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 »

Eva Green Cast in ‘Dark Shadows’

Casting is starting to heat up for Dark Shadows, a project it feels like we’ve been hearing about for a very long time now. The movie will be yet another pairing between director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp. In this cast the latter will play vampire Barnabas Collins in a big-screen revival of the ’60s supernatural soap opera.

We’ve heard other possible casting in the past 24 hours, like Jackie Earle Haley and Bella Heathcote, and now Eva Green has been cast opposite Johnny Depp as a sort of romantic interest who ends up being an enemy. Read More »

Tim Burton is planning to follow up his 3D Alice in Wonderland with a long-planned big-screen version of the cult ’60s vampire soap opera Dark Shadows. The film is being produced by Dark Shadows superfan Johnny Depp, who has long hoped to play lead character Barnabas Collins. Now he gets his chance. The film is reportedly set to shoot early this year, but no other cast has been announced.

Now Jackie Earle Haley and Bella Heathcote are reportedly in talks for key roles. Read More »

A Nightmare On Elm Street

There’s a joke at the center of A Nightmare on Elm Street, a very simple one, that would be hilarious if it wasn’t so damning. The joke is that a film about kids desperately trying to stay awake is so incredibly good at putting me to sleep.

A hybrid re-imagining and remake of Wes Craven‘s 1984 original, this Nightmare feels like it has been glued together out of ill-fitting parts. A shot for shot sequence remake here, characters mixed and matched there, and a Freddy Krueger that is far more vile than the original, yet significantly less interesting to watch. You’d think those two aspects might correspond. A more realistic, disgusting Krueger should be less overtly entertaining than Robert Englund’s version, which worked one-liners for over a decade. That’s part of it, but the one-liners aren’t actually gone, while the grim approach isn’t more frightening.

In the hands of director Samuel Bayer, multiple screenwriters and Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes, this is a would-be serious horror film with nothing to say, and no imagination to fall back on. Read More »

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

Back in June, I has a chance to visit the set of Platinum Dunes remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street with a group of online journalists. This week we will be publishing the interviews we conducted on the set of the movie. After the jump you can read the short interview with actor Jackie Earle Haley, who plays Freddy Krueger in the film.

Haley was nominated for an Academy Award for playing a child molester in Little Children, and just appeared as a crazy mental patient in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming Shutter Island. Most readers probably know him as Rorschach in Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Watchmen. To me, Haley possesses the perfect balance of creepiness and intelligence needed for the character of Freddy.

We caught up with Haley in his trailer, after he had just undergone four and a half hours in the make-up trailer. We also got a few more words for Haley, on set, in between takes. Read the full interview after the jump.

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The other day when Peter Sarsgaard was cast as Hector Hammond, the primary villain in Green Lantern, a few evidently took this as implicit confirmation that classic Green Lantern baddie Sinestro is not in the film. That isn’t the case, and HitFix has a great rundown on what role the eventually villainous Sinestro plays in the film, and in the series overall should the first film be successful enough to warrant another. Read More »

A Nightmare on Elm Street remake logo

Final Destination just hit DVD, and bundled on the disc is a short behind the scenes preview of the upcoming remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, from Platinum Dunes. The clip shows off some new footage, including the creation of Freddy Krueger’s knives, and has a few quick interview clips with Jackie Earle Haley, who plays this incarnation of the horror icon.

I’m still on the fence about this one; so much of what we’ve seen from Sam Bayer’s version of the story looks too much like a beat-by-beat regurgitation of the original, with a scant few new touches. But I love Haley, and I’d be thrilled if this turned out to be as much fun as the first and third films in the original series.

Check out the clip after the break. The quality is low, and we’ll update when a better one is available. For the time being, however, the fuzzy quality almost helps the clip; it feels like the original films did when I watched them on VHS 20 years ago. Read More »

New Human Target Promo Trailer

Human Target

Fox has aired this new promo trailer for Human Target starring Mark Valley (Fringe) and Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), the television series adaptation of the DC Comics Vertigo-label comic. Watch it now after the jump.

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Probably the most disappointing thing about Green Lantern is that the protracted and delayed production is going to ensure, without any doubt, that director Martin Campbell can’t be in charge of the next Bond film and turn that franchise round again (for the third time).

It’s not all bad news, though. On the plus side, a new rumour has pegged Jackie Earle Haley for the role of Sinestro in the picture. You may recall that he’s the mentor character that might just turn out to be a baddie (if they don’t save that for the sequel). The same unnamed gossipmonger has Superman down for a cameo role in the film, which sounds like a wild and unlikely idea but the character was in at least one draft of the script and since Marvel’s multi-picture mashup scheme, I wouldn’t be surprised to see DC try a similar tactic.

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