Posted on Friday, December 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
In Big Eyes, Jason Schwartzman plays a typically Jason Schwartzman-ish character: he’s Ruben, the gallery owner who haughtily dismisses Walter and Margaret’s work. “Good God, it’s a movement,” he grumbles when the Keanes make it big without his help.
But for all of Schwartzman’s experiences playing pompous types onscreen, Schwartzman stresses he’s not one in person. “If I could say what’s my least favorite quality in someone, it’s when they make you feel dumb,” he told me. “I just feel like that’s bullshit.” Nor is Schwartzman particularly interested in staying in his niche as an indie actor. “I can safely say that I would be in any Star Wars movie,” he admitted.
Schwartzman was also game to discuss his opinion of Margaret Keane’s paintings, Christoph Waltz‘s opinion of Margaret Keane’s paintings, and the long-promised Bored to Death movie. But first, he got my opinion on what prank he should play on the next journalist. Read the full /Film interview with Jason Schwartzman after the jump. Read More »
I’m sure I’m not the only one who kind of forgot there’s a new Tim Burton movie coming out this year. That movie is called Big Eyes, and it tells the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who becomes famous as a painter, for his images of people with big eyes. The truth of his life, however, is that his wife Margaret, played by Amy Adams, is the actual talent. He’s been stealing her credit.
With Burton, Waltz, Adams and a Christmas Day release date, Big Eyes sounds like a sure fire Oscar-contender. But no one knows for sure until that all important first screening, which took place Thursday night at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Did it work out? Read a bunch of early Big Eyes reviews below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
There are certain things we’ve come to expect from a Tim Burton movie. Fantastical settings with whimsical rules. Dead people and undead creatures. Johnny Depp in heavy white makeup. But his latest movie Big Eyes has none of that, and looks all the more intriguing for it.
The historical drama stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz as real-life artist Margaret and Walter Keane, whose paintings of doe-eyed children became a phenomenon in the ’50s and ’60s. Publicly, he took all the credit, but privately, she made all the art. The first Big Eyes trailer has just hit the web, and you can watch it after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, August 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
It looks like Tim Burton is taking a brief break from his usual flights of fancy. We have the first look at his upcoming biopic Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz as artists Margaret and Walter Keane.
Though the Keanes’ eerie paintings look like something out of a Burton fairy tale, the actual movie doesn’t sound so whimsical. The Keanes’ paintings hit it big in the ’50s and ’60s, with Walter taking all the artistic credit. However, it emerged during a bitter courtroom battle that Margaret had actually done all the paintings. Hit the jump to see the first Big Eyes images.
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Posted on Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
Christmas always a busy time for the box office, and now The Weinstein Co. has added a new present to the pile. Tim Burton‘s Big Eyes, a biopic of artists Walter and Margaret Keane, is now set to open December 25. Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz star. Hit the jump for more details.
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For the past several decades, the name Tim Burton all but guaranteed a film with an element of fantasy. It seems he wants a break. Though the director has several potential films on his plate, his next is likely to be a small, true story.
Once a producer on the film, Burton is now set to direct Big Eyes, the true story of legendary painter Margaret Keane and her husband Walter. Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz are attached to play the Keanes from a script by Ed Wood writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The Weinstein Company is likely to produce and distribute. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Considering that each of them has done their fair share of bland romantic comedies, it’s a little surprising that Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon have never starred together. But the two are set to collaborate at last in Big Eyes, an art biopic that’s decidedly not a romcom.
Produced by Tim Burton, the film centers around married couple Margaret and Walter Keane. Walter seemed to hit it big in the ’50s and ’60s when his art became hugely popular, but became the subject of scandal when the couple divorced and it was revealed in court that it was actually Margaret who’d painted all the pictures. More details after the jump.
