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Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter head an all-star cast.

BURBANK, CA – May 18, 2011 – Filming begins this week on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “Dark Shadows”, which brings the cult classic television series to the big screen under the direction of Tim Burton. The film’s all-star ensemble cast includes Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, and newcomer Gulliver McGrath.

In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas (Johnny Depp) has the world at his feet—or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine. The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy…until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard (Eva Green). A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive.

Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.

Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins, (Jonny Lee Miller); her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Chloe Moretz); and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins (Gulliver McGrath). The mystery extends beyond the family, to caretaker Willie Loomis, played by Jackie Earle Haley, and David’s new nanny, Victoria Winters, played by Bella Heathcote.

Burton is directing and producing “Dark Shadows” from a screenplay by Seth Grahame-Smith, story by John August and Grahame-Smith, based on the television series created by Dan Curtis. Also producing are Oscar® winner Richard D. Zanuck (Alice in Wonderland, Driving Miss Daisy), continuing his long association with Burton; Oscar® winner Graham King, (Rango,The Departed), continuing his collaboration with Depp; Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, and David Kennedy. The executive producers are Chris Lebenzon, Nigel Gostelow, Tim Headington, and Bruce Berman.

The behind-the-scenes creative team includes cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, Oscar®-winning production designer Rick Heinrichs (Sleepy Hollow), Oscar®-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland) and editor Chris Lebenzon (Alice in Wonderland). The score will be composed by Danny Elfman.

“Dark Shadows” is being filmed entirely in England, both at Pinewood Studios and on location.
“Dark Shadows” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.


Visual Effects

  • “Alice in Wonderland” Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
  • “Hereafter” Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojansky and Joe Farrell
  • Inception” Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
  • “Iron Man 2” Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Art Direction

  • “Alice in Wonderland”
    Production Design: Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Karen O’Hara
  • “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1”
    Production Design: Stuart Craig; Set Decoration: Stephenie McMillan
  • “Inception”
    Production Design: Guy Hendrix Dyas; Set Decoration: Larry Dias and Doug Mowat
  • “The King’s Speech”
    Production Design: Eve Stewart; Set Decoration: Judy Farr
  • “True Grit”
    Production Design: Jess Gonchor; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh

Emma Stone will receive the the role of Mary Jane Watson in the reboot of the Spider-Man franchise. The 21-year-old redheaded beauty (Zombieland, Easy A) will play the love interest of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) — if she accepts.

On the other hand the contenders for the role of Gwen Stacy (portrayed by Bryce Dallas Howard in the previous movie) are Glee’s Dianna Agron, Alice in Wonderland’s Mia Wasikowska, Georgina Haig and Dominique McElligott. Gwen is the first love interest of the high school-aged Peter Parker.

Tim Burton, has a voice cast in place for Frankenweenie 3D that will reunite him with some familiar faces such as Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara.

The film is a stop-motion Disney animated feature, based on his ’80s black-and-white short about a boy named Victor who reanimates his dog after its hit by a car.

Frankenweenie 3D is set to be released on March 9, 2012.

If you like Tim Burton, just reminding you that The Tim Burton exhibition at Acmi will be open until October 10. For more info click here…and if you wanna see our full coverage of the exhibition check this 2 links.:

On the Spot Part 1 & Part 2


A nightmare to remember
Art Director Deane Taylor tells all at
ACMI‘s new Sunday Talks series

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) launches a free Sunday Talks program to coincide with Tim Burton: The Exhibition, beginning with an insight into a Burton favourite, The Nightmare Before Christmas, on Sunday 18 July.

The program brings together artists and composers whose work has a particular relationship to the work of Tim Burton with commentators who will lead discussion about Burton’s work.

Recalling his time working with Tim Burton in the early nineties on hugely popular stop-motion The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), South Australian Art Director, Deane Taylor, will kick of the series with a discussion of his role in the film and the creative challenges of making such a work.

Deane, whose concept artwork for the film also appears in the exhibition, will visit Melbourne for this special one-off event to talk about the craft behind this film facilitated by Assistant Curator of Exhibitions, Kate Warren.

