Johnny Depp, once the golden boy of the film industry, has been suffering from some terrible reviews recently.
Even before the movie started rolling out in press screenings last week, the new Johnny Depp action comedy 'Mortdecai' was already rumoured to be a stinker. This is probably due to fatigue over Depp's continuous choice of quirky characters, something that started back in 2003 with his Oscar nominated turn in the first 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie.
Johnny Depp in 'Mortdecai'
But after relentlessly eccentric turns in four more 'Pirates' movies, plus the likes of 'Alice in Wonderland', 'The Lone Ranger' and 'Into the Woods', critics and audiences are getting tired of his increasingly cartoonish shtick. Indeed, 'Mortdecai' has been labelled by critics as a "psychotically unfunny" "vanity project", and "a career low" for Depp.
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Despite a superior cast and terrific-looking production values, this mystery romp is a misfire on every level. The only vaguely entertaining moments come in some snappy wordplay that's presumably all that remains of Kyril Bonfiglioli's beloved novel Don't Point That Thing at Me. Otherwise, the film feels clumsy and outdated, and even Johnny Depp's quirky schtick seems halfhearted. So even though it looks great and elicits a few giggles, it's such a mess that it's hard to imagine why anyone got involved.
Depp plays Lord Charlie Mortdecai, an art expert whose immaculately kept manor house is at risk of foreclosure due to unpaid taxes. So he leaps at the finder's fee when his old pal MI5 Inspector Martland (Ewan McGregor) asks him to investigate a murder linked to a missing Goya painting. The problem is that Martland still holds a torch for Charlie's wife Joanna (Gwyneth Paltrow), a brainy bombshell who launches her own investigation into the case. With his trusty manservant Jock (Paul Bettany) by his side, Charlie is taken to Moscow and Los Angeles in search of the Goya. And it all boils over in a chaotic encounter with a smirking art collector (Jeff Goldblum), his man-crazy daughter (Olivia Munn) and a sneaky killer (Jonny Pasvolsky).
Despite quite a lot of adult-aimed innuendo and violence, director David Koepp (Premium Rush) shoots the movie as if it's a hyperactive kiddie flick, all bright colours and shameless over-acting, with whooshing digitally animated transitions and a series of awkwardly staged car chases. None of this is remotely amusing. Even the constant double entendres are painfully overplayed, while the cartoonish Received Pronunciation accents put on by Depp, Paltrow and McGregor are more distracting than humorous. All of this leaves the characters impossible to engage with on any level; they aren't funny, endearing or even interesting.
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Johnny Depp needs to seriously rethink his movie roles - or maybe he's just not that bothered.
We've been expecting these Mortdecai reviews for the past couple of days - but ultimately, we knew what was coming. It was the calm before the storm. And now we're in the grip of a full blown twister.
Johnny Depp plays the debonair art dealer Charlie Mortdecai in 'Mortdecai'
" There surely won't be a film in 2015 worse than this art-heist romp, starring Johnny Depp," wrote the Telegraph in its leader to Robbie Collin's 1-star review of the movie.
Continue reading: 'Mortdecai': Has Johnny Depp Already Made The Worst Film Of 2015?
It's taken a long time for this stage musical to make it to the big screen, and while director Rob Marshall once again fails to give the story a sharp focus (see also Chicago and Nine), he at least lets the music and characters shine. Originally staged on Broadway in 1987, this musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine is a gleeful mash-up of fairy tales that continues on past the "happily ever after", eventually turning rather dark and emotional.
Once upon a time, there was a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt) who learn that they can't have children because the Witch (Meryl Streep) next door has cursed them. She offers to break the spell if they collect a cow, a cape, a slipper and a lock of hair. Meanwhile, Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) annoys his mother (Tracey Ullman) by selling the family cow for a handful of "magic" beans; Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) dodges a leery Wolf (Johnny Depp) following her through the woods; Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) sneaks to the festival to meet the Prince (Chris Pine) against the wishes of her nasty stepmum (Christine Baranski); and Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) defies her mother by letting her hair down for a Prince (Billy Magnussen). After knotting together, each plot strand resolves happily. Until the next day.
This is very much a story of two halves, with the sharp, snappy, hilarious first act contrasting strongly against the rather disturbingly grim and grisly second act, as everyone's story unravels to reveal each character's deep neediness. What makes this show so clever is the way it undermines the usual fairy-tale happiness of most stories, cautioning that this artifice is actually a problem for children. While the songs are all clever and thoroughly engaging, none of them is particularly hummable on first listen, but each is packed with witty wordplay and serious subtext that gets under the skin.
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When a priceless painting is stolen with the presumable intention of being sold to fund terrorist activities, England needs a hero. Enter, Mortdecai. Lord Charles Mortdecai (Johnny Depp) is a well-known and barely liked art dealer. He is also on the verge of bankruptcy. Well, 'on the verge' may be a little too generous. Mortdecai's extravagant lifestyle ensures that he is in desperate need of money - so much so, that he is willing to take on the job of tracking down and returning the painting. Or, perhaps, he'll steal it himself when he gets the chance. Either way, he'll have to get his hands on it first, and that is going to be far from easy. Or safe.
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'Into the Woods' is a return to form for Depp.
Ok, so Johnny Depp doesn't have a huge part in Into the Woods but it's worth mentioning that this enchanting musical drama effectively stops the rot for a man still considered the world's most in-demand actor. A modern twist on several of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, the movie is garnering critical acclaim and should perform strongly at the box-office.
Anna Kendrick stars in Into the Woods
Depp has a strong cast around him. The talented Anna Kendrick plays Cinderella, Lilla Crawford plays Little Red Riding Hood, Daniel Huttlestone plays Jack (and the Beanstalk), while James Corden and Emily Blunt form the basis of the original storyline, as a baker and his wife. Oh, and the world's greatest actress Meryl Streep plays the witch who puts a curse on the helpless couple.
Continue reading: Is 'Into The Woods' Johnny Depp's Best Movie In 10 Years?
Even the best actors can intimidated by serious movies.
There's an enormous buzz surrounding Rob Marshall and Stephen Sondheim's stage to film musical 'Into The Woods' with it's spectacular ensemble cast and vibrant setting, but even a super A lister like Johnny Depp couldn't help but feel a little nervous.
