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Tim Burton's upcoming drama, Big Eyes, now has an eye-popping debut trailer. The film, out on Christmas Day, tells the true story of Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), whose striking portraits of children with massive eyes became a sensation in the Fifties and Sixties – though her husband, Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), took all the credit for her work, claiming no one would buy art created by a woman.
The trailer, released by The Weinstein Company, establishes the film's engaging arc – from Margaret's early development as a painter to her »
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
Will "Big Eyes" be Tim Burton's comeback? This trailer is giving us hope that the wild-haired director is returning to his weird suburban roots -- this time without Johnny Depp. No real disrespect meant, but their gothic bromance was getting a little codependent, don't you think?
"Big Eyes" stars Amy Adams as Margaret Keane, the artist behind those wonderfully creepy paintings of children staring out at the viewer with giant, limpid eyes. Keane's husband Water (Christoph Waltz) convinces her to let him take credit for the paintings -- "Sadly, people don't buy lady art" -- and she watches while the money rolls in from what becomes a kitschy cottage industry. Eventually, the empire bearing her last name just isn't enough, and Margaret sets out to tell the truth about her "big eyes."
The trailer gives us a good look at the overbearing Walter, who tries to convince Margaret that »
- Jenni Miller
Today we have the official trailer for the upcoming "Big Eyes," which stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), and is directed by Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Check it out below. Plot: The story focuses on Margaret (Adams) and Walter Keane (Waltz), a pair of artists who popularized mass-produced paintings in the 1950s and 1960s that featured portraits of small children with big, sad eyes. Walter was said to be the painter, but it was later revealed that Margaret did the paintings. Margaret sued to get her share of the profits that resulted in a 1986 case in which a judge forced the couple to a "paint off" in federal court. The new movie, which co-stars Krysten Ritter, Terrence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman, and Danny Huston, is set to hit theaters on Christmas. Trailer: »
Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams take the lead as Walter and Margaret Keane, and now The Weinstein Company has launched the first trailer, giving the first good look at what could well go on to become Best Actor and Best Actress nominations early next year.
Walter Keane became a household name in the 1950s, when his oddly emotional and best-selling paintings of big-eyed children made him a coveted TV talk show guest. But was the art really his? His wife Margaret claims that Walter’s only contributions to the work were his signatures, and the Keanes’ subsequent legal battle will destroy their marriage and lead to a jaw-dropping court showdown that will prove once and for all who the real artist is.
- Kenji Lloyd
Here’s the first trailer for Tim Burton’s biopic about the couple whose paintings became one of the first mass-marketed art sensations in the 1950s and early ’60s. Two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and five-time nominee Amy Adams star as Walter and Margaret Keane, whose paintings of large-eyed children were hawked in gas stations and just about every five-and-dime store. He got all the fame, but she was the real artist of the family. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski wrote Big Eyes, which also stars Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Terrence Stamp and Danny Huston. The Weinstein Company is positioning for an awards-season run with a Christmas Day opening.
- The Deadline Team
Big Eyes tells the story artist of Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), the woman behind the now-iconic portraits of children with enormous eyes of the ’50s and ’60s. Her images are ones that aren’t immediately understood—Jason Schwartzman’s Ruben surely doesn’t get it at first—but they quickly become popular, and rather lucrative. Unfortunately for Margaret, her husband, Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz’s Walter, »
- Emily Blake
I was really hoping that Tim Burton would bust out something completely new and refreshing with his upcoming movie Big Eyes, and it looks like he succeeded. This film looks absolutely stunning. You can definitely see Burton's wonderful signature style, it's just not as in your face and bold as most of his other films. I loved what I saw in this trailer, and it looks to me like this could be one of the best films Burton has made in years. This was a great project for him to take on. The feature stars Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, and Terence Stamp. Here's a brief synopsis:
A drama centered on the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane (Adams), her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s. »
- Joey Paur
There's no Johnny Depp or supernatural forces in sight in the trailer for Tim Burton's Big Eyes, but there are plenty of other familiar faces. The true story centers on the relationship between Walter (Christoph Waltz) and Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), who became famous in the 1950s and '60s thanks to popular paintings of big-eyed children. As the trailer shows, Walter took credit for the paintings, which were actually created by Margaret, because he didn't think people would buy art from a woman. The film from The Weinstein Company opens Christmas Day. Krysten Ritter and Jason Schwartzman also star.
