Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Two New "Dark Shadows" Photos

Helen O'Hara of Empire Online reports from the set of Dark Shadows, and brought back two new photos of the director and his cast making the new film.

Screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith discusses the time period in which the film is set: "Tim and Johnny took a long time explaining exactly why it had to be 1972. 1969 was too early and 1973 was too late. 1972 is right at the time when the hippie movement and all its peace and love is dying out and being replaced by this me-me-me generation in the '70s who are all about showing their wealth and having everything."

Tim Burton with Michelle Pfeiffer (playing Elizabeth Collins Stoddard) and Jonny Lee Miller (playing Roger Collins).

Producer Richard D. Zanuck also talked about why the film will not be made or released in 3D: "We discussed this quite a bit. We didn't want to be categorised as another 3D extravaganza, because this isn't. We have action sequences, but mostly it's interaction between characters, and that's where the humour and the story come from."

You can learn more about the film in the new issue of Empire, which will be available in stores in the UK this Thursday.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Photo: Two New "Frankenweenie" Characters Revealed

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Flickr user Steven Kuhn has uploaded an image from the Tim Burton exhibition at LACMA in Los Angeles. The photo shows two stop-motion puppets of two new characters in Frankenweenie, "Edgar" and "Weird Girl." Like the rest of the animated cast, both characters have been directly designed by Tim Burton. Catherine O'Hara (Beetlejuice, The Nightmare Before Christmas) will provide the voices for both characters.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

First Official "Dark Shadows" Image Released

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Entertainment Weekly has provided the first official image from Dark Shadows. The shot was staged by Tim Burton himself early in production.

The cast in the image, from left to right: Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), Carolyn Stoddard (Chloë Moretz), Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green), David Collins (Gulliver McGrath), Victoria Winters (Bella Heathcote), Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp), Mrs. Johnson (Ray Shirley), Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley), Roger Collins (Jonny Lee Miller), and Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer).

Read the article to hear more about the characters' backgrounds from Entertainment Weekly and screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Burton Remembers "A Clockwork Orange"

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Stanley Kubrick's classic, and still magnificent and disturbing, film, A Clockwork Orange. Tim Burton spoke with Gina McIntyre of the Los Angeles Times and recalled his memory of seeing that unforgettable film 40 years ago.

"It looms quite large," Burton said. "I remember I saw that movie at a drive-in on one of the first dates I ever had. It was a double bill of Clockwork Orange and Deliverance. My girlfriend got drunk, and I remember watching Clockwork Orange and her throwing up the backseat while I just sat there and watched the movie."

"I have a very strong memory of that," Burton said. "I’ll never forget it."

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Photos: Depp, Burton Shooting "Dark Shadows"

Photos have surfaced of Johnny Depp and Tim Burton shooting Dark Shadows on location in Devon, UK. The photographs were taken on September 13th.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

"Dexter's" Hall May Star in "Big Fish" Musical

Deadline reports that Michael C. Hall, star of TV's Dexter, is in negotiations to possibly play the lead role of Edward Bloom in the Broadway musical production of Big Fish. The part was originally considered for Hugh Jackman, according to the producers of the show.

Hall is no stranger to the stage. He has previously starred in productions of Cabaret and Chicago.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

"Beetlejuice" Sequel Coming, and Another Stop-Motion Film?

Deadline reports that a Beetlejuice sequel will likely come into existence at some point. KatzSmith Productions partners David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith (author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, as well as the screenwriter for the film versions of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Tim Burton's Dark Shadows) have just signed a two-year first-look feature producing deal at Warner Bros., and one of their first projects will be a sequel to the 1988 comedy. Grahame-Smith will likely write the script for the sequel. No word on a projected release date as of yet.

Other projects that may be included in the deal are We Three Kings (an adaptation of Grahame-Smith's next revisionist novel about what the Three Wise Men were really up to on Christmas Eve), Bryantology (about a man who invents a religion based around himself as a tax loophole) and, most interestingly, Night of the Living, a stop-motion animated comedy about a town of monsters who find themselves besieged by an invasion of living humans, which Tim Burton himself might be producing with KatzSmith.