Screen Junkies » Tim Burton http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 04 Dec 2014 21:59:38 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Cristoph Waltz, Tim Burton, And Amy Adams All Got Together To Get Us The ‘Big Eyes’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/cristoph-waltz-tim-burton-and-amy-adams-all-got-together-to-get-us-the-big-eyes-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/cristoph-waltz-tim-burton-and-amy-adams-all-got-together-to-get-us-the-big-eyes-trailer/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:14:46 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=265244 It's regular people. TIM BURTON IS USING REGULAR PEOPLE!

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Did you ever think you’d see the day that Tim Burton released an original film about PEOPLE that didn’t feature his wife or Johnny Depp? I know. It seems crazy to me, too, but this trailer for Big Eyes is proof. The film is based in reality, following Margaret Keane and her husband Walter (Adams and Waltz) as they hawked their large-eyed paintings of children to just about everyone who would buy them. And in doing so, started an adorable little San Francisco movement.

The film seems pretty sweet, and is a welcome departure for Burton, who needs to come around to the fact that not every cinematic issue can be solved with pancake makeup.

 

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Throwback Thursday: ‘Superman Lives’, The Nicolas Cage Superman Movie That (Thankfully) Never Got Made http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/throwback-thursday-superman-lives-the-nicolas-cage-superman-movie-that-thankfully-never-got-made/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/throwback-thursday-superman-lives-the-nicolas-cage-superman-movie-that-thankfully-never-got-made/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:30:37 +0000 JasonIannone http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263304 By Jason Iannone Some actors don’t actually act. Maybe they did at one point, but they sure as hell haven’t in awhile. They become so big, and develop such famously...

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By Jason Iannone

Some actors don’t actually act. Maybe they did at one point, but they sure as hell haven’t in awhile. They become so big, and develop such famously broad personalities along the way, that it becomes virtually impossible to lose themselves in a role and convince the viewer that they ARE that character. If Tom Cruise makes a movie, nobody’s seeing his character. They might not even remember the character’s name. (Hint: It’s usually Jack.) They simply see Tom Cruise, reciting lines and acting incredibly Tom Cruise-y.

So it is with the Internet’s favorite meme, Nicolas Cage. Nobody watches a Nic Cage flick thinking he’s a better method actor than Daniel Day-Lewis. They watch it to see just how Cage-like he can get, and how many psychotically inspired witticisms spew out of his too-rich-to-care-you’re-mocking-him mouth before the credits roll. He doesn’t become a character — the character becomes him.

This makes the fact that he came within inches of playing Superman all the more insane. Yes, Superman. Back in the 1990’s, Warner Brothers was looking to revive the world’s strongest underwear model after squashing the film franchise under the weight of Richard Pryor supervilliany and the deux ex machina garbage that was “throwing every nuke on the planet into the Sun.” Many writers and directors submitted many proposals, and in 1996, Kevin Smith’s Superman Lives actually got greenlit with Tim Burton attached as director, even though Nicolas freakin’ Cage was the Man of Steel. Just look at these test photos:


While it’s certainly a decent-enough suit (except for the last one with the salon-worthy hairdo), the simple fact remains that that is not Superman. That is Nicolas Cage pretending to be Superman, and this is exactly why huge names almost never work in roles like this. Christopher Reeve was an unknown when the first film came out, so it was easy to buy him as Superman. Brandon Routh was a boring batch of white skin, nonthreatening facial features, and straight brown hair, as is Henry Cavill. Plus, since neither are superstars with over-the-top personas that seep into every role they take, it’s easy to see them as Superman. Cage, on the other hand, is Cage. Even if he somehow managed to reign in his wackiness this one time, nobody would care. Two things would have happened:

1. Everybody would watch the movie without any interest in anything other than Cage doing or saying something insane, because you don’t need the Internet to mock the same things everybody else mocks.

2. If Cage’s performance ended up being subdued and tasteful, theatergoers would walk away disappointed because he didn’t do anything dumb. They would then fire up their best impression of a guy from Saturday Night Live’s crappy Nicolas Cage impression and laugh and laugh forever. When anybody asked them what they thought of the actual film, they’d quickly reply with whatever the ‘90s version of “meh” was.


“As if?” “Whatever?” Who knows, the lobotomy helped us forget much of that decade.

Obviously, Nic Cage as Superman never came to fruition, but it wasn’t because everybody woke up and realized how thoroughly stupid the idea was. No, WB was totally on board with the idea, and only exacerbated it by adding more giant names to the Fail Pile: Tim Allen, Courtney Cox, Chris Rock, and God knows who else. Oh, and Superman was going to battle a giant mechanical spider at the end too, because if Stephen King taught us anything, it’s that giant spiders are the perfect way to end a story you have no clue how to finish otherwise.

Cage only stopped being Superman because he decided to stop being Superman. By 2000, nothing had been filmed, the script had been rewritten numerous times, the studio’s interests had shifted from “make another Superman movie” to “sell a bunch of toys and Happy Meals while maybe letting Superman fly around here and there.” After Cage realized over $30 million had gone to waste for a movie that had nothing but two whole pictures to show for it, he skipped town. As far as we know, he forfeited his pay-or-play guaranteed money by quitting on his own accord, but since the alternative was “sit on your tush while people who know nothing of Superman argue over how to make a Superman movie,” it might actually be the smartest move he’s ever made.

Ultimately, no Superman film saw celluloid until Superman Returns in 2006, which lifted the Pryor/Nukes-In-Sun weight by simply pretending they never happened. And as proof that WB had not learned their lesson from hiring a guy like Cage to play Supes, the studio’s pre-Routh choice to play the role? Will Smith.

