Screen Junkies » Johnny Depp http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19:25:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Johnny Depp Was Slurring More Than Usual At The Hollywood Film Awards http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/johnny-depp-was-slurring-more-than-usual-at-the-hollywood-film-awards/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/johnny-depp-was-slurring-more-than-usual-at-the-hollywood-film-awards/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:45:30 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=267427 TGIF

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In fairness to Johnny Depp, I think I’d have to be drunk to attend the Hollywood Film Awards too. The Pirates of the Caribbean star entertained audiences for the first time in years with his boozy intro to Supermensch subject, Shep Gordon. The result was somewhat embarrassing but also charming as Depp cursed and heckled a microphone. No judgements here, Johnny. I can say I was equally inebriated this past Friday. Whether or not I was equally charming is up for debate.

A finger needs to be pointed toward the show producers, it really was cruel of them to expect a drunk guy could pronounce the word ‘mensch’ on national television.

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Kevin Smith To Direct Johnny Depp And Both Their Daughters In…’Yoga Hosers’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kevin-smith-to-direct-johnny-depp-and-both-their-daughters-in-yoga-hosers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kevin-smith-to-direct-johnny-depp-and-both-their-daughters-in-yoga-hosers/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:42:48 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264318 If that title looks like gibberish...it is, but it's gibberish rooted in truth.

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Johnny Depp and Kevin Smith have more in common than you would think at first blush. They both have questionable, tired fashion senses, they both are fathers, and they both have spent the past 15 years squandering the significant cinematic credibility they had established earlier in their careers.

And now, it seems that they’re enabling each other with Yoga Hosers, a film directed by Smith that will star Depp, Smith’s daughter, Harley Quinn (THAT NAME!), and Depp’s daughter, Lily-Rose (that name’s pretty bad, too, but not bad enough to merit caps.

“What is Yoga Hosers and why is all this happening right now?” you might ask?

From THR:

“Hosers, written by Smith, centers on 15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith), who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with a legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Depp) to fight for their lives with, according to the producers, “all seven Chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time.”

WHOA. That sounds terrible. Just awful. I understand that Kevin Smith probably just surrounds himself with fat stoned hockey fans who think every idea is brilliant, but Depp should have a team of lawyers, agents, mystics, and clerics that consult him on such decisions. This film won’t do well at all. And not because it’s under-appreciated. Because it’s terrible!

Is it so bad that we’ll have to see it to believe it? Nope. It will be just slightly better than that, so we can all avoid it forever.

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Johnny Depp Keeps His Streak Of ‘Characters With Hats And Facial Hair’ Alive In The ‘Mordecai’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/johnny-depp-keeps-his-streak-of-characters-with-hats-and-facial-hair-alive-in-the-mordecai-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/johnny-depp-keeps-his-streak-of-characters-with-hats-and-facial-hair-alive-in-the-mordecai-trailer/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:02:52 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=264124 He might be channeling his inner Bill Murray, based on this pic.

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Johnny Depp has to be in on the joke, right? I mean, even if he’s given to playing these flamboyant, seemingly timeless characters, every once in a while he’s gotta come back to reality in a film about a regular dude in an office who’s trying to raise an adopted kid or something, right?

Maybe, but that film is definitely not Mordecai, which sees Depp as an art dealer/thief trying to get his hands on a painting that may contain the code to a bank account filled with Nazi gold.

Ok. They had me at “Nazi gold.” If that sounds interesting, the supporting cast of Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Oliver Platt, Aubrey Plaza, Ewan McGregor and Olivia Munn may endear you even more to the film.

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The Film Cult Presents: The Ninth Gate http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-the-ninth-gate/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-the-ninth-gate/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:13:21 +0000 Philip Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262076 Warning! Spoilers Ahead! Okay, I, like most of the human race, am a Johnny Depp fan. Did you catch my saccharine praise fest of Edward Scissorhands a few months ago?...

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Okay, I, like most of the human race, am a Johnny Depp fan. Did you catch my saccharine praise fest of Edward Scissorhands a few months ago? It’s awesome. You should go read it. And yes, I saw Transcendence, and boy was that a shit show. Which is my point, I believe in being a fan, but I also believe in being an honest, responsible fan. I’m perfectly willing to call out my favorite actor (or president) when they’ve done awful work. And Johnny has done some awful work. I mean, who saw The Tourist? Eesh.

The Ninth Gate is an anomaly. I know it’s a bad film. It has a lot wrong with it. It’s mostly Depp’s character Corso carrying around a book while being chased. And yet, I’m totally mesmerized by every frame. Granted, I am fan of Roman Polanksi’s work. A big fan. I don’t endorse his sexual proclivities, but I am perfectly capable of separating the man from his work. Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown are two of my all-time favorite films, and I’d write about them here if they weren’t actually considered classics.

The Ninth Gate is about books. That’s another reason I can’t help buy love this movie. I’m a writer. I’m a reader. I have piles of books on my desk, shelves overflowing with tomes my friends and family are afraid I’ll ask them to help me move one day. Mr. Polanksi made a movie for book people with The Ninth Gate. This is a movie for the book nerd in all of us. And let me tell ya, Johnny Depp makes a hot book nerd.

