Tim Burton (born August 25th 1958)
Tim Burton is a filmmaker known for his unique horror style in films such as 'Corpse Bride' and 'Edward Scissorhands'.
Tim Burton: Net worth
Tim Burton has a net worth of $140 million according to Celebrity Net Worth (2015).
Tim Burton: Film career
Tim Burton began his career as a Disney apprentice, working on such films as 'The Fox And The Hound' and 'Tron'.
He teamed with Rick Heinrichs for his 1982 short 'Vincent' during that time, which was subsequently shown at the Chicago Film Festival. His next short was 1984's 'Frankenweenie', which he turned into a full length film in 2012 for which he was nominated for an Oscar. He was later fired from Disney.
The first full-length movie he directed was 'Pee-wee's Big Adventure' in 1985, starring Paul Reubens whose titular character was previously the subject of 'The Pee Wee Herman Show'. Composer Danny Elfman worked on the movie, and continued to work with Burton on his films aside from 'Ed Wood' (1994) and his adaptation of Stephen Sondheim musical 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' (2007), both starring Johnny Depp.
In 1988, he released comedy horror 'Beetlejuice' starring Michael Keaton and Winona Ryder, and he followed that up with the first of his 'Batman' films in 1989, also starring Keaton. The film became one of the biggest hits ever gorssing $400 million across the globe, and the follow-ups were 'Batman Returns' and 'Batman Forever'.
In 1990, he released 'Edward Scissorhands', once again starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. It was later followed by the 1993 animation 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' which was written by Burton but directed by Henry Selick, who later went on to direct the adaptation of Roald Dahl's 'James and the Giant Peach' in 1996.
In 1996, Burton also unveiled sci-fi 'Mars Attacks!' based on a trading card game and featuring a cast led by Jack Nicholson and Glenn Close. He once again dipped his fingers in the comic world with 'Superman Lives' in 1998, with Nicolas Cage in the lead role.
He teamed with Johnny Depp once again in the 1999 adaptation of the short story 'Sleepy Hollow', and found a new favourite actor in Helena Bonham Carter whom he met on the set of his adaptation of 'Planet of the Apes' in 2001. She went on to star in his 2003 adaptation of 'Big Fish'.
Burton teamed her and Johnny Depp for the first time in his 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' remake in 2005, before enlisting them again in his animation 'Corpse Bride' released that same year. The reunited yet again in 'Sweeney Todd', 2010's 'Alice in Wonderland' (with Mia Wasikowska) and his 'Dark Shadows' remake.
In 2009, he produced the full-length version of Shane Acker's animation short '9', with Elijah Wood among the voice stars.
'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' was released in 2012 and was followed by 'Big Eyes' in 2014; a true story based on the art fraud of Walter Keane against his wife Margaret Keane. It starred Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams.
Burton has also directed two videos for The Killers: 'Bones' and 'Here with Me'.
Tim Burton: Personal life
Tim Burton grew up in Burbank, California with his minor league baseball player father Bill and shopkeeper mother Jean.
He was interested in filmmaking since childhood, starting off making stop-motion animations without sound. He went to Burbank High School and, while he didn't thrive academically, displayed his talent in interest in creative subjects.
He later enrolled at the California Institute of the Arts studying animation, where he made one of his first short films entitled 'Stalk of the Celery Monster'.
Tim Burton was previously married to artist Lena Gieseke and had a relationship with actress Lisa Marie. He started dating Helena Bonham Carter after splitting with Marie in 2001, and she sold his belongings in retaliation. They had two children named Billy and Nell, whose godfather is Johnny Depp, but the couple split in 2014.
Biography by Contactmusic.com
Tim Burton has built his career on movies about offbeat outsiders, from Edward Scissorhands to Batman to Ed Wood.
So he was clearly a perfect fit to direct the adaptation of Ransom Riggs' bestseller Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. "One of the things that I loved about the story is that I think a lot of us are deemed as weird or peculiar," Burton says. "The fact is, while all these kids have their peculiarities, if you didn't know what those peculiarities were, they'd just be viewed as normal kids. That's something I really felt close to, and it was an interesting dynamic in the story."
