Thursday, May 19, 2011

‘Dark Shadows’ Starts Production, Plot Synopsis Revealed » MTV Movies Blog

‘Dark Shadows’ Starts Production, Plot Synopsis Revealed » MTV Movies Blog

‘Dark Shadows’ Storyline Revealed | /Film

‘Dark Shadows’ Storyline Revealed | /Film

Filming Begins on Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows”

Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter head an all-star cast.
BURBANK, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--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 Brouchard (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.

Contacts

Warner Bros. Pictures
Jan Craft, 818-954-2279
jan.craft@warnerbros.com

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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DRACULA

Dracula, With David Selby, John Glover and Ben Cross, Materializes in L.A. May 18
By Adam Hetrick
18 May 2011


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http://admin.playbill.com/news/articles/search_listing/edit/150957.html? The L.A. Theatre Works production of Charles Morey's Dracula, starring "Dark Shadows" actor David Selby, Tony winner John Glover and Ben Cross, begins performances May 18 at the Skirball Center.
Rosalind Ayres stages the play based on the Bram Stoker classic that will run through May 22 at the Skirball Cultural Center. All LATW performances are recorded and broadcast on LATW's nationally syndicated radio theatre series, "The Play's the Thing."
Selby, who starred as werewolf Quentin Collins on "Dark Shadows,"  plays Van Helsing, with Glover (Secrets of the TradeLove! Valour! Compassion!) as Renfeld, Cross as Dracula, Lisa O’Hare as Mina, Moira Quirk as Lucy, Karl Miller as Jonathan Harker, Nick Toren as Dr. Sweard, as well as Denise Carole, Sheelagn Cullen and Andre Sogliuzzo.
For tickets to any of "The Play's the Thing" productions at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, call the L.A. Theatre Works box office at (310) 827-0889.


For more information visit latw.org.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Shadowgram Update 5/14/2011

SHADOWGRAM
 
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Number 239           May 14, 2011
 
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Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,
 
ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS),
announces the following breaking news in this Online DS News Update "bulletin."
 
--- NEW DS MOVIE RELEASE DATE ANNOUNCED
 
--- UPDATING: DS FESTIVAL - DS' 45TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION -
NEW GUEST - SPECIAL ON STAGE PERFORMANCE - HOTEL SLEEPING ROOMS
 
--- JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT FILM NOW RELEASED
 
--- KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT'S NEW NOVEL
 

**** JOHNNY DEPP / TIM BURTON NEW DS MOVIE RELEASE SET
 
The new DS theatrical version has been given a May 11, 2012 release date by Warner Brothers Studio, which is behind the film along with Johnny Depp's Infinitum/Nihil Productions, GK (Graham King) Productions, and the Dan Curtis Estate.
 
SG announced the project in July, 2007, and has continued reporting confirmed developments in each SG print issue and in SG Online Updates. Johnny fulfills a childhood dream to portray "Barnabas." His longtime collaborator Tim Burton (also a lifelong DS fan) will direct. Production starts this month, shooting entirely in London's Pinewood Studios and at locations in England.
 
"Theatre executives" and SG received the following "Release Calendar" announcement 5-13: "Title: Dark Shadows. Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: 05/11/12. In Wide Release."
 
SG reminds fans: "There's always a possibility that a strategic or technical reason could lead to a change of the release date, but (this is) the date currently scheduled." The movie "will be filled with familiar characters from the original DS but also promises to have some new twists, as well as the addition of Johnny's and Tim's unique style."
 
SG will be kept informed and announce confirmed developments.
 
CAST: Barnabas - Johnny Depp. Angelique - Eva Green. Victoria - Bella Heathcote. Elizabeth - Michelle Pfeiffer.  Julia - Helena Bonham Carter. Willie - Jackie Earle Haley. Carolyn - Chloe Moretz. David - Gulliver McGrath. Young Barnabas - Thomas McDonnell. 
 
The screenplay is by Seth Graham-Smith from a script by John August. Music composer: Danny Elfman. ((SG previously announced Robert Cobert's original DS Theme or other musical elements may be incorporated into the movie score))  Production Designer: Rick Heinrichs. Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood.
 

