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There was a point in my life were I anxiously awaited any and everything that Tim Burton created. His sense of whimsy in the midst of darkness always fascinated me. Over the years, though, his films have seemed to be less about creative storytelling and movie magic and more so simply servicing the "Tim Burton" brand upon one's local cinema once or twice a year.
It's with this that I went into Dark Shadows, not quite knowing what to expect or which form of Tim Burton I would be getting, especially with knowing that it's a remake of the beloved 60's soap opera of the same name. The answer is, a little bit of both.
The film begins quite strong and surprisingly dramatic, telling the story of how in the late 1700's, Barnabas Collins (Johnny Depp) came to lose everything, including his mortality, simply due to the jealousy of Angelique »
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Written by Tony Kushner
The American political system is hopelessly fractured. Its legislators are viciously divided on how to govern the nation. The president, about to begin his second term in office on a groundswell of grassroots public support, is either too much or not enough of a pragmatist, depending on who you ask. He leans on his advisors when he needs to, but is driven by his fierce intelligence and intense determination to do what he feels is right; in this case, that’s pushing through a country-changing bill through the House of Representatives, dominated loudly by his opposition. Still, he can deliver one hell of a speech when he needs to. Though it applies in many ways to President Barack Obama and the health care bill that’s dominated Western culture for the last few years, this description is specific to the »
- Josh Spiegel
It seems that the legend of Abraham Lincoln is as prominent as ever in our cultural zeitgeist. The last year has brought us tale of “Honest Abe’s” secret war against the undead (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) - and now, with Steven Speilberg’s Lincoln, Academy Award-Winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis attempts to convey the weight of burden the 16th President endured as he tried to pass the infamous Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery in the United States.
Along the path to that historic achievement, we get brushstrokes of Lincoln’s life between 1864 and 1865 (his final year) – including the complicated relationship with wife Mary Todd (Sally Field) and sons Robert (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Tad (Gulliver McGrath). Outside of ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
Steven Spielberg took such a long road towards Lincoln that he lost his leading actor and it once seemed as if the film might never get made. The long-attached Liam Neeson was forced to bow out when Spielberg was finally ready to tackle the life of our sixteenth President, resulting in the unlikely choice of actor Daniel Day-Lewis as his replacement. Day-Lewis not only lacked the towering presence that Neeson shared with Lincoln, but the deep and commanding voice the man was known for. Or so we thought. The actor’s meticulous research revealed that Lincoln’s voice was rather soft and gentle and he was known to be a man with a good sense of humor. He was also a manipulator, forced to play tricky political games with his rivals and critics so that the now historical 13th Amendment abolishing slavery could be passed.
The mesmerizing performance of Day-Lewis, »
- Ron Henriques
In the ubiquitous buzz that surrounded the casting of Daniel Day Lewis in Stephen Spielberg’s new film Lincoln, the most prescient sentiment was that the Academy should just award Lewis his Oscar now. Certainly, Lewis seems capable of discerning the perfect roles for his chameleon talents, and his masterful portrayal of one of America’s greatest historical figures should not only earn him great laurels but also an iconic status. With a signature top hat and a messy mop of greying hair, Lewis does not portray the President; he is Lincoln. And that’s just the first of a dozen reasons why Lincoln is among the best films made this year. Lincoln is not a typical childhood to death biopic, instead choosing to focus on the tenuous period after Lincoln’s reelection, toward the end of the Civil War, when the President tried desperately to get the Thirteenth Amendment »
- Jessica Delfanti
The Senate VFX was awarded a total of 186 shots for Dark Shadows, which covered a broad range of work on some major sequences including the Collinwood Manor Fire, Angel Bay Cannery Seq, Construction Site Attack and a large selection of Collinwood manor exterior shots. The Senate was tasked with completing full CG environments, set extensions, green screen comps and ghost FX work, which, coupled with meeting the demands of a visionary director, made Dark Shadows a challenging yet hugely rewarding project to be part of. Dark Shadows was directed by Tim Burton and stars: Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, Eva Green as Angelique Bouchard, Bella Heathcote as Victoria Winters, Jackie Earle Haley as Willie Loomis, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Julia Hoffman, Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard, Jonny Lee Miller as Roger Collins, Chloe Grace Moretz as Carolyn Stoddard, Gulliver McGrath as David Collins, and Christopher Lee as Silas Clarney. »
Video: Get A Closer Look at Lincoln
The historical drama focuses on the last four months of Abraham Lincoln's life and the political strategizing he undertook at the close of the Civil War to ensure that slavery would be forever outlawed. Lincoln also stars David Strathairn as Lincoln's loyal Secretary of State, William Seward; Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gulliver McGrath as Lincolns sons, Robert and Tad; Sally Field as his wife Mary Todd Lincoln; and Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, a radical member of Lincoln's own party.
