Smith and Hanks are reportedly both in Disney's sights for the Tim Burton-directed live-action re-make.
Deadline reported on Thursday (January 12th) that the 48 year old megastar is being courted by Disney to play the role of the father of the children who form a bond with Dumbo, a big-eared circus elephant. Variety additionally reported that Tom Hanks is being targeted to play the villain in the live-action remake of the 1941 animated classic.
Disney had a record-breaking 2016, as it was revealed that the studio was behind every movie in the global top five, which included their live-action take on The Jungle Book.
Continue reading: Will Smith And Tom Hanks In Talks For 'Dumbo' Live Action Re-Make
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
This much more light-hearted sequel reinvigorates the franchise after Disney's quirky but murky 2010 reboot of Lewis Carroll's classic, which sent the heroine into Underland (not Wonderland) for a dark adventure that spiralled into a Lord of the Rings-scale battle. Thankfully this time the odyssey remains personal, centred on lively characters rather than overwrought plotting. And Alice's time-travelling quest is both pointed and engaging.
After captaining her late father's ship on a global journey, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to 1875 London to bad news: her mother (Lindsay Duncan) has made decisions that take her future out of her hands. As she struggles to respond, she is summoned back to Underland to help her friend Hatter (Johnny Depp), who is emotionally devastated by the fact that his entire family has been killed. So Alice decides to help by confronting Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) and stealing a device that will allow her to travel back to help the younger Hatter. But she also becomes entangled in the early life of the White and Red Queens (Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway), and the feud that grew between them as young sisters. Meanwhile, Time is terrified that Alice is unravelling the fabric of reality.
The emotional nature of Alice's mission adds a surprising layer of suspense to the entire film, while director James Bobin (The Muppets) adds a breezy comical tone to Tim Burton's stunningly visual designs. Some of the more wacky flourishes don't quite work (such as the "sea of time" imagery or Time's hand-powered vehicle), but the film more than makes up for these with wonderful character details. This lets the actors relax into their roles while cranking up the surreal touches. Wasikowska is great as the plucky heroine fighting for her right to control her own life, a strong point that's made without preaching.
Continue reading: Alice Through The Looking Glass Review
The studio announced nine upcoming live-action features, based on classic tales.
Disney has confirmed a slew of exciting upcoming films, including sequels for The Jungle Book and Maleficent, as well as stand-alone movies based on Cruella de Vil and Tinkerbell. The announcement comes as Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book continues its reign on the top of the US box office, so far taking over $500 million worldwide.
Emma Stone will star as Cruella de Vil in a new Disney movie.
The studio did not specify release dates for any of the upcoming films, but did reveal the prime release dates they have set aside for the next three years. The dates Disney has claimed are: July 28, 2017 (instead of Dec. 22, 2017); April 6, 2018; Aug. 3, 2018; Dec. 25, 2018; and Dec. 20, 2019.
Tim Burton - Photographs from the New York premiere of biographical drama 'Big Eyes' which stars Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz and is directed by Tim Burton. The premiere was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 16th December 2014
Starry line-ups hit the red carpet to premiere Exodus and The Hobbit 3, London is transformed into Vienna for M:I 5, fanboys go into meltdown about James Bond and Star Wars, and new trailers land for Unfinished Business and Big Eyes...
Ridley Scott was on hand for the premiere of his new biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings in London this week. Also on the red carpet were cast members Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Maria Valverde and Golshifteh Farahani, plus other guests like Salma Hayek and Andy Serkis. The film opens next week in America and on Boxing Day in Britain.
Amy Adams' interest in 'confident' characters gave her reservations about Margaret Keane role in 'Big Eyes'.
Amy Adams has taken an unexpected turn in her acting career, as she appears in the role of modest and infamously defrauded painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's forthcoming biographical drama 'Big Eyes'.
