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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: »
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
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 the excellent ensemble cast, to the gorgeous cinematography and the romantic tension that threads through the story, there are many pleasures to be had in the upcoming "Far From The Madding Crowd." But one that might surprise you is a song from the film's star, Carey Mulligan. Well, today we have the exclusive rendition from the film's soundtrack. Co-starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Michael Sheen, Tom Sturridge, and Juno Temple, the adaptation of Thomas Hardy's novel, from director Thomas Vinterberg, tells the story of the independent and strong-willed Bathsheba Everdene, who finds three men vying for heart. During a dinner sequence with two of her suitors present, Bathsheba sings the traditional ballad "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme," perhaps as a warning she will not be easily swayed. Mulligan is joined by Michael Sheen partway through the tune. "Far From The Madding Crowd" opens on May 1st. The soundtrack featuring this song and the score. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Warner Bros. showed some footage this week at CinemaCon; it looks like Depp is going overboard with the makeup as usual, aging as he goes and wearing strange contact lenses as Irish mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. For me, that pulls you out of a movie that seems reminiscent of the Martin Scorsese classic "Goodfellas." The sprawling cast is strong: Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, Rory Cochrane, David Harbour, Dakota Johnson, , Julianne Nicholson, James Russo, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll, Juno Temple, W. Earl Brown, Bill Camp, Brad Carter and Jeremy Strong. The screenplay by Mark Mallouk and Jez Butterworth, based on the book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill, centers on the Whitey Bulger empire in South Boston, from the 1970s to the 90s. FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Whitey Bulger to collaborate with the FBI and turn against their common enemy, the Italian mob. »
- Anne Thompson
The brand new trailer showcases Depp's dramatic look, and gives a taste of what to expect from the hotly-anticipated film.
Bulger pulled the strings for a violent criminal gang in Boston while simultaneously serving as an FBI informant. He went on the run in the mid-'90s after his former handler tipped him off about a pending indictment.
He was arrested in 2011, aged 81, and eventually sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus five years for crimes including 19 counts of murder, racketeering, narcotics distribution and extortion.
Black Mass will open in cinemas this September. »
Warner Bros. has released the first Black Mass trailer for writer/director Scott Cooper's (Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace) upcoming drama. The film stars Johnny Depp as notorious crime boss Whitey Bulger, who simultaneously worked as an FBI informant and committed horrible crimes throughout the Boston area for decades. I'm not sure what to make of this trailer since Depp looks like he's giving an incredible performance, and I haven't seen him to do that in a while. Yes, there's some make up, but it's not like Depp is letting it do the heavy lifting. The power comes through his voice and intonation, and the movie looks sinister and intense as a result. Check out the Black Mass trailer below. The film opens September 18th, and also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple, and Jesse Plemons. Click over to Apple to watch in HD. Here's »
- Matt Goldberg
"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, »
Based on the New York Times bestseller Black Mass: The True Story of an Untold Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob, Black Mass tells the true story of Whitey Bulger, a feared Boston mobster who simultaneously served as FBI informant to help bring down the Italian Mafia.
Black Mass is set for release on September 25th, with a cast that also includes Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby), Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness), Kevin Bacon (The Following), Adam Scott (Parks and Recreaton), Corey Stoll (House of Cards), Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises), Sienna Miller (Foxcatcher), and Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey).
- Gary Collinson
With Crazy Heart's Scott Cooper at the helm, Black Mass tell the true life story of Whitey Bulger, the infamous South Boston crime boss, and brother of a state senatorwho turned FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf, and is currently imprisoned with two life sentences. Johnny Depp is taking on the role of Bulger, and Entertainment Weekly have our first look at the movie, with Depp in character as the violent criminal. This role seems to be a million miles away from the quirky characters (or just one quirky character depending on who you ask) Depp has committed to the big screen in the last few years, and I'm excited to see him tackle a meatier role, hopefully one that will deliver a performance close to the Johnny Depp of old. But this isn't just Depp's show, with Coper assembling a fantastic cast including Benedict Cumberbatch, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Warner Bros. has released the first look at Johnny Depp as '70s era criminal Whitey Bulger in Scott Cooper's Black Mass, set for a Sept. 18 release. The story co-stars Joel Edgerton as Bulger's childhood friend John Connolly and tells the story of how the two grew up together on the streets of South Boston, only to reunite decades later only this time Connolly is a major figure in the FBI's Boston office and Whitey has become godfather of the Irish Mob. What happened between them - a dirty deal to trade secrets and take down Boston's Italian Mafia in the process - would spiral out of control, leading to murders, drug dealing, racketeering indictments, and, ultimately, to Bulger making the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. As far as Depp's performance is concerned, Cooper tells Entertainment Weekly, "A lot of people on set knew Whitey intimately... they got chills at Depp's resemblance. »
- Brad Brevet
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
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The actress fell from her horse while filming one of the movie's key scenes, and later "slumped over" during filming of another crucial scene with Matthias Schoenaerts.
Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, she explained that the health and safety team on the film were concerned about the cast filming with sheep, but let her ride a horse.
"They let me ride a horse and I did have a concussion after coming off," said Mulligan. "I was genuinely concussed for about six weeks of the filming; there are parts I don't remember!
"When we shot the last scene of the film, I came racing round the corner and got thrown off and landed on my head. Ten minutes later, we were filming the big declaration scene and I just dropped to my knees. »
Music City may soon be known as Movie City if the board of the Nashville Film Festival has its way.
While country music remains Nashville’s signature brand, the fest is determined to transform celluloid perceptions in order to compete with similarly evolving fests like Tribeca, Woodstock and SXSW.
“We want to become one of the big players,” says executive director Ted Crockett. “We want to become known as a place where deals are made.”
It’s an ambitious mission statement, given the ability of market/fest heavy-hitters like Cannes, Sundance and Toronto to command first dibs on world premieres, and act as that one-stop shop for film buyers and cineastes alike.
The largely indie lineup for Nashville fest (April 16-25), on the other hand, is dominated by Tennessee or Southeast U.S. bows and comprises 286 films, including 181 shorts and 32 documentaries.
Not surprisingly, the biggest programming coups involve world bows »
- David Weiner
With the Tribeca Film Festival opening tonight and running through April 26, we're gleaning the highlights from umpteen recommendations, with notes so far on Leah Wolchok's Very Semi-Serious, and In Transit, co-directed by the late Albert Maysles; Kate Lyn Sheil and Zachary Treitz's Men Go to Battle, "an instant-classic Western," according to the New Yorker; Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill with Ethan Hawke; Brett Morgen's Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck; Adrián García Bogliano's Scherzo Diabolico; Reed Morano's Meadowland with Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Giovanni Ribisi, Elisabeth Moss, John Leguizamo and Juno Temple; Tim Blake Nelson's Anesthesia with Sam Waterston—and more. » - David Hudson »
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