Beware Those Tim Burton-‘Beetlejuice 2’ Ghost Stories

By | Monday October 21, 2013 @ 5:52pm PDT

It’s no secret Tim Burton‘s been plotting a sequel to his Beetlejuice; he’s been talking it up at various press events for two years now since Deadline’s Mike Fleming first reported Seth … Read More »

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Terence Stamp Added To Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’

By | Friday June 28, 2013 @ 12:07pm PDT

The Weinstein Company announced today that Terence Stamp has joined Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter and Jason Schwartzman in Big Eyes. The actor will play John Canaday, the elitist and exasperated senior art … Read More »

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Fox Slates ‘Independence Day 2′ And Tim Burton’s ‘Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ For July 2015

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 5:20pm PDT

Who knows how long two Earth decades is to those creepy invading aliens, but it might as well be a millennium in show business. But Fox today secured a July 3, 2015, release date for Roland Read More »

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Danny Huston Joins ‘Big Eyes’

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 12:20pm PDT
Mike Fleming

The Weinstein Company has set Danny Huston to join Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Krysten Ritter and Jason Schwartzman in Big Eyes, the Tim Burton-directed film based on the true story of painter Margaret Keane and her … Read More »

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Krysten Ritter Joins Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’

By | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 3:09pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Krysten Ritter has joined Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in Big Eyes. The Tim Burton-directed film is about Margaret and Walter Keane, the married couple whose paintings of large-eyed children became one of the first … Read More »

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Hammond On Cannes: Sun Comes Out As Parties, Deals And Movies Take Over Croisette

Pete Hammond

The sun finally came back to a windy and rainy Cannes but the weather clearly couldn’t slow the nonstop parties, premieres, deals and hype for which this festival is famous. And despite the rain on Saturday the turnout for Lionsgate’s big Catching Fire bash was wall-to-wall at Baoli Beach, with everyone including star Jennifer Lawrence crowded into the large tent. One exec there actually was happy with the monsoon-like conditions. “The rain probably kept 30% of our RSVPs away which is probably good because i don’t know how we could have squeezed them in,” he said.

With everyone drying out Sunday there seemed to be even more party-hopping than usual. At the crowded Participant Films party at the Carlton, Focus Features CEO James Schamus was accepting congratulations on his re-upping at the company. I have rarely heard him wax more eloquently about a film than Focus’ recent pickup of The Dallas Buyers Club, the movie where Matthew McConaughey lost about 50 pounds to play an early AIDS victim. It’s not dated yet according to Schamus but is planned  for fall sometime. “It’s just a bloodbath trying to pick the right date in that period but this movie is extraordinary. I just so admire what Matthew has been doing with his career in the last couple of years between Magic Mike, Killer Joe, The Paperboy, Mud and now this. You know me, I don’t rave like this a lot, but he really knocks this one out of the park. It is the performance of a lifetime,”  he says of the actor in a film that is sure to be a main focus of Focus’ awards-season plans. Read More »

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Cannes: Weinstein Co. Bringing Tim Burton To Town For ‘Big Eyes’ Brunch

EXCLUSIVE: A few weeks ago, I reported that The Weinstein Co. would screen footage of its upcoming fall films at a special event in Cannes. Further ramping up the company’s use of the … Read More »

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Tim Burton To Direct ‘Big Eyes’; The Weinstein Company Putting Finishing Brush Strokes On Deal For Painting Saga

Mike Fleming

Tim BurtonEXCLUSIVE: Tim Burton will direct Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in Big Eyes, the film that Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski scripted. At the same time, The Weinstein Company is closing a deal to fund and … Read More »

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OSCARS Q&A: Tim Burton

By | Sunday February 17, 2013 @ 1:04pm PST

Anthony D’Alessandro is Managing Editor of AwardsLine

In the final stretch before the Oscar ballot deadline, there’s still hope that voters remain undecided in the animation category. Though Disney has cornered the Oscar slot with three titles, its Frankenweenie, directed by Tim Burton, stands as an island against the epic Brave and the existential crisis comedy of Wreck-It Ralph. The film is an auteur’s youthful dream short, once buried by the studio that has resuscitated it as a 3D stopmotion feature — the first in black and white. This Frankenstein homage about a boy who brings his dead dog back to life is signature Tim Burton. Many will argue Burton is overdue for an Oscar. He was nominated in the animated category for 2005’s Corpse Bride. His 1994 absurdist biopic Ed Wood garnered a supporting actor win for Martin Landau (as Bela Lugosi) and best makeup, while 2007’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street won best art direction and earned noms for Johnny Depp as best actor and for Colleen Atwood’s costumes. Another appealing Burton attribute for Oscar voters is that he remains an iconoclast among big-studio directors working today — he’s a visual artist with a spooky canon that appears alienating with its deep subtext but lures the masses with its fanciful spins on children’s tales such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland. AwardsLine recently spoke to Burton about his career and Frankenweenie’s place in it.

