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Margaret Keane on 'Big Eyes,' art... and my great-uncle, Walter Keane

The big eyes are everywhere. Walk into Margaret Keane’s modest craftsman home in Napa Valley, Calif., and forlorn children with outsize peepers stare up at you from every angle. These whimsical kids are the trademark of Keane’s paintings, which, in the 1960s, filled the aisles of Walgreens and Woolworths, where they sold by the truckloads and brought in an estimated $4 million. Her paintings were so popular that celebrities including Joan Crawford, Kim Novak, Natalie Wood, and Jerry Lewis all sat for portraits. Today, they line the walls of the soft-spoken 87-year-old artist’s living room, adorn the labels of bottles of wine in her home, and make up a collage that covers her coffee table. They are her, she is them.

And for most her career, no one knew she had painted them. READ FULL STORY

Lana Del Rey will have two songs in 'Big Eyes'

Tim Burton and Lana Del Rey—two artists with macabre sensibilities and an interest in kitsch—are coming together this fall.

Del Rey has written two new songs for the movie about artist Margaret Keane, EW confirmed. One is named after the film’s title and plays midway through the movie. The other, “I Can Fly,” will play over the end credits. Burton’s movie, which stars Amy Adams, follows Keane—known for her paintings of children with, yes, big eyes—and her struggle with her husband, who took credit for her work. READ FULL STORY

From 'Psycho' to 'Gone Girl': the best director/composer teams

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With this weekend’s release of Gone Girl, director David Fincher has once again showcased the unsettling sounds of award-winning composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor (above). Ever since 2010’s The Social Network, the duo have become a fixture of Fincher’s work. The duo’s deceptively minimal sound, with subtle motifs barely hiding cold electronic undercurrents, is remarkably well-suited for Fincher’s trademark visual aesthetic, in which every smile and doorway can take on an air of menace if the camera lingers long enough. While he has worked with a number of composers before—most notably Howard Shore—Fincher has found a sonic soulmate in Ross and Reznor’s scoring.

But what about the other great director/composer relationships in Hollywood history? What other composers have had their music strongly associated with a director’s work, so much so that you can’t picture a film without hearing the score?  READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Eva Green in talks to reunite with Tim Burton

• Sin City: A Dame to Kill For star Eva Green is in talks to play the title role in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which would reunite the actress with her Dark Shadows director, Tim BurtonJane Goldman (X-Men: First Class) is set to adapt the screenplay from Ransom Riggs’ YA novel. Already slated for a July 31, 2015 release, the story follows a group of orphans with special powers trying to protect themselves from creatures who want to destroy them on a mysterious island. [Variety]

• One month after announcing her exit from ABC’s The ViewSherri Shepherd has found her next project. The comedian will join Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Ride Along 2, which will once again be directed by Tim Story (Think Like A Man). The film is shooting for a January 15, 2016 release with previously announced cast members Ken Jeong (The Hangover) and Olivia Munn (The Newsroom). [Deadline]

• Ruta Gedmintas (The Strain) will star in The Incident, a psychological drama filming in Northern England that marks the feature debut of writer/director Jane Linfoot. The story follows a metropolitan couple who are forced to confront their shared guilt when they cross paths with a troubled teen. [Variety]

 Bollywood stars Vivek Oberoi and Riteish Deshmukh, who co-starred together in the Grand Masti franchise, will once again team up for Bank Chor, an Indian crime caper directed by Bumby. [Variety]

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'Beetlejuice' sequel: Tim Burton in talks to direct

Tim Burton loved making Beetlejuice. The 1988 ghoulish comedy, starring Winona Ryder, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Michael Keaton as the ghost with the most, was his first big hit and the movie that established the director’s reputation as an eccentric master of the fun-house macabre that would soon blossom in Batman and Edward Scissorhands. In recent years, while promoting films like Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie, Burton often fielded questions about making a sequel, and he’s consistently expressed enthusiasm for the idea and revealed that he even tasked screenwriters Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg to come up with some new Beetlejuice ideas.

Now Warner Bros. is officially inviting Burton to direct the long-awaited follow-up, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Though Warner Bros. and Burton did not respond to requests for comment, sources have confirmed that discussions are happening. Still, the forward motion shouldn’t exactly be confused for downhill momentum. First off, Burton seems set to next direct an adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for Fox. Secondly, Grahame-Smith and Katzenberg were intent on making their script a true Beetlejuice sequel centered on Michael Keaton’s character with Keaton. “The star of the movie has to be Michael Keaton as Beetlejuice, and it’s a true continuation 26 years later,” Grahame-Smith told EW in 2011. “Not just throwing him in as a cameo going, ‘Hey, it’s me. I endorse this movie.’”