Amy Adams meets the real Margaret Keane
It seems that Amy Adams has been displaying a string of hugely ambitious and massively extroverted characters in recent years: from dedicated cult leader Peggy Dodd in 'The Master' and drug-taking Beat Generationer Joan Vollmer in 'On The Road, to professional con-artist Sydney Prosser in 'American Hustle' and, of course, high-flying journalist Lois Lane in 'Man Of Steel'. Adams had been taking a serious interest in strong-willed female figures, and admits she was 'at a time where I wanted to play really confident characters'.
Continue reading: Amy Adams Explains Unusually Humble Role In Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes'
Margaret is an inspirational American painter desperate to sell her unique artwork depicting women and children with outsize eyes. She takes to the glamorous North Beach in San Francisco in a bid to try and make some money selling on the street and it's there she meets the charming Walter Keane, who takes a strong interest in her talent. The pair marry and have a child named Susan, but things take a dramatic turn when Walter starts selling the paintings under his own name, claiming that art by women doesn't sell as well. While revelling in their luxury, Margaret starts to feel uneasy - despite her apparent dreams of success coming true. She decides enough is enough and takes Walter to court, insisting that she is the true creator of every single Big Eye painting. He's prepared to fight back, but just how far is she willing to go to prove the truth?
Continue: Big Eyes Trailer
The Boxtrolls furthers the efforts of Corpse Bride and ParaNorman.
Stop-motion animation is as old as cinema itself, and yet its hand-made appearance makes it especially important in today's digital age. Filmmakers committed to the painstaking process spend years making a movie; it can take weeks to create just a few seconds of completed footage.
Tim Burton is credited with reintroducing modern audiences to the artform with 1993's The Nightmare Before Christmas, and he continued to pioneer the craft with James and the Giant Peach (1996), Corpse Bride (2005), the first 3D stop-motion feature Coraline (2009) and Frankenweenie (2012).
Continue reading: 'The Boxtrolls' Pushes The Art Of Stop Motion
Tim Burton - American film director and graphic designer Tim Burton, who is best known for his filmmaking (such as Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride), explores his life work in the form of a retrospective and presents hundreds of diverse exhibits such as drawings, puppets, costume designs and entire costumes, illustrations, designed objects from films, storyboards, paintings and of course the movies and amateur achievements - Prague, Czech Republic - Thursday 27th March 2014
Tim Burton exhibition - American film director and graphic designer Tim Burton, who is best known for his filmmaking (such as Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride), explores his life work in the form of a retrospective and presents hundreds of diverse exhibits such as drawings, puppets, costume designs and entire costumes, illustrations, designed objects from films, storyboards, paintings and of course the movies and amateur achievements - Prague, Czech Republic - Friday 28th March 2014
Michael Keaton has revealed he had been in contact with Tim Burton about reprising his role as Beetlejuice in the sequel to the 1988 comedy.
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetle... For fans of the 1988 comedy, repeating the name of the mischievous bio-exorcist three times is not something one should take lightly. Especially if you're dead! Although Beetlejuice has been banished to the waiting room of death, he may be heading back to earth as Michael Keaton has revealed he is in contact with Tim Burton, the original film's director.
Keaton starred as Beetlejuice in the 1988 supernatural comedy, centred on a deceased couple who attempt to regain possession of their house once a living family move in. Geena Davies and Alec Baldwin play the ghostly couple who request Beetlejuice's help and after a number of complications, including Beetlejuice's attempted elopement with the family's daughter (Winona Ryder), successfully regain control of their home. Ryder is also rumoured to be reprising her role.
Keaton, speaking to MTV, discussed the possibility of a second film at the Robocop junket in Los Angeles on Thursday (13th February). Although rumours of a sequel have been circulating since 2012 when it was revealed Seth Grahame-Smith was working on a script for Beetlejuice 2, Keaton has not mentioned the possibility of his involvement before. In the interview he said "I've e-mailed Tim a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff. I always said that's the one thing I'd like to do again, if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required Tim to be involved some way or another."
