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PETA begs Tim Burton to change the ending to his live-action ‘Dumbo’ movie

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Hey, did you guys know that Tim Burton is working on a live-action Dumbo movie? Yes, I’m being serious. It’s happening, whether we like it or not, written by Transformers writer Ehren Kruger. Sounds like a hoot. But there’s one small problem – PETA wants him to change the movie’s ending so that Dumbo can retire at an elephant sanctuary. Uh…

From The Hollywood Reporter:

PETA on Wednesday urged the Big Eyes director to give a new ending for Dumbo where the big-eared circus performer is allowed to retire to a sanctuary.

“We’re hopeful that in your adaptation of Dumbo, the young elephant and his mother can have a truly happy ending by living out their lives at a sanctuary instead of continuing to be imprisoned and abused in the entertainment industry,” PETA senior vp Lisa Lange wrote Burton in an open letter.

Lange, in her letter, added PETA likes the original Dumbo movie and storyline “because it tells the story of the heartbreaking abuse that elephants in circuses endure.”

She adds elephants in film and TV shows, as in the circus, don’t freely perform. They instead react to a bullhook, or a sharp weapon, used to control their movements.

“They [elephants] perform because they’re afraid that they’ll be beaten if they don’t,” Lange wrote, before wishing Burton gook luck while directing Dumbo for Disney.

I think PETA needs to dream on and stop acting like every damn thing needs to be a vehicle for their beliefs. Of course I love and support animals (and I’m so happy Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is going to stop using elephants in their shows), but it’s a story. The story is what it is – it doesn’t need to be changed to fit some idealist notion.

Maybe I’m just annoyed because PETA is the worst. Eh, anyway – I doubt this will happen.

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Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton split after 13 years together

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I hate to bring a darkness to Christmas Eve, in whatever sense, but I’ve got some bad news: Earth’s favourite neo-Victorian goth couple, Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton, have split after 13 long years together. WHY, GOD, WHY? Sure, there were cheating rumours a little over a year ago, but we all thought they got past that. APPARENTLY NOT.

The couple “separated amicably earlier this year and have continued to be friends and co-parent their children,” Carter’s rep tells PEOPLE exclusively. “We would ask that you respect their privacy and that of their children during this time.”

Huh. Once again, it’s one of those “they’re still totally great friends!!!” statements that really grind my gears – but who knows, maybe they are BFFs and life is great. I doubt it, but whatever. Sad situation but hopefully they’re keeping it cordial for the kids.

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Tim Burton confirms ‘Beetlejuice’ sequel (and Winona Ryder will be in it!)


If Hump Day’s got ya down, here’s something that’ll cheer you right up again: Tim Burton has confirmed that there will indeed be a Beetlejuice sequel coming our way soon, AND that our beloved Winona Ryder will be in it!

From MTV News:

“Oh yeah,” Burton said, when MTV News asked if he’d be directing the sequel. And his response to the question of whether or not Winona Ryder would be returning?

“Oh yeah, yeah yeah yeah,” he said. “Oh yeah, oh yeah. Yeah yeah, oh yeah.”

Hear that? That’s the sound of nine “yeahs.” So if “yeahs” were Beetlejuices, we’d have three at this point. We’re still waiting on the one, but Burton did say that working with Ryder on a recent video for The Killers helped influence his decision to return to the ghostly franchise.

“I worked with [Ryder], I hadn’t seen her in awhile… and she was so great,” Burton said. “I was so happy to see her. So those kinds of elements mean something to me. Michael, and her… and that character, I just miss it, there’s some freedom about that character that I love.”

Awesome! I wasn’t a Beetlejuice fan and I don’t really like Tim Burton, but I can see the draw on this one. Let’s hope it holds up as a decent sequel.

Will you go and see Beetlejuice 2?

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Is Tim Burton Directing ‘Beetlejuice 2′?


Everyone loves Beetlejuice, right? Like, it’s a movie that still holds up after all these years and makes great background viewing every time it comes on TBS kinda thing? Well, get yourself ready, because apparently Tim Burton is in talks to direct a second installment of the movie, with Michael Keaton reprising his lead role. Bring it on!!

From The Wrap:

Tim Burton’s involvement in “Beetlejuice 2? is no longer a rumor, as he’s officially in talks to direct the sequel for Warner Bros., multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

Michael Keaton is expected to reprise his role as the titular fast-talking, black-and-white stripe-wearing ghost with the most.

