1,125 episodes aired of the daytime serial “Dark Shadows” from 1966 to 1971 and as a teenager, there may have been no bigger fan that Tim Burton. For years, Burton has wanted to bring the story of Barnabas Collins to the big screen and his cinematic partner for life, Johnny Depp, echoed that same desire. As Burton and Depp collaborate for their 8th film together, Dark Shadows is a film arriving with a great deal of promise that Burton and Depp’s excitement could translate to something quite unique and special.
Sadly, Dark Shadows is an unsettled stew of gothic vampire story, an Addams Family-style witty and self-aware comedy, and a dark, foreboding, revenge tale. Perhaps Tim Burton was blinded by his desire to bring a life’s ambition to the big screen, but with Seth Grahame-Smith’s screenplay, Dark Shadows is a rambling and meandering film that never decides what it wants to be, who it wants to appeal to, with a screenplay that feels ripped up, taped back together again, and likely not at all what was originally intended.
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Hello readers! Late Pass is back with your quick update of news we’ve missed this week.
Vince Vaughn will play a man who fathers 533 children in a new movie Starbuck- Variety
Cameron Diaz and Benicio del Toro will team up for action comedy Agent: Century 21. Diaz seems to fit this movie well having made Knight and Day but del Toro? Action comedy? Should be an interesting project. – The Hollywood Reporter
Michelle Monaghan will join Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan in action thriller The Coup. The story “revolves around American family that moves to Southeast Asia and finds themselves embroiled in a violent coup where rebels mercilessly attack the city.” – The Hollywood Reporter
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We have to give credit, where credit is due. Longtime reader John Rivera gave the wonderful idea for this. As we head into the final stretch of the television season, and the site’s affiliation with the Critics Choice Television Awards which is about to gear up in June, we are opening the topic of television to our readership.
We have some categories, which are listed below. But if you think there is a category we might be missing, please feel free to chime in on the topic. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the process and starting your own personal “For Your Consideration” advertisements for certain shows and performers.
Preliminary voting is schedule to start Monday, May 21st and close Friday, May 25th. Nominations will be announced Monday, May 28th. Look at the categories you will be voting for after the jump. Read more on ACCA TV starting soon!…
I was a big fan of ‘Kick-Ass’ when it came out a few years ago, even going so far as to praise it in an early Script Review here at the site. The potential for a great sequel is certainly there, though I never found it to be a moral imperative for it to be made or anything (bonus points for knowing what movie I’m referencing by saying “moral imperative”). Well, it looks like Universal is in talks to continue the franchise, according to Deadline here, and sadly it won’t be with Matthew Vaughn writing or directing (though Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse are in talks to reprise their original roles). Instead, it’s Jeff Wadlow of ‘Cry Wolf’ and ‘Never Back Down’ fame. After the jump I’ll share my thoughts on the project, but in short…I’m not exactly thrilled with the choice of Wadlow.
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Buried in my email inbox today was Disney sending me a link to the Trailer for their upcoming film ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’. Never one to be greedy, I’m here to share it with you all now, and after the jump you can take a look at the Trailer in all of its glory. The flick has a strong cast that includes Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, David Morse, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston, and Dianne Weist and the premise is, well…odd. I’m honestly not expecting too much from it, but I don’t think it looks bad at all. Take a gander below and decide for yourself…
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Guillermo del Toro has kept himself very busy (he has 14 projects currently in the work) and he just added another one to the list. Variety is reporting that del Toro will be co-directing a 3D stop motion Pinocchio with The Fantastic Mr. Fox animation director Mark Gustafson. The script for this new adaptation is written by Del Toro, Matthew Robbins, and Gris Grimly will see the tale set during the time in between World War I and World War II. Shooting for this movie isn’t expected to start till next summer so del Toro should have time to finish Pacific Rim in time for it’s July 12, 2013 date in order to start this film.
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