amy adams big eyes tim burtonIt's been a while since Tim Burton has done a smaller, more personal film. Over the last decade, Burton has been unreasonably productive, but the projects are typically large-scale studio projects or brands that originated elsewhere that Burton is able to put his distinctive stamp on -- everything from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" to "Dark Shadows." Well, this Christmas, Burton is getting back in the game with a small project based around a true-life tale -- just like Burton's very best movie, 1994's "Ed Wood." And thanks to USA Today, you can get a sneak peek of the Christmas Day release.

The movie concerns the lives (and, most importantly, marriage) of Margaret and Walter Keane, a pair of artists who popularized mass-produced paintings in the fifties and sixties that featured portraits of small children with huge, sad eyes. Walter was said to be the painter, but it was later revealed that Margaret did the paintings. Margaret sued to get her share of the profits and... it got pretty interesting. As USA Today points out, the court case climaxed in 1986 when a judge forced the two to participate in a "paint off" in federal court. Yes, this actually happened. And it is amazing.

"This all seems so theatrical, like something you would design for a film. But that actually happened," Amy Adams, who plays Margaret, told USA Today. "Living the lie was something that weighed heavy on Margaret. But she won her name back." (Two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz plays Walter.)

The new photos, seen below, feature Adams in a blond wig, first painting one of the "Big Eyes" portraits and then, seemingly, trying to keep one of the paintings away from her husband. "Big Eyes" was written by the brilliant duo of Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who also penned "Ed Wood," and will feature a new score by regular Burton collaborator Danny Elfman. If this isn't already one of your most anticipated, Oscar bait-y movies of the year, then you're not doing it right.

"Big Eyes" is out on Christmas day via the Weinstein Company.

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Photos by Leah Gallo, The Weinstein Company

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