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'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp (Oscar Movie Series) Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film "adaptation" of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of the new century. He smiled – grinned would be a more appropriate word – on the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, »
- Andre Soares
After years of development limbo, Paramount’s action thriller “Triple Frontier” may have found new life.
The film is set in the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge — making “la triple frontera” difficult to monitor and a haven for organized crime.
The deal is not yet closed but if Chandor boards the project, the aim is for production to commence in January. A star has yet to be set for the film, but insiders say Will Smith has been eyeing the project for some time.
Though sources close to the studio and Smith say the actor is not attached, »
- Justin Kroll
A long-developing project may be undergoing an interesting director shift. After Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, she was understandably in demand for a number of follow-up projects. She and Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal zeroed in on a crime drama called Triple Frontier. Set in a border zone of Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil known as “la triple frontera,” the movie would revolve around this haven for organized crime. A number of actors expressed interest in starring, from Johnny Depp to Tom Hanks to Will Smith, but the project was put on the backburner when Zero Dark Thirty gained steam. Our last update on the film came in 2012, when details surfaced that while Smith was interested in starring in the movie, Bigelow was uninterested in casting him. Moreover, Paramount Pictures reportedly balked at the $80 million budget. Bigelow and Boal have »
- Adam Chitwood
Bisexual bias? Amber Heard thinks she has to ''fight'' for film roles because of her sexuality. The 29-year-old actress came out as bisexual at an event hosted by Gay & Lesbian Alliance against Defamation in 2010 and - before she met her husband Johnny Depp in 2012 - dated female artist and photographer Tasya van Ree between 2008 to 2011, but has insisted she doesn't want to ''be defined by it''. Amber said: ''I don't want to have to deny my sexuality in order to be me. But I don't want to have to be defined by it. I'm fundamentally opposed to trying to edit myself to be palatable or popular. I don't give a f**k. I fight, but I shouldn't have to.'' The 'Magic Mike Xxl' star went on to argue that celebrities who are in the closet are ''inadvertently admitting it's wrong'' to be bisexual or homosexual. Speaking to The Times magazine, »
It was all about Hollywood's hottest couples on the red carpet last night! Two celebrity duos made it date night at the premiere of "Magic Mike Xxl" on Thursday in Hollywood, California -- and packed on the Pda on the carpet. Joe Manganiello shared a steamy kiss with fiance Sofia Vergara at the event. The two looked ready to walk down the aisle, with the hunky star in a classic dark grey suit and the Colombian beauty in a lacy off-white dress. Amber Heard went solo for the night but brought the sexy in a low cut dress. Mrs. Johnny Depp slipped into a violet silk charmeuse Monique Lhuillier dress that featured a sultry deep v-neck. The star kept her hair parted to the side in glamorous waves and accessorized with maroon heels. And we can't forget Channing Tatum, who showed up to the premiere arm-in-arm with wife Jenna Dewan Tatum. »
- tooFab Staff
Last week, us Wgtc critics counted off some of our favorite films of 2015 so far, but all in all, it hasn’t been a terrific first half of the year. Avengers: Age of Ultron arrived as a bloated, messy sequel with far less charm than the first McU phase-capper, talented sci-fi filmmakers like the Wachowskis and Neill Blomkamp delivered some of their worst work to date in Jupiter Ascending and Chappie, Johnny Depp eliminates any residual good-will in Mortdecai, and strong actors like Tom Hardy and Jonah Hill ended up mired in slogfests Child 44 and True Story. It’s been a depressing season for cinephiles punctuated by some occasional pleasant surprises.
But amid all the mediocre-to-bad entries from Hollywood so far this year, there were some titles that triumphed above all else to cement their place on the list of the year’s worst, most atrocious and irredeemable films. »
- WGTC Staff
Face it, award-winning “Face Off” is the only reality TV competition I can hack.For those in the know, one of the show judges is Ve Neill, considered a godhead to the true makeup diehards. The woman literally created the look of all of Johnny Depp’s iconic roles. Neill has produced some of the most creative makeups in the last 20 years. She’s a unique talent in the craft of film makeup, equally top of her game in special effects prosthetic makeup (a field loaded with men) and in designing unique character and beauty makeups. Ve has a special connection with […] »
- April Neale
Johnny Depp's wife Amber Heard says the couple won't be rushing back to Australia after the agriculture minister, Barnaby Joyce, threatened to have their two dogs put down for being brought into the country illegally.' I have a feeling we're going to avoid the land down under from now on just as much as we can thanks to certain politicians there', she told Channel 7's Sunrise program. 'I guess everyone tries to go for their 15 minutes, including some government officials' Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
Fashion faux pas are inevitable, for all of us, celebs included. But John Mayer wants to make it very clear that his past looks—be it Tibetan robes or Johnny Depp-esque layers—were a result of some pretty heavy drinking. Allow him to explain… "Sometimes, if you don't see the person you recognize in the mirror, then you're free from your own punishment. It's hard to explain. You're free from your own criticism. If you don't recognize the person you see in the mirror, then you're free from self-persecution," he told GQ magazine. "It's almost like a witness relocation program for yourself. Women do it, men do it. You have a change in your life, or a »
Depp’s wife, Amber Heard, says the couple are not likely to return to the country after the Department of Agriculture threatened to have their terriers put down
Speaking to Australia’s Sunrise TV show, Heard told a press conference: “I have a feeling we’re going to avoid the land down under from now on, just as much as we can, thanks to certain politicians there.”