Tim Burton seen on the set of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Burton says that he fell in love with Riggs' book on first sight. "It was the first time I looked at a book and loved it before I read it, and that was because of the old photographs," he says. "There's something quite mysterious, haunting and poetic about old photographs. The way he constructed a story around these photographs was quite clever. That idea was inspiring, just on its own. It was an interesting kind of way to create a story. It made it feel like a weird old fable."
Continue reading: Tim Burton And Eva Green Feel Like They Were Made For Miss Peregrine
The director had something controversial to say about diversity in film.
Tim Burton has caused a bit of a media storm with his recent comments regarding the casting choices of his latest film 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children'. He was quizzed about ethnic diversity in filmmaking, and asked why a story with such diverse characters is being told with an almost totally white cast.
Tim Burton opened up about his thoughts on diversity in cinema
Burton's adaptation of Ransom Riggs' debut novel of the same name, a New York Times Best Seller that he released in 2011, has been called out for its predominantly white cast in a world where cultural diversity is at its most desirable. However, he's comments have been taken rather negatively by some readers.
Pink has reworked the Jefferson Airplane classic for the upcoming sequel, which sees Alice return to Wonderland.
Singer Pink is preparing to venture down the rabbit hole, for the soundtrack to sequel Alice: Through the Looking Glass, which hits theatres on May 27th. The film’s soundtrack promises to be just as quirky and fun as the movie itself, with Pink not only contributing an original song, but also covering one of pop’s most trippy 60's classics.
Pink features on the soundtrack to Alice Through The Looking Glass.
On the Alice: Through The Looking Glass soundtrack, Pink reworks Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 hit ‘White Rabbit’. The psychedelic track takes it’s inspiration from both Lewis Carroll’s tales of Alice and the fantastical world of Wonderland and fits perfectly with Tim Burton’s hyper-surreal vision of Carroll’s classic work.
Jake has always been an ordinary boy but when he finds himself on a small island, things begin to happen that few people would be able to explain. His new friend, a beautiful young girl named Emma seems to be able to perform miraculous occurrences start to happen.
Things become a little clearer - yet utterly more baffling - when he's taken to meet Miss Peregrine at her exceptional orphanage for children. As Jacob is quick to learn, each of Miss Peregrine's kids has a special ability, something unique to them. Emma can control oxygen and must wear hefty boots to keep her feet firmly attached to the ground, whilst Bronwyn is a little girl with incredible physical strength.
Miss Peregrine is the protector of the children and acts as their matriarch. To keep them safe she's formulated a way of manipulating time to keep the kids away from dangerous monsters who hunt them down - however, as the dark forces become stronger the Children are placed in more and more danger - unbeknownst to Jacob, perhaps he holds the key to keeping his new friends safe.
Sometimes directors base films around their buddies.
Quentin Tarantino is well-known for choosing to use the same actors over and over again, and it's not at all incidental. He's referred to the likes of Samuel L. Jackson and Tim Roth (both of whom star in his latest film 'The Hateful Eight') as the 'Tarantino Superstars', and he's hardly alone in his favouritism.
Quentin Tarantino loves his 'superstars'
Have a very horrid Christmas with these festive frights.
Christmas is, to most people, a time of joy, happiness and goodwill to all. But to some, it's an over-commercialised excuse to get drunk and spend a sickening amount of money, and the so-called Christmas spirit is simply non-existent. If you happened to be the latter, wishy-washy holiday movies like 'Miracle on 34th Street' and 'It's a Wonderful Life' probably aren't your thing - but that doesn't mean you have to shun the festivities altogether.
For all you cynics out there, here's a list of movies that will convince you to block up your chimney - because the Santas here are not ones you want to visit you on Christmas Eve.
Santa's awake, and he's not in the mood for Christmas cheer
Continue reading: The Darker Side Of Christmas: 10 Horrible Horrors For The Holidays
Here's a snippet of what to expect in the near (and not so near) future.
