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'Dark Shadows' Is Fun & Campy Despite A One-Note Performance From Johnny Depp

5/10/2012 7:01pm EDT
Dark Shadows
For those of you, like myself, who aren't familiar with the television series 'Dark Shadows' which ran from 1966-1971, here are the film's cliff notes:

The year is 1750 (give or take) and a wealthy young man named Barnabus Collins (Johnny Depp) gets it on with his maid Angelique (Eva Green), who just happens to be a witch. She feels the love... Him… not so much. The witch gets pissed, turns Barnabus into a vampire, locks him in a coffin and then buries him deep in the ground.

Still not satisfied, Angelique kills Barnabus's one true love as well as his parents and then she spends the next ...

Johnny Depp Says Vanessa Paradis Breakup Rumors 'Are Absolutely Not True'

5/10/2012 4:39pm EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp has finally shut down reports he has split from Vanessa Paradis, insisting, "No matter what I say about this, people believe the opposite."

The Pirates of the Caribbean star began dating singer Paradis in 1998 and they have set up home in the south of France with their two children, Lily-Rose, 12, and Jack, 10.

Earlier this year, gossips suggested the couple had begun to live separate lives due to growing tension about the actor's booming career, and speculation about a separation continued to swirl as Depp and Paradis played coy about the status of their relationship in medi...

Five Fun Facts About 'Dark Shadows' Actor Johnny Depp

5/10/2012 1:00pm EDT
Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows
Johnny Depp is an American icon. Love him or hate him, his is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood today, even when hidden behind make-up. Among his roles, he’s transformed himself into a cross-dressing movie director, a Frankenstein-like monster with a soul and now a gothic vampire trying to come to grips with living in the 1970s. He’s renown for his versatility and whether it’s a musical, a romance, a tragedy, horror or action, a Johnny Depp movie is always an adventure. But for someone who has been making movies since his role in the original “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in 1...

Johnny Depp Laughs Off Sign Language Error In Paul McCartney's 'My Valentine' Video

5/9/2012 11:45pm EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp has poked fun at criticism of his sign language efforts in Paul McCartney's "My Valentine" video after deaf music fans highlighted a mistake in the promo.

The Beatles legend recruited the Pirates of the Caribbean hunk and actress Natalie Portman to sign the lyrics to his new song in a black-and-white film directed by McCartney himself and Depp enjoyed taking part in the shoot.

He says, "I've known him on and off through the years and ran into him. Then he gave me a call and asked me if I would be interested in being in his video. (I said), 'Certainly, let's do it.' It was a ga...

Tim Burton And Johnny Depp's 'Dark Shadows' Past

5/9/2012 8:20pm EDT
Dark Shadows
Are you familiar with the story of Dark Shadows? It was originally a late afternoon supernatural soap opera that ran on the ABC TV network from 1966 to 1971. Some 1,225 episodes were shot during Dark Shadows run and if you were a teenager during that time, you probably rushed home each day after school to catch it.

Directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp, the 2012 reboot of the cult classic seemed to be a dream job for both Burton and Depp. Tim Burton has publically stated that he was a big fan of the TV series and as a child Deep was obsessed with the show and main character Barna...

Johnny Depp Needed Help Going To The Bathroom On 'Dark Shadows' Set

5/8/2012 2:02pm EDT
Dark Shadows
Johnny Depp’s latest character, Barnabas Collins, required another dramatic physical transformation. The vampire from TV’s Dark Shadows is painted pale white, walks with a cane and has long vampire fingernails. So too does Johnny Depp in the film versions.

“In every film that I’ve been lucky enough to do with Tim [Burton], there’s always some form of torture, and the nails were Tim’s idea,” Depp said. “They were the length of the fingers and stuff, but it was okay because I had a troop of people who would help me go to the bathroom. They had to have treatment afterwards but they’re okay no...

Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Tyler & More Celebs Attend 'Dark Shadows' Premiere

5/8/2012 12:00pm EDT
Johnny Depp
Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" hits theaters on Friday, and several celebrities attended the red carpet premiere in Los Angeles on Monday.

The film centers on an imprisoned vampire, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), who is set free and returns to his ancestral home in the 1970s.

Depp wore a brown suit that matched his hair, and he accesorized with several necklaces (we can't expect him ever to go the traditional route with a tie.)

Aerosmith rocker and "American Idol" judge Steven Tyler also wore several chains around his neck. But all eyes were drawn to his funky bellbottom pants.

Michelle ...

Johnny Depp Says He Felt 'Angry and Frustrated' Before He Had Children

5/8/2012 8:10am EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp only learned to really appreciate life following the birth of his first child because he felt "angry and frustrated" before becoming a father.

