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Will Smith And Tom Hanks In Talks For 'Dumbo' Live Action Re-Make

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Will Smith is reportedly in talks with Disney to take a prominent role in a live-action re-make of Dumbo to be directed by Tim Burton, with Tom Hanks also in discussions for a part.

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.

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Tim Burton And Eva Green Feel Like They Were Made For Miss Peregrine

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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."

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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."

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Alice Through The Looking Glass Review


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.

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Disney Confirms 'Jungle Book' And 'Maleficent' Sequels Plus 'Cruella' Movie Starring Emma Stone

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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.

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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.

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Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children Trailer

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. 

The Darker Side Of Christmas: 10 Horrible Horrors For The Holidays

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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.

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Disney's Next Live-Action Adaptation Is 'Winnie The Pooh'

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Disney has set their sights on adapting Winnie The Pooh into a live-action feature film, according to a report. Based on the stories of A.A. Milne, Winnie The Pooh was first adapted into an animated movie in 1966 and has been the regularly adapted into Disney films and television series ever since.

Winnie The Pooh is set for a live-action animation.

Read More: Tim Burton to Direct Live-Action Dumbo for Disney.

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Lana Del Rey Showcases The Title Track Of Big Eyes

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With the release date of Tim Burton’s newest film, Big Eyes, looming large on December, 25, fans have been given another teaser with the release of the title track with the same name from Lana Del Rey. Lana’s Big Eyes has been partially released and will accompany her second tune for the film, I Can’t Fly.

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Burton's Big Eyes has got Lana Del Rey's voice on the title track

Burton’s Big Eyes is a very big deal across Hollywood with the film sniffing around award-winning potential with its Oscar award winning and nominated cast including Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams.

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What Can We Expect From Tim Burton's Big Eyes? [Pictures]

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Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz are teaming up with director Tim Burton for his latest project, Big Eyes. The film tells the story of real-life artist husband and wife team, Walter and Margaret Keane, and the struggles their marriage went through as a result of Walter taking credit for Margaret’s work.

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Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams take the lead roles in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

Margaret’s staple style of painting was that of kitsch doe-eyed waifs which became very popular in the 1950s and 1960s and made her husband a national celebrity after he mass produced the paintings and claimed the design as his own.

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Tim Burton In Talks With Warner Bros. For 'Beetlejuice 2'

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It's official Beetlejuice 2 could be an actuality! Tim Burton is in talks with Warner Bros. for a sequel to the 1988 classic, sources confirm to a US entertainment website.

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Tim Burton with his wife Helena Bonham Carter.

For anyone who has never seen the hit film, starring Michael Keaton, a married couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) discover they are dead and have to deal with the living that moves into their home. In a desperate attempt to remove the Deetz family (played by Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones and Winona Ryder), the couple call upon ghost miracle-worker Beetlejuice (Keaton). 

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Helena Bonham Carter Says Tim Burton Cheating Rumous Are 'Nonsense,' Despite Photos

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Helena Bonham Carter has branded Tim Burton cheating rumours as 'nonsense' after photos surfaced of the director with another woman.

A spokesperson for the 'Burton and Taylor' actress has insisted to the Daily Express, "This is absolute nonsense, the pictures were taken whilst they were out and the large group includes FAMILY, friends and work colleagues." The photos in question showed the 'Alice in Wonderland' director queuing with a young blonde outside a cinema, and then later apparently in a tight embrace, kissing one another, before both getting into a silver car.

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter have been together since 2001 and have two young children together; a son, Billy Raymond Burton, aged 10 and a daughter, Nell Burton, aged 5. Although no problems between them have ever arisen in the press, the pair apparently live in separate houses next door to each other in London.

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Ben Affleck Could Play Batman In 'Multiple' Films, And May Direct The 'Justice League' Film

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Ben Affleck was announced as Christian Bale's successor to the famed black cowl of Gotham City's caped crusader Batman last week, a move that outraged a huge number of fans of the superhero franchise. Thursday's (22 August) announcement that Affleck has been picked by Warner Bros. as the next Bruce Wayne/Batman has since been followed up with further news that will no doubt shock and reduce many fans to tears, and that is that Affleck will not only play the Bat in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, but will also take on the role for multiple films.

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Affleck has the chin, but does he have the chops to play Batman?

