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Comic-Con: Touring The Art of 'Frankenweenie,' Tim Burton Shares 3-D Footage (VIDEO)

The high point of Comic-Con remains Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie," which opens Fantastic Fest on September 20 and hits theaters October 5. First, for all the naysayers who want Burton to stop remaking studio titles and fairy tales starring Johnny Depp (as voiced by one questioner in Hall H), this is a strictly personal project that takes the filmmaker back to his animation roots at Cal Arts and Disney; the original live action short was included in his recent traveling museum exhibition.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 16, 2012 4:27 PM
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Comic-Con: Even Without Fox, 'Dark Knight,' or 'Star Trek,' Plenty to See, from Burton and Jackson to 'Game of Thrones'

Comic-Con is so noisy and logistically energy-draining--they're expecting 130,000 attendees this year-- that it's tempting to just watch the Hall H panel videos from afar. Isn't the "Twilight" series over already? (Actually, no, and the sad death of a fan who was struck by a car while trying to join an early "Twilight" Comic-Con line attests to that.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 11, 2012 6:37 AM
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Fantastic Fest to Open with World Premiere of Tim Burton's 'Frankenweenie'

Austin's Fantastic Fest will host the world premiere of Tim Burton's playfully Goth return to stop-motion animation, "Frankenweenie." The film will open the week long festival on September 20, prior to its theatrical release on October 5...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 29, 2012 12:11 PM
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Disney's Touring 'Art of Frankenweenie' Exhibition Heading to Comic-Con, Plus Animated Infographic of Tim Burton's Filmography

Disney is launching a touring "The Art of Frankenweenie" exhibition in advance of "Frankenweenie"'s October 5 release. The exhibition will start at CineEurope in Barcelona...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 8, 2012 1:36 PM
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Career Watch: The Commodification of Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp's career has been set on cruise control for years, and it's worked splendidly. He's Hollywood's highest-paid actor along with Will Smith, received not one but two Golden Globe nominations in 2011 (for two of his worst films) and is happy getting paid stupid amounts of money even though he agrees it's ridiculous and does not find it stimulating.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 14, 2012 4:12 PM
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Burton and Depp's 'Dark Shadows': Review Round-Up

Warner Bros.' trailer for Tim Burton's eighth collaboration with Johnny Depp, "Dark Shadows," had me salivating for a witty 70s romp at the movies. And the movie looks and sounds great, with a witty Danny Elfman 70s score and a strong cast. So why is the film such an enervating disappointment?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2012 11:11 AM
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All Six Major Studios Hype Summer Slates at CinemaCon 2012: Warner Bros. Hawks 'The Dark Knight Rises,' 'Dark Shadows'

It's often like pulling teeth to get the Hollywood studios to invest the big bucks to put on a dog-and-pony show with stars and clip-reels for the annual National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) convention in Las Vegas.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 27, 2012 1:43 PM
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Keeping Up With the Collins': Nine Character Posters from Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'

What else to expect? The character posters from Tim Burton's upcoming "Dark Shadows" are pale, garish, gothic, and packed with attitude. In an era when advance marketing gets started earlier than ever, with less than a month before the May 11th release, Warner Bros. finally debuted their campy first trailer last week...
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 21, 2012 12:00 PM
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Complete TV Classic 'Dark Shadows' Available for the First Time; Burton Film Photos

For the first time ever, you can get all your "Dark Shadows" in one place. A collection of 131 DVDs will contain every single episode, an intimidating 1,225 shows. For a pretty penny-- $600--you can watch every second of this gothic daytime family saga. Tim Burton's film inspiration of the show hits theaters in May 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 9, 2012 4:45 PM
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Video: Watch 'Frankenweenie' Trailer and Tim Burton's Career-Starting 1984 Original

Tim Burton's animated "Frankenweenie" doesn't arrive until October 5, but check out the new trailer (as well as the original 1984 thirty minute live-action short film, which launched Burton's career), below. Last year, many cities (including LA and NY, at LACMA and MoMA respectively) were treated to a retrospective exhibition of Tim Burton's work, from his early sketches and notebooks to the costume worn by Johnny Depp in "Edward Scissorhands."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 1, 2012 4:40 PM
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