Maybe this is why Hollywood hates creative thinking: because they’re terrible at it.

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Honest Trailers – Planet of the Apes (2001) http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-planet-of-the-apes-2001/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-planet-of-the-apes-2001/#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:33:55 +0000 Lyndsey Saul http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262644 With a new Planet of the Apes sequel dawning soon, we revisit the franchise's most disastrous hour: Tim Burton's ill-advised 2001 remake. It's a madhouse!!!!

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With a new Planet of the Apes sequel dawning soon, we revisit the franchise’s most disastrous hour: Tim Burton’s ill-advised 2001 remake. It’s a madhouse!!!!

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Honest Trailers – Alice in Wonderland (2010) http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-alice-in-wonderland-2010/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-alice-in-wonderland-2010/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 17:58:02 +0000 Lyndsey Saul http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261822 "Maleficent" is just the latest live-action fairy tale Disney reboot. Fall down the rabbit hole once again with "Alice in Wonderland," visionary Tim Burton's not-so-visionary take on the classic story.

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Maleficent” is just the latest live-action fairytale Disney reboot. Fall down the rabbit hole once again with “Alice in Wonderland,” visionary Tim Burton’s not-so-visionary take on the classic story.

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The Film Cult Presents: Edward Scissorhands http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-edward-scissorhands/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-edward-scissorhands/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:00:17 +0000 Philip Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260827 WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! Edward Scissorhands is definitely flawed. The ending is a predictable Saturday-matinee mob scene. The plot is loosely hung on a frame-work of stock characters and a fairy-tale...

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Edward Scissorhands is definitely flawed. The ending is a predictable Saturday-matinee mob scene. The plot is loosely hung on a frame-work of stock characters and a fairy-tale premise that started with Beauty and the Beast, probably before. It’s moral could ultimately be summed up as, “be nice to those who are different,” and the middle of the movie is an episodic adventure formula of what Edward can do with his hands to impress his new suburban neighbors. So why do I love this movie so much? Let’s explore why Edward Scissorhands is one of my favorite films of all times, and I don’t mean that lightly, for there are moments within that touch the sublimely heartfelt in a way no other movie can.

First and foremost, Johnny Depp and I should be friends. I think it’s pretty clear we would totally get each other. I mean, we could talk about buying islands, doing drugs with Hunter S. Thompson, what it’s like to live in France. You know, all the normal things. But, what we could really bond over is his first role in a Tim Burton film, Edward Scissorhands. Beating out Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise, and even Michael Jackson, Depp was given the part because upon his first time reading the script he wept like a newborn. I feel that, Johnny. I feel that. It’s that emotion that Depp brings to the forefront in his portrayal of Edward, that elementally gentle monster who can’t help but hurt those he loves because his very nature is dangerous.

Second, Winona Ryder as Kim. What better way to ensure chemistry between your lead actors than to have them be a real-life couple. When they look in each other’s eyes, you know it’s real. You can hear them laughing in Depp’s house overlooking the Sunset strip. You can see them walking around Venice, looking for hemp cloth and big rings that will turn their skin black, the fate of their relationship written in the stars above Los Angeles. Winona’s face, framed by that horrible wig, breaks your heart, and even as the grandmother telling her grandchild how the snow began in their neighborhood, you can’t help but fall in love with her.

Third, for being a sentimental movie about love and difference, the social commentary is caustic. The American dream of owning a house, having a cheerleader for a daughter, having barbecues with your friends, watering your lawn on a Sunday afternoon, watching football games with your son—all of that means nothing to Edward. In fact, all of that is as dangerous to him as he is to it. Ambrosia salad is awful, and the suburbs will destroy anything that doesn’t fit into its nauseatingly pastel world. By the end of the movie, when Edward realizes he must return to his mountain-top castle, he begins to literally destroy the neighborhood. As mentioned earlier, the middle of the movie is an episodic chunk of what he can mundanely do with his scissors: shrubs shaped like dinosaurs, asymmetrical haircuts for pet and owner, salad chopper, etc. Throughout all that safe suburban stuff, you’re just waiting for him to really use blades. As the townsfolk begin to swarm, after they’ve decided he’s dangerous, he destroys the wallpaper, vandalizes one of his topiaries, and punctures a stranger’s tire. And in the end, our morbid curiosity is rewarded when we get to see him finally take a life. He learns, even though he wants to so badly, he can never be a part of Kim’s life, and in so realizing, he will take down as much of that life to the best of his ability.

Also, it’s the soft moments, the nuanced yet simple writing (by the gifted screenwriter Caroline Thompson) that gets at the movie’s true heart. Take for instance, the ethics quiz Edward’s surrogate father, played by Alan Arkin, gives him near the plot’s climax. When given the scenario of finding a suitcase full of money, Edward must choose what to do: A, keep it. B, use it to buy gifts for his friends and loved ones. C, give it to the poor. D, give it to the police. When Edward replies that he’d give it to his loved ones, his surrogate mother, played by the heart-warming Diane Weist, sighs and says “Oh, Edward, it does seem that that’s what you should do, but it’s not.” Edward acts from a place of pure love, that debilitating, dangerous love that exists in the wild beyond those suffocating neighborhoods where the right answer is to give the money to the police.

