Timmy and J.D. at it again

31 July, 2009
Rat Fink

And it’s based on one of my all-time faves: Dark Shadows.

PK and I both saw the same article that quoted Burton confirming the rumor at Comic-Con last week.

You know, you either love TB/JD movies or you hate them. I’ve never spoken to anyone who had a resolutely ambivalent view. Maybe that person is reading this now — if so, feel free to weigh in. (Not that it will make me adore JD any less…)

Burton and Depp are pigeonholed lately; maybe it’s their own fault. Probably is. But why not do what you do best? People can yammer on about it being the “same old thing,” but let’s face it: these boys are wealthy beyond what you and I could likely ask or think, da? Somebody likes their stuff. So what’s the problem? Ah, I know. Everybody need a little schadenfreude in their day once’t in awhile. They want to see successful people fail.

Clearly, not everyone is a fan. I laughed when I read this comment on the above article:

Johnny Depp is a talentless egomaniac who makes puerile remakes of classic movies in a never-ending quest for the almighty dollar. Tim Burton is also a talentless hack, so the two were made for each other.

Personally, I could substitute any number of actor/director names – couldn’t you? It’s all good, and opinions are like…well, you know. Anyway, back to Dark Shadows.

I listed it as #9 on my Top Ten TV Shows According to Me post over a year ago. (Of course, that was before I started really getting into Mad Men.) If you read through the explanation of the Barnabas character over at Wikipedia, you will see what a complicated and unusual series it was for the late sixties/early seventies. I never missed a single episode if I could help it. It was great because it came on at like 3:30, along with other soaps. Fortunately, my mom’s soap operas were over with by that time, so Mavis and I came in from outside  faithfully every weekday to watch it. I’m surprised she let us, truthfully, what with all manner of evil and vampires and scary moments and zombies & such in every episode. I was like eight years old when I started watching it.

Although I sport a small bias, I think JD will be equally dreamy and creepy as Barnabas Collins. So what if it’s another remake? Haters, anyhow.

Hey, Jake and I had a ball yesterday. He loves his alphabet computer game. Such a lil genius…

Mavis comes over today, and we’re starting the lasagna for the feast tomorrow night. Like me some Italian food. Thank the gods it’s Finkday — have some fun this weekend, fiends. Happy Birthday to the Thrilla….

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Greg
Greg
31 July, 2009 12:07 pm

Jonathan Frid as Barnabas was excellent!! As they didn’t do a whole lot of editing, some mistakes made it on the airwaves–like an off-stage prompter feeding a line or a bit of scenery coming apart etc.

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Will
Will
31 July, 2009 2:46 pm

I loved watching Dark Shadows when they reran it on Sci-Fi back in the day. This being a Tim Burton movie, I wonder who Helena Bonham Carter is going to find herself playing. Considering her ability to play people of varying sanity and morality, she would make an awesome Angelique.

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BoomR
BoomR
31 July, 2009 2:56 pm

I was just checking over at hulu.com to see if they had the original episodes. They only have 1 season of what appears to be a remake? Did you know about this? When/where did it originally air?

HAPPY B’DAY, Thriller!! I think we need a little video clip of the white gloved one doing a little crotch-grab & then spin on his toes & heels…whaddayathink??

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Sam
Sam
31 July, 2009 4:15 pm

Alice in Wonderland and now Dark Shadows. Tim has been rocking my socks off lately.

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Suzanne
Suzanne
1 August, 2009 12:37 am

Doesn’t that mouse pad scare the little tyke?? :)

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Suzanne
Suzanne
1 August, 2009 11:13 am
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Speaking of Johhny Depp–I watched that Gilbert Grape movie today–cool movie. Liked him and Leo. Boy if I ever needed an incentive to lose this extra weight watching that movie over and over will do it! Don’t want nobody having to burn down a house because they are too embarassed to have me cremated in public. :)

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TRO
TRO
1 August, 2009 6:52 pm

I’m a big TB/JD fan, but Depp is who fascinates me most. I really feel he is one of our greatest actors today.

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