**** UPDATING: DS FESTIVAL: DS' 45TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
 
Recent SG Online Updates and the current Double SG #119-#120 print issue have premiere-announced official news for 2011's annual DS Cast Reunion & Fan Convention.
 
August 19, 20 & 21, 2011 (Friday to Sunday)
New York Marriott Hotel at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 718-246-7000
 
We welcome our DS guests for a full weekend of sharing DS together with them and fans of all ages from across the US and beyond.
 
SPECIAL GUESTS: Jonathan Frid, David Selby, Lara Parker, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Jerry Lacy,
Marie Wallace, Kathleen Cody, Donna Wandrey, Sharon Smyth, and others to be announced.
 
Newly-added guest: Bobbi Ann Woronko. She played "Nurse Pritchard" in a 1968 episode and was Miss Polish America at the time. Her appearance was well-documentated with an on-set ABC-TV publicity photo shoot.
 
--- SG Premiere Announcement - Weekend Highlights:
 
Jonathan Frid and David Selby present a dramatic performance live on stage - performing together for the first time since 1971.
 
Programming highlights throughout the weekend: Guest onstage talks, audience Q&A sessions, and live presentations; free guest autographs and photo opportunities with fans; huge Marketplace Vendors/Dealers area with countless items for sale at a range of prices; rare video screenings; panel talk on the new DS movie; DS memorabilia auction to benefit charities; answering your questions and discussing DS' history, current events, and more; the real "Collinwood" historical presentation; fans onstage in Costume/Presentation Gala just for the fun of sharing; and other surprises.
 
General Daily Hours - PLEASE NOTE: All times are approximate and subject to change.
 
FRI. 8-19: Registration opens 4pm. Fest programming runs 6pm-midnight. SAT. 8-20: Registration opens 10am and programming runs 11am-midnight. SUN. 8-21 Registration opens 10am and programming runs 11am-5pm.
 
Sunday evening at 6-9pm is the DS Anniversary Awards Ceremony & Dinner. Guests and fans will enjoy a full dinner, with an all-new 45th Anniversary Retrospective Tribute, special awards ceremony, and door prizes. In addition, each attendee will receive exclusive DS commemorative gifts and a personally autographed photo of Barnabas signed by Jonathan Frid. (Jonathan will not be signing autographs during the weekend. Memorabilia from his personal collections will be offered in auction. Fans with winning bids on these items may have the opportunity to greet him and have him sign those items.) Both casual, office, and formal dress are welcome at the Dinner.
 
--- SG UPDATES:
The hotel has a very limited number of sleeping rooms available at a special reduced Fest rate that is substantially lower than the notrmal per-night room rate.
 
Fans are urged to make their Brooklyn Marriott sleeping room reservations as soon as possible. You must call the hotel directly and mention the "Dark Shadows Festival" to receive the discount rate: Please call 1-718-246-7000.
 
Fans seeking potential hotel roommates may contact the Fest Roommate Coordinator, Pam Jarman: She will relay contact information to fans, who then make their own arrangements. Contact Pam at  pljarman@hotmail.com or send a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope (SASE) to Pam Jarman, P.O. Box 45674, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
 
The Fest asks SG to announce: "If the Marriott Brooklyn Bridge sells out of sleeping rooms, out-of-town fans are advised to secure room reservations with one of the following hotels that are approximately 1 mile away, with easy taxi and subway access to the host Marriott Hotel."
 
New York Marriott Downtown, 85 West Street, NY, NY 10006 (phone 212-385-4900) Millenium Hilton Hotel, 55 Church Street, NY, NY 10007 (phone: 212-693-2001)
 
--- The Fest also asks SG to announce: "The DS Festival/Official Fan Club expects to send out registration information for the convention and dinner event after June 1. For further advance information, fans may send a SASE (self-addressed, stamped return envelope) to: Dark Shadows, P.O. Box 92, Maplewood, NJ 07040. Additional information also should be posted soon at the website." http://www.darkshadowsfestival.com/
 
PLEASE NOTE: SG is * not * involved in this mailing or the Fest website. These are handled solely through the Fest. You MUST include the Fest membership registration form with all payments. This required form will be included in the mass mailing and should be posted on the Fest website after the mailing goes out. Please send any questions about memberships, payments, etc., directly to the Fest at the above addresses..
 

**** JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT STARS IN "HESHER"
 
Joe has the title role in HESHER, opened in limited release 5-13. SG #117-#118 has extensive commentaries, reviews, and analyses of the film after it world-premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
 
Co-starring and produced by 2010 Oscar-winner Natalie Portman, it's the story of a father and son, deeply grieving after the recent death of their wife/mother in a car accident. Joe's brash, long-haired heavy-metal character literally moves into their home and becomes the violent catalyst - physically and emotionally - in changing their lives. The slang term "hesher" means a burned-out, delinquent, profane "loser" living on the edge of society. HESHER is rated R for "disturbing violent behavior, sexual content including graphic dialogue, pervasive language, and drug content."

Please share with SG any HESHER articles, reviews, interviews, or publicity material you find. Send all materials to SG's e- or postal- mail addresses below.
 

**** KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT - PUBLICATION PARTY FOR NEW NOVEL
 
A publication party for Kathryn's supernatural thriller novel "Dark Passages" will be held 8-7 at Diesel Bookstore in Santa Monica (Brentwood), CA.
 
Reflecting Kathryn's (Maggie) own DS ties, it's a story set in the early 1960s about a popular hit TV soap opera. A young woman actress, who's actually a telekinetic vampire raised to resist human blood, joins the series' cast. She finds herself confronted by "her nemesis, a beautiful spell-weaving 300-year-old witch bent on destroying her." The 2 also vie for "the affections of a handsome young mortal with a secret life of his own."
 
The publication party will be at 3:00 on 8-7 at Diesel - A Bookstore in Brentwood, located in the Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Santa Monica, CA. 90402. 310-576-9960.
 
Fans attending the event are welcome to share their photos and reports with SG.
 

*** MESSAGES FROM SHADOWGRAM
 
--- All fans are invited and encouraged to send SG any and all DS-related media mentions that you find at any time. Such references can be about the DS personnel and their projects, the upcoming Depp/Burton DS movie, the DS Festivals, DS 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; specific or generic references.
 
Please identify the complete source and send all materials to the SG addresses below.
 
These items are important to the ShadowGram Newsletters, the actual complete published Official DS Newsletter and News Source. The current issue is the huge Double SG #119-#120 and it is immediately available by postal-mail subscription.
 
SG print edition subscription information is later in this Update.

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.
 
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 shadowgram1@yahoo.com
 
Thank you.
 
Marcy Robin
ShadowGram Editor / Publisher
P.O. Box 1766
Temple City, CA 91780-7766
 
E-mail: ShadowGram@aol.com
YahooGroup e-mail: Shadowgram1@yahoo.com
 
Official ShadowGram Website: ShadowGram.com
 
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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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Please send your print issue subscription / renewal payment (check/money order) payable to:
 
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Subscription/renewal payments can be made via Paypal to: ShadowGram@aol.com
 
For more information on the newsletter, please write with a SASE (Self-Addressed
Stamped Envelope) to the above postal-address or e-mail: ShadowGram@aol.com
 
Thank you.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

COLLINWOOD by Lorraine Underwood 2007

photo by Pittsburgh DARK SHADOWS fan Lorraine Underwood
photo by Pittsburgh DARK SHADOWS fan Lorraine Underwood 2007 thru the trees

photo by Pittsburgh DARK SHADOWS fan Lorraine Underwood 2007 tower shown thru the trees                                                                                         

The LOST DS from Vampires.com

VAMPIRES.com 


from the 2003 DARK SHADOWS FESTIVAL

Nicholas Blair (unknown real name) and VAMPIRE Ariann Miller photo by Joe Bondi.


JOAN BENNETT PORTRAIT 2

KINKO Video cover of SCARLET STREET

Screen capture of the Portrait of Joan in SCARLET STREET 1945

JOAN BENNETT PORTRAIT

Joan 1980 with the portrait from the movie THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

The Woman In The Window 1944


DARK SHADOWS: THE BEGINNING (1966)




Remember DARK SHADOWS DVD are currently on SALE at AMAZON. click to go to website to order the DS dvds at discount prices.

