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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
A few years ago, hot off the back of Bronson and Valhalla Rising, Nicolas Winding Refn was in Hollywood developing a film with Harrison Ford. Disagreements over the ending meant neither Ford nor Winding Refn remained attached the film. The upside was that Ford gave the Dane some very strong pills for the flu he was suffering from. While under the influence of these tablets, he had a meeting with the star of The Notebook and Lars and the Real Girl, and because he was not firing on all cylinders, he ended the meeting early and asked the actor to drive him home. Flicking through radio stations on the drive back to his hotel, Winding Refn said that this is what he wanted to make a film about; a guy driving round La listening to electropop. »
- Oliver Davis
Recently, ABC released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Resurrection" episode 5 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Will," and it sounds like things will get very dramatic and intense as a weird virus starts plaguing the returned folks, and more. In the new, 5th episode press release: "Margaret is going to prove she's a force to be reckoned with when, to her displeasure, Barbara makes strides in mending her relationship with Fred and Maggie. Elsewhere, Bellamy's situation will grow more precarious as he struggles to keep his secret from Maggie, all the while taking desperate measures to deal with a strange virus that is spreading amongst the returned. Guest stars will feature: Kathleen Munroe as Rachael Braidwood, Glenn Fleshler as Mikey Enders ,Donna Murphy as The Elegant Woman and Michelle Fairley as Margaret Langston. Episode 5 is set to air on Sunday night, October 26th at 8pm central time on ABC. »
Sneak Peek more from director Tim Burton's new 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.
"...'Walter Keane' (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, using his marketing savvy to sell them cheaply in hardware stores and gas stations. Unfortunately, he claimed to be the artist. That role was played by Margaret (Amy Adams), his shy wife.
"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
Today we have the official poster 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 (December 25th). Poster: (click to enlarge) »
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 her tumultuous relationship with her husband, who was catapulted to »
- Gary Collinson
Tim Burton's upcoming film Big Eyes looks absolutely fantastic, and today we bring you the first poster for the film featuring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, along with the "Big Eyes" art that made the characters they play famous. If you haven't seen the trailer yet, make sure to check it out here. I think this is going to be the best movie that Burton has made in years. It also stars 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.
The film is set to be released on December 25th, 2014. »
- Joey Paur
If you’re amassing a collection of Tim Burton posters somewhere, this new one for his latest film, Big Eyes, is bound to stand out. The film tells the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz) and his wife, Margaret (Amy Adams). Back in the 1950s, Walter Keane became a household name courtesy of a series of oil paintings featuring kids with enormous eyes. But the thing is, he wasn’t the one making them. Margaret was. The very first Big Eyes poster just hit the web and it features Waltz and Adams in front of a Margaret Keane design called "The First Grail." Hit the jump to check it out. Big Eyes arrives in theaters on December 25th and also stars Krysten Ritter, Terrence Stamp, Jason Schwartzman and Danny Huston. Via Yahoo! Movies. Here’s the official synopsis for Big Eyes: Directed and produced by Tim Burton, Big Eyes »
- Perri Nemiroff
Tim Burton returns to his love of oddball real-life stories with Big Eyes, a biopic on Walter and Margaret Keane, the artistic duo responsible for the Big Eyed kid craze of the 1950s and 60s. The Weinstein Company and Yahoo! have just released the first poster featuring stars Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams.
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.
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 »
The first poster for Tim Burton's possible Oscar contender, Big Eyes, has been revealed and it gets to the heart of the film's narrative, which focuses on famed painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) whose artwork was originally sold under the name of her husband of the time, Walter (Christoph Waltz). Not wanting to relinquish the rights to the artwork, Walter and Margaret's divorce proceeding went all the way to Federal court. Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, Danny Huston and Terence Stamp co-star in the film, which is set to begin hitting theaters on Christmas Day. Check out the poster below. Fb »
- Brad Brevet
Recently, ABC released the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Resurrection" episode 4 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Old Scars," and it sounds like things will get quite dramatic and intriguing as problematic guests show up on the scene. Bellamy keeps searching for those mystery bones, and more. In the new, 4th episode press release: "Margaret will convince Lucille to host a dinner celebrating Jacob's return, but the evening is going to turn tense with the arrival of unexpected guests who end up putting a further strain on family relations. In the meantime, Bellamy is going to continue to research the history of the mysterious bones, and Rachael will receive unsettling news about her baby. Guest stars will feature: Kathleen Munroe as Rachael Braidwood, Michelle Fairley as Margaret Langston and Glenn Fleshler as Mikey Enders. Episode 4 is set to air on Sunday night, October 19th at 8pm central time on ABC. »
Perhaps the least interesting thing about Megan Ellison, Gigi Pritzker and Molly Smith is that these game-changing film financiers happen to be the scions of three of America’s wealthiest families — a status that’s more Trivial Pursuit factoid than it is relevant to their dramatic impact on the current indie movie scene. Indeed, there is a long history of private-sector capitalists who gambled on the film business, from Howard Hughes in the 1940s to the more recent likes of industrialist Steven Rales and fashion magnate Sidney Kimmel — flirtations of varying lengths and intensity, but ultimately, in almost every case, a passing fancy.
What sets Ellison, Pritzker and Smith apart is that the movie business is their business, as well as their all-consuming passion. Financiers they may be, but they’re also creative, hands-on producers with dirt under their fingernails, many notches in their belts, and a keen understanding of »
- Scott Foundas
Recently, ABC released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Resurrection" episode 3 of season 2. The episode is entitled, "Multiple," and it sounds like things will get quite intriguing as new intel about the returned might get exposed by the discovery of some old remains, and more. In the new, 3rd episode press release: Some old remains could shed some new light on the returned. Press release number 2: Sensing a need in the community, Tom will create a new parish specifically for the returned and Bellamy is going to decide to confide in him that he is also one of them. In the meantime, old human bones are going to mysteriously turn up in the river and with them, implications for the Langston family that Margaret is determined to keep hidden. Guest stars will feature: Michelle Fairley as Margaret Langston, April Billingsley as Barbara, Nick Craven as Young Fred Langston, »
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