s production design work has enriched films ranging from “The Truman Show” and the Coen Brothers’ “O Brother, Where Art Thou” to Tim Burton’s “Big Fish” — and more recently the Bond movies “Skyfall” and “Spectre” — with a compelling visual style that has earned him an honor at Camerimage for his unique visual sensitivity. The former architecture student and one-time lumberjack cites “Lawrence of Arabia” as a major influence, along with early work with Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope shingle.

What can you talk about the world you’ve created for the “Blade Runner 2049” reboot, which you’re shooting with Denis Villeneuve in Hungary? The seminal 1982 sci-fi original had a distinct sort of ‘80s sense of the future that now seems a bit retro.

The darkness is the reality of “Blade Runner.” It’s like anything — you carry on the message. “Star Wars” does the same thing, »

- Will Tizard

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‘Living in the Age of Airplanes’ Exclusive Clip: The Story of How The Airplane Changed The World

1 November 2016 2:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

It’s clear that the airplane has changed how we move and travel through the world, but how much do we understand about its history and what do we take for granted? The new documentary “Living in the Age of Airplanes” explores the story of the airplane, and how the invention completely changed the way we do everything, renewing our appreciation of flight.

Read More: Watch: The John Wayne Movie That Inspired ‘Airplane!’

Narrated by Harrison Ford (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”) and featuring an original score by the late composer James Horner (“Titanic”), the film takes viewers through 18 countries across all seven continents toto illuminate how airplanes have empowered a century of global connectedness our ancestors could never have imagined. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

The film is directed by Brian J. Terwilliger, who worked on the visual effects team for Tim Burton’s “Big Fish »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Living in the Age of Airplanes’ Exclusive Clip: The Story of How The Airplane Changed The World

1 November 2016 2:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It’s clear that the airplane has changed how we move and travel through the world, but how much do we understand about its history and what do we take for granted? The new documentary “Living in the Age of Airplanes” explores the story of the airplane, and how the invention completely changed the way we do everything, renewing our appreciation of flight.

Read More: Watch: The John Wayne Movie That Inspired ‘Airplane!’

Narrated by Harrison Ford (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”) and featuring an original score by the late composer James Horner (“Titanic”), the film takes viewers through 18 countries across all seven continents toto illuminate how airplanes have empowered a century of global connectedness our ancestors could never have imagined. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

The film is directed by Brian J. Terwilliger, who worked on the visual effects team for Tim Burton’s “Big Fish »

- Vikram Murthi

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Guy Ritchie to direct live-action Aladdin for Disney

11 October 2016 4:22 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

We can now add another live-action adaptation to Disney’s upcoming slate, with THR reporting that Guy Ritchie is set to direct Aladdin from a script by John August (Big Fish, Corpse Bride).

The remake of the 1992 classic “will keep many of the musical elements of the original” and is described as “an ambitious and non-traditional take” on the material, which will incorporate Ritchie’s signature non-linear style. The report goes on to state that the approach to the Genie – portrayed by the late Robin Williams in the animated movie – is still to be determined.

See Also: A rundown of all of Disney’s live-action remakes in development

This is the second live-action related Aladdin project in the works at Disney, with the studio also developing the prequel Genies, which is based upon a script by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (Freddy vs. Jason, Friday the 13th) and will “focus »

- Gary Collinson

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Disney's Live-Action Remake of 'Aladdin' Hires Guy Ritchie

10 October 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Disney now has two live-action movies about mythological, wish-granting spirits in the works. The first is called Genies and while we don't know a ton about it yet, in the past it's been described as a movie about different genies and how they wind up in lamps. The second is a live-action remake of Aladdin, and after today's news it seems like it may be the first of the two to get off the starting line. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Disney has hired Guy Ritchie to direct the remake, which will be co-produced with Dan Lin who was also a producer on Ritchie's highly successful Sherlock Holmes reboot. They'll be working from a script by John August (Big Fish), though we don't know at this time if it's going to be a new tale or a strict...

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- Peter Hall

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Guy Ritchie Will Direct Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ for Disney, Suggesting That Some Wishes Don’t Come True

10 October 2016 12:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

If you’ve grown weary of Disney’s ongoing series of live-action remakes, it might be time to avert your eyes. Guy Ritchie is in talks to direct “Aladdin,” which would follow on the heels of “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book,” not to mention the upcoming “Beauty and the Beast,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” “Mulan” and “The Lion King.”

Read More: Walt Disney Studios and Director Jon Favreau Reuniting For Live-Action ‘The Lion King

Ritchie is best known for his early films “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” and “Snatch,” which eventually led to the high-profile “Sherlock Holmes” series starring Robert Downey, Jr. in the title role. He recently wrapped production on “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” with Charlie Hunnam as the legendary British monarch of yore.

