Tim Burton, a filmmaker known for his own brand of ghoulish cartoon characters, is taking on the world of wide-eyed artist, Margaret Keane, in a new movie aptly titled "Big Eyes."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the project centers on the life of Mrs. Keane and her wildly ambitious husband, Walter. The two art world hot shots rose to fame in the 1950s and '60s as a result of Margaret's kitschy paintings of doe-eyed children. But the power duo eventually divorced, resulting in a decades-long battle over the artwork created while they were married. Walter, who once likened himself to Rembrandt, claimed he was the mastermind behind the fictional characters, prompting Margaret to challenge her ex to a "paint-off" in court to prove who was the rightful artist. A paint-off did eventually happen and Margaret won, causing Walter to pay out millions in damages (though he never stopped claiming rights to their big-eyed kid paintings).

Burton has been a longtime collector of Margaret's work, and her influence can be seen in a number of his films, including "Beetlejuice" and "The Nightmare Before Christmas." So who will join Burton in his sure-to-be-insane Keane vs. Keane project? According to ARTINFO, Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Reynolds were on board at the beginning but both jumped ship before the movie took off. According to NME, Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz are now both up for playing the odd art couple.

Ms. Keane has been somewhat of a pop culture darling, serving as the subject of SNL skits, Woody Allen film scenes, and Devo music videos. What do you think of the entertainment industry's love affair with her art?

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  • “Thank You” ©2006

    “Thank You” ©2006 (Courtesy, <a href="http://www.keane-eyes.com/" target="_blank">Keane Eyes Gallery</a>, San Francisco, CA.)

  • “The Waif” ©1961

    “The Waif” ©1961 (Courtesy, <a href="http://www.keane-eyes.com/" target="_blank">Keane Eyes Gallery</a>, San Francisco, CA.)

  • “A Happy Day In Paradise” ©1999

    “A Happy Day In Paradise” ©1999 (Courtesy, <a href="http://www.keane-eyes.com/" target="_blank">Keane Eyes Gallery</a>, San Francisco, CA.)

  • “Black Gold” ©1999

    “Black Gold” ©1999 (Courtesy, <a href="http://www.keane-eyes.com/" target="_blank">Keane Eyes Gallery</a>, San Francisco, CA.)

  • “The Great Adventure” ©1986

    “The Great Adventure” ©1986 (Courtesy, <a href="http://www.keane-eyes.com/" target="_blank">Keane Eyes Gallery</a>, San Francisco, CA.)

  • “Love Makes A World Of Difference” ©1992

    “Love Makes A World Of Difference” ©1992 (Courtesy, <a href="http://www.keane-eyes.com/" target="_blank">Keane Eyes Gallery</a>, San Francisco, CA.)


Yoko Ono's Meltdown Fest Announces Lineup And It's Amazing: Patti Smith, Boy George, Siouxsie Sioux and Iggy and the Stooges are just a few of the performers set to grace the stage of this year's Meltdown Festival, curated by the one and only Yoko Ono. "I'm not pursuing big names for the sake of big names," says Ono. "I'm thinking along the lines of a concept, which is more refreshing. There will definitely be an element of feminism and the plight of women … [and] I am thinking of having one or two events where I ask men to say something strong about themselves too." (Guardian)

Shepard Fairey's Satirical Cereal: Keep your eyes peeled for Fairey's new Trusto Cereal in Obey flavor, scheduled to hit LA supermarket shelves this week. (ARTINFO)

Graham Ovenden Prints Removed From Tate: The Tate Museum in London removed Ovenden's artwork from view soon after six charges of indecency and assault were filed against the UK artist. (The Telegraph)

Elaine Stritch Says Goodbye To The Stage At 88: Yes, the magical woman who plays Jack Donaghy's mother is finally retiring from theater after a long career in cabaret. (The New York Times)

Art Rental Service Let's You Try It Before You Buy It: Do you feel wary contemplating the purchase of a pricey piece of art? Here's a service that will let you mull over your decision to collect in the comfort of your own home. (Wall Street Journal)

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  • Bringing Up Baby (1938)

    The chemistry between Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant is irresistible in this film, particularly in the scene where Grant's paleontologist character tries to tell Hepburn about her exposed backside in, where else, a museum. And who doesn't love Hepburn's pet leopard, "Baby"? "When a man is wrestling a leopard in the middle of a pond, he's in no position to run."

  • Vertigo (1958)

    When Jimmy Stewart roams through the halls of the art museum in "Vertigo," only to stumble upon Madeleine, Kim Novak's character, staring hauntingly at an old painting, you know you're watching a moment of cinematic genius. "You want to know something? I don't think Mozart's going to help at all."

  • Play it Again, Sam (1972)

    A slideshow of memorable museum scenes would not be complete with just one Woody Allen reference. Here the dry New Yorker gives us a taste of "depressed museum girl." "It restates the negativeness of the universe, the hideous, lonely emptiness of existence, nothingness, the predicament of man forced to live in a barren, godless eternity like a tiny flame flickering in an immense void of nothing but waste, horror, degradation, forming a useless, bleak straight jacket in a black, absurd cosmos."

  • Manhattan (1979)

    Mary (Diane Keaton) uses the words "derivative," "textural," "integrated," and "negative capability" all while standing in the halls of the Guggenheim Museum. What else could we expect from Woody Allen and his spot-on impressions of pretentious art patrons. "Really, you liked that?"

  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)

    Hopper, Picasso, Pollock, Cassat -- they all have cameo appearances in this iconic museum scene from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." But of course, the part we love most is when Cameron's existential crisis plays out in an intense staring contest with pointilist masterpiece, "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte," by Georges Seurat. *Witty internal monologue communicated only through blinks*

  • Ghostbusters II (1989)

    The scene where Peter Venkman hosts a photo shoot with Vigo the Cruel -- also known as Vigo the Torturer, Vigo the Despised, and Vigo the Unholy -- is Ghostbusters at its finest. And it all takes place in the restoration department of a museum. "Wasn't he also Vigo the Butch?"

  • Batman (1989)

    While you might be of the opinion that "Batman Returns" is the superior caped crusader incarnation, we bet you can still enjoy this scene from the first Tim Burton chapter, where the Joker wreaks havoc on a museum filled with works by Edgar Degas and Gilbert Stuart. Added bonus: it's set to Prince's "Partyman." "Let's broaden our minds. Prince?"

  • The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

    Not only does this scene from The Thomas Crown Affair occur in a museum -- he's trying to return a stolen Monet, after all -- but the whole thing is inspired by one of Rene Magritte's paintings, "The Son of Man." Spoiler alert: there are lots of bowler hats. "Let's play ball."

  • Russian Ark (2002)

    The entirety of "Russian Ark" takes place in the Russian State Hermitage Museum. Filmed as one uninterrupted, 90-minute long shot (the longest in movie history), viewers are shown 300 years of Russian history as the camera roams across 33 rooms and 2,000 actors. You can actually watch the whole of Alexander Sokurov's masterpiece on YouTube. "I open my eyes and I see nothing."

  • The International (2002)

    What starts out as a placid scene at the Guggenheim soon turns into very violent kill-fest, so don't say we didn't warn you. "When there's no way out, you find a deeper way in."