The live Q&A with the Oscar-winning director and actor will be broadcast to a select number of AMC Theatres across the country, but you can watch it on Yahoo! Movies by clicking here.
The movie hits theaters in limited release on November »
Whenever Tim Burton and Johnny Depp get together, you get the feeling that these two cinema giants are preparing to put a new stamp on the word “character”. Depp loves to play roles that put him at odds with the world around him. Whether he’s the gentle recluse with scissors for hands in Edward Scissorhands or the delusional director in Ed Wood, Depp transforms himself into wholly unique and utterly engrossing characters under Burton’s direction.
This year’s Dark Shadows was no different. The film, adapted from the 1966-1971 TV series created by Dan Curtis, features Depp as Barnabas Collins. Barnabas is an unwilling vampire with an overwhelming love for family. After being trapped in a coffin for 200 years, Barnabas finds himself in a new world where he mistakes cars for Lucifer and the McDonalds’ logo for a demon sign. He’s also got an appetite for blood. »
- Bags Hooper
Where did Tim Burton go exactly? There was a time when Burton was one of our greatest mainstream auteurs, someone who could imbue films like Batman Returns and Edward Scissorhands (both huge commercial films) with his personality and still appeal to audiences worldwide. Now we get stuff like Alice in Wonderland and Dark Shadows. It’s like his directorial tank is on empty. Dark Shadows adapts the soap opera with Johnny Depp leading the cast as a cursed vampire. It’s a mess. Our review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump. The film starts by introducing Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins and his tortured history. He rejected a witch (Eva Green) so he and his whole family were cursed, the woman he loved fell off a cliff, and he was turned into a vampire, and buried for centuries. His love is then re-introduced in the film’s then-modern period »
- Andre Dellamorte
Chicago – “Dark Shadows” flops on the screen like an undead fish out of water. It doesn’t have one ounce of the spontaneity or style that made the work of its director, Tim Burton, or its star, Johnny Depp, so irresistible during their hot streak of the ’90s. The was back when Burton/Depp collaborations promised something more than peerless production values and morbid variations on familiar themes.
What made Burton’s early work so marvelous was the way in which it exposed the vulnerabilities and insecurities of its creator. “Edward Scissorhands” was an exhilarating portrait of teenage alienation, while “Ed Wood” explored the passionate yet absurd side of filmmaking. The latter film also centered on a friendship evocative of the young Burton’s own relationship with his aging idol, Vincent Price. These pictures were poignantly personal celebrations of individuality as much as they were visionary entertainments.
Blu-ray Rating: 2.0/5.0
In “Dark Shadows, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
I don’t recall how I first stumbled across the ABC soap opera Dark Shadows back in the 1960s. Normally, back then, I‘d come home from school and watch ‘50s reruns on Wnew or Wpix but somehow, I found the Dan Curtis series and fell for it thanks to the supernatural overtones. It was was heady mix of vampires, werewolves, witches, parallel universes and lots of secrets. When the show reached its conclusion, I was in high school, at a friend’s house and insisted we watch it even though he’d never seen it. I read many of the Marion Ross novels, some of the Gold Key comics, and even the short-lived syndicated strip with terrific Ken Bald artwork. The attempts to revive the series ever since never worked. Ever. So, when I heard both Tim Burton and Johnny Depp were fans, I figured they’d be ideal for a modern film version. »
- Robert Greenberger
Ahoy there! Oh wait, wrong Johnny Depp movie. Though technically I am posting this on "Talk Like a Pirate Day" so there's that.
Anyway, Johnny Depp returns to the small screen on October 2 with the Blu-ray and DVD debut of Tim Burton's Dark Shadows. For Depp fans it's another chance to see the insanely popular actor in another quirky role. For everyone else, it's a chance to see another quirky film from the king of quirk, Tim Burton.
Thanks to Warner Bros. we are awarding three lucky readers the Blu-ray and DVD combo pack version of Dark Shadows. For a chance to win this cool prize, please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open. You must be a resident of the U. »
Last week DreamWorks Pictures and Google Play announced that they will release the theatrical trailer for the highly-anticipated film Lincoln during a Google+ hangout with Steven Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt on September 13th, 2012 at 7Pm Est.
Meanwhile, the film unveils its very first sneak peek offering a first glimpse at Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln in motion.
Well, you won’t see much of him, but you will hear him… or it is the soldier rather than Day-Lewis speaking. However, teaser gives us our first look at this dark film.