Johnny Depp is the wiley Wolf in 'Into The Woods'
Being surrounded by award-winning movie stars like Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Anna Kendrick is scary enough without the prospect of singing in front of them. While you'd think Johnny Depp would be used to it, having starred in Stephen Sondheim's Oscar winning film adaptation of 'Sweeney Todd' back in 2007 and appeared in a number of Hollywood blockbusters with the likes of Morgan Freeman, Helena Bonham Carter, Angelina Jolie, Christian Bale and John Malkovich. However, he admits he found his role as the Wolf 'daunting' even if it was a 'joy' to be involved. 'It's one of those moments that you realise you will never in your life have an opportunity like that again, as an actor or as a musician', he confesses, in the run-up to the film's release.
Continue reading: Johnny Depp 'Daunted' By Into The Woods Role
When a Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) are unable to have children due to a curse, they are advised by a witch (Meryl Streep) to venture into the woods in order to find a cow as white as milk, a cape as red as blood, hair as yellow as corn and a slipper as pure as gold. Along the way, they become intertwined in the stories of 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'Little Red Riding Hood', 'Rapunzel', and 'Cinderella', in this original story based upon Grimm's classic fairy tales.
Continue: Into The Woods - Extended Trailer
Raise your hand, if you didn't believe the "drunk" act for a second.
Johnny Depp’s slow, but steady descent into irrelevance continues with his most recent appearance – a speech during the Hollywood awards on Saturday. Depp was there to present the Hollywood Documentary award. And present it he did - so much so that today everyone is talking about it.
Johnny Depp's latest stunt - real or just PR?
Taking the stage mid-show, Depp looked intoxicated and spaced out. He slurred his speech and generally didn’t seem to be in top form. Several parts of the speech were bleeped out, presumably because Depp forgot about broadcast regulations and swore on a few occasions.
The awards picked a good year for their first live broadcast.
Oh dear Johnny Depp. The actor came off a little too much like Jack Sparrow on Friday, when he took to the stage at the Hollywood Film Awards. Introducing Mike Myers’ documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, the actor appeared to be a little worse for wear, slurring many of his words. Of course it was all twitter could talk about, as the awards were being broadcast live for the first time that evening.
Still very rock 'n' roll, Johnny Depp
Introducing the doc about the famed Hollywood agent and manager, Depp looked a little confused as he approached the two-headed microphone. calling it “the weirdest microphone I ever saw in my life,” before he began his introduction by saying "I'm not very good at this type of thing,”
When a Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) are cursed by a witch (Meryl Streep), they discover that they are unable to have children. The couple embark on an adventure into the woods in order to recover the magical objects required to break the spell and allow them to begin a family together. Over the course of their journey, they encounter iconic fairy-tale characters and motifs from stories like Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella. They also steadily learn valuable lessons about responsibility and being careful what they wish for.
Continue: Into The Woods - Alternative Trailer
The second trailer for Into the Woods proves much more enticing for audiences
Disney has released a new all-singing, all-dancing trailer for its Christmas musical Into the Woods which is due out in cinemas on 25 December. After the first trailer, which might have got fans of musicals a little concerned with its lack of song, this latest instalment does not disappoint and the two minute teaser is jam-packed with musical previews.
Into the Woods sports an impressive cast of fairytale characters and Hollywood actors
The impressive ensemble of fairytale characters, played by an even more impressive ensemble of stars, all get their turn in the trailer spotlight but its Meryl Streep’s witch character that steals the show.
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Take a sneak peak of forthcoming musical fairytale flick 'Into The Woods' in this short featurette, featuring comments from the stellar ensemble cast and crew. Among them are stars Emily Blunt, James Corden, Chris Pine, Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp, as well as director Rob Marshall ('Chicago'), author of the book James Lapine and composer Stephen Sondheim ('Sweeney Todd').
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Matthew McConaughey will not be starring in the 'Magic Mike' sequel, 'Mike Mike XXL'. Fortunately, the rest of the cast are returning and some other well known faces will also be appearing in the 2015 film, including Amber Heard.
Matthew McConaughey will not be reprising his role as strip club owner Dallas in the upcoming sequel to Magic Mike, Magic Mike XXL. The 2015 film may have lost one of its biggest stars but it's certainly making up for it by casting actresses such as Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Matthew Mcconaughey at 4th Annual Critics' Awards in June 2014.
Continue reading: Amber Heard In, Matthew McConaughey Out Of 'Magic Mike XXL'
Johnny Depp and Kevin Smith are teaming up with their daughters for the second movie in Smith's "True North Trilogy". But what do we know about it so far?
After a run of poorly received films that have dented Johnny Depp’s reputation as a box-office magnet, the Hollywood superstar must be keen to move onto pastures anew. For his newest venture, Depp has teamed up with cult filmmaker Kevin Smith in a high-concept action movie based around the exploits of a pair of teen yoga fanatics and their fight against evil spirits. Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose and Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn will take the lead roles whilst Depp will co-star in the curiously entitled project, Yoga Hosers.
In recent years, Depp's box-office status has tailed off after some poor performances.
Set in rural Canada, Smith has written the film and will direct it when it begins production. The story will follow the two girls as they battle a mysterious and ancient evil that threatens a planned party by rising from the underground, penetrating through a spiritual netherworld to usurp the two girl’s weekend plans to attend the coolest party in town. It will mark the second venture by Smith in a trilogy of films, nicknamed the “True North Trilogy” set in the vast and spacious Canadian countryside. The first, Tusk, is currently scheduled to do the rounds in the Autumnal film festival circuit and features largely the same cast as Yoga Hosers. Harley Quinn and Lily Rose also appear in Tusk in roles that are synonymous with Smith’s directorial oeuvre: convenience store clerks. For Yoga Hosers, however, the girl will take on much more pro-active roles.
Lily-Rose Depp has landed her first lead role in the Kevin Smith-directed horror comedy 'Yoga Hosers,' co-starring with her famous father.
Just like her famous father, Lily-Rose Depp is embarking on a career in the movie industry. The 15 year-old girl is set to co-star with daddy Johnny Depp in the upcoming film 'Yoga Hosers, which will be directed by Kevin Smith.
Johnny is set to co-star with his daughter Lily-Rose
This will mark Lily-Rose's very first lead acting job in a Hollywood flick, and it is expected to be a family affair as Smith has also cast his daughter Harley Quinn Smith, 15, in the other lead role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Continue reading: Johnny Depp Set To Co-Star With 15 Year-Old Daughter In 'Yoga Hosers'
After making a brief appearance in this year's 'Tusk', Lily Rose Melody Depp and Harley Quinn Smith will be getting a film all to themselves next year.
