Amy Adams

Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes’ Makes a Fascinating True Story Bland

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Let’s be honest: the Tim Burton of the 2000s and beyond is a much different director than the goth weirdo we all fell in love with from the days of Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Ed Wood. Artists have to eat, but the Tim Burton of the last ten years has been mostly using his visual acuity to bring big-budget hackwork to the screen, with most of it starring Johnny Depp.
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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Amy Adams

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Amy Adams hit the SNL stage last night. She’s one of cinema’s great new chameleons and has a song and dance background, which makes her a strong pick for SNL and its many impression-filled sketches. With so much happening in the news this week, expect to see a lot of references to the Sony hacks and President Obama’s lift on the Cuba embargo. Oh, and Christmas! Dig in, below.
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Aaron Sorkin Mansplained the Sony Hack for You

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Last Friday, The Daily Beast discovered yet another bombshell deep in the gigabytes of documents unearthed in the hacking of Sony Pictures by the so-called “Guardians of Peace.” The topic was the “points” (back-end compensation, bonus money if a film clears a profit) distributed among the marquee talent for last year’s Oscar nominee American Hustle, a breakdown that went thus: Director David O. Russell and stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner each received nine percent, while stars Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence each received seven percent. Hmmmm. What makes those seven-percenters different from the nine-percenters?
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50 Great Pre-Fame Performances by Famous Actors

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This week, the Criterion Collection is releasing a double bill of the mid-‘60s Westerns The Shooting and Ride the Whirlwind, a treat not only for fans of revisionist Westerns and director Monte Hellman, but also for those who admire Jack Nicholson, here seen in two terrific performances that predate his breakthrough in Easy Rider. There’s a specific kind of pleasure in revisiting the early work of actors who would later become famous — not the roles that made them stars, but their earlier, quieter gigs, in which we glimpse an actor just trying to do good work, yet already exhibiting the spark that would mark them for fame. Here are a few of our …Read More

Considering Tim Burton, Hollywood’s Most Disappointing Auteur

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There’s a new Tim Burton trailer in the world, and that means it’s time for one of the film fan’s favorite biyearly rituals: choosing up sides between “Ugh, Tim Burton” and “Maybe it’ll be a return to form!” His new film, Big Eyes, is based on the true story of painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams) and her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz), who claimed credit for her work. It comes at a moment when Burton needs some sort of artistic redemption (even more than usual), but Big Eyes looks less like a filmmaker trying something new than trying a different variation on something old. Is there a busier yet more consistently disappointing auteur at work in contemporary Hollywood?
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25 Must-See Movies For the Fall

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Hey there reader, been to the movies lately? If the box office reports are any indication, I’m guessing not — and who can blame you? We’re currently in the weird dead zone between the tentpole blockbusters of the summer and the prestige, Oscar-friendly pictures (and, increasingly, tentpole blockbusters) of the fall. But relief will be here soon enough, so in the interest of helping you mark up your movie-going calendar, we’re looking ahead to the fall films we’re anticipating most.
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10 Great New-to-Netflix Movies to Stream This Holiday Weekend

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The long Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and you know what that means: cookouts, quickie getaways, watching some sort of organized sporting events on television (I think, maybe?). But the shut-ins among us — and your film editor would include himself firmly among that camp — will probably want to simply spend one more day doing what we do every weekend: queuing up a bunch of flicks online, surrounding ourselves with non-perishable food items, and locking the doors. Here are some of the recent(ish) streaming releases worth your Memorial Day weekend time; simply click the title to stream them right …Read More

“Based on a True Story” Movie Subjects: Where Are They Now?

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It’s a big week for murderers whose stories became movies — both Bernie Tiede (played by Jack Black in Richard Linklater’s Bernie) and Michael Alig (played by Macaulay Culkin in Party Monster) are now free men, reminding us that when films are based on true stories, the lives that inspired them continue after the credits roll. Here’s a look at what became of Tiede and Alig, and several other real people who became Hollywood …Read More