Saturday, February 19, 2011

from MTV

Sweeney Todd. Ichabod Crane. Willy Wonka. Make no mistake about it, Johnny Depp is used to thriving in the shadows of established, beloved characters. But even though the "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor has brought his own unique take to these well-known roles, he's approaching his latest shadow, Barnabas Collins, with a bit of caution.

When Depp begins shooting "Dark Shadows" with director Tim Burton this spring, he'll be forced to tackle the same role played so famously and expertly by Jonathan Frid on the 1960s gothic soap. Those are big shoes to fill, and Depp knows it – in fact, he's planning on skewing quite closely to what worked so well with Frid's performance.

"For me, even the conversations I’ve had with Tim, what Jonathan Frid did with that character and that classic look he created, I find it very difficult to stray very far from that," he told MTV News while promoting "Rango," his upcoming animated collaboration with director Gore Verbinski. "I think it’s going to be somewhere in that arena, with maybe just a couple of different touches here and there."
In "Dark Shadows," Depp will play Barnabas Collins, a 200-year-old vampire who crosses paths with the youthful Victoria Winters and the devious Willie Loomis, played in the film by Bella Heathcoate and Jackie Earle Haley. For Depp, it's the character's ancient quality that drew him to Barnabas in the first place.
"There’s something about this vampire coming back after 200 years into this modern world, with a touch of the poetic, with maybe a tendency to maybe wax a little poetic now and again," he mused. "I have a good feeling about it. But Jonathan Frid’s Barnabas was so special."
Do you think Depp's take on Barnabas will measure up to Frid's? Tell us what you think in the comments section and on Twitter!


someone sent this photo to me from E BAY. Love the shirt!

Photo of Depp/Burton Dr. Hoffman

Dr. Julia Hoffman -Helena Bonham Carter


Michelle Pfeiffer as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard in Dark Shadows

Not sure whether we should be pleased or insulted for actress Michelle Pfeiffer on word that she is being talked to about portraying Collins family matriarch Elizabeth Collins-Stoddard in the Dark Shadows movie. The pleasure would come from seeing such a wonderful actress in the role, the insult stems from questioning if it’s even possible that Pfeiffer could be of the age to play Elizabeth. If the actress is indeed cast, this will mark the first time she has worked with director Tim Burton since portraying Catwoman for him in 1992′s Batman Returns. The late Joan Bennett played Elizabeth in the original soap opera and feature film House of Dark Shadows, while Jean Simmons played the role in the 1991 prime time revival series.

Dark Shadows News Page: Dress Up as Barnabas!

Dark Shadows News Page: Dress Up as Barnabas!

Michelle Pfeiffer To Reunite With Tim Burton For "Dark Shadows"

Saturday, February 12, 2011

From the FM magaazine...

from Famous Monsters Of Filmland one of my favorite Dark Shadows paintings would look GREAT on a T Shirt!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

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Johnny Depp bewitched by Eva Green in Dark Shadows?

The casting rumor-mill for Burton's vampire reboot gears up again...
Johnny Depp and Eva Green for Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows'...?
Eva Green, the lovely French actress who portrayed Vesper Lynd in the 2006 Bond film Casino Royale, is reportedly in talks to appear in the latest Johnny Depp/Tim Burton collaboration, a feature film version of 60’s cult gothic soap opera Dark Shadows. According to Deadline, Green is in negotiations to play Angelique, a witch who cursed Barnabas Collins (to be played by Depp) to an eternity as a vampire. Angelique was previously played by Lara Parker in the original program, and by Lysette Anthony in the revival. Her tormented former lover, vampire with a conscience Barnabas Collins, has been played by Jonathan Frid and Ben Cross (Sarek in the recent Star Trek reboot).
This comes on the heels of the news that Jackie Earle Haley (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Watchmen, Human Target) is in talks to play Willie Loomis, the drunken caretaker of Collinwood who unwittingly releases Barnabas from his crypt. Willie was originally played by John Karlen and Jim Fyfe. Sources also report that Bella Heathcoate is negotiating to play Victoria Winters, the young governess who reminds Barnabas of his long lost love Josette. In the original program and the revival, Victoria is transported back in time and witnesses the early days of Collinwood, and the transformation of Barnabas from young socialite to bloodthirsty monster. Victoria has been played by Alexandra Isles and Joanna Going.
This will be the fifth version of the Dark Shadows story to be told (sixth if you count the Gold Key comic book from the sixties). There was the original soap opera (which Barnabas didn’t become a part of until the second season, though he has since become its most enduring character), two feature films in the seventies, the revival series of the early nineties, and a failed pilot for The CW from 2004. Dark Shadows was also groundbreaking in being one of the first franchises to show the vampire in a sympathetic light, hating his existence and longing for his humanity. It also followed Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend as showing vampirism as a medical disorder. There is no word yet if they plan on a series of films, or if they’ll incorporate any of the many story lines that were utilized in the original program (Quentin the werewolf would be nice), or if the popular character of Dr. Julia Hoffman will be there to try to cure Barnabas of his affliction. But with Burton’s unique style and Depp’s love for playing strange characters, I can’t see this film being anything less than genius.