Set in recent times, The Ninth Gate is about a less-than-ethical book dealer (Depp) hired by Frank Langella to authenticate his copy of an ancient book called The Nine Gates of The Kingdom of Shadows, reportedly written by Satan himself. Only three copies exist, and Langella’s character wants to be sure his is real, so Depp searches the world to try and find the other copies. He has no problem finding the other two copies. Of course, things go wrong and, which is so common in a Polanksi film, a conspiracy larger than himself starts to engulf Depp’s character. French aristocrats are choked with their Hermes scarves. Scaffolding collapses. Strangers are seen out of the corner of one’s eye.

The plot falls apart three quarters of the way through, leaving the beauty of Emmanuelle Singer the only thing really to watch. Depp is at his most awkward in this film, never really committing to being either sexy or nerdy. He generally chooses the latter, which I personally think is very sexy. The beauty of this film is in its seriousness. Much like the cult classic Showgirls, The Ninth Gate was made in complete earnest. No one had a clue it would be such a shit show. I love movies like this. Does anyone remember the Madonna catastrophe Swept Away? Sure, I own it, but whatever, it’s an awful but amazing movie.

Polanksi’s strength is in beautiful tableaus. He catches the old world charm of French libraries and the dusty streets of Spain with exquisite detail and authentic understanding. The attention to detail is astounding. A scene in which Depp’s messenger bag is overturned by a lover, his stuff spilling on to a hotel floor, comes to mind. There’s a notebook and tissue and keys and a wallet. It wreaks of verisimilitude, giving the movie that extra push into decent territory. The books are so old, so well worn, you can almost smell the leather and the fading pages.

Not one of Depp’s classics, and basically the same plot as Polanski’s more recent film The Ghost Writer, The Ninth Gate is still a fun movie that I discover people secretly love. Whenever it’s on Cinemax, I leave it on. I even have it saved in on my recorded list in my DVR for those moments when I just need something on. It’s not a great film, but it’s badass, and you should definitely give it chance.

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Johnny Depp In Talks To Play Preposterous Version Of Harry Houdini http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-in-talks-to-play-preposterous-version-of-harry-houdini/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-in-talks-to-play-preposterous-version-of-harry-houdini/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 17:52:44 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261842 And possibly slurry.

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Though there is no historical record that Harry Houdini enjoyed wearing fancy hats, Johnny Depp is in talks to play the famed magician anyway. There’s also no historical record that Houdini was an action hero but that is also the plan here. The Secret Life of Houdini posits that the escapist was also a British spy who gathered intel when he wasn’t busy drowning himself in front of an audience. After all, magicians are good at keeping secrets. If you kept a deck of cards crammed up your ass, you probably wouldn’t tell either.

Red 2′s Dean Parisot is attached to direct with hopes of shooting to begin in the fall before Depp has to go off and play Drunk Pirate again. It’s impossible to film both movies in tandem because if Depp forgets to wipe off his eyeliner, Houdini’s continuity will be ruined. (THR)

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Honest Trailers – Alice in Wonderland (2010) http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-alice-in-wonderland-2010/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-alice-in-wonderland-2010/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 17:58:02 +0000 Lyndsey Saul http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261822 "Maleficent" is just the latest live-action fairy tale Disney reboot. Fall down the rabbit hole once again with "Alice in Wonderland," visionary Tim Burton's not-so-visionary take on the classic story.

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Maleficent” is just the latest live-action fairytale Disney reboot. Fall down the rabbit hole once again with “Alice in Wonderland,” visionary Tim Burton’s not-so-visionary take on the classic story.

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The Film Cult Presents: Edward Scissorhands http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-edward-scissorhands/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/the-film-cult-presents-edward-scissorhands/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:00:17 +0000 Philip Harris http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260827 WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! Edward Scissorhands is definitely flawed. The ending is a predictable Saturday-matinee mob scene. The plot is loosely hung on a frame-work of stock characters and a fairy-tale...

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Edward Scissorhands is definitely flawed. The ending is a predictable Saturday-matinee mob scene. The plot is loosely hung on a frame-work of stock characters and a fairy-tale premise that started with Beauty and the Beast, probably before. It’s moral could ultimately be summed up as, “be nice to those who are different,” and the middle of the movie is an episodic adventure formula of what Edward can do with his hands to impress his new suburban neighbors. So why do I love this movie so much? Let’s explore why Edward Scissorhands is one of my favorite films of all times, and I don’t mean that lightly, for there are moments within that touch the sublimely heartfelt in a way no other movie can.

First and foremost, Johnny Depp and I should be friends. I think it’s pretty clear we would totally get each other. I mean, we could talk about buying islands, doing drugs with Hunter S. Thompson, what it’s like to live in France. You know, all the normal things. But, what we could really bond over is his first role in a Tim Burton film, Edward Scissorhands. Beating out Robert Downey Jr., Tom Cruise, and even Michael Jackson, Depp was given the part because upon his first time reading the script he wept like a newborn. I feel that, Johnny. I feel that. It’s that emotion that Depp brings to the forefront in his portrayal of Edward, that elementally gentle monster who can’t help but hurt those he loves because his very nature is dangerous.