JOAN BENNETT



MISS JOAN BENNETT  (CLICK)  a marathon of Joan Bennett movies recently played on TCM now check out this tribute website.

WILLIE LOOMIS SCHOOL TEACHER?

Dan Curtis and Jim Fyfe on the set of the 1990's NBC DARK SHADOWS reboot.


Jim FyfeAssistant Head of School
Upper Division Head and History Instructor
jfyfe@rocklandcds.org
Faculty Website

+ Bio
Jim Fyfe, Assistant Headmaster, Upper Division Head and History Instructor, holds a Masters in Education from Bank Street College and a Ms. Ed. in Leadership in the Arts from Parsons/The New School. Before that, he earned a BA in Theater and Speech from De Sales University. He began teaching at RCDS in 2003 with Medieval & Renaissance history, then added American history and the title of Admissions Director, which he held for three years. Prior to RCDS, he taught improvisation and scene study with the Helen Hayes Youth Theater, for whom he also directed numerous productions. In a previous incarnation he was an actor, writer and director in theater, film and television, and is (he’s pretty sure) the only member of the RCDS staff who has appeared on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
 
 

Who would have thought that Willie Loomis (JIM FYFE) would become a school teacher.

Jonathan Frid Updated website

photo copyright from www.jonathanfrid.com
Jonathan Frid has new material for you to enjoy!

Will the real CAROLYN please stand up?

CAROLYN (NANCY BARRETT) and DAVID (DAVID HENESY) 1966

DONNA JENNIFER SILVIO STACK as CAROLYN 2003 Dark Shadows Festival (photo by Joe Bondi)


Friday, May 13, 2011

Amazon.com: dark shadows dvd complete collection - Movies & TV

Amazon.com: dark shadows dvd complete collection - Movies & TV




DARK SHADOWS  ON SALE AT AMAZON...... A GIFT for DAD on Fathers Day!!

CLASSIC DARK SHADOWS

Barnabas - VAMPIRE

Angelique - WITCH

Quentin - GHOST

May 9th,1938 to April 14th,1997 Micheal Stroka

Laslo

Stroka

Aristede

More On Depp & DS

Only in Hollywood
Why Johnny Depp wants a third baby

By Ruben V. Nepales
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 18:06:00 05/12/2011

