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Johnny Depp gets creepy with Tim Burton in new “Dark Shadows” production photos

Johnny Depp gets creepy with Tim Burton in new “Dark Shadows” production photos (photo)

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After the backlash to the first few photos released from the set of “Dark Shadows,” it seems as though the team behind the project is doing their best to reclaim skeptics of the film. First Entertainment Weekly released a spread that showed Johnny Depp and the rest of the cast in full “Dark Shadows” regalia, and now Empire magazine has a acquired a couple behind-the-scenes photos that show that the earlier images of the movie that received such a negative response are not a good representation of the film as a whole.

Noticeably lacking from both sets of new photos is the now-staple Tim Burton-style make-up that was the focus of much of the criticism directed at the first few set pictures. That representation of Depp’s Barnabas Collins looked better suited for “Edward Scissorhands” or “Alice in Wonderland” instead of this remake of the beloved cult 60s television show.

The Entertainment Weekly spread was the first to show that the too-white make-up, heavily accented cheek bones and bright purple sunglasses seen in the first few set photos had been ditched, and the photo Empire released of Depp reinforces that idea. Though the use of heavy make-up is still evident, it’s more subdued than what has been used in previous Burton movies (we’re looking at you, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”) and less stylized than the first few pictures released had led fans to believe.

The image is also the first to showcase Depp in full vampire regalia. “Dark Shadows” is a gothic tale that features an array of vampires, witches and other supernatural beings, meaning its the perfect fodder for a Depp/Burton mash-up. Fortunately, Depp looks appropriately ghastly as vampire playboy Barnabas Collins in these photos instead of looking like he’s ready to cover the next best-selling Hot Topic shirt. His hand is covered in blood and features some claws that look pretty deadly, and all the similarities between him and Michael Jackson have since disappeared. The still shows Burton offering Depp his direction in what looks to be an action-packed scene.

The second picture that Empire acquired shows Burton directing Michelle Pfieffer and Johnny Lee Miller.

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“Dark Shadows” also stars Chloe Moretz, Christopher Lee and Burton regular Helena Bonham Carter. The flick heads to theaters on May 11, 2012 and, fortunately, is not being released in 3D.

“Dark Shadows” fans, what do you think of the new photos? Let us know below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…