Second, Winona Ryder as Kim. What better way to ensure chemistry between your lead actors than to have them be a real-life couple. When they look in each other’s eyes, you know it’s real. You can hear them laughing in Depp’s house overlooking the Sunset strip. You can see them walking around Venice, looking for hemp cloth and big rings that will turn their skin black, the fate of their relationship written in the stars above Los Angeles. Winona’s face, framed by that horrible wig, breaks your heart, and even as the grandmother telling her grandchild how the snow began in their neighborhood, you can’t help but fall in love with her.

Third, for being a sentimental movie about love and difference, the social commentary is caustic. The American dream of owning a house, having a cheerleader for a daughter, having barbecues with your friends, watering your lawn on a Sunday afternoon, watching football games with your son—all of that means nothing to Edward. In fact, all of that is as dangerous to him as he is to it. Ambrosia salad is awful, and the suburbs will destroy anything that doesn’t fit into its nauseatingly pastel world. By the end of the movie, when Edward realizes he must return to his mountain-top castle, he begins to literally destroy the neighborhood. As mentioned earlier, the middle of the movie is an episodic chunk of what he can mundanely do with his scissors: shrubs shaped like dinosaurs, asymmetrical haircuts for pet and owner, salad chopper, etc. Throughout all that safe suburban stuff, you’re just waiting for him to really use blades. As the townsfolk begin to swarm, after they’ve decided he’s dangerous, he destroys the wallpaper, vandalizes one of his topiaries, and punctures a stranger’s tire. And in the end, our morbid curiosity is rewarded when we get to see him finally take a life. He learns, even though he wants to so badly, he can never be a part of Kim’s life, and in so realizing, he will take down as much of that life to the best of his ability.

Also, it’s the soft moments, the nuanced yet simple writing (by the gifted screenwriter Caroline Thompson) that gets at the movie’s true heart. Take for instance, the ethics quiz Edward’s surrogate father, played by Alan Arkin, gives him near the plot’s climax. When given the scenario of finding a suitcase full of money, Edward must choose what to do: A, keep it. B, use it to buy gifts for his friends and loved ones. C, give it to the poor. D, give it to the police. When Edward replies that he’d give it to his loved ones, his surrogate mother, played by the heart-warming Diane Weist, sighs and says “Oh, Edward, it does seem that that’s what you should do, but it’s not.” Edward acts from a place of pure love, that debilitating, dangerous love that exists in the wild beyond those suffocating neighborhoods where the right answer is to give the money to the police.

But ultimately, for me anyway, it’s the moments between Edward and The Inventor, played by an aging Vincent Price in his last film role, that make this movie. In scenes with virtually no dialogue, we see The Inventor use his frightening, Gothic machines to make heart-shaped cookies. We see him read humorous poetry to a half-made Edward, instructing him that it’s okay to smile when something is funny. And in the film’s greatest moment, during a Christmas flashback, the great Inventor–the father who “didn’t wake up”–attempts to give his creation and son Edward a pair of real hands. The moment is devastating, and every time I see it, just like Johnny, I weep like a newborn.

Remember when Tim Burton used to make epic fairy tales about true outsiders in fantastical circumstances? Beetlejuice? The Nightmare Before Christmas? Pee Wee’s Big Adventure? Before he started making movies based on product potential, he made movies for us, the weird and nerdy who love like everyone else but hurt just a little more. Edward Scissorhands was the best of those films, and when Edward reached his lethal hand to us, we accepted it, blood and all. Edward Scissorhands is the greatest gift Tim Burton has given to us outsiders. I hope someday he remembers we’re still here.

 

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Johnny Depp Is The Hollow Lawnmower Man In ‘Transcendence’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/johnny-depp-is-the-hollow-lawnmower-man-in-transcendence-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/johnny-depp-is-the-hollow-lawnmower-man-in-transcendence-trailer/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:40:52 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=259314 Johnny Depp is the most evil Siri.

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Johnny Depp stars in Transcendence as a scientist who invents an evil computer that is going to make the world a better place. However, when he’s attacked by Dell sympathizers his team comes up with a plan to upload his consciousness by shaving his head and hooking up a bunch of computery shit to his scalp that somehow makes him look like Alexander Skarsgård. Always a fan of playing dress up, Johnny Depp agrees to become part of the evil computer. This leads to evil Johnny Depp 3D-printed robots and Morgan Freeman being all like, “Oh brother. I can hardly work a digital camera let alone stop a cyborg uprising.”

That leaves Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany to find a way to stop Evil Supercomputer Johnny Depp from destroying mankind and deleting all of our bookmarks. Here is a scene from the knockdown dragout battle in the third act that you can only see EXCLUSIVELY on Screen Junkies:

 

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Johnny Depp To Play Irish Mobster Whitey Bulger http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-to-play-irish-mobster-whitey-bulger/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-to-play-irish-mobster-whitey-bulger/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:19:17 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=259186 It's unknown if Depp will bring his trademark scarves and hats to the role.

