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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.

New Looks At Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter & More In 'Dark Shadows'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2012 9:16 AM
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How could a movie based around a cult TV show that no one really remembers all that fondly be turned into a summer blockbuster hit? Well, for one you pair up Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, and then you (finally) release a trailer that is not only pretty rock solid, but seems to finds the top talents comfortably in their wheelhouse. Is it still a bit too quirky and strange? You might think so, but even the competition knows better, and it was earlier this week Paramount decided to get out of the way, moving "The Dictator" back five days from May 11th, having it open the following Wednesday on May 16th, effectively ending what would've been one of the summer's biggest showdowns at the box office. So with all that preamble out of the way, let's get to the movie, shall we?

Listen To The New Beck Song "Looking For A Sign" From 'Jeff Who Lives At Home' Plus More Music Film News

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • March 21, 2012 11:41 AM
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Where would we be without music in our favorite films? While some may rely mostly on score, the needle drop of a pop tune can be quite satisfying when paired with a memorable scene. There could be a few opportunities for this type of moment on the way thanks to some exciting music news that also concerns the film world.

More Photos From Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows' Includes New Looks At Chloe Moretz & Eva Green

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 8, 2012 8:57 AM
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Update: Images removed by request of Warner Bros. With no trailer unveiled a mere two months out from its planned release, the marketing department for Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" looks to be making up for lost time, unveiling a host of images this week from the gothic soap-opera adaptation.

Edgar Wright To Direct Johnny Depp In Disney's Reboot Of '70s Horror Series 'The Night Stalker'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 22, 2012 2:21 PM
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It's been a year-and-a-half since "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" hit theaters, and director Edgar Wright has continued to remain mum on what might be next. He's been busy, for certain, with Marvel movie "Ant Man," and original scripts for "Baby Driver" and "Shaun of the Dead"/"Hot Fuzz" follow up "The World's End" all percolating, but with little firm news on any as they continued to be developed. Well, it's unlikely to be his next film, but it's just been revealed that Wright's got another project, and it's with the biggest movie star on the planet.

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