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Johnny Depp is usually determined to bring his own take to characters -- Captain Jack Sparrow and Willy Wonka being examples -- but in the case of Dark Shadows and vampire Barnabas Collins, he believes he'll be leaning more on actor Jonathan Frid's portrayal in the original '60s soap opera.
EdGross - 2/14/2011 has filed a new video report focusing on the casting being done on Tim Burton's Dark Shadows, including Eva Green as the witch Angelique.
EdGross - 2/5/2011

In preparation for his role as vampire Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows, Johnny Depp is reportedly trying to lose significant weight, bringing him down to about 140 pounds.
EdGross - 1/28/2011

Over at Calvin's Canadian Cave of Cool the blogger wrote about a specific Dark Shadows memory that will no doubt resonate with fans.
EdGross - 8/6/2010

Back on July 16th -- the day that kicked off the 2010 Dark Shadows Festival in Burbank, California -- actor Jonathan Frid participated in a handprint ceremony outside the Vista Theatre to serve as opening ceremeony to a 40th anniversary screening of the film House of Dark Shadows.
EdGross - 8/1/2010

Having turned Abraham Lincoln into a vampire hunter, writer Seth Grahame-Smith has now taken on the task of turning Johnny Depp into vampire Barnabas Collins as he writes the new draft of the screenplay for the big screen Dark Shadows, which begins production this January.
EdGross - 7/15/2010

Back at the 1991 Dark Shadows Festival, a pair of witches took the stage together: Lara Parker and Lysette Anthony who played Angelique in, respectively, the original Dark Shadows and the 1991 primetime version.
EdGross - 7/10/2010

Hermes Press will present a special Dark Shadows panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, July 24, from 5-6:00 in Room 3. The panel will bring fans up-to-date on the much-anticipated Dark Shadows film starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton.
EdGross - 7/10/2010

The 2010 Dark Shadows Festival is only two weeks away, and to whet the appetite of fans, we're presenting a classic scene from the '60s soap featuring vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) and Burke Devlin (Anthony George).
EdGross - 7/2/2010

Wedding photographer Faith Dugan recently had the opportunity to shoot some Dark Shadows-themed images, much to her personal delight.
EdGross - 6/25/2010

Over at, a site that is devoted to the lycanthrops among us, they've done a look at the werewolves of the '60s soap opera Dark Shadows.
EdGross - 5/20/2010

In an exclusive interview with Movie Web, veteran producer Richard Zanuck noted that production of the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton movie version of the horror soap opera Dark Shadows probably won't take place until early 2011.
EdGross - 5/19/2010

For veteran fans and newcomers alike, there will be a celebration of Dark Shadows from July 16-18 at the "Dark Shadows Festival 2010," to be held at the Burbank Airport Martiott Hotel & Convention Center.
EdGross - 5/3/2010

The Gothic horror soap opera Dark Shadows is proving itself to be as indestructible as vampire Barnabas Collins with not only the Johnny Depp feature film in development, but a variety of merchandise being released on the show -- including new items from Spectre Toys.
EdGross - 5/3/2010

Hermes Press has announced the complete reprint of Gold Key Comics’ television tie-in of the legendary supernatural suspense series Dark Shadows in a series of five hardcover volumes.
EdGross - 5/2/2010

The '60s Gothic soap opera was innovative in a number of ways, including in its storytelling, particularly the show's first flashback sequence.
EdGross - 4/30/2010

In its five year history, the horror soap opera covered a broad range of story topics, and what follows is a look at its most significant arcs.
EdGross - 4/26/2010

Currently in development is a big-screen version of the '60s soap opera Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp playing vampire Barnabas Collins. For those unfamiliar with the show, Wikipedia has a great overview.
EdGross - 4/24/2010

In 1991, NBC aired a 13-episode revival of Dark Shadows in prime time, with Ben Cross essaying the role of Barnabas Collins that Jonathan Frid had played on the original series. What follows is the complete first episode of that series. Look for additional episodes soon.
EdGross - 4/23/2010