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Burton talks Alice, TDK

10.16.2008

This weekend Tim Burton will be receiving the "Immortal Award" at Spike TV's Scream Awards and JoBlo.com will be there to bring you all the scoop from the event. But in preparation for the big day, Burton opened up to the Los Angeles Times about ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Johnny Depp, THE DARK KNIGHT and the chances of him directing a SANFORD AND SON movie. Seriously.

On ALICE IN WONDERLAND: The story is obviously a classic with iconic images and ideas and thoughts. But with all the movie versions, well, I've just never seen one that really had any impact to me....The goal is to try to make it an engaging movie where you get some of the psychology and kind of bring a freshness but also keep the classic nature of 'Alice.' And, you know, getting to do it in 3-D fits the material quite well. So I'm excited about making it a new version but also have the elements that people expect when they think of the material.

On Depp playing another oddball in a Tim Burton movie: He loves doing that. That's never a problem. He doesn't like to be the same way twice. That's good, it always keeps it fresh and all. And he likes the material we have here and he gets it. It's nice to have people involved that are fans of the material and all.

On THE DARK KNIGHT: I haven't seen it yet. I'm just, you know, busy. I do want to see it. I've heard it's very good. And I'm sure it is very good. Mostly everybody that I know that has seen it has said that it's very good and I take their word for it.

On "Sanford and Son": What you grow up with is what influences you. I was definitely of a generation where the things I grew up watching still have impact on me [but] I don't open up old "TV Guides" and sit there and think, "Hmmmm, 'Sanford & Son', that's the the movie I want to do."

You can read the full article at the LA Times and head back here next week to read all about the Scream Awards with video, pictures and more!

Source: LA Times

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6:19PM on 10/16/2008
... wow, I've been mostly indifferent to most of his movies, but reading those comments all made him sound a little like a smarmy jack-ass.

And, really, I think the Disney 50s 'Alice in Wonderland' is pretty fucking awesome. I'm not sure Burton using the story to 'impact' me is what I want at all.
... wow, I've been mostly indifferent to most of his movies, but reading those comments all made him sound a little like a smarmy jack-ass.

And, really, I think the Disney 50s 'Alice in Wonderland' is pretty fucking awesome. I'm not sure Burton using the story to 'impact' me is what I want at all.
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3:55PM on 10/16/2008
Big Fish.


Seriously though, I agree that many of Burton's fans are drooling fanboys who will claim anything he touches is a masterpiece, which isn't the case, he's made some pretty crappy movies, but he has also done some very good ones. He's a flawed director, but at least he's one with a unique style, that doesn't turn out generic cookie-cutter films.

You might not like Big Fish, which is fine, you're entitled to your opinion, but it's IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes scores shows that most
Big Fish.


Seriously though, I agree that many of Burton's fans are drooling fanboys who will claim anything he touches is a masterpiece, which isn't the case, he's made some pretty crappy movies, but he has also done some very good ones. He's a flawed director, but at least he's one with a unique style, that doesn't turn out generic cookie-cutter films.

You might not like Big Fish, which is fine, you're entitled to your opinion, but it's IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes scores shows that most people disagree with you.
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3:50PM on 10/16/2008

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I'm speaking as a HUGE Burton fan here and I couldn't agree with you more. The man has lost his mojo. But what you don't say is that from Ed Wood backwards the man did not make a bad film. They were all classics (and Sleepy Hollow wasn't too bad either). So that pretty much buys him as many second-chances as he wants in my book.
I'm speaking as a HUGE Burton fan here and I couldn't agree with you more. The man has lost his mojo. But what you don't say is that from Ed Wood backwards the man did not make a bad film. They were all classics (and Sleepy Hollow wasn't too bad either). So that pretty much buys him as many second-chances as he wants in my book.
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3:18PM on 10/16/2008

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Big Fish.
Big Fish.
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2:28PM on 10/16/2008

it's funny

100% of people who defend him are drooling idiots who'll watch anything.

seriously, what GREAT film has he made since Ed Wood (his last great film)?

ps. if you say Big Fish, you're a tool.
100% of people who defend him are drooling idiots who'll watch anything.

seriously, what GREAT film has he made since Ed Wood (his last great film)?

ps. if you say Big Fish, you're a tool.
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2:06PM on 10/16/2008
If SANFORD is made into a film, to be fair , it should be a disgraceful politically correct version like HONEYMOONERS. So instead of a black guy playing Sanford, they should get Tom Arnold instead. What's next, AMEN! The Movie.
If SANFORD is made into a film, to be fair , it should be a disgraceful politically correct version like HONEYMOONERS. So instead of a black guy playing Sanford, they should get Tom Arnold instead. What's next, AMEN! The Movie.
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1:53PM on 10/16/2008
"He doesn't like to be the same way twice. That's good, it always keeps it fresh and all."

Except when the only character you seem to know how to play is the oddball outsider. Then you get stale.
"He doesn't like to be the same way twice. That's good, it always keeps it fresh and all."

Except when the only character you seem to know how to play is the oddball outsider. Then you get stale.
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12:17PM on 10/16/2008

it's funny

100% of the people who call him a hack are lonely basement trolls...
100% of the people who call him a hack are lonely basement trolls...
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12:05PM on 10/16/2008

hack hack hack!!!

HACK!

sorry, something in my throat.
HACK!

sorry, something in my throat.
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11:32AM on 10/16/2008

sanford and son?????

ha ha ha ha ha ha opps i just peed my pants a little. what are these directors thinking these days??!!?? although if we can dig up redd foxx i'd probably go see it. "YOU BIG DUMMY"
ha ha ha ha ha ha opps i just peed my pants a little. what are these directors thinking these days??!!?? although if we can dig up redd foxx i'd probably go see it. "YOU BIG DUMMY"
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10:01AM on 10/16/2008
BIG FAT *NO* to a Sanford and Son movie.

Without Red Fox, what the hell could possibly make it even remotely good?
BIG FAT *NO* to a Sanford and Son movie.

Without Red Fox, what the hell could possibly make it even remotely good?
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