The Dark Shadows star commands multi-million dollar pay checks for his projects, however admits he only truly started enjoying life when he settled down with Vanessa Paradis and became a father to daughter Lily-Rose in 1999.

He tells Britain's The Sun, "There is nothing on earth that could ever make me want to relive certain years of my life when I was young."

"You grow up a bit damaged or broken then you have some success but you d...

Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Dark Shadows,' 'Where Do We Go Now?' & More

5/7/2012 1:00pm EDT
Dark Shadows Poster
To all the loyal readers, I apologize that we didn’t have a Trailer Talk column last week. I watched seven films last weekend at IFF Boston, so I was pretty busy writing reviews. If you’re interested reading more about the movies that I saw, definitely head over to my news page. On top of the film festival, I also wanted to make sure I put out a review of “The Avengers” in time for its release. Luckily the Joss Whedon’s flick lives up to the hype, and is very entertaining.

This week in theaters you’ll have the opportunity to watch the latest Johnny Depp/Tim Burton collaboration “Dark Sha...

Sexy Men Steaming Up The Silver Screen - 2012 Summer Edition

5/6/2012 10:03am EDT
Magic Mike
Ok ladies, now it's your turn! Yesterday we ran the sexy women version and today we give you the sexy men steaming up the silver screen for the summer of 2012. With the block-buster season now underway we've got a list of sexy men raging from superheroes to space explorers and even a few male strippers thrown in for good measure. So come on it and meet some of the sexiest men hitting the movie screen this summer.

Robert Downey, Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man)
The Avengers (May 4)

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America)
The Avengers (May 4)

Mark Ruffalo - (Bruce Banner/The Hulk)

Michelle Pfieffer Begged Tim Burton For 'Dark Shadows' Role

5/1/2012 11:09am EDT
Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer was so desperate to star in the big screen remake of her favorite show Dark Shadows she pleaded director Tim Burton for a part.

The actress was a huge fan of the cult 1960s TV series growing up, and when she heard her Batman Returns director was overseeing the remake she took matters into her own hands and made a groveling phone call.

Nevertheless, Pfeiffer was forced to wait for a year before finally getting the go-ahead to play Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, the matriarch of a vampire family.

She tells Empire magazine, "I was really uncomfortable doing it and I don't ...

Jack White To Write Musical Score For 'The Lone Ranger'

4/25/2012 8:12am EDT
Jack White
Former White Stripes star Jack White will compose the score for Johnny Depp's upcoming remake of classic TV series The Lone Ranger.

The rocker will lend his musical talents to the Disney western, which will star The Social Network's Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger with Depp as his sidekick Tonto.

The film's producer Jerry Bruckheimer, confirmed White's involvement to Variety, saying, "Jack's an amazing songwriter with a unique style. We're thrilled to hear his fresh take on the William Tell Overture. Gore (Verbinski, director) hatched the idea and Johnny was thrilled with it."

"We're a...

Johnny Depp Honors 'Dark Shadows' Star Jonathan Frid

4/20/2012 10:07am EDT
Dark Shadows
Johnny Depp has paid tribute to his Dark Shadows predecessor Jonathan Frid following his death last week, calling him "a true original."

The cult star, who played vampire Barnabas Collins in the 1960s supernatural TV series, died from natural causes in Ontario, Canada on April 13th

Depp, who takes over Frid's role in Tim Burton's upcoming Dark Shadows movie revamp, has hailed the late actor as his childhood hero, recalling how Frid was a consummate gentleman when they finally met.

A statement from Depp reads, "Jonathan Frid was the reason I used to run home from school to watch Dark S...

'Dark Shadows' Star Jonathan Frid Dies At 87

4/19/2012 10:27pm EDT
Dark Shadows
The star of cult vampire soap opera Dark Shadows has died at age 87.

Actor Jonathan Frid passed away - ironically and fittingly - on Friday, April 13. The star died of natural causes at Juravinski Hospital in Ontario, Canada.

Frid was best known for playing the vampire Barnabus Collins on the 60s show, the same role that Johnny Depp plays in the upcoming movie adaptation, directed by frequent Depp collaborator Tim Burton.

"Jonathan Frid was the reason I used to run home from school to watch Dark Shadows," Depp said in a statement to E! News.

"His elegance and grace was an inspiration t...

First Salaries Of Stars Such As Johnny Depp & Jon Hamm Revealed In Parade Magazine

4/17/2012 9:03am EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp once earned just $13,500 as a telephone salesman hawking pens, while dapper Jon Hamm took home just over $14,000 as a waiter before he found fame as Don Draper on "Mad Men."

The two stars' past incomes are the stand-outs of Parade magazine's 30th annual What People Earn issue, which compares celebrities' salaries with their first paychecks.

