Tim Burton is known for his dark style. Each of his movies has a theme that includes death and sadness, but many people love them because those elements make his films beautiful. You might be one of those people whose love for Burton goes to extreme levels, but is your life like his films? It's time to find out by checking off these 12 signs.
1. You feel like people are usually "concern trolling" you. Back away trolls!
2. You live in the suburbs, but you have made sure your house (or at least your room) is the "different" one on the block.
3. Your group of friends are rather unusual, but of course lovable.
4. You drive your parents crazy and they keep reminding you of it.
5. People have asked you why can't you just be "normal" and all you want to say is:
6. Christmas decorations at your house involves skulls and other Halloween things. It's just not a proper Christmas without them.
7. When Halloween comes around your creepiness cannot be stopped!
8. No one believes you, but you have witnessed some paranormal activity.
9. Your lover is just as dark and unusual as you. It's perfect!
10. You have gone through a scary experience and wondered if you were in the after life.
11. Even your pet might fall under the "unusual" category.
12. You surround yourself with a certain type of literature.
How is your life like a Tim Burton film? Let us know by tweeting the Twitter handles below!
Celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Johnny Depp and Hugh Jackman have paid tribute to veteran comedienne Joan Rivers following her death on Thursday (04Sep14). The legendary funnywoman, 81, died at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital after she was removed from life support following a cardiac and respiratory arrest on 28 August (14).
Her daughter Melissa announced that her mum passed away just after 1pm local time, and celebrities have been paying tribute to Rivers ever since.
Fellow comedienne and longtime pal Whoopi Goldberg took to Twitter.com to share her condolences, and wrote, "My friend Joan Rivers has passed away once again to quote Billy Crystal... There are no words. Bon Voyage Joan."
News of Rivers' death comes weeks after Goldberg also paid tribute to another close friend, Robin Williams, who died last month (Aug14).
Australian actor Jackman lauded Rivers' comedic presence and wrote, "We lost one of the true originals today. Joan Rivers. A force. You will be missed," while Depp called her "An Amazing Individual", and Mel Brooks wrote, "Joan Rivers never played it safe. She was the bravest of them all. Still at the top at the end. She will be sorely missed."
Other tributes from Zoe Saldana and British comedian Ricky Gervais hit Twitter, and rocker Ozzy Osbourne thanked the late comic for being kind to his daughter Kelly - Rivers' co-host on TV show Fashion Police. He wrote, "Not only was Joan a comic genius, she was an amazing woman. Thank you for always having Kelly’s back. You will always be a legend. RIP."
Celebrities also brought levity to the tragedy of her death, recalling catty remarks Rivers had made about them on awards show red carpets. Actress Anna Kendrick said, "Being publicly told that my dress is hideous will never feel quite as awesome. You will be truly missed", singer Demi Lovato added, "RIP Joan Rivers... You made fun of my boobies just last week and it was an HONOR," and pop star Katy Perry joked, "What's the point of wearing all these dumb costumes if Joan's not here to rip them apart? RIP Joan Rivers. You are a one of a one."
Former Charmed star Rose McGowan recalled that "Joan once said I looked like a whore," and Evan Rachel Wood shared a similar sentiment, and remembered, "She once said I looked like I needed a trip to the VD (venereal disease) clinic..." before adding, "The day I was ridiculed by Joan Rivers for the way I looked was the day I felt like i made it in Hollywood."
Girls star and creator Lena Dunham even poked fun at Rivers' self-depricating extensive plastic surgery, and quipped, "I told (comedian Marc) Maron I'd have a zinger when Joan died. But I didn't think she ever would. She felt eternal, and anyway, zingers are her territory. That being said, Joan is gone but a piece of her lives on: her nose, because it's made of polyurethane."
A plethora of comedians also shared their praise for Rivers, including Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr, Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer, Wanda Sykes, Arsenio Hall, Tim Allen and Kevin Hart, as well as celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Boy George, Samuel L. Jackson, Nancy Sinatra, La Toya Jackson, Martha Stewart, Naomi Campbell, Brad Paisley, Alec Baldwin, Josh Groban, Maria Shriver, Simon Pegg, William Shatner, Ariana Grande, Vanessa Williams, Julianne Moore and John Stamos.