Read More: ‘King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’ Trailer: Guy Ritchie Brings His Dynamic Style to the Classic Tale

John August, who wrote “Big Fish” for Tim Burton, »

- Michael Nordine

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Live-Action Aladdin Movie Eyeing Guy Ritchie To Direct

10 October 2016 11:29 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Lion King and Mulan aren’t the only high-profile reboots to gather pace at Disney; The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Guy Ritchie, director of Sherlock Holmes and Snatch, is in line to helm the live-action rendition of Aladdin for the House of Mouse.

First unearthed in the summer of last year, it’s understood that the studio’s latest modern redo boasts a script from Big Fish scribe John August while Dan Lin, best known for his work on The Lego Movie at Warner Bros., is attached to produce. Ritchie, on the other hand, is coming off fantasy epic King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword.

Dubbed an “ambitious and non-traditional take” on the beloved 1992 classic, THR notes that Disney’s overhaul of Aladdin will still retain many of the musical elements from the original, dancing to the same tune – no pun intended – as Jon Favreau’s wildly successful reboot of The Jungle Book. »

- Michael Briers

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Guy Ritchie To Direct Live-Action ‘Aladdin’ For Disney

10 October 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Guy Ritchie is in talks with Disney to direct Aladdin, the latest in the studio’s efforts to re-imagine classic properties for contemporary audiences. Big Fish scribe John August has written the script, and The Lego Movie‘s Dan Lin is producing. Those franchise launches have included Maleficent, Cinderella and most recently the $965 million global grosser The Jungle Book. The hope is to start a new franchise here. Ritchie, who directed the first two Sherlock Holmes films… »

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Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Review – Burton Manages Mediocre

5 October 2016 11:09 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

Though people seem to generally associate Tim Burton with a very narrow idea of stylistic and/or thematic efforts, it is becoming less meaningful as time goes on. With Big Eyes, Alice in Wonderland, Big Fish, and Sweeney Todd, Burton may have a certain penchant for letting visuals take over, but he isn’t in the pigeonhole of what leaps to mind when you hear his name. Big Eyes, in fact, is downright “normal.”

But, when Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children comes along with Tim Burton in the chair, it’s difficult to avoid certain expectations.

Those expectations are met well through the first half of the film, but somewhere around the introduction of Samuel L. Jackson as Barron, the villain in our adventure, the movie goes mostly cartoony, and the fun fizzles out.

Jake (Asa Butterfield) finds himself caught up in his grandfather’s (Terence Stamp) surreal stories, »

- Marc Eastman

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Exclusive: Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson & Tim Burton talk Miss Peregrine!

30 September 2016 3:34 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Miss Peregrine’S Home For Peculiar Children has arrived, and it may be one of Tim Burton’s most entertaining cinematic landscapes as of late. Based on the books by Ransom Riggs, this tale of an unusual woman who protects children with magical abilities has the awe inspiring sensibilities of Edward Scissorhands and Big Fish. Featuring the extraordinary Eva Green, the film... Read More »

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Tim Burton’s Films Ranked — From Worst to Best

30 September 2016 3:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tim Burton is one of the most iconic and prolific directors in Hollywood.

His 18th film — “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” — opens this weekend.

In his review of “Miss Peregrine’s”, Variety’s chief film critic Peter Debruge says the film  — based Ransom Riggs’ novel about a group of special children with extraordinary powers — may as well have been written for Tim Burton to direct.

Debruge notes Burton successfully revisits and expand motifs and themes from his earlier work, including “Big Fish,” “Frankenweenie,” and perhaps his best known work, “Edward Scissorhands.” It not unexpected for a director as prolific as Burton — who’s been making films for three decades — to draw upon the past.

See Also: Tim Burton Talks Lack of Diversity in New Film ‘Miss Peregrine’

But not all of his past movies are winners, and box office success doesn’t always equate to critical success. “Alice in Wonderland »

- Lawrence Yee

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Miss Peregrine’S Home For Peculiar Children – Review

29 September 2016 8:12 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Photo Credit: Jay Maidment. © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’S Home For Peculiar Children is the director’s freshest and most original film in years, while still being entirely within the director’s wheelhouse of quirky, colorful, and mysterious movies. In this new creative direction, Burton offers a more mature, even serious tone, and less of his signature over-the-top silly quirk, in this tale of a teenage boy and his beloved grandfather, who raised him on tales of a mysterious, hidden home for “peculiar” children – that is, children with special powers such as levitation or invisibility, and run by kindly but strict Miss Peregrine.

