Tim Burton has been doing the promotion circuit for his new film Big Eyes – which, surprisingly, doesn’t star a dressed up idiosyncratic-characteristic Johhny Depp, or a gothic looking Helena Bonham Carter – which is due to be released on Christmas day. Talking about everything from Beetlejuice 2 being closer than ever going into production, to how he has missed working with Michael Keaton, and now he has been talking about the superhero comic book genre and how much it has changed in the last 20 years. Burton, who isn’t usually one for too much controversy, has hit out with a belter of an opinion which will no doubt be splitting comic book fans and film fans down the middle. (more…)
Hard to believe its been 20 years since Michelle Pfeiffer put on tight black vinyl to play Catwoman in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns. It’s even more hard to believe that she wasn’t actually the first choice for the role. Annette Bening was originally cast as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, but she had to bow out when she became suddenly pregnant before shooting began.
But this year, Anne Hathaway takes up the role in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, so does that preclude the possibility that Pfeiffer might never don Catwoman’s heels and whip ever again. Well, interestingly, for the 54-year-old actress all anyone has to do is ask.
“Probably, if they asked me,” Pfeiffer told E! UK at the Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of her new film People Like Us. However she adds, “It’s unlikely that they’re going to ask me.”
Pfeiffer was once upon a time supposed to make a Catwoman spin-off movie with Burton, but it languished in development hell for eons, and we all know what happened next.
There will be one condition though if Pfeiffer were to return, a costume that’s a little less, shall we say, “vacuum packed.”
“It was probably really unhealthy and it would literally just start to squeeze my skin,” Pfeiffer recalls. “I was only allowed to wear it for so many hours.”
It’s an intriguing idea, even if there’s extreme doubt that such an event would ever come about.
We have to wait a little longer to see Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, and NerdBastards’ Matthew Jackson is dealing with the wait by filling his head with as many other Batman tales as possible. In the six weeks leading up to the flick’s release, he’ll be revisiting all six Batman franchise films so far (yes, even the crap ones) and writing retrospective essays on what worked, what didn’t, and what each film means to the franchise at large.
After my essay on Batman last week, a reader theorized that the biggest problem with the Tim Burton-era Batman films is in fact Tim Burton. After all, he’s been rather publicly dismissive of comic books overall, and he’s always more interested in the visual aspect of his films than the characters that populate them. While it might be the most powerfully distilled version of a Tim Burton superhero movie, and that may be a big problem for some viewers, Batman Returns is a fascinating, darkly gorgeous entry in the franchise with far fewer and (mostly) shallower flaws than its predecessor.
My lesbo-senses are tingling…Michelle Pfeiffer speaks!
While some of you may be wondering what the hell I’m talking about, let’s just clarify that I have a hard core girly crush on Michelle Pfeiffer, she had me at “Meooow” Anyways back to the news at hand, Michelle Pfeiffer, while being interviewed by Empire Magazine, discussed highlights from her role as Tim Burton’s iconic Catwoman.
I was halfway through the script when I said yes. Someone else was cast in the part and I remember being absolutely devastated and calling my agent and saying, ‘How have I not had a meeting about this? Why have I not heard about it?’ It was one of those things where Tim had someone in mind and went directly to them. So I was really bummed, but it was okay. When she [Annette Bening] fell out of it I was just leaving the country and got a call to say Tim wanted to meet me. So I went and he gave me the script and I got halfway through and said yes. But you know, honestly, I would have done it anyway, even without reading the script. But I was very happy that she was actually very well written.”
Now of course being the Queen of All Pussycat’s, Michelle Pfeiffer has claim to express her opinions on Christopher Nolan’s rendition of the character. She had this to say about Anne Hathaway’s rendition of Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises:
“Oh, I think she’s great. I’m actually very much looking forward to seeing her in the role. I’m a big fan of hers and I think she has everything you need for that role. She has the humour, she can go to dark places, she’s obviously very talented. I think she’s going to be really good.”
Sooo for all those like me who were thinking it,would she have played Catwoman for Christopher Nolan if given the chance? She said, “Oh sure. I definitely would have done it.” Catwoman is a dark and sensual character, and so far it seems that Anne Hathaway is getting thumbs up all around for her upcoming role. If you can’t tell I’m excited you are sillier than coconut milk trying to be orange juice. The Dark Knight Rises is set to release July 20th, 2012.
We really need to start calling Tuesday “Trailer Tuesday”; it’s always the best time to release a trailer you’ve seen a hundred times… just with a half second of new footage added each month.
Universal Pictures has released the third trailer to
Mirror Mirror Snow White and the Huntsman. In a post-Twilight Saga feature, Kristen Stewart plays the revamped fairy tale character of Snow White as she battles the evil (but more sexually appealing) evil queen, played by Charlize Theron. Trained in the art of war by the Huntsman, (Chris Hemsworth), the two form an alliance in hopes of changing the kingdom and defeating the damn sexy tyrannic ruler.
Expect to see Snow White and the Huntsman in theaters on June 1, 2012.
The newest trailer from the 931764th Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration, Dark Shadows, was also released. Based on the ABC series of the same name from the mid 60’s and starring fellow actors Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloë Grace Moretz and Bella Heathcote, the film takes a more comedic take than the television series did.
Dark Shadows hits theaters May 11, 2012. Expect it to be the bigger hit between the two films; it’s going to be riding that weird vampire fangirl wave sweeping the country for the last few years. (Yes, KStew was involved in Twilight, but the creaming happens for everybody in the series but for her. So… yeah.)
As Spring settles in for its short stay, Summer films begin their PR rounds in movie theaters and on TV. The next three films have released detailed film plot’s and longer commercials set to air on Television nationwide. Dark Shadows, Snow White & The Huntsmen, and Prometheus are only a glimmer of what is to come in what will be one of the standout summers for films.