Tim Burton combines his sunnier filmmaking style (Big Fish) with his more deranged impulses (Dark Shadows) for this amazing true story about both the nature of art and how easy it is to slip into an unhealthy relationship. This is the true story of Margaret Keane, the painter responsible for those huge-eyed waifs that peered eerily from virtually everyone's wall in the 1960s and 70s. It's funny and shocking, and best of all deeply moving.
The film opens in 1958 as Margaret (Amy Adams) is fleeing with her daughter Jane (Raye, then Arthur) from an abusive marriage. She settles in San Francisco, and as she begins to establish herself as a local painter she meets fellow painter Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), a fast-talking charmer who not only discovers that Margaret's paintings have an audience, but he takes credit for painting them himself. At first it's a case of mistaken identity, then it becomes a commercial issue. But as Walter innovates with printed posters and postcards, creating a whole industry around the mournful images, he begins to live the high life, hanging out with movie stars and world leaders while Margaret is locked in her studio at home painting to meet the demand. After he threatens her with legal ramifications and physical violence if she tells anyone the truth, Margaret finally snaps.
Burton keeps Adams at the centre of the film, drawing out her feisty personality and deep artistic sensibilities while letting Waltz become an almost cartoonish villain whirling around her. It's a clever trick, because it forces the film's central question about whether Margaret's paintings are indeed art (Terence Stamp's snooty New York art critic definitely thinks not), even as her artistic integrity is never in doubt. Adams is terrific in the role, especially since Burton focusses on her expressive eyes to draw the audience in. By comparison, Waltz is rather over-the-top, but he keeps adding subtle shades to Walter's manic bravura, and he makes the climactic courtroom sequence hilariously ridiculous.
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Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, who star in 'Big Eyes' as Margaret and Walter Keane, have shared their thoughts on their roles in the Tim Burton directed movie.
Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz star in Big Eyes, the film which centres on artist Margaret Keane and her husband Walter Keane. The two stars of the Tim Burton directed movie have shared their thoughts on their complex characters and the real people they are based on.
Christoph Waltz (L) stars in Big Eyes as Walter Keane.
It seems Tim Burton's involvement in 'Big Eyes' was both highly appropriate and coincidental.
It seems Tim Burton's forthcoming art biopic 'Big Eyes' was destined to hit the big screen, with the writers having previously admitted to spending a long time on the story and the director himself having already followed the incredible Margaret Keane story.
Tim Burton was a fan of Keane before 'Big Eyes' involvement
In all Burton's work you can see the strong influence Keane has had on his on art when it came to his animated feature films. The likes of 'Corpse Bride' and 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' all feature characters with the characteristic 'big eyes' made famous by Keane's paintings. 'It was material I was interested in even before I knew they were writing it because I grew up in that era of the Keane work', Burton explains. 'Then I met Margaret many years later and commissioned paintings from her, and I didn't even know Scott and Larry were working on it.'
The star admits the whole story would've been too unbelievable for film.
'Big Eyes' is definitely one of the most extraordinary true stories to hit the big screen in 2014, with direction from Tim Burton giving it an even more surreal edge, but Jason Schwartzman insists the true events that occurred stretched belief even further.
Jason plays a gallery owner in 'Big Eyes'
Margaret Keane's remarkable paintings of people with outsize eyes were a phenomenon in themselves and something that greatly attracted her later husband Walter. However, their marriage turned sour as he repeatedly lied to friends, family and the public that he was the artist, under the excuse to Margaret that men sell more paintings than women. The movie shows the unbelievable lengths Walter went to to keep the truth under wraps, but it seems things were even weirder than we get to see.
Amy Adams' appearance on the 'Today' show has reportedly been cancelled after she refused to answer questions on the Sony hack.
It may be one of the most talked about scandals of the year but actress Amy Adams is keeping quiet about the Sony hacks and her decision has cost her latest film Big Eyes national television coverage.
Amy Adams, photographed at the New York premiere of Big Eyes, will not be appearing on the Today show after her appearance was cancelled.
After 13 years together, director Tim Burton and actress Helena Bonham Carter have separated. A representative for the couple confirmed the news.
Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton at the 2013 Academy Awards.
'Big Eyes' has scored strong reviews from the critics.
Big Eyes, the true story of painter Walter Keane, directed and produced by Tim Burton, hits theaters on Boxing Day. Keane was one of the most successful artists of the 1950s and appeared to spearhead the commercialization of art with his paintings of waifs with big eyes.
Christoph Waltz [L] and Amy Adams [R] in Big Eyes
Waltz plays Keane, while the phenomenally talented Amy Adams plays his wife Margaret, who it was discovered is the real talent behind the paintings. This cultural lie of epic proportions is told expertly by Burton, whose talents appear to have been put to full use for the first time in years.
Continue reading: 'Big Eyes' Could Be Tim Burton's Finest Movie In Years
The actor more than jumped at the chance to portray fraud Walter Keane in 'Big Eyes'.
Christoph Waltz may be a winner of two Academy Awards, but it seems even this extraordinary actor gets starstruck from time to time, and none more so than on Tim Burton's forthcoming true story drama 'Big Eyes'.
Christoph Waltz is Walter Keane in 'Big Eyes'
The 'Inglourious Basterds' star plays Walter Keane in the biopic, a fraudulent 'artist' from the 60s who took the credit for his wife Margaret Keane's remarkable paintings before she subsequently took him to court and won damages for his deception. And while the story is amazing in so many ways, Waltz admits he didn't care who he played, he was that excited to be working with visionary filmmaker Tim Burton.
Amy Adams poses alongside her new friend Margaret Keane at the New York premiere of the latter's biopic 'Big Eyes', held at the Museum of Modern Art.
Director Tim Burton was joined by the cast of 'Big Eyes' at the movie's premiere held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The film is a biopic of artist Margaret Keane, who was involved in a courtcase with her husband over his taking credit for her magnificent paintings.
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?
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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
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
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.
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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.
Date of birth
25th August, 1958
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