The Brit actor is apparently in talks to star as the villain in the upcoming sequel
Sacha Baron Cohen is believed to be in early talks with Disney to star in the planned sequel to Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. Cohen is apparently on the verge of signing with Disney to take on a lead role in the film, said to be the main villain, which will be based upon and titled Through the Looking Glass.
Cohen will most likely play The White King in Alice 2
Should Cohen be given the role, he will join up with returnees Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, who will be reprising their roles as The Mad Hatter and Alice, respectively. Cohen's reported interest in the role was first reported by Variety, who went on to say the the sequel will feature a change of direction from the first, with Tim Burton stepping down to be replaced by The Muppets director James Bobin. Any other details surrounding the movie have been kept closely under wraps by Disney.
Prepare for poor puns, dodgy prosthetics and a whole lotta festive weird: for your delectation and delight, here's our list of the top ten Christmas horror movies!
As we plunge ever deeper into the sickly sweet realms of the festive season, resplendent in its gaudy, glittering and gluttonous glory, you may feel that baubles, mince pies, carols and fairy lights are being shoved down your snowman scarf-wrapped throat without mercy.
Where then, do you go for respite from the relentless seasonal cheer; to take a break from the never-ending goodwill? Sometimes we just need to see Santa behaving badly - and we're not talking about him giving Mariah Carey some cheeky undies.
Though a permanent solution to the annual saccharine onslaught may be to move to the Middle East, a more likely antidote is the Christmas horror film. This perfect dichotomy of Christmas joy tainted with cathartic bloodletting is rarely family-friendly watching but can be a deviously dark remedy.
Continue reading: The 10 Greatest Christmas Horror Movies To Watch This Season
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
Batman alumni, Michael Keaton, said he approves of Ben Affleck's casting as the caped crusader. Affleck will play Batman in the 2015 Superman: Man of Steel sequel, alongside Henry Cavill.
Former Batman Michael Keaton says he approves of Ben Affleck's casting as Batman. Affleck has been under fire from fans of the superhero ever since news of his casting was revealed. Affleck will star as Batman, alongside Henry Cavill as Superman, in the 2015 sequel to Superman: Man of Steel.
Michael Keaton approves of Ben Affleck as Batman.
Keaton featured as Batman in two films. The first in 1989 was directed by Tim Burton and featured Jack Nicholson as the Joker. Keaton reprised his role in 1992 in Batman Returns, also directed by Burton, playing opposite Danny De Vito as the terrifying Penguin villain.
Continue reading: One Batman To Another: Michael Keaton Approves Of Ben Affleck Casting
Johnny Depp remains one of the most sought after actors in the world, though he makes the movies he wants to make.
Johnny Depp is his own man. That's for sure. You can't tell him what to do. You can't tell him that his movies are bad, and you can't make him feel sad by talking about box-office figures. Barring The Tourist, the Hollywood actor makes the movies that he wants to make.
Johnny Depp [L] and Armie Hammer [R] Star in The Lone Ranger
He was keen to tell the story of his good pal Hunter S. Thompson and so made The Rum Diaries. He was a big fan of Dark Shadows and so made a big-screen adaptation with Tim Burton. He's always wanted to play Tonto and now finds himself playing the Lone Ranger's sidekick in a huge budget Disney movie - which, probably for all the wrong reasons, is the most talked about film of 2013.
Continue reading: Lone Ranger's Johnny Depp "Truly Amazed" That He Still Gets Jobs
Helen Bonham Carter and Dominic West star in 'Burton and Taylor': a BBC biopic on the lives of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.
The biopic follows the lives and relationship of actors Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor whilst they appeared in the Noël Coward play about a divorced couple, Private Lives. To say that that their relationship was a tempestuous one is an understatement - the pair were married twice and with other marital partners at the time of their Private Lives performances but time and time again they were drawn to one another. Their love was strong but fraught with volatility as the pair infuriated each other and argued regularly.