An analysis on his appointment by the Hollywood Reporter has revealed that, should his appearance in the Man of Steel sequel be a success, then Affleck will be given the green light to portray the Dark Knight for "multiples movies" and may even be given the chance to step behind the camera and direct one of the upcoming films. In particular, the studio's answer to The Avengers; The Justice League, will be Affleck's directing job of choice, with the actor also expected to star as Batman should the JL film come to fruition.

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Is 'Alice In Wonderland 2' Such A Good Idea For Johnny Depp?

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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.

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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.

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Johnny Depp's 50 Years Of 'Scissorhand' Successes And 'Lone Ranger' Failures

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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.

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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. 

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Sony And Disney Plan Bold Move To Stream Movies Online While Still In Cinemas

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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.

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'Into The Woods' Adaptation Might Unite Johnny Depp With Meryl Streep On Screen

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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.

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Oscar Time? Tim Burton To Direct Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams In 'Big Eyes'

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This one's got awards written all over it. Tim Burton has signed up to direct the Weinstein Co's new movie Big Eyes, based on the relationship between Walter and Margaret Keane, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and multiple nominee Amy Adams are in negotiations to play the real-life couple, who rose to fame in the art world in the 1950s and 1960s for their popular paintings of big-eyed children.

The drama, with a script from Ed Wood's Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander centers on a decade long dispute between the two after their divorce over who actually painted the famous pictures. Walter compared himself to the likes of Rembrandt, while Margaret vowed to prove she was the true artist by demanding a "paint off." After a years-long court battle, the judge finally ordered the two to paint in court. Walter lost and had to pay millions. He continued to insist he was the painter.

An original take on the movie was set to star Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon, with Karaszewski and Alexander as directors and Burton as producer, though financing and scheduling fell through. Waltz and Adams appears to be a neater fit, while Burton could really get his teeth into this script.

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Yes Please! Quentin Tarantino Wants To Work With Johnny Depp

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Quentin Tarantino has revealed that Johnny Depp’s on his wish list of actors that he’d love to work with.

He’d have to prise him away from Tim Burton’s clutches, of course, but we reckon a Tarantino and Depp collaboration would be pretty awesome. The pair have apparently chatted about it in the past, so perhaps it’s not just a movie-lover’s pipe dream, after all? “We would love to work together,” Tarantino told talk show host Charlie Rose.

“We've talked about it for years. Not that we get together and talk about it for years, but from time to time. We're obviously fans of each other. It just needs to be the right character. I just need to write the right character that I think Johnny would be the right guy to do it with. And if he agrees, then we'll do it. And then it'll be magical. I haven't written the perfect character for Johnny Depp as of yet. Maybe someday I will, maybe someday I won't. We'll see.”

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Tumbleweed Moment As Jack White Disses Lady Gaga's 'Artifice'

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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…

21 Animated Oscar Submissions Will Make For An Exciting 5-Man Race

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Over two months before nominations are set to be released, and a further month before the winner is announced, the official website for the Oscars has today released the list of submissions for the category of Best Animated Feature. 

The list includes many films that we could expect to be in there, including Disney Pixar's Brave. No Pixar movie to date, except Cars 2, has failed to be nominated for at least one award at the Oscars, with Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up and Toy Story 3 all having won in this category.

Other films worthy of note are today's release (2nd Nov 2012) Wreck-It Ralph, which is also a Disney movie, and which has opened to excellent reviews. Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, another Disney offering has been submitted. The halloween theme follows with Paranorman and Hotel Transylvania, both of which have also been submitted.

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A Week In Movies Feat: Tim Burton, The Rolling Stones, Robert Pattinson, Carey Mulligan, Gangster Squad, Michael Douglas, Glenn Close And More!

Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts turned out in Leicester Square last night for the world premiere of their new documentary Crossfire Hurricane, which traces the band's first 20 years with unseen home movies, vintage interviews and lots of concert footage. The screening was part of the 56th BFI London Film Festival. The film opens in the UK this weekend.

Tim Burton's latest animated outing, Frankenweenie, gets its UK cinema release this week and the critics seem to approve, With a snappy sense of childish curiosity and lavishly skilled animation, Tim Burton has made one of his most endearing and enjoyably offbeat movies in years.

The big casting news this week is that Robert Pattinson and Carey Mulligan will team up to star in Hold on to Me, the true story of a young couple who kidnaps their town's wealthiest resident and demands a ransom. But their plan to keep their hostage hidden by burying him in a box goes badly awry. It's being directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker James Marsh (Man on Wire).

