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Kevin Polowy profiles the upcoming gangster film "Black Mass," saying this is finally "the Johnny Depp movie we've been waiting for." A new trailer shows Depp as real-life ruthless mobster Whitey Bulger, one of the most infamous people ever in American organized crime. Could this be Depp's ticket to a first Oscar win? Directed by Scott Cooper (who helped Jeff Bridges win an Academy Award for "Crazy Heart"), the film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, Adam Scott, Jesse Plemons, Peter Sarsgaard, and Dakota Johnson. It opens nationally September 18 and is a likely candidate to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival the week before. Yahoo Movies -Break- With no big film wanting to open a week before "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the box office leader is once again "Furious 7" with another $18.26 million. Holdover "Paul Blart - Mall Cop 2" is in second place with $15.5 million. Newcomer &quo »
After watching Johnny Depp as modern day mobster Whitey Bulger in the Black Mass new trailer, all is forgiven for Depp once again donning the Captain Sparrow costume for another Pirates of the Caribbean movie. The unrecognizable Depp is alarmingly frightening as the infamous violent criminal in this first look at the crime drama. Black Mass boast an A-list cast such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard and David Harbour.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Super User)
Today we have the first trailer for "Black Mass," in which Johnny Depp plays the infamous Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger. Check it out below. Plot: The true story of Whitey Bulger (Depp), the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. "Black Mass" co-stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton, Juno Temple, Corey Stoll, Kevin Bacon, Adam Scott, Jesse Plemons and Peter Sarsgaard. It's set to hit theaters on September 18th. Trailer: »
Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson on the Oscars' Red Carpet Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson at the Academy Awards Eli Wallach and wife Anne Jackson are seen above arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, Feb. 27, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The 95-year-old Wallach had received an Honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November 2010. See also: "Doris Day Inexplicably Snubbed by Academy," "Maureen O'Hara Honorary Oscar," "Honorary Oscars: Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo Among Rare Women Recipients," and "Hayao Miyazaki Getting Honorary Oscar." Delayed film debut The Actors Studio-trained Eli Wallach was to have made his film debut in Fred Zinnemann's Academy Award-winning 1953 blockbuster From Here to Eternity. Ultimately, however, Frank Sinatra – then a has-been following a string of box office duds – was cast for a pittance, getting beaten to a pulp by a pre-stardom Ernest Borgnine. For his bloodied efforts, Sinatra went on »
- D. Zhea
An almsot recognisable Johnny Depp (Transcendence) stars as notorious gangster-turned-informant Whitey Bulger in the film from Warner Bros. and Cross Creek Pictures. Joel Edgerton (Exodus: Gods and Kings) plays FBI agent John Connolly, while Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) plays Whitey’s brother Bill. Peter Sarsgaard (Night Moves), Corey Stoll (Ant-Man), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Juno Temple (Horns), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation) and Kevin Bacon (The Following) co-star.
Black Mass is released on September 18th, and in the UK a week later.
- Scott J. Davis
In this September’s Black Mass, Johnny Depp returns to the life of crime as Whitey Bulger, a character light-years away from Mortdecai’s moustache-twirling eponymous art dealer, or the wacky world of his frequent collaborator Tim Burton.
Bulger is perhaps best known to film audiences as the real-life inspiration behind Jack Nicholson’s Boston mob kingpin in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed. If Jack’s Frank Costello is only the carbon copy of Bulger, then we should be in for a hell of a ride with Black Mass and the real deal.
“He could be charming. He could be ruthless. He was like a cobra—you never knew where he could strike,” says director Scott Cooper of Bulger, a regular on the FBI’s ten most wanted fugitives list.
Bulger isn’t the first notorious crime lord brought to the big screen by Depp. He portrayed the infamous drug trafficker George Jung in Blow, »
- Sasha James
This is Johnny Depp like you've never seen him before! The new trailer for "Black Mass" just dropped, and we're getting to see the actor as real-life violent Boston crime boss, Whitey Bulger -- who likewise served as an informant for the FBI in 1975, before going into hiding for 16 years to avoid imprisonment. Check out the intense trailer above! We can definitely smell the Oscar buzz with this one already -- and aside from Depp's impressive makeunder, it's nice to finally see the 51-year-old back in a dramatic role. "Black Mass" will follow Bulger's time working for the FBI, as he tries to take down a fellow family Mafia who are moving dangerously close into his territory. Whitey was finally caught in Santa Monica, California in 2011 and transferred to Massachusetts where he and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig, were placed under arrest. In 2013, Bulger was found guilty on 31 counts -- from »
- tooFab Staff
Whitey Bulger is an American gangster and organized crime figurehead currently locked away in prison since 2011 on 19 murder charges, as well as racketeering, extortion, money laundering and more. And until now, his story has never been told in a movie.
