Although it's been 8 years since Tim Burton's adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hit theaters, Gene Wilder - who portrayed the title role in the 1972 adaptation of the book Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory -is still rather upset that it was made.
The 80 year-old screen veteran made an apperance at an event in New York, where he was asked his opinion of Burton's take of the classic children's tale. "I think it's an insult. It's probably Warner Bros.' insult," Wilder said.
While the Young Frankenstein actor didn't necessarily have good things to say about Burton, he did compliment his frequent collaborator, Johnny Depp: "Johnny Depp, I think, is a good actor, but I don't care for that director. He's a talented man, but I don't care for him doing stuff like he did."
Wilder may not be acting in Hollywood anymore, but he has recently taken to writing; his second book, Something to Remember You By, is due in bookstores soon.
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Tim Burton says he might work on a Bettlejuice sequel if the script is "interesting."
The filmmaker helmed the original horror movie - which starred Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Winona Ryder - in 1988 and he has hinted he could return to direct a follow up if Seth Grahame-Smith comes up with a script he likes.
"If it was interesting. Although, I don't know if I would ever know a good script if it bit me in the face. But, I know what I like, so we'll see. Seth [Grahame-Smith] is writing something. I just told him, because it was something where I liked the character, he'd probably have a better response. He has ideas about it, so I just wanted to let him respond to it and see what he comes up with," Tim replied when asked if a Beetlejuice sequel is something he would consider being involved in.
Tim Burton believes his Batman movies are like a "lighthearted romp" compared to Christopher Nolan's rebooted versions. The Dark Shadows filmmaker was in charge of 1989's Batman and 1992's Batman Returns, which he believes were a lot lighter than Christopher's latest installments of the superhero movie, The Dark Knight and the forthcoming follow up The Dark Knight Rises.
"I always get told that my material is dark, but nowadays my version of Batman looks like a lighthearted romp in comparison to Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight."
Tim Burton brings one of his early short films, Frankenweenie, to life once more in his full-length remake of the same name.
The film centers on young Victor Frankenstien, who attempts and soon succeeds in bringing his animal companion -- aptly named Sparky -- to life, only to face some serious consequences (as anyone flirting with life and death always discovers).
Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, and Martin Landau star in the animated Disney film, due in theaters October 5, 2012.
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So the current pop culture fixation on vampires (thank you, Twilight) hasn't died down, but at least we've got Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov and producer Tim Burton to thank for what looks like a promising new bloodsucker movie with a new (albeit, imaginative) retelling of one of our country's most famous presidents.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter -- based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, whom you may recall also penned the bestseller Pride and Prejudice and Zombies -- plays out the revised tale in which our 16th president goes on a personal quest to eliminate as many vamps as he can after learning that they caused the deaths of his mother and grandfather.
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Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds are set to star in Big Eyes. The pair have signed up to play artists Margaret and Walter Keane - who became famous in the 1950s and 60s after their paintings of large-eyed kids were one of the first mass marketed art sensations at the time - in a film that will be produced by Tim Burton.
He’s played crazy, he’s played brilliant, he’s even played opposite Angelina Jolie -- and now, Johnny Depp is ready to make us fall in love with the vampire craze all over again.
Depp will star in Dark Shadows, a big screen version of the series that originally ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971.
In its time, Shadows was an unprecedented show that featured ghosts, witches, werewolves and many other supernatural elements, not to mention a revolving door of actors. The series hit its stride with the introduction of Barnabas Collins, a vampire played by Jonathon Frid.
Depp and longtime pal/director Tim Burton were both fans of the series. (Are you surprised?) Speaking of which, the duo will come back together for the flick. Burton plans to direct Depp in the role of Collins … just as soon as he’s finished playing a rum-soaked, bowlegged pirate for Disney.
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Given her packed household, it’s understandable why anyone would question all the rumors surrounding Angelina Jolie’s career. Could she really be attached to play Cleopatra, Sleeping Beauty‘s Maleficent and Kay Scarpetta?
In an interview with MTV, the Salt actress said she would happily welcome a Tim Burton collaboration. “I would love to,” Jolie said about Maleficent. “It’s all new and being discussed, but I loved her when I was a little girl. She was my favorite. The chance to work with [Tim] would be just extraordinary.”
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Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks, Disney, Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros, Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Animation, Documentary, Drama, Family, Remakes, Science Fiction, Comedy, Box Office, Lists
Jennifer Lopez’s recent performance at the box office - like her number at the American Music Awards - wasn’t exactly flawless.
The Back-up Plan, Lopez’s first major release since 2005, was not what moviegoers had planned for their few days off. The romantic comedy, which co-stars Alex O’Loughlin, earned a lackluster $12.2 million in ticket sales and a seat behind the five-week-old How to Train Your Dragon.
CBS Films did have one thing to brag about though: it’s movie performed better than any new wide release this weekend. (Granted, that isn’t saying much.) The Losers - an actioner featuring a large ensemble of actors - wrangled up a disappointing $9.4 million for fourth place. While that was enough to surpass last week’s champ, Kick-Ass, the two films were only separated by about $400,000. Meanwhile, Oceans, Disney’s nature documentary, landed in 8th place with $6.1 million.
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Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks, Disney, MGM, Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros, Action, Adaptation, Animation, Drama, Remakes, Science Fiction, Comedy, Box Office, Lists
Kick-Ass had a hard time living up to its name this weekend.
Despite high expectations for the R-rated superhero entry, Matthew Vaughn’s film barely won the box office battle. In fact, it looked on Sunday like Lionsgate’s actioner would place second overall. Fortunately, the final numbers worked in Kick-Ass’ favor…but not by much. Less than $200,000 separated How to Train Your Dragon from this week’s chart topper.
Meanwhile, attendance at Death at a Funeral‘s services was good enough to get the comedy a fourth place debut. Neil LaBute’s remake of the 2007 British film recovered most of its budget - it cost approximately $21 million to make - with its $16.2 million gross.
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