But ultimately, for me anyway, it’s the moments between Edward and The Inventor, played by an aging Vincent Price in his last film role, that make this movie. In scenes with virtually no dialogue, we see The Inventor use his frightening, Gothic machines to make heart-shaped cookies. We see him read humorous poetry to a half-made Edward, instructing him that it’s okay to smile when something is funny. And in the film’s greatest moment, during a Christmas flashback, the great Inventor–the father who “didn’t wake up”–attempts to give his creation and son Edward a pair of real hands. The moment is devastating, and every time I see it, just like Johnny, I weep like a newborn.

Remember when Tim Burton used to make epic fairy tales about true outsiders in fantastical circumstances? Beetlejuice? The Nightmare Before Christmas? Pee Wee’s Big Adventure? Before he started making movies based on product potential, he made movies for us, the weird and nerdy who love like everyone else but hurt just a little more. Edward Scissorhands was the best of those films, and when Edward reached his lethal hand to us, we accepted it, blood and all. Edward Scissorhands is the greatest gift Tim Burton has given to us outsiders. I hope someday he remembers we’re still here.

 

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10 Convincing Reasons Why Beetlejuice 2 Needs To Be Made http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/reasons-beetlejuice-2-needs-to-be-made/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/reasons-beetlejuice-2-needs-to-be-made/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:35:23 +0000 Lyndsey Saul http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=259895 Michael Keaton is talking about how much he wants Beetlejuice 2 to be made. Here are 10 reasons why he's absolutely right!

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Even though Michael Keaton is currently on a press tour to promote his new movie Need For Speed, alongside Aaron Paul, there’s really only one thing on his mind: Beetlejuice 2, Beetlejuice 2, Beetlejuice 2! Though he does have a few conditions (e.g. Tim Burton must direct–DUH, if not, why bother?!). Keaton is saying he’s been keen to get back in the shoes of the ghost with the most for years. And the good news is that Tim Burton apparently IS on board with this. But Tim, if you’re still on the fence, if you still need a little convincing, here are 10 reasons why you absolutely NEED to make this movie! (Maybe I should also say Beetlejuice three times, just to be safe? He’ll always appear when you say it three times, right?)

 

1. Michael Keaton is still young enough to play the role. It would be blasphemy to cast anyone but him, but…let’s be honest, the man isn’t getting any younger. You gotta get on that while he still has the physical strength to uncoil a pair of 20 foot-long arms that are attached to inflatable mallet hands. Getting around that with CGI is NOT OK.

 

2. Beetlejuice cannot be played by an old man, because he can never age beyond the age that he was when he died, which is the age that he is as a dead guy. Otherwise, it won’t make any sense. Again, Keaton’s not getting any younger!

Beetlejuice goes into whorehouse dante's inferno room

 

3. A sequel of sorts without Michael Keaton has already been made. It was weekly, it was animated and it was for kids. And it was terrible. Just kidding, I really don’t know if it was terrible or not. What I DO know is that it didn’t have any of the dirty jokes or references to great literature in the form of miniature hellish whore houses. This wrong needs to be righted.

 

4. Beetlejuice attended the Harvard Business School and Julliard. He’s seen The Exorcist about a hundred and sixty seven times…and it keeps getting funnier every time he sees it! Can we really let those qualifications go to waste?

 

5. Sandworms.

 

6. As long as you don’t cast Helena Bonham Carter, everyone will see it. OK, so that’s just not realistic. Everyone will see it anyway.

 

7. A movie like this made using practical effects over CGI would be wonderfully refreshing. (You’d use practical effects, right, Tim??)

 

8. People have forgotten about the whole Winona Ryder shoplifting thing. In fact, people have pretty much forgotten about Winona Ryder period. Lydia, (a.k.a the “love” of Beetlejuice’s afterlife) could come back without tarnishing the film. Well, maybe a little with her bad acting. But that’s OK. It’s a comedy.

 

9. A story about bio-exorcism is always relevant. How many times have you wished you could say something as simple as “Beetlejuice” three times in order to get some awful people out of your house?  It’s completely relateable. Who wouldn’t want to again live vicariously through the person that calls on Beetlejuice to do just that for them?

 

10. Because it would be amazing. I know I’m not alone in citing Beetlejuice as one of my all-time favorite movies or in thinking that Beetlejuice is a character who a new generation of audiences would will love too. Tim, make the sequel now and make it right, before someone else does the unthinkable…and does a remake.

 

 

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Tim Burton To GIve Us A Beetlejuice Sequel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-burton-to-give-us-a-beetlejuice-sequel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-burton-to-give-us-a-beetlejuice-sequel/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:54:09 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257649 Both Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp will play Beetlejuice. Just kidding. Hopefully.

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If you say “Tim Burton” three times in the mirror, the legend says that he will appear, remake a beloved property, and Johnny Depp will receive a new hat.

Someone must have been running their mouth, because Mr. Burton has surfaced, reportedly to give us a sequel to Beetlejuice. Of course, there was a sequel planned almost immediately after the original, but life has a way of shanghaiing your plans, and Burton went on to do about ten films of dwindling quality since then.

But Michael Keaton and Geena Davis have both expressed an interest in returning, and most any girl can be made to look like Winona Ryder with the right haircut, so this thing could stay pretty true to form. No plot details are available right now, so let’s make some up: Beetlejuice goes to see Dark Shadows, is refused a refund after the film ends, then goes home and sobs for 86 minutes.

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Tim Burton To Direct Non-Depp Actors In ‘Big Eyes’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-burton-to-direct-non-depp-actors-in-big-eyes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-burton-to-direct-non-depp-actors-in-big-eyes/#comments Wed, 03 Apr 2013 01:19:54 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254244 Amy Adams and Chritoph Waltz, specifically.

