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Check Out Johnny Depp In 'Dark Shadows,' On Blu-ray, DVD & More Oct. 2

September 29th, 2012 6:28am EDT
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Transformed into a vampire and entombed for 200 years after betraying vengeful witch Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), 18th century fishing magnate Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) returns to Collinwood Manor in 1972, only to find his once proud estate in ruins and his family plagued by macabre secrets in "Dark Shadows."

It was the year 1752 when Barnabas' parents came to America to expand their business empire. But after establishing the thriving New England fishing town of Collinsport, the family experienced a series of misfortunes when Barnabas fell for the gorgeous Josette DuPres (Bella He...
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2012 Summer Blockbusters - The Winners & The Losers

September 8th, 2012 3:00pm EDT
The Avengers
Sometimes the task of getting people to flock to the movie theatres during the summer months can be tricky, as some would rather soak up the rays from the sun instead of those coming from the projector. But if the soothing sensation of a cool, dark room isn't enough to attract the audience, what is? Here's a recap of this summer's hits and misses at the box office.

The season kicked off big time with "The Avengers," which brought in a record $207.4 million during its first weekend. Performances by stars such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson brought life to Iron Man,...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Battleship,' 'The Dictator,' & More

May 14th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
Last week’s Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration “Dark Shadows” turned out to be rather disappointing. The film starts out strong, but loses steam as it progresses. It has plenty of Burton’s trademark grim style with musical accompaniment by Danny Elfman, and some decent humor. However the villain is very one-dimensional, the climax is weak, and in many ways the film feels like a watered-down version of other classic Burton works like “Beetlejuice” and “Edward Scissorhands.” My Grade: C+

At the box office this week, you’ll find the science fiction action flick “Battleship,” the ensemble pr...
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'The Avengers' Earns Staggering $103 Million In Second Weekend At Box Office

May 14th, 2012 8:17am EDT
The Avengers
"The Avengers" strikes again. The superhero flick made box office history again by earning over $100 million in its second weekend at the box office.

The action film anihliated records after making a massive $200.3 million in its first three days of release. It knocked down "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," which grossed $169 million when it hit theatres in July 2011.

In its second weekend, "The Avengers" continued to impress with earnings of $103.2 million. Marvel Studios delivers the ultimate comic-book film, which ties together such characters as Iron Man (Robert Downey ...
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Great Actor/Director Combos For The Release Of 'Dark Shadows'

May 11th, 2012 1:03pm EDT
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Every artist has their muse, whether it be human, imaginary, or in some cases, drug induced. And while certainly some people might joke that the latter is Tim Burton's muse of choice, given the stye and subject of many of his films, it's become quite clear over the years that he draws inspiration from the people he surrounds himself with. Most notable among them are Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp.

Given that his newest film, "Dark Shadows", marks Burton and Depp's 8th film collaboration, we at Starpulse decided to take a look at some of the other actor/director partnerships that hav...
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Box Office: 'The Avengers' Should Break 'Avatar' Record, 'Dark Shadows' Set For Distant Second

May 11th, 2012 10:33am EDT
The Hulk in The Avengers
The Avengers should have little trouble breaking Avatar's second weekend record, thanks in part to great reviews and word of mouth. Avatar took in just above $75 million its second weekend and pundits suggest The Avengers may break the $100 million mark.

The Avengers face no contenders for the top spot; while Johnny Depp's Dark Shadows should bring in a good haul, Box Office Mojo suggests it will "only" make $33 million.

If The Avengers beats Avatar's second weekend mark, it could be a sign that Disney's film might contend for the top domestic spot of all-time. James C...
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'Dark Shadows' Is Fun & Campy Despite A One-Note Performance From Johnny Depp

May 10th, 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 ...
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Johnny Depp Says Vanessa Paradis Breakup Rumors 'Are Absolutely Not True'

May 10th, 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...
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Five Fun Facts About 'Dark Shadows' Actor Johnny Depp

May 10th, 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...
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Tim Burton And Johnny Depp's 'Dark Shadows' Past

May 9th, 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...
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Johnny Depp Needed Help Going To The Bathroom On 'Dark Shadows' Set

May 8th, 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...
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Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Tyler & More Celebs Attend 'Dark Shadows' Premiere

May 8th, 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 ...
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Johnny Depp Says He Felt 'Angry and Frustrated' Before He Had Children

May 8th, 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...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Dark Shadows,' 'Where Do We Go Now?' & More

May 7th, 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...
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Sexy Men Steaming Up The Silver Screen - 2012 Summer Edition

May 6th, 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)
T...
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Seemingly Overnight, Chloe Moretz Is 15 & Gorgeous

May 4th, 2012 8:50am EDT
Chloe Moretz
You may know Chloe Moretz as the purple haired Hit Girl in "Kick Ass" or the sweet Isabelle in "Hugo." The teen star, who turned 15 in February, showed up to the "Hick" New York City screening last night wearing a simple floral dress and strappy heels. If we didn't know better, we'd think she was older than her age!

In "Hick," Chloe plays a young Nebraska girl who runs away from home and learns that life on the road has its fair share of danger. Blake Lively and Alec Baldwin also star.

Chloe also stars in "Dark Shadows" (May 11) opposite Johnny Depp. She's currently filming the remake of ...
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Michelle Pfieffer Begged Tim Burton For 'Dark Shadows' Role

May 1st, 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 ...
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Johnny Depp Honors 'Dark Shadows' Star Jonathan Frid

April 20th, 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...
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'Dark Shadows' Star Jonathan Frid Dies At 87

April 19th, 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...
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Watch The 'Dark Shadows' Official Trailer

March 16th, 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'...
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Alice Cooper To Play Himself In Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'

October 28th, 2011 8:57am EDT
Alice Cooper
Alice Cooper has landed a horrific new cameo role in Tim Burton's new movie Dark Shadows.

The rocker will star opposite Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in the spooky film.

According to insiders, Depp's vampire character hires Cooper to headline a private ball at his home in Maine.

The film also features Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Moretz and Eva Green.

It won't be the rocker's first turn in a horror movie - he appeared in Nightmare On Elm Street: Freddy's Dead and John Carpenter's Prince Of Darkness.
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Warner Bros. Working On 'Beetlejuice' Sequel

September 7th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Beetlejuice
Deadline reports Warner Brothers has hired producing pair David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith - and their first project could be a Beetlejuice sequel!

Seth Grahame-Smith is the author of best-selling books Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, both of which have been optioned to be films. He also worked on Dark Shadows with original Beetlejuice director Tim Burton.

Word is the pair will reboot the series via a sequel, instead of a remake. The original film hit theaters in 1988, and helped Tim Burton become a star behind the camera.
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