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Frankenweenie Review


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.

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Box Office Round Up: Taken 2 Has Taken Lots More In Week 2

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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.

A Week In Movies - 12th October 2012

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.

A Week In Movies - 12th October 2012

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.


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Frankenweenie Premiere At London Film Festival: Adoring Crowd Greet Tim Burton

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A healthy group of horror-clad film fans turned up to see Tim Burton’s new film, Frankenweenie on its European debut at the London Film Festival, reports The Telegraph.

Having carved out a terrifically niche style, Tim Burton’s gothic-comedy genre is adored by many, and this was clear to see when fans turned up in fancy dress to catch his new film at the LFF, shouting things like “Woo! Tim! I love you!” The film - a black and white animation - is a simple tale about a boy and his dog. Actually, the dog dies and that boy brings the dog back to life, so it’s not as straightforward as we said, but that’s a Tim Burton film all over, isn’t it? The film looks to be a delightfully silly Halloween treat, and shouldn’t be taken too seriously. Just try telling that to the Burton-fanatics at the premiere, though. In fact, Burton needed a bit of a lift, after his last film, Dark Shadows, bombed, finally suggesting that his long working relationship with Johnny Depp might be a little stale.

Apart from a few naysayers, Frankenweenie has generally been received well by the critics, and has accumulated an impressive score of 87% on the film review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. Rolling Stone, in particular, said: “Only Tim Burton could envision this Frankenstein-inspired tale, and it's a honey, a dark and dazzling spellbinder that scares up laughs and surprising emotion.”

Frankenweenie Brings The BFI Film Festival 2012 To Life

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It's only right that a film about a dog named Sparky being brought back to life by his school-boy owner, firstly, be the creation of king of Halloween Tim Burton, and secondly that it be the first spark of hopefully many to set the BFI Film festival ablaze in filmic glory. Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie' opened the festival in London today (Oct 10th 2012), not far from where the film was created in the east of the city.

The festival has been running for over fifty years and is a celebration of the world's most creative, inspiring and enjoyable films. Every year the festival is divided into categories, that differ year on year. For 2012 the assemblages are “Love, Laugh, Cult, Thrill and Debate.”

The festival will close with a new version of Charles Dickens' 'Great Expectations', adapted by Mike Newells. There will be a whole host of other premières including 'Hyde Park on Hudson' (a comedy about Franklin D. Roosevelt, starring Bill Murray), Ben Affleck's thriller 'Argo' and 'The Sessions' starring Helen Hunt and John Hawkes.

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BFI Institute Fellowship Awards Beckon For Tim Burton And Helena Bonham-Carter

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Acting treasures and partners Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter are going to be honoured by their transatlantic cousins. The British film industry are to give the pair its highest accolade, a British Film Institute fellowship, which ties in handily with the fact that the couple are both going to be in London for the 56th BFI London Film Festival from when it starts today (October 10, 2012) until October 21st.

Burton's new 3D film 'Frankenweenie' opens the festival today, whilst Bonham-Carter's appearance as Miss Havisham in the remake of Dickens' tale 'Great Expectations' will be shown to close the festival. In a statement, Burton said "It means more than I can put into words to receive the BFI fellowship and to be included alongside the great directors who have received it before me."

Bonham Carter said: "I am somewhat bewildered and not sure that I am deserving of such an honour, but shall accept it with deep gratitude." For the first time this year there are shortlists for the annual awards that are handed out at the event. Contenders in the international line-up for best film include 'Ginger and Rosa' by director Sally Potter and 'Seven Psychopaths', a new comedy from the 'In Bruges' team of Martin McDonagh and Colin Farrell. Best British newcomers include theatre director Rufus Norris's debut film 'Broken'.

Taken 2 Wins Box Office Weekend, As Frankenweenie Slips.

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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.

Box Office No.1 Expected To Be ‘Taken’ By Action Sequel

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Taken 2 is expected to shove aside all it's competitors at the Box Office when the kidnapping sequel hits cinemas over the weekend, with pre-release audience surveys suggesting that the action flick could take up to $45-50 million.

Liam Neeson returns to his role as a former CIA operative with a knack for kicking ass and taking names, only this time round it is Neeson's Bryan Mill character and his on-screen wife (played by Famke Janssen) who are taken hostage. The sequel was co-financed by Fox and writer/director/producer Luc Besson's Europa Corp for about $45 million, a sizeable increase compared to the last instalment. Still, if these estimates are anything to go by then the investment will be more than worth it.