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In news that’s sure to make Johnny Depp and his hats very, very sad, Tim Burton has announced a new film, and drafted several actors that don’t appear to be Johnny Depp. While one of the actors has long hair like Depp, and another is a man like Depp, it’s virtually certain that neither Amy Adams nor Christoph Waltz is Johnny Depp, which begs the questions, “Who the fuck does Tim Burton think he is? This is how he treats people he calls his friend?”

Big Eyes is the story of famed (I guess) painter Margaret Keane and her husband, Walter Keane and the couple’s rise to fame in the 50′s and 60′s. If you’re uncertain why Burton would take on such a project that isn’t cartoon-y or CGI…

Hold your goddamn horses and take a gander at Keane’s work. Right here.

Makes sense now, doesn’t it?

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Of Course He Does: Tim Burton Compares His ‘Batman’ Movies To Christopher Nolan’s http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/of-course-he-does-tim-burton-compares-his-batman-movies-to-christopher-nolans/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/of-course-he-does-tim-burton-compares-his-batman-movies-to-christopher-nolans/#comments Thu, 03 May 2012 22:57:53 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=248413 Let's find something we CAN agree on: Joel Schumacher's were the worst.

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It was neck-and-neck in my mind, then I remember that Burton’s had Danny Devito, and that was the end of that contest. 

While doing press for the upcoming Dark Shadows, Tim Burton compared his contributions to the Batman films to those of Christopher Nolan, whose The Dark Knight Rises is perhaps the most anticipated film of…ever.

Speaking about the comparisons, Burton said, “I always get told that my material is dark, but nowadays my version of Batman looks like a lighthearted romp in comparison to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight.”

I would say that while Burton’s take was certainly more noir (I think I remember one daylight scene in both films), there was a campy sense of humor that harkened back to the TV show, almost, whereas Nolan’s films have all the comedy of a crime epic like Heat.

Comparing them seems a little silly, as they’re films from two distinct directors at the top of their game. Let’s just agree that both are excellent, and the presences of Christopher Walken and Joseph Gordon-Levitt will offset each other, resulting a tie that lasts for all of eternity.

Fair?

(Screen Rant)

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Seth Grahame-Smith Updates: Wazzup With ‘Beetlejuice 2′? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/seth-grahame-smith-updates-wazzup-with-beetlejuice-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/seth-grahame-smith-updates-wazzup-with-beetlejuice-2/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2012 14:00:22 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=245185 Just Go Hawaiian already!!

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Now that Seth Grahame-Smith is putting the finishing touches on his Dead-United-States-President-fighting-vampires masterpiece, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, he has time to think about his future projects. The most important of those being Beetlejuice 2.

Though he hasn’t written the script yet, he has spoken with Michael Keaton (which essentially equals a go picture in Hollywood… twenty years ago). Believe it or not, Keaton is really excited for the project.

“I met with Michael last week,” says Seth, “and his excitement level is huge. We talked for a couple of hours about big-picture stuff. He’s been wanting to do it for twenty years and he’ll talk to anybody about it who will listen!”

Translation: Seriously. He has my home number. I’m scared.

Though we won’t get the famously scrapped sequel, Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian, we shouldn’t worry about the level of quality you expect from a Michael Keaton picture diminishing.

“It’s a priority for Warners and it’s a priority for Tim.” But he’s keen to emphasise that he doesn’t want to taint the first movie. “I have a huge reverence for Tim and a huge reverence for that film in general,” he promises. “I don’t think we should do it if we shit on the legacy. Michael agrees. So, right now, it remains to be seen. I have a couple of story ideas, but we’re very early out.”

Thank goodness. We don’t need a repeat of White Noise 2. (Shock Til You Drop)

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And I heard as it were. the noise of thunder. And I looked and behold, it was Death saying, “Come and see.”

And I saw. And Hell followed him.

In other words, vampires of the south have been put on notice because now we have the first action-packed trailer for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Give it a watch. I dare you to find any scenes that don’t look incredibly awesome. Bravo to Tim Burton, Timur Bekmambetov, and Seth Grahame-Smith.

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Hooray For Hollywood: Severed Head Found Near Iconic Hollywood Sign http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hooray-for-hollywood-severed-head-found-near-iconic-hollywood-sign/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hooray-for-hollywood-severed-head-found-near-iconic-hollywood-sign/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2012 19:13:47 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=242822 It's too early to tell if the victim deserved it, so let's stop the speculation right now, guys.

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I’ve heard of getting “a head” in Hollywood, but this is…never mind.

On Tuesday, two dog walkers were, predictably, walking dogs in a park just below the famous Hollywood sign when they discovered a severed human head, with no body found nearby. At press time, it was unclear if one of the dogs brought the head to its master in its mouth like at the beginning of Law & Order episodes.

Police have returned today (Wednesday) with cadaver dogs to search for the rest of the body. Logic tells me that “cadaver dogs” are regular trained dogs that search for corpses, but in my heart of hearts, I still hold out hope that “cadaver dogs” are a pack of undead hell-beasts co-opted by the LAPD or Park Rangers to mete out savage justice for this crime.

Heady stuff, folks. Heady stuff indeed. (CNN)

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9 Famous Bromances Between Actors and Directors http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-famous-bromances-between-actors-and-directors/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-famous-bromances-between-actors-and-directors/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2011 21:28:08 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=234405 Some things just go better with one another.

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Everyone plays favorites. Why should Hollywood be any different? Directors have their favorite Directors of Photography, their favorite composers, and their favorite editors. Why wouldn’t they have their favorite stars. In fact, it seems much more commonplace for a bromance to develop between an actor and his director. At least a dozen examples of current epic director and actor team-ups come to mind. But since I’m lazy, here are nine.