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There are some actors that we love to hear sing. In fact, we've compiled a list of a few performers' voices that we can't get enough of. Then there are others that really just shouldn't be given the opportunity to sing on screen. Some of them are truly terrible and some others are just misguided, but here's our look at the worst singing performances in movies.
Pierce Brosnan, Mamma Mia!
There's a reason that they used to dub actors' singing voices in musicals (Hello, Marnie Nixon!), and Brosnan is the poster child for revisiting the practice. He looks terrific in the Mediterranean locales and linen suits of Mamma Mia!, but his singing is bad enough that it almost deserves its own separate category.
Russell Crowe, Les Miserables
It's hard to know exactly what the producers were thinking when they cast Crowe in Les Miz, beyond just that he sort of looks right for the role of Inspector Javert. He certainly doesn’t sound right. Most of the rest of the cast can legitimately sing, so tossing the Gladiator star into the mix was all the more jarring.
Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
There are actually worse vocal performances in Tim Burton's film about the "Demon Barber of Fleet Street"… Alan Rickman and Helena Bonham Carter to name two. The issue with Depp's singing is that he can't seem to figure out what to do with his accent. Sometimes it's there, sometimes it's not, and sometimes it morphs into a little bit of Keith Richards/Jack Sparrow.
Alec Baldwin, Rock of Ages, or...
...Tom Cruise, Rock of Ages
We tried to pick which was worse… Baldwin singing "I Can't Fight This Feeling" with Russell Brand or Cruise singing "I Want to Know What Love Is" with Malin Akerman. There was no consensus since they're both about as bad as anything you'll ever see in a movie musical. Feel free to watch them and see if you can decide... if you can make it all the way through either one.
Drew Barrymore, Music and Lyrics
We love Barrymore, really we do. She's adorable and sweet and we like having her around. It's just that her voice is a little too thin for her to be singing on camera. We thought so in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You and we thought the same thing in her rom-com with Hugh Grant.
Michael Caine, The Muppet Christmas Carol
Okay, so it's a Muppets movie, we get it. Kermit and Miss Piggy aren't the best singers either. But both Tina Fey and Amy Adams have proven that just because you're surrounded by felt doesn't mean that you have to sing poorly. In the grand tradition of British stage actors, Caine just kind of talks his way through his singing parts. Not all traditions are good.
Cameron Diaz, My Best Friend's Wedding
Yes, the script called for her to be intentionally bad… and, by that standard, this is a dynamite performance. You know that you're in a rom-com when the crowd at a karaoke place starts going nuts for someone butchering a Dusty Springfield song.
Edward Norton, Everyone Says I Love You
This is kind of a shame, because it's clear that Norton really enjoys singing. He tosses himself into the musical performance with gusto, treating it like it's the prison cell scene from Primal Fear… which is what makes him such a good actor. It just doesn't make him a good singer. Based on Keeping the Faith and his Motorola commercial, however, it does seem like he'd be more fun at a karaoke bar than Diaz.
Adam Sandler, The Wedding Singer
Here's the mistake that a lot of people make… just because Sandler sings a lot doesn't mean that he's a good singer. We admire the fact that he likes to do it and we laughed at "The Turkey Song" and "The Hanukkah Song" on Saturday Night Live, same as everyone else… but there are limits to how much of Sandler's man-child voice that we can take. He is, however, welcome to continue serenading Barrymore once every 10 years as he did recently on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Sometimes even bad singing is sweet.
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Sparking up a ton of excitement, Winona Ryder hints to The Daily Beast that she might very well be on board for Beetlejuice 2, a sequel she suggests will, like the original, be directed by Tim Burton and star Michael Keaton. "I would never go near [a sequel] if it was not Tim and Michael," she promised to TDB. And this won't just be a sly cameo, either. It should be an all-new Lydia Deetz adventure picking up the appropriate 27 years since the last film ended, and bringing ghost advisor Betelgeuse along for the ride.
