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You know you're in for a crazy and interesting ride when Johnny Depp and Tim Burton pair up (Dark Shadows aside) and that's exactly what we got in this razor-sharp musical. MORE >> Posted 12.21.12 by Chris
That's a heck of a handshake you got there, Ed. You'll never guess who almost played the title role >> Posted 12.07.12 by Chris
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When it was released in May, director Tim Burton's adaptation of Dark Shadows didn't have a chance at the box office due to the juggernaut that was The Avengers. Mixed reviews didn't help, nor did the expectations that come with a Burton-Johnny Depp movie. The eighth collaboration between the director and actor, Dark Shadows struggled to connect with fans of the late 1960s-early 70s soap opera who didn't appreciate the joke-y tone of movie, nor did it please Burton's ardent fans, who have, understandably or not, grown disenchanted with some of the director's recent output. reelz: for movie recommendations
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Was Johnny Depp there? Because that could have been awkward. complete red carpet coverage
Weeknights after the movies Posted 09.25.12 by reelz
During Thursday's Disney Panel at the 2012 Comic-Con, the studio and director Tim Burton revealed a couple clips from the upcoming 3-D stop-motion animated Frankenweenie, but not before opening the panel with a new, retro homage trailer for the movie. Thankfully for all that could not attend, the studio has made the trailer available online. The panel was moderated by The Nerdist's Chris Hardwick.
Originally a short Burton made in 1984 (that fared so poorly it got Burton fired as an animator from Disney), Burton discussed the genesis of the movie, which follows a young boy named Victor who, after losing his pet dog Sparky, finds a way to bring him back.
watch the trailer and read more of our panel coverage >> Posted 07.13.12 by Ryan
It was actually one of the first shorts when I first started working at Disney. I got to do it in live-action — because I was a really bad animator — so they let me try live-action, which was great because I had to learn how to talk to people for the first time and deal with actors, so it was very, very special for me. It stemmed from having a dead dog when I was a child, and that special first relationship you have with a pet. And then [you add] monster movies and Frankenstein and so it just seemed like a good connection.
It was originally designed to go out with an animated film [the re-release of Pinnochio] and when we showed the short, everybody all freaked out, and then when we watched Pinnochio, and half the audience of kids were screaming and leaving. People forget that Disney films were founded on stuff that's got heart and stuff that's a bit scary and all that sort of thing, so, to me, it's the perfect Disney movie.
While not all fans of director Tim Burton have been pleased with his recent output (evidenced by audiences virtually ignoring last month's Dark Shadows), October's stop-motion animated Frankenweenie has so far looked like the project that Burton-heads can get behind as it creates yet another visually strange world with Burton's signature sense of humor.
Arguably, Frankenweenie is the project Burton has been working on the longest. It is based on his own 1984 short of the same name that got him fired from Disney where he was working as an animator and storyboard artist. Disney is clearly over it, as the studio has signed up to distribute the movie, which follows a young boy named Victor who loses his beloved dog Sparky in a tragic accident. Borrowing from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor brings Sparky back, and, unlike the first trailer released in March, that reanimation process (and people's reaction to it) is the focus of the latest trailer for the movie. watch the trailer >> Posted 06.27.12 by Ryan
With Dark Shadows arriving in theaters today, fans will finally get a chance to see Johnny Depp's take on the vampire craze that's sweeping through TV and movies. During the movie's press conference, Depp revealed that Dark Shadows is "a kind of rebellion against vampires that look like, you know, underwear models," so it's a solid guess that Depp wasn't watching DVDs of The Vampire Diaries for inspiration. In fact, Depp also revealed that his performance as the 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins was mostly based on Jonathan Frid's portrayal of the character from the Dark Shadows soap opera that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971.
more from depp and watch the two TV spots >> Posted 05.11.12 by Ryan
Approaching Barnabas, even in the early days of trying to explore the possibilities of the character, no matter where you went in your head, if you tried to veer away from the original Jonathan Frid character, it was apparent to both Tim [Burton] and myself that it had to be rooted in Jonathan Frid's character of Barnabas. It just had to be. It was so classic and the sort of classic monster, you know like Fangoria magazine and that sort of thing. In terms of that, Jonathan did have, when he was playing Barnabas, there was a kind of rigidity to him, kind of that pole up the back, an elegance that was always there.
Director Tim Burton's upcoming Dark Shadows won't be the first TV series to move to the big screen, but it is one of the few to boast more than 1,200 episodes. Screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) was tasked with turning the TV show's many characters, plot twists, and tone into a single script. During the Dark Shadows press conference over the weekend, Grahame-Smith admitted that he hadn't exactly pored over every single minute of the show. "You can't sit down and watch 1250-some-odd episodes," said Grahame-Smith before Burton interrupted: "Without wanting to kill yourself." Luckily, for Grahame-Smith, he had some help.
more from Grahame-smith and Burton talks sequel >> Posted 05.09.12 by Ryan
When I came into it, there had been materials that were given to me, DVDs of compilations that actual Dark Shadows experts had put together, like, these are the seminal moments. I was given book of characters and plot lines and just studied them. And then, I remember we had our first meeting — Tim and Johnny [Depp] and I — [and] just sat around a table and started talking about the things that they loved about the show and talking about moments that would be fun to explore.