Kevin Smith is in the process of directing the second film in his new trilogy set in rural Canada. The film is a loose sequel to 'Tusk' (making its first appearance at the Toronto Film Festival this year) and contains some of the same characters. Among these are two young girls, working in a convenience store, played by Lily Rose Melody Depp and Harley Quinn Smith.
Smith is finally making the super hero film everyone has been waiting for
The girls are the fifteen-year-old girls of actor Johnny Depp and director Kevin Smith and are due to star in the film 'Yoga Hosers' next year. Between the two films, Johnny Depp will be playing the legendary man-hunter Guy Lapointe, who aids the two yoga enthusiasts in their quest to fight an ancient evil that threatens the plans of their upcoming party.
Scroll for photos from the film set
The on-set photos give a fascinating insight into the sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 film. Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter are this time joined by Sacha Baron Cohen, in a film that is said to revisit Lewis Carroll’s stories with an “all-new new tale that travels back to Underland —and back in Time.”
Depp stars once again as The Mad Hatter in yet another chance for him to reinvigorate his career, which has plummeted since the critics panned movies like The Tourist, Lone Ranger and Transcendence. However, for Wasikowska, working with Depp was exactly what she thought it would be: like working with a legendary actor
Continue reading: On Set With 'Alice In Wonderland: Through The Looking Glass' [Pictures]
The new trailer for next year's Mortdecai appears promising, although it seems far more focused on character than plot. The plot, such as it is, takes inspiration from the Mortdecai series of books by author Kyril Bonfiglioli.
Johnny Depp as Charlie Mortdecai
More specifically, the film is set to take cues from the novel 'Don't Point That Thing at Me', and follows a rich English art dealer as he traverses the globe in search of a paining containing the code to a bank fully of secret Nazi gold. Although the trailer keeps most of the storyline under wraps.
Charlie Mortdecai may be rude, arrogant and distinctly unlikeable, but he's also a terribly rich English art dealer with a drop dead gorgeous wife, charming looks and a trusty man servant. He has been enlisted to uncover a painting, lost for decades and containing a top secret code that leads to a hidden bank account inside which is mounds of Nazi currency. It is with much apprehension on the part of Inspector Martland that Mortdecai become involved, with him being notoriously overt and extremely moronic. But he is happy to help with the recovery, travelling to various corners of the world and dazzling those he meets along the way. However, he has a lot to face on his journey - from MI5 to terrorists and his wife's repeated questions.
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The trailer for Disney's latest fairy tale, Into the Woods, has arrived.
Disney’s Christmas offering this year comes in the form of a bewitching fairy tale based on Stephen Sondheim’s award-winning musical, Into the Woods. Set in an alternate world of various Brothers Grimm fairy stories, this modern twist centres around the original tale of a baker and his wife who have been cursed by a witch and must enter into the woods to break the spell so they can start their much-longed for family.
Further well-known classics intertwine with the desperate baker and his wife and they interact with other storybook characters from Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel on their travels.
Continue reading: Let's Take A Sneak Peak 'Into The Woods'
When a Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) are cursed by a witch (Meryl Streep), they discover that they are unable to have children. The couple embark on an adventure into the woods in order to recover the magical objects required to break the spell and allow them to begin a family together. Over the course of their journey, they encounter iconic fairy-tale characters and motifs from stories like Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel and Cinderella. They also steadily learn valuable lessons about responsibility and being careful what they wish for .
Continue: Into The Woods - Teaser Trailer
Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford and others confirmed for album.
Johnny Depp will appear alongside some of the biggest names in music on a new album of ‘lost’ Bob Dylan songs.Depp, who turned 51 this year, will play guitar on Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, due for release this Autumn.
The actor is an accomplished guitarist who has previously played on albums by artists including Neil Young, Iggy Pop and Oasis. He has also performed live with indie rockers the Black Keys and veteran grunge band Pearl Jam, among others.
Continue reading: Johnny Depp To Play Guitar On 'Lost' Bob Dylan Album
The first teaser trailer for Disney's new musical epic Into the Woods has been released, featuring a host of A-List stars.
Cinemas are set to get a whole lot more magical this winter with the release of the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's hit Broadway musical, Into the Woods. Directed by Chicago masetro Rob Marshall, the film depicts beloved fairytale characters as they've never been seen before, and features an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Depp.
Meryl Streep will be showing off her vocal talents once again
The story follows the Baker and his Wife, played in the film by James Corden and Emily Blunt, who are cursed by The Wicked Witch (Meryl Streep) to be childless, and subsequently set off on a quest 'into the woods' to find the items they need to break the spell. Along the way they will bump into familiar faces such as Cinderella and her Prince Charming (Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine) and the Big Bad Wolf (Johnny Depp).
Continue reading: Fairytales Come To Life In The First Trailer For Disney's Into The Woods
Meryl Streep, James Corden and Chris Pine also star in the upcoming musical.
Have you ever wondered what happened to Cinderella, Rapunzel and Little Red Riding Hood after they got their ‘happy ending’? Well Disney’s latest musical, Into the Woods might make you wish you’d never asked. In the movie, starring Anna Kendrick and Johnny Deep we sadly learn that some of our favourite fairytale characters actually didn't end up living so ‘happily ever after’ once their stories ended.
Anna Kendrick stars as Cinderella
Fairytales have certainly been enjoying a bit of a renaissance as of late with movies such as Snow White and the Huntsman and Maleficent presenting the alternative side to some classic stories. But Disney’s Into the Woods it’s not just another fairytale retelling, instead it explores what happens after the fairytale ended, calling into question everything we ever believed about ‘happily ever after.’
Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) has a job that most could only dream of. He spends his working days travelling around and discovering interesting people whom he then interviews for his radio podcasts. It's a voyage of education and cultural vibrancy - though it rarely occurs to this adventurous wanderer that it could be a little dangerous. He decides to travel to an isolated area of Manitoba in Canada to meet a man with many stories of his own adventures at sea, including being rescued from a sinking boat by a walrus. However, Wallace finds himself drugged at the man's house within hours and spends the next few terrifying days being tortured into behaving like a walrus while this mysterious Mr. Howe (Michael Parks) prepares to perform a gruesome and disfiguring operation involving a carefully prepared pair of ivory tusks. Meanwhile, Wallace's girlfriend and colleagues are getting seriously worried about where on Earth he's got to.
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Pirates 5 will some 6 years after 'On Stranger Tides'
Disney has confirmed that Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released on July 7, 2017 – a six-year gap between franchise entries. The tentpole, which stars Johnny Depp in the now-iconic lead role of Captain Jack Sparrow, was supposed to hit cinemas in the summer of 2015, but scripting issues have lead to major delays.
