Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds Cast in Tim Burton-Produced Big Eyes
They'll play Margaret and Walter Keane, a couple whose signature paintings of wide-eyed children became a hugely commercial pop art sensation in the 1950s and '60s.
Will this save their tanking careers by doing a "serious" movie?
Interesting idea, the Keanes ended up fighting each other in court over the royalties from those godawful paintings.
The story could be turned into a black comedy, in the right hands. Like, not Tim Burton's.
I wasn't familiar with these paintings, but they are fucking hideous and creepy. Why the hell were they popular??
I'm surprised he didn't cast Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter as the Keanes...
I was just thinking of this last night because I'm reading MY WAY OF LIFE by Joan Crawford and their paintings are heavily featured in the photos of Crawford's home. I couldn't think of the artist's name. Crawford was an avid Keane collector.
The Keanes were the Thomas Kinkaids of their day, without the stores in malls. But the same taste level.
I'm sure Ryan Reynolds will set the screen on fire with his flaming ways and gay voice.
I had no idea these suckers were so expensive. A friend of mine has one she bought in the 60's. I'll have to nick it next time at her house.
At least they cast real actors! Greasy Reese has a bad, bad reputation as a Mean Girl. Ryan Reynolds could not act his way out of a paper bag.
I don't get the Reese hate.
[quote] Interesting idea, the Keanes ended up fighting each other in court over the royalties from those godawful paintings
The husband had been telling everyone that he was the artist that painted most of those pictures. He published a biography that stated it too. So the wife, who was actually the artist that painted most of the pictures took him to court. The judge challenged them to an art duel. He brought out canvases and paints and told them to both paint a picture. The husband refused and gave some bullshit excuse about an injured arm. The wife painted a picture in less than an hour. She won the court case
I am sure that Reese is lovely. If you are an A-lister. I loved her in "Election." If she can make another good movie, I would support her again in a second. She seems very into self-producing now.
I think the casting is perfect. They're both completely insipid. Like the paintings.
The prices at R11's link (thanks, R11) made me laugh out loud. I get that it's kitsch, but who would want that shit hanging in their house?
Reese was amazing in Ekection, very good in Cruel Intentions and Freeway, and held her own in Walk the Line. Haven't seen much if her more recent work, but those four make a pretty good career.
And Legally Blonde always makes me laugh. She lost her spark after the Oscar. This film is better off with Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. They are cheaper for the budget but better actors for the material. And it's interesting that Tim Burton came back on as the director. Now it will get made.
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