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What to watch on IFC tonight: Batman, Batman and more Batman

Article: What to watch on IFC tonight: Batman, Batman and more Batman

Spend the night arguing about whether Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer or George Clooney was the best Batman when we show back-to-back- Batman movies. We’re kicking things off with George Clooney suiting up to play Gotham’s Dark Knight in Joel Shumacher’s take on “Batman & Robin” at 5:15 p.m. ET/4:15 p.m. CT. Batman faces off against…

The Batman is coming to IFC

Article: The Batman is coming to IFC

Tonight at 7:15 p.m. ET we are lighting up the sky over Gotham with the Bat Signal, because the Dark Knight is coming to IFC. Tim Burton’s 1989 “Batman” is the big-screen response to the serious (and seriously violent) revisionist comic book tales of the ’80s. The film reimagines Gotham as a foreboding industrial metropolis…

Five favorite Winona Ryder roles

Article: Five favorite Winona Ryder roles

Tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET we are showing Tim Burton’s re-telling of the Frankenstein fable “Edward Scissorhands.” The movie stars Johnny Depp as the scissor-handed creation of a reclusive inventor (Vincent Price) who left his greatest work still unfinished when he died before finishing his sad-eyed invention and replacing his scissor-hands with real ones. Years…

What to watch tonight: Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands”

Article: What to watch tonight: Tim Burton’s “Edward Scissorhands”

Thank god it’s November, because now we won’t be breaking any ordinances if we curl up with our favorite wintertime movies. We are inaugurating winter movie watching season by showing Tim Burton’s suburban goth tale “Edward Scissorhands,” tonight at 8 p.m. ET. The quintessential Burton film stars Johnny Depp as the product of a mad…

Watch Johnny Depp in the first trailer for Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows”

Article: Watch Johnny Depp in the first trailer for Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows”

When it was first announced that Tim Burton would adapt “Dark Shadows” to film with Johnny Depp in the lead, the collective internet first Wikipedia’ed the late 1960s gothic soap opera, and then sighed “Of course he is.” But now that the first trailer has been released, it’s clear that Burton has done something a…

The 7 best unproduced Batman screenplays (and what happened)

Article: The 7 best unproduced Batman screenplays (and what happened)

Not every vision of The Dark Knight has seen the light of day. Here are a few Batman film projects that never got out of the Batcave, from Tim Burton’s proposed third installment to Darren Aronofsky’s much-hyped “Batman: Year One” to a Batman vs. Superman mash-up (the logo of which can be spotted amongst the…

“Beetlejuice” sequel has Tim Burton’s approval, wants Michael Keaton to star

Article: “Beetlejuice” sequel has Tim Burton’s approval, wants Michael Keaton to star

Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg might be working on the script for his planned “Beetlejuice” sequel at the moment, but they already have their sights on the stars. The original film’s stars, that is. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Grahame-Smith explained that he plans on approaching Michael Keaton to reprise his role in the…

The first images of Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” hit the web

Article: The first images of Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” hit the web

The short that originally got Tim Burton fired as an artist for Disney is now one of their most highly anticipated films of 2012. Burton is back to his usual tricks in the upcoming children’s horror comedy “Frankenweenie,” which is being transformed from his 1984 live-action original into a feature-length 3D stop motion film. The…

What to Watch on IFC: October 10 – 16

Article: What to Watch on IFC: October 10 – 16

Happy October! Between the return of Onion News Network, Malcolm in the Middle, Indie Screams, and our Arrested Development marathons, we are confident that we are turning October into rock-tober. If you want to rock, while sitting comfortably on your couch, here’s what to watch this week on IFC: Monday Last year, we made a…

Five Johnny Depp Roles We Love

Article: Five Johnny Depp Roles We Love

On Sunday, wrap up the potluck, pack up your church clothes and be on your couch by 8 p.m. ET because we are showing Tim Burton’s adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” The film stars Johnny Depp as Sweeney Todd, an ex-convict embittered at having been wrongly…

Johnny Depp gets creepy with Tim Burton in new “Dark Shadows” production photos

Article: Johnny Depp gets creepy with Tim Burton in new “Dark Shadows” production photos

