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Is Tim Burton Directing ‘Beetlejuice 2′?

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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!

Can You Even Imagine How Amazing This Will Be?

Tim Burton’s on this whole fairy tale kick as of late and while both Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice in Wonderland were kind of “eh” in my opinion, I am all about what’s rumored to be his next project: Maleficent. And guess who’s might be playing the lead? The only person who could, of course: Angelina Jolie.

Maleficent! Remember that bitch? The evil fairy godmother from Sleeping Beauty? Burton wants to re-tell the classic story from her point of view. Now you know that that’s going to be off the chain. It’s been a minute since I’ve seen a big-budget movie staring a kick-ass female and look at the Disney version of the same character from years ago:

OK, yeah. I’ll be seeing this if it gets made. Don’t go too crazy, Burton. Don’t mess this one up.

Alice in Wonderland Takes the Box Office

For the second week in a row, Alice in Wonderland was the box-office leader, pulling in $62 million. I haven’t seen it yet, but I think I want to. I’m just worried that after the first 15 minutes I’ll get bored with how beautiful it is and be like, “Oh, yeah, it’s the Alice in Wonderland story, who cares?” Let me know if you’ve seen it and what you thought. Worth seeing in theaters or wait for DVD?

Matt Damon’s Green Zone was the second-biggest draw, with $14.5 million domestically. As a giant Matt Damon fan, I saw this on Friday, and it was decent. As far as Matt Damon action movies go, it was kind of so-so. Like, the premise of the entire movie is “George Bush is intentionally lying about the presence of WMDs in Iraq.” Which, true or not, is kind of an overplayed concept. I was waiting for the exciting and creative twist, but it didn’t come. However: Matt Damon looked really, really good the whole time. Matt Damon should wear Army fatigues everywhere he goes. I may get easily bored of Johnny Depp looking like Carrot Top in a giant hat, but I will never tire of Matt Damon dressed in Army fatigues. If Matt Damon ever does a movie where he plays a fireman I will probably kill his wife in a jealous blackout go see it.

This Was Taken at a Tribute Event for Tim Burton, But Still …

Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen at Tim Burton Tribute Event Pictures Photos

Mary-Kate’s lipstick is creeping me out a little bit. Like I’d be scared to go to her for a haircut, you know what I mean?

The Olsen duo made an appearance at the Tim Burton tribute at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

Also there, making one of what I’m sure will be a million future red carpet appearances to come, was Gabourey Sidibe, the star of the uber-buzzing Precious.

Gabourey Sidibe at Tim Burton Tribute Event at Museum of Modern Art in New York City Pictures Photos

Plus: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Danny DeVito, Veronica Webb, the lovely Ashley Greene, and Brooke Shields.