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have been at work best friends for quite awhile. The bromance began back in 1990 when Depp starred in Edward Scissorhands. Lead roles in Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, The Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, and the upcoming Dark Shadows followed. Burton has also been known to cast his lady loves. First, Lisa Marie appeared in many of his films until he threw her over for now-wife Helena Bonham-Carter. It just goes to show that relationships come and go, but the bond of bromance is forever.

David Gordon Green and Danny McBride

Buddies since film school, it’s rare that David Gordon Green takes on a project without Danny McBride in tow. McBride appeared in a weirdly-unfunny role in Green’s All the Real Girls before he honed his chops and became a comedy sensation. A role that helped launch him was that of Red in Green’s first studio film, Pineapple Express. They’ve been good ol’ boying around ever since with Your Highness, Good Vibes, and Eastbound & Down.

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio

De Niro who? Martin Scorsese has found a new muse in Leonardo DiCaprio. The director and actor first began working together on Gangs of New York, and continued that relationship through ambitious films like The Aviator, The Departed, and Shutter Island. There are also rumors that the duo may re-team for a remake of The Gambler.

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Warners Bros Gets Behind ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/warners-bros-gets-behind-beetlejuice-sequel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/warners-bros-gets-behind-beetlejuice-sequel/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2011 18:49:56 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=227201 Now you say his name three times and he appears as a crassly commercial version of himself played by Russell Brand.

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After a merciful false start in the early 90′s (unless the public really wanted a Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian), it sounds like Warner Bros might be going forward with a sequel to Beetlejuice, the 1988 beloved Tim Burton film starring Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Winona Ryder, and Michael Keaton.

The studio has signed a two-year, first-look deal with writing duo Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg, who are behind both Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Burton’s upcoming Dark Tower. The duo have penned a script that is believed to be a continuation, rather than a reboot, of the original Beetlejuice.

For those who are too young to have seen the original firsthand, Beetlejuice is a dark comedy about ghosts who are trying to scare the new occupants out of their old home. The film definitely runs quirky and Burton-esque, so without his involvement, this project could find itself woefully misguided. The same could be said for Keaton, so it will be interesting to see what path the studio takes.

Further, it could be funny seeing Keaton throw out his back performing wacky antics.

Seriously, though, I wish the guy nothing but the best. He’s Mr. Mom, after all.

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Disney Throws Their Very Own Comic-Con, D23 http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/disney-throws-their-very-own-comic-con-d23/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/disney-throws-their-very-own-comic-con-d23/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 19:31:04 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224052 This isn't your grandfather's Disney! Unless your grandfather was Roy Disney, in which case, it is.

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Last year, Disney took one look at Comic-Con and said, “Wait a minute! This convention isn’t exclusively Disney-themed!” Well, The Mouse has enough on its docket that it is rolling out its stars and sneak peaks again for D23 from August 19-21. However, if you’re just buying a day pass, you’ll probably want to shoot for the 20th at the Anaheim Convention Center. That’s the day they’ll be rolling out looks at John Carter, Avengers, The Muppets, Pixar‘s The Brave, and Tim Burton‘s Frankenweenie.

There’s also a rumor that the cast and clips from The Lone Ranger could be appearing, but if you breathe that rumor in anything more than a whisper, it will likely vanish forever.

As if that wasn’t enough, we’re also getting Disney’s current stars, including, but not limited to, Jack McBreyer, Sarah Silverman, Jennifer Garner, Jason Segel, Taylor Kitsch, Willem Dafoe, and some dude named Kermit.

There will also be a panel and profile of the Pixar creative team, and, if you want to dork out REALLY hard, one featuring many of the Disney execs. YES! The convention floor will be riddled with props from the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film, though no explanation will be given as to how it made so much goddamn money.

See ya in Anaheim!

Not.

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‘Pirates 5′ Director Whirlpool Includes Sam Raimi And Shawn Levy? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pirates-5-director-whirlpool-includes-sam-raimi-and-shawn-levy/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/pirates-5-director-whirlpool-includes-sam-raimi-and-shawn-levy/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 23:23:39 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214344 Which director will Disney set sail with? Hey, that pun kinda works with the visual themes of the movie. Great.

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Whether you liked Pirates of the Caribbean 4 or wished you owned a boat with a plank, so you could shove the film reels off of said plank, On Stranger Tides is a box office winner. Disney has collected over $639 million doubloons worldwide so far, which means there will be more of them. The only problem is that Johnny Depp and Pirates 4 director Rob Marshall are not yet signed on for a fifth installment. They’ve also set sail to make another project together, Thin Man, which is perhaps their way of abandoning ship.

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If Depp pulls out, that’ll obviously create a major whirlpool for producers to fight out of. However, the studio is already throwing around new names for director: Sam Raimi, Chris Weitz, Alfonso Cuaron, Shawn Levy and their fantasy pick… Tim Burton. Apparently, they wanted Burton for #4, so it seems unlikely they’d get him now. Of those, I’d say Levy makes the most sense, given that his filmography contains many huge budget, family friendly CG-based movies. I guess we’ll see how it all shakes down.

Screenwriter Terry Rossio already turned a draft of Pirates 5 to Disney. (CinemaBlend)

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Tim Burton Has No Plans To Make A 3D ‘Dark Shadows’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-burton-has-no-plans-to-make-a-3d-dark-shadows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-burton-has-no-plans-to-make-a-3d-dark-shadows/#comments Tue, 31 May 2011 16:30:40 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214038 But don't get him wrong. He's still a fan of silly glasses.

