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May 11, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
They don't call it "Tim Burton's Dark Shadows," but they might as well have. Nominally based on the cult favorite 1960s daytime soap opera, this film has much more to do with what goes on inside director Tim Burton's head than with any TV show, no matter how beloved. In fact, "Dark Shadows" is as good an example as any of what might be called the Way of Tim, a style of making films that, like the drinking of blood, is very much an acquired taste and, unless you're a vampire, not worth the effort.
May 8, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Johnny Depp and Tim Burton are longtime collaborators, having worked on eight films together. Their latest,"Dark Shadows," follows in the quirky, comedic vein of many of their movies, with Depp starring as an 18th century vampire awakened in 1972. Because of their familiarity with one another, the eccentric filmmaker and actor sometimes appeared to be in their own world on set. "You can kind of tell that they seem to have a shorthand," Depp's costar Jackie Earle Haley said at the film's premiere in Hollywood on Monday evening.
April 20, 2012 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Jonathan Frid, whose portrayal of charismatic vampire Barnabas Collins in the supernatural soap opera "Dark Shadows" turned the classically trained actor into a pop-culture star in the late 1960s, has died. He was 87. Frid died April 13 of natural causes at a hospital in his hometown of Hamilton, Canada, said Jim Pierson, a spokesman for Dan Curtis Productions, which produced"Dark Shadows. " The campy daytime soap was a year old and struggling in the ratings in 1967 when series creator Dan Curtis took his daughter's advice to "make it scarier.
April 16, 2012 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Noir City: Hollywood, 14th Annual Festival of Film Noir opens Friday at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre with a rare screening of the 1949 adaptation ofF. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby. " "The Great Gatsby"? Rarely have the words film noir and "The Great Gatsby" been used in the same sentence. Fitzgerald's 1925 masterwork set during the Jazz Age on Long Island and New York revolves around Jay Gatsby, a mysterious millionaire who gained his wealth as a bootlegger and loves the beautiful but married Daisy Buchanan.
August 8, 2011
Barnabas Collins Jonathan Frid became a '60s sex symbol as the tortured, reluctant vampire. Elizabeth Collins Stoddard Film star Joan Bennett made her daytime drama debut as the wealthy Elizabeth Collins Stoddard. Angelique Bouchard Lara Parker played the vengeful witch who had turned Barnabas into a vampire.
August 8, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Kathryn Leigh Scott describes her cameo in Tim Burton's feature version of the cult-favorite, 1966-71 ABC daytime soap-vampire romance "Dark Shadows" as the film's "ah-ha" moment. Scott starred in four roles on the influential soap — the precursor of such popular vampire TV series as "True Blood" and the "Twilight" books and movies. She played the waitress from the wrong side of the tracks Maggie Evans, who falls in love with a tortured vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid), as well as Josette du Pres, Lady Kitty Hampshire and Rachel Drummond.
July 15, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
Decades before Robert Pattinson's portrayal of brooding vampire Edward Cullen turned him into an international heartthrob, Jonathan Frid was inspiring a similar kind of ardor with his turn as the charismatic, enigmatic Barnabas Collins on ABC's gothic daytime drama "Dark Shadows," which ran from 1966 to 1971. This weekend, the Dark Shadows of the Sun convention will take place at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. And at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the vintage Vista Theatre in Los Feliz, Frid will put his footprints in cement in the theater's courtyard.
September 21, 2009 | Don Lee
In January, after putting the kids to bed, Mary Morrill and her husband spread their monthly bills, grocery receipts and checkbooks on the kitchen table and began the first of several long nights finding ways to cut spending -- especially with credit cards. They would pack their own lunches, write dinner menus to curb impulse buying at the grocery store, even cut out trips to McDonald's, which had been a treat for the kids and a convenience for the Morrills. And it all worked. "We literally have not charged anything for almost a year," said Morrill, 39, who lives with her husband and two children outside Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
September 11, 2009 | Corina Knoll
Late at night, when the sky seems ominous and Fabiola Saavedra is curled up in bed lost in the past, her head fills with images of frantic searches down dark alleys, fliers posted in store windows and Polaroids of a lifeless face. By morning, the ghosts are gone and Fabiola, 32, wakes up, kisses her husband and drives her two children to school. She heads to her job as a case manager at a senior citizens' care center, where she greets clients and laughs loud and smiles big and makes lunch plans.
September 8, 2009 | Gina McIntyre
Forget the garlic, the crucifixes, the security of daylight. Nothing is holding the vampires at bay these days. With the wild popularity of movie, TV and literary properties including "Twilight" and HBO's hit series "True Blood," the bloodthirsty undead are dominating the pop culture landscape in ways Count Dracula could have never imagined, and the trend seems unlikely to abate any time soon. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," the second film adaptation of the popular series of novels, is set for release in November, with the third installment to follow in June 2010.
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