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Every Collaboration Between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton, Ranked



Tim Burton has delighted audiences for decades, incorporating his unique horror sensibilities into movies that still remain family-friendly. While his films usually still feature some scary scenes, they remain accessible for children and make for great movies to be shared between kids and their parents. Burton’s self-identification as an outsider has also made him relatable to generations of people who feel slightly different from what society expects of them.

Throughout the nineteen movies he has directed since 1985, Burton’s most frequent on-screen collaborator has been Johnny Depp. Depp’s acting style meshes well with Burton’s direction, and together, they have created some of the best films in both of their filmographies. So far they have worked together eight times, on both animated and live-action projects.

‘Dark Shadows’ (2012)

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The most recent movie by Burton and Depp is also their worst, as Dark Shadows fails to reach the lofty heights of their best projects. Billed as a revival of the soap opera from the ’60s, Depp stars as Barnabas Collins, a young man living in 1760. When Barnabas rejects the advances of a witch in favor of his one true love, the witch turns Barnabas into a vampire, and he is promptly buried alive.

Waking up in 1972, Barnabas connects with his modern ancestors while trying to avenge his lost love. Dark Shadows is an amusing watch that offers some laughs but never really excels. Depp is joined by a great cast that includes Eva GreenMichelle PfeifferChloe Grace Moretz, and another frequent Burton collaborator, Helena Bonham Carter.

‘Alice in Wonderland’ (2010)

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The latest adaptation of Lewis Carroll‘s legendary tale, Alice in Wonderland is a visual delight as it brings one of the coolest fantasy lands to life. Mia Wasikowska stars as Alice, who, at the age of 19, returns to Wonderland and reunites with the friends she made there. Learning that the villainous Red Queen (Bonham Carter) is planning to take over the kingdom, Alice embarks on her destiny to save Wonderland.

Depp stars as the Mad Hatter, Wonderland’s mayor, and a rather eccentric hat-maker. He is a close friend and valuable ally to Alice, aiding her in her journey. Depp is clearly having a lot of fun in the role, free to let loose and be as big and colorful as he wishes to be. This causes him to be the most advertised character in the production, despite Alice herself being the main character.

‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ (2005)

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Another rendition of one of the greatest children’s stories to adapt of all time, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a modern update of Roald Dahl’s story. When Charlie (Freddie Highmore), a kind boy from a poor family, wins a golden ticket, it gifts him the prize of touring Willy Wonka’s larger-than-life chocolate factory.

Depp plays Wonka, and the actor brings his quirky style to the role as he does his best to fill the legendary shoes left by Gene Wilder. Some fans and critics were put off by Depp’s take on the role, as the actor sometimes comes off chilly and unsettling, almost like he is trying to creep the children out rather than entertain them.

‘Sleepy Hollow’ (1999)

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Leaving the realm of children’s movies behind, Burton and Depp combined their powers for this adaptation of the classic ghost tale. When the residents of a town named Sleepy Hollow are beset by a headless horseman who decapitates his victims, police detective Ichabod Crane (Depp) is sent to investigate the issue.

Almost operating like a period slasher, Sleepy Hollow sees its villain show no mercy as he cuts through the townsfolk. Christina Ricci co-stars as a local woman who aids Crane in his investigation, and together they attempt to solve the dark mystery before their heads are the next ones to roll.

‘Corpse Bride’ (2005)

Available to stream on HBO Max.

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Filmed simultaneously with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, it is a wonder that both movies turned out as well as they did. Corpse Bride proved to be the better of the two, and in it, Depp voices Victor Van Dort, a clumsy young man who is arranged to marry Victoria Everglott (Emily Watson).

After Victor ruins their wedding rehearsal through a series of unfortunate events, the nervous groom practices his vows outside. Placing his wedding ring on what he believes to be a tree branch, it is soon revealed to be the rotting finger of a corpse. This corpse, known as Emily (Bonham Carter), is delighted to marry Victor, and she carries the screaming man to the underworld to be her husband.

‘Ed Wood’ (1994)

Ed Wood was once considered the worst director in the world. Making a living by creating low-budget sci-fi films, Wood’s movies were known for their cheap special effects, technical errors, and over-the-top campy tone. While he was derided at the time, Wood’s work has been reappraised after his death and many of his movies have become cult classics.

Ed Wood is a biographical film about the legendary director, with Burton giving his kindred spirit his time in the sun. Depp plays Wood, and the movie follows the filmmaker as he makes some of his most famous films. Along with his time on set, Ed Wood also shows Wood’s interactions with his cast and crew, offering one of the best films about the magic of making movies.

‘Edward Scissorhands’ (1990)

Available to stream on Amazon Prime Video and Disney+.

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One of Burton’s most popular movies, and potentially his best. Edward Scissorhands marked the first time Burton and Depp worked together, and it stands as their greatest creation. As well as being one of Burton’s signature films, the role of Edward remains one of Depp’s signature characters.

Edward is a robot built by a well-intentioned inventor, who died before he could give Edward real hands, dooming him to live with scissor-like appendages. Left to live alone in the house, Edward is discovered by a kind Avon lady, who decides to adopt the confused humanoid and introduces him to the rest of her family, where he soon falls in love her with daughter, Kim (Winona Ryder).


