The film is being shot entirely in England, both at Pinewood Studios and on location.
Dark Shadows stars Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Moretz, and newcomer Gulliver McGrath.
Story Summary: 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.
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We have been without a new Steven Spielberg movie since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull back in 2008, which itself came after a several year dry spell. This December, though, the Bearded One comes back in a big way with The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse just four days apart. It's the beginning of what will hopefully be a prolific period from one our finest living directors, as Spielberg is also preparing his long-in development historical drama Lincoln starring Daniel Day Lewis as the 16th American president, and he's planning on following that up with the large-scale science fiction film Robopocalypse. Spielberg shared some information on these two wildly different projects, touching upon Lincoln's "procedural" aspects and the Robopocalypse timeframe.Last week, Spielberg revealed some new details about Lincoln, which is based on the book Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. The film, scripted by fellow Pulitzer winner and Munich co-writer Tony Kushner, will film principally in Richmond, Virginia, and now Spielberg tells the chaps at Empire that production begins very soon.
"We start shooting in October," he said, before going on to confirm that the film will focus on a small portion of the source material. "Doris Kearns Goodwin's book Team Of Rivals is much too big a book to be a movie, so the Lincoln story only takes place in the last few months of his Presidency and life. I was interested in how he ended the war through all the efforts of his generals...but more importantly how he passed the 13th Amendment into constitutional law. The Emancipation Proclamation was a war powers act and could have been struck down by any court after the war ended...But what permanently ended slavery was the very close vote in the House of Representatives over the 13th Amendment - that story I'm excited to tell."( The restCollapse )
The massive cast of Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln has been increased by one. Jackie Earle Haley will play Alexander Stephens, vice president of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
Haley bears more than a slight resemblance to Stephens, and I’m happy to see the actor cast in a prestige picture. I’m hoping the role won’t be the boilerplate antagonist type. Stephens was noted for the Cornerstone Speech, delivered prior to the Civil War, in 1961 in Savannah, GA.:
Our new Government is founded upon exactly the opposite ideas; its foundations are laid, its cornerstone rests, upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man; that slavery, subordination to the superior race, is his natural and normal condition.
And yet prior to a life in politics, Stephens made a name for himself as an attorney who successfully defended the wrongly accused; one frequently cited case saw him successfully defending a slave accused of murder. So there’s a bit more to the character than being simply a blinkered defender of slavery.
Willie Loomis (Jackie Earle Haley) – How awesome is it to play an actual Groundskeeper Willie? The Oscar-nominee for Little Children is a slightly more competent servant than Mrs. Johnson, but that’s not saying much. “He’s the guy who takes out the trash, mows the lawns, and fixes the cars, except he’s usually so drunk and so disinterested that he doesn’t take his job seriously anymore,” Grahame-Smith says. “The lawn is overgrown, the house has fallen into disrepair, and all the cars are on cinder blocks. His heart’s definitely not in the job anymore.”