So far, Ryder, Burton, and Keaton are the only people confirmed for the movie. And while Burton has worked steadily since, often to diminishing returns, Keaton and Ryder both have stayed pretty far under the radar lately, surfacing every so often but rarely for a project as big as this. Hopefully their involvement indicates a quality script. And while Burton has been in something of a slump lately, since wrapping the upcoming biopic Big Eyes, he's made this sequel a priority, and the last time he returned for a sequel, we got the goofily unhinged Batman Returns.
So far, though, Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin don't seem to be returning as the Maitlands, the recently deceased protagonists of the original film. The more that comes out about this sequel, the less and less it sounds like a followup to the 1988 film and the more it sounds like a conclusion to the classic 1989 cartoon TV series. Now we'll just have to wait until Catherine O'Hara and her costumes from the first movie get on board to get really excited.
Who can forget the 1988 Tim Burton classic starring Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, and Geena Davis? We’re not going to say his name — lest we summon the obnoxious ghoul from beyond the grave — but you know who we’re talking about. Now 25 years later, Tim Burton and Michael Keaton have entered talks with Warner Bros. to revive the famous ghost, but how could a sequel be anywhere near as good as the original?
From the 1980s until the early 2000s, Burton put out one fantastically morbid cult movie after another: Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Corpse Bride just to name a few. Burton was the king of mixing horror with comedy in a way that could make you scream and laugh at the same time. (Well, maybe that’s not possible, but you know what we mean.) However, in recent years Burton seems to have lost his touch. It was especially apparent in 2012’s Dark Shadows, which we can all agree was not his best work.
So is Beetlejuice 2 going to be Burton’s redemption? Will he be able to get back the movie magic he once had? Or will the sequel fall victim to whatever funk Burton has been in for the past couple years? Unfortunately, it’s going to be a while before we get some answers since the film is still in the very early stages of pre-production.
But the real question on our mind isn't whether the film will be good (we’re pretty sure it won’t be), it’s how will Burton manage to include his favorites: Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter?
This morning Neil Patrick Harris and Aaron Paul, fillng in for Kate Mara, whose flight was delayed, announced the 2013 Emmy Awards nominations. Here's the full list of nominees. Did your favorite make the cut?
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey Damian Lewis, Homeland Kevin Spacey, House of Cards Jon Hamm, Mad Men Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey Claire Danes, Homeland Robin Wright, House of Cards Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men Connie Britton, Nashville Kerry Washington, Scandal
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie Michael Douglas, Behind the Candelabra Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra Toby Jones, The Girl Benedict Cumberbatch, Parade's End Al Pacino, Phil Spector
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Asylum Laura Linney, The Big C Helen Mirren, Phil Spector Sigourney Weaver, Political Animals Elisabeth Moss, Top of the Lake
Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program Ryan Seacrest, American Idol Betty White, Betty White's Off Their Rockers Tom Bergeron, Dancing With The Stars Heidi Klum, Project Runway Tim Gunn, Project Runway Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance Anthony Bourdain, The Taste
Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series Jason Bateman, Arrested Development Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory Matt Leblanc, Episodes Don Cheadle, House of Lies Louis C.K., Louie Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series Laura Dern, Enlightened Lena Dunham, Girls Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation Tina Fey, 30 Rock Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Outstanding Reality - Competition Program The Amazing Race Dancing With The Stars Project Runway So You Think You Can DanceTop Chef The Voice
Outstanding Variety Series The Colbert Report The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Jimmy Kimmel Live Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Real Time With Bill Maher Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie American Horror Story: Asylum Behind The Candelabra The Bible Phil Spector Political Animals Top Of The Lake
Outstanding Comedy Series The Big Bang Theory Girls Louie 30 Rock Veep
Outstanding Drama Series Breaking Bad Downton Abbey Game Of Thrones Homeland House Of Cards Mad Men
Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad Jim Carter, Downton Abbey Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones Morena Baccarin, Homeland Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
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This week has been a sh**ty one. There's no other way to say it. Our country has seen more loss and experienced more tears this week than it has in a long time. Between the tragic Boston Marathon bombings and the West, Tex. fertilizer plant explosion, the death toll has piled up.
