"Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange." -Inception

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Trailer Time: Dark Shadows and Prometheus

Director Tim Burton is back with another "re-imagining", this time it's a 60s show called Dark Shadows which gets the big screen treatment.  Those are in now apparently (see 21 Jump Street).  His staple actors, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are also back along with Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Eva Green and Chloe Grace Moretz.  Here's the official summary by Warner Bros.:
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 Bouchard (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. Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Michelle Pfeiffer) has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman (Helena Bonham Carter), to help with her family troubles.
 Johnny Depp as a vampire!  Looks like fun, I love the shot of him brushing his, um, fangs.  Vampires need to have good dental hygiene too.  Dark Shadows releases May 11, 2012.

One of the summer's most anticipated releases is Ridley Scott's Prometheus which is or isn't supposed to be the prequel to Alien.  Whatever its status, the full trailer released this weekend promises to be intriguing.  Co-written by Lost creator Damon Lindelof, the trailer shows a group of space explorers trying to find the origins of the human race with some alarming discoveries.  The trailer doesn't reveal a whole lot but I find the title most intriguing.  Prometheus, according to Greek mythology, stole fire from Zeus and gave it away to the mortals.  His punishment was to be bound to a big rock while an eagle ate his liver and he was doomed to this fate forever.  What does this myth have to do with alien culture?  What ever it is, it doesn't look too good for those explorers.  The all starcast features Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba and Guy Pearce.  Prometheus will debut on June 8, 2012.

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