We’ve been very curious to see the trailer for Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp, Eva Green and Michelle Pfeiffer, but despite the film’s opening date being just a couple months away, so far we’ve seen only stills. The first trailer will arrive on Thursday, via a rather unlikely source: The Ellen Degeneres Show. Perhaps Warner Bros. thinks that the best way to debut a look at the updated supernatural soap opera is to do so in a time slot that might have held the original show?

Reglardless, we can’t see the full trailer yet, but an Ellen promo contains the first snippets of footage from the film — we’re talking little more than a few frames — and you can see it below. Read More »

Is Warner Bros. mounting the most abstract trailer release ever? We’ve seen so many new photos from Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows in the past week, it’s like the studio is just releasing the trailer one frame at a time. And it is a little bit weird that we’ve already got a trailer for the stop-motion version of Burton’s Frankenweenie, which opens in October, while we haven’ t yet seen a shred of footage for Dark Shadows, which is a mere two months away, with an opening set for May 11. (Not like the film is wanting an attention-getting cast, with the likes of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green and Michelle Pfeiffer.)

So break out your zoetrope, print out these stills and assemble your own Dark Shadows trailer. Read More »

Tim Burton has two films scheduled for release in 2012 and, earlier today, we got the trailer for the second one: Frankenweenie. That still leaves us without a good look at the Burton that comes out first, May 11th’s vampire adaptation Dark Shadows. The new issue of Vanity Fair helps curb that with some striking and evocative character portraits of stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green and Michelle Pfeiffer. Check them out after the jump. Read More »

Here’s a new image from the other Tim Burton movie that will be out in the first half of 2012. While we just saw a trailer for his producing effort Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, this is for the movie he directed after many years of talking about the project: Dark Shadows.

This look at star Johnny Depp will already be familiar to those who have been following along with the development of the film. He plays the centuries-old vampire Barnabas Collins, originally introduced in the ’60s TV soap Dark Shadows. We haven’t seen much of Eva Green, however, other than in the first pre-shoot promo shot that introduced the cast. She plays the witch Angelique Bouchard, a character that has a very specific history with Barnabas Collins.

We can’t give you a much larger look at the pic, but after the break the screenwriter of Dark Shadows offers some clues as to just what sort of film we’re in for.

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Every look we get at Johnny Depp in character as Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows seems to be a bit different. There were the freaky early on-set spy pics, followed by an official pre-shoot image (above) in which Depp looked both childish and aged, like a tall version of one of the numbered psychic kids in Akira.

The last image we saw of Depp was a bit more serious, and there was that Nosferatu-like set pic, as well. Now here’s one more that goes back to the childish look. Check it out below. Read More »

Remember when we saw a set photo featuring Johnny Depp in Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows, and he looked like a weird supernatural Michael Jackson cosplayer? We’ve seen one big official cast photo that made him look a lot better, and now there’s a good official image of Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer.

And in this one, Depp looks kind of great as the vampire Barnabas Collins. The hair, the makeup pallor, and the slight change to his nose and chin  all combine to make him look like a younger but appropriately rakish version of Collins. That’s the lone new pic, above, but read on for comments from Burton about the movie. Read More »

Reports of the death of creativity in Hollywood are probably somewhat exaggerated, but it can’t be denied that there are a lot of reboots, remakes, adaptations, sequels, prequels, etc. in the pipeline. After the jump, updates on three we’ve got our eye on:

  • Jose Padilha describes his Robocop as being about “a man being turned into a product by a corporation”
  • Tomb Raider producer Graham King confirms that he has a completed script, and explains how he took inspiration from Rise of the Planet of the Apes
  • Dark Shadows star Helena Bonham Carter discusses what makes Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows such a tough sell

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The first images we saw from Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows were cause for concern: paparazzi photos of Johnny Depp in extreme whiteface and a more than slightly Michael Jackson-inspired getup. Warner Bros. countered with an official still showing the entire cast, and that mollified fans (somewhat) who had become concerned about the film’s direction.

Now there are two new snaps, and one features Depp in pretty full vampiric effect, with blood all over his clawed hand. He’s even channeling an old-school Nosferatu sort of vibe, which might help convince rubberneckers that this is a movie, not a trainwreck. Read More »

First Official Look: Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows’

The first images we saw of Tim Burton‘s feature version of Dark Shadows were not flattering. They showed Johnny Depp heavily made up as the vampire Barnabas Collins, looking more like a Michael Jackson cosplayer than anything else.

Now Warner Bros. has released the first official image of the entire Dark Shadows cast, and though Depp still looks odd — almost like a child dressing up as Barnabas — the look is a lot better as he’s centered in this family portrait. Check out the full image below. Read More »

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Prognosticators of doom and gloom for Tim  Burton‘s latest effort, here’s your biggest opening to date. These are the first set pics of Johnny Depp on the set of Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, and at the very best, he looks like a dandied-up zombie version of Michael Jackson as he might exist in Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy.

What’s the context here? Is this how Depp will look as Barnabas Collins throughout the film? Is the makeup highly exaggerated for the purpose of lighting or effects? Has Collins smeared zinc oxide all over his face so he can withstand sunlight? And even if so, why does his hair look like an ultra-stylized flapper ‘do from what we can see under that fancy hat? The only question I can answer definitively would be this: “are these photos absolutely the wrong way to get a first look at this incarnation of Barnabas?” (That one gets a resounding ‘yes,’ by the way.) Regardless of answers, Tim Burton, why do you keep doing this to Johnny Depp?

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