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


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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Float on: Tim Burton will contribute to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

What’s this?

In the 1993 stop motion classic The Nightmare Before Christmas, Tim Burton, with the help of Jack Skellington and the other spooky residents of Halloween Town, wreaked havoc on Santa and, well, all of Christmas. Now, Burton will add his twisted touch to another holiday: Thanksgiving.

According to The New York Times, “the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature a new balloon designed by Mr. Burton.” The Oscar-nominated director, who told the media outlet “it was such a surprise to be asked” will contribute a character called B. Boy, a stitched-up blue character with a tragic back story (B. Boy is “Frankenstein’s monster-style, from the leftover balloons used in children’s parties”) that has Burton’s signature style. (Check out the model for the float above. How awesome does he look?!) READ FULL STORY

How ugly will Josh Brolin's Hunchback of Notre Dame be?

Charles-LaughtonImage Credit: Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Everett CollectionA lot has happened to Quasimodo since novelist Victor Hugo first imagined him in 1831’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Most obviously, he’s gotten better and better looking, especially since the advent of movie houses. In 1923, Lon Chaney portrayed the grotesque yet sympathetic outcast who rings the bell atop Paris’ most famous cathedral. Charles Laughton (left) was a little more dignified in the 1939 version. In 1956, Anthony Quinn was less monstrous, and in 1997, the otherwise dashing Mandy Patinkin labored under the hump. The trend from gargoyle to GQ continues with today’s news, first reported by Variety, that handsome Josh Brolin is eying the not-so-handsome role in an adaptation to be directed by Tim Burton. My, that’s a hunky hunchback! READ FULL STORY

Tim Burton's 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' is totally happening; Who should play Abe?

It’s a difficult time in American history. Political instability, economic uncertainty, war, populist outrage… The time is right for a movie that dares to explore the trials and tribulations of Abraham Lincoln, one of our country’s greatest and most tormented Presidents. Unfortunately, that movie is probably not happening anymore. But don’t worry, America, we’re getting the Lincoln biopic we really deserve. According to Variety, the Tim Burton-produced adaptation of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is going to begin pre-production, with Wanted/Night Watch director Timur Bekmambetov helming the movie. Since the material is so over-the-top, and since Burton and Bekmambetov are two flavors of stylized insanity, just how crazy is this movie going to be?

Another important question: who’s going to play Lincoln? The story follows Honest Abe from his youth through his presidency, so the part would require someone who could play tormented-youth and old-soul politician. It would require Oscar-worthy gravitas, Bruckheimer-worthy action juice, and some sort of wonky 19th century accent. People, isn’t this the role that Johnny Depp was born to play? READ FULL STORY

DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg thinks post-conversions could kill 3D

Jeffrey-KatzenbergImage Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage.comThe issue of 3D is being debated all over Hollywood in this post-Avatar world, where it seems every-other movie being released boasts a third dimension. In a lengthy interview with Variety, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg says that decisions being made in the next 30-60 days will determine the future of the platform. In short, Katzenberg says 3D just for the sake of 3D is not a good decision, because “all 3D is not created equal.” In that regard, the DreamWorks exec had some strong words for the 2D-to-3D conversation of Warner Bros.’ Clash of the Titans. “We’ve seen the highest end of [3D] in Avatar and you have now witnessed the lowest end of it [in Titans],” he says. (Warner Bros. said it is not commenting on Katzenberg’s statements at this time.) READ FULL STORY

Tim Burton directing an animated 'The Addams Family'? Oh, snap!

Addams-Family-cartoonImage Credit: Everett CollectionTim Burton has his 3-D follow-up to Alice in Wonderland booked: He’ll be directing a stop-motion animation version of The Addams Family, according to Mike Fleming at Deadline Hollywood. File under “things that make sense.” And also “things I am excited for.”

