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'Transcendence' (2014) Movie Review

2 hours ago | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The idea behind Transcendence is big, ambitious and nearly impossible to pull off in a two hour feature film. For a logic-based narrative such as this one it becomes troubling when it ends up with logic flaws of its own, largely as a result of the film's running time as it would take nearly four hours or one thousand pages to properly set this story up so critical audiences wouldn't ask questions such as, "Why hasn't the government noticed this yetc" However, it's the underlying fabric of this story, the questions it poses about our future, that I found compelling, even if the characters and scenarios involved are a little hokey and ridiculous. Transcendence takes a look at "what's next" for humanity, with the increasing influence of technology in our lives, and how it will be used in the future, driving the narrative. Looking into the idea of what's next »

- Brad Brevet

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Talking Tech and 'Transcendence' with Johnny Depp and Wally Pfister (Video)

2 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

You can always bet on a lively press conference with Johnny Depp, but a recent Los Angeles tech talk about "Transcendence" and the inevitability of uploading human consciousness into a super computer brought out his more vulnerable side. Depp admitted, among other things, that he's too clumsy when it comes to texting and that his role as an AI scientist-turned megalomaniac was difficult without a flamboyant mask to hide behind. "Things go wrong all the time, especially between me and technology," Depp quipped. "I'm not familiar enough with it and I'm too old school to be able to figure it out. But anything that I have to attack with my thumbs for any period of time makes me feel stupid. So I try to avoid it as much as possible, to protect my thumbs, of course." Joining Depp at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills were Wally Pfister, the Oscar-winning »

- Bill Desowitz

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'Transcendence' Review Roundup: Mind-Blowing, or Just Brain-Dead?

3 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Reviews are in for Wally Pfister's directorial debut "Transcendence," the ambitious sci-fi film starring Johnny Depp as a scientist whose efforts to create the ultimate artificial intelligence machine land him square in the middle of an ideological war. Hopes were high for this one because Pfister, though a first-time director, has worked as cinematographer on all of Christopher Nolan's films (and he won an Oscar in 2011 for "Inception"). Consensus is far off, but with 12 reviews and 25% on the Tomatometer -- and a Metacritic score of 40 with seven reviews -- in general, critics haven't been too kind to the costly film. Costarring Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphy, Kate Mara and Morgan Freeman, "Transcendence" hits theaters this Friday, April 18 via Warner Bros. Here are a few snippets from the reviews so far. (Trailer below.) Indiewire's Eric Kohn admires the film, but with reservations: At its worst, "Transcendence" is a messy, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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‘Transcendence’ Reviews: Is the Johnny Depp Thriller Trippy or Tedious?

5 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Transcendence,” the brainy new Johnny Depp thriller about the perils of modern technology, has some critics griping that the film is a few Iq points short of intelligent. Early reviews for the picture are mixed. The film centers on a dying scientist who uploads his consciousness to a supercomputer resulting in sociological disaster. It marks the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, Christopher Nolan's long-time cinematographer, and co-stars Paul Bettany, Rebecca Hall and Morgan Freeman. “Transcendence” opens Friday, and many critical sages have yet to add their two cents, so it's possible the consensus will shift in a more positive direction. »

- Brent Lang

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Move Over Johnny Depp, Here Are 10 Movie Stars Who Already Own the Internet

6 hours ago | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

This week, Johnny Depp stars in "Transcendence," as a mad scientist who has his mind uploaded to a computer. Pretty soon he's taken over the Internet and making little glittery robots fly around all over the place. It may be science fiction, but its groundwork is very much in reality.

There are a handful of movie personalities who already have the Internet in their utter thrall. With a few posts we imagine that they could probably ignite a similar fervor. (Ironically, Depp barely has an Internet presence at all, and yes, we are counting "The Lone Ranger" memes in that qualification.)

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- Drew Taylor

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'It's the Best and Worst of Times for Chinese Cinema,' Says Director Lu Chuan

7 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

One of China’s most celebrated younger film directors Lu Chuan hailed the rise of the film market in his home country, but said he was worried that there was not enough focus on content in the current frenzy. Lu is best known overseas for his 2004 thriller set among hunters on the Tibetan plateau, Kekexili: Mountain Patrol and his elegiac black-and-white feature about the Japanese army’s massacre of Chinese civilians in Nanjing during WWII, City of Life and Death (2009). He also scored critical plaudits with 2012's The Last Supper. Photos: Johnny Depp's First Trip to China “For me, I think

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- Clifford Coonan

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China Film Import Quota Will Open Up in 2017, Says Top Local Producer

