Comic-Con News: Director Tim Burton talks FRANKENWEENIE and working in stop motion again

FRANKENWEENIE movie poster | ©2012 Walt Disney Pictures

It’s rare a filmmaker gets to revisit something they did when they were starting out, but most filmmakers aren’t Tim Burton. And with FRANKENWEENIE, he’s tackling a feature film incarnation of his 1984 live action short film he did for Disney. The original didn’t go over well, but now he’s bringing it to life in black and white, stop-motion and 3D and we says it was a thrill to go back into that world. “It’s a project that always meant something to me, so it was great to have the opportunity to do it stop-motion, black and white and expand […]Read On »

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CD Review: DARK SHADOWS soundtrack

DARK SHADOWS soundtrack | ©2012 WaterTower Music

Of all the great, Gothic love affairs that have been artistically going on in the cinema, easily the most enjoyable, and enduring partnership belongs to composer Danny Elfman and filmmaker Tim Burton. Birds of a bizarre feather from Elfman’s joyously demonic rock band Oingo Boingo to Burton’s twisted scribblings for a Disney, it was fate that these kindred, oddball spirits would immediately hit it off from the clown hell that tormented Pee Wee Herman’s BIG ADVENTURE in 1985. The Burton / Elfman a circus of audio-visual horrors that would mostly grow increasingly frenetic through the likes of BEETLEJUICE, BATMAN RETURNS, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the DARK SHADOWS Los Angeles Premiere

Johnny Depp at the World Premiere of DARK SHADOWS | ©2012 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, an Infinitum Nihil/GK Films/Zanuck Company production, a Tim Burton film held the Los Angeles Premiere for DARK SHADOWS on May 7th at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. In 1966 DARK SHADOWS aired on television with Jonathan Frid, who passed away on April 13, 2012 as Barnabas Collins, and the story continued in 1991 with Ben Cross as Barnabas. Now Johnny Depp takes on the role. Brought to the movie-going audience by Tim Burton you can expect something spectacular in the Tim Burton way! Walking the black carpet were the stars […]Read On »

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Movie Review: DARK SHADOWS

Dark Shadows movie poster | ©2012 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Grace Moretz, Gully McGrath Writer: Seth Grahame-Smith, story by John August and Seth Grahame-Smith, based on characters created by Dan Curtis Director: Tim Burton Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: May 11, 2012 DARK SHADOWS, the supernatural soap opera created by Dan Curtis that ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971 (it also spawned two feature films and a short-lived 1991 TV remake). Part of the show’s charm was that, in its day, there was nothing like it in terms […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Michael Clarke Duncan locates THE FINDER

Michael Clarke Duncan in THE FINDER - Season 1| ©2012 Fox/Patrick Ecclesine

On Fox’s THE FINDER, which has its series finale tonight at 8 PM, Geoff Stults plays Walter Sherman, an Iraq war veteran who has survived a traumatic brain injury and is able to find anything or anyone. Developed from Richard Greener’s THE LOCATOR series of novels by Hart Hanson, who also brought BONES to television, THE FINDER was introduced on BONES as a backdoor pilot, with Walter as an old frenemy of the older show’s Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz). In THE FINDER, Walter’s best friend/lawyer/protector is Florida bar owner Leo Knox, who is played by Michael Clarke Duncan. Duncan, who […]Read On »

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CD Review: PLANET OF THE APES soundtrack (3,500 edition)

PLANET OF THE APES soundtrack | ©2012 La La Land Records

Danny Elfman has often played primal aggressiveness for director Tim Burton in such rampaging scores as SLEEPY HOLLOW and MARS ATTACKS. But none of their collaborations would grab the composer’s furious instincts like Burton’s redo for PLANET OF THE APES. Sure Jerry Goldsmith had the percussive idea first when he accompanied Charlton Heston into The Forbidden Zone, but leave it to Danny Elfman to run rampant with those animalistic beats and ethnic wind instruments. While the orchestra is ever present here, it’s a swirling, unbound beast, with anything resembling pleasant melody hosed down in a cage until the climax. Grinding, […]Read On »

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First Look: Tim Burton’s FRANKENWEENIE trailer is ALIVE!

FRANKENWEENIE movie poster | ©2012 Walt Disney Pictures

Tim Burton’s latest stop motion film follow A NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and THE CORPSE BRIDE is actually a blast from the past. FRANKENWEENIE is a black and white stop-motion film based on the live action Disney short he did in 1984 before he hit it big with PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE and BEETLEJUICE. The first FRANKENWEENIE trailer has finally made its debut, and you can check it out below. The film arrives October 5 and features the voices of Winona Ryder, Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara. Surprisingly, there’s no Johnny Depp voice cameo this time out. AGREE? DISAGREE? LET YOUR VOICE […]Read On »

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RIO is one of the Blu-ray and DVD picks this week

RIO 3D | © 2011 Fox Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. MOVIES RIO – A flightless macaw thinks he’s alone in the world – the last of his kind – but when he discovers there is another and it’s a she, he goes to Rio. There he meets a host of colorful characters that show him how to live […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TRAFFIC LIGHT star David Denman gets the right signal

David Denman in TRAFFIC LIGHT - Season 1- "All the Precedent's Men" | ©2011 Fox/Carin Baer

Fox’s Tuesday night 9:30 PM comedy TRAFFIC LIGHT deals with a group of five friends at different stages in their relationships. Mike (David Denman) and Lisa (Liza Lapira) are married to each other, Adam (Nelson Franklin) and Callie (Aya Cash) are involved with one another and Ethan (Kris Marshall) is the player of the group. In this exclusive interview, California native Denman, who has been on the big screen in films including Tim Burton’s BIG FISH, talks about his new gig and a few notable previous TV jobs. ASSIGNMENT X: How many seasons did you play Roy Anderson on THE […]Read On »

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CD Review: BATMAN RETURNS: LIMITED EDITION soundtrack (3500 edition)

Batman Returns soundtrack | ©2010 La La Land Records

Few composers have more fun unleashing their devilishly twisted side like Danny Elfman, especially when longtime collaborator Tim Burton truly lets his creativity go bats**t. But if one film takes that cake in their always-eccentric pairings, then it would be the shining piece of comic book coal called BATMAN RETURNS. Sure their first BATMAN was dark, but no one expected the moral bestiality that would result from the pairing of The Bat, The Cat and The Penguin, a ménage a trois complete with whip-wielding S & M, intended child homicide and a very bloody nose- all prancing about to the […]Read On »

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