Lincoln also stars Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, David Strathairn, Lee Pace, Jackie Earle Haley, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jared Harris and Gulliver McGrath, and is scheduled to open in limited release this November 9th, after which it will expand in theaters everywhere on November 16th, »
- Nick Martin
Related: First Look: Daniel Day-Lewis as 'Lincoln'
In theaters November 9, Lincoln focuses on the tumultuous last four months of the president's life and the political strategizing he undertook at the close of the Civil War to ensure that slavery would be forever outlawed.
Video: Turning Abe Lincoln into a 'Vampire Hunter'
The DreamWorks film also stars David Strathairn as Lincoln's loyal Secretary of State, William Seward; Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gulliver McGrath as Lincolns sons, Robert and Tad; Sally Field as his wife Mary Todd Lincoln; and Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, a radical member of Lincoln's own party. »
Los Angeles, California (X17online) - The first official still of Daniel Day-Lewis as former President Abraham Lincoln in the upcoming Steven Spielberg flick Lincoln has been released, and the Oscar winner bears an uncanny resemblance to the 16th president of the United States of America. "Our movie is really about a working leader who must make tough decisions and get things done in the face of overwhelming opposition," Steven told Entertainment Weekly, who posted the photo today. "Daniel was always conscious of his contemporary surroundings," he added. "Daniel never went into a fugue state. He did not channel Lincoln. All that stuff is just more about gossip than it is about technique." Among the other central characters are David Strathairn, as Lincoln’s Secretary of State, William Seward; Lincoln’s sons, Tad (Dark Shadows‘ Gulliver McGrath) and Robert (Joseph Gordon-Levitt); his wife Mary Todd Lincoln (Sally Field); and Thaddeus »
Video: Bloody Fun & Tasty Temptations on 'Lincoln' Set
Of the complicated historical character, Spielberg tells EW, "Lincoln had a very, very complicated -- and at the same time, extremely clear -- inner life. He thought things out. He talked things out. He argued both sides of every issue. And he was very careful in making any decision. As a matter of fact, his opponents and his enemies criticized him often for being impossibly slow to a decision."
Lincoln focuses on the last four months of the president's life and the political strategizing he undertook at the close of the Civil War to ensure that slavery would be forever outlawed. The film also stars David Strathairn as Lincolns loyal Secretary of State, William Seward; Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gulliver McGrath as Lincolns »
Check out EW.com for the first look at Daniel Day Lewis in the title role of Lincoln directed by Steven Spielberg. It has been over 60 years since an actor was Oscar nominated for his role as the 16th President (Raymond Massey for Abe Lincoln In Illinois, 1940) and only 10 pairs of male actors have been nominated for playing the same character or historical figure. Expect Lewis to join that list when the Academy Awards nominations for Best Actor are announced next year.
Based on the best-selling book, Team of Rivals, by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, the screenplay has been written by the Pulitzer Prize winner, Tony Award winner, and Academy Award nominated writer Tony Kushner. It will be produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg.
Lincoln focuses on the last four months of the president.s .s life and the political strategizing he undertook at the close of »
- Michelle McCue
If there's anyone who can bring not only Lincoln's look to life but also his personality and inner workings to life, it's Daniel Day-Lewis. The esteemed character actor has made a living playing strong roles including The Butcher in Gangs of New York, Hawkeye in The Last of the Mohicans, and Christy Brown in My Left Foot, amongst others.
Abraham Lincoln could be the role that nabs Daniel Day-Lewis is third Best Actor Academy Award. He has been nominated four times and won twice, for There Will Be Blood and My Left Foot, and will almost certainly pick up another nomination for Lincoln.
Lincoln is based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, Team of Rivals. Per an interview with Spielberg at EW, »
Four score and seven years ago (not really) we got our very first look at Daniel Day-Lewis in character as our 16th President Abraham Lincoln, but it was only a paparazzi shot. EW.com has finally unveiled an actual first look photo of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, starring Daniel Day-Lewis along with an outstanding supporting cast, with Sally Field as Mary Todd, Gulliver McGrath and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as his sons Tad and Robert, and David Strathairn as his Secretary of State. This first look side-shot of Day-Lewis isn't the most revealing, but it is finally our first look, meaning hopefully a trailer is coming soon. See in full below! "Lincoln had a very, very complicated—and at the same time, extremely clear—inner life," Spielberg states. Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, which finished shooting last year, stars Daniel Day-Lewis (of My Left Foot, Gangs of New York, There Will Be Blood) as our 16th President, »
- Alex Billington
Penny for your thoughts?
But in this exclusive new image from the upcoming historical drama (out Nov. 9), we finally see the My Left Foot and There Will Be Blood Oscar-winner in full character, and the result is even more uncanny than originally expected.
Spielberg tells EW that Day-Lewis captures not just the likeness of the 16th U.S. president in the below image, but also the intangible, pensive quality that made him a great leader. “Lincoln had a very, »
- Anthony Breznican
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