ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY features THE CORPSE BRIDE and Johnny Depp in its September 23rd issue

The new issue of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY features a four-page article on Tim Burton’s CORPSE BRIDE. Don’t look here for extensive comments from Johnny Depp, who voices the animated film’s nervous leading man, Victor Van Dort; the focus of Steve Daly’s article, “Death Becomes Her,” is on the stop-motion animation process and director Tim Burton. It’s a good read . . . . Oddly enough, EW has a two-page article on the Toronto Film Festival which does not mention the rip-roaring reception CORPSE BRIDE received there; perhaps the Saturday night screening was too late for their deadline. They do feature Johnny Depp on their Style Sheet, in an article called “Just Dandy: Male fashion gets pretty,” calling him “the go-to fop artist” and citing his sartorially splendid performances in THE LIBERTINE, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, and CORPSE BRIDE (apparently Johnny gets credit when the puppet Victor wears his clothes with panache).

Owen Gleiberman reviews CORPSE BRIDE in the issue and gives it an overall grade of B: “As an achievement in macabre visual wizardy, TIM BURTON’S CORPSE BRIDE has to be reckoned some sort of marvel,” he writes; “as an antidote to the wholesomeness of most animation, CORPSE BRIDE is a welcome dose of toxic fairy-tale derangement.” His complaint is with the story–he finds the love-triangle plot a bit thin and remote, but says the movie “has much to recommend it.” You can all the EW stories in full on the Zone’s News & Views forum.

Something to be thankful for–a U.S. release date for THE LIBERTINE!

Comingsoon.net reports that Weinstein Co. will release Johnny Depp’s long-delayed tour de force THE LIBERTINE on Wednesday, November 23rd–that’s the day before Thanksgiving in the United States, thus giving American Deppheads one more reason to be grateful when they sit down to their festive turkey dinners. Unfortunately, THE LIBERTINE’s release will be limited to New York City and Los Angeles. We hope for a wider rollout in December. Note that the film currently carries an MPAA rating of NC-17, although there is always a chance that could be negotiated to an R in order to achieve wider distribution . . . . The release date for the U.K. is two days later, on Friday, November 25th. The Zone thanks Shadow for breaking the news and Charly for updating us on the UK schedule.