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Johnny Depp, having shown an affinity for playing historical characters, will be tackling one more that made news recently: Whitey Bulger. The Irish mobster who served as the inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s Frank Costello in The Departed was arrested almost three years ago after decades on the run.

Black Mass will tell usual rise-and-fall story of Bulger. This casting news, along with the film’s pursuit of Tom Hardy as the FBI man on his case, could knock several other competing projects out of the water. The most notable of which would be Ben Affleck’s take, written by Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire scribe Terrence Winter.

I don’t know much else about the Depp film, but I do know that you don’t just go around keeping Ben Affleck from making movies about Boston. That’s a dangerous game, my friend.

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Tim Burton To GIve Us A Beetlejuice Sequel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-burton-to-give-us-a-beetlejuice-sequel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-burton-to-give-us-a-beetlejuice-sequel/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 15:54:09 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257649 Both Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp will play Beetlejuice. Just kidding. Hopefully.

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If you say “Tim Burton” three times in the mirror, the legend says that he will appear, remake a beloved property, and Johnny Depp will receive a new hat.

Someone must have been running their mouth, because Mr. Burton has surfaced, reportedly to give us a sequel to Beetlejuice. Of course, there was a sequel planned almost immediately after the original, but life has a way of shanghaiing your plans, and Burton went on to do about ten films of dwindling quality since then.

But Michael Keaton and Geena Davis have both expressed an interest in returning, and most any girl can be made to look like Winona Ryder with the right haircut, so this thing could stay pretty true to form. No plot details are available right now, so let’s make some up: Beetlejuice goes to see Dark Shadows, is refused a refund after the film ends, then goes home and sobs for 86 minutes.

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Tim Burton To Direct Non-Depp Actors In ‘Big Eyes’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-burton-to-direct-non-depp-actors-in-big-eyes/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-burton-to-direct-non-depp-actors-in-big-eyes/#comments Wed, 03 Apr 2013 01:19:54 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254244 Amy Adams and Chritoph Waltz, specifically.

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In news that’s sure to make Johnny Depp and his hats very, very sad, Tim Burton has announced a new film, and drafted several actors that don’t appear to be Johnny Depp. While one of the actors has long hair like Depp, and another is a man like Depp, it’s virtually certain that neither Amy Adams nor Christoph Waltz is Johnny Depp, which begs the questions, “Who the fuck does Tim Burton think he is? This is how he treats people he calls his friend?”

Big Eyes is the story of famed (I guess) painter Margaret Keane and her husband, Walter Keane and the couple’s rise to fame in the 50′s and 60′s. If you’re uncertain why Burton would take on such a project that isn’t cartoon-y or CGI…

Hold your goddamn horses and take a gander at Keane’s work. Right here.

Makes sense now, doesn’t it?

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Johnny Depp To Play Gangster Whitey Bulger In One Of Four Biopics http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-to-play-gangster-whitey-bulger-in-one-of-four-biopics/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-to-play-gangster-whitey-bulger-in-one-of-four-biopics/#comments Tue, 05 Feb 2013 15:39:50 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=253343 I bet this version won't even have "Gimme Shelter" in it. What crap.

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One of these things is not like the others. Mark Wahlberg, Johnny Depp, a Boston Irish gangster, Matt Damon/Ben Afflect. That’s right. Johnny Depp isn’t from Boston, whereas the other two parties seem to care more about being from Boston than anything else in the world.

The fourth biopic in the works is from Peter Facinelli, but we’re not really going to count that one, ok?

Depp is joining Barry Levinson‘s Black Mass to play Whitey Bulger, the man that served as the inspiration for Martin Scorsese’s Frank Costello in The Departed. The film will chronicle the rise and fall of the man himself, in a fashion that sounds remarkably analogous to the film Blow, only with a lot more Boston accents, which will make it far more hilarious.

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Head Covering Enthusiast Johnny Depp Eying Lead In ‘The Magic Hat Of Mortimer Wintergreen’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/head-covering-enthusiast-johnny-depp-eying-lead-in-the-magic-hat-of-mortimer-wintergreen/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/head-covering-enthusiast-johnny-depp-eying-lead-in-the-magic-hat-of-mortimer-wintergreen/#comments Tue, 15 Jan 2013 14:43:40 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252902 Another film where we don't see Johnny Depp's scalp.

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Johnny Depp has a pretty exciting upcoming slate with remakes of The Thin Man and The Night Stalker both on his to-do list. However, those projects won’t present the actor the opportunity to wear something ridiculous on his head.

He started out modestly with a bowler hat in Benny & Joon, before working his way to top hat with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Alice In Wonderland (with an extended sojourn into dreadlocks for Pirates of the Caribbean). Those looks were strange but not outrageous enough. Which leads us to The Lone Ranger‘s dead bird hat. Looking forward, is Depp attempting to out-crazy his craziest hat yet?

It looks like that is his intention.

