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Helen Bonham Carter and Michelle Pfeiffer heading to Burton's Dark Shadows

02.15.2011

Remember when Dreamworks figured out that they have their characters making that same eye-brow raised face all the time, and decided to make it their entire marketing campaign for MEGAMIND anyway?

The same could be said with the fact that Tim Burton is making yet another movie with Johnny Depp. This time it's not just full of gothic undertones, it's just straight up gothic and is actually called DARK SHADOWS. Yeah, I know it's based on the whatever whatever classic whatever with a big fanbase that's going to yell at me, but COME ON! I understand sticking with what you know, but this is getting ridiculous.

Annnnd it should come as no surprised that now Burton significant other Helena Bonham Carter is now joining the project as a doctor trying to cure Depp's vampirism. Also now on board is Michelle Pfieffer as a reclusive vampire matriarch. This may seem a bit odd until you remember she was Catwoman in Burton's BATMAN RETURNS. I guess the director has had a fear working with new actors ever since the Mark Wahlberg PLANET OF THE APES fiasco. (Yes, yes, jokes, jokes as I know Eva Green and Jackie Earl Haley are in this too).

I'm not saying that Burton and Depp don't make great gothic movies sometimes or that DARK SHADOWS doesn't deserve a big screen treatment, they can and it does, but this almost seems like a joke with how well it fits the stereotype between the subject matter and casting.

Extra Tidbit: Tell me that Depp, Burton and Helena Bonham Carter have never had a threesome.
Source: Deadline

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6:36AM on 02/16/2011
You might wanna do research before posting an article like this. Depp was attached to Dark Shadows as a producer (with hopes of playing Barnabas) long before Burton. So yeah, blame Depp for choosing Burton to direct.
You might wanna do research before posting an article like this. Depp was attached to Dark Shadows as a producer (with hopes of playing Barnabas) long before Burton. So yeah, blame Depp for choosing Burton to direct.
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5:38AM on 02/16/2011
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5:36AM on 02/16/2011
Yeah I get that this movie won't be cinematic brain surgery for Tim Burton; As Dark Shadows fan I feel like this casting is spot on. It will be great to see Michelle Pfeifer in another Tim Burton movie since Batman Returns and with or without her husband Helena Bonham Carter is a perfect match for not only her character (Dr. Julia Hoffman) but two other characters as well. Man, getting into this show has been a really rewarding geek experience. I hope my "Tim Burton: every other movie since
Yeah I get that this movie won't be cinematic brain surgery for Tim Burton; As Dark Shadows fan I feel like this casting is spot on. It will be great to see Michelle Pfeifer in another Tim Burton movie since Batman Returns and with or without her husband Helena Bonham Carter is a perfect match for not only her character (Dr. Julia Hoffman) but two other characters as well. Man, getting into this show has been a really rewarding geek experience. I hope my "Tim Burton: every other movie since mars Attacks is great curse/theory" applies here, Alice in Wonderland may have had to suck donkeys so that Dark Shadows could be excellent.
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5:25AM on 02/16/2011
Michelle Pfeiffer?! I'm there!!! I admit I've always like Burton's films for the most part. He's had his misses but he usually misses when it's either a huge name or it just doesn't work with his style... Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes tome mind... I mean, I would have never thought he'd be a good fit for that. People always said the book was dark... I don't know but I never saw it.

But this whole concept is so Burton. It's like the most perfect creation for him. Hearing it's going
Michelle Pfeiffer?! I'm there!!! I admit I've always like Burton's films for the most part. He's had his misses but he usually misses when it's either a huge name or it just doesn't work with his style... Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes tome mind... I mean, I would have never thought he'd be a good fit for that. People always said the book was dark... I don't know but I never saw it.

But this whole concept is so Burton. It's like the most perfect creation for him. Hearing it's going to star Michelle Pfeiffer too just shot this way up with anticipation. I just don't see how he could miss with this movie. Vampires? Gothic setting? Burton can basically go wild with design on this...

I dunno, I don't wanna get my hopes up but I'm psyched so far...
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2:38AM on 02/16/2011
it just keeps getting better and better!
it just keeps getting better and better!
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9:14PM on 02/15/2011

So torn

I've never been keen on Burton. But Pfeiffer looks good. I'll remain neutral
I've never been keen on Burton. But Pfeiffer looks good. I'll remain neutral
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8:37PM on 02/15/2011
I still haven't forgiven Burton from making Alice in Wonderland into Johnny in Wonderland.
I still haven't forgiven Burton from making Alice in Wonderland into Johnny in Wonderland.
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8:37PM on 02/15/2011
Since everyone says he hasn't done anything good in the last decade, I must be one of the few that LOVED Sweeney Todd.

Great to see Pfeiffer in there.
Since everyone says he hasn't done anything good in the last decade, I must be one of the few that LOVED Sweeney Todd.