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Eric Bana says his villainy role as Nero in J.J. Abrams‘s Star Trek is nothing more than a “cameo.” News to me. You? Here’s another quote from the Aussie actor about his role: “It’s just a great character, it’s J.J. Abrams. It’s a really well-written script, great part. Couldn’t say no. I don’t actually look at the size of parts ever.” [The Herald Sun]
In what marks our second weird-beard item of the day (my quota is filled, yipps!), /Film staple Sam Rockwell is growing out his face’s wilderness for a role in which he’ll play…[water bubbles]…a man who is stranded on the moon for three years. Wow, I’ve had people do the start-stop-start-stop to me in the parking lot of a Sonic Burger, but leaving a guy shoe-gazing for a thousand nights on the giant, white rock? Bust. The indie film is entitled Moon (obviously), and will be directed by Duncan Jones, aka Zowie Bowie, spawn of hollow-cheeked rocka David Bowie. I can fight off images of the moon from “Tonight, Tonight” but imagining the couch sesh and brain cloud that procreated this idea makes me want Pringles. [MTV]
Perma-glowing actress Kate Hudson (Fool’s Gold) will star as painter Margaret Keane [click name for art works] in the film Big Eyes for first time directing duo Larry Karaszweski and Scott Alexander. A big-eyed Oscar bid for Hudson, the biopic focuses on Keane’s significant popularity as an artist in the ’50s and ’60s, even while her works were quizzically produced under her husband’s name. After a messy divorce, the couple ended up in federal court, where she painted before a judge and won the case. After the court battle, she moved to Hawaii, became quite religious and her work experienced an eerily happy mood swing. Girls Girls Girls. [Variety]
The Weinstein Co. has acquired movie rights to the intriguing novel Wolf Boy written by Evan Kuhlman and published in 2006 by Crown. When a boy’s older brother, Francis Wolf, is killed in a car accident, he creates comic-style stories illustrated by his eccentric girlfriend entitled The Adventures of Wolf Boy, about a superhero who himself battles the grief of a dead, un-tased bro as well as spectacular villains while attempting to save the world. The film will mix live action and animation, and the book is being adapted by Chris Parker (Mulan II). No director is attached at this time. Sounds kind of Juno-y to me, if the opening credits attacked Diablo Cody’s retro-toy potty mouth and Michael Cera died like Mac Culkin in My Girl. [Variety]
The Web’s Sly Stallone aficionado, AB King, says that MGM has hip-ish actors like Ryan Gosling, Cillian Murphy, Ben Foster and not-so-hip Elijah Wood pegged for one young sidekick role in Stallone’s Charles Bronson remake The Mechanic. The Rambo auteur recently signed a two-pic deal at Nu Image/Millennium Films to direct and star in two action films, so The Mechanic is probably one of them, and after he recently ruled out Rambo V, might the other by Death Wish? Stallone is back in a major way, it’s insane.
But wait! Like a coin-op catfight between Steve Wiebe and Billy Mitchell…Rambo V might still have a shot! It seems Stallone is giving mixed signals from across the bar to his second most famous character. Kissy Kissy. Most recently, he said a third sequel will “depend on the success of this one, but right now I think I’m gearing one up. It will be quite different.” What!?! That would totally negate the response he gave here saying no more Rambo flicks ever, not even in…space. And yet at this rather recent link, he combines this “yes, no” weirdness, and I’d say it’s the best response to where Rambo V stands. When asked if he’ll return for another Rambo sequel he says straight-up, “No.” But when asked if he’d consider another Rambo sequel (what balls this interviewer has, eh?), Stallone says…
“I have a very, very bizarre idea. It’s probably so absurd, but it’s got to formulate a little bit. If I told you I was going to do one about a sixty one year old boxer, you’d go, ‘Yup!’ But if you find the right formula almost anything is feasible. It’s just coming in there and making the audience go, ‘Okay, that’s possible. That is feasible.’ It’s weird. I mean, Space Cowboys. Hello? But it worked.”
Hello? Did Stallone really just friggin’ imply that Rambo is going to space? I mean, there are lots of movies with old dudes kicking younger dudes’ asses. Why name drop Space Cowboys? Lastly, the creator of the Rambo character, David Morrell, has commented at length on his liking the new film, and it’s worth a read. (Oh yeah, and I gave it a 10/10.) [Dark Horizons]