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 TimĀ  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?

See another photo after the break. Read More »

Danny Elfman had a fairly high-profile falling-out with his Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 director Sam Raimi while trying to score Spider-Man 2 — a falling out that prompted the composer to declare that the two would never work together again.

Well, something happened, because now, in addition to scoring Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie, Mr. Elfman says he will be doing the score for Oz: The Great and Powerful, and likely scoring The Hunger Games, as well. Read More »

Tim Burton Skipping 3D For ‘Dark Shadows’

Tim Burton recently started production on Dark Shadows, his new big-screen version of the ’60s soap opera that is well-known for indulging a good many supernatural characters and storylines. We know the basic plot of the film and we know the cast — Johnny Depp leads the roster as Barnabas Collins, with Chloe Moretz, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Thomas McDonell, and Bella Heathcote — but that’s just the beginning.

With the art show ‘Tim Burton!’ hitting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art this coming week, he sat down for an interview, part of which turned to the ‘etheral’ tone of Dark Shadows, and the decision not to shoot it in 3D. Read More »

‘Dark Shadows’ Storyline Revealed

Tim Burton started shooting Dark Shadows this week, and along with an announcement of that fact, Warner Bros. has released the first comprehensive account of the film’s story. The basic concept behind the film is to remake the ’60s soap opera that was famous for its supernatural aspects, and one central character in particular: the vampire Barnabas Collins.

The ensemble cast includes Johnny Depp as Barnabas, and also features Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller (a new announcement for the cast), Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, and Gulliver McGrath. Read the full synopsis after the break. Read More »

After years of talk, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are finally making a film version of the ’60s supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows, and Warner Bros. has just given the film a plum date: it will open on May 11 2012. So one year from now, you’ll be able to join the argument over whether the film is the latest step for one of the most significant director/actor teams of the past two decades, or only another predictable product of Tim Burton’s well-documented idiosyncrasies. I have no idea what to expect out of the film, but the cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Moretz, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer and Jackie Earle Haley, which should be a lineup strong enough to convince even the Burton-averse to take a look.

After the break, info on releases for The Rock’s next movie, and a Will Ferrell/Zack Galifianakis pairing. Read More »

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Will Chloe Moretz Be in ‘Dark Shadows’?

UPDATE: Deadline and Variety both report that Chloe Moretz is in talks for the Dark Shadows role. She’ll play Carolyn, daughter to Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer). Original article follows.

Time for a little speculation. Just a couple days back Thomas McDonell was cast in Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows; he’ll play the young version of Johnny Depp‘s character Barnabas Collins. But his casting was ‘announced’ a couple days earlier in a message board post, which also said that Chloe Moretz was cast. And now the young actress is saying that she’s landed a gig in something huge, but won’t say what the film is. Are they one and the same? Read More »

While the idea of Tim Burton doing yet another film with Johnny Depp is almost as predictable as the sunrise, it is difficult to deny the power of the cast they’ve pulled together for the big-screen version of supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows. In addition to Johnny Depp playing Barnabas Collins, the film boasts Jackie Earle Haley, Eva Green, Bella Heathcote, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter.

Now Thomas McDonell, part of Disney’s film Prom, has a role, and Michael Sheen is said to be circling another. Read More »

Tim Burton may have found his Elizabeth Collins Stoddard. The director is quickly assembling the cast for a big-screen version of the ’60s supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows, with Johnny Depp leading the cast as Barnabas Collins. Now he’s got Michelle Pfeiffer — famous for many roles, but not least for playing Catwoman in Batman Returns — in talks to play Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the matriarch of the family around which the soap was based. Read More »