Johnny Depp in his most lucrative on-screen role to date as Captain Jack Sparrow
Disney will be looking forward to getting Dead Men off the ground; the last Pirates movie - On Stranger Tides - grossed $1.04 billion in 2011. So far, the franchise as a whole has accumulated something like $3.7 billion in ticket sales alone, and merchandise for the movies sells well, too.
The original Lone Ranger costume, worn by Clayton Moore in the 1950s TV series, has sold at an auction in Texas for $195,000.
The costume worn by Clayton Moore in the TV series of The Lone Ranger from 1949-1957 has been sold at auction for $195,000. The costume, which includes a blue denim suit, red neckerchief, beige cowboy hat, black leather cowboy boots and leather gun holster, was sold on Saturday (12th July) by a Texas auction house.
Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger, a slightly different outfit from the 50s version.
Read More: The Lone Ranger Review 2013.
Continue reading: Clayton Moore's Original Lone Ranger Costumes Makes $195,000 At Auction
The dog found abandoned in a tent at the Glastonbury festival has been offered a good home with her namesake, singer Dolly Parton. But the 68-year-old country singer isn't the only celebrity to surprise us all with random acts of kindness, check out these other five including Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks and Pamela Anderson.
Dolly Parton has offered to take the dog found at the Glastonbury Festival home with her. Dolly the Dog, named after Parton who was headlining at the festival, was discovered abandoned during the clean-up operation.
Dolly Parton headlined at Glastonbury this year.
Continue reading: Dolly Parton's Glastonbury Dog & 5 Other Celebrity Acts Of Kindness
Try as they might, some movies just haven't lived up to our expectations this year.
We’re half way through 2014 and lets just say, it’s been a mixed bag at the cinema so far. Sure we’ve had some triumphs but we’ve also had a few that have left us leaving the theatre wishing we’d just stayed home and watched Netflix. While they might have taken our money, here’s the 10 movies which left leaving the cinema feeling the most disappointed so far this year.
The Other Woman didn't quite make us laugh enough
The Other Woman
Continue reading: Our 10 Most Disappointing Movies Of 2014 So Far
Neil Patrick Harris looked as natural in drag at the Tony Awards as he does in a suit and tie. He's not the only actor who's donned drag for a role and never looked back.
So, Neil Patrick Harris basically won the Tonys 2014 (the whole thing) with his performance of "Sugar Daddy" from Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Harris has been making headlines as the lead in the Broadway show since he joined the cast earlier this year. He’s not the first actor to don drag for a role, these other actors have all dressed up like the fairer sex for performances in the past.
Neil Patrick Harris has received rave reviews for his performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Continue reading: Neil Patrick Harris And 9 Other Actors Who Donned Drag For Roles
Johnny Depp turned 51 on June 9. Here's 10 facts you probably didn't know about the 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' actor.
You won’t believe it, but Johnny Depp turned 51 years old yesterday! Yep, the Pirates of the Caribbean actor is starting to get on a bit, but he’s still just as much of an enigma as ever. We’ve managed to root out a few facts about the secretive star over the years, here’s ten facts we’ve dug up about Johnny Depp that you probably didn't know.
Johnny Depp turned 51 on June 9
He was good friends with the late, great Marlon Brando
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Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast in the role of Billy Bulger, the brother of notorious US gangster Whitey Bulger, in the upcoming biopic 'Black Mass'. He replaces Guy Pearce who was forced to drop out of the project due to scheduling issues.
Benedict Cumberbatch will star alongside Johnny Depp in an upcoming film biopic of notorious US gangster and murderer, Whitey Bulger. Guy Pearce had initially landed the role of Billy Bulger, the brother of crime lord Whitey. Unfortunately, as the producers told Variety, "We were not able to make it work with Guy." Hence, Cumberbatch is replacing Pearce who was forced to drop out of the movie due to scheduling issues.
Benedict Cumberbatch will star in Black Mass as Billy Bulger.
Continue reading: Benedict Cumberbatch To Star In Whitey Bulger Biopic 'Black Mass'
With a string of flop movies, fans are beginning to question whether Johnny Depp has lost the certain something that made him so...Johnny Depp.
Johnny, Johnny, Johnny. What’s been going on? Don’t get us wrong, we’re big fans and always will be, but something’s gone a little awry of late. Well, for quite a while actually. Depp’s latest film Transcendence is inarguably a total box office flop. Taking just $11.5 million in its opening week was hugely disappointing, but from the sound of things it never even stood a chance. The critics have been pretty scathing, particularly of Depp. Antonia Quirke of the Financial Times remarked, “The only part of [Depp] still genuinely dynamic is his hair. I’m worried.” Yikes.
Depp fans feel that he has 'lost it' - whatever 'it' was
If it was just one flop it would have been easier to ignore, but sadly Depp has suffered from several over the past few years. His 2013 Disney film The Lone Ranger absolutely bombed at the box office, while Dark Shadows, The Rum Diary, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and The Tourist have all failed to win over critics and audiences. In fact, since 2010 Depp’s only real success was computer animated comedy Rango. Although, Rango is pretty fantastic, so that’s got to count for something.
Continue reading: Is Johnny Depp Still Johnny Depp?
Johnny Depp is no longer required to testify at the murder trial of Nancy Lekon, who is accused of running over a woman with her limo.
Johnny Depp will no longer have to testify in the murder case of Nancy Lekon. Lekon, a limo driver, ran over a woman with her vehicle after claiming that she was in a relationship with the Pirates of the Caribbean actor. It has now been officially established that the actor was not in a relationship with the accused at the time of the murder (or, for that matter, at any other time) and therefore will not have to appear in court.
Depp is no longer required to testify at the murder case of Nancy Lekon
Depp was served a subpoena at the Los Angeles premiere of his latest film Transcendence, which called him to testify at the trial. It was initially believed that his testimony would be used to support Lekon’s plea of insanity. Now that it is clear to both prosecution and defence that Depp has no connection to the defendent and has nothing to do with the trial, he will no longer have to testify.
Christopher Nolan had a hand in 'Transcendence' you know...
Even though he's only listed as an executive producer, filmmaker Christopher Nolan's fingerprints are all over the new sci-fi thriller Transcendence, the directing debut of Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister, who has shot all of Nolan's films since 2000's break-out hit Memento.
Johnny Depp in 'Transcendence'
And then there's the cast members who have worked with Nolan-Pfister before, including Rebecca Hall (The Prestige), Morgan Freeman (the Dark Knight trilogy) and Cillian Murphy (Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy).
