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New Photos from "Theory of Everything" & "Big Eyes"

Three new stills for movies about complicated marriages among brilliant people. Expect trailers very shortly. First up is Theory of Everything coming November 7th and based on Jane Hawking's autobiography "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen"

A few thoughts I had... uncensored as they come to me. 

• Felicity Jones always makes me think of Like Crazy & The Tempest. I did not fall. Unless you mean like crazy annoyed with her. Can she suddenly be fascinating in this?
• This might easily fall into the stock "supportive wife" role syndrome (not that Oscar will mind. But we might) even if it is from her perspective?
• Is Eddie Redmayne the best-looking gawky nerdstar ever? There's something about him that shouldn't really work as a leading man onscreen and yet he sure does... work it. You know?
• I'm glad this isn't named after the book... people might be expecting a sci-fi time travel flick
• Golden light is shorthand for romantic aura / nostalgia

The other new stills are from Tim Burton's Big Eyes, coming Christmas Day starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz as the Keanes. The wife did the big eye paintings and the husband got credit for them. 

 • Whenever they show actors painting or drawing onscreen I am INSTANTLY looking to see if they're actually doing anything... kind of the way when an actor plays piano I stare intensely at the hands and dread the cut to closeup of their hands when the actor is replaced by a person who can do that thing. It annoys me that I do this, trust, but I can't help it.
• Closeups of actors hands...it's never them! Remember when Robin Bartlett told me she didn't scribble that note to Leo in Shutter Island.
• There's almost nothing I dislike more aesthetically (from disappointment rather than unattractiveness) than when redheads go blonde for movies. I want them ALWAYS ginger.

• Love the red light in this picture. The cinematography is by 4 time Oscar nominee Bruno Delbonnel in case you were wondering.
• I want this to be good so badly. But the odds... I'm just going to whisper Ed Wood over and over to myself and hope for the best
• Big Eyes would also be a good name for a documentary exploring the physiogonomy of actors since so many of them have unnaturally ginormous orbs. All the better to expose the inner humanity of their characters.
• I got a new computer! *



What does this have to do with Big Eyes, you ask? Well, I'm slightly traumatized because even though it's gorgeously super-sized most of my old programs don't work anymore because it's so new, so I'm trying to come up with solutions so i can manipulate images and the Oscar charts again. IF photoshop was working I would be manipulating this image right now so that it showed them fighting over Christoph Waltz's two Oscars instead of a painting. He only deserved one of them, so surely he should give ONE to Amy who has way more range.

It's only right! 


* I know I already said this this morning but the excitement overfloweth. It's been like seven years since I got a new desktop!

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I am sorry, I like Adams very much, but in a single movie as Landa Waltz showed more range than her in Adams in her whole career. And I was rooting for TLJ, but his second win was far from a travesty. He's excellent in Django, too. And I saw Carnage again this other day and he was FIERCE. I understand the fatigue, but let's not pretend he isn't awesome.

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

let's not pretend he isn't awesome

Why not? Glenn Close is an overrated ham to you. One of the finest American film actresses of all-time and Oscar-less! And you're happy about that. Waltz is in the two-timers club because voters were divided. No one wanted to give De Niro a second Supporting Actor trophy. Arkin was the Jacki Weaver of his category. They assumed Hoffman was in the category simply to boost his nomination count and would prefer to give him a second one in Best Actor. Jones should have likely taken this, but they are never interested in actually giving wins to Spielberg directed performances. Yes Day-Lewis won for a performance in a Steven Spielberg film that the Academy will give no credit to Spielberg for.

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

Those photos of Amy are not very inspiring. Quite worried about that one.

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMia

I know exactly what you mean about the redhead's wearing blonde wigs. The only fault in the design of "Far from Heaven".

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Felicity Jones always reminds me of Emma Roberts, and then I think I don't like her.

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoey

Did you catch Felicity Jones's one-episode appearance as Richard E. Grant's daughter on the last season of GIRLS? It was the first time I "got" her.

I've been on board with Eddie R. ever since he skinny-dipped with Michelle Williams in MY WEEK WITH MARILYN.

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSan FranCinema

Congrats on the new computer, Nat! Anyway, I actually like Adams as a blonde. It is her natural hair color after all and it works for her. As for Big Eyes; I'll certainly give it a try because of the cast but Burton inspires no real confidence in me that this will be watchable.

I've only seen Felicity Jones in Like Crazy, her one episode cameo on Girls and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. I disliked Like Crazy for several reasons beyond her, she was good on Girls and she was just there in TASM2. Therefore, I'll need to see her in more before I make any final judgements on her talent (or lack there of).

Joey - I think Emma Roberts works best when she's playing a bitchy character. When she tries to play sweet/innocent, I just don't buy it.

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Armour

Apparently Amy did all her own painting in the shots and even took lessons from Margaret Keane. At least that's encouraging to hear.

Her blonde wig is giving me LIFE. I am here for the year of the Adams.

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

Since Amy is a natural blonde anyway, maybe this finally will be the key to her Oscar success!

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

I know what you mean about the piano playing. It irritates me when actors playing string players are obviously not doing anything that would produce the sounds heard on the soundtrack, too

August 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

I want Amy to win the Oscar for this!

August 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercraver

I like Amy just fine, but she kind of reminds me of Renee Zellweger in the early '00s and Kate Winslet in the late '00s. She's doing prestige movie after prestige movie. Girl wants that Oscar. Yes she's working with great directors but she feels so stale. I just can't see her doing a truly outré and daring role like a Birth or a We Need to Talk About Kevin or a Rust & Bone or an Under the Skin (ok, you get the point). Anyways, I wish her the best and hope Big Eyes lives up to the hype, although my expectations are purposefully low judging by Burton's last few efforts.

August 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

I think Amy looks quite lovely in the first picture.
The problem is roles like that hardly win anymore.
But I still wish Amy all the best and really hope BE is more in the veins of Ed Wood, even if it's not that great. Hope dies last.

I don't mind anyone changing his/her hair color if the role requires it.
Maybe we should do a top 10 of best hair colored characters?
Better than seeing the actor/actress looking very much the same in every movie.

August 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

When cal said "Landa Waltz" I thought he was referencing an obscure actress I'd never heard of.

August 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

Buying a new computer ate a good part of my holidays budget (Menorca > Ibiza any day, in spite -or precisely because- all the celebrities around). So, I'm with you in not knowing how to adjust everything to normal again.

August 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

A lot of famous redheads are natural blondes. And by a lot I mean at least Amy Adams and Emma Stone.

August 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJonn

Nathaniel - I am on board with a re-division of the spoils, Waltz could surely give one to Amy Adams who has given me such pleasure in recent years. But since that is not going to happen, we just have to hope that Adams wins soon. I don't mind her as a blonde, I just hope it's a good script.

Arkaan - I wondered who Landa Waltz was for a moment too! It's still very early in the morning.

August 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLadyEdith

Any film Eddie Redmayne's in must be avoided.

August 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermark

You're SO right about the Felicity Jones suffering wife role. The image even reminds me of the screen moment with Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe dressed up standing beside the fountain, and we know she's going to stand by her man no matter what.

August 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

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