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Generations of readers have been spooked by Stephen Gammell's illustrations and haunted by Alvin Schwartz's words that are printed on the pages of the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark book series, but never before has a documentary examined the series' lasting impact. Until now. An Indiegogo campaign for a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark documentary film is underway, and you can help bring it to life.
Started on March 18th and running through April 27th, producer/director Cody Meirick's Scary Stories: A Documentary looks to explore the history of the Scary Stories book series' publication, how the stories inspired artists, the censorship of the series and children's literature in general, and other topics. Meirick has already begun interviews for the documentary and plans on shooting throughout the summer with a planned winter release at festivals. The late Alvin Schwartz's family has expressed their support »
- Derek Anderson
Paul Thomas Anderson's weird and wild noir adventure, Inherent Vice, is making it's way to blu-ray in April, and Warner Bros. has revealed all the details on when you can pick it up, and what to expect on the disc. Come inside for all the details!
Chill out and get groovy when “Inherent Vice” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on April 28 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. With an ensemble cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers, rockers, and more, “Inherent Vice” is the seventh feature from Oscar® nominee Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.
“Inherent Vice” stars Oscar® nominees Joaquin Phoenix (“The Master,” “Walk the Line”), Josh Brolin (“True Grit,” “No Country For Old Men”), Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums,” “Midnight in Paris”), Katherine Waterston (“Michael Clayton,” TV’s “Boardwalk Empire”), Oscar® winners Reese Witherspoon »
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Production is underway on visionary filmmakerTim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, based upon the best-selling novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. The film, which 20th Century Fox releases in theaters everywhere March 4, 2016, starsEva Green,Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Chris O'Dowd,Allison Janney, Terence Stamp, Kim Dickens,Rupert Everett, with Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson. Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing under the Chernin Entertainment banner. The screenplay is by Jane Goldman.
The unforgettable, thrilling and haunting tale centers on 16-year-old Jacob (portrayed by Asa Butterfield), who follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.
With Tim Burton set to direct the live-action remake of Disney's Dumbo, PETA sent a letter to the director this morning calling on him to give the film a new ending-one in which Dumbo escapes the confinement and abuse of the entertainment industry and lives out his life in a sanctuary. The letter comes just days after Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that it would be removing all elephant acts from its shows by 2018 as a result of increasing public concern about the animals.
"We're hopeful that in your adaptation of Dumbo, the young elephant and his mother can have a truly happy ending by living out their lives at a sanctuary instead of continuing to be imprisoned and abused in the entertainment industry," writes PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange.
In its letter, PETA-whose motto reads, in part, that "animals are not ours to use for entertainment »
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a.k.a. PETA, is taking precautions to ensure that Tim Burton makes an ethically sound live-action Dumbo. Well, they're asking nicely at least. The organization, via senior vice-president Lisa Lange, sent the director an open letter asking him to tweak the Disney classic so that the young elephant and his mom enjoy a legitimately happy ending, sans circus life.The letter starts out with some brownnosing: Greetings from PETA's Animals in Film and Television Division. We understand that you'll be directing Dumbo, and if Alice in Wonderland, Frankenweenie, and Corpse Bride are any indication, the artistry of the computer-generated imagery in this remake is in good hands. Then there's an interesting use of the word love: The reaction to last week's announcement that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will retire the elephants used in its shows makes it clear that there »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
This new version of Dumbo will blend CGI animation and live action in its tale of a bashful elephant's dreams of flying free above the heads of his tormenters.
This will be a reunion for Burton with Disney, having started his career as an animator and concept artist on films like The Fox and the Hound and Tron.
Santa Monica — Michael Keaton has been asked about a sequel to "Beetlejuice" enough times to surely be sick of it by now, because the thing has moved at such a glacial pace there just isn't much to be said. But his work in the original film came at a time when his career was really taking off, and playing in the expressionistic world of Tim Burton in both that film and the first two "Batman" movies was a wholly new and exciting experience for him. In one, he helped build a character from the ground up, while in the other, he found himself at the center of a raging pop culture tempest. Both roles are iconic in their own ways, and looking back, Keaton can — as ever — find nothing but gratitude for getting to be a part of it. "Batman" in particular was a personal landmark, a movie that grabbed »
- Kristopher Tapley
Academy Originals’s Creative Spark series profiles screenwriter John August‘s creative process. August’s list of credits include Go, Charlie’s Angeles, Big Fish, Frankenweenie and many other films. He’s probably best known for his adaptations and his collaborations with director Tim Burton. We have often featured August on the site because we’re fans of his work (Go is […]
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- Peter Sciretta
Tim Burton is perhaps one of the most unique and exciting filmmakers working today. With a vision inspired by classic horror and a dry wit, his films are often fiercely entertaining and endlessly clever. Of course, that’s not to say that there aren’t dark spots on his filmography. Like every filmmaker he’s had his missteps but even when the movies don’t quite work Burton manages to create films that are visually stunning and artistic. With the recent release of Big Eyes and a possible sequel to Beetlejuice in the works, examining Burton’s work and influence is more important than ever.
17. Planet of the Apes (2001): Even when a Burton film has issues there are usually some redeeming factors (see Darks Shadows’ amazing style) but, oh man, one really has to look hard to find something good in this disaster of a movie. Sure, the makeup »
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