Alas, Keaton hasn’t even read the most recent Beetlejuice script, according to a source. So you can keep humming along to “Jump in the Line,” but it seems like everyone’s feet are still planted firmly on the ground right now. At best, it feels like it’s almost shoooowtime.

Casting Net: Will Arnett joins 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'; Plus, Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Jim Sturgess, more

The Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has found another star. Will Arnett (Up All Night) has signed onto the film. Megan Fox created quite a stir last month when she signed onto the movie for the role of April O’Neil, the Turtles’ human friend. It has not yet been revealed who Arnett will play, though THR reports that he is not playing Casey Jones, another character from the 1980s comics that will be cast later. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is set for a June 6, 2014 release date. [THR]

Things are coming together for the long-in-development Weinstein Company project Big Eyes. For the film, the Bob and Harvey Weinstein-run outfit, a perennial favorite during awards season, has scooped up some Oscar-friendly talent. Christoph Waltz, who won this year’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Django Unchained, and Amy Adams, nominated for The Master, will play the film’s leads, Walter and Margaret Keane. Big Eyes is based on the real-life story of the Keane couple, whose kitsch paintings of big-eyed children gained popularity in the ’50s and ’60s. Today it was also announced that Tim Burton will direct. [Deadline]
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Oscars luncheon on-the-scene: Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Hugh Jackman, and more

Before the 160 expected guests of honor could bite into their burrata arugula canapés and miso-marinated, pistachio-crusted sea bass fillets at the annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon in the Beverly Hilton ballroom on Monday, a handful of nominated actors and filmmakers dropped by the press room to talk about their celebrated projects, awards season experiences, people they’d like to work with, and big night fashion plans. There were moments of gratitude, plenty of jokes and even, in the case of Amy Adams, accidental musical accompaniment and spontaneous dancing.

Read on to see the best of what was said behind the scenes:
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'Alice In Wonderland' screenwriter Linda Woolverton penning sequel for Disney

Tim Burton’s wily, psychedelic Alice In Wonderland is getting a sequel, and the original film’s screenwriter is penning it for Disney.

EW confirms that the Disney-attached script is being written by Linda Woolverton, who also wrote the screenplay for 2010’s 3-D fantasy box office hit starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Mia Wasikowska as Alice, and wild-eyed Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. Other return figures are Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd as producers.
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Box office report: 'Taken 2' scores explosive $50 million debut; 'Frankenweenie' (un)dead on arrival

Liam Neeson has had an indisputably amazing year.

Though the quality of the actor’s movies remains up for debate (We’re looking at you, Battleship. Well, you too, Wrath of the Titans. Oh gosh, The Grey as well. And, as much as I hate to say it, perhaps even The Dark Knight Rises… don’t stone me!), the fact that 60-year-old Neeson is at the peak of his career, recognized as an almost mythic Chuck Norris-esque figure and opening a new action tentpole every couple of months, is nothing short of remarkable.

And now Neeson has another chart-topper to add to his already impressive resume: Taken 2, which debuted to an astounding $50 million from 3,661 theaters this weekend, good for a sizzling $13,657 per theater average. Taken 2‘s debut is the third-best ever in the month of October, behind 2011’s Paranormal Activity 3, which started with $52.6 million, and 2010’s Jackass 3D, which started with $50.4 million.

The revenge sequel also earned more than twice as much as the original Taken did in its opening weekend — that film surprised Hollywood when it bowed with $24.7 million in 2009, and it also served as the catalyst for Neeson’s career jumpstart. Thanks to great word-of-mouth, Taken chugged all the way to $145 million total.

Time will tell whether Taken 2 can match its predecessor’s gross, but that may prove challenging.

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Box office update: 'Taken 2' takes in $18.6 million on Friday; 'Frankenweenie' lacks bite

At age 60, Liam Neeson has become the most impressive action star in Hollywood. The grizzled actor’s revenge sequel Taken 2 topped the box office in a major way on Friday, earning an estimated $18.6 million; that puts the film on pace for a weekend in the $45-50 million range — far above the original Taken‘s $24.7 million bow. Fox execs should be celebrating that audiences flocked to Taken 2 despite its terrible reviews. READ FULL STORY

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