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Sexy Vampires: From Rolling Stone's True Blood Cover to Burton's Dark Shadows

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 17, 2010 at 9:41AM

Got to give Rolling Stone points for one of the most memorable covers in some time. (Here's the True Blood story that goes with it.) Clearly, sex, nudity and vampires sell.
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Got to give Rolling Stone points for one of the most memorable covers in some time. (Here's the True Blood story that goes with it.) Clearly, sex, nudity and vampires sell.

Bloodsuckers continue to thrive, from HBO's hit series True Blood to the Twilight saga and Matt Reeves' upcoming English-language remake Let Me In, a surprise R-rated entry on the fall fest circuit. There's yet another Len Wiseman Underworld sequel on the way for 2012, in 3-D, starring Kate Beckinsale. Then there's Tim Burton's remake of Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp in the role of Barnabas Collins that Jonathan Frid made famous in the TV series (1966-1971). I used to rush home from school every day to catch this vampire soap. But who will play blonde Angelique?

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Appropriately, Warner Bros. and producers Depp and Graham King have hired Seth Grahame-Smith (who's prepping the movie of his book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter with Timur Bekmambetov) to rework John August's script for a planned January start.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.