THE talented film director is the genius behind many well-loved movies. Here's the lowdown on the Hollywood star... Who is Tim Burton? Tim Burton is a 59-year-old American film director, producer, writer and animator. Born in Burbank, California, Burton was the son of a cat-themed gift shop owner and a minor league baseball player. The introvert preferred drawing, painting and watching movies, which no doubt prompted him to pursue a career in the arts. He then attended the California Institute of the Arts, studying character animation. During this time, Burton created shorts including "Stalk of the Celery Monster" and "King and Octopus". Is he married to Helena Bonham Carter and how many children do they have? Tim was first married to the German-born artist, Lena Gieseke. He also lived with model and actress Lisa Marie between the years 1992-2001. Burton and Bonham Carter began their relationship in 2001, after they met on the set of Planet of the Apes. In response, Marie auctioned off … [Read more...] about How old is Tim Burton, is he married to Helena Bonham Carter and what films has the Dumbo director been involved in?
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Bart Layton's American Animals, which is now in theaters, is the director's first major effort since 2012's mind-boggling documentary, The Imposter. And like that film, this one revolves around a series of questionably-reliable talking head interviews from a handful of people who had a front row seat to a baffling and daring crime. Or, more precisely, a heist. In American Animals, Layton (working from a script he wrote) tells the story of Spencer Reinhard, Warren Lipka, Eric Borsuk and Chas Allen, four Kentucky college students who decide they're going to alleviate the campus library of its rarest books, some of which are worth untold millions of dollars. American Animals has received a mixed response from the BMD crew, but I found the film mostly fascinating, and - given what a gigantic fan I was of The Imposter - I was happy to sit down with Layton to hear how this particular project came together. Here's how that chat went. ---------------------- Hello, Bart Layton. … [Read more...] about And Now, An Intimate Conversation With AMERICAN ANIMALS Director Bart Layton
Adam Holender and Michael Childers reflect on the making of this iconic New York movie.In 1969 America was in a state of flux. Political and social upheaval saw Richard Nixon sworn into the White House while the Vietnam and Cold War continued to rage. The summer of ’69 saw Neil Armstrong touch down on the moon, the Stonewall Riots shake New York and Woodstock change the face of American music, while the whole country was rocked by the Manson Family murders. A British filmmaker arrived in New York looking to capture the spirit of the city with a new film, Midnight Cowboy, starring two up-and-coming actors called Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. The film showed New York City as a dirty, seductive wonderland, luring the young and naive to its streets with entrancing neon lights and the siren song of sound and fury – the kind of place that will eat you alive if you let it. Next May will mark the 50th anniversary of John Schlesinger’s groundbreaking film, but … [Read more...] about ‘It changed the whole look of American film’ – Remembering Midnight Cowboy
For as much as Hollywood loves a repeatable phenomenon, it is comforted by the anomaly, the unsolvable puzzle that deposits hundreds of millions in the bank while cutting against the grain of received wisdom and can't possibly be replicated. The anomaly provides cover for executives to do what they've always done, to stay greenlight-complacent, to never have to chase the unicorn because the unicorn can never be caught. When Get Out was released nearly a year ago and went on to make $255 million worldwide on a reported $4.5 million budget, it was viewed in many quarters — too many quarters — as a fluke. Jordan Peele's film landed just after Donald Trump, who ran a divide-and-conquer presidential campaign, was sworn into office and spoke to the felt realities of a Black America confronting an ineffable slide into overt hostility. But, clearly, there was no pattern to be mimicked there. No real lesson to learn. Anomaly. Then Wonder Woman landed in June — the first major … [Read more...] about ‘Black Panther’: When Will African-American Films No Longer be Considered Unicorns?
Last year I put together a list of my 50 most anticipated American films of 2017, and this year the fine folks at Filmmaker invited me back for a new edition.Before we get started, I’ll share some quick notes about methodology. First, this list is entirely the work of one person. It’s not aggregated through dozens of industry insiders or compiled via ballots or anything fancy like that. As a result, I’m sure it’s woefully incomplete. I have no doubt that there are still a bunch of American films out there waiting to be discovered that will bowl me over in this new year.Another warning — this list is also going to look quite different from most “Most Anticipated Films” lists you might come across on the internet. I’ll admit a bias — I’m most excited by new voices: films that feel like discoveries. Films that, above all, feel personal — that are pushing at the form and language and boundaries of cinema. That’s not to … [Read more...] about The 50 Most Anticipated American Films of 2018