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Johny Depp has played many eccentric characters in the movies of director Tim Burton from lonely monster Edward Scissorhands to eccentric filmmaker Ed Wood

Written by New York Times | Published: May 13, 2012 3:03 am

Johny Depp

has played many eccentric characters in the movies of director Tim Burton from lonely monster Edward Scissorhands to eccentric filmmaker Ed Wood. But there was at least one strange being the duo hadn’t tried— a vampire—and that’s changed with the comedic thriller “Dark Shadows,” based on the classic TV soap opera that ran from 1966-1971 about vampires,werewolves and witches populating a ghostly manor house in the countryside. “Tim and I talked early on: a vampire should look like a vampire,” Depp said.“It was a rebellion against vampires that looked like underwear models.” Depp plays well-dressed,well-heeled vampire Barnabas Collins who is turned into an otherworldly being in 1750 from a curse by spurned lover played by Eva Green,a witch who then buries him alive.

The Dictator

is Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film in which he plays Admiral General Aladeen,the tyrannical,leader of the fictional Republic of Wadiya. At its premiere last week in London,German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Rupert Murdoch were among the targets of Cohen’s satirical humor “Now while I am here,I would like to grant political asylum to Murdoch,” he declared to reporters and fans along the red carpet. “We also have mobile phone hacking in Wadiya. Everyone who has a phone,we hack off their hands.” Referring to Merkel,Cohen said,“By the way Angela Merkel,you need to look after your appearance. I think she would be more successful if she has a sex change and becomes a woman.”

David Ayer

directed two Los Angeles cop films,Harsh Times in 2005 with Christian Bale and Street Kings (2008) with Keanu Reeves. His third such effort called End of Watch is also a Los Angeles cop film. For Ayer,the streets of Los Angeles are something of an addiction. He lived on them for a time,having been thrown out of the house by his parents,he said. He put aside his fear of being type-cast as the go-to guy for the Los Angeles police genre to pursue what he now calls “the ultimate cop movie.” It aims to transcend cliches that have piled up over the years,he explained,by portraying a pair of local patrol officers,played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena,who are not crazed or corrupt. Instead,they bring fierce mutual loyalty and an unexpected sweetness to their pursuit of goodness in a bad world.

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