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Tim Burton enjoyed a career revitalization when his 3D Alice In Wonderland inexplicably dominate the box office. But that doesn’t mean that he’ll jam 3D down our throats when he releases Dark Shadows. Which means we won’t have to pay top dollar to watch pale maidens run graveyards to escape a vampire Johnny Depp (though we totally would).

In regards to a 3D Dark Shadows, Burton says, “I have no plans for that. I loved doing Alice in 3D. Frankeweenie, gonna do that in 3D. There’s people like, ‘Everything’s gonna be in 3D,’ or “I hate 3D!’ I think people should have a choice. I don’t think it should be forced on anybody.”

I totally agree. Though that viewpoint most likely fell deaf on the ears of  the Shark Night 3D producers.

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Aronofsky Wanted For Un-Aronofsky Projects: ‘Maleficent’, ‘Moses’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/aronofsky-wanted-for-un-aronofsky-projects-maleficent-moses/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/aronofsky-wanted-for-un-aronofsky-projects-maleficent-moses/#comments Fri, 20 May 2011 22:34:04 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213101 Warner Bros and Disney vie for Darren Aronofsky's attention, while Wolverine heals his broken, mutant heart.

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I’ve got to pull myself together. It’s been how many weeks – months? – since director Darren Aronofsky turned down The Wolverine? I haven’t shaved, I’ve been drinking… a lot. Then smashing the bottles against the floor and screaming “why?” Needless to say, I haven’ taken the news well.

However, Aronofsky has moved on, and is looking at proposals from Warner Bros and Disney. The Mouse House wants the Black Swan helmer for Maleficent, now that Tim Burton has dropped out. It’s Sleeping Beauty from the villain’s perspective, with Angelina Jolie set to star, so if you love Wicked, you are morally obliged to buy a ticket.

That glass slipper doesn’t sound like a perfect fit for Aronofsky, and neither does Warner’s Moses project, about the biblical hero leading the Jews through the desert. It’s one of two being developed in Hollywood, because there always has to be a competing movie, with Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes) set to produce. I think if he directed either of these, I’d bring a few X-Men action figures and start sobbing half way through.

But really though, I’m fine. (Badass News)

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Slow News Day: Tim Burton Bows Out Of Disney’s ‘Maleficent’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/slow-news-day-tim-burton-bows-out-of-disneys-maleficent/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/slow-news-day-tim-burton-bows-out-of-disneys-maleficent/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 00:57:17 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=212385 The film will star Angelina Jolie, but I guess if Johnny Depp isn't involved in some way, Burton loses interest.

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With over 2 billion similar fairy tale movie projects in the works, there has to be room for one more, right? For money’s sake?

That was the question propelling the development of Maleficent, a live-action Disney feature a la Alice In Wonderland, which will tell the story of Sleeping Beauty from the evil witch’s point of view. Tim Burton was attached to direct and Angelina Jolie to star. It was to be a magnificent celebration of green screens and Hot Topic friendly character designs.

Then a Disney executive accidentally touched a spinning wheel or something and Tim Burton dropped out. Now the studio is scrambling for a new director to helm the project, written by Alice In Wonderland scribe Linda Woolverton. Jolie is still attached, but I guess if Johnny Depp isn’t involved in some way, Burton loses interest. (Hollywood Reporter)

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Warner Bros Forces ‘Dark Shadows’ Into The Light With Release Date http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/warner-bros-forces-dark-shadows-into-the-light-with-release-date/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/warner-bros-forces-dark-shadows-into-the-light-with-release-date/#comments Thu, 12 May 2011 23:57:53 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=211894 Three Warner Bros movies got release dates, so mark your calendars for 'Dark Shadows', 'Rivals' and 'Journey 2'. Or just let their incessant marketing campaigns remind you.

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Three Warner Bros movies got release dates, so mark your calendars. Or just let the incessant marketing next year remind you. Either way works.

Dark Shadows, a gothy new Tim Burton / Johnny Depp love-fest, opens May 11, 2012. Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green and Helena Bonham Carter also star in this 60′s cult TV show turned feature film. Get ready to see vampires, ghosts and ghouls during the scariest time of the year: mid-May. oooOOOooo.

Rivals, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as two guys who I’m sure will not being competing against one another, opens Aug. 10, 2012. It’s the story of two rival political candidates, directed by Jay Roach. I would have hoped they’d be running together on the Frat Party ticket. Ah well.

However, before all that, you and Dwayne Johnson are going on a journey together. Specifically, a Journey 2: The Mysterious Island 3D journey. Michael Caine, Josh Hutcherson and Vanessa Hudgens will be along for your crazy ride come Jan. 27, 2012. It’s sure to be a journey… into pure cinematic genius. (Deadline)

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Tim Burton Lures Chloe Moretz To ‘Dark Shadows’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-burton-lures-chloe-moretz-to-dark-shadows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-burton-lures-chloe-moretz-to-dark-shadows/#comments Fri, 01 Apr 2011 12:25:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204940 She's being fitted for a corset as I type this.

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Tim Burton is busy luring more children to the set of Dark Shadows. More specifically, he’s busy luring them from the set of The Invention On Hugo Cabret. First, Gulliver McGrath signed on to be creeped out by the exceptionally pale clique of Burton, Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter. Now Kick Ass‘s Hit Girl, Chloe Moretz has signed as well.