Continue reading: Christopher Nolan's Fingerprints Are All Over 'Transcendence'
Far too slow-paced to work as a thriller and too shallow to properly challenge us as science fiction, this film is unlikely to please many audience members. That isn't to say that it's unwatchable: it looks terrific, and features a strong cast who are solid in thinly written roles. But the material promises far more than the film delivers.
At the centre is Will (Johnny Depp), an artificial intelligence expert who is attacked by an anti-technology terrorist group. With only weeks to live, his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and his colleague Max (Paul Bettany) upload his consciousness into his computer system, so after he dies he is able to transcend his humanity to solve far-advanced problems. He directs Evelyn to create a vast secret hideout to further develop the work, which progresses for two years until the terrorists, led by Bree (Kate Mara), find them. And now Will's old colleague Joseph (Morgan Freeman) and an FBI agent (Cillian Murphy) have to choose which side they're on.
This is precisely where the script fails: the sides are far too clear from the start. What should be a story packed with moral ambiguity is instead shaped into a straightforward good versus evil drama that betrays screenwriter Jack Paglen's mistrust of technology. And since everything is slanted so sharply, there's nowhere for the story or characters to go. First-time director Wally Pfister (the Oscar-winning Dark Knight cinematographer) makes sure everything look terrific, but everything moves so hesitantly that we feel like we're watching the movie in slow motion. It's as if the film is always on the verge of saying something important, but can never quite get the words out.
Continue reading: Transcendence Review
'Transcendence' may be Johnny Depp's biggest box office flop so far, taking just $11.5 million on its opening weekend.
Johnny Depp’s new movie Transcendence has bombed, taking just $11.5 million on opening weekend. The movie, which cost an apparent $150 million to make, is Depp’s second box office bomb in a row. His 2013 Disney movie The Lone Ranger grossed just $89 million, making a catastrophic loss of $126 million.
Johnny Depp's latest movie has flopped on its opening weekend
Transcendence sees Depp cast as Dr. Will Caster, battling against an anti-technology organisation in their bid to stop him from creating an all-knowing machine with the ability to transcend human intelligence.
Continue reading: Johnny Depp's 'Transcendence' Bombs On Opening Weekend
Can anyone knock Captain America off the US box office top spot?
It seems there really is no defeating Captain America, as The Winter Solider has topped the US box office again for the third straight week, what's more the movie has now passed the $200million box office mark. Not fairing so well over the Easter holiday however was Johnny Depp, who is suffering another box office flop as Transcendence only managed to enter in 4th place.
Chris Evans reigns supreme as Captain America
This week, Captain America: The Winter Solider took on the star power of Johnny Depp whose new movie Transcendence opened to negative reviews. According to studio estimates, The Winter Solider took around $26 million at the box office, whilst Depp’s offering only managed $11 million, coming in on fourth place. Sadly for Depp, Transcendence marks his third box office flop in a row after The Lone Ranger and Dark Shadows.
Johnny Depp's latest movie has failed at the box-office.
Warner Bros' flagging star Johnny Depp will be desperate for one of his upcoming projects - Mortdecai, Into The Woods and Black Mass - to land big on the box-office after his latest sci-fi flick Transcendence took just $3.7 million on Saturday night. The movie is tracking for an $11 million opening.
Johnny Depp in Transcendence
The sci-fi thriller follows Will Caster (Depp), a researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence working to create a sentient machine that combined the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions.
Continue reading: Johnny Depp Flagging Big-Time As 'Transcendence' Takes $11 Million
This week's newcomer, "Transcendence", seems to be underperforming.
The weekend box office continues to offer no surprised this week, with the Johnny Depp starrer Transcendence looking like a flop and likely to take fourth place behind previous chart toppers. The real fight is once again between Marvel’s latest blockbuster, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the animated hit Rio 2. The jungle adventure (that’s Rio, in case you’re one of the few out there, who haven’t seen either) is looking likely to take the top spot this week, by the minimal margin of $2 million over Cap.
Despite Johnny Depp's star power, Transcendence is barely making a ripple at the box office.
Rio 2 is predicted to make roughly $27 million over the three day period, while Captain America is predicted similar earnings to last weekend - $25 million, according to Variety. Winter Soldier has grossed almost $510 million worldwide ($175 million domestically), while Rio 2 has tallied $177.2 million ($53 million domestically) through Thursday.
Continue reading: Weekend Box Office Update: "Rio 2" Soars, "Transcendence" Flops
Transcendence isn't looking like a hit for Johnny Depp, but how would he have fared in these movies?
Johnny Depp’s latest movie 'Transcendence' has just been released and, well, critics aren’t exactly bowled over by his latest offering. Come to think of it, they weren't too keen on his previous endeavour, 'The Lone Ranger', either. Whilst it might be too early to say that Depp has lost his midas touch on the box office, we’ve got to wonder if he sometimes regrets the choices he’s made in his career. Take for example these 10 movies, whose posters could have read: 'starring Johnny Depp'.
Johnny Depp at the premiere of Transcendence
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Continue reading: Any Regrets Johnny Depp? Here Are 10 Roles The Actor Could Have Had
Not the critical response Depp would have wanted...
‘Transcendence’ is a stern Springtime test for Johnny Depp; the 50-year-old actor mooted an end to his film career following the very public failure that was ‘The Lone Ranger’, and a crowded box office, including the hotly anticipated ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ will see his star power put to the sword like never before, especially without the Disney machine behind him.
Cheer up Johnny
In that context, the reviews for his new sci-fi thriller, ‘Transcendence’ – from director Wally Pfister (Christopher Nolan’s long-time d.p.) – make for painful reading. The entire extent of the damage can’t be confirmed yet, but two things are for sure: this won’t ease the ‘Lone Ranger’ pain, and Johnny Depp’s reputation still hangs in the balance.
The 50 year-old actor, and his fellow 'Transcendence' co-stars, were pulled over by police when enjoying a spin in a in a luxury electric sports car.
Johnny Depp has openly admitted to having several run-ins with the law in his past.
The most recent revelation came when he was talking about the preparation he made before playing a scientist in new sci-fi film 'Transcendence.'
The 50 year-old actor met with some of the brightest minds in the US, but on one particular day the film's director, Wally Pfister, introduced him to Elon Musk, the head of the Tesla electric car company, while on set.
Continue reading: Johnny Depp Pulled Over By Police While Speeding In Electric Car
The 50 year-old actor will give his 27 year-old fiancé the opportunity to have children if she wants, but in the meantime "practising for it is fun and it's all wonderful."