7 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

China’s quota system restricting foreign movie imports to 34 titles a year on a revenue sharing basis will open up further in 2017-2018, a senior producer and industry adviser said, emphasizing that the country’s filmmakers need to be ready to face the challenge of greater Hollywood competition. “The China import quota share will open up in 2017-2018. Chinese filmmakers should be ready for that,” Lu Hongshi, vp of the China Movie Channel CCTV-6, told a panel at the Beijing International Film Festival on Wednesday. Photos: Johnny Depp's First Trip to China His remarks were shared on

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- Clifford Coonan

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China Introduces TV Broadcast Rule to Prevent Channels From All Airing the Same Show

10 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

China's state TV regulator announced Tuesday that it will soon ban broadcasters from airing the same TV series on more than two channels during prime time. The media watchdog said the move is intended to boost competition and viewing options for consumers. The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (Sapprft) also revealed a new rule limiting each TV series to airing no more than two-episode per day during peak viewing hours. The new regulations will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015. Photos: Johnny Depp's First Trip to China Currently, TV series in China tend to broadcast

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- Patrick Brzeski

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Angelina Jolie warned Johnny Depp not to marry Amber Heard

10 hours ago | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

New Delhi, April 16: Johnny Depp got some relationship advice from none other than Angelina Jolie.

Jolie had pleaded with Depp to get a prenuptial agreement before his wedding to Amber Heard.

According to Mvp Entertainment, the 38-year-old star thinks that the 50-year-old 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor, who recently confirmed his engagement to Heard, might be going through a midlife crisis and has become enchanted the young actress, who's only 27.

Depp is currently promoting his upcoming movie 'Transcendence', which centers on an artificial intelligence researcher who strives to create a machine that possesses. »

- Meeta Kabra

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Freeman excited to work with his favourite actor Depp

10 hours ago | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Los Angeles, April 16: Actor Morgan Freeman has teamed up with Johnny Depp in sci-fi movie "Transcendence" and confessed that he always wanted to work with him.

Freeman, who is a big fan of Depp, stars as Joseph Tagger in "Transcendence", which has helped him achieve his lifelong ambition, reports contactmusic.com.

The 76-year-old told Today's newspaper: "There were three or four attractions to the role, one being Johnny himself. Always wanted to have a shot at working with him."

The actor has had a successful career in the Hollywood industry with films like "The Magic of Belle Isle" (1991), "High Crimes"(2002),. »

- Arun Pandit

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Review: Johnny Depp looks bored by the silly science-fiction ideas of 'Transcendence'

15 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Jack Paglen is the sole credited writer of "Transcendence," the new science-fiction film starring Johnny Depp, and if he really is the man responsible for the script, then it scares me to learn that he's been hired to write the big-screen "Battlestar Galactica" reboot. One of the truths of science-fiction is that anytime we as a culture try to get our heads around a jump forward in technology, one of the ways we do that is by imagining the very worst case scenario, so it should come as no surprise that as we discuss ideas about The Singularity and trans-humanism, "Transcendence" arrives to serve as this decade's "Lawnmower Man," a deeply stupid movie that uses smart ideas as a springboard but without any real sense of what they're talking about. Wally Pfister, best known until now as the cinematographer on Christopher Nolan's big films, makes his directorial debut here, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Film Review: ‘Transcendence’

16 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Transcendence” is a most curious name for a movie that never shakes free from those hoary old cliches about the evils of technology and the danger by which man plays at becoming a god. The man in question here is Johnny Depp, whose listless lead performance as a brilliant scientist in the field of artificial intelligence does little to aid this overplotted, dramatically undernourished debut feature from longtime Christopher Nolan d.p. Wally Pfister. Arriving at a crowded spring box office, the pic will test Depp’s drawing power outside of the Disney franchise factory, before weak word of mouth and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” send it packing.

One of the manifold pleasures of Spike Jonze’s “Her” was how elegantly it shrugged off decades of speculative fiction in which technological progress correlated to a loss of human individualism. In its place was the delightful suggestion that, rather than battling us for domination, »

- Scott Foundas

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Transcendence Director Wally Pfister Doesn't Want Immortality (Neither Does Johnny Depp)

16 hours ago | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

When Wally Pfister won an Oscar for Inception, his sixth film with Christopher Nolan, he went home and put the statuette on his mantel. "And then it moved to the corner, and then my office, and then the closet because you go away for a few months, and then it never comes out of the closet," Pfister laughs. "So it's like, 'All right, well, I got this. And there's other things I want to do.'"