Tina Turner survived an abusive relationship with Ike and death of two sons




Tina Turner escaped an abusive relationship to find true love with her second husband, Erwin Bach.

The singer, who passed away aged 83 on Wednesday following an unspecified illness, was in a relationship with the record executive for 38 years. The pair married in 2013.

Tina had publicly praised Erwin for helping her find happiness after fleeing from her first marriage to husband, Ike Turner, which was plagued with physical and emotional abuse.

Ike first met Tina when she was a vulnerable teenager named Annie Mae Bullock. He renamed her Tina, and went on to form the musical duo, Ike & Tina Turner. According to Tina, he micromanaged her career, withheld her finances and beat her while she was pregnant.

After filing for divorce in 1978, Tina was left in debt and had her children to support. She went on to establish a successful solo career.

The songstress met Erwin in 1985 when he was working as an executive with EMI. The pair had an instant connection the moment they met, when he arrived to collect her from Düsseldorf airport.

She said Erwin had taught her how “to love without giving up who I am”, and that he had never been intimidated by her fame or success. He even donated a kidney to her in April 2017, which saved her life.

Writing in her book, Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good, Tina said: “Falling in love with my husband, Erwin, was another exercise in leaving my comfort zone, of being open to the unexpected gifts that life has to offer.

“The day I first met Erwin, at an airport in Germany, I should have been too tired from my flight, too preoccupied with thoughts of my concert tour. But I did notice him, and I instantly felt an emotional connection.

“Even then, I could have ignored what I felt — I could have listened to the ghost voices in my head telling me that I didn’t look good that day, or that I shouldn’t be thinking about romance because it never ends well. Instead, I listened to my heart.”

Tina’s spokesman confirmed she died “peacefully” at home and added: “With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model. With her music and her inexhaustible vitality, Tina Turner thrilled millions of fans and inspired many artists of subsequent generations.”

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Tina Turner: legendary rock’n’roll singer dies aged 83




Tina Turner, the pioneering rock’n’roll star who became a pop behemoth in the 1980s, has died aged age of 83 after a long illness, her publicist has told the PA news agency.
Turner affirmed and amplified Black women’s formative stake in rock’n’roll, defining that era of music to the extent that Mick Jagger admitted to taking inspiration from her high-kicking, energetic live performances for his stage persona. After two decades of working with her abusive husband, Ike Turner, she struck out alone and – after a few false starts – became one of the defining pop icons of the 1980s with the album Private Dancer. Her life was chronicled in three memoirs, a biopic, a jukebox musical, and in 2021, the acclaimed documentary film, Tina.

“Turner’s musical character has always been a charged combination of mystery as well as light, melancholy mixed with a ferocious vitality that often flirted with danger,” scholar Daphne A Brooks wrote for the Guardian in 2018.
Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on 26 November 1939 and raised in Nutbush, Tennessee, where she recalled picking cotton with her family as a child. She sang in the tiny town’s church choir, and as a teenager talked – or rather, sang – her way into Ike’s band in St Louis: he had declined her request to join until he heard her seize the microphone during a Kings of Rhythm performance for a rendition of BB King’s You Know I Love You.
She had suffered ill health in recent years, being diagnosed with intestinal cancer in 2016 and having a kidney transplant in 2017.

‘I was just tired of singing and making everybody happy’ … Tina Turner performs at the O2 Arena, London, in 2009. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

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Gerald Castillo, ‘Saved By the Bell’ and ‘General Hospital’ Actor, Dies at 90




Veteran stage and screen actor Gerald Castillo, who appeared in major TV series including “Saved By the Bell,” “General Hospital,” “Hill Street Blues,” “M*A*S*H” and “Dallas,” died May 4 at his home in Houston. He was 90.

Known for his work as Major Slater on “Saved by the Bell” and Judge Davis Wagner on “General Hospital,” Castillo developed a following for his roles in the two series.

Born in Chicago on Dec. 23, 1932, Gerald studied acting and stage direction at the Goodman Theater. Following his education, he acted on stages all across the nation, performing opposite Sherman Hemsley, Rita Moreno, Jessica Tandy, James Broderick and Jeanne Crain. After performing with Hemsley, “The Jeffersons” star convinced Castillo to pursue a film and TV career in Los Angeles.

Castillo then appeared in several feature films, including “Delta Force II,” “Kinjite,” “Death Wish IV,” “State of Emergency,” “Through Naked Eyes,” and “Above Suspicion.”

Castillo also guest starred in several TV series, including “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Hill Street Blues,” “M*A*S*H,” “Dallas,” “Knots Landing,” “The Jeffersons,” “Night Court,” “Simon and Simon” and many more.

The screen and stage performer also worked as a stage director at numerous theaters in Los Angeles and Ventura County, including the Santa Paula Theater.

Castillo’s wife of 36 years, Danya Quinn-Castillo noted, “Many of the actors he worked with remember him as a charismatic and insightful director who would jingle the change in his pocket while he pondered a scene, then leap onto the stage to work out the blocking or whisper in an actor’s ear. He was revered for providing the support and guidance that allowed actors to fully develop their characters on stage.”

In 2012 he retired from acting and moved to Houston.

He was predeceased by his only child, daughter, Lisa Palmere.

Castillo is survived by his wife, grandson Brian Palmere, granddaughter Stephanie Palmere, great-grandson Allen Palmere and his twin brother, Bernie Castillo.

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