Johnny Depp is definitely head over heels with his fiancé Amber Heard and as they plan to wed, more children may also be a possibility in their future.
The 50 year-old Hollywood hunk proposed to fellow actress Amber Heard at Christmas time and admits that despite his age, he will never stop his future wife from becoming a mother.
Although it has been heavily speculated that Heard is already pregnant, Depp squashed these rumors earlier this month, but he did open up about having more children while speaking at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel, via The Mirror.
Johnny Depp experienced some firsthand culture shock on his recent trip to China.
Sometimes fan adoration can get a little too instense even for the person being adored. Case in point – Johnny Depp’s recent visit to China. The actor traveled to China recently to promote his new movie Transcendence and, according to Hollywood.com, he really enjoyed his visit, for the most part. One activity that left a particular impression on Depp was his trip to an abandoned bomb factory, which has been turned into an artist colony. The actor was left slightly disturbed, however, when he med a group of young boys, with the Transcendence title shaved onto their heads.
In Transcendence, Depp plays a brilliant scientist, who blurs the line between man and machine.
"On the whole, I found a real warmth in the people there. They were very sweet and welcoming. It was quite a turn-out that we had and a lot of strange things went down that I'd rather not talk about ever again in my life. "There were these four little quadruplet Chinese boys dressed in kind of priest outfits, and Transcendence comes out to (is written with) four Chinese characters (sic). Well, they'd shaved those characters onto those little boys' heads to bring them out on stage with me. "I'm pretty shy, so I tend to run when that kind of thing happens. Little boys with their heads shaved into the name of the film; that scares me a little."
Continue reading: Johnny Depp's "Scary" Experience At "Transcendence" Chinese Premiere
Johnny Depp next stars in 'Transcendence' but his role as Whitey Bulger in 'Black Mass' is creating waves.
Johnny Depp has begun his promotional tour for his new science fiction thriller Transcendance, which opens on April 18. However, journalists appear to be more concerned with another of the actor's upcoming projects, Black Mass - in which he plays convicted mobster Whitey Bulger.
Johnny Depp Plays An Artificial Intelligence Researcher in 'Transcendence'
"I don't think of him as Whitey - it's James 'Whitey' Bulger," Depp said at the Four Seasons Hotel during a press day for Transcendence.
The actor dismisses the idea of a shotgun wedding.
Johnny Depp has dismissed the idea that his fiancée Amber Heard is pregnant after being quizzed on the Today show this morning. The 50 year-old actor denied that an expectant Heard had forced him to pop the question with a dazzling diamond ring late last year.
Johnny Depp Has Ruled That His Fiancée Amber Heard Is Not Pregnant.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star is currently doing a promotional tour for his new sci-fi thriller, Transcendence, but most reporters have only been interested in his relationship status and whether or not he and his The Rum Diary co-star are indeed engaged.
Continue reading: Johnny Depp: Amber Heard Is Not Pregnant!
Johnny Depp has praised his fiancé whilst appearing in two interviews. He described actress Amber Heard as "wonderful" and "very good for me" whilst sporting a large diamond "female engagement ring".
Johnny Depp appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman on Thursday night (4th April) and discussed his engagement to actress and model Amber Heard. In a recent Interview with Today, Depp further discussed their relationship and praised Heard as "wonderful" and "very good for me."
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp became engaged on Christmas Eve 2013.
Johnny Depp's interview with Letterman was dominated with conversation about his engagement and particularly his jewellery as Depp has been wearing, for the last week, a large diamond ring.
We take a closer look at sci-fi thriller, Transcendence
Like vampires, zombies have enjoyed a renaissance over the past decade or so. The Walking Dead established dominance over the genre on TV after the preceding graphic novel did the same for comic books, while movies like Shaun of the Dead, 28 Days Later and World War Z all helped mould the genre with different takes on the ‘infected’ and ways to approach them in cinema. Video games, too, have embraced zombies; Left 4 Dead, Dead Rising and DayZ proved popular – The Last of Us took things to the next level.
What is he up to...
In Transcendence, Johnny Depp plays a forward thinking scientist on the verge of uploading the human consciousness onto a server, creating a sort of computer intelligence never seen before – it has the potential to be more powerful – intellectually – than the entire history of the human race. His character is shot in the stomach, giving him just weeks to live, prompting his wife to upload his brainwaves. It’s not long before his presence in cyberspace becomes a threat to mankind. So the question is this: is Depp’s new thriller set to add another dimension to the zombie genre?
Continue reading: Is 'Transcendence' Yet Another Take On The Zombie Apocalypse Thriller?
What can we expect from Johnny Depp's upcoming crime caper 'Mortdecai?'
Are you ready to see a blonde Johnny Depp indulge in a bit of crime and shady art-dealing? Well you better be. Filming of Depp's new movie 'Mortdecai' is well underway in London, so it's about time we took an in-depth look about what could be the actor's next recurring character.
A blonde Johnny Depp on the set of 'Mortdecai' in London
Continue reading: Johnny Depp's Upcoming Mortdecai: What You Need To Know
What, you've never Heard of Johnny Depp's fiancee Amber?
Amber Heard has stolen Johnny Depp’s heart and she’s got the engagement ring to prove it. The 27 year old Texan actress has just celebrated her upcoming nuptials to Depp with an intimate LA bash on Friday. Now we're all pretty clear on who Hollywood megastar Depp is, but just who is the lady who’s managed to bag one of Hollywoods hottest bachelors?
Amber Heard and her fiancee, Johnny Depp
Amber Heard’s Hollywood dream started when she dropped out of high school at 17 and made the move to L.A. to start her acting career. A risky decision that paid off pretty quick when she was cast alongside Billy Bob Thornton in ‘Friday Night Lights’ just a year later. The acclaimed film was Heard’s first movie role having taken bit parts in TV shows and music videos previously. Her next prominent movie role came when she played the young Charlize Theron in 2005’s ‘North Country’, for which Theron recieved an Oscar nomination. Heard then landed her first big TV role in the CW’s ‘Hidden Palms’ as Greta, a free spirited girl dealing with the loss of her mother and brother. For the role Amber was required to lose 25 pounds, which she did, but her dedication to the role didn't pay off. The show only ended up lasting for 8 episodes before being dropped by the network.
Continue reading: Everything You Need To Know About Johnny Depp's Fiancee Amber Heard
Depp undergoes an eerie cyber transformation in 'Transcendence.'