Depp is considering taking the lead role in Mortimer Wintergreen. Based loosely on the 1987 Myron Levoy young adult novel The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen, the family film will focus on siblings who runaway to go on adventures with the titular character, a man who wears “a magical hat with a mind of its own.” Jack Thorne is writing, and Nanny McPhee‘s Susanna White is attached to direct. Depp will produce and potentially star but is waiting to see the script first. Unless someone starts shopping around a movie about a man made out of hats, you can likely count on his participation. (THR)

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I’m sure it was a tough decision but Joseph Gordon-Levitt made the difficult choice to not star opposite a cartoon raccoon in favor of working with Frank Miller. Last week there was news that he was in the running for the lead in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy but has reportedly turned that down and decided to join Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

He’ll play Johnny, a new, smooth-talking gambler character created by both Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the film adaptation. Originally written for Johnny Depp, there’s no word whether or not the character will be renamed Joseph. It’s safe to say, however, that the character now won’t be expected to wear anything silly on his head. (THR)

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‘The Lone Ranger’ Introduces Us To Its Wacky Horse In New Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-lone-ranger-introduces-us-to-its-wacky-horse-in-new-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-lone-ranger-introduces-us-to-its-wacky-horse-in-new-trailer/#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2012 13:58:34 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=252371 All the best movies have wacky horses.

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The team that brought us Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is back with another look at The Lone Ranger. Here we get an idea of the origin of Armie Hammer‘s Ranger — a man thought to be dead dons a mask and teams up with a Native American for justice. Attempts at summer blockbuster action Westerns have failed in recent memory, but perhaps this one will break the streak. It has Johnny Depp after all (assuming no one remembers The Tourist).

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Johnny Depp Going To Make ‘Don Quixote’ One Way Or Another http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-going-to-make-don-quixote-one-way-or-another/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-going-to-make-don-quixote-one-way-or-another/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2012 21:04:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252274 Lightning can't strike the same place twice.

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Having tried and failed to make The Man Who Killed Don Quixote with Terry Gilliam back in 2000, Johnny Depp isn’t going to let a little thing like bad luck on a cosmic level going to stop him from bringing the Cervantes classic to theaters.

Depp has closed a deal with Disney to produce a modern take on Don Quixote written by Jeff Morris and Hot Tub Time Machine director Steve Pink. There’s no word if Pink would direct or if Depp would star in the film. The only thing that is known is that Gilliam and his terrible luck will not be involved. He shouldn’t be too upset about it. This is the treatment one should expect when they secretly murder a gypsy in a hit-and-run accident. (Deadline)

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Johnny Depp To Play Dress Up With Wes Anderson http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-to-play-dress-up-with-wes-anderson/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/johnny-depp-to-play-dress-up-with-wes-anderson/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2012 17:43:10 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249831 In a movie about a thing that happens.

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Tired of spending hours in the makeup chair and having to sit with Helena Bonham Carter at lunch, Johnny Depp has agreed to switch things up and appear in Wes Anderson‘s next film. Newly titled the most Wes Anderson-y name available, The Grand Budapest Hotel has cast Depp while it’s rumored that heartthrobs Jude Law and Angela Lansbury are also being pursued for parts. No word on whether or not Bill Murray will appear in the film, but c’mon. He’s the Wes Anderson version of Tim Burton’s Johnny Depp. (Deadline)

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7 Films Shot In Real Time Like ‘Silent House’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-films-shot-in-real-time-like-silent-house/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-films-shot-in-real-time-like-silent-house/#comments Fri, 09 Mar 2012 16:16:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=247111 Are they worthwhile or a waste of time?

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Festival darling Elizabeth Olsen stars in Silent House, which opens today. Adding a new twist and gimmick to the field of micro-budget horrors, Silent House is built around the convention of being shot as one continuous take presented in real time. I’ve yet to see the film, but real time is a pretty cool way to watch a film when it’s done correctly. The execution is tricky, but most importantly, it needs to rest upon a fantastic idea.

Reviews of Silent House are almost evenly split with the consensus being gimmicky but scary, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Of course, real time isn’t for everyone as you’ll see with the real time films listed below. What do you think, is real time worthwhile or a waste of time?

16 Blocks

Bruce Willis plays a burnt out New York City detective tasked with escorting Mos Def (aka Mos) to his grand jury testimonial. However, Mos’s Eddie is set to testify against a crooked cop who will in turn bring down every crooked cop in the department. Willis and Mos then have 90 minutes to travel the sixteen blocks downtown with an army of cops trying to kill them. I recommend they just take 2nd Avenue. Everyone else swears by the FDR but I’ve had little luck on it.

Nick of Time

In Nick of Time, Johnny Depp plays a mild-mannered accountant who is ordered to assassinate a Governor in exchange for his daughter’s life. We know that he’s mild-mannered because his character isn’t wearing earrings, face paint, or a dead crow on his head. Christopher Walken is excellent as Depp’s kidnapper and tormentor. The lesson here: never get in a van with Christopher Walken.

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Supercut: James Lipton Being A Sarcastic Rascal http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/supercut-james-lipton-being-a-sarcastic-rascal/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/supercut-james-lipton-being-a-sarcastic-rascal/#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2012 14:00:35 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=245109 What attracts you to odd hats?

