Tim Burton‘s horror comedy Beetlejuice is undoubtedly one of his best efforts. It’s when the filmmaker was firing on all cylinders and at the top of his game. After 32 years, you might think there’s nothing left to learn about the movie starring Michael Keaton as the ghost with the most, but French filmmaker Fred China, producer/1980s fanatic Adam F. Goldberg (creator of The Goldbergs), and producer Lee Leshen (Back in Time, Ghostheads) have a whole movie to prove you wrong.
Documentary for the Recently Deceased is a forthcoming project about the making of Beetlejuice that will dive deep into the production of the film, from shooting in the small town of East Corinth, Vermont to crafting intricate stop-motion animated creatures and effects. The good news is you don’t have to wait for a sneak peek, because there’s already a trailer to tease the story behind the beloved pop culture cornerstone. Read More »
Even though there have been countless Batman action figures released over the years, there haven’t been a lot of film-accurate action figures inspired by Tim Burton‘s big screen adaptation from 1989. In fact, with the exception of figures from NECA and Hot Toys, the Michael Keaton version of The Dark Knight has largely been ignored, especially when it comes to smaller scale figures. But that’s about to change thanks to the Tamashii Nations S.H. Figuarts version of Batman, coming this fall. Read More »
This year marks the 35th anniversary of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, and to celebrate, Paul Reubens is hitting the road.
Paul Reubens isn’t looking for a stolen bike, but he’s accompanying a national tour of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure anniversary screenings that will include a Q&A with the man himself. Each stop will also afford fans the opportunity to meet and snag a photo with Paul Reubens through a few different VIP ticket packages. Get the details on the Pee-wee’s Big Adventure tour below. Read More »
New York Comic-Con is almost underway, and with it comes a new assortment of pop culture art from our favorite artists. The folks at Bottleneck Gallery will have quite a collection of new prints coming to the convention, and we’re proud to exclusively debut Matt Ferguson‘s eagerly anticipated print for Tim Burton‘s Batman from 1989. It’s a stylized take on one of the most explosive moments of the film where Batman blows up Axis Chemicals remotely with his Batmobile. See the Matt Ferguson Batman poster below. Read More »
Dumbo flies onto home video release next week, so /Film has an exclusive clip to debut from the impressive collection of bonus features for the Tim Burton Disney remake. Watch the exclusive Dumbo clip below.
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The casting of Robert Pattinson as the next Batman has led to a predictable round of online petitioning to remove the former Twilight heartthrob from the role. If you’ve been alive and been a Batman fan long enough, you might be left thinking, “How soon we forget.” Years ago, a similar outcry accompanied the casting of Heath Ledger — himself a teen heartthrob turned serious dramatic actor — as the Joker. At the time, Ledger was best known for his performances in A Knight’s Tale and Brokeback Mountain, so he seemed very much cast against type.
Look how that turned out. If you reach back further in time, of course, there’s an even more direct example of an unconventional casting choice for the Caped Crusader. In the absence of social media, fans once embarked on a letter-writing campaign to dissuade Warner Bros. from letting the star of Mr. Mom and Beetlejuice play Batman. Fortunately, that campaign failed and thirty years ago this week, Michael Keaton’s Batman arrived on dark wings as an early herald of the comic book millennium.
To say that Keaton was and is the best Batman isn’t a sleight against Christian Bale, whose first franchise outing, Batman Begins, remains the definitive origin story, across all mediums, for the greatest superhero of all time. Bale was the best Bruce Wayne. His strength lay in showing us how the orphaned prince of Gotham would become Batman, whereas Keaton wore the actual suit and voice better. Part of this can be attributed to costume design; maybe part of it, also, can be attributed to director Tim Burton’s take on the Batman mythos, which held that Wayne himself shouldn’t be physically imposing. It was only after he put on the suit that the brooding billionaire became a fearsome scourge to criminals on rooftops.
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The famously adorably flying elephant will soon be flying to your living room screen. While tickets didn’t fly off the shelves for Tim Burton’s remake of Dumbo, perhaps the cute CGI creation will have better luck on Blu-ray and Digital HD when it comes to home video this June. Disney has set the Dumbo Blu-ray release date on the same day as its Digital HD release in several different formats for a variety of devices.
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You can try saying his name three times in a row, but it looks like Beetlejuice isn’t coming back. There’s been talk of a potential Beetlejuice sequel ever since Tim Burton‘s supernatural comedy arrived in 1988, but according to Burton himself, any prospect of a return of Michael Keaton‘s ghost with the most is dead. While this will no doubt break the hearts of Hot Topic shoppers everywhere, it’s probably for the best.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch the third and final video essay in a series about the limitations of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, watch as Dumbo director Tim Burton and his costume designer Colleen Atwood break down an exquisite scene from the Disney remake, and listen as the Fab Five from Netflix’s Queer Eye answer the web’s most searched questions about them. Read More »
This weekend brings Dumbo to theaters, yet another film in the career of director Tim Burton that takes us to the circus and follows characters who spend their time covered in white face paint. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the tropes that can be found in films like Batman, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and more. We’ll let the Honest Trailer for every Tim Burton movie do the rest. Read More »