Like direct his first film, Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp as Dr. Will Caster, an artificial intelligence expert who stays "alive" by uploading his brain into a computer network with the power to rule the world, leaving his wife (Rebecca Hall) to convince violent hacktivists that he's benevolent, not a handsome Hal 2.0. Transcendence opens with a flash-forward to »

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Johnny Depp's Ex Vanessa Paradis Strikes Sexy Bikini Pose, While Irina Shayk Swims With the Pigs

19 hours ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It's your lucky day, because we're giving you not one, but two sexy bikini shots! You're welcome. The first comes courtesy of Johnny Depp's ex-lady Vanessa Paradis, who channeled her inner seductress for a photo shoot in Malibu. The French model flaunted major cleavage while wearing a sexy gold monokini on the beach with a large fur coat hanging off her shoulders. Paradis, who slicked her hair back, gave the camera her sultry look making the shot just as fierce as you could possibly expect. Meanwhile, in another part of the world, supermodel Irina Shayk was spotted hanging out with some pigs. No, like real pigs. The Russian beauty posted a few photos of herself flaunting her »

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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly Are Teaming Up Again!

19 hours ago | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Step Brothers costars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are reuniting with director Adam McKay for a new comedy! Meanwhile, international heartthrobs Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Johnny Depp have all new movies to look forward to, as do Helen Mirren and Taylor Lautner. Here's a look at all the exciting casting news so far this week, and check back as we update with more! View Slideshow › »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly Are Teaming Up Again!

19 hours ago | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Step Brothers costars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are reuniting with director Adam McKay for a new comedy! Meanwhile, international heartthrobs Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Johnny Depp have all new movies to look forward to, as do Helen Mirren and Taylor Lautner. Here's a look at all the exciting casting news so far this week, and check back as we update with more! View Slideshow › »

- Maggie Pehanick

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‘Transcendence’ Director Wally Pfister on ‘Frustrating’ Technology and What Chris Nolan Taught Him

21 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Transcendence” is a rarity among modern blockbusters. In place of flying men in tights and massive explosions, its biggest special effects are its ideas. The film centers on a group of scientists led by Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall, whose well-intentioned experiments with artificial intelligence lead to catastrophe — providing a cinematic illustration of Murphy's law of unintended consequences. It's also a film that asks tough questions about the ethics of technological innovation, one that should inspire intense debate given society's increasing reliance on smartphones and web-enabled devices, as well as growing concerns about the use of big data and surveillance. »

- Brent Lang

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Film Execs Talk Shifting the Focus to TV

15 April 2014 11:42 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When it comes to the current film market — seek diversification, spread risk and focus on television.

That’s according to experts like Alcon Entertainment’s Scott Parish, E2B Capital’s Cassian Elwes, Weinstein CFO, Andy Kim and Ep Financial Solutions John Hadity. Execs talked money flow, casting, the reliability of the Monte Carlo Method and shifting the focus to television at Tuesday’s Film Finance Forum East presented by Winston Baker in association with Variety in New York.

“(Weinstein) is always looking to expand into other areas,” Kim said. “One is obviously television.”

While Weinstein Co. experienced past success in the reality genre with “Project Runway,” the banner has made a strategic move into dramatic television.

In January, Netflix announced a deal to exclusively distribute the Weinstein Co. produced nine-episode series “Marco Polo” about the famed 13th Century explorer. The series will be available to Netflix subscribers sometime late in »

- Addie Morfoot

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Film Execs Talk Shifting the Focus to TV

15 April 2014 11:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When it comes to the current film market — seek diversification, spread risk and focus on television.

That’s according to experts like Alcon Entertainment’s Scott Parish, E2B Capital’s Cassian Elwes, Weinstein CFO, Andy Kim and Ep Financial Solutions John Hadity. Execs talked money flow, casting, the reliability of the Monte Carlo Method and shifting the focus to television at Tuesday’s Film Finance Forum East presented by Winston Baker in association with Variety in New York.

“(Weinstein) is always looking to expand into other areas,” Kim said. “One is obviously television.”

While Weinstein Co. experienced past success in the reality genre with “Project Runway,” the banner has made a strategic move into dramatic television.

In January, Netflix announced a deal to exclusively distribute the Weinstein Co. produced nine-episode series “Marco Polo” about the famed 13th Century explorer. The series will be available to Netflix subscribers sometime late in »

- Addie Morfoot

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Amber Heard's Girls' Night Out in NYC: Was It a Bachelorette Party? All the Details!

15 April 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Amber Heard enjoyed a girls' night out in NYC this weekend! On Saturday night, Johnny Depp's fiancée and some of her pals stepped out for dinner and a show at the Paramount Hotel, sparking rumors the outing may have served as a bachelorette party for the actress. Heard, 27, and her three girlfriends watched a performance of "Queen of the Night" at Simon Hammerstein's Diamond Horseshoe (Depp wasn't in attendance). According to a source, they were all dressed "to the nines," but there was no indication whether it was a bachelorette party or not. During the show, the group dined on lobster and had carafes of wine on their table, the source adds. Their table was close to one »

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