Filed Under: Celebrities, Entertainment (general), Cinema
LOS ANGELES—Johnny Depp’s shorter hair looks good on him. “I cut it off for the next one, ‘Dark Shadows,’” the actor said when complimented about it. “The filming is coming up very soon,” he added, referring to the London shoot next month of his and Tim Burton’s movie take on the vampire TV series that ran from 1966 to 1971.
It was our first time to see Johnny with sleeves rolled up to his biceps. So we saw the tattoos on his arms for the first time, too. “They’re pieces of the puzzle, little snippets of the journey,” Johnny said as he gamely obliged to describe each one. “I started getting tattoos when they were sort of verboten in Hollywood... 1983, 1984. I was 17 when I got the first one [a Cherokee chief, to honor] my Indian heritage. Each one explains a certain point in my life. My kids, certainly. Lily-Rose is here; Jack here. Jack just came around prior to my Captain Jack role. Some are reminders of relatives—my grandfather, my mom. She was a waitress at the Holiday Inn in Kentucky. [This is] her waitress picture.”
Back as Captain Jack
Johnny is back as Captain Jack in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” with Geoffrey Rush, Keith Richards and Kevin R. McNally reprising their roles, and Penelope Cruz appearing in the franchise for the first time. She was pregnant with her baby with Javier Bardem when she shot her scenes as Captain Jack’s protagonist.
Asked if he gave advice to Javier, the father of two (Lily-Rose, 11, and Jack, 9) smiled and replied: “In terms of advice for Javier, on how to spoil his woman and his child, he’s got it down. It’s pretty great to watch them... You start thinking, wow, I’d like to have another one of those (babies)... But I don’t know. Two is pretty good.”
Johnny praised Penelope for being such a trouper while they filmed a sequence “on this little spit of an island in Puerto Rico.” He said, “It was beautiful but scorching... maybe 100 degrees. Everyone was woozy from the heat. And there was Penelope, seconds away from giving birth... or it felt like that in the heat. She just kept pushing forward. She was unbelievable. [She would] take off the majority of her costume and go straight into the ocean in between takes. Or in between setups, she’d just cool off, cool down the baby. Then get dressed again and do the scene. Then into the water again.”
Johnny and Penelope have been friends since they acted together in “Blow.” He continued: “You’ve got this pregnant woman sword-fighting. That’s a very strange image. But... because of her experience in dance, it looked accurate, effortless. There was never a slip up. She was obviously careful of the bun in the oven, as they say.”
The two stars are sure to bring glamour and more popping flash bulbs when they attend the Cannes premiere of “Pirates” tomorrow, Saturday.
However, Johnny was ambivalent about the film taking a slot in the festival on the Croisette: “When they brought up the idea of bringing ‘Pirates’ to Cannes, there was a part of me that went, Cannes should be about small films or independent films, those films that are like the little engine that could. But they had the idea to hold the movie’s French premiere at the festival. I’m excited to bring the film to France. However, in the back of my mind, I’m thinking, have we just taken three other films off the slate? I felt a little guilty and a little bad.”
‘What was that chord?’
On having Keith back as his dad in this fourth installment, Johnny said about the legendary guitarist, the inspiration for his mascara-ed pirate: “Without a doubt, [it was] an honor. It was fun to have Keith around for a few days. We shared a trailer. We just hung around for a few days and talked. I built up the nerve to ask him, ‘What the hell is this chord in ‘Make No Mistake’? My ear is pretty good but it’s been years and I could never figure it out.’ He goes, ‘The fourth chord.’ I said, ‘Yeah, exactly!’ He goes, ‘Yeah…’ I said, ‘Well, what is it?’ He picked up the guitar—bang, brrmm! He showed me the chord. It was one of those moments that are seared in your brain for the rest of your life.”
Johnny is taking his time on the documentary he’s making on the Rolling Stones guitarist. “We’ve got about 35, 36 hours of interview and performance footage,” said the actor who makes his docu directorial debut with this project. “There’s no rush.”
In the meantime, Johnny sounded pumped up to portray centuries-old vampire Barnabas Collins in “Dark Shadows,” originally a gothic TV soap created by Dan Curtis. “My approach to Barnabas will be on the flaws and insecurities of a vampire,” he revealed. “Having been in a coffin for 200 years, he experiences the absurdity of a world that he’s just entered, where macramé owls hanging on a wall or fake fruits on a dish are widely accepted. From where he comes, in the 18th century, it would have been ludicrous. I want to see a vampire who’s 200 years old or more, experience television for the first time.”
He added with a chuckle: “It’s classic horror vampire—Nosferatu, Lugosi-esque vampire, without the accent.”
Depp with BARNABAS style cane in RUSSIA.
Depp cut his hair for his next role as Vampire Barnabas Collin's in Burton's version of DARK SHADOWS
(E-mail rvnepales_5585@yahoo.com.)

Depp with WOLF head cane made from ivory

Now how is he to chase off Werewolves in DARK SHADOWS with a IVORY made WOLF HEAD Cane?

SHADOWSGRAM UPDATE 5/4/2011

SHADOWGRAM

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

http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/ShadowGram/

E-Mail: ShadowGram@aol.com

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Number 238.             May 4, 2011

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Hello, Dark Shadows Fan,

ShadowGram (SG), The Official Newsletter & News Source for Dark Shadows (DS),
announces the following breaking news in this Online DS News Update "bulletin."

--- SG LAST-MINUTE ANNOUNCEMENT: JOHNNY DEPP GUESTS ON "OPRAH"
--- DAVID SELBY & BEN CROSS STAR IN "DRACULA"
---  "HOUSE OF DS" FILM TO AIR
--- GEOFF MILLER: MEMORIAL TRIBUTES INFORMATION:


**** JOHNNY DEPP GUESTS ON "OPRAH" ON THURS., MAY 5

SG was just notified Johnny appears on the "Oprah" talk show tomorrow, Thursday, May 5. Please check your local listings for time and station.