Deane was honoured with an Annie Award for Best Individual Achievement for Artistic Excellence in the Field of Animation for this film. Starting out in 1978 working for Hanna-Barbera, Dean’s career has spanned a variety of roles ranging from art direction through to production design and direction on animated feature films, TV series, and commercials in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the US. To name drop, Deane’s worked as an Art Director on television animations such as Ren and Stimpy, Cow and Chicken and even the Australian classic Blinky Bill, as well as working in the art department of films such as Jetsons: The Movie.

Described as “a stunningly original and visually delightful work of stop-motion animation,” The Nightmare Before Christmas, some 17 years after it premiered, remains a favourite of adults and children the world over and is revered by aspiring stop-motion animators. This hauntingly beautiful creation of Burton’s mind fermented over a ten year period before it was even created. Visitors have the opportunity to see it on the big screen as part of ACMI’s Tim Burton Film Retrospective with eight sessions programmed across July and August.

The Sunday Talks program in the following weeks features local stop-motion artist Isabelle Peppard, animators Van Sowerine and Isobel Knowles, composer Dale Cornelius, the creator and puppeteer behind the acclaimed The Grimstones, Asphyxia, as well an entertaining look into ‘gothic suburbia’ with a panel of experts chaired by Dr Saige Walton.

The Art of The Nightmare Before Christmas will be held on Sunday 18 July at 2pm in Studio 1. The Sunday Talks series will run at the same time and venue for the duration of the exhibition, which is on show until 10 October. Admission is free but tickets must be collected at the Tickets and Information Desk on the day as seats are limited.

The Tim Burton exhibition is already open to public, a unique opportunity to feel and experience the work of this great Filmmaker.
Tim Burton: The exhibition
Thursday 24 June – Sunday 10 October 2010

Open daily 10am-6pm. Special late night Thursdays until 10pm

Full $19 Concession $14
Family $55 (2 adults, 3 children) Each extra child $10
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces joint ticket:
Tim Burton (ACMI)/European Masters (NGV)
Full $34 Concession $26
Buy tickets online
Unlimited entry tickets also available: Full $45 Concession $35

For more information about this and other venues, please visit

With just few seconds inside the exhibition, the visitor intermediately feel the unique style of the author, the sketches and concept arts, someones from Tim Burton’s early days,  fill the walls everywhere and at the same time several sculptures are welcoming the public, like the famous and iconic “Robot Boy”, one of Burton’s self creations.

Screens and audio are also available there, you can easily spend long time walking in the first 2 areas, checking the marvelous style, the stories and motivations behind every single line. It’s just a magic journey just beginning.

There is a “Night vision area”, where through a “magic eye” the user can see some props, but the main thing of this area is the beautiful “Carousel” with music specially created by Danny Elfman for it. After that ,the journey inside the movies fully begins, from old works like Beetlejuice and Batman to the newest blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, and of course “The Nightmare before Christmas” can’t be absent.

This Exhibition is sincerely one of the most amazing we have visited, a full travel, a full experience for fans, people linked to the arts, families, kids or simply for people who feels the curiosity of discover what is behind the mind of this unique and great filmmaker…Tim Burton: The exhibition is a must go event, a unique experience you can’t miss, no matter where you are is worth to travel for the day, or a weekend just to feel the magic of Tim Burton at ACMI exhibition in Melbourne.

Please enjoy this small gallery below and be ready to travel around Tim Burton`s wonderland at Acmi in Melbourne, better known as “Melburton”.

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The Tim Burton Exhibition
Thursday 24 June – Sunday 10 October 2010

Open daily 10am-6pm. Special late night Thursdays until 10pm

Full $19 Concession $14
Family $55 (2 adults, 3 children) Each extra child $10
Melbourne Winter Masterpieces joint ticket:
Tim Burton (ACMI)/European Masters (NGV)
Full $34 Concession $26

Buy tickets online
Unlimited entry

Exclusive Merchandise of the exhibition available at the official ACMI store, included the book “The art of Tim Burton” and the official book of this exhibition, a must have one!

For more information about this and other events, check the official ACMI’s website here