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The Flickering Myth Podcast gets Big Eyes…
Set for release on Christmas Day in the Us and Boxing Day in the UK, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes is the true-life story of artist Walter Keane, who stole the work of his wife Margaret and claimed it as his own.
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- Luke Owen
News: Amy Adams' 7 Highest-Rated Movies
Margaret's paintings of doe-eyed children gained fame when her husband, Walter Keane, took credit for her work in the 1950s and '60s. After years of silence, Margaret slapped Walter with a slander suit in 1970 that went to trial. During the hearing, Margaret challenged Walter to a paint-off to prove who was truly behind the paintings. She won $4 million in damages.
"Ultimately we're telling [Margaret's] story and she's a very special woman," Amy told Et.
While the movie strongly depicts Margaret's strength, her reserved demeanor led some to underestimate her.
"I think people sometimes mistake being quiet for being weak," Amy said. "She's »
At Monday night’s premiere of “Big Eyes” on Monday at Gotham’s MoMa, Harvey Weinstein applauded screenwriters and producers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for their persistence in bringing a difficult true story to the big screen, which took 11 long years.
“I loved the script,” said Weinstein. “I love Scott and Larry, but this was a tough movie to finance. It’s a very esoteric subject matter. But the opportunity to work with [director Tim] Burton, it’s a once in a lifetime experience for me.”
“Big Eyes,” a quirky story of the bizarre relationship and battle between artist Margaret Keane (who was on hand) and her husband Walter Keane over the famous pop-eyed waif paintings which became a worldwide sensation in the 1960s.
The screenwriting duo struggled for more than a decade in their efforts to get “Big Eyes” made. But they refused to give up.
“We always had interesting people interested in the project, »
- Addie Morfoot
The Weinstein Company's Tim Burton Big Eyes press conference at the Park Hyatt Hotel included Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman with writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Tim Burton relived the passion of Ed Wood and revealed that his children can watch Sleepy Hollow and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street and not Big Eyes. Waltz and Adams spoke about their relationship to portraying Walter Keane and Margaret Keane. Schwartzman and Karaszewski referenced the impact of the art world and Terence Stamp's John Canaday. Alexander saw a Marx Brothers scene that was toned down for Big Eyes and Alexander Mackendrick's Sweet Smell Of Success turns out to have been a big influence after Vincente Minnelli's An American In Paris was brought up.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Screenwriting software co. Final Draft will award Big Eyes duo Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski with its 2015 Hall of Fame honors at its annual Final Draft Awards, to be held February 12 on the Paramount lot. Alexander and Karaszewski join a list of previous Hall of Famers including Nancy Meyers, Lawrence Kasdan, Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Robert Towne, Stephen J. Cannell, Oliver Stone, Syd Field and Sydney Pollack and will be feted at the awards event hosted by writer-actors Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.
Big Eyes, the true tale of artist Margaret Keane and her battle to win recognition for her famed paintings of large-eyed waifs from a credit-stealing hubby, stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz and marks the writers’ latest collaboration with director Tim Burton. Alexander and Karaszewski’s previous big screen portraits of larger than life characters include WGA-nominated Ed Wood, Golden Globe winning The People Vs. Larry Flynt, »
- Jen Yamato
“Big Eyes,” the story of a notorious painting fraud, got a warm embrace from members of the art community on Friday.
The picture centers on Walter Keane, who falsely took credit for his wife Margaret’s popular and mass-produced paintings of kids with giant peepers.
participated in a Q&A after the screening along with Brian Boucher, editor from Art in America, saying the film centered on the intersection of high art and low art. He also drew parallels between Keane’s mass marketing of paintings and Andy Warhol’s pop art.
“At the Keane Gallery in San Francisco, you don’t exit through the gift shop, »
- Brent Lang
Who else but Lana Del Rey could give voice to the thwarted career of Margaret Keane, the artist behind those paintings of sad, saucer-eyed children? As "Big Eyes" producer Larry Karaszewski put it, "The whole thing is about a woman who can't find her voice," which is definitely a motif for the swoony pop star. Plus, this could be Del Rey's second shot at an Oscar nomination after she was dissed for her contribution to the soundtrack for "The Great Gatsby."
