Tim Burton plays producer on Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, which opens on August 2. We caught up with Tim at a recent press day in NYC, where he chatted all about why the project, based on a book by Seth Grahame-Smith, caught his eye in the first place. Tim, a native Californian who calls London home, also spoke about why he loves being in the UK, the royal family, and whether a project called Prince Charles: Werewolf could ever get off the ground. Plus, Tim weighed in on whether or not he and frequent collaborator Johnny Depp have anything in the works.
Johnny Depp arrived at the airport in Tokyo this morning, and quickly changed blazers to hit the red carpet. He and his Dark Shadows director Tim Burton were together for their latest screening, and they stopped to sign autographs for fans before debuting their eighth collaboration for Japanese fans. It's been a busy week for Johnny and Tim. They screened the picture in LA, then had an event with Johnny's costars Eva Green, Helena Bonham Carter, and Chloe Moretz in London. The Dark Shadows reviews have been mixed, but there's no denying it — Johnny's still got it.
Johnny Depp joined his Dark Shadows director Tim Burton and co-stars Helena Bonham Carter, Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloë Moretz, Bella Heathcote and Eva Green in London yesterday evening. The group first premiered their new film Monday in LA, where Johnny also fit in a quick taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday afternoon. Johnny talked about several of his famous friends during his chat with Jimmy and even took questions from some of his many impersonators. Dark Shadows, in which Johnny plays a vampire from the 1700s trying to adapt to life in the 1970s, is his eighth collaboration with Tim Burton. Early reviews of Dark Shadows and its off-kilter mix of horror and comedy have been lukewarm, but audiences will have a chance to decide for themselves from today as it's in cinemas now.
Johnny Depp wore a black suit and his signature shades for the LA premiere of Dark Shadows on Monday night. He was joined by the star-studded cast on the black carpet, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green, Chloë Moretz, director Tim Burton and Australian actress Bella Heathcote. Johnny invited Steven Tyler to the premiere, who said Johnny pleaded, “Come to the premiere and come jam with us after.” Chloë posted a picture on Instagram of Johnny playing on stage with Steven and Alice Cooper.
The cast have also been promoting the film with talk show appearances, including an amusing chat with Ellen DeGeneres, where Johnny revealed his fear of dancing. He said, “I fear it more than anything in the world,” and joked that he’d rather “swallow a bag of hair.” Dark Shadows is the eighth collaboration between Johnny and Tim. It’s released nationally on May 10.
With a heads up from Pop, we're looking forward to the coming season's onslaught of silver-screen blockbusters and indie films and, of course, the inspiring movie fashion that comes with them. Specifically, we're dying to see what Penelope Cruz will be wearing (aside from that sexy little red minidress) in Woody Allen's To Rome With Love, how Michelle Williams could possibly make us fall in love with her laid-back gamine style even more in Take This Waltz, or what Chloë Moretz's '70s ensembles will look like in Tim Burton's zany Dark Shadows. Just like our affinity for small screen style, we love watching our favourite celebs transform into their onscreen characters, wardrobe 'n' all! Take a peek at the flicks we're most excited to see and style you can emulate now.
I didn't have huge expectations for Dark Shadows, the film adaptation of the '60s drama series about a vampire, but I can still say that the trailer for the film is so not what I was expecting. Sure, the preview is painted in dreamy grey tones, as we've come to know from Tim Burton, and Johnny Depp is once again covering up his beautiful face with pale white makeup. But beyond that, there are a lot more jokes than I had anticipated, plus disco music and an all-around cartoonish vibe.
The film follows Barnabas Collins (Depp), a guy who is turned into a bloodsucker by an evil witch (Eva Green) and emerges hundreds of years later in the '70s. Comedy ensues as he rejoins his new family members, is puzzled by the TV set, and clashes with a young Chloë Moretz on the meaning of the term "stoned." There's really no better word for this preview than "wacky," but suffice it to say that it succeeded in catching my attention. Another bonus: Aussie rising star Bella Heathcote stars as Barnabas' first love.
The movie opens May 10, but check out the preview when you read more.
Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter walked the BAFTAs red carpet with their partners Livia Giuggioli and Tim Burton. The King's Speech co-stars and their director Tom Hooper are hoping for multiple wins today, as their film has 14 nominations. Colin has been leading up to the ceremony with lots of parties, and he's also been gearing up for the Oscars and attended the Oscar nominees luncheon last week. Let Fab and Bella know your thoughts on the fashion by voting on their polls!
Courtney Love recently gave an interview to The Daily Mail and talked about her and Kurt Cobain's daughter, Frances Bean. It’s hard to know what exactly is fact when it comes to Ms. Love, but Courtney claims that Frances was offered the lead role in both Twilight AND Alice in Wonderland. Frances turns 18 this weekend and has no previous acting experience. Courtney says:
Frances is so beautiful, but she doesn’t want to be famous. She was offered the part of Bella in the Twilight movies, and Tim Burton wanted her for Alice in Wonderland. But she wants to go to college.
What do you think? Can you see Frances in the role of Bella Swan?
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis were arm-in-arm as they arrived at the Chanel party at Cannes Tuesday night. Johnny doesn't have any films of his own at the festival this year, though his good friend Tim Burton is the president of the jury and was also at yesterday evening's soirée. Vanessa recently travelled to St. Tropez to see the fashion house's cruise collection and pose with Karl Lagerfeld for Figaro magazine. She also has her own movie news, which will take the family to Montreal mid year after they spent the past few months in Venice while Johnny shot The Tourist with Angelina Jolie. The latest on his Pirates of the Caribbean 4 is that it will be shot in 3D and premiere next June—so perhaps both Johnny and Vanessa will have professional reasons to be on the French Riviera red carpet next time around.
The Cannes Film Festival had its first red carpet last night, with celebrities heading out for the gala premiere of Robin Hood and an official dinner afterwards. The movie's stars, Cate Blanchett and Russell Crowe, were together again following their photo call earlier in the day. Cate turned heads in her voluminous gown, while Russell stayed close to his wife Danielle Spencer. Member of the jury Kate Beckinsale also decided to go big with her pouffy frock. Eva Longoria changed out of her own casual wear from the afternoon to hit the carpet with fellow L'Oreal model Aishwarya Rai. Salma Hayek was in a maroon number with her husband Francois-Henri Pinault and Helen Mirren stepped out in demure black to join in on the fun. Other jurors like Tim Burton and Gael Garcia Bernal, meanwhile, kept an eye on things in their tuxes. This is just the beginning of the star-studded French festival, so make sure to stay tuned for more updates as they happen!