The full-length trailer has been released for the upcoming Johnny Depp sci-fi thriller, Transcendence. Directed by Wally Pfister ('Inception,' 'The Dark Knight'), the film pushes the boundaries of human innovation to bring us a chilling look at the potentially destructive power of technology. Depp stars as a scientist whose brain is uploaded to a supercomputer upon his death.
In His First Sci-Fi Role, Johnny Depp Plays A Genius Scientist On The Verge Of Breakthrough.
Will Caster (Depp) is a computer scientist at the forefront of artificial intelligence research before he is taken out by an anti-technology activist. Determined not to die, the scientist and his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) rush to find a way to upload his consciousness so that he can communicate even beyond the grave. However, not everybody is certain of what will happen if they succeed, especially as Carter's mind begins to evolve and become more powerful than he could have ever dreamed.
Computer genius Will Caster is involved in a technological program exploring the world-changing possibilities of artificial intelligence. Their goal is to create a machine that will have knowledge beyond the minds of human beings collectively, while also being able to reach Transcendence; a state in which this artificial mind can begin to feel human emotion. After a particularly enlightening seminar in which the goals of the project in terms of medicine are highlighted, he is shot suddenly. At first it appears that he is going to survive as the bullet didn't hit any major organs, but doctors quickly realise that the attack was much more insidious as it has been laced with radioactive matter. With only weeks to live as research labs across the country are being targeted by a radical anti-technology activist group called RIFT, Caster must find a way to live. When his wife Evelyn manages to upload his consciousness, it seems his project has been fulfilled - but it soon becomes clear that the power he is about to wield will put the world at risk.
Continue: Transcendence - Alternative Trailer
'The Rum Diary' co-stars celebrated their engagement with a mix of high-profile celerities and close family members.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard celebrated their engagement on Friday night (March 14th) by throwing an intimate party.
The Hollywood couple were joined by an array of A-List guests at the luxurious Carondelet House.
They arrived roughly an hour after the party's guests, which included Marilyn Mason, Steven Tyler, Jerry Bruckheimer, Mandy Moore, Ryan Adams, and Andy Garcia, to name a few, and greeting them all around 9pm.
Continue reading: Johnny Depp And Amber Heard Throw Intimate Engagement Bash
Most of us know that Zooey Deschanel and Jared Leto are pretty musical, but there's a bunch of other celebs who also have musical skills on the side!
Those celebs are a talented bunch, sometimes even more than they let on! Lots of them are also skilled musicians on top their acting and directing day jobs. We bet you’ll never believe that some of these famous people have the time to play an instrument on top of all the other projects they’re always involved with.
Clint Eastwood made his name as an actor in movies about the Old West, before going on to become one of the most renowned directors in the movie biz. However, we bet you didn’t know that he’s also a skilled composer and has composed the film scores to accompany a selection of the movies he has directed, including Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River.
Clint Eastwood often composes the scores to his movies
Continue reading: 10 Actors Who Are Also Talented Musicians (Hint: Not Just Jared Leto!)
Our list of the top five biggest box office flops.
You know that old saying ‘Money can’t buy you happiness’? Well it can’t buy a box office hit, either! You can pump millions of dollars into a movie, but it doesn’t guarantee it will be a success, take these box office flops for example.
Remember 'Mars Needs Moms'
2011’s Mars Needs Moms had a production budget of $150,000,000, but only took $38,992,758 at the international box office giving it an estimated loss of $130,503,621. That would buy you around 7,676 Hermes Birkin bags or 652 Lamborghinis. So, essentially, it’s quite a substantial loss and we can't imagine that Walt Disney, who produced the movie, were too pleased.
Continue reading: Mars Needs Mom, R.I.P.D, 13th Warrior: The Forgotton Box Office Flops
It's not just Leonardo DiCaprio who's failed to win an Oscar.
Another Oscar ceremony brought another defeat for Leonardo DiCaprio, now on his fifth Academy Award nomination the actor just can't seem to walk away with the statuette. Leo’s not the only actor, however, that’s been snubbed by the Academy, many of our most talented actors just can’t seem to catch a break with the Academy, take these ten for example:
Yes Johnny Depp has never won an Oscar
Continue reading: 10 Actors Who've Never Won An Oscar (Yes, Including Leonardo DiCaprio)
Can Depp saving his flagging career with this role?
In departure from his usually fantastical roles, Johnny Depp is stepping back into the bad boy gangster mind set by playing Whitey Bulgar in Black Mass. Tom Hardy is also in talks to play corrupt FBI agent and long-time friend of Bulgar, John Connolly.
Johnny Depp is finally confirmed to play the notorious gangster
Depp’s involvement in the project had seemed ropey, with the recently maligned actor seemingly stepping down from the project after being on board. Now, with Scott Cooper – director of Crazy Heart – on board, Depp seems to be back and committed to the role. The idea was floated this time last year, when Barry Levinson was supposed to be directing.
Continue reading: Johnny Depp Set To Play Notorious Gangster Whitey Bulgar In 'Black Mass'
The Brit actor is apparently in talks to star as the villain in the upcoming sequel
Sacha Baron Cohen is believed to be in early talks with Disney to star in the planned sequel to Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. Cohen is apparently on the verge of signing with Disney to take on a lead role in the film, said to be the main villain, which will be based upon and titled Through the Looking Glass.
Cohen will most likely play The White King in Alice 2
Should Cohen be given the role, he will join up with returnees Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, who will be reprising their roles as The Mad Hatter and Alice, respectively. Cohen's reported interest in the role was first reported by Variety, who went on to say the the sequel will feature a change of direction from the first, with Tim Burton stepping down to be replaced by The Muppets director James Bobin. Any other details surrounding the movie have been kept closely under wraps by Disney.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are set to tie the knot after the 50 year-old reportedly popped the question on Christmas Eve.
Rumors began circulating that Johnny Depp had already proposed to Amber Heard after a photograph revealed a diamond ring on her left hand. Speculation also began due to the 27 year-old actress attempting to shield her hand from the paparazzi when leaving an LA restaurant on January 14th.
Depp has proposed to Heard
It has now been confirmed that the two Hollywood stars are set to tie the knot in the near future.
The life of the supermodel has been chronicled in a new account by Chris Roberts, just in time for her 40th birthday
Kate Moss turned 40-years-old today (16 January) and the party-loving supermodel of course had no shortage of plans to help her see in the momentous occasion. Moss isn't the only one celebrating the occasion either, as her arrival in the 4-0 club has been marked by magazine shoots, documentaries and now a biographical account of her life so far.