The film is a departure for Burton, and fans expecting the usual mix of oddball darkness and humor may feel let down by this more mature film. In one way, it is a return to his early work, Edward Scissorhands, with »

- Cate Marquis

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[Review] Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

28 September 2016 8:37 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Tim Burton provides such a distinct look, feel, and texture to every one of his films — regardless of how you might feel about them — that he’s very much a genre unto himself. Taking a heavy influence from landmark German Expressionist films, he’s pioneering this generation’s brand of wacky, dark-tinged cinema as his creations have danced across the screen for more than a quarter of a century. Yet, as we’ve seen in his recent efforts, a little too much creative freedom — as in all of it — can yield the most unwieldy or disastrous of narratives. For his latest effort, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the eccentric director gets to do what he does best: play in his macabre sandbox with endless whimsy and delight at his fingertips.

A mostly winning combination of the strange and unusual, the adventure is an entertaining, clever, and fun one. »

- Marc Ciafardini

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Film Review: Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’

25 September 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The title may read “Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children,” but there can be no doubt for anyone buying a ticket: This is really Tim Burton’s Home for Peculiar Children. Not since “Sweeney Todd,” and before that all the way back to “Sleepy Hollow,” have the studios found such a perfect match of material for Hollywood’s most iconic auteur. It’s gotten to the point where the mere addition of Burton’s name to a movie title can justify an otherwise iffy prospect: You don’t want to see a “Planet of the Apes” remake? Well, how about a Tim BurtonPlanet of the Apes” remake? Now you’re interested! Here, there’s nothing forced about the coupling of Ransom Riggs’ surprise best-seller with Burton’s playfully nonthreatening goth aesthetic and outsider sensibility, which should put the director back on the blockbuster charts.

One of the kid-lit sphere’s freshest recent surprises, »

- Peter Debruge

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Z Nation Season 3 Teased in Clip & Photos

14 September 2016 4:15 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Z Nation returns with a two-hour season 3 premiere episode this Friday night, and to help fans gear up for the show's return, Syfy has released photos from the first two episodes, as well as a clip from the new season.

Z Nation Season 3 premieres at 8:00pm Et on Friday, September 16th:

"Z Nation follows a team of everyday heroes during their epic struggle to save humanity following a zombie apocalypse. After discovering their mission to bring Murphy (Keith Allan, “Rise of the Zombies”), the only known survivor of the zombie plague, to a viral lab took an unexpected turn, the team is now split on the future of mankind. Murphy wants to create a race of human-zombie “blends,” while the gang, led by Lieutenant Warren (Kellita Smith, “The Bernie Mac Show”) are determined to stop him at all costs.

In the Season 3 premiere, Warren’s group is taken prisoner by a new foe, »

- Derek Anderson

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‘A Monster Calls’ Review: J.A. Bayona’s Fantasy With Liam Neeson Is Equal Parts ‘Big Fish’ and ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’

9 September 2016 2:04 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

J.A. Bayona nailed the manipulative power of filmmaking with his brilliant debut, the elegant and creepy 2007 horror film “The Orphanage.” He shifted modes, with far less satisfying results, in 2012’s “The Impossible,” a mawkish portrait of white survivors in the Indonesian tsunami.

For his third feature—and the last before he upgrades to the blockbuster arena to tackle the sequel to “Jurassic World”—Bayona finds a satisfying balance between his first two efforts, juggling the elements of a gothic fairy tale with the more straightforward beats of a sentimental cancer drama. “A Monster Calls,” Bayona’s impressive adaptation of Patrick Ness’ novel, finds a 12-year-old British child coping with his mother’s imminent death by envisioning a fantastical creature that guides him through his grief. It’s a touching scenario, and one so well-acted and laced with superb special effects that even its more obvious beats cut deep.

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- Eric Kohn

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Danny Elfman Looks Back at Tim Burton’s Cinematic Adventures in Melody

8 September 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

“I wouldn’t have a career were it not for Tim and ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure,’” says composer Danny Elfman of his 30-year collaboration with director Tim Burton, who will have his hands and feet immortalized in cement Sept. 8 at the Chinese Theatre. “I went from zero to 90 the day ‘Pee-wee’ was released.”

They have done 16 films together, including the mega-hits “Batman,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Alice in Wonderland,” and the cult favorites “Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Elfman earned a Grammy for “Batman” and an Oscar nomination for Burton’s “Big Fish.”

“From ‘Pee-wee’ through ‘Nightmare Before Christmas,’ every one of those first six films opened up a new door, artistically and commercially,” Elfman says. “I went from the comedy guy (‘Pee-wee’) to the oddball quirky guy (‘Beetlejuice’) to the big dark film guy (‘Batman’) to the melodic romantic guy (‘Scissorhands’). They were critical doors to walk through. »

- Jon Burlingame

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