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First, James Lipton is amazing. Any words I’m about to write are not meant to slight the man as he only brings joy. That said, he has a certain talent for asking the fluffiest softball questions of his Inside the Actor’s Studio guests in an effort to fill up the show‘s run time. Normally when you watch, you shake your head, giggle, and continue to watch because it’s somehow really engaging.

But as the supercut of his silliest questions points out, when viewed out of context, he seems like a bitter, insulting master of dry sarcasm. He totally isn’t, but, how sweet it would be if he were. (Vulture)

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The 9 Highest-Grossing Movies Of All Time (Written Without Help From Wikipedia) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-9-highest-grossing-movies-of-all-time-written-without-help-from-wikipedia/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-9-highest-grossing-movies-of-all-time-written-without-help-from-wikipedia/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2012 17:04:16 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=242784 This list will prove just how capable we writers are without our precious "Wikipedia."

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As you probably know by now, Wikipedia has gone dark today in order to protest SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. Like thousands of other journalists, Screen Junkies writers use Wikipedia not as a final source in our research, but as a jumping-off point, with its claims noted, but always, always, verified using more reputable sources.

In an effort to demonstrate that Wikipedia is a helpful tool, but by no means the alpha and omega of our efforts, we thought we would run through the 9 highest-grossing films of all time while Wikipedia is shut down. I challenge our readers to spot any difference in the quality of research.

Let the games begin.

9. Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is of course based off a book of the same name, written by an author quite some time ago. The primary characters are Alice, Christopher Cat, the Wicked Queen, and the Mad Hatter. The film, despite being horrible, managed to gross millions of dollars, putting it in the #9 spot. To give you an idea of how much money this film grossed, imagine that for every dollar that it made, you stacked a ruler lengthwise on top of another ruler. The resulting tower of rulers would be many million feet tall!

8. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stronger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean is a bit of a Cinderella story, in that many questioned not only how successful it would be, but why it was actually being made. No one wanted to take seriously a film that was based on a ride at Disneyworld or perhaps Disneyland. Maybe both. The first film, which was titled Pirates of the Caribbean: [SOMETHING], came a bit after Johnny Depp’s work on 21 Jump Street, but before his death. The film also starred Orlando Bloom, who I’m completely positive is dating that hot Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr. I don’t need Wikipedia to tell me who Miranda Kerr is banging.

Hmm. I know they were together like two years ago, but I also know it’s hard to stay faithful on movie sets. Especially with Salma Hayek and Keira Knightley around.

7. Toy Story 3

This was at least the 10th film by Pixar. Some of the other films they did were ANTZ, Bee Movie, and Shrek. This made more money than all of those films, possibly combined. Toy Story 3 was based on a script of the same name. Both the script and the film featured a cowboy, a deep sea diver named Hank, and myriad friends. This film also made millions of dollars. Steve Jobs was also involved in every Pixar movie. I believe he actually wrote the script for Mulan.

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9 Famous Bromances Between Actors and Directors http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-famous-bromances-between-actors-and-directors/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-famous-bromances-between-actors-and-directors/#comments Mon, 31 Oct 2011 21:28:08 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=234405 Some things just go better with one another.

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Everyone plays favorites. Why should Hollywood be any different? Directors have their favorite Directors of Photography, their favorite composers, and their favorite editors. Why wouldn’t they have their favorite stars. In fact, it seems much more commonplace for a bromance to develop between an actor and his director. At least a dozen examples of current epic director and actor team-ups come to mind. But since I’m lazy, here are nine.

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have been at work best friends for quite awhile. The bromance began back in 1990 when Depp starred in Edward Scissorhands. Lead roles in Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, The Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland, and the upcoming Dark Shadows followed. Burton has also been known to cast his lady loves. First, Lisa Marie appeared in many of his films until he threw her over for now-wife Helena Bonham-Carter. It just goes to show that relationships come and go, but the bond of bromance is forever.

David Gordon Green and Danny McBride

Buddies since film school, it’s rare that David Gordon Green takes on a project without Danny McBride in tow. McBride appeared in a weirdly-unfunny role in Green’s All the Real Girls before he honed his chops and became a comedy sensation. A role that helped launch him was that of Red in Green’s first studio film, Pineapple Express. They’ve been good ol’ boying around ever since with Your Highness, Good Vibes, and Eastbound & Down.

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio

De Niro who? Martin Scorsese has found a new muse in Leonardo DiCaprio. The director and actor first began working together on Gangs of New York, and continued that relationship through ambitious films like The Aviator, The Departed, and Shutter Island. There are also rumors that the duo may re-team for a remake of The Gambler.

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7 Badass Biographical (And Semi-Biographical) Films You Need To Watch http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-rum-diary-and-other-badass-biographical-films/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-rum-diary-and-other-badass-biographical-films/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2011 13:00:08 +0000 Nicholas Pell http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=234135 From commies to porn stars, this list has it all.

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The Rum Diary is allegedly a novel, not a biography. Whatever. All we’re saying is that it stars Johnny Depp as a wandering freelance journalist who can’t put enough substances in his body. Sounds close enough for jazz to us.