AwardsLine: Why was this the best time to make Frankenweenie as a stopmotion feature. You could have conceivably made it in 1993 instead of Nightmare Before Christmas.
Tim Burton: All these projects take a long time. I remember when I first designed Nightmare, it took about 10 years to get that in place because nobody really wanted to do stopmotion, and in a way, there weren’t a lot of facilities that were doing it. We did the Frankenweenie short many years ago, and I never really planned on it being anything else. Over the years, I just kept kind of thinking about the relationship with my dog, but also other monster movies, the kids and teachers from my school, and even the downtown places in Burbank. A lot more thoughts came into Frankenweenie, Read More »

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OSCARS: Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ Featurette ‘The Puppet Hospital’

By | Friday February 15, 2013 @ 4:21pm PST
Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: Tim Burton received his second animated feature nomination for Frankenweenie, perhaps his most personal movie yet. His first nom came for 2005′s Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. Both are products of the art of Stop Motion animation, a technique that fell on hard times after CGI took over … Read More »

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Tim Burton Talks Box Office And Oscar Nod

By | Friday October 19, 2012 @ 5:38pm PDT
Pete Hammond

In the race for this year’s Best Animated Feature Oscar, Disney is hoping to pull off a rare feat and grab 3 of the 5 nominations: for their summer Pixar hit Brave, the upcoming holiday release Wreck-It Ralph (November … Read More »

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Tim Burton & Helena Bonham Carter To Be Honored As London Film Festival Begins

The 56th BFI London Film Festival, which kicks off tonight in the British capital, is set to honor Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton with the BFI Fellowship. The highest award bestowed by … Read More »

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Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’ To Open London Film Festival On Oct. 10

The European premiere of Frankenweenie will officially be held at London’s Leicester Square Odeon cinema. But, in a first-of-its-kind move for the BFI London Film Festival, the premiere screening will be simultaneously transmitted to 30 moviehouses around the UK when … Read More »

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‘Frankenweenie’ IMAX Policy Trailer: Video

By | Friday August 17, 2012 @ 3:29pm PDT

As part of the run-up to Disney’s October 5 release of Tim Burton‘s stop-motion animated 3D movie Frankenweenie, this “please no phoning, talking or texting during the movie” video has emerged on YouTube:

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Related: ‘Frankenweenie’ To Bow At Fantastic Fest

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Dick Zanuck: A Hollywood Legacy Like No Other – Hammond

Pete Hammond

With Dick Zanuck’s sudden passing today at the age of 77 one of the last direct links of a still-active bigtime Hollywood player to the beginnings of the major studios is also gone. When he was hired in 1962 by his father, the legendary … Read More »

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Tim Burton On Dick Zanuck’s Passing

By | Friday July 13, 2012 @ 5:33pm PDT

Tim Burton collaborated with Dick Zanuck on six films, most recently on Dark Shadows, which was released by Warner Bros in May. Deadline just received this statement from him.

I’m in shock and heartbroken at the news of Richard Zanuck’s passing. He was like family to me – a mentor, friend and father figure. Richard was a completely unique and amazing individual and there will never be anyone else like him. I’m too sad to speak more about it right now and need some time to mourn.

Related: R.I.P. Dick Zanuck

Others in Hollywood also are weighing in. Read More »

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Comic-Con: Disney Unveils ‘Oz The Great And Powerful’, ‘The Lone Ranger’, And More

Luke Y. Thompson is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of Comic-Con.

The Disney panel at Comic-Con offered the first trailers for Sam Raimi’s Oz The Great And Powerful and Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger. Raimi’s Oz impressed … Read More »

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‘Frankenweenie’ To Bow At Fantastic Fest

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 9:52am PDT

Disney’s stop-motion animated Tim Burton movie Frankenweenie has been set to world premiere as the opening-night film at Fantastic Fest on September 20, organizers said this morning. The studio opens the movie wide domestically on October 5. The black-and-white 3D pic, written by John August, is about a boy who brings his beloved dog back to life — with just a few minor adjustments. Catherine O’Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell and Winona Ryder are among the voice cast. The genre festival runs through September 27 in Austin. UPDATE: As part of Disney’s promotion of the pic, it has released a cool 360-degree tour video of the set with interactive elements to click into. It’s certainly a different way to tell a behind-the-scenes story. Here it is: Read More »

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Hot New Trailer: ‘Frankenweenie’

By | Wednesday June 27, 2012 @ 6:53pm PDT

Disney has posted the second full trailer for Tim Burton’s feature-length stop-motion animated movie based on his short. Frankenweenie‘s voice cast includes Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Landau. It hits theatres October 5th:

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