Helena Bonham Carter & Richard Burton Will Star In Burton And Taylor On 22nd July.
Helena Bonham Carter, the eccentric English actress who was offered the role of Taylor spoke to Vogue of how the part could have gone to someone else. "I nearly didn't take the role," says Bonham Carter who says even her own mother said it was a role to avoid.
Johnny Depp will reprise his role as the Mad Hatter for Alice in Wonderland 2 - but is this really the kind of movie Depp needs to be making?
At the turn of millennium, Johnny Depp made five movies, Blow (2001), From Hell (2001), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Once Upon A Time in Mexico (2003), and Secret Window (2004). The majority of these movies were pretty good and even those garnering mixed reviews featured strong performances from the chameleon, Depp.
Johnny Depp [L] and Armie Hammer [R] In The Lone Ranger
This week, the Hollywood actor agreed up star in a sequel to 2010's fantasy blockbuster Alice in Wonderland. Yes, the film grossed $1 billion, though it wasn't very good. Tim Burton sacrificed all the magic and heart of the original for a pointless 3-D treat, with Depp's Mad Hatter character appearing superfluous - if that's at all possible.
Continue reading: Is 'Alice In Wonderland 2' Such A Good Idea For Johnny Depp?
Johnny Depp turned 50 in June 2013. His career has spanned three decades and a wide range of genres. He has appeared in cult classics, Disney blockbusters and everything else in-between. 'The Lone Ranger', his latest film, has not been popular with critics. Some of his previous films have been equally ravaged whilst others have been highly acclaimed.
The Lone Ranger, not so much Johnny Depp's part in it, has been ravaged by critics worldwide. The star turned 50 on June 9th this year (2013). His career has spanned three decades, with his first major appearance occurring in 1984.
Johnny Depp at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards, L.A.
Depp's first major film role was in A Nightmare on Elm Street, the hugely successful 80's horror classic. Variety described the movie as "highly imaginative". Depp plays Glen Lantz, one of the teenagers stalked and killed by Freddie Kreuger in his dreams.
It is a bold strategy, but it may very well pay off in the end as the movie industry looks to move forward with the time.
Movie companies Sony Pictures and Disney have begun a bold new campaign in Asia in a bid to ward off piracy; by streaming movies online whilst they are still available in cinemas. The two massive movie companies have quietly begun testing a new on-demand service in South Korea, giving people the chance to rent movies whilst they are still available to watch in cinemas.
The Wall Street Journal first reported the new strategy taken by the two film companies, noting that they are the first American companies to try out the risky move, with Django Unchained, Wreck-it Ralph and Brave all been used in the past to test the viability of the move. The studios have made tickets available to buy online, giving people the opportunity to watch a movie in their own home using their cable, internet, or satellite-TV subscription, or alternatively they can use the ticket to watch a film in the cinema. Disney have been testing out new ways to release their films over the past few years, reducing the time Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland spent in UK cinemas from 17 weeks to 12 weeks in order to bring forward the DVD launch, trying out a similar method in Portugal when the company brought out Tangled - giving Portuguese audience the chance to watch the movie on an on-demand service too. Other than these two instances, the company haven't tried the method again, however if the trial scheme works out in Asia we might not have long to wait in the Western world.
South Korea is a good place for Disney and Sony to start their trail, with the Asian country currently the eighth largest movie market in the world. If the move does make its way out west, it will undoubtedly be met with stern opposition from cinema companies and other movie producers. Still, the four other major Hollywood studios are said to be watching the situation intently and should it prove to be a success, may follow suit, putting further pressure on theater chains and the tradition of film watching. Of course, there is still life left in the cinemas, with movies like Iron Man 3 and The Avengers performing outstandingly at the US box office and abroad.
Nothing has been confirmed yet, but the on screen pair certainly sounds like a good idea.