Monday, February 7, 2011


If you would like to see BARNABAS (Alec Newman) and VICKI (MARLEY SHELTON) from the un aired 2004 DARK SHADOWS Pilot check out The Official ALEC NEWMAN Website 
Alec has some cool photos (GALLERY) and a clip ( SHOW REEL) in the MEDIA section of his website... Check it out!

Dark Shadows News Page: Movie Production Designer Speaks

Dark Shadows News Page: Movie Production Designer Speaks: "Rick Heinrichs, production designer of Tim Burton's upcoming Dark Shadows movie, has spoken briefly about the project in an interview with w..."

Friday, February 4, 2011

Official Shadowgram News

The Official "Dark Shadows" Published Newsletters
The Official Dark Shadows News Updates - posted via The ShadowGram Yahoo Group
Marcy Robin's Cyberspace "Dark Shadows" News Updates
An Official Internet Publication of SHADOWGRAM
Number 233.                                       February 3, 2011
Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,
ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS),
announces the following breaking news in this Online News Update "bulletin."


In December, SG Update #232 exclusively released first word of the annual DS Festival convention. SG now premiere-announces the latest just-confirmed Fest news:

August 19, 20 & 21, 2011
New York Marriott Hotel at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY
Phone: 718-246-7000
Jonathan Frid, Lara Parker, David Selby, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Jerry Lacy, Marie Wallace, Kathleen Cody, Sharon Smyth, Donna Wandrey, Robert Cobert - and others to be announced.
This is Robert Cobert's and Kathleen Cody's first East Coast Fest (she joined us in Burbank, CA, for the 2010 Fest). We welcome the Fest return of Sharon Smyth .This brings together 2 of the younger DS actresses. (Kathleen portrayed Hallie and Carrie Stokes. Sharon was Sarah Collins.)
Planned activities include: New, exclusive dramatic performances by the stars; free autographs and photo opportunities with most of our guests; guest/audience question-and-answer sessions; rare video screenings; fan costume/presentation event (for fun, not in competition), memorabilia auction; contests; a wide variety of DS merchandise for sale (some debuting at the Fest); historical presentation and discussions; updating the upcoming DS movie starring Johnny Depp; and a special Sunday night 45th Anniversary Gala Banquet with gifts and a DS Awards Ceremony with the stars.
--- Sleeping rooms at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott Hotel are now available to reserve at the special reduced Dark Shadows rate of $159.00 (+ tax) per night. You must mention "Dark Shadows Festival" to receive this discount rate when you directly call the hotel to reserve sleeping rooms.
The hotel says fans "now can reserve accommodations by phone at this reservation number: 1-800-266-9432. Please refer to the 'Dark Shadows Festival 2011 Room Block' to receive the group discounted rate."
It is recommended that fans make their hotel reservations as early as possible, as the number of rooms at the discount rate is limited.
Please note that the Marriott Hotel is located just a couple of blocks from the Brooklyn Bridge, right across from lower Manhattan. The greater NYC area is easily accessible from the hotel via subway, bus, taxi, car, or walking.
To help with hotel costs - and often as a fun way to meet new DS friends - fans may contact the Fest's Hotel Roommates Coordinator, Pam Jarman. She will relay contact information between people seeking roommates. They then make their own arrangements.
For Roommate information, please send a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) to Pam Jarman, P.O. Box 45674, Los Angeles, CA 90045, or email Pam at

This announcement is to inform fans about the hotel location and room reservations, plus provide general weekend programming information. SG, the Fest, and the Roommates Coordinator cannot make hotel or travel arrangements for anyone.
Membership rates and the Banquet price are NOT yet announced. In the coming weeks, SG Online Updates and the new SG #119 print issue will announce these and other Fest news as details are confirmed.
The Fest plans a mass postal-mail with general information. It will include membership information and a reservation form that you must use when sending your payment(s) for the convention and the banquet dinner/awards gala.
To receive this mass mailing in advance, please send a business-size Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) with $.44 postage (U.S. addresses) (Foreign: Include an International Reply Coupon, available from your local post office) on it. Send your SASE to the Fest address:
Dark Shadows Festival
P.O. Box 92
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Upcoming SG Online Updates via the ShadowGram YahooGroup will continue to premiere-announce more information regarding the Fest. Details also will be in the new SG #119 Official DS Newsletter print issue, to be sent soon to current postal-mail subscribers. ((SG print issue subscription information is later in this Update.))