Moretz will play Carolyn. She’s the daughter of Michelle Pfeiffer‘s Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, who is the reclusive matriarch of the Collins clan and owner of the Collinwood mansion where the story is set. Moretz should fit in nicely on set considering her resume is already heavy with genre films. She’s used to be bloodied up between Kick Ass, Let Me In, and the tween gladiator battles she likely had to win to earn so much success at such a young age. (Deadline)

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Burton Selects Child Actor Gulliver McGrath To Terrorize On ‘Dark Shadows’ Set http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/burton-selects-child-actor-gulliver-mcgrath-to-terrorize-on-dark-shadows-set/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/burton-selects-child-actor-gulliver-mcgrath-to-terrorize-on-dark-shadows-set/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2011 19:04:17 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204768 No way Burton is passing the requisite background check.

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You’d assume there’d be some kind of rule preventing Tim Burton from shooting with children but I guess that’s just not the case. The director has just cast Australian boy actor Gulliver McGrath in the role of David Collins in his Dark Shadows remake.

The lad was previously up for the lead in Martin Scorsese’s The Invention Of Hugo Cabret but accepted a lesser role when he wasn’t selected for the part. As previously reported, Michael Sheen has been approached for the film and it’s believed he’ll play David’s father, Roger Collins. In the series, David was quite often terrorized by all manner of ghost, werewolf, and immortal phoenix. Seeing as this is a Tim Burton production, we can only assume that will hold true for Gulliver McGrath. And that’s not to mention the frights he’ll be receiving once the cameras roll. (Deadline)

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Thomas McDonell To Loiter In ‘Dark Shadows’ After ‘Prom’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/thomas-mcdonell-to-loiter-in-dark-shadows-after-prom/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/thomas-mcdonell-to-loiter-in-dark-shadows-after-prom/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2011 02:16:53 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204147 Actor Thomas McDonell, who will star in Disney's 'Prom', is hijacking the limo and driving it into Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'.

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If you’re a goth, and you willingly go to prom, you’d better at least go smoke some cloves in dark shadows afterwards. Or whatever. *Broods*

Actor Thomas McDonell, who will star in Disney’s Prom – which I assume will expose prom after-parties as the lame, chastity guarding shams they really are – is now set to join the cast of Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows. He’ll join Johnny Depp, who Burton is surgically attached to, along with Eva Green and Michelle Pfeiffer (Tim Burton: “So… does the catsuit still fit?”). Meanwhile, Michael Sheen and Helena Bonham Carter are in talks to play roles.

The film is based on a British 60s TV series of the same name, with a script by The Mashup Magician (TM) behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith. (Deadline)

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Michael Sheen (No Relation) In Talks For ‘Dark Shadows’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-sheen-no-relation-in-talks-for-dark-shadows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michael-sheen-no-relation-in-talks-for-dark-shadows/#comments Sat, 26 Mar 2011 01:10:43 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203820 Tim Burton is in talks with actor Michael Sheen ('New Moon', 'Tron: Legacy') to join the 'Dark Shadows' ensemble. Another Sheen is winning for a change.

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There’s another Sheen in the news, but he’s not related to the tiger blood/winning/crazy one.

Director Tim Burton is in talks with actor Michael Sheen (Twilight: New Moon, Tron: Legacy) to join the Dark Shadows ensemble. The adaptation of the 60s British TV series stars Johnny Depp (as required by Burton Law), Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter. Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) wrote the script, which makes sense. Werewolves, ghosts, vampires and time-travel all play a part in the Dark Shadows universe, so Grahame-Smith didn’t even have to mash those elements into it. It’s like the mashing up was done for him.

The story centers around a vampire, Barnabas Collins, who searches for Josette, his lost love. No word yet on who Sheen would play. The film is expected to open in 2012. (The Playlist)

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Josh Brolin Developing ‘Hunchback’ For Tim Burton To Ruin http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/josh-brolin-developing-hunchback-of-notre-dame-for-tim-burton-to-ruin/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/josh-brolin-developing-hunchback-of-notre-dame-for-tim-burton-to-ruin/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2011 03:21:37 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=30804 Tim Burton's 'Hunchback of Notre Dame'? I can picture the Hot Topic merchandise already.

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There’s no dark, popular work of fiction director Tim Burton won’t ruin with a huge-budget adaptation, whether it’s Planet of the Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Alice In Wonderland. He likes to leave his gothic, brooding mark on any story he can, which is why it makes sense that Burton and actor Josh Brolin (True Grit) are currently developing The Hunchback of Notre Dame for Warner Bros. Based on the 1831 book Hunchback by Victor Hugo, Brolin would presumably star as “hunchy” himself, Quasimodo. For some reason, Brolin wants to give horribly ugly another try after Jonah Hex.

It’s got everything a Tim Burton could want: a lonely, deformed outcast living in a dark bell tower, who fights a ton of soldiers in a tragic love story. I can picture the Hot Topic merchandise already. Of course, Burton’s involvement depends on the quality of the script, which is being written by Kieran and Michele Mulroney (Sherlock Holmes). However, this story seems really right for Burton to over-produce, so my question is: how big a part will Johnny Depp have? (Hollywood Reporter)

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Michelle Pfeiffer And Helena Bonham Carter Might Get To Hang Out With Tim Burton Again http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michelle-pfeiffer-and-helena-bonham-carter-might-get-to-hang-out-with-tim-burton-again/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/michelle-pfeiffer-and-helena-bonham-carter-might-get-to-hang-out-with-tim-burton-again/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 18:29:07 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=26992 Michelle Pfeiffer must be jealous of Johnny Depp.