Johnny Depp is reportedly in talks to star in his second film adaptation of a Steven Sondheim musical.
This time it’s Into the Woods. If the deal is struck, Depp would be joining Meryl Streep, who has already been confirmed as the female lead. The actor would be playing the Baker and Streep would be filling the role of the Witch, Broadway.com reports. For those unfamiliar with Into the Woods, the musical tells the story of a baker and his wife, who make a deal with a witch, in order to conceive. Their journey into the woods (hence the title) crosses the couple’s paths with fictional characters like the Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Jack (of Jack and the Beanstalk fame). Each of these fairytales has something to teach our main protagonists and all of the characters show what happens after Happily Ever After.
If he accepts, this won’t be Depp’s first go at a Sondheim musical. The actor played Sweeney Todd in a 2007 adaptation of the popular musical. That film reunited the dream team of Tim Burton, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, but it failed to achieve critical success. Perhaps under new direction (Rob Marshall is at the helm of this project), he will handle the genre better. Additionally, Marshall is no stranger to adaptations of Broadway favorites, having directed the 2002 film Chicago – still considered one of the best stage to film adaptations.
Helena Bonham Carter and director Tim Burton 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - Arrivals Featuring: Helena Bonham Carter and director Tim Burton Where: Beverly Hills, California, United States When: 13 Jan 2013
Jack White has denounced Lady GaGa in a recent interview with Esquire magazine. To a resounding chorus of “ER, DUH, YEAH!” Jack opined “I don’t think she lives it because it’s all artifice. It’s all image with no meaning behind it. You can’t sink your teeth into it. It’s a sound bite. It’s very of this age, because that’s what people want. They want a Twitter line, a jpeg, an MP3.” Earth to Jack White! We know! That’s the whole POINT! Geeeeez.
We all know that Jack White has one foot in the past, of course. His music is often redolent of bygone eras, he’s a fierce campaigner for those overgrown vinyl records (even the small ones don’t fit in the CD player! what’s the point!?) and he looks like an extra from a Tim Burton movie. That part’s irrelevant, of course, but then so are Jack’s comments about Lady Gaga. The point is, nobody ever expected Jack White to be a big fan of Lady Gaga. None of us were fantasizing about the former White Stripes front-man singing into a hair brush and dancing along to ‘Alejandro,’ after all. White’s comments may have hit the headlines but frankly we think he’s wasted valuable column inches by stating the freakin’ obvious here.
We’ve been staring at Gaga’s Twitter feed for some kind of shallow, artificial retort but alas, she’s not been forthcoming. She’s probably too busy pretending to be Michael Jackson and moonwalking around her kitchen in all that memorabilia she bought over the weekend…
Helena Bonham-Carter, Tim Burton, Halloween and Jonathan Ross Wednesday 31st October 2012 Helena Bonham-Carter and Tim Burton leaving a Halloween party held at the home of television presenter Jonathan Ross.
With a snappy sense of childish curiosity and lavishly skilled animation, Tim Burton makes one of his most endearing and enjoyably offbeat movies in years. It's actually a remake of a half-hour short he shot in 1984, fleshed out with terrific side characters and a much grander plot. But it's also been painstakingly made with detailed stop-motion animation that's both artistic and witty.
Set in what looks like the suburb from Edward Scissorhands, it's about lonely teen Victor Frankenstein (voiced by Tahan), whose best friend is his dog Sparky. When Sparky dies suddenly, Victor gets an idea from his science professor (Landau) to reanimate him. And it works! Victor hides this from his parents (O'Hara and Short) and the nice girl (Ryder) next door, but chatterbox classmate Edgar (Shaffer) blabs to some other kids in school, who decide they need to make their own science projects a lot more interesting. Suddenly the whole town is under siege by undead pets.
