Anybody anxiously waiting to see Johnny Depp and an as-yet uncast actress lousing it up as Nick and Nora Charles in a remake of The Thin Man is going to have to wait a bit longer. Depp's been attached to the remake at Warner Bros. for well over a year, and he even brought a familiar director on board, but after months of development, the studio has gently break-checked The Thin Man, delaying the movie for a little while.
Before production began on The Lone Ranger, the project was the subject of a very public dust-up between Disney and the creative team over a massive budget that the studio couldn't countenance. Eventually, though, the House of Mickey worked out a compromise with power-trio Gore Verbinski, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Johnny Depp. Reports are now surfacing, however, that the massive production is behind schedule and over budget, now costing just as much, if not more, than that original huge price tag.
Last night's MTV Movie Awards weren't simply a two-hour delivery system for a minute-and-a-half glimpse of The Dark Knight Rises. Well, actually, that's a matter of opinion, I suppose, but there was a lot of stuff going on in those other two hours anyways. Since it's an awards show, awards were given out, as voted upon by MTV viewers.
Prepare for many, many headlines making terrible puns about sinking, as this weekend's new releases couldn't manage to compete with Marvel and Disney's superhero team-up. The Avengers continues to dominate the domestic box office, according to the estimated grosses, while wide releases Battleship, The Dictator, and What to Expect When You're Expecting all basically had to settle for also-ran status.
If you’re a Hollywood A-Lister, than you have most likely worked with, and have definitely heard of, visionary Costume Designer Colleen Atwood. She’s worked with the best of the best and when you see the upcoming film Snow White and the Huntsman, you’ll know why that is.
Four years ago, after Iron Man, when Marvel Studios announced its plan for a crossover series of blockbusters leading up to this year's The Avengers, the plan seemed almost ludicrous, a fanboy wet dream that could never possibly become a reality. A week ago, the ensemble blockbuster truly busted up some blocks, setting the record for the biggest opening weekend of all time by earning more than $200 million in just a few days. Now, The Avengers has set another record, this time for the biggest second weekend of any movie. Ever.
Director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp go together like peanut butter and jelly, like smoke and fire, like whiskey and Coke. Their efforts together began with Edward Scissorhands, and now, twenty-two years later, their eighth collaboration is about to hit theaters from sea to shining sea. That would be Dark Shadows, and to most audiences, the new film is likely a whole new quantity, a mixture of garish, gothic visuals and a comedic sensibility.
But Dark Shadows is, in fact, a theatrical update of the creaky soap opera created by Dan Curtis in 1966. The series, which followed the exploits of the highly dysfunctional inhabitants of Collinwood Manor, has maintained a passionate cult of die hard fans devoted to the characters, particularly the vampire Barnabas Collins, originally played by Jonathan Frid.
In the new version, Depp plays Barnabas, a wealthy gentleman in the Colonies just before the Revolutionary War who is cursed with vampirism and buried alive for two centuries. When he's unearthed in 1972, he naturally returns to his home and finds his descendants presiding over the dilapidated Collinwood Manor. Depp leads a cast that includes Eva Green, Jonny Lee Miller, Helena Bonham Carter, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Grace Moretz, Gulliver McGrath, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Joel Amos from Moviefanatic.com was on hand for the film's press day, where cast, along with Tim Burton, writer Seth Grahame-Smith, and composer Danny Elfman discussed the influence of the original series, soap opera acting, being part of an ensemble, and the film's unique tone.
Very early in a new video featurette on Dark Shadows, Michelle Pfeiffer begins, "The Collins family is," before pausing briefly and concluding, "odd." Pfeiffer plays Elizabeth Collins-Stoddard, the matriarch of a highly dysfunctional family inhabiting the ancient, dusty old Collinwood Manor. Every member of the family, and indeed a few characters who aren't official family members, get their moment in this new three-minute featurette.
Strange yet undeniably cool news. The Lone Ranger – Disney's huge-budget theatrical update of the serial character who has been kicking ass across the Old West with his sidekick Tonto since 1933 – has found a composer, and it's definitely not who you'd expect. Jack White, known the world over for his musical endeavors The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather, will compose the score for Gore Verbinski's would-be blockbuster.
Synopsis: In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet--or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy...until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles. Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth's ne'er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger's precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David's new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.