Kate's biography comes out in time for her birthday
Kate Moss by Chris Roberts chronicles the early years of one of the planet's most recognisable models, leading to her career highs and personal lows, which were all regularly accounted for by the press. Beginning with her pre-modelling years and when she was first spotted at JFK Airport by Storm Models founder Sarah Doukas when she was just 14, the biography will cover her drugs scandals and her various relationships, from Johnny Depp to Pete Doherty, and will also look at her work in fashion away from the catwalk and photo lens.
Continue reading: Kate Moss' 40th Birthday Marked By New Biography Release
Razzie 'favourite' Adam Sandler is up for yet another Worst Actor gong and newbies Selena Gomez and Lady Gaga earn their first nods
It's awards season, which means it is the time when the stars of Hollywood gather together to congratulate themselves on another successful year of moviemaking. It is also the period when some of Hollywood's more questionable tastes are exposed and then routinely mocked, thanks to the annual Golden Raspberry Awards.
All of the Grown Ups 2 cast are up for an award, but it is Sandler who earns the most recognition
An established 'favourite' with the Razzies committee, Adam Sandler is up for his 19th, 20th and 21st Razzie nomination and might make it three Worst Actor wins in a row, with his role in Grown Ups 2 up against Johnny Depp in The Lone Ranger, Ashton Kutcher in Jobs, Jaden Smith in After Earth and Sylvester Stallone for pretty much all of his movies from 2013; Bullet to the Head, Escape Plan, and Grudge Match.
Engagement rumors heat up after Amber Heard attempted to shield her left hand from paparazzi, did Johnny ask the big question?
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard may be getting ready to walk down the aisle soon.
Rumors have begun to circulate that the pair are engaged after the 27 year-old actress has been spotted wearing a big diamond ring on her left hand.
Heard was photographed leaving a restaurant in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (Jan 14th), she seemed to be attempting to shield her hand from the paparazzi who eventually saw the ring.
Bafta nominations give another boost to 12 Years a Slave, Johnny Depp is snapped filming Mortdecai, Godzilla promises character-based thrills, and trailers drop for tragic and comedic romances, an Irish adventure and an Imax trip to Madagascar...
The big news this week is the further escalation of awards-season fever. Steve McQueen's drama 12 Years a Slave continues to lead the field as the British Academy Film Awards announced its Bafta nominations this week - just as the movie opens in the UK. Chiwetel Ejiofor is now the odds-on favourite for both Bafta and Oscar best actor awards. Read our 12 Years a Slave Movie Review here or find out more about the film's star Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Meanwhile, Johnny Depp's new film Mortdecai finished shooting in London and moved to Los Angeles, where he was snapped on set surrounded by actresses in bikinis. The action comedy follows Depp's title character on a quest for stolen art and Nazi gold. Costars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor and Paul Bettany, have been joined in California by Aubrey Plaza, Oliver Platt and Jeff Goldblum. Take a look at our 'behind the scenes' photos of Johnny Depp filming Mortdecai.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but some of them might actually be good. Of course, release dates are subject to change...
10. The Expendables 3 (Aug) - Hopefully this meathead action romp will be the guilty pleasure of the year. Other muscle-bound, brainless thrills may come from Pompeii (Feb), Tarzan (May) and Hercules (Aug).
Read more about 'The Expendables 3' here
Continue reading: The 10 Most Anticipated Films Of 2014
The pop princess isn't alone in threatening to call time on their music career by a long shot
Britney Spears starred in her own fly-on-the-wall documentary I Am Britney Jean for E! over the weekend, in a feature-length outing that allowed fans to see the singer as she prepares for her upcoming residency in Las Vegas. The documentary gave us some revealing tidbits into her set and showed what life as a famous working mother was like, as well as uncovering some of Britney's plans for the future.
Britney Jean might be Brit's last album
While her immediate plans for the future involve her singing at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for the next two years, after that Britney reckons that she might be finished with the showbiz industry. The mum-of-two wants to be able to spend more time with her kinds and return to a simpler life, like the one she had in her native Louisiana .
Continue reading: Britney Spears Becomes The Latest Star To Threaten Retirement
Depp undergoes an eerie transformation for this futuristic new sci-fi movie.
Johnny Depp is to undergo a cinematic transformation once again for new sci-fi thriller Transcendence. Directed by Wally Pfister, whose credits include Inception and The Prestige, the movie will star Depp as a scientist whose brain is uploaded to a supercomputer after his death.
Johnny Depp's New Film Sees The Actor Transformed Into An Automative Computer.
Will Caster (Depp) is a computer scientist at the forefront of artificial intelligence research, he is taken out by an anti-technology activist who stands against Caster's pioneering work into computer emotion. Determined not to die, the scientist and his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) rush to find a way to upload his consciousness so that he can communicate even beyond the grave. However, not everybody is so sure of what will happen if they succeed, especially as Carter's mind begins to evolve.
Will Caster is a computer scientist researching technology into the possibilities of artificial intelligence. After a gripping seminar where he described his desire to create a machine with not only an intelligence that exceeds human beings collectively, but also experience emotion - a state in which he refers to as Transcendence - he is gunned down by a radical activist who is part of anti-technology group RIFT. With the bullet not penetrating any major organs, the main damage the organization seems to have done is virtually attack research computers in all the main labs of the country, but when it turns out that that bullet was laced with radioactive material, Caster is given just weeks to live. Determined not to die, Caster and his wife Evelyn work out a way to upload his consciousness so that he can communicate even beyond the grave. However, not everybody is so sure of what has happened; a concern which becomes more and more warranted as Carter's mind begins to evolve.
'Transcendence' is the unnerving sci-fi directorial debut of Oscar winning cinematographer Wally Pfister ('The Dark Knight Rises', 'The Italian Job', 'Inception'). Initially written by Jack Paglen (who will be writing 'Prometheus 2'), it has been re-written by Pfister, Jordan Goldberg ('Inception: Motion Comics' TV series) and Alex Paraskevas ('Walker Payne') and is set to be released in the UK on April 25th 2014.
The sci-fi film is expected in spring 2014.
Is Johnny Depp back on top form with Trancscendence? So far all we have to go on is the trailer, but at least he’s back in the type of strange and unexpected role he’d built a career on before his recent bout of below-average flicks.
There may be hope for Depp's career yet.
The trailers (Warner Bros. released a set of two short teasers yesterday) have a slight 90s feel to them, in that “artificial intelligence is out to rule the human race, now here are some lines of binary flowing across the screen,” but who doesn’t love a bit of 90s nostalgia anyway. We also got a better idea of the story with the full trailer, released yesterday.
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