Johnny Depp dons a bald skin cap and a thick, gravely Boston accent to portray Bulger in Scott Cooper’s (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) latest film, Black Mass. At CinemaCon, the audiences there got their first look at Depp, and now a trailer has arrived complete with a chilling, centerpiece scene and acting display around the dinner table. The film takes place in the ’70s when Bulger had become the head of the Irish Mob and eventually became an FBI informant. Here’s the synopsis:
John Connolly and James “Whitey” Bulger grew up together on the streets of South Boston. Decades later, in the late 1970s, they would meet again. »
- Brian Welk
Just when we thought we didn’t like Johnny Depp anymore, here he is doing what appears to be quality work again portraying notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger in Black Mass. If he looks and sounds like Jack Nicholson, particularly in Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, that’s partly because that character was partly based on Bulger. He actually sounds more like Nicholson as Frank Costello and Ray Liotta’s aged Henry Hill in Goodfellas than the real Bulger. Unlike Depp’s other portrayal of a balding icon in the Hunter S. Thompson adaptation Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, here he may not be attempting full authenticity but rather one of his hodgepodge characterizations. Either way, that main steak dinner scene at the center of this first trailer is intense, and the extended showcase of Depp’s creepy-eyed performance piques our interest. As does the whole ensemble, which we barely get a look at here. Black Mass »
- Christopher Campbell
From its opening shot through to its final fade out, the first trailer for Black Mass preys solely upon the unnerving performance of its leading man. Known for his loyalty to Disney’s Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise, Johnny Depp is turning his back on Bruckheimer’s swashbuckling series for a gritty real-life drama he can sink his teeth into. And judging by the message he imparts over this compelling two-minute trailer, it’s probably going to get bloody.
Black Mass hails from writer-director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, Out Of The Furnace) and chronicles the tale of legendary Irish gangster Whitey Bulger (Depp), whose preponderance for brutal criminal activity is tabled when his FBI agent brother steps in. Choosing to switch sides, Bulger becomes an informant for the bureau in order to take down a competitive Mafia family.
Depp’s efforts are supplemented by a huge supporting cast that includes Joel Edgerton, »
- Gem Seddon
There are a lot of famous people in Black Mass — like Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, and Peter Sarsgaard — but only one who really seems to matter: Johnny Depp. He's back! And people are already talking about an Oscar. Depp plays real-time Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, who was also serving as an FBI informant to take down the Italian mafia. The trailer is a scene between Depp and David Harbour about this beautiful goddamn steak they're eating. Can you, cough, pass the water, please? »
- E. Alex Jung
"I'd be shocked if Depp isn't nominated for an Oscar for this in 2016," JoBlo recently said after seeing the trailer for "Black Mass" at CinemaCon, a movie we just got our first look at yesterday. Indeed, the buzz has been pretty huge for the film following the footage screened at the convention, and now it's here for you to assess for yourself. Adjust your awards prognostications accordingly. Read More: 10 Classic Gangster Movies Better Than 'Gangster Squad' In preparing for the movie, it would appear that Johnny Depp has been watching Joe Pesci's performance in "Goodfellas." In the centerpiece scene in the trailer, he lays in hard to David Harbour about sharing a family recipe, instilling the kind of fear you'd expect from a mob boss. But just like that, he turns it around on a dime. Featuring a helluva supporting cast, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The first trailer for "Black Mass," the story of notorious South Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, features a stunning transformation from Johnny Depp, who plays the mob boss with such terrifying conviction that it's hard to look the character in the eye.
The clip begins innocently enough, as Whitey sits down for a delicious steak dinner with some pals. He raves about the meal, asking about the marinade, which is deemed a "family secret." But Bulger keeps pushing, until finally his friend gives up the recipe, and that's when the pleasant conversation turns deadly serious.