Great to see Pfeiffer in there.
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10:48PM on 02/15/2011
Sweeney Todd is my favorite Tim Burton and Johnny Depp collaboration movie. I thought it was one of each's better movies of their career.
Sweeney Todd is my favorite Tim Burton and Johnny Depp collaboration movie. I thought it was one of each's better movies of their career.
8:42AM on 02/16/2011
I totally agree w/ you. Anything he's done that doesn't require a ton of CGI, has been great, in my book. Sweeney, Big Fish, Sleepy Hollow, and my favorite, Ed Wood. I feel like he lost something when relying on CGI instead of stop motion and more practical effects. I feel like Mars Attacks was where he started losing people . . .
I totally agree w/ you. Anything he's done that doesn't require a ton of CGI, has been great, in my book. Sweeney, Big Fish, Sleepy Hollow, and my favorite, Ed Wood. I feel like he lost something when relying on CGI instead of stop motion and more practical effects. I feel like Mars Attacks was where he started losing people . . .
9:06AM on 02/16/2011
I saw the Stage play on tv in like in 1980? it was gr8!The film is a master piece!
I saw the Stage play on tv in like in 1980? it was gr8!The film is a master piece!
7:27PM on 02/15/2011
Helen Bonham Carter is the next Burton film??? You're kidding! Michelle Pfeiffer? Pfuck yeah!
Helen Bonham Carter is the next Burton film??? You're kidding! Michelle Pfeiffer? Pfuck yeah!
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7:25PM on 02/15/2011
Well, it's a Tim Burton movie so I'm a little interested. He's been boring me the last decade with his lack of originality. I used to be a huge fan.
Well, it's a Tim Burton movie so I'm a little interested. He's been boring me the last decade with his lack of originality. I used to be a huge fan.
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5:24PM on 02/15/2011

Nice casting choices

Sweet, as a Burton fan I'll be checking this movie out opening day for sure.
Sweet, as a Burton fan I'll be checking this movie out opening day for sure.
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5:08PM on 02/15/2011

Big shocker.

Well HBC is a great actress, she is basically the female Depp, so go for it.
Well HBC is a great actress, she is basically the female Depp, so go for it.
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5:01PM on 02/15/2011

classic beauty

Michelle Pfieffer looked her best in the Batman Returns coming down that staircase. Hubba Hubba =P
Michelle Pfieffer looked her best in the Batman Returns coming down that staircase. Hubba Hubba =P
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4:37PM on 02/15/2011
This movie could be decent plus these two could make for decent cast additions as long as the script is done right.

As for that extra tidbit, oh hell no on those three having a threesome. Besides depp can have much better babes than carter. Eww!
This movie could be decent plus these two could make for decent cast additions as long as the script is done right.

As for that extra tidbit, oh hell no on those three having a threesome. Besides depp can have much better babes than carter. Eww!
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4:28PM on 02/15/2011

Sure, Tim Burton casting Helena

Bonham Carter in every one of his films is nepotism. But who cares? She's an excellent actress. I'm willing to give this flick a shot.
Bonham Carter in every one of his films is nepotism. But who cares? She's an excellent actress. I'm willing to give this flick a shot.
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3:28PM on 02/15/2011
I'm excited for this film. I hope Burton digs himself out of the hole he's been in for the past decade.
I'm excited for this film. I hope Burton digs himself out of the hole he's been in for the past decade.
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3:27PM on 02/15/2011
Pfeiffer??? YES! Get her back in the game! Bonham Carter??? YAWN...Love her, but c'MON, Tim . . .
Pfeiffer??? YES! Get her back in the game! Bonham Carter??? YAWN...Love her, but c'MON, Tim . . .
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3:35PM on 02/15/2011
Wow, people must want Bonham Carter in EVERY Burton film . . .
Wow, people must want Bonham Carter in EVERY Burton film . . .
2:56PM on 02/15/2011
Also, since Burton likes working with the same actors over and over, where the hell is Michael Keaton going to be casted in a Burton movie again? He only was Batman. Time for him to make an appearance again.

I think Steve Buscemi would fit perfectly into a movie like this.
Also, since Burton likes working with the same actors over and over, where the hell is Michael Keaton going to be casted in a Burton movie again? He only was Batman. Time for him to make an appearance again.

I think Steve Buscemi would fit perfectly into a movie like this.
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3:27PM on 02/15/2011
Um..beetlejuice...
Um..beetlejuice...
2:55PM on 02/15/2011
I like the casting alot. Even though Carter is cast in every Burton movie now, I welcome it. She is a strong actress and always ends up being one of the best parts of the film (i.e. Alice In Wonderland). Pfeiffer as a witch is also good casting, considering she has the evil witch look to her.

Tidbit = Maybe. Just maybe.
I like the casting alot. Even though Carter is cast in every Burton movie now, I welcome it. She is a strong actress and always ends up being one of the best parts of the film (i.e. Alice In Wonderland). Pfeiffer as a witch is also good casting, considering she has the evil witch look to her.

Tidbit = Maybe. Just maybe.
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2:52PM on 02/15/2011
Carter as Hoffman! bingo'd that call weeks ago. Michelle as Elizabeth=pleasant surprise. To answer yr question at the bottom-NO! but perhaps when Tim was seeing Lisa Marie?...now that I could envision.
Carter as Hoffman! bingo'd that call weeks ago. Michelle as Elizabeth=pleasant surprise. To answer yr question at the bottom-NO! but perhaps when Tim was seeing Lisa Marie?...now that I could envision.
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