There’s something about seeing the true-life story, or the semi-true-life story, of a legit badass like Hunter S. Thompson on the big screen that appeals to people. Unlike a fictional account, you can actually find something to aspire to, or at least have fantasies about a cool new drinking buddy.

With that in mind, here are seven badass biographical and semi-biographical films.

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

What could be sexier than a bunch of German communist terrorists who dress like the Velvet Underground? This movie doesn’t white wash terrorism, but it sure does provide it with a glamorous edge during the first two acts. Watch as chic Germans smoke cigarettes, wear sunglasses, steal cars and blow up American army installations. You can get a history lesson while you watch this and it’s one action film your girl won’t mind watching with you in the least.

Boogie Nights

No, Dirk Diggler is not a real guy. He is, however, loosely based on John Holmes, AKA Johnny Wadd, with many scenes, such as the classic interaction with the Ric Springfield-loving crack dealer, lifted directly from his life. This film ages like a fine wine, with classic interactions and one-liners like “You know, people tell me I kind of look like Han Solo.” We were as surprised as anyone else when we found out Marky Mark could act.

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Disney Doesn’t Want The World To Know Johnny Depp Acts In Non-’Pirates’ Films http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/disney-doesnt-want-the-world-to-know-johnny-depp-acts-in-non-pirates-films/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/disney-doesnt-want-the-world-to-know-johnny-depp-acts-in-non-pirates-films/#comments Mon, 24 Oct 2011 17:30:01 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=233506 Arrrrrrrrrrrrgh you f*cking kidding me?

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I guess it’s understandable that Disney doesn’t want to tarnish the reputation of its multi-billion-dollar Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, but this news is disappointing nonetheless. Disney has forbidden all ABC news outlets from covering Johnny Depp in his promotion for the Hunter S. Thompson adaptation The Rum Diary, which premiered this weekend.

Considering that he plays the alcoholic, pansexual PIRATE Jack Sparrow in the Pirates franchise, you wouldn’t think there would be much of an issue with an actor playing another role, even one such at Paul Kemp in The Rum Diary.

I guess he’s not the fun kind of alcoholic in that film. Maybe his contract stipulates that he can only portray depraved characters if he has scarves in his hair. I have the same clause in my pre-nup with my wife, which is why I’ve gone as Steven Tyler the past nine Halloweens.

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The Rum Diary http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-rum-diary/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-rum-diary/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2011 00:57:06 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=233404 Director: Bruce Robinson Cast: Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi, Aaron Eckhart Synopsis: American journalis Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1950s and struggles...

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Director: Bruce Robinson

Cast: Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi, Aaron Eckhart

Synopsis: American journalis Paul Kemp takes on a freelance job in Puerto Rico for a local newspaper during the 1950s and struggles to find a balance between island culture and the ex-patriots who live there.

Release Date: October 28, 2011

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Like Sands Through The Hourglass…: ‘The Lone Ranger’ Is Back On http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/like-sands-through-the-hourglass-the-lone-ranger-is-back-on/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/like-sands-through-the-hourglass-the-lone-ranger-is-back-on/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2011 00:12:17 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=229871 We would like to remind you that production was stopped on 'The Lone Ranger'. Well, ignore that. It's back on with a bare-bones $215 million budget.

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Well, it appears that Disney thinks that Gore Verbinski and Jerry Bruckheimer are capable of making a film for only $215 million. The indie spirit is alive and well with The Lone Ranger, folks!

After a spiraling budget and bizarre script that contained, among other things, werewolves, Disney put everyone associated with the project in time-out until they could reach a hard budget of $215 million. Now that the budget is there, The Lone Ranger is once again in production. Reportedly, the poor box office performance of Cowboys and Aliens had Disney execs concerned about the viability of high-concept westerns, even those that star Johnny Depp as a Native American sidekick.

The big question now is whether or not the delayed 2012 start will afford Verbinski and Co. the ability to adhere to their December 21, 2012 release date. (Deadline)

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Elton John has announced plans to bring his life to the screen with the biopic Rocketman. The film is purported to be radically different than other biopics with a non-linear story and wild visuals juxtaposed to John’s biggest hits. But who can play this larger than life icon? Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is likely busy with G.I. Joe commitments and Jackie Chan isn’t the draw that he once was.

Who to choose? Who to choose?

Robert Downey Jr

Robert Downey Jr. has already proven he can effectively lip sync Elton John’s music in the video for “I Want Love.” He’s also wrestled with his own substance abuse issues. I’m not certain whether or not he can play the piano but there’s no reason that should be a strike against him.

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake has actually played a young Elton John before during the Rocketman’s phase where he was too lazy to appear in his own videos. This was just around the time that Timberlake had gone solo and was looking to branch out into acting and there’s no better way to sever your boy band image than by appearing on-screen with simulated orgies and cocaine use. Just ask Rod, the little-known fourth member of Hanson.

Carol Burnett

She’s no stranger to loud jackets and she’s got the haircut down. No doubt in my mind that this could be Carol Burnett’s comeback project.