- THR staff
The Weinstein Co. has released the first official trailer for Tim Burton's new movie Big Eyes starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. Along with today's earlier release of the A Most Violent Year trailer, this gives us a first look at yet another potential Oscar contender. Based on the true story of Walter Keane (Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane's art was actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. Big Eyescenters on Margaret's awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and her tumultuous relationship with her husband, »
- Brad Brevet
The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for Tim Burton’s highly-anticipated drama, “Big Eyes,” which opens Christmas Day. Starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, “Big Eyes” tells the real-life story of Margaret Keane and her husband Walter Keane, who was credited with revolutionizing popular art in the 1950s and 1960s with portraits of waif-like children with huge eyes although it was Margaret who was the real, uncredited painter.
- Variety Staff
The Weinstein Company has released the first Big Eyes trailer for director Tim Burton’s upcoming drama. The film revolves around the lives of artists Margaret (Amy Adams) and Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz). Walter became famous in the 1950s and 60s for paintings featuring saucer-eyed kids, but it was the shy Margaret who really did the work. Walter's fraud eventually led to a divorce and a heated court battle to prove authorship of the paintings. This looks to be a fantastic return to form for Burton after his flurry of CG-stuffed studio films, and honestly if I didn't know this was a Tim Burton film going in, I might not have guessed it from this trailer. The film appears to tackle issues like the commercialization of art and the marginalization of women both at home and in the workplace, and I would not be shocked to see Adams become a »
- Adam Chitwood
Here's Matthew Eng on a theatrical revival in NYC of interest to movie fans...
There’s always a bit of wariness involved when approaching our favorite artists’ earliest works, a back-of-the-brain hesitancy that carefully warns us to temper our expectations for these formative, often preliminary pieces. You know what I mean: those scrappily ambitious but almost inevitably uneven calling cards, the ones that were created pre-renown, even pre-agent. They were toiled over on the side, while dwelling in dubious “studio” apartments during stationary years spent wage-slaving in temp jobs, originally imagined while dawdling on a dorm mattress or in a childhood bedroom, when success was a foreign and totally faraway desire.
Success has surely been a much more familiar if nonetheless scattered concept for Kenneth Lonergan in the years since This is Our Youth broke out Off-Broadway in 1996, launching his own career on stage and screen, as well as those »
- Matthew Eng
Written and Directed by Chris Rock
Chris Rock has always been one of the most invigorating presences in the comedy scene. His comedy is confrontational, biting and hilarious. Up until this point, his foray into filmmaking has rarely matched his unique and vibrant talents and while there are certainly exceptions, on screen Chris Rock has often been reduced to a much tamer and often much less funny version of himself. With Top Five, however, the gears seems to shift. Chris Rock not only shows off why he is one of the funniest people alive, but blends his humour to a surprisingly daring narrative about the value of laughter and the struggle of being an artist. The film also works as a wonderful metatextual narrative on the state of the current Hollywood system, as well as a touching romance.
Top Five opens up as a fairly straightforward Hollywood comedy. »
- Justine Smith
Matt Damon just agreed to be the A-lister in Kenneth Lonergan's third film, Manchester-by-the-Sea. The two will reunite for the first time since Margaret, Lonergan's second feature which was shot in 2005 but released until 2011.
Also written by Lonergan, Manchester-by-the-Sea tells the story of a Boston plumber (Damon) who is forced to return home after he learns that his brother has passed away. There he finds himself trust into the care of the man's 16-year-old son but finds himself crumbling due to a secret tragedy in his past.