Burton’s Addamses will be based on Charles Addams’ original cartoons and not the old TV show or the ’90s movies. Look at that print and tell me it doesn’t scream Tim Burton. It so does! And not just because the Addams Family sports a goth-y aesthetic or is both friendly and creepy (though yay on both counts), but because Morticia and Gomez are one of fiction’s most romantic couples, and Tim Burton knows how to tell a love story. He’s a pro at adapting familiar stories — Batman, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (let’s not speak of Planet of the Apes) — but my favorite entries in the Tim Burton oeuvre are ones that could be summed up as “I love something so much that I’m not like everyone else.” Edward Scissorhands. Ed Wood. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. The Nightmare Before Christmas. Big Fish. If he can infuse Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsley, Thing, Cousin Itt, Lurch, Uncle Fester, and Grandma with that kind of self-possessed dreaminess, we’re all in for a treat.

Sing the song in your head, PopWatchers. Are you snapping along for this?

St. Patrick's Day Clip du jour: 'Nightmare Before St. Patrick's Day'

You don’t see a ton of Nightmare Before Christmas spoofs, which makes this St. Patrick’s Day take on “What’s This?” that much more fun:

Yep, that’ll be stuck in my head forever.

Clip du jour: A Burton-style 'Weekend at Bernie's'

What if Tim Burton directed a remake of Weekend at Bernie’s?

Bernie Lomax should be deaaaad! I think the music is what really makes this faux trailer special.

What incongruous film would you want Tim Burton to remake, PopWatchers? I nominate Dave.

This Week's Cover: Johnny Depp goes mad for 'Alice in Wonderland'

EW1092-coverBack in 2003, Johnny Depp famously panicked Disney executives with his whacked-out turn as Pirates of the Caribbean‘s Captain Jack Sparrow — only to have the character become an instant icon. For the upcoming 3-D Alice in Wonderland, opening March 5, Depp decided to dive even further down the rabbit hole with an orange-haired, green-eyed, nonsense-spouting take on Lewis Carroll’s Mad Hatter. Alice is Depp’s seventh collaboration with director Tim Burton, and anyone who’s seen the other films they’ve made together — including Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — knows they share a taste for, as Depp puts it, “the slightly left of center.” Still, with this gonzo turn as the Hatter, Depp braced himself for a full-blown freakout in Disney’s executive suites. “When we first went in to do the camera tests, I was thinking, ‘They’re going to lose their minds,'” Depp recalls. “But Tim fully supported it. It was a couple of solid hours in the makeup chair everyday but it really helped. You start to understand who the guy is through all that weird kind of Carrot Top kabuki.”

Alice marks Depp’s first foray into the brave new world of 3-D filmmaking, but the actor (who admits he still hasn’t seen Avatar) says he won’t be able to fully appreciate that extra dimension. “I’m actually unable to see 3-D,” he says. “I’ve got a weird thing where I don’t see properly out of my left eye, so I truly can’t see 3-D.” Then again, he never likes watching himself onscreen anyway. “So I have an excuse this time,” he says, laughing.

For more on Alice in Wonderland, plus an exclusive interview with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton about their 20-year partnership, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands February 26th.

Ashley Greene: Interview with 'New Moon's' Alice Cullen

Nothing like a role in Twilight to break you into show business. That’s the case for Ashley Greene, who had spent most of her time in Hollywood as a hostess in an L.A. restaurant prior to her fame-making role as Alice Cullen. The Floridian native just finishing touring the country in support of New Moon and she’ll start filming the horror film Apparition in Berlin in February. We chatted with Greene days before New Moon started breaking records.

Are the reactions to Twilight the same all around the country?

I was impressed in Chicago, actually. Chicago was really, really intense and loud and I think it was one of the bigger responses that we had. But there’s always a lot of people, a lot of passion, a lot of screaming, a lot of crying. So really it’s all measured in terms of how deep the screaming goes.

Was it much different than last year?

I guess it’s more intense. I’m much more comfortable with this whole thing. I didn’t really know what to expect at all when I first got into it. It was my first gig, and so it was a little crazy and I was really nervous. READ FULL STORY

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