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During Batman Returns, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tim Burton got to be such good friends, it’s a shame they haven’ hung out since then, you know? Well, that might be about to change, with Pfeiffer in talks to star in Burton’s upcoming Dark Shadows, based on the 60s vampire soap of the same name. Burton also is interested in casting Helena Bonham Carter, who he also must want to hang out with. The movie also stars Johnny Depp, Jackie Earle Haley, and Eva Green:

“Pfeiffer would play Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the reclusive matriarch of the Collins family which runs the Maine town. The character has not left the mansion since the disappearance  of her husband a decade earlier.”

“Reclusive matriarch”? Don’t these people know that vampires are supposed to be sexy now? I’d be hard-pressed to come up with a less sexy phrase than “reclusive matriarch.” “Cronenbergian,” maybe. (via The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline)

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Johnny Depp Running Out Of Ways To Act Weird http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-running-out-of-ways-to-act-weird/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-running-out-of-ways-to-act-weird/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 16:58:40 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=26963 Everyone's curious what Johnny Depp is going to do with the character of Barnabus Collins in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows adaptation. Will he make him super-gay or super-duper gay??

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Everyone’s curious what Johnny Depp is going to do with the character of Barnabus Collins in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows adaptation. Will he make him super-gay or super-duper gay?? According to Depp, neither.

“Jonathan Frid did with that character with that classic iconic look he created, I find it difficult to stray very far from that,” Depp tells MTV.

Well, surely there’s a way to give him a silly voice or have him licking the curtains or something. ANYTHING!

“There’s something about the idea of this vampire coming back after 200 years into this modern world. With a touch of the poetic, with the tendency to wax a little poetic now and again. I have a good feeling about it. But Jonathan Frid’s Barnabas was so special.”

Aahhhhh…. That’s much better. Would be nice to see Depp with that hairstyle that Gary Oldman rocked in Dracula though. You know, the one that looked like a butt. Fingers crossed, fingers crossed.

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Tim Burton Reveals (The Plot Of) His ‘Frankenweenie’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-burton-reveals-the-plot-of-his-frankenweenie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-burton-reveals-the-plot-of-his-frankenweenie/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:59:05 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=26888 It's a stop-motion animated (good) story that Burton made up (very good) about a well-meaning boy who turns his dog into a monster.

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Director Tim Burton has been doing a lot of mucking with other people’s work in recent years, turning great stories like Alice In Wonderland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory into weird, computer generated movie-monsters. That’s why I think the upcoming Frankenweenie is a good fit for Burton right now. It’s a stop-motion animated (good) story that Burton made up (very good) about a well-meaning boy who turns his dog into a monster. (It will hopefully be cathartic.) We’ve got the official synopsis right here:

After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

You better be-leash it, movie synopsis writer.

Anyway, Frankenweenie will be in black-and-white, which is an interesting choice for a movie that will inevitably be aimed at color-loving families. However, Burton’s not going too unconventional, as the animated movie will be screened in Mandatory-Vision (3D). I’m still officially interested, especially with a solid voice cast that includes Winona Ryder, Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara. However, we’ve got a long way until the October 2012 release date, and Burton’s doing some stuff in the Dark Shadows with his Hot Topic BFF Johnny Depp this year.

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Eva Green Enters ‘Dark Shadows’ Of Goth Pals Depp and Burton http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/eva-green-enters-dark-shadows-of-goth-pals-depp-and-burton/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/eva-green-enters-dark-shadows-of-goth-pals-depp-and-burton/#comments Fri, 04 Feb 2011 03:17:31 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24741 Green will play a witch who turns Johnny Depp into a vampire. If box office trends are any indication, Depp was going to have to become a vampire at some point anyway.

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Johnny Depp and Tim Burton teaming up to make a movie called Dark Shadows is like Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy making a movie together called Farts Are Funny. Seems like all their movies have dark shadows in them, only now the shadows are stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight, where they’ll cease to be shadows?

Not sure where I was going with that last sentence, but one actress is stepping into the spotlight today: actress Eva Green has been cast opposite Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows, beating other contenders like Bella Heathcote for the role. Green was a Bond girl in Casino Royale, and she’s in the “Camelot” mini-series that unforgivably used 30 Seconds To Mars in the trailer. That’s not Green’s fault though, so Miss Green and I – we’re cool.

Green will play Angelique, a witch who turns Johnny Depp into a vampire. If box office trends are any indication, Depp was going to have to become a vampire at some point anyway. Might as well be with the help of a pretty Bond lady. (/Film)

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Freaky Dude And Pretty Girl In Talks For Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/freaky-dude-and-pretty-girl-in-talks-for-burtons-dark-shadows/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/freaky-dude-and-pretty-girl-in-talks-for-burtons-dark-shadows/#comments Wed, 02 Feb 2011 23:09:06 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24236 Here's some casting that makes perfect sense. Tim Burton has his sights on virginal Bella Heathcoate and professional creepazoid Jackie Earle Haley for his stab at Dark Shadows.

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Here’s some casting that make perfect sense. Tim Burton has his sights on virginal Bella Heathcoate and professional creepazoid Jackie Earle Haley for his stab at Dark Shadows.

Heathcoate, who was previously up for Snow White and the Huntsman, is Burton’s top choice for Victoria Winters, the young governess of the Collins Estate. Haley is in talks to play Willie Loomis, a grave-robbing conman who becomes Johnny Depp‘s bitch after discovering the vampire in his crypt. But honestly, who can blame him? Those eyes!

This combination of beauty and beast is textbook Burton. We’ve seen this juxtaposition in Edward Scissorhands, Beetle Juice, and all those years that Burton dated Lisa Marie. (Deadline)

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