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- Jenni Miller
Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Resurrection" episode 9 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Aftermath," and it turns out that we're going to see Maggie and Bellamy seek out an unexpected source to give them some help. Rachel's baby will turn up missing, and more! In the new, 9th episode press release: Arcadians are going to mourn the loss of one of their own, and Bellamy and Maggie will turn to an unexpected source for help. Press release number 2: Arcadians will mourn the loss of a beloved member of the community. The stem cells from Rachael’s baby do provide the cure for the virus, but when Rachael suddenly goes missing, Bellamy and Maggie are going to turn to an unexpected source for help. Henry will learn the truth about Margaret and his family’s role in the factory fire. Guest stars feature: Michelle Fairley as Margaret Langston, »
Lana Del Rey may be in Oscar contention with the title track from Tim Burton's film "Big Eyes," and she gets some help from five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams and two-time winner Christoph Waltz in the song's new lyric video. With its big percussion, trumpet flourishes and soaring vocals, the atmospheric ballad wouldn't sound out of place in a James Bond film. Instead, it provides a melancholic soundtrack to the tale of painter Margaret Keane (Adams) and her spotlight-stealing husband Walter (Waltz). Composed of dramatic and eye-popping "Big Eyes" clips, the new video basically serves as another trailer for the film, only with Del Rey's on-the-nose lyrics painted onto the images. We also see co-stars Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston and Terence Stamp. Watch the video here: The song was co-written by Daniel Heath, who also co-wrote Del Rey's 2012 single "Blue Jeans," and could end up with an »
- Dave Lewis
Sneak Peek footage from "Batman" director Tim Burton's upcoming dramatic feature "Big Eyes" based on the life of illustrator Walter Keane, an artist noted in the 1950's and 1960's for his 'kitsch' paintings of large-eyed waifs, opening December 25, 2014:
"...'Walter Keane' (Christoph Waltz) became a national celebrity and talk show fixture in the 1950's after he pioneered the mass production of prints of big-eyed kids...
"She generated the paintings from their basement and Walter's contribution was adding his signature to the bottom. The ruse broke up their marriage, and when she tried to make it known that she authored the paintings, they ended up in a court battle..."
- Michael Stevens
A music video for the Lana Del Rey song Big Eyes gives fans a glimpse at some new footage for the biopic of the same name. The song was originally scheduled to be the end credits song for Big Eyes, but director Tim Burton decided to incorporate the song into the film itself, using the singer's "I Can Fly" as the end credits track. The singer previously contributed her song "Young and Beautiful" to last year's adaptation The Great Gatsby, which some fans and critics thought was snubbed for a Best Original Song Oscar nomination.
Directed and produced by Tim Burton, Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph 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. »
See Also: Watch the trailer for Big Eyes
Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph 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 (Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions. Big Eyes centers on Margaret’s awakening as an artist, the phenomenal success of her paintings, and »
- Gary Collinson
The Independent Spirit Awards were never supposed to be a harbinger of the Oscars, but in recent years, the booze-infused celebration in Santa Monica — held the night before the Academy Awards — had become just that. All the acting winners at last year’s Oscar ceremony picked up a Spirit first, and so did best picture champ “12 Years a Slave.”
So it’s particularly confusing that this year’s Spirit nominations completely shut out what is supposed to be one of the season’s heavyweights: The Weinstein Co.’s “The Imitation Game.” It wasn’t a good day for Harvey Weinstein in general, since his entire awards season slate of “St. Vincent,” “Begin Again” and “Big Eyes” (which only got a screenplay nod) was left out.
While the Oscar voters and Spirit nominating committee don’t overlap, in a competitive awards season, these nominations do matter. It gently nudges voters on »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Jenelle Riley
The singer will release title track 'Big Eyes' and 'I Can Fly' as part of the soundtrack for the film, The Hollywood Reporter states.
"Tim showed her the film and she fell in love with it. Women in particular seem to get the movie, and Lana really got the movie."