The project is being financed by OddLot Entertainment (Draft Day, Ender's Game). Sources say that the film will be tonally similar to You Can Count On Me, Lonergan's critically acclaimed directorial debut, which starred Mark Ruffalo and Laura Linney.
Most recently, Lonergan's play This Is Out Youth has gotten a revival on Broadway. (A decade a go, Damon starred in the play, »
- Laura Frances
Matt Damon and filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan last worked together on the 2011 drama Margaret, a movie which saw Lonergan and the studio clash over the final cut, with a lengthy release date delay the result until Martin Scorsese came on board to personally oversee an edit.
Pre-production on their next collaboration started today and Manchester-by-the-Sea will begin shooting over the next few months. OddLot Entertainment are expected to produce and finance the drama, which is described as being tonally similar to Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me.
According to the site which broke the news, “Matt Damon will play a Boston-living ne’er-do-well plumber who is forced to return home to the titular town after he learns his brother passed away. There, he finds himself thrust into the care of the man’s 16-year old son but finds himself crumbling due to a secret tragedy in his past.” Damon, a Boston native, »
- Josh Wilding
The first time writer-director Kenneth Lonergan collaborated with Matt Damon, it resulted in Margaret – a lengthy dramatic film that languished in an editing battle for almost five years. Eventually surfacing in 2011, it had an extremely limited, though critically successful run. Now, Lonergan is readying his return with a new project, titled Manchester-By-The-Sea, and it seems Matt Damon was keen to climb aboard for the lead role.
The story will see Damon as a Boston plumber whose brother sadly dies. In the aftermath, he finds himself having to care for his 16 year old nephew, although a tragic secret from his past threatens to get in the way. Wider casting has yet to be announced, though it should be noted that Lonergan’s previous two directorial efforts – 2000’s You Can Count On Me and 2011’s Margaret – both featured Mark Ruffalo and Matthew Broderick, so it is not beyond the realms of possibility that they might appear here, »
- Sarah Myles
While Matt Damon has teamed with director Kenneth Lonergan before, you may not have heard much about it. That's because Lonergan's drama Margaret hit the festival circuit in 2005, but sat on a shelf waiting for release until it got an unceremonious limited release in 2011 (which is a shame, because the film is pretty good). But now the two are going to work together again in Manchester-by-the-Sea, a drama that looks to be produced by OddLot Entertainment with pre-production beginning this week with an eye to shoot this fall. Lonergan, who got an Oscar nomination for You Can Count on Me, also wrote the script. THR says the film will follow Damon as a lazy and irresponsible Boston plumber forced to return home to the titular town after he learns his brother passed away. Suddenly he finds himself having to take care of his brother's 16-year old son but finds himself »
- Ethan Anderton
Matt Damon is about to shoot The Martian with director Ridley Scott, and now he’s got a follow-up project set. Damon worked with Kenneth Lonergan on Margaret (above) and now the two are going to reunite for the Lonergan-scripted Manchester-by-the-Sea. THR reports that Gigi Pritzker and her company OddLot Entertainment (which helped financed films such […]
- Russ Fischer
Tweets and FaceTimes: Pascale Ferran Returns with Uneven But Adventurous Realist-Fantasy
There are a number of films scattered throughout that are intent on depicting how our world communicates and operates today, viz. through web-mediated interfaces. But none of them approached this reality, however glancingly, in such an exuberantly abstract register as did Pascale Ferran in her bonkers, wholly original, yet painfully uneven new film, Bird People. It’s her first project since the now eight year-old Lady Chatterley (2006), and one can imagine that at least half of that hiatus was spent working on the film’s CGI effects alone, which are some of the most subtle but meticulous to be employed in any film yet in existence. The only problem is that so much narrative playfulness and structural innovation gets seriously bogged down by Ferran’s awkward direction and a script filled with lame dialogue — perhaps attributable to English being her second language. »
- Blake Williams
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