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FIRST LOOK: Two Strange But Alluring Images from Tim Burton's 'Big Eyes'

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood August 4, 2014 at 5:57PM

We haven't seen much from Tim Burton since 2012, when he released both "Dark Shadows" and the stop-motion "Frankenweenie." His next film is "Big Eyes," due in theaters on Christmas Day, and two newly released images show Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in action as the two leads.
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Big Eyes/Amy Adams

We haven't seen much from Tim Burton since 2012, when he released both "Dark Shadows" and the stop-motion "Frankenweenie."  His next film is "Big Eyes," due in theaters on Christmas Day, and two newly released images show Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in action as the two leads.

Burton's "Big Eyes" is a biopic of artist Margaret Keane, who won fame in the 1950s for her paintings of children with--you guessed it!--big eyes.  Adams plays the painter, while Waltz portrays her husband Walter, who began to claim credit for the paintings Margaret created.  The two divorced and battled their way through the court system, where Margaret challenged Walter to a 'paint-off' in federal court (seriously) to prove her authorship.  Walter didn't take her up on the challenge.

"Margaret really believed that as a woman, people would not buy her art," Adams told USA Today, which released the two new  "[Walter] convinced her the life they were able to lead was because the artist was a man, who could sell more art at a higher price than a woman."

You can see the second production still from "Big Eyes" below.  Could this mean that a trailer will be making its way to us soon?  The Weinsteins have planned a Christmas Day release for the flick, which means they're positioning it for some awards recognition--and will likely back it up with the kind of publicity operation to make that happen.


Big Eyes/Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz

This article is related to: Tim Burton, Big Eyes, Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Weinsteins, The Weinstein Company


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.