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A look back at “Edward Scissorhands” 25 years after its release

A look back at “Edward Scissorhands” 25 years after its release

The Huffington Post marked the 25 years old release of Edward Scissorhand (that’s being re-released via restored, special-edition Blu-Ray) in a phone chat with screenwriter Caroline Thompson and production designer Bo Welch. On the chat they talked how was the approach with Tim Burton, how they dealt with shooting in a real neighborhood, and how was to deal with the studio back then.

On crafting the story:

Thompson: “Tim had just done ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure’ and I had written a novel that was sort of an angrier, more adolescent precursor — a ‘Frankenstein’-style story — to ‘Edward Scissorhands,’ and we were represented by the same agency. The agents didn’t know what to do with him and they didn’t know what to do with me, so they introduced us. We had lunch together and we immediately felt a bond and became very good friends. Tim told me about a drawing he had made in high school of a character who had scissors instead of hands and I said, ‘Stop right now. I kind of know exactly what to do with that.’ And three weeks later, I gave him a 70-page prose treatment version of what actually was very close to the movie that we made.”

On adding to Tim Burton’s aesthetic:

Welch: “I had done ‘Beetlejuice’ with Tim, which was a learning experience for me, so by the time I did ‘Edward Scissorhands’ with Tim, I totally got his aesthetic. I’m there basically to serve his vision of the film. Tim draws very well, so mainly he’d draw characters. I remember, early on, looking at the drawing of Edward Scissorhands that he had done, and like all of his drawings, it ended up looking just like the character looks in the film, more or less. I looked at those as my cue on where to go design-wise, but in reading the script, I’d read about where Edward lives and where he comes from and his adjacency to a model suburban neighborhood. And I asked, ‘So these two things that are so different are going to coexist in the same film?’ And Tim goes, ‘Yes!’ First I designed where Edward lives, and then we scouted neighborhoods, by photographs, all over the U.S. looking for new suburbs. We landed on Florida because it just looked more graphic and it had interesting skies. Those two elements, I think, create kind of a friction next to one another. That’s the magic of that.”

On writing Edward:

Thompson: “I based the character of Edward Scissorhands on a combination of my dog and Tim. It was a love letter to Tim, really. The character was based on a dog that I had who was so ridiculously present that if she had had the physiological ability I swear she could have talked. And if you examine Edward, that’s what he’s like. He’s this dog that’s like, ‘What do you need? Here I am.’ Somebody once counted the number of words that he says in the script and I can’t recall it precisely, but I think it’s something south of 150 words. He’s basically a nonverbal character. He’s a beautiful, wild-eyed dog. Johnny nailed my dog.”

To read the full interview, head over The Huffington Post.

Happy/Sad/Confused with Winona Ryder

Winona talks with MTV’s Josh Horowitz about Experimenter. Listen the podcast:

“Experimenter” Screening at NYFF

Winona attended last night a Experimenter screening at the New York Film Festival. She was joined by co-stars Peter Sarsgaard and director Michael Almereyda in a Q&A held before the screening. A party was held after, in which she attended with boyfriend Scott Mackinlay Hahn.

Check over 100 HQ pictures added in our gallery. Experimenter is set for limited release (check theaters) and on demand on next October 16.

Pre-Order the ‘Edward Scissorhands’ 25th anniversary Blu-ray

Pre-Order the ‘Edward Scissorhands’ 25th anniversary Blu-ray

During Comic-Con it was announced that Edward Scissorhands would get a special-edition Blu-ray to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its release.

You can pre-order now the Blu-Ray (and also the DVD format) at FOX Connect.

Synopsis
Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of this beloved masterpiece starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton. Depp delivers the performance that launched his career as Edward, an irresistibly charming creation with razor-sharp metal hands and a heart of gold. Edward’s lonely life in a Gothic castle changes forever when he meets a kindhearted Avon Lady (Dianne Wiest), who takes him to a pastel paradise known as Suburbia. Thanks to his fantastic talents, Edward becomes a neighborhood sensation, but when he falls in love with Kim (Winona Ryder), he must go to extraordinary lengths to protect her.

Disc Information
Limited edition set includes collectible heart-shaped cookie cutter, topiary air freshener and paper dolls!

“The Experimenter” Trailer

The first trailer for Michael Almereyda’s (“Hamlet,” “Cymbeline”) “Experimenter” has arrived, accompained by a poster. Peter Sarsgaard leads a stellar ensemble cast which includes Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo, Anthony Edwards, Dennis Haysbert, and more, in the dramatized tale of Stanley Milgram’s “obedience research” at Yale in the 1960s. Here’s the official synopsis:

In 1961, social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted the “obedience experiments” at Yale University. The experiments observed the responses of ordinary people asked to send harmful electrical shocks to a stranger. Despite pleadings from the person they were shocking, 65 percent of subjects obeyed commands from a lab-coated authority figure to deliver potentially fatal currents. With Adolf Eichmann’s trial airing in living rooms across America, Milgram’s Kafkaesque results hit a nerve, and he was accused of being a deceptive, manipulative monster. EXPERIMENTER invites us inside Milgram’s whirring mind, beginning with his obedience research and wending a path to uncover how inner obsessions and the times in which he lived shaped a parade of human behavior inquiries.

“Experimenter” opens on October 15th. Check out the trailer and a clip from the film below.

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Edward Scissorhands to get 25th anniversary Blu-ray with exclusive Comic-Con lithograph

It’s been almost 25 years since Edward Scissorhands — Tim Burton’s unlikely love story featuring Winona Ryder, Anthony Michael Hall, and Johnny Depp as the world’s most gentle Frankenstein monster. And in celebration, Fox Home Entertainment is releasing a restored, special-edition Blu-ray.

The commemorative package, which will be released on Oct. 13, can be pre-ordered at San Diego Comic-Con this week. Fans who pre-order will also be able to snag an exclusive limited-edition lithograph (above), designed by artist Mark Englert in partnership with Gallery 1988.

The set will come with collectible film-inspired premium items, and will also include never-before-seen bonus footage. Preview the package below, via ew.com:

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