But in the middle of all this terror, America has come together to fight against the pain that others are trying to inflict on us. With thoughts and prayers echoed around the country — and world — America will forever remember the victims of this week's tragic events.
Check out 10 touching tweets from this sad week.
1. Alec Baldwin: "The bravery and effectiveness of police is a blessing. Their presence is welcome, in times like these. Yet it highlights something."
The bravery and effectiveness of police is a blessing.Their presence is welcome, in times likethese. Yet it highlights something.
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) April 19, 2013
2. Paula Pell: "Everyone who isn't in Boston or West Tx right now needs to say a big deep prayer for safety and healing to whomever or whatever you look to."
Everyone who isn't in Boston or West Tx right now needs to say a big deep prayer for safety and healing to whomever or whatever you look to.
— Paula Pell (@perlapell) April 19, 2013
3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: "My thoughts and prayers for the people in Boston. Please donate if you can, http://RedCrossBlood.org/MA"
My thoughts and prayers for the people in Boston.Please donate if you can, RedCrossBlood.org/MA
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) April 15, 2013
4. Barack Obama: "'We may be momentarily knocked off our feet, but we will pick ourselves up. We will keep going. We will finish the race.' —President Obama"
“We may be momentarily knocked off our feet, but we will pick ourselves up. We will keep going. We will finish the race.” —President Obama
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 18, 2013
5. Redbook magazine: "Everyone in Boston and the surrounding area, please stay safe. Our thoughts are with you."
Everyone in Boston and the surrounding area, please stay safe. Our thoughts are with you.
— REDBOOK (@redbookmag) April 19, 2013
6. Pope Francis: "Please join me in praying for the victims of the explosion in Texas and their families."
Please join me in praying for the victims of the explosion in Texas and their families.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 18, 2013
7. Tim McGraw: "The courage and compassion of our first responders and bystanders who selflessly jumped in to help inspires us all."
The courage and compassion of our first responders and bystanders who selflessly jumped in to help inspires us all.
— Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) April 16, 2013
8. Texas Rangers: "Our thoughts are with our fellow Texans in the city of West tonight as they recover from tonight's explosion. #TexasLove #WestTx"
Our thoughts are with our fellow Texans in the city of West tonight as they recover from tonight's explosion. #TexasLove #WestTx
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) April 18, 2013
9. Kevin Jonas: "West Texas you are in our prayers. This has been a tough week and we will keep praying"
West Texas you are in our prayers.This has been a tough week and we will keep praying
— kevin jonas (@kevinjonas) April 18, 2013
10. Eva Longoria: "Keeping the people of West, Texas in my thoughts and prayers. http://bit.ly/1011arp"
Keeping the people of West, Texas in my thoughts and prayers. bit.ly/1011arp
— Eva Longoria (@EvaLongoria) April 18, 2013
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With Hollywood providing an increasingly fertile ground for Broadway adaptations, a movie like Big Fish — a family-friendly fantasy about the powers of imagination and storytelling — is a prime choice for the stage, and for a few flourescent ballads about love and life and growing up and time stopping and all that jazz. Yes, Tim Burton's 2003 hit is pretty much the archetypal candidate for a musical reboot. And the first song from the production, available now for all to enjoy, backs this theory.
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Below, you can listen to "Time Stops," as performed by Norbert Leo Butz (taking the starring role from Ewan McGregor) and Kate Baldwin as his meant-to-be, a number that's bound to earn a couple of dozen replays, if only for Butz's terrific vocal performance. Sure, the song is a typical, candy-coated, pushing-the-boundaries-of-generic movie-to-Broadway ballad... but hey, if it ain't broke. Enjoy the soft and sentimental song below; Big Fish hits the Broadway stage this October.
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