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- Guardian film
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp's blunder Down Under won't soon be forgotten. In April, Depp was publicly scolded after it was discovered that he did not declare his Yorkshire Terriers, Boo and Pistol, thereby breaking the country's quarantine laws. At the time, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce demanded the dogs leave the country or risk being euthanized. If the matter goes to court and Depp is found guilty, he could face up to 10 years in prison or a maximum fine of $265,000. Heard was asked about the ordeal Monday while promoting Magic Mike Xxl on Australia's Sunrise show. "I have a feeling we're going to avoid the land Down Under from now on, just as much as we can, thanks to certain »
Welcome to the 2015 Popsugar 100! We've put together our list of the top celebrities of the year, taking into account their recent career successes, personal milestones, fan followings, and most importantly - your votes in all of our polls! We're now ready to reveal the list, which includes actors, musicians, public figures, and more. Past winners of the Popsugar 100 have included huge stars like Johnny Depp, Jennifer Lawrence, and Angelina Jolie. Can you guess who landed the No. 1 spot? Start reading to find out! »
Anghus Houvouras on the five worst film franchises…
Film franchises are easy targets for writers looking to grind an axe and bemoan the current state of big budget cinema. Like a pinata filled with gold bullion and airplane sized bottles of bourbon, everyone is just a little too eager to take a swing. It’s an easy topic to opine on because of the sheer volume of franchises being produced. They’re growing like weeds planted by studios who hope to create the next cash crop. There are so many terrible franchises in the history of Hollywood. I could spend an entire series of columns detailing cinematic tragedies like Twilight. I mean seriously…. did you sit through any of those Twilight movies? They could have been classified as cruel and unusual punishment under the Geneva Convention.
In an effort to maintain a constructive conversation on the topic, I’m going »
- Anghus Houvouras
Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them: David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries. »
- Andre Soares
Bewkes talked up plans for Warner Bros. to release as many as 10 DC Comics-related movies in the next few years. He said there was “no more anticipated” movie for 2016 than the “Batman V. Superman” superhero pairing. He then cued a teaser for the pic that previously was seen in April at CinemaCon and features a glimpse of Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight.
“Black Mass,” the Whitey Bulger biopic starring Johnny Depp set for release in September, also got a plug and clip at the shareholders session. Bewkes breezed through highlights of Turner Broadcasting’s performance and upcoming projects, including a clip of TBS’ offbeat Jason Jones domestic comedy “Detour.”
The “Take My Money, HBO” spot promoting »
- Cynthia Littleton
What it also offers is a gigantic back catalogue of films, from obscure works of artistic genius to classics you haven't thought of in decades.
We dug deep into the Sky Store library to bring you a selection of our favourite hidden gems:
A new addition and Digital Spy favourite is Alex Garland's directorial debut, Ex Machina.
Another recent Digital Spy favourite is Whiplash, a small-budget drama about the intense relationship between an ambitious jazz student and his fearsome instructor.
Oh, Matthew Vaughn, you of the oh-so-classy anal sex joke in “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” and other cinematic vulgar offenses (much of the dialogue in “Kick-Ass” for example).The filmmaker is arguably getting a touch of Mark Millar syndrome, which would be fitting in that most of his movies are comic book adaptation of Millar’s crass and offensive works. Millar of course has boy-who-cried-wolf overpromise syndrome—like claiming that Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp would probably star in the never-actually-made production of his “Nemesis” comic among many other fibs or massive exaggerations. Vaughn doesn’t seem to have gotten the hint. His adaptation of Millar’s “Kick-Ass” grossed a paltry $48 million domestically in 2010 (less than $100 million worldwide). Wisely, Lionsgate didn’t want to do anything with a sequel, but Universal, listening too much to the fanboy chatter, decided to pony up the money for a sequel a few years after the fact. »
- Rodrigo Perez
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
Alice Cooper thinks One Direction are ''pretty good''. The 67-year-old rocker - whose real name is Vincent Damon Furnier - has revealed he's become good friends with Harry Styles and is fan of the music he makes with bandmates Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson. Speaking at the Kerrang! Awards, he said: ''You listen to their records and they actually make stuff that's pretty good - not just the same old.'' The 'Poison' hitmaker also revealed how he became pals with Harry, 21, after being introduced by their mutual friend, 'Pirates of the Caribbean' actor Johnny Depp, at his Los Angeles home. He told The Sun newspaper: ''I met Harry through Johnny. They're friends. Johnny's house in La is where everyone congregates. We hung out there.'' Meanwhile, Alice - who legally changed his name to that of the band for which he was frontman in the 70s before »
This review was originally published during our coverage of the 2015 Leeds Film Festival.
The Face of an Angel sets its sights on the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, still an open wound in the public consciousness. We instinctively crave digestible narratives of heroes, villains and victims: characters that these events refuse to provide. Villains become victims, heroes become villains and, after years of analysis, evidence and testimony, we’re no closer to knowing what really happened in that Perugia flat than we were the day after it happened.
Winterbottom chooses to approach the case through meta-narrative by creating Thomas (Daniel Brühl), an analogue for himself who recognizes the fertile soil of a high profile murder in Siena and explores how he could transform it into worthwhile cinema. Early on the character receives some advice that’s essentially the film’s manifesto: “If you’re going to make a movie, make it a fiction. »
- David James
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