Big Eyes »
Soul Windows: Burton Returns to the Biopic with Flagging Interest
Long judged as a director clearly intent on recycling the same motif, themes, and styles, generally with the same few cast members, Tim Burton throws an interesting curveball with his latest film, Big Eyes, a reenactment of the art world Keane scandal of the 1960s. Scripted by Burton’s Ed Wood (1994) scribes, the title that remains the sole point of comparison with which his latest will be compared, many will be disappointed to find a rather basic film, devoid of Burton’s customary flourish or that earlier, celebrated title’s ingenuity. And though the film’s greatest challenge will be to breathe under the weight of its creators’ own reputations, it’s a likeable recapitulation of 1950s era America and the strange mutations that occur involving those humans attempting to buck the wrongly conditioned trappings of gender based social mores. »
- Nicholas Bell
The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but they wind up revealing far too little in “Big Eyes,” an unpersuasive, paint-by-numbers account of the fraud perpetrated by Walter Keane, who succeeded in fooling the public and amassing a fortune by passing off his wife Margaret’s paintings as his own. Despite Amy Adams’ affecting performance as an artist and ’50s/’60s housewife complicit in her own captivity, this relatively straightforward dramatic outing for Tim Burton is too broadly conceived to penetrate the mystery at the heart of the Keanes’ unhappy marriage — the depiction of which is dominated by an outlandish, ogre-like turn from Christoph Waltz that increasingly seems to hold the movie hostage. Still, the tale’s colorfully entertaining veneer and the name talents involved should draw an appreciative number of arthouse patrons to the Weinstein Co. release, set to open Christmas Day.
Although this independent production qualifies »
- Justin Chang
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
On Thursday night, two very different Oscar hopefuls, which have tread two very different paths, both landed in Hollywood for the first time.
Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher, a dark drama that was originally scheduled to have its world premiere at the AFI Fest last year before post-production delays forced it into this year’s race, finally made it to the fest (better late than never!), having already screened at just about every other biggie (Cannes, Telluride, Toronto and New York). The film, which stars Steve Carell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, was feted with a gala Los Angeles premiere at the home of the Oscars, the Dolby Theatre, to which Sony Classics hopes it will return as an Oscar nominee on Feb. 22.
- Anjelica Oswald
The around-the-corner 2014 AFI Festival is a cavalcade of awards contenders… with limited space. The films AFI selects are among the best of the best. But not everything fits. Not everything wants to fit. Example: As if to divert attention with its own, non-festival fanfare, The Weinstein Company’s "Big Eyes" will premiere at Los Angeles County Museum of Art "Film Independent" screening on on Thursday, Nov. 13 — the final night of AFI Fest. "Oh, it’s on," says an imaginary awards season hype man. Tim Burton’s return to movies that don’t feature Johnny Depp wearing silly hats (we assume?), "Big Eyes" recounts the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), one of the most successful painters of the 1950s and early 1960s. The artist’s primary subject — waifs with big eyes — captured cultural attention. It was later discovered that Keane’s art was the work of his wife, Margaret »
- Matt Patches
Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Resurrection" episode 7 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Miracles," and it sounds like things will get very dramatic and intense again as one of the living comes down with the virus that's only been plaguing the returned. Also, Rachel refuses to get treated over baby concerns, and more! In the new, 7th episode press release: "Rachel will refuse treatment for the virus, fearing for her unborn child. The anti-Returned hate group ,True Living, are going to grow in numbers, including Deputy Carl. Elaine's brother ,Ray, is going to contract the virus, despite the fact that he's living and not Returned. Brian Addison will show more than a passing interest in Margaret." Guest stars feature: Michelle Fairley as Margaret Langston, Donna Murphy as Elegant Woman, Kathleen Munroe as Rachael Braidwood, Lori Beth Sikes as Janin Hale, Travis Young as Ray Richards, »
Margaret here, trying not to freak out about these set photos of Meryl Streep. Pretend for a moment that the magic of internet reporting hasn't told us exactly what she's filming right now. (It's the Diablo Cody-penned, Jonathan Demme-directed dramedy Ricki and the Flash, wherein La Streep plays an aging rock star.)
This is so full of possibility. As long as she's in this getup, let's indulge in some fantasizing...
She wears motorcycle boots! She sports extensions! She makes out with Rick Springfield!
Things Meryl Streep Could Be Filming In That Costume
2. A Mike Nichols-directed commercial for Meryl's new campaign as the Spring 2015 face of Hot Topic
3. The music video for Rick Springfield's »
- Margaret de Larios
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