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Cannes: Weinstein Co. Unveils a Slate of Singles and Doubles, Unlikely Oscar Contenders

"Harvey was off his game," observed one attendee at the latest Cannes presentation from The Weinstein Co. It's a Cannes tradition to unveil the latest movies that weren't ready for Cannes at the Majestic. One TWC upcoming release was conspicuously missing: Olivier Dahan's "Grace of Monaco," starring Nicole Kidman, which was scheduled as the Cannes opener without Harvey's blessing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2014 3:32 PM
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Tim Burton Could Be Back on Track With Artist Biopic 'Big Eyes,' Starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz

Tim Burton is on board to direct his next film, "Big Eyes," which will star Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams as Margaret and Walter Keane, whose paintings of big-eyed children were a mass-market phenomenon in the 1950s and '60s. Burton himself uses a similar big, dark-eyed aesthetic in both his animated films and the makeup design in his live-action films.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 3, 2013 1:04 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Revisiting 'Frankenweenie' with Tim Burton

If "Frankenweenie" has an edge in the Oscar race for best animated feature, it's because of the Tim Burton factor. He's long overdue for an Academy Award and if it weren't for the continued popularity of "The Nightmare Before Christmas", there likely wouldn't be three stop-motion movies competing for the Oscar this year.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 30, 2013 2:29 PM
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Weekend Recap: SNL Christmas Clips, Tarantino on 'Django,' More Top Tens, Tim Burton and Winona Ryder's Music Video

We cover the weekend's breaking news, from SNL and Tarantino to the latest ten best lists and Andrew Sullivan on "Zero Dark Thirty."
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 16, 2012 11:30 PM
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'Kick Ass' & 'X-Men' Scribe Goldman to Pen Burton's 'Pinocchio'

Screenwriter Jane Goldman, who in the last five years has penned "Kick Ass," "X Men: First Class" and "The Woman in Black," will reportedly next script Tim Burton's "Pinocchio."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 16, 2012 11:26 AM
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Weekend Box Office Top Ten Update: 'Taken' Sequel Doubles Original, 'Transylvania' Trounces 'Frankenweenie'

Led by European sequel "Taken 2," the weekend's grosses shot up to $129 million for the top ten, up $26 million from last week and $59 million from a year ago. At a time when American studios are being driven by international grosses, it's no surprise when the domestic box office is pushed by non-Brit international productions.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • October 7, 2012 12:39 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Will Animated Black-and-White 3-D 'Frankenweenie' Win Burton His First Oscar?

"Frankenweenie" is not only Tim Burton's best film since "Big Fish" (another rite of passage story), but also a lock for a best animated feature nomination. In fact, the Oscar arguably appears to be Burton's to lose, though it's shaping up to be quite a race with two other tantalizing retro movies yet to come: Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph" (November 2) and DreamWorks' "Rise of the Guardians" (November 21).
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 4, 2012 12:41 PM
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Marketing Watch: 'Frankenweenie' E-Book Free on iTunes

Disney's promo materials on Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" have been innovative and choice. Their latest offering is a content-rich e-book tie-in. "Frankenweenie: An Electrifying Book" provides a behind-the-scenes examination of the world of the original 1984 short film that inspired the upcoming feature length production. Here's our "Fantastic Fest" review of "Frankenweenie"; latest clips and featurette are here.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 24, 2012 12:15 PM
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Fantastic Fest Review: With ‘Frankenweenie,' Tim Burton Revives Pet Project, Returns to Form

"Frankenweenie" is probably Tim Burton’s best film in almost a decade, but that’s not much of a compliment. With his last five films, the filmmaker responsible for some of the most fun, mischievous and magical cinema of the past 25 years has settled into a disappointing routine of utterly safe “weirdness.”
  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 20, 2012 10:18 PM
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Burton, Cast & Crew Talk 'Frankenweenie' in New Featurette

Watch a new featurette on Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie" below. The director, producer, voice actors and more talk about the film's main characters, Victor and his dog Sparkie. We saw the awesome Art of Frankenweenie exhibition at Comic-Con; you can check out pictures and video here. The stop-motion, black and white 3-D film arrives October 5.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 18, 2012 2:49 PM
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