And also making the pay disparity list is actor Steve Buscemi, who earned $22,700 as a New York firefighter. He now takes home an estimated $900,000 for his role in TV drama "Boardwalk Empire" alone.

Meanwhile, Oprah Winfrey tops the publi...

Johnny Depp Sued By Disabled Woman Over Alleged Bodyguard Altercation At Concert

4/17/2012 8:43am EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is facing legal action from a disabled woman who alleges she was assaulted by his security guards at a rock concert last December.

The plaintiff, listed as Jane Doe, claims she sustained severe injuries and emotional distress after the Pirates of the Caribbean star's minders hurt her during an Iggy and the Stooges gig at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

She alleges the trouble began when Depp's entourage tried to take away her iPhone, before dragging her out of the VIP section and causing her pants to fall down, "exposing her buttocks to the other... patrons."

The w...

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Plan Romantic Wedding At French Estate

4/16/2012 11:28am EDT
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have been planning their wedding for the past six months, according to Britain's Daily Express. The A-list couple will hold their nuptials at Chateau Miraval, their 35-room mansion and vineyard near the village of Correns in Provence, France.

The country has special meaning for the couple. In 2008 Angelina gave birth to their twins, daughter Vivienne Marcheline and son Knox Leon, in Nice. The star's mom, Marcheline Bertrand, was also French.

It will be a phenomenal guest list that will reportedly include such mega stars as George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Johnny De...

Paul McCartney Recruits Johnny Depp & Natalie Portman For Video

4/14/2012 4:15pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney has recruited Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman for his latest video.

The former Beatles star has made three promos for his new song My Valentine and the film stars feature together in one of them and separately in the other two.

According to The Sun, who have obtained pictures from the set of the video, Depp plays a guitar in his solo video, while Portman poses on a stool.

The videos, all directed by McCartney, will premiere at a special event in Los Angeles on Friday night.

Johnny Depp & Marilyn Manson Rock Out Together At Golden Gods Awards (Video)

4/12/2012 11:53am EDT
Johnny Depp & Marilyn Manson
Johnny Depp was a surprise performer at the Golden Gods Awards show on Wednesday night as he took to the stage with Marilyn Manson.

The Revolver magazine prize giving took place at the Club Nokia venue in Los Angeles and featured a closing set by Manson, who performed with Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen before introducing Depp to the stage.

The actor, who began his career in music before turning to Hollywood, thrilled the crowd by playing guitar with Manson on his cover of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams" and hit track "The Beautiful People."

During the show, Motley Crue star N...

Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp Team Up For 'You're So Vain'

3/20/2012 3:55pm EDT
Marilyn Manson
Johnny Depp has teamed up with his rocker pal Marilyn Manson to record a cover version of Carly Simon's classic You're So Vain - and they even roped in the actor's nine-year-old son to help.

Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp offered his services for the collaboration, playing drums and lead guitar while Manson provided vocals for the tune.

The song will appear as a bonus track on Manson's upcoming album Born Villain, and Depp's son Jack was also reportedly on hand in the studio to help out.

Manson tells MTV News, "(We wanted to do) a cover of a song which we thought was ironic for ea...

Watch The 'Dark Shadows' Official Trailer

3/16/2012 12:00pm EDT
Dark Shadows
Johnny Depp has brought his favorite childhood TV show, "Dark Shadows," to the big screen. The actor and director Tim Burton colloborated on revamping the 1960s series about a man struck down with a vampire curse.

Depp plays 18th century vampire Barnabas Collins who wakes up in 1972 after being entombed for 200 years. He finds his ancestral home in a state of decay and his family plagued with many problems. Meanwhile, he must contend with the vengeful witch who turned him into a vampire in the first place.

But the film doesn't take itself too seriously. The trailer is a bit campy, and it'...

Johnny Depp To Receive Fashion Honor

3/15/2012 9:59pm EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is set to be honored as a Fashion Icon by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).

The Pirates of the Caribbean hunk will become the first male to pick up the accolade when he is hailed for his "personal and eclectic sense of style" at the CFDA Fashion Awards this summer.

Lady Gaga was presented with the title last year.

Meanwhile, twin mini-fashion moguls Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will compete against Marc Jacobs for Womenswear Designer of the Year for their collection The Row.

The winners will be unveiled on June 4.

10 Fun Facts About The Original '21 Jump Street'

3/15/2012 11:00am EDT
21 Jump Street Cast
As part of Hollywood's neverending pillaging of the TV landscape of my youth, the big-screen reboot of "21 Jump Street" hits theaters this Friday. Having been a huge fan of the show, I was opposed to the film from the get-go. However, after hearing that most (if not all) of the main cast members have cameos, and that the movie has very little in common with the series aside from the title and basic premise, I'm not so dead set against it. Besides, if it does well, there's a good chance that some network will start airing reruns of the original show, allowing me to rekindle my once-raging cr...