Walt Disney Pictures have been having a field day with the amount of fairytale re-makes and endless sequels being released and announced recently. No doubt one of the most prestigious film companies in Hollywood, being nearly 100 years old, the unit and its studio parent Walt Disney Studios are responsible for some of the greatest classics ever produced - but what can we expect on our screens in the next 5 or so years?
The Jungle Book is set for release next year
Everyone's excited to see Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the 2017 live action re-make of 'Beauty and the Beast', and we've already received a teaser for Jon Favreau's 'The Jungle Book' starring Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba and Bill Murray. But did you know Disney are also re-launching the likes of 'Mary Poppins', 'Winnie The Pooh', and 'Pinocchio' with a script from Peter Hedges? As for sequels, 'Toy Story 4' is a no-brainer, and 'The Incredibles 2' and 'Frozen 2' already have a buzz about them, but what about 'Wreck-It Ralph 2', 'National Treasure 3' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'?
Edward Scissorhands is no ordinary boy, as his name may tell. Created by a genius inventor who passed away before his subject was completed, he seems doomed to a life of solitude in a dilapidated castle. That is until the local Avon lady named Peg Boggs calls round and willingly takes the poor boy under her wing. Integrating him into civilised society isn't easy, however. While many neighbours are deeply accepting and impressed by his ability to cut hair and trim hedges, others see him as a danger with his bladed fingers that could easily cause some damage. Peg's daughter Kim is a little uneasy, despite how immediately taken Edward is of her, and her friends recognise this weakness and aim to exploit it to their advantage. Predictably, Edward's mistakes get him into a lot of trouble and he soon finds that the novelty of his presence is wearing thin.
Continue: Edward Scissorhands - Clips
Who knew the ‘Beetlejuice’ director was such a fan of Blackpool Pleasure Beach?
Hollywood filmmaker Tim Burton has been announced as switching on this year’s Blackpool Illuminations on September 4th. The director is said to be a big fan of Blackpool and has used the seaside town as the backdrop for his latest film Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, which stars Samuel L. Jackson, Rupert Everett and Eva Green.
Tim Burton will switch on the Blackpool Illuminations on September 4.
Councillor Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of the town's council, said, "Having one of the most famous film directors in the world turn on the Blackpool Illuminations is a major coup and shows the high regard the town is held in the hearts of our famous visitors."
Continue reading: Tim Burton Set To Switch On This Year's Blackpool Illuminations
The clip of Cage as ‘Superman’ back in 1997 comes from documentary, ‘The Death of 'Superman Lives': What Happened?’
Back in the 1990s Batman director Tim Burton signed on to direct a new Superman movie penned by Mallrats writer and comic book enthusiast Kevin Smith and starring Nicolas Cage, but sadly the film never made it to the big screen. Now Superman Lives, the man of steel’s adventure which failed to take off, is once again being resurrected, this time in a doc exploring why the film never got off the ground.
Footage of Nicolas Cage testing a Superman suit is making waves online.
The Death of 'Superman Lives': What Happened? features interviews and unseen footage which explain the story of what the film was intended to be and why it never happened. But one piece of footage unearthed in the doc has already sent the internet into a frenzy, as it shows Nicolas Cage testing out a superman costume.
Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter - Tim Burton and wife Helena Bonham Carter enjoy an evening at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, with their children - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 21st November 2013
Date of birth
25th August, 1958
This much more light-hearted sequel reinvigorates the franchise after Disney's quirky but murky 2010 reboot...
Jake has always been an ordinary boy but when he finds himself on a small...
Edward Scissorhands is no ordinary boy, as his name may tell. Created by a genius...
Tim Burton combines his sunnier filmmaking style (Big Fish) with his more deranged impulses (Dark...
Margaret is an inspirational American painter desperate to sell her unique artwork depicting women and...
With a snappy sense of childish curiosity and lavishly skilled animation, Tim Burton makes one...
Victor Frankenstein is a young fanatic of science and loves making home movies with his...
A riotous combination of rah-rah American patriotism and overwrought special effects nonsense, this cheeky bit...
In 1752, The Collins family moves from Liverpool for a new life in North America....
Victor Frankenstein is a young boy with an interest in science and home movies....
The visual inventiveness in this film is so impressive that it almost makes up for...