Depp dives into a monologue about the importance of keeping secrets, and how easily -- like the recipe -- they can be given up (and he could be sent to prison), which plays over a montage of some of his worst misdeeds. In real life, Bulger was sentenced to two consecutive life terms on charges of racketeering, »
- Katie Roberts
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have our first look at Johnny Depp as the infamous Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger in the upcoming "Black Mass" film. Check it out below. Plot: The true story of Whitey Bulger (Depp), the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf. "He could be charming. He could be ruthless. He was like a cobra . you never knew where he could strike," said director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart). "A lot of people on set knew Whitey intimately. They got chills at [Depp's] resemblance. Some of them couldn't even look at him. It's easy to be the mustache twirling villain but this performance couldn't be further from that. He is truly gifted." "Black Mass" co-stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton, Juno Temple, »
In three Mexican cities along the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo, the Riviera Maya Film Festival launches its annual program of free screenings for the public. Most theaters in the region screen commercial films, but Rmff believes that people deserve to see other kinds of movies, and so the festival brings films from many of the heavy hitters: Cannes, Toronto, Berlin and Venice among them. Riviera Maya has managed to attract some starry talent, too. And why not? It's in a temperate environment, away from the flash bulbs of Hollywood. Last year the red carpet rolled out for Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and in the past the festival has recruited Ethan Hawke, Clive Owen, Susan Sarandon, Patricia Arquette, Stephen Dorff, Vanessa Hudgens and Christian Slater. The festival also has its own Lab, which bolsters emerging independent film projects and invites "work-in-progress" screenings, giving filmmakers a chance »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Johnny Depp has undergone yet another physical transformation for an upcoming role, but this time it’s not in the interest of laughs or big budget tentpoles—he’s going straight drama. Black Mass tells the story of the unendingly fascinating crime boss Whitey Bulger, who simultaneously served as an FBI informant and enacted horrific crimes across the Boston area for decades, before he was finally arrested in 2011. Depp plays Bulger in the upcoming drama from Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace writer/director Scott Cooper, and as we can see in this first image, he’s physically gone all-in for the role. Indeed, Cooper tells EW (who debuted the photo) that, “A lot of people on set knew Whitey intimately. They got chills at the resemblance. Some of them couldn’t look at him.” Response to the first footage from the film at CinemaCon yesterday was highly positive »
- Adam Chitwood
We're going Sci-Fi (in part) and Artificial Intelligence especially in these last days of April. Here's Sebastian...
Here's a film featuring artificial intelligence very much unlike those in theaters right now: Jake Schreier's Robot & Frank (2012) starring Frank Langella as an aging man reluctantly learning to accept a robot, voiced by Peter Sarsgaard, taking care of him when he begins to show signs of dementia. Robot & Frank garnered some critical acclaim but didn't make much noise at the box office. It's a quiet film, a deliberate one, set in "the near future" with a sentient, talking robot as a title character. It might be labelled as science-fiction but it isn't actually all that interested in playing to that genre's tropes and familiar storytelling devices.
The exact year Robot & Frank is set in is never explicitly stated, but it can't be too far off into our future from what we see on screen. »
- Sebastian Nebel
Episodes: Eight (hour)
TV show dates: February 12, 2015 -- April 2, 2015
Series status: Ended
Performers include: Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Makenzie Leigh, Zachary Quinto, Dylan Schombing, Thomas Sadoski, Melissa George, Brian Cox, Lucas Hedges, Maria Tucci, Marin Ireland, and Penn Badgley.
TV show description:
This series is based on the book by Christos Tsiolkas and the Australian television series of the same name. It's an unflinching look at how one little slap can have a huge impact.
Hector (Peter Sarsgaard) is a public servant, husband, father and valued friend who's on the cusp of his 40th birthday and not comfortable with it. His beautiful and intelligent wife is Aisha (Thandie Newton). She's planning his party filled with his very boisterous Greek family and friends like television writer »
It's not like there was any question but NBC has confirmed that there won't be a second season of The Slap, their low-rated Thursday night mini-series. The series ended as it began -- with poor ratings.
On The Slap TV show, a birthday celebration comes to an abrupt halt when a man slaps another couple's misbehaving child. It's a small action that ends up deeply affecting all involved. The cast for the mini-series includes Peter Sarsgaard, Thandie Newton, Uma Thurman, Makenzie Leigh, Zachary Quinto, Dylan Schombing, Thomas Sadoski, Melissa George, Brian Cox, Lucas Hedges, Maria Tucci, Marin Ireland, and Penn Badgley.
Ahead of the film's Closing Night screening at the Sf International Film Festival, the psychological drama "Experimenter" has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures, which plans a 2015 theatrical release. Directed by Michael Almereyda (2000's brainy Shakespeare update "Hamlet"), the film stars Peter Sarsgaard as social psychologist Stanley Milgram whose 1961 "obedience" experiments at Yale asked participants to send harmful electric shocks to strangers in order to test their will toward authority. Read More: Sf Film Fest Gets 3 Films From Sundance and SXSW The rest of the cast includes Winona Ryder, Jim Gaffigan, Taryn Manning, Anton Yelchin, Kellan Lutz, John Leguizamo, Anthony Edwards, Josh Hamilton, Lori Singer, Vondie Curtis-Hall and Dennis Haysbert. "Experimenter" was produced by Uri Singer, Fabio Golombek, Isen Robbins and Aimee Schoof. Sundance reviews were mostly positive. Variety wrote: "Michael Almereyda dissects the »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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