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David Koepp In Charge Of Making Johnny Depp Charming In ‘The Thin Man’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-koepp-in-charge-of-making-johnny-depp-charming-in-the-thin-man/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/david-koepp-in-charge-of-making-johnny-depp-charming-in-the-thin-man/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2011 12:48:33 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=226644 Is Depp up for playing a slurry, drunk character across multiple sequels?

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Johnny Depp bounces back fast. Thanks to diet and exercise, he’s already got his next franchise lined up after the implosion of Disney’s The Lone Ranger. David Koepp has been called in to script the reboot of The Thin Man. The film will show Depp as a dashing drunk named Nick Charles, who teams up with his socialite wife, Nora, to solve a murder.

The original film is considered a classic and spawned five sequels, which I’m sure is intriguing to Depp. It would be nice to slur his way through the same character constantly without having to slip into a pirate costume to do so. The reboot is being planned as a Sherlock Holmes-esque update that will mix high adventure with the iconic characters. Rob Marshall will direct, so expect a little song and dance as well.

No word on who will play Nora or the couple’s dog. (Deadline)

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Amber Heard Sunbathes Naked In ‘The Rum Diary’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/amber-heard-sunbathes-naked-in-the-rum-diary-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/amber-heard-sunbathes-naked-in-the-rum-diary-trailer/#comments Fri, 26 Aug 2011 13:48:53 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=226031 Puerto Rico seems pretty chill.

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7 photosAmber Heard Looking All Kinds Of Fine In ‘Drive Angry’ Pics

Johnny Depp‘s second, less psychedelic go as Hunter S. Thompson looks like a good time. Though he’s not technically the gonzo journalist (here his character is name Paul Kemp), The Rum Diary has been adapted from Thompson’s “lost” novel. The trailer begins as Kemp awakes in Puerto Rico after a bender. There he gets set up with some rustic accommodations, a reporting gig, 161 miniature bottles of booze, and gets to frolic with Amber Heard at her most seductive. In closing, Puerto Rico is awesome and I’m moving there. And if they don’t have the Internet, it’s been real, y’all.

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‘The Lone Ranger’ Was (Rightfully) Shut Down Because It Had Werewolves In It http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-lone-ranger-was-rightfully-shut-down-because-it-had-werewolves-in-it/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-lone-ranger-was-rightfully-shut-down-because-it-had-werewolves-in-it/#comments Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:05:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224619 It makes sense, though. I remember in the original series, the Lone Ranger was always getting dust-ups with werewolves.

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It’s the strangest thing. The same studio, producer, director, writers, and star of Pirates of the Caribbean got together to remake The Lone Ranger, and it was turning out a lot like Pirates of the Caribbean. Weird.

A lot of questions were raised by Friday’s news that the plug had been pulled on The Lone Ranger until the budget could be brought down from the current $250 million. Screenwriter Ted Elliott shed some light on the project, much of which explains the huge budget. You can go ahead and cringe now, just to get it out of the way.

It was going to be a Tonto show mainly. Tonto as the top dog and more dominant than the Lone Ranger. Tonto and the Indian spirits like Obi Wan Kenobi and the force. The driving engine was going to be Native American occult aspects worked in with werewolves and special effects, [b]ut flavored with doses of Native American spirituality in a serious way.

Also, the recent flop Cowboys and Aliens soured the studio on the mashup of werewolves and cowboys and Indians. Possibly they were turned off of the idea of a mashup, and possibly they just realized that sometimes audiences don’t like really dumb movies.

So now we have to wait for Disney to replace all the werewolves with sexy vampires, and we’ll be good to go.

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Disney Says, ‘Whoa! Easy There, Girl!’ To ‘The Lone Ranger’, Pulls The Plug http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/disney-says-whoa-easy-there-girl-to-the-lone-ranger-pulls-the-plug/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/disney-says-whoa-easy-there-girl-to-the-lone-ranger-pulls-the-plug/#comments Sat, 13 Aug 2011 05:33:40 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224481 One way to save money: Instead of horses, donkeys on stilts. Also, instead of Johnny Depp, Skeet Ulrich!

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It’s more likely than not a temporary shutdown, but as of now, pre-production on The Lone Ranger, scheduled to shoot in October, has been halted, with many sources citing budgetary concerns. Apparently the price tag for the film has ballooned way past its $200 million target, and now studio execs are looking to bring it back down to Earth, which can’t be easy given director Gore Verbinski‘s penchant for the overblown, as well as Johnny Depp’s redicky-donky salary.

Though it probably has little to do with the shutdown, an announcement was made earlier this week that Brad Pitt‘s World War Z was going head to head with the Disney project, also picking a release date of December 21, 2012.

The project, though initially met with eye-rolling over another adaptation, seemed to be pulling in some quality actors in the way of Dwight Yoakam, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Barry Pepper. Shifting popular sentiment to “cautiously optimistic,” which on the internet, is equivalent to walking on water.

While the budget trimming makes sound financial sense, I can’t imagine a world in which a Johnny Depp Disney film fails to be profitable. Maybe they just don’t trust that Armie Hamer kid. Did you know there weren’t even two of him in The Social Network? He deceived us.

 

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