The Geffen Company, which produced the 1988 classic, will produce the sequel with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg of KatzSmith Productions. Grahame-Smith, who penned the Burton-produced adaptation of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” wrote the script that Warner Bros. has confidence in.

Well, we’ll see what becomes of that one. I’m not a Tim Burton fan at all, to be honest, but I did like some of his earlier stuff like Beetlejuice (and Edward Scissorhands, obviously). Also, have any of you ever sat and thought about what a hilarious name “Edward Scissorhands” actually is? I just did, and I’m cracking up.

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Helena Bonham Carter Thinks Those Tim Burton Cheating Reports are Bullshit

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Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter have been together since 2001. They have two kids together, they live in adjoining houses in London and they apparently don’t give much of a shit about cheating reports that hit the press every once in a while. This past week, it was claimed that Burton was photographed kissing some unnamed blonde woman outside a movie theatre in Hampstead last month.

Here’s what HB(i)C’s rep had to say to The Daily Express about that one:

“This is absolute nonsense. The pictures were taken whilst they were out and the large group includes family, friends and work colleagues.”

Word, that’s probably the case. Also, LOL to these two being the subject of reports like this right now. You literally never hear anything about their lives/relationships and I think they like it that way.

I mean, I suppose this could be true, but I just don’t buy it, for whatever reason. What do you think?

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Watch This: The Trailer for Dark Shadows!

Back in January, Sarah told you guys all about this movie, Dark Shadows: it stars Johnny Depp as a vampire named Barnabus Collins, it’s based on the old television show of the same name, it’s directed by Tim Burton, and so of course it will also feature Helena Bonham Carter.

Also, doesn’t it look so good?

Ok, I know that a lot of people aren’t nearly as excited for this latest gem from Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, and that’s fair. I get that. I’ve never seen the original series, and I’d never even heard about it until I read about this movie, but I know it can be really upsetting when it feels like something you love so much gets stolen and twisted and soiled by someone else trying to celebrate it, so I won’t begrudge any haters for hatin’ on this movie I’m actually pretty excited about.

Another reason I want to see this film? Because it features Eva Green. You know who Eva Green is, right? She’s the actress who Johnny allegedly fell in love with, or at least slept with, which is what caused all those separation rumors about Johnny and his longtime lady love, Vanessa Paradis. Allegedly. And no, I haven’t heard anything about that split in a while.

But forget all the real life talk, there are vampires! And Michelle Pfeiffer, who’s always glorious! And the eternal love that is shared between Tim Burton and Johnny Depp! Everyone’s going to see this movie when it comes out in May, right?

First Look at Tim Burton’s ‘Frankenweenie’!

Photo: Director Tim Burton, hard at work on a sculpt of Sparky the Dog

I am so excited about the Tim Burton remake of Tim Burton‘s Frankenweenie! I’m so excited, I can’t stop using exclamation points! The feature-length flick is currently in production, and Entertainment Weekly has this exclusive sneak peek. In the stills, you can clearly see the two main characters—Victor, the boy, and his dog Sparky—and I’m just so dazzled. I love this aesthetic; nobody nails it like Burton. It’s a little twee, but it’s still adequately bizarre. Perfect.

Photo: Victor, reanimating his dead dog Sparky, in 'Frankenweenie'

Photo: Sparky, before the accident, in Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'

While the original Frankenweenie hardly needs to be remade—it’s timeless, it stands on its own, et cetera—I love that Burton has retained the black-and-white, vintage horror feel of the original. And I think most people are totally down with a stop-motion animated remake, anyway. I don’t know, I’m just really relieved: this seems like an earnest project, rather than a shameless cash-grab. (Planet of the Apes? Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Some classics should never be reworked. Stop tinkering with them, Burton.)

For my own part, I totally grew up on Frankenweenie. I have no idea how it happened, but I went through a weird childhood phase where I only rented 1980s TV movies starring Shelley Duvall (Frankenweenie, Frog, Faerie Tale Theatre). Frankenweenie was a super formative movie for me, not only because it essentially ruined my sense of humor, but also because it’s about death and loss and grief, which are tricky subjects for kids. (Grown-ups, too.)

Anyway, look! Look how young Daniel Stern is!