The film looks like a classic monster movie, shot in black and white with deep shadows and expressive faces, plus a hilariously entertaining attention to detail that will make you want to see the film over and over again. It's also packed with gags about the genre, including the names of characters, sudden sight gags (like the Bride of Frankenstein hair of the zapped poodle next door), and more witty references such as Gremlin-like sea-monkeys and a Godzilla-like reanimated tortoise (named, of course, Shelley). There's even an old Christopher Lee Dracula film showing on the TV. But the best thing about this film is the way it never relies on us getting the jokes: Burton has created his own classic too.
Continue reading: Frankenweenie Review
This week's top Box Office successes come as something of a surprise; While Ben Affleck's newest directorial offering, Argo, was a massive critical success, it still failed to beat Taken 2, which clings onto the number one spot despite utterly awful critical responses. Here is our box-office roundup for the week:
The extraordinary success of the Liam Neeson thriller, Taken 2, has continued, with the film now grossing a domestic taking of $86.1m over two weeks. Argo, in contrast, which has already been dubbed “one of the best movies of the year” by Rolling Stone, took just over $19m in its first week: over $2m less than Taken 2's second week. Adam Sandler's Hotel Transylvania is still fairing well, coming in at #4 in its third week with takings of $17.2m, which is excellent for a kids film. Tim Burton's Frankenweenie on the other hand has slipped right down to 7th place in its second week, taking just $7m which will no doubt come as a surprise and disappointment for the Halloween film veteran.
The rest of the top ten looks a little something like this; in at #3 is week one of horror movie Sinister which took $18m, Here Comes the Boom opens at #5 with $11m, #6 is Pitch Perfect with $9.2m, Looper slips to #8th in its third week with £6.2m. British comedy Seven Psychopaths is at #9 taking almost $4.2 and finally, Perks of Being a Wallflower stays in the top ten for a fourth week with $2.1m.
With the 56th BFI London Film Festival up and running, it's red carpet night every night in Leicester Square. And it all kicked off earlier this week with the European premiere of Frankenweenie, which was attended by director Tim Burton and his partner Helena Bonham Carter, as well as voice cast members Martin Landau, Martin Short and Catherine O'Hara. Later in the festival, Burton and Bonham Carter will receive the BFI Fellowship for their contributions to cinema.
The big movie release in non-festival UK cinemas this week is Walter Salles' adaptation of the iconic 1957 novel On the Road, by Jack Kerouac. The film stars Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund and Kristin Dunst in a hip, rambling journey through America. It opens in the USA in December.
Continue reading: A Week In Movies - 12th October 2012
Action-thriller Taken 2 performed remarkably well at this weekend’s Box Office, gleaning $50m in one of the most successful October debuts. The Liam Neeson thriller beat out Frankenweenie – last week’s chart-topper - with ease. Here’s our Box Office roundup.
Hurtling into the #1 spot, Taken 2 used some of the good grace from its predecessor to take the weekend by storm. Whist Taken was considered a commercial and critical success, the sequel can only really claim the former, as the critics have all but panned the revenge thriller. Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie endured a slow start with a paltry return of $11.5 million. The Disney release about a boy who brings his dead dog back to life was expected to do better, so will face increased scrutiny in the weeks to come. Another ‘comedy-horror’, Hotel Transylvania dropped to second-place with $26.3m. So far, Adam Sandler's animated hit film has earned $76m domestically and $105.3m worldwide, in an impressive first week. Pitch Perfect climbed three to #3 with $14.7m, while time-travel thriller Looper fell to #4 with $12.2m.
The rest of the top 10 looks something like this: End of Watch at #6 with $4 million. Trouble with the Curve comes in at #7 with $3.9 million. Horror film, House at the End of the Street drops to #8 with $3.7 million. At #9 is Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master with $1.8 million, and the 3D re-release of the aquatic fun-time tale Finding Nemo is at #10 with $1.6 million.
Time Burton has returned to his roots with his latest feature, Frankenweenie, a reimagining of a short that Burton first made nearly three decades ago in 1984.
