Prediction conundrum of the day

Posted by · 11:20 am · February 20th, 2011

You may have heard Anne and I get into it over the design categories in Friday’s Oscar Talk.  For costumes, she maintained that the great (and deserving) Colleen Atwood is likely to win for “Alice in Wonderland.” Yet, as best I can tell, the only true fantasies to win the award — ever — are […]

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Robert De Niro to head Cannes jury

Posted by · 7:19 am · January 6th, 2011

Sure, that Cecil B. DeMille Award at the upcoming Golden Globes is nice enough, but this is the greater honour. Robert De Niro has been selected as the president of the competition jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in May — the third time this most European of festivals has tapped an American for the […]

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Celebrating 25 years of Burton/Elfman collaborations

Posted by · 5:20 pm · October 1st, 2010

In the “sign me up now, please” category today is a recently announced boxed set of Danny Elfman’s music collaborations with filmmaker Tim Burton.  I first heard about the limited edition set via the New York Times in a piece that went up on the Arts Beat blog yesterday.  It featured a video with Burton […]

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9/24 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Franco nearly flunks, ‘Rabbit Hole’ sets a date, no one edits Oliver Stone

Posted by · 9:25 am · September 24th, 2010

• All-time greatest Oliver Stone line: “I like mirror. I wrote Scarface. Go fuck yourself.” [Vulture] • Potential Oscar nominee James Franco got a “D” in his NYU acting class. [Showbiz 411] • Read Tim Burton’s poem about Johnny Depp, circa 1991. [Cinematical]

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CANNES: Starfish and coffee

Posted by · 5:36 am · May 24th, 2010

“Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye,” you might have thought (or even sang, in gravelly Leonard Cohen tones) after my rushed response to yesterday’s Cannes winners. But having recharged overnight with a hearty curry and a good 13 hours’ sleep, it’s time to properly put a bow on Cannes 2010. Perhaps it was quite […]

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The Dark Knight on the Croisette

Posted by · 11:31 pm · May 17th, 2010

Being the Bat-geek that I am, I couldn’t resist posting this image, stolen from The Film Experience’s Cannes correspondent, Julien.  I guess this is one of the advert stills being used before screenings?  Guy?  Either way, love it:

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García Bernal among names added to Cannes jury

Posted by · 9:16 am · April 7th, 2010

Just over a week away from the announcement of the official selection for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and any festival-related news is received gratefully by the blogging community. Today, those who deemed Tim Burton too “Hollywood” a choice as this year’s jury president might be appeased by a host of more arthouse-leaning names lined […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: A very important date

Posted by · 11:43 am · March 7th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. May I introduce the film with the 14th biggest debut of all time, “Alice in Wonderland.” It’s also the biggest March debut, biggest 3D debut and third biggest non-sequel debut of all time. If your goal was to ensure that Tim Burton continues to lazily adapt […]

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FRIDAY FORECAST: ‘Alice’ super

Posted by · 8:48 am · March 5th, 2010

*All historical figures cited are adjusted to today’s dollars. Hot on the heels of “Avatar” crossing the $700 million mark to way less fanfare than I would have thought that would warrant six months ago, 2010 unleashes its very first 3D blockbuster. Everything about Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” screams smash hit and despite looking […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Guild awards, pre-nomination jitters

Posted by · 7:17 am · January 30th, 2010

• In the biggest upset of the season so far, “The Hurt Locker” came up trumps at the PGA Awards. • “Inglourious Basterds” took the top prize at the SAG Awards, which also gave another boost to Sandra Bullock. • With Oscar nominations out next week, we listed some of the greatest nominee fields in […]

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Tim Burton named Cannes jury president

Posted by · 4:07 am · January 26th, 2010

In a move that should remind some of his more disenchanted fans of the high esteem with which he is still held in the industry, Hollywood’s resident kook-auteur Tim Burton has been tapped to head the jury of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. He said in a statement: After spending my early life watching triple […]

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Burton’s ‘Alice’ goes emo

Posted by · 10:31 am · January 13th, 2010

[UPDATE: Commenter Aspect Ratio reassures the pop-phobic that only Avril Lavigne’s contribution will feature in-film (and over credits). Otherwise, it’s Danny Elfman business as usual.] File this under film news I didn’t see coming: Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus are collaborating to write music for Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” which […]

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8/26 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:13 am · August 26th, 2009

• The “Inglourious Basterds” one-sheet that could have been. [Poster Wire] • On the occasion of Tim Burton’s 51st birthday (yesterday), an appreciation. [Hero Complex] • On Marvin Hamlisch’s “hilariously schmaltzy” score for “The Informant!” [The Playlist]

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8/18 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:46 am · August 18th, 2009

• “District 9” and the legacy of high-brow sci-fi. [Film School Rejects] • Roger Ebert talks “Inglourious Basterds” with Quentin Tarantino. [Chicago Sun-Times] • Patrick Goldstein weighs in on the Redbox brouhaha. [The Big Picture]

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8/6 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:29 am · August 6th, 2009

• Nikki Finke takes umbrage with the “Nation’s Pride” trailer being used to promote “Inglourious Basterds.” [Deadline Hollywood Daily] • Graeme McRanor sits down with “District 9” composer Clinton Shorter. [Jawbone.tv] • Top 10 movie pregnancies. [The Film Experience]

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COMIC-CON: A very important date with the designs of ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Posted by · 10:59 am · July 25th, 2009

Yesterday I moseyed on over to Seventh Ave., between J and K Streets for a glimpse of Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” production design set-up, and the display was predictably jaw-dropping. An empty bulding has been converted into various elements of Wonderland, from the hall of doors to the tea party set-up to the Red Queen’s […]

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COMIC-CON: Acker, Bekmambetov and Burton showcase ‘9’

Posted by · 4:11 pm · July 24th, 2009

Focus Features rolled out an extended clip of Shane Acker’s “9” a few moments ago to adulating fans who seemed more eager to ask producer Tim Burton a slew of peripheral questions and offer the usual “you’re an inspiration” sentiments to the macabre-obsessed director.  So it goes at Comic-Con. But on the issue at hand, […]

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COMIC-CON: Disney showcases ‘Carol,’ ‘Alice,’ ‘Tron’

Posted by · 1:10 pm · July 23rd, 2009

The first opening day studio panel has just concluded as Walt Disney Pictures brought Robert Zemeckis (“A Christmas Carol”), Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland”) and the “Tron: Legacy” principals to Hall H for a hefty three-dimensional dose. The “Christmas Carol” footage, which was an extended version of the Marley’s ghost sequence Disney has been showing […]

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