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20th Century Fox has announced a slate of release dates today for 2014 and 2015, including Independence Day 2, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Assassin’s Creed and more. Hit the jump and get our your calendars!

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Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr

Tim Burton and Robert Downey Jr. have been linked to Warner Bros.’ live-action Pinocchio since early last year — in fact, Downey pitched the movie to the studio — but during the fall the director admitted that he was starting to doubt the film would ever get made. Now it appears Pinocchio is, in fact, moving forward, and there’s reason to think it will be without Burton.

Italian publications have quoted Downey as saying that he hopes Ben Stiller will direct the film. The pair previously worked together on 2008′s Tropic Thunder. Hit the jump for more info.

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Big Eyes Adams Burton Waltz

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 »

Despite the oft-repeated observation that the Oscars are the Super Bowl of movies, only the actual Super Bowl has managed to turn its commercial breaks into an event as big as the game itself. But the Academy Awards telecast is still a prime spot for brands wanting to make an impression, and some companies went to extra mile to tailor their promos specifically for the Oscars’ movie-loving audience.

Samsung‘s new promo for their Galaxy Note prominently featured Tim Burton mulling over a (fake) project about a unicorn apocalypse, while their competitors over at Apple name-checked David Fincher, Indiana Jones, and Back to the Future to promote the iPad. Meanwhile, the geniuses working for Kraft brought back the “Pardon me” Grey Poupon campaign of the ’80s, only with a more blockbuster-friendly spin. Hit the jump to watch them all.

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Danny Elfman and Tim Burton fans might want to start looking up flights to London. On October 7, the composer and director, whose previous collaborations include Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas, will team up for a one-time only performance. Elfman will sing for the first time in almost two decades as the BBC Concert Orchestra performs music from all those films and more. Ticket info is below. Read More »

Whether it’s a tragedy or a blessing that Tim Burton never got to make his Superman Lives remains up for debate, but thanks to all the toy prototypes, concept sketches, and whatnot that have emerged over the years, we’ve been able to cobble together an idea of what might have been. The latest glimpse at the movie that never was comes in the form of a photograph, showing would-be star Nicolas Cage in a test suit.

Interestingly, while other costume tests have shown some pretty out-there variations on Supes’ outfit (no surprise, considering it was a Burton project), this one hews much closer to his traditional getup from the comics. Assuming it’s in the standard primary colors, anyway. The photo’s in black and white, so it’s impossible to tell. Hit the jump to check it out.

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Sometimes the only way to really get clarity on an old idea is to see someone else do it first.

While Christopher Nolan directed Christian Bale in three Batman films that push a screen vision of the character that will likely be the defining one for some time, those movies would likely never have happened without Tim Burton and Michael Keaton. Burton directed Keaton in Batman, released in 1989, at a time when that sort of major studio superhero movie was quite rare. The film was a resounding success, and the pair went on to make Batman Returns, released in 1992.

For a while after the release of that sequel, Keaton was in the mix for a third film, but ended up walking away when it became clear that he and new director Joel Schumacher wanted to make a different sort of movie. Keaton now says that he wanted to make a film very much like Batman Begins, but walked away because  Schumacher wanted something else.  Read More »

There’s a lot to be said for timing when it comes to film awards, and in that respect things couldn’t have worked out better for Kathryn Bigelow‘s Zero Dark Thirty. While most audiences won’t even have a chance to see the film until early next year, the first screenings of the movie have drawn rave reviews. And now it has picked up what will likely be the first of many awards.

Today the New York Film Critics Circle voted on awards for 2012, and Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln were the big winners, with nothing scored by The Master, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, or other potential awards faves. Kathryn Bigelow took Best Director and her movie won Best Film, which is the same dual wins the filmmaker enjoyed in 2009 before The Hurt Locker went on to Oscar success. Get the full list of recipients below. Read More »

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