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Wow. Just wow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isjg9O7ifwM

So Johnny Depp has adopted a bold, new eye-makeup routine for this one...

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Actually, that's not true. He's actually just doing a drag version of Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice...

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Seriously, though, remember when Gervais said that Depp would wear anything Tim Burton told him to? WE ALL THOUGHT IT WAS A JOKE.

Who's laughing now? No one. Really, no one.

But seriously, remember back when Reader OC (Original Critic) Duncan Shepherd wrote a review of Steven Spielberg's Munich? Here's how it opened:

"When Steven Spielberg's frustrating courtship of Oscar finally reached consummation, it was for the one-two punch of 1993. A monstrous (in more than one sense) summer blockbuster, Jurassic Park, followed up, in the year-end awards season, with the epitome of the Prestige Picture, Schindler's List. Dinosaurs on the one hand, the Holocaust on the other. A man of many parts, an artist of vast range. A similar game plan appeared to have been mapped out this year. War of the Worlds in the summertime, just to prove that Spielberg can still pack them into the seats, and then at the holidays a hugger-mugger film of such gravity, such bravery, such integrity, that it refused to stoop to the sort of crass marketeering that got Spielberg to the top of the pedestal he sits upon today."

I'm beginning to think Depp has a similar sort of game plan, only instead of yo-yo-ing between popcorn and prestige - a phenomenon known to filmbuffs as the Spielberg-Soderbergh Production Principle - he bounces from Burton to...everything else.

I mean, Depp has worked with Burton so many times that it's beginning to give Scorsese-DiCaprio a run for its money. Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, and now this. Somebody whimsically pinch me.

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Scott Marks March 19, 2012 @ 2:09 p.m.

A certain Oscar eye-catcher notwithstanding, Marty and Leo have collaborated on several fine pictures. With the exception of "Ed Wood," I've had severe nosebleeds that took less time to congeal than the plots of most Burton/Depp confections.

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Matthew Lickona March 19, 2012 @ 2:18 p.m.

I'm still waiting for the Marks/Lickona throwdown on Gangs of New York.

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Jay Allen Sanford March 19, 2012 @ 5:37 p.m.

I don't know WHAT to make of this - attempting to kill Barnabas with a disco ball?! I love the colors, and the trailer LOOKS great, at least the first minute or so. The rest is better with the sound turned down. I hope the actual film isn't so heavy on the campy comedy (a little goes a long way with this kinda material) -

The shots of Collinwood and the Collinsport wharf were stunningly evocative of the original series, but I really hope the film itself has a much more balanced ratio of gothic soap VS caustic dope.

The original actress who played Angelique, Lara Parker, wrote a couple of DS novels, and the second one, Salem Branch, had a bit of the same mocking-the-70s tone, with Barnabas hooking up with a tribe of hippies camped near Collinwood and screwing a hippie chick in a tent. A hippie chick who looked a lot like Angelique. And some other high-camp silliness involving a trip to Salem MA - Burton seems to taking a similarly irreverent approach.

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Jay Allen Sanford March 20, 2012 @ 11:30 p.m.

Seems like the Depp/Burton trailer has turned more people AWAY from wanting to see the movie than pre-selling tix. Same has been oft-mentioned about the John Carter trailer, which bears almost no resemblance to the actual flick.

What has happened to the art of advance trailer-ing a movie? The last one I recall that got me excited to see a film was Watchmen. And before that, Grindhouse. Somebody needs to go out and hire all those old Amicus and AIP guys who made such great trailers for Harry Novak, Roger Corman, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Russ Meyer, et al, to train these clueless "marketing" companies who so utterly fail to serve either "sizzle OR steak" (to paraphrase from Sell-meister General Dave Friedman) --

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dannyclark March 21, 2012 @ 4:56 a.m.

After reading this review I will surely watch this movie.

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