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Johnny Depp Heading Back to Wonderland Without Tim Burton

Johnny Depp is set to reprise his role as the Mad Hatter in a sequel to Alice in Wonderland, but he will be returning without his longtime collaborator Tim Burton.

The Hollywood actor took on the wacky role opposite Mia Wasikowska as Alice in the Lewis Carroll adaptation, which broke the $1 billion mark at the international box office following its release in 2010.

Movie bosses are working on a sequel, and it has now emerged Depp is set to return but director Burton will be replaced with The Muppets’ James Bobin, according to Deadline.com.

It is not yet known if Wasikowska will reprise her role as Alice.

Burton has worked with Depp on numerous films over the years, including Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Dark Shadows.

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Dark Shadows In Theaters May 11

Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley and Jonny Lee Miller, opens in theaters Friday, May 11. The comedy/horror film centers on an 18th century vampire who returns to his ancestral home after spending two centuries locked in a coffin underground. He finds his estate in ruins and his dysfunction descendants in need of help.

Photo Alert: Dark Shadows Premiere After-Party Concert Featuring Johnny Depp and Alice Cooper

Last night’s premier of the new Tim Burton film, “Dark Shadows”, will go down in the books of rock history. Legendary rocker Alice Cooper is featured heavily in the film, with Tim Burton relying on Dwight Frye for the movie’s most pivotal scene. Alice looked great, and he shoud because they digitized his face to make him look just as he did in 1972!

  As great as the film was, nothing could top Tim Burton’s after-party, thrown across the street behind the El Capitan Theater, where Warner Brothers recreated the ballroom from the movie for a surprise live performance by Alice Cooper himself! Alice brought with him his band, with Orianthi, Tommy Henriksen and Keri Kelli on guitar, Chuck Garricon bass, and Glen Sobel on drums. Also guesting for the evening wasAlice’s old friend Johnny Depp! Johnny joined Alice on stage last year at the 100 Club, and this was the perfect opportunity to “get the band back together,” as Alice put it.

As if that weren’t enough, the four guitarists were then joined by legendary Aerosmith axeman Joe Perry! The impromptu supergroup played some Cooper classics before introducing yet another surprise guest, Aerosmith frontman and “demon of screamin” Steven Tyler. The huge behemoth of a band went through “Come Together”, then Steven Tyler whispered into Chuck Garric’s ear, “Know ‘Whole Lotta Love’?”… you can guess what happened next!

Johnny Depp Re-Teams With Tim Burton

The brotherly relationship between actor Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton seems to get stronger with each passing year. The actor-director duo have now worked together on nine films together, with each one seeming to inspire some of the other’s best work. Working together, it seems as though they can sell almost anything based solely on their collaboration. They have provided family hits together, working on the recent Alice In Wonderland update and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, as well as much darker projects such as Sleepy Hollow and the Broadway adaptation Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

Their next project together is another adaptation, this time it is a remake of the 1970s vampire-themed soap opera Dark Shadows. In the film, Depp will take on the role of Barnabas Collins, an 18ths century dandy whose family made their fortune in the fishing trade. However, after getting on the wrong side of a witch (played by Eva Green), he finds himself turned into a vampire, later being buried alive (undead) for 200, waking in the year 1976.

The two co-workers and good friends were both long time admirers of the show, with Depp introducing the idea of a movie adaptation to Burton some years ago when they were working together. According to Burton, Depp had always wanted to play the part of Barnabas, “even before he became an actor.”

The Frankenweenie Trailer—In Theaters October 5

If you are a big Tim Burton fan like we are, you are gonna love Frankenweenie!

Frankenweenie is an upcoming 3D black-and-white stop motion-animated film, directed by Tim Burton, and it is a remake of the Burton’s 1984 short film of the same name. Like the 1984 version, it is a parody of and a homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein based on Mary Shelley’s book of the same name. In the film, a boy named Victor loses his dog and uses the power of science to bring it back to life. The film is scheduled for release on October 5, 2012, and it will be the first stop-motion film to be released in IMAX 3D.

The Plot:
After the death of his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring him back to life. Victor tries to hide his creation, but Sparky gets out and causes havoc in the town.

Tim Burton Receives a Heartfelt Tribute by Movie Legend on Kickstarter

Kickstarter, an online fundraising platform, was once the domain of unknown artists seeking funding for small, low budget creative projects. Now, more ambitious projects with higher profile names like Tim Burton and Sir Christopher Lee are beginning to materialize on the site. Buzz is building about a new a six-minute stop-motion animation tribute to visionary filmmaker Tim Burton entitled TIM, which is inspired by Burton’s first short film VINCENT. Using clever rhyme and Burtonesque imagery, TIM tells the story about a young boy who wants to be like Tim Burton.

The idea was conceived by writer/director Brian Joseph Ochab who secured the voice talents of film legend Sir Christopher Lee to do the narration. Ochab said, “I was thrilled when Sir Christopher agreed to do the narration. Vincent Price was a dear friend of Sir Christopher Lee’s and also the narrator of VINCENT, so it really brings this idea full circle.”
Recently Sir Christopher Lee received the prestigious Fellowship Award from BAFTA in honor of a career spanning six decades. The fellowship is BAFTA’s highest honor and was presented to Sir Christopher by Tim Burton.
For Lee’s part, he was happy to contribute to TIM and said, “I think this has been done in a delightful way, and I think Tim will be very pleased.” The veteran actor has immortalized himself in numerous unforgettable roles in films such as DRACULA, THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY, STAR WARS episodes 2 & 3 and, of course, several Tim Burton films.
TIM has been in development for a year. As other means of funding became unavailable, Ochab and his team turned to Kickstarter with the hopes of energizing the public as well as devoted Tim Burton fans.
With a funding goal of $150,000, TIM is one of only a select few projects on Kickstarter raising money in the six-figure category, and the deadline to raise the funds is March 28th. Reaching the public, getting the word out and mobilizing audiences to pledge has been the key (and the challenge) for every Kickstarter campaign large or small. Chad Frye, a co-producer and the art director of the film said, “It is our hope that the fans of Tim Burton will also see this collectively as their project too.”
Frye’s comments sum up the “crowd funding” model and possibly the future of independent film. By putting the money power in the hands of the audience, it allows them to directly participate in the creation of a project often giving life to an artist’s dream such as Ochab’s TIM.
To potentially be a part of Hollywood history, visit http://www.timthemovie.com . Featured there is Ochab’s Kickstarter pitch video, which gives an overview of the project, a glimpse into the story, conceptual art and a behind the scenes peek of the creative team behind TIM. In addition, it features a heartfelt appeal from Ochab who explains his humble beginnings of having to sleep in his car upon his arrival to Los Angeles while pursuing his dream of directing.
For the uninitiated, anyone wishing to invest in the project will need to create an account on Kickstarter, which is very easy to do. Backers may pledge as little as $10 or as much as they would like to contribute. In return for contributions, a tiered reward system has been set up. With larger pledges come larger rewards packages from exclusive limited addition artwork to signed DVD’s and even screen credit for help in funding the final film.

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