Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is opening in theaters today. Now, where have I heard that name before? Maybe when I was a little kid? There was something about a gingerbread house, right? Haven't they done a movie on that story already? Or three? Recycling is a relatively new concept in garbage handling.
Just in time for our nation’s celebration of independence, a clever twist on one of America’s founding fathers has been unleashed at the box offices. Collecting a paltry $16.5 million in its premiere ticket sales, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2010 novel, leads viewers into a web that entangles history with the exaggerated supernatural world of vampires.
Now regarded as a seminal, albeit cult, landmark for small screen gothic fiction, Dark Shadows started out as just another daytime soap opera about squabbling familial goings on in a sleepy New England coastal town.
Will Smith, 43, slapped a Ukrainian male reporter while on the red carpet at the Moscow premiere of Men in Black III. The reporter tried to kiss Smith on one cheek and then the other, but was getting too close for comfort for Smith.
It's both a time of sadness and a time of joy for fans of Dark Shadows, ABC's camp classic daytime serial that ran for five years in the late sixties to great cult acclaim. Joy because they can soon bask in the garish glow of king-of-kook director Tim Burton's gloriously ott re-imagining in just a few short weeks, and sadness because actor Jonathan Frid - the original Barnabus Collins - passed away just last week in an Ontario hospital at the age of eighty-seven.
Jonathan Frid, 87, the Canadian actor who popularized the character of Barnabas Collins in the original 1960s series Dark Shadows, died last week — on Friday the 13th. Johnny Depp, who plays Collins in the Tim Burton-directed movie remake of Dark Shadows, due out May 11, called Frid a "true original.
So it may not be the most historically accurate movie ever made, but the highly anticipated Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, starring Benjamin Walker (pictured), Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, has already become an Internet sensation.
A seemingly unstoppable money magnet, Tim Burton's deliriously trippy re-imagining of Lewis Carroll's anthropomorphized netherworld marked a return home for the king of cinematic kook, having began his career as a Mouse House animator, and a smash hit success for a director who despite some serious name recognition has never been that commercially viable.
It is fair to say that if your short film wins you an Oscar, while at the same time turns the heads of both Tim Burton and Nightwatch director Timur Bekmambetov to the point where they want to back you in making it into a feature, then you’re likely harboring a talent that’s pretty special.
Director Tim Burton maintains a body of work that seemingly sprouts directly from his own highly unique imagination, blending dreams and nightmares into substance in in a vortex of sheer creativity. Alice in Wonderland is Burton's most recent endeavor as he creates an other worldly experience where animals and humans are almost interchangeable.
Alice in Wonderland garnered the sixth-largest weekend box office debut of all time despite tepid reviews this weekend, even cruising past all-time champ Avatar’s opening numbers. Tim Burton’s redux of the classic Lewis Carroll tale, starring Johnny Depp, charmed audiences into coughing up $116.