SG's reported extensively about Johnny's upcoming adaptation of  "Dark Shadows," directed by his longtime collaborator Tim Burton. Both are self-avowed DS fans from childhood and Johnny's dream since then was to portray "Barnabas." SG announced the initial project in July, 2007, and has steadily informed and updated plans for the movie. Filming will begin very soon at London's Pinewood Studios and on ocation throughout England. SG will update future confirmed news.

Johnny is known for his iconic rapscallion character "Captain Jack Sparrow" in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie franchise. "POTC 4: On Stranger Tides" opens May 20, so his time on the "Oprah" show should focus on that highly-anticipated release. Yet his enthusiasm for DS, as his next filming project, may come up during the interview..


**** DAVID SELBY & BEN CROSS STAR IN RECORDED-LIVE "DRACULA"

David (1966-71 Quentin) and Ben (1991 Barnabas) will team for the first time in a limited-run presentation of "Dracula," based on Bram Stoker's famed novel. SG previously announced this event, but now updates about Ben's participation.

"Dracula" will be at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049. Performances are May 18-20 at 8 pm, May 21 at 2:30pm, and May 22 at 4pm.

Ticket prices are $20, $36, and $49 and available only through the L.A. Theatre Works Box Office: (310) 827-0889 or www.latw.org

LATW's plays are recorded as they happen before a live audience in the radio show format. Actors are not in costume and there are no sets. The cast is seated onstage, holding bound scripts. They step up to microphones to perform their lines in character. Appropriate sound effects are created and music is added as the play unfolds. Audience reactions are recorded at the same time. The radio show format allows each actor to interpret his/her character through the spoken dialogue, enhanced by the music and sound effects.

"Dracula" is part of the LA Theatre Works' 2011 series. David has appeared in numerous LATW productions; he also is a member of the Board of Directors.and on the Artists Advisory Council.

 LATW Publicity: "Before Twilight, before True Blood, only one vampire commanded 'the children of the night.' In this blood-thirsty tale of unholy terror, Count Dracula (Ben Cross) slips into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil - so he can rest between victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power, and only one man, Dr. Van Helsing (David Selby), can stop the carnage. But to do this, he must uncover the vampire's lair and pierce his heart with a wooden stake. All performances will be recorded to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series,which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide and can be streamed on demand at http://www.latw.org/.

Press Release: "L.A. Theatre Works is a non-profit media arts organization based in Los Angeles whose mission for over 25 years has been to present, preserve and disseminate classic and contemporary plays. Our unique hybrid form of audio theatre and innovative use of technology in the production and dissemination of theatre keeps this venerable art form thriving, assuring wide and affordable access. Through our 10-play live in-performance The Play's the Thing Series in Los Angeles and in-studio recordings world-class actors are recorded in state-of-the-art sound, complemented by intricate sound designs and on-stage effects, transforming classic and contemporary stage works into intimate, compelling and sound-rich audio plays." Its "Audio Theatre Collection of more than 400 recorded plays is the largest library of its kind in the world."

Its "radio theater series can be heard locally in Southern California on 89.3 KPCC every Saturday from 10 pm to midnight, and can also be streamed on demand at http://www.latw.org/. L.A. Theatre Works can also be heard on the following stations (check local listings for broadcast times): 89.7 WGBH, Boston; 91.5 FM WBEZ, Chicago; 94.9 KUOW, Seattle; 90.1 WABE, Atlanta; 94.1 KPFA, Berkeley; 91.1 KRCB, North Bay (San Francisco); and in over 100 other markets nationwide."

Original DS cast members Marsha Mason (Vampire Audrey) and Susan Sullivan (Ghost) also  have been in LATW's productions. Visit the LATW website for available cassette/CD recordings of their and many other actors' radio plays.


**** "HOUSE OF DS" MOVIE TO AIR

The 1970 "House of Dark Shadows" theatrical release marked the first time a daytime soap opera had launched a full-length feature film. Rated GP for Mature Audiences (1970 ratings system) for strong violence, it was a major box office hit for MGM Studios that year and led to a second movie, "Night of DS,' in 1971. ((More information in SG print issues.))

TCM (Turner Classic Movies) will show HODS at midnight on Wed., May 11, as part of a marathon of Joan Bennett's films. Check your local listings and please share any publicity or other media coverage with SG.

