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Watch Johnny Depp in the first trailer for Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows”


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When it was first announced that Tim Burton would adapt “Dark Shadows” to film with Johnny Depp in the lead, the collective internet first Wikipedia’ed the late 1960s gothic soap opera, and then sighed “Of course he is.” But now that the first trailer has been released, it’s clear that Burton has done something a little unexpected: Make a vampire-heavy, gothic “Encino Man.”

Instead of playing the film like the original series, ie. campy but largely straight-faced, Burton has positioned his “Dark Shadows” film as a more farcical take on the concept, with Depp’s vampire, Barnabas Collins, struggling to adapt to live in the groovy 1970s. “How groovy is it?” you ask? Well, there’s a lava lamp, a Barry White song AND a Volkswagon bus in the trailer. Throw in a Partridge Family appearance and it’s a perfect storm of 70s nostalgia.

But despite all the easy snark the somewhat dopey trailer can evoke, that’s not a reason to write it off entirely. First, we love “Encino Man,” as a very time-period specific “man out of time” story (and we’re closet Pauly Shore fans), so the comparison is actually more of a compliment than you might realize. Second, while these days he’s better known for helping Depp mug through heavily stylized films (as seen in the trailer), Burton’s first two and within certain circles, most beloved feature-length movies were “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” and “Beetlejuice,” which were, quite frankly, absurd and absurdly awesome.

Watch the trailer below, then tell us what you think in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter: Is “Dark Shadows” a return to campy, ridiculous, glorious form for Tim Burton or cynical Frankenstein’s monster of 70s nostalgia, unrestrained Depp quirk and gothic trappings?

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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

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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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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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