The only major competition for Taken 2 comes in the form of two animated films, the Tim Burton's remake of Frankenweenie (a live-action short that Burton made in the early 80's) and the Adam Sandler starring Hotel Transylvania. Whilst Taken 2 will presumably take care of the adult audiences, it is up to the two spooky animations to do battle for the attention of the younger audiences, with Frankenweenie predicted to just edge past it's rival.

Tim Burton Becomes The Modern-day Frankenstein, Raising Frankenweenie From The Dead

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Tim Burton has a habit of making some of the best Halloween films around. His own love of raising the dead recurs again in again in creepily comic masterpieces such as 'Beetlejuice', 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and 'Corpse Bride'. His latest offering is 'Frankenweenie', a remake of his 1984 short film (check it out on YouTube), which itself was a parodying homage to the original black and white 'Frankenstein' film. So Frankenweenie is a (re)animated remake, of a pastiche, of an adaptation of a book- quintessentially post-modern, and likewise, quintessentially Burton.

Like many of Burton's movies, 'Frankenweenie' is a stop-motion animation, this time in black and white, aimed primarily at kids but one that will undoubtedly reach the hearts of adults as well. It's the story of a young boy, Victor, whose beloved dog, Sparky, dies. In a science lesson, Victor is presented with the idea of reanimation, when his teacher plugs a frog into the mains and its legs react accordingly. Victor attempts the same with Sparky- with success! But the residual effects are a little more than he ever expected.

Reviews have been fairly consistent in terms of content, but not entirely consistent in audience satisfaction. The Chicago Tribune gave it a mere 2.5 stars out of 5 saying that the “pathos seems misjudged and a little ruthless.” But The Village Voice sings its praises saying: “Tight and brief, hitting all the marks you'd expect from an animated kid's film, and enlivened by Burton's visual style. The man should make more small movies like this one.” It also seems we've found a new child star with everyone raving about Charlie Tahan, who voices Victor.

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Tim Burton Comes Full Circle With 'Frankenweenie' Remake

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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.

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Winona Ryder Puts The Success Of Her Career Down To Director Tim Burton

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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."

Frankenweenie Trailer

Victor Frankenstein is a young fanatic of science and loves making home movies with his pet bull terrier and best friend, Sparky. On discovering that his dog has died, he is devastated and will do anything to bring him back. His mother tries to offer comfort, telling Victor that Sparky will always be in his heart, but nothing she says makes him feel any better; that is, until, she says, 'If we could bring him back, we would' which triggers an idea in Victor's head - even more so after a science class at school shows how you can use electricity to stimulate muscle movement in deceased animals. He takes a trip to the cemetery and sets up a makeshift laboratory in which he attempts to rouse Sparky using various pieces of scientific equipment. When there is no movement from the dog, Victor is disappointed but, suddenly, Sparky starts moving and leaps off the table to his owner's utter delight. Victor has to hide him away in the attic of his house to avoid suspicion from his parents. However, Sparky escapes into the streets terrifying the neighbours and revealing secrets to the world that are probably best left undiscovered.

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Review

Very Good
A riotous combination of rah-rah American patriotism and overwrought special effects nonsense, this cheeky bit of fantasy history is rather good fun. Yes, it's also completely ridiculous, but the visual flair and fast pace keep us happily entertained.

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.

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Dark Shadows Trailer

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.

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Frankenweenie Trailer

Victor Frankenstein is a young boy with an interest in science and home movies. The star of his home movies is his beloved bull terrier, Sparky. Victor and Sparky are very close, so the young boy is devastated to learn of the death of his dog.

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9 Review

Very Good
Inventively animated with a striking attention to detail, this offbeat thriller might have trouble finding an audience, as the sweet and scary elements sit rather awkwardly alongside each other. But it's still ambitious and engaging.

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.

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Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Trailer

Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Edward Scissorhands Review

If anyone, Tim Burton needs a serious haircut. In most interviews, he looks like he's been dragged from a two week bender (got a better explanation for those obnoxious shades?). For a man who has based his entire career on being the most visually-daring, commercial director, he looks awfully drab and unkempt. One can see how a character like Edward Scissorhands made his way into Burton's home, with his ability to make everything pretty except himself.

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.

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