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Jimmy Kimmel introduces Johnny Depp to an army of Depp impersonators -- VIDEO

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Johnny Depp must be one of the most flattered actors in Hollywood. Depp is famous for playing idiosyncratic characters who boast intricate, unique hairstyles and costumes — making him catnip for movie fans who like to play dress-up.

On Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, Depp got up-close and personal with a few of the dudes who make their living as professional Depp impersonators. Well, sort of — Kimmel’s cousin Sal gathered the impersonators outside the show’s studio. Depp then had a chance to speak with them from the safe distance of Jimmy’s set. Though the Oscar nominee was almost disappointingly chilled out when chatting with his doppelgangers — the guy is so laid back that he’s practically horizontal — their interaction did yield a few gems… like when Depp admitted that he’s never seen Edward Scissorhands. Gasp!

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Johnny Depp's inspiration for Willy Wonka: An incredibly stoned George W. Bush

Johnny Depp visited The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the first time today, revealing the inspiration for some of his most iconic characters and his greatest personal terror — dancing. While Dark Shadows costars Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Grace Moretz hoofed it as they were introduced to the audience, Depp resisted. “I fear it more than anything in the world,” he told Ellen when she asked him why he refused to dance. “I’d rather swallow a bag of hair.”

Later, the star discussed some of his more famous creations, including Edward Scissorhands, Captain Jack Sparrow, and Willy Wonka. “Certain ingredients you add to these characters — Willy Wonka, for example, I imagined what George Bush would be like…incredible stoned,” he said, as the crowd began laughing at the mention of Bush and Wonka in the same sentence. “Anywhere that you can find a moment of irreverence or absurdity, I’ll stick it right in there — sometimes to the dismay of the director.” Watch the exchange below: READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: Finding 'The Voice,' life advice from Stephen Colbert, and celebrating mom

There are a few mysteries to solve this week, starting with a new one from Sherlock Holmes on the second season of Sherlock on PBS, then moving through the start of season finales to discover the winner of The Voice. Later in the week, find some great pop culture graduation gifts (’tis the season…) like the new Stephen Colbert book, and then don’t forget to do something nice for your mom next Sunday. Have a great week!

SUNDAY
Sherlock returns to Masterpiece Mystery, PBS, 9 p.m.

Making plans for Sunday nights the next few weeks is elementary, my dear PopWatchers. Benedict Cumberbatch is back as everyone’s favorite detective and Martin Freeman joins him as Watson for the second season of the beloved Steven-Moffat-and-Mark-Gatiss series.  This week: Could Sherlock be in love? Check out Ken Tucker’s preview below.  READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: The bizarre, brotherly bond between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton

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This week’s cover story about the offbeat vampire saga Dark Shadows pries open the coffin lid on the longtime friendship between Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton, who have collaborated on eight movies over the past two decades.

Those who work alongside the actor and filmmaker tell Entertainment Weekly that the duo share a kind of secret twin language. “None of us gets their jokes, but they get their jokes and they’re laughing, so whatever,” says Helena Bonham Carter, who should know. She’s as close to the pair as anyone could get, being mother to Burton’s two children, and co-starring in many of their movies, including this one.

Depp agrees with the sibling comparison. “I feel as though he’s my brother,” the actor tells EW. “It’s a weird understanding, this kind of shorthand we have. I truly understand him and know him, I think, just as well as anybody can. He certainly knows me as well as anybody can.”

Burton and Depp bonded years ago over their shared fascination with the abnormal, though the director underplays their much mythologized partnership. “We don’t wear our ‘This Is Our 8th Movie Together!’ t-shirts every day,” Burton says.

Well, not every day, of course. (Sometimes it must be laundry day.)

On Dark Shadows, out May 11, their preoccupation with the peculiar aims to resurrect an eccentric 1966-71 supernatural soap opera that both of them adored as little boys. Set in 1972, it chronicles the life – or whatever you want to call what he is – of 200-year-old vampire Barnabas Collins, who returns to his hometown after being buried alive for two centuries and seeks vengeance on the jealous witch (Casino Royale’s Eva Green) who originally transformed him into a bloodsucker.

His oddball descendants, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Grace Moretz, Gulliver McGrath, and their live-in psychiatrist (Bonham Carter) join forces to help him fight her latest advances – and also, maybe win the heart of a nanny (Bella Heathcoat) who may be the reincarnation of his long-lost love.

The crew who regularly turns up on Burton and Depp’s projects are kind of an odd lot, too. “A film family is a family, and it’s a beautifully dysfunctional family,” says Burton.

And like any family, they deal with adversity, newcomers, and yes, even death — sadly, not always the made-up kind.

To find out more, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, May 4.

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