---- COMING SOON: SG Online Updates with confirmed casting and production plans for the Depp/Burton DS movie.
--- COMING SOON: SG will report confirmed news from/about the DS personnel, new and planned DS merchandise, and more.

--- Fans attending the Fest are invited to please share their reports and photos with SG so those who cannot be there can enjoy the occasion through your experience. Please send all materials to SG's e- or postal- mail addresses below.

--- SG also asks all fans to please share DS-related media mentions that you find at any time. These can be about the DS personnel and their projects, the new movie, merchandise, etc These items can come online, in print, or on the air; be international, national, or local; general or detailed; accurate or incorrect in content. Please identify the complete source and send all materials to the SG addresses below.

Please include your full name so I can list you as a Contributor in the published SGs. You also may receive a complementary Contributor's Copy for major donations of information, funds, postage stamps, supplies, photos, publicity, assistance, etc. Thank you in advance for sharing.
--- The current print issue SG newsletter is the HUGE Double SG #117-#118, and the new SG #119 will be ready soon. Future published SGs and the SG Official Online DS News Updates via the SG YahooGroup will report all the latest definite DS-related news.
Each full SG postal-mail newsletter expands and explains these brief email Update posts with details, photos, and more.
Subscription information for the ShadowGram Newsletter print issues:
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Please send your SG print issue subscription / renewal payment (check/money order) made payable to:
Marcy Robin
P.O. Box 1766
Temple City, CA 91780-7766
Subscription/renewal payments can be made via Paypal to:
When your order arrives, I will mail you SG #117-#118 Double Issue newsletter to begin / renew your subscription. SG #119 and subsequent issues will be sent to you and all postal-mail subscribers as they are published.
This Update is posted to the ShadowGram YahooGroup and is dispersed by interested people  to various lists, boards, websites, groups, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LiveJournal, in personal emails and other online/print communications. Please include SG's complete address and subscription information in your sharing.
You can join the actual SG YahooGroup easily at no cost:
Membership in the group is free and you do not need to be a SG postal-mail subscriber to join.
You can read past SG Online Updates once you're a member of the group by clicking on the "Messages" tab.
If you'd like more information on how to become a SG YahooGroup member, or to get an invitation to join the group, please e-mail Marcy Robin at
Thank you.
Marcy Robin
ShadowGram Editor / Publisher
P.O. Box 1766
Temple City, CA 91780-7766
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Official ShadowGram Website:
SHADOWGRAM (SG) is the *Official* "Dark Shadows" Newsletter. Much of its news is directly provided by the show's personnel and those involved in the 1966-71 TV series,
1991 TV series, and 2004 WB pilot. Established almost 32 years ago in April, 1979, SG
works directly with individuals, companies, and others involved in DS' creation,
distribution, promotion, merchandise, etc.
SG print issues are published throughout the year. Free time-sensitive complementary bonus breaking-news published updates can be sent as needed at any time to all current paid postal-mail subscribers.
Brief Update bulletins are posted through the ShadowGram Online "Dark Shadows" News Updates Yahoo Group.
NOTE: The e-mail Updates are * NOT * the actual Official DS Newsletter. The Official DS Newsletters are the published SG print issues that expand and explain each short Online Update post. The postal-mail edition is available by paid subscription and provides specific detailed information, exclusive/rare photos, media coverage, and much more than these brief Updates.

SG postal-mail print issues are immediately available. The current published newsletter is sent to you immediately to begin your subscription / renewal.
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Subscription/renewal payments can be made via Paypal to:
For more information on the newsletter, please write with a SASE (Self-Addressed
Stamped Envelope) to the above postal-address or e-mail:
Thank you.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Eva Green Joins Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

Eva Green Joins Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows

What Will Jackie Earle Haley Do With His Willie In Tim Burton’s DARK SHADOWS? | Badass Digest

What Will Jackie Earle Haley Do With His Willie In Tim Burton’s DARK SHADOWS? | Badass Digest

Ultimate Bond Girl Eva Green Gets ‘Dark Shadows’ Lead –

Ultimate Bond Girl Eva Green Gets ‘Dark Shadows’ Lead –

Here are the latest comings and

Here are the latest comings and

'Dark Shadows' ready for the light - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety

'Dark Shadows' ready for the light - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety

Jackie Earle Haley And Bella Heathcoate In ‘Dark Shadows’ Talks –

Jackie Earle Haley And Bella Heathcoate In ‘Dark Shadows’ Talks –

Johnny Depp’s got diet down to a tea | The Sun |Showbiz|Film

Johnny Depp’s got diet down to a tea | The Sun |Showbiz|Film