Actors from the TV series - Joan Bennett, Louis Edmonds, Grayson Hall, Thayer David, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Nancy Barrett, John Karlen, David Henesy, Jerry Lacy, and Dennis Patrick among them - re-created their TV characters or portrayed other characters in a condensed telling
of Barnabas' release from the coffin after almost 200 years. The vampire terrorizes Collinsport and his decendants as he seeks the reincarnation of his long-dead love Josette. Dr. Julia Hoffman tries to cure him - and finds herself falling in love with the vampire, who's being hunted by
Prof. Elliott Stokes.


**** GEOFF MILLER (KATHRYN LEIGH SCOTT'S HUSBAND) -
MEMORIAL TRIBUTES INFORMATION

SG Online Update #237 (4-17) shared the sad news of the 4-16 passing of  Kathryn's husband at age 74 after a 5-year battle with PSP, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, a rare brain disorder. Kathryn (Maggie, Josette, Kitty, Rachel) tells SG he died in her arms at their home in Beverly Hills, listening to some of his favorite jazz artists.

Fans who wish to honor his memory may do so with donations to these designated causes:

CurePSP, 30 E. Padonia Rd. Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093.  www.cureprp.org

All Saints' Episcopal Church, 504 N Camden Dr.,  Beverly Hills, CA 90210.  310-275-0123.
www.allsaintsbh.org

The upcoming SG #121 print issue will remember Geoff with media obituaries and share about his memorial service, along with some of Kathryn's own thoughts.


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Sunday, May 8, 2011

from ENTERTAIMENT WEEKLY

Johnny Depp on 'Dark Shadows': Can a vampire get corn stuck in his fangs?

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Image Credit: PR Photos; Everett Collection
“What I’d like to do with him is maybe stretch him out a bit — in the extreme. Just ever-so-slightly take him a little further, beyond what may be considered… corny.”
Wait, corny?
That’s Johnny Depp talking about his upcoming role as centuries-old, lovelorn vampire Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s new take on Dark Shadows.
Remember Dark Shadows?
Maybe it was the original daytime version of the vampire saga. Maybe it was the early ‘90s prime-time reboot. Depp sure remembers it, and now that he’s about to begin work on the big-screen remake, he is reflecting on his boyhood days, running home to see the world’s most peculiar soap opera.
“Barnabas Collins… ” Depp says, wistfully speaking the name of  his character. “I do remember, very vividly, practically sprinting home from school in the afternoon to see Jonathan Frid play Barnabas Collins. Even then, at that age, I knew – this has got to be weird.
The show ran on ABC from 1966 to 1971 with Canadian actor Frid in the lead role. Depp would have been between 3 and 8 years old when it aired. Dark Shadows was known for its cheap, campy effects, and bizarre, supernatural storylines – including ghosts, monsters, and other creatures of the night, beyond vampires — which set it far apart from its rival romance-based daytime dramas.
Then they rebooted it in the early ’90s featuring Ben Cross (and a very young Joseph Gordon-Levitt), though that venture was far more short-lived than Barnabas, enduring only one season.
Depp says his inspiration comes from the original, which had a hand in warping his young mind. “I loved it. I loved the show,” he says. “This soap opera with gothic vampires. I knew, ‘This is not All My Children.’
He even intends to incorporate the show’s goofier aspects. “As naïve as the early, early episodes are, in his approach to Barnabas, Frid was such a striking presence, there’s definitely a sliver of him [in the new version.]” That’s when Depp says those immortal words: “What I’d like to do with him is maybe stretch him out a bit — in the extreme. Just ever so slightly take him a little further, beyond what may be considered … corny.”
Depp explains, laughing: “I’ve always sort of liked that. The idea that maybe you’ve got to go through bad acting to get to what may be really bad acting or — something interesting.”
Hey, it worked for Jack Sparrow, a performance the studio originally hated… until it started making them billions of dollars.
Dark Shadows starts shooting in London next month. It’s expected to hit theaters next year.
For more on Johnny Depp, check out this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now. And for more movie news, follow Anthony Breznican on Twitter @Breznican

Saturday, May 7, 2011