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'21 Jump Street' Helmers Phil Lord & Chris Miller Lining Up Magician Thriller 'Carter Beats The Devil'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 4, 2012 11:45 AM
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Phil Lord and Chris Miller are starting to look like something like miracle workers. Until a few years ago, the duo were known, if they were known at all, for their work on short-lived MTV animation "Clone High," but made their directing debut three years back with 3D CGI animation "Cloudy With Chance Of Meatballs." It wasn't anticipated by many -- a picture-book adaptation about food raining from the skies? Yeah, right -- but those who did see it were delighted by a consistently hilarious, continually surprising film with a lot of heart, and it landed the duo firmly on the map. And then earlier this year, they repeated the trick, taking another piece of unpromising material, in a reboot of 80s TV series "21 Jump Street," and turning it into, yes, a consistently hilarious, continually surprising film with a lot of heart. We've seen them do wonders with premises that don't look like much, so the question is -- what will they do when they have a great piece of material to work with?

Weekend Box Office: 'The Avengers' Crosses The $1 Billion Mark In 19 Days; Registers First-Ever $100 Million Second Weekend

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 13, 2012 11:57 AM
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When a movie scores the biggest opening weekend of all time (by nearly $40 million, in this case), the expectation is that it should continue to smash records. So, at a glance, “The Avengers” scoring the largest second weekend in film history isn’t exactly newsworthy. Though most prognosticators pegged the film, following a stupefying opening act of $207 million, to level off in the vicinity of 70% or so. As it turns out, a lot of your friends missed out on the movie the first time around, and after losing a little more than half of it’s first weekend tally, it’s the first film ever with two nine-figure weekend grosses. That shit cray.

Reacting To 'Twilight,' Potential Sequels & More From The Press Tour For Tim Burton & Johnny Depp's 'Dark Shadows'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2012 2:07 PM
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Whether you end up loving it or hating it (as our reviewer did), one has to admit that there are few films like "Dark Shadows" in theaters this summer. Based on the popular 1960s/1970s ABC soap that included vampires, werewolves and witches, the film is a curious blend of comedy, drama and horror that's indelibly a Tim Burton creation.

Johnny Depp Says Dr. Seuss Biopic Will Involve Animated & Live-Action Characters

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • May 10, 2012 8:25 AM
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After making Disney billions of dollars with the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, Johnny Depp has started writing his own ticket through his Infinitum Nihil shingle, evidenced by "The Rum Diary" and the upcoming "Dark Shadows," which Depp produced and helped develop with director Tim Burton and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith. Depp is currently shooting "The Lone Ranger," but has several other projects in the works, one of which is a biopic of Theodore Giesel, aka Dr. Seuss, which Depp set up last year to produce and possibly star in. The film is still in very early stages (i.e. no script, but Depp's possible participation means it's being actively developed), but the actor has revealed what he has in mind for the biopic, which could see Seuss interacting with his famous characters.

Review: 'Dark Shadows' Is Another Lazy, Incoherent Disappointment From Tim Burton

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • May 8, 2012 5:59 PM
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“Dark Shadows” is not the worst movie that Tim Burton has ever made, but that’s only because there’s nothing worse than “Alice in Wonderland.” A desperate jumble of ideas in search of deeper substance, much less focus, Burton’s latest collaboration with actor Johnny Depp is the latest, and perhaps greatest, proof that yet exists for a director, Burton’s a hell of a production designer. Given the film’s incredible lack of cohesion – or follow-through – the film feels like the resigned end result of a studio’s best efforts to whittle an unwieldly mess into something manageable, but far too many of its shortcomings remain exposed for it to play as anything other than a showcase for the star and filmmaker’s laziness, hubris, or both.

New 'Dark Shadows' Images Show Off Alice Cooper's Cameo & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2012 5:52 PM
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While the multiplex explodes this weekend with superheroes emerging out of every cinematic orifice, next week the blockbuster movie leading the pack will be quite a different beast altogether. A vampire and a witch will battle it out in the 1970s in the high concept fantasy/horror/comedy hybrid "Dark Shadows."

Look Into My Eyes: 9 Clips From Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows' With Johnny Depp & Eva Green

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2012 1:39 PM
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We've had an inkling thus far that "Dark Shadows" would be a return to form for both Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, whose batting average over their last few films -- "Alice In Wonderland," "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" -- has been inconsistent at best. But this latest, extensive look at the movie seems to indicate they are back on track in a big way.

New Pics Of Johnny Depp & Chloe Moretz In 'Dark Shadows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2012 9:41 AM
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While "The Avengers" is preparing for a mega opening if early tracking is any indication, its run at the top of the box office might be a brief one as just a week later, Warner Bros. is dropping the latest Tim Burton and Johnny Depp team-up "Dark Shadows" and they are pushing their flick just as hard as Marvel.

Watch: 3 Videos For Paul McCartney's "My Valentine" Featuring Johnny Depp & Natalie Portman, Lensed By Wally Pfister

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2012 2:23 PM
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So, if you happen to be Paul McCartney, you can pretty much get anybody you want for whatever project you're working on. And with a new album out now, the former Beatle rounded up mega-watt stars Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman to star in the three different videos for the lead single. And if that's not enough, he also got Christopher Nolan's regular collaborator, cinematographer Wally Pfister, to shoot them. Like we said, dude can make anything happen.

Warner Bros. Gets Ready For Summer With New Photos From 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Dark Shadows,' 'The Campaign' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2012 1:28 PM
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Easter is over, spring is here, and in case you haven't noticed, things are going to be getting supersized at the box office over the next the few months. Warner Bros. is getting ready for a busy season and have unveiled a handful of new images from some of their upcoming films.

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