The original 1984 short follows a young horror film fanatic named Victor Frankenstein who, after his beloved dog is mowed over by a car, sets out to revive his dead pet using the only means he knows how to. At 90 minutes long, the reimagining is three times as long as the original and will look to give his characters the detail and back story he could have only hoped to have given them back in '84. The new film not only pays homage to the original, but as Burton has admitted in recent interviews, the film also to horror films of days gone past.
The film also sees Burton team up with some of his past collaborators that have been absent from some of his recent films. Whilst long-time regulars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are left off the bill, the film does reunited Burton with Winona Ryder and Martin Landau for the first time since the 1990's.
Continue reading: Tim Burton Comes Full Circle With 'Frankenweenie' Remake
Winona Ryder has come out and credited director Tim Burton as the man who boosted her entire acting career, insisting that she knew she had met a kindred spirit when they hit it from right from their first meeting. It was Burton who was at the helm of the film that landed Ryder her big break as kooky teenager Lydia Deetz in the huge hit Beetlejuice in 1988; Ryder then went on to appear in Burton's Edward Scissorhands and is also involved in the filmmaker's latest project, Frankenweenie.
It's these roles, the star claims, that have ensured that her career has become a huge success. Talking to FlicksandBits.com, she said "I've known Tim Burton for 25 years, and I credit him with my career. I really mean that." Continuing, she added "(At the Beetlejuice audition) this guy came in and started talking about movies and music, and 25 minutes later I was like, 'When is this Tim Burton guy coming?' And he was like, 'That's me! And I was like, 'Oh!' I had no idea that a director could actually be so cool and I could easily hang out with them, you know?"
Ryder also said "Tim has always been a very special person to me, I love being around him, it never feels like work. Our relationship, in a very strange way, it's the same... that love is still there. It's the same Tim Burton from that wonderful day."
Young Abe Lincoln (Walker) is determined to get revenge against the sinister Barts (Czokas), who had something to do with his mother's death. But it turns out that Barts is immortal, so Abe's new friend Henry (Cooper) trains him in how to fight vampires. Meanwhile, Abe pursues a career in politics, marries Mary (Winstead) and discovers that the alpha vampire (Sewell) is using the Civil War as a cover for bloodsuckers to take over America. Along with his intrepid friends (Mackie and Simpson), Abe sets out to turn the tide at Gettysburg.
Continue reading: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Review
In 1752, The Collins family moves from Liverpool for a new life in North America. Barnabas, the son of the family, grows up and soon earns a reputation as a playboy. One day, his antics break the heart of a young woman, Angelique. She reveals her true nature to Barnabas - she is really a witch! She curses Barnabas and turns him into a vampire, burying him alive.
Continue: Dark Shadows Trailer
Number 9 (Wood) is a brave little creature who wakes up into a decimated city where meets the inventive 2 (Landau), who's promptly captured by a scary monster. Soon 9 finds a community led by conservative leader 1 (Plummer) with his muscly/dim bodyguard 8 (Tatasciore) and obsessive sketch artist 6 (Glover).
It's the friendly 5 (Reilly) who accompanies 9 to rescue 2, and along the way they meet swashbuckling 7 (Connolly) and bookish twins 3 and 4. Together they need to figure out how to stop a voracious soul-sucking machine.
Continue reading: 9 Review
In the middle of a suburbs stylized to the nines, the Boggs have made a modest, any-day home for them and their two children. Peg Boggs (Dianne Weist) makes her living as an Avon lady, going door-to-door with second rate beauty products, trying to make the outside meet the (supposed) inside. She is the gentlest woman in her neighborhood by a long shot. So, when she stumbles upon poor Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp), a Frankenstein-like creature who has scissors instead of fingers, she feels the motherly instinct to take care of the assembled fellow.
Continue reading: Edward Scissorhands Review
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