Justin Bieber & Meryl Streep Sign Petition To Lower 'Bully's' R Rating

3/15/2012 9:03am EDT
Justin Bieber and Meryl Streep have added their names to an online petition aimed at landing movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's new movie "Bully" a lower age rating.

Censors at The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) slapped the documentary with a restrictive R rating, which bans young children from seeing it without their parents, despite Weinstein arguing that "Bully" was essential viewing for kids in the fight to combat bullying among youths.

The decision angered many film fans and social campaigners, and Katy Butler, a high school student from Michigan, subsequently started a pet...

Two Jews' Review '21 Jump Street' And Laugh Out Loud At This Action Comedy (Video)

3/14/2012 5:00pm EDT
21 Jump Street Movie
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: What would you do if you had the chance to go back to high school and do it all over again? Well, two bumbling rookie cops, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) get that chance when they're assigned to the long time dormant 21 Jump Street unit led by the perpetually pissed off Captain Dickson (Ice Cube)

Their mission: Go back to high school and find the supplier of a synthetic drug (HFS) that causes hallucinations and sometimes...death. Piece of cake right? Uh...not so much...

First, our pair who actually went to the same high s...

'80s Cast Members & New Stars Attend '21 Jump Street' Premiere (Photos)

3/14/2012 8:38am EDT
Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan
The "21 Jump Street" Los Angeles premiere was rocking last night as stars from the original series showed up and canoodled with the new cast.

Holly Robinson Peete (Officer Judy Hoffs) is the only original cast member who is reprising her role on the big screen. But Richard Grieco (Officer Dennis Booker) also attended the premiere.

Among the missing? Heartthrob Johnny Depp (Officer Tom Hanson), his partner in crime Peter DeLuise (Office Doug Penhall) and Dustin Nguyuen (Officer Harry Truman Ioki).

Channing Tatum (Jenko) and Jonah Hill (Schmidt) star in the 2012 big-screen as a pair of un...

Harvey Weinstein's 'Bully' Petition Gains 150,000 Signatures

3/6/2012 11:33am EST
Harvey Weinstein
More than 150,000 film fans have signed an online petition demanding a lower age rating for Harvey Weinstein's new movie Bully.

The movie mogul was outraged when censors at The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) slapped the documentary with a restrictive R rating, which bans young children from seeing it without their parents.

He argued kids need to watch Bully because of the sensitive issues involved, and Katy Butler, a high school student from Michigan, subsequently started a petition backing Weinstein's age-rating plea.

The poll, posted on, has now received mor...

Q&A: Marisol Nichols On Her 'Absolutely Hysterical' New Series 'GCB'

3/4/2012 12:00pm EST
Marisol Nichols
Actress Marisol Nichols, who plays Heather Cruz in ABC's new show GCB, calls the already much-talked about series "absolutely hysterical."

Based on the book Good Christian B--ches by Kim Gatlin, the series is clearly positioned to succeed Desperate Housewives as ABC's prime-time soap (it even follows Housewives tonight at 10 PM ET/PT). It centers around Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb), who returns home to Dallas after a scandal to "sympathy and scheming," according to the network press release.

The series is a different flavor for Nichols, who's established herself playing a number of strong ...

Kids' Choice Nominations Announced - Katy Perry, Taylor Swift & More Make The List

2/17/2012 9:27am EST
Katy Perry
Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Daniel Radcliffe are among the top nominees for the 2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

The boy wizard franchise's eighth and final film, "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2," will compete against "The Smurfs," "The Muppets" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" for Favorite Movie, while Radcliffe will face off against Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Jim Carrey (Mr. Popper's Penguins) and Adam Sandler (Jack & Jill).

Radcliffe's Potter co-star Emma Watson is shortlisted for Favorite Movie Actress alongside Kristen Ste...

Single? You're Not Alone: Celebrities That Are Solo This Valentine's Day

2/14/2012 11:30am EST
Celebrities That Are Single This Valentine's Day - Gerard Butler
Roses are red, violets are blue, you may be alone, but these stars are too. Just because you don’t have a significant other on Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t mean that you are alone. Here are a few single celebrities who will be spending the “holiday” drinking at the local bar, watching The Notebook on a loop, or polishing off that pint of Ben & Jerry’s. Click through our list to see who is single this Valentine's Day.

Gerard Butler – Although he has been linked to Jessica Biel, Jennifer Aniston, Ashley Greene and even The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Brandi Glanville (which he report...