Tim Burton Thinks People Will “Get Sick Of” The Marvel Movie Formula…Huh?

- 12-16-14Books, Comics, Film, WTF? Posted by Derek Robertson

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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…)

Tim Burton Says Beetlejuice Sequel Is Closer Than Ever…

- 12-15-14Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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What, with all the news of Paul Feig‘s (BridesmaidsGhostbusters reboot, the planned Ghostbusters Spin-off starring Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt and a potential Ryan Gosling, and also the recent announcement that David Lynch’s Twin Peaks returning in Summer 2016 on Showtime, here’s another one been plucked straight out of the 80s nostalgia-vault for you. After nearly 27 years since Tim Burton directed Michael Keaton in the classic Oscar winning (Best Make-up) movie Beetlejuice, and after the long-gestating rumors that have been circulating the past few years of a sequel, Burton has confirmed that they are now closer than ever. (more…)

Christoph Waltz Joins Sam Mendes ‘Bond 24′ Cast

- 11-14-14Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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Two-time Academy award winner Christoph Waltz has joined the cast of Sam Mendes Untitled James Bond 24 according to Daily Mail reports (…yes, that awful rag of a paper). Filming is slated to commence at the beginning of next month and it’s unknown whether Waltz will be playing a friend, foe, or a bit of both. But, according to the Daily Mail’s source – someone who has knowledge of the screenplay – Waltz has bagged an important and significant role in the film

All the cast and crew will meet for a script read in roughly three weeks time with the new addition on board, and Waltz has already met up with Daniel Craig, a.k.a. 007, as well as the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson. Waltz will join a supporting cast that includes Skyfall alums Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Rory Kinnear. Locations being used for the film are said to include Mexico, Austria, Morocco, Italy and London. Waltz has played some superb antagonists in movies with a standout performance as The Jew Hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds and he was superb in last years Django Unchained, both of which won him Oscars for his performances. (more…)

Pee Wee’s Next Movie Starts Production in February

- 10-30-14Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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The Nerd Bastards site and Facebook page blew up last week when Paul Reubens announced that another Pee Wee Herman movie was in the works. Fans have been waiting a long time and the talk of another movie was beginning to take on a Ghostbuster 3 vibe, meaning that we’d hear a lot of sporadic talk for the last three years, but nothing would ever happen. Reubens made an appearance on the The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to talk more about the movie and drop a couple more important details. (more…)

Candid Keaton on Why He Bailed from Third ‘Batman,’ And Who He’d Come Back For

- 10-13-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Michael Keaton surprised and amazed when Batman came out in 1989. Although he had made his bones as a comedic actor, he was able to fill the role of the Dark Knight with the right amount of darkness and intensity while also bring something more, like the feeling that Batman was just a little bit disturbed and had a hint of malevolence. After two Batman movies, Keaton called it a day and avoided the latter, zanier entries in the series. But as his Batman days are recalled in the semi-true life inspired Birdman, Keaton recalls the reasons why he didn’t continue on in the cape and cowl, and who could convince him to come back. (more…)

James Bond Actor Could Have Played Batman for Burton

- 08-21-14Comics, Film Posted by Jason Tabrys

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At this point, Batman is the American equivalent of James Bond with eight actors having donned the cowl (SDCC footage and moody grey snapshots give Affleck full membership status prior to the release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice), but if Pierce Brosnan had less defined opinions about grown men in their underwear, his career could have gone in an entirely new direction. Yes, Pierce Brosnan could have starred in Multiplicity(more…)

‘The Death of Superman Lives’ Lives with New Trailer, But Needs More Money

- 08-20-14Comics, Film, Nerd Culture Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Younger nerds may not know this, but there was once this thing called “Superman Lives.” It was based, however roughly, on the “Death of Superman” story arc from 1992/93 and was primed to be the smash hit of the summer of 1998, in theaters, in time, for Superman’s 60th birthday. It was also supposed to be the Man of Steel’s epic return to cinemas, 12 years after the epic failure of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Of course, Superman Lives was an epic failure in its own right, torn asunder by a rabid fan culture and a suddenly spending shy studio. And that’s where Jon Schnepp comes in. A veritable collector of Superman Lives lore, he decided to crowd fund a documentary to examine its making and eventual unmaking, and he needs a little bit more money to get the film in front of the eyes of fans… (more…)

SDCC14: A New Documentary Reminds Us All That Burton’s ‘Superman Lives’ Was the Worst Idea Ever

- 07-24-14Comics, Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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Today at San Diego Comic-Con (is anything else happening in the world at the moment?), the first full-length trailer for Jon Schnepp’s documentary, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? (the question’s rhetorical, obviously) debuted and has now been released online. One of the weirder “what if” films of all time, Schnepp’s documentary digs at the “whys” behind the collapse of Tim Burton and Kevin Smith‘s potential superhero shitstorm. (more…)

Watch Burton’s ‘Planet of the Apes’ Get the Honest Trailers Smack-Down

- 07-02-14Film Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Whatever feelings you may or may not have for the latest incarnation of Planet of the Apes, there are few people on this or any monkey-ruled planet that would exchange the rebooted franchise for another visit to Tim Burton’s 2001 version. As is befitting a turd of this caliber, the folks over at Screen Junkies have decided to give it the ‘Honest Trailers’ treatment. Scroll on and click the video thingy for a more accurate look at the Apes movie we have tried so hard to forget. (more…)

Go Behind the Scenes of ‘Batman’ – 25 Years Later

- 06-23-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Here’s something to make some of you feel old, Tim Burton‘s Batman was released 25 years ago today! The film marked a turning point for comic book films specifically and blockbuster level films generally. Batman was a game changer, and it seems fitting that we not let that anniversary pass without notice. I guess others felt the same way because someone went to the trouble of digging up this gem, a behind the scenes look at the production of Batman made in 1988 as the film was in pre-production in England. Apparently Burton’s dark tone for Batman was so in doubt that the studio, Warner Bros., wanted to assure fans and investors that they knew what they were doing with the production. Now, it’s just a quirky little time capsule. (more…)