After the backlash to the first few photos released from the set of “Dark Shadows,” it seems as though the team behind the project is doing their best to reclaim skeptics of the film. First Entertainment Weekly released a spread that showed Johnny Depp and the rest of the cast in full “Dark Shadows” regalia,…

Get your first look at Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows”

Article: Get your first look at Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows”

Tim Burton is finally making good on his threats to film an adaptation of the late 1960s soap opera “Dark Shadows.” With gothic source material, Johnny Depp as a vampire playboy, witches and god knows what else, the project promises to be a perfect storm of Hot Topic-ready quirk, and now you can get your…

A “Planet of the Apes” primer

Article: A “Planet of the Apes” primer

This Friday sees the release of the first “Planet of the Apes” film in a decade, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” starring James Franco. We’ll have our review of the film up on Friday, but to help set the mood, here is a revised and updated version of a feature we first brought…

Swing By Fleet Street With “Sweeney Todd”

Article: Swing By Fleet Street With “Sweeney Todd”

If you had a time machine, it is pretty unlikely that you would choose to visit London in the 19th Century. Between the fog, the smog, the dirt, the rogues, the ruffians, the pick pockets, the opium addicts, Jack the Ripper, and every villain who ever stumbled into a Sherlock Holmes novel, it doesn’t sound…

The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton Music Box

Article: The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton Music Box

“This is kind of a geeky thing,” Danny Elfman said, about his music box set coming out based on all of his work with director Tim Burton over the years. It includes 13 original scores that the former Oingo Boingo frontman composed for Burton films from “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure,” to “Batman” right up through…

Jean-Pierre Jeunet Builds a Better Mousetrap

Article: Jean-Pierre Jeunet Builds a Better Mousetrap

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s idiosyncratic style was apparently from his apocalyptic comedy debut “Delicatessen” (co-directed with Marc Caro), and solidified with his dark fairy tale “The City of Lost Children,” his breakout mainstream hit “Amélie,” and now again with his latest, “Micmacs.” The comedy follows a lonely video store clerk who, after almost being killed by a…

James Franco and those damn dirty “Apes.”

Article: James Franco and those damn dirty “Apes.”

Variety is reporting that James Franco has been cast in a prequel to “Planet of the Apes” entitled “Rise of the Apes.” He’ll play a “young, driven scientist who becomes a crucial figure” in a war between mankind and genetically engineered super-apes. If he’s very lucky, he may even yell “You maniacs!” while wearing a…

Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe, collaborators in anger.

Article: Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe, collaborators in anger.

Some actor-director pairings are legendary: Anthony Mann and James Stewart, François Truffaut and Jean-Pierre Léaud, Federico Fellini and Marcello Mastroianni, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, Tsai Ming-liang and Lee Kang-sheng. To that illustrious list, we have lately been invited to add another pair: Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe. At…

Eight memorably disgusting cinematic meals.

Article: Eight memorably disgusting cinematic meals.

The most important event of last week was clearly the introduction of KFC’s Double Down, a sandwich that replaces the bread with chicken patties, to the mass public. I’m not going to try it, because I’m terrified that it could dehydrate me for the rest of the day (1380 mg of sodium!), but it’s certainly…

Seven notably high concept movies.

Article: Seven notably high concept movies.

The “high concept” movie (a much-abused term) is one whose premise can be summed up in a sentence, if not within the title itself — for instance, what happens when a bored married couple’s “Date Night” goes wrong? Wacky fun! The ideas is that the easy hook goes over well with your stereotypical movie executive…

Resurrecting “The Great Mouse Detective.”

Article: Resurrecting “The Great Mouse Detective.”

When Tim Burton arrived at Disney in 1979, fresh out of CalArts, he was put to work on 1981′s “The Fox and the Hound,” one of the more forgettable films of the Disney cel animation era. It was rough for him: working on a story he had no connection to, thematically or visually, he ended…

Animators who have made the live-action leap.

Article: Animators who have made the live-action leap.

It’s a pleasant surprise to see that Brad Bird is being considered as a possible director for “Mission Impossible IV,” a game of musical chairs that is said to include “Zombieland”‘s Ruben Fleischer and Edgar Wright. Of course, “The Iron Giant” director has never helmed a live-action feature before, though that shouldn’t be a stumbling…

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