13 items from 2015
Like any human, I saw the posters for "Mortdecai," rose from my seat, and sprinted into a wall. What was this damn thing? Johnny Depp and cronies Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, and Olivia Munn wore silly mustaches and expected to seem, I guess, irreverent and wacky. Instead they looked like they were starring in a movie adapted from a Pringles can, and the world frowned. "Mortdecai" also underlined the fact that Johnny Depp's presence as a Hollywood titan has been transformed and warped in the past decade. He got a taste of that Jack Sparrow hokum dollar and never looked back. Or if he did look back, he did it with a woozy Keith Richards glance that makes everyone with brain cells roll their eyes. Let's make Johnny Depp cool again. Here are six ways he could regain some of the "it" factor that kept him seeming bad-ass for »
- Louis Virtel
The caper comedy will be the fifth-straight flop for the actor whose career has taken strange twist
The wacky whiskers he wore as a shady art dealer in “Mortdecai” — the subject of a a national pre-release promo campaign — couldn’t prevent Lionsgate Entertainment’s caper comedy from landing with a major thud and taking in a puny $1.4 million in its nationwide opening Friday.
That means that “Mortdecai” will finish the weekend with less than $5 million, or »
- Todd Cunningham
You never know what truths will come out in a game of "Never Have I Ever."
The A-listers were asked to hold up a paddle either saying "I have" or "I have never," depending on the question, and all three -- and even Ellen, herself -- 'fessed up to getting frisky on a plane.
Watch above for their hilarious reaction.
Other notable moments in the revealing game?
Gwyneth being the only one to admit to sexting, and Johnny sweetly saying he's never regretted getting a tattoo before. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor famously got a "Winona Forever" tattoo on his right arm while he was dating his Edward Scissorhands co-star Winona Ryder, which he later »
Johnny Depp is renowned for his ability to embody strange characters with diverse and bizarre personalities, and his reputation for being a bit eccentric in his real life precedes him.
Video: Flashback: 24-Year-Old Johnny Depp Is Not a Fan of Hollywood
When asked about whether his daughter Lily-Rose worked with him to develop his Mortdecai character – the way she previously helped him in figuring out how he would play Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Depp said he didn’t get her assistance this time around.
"She was probably too embarrassed to help me with another character," Depp said, smiling. "She thinks her dad's weird."
"Oh, come on," Dundas offered. "Her dad's an artist."
Laughing, Depp replied, "Uh, her dad's weird, I think."
As the digital age continues, we as viewers and watchers, tend to come across various forms or artwork that catch us off guard. Sometimes it’s as simple as discovering the trailer to a film you weren’t familiar with, and other times, like this one, something a bit more profound happens. The world is full of artists and their hard work, long hours, and creativity can go unnoticed for the most part. If we at Icons of Fright can help spread the work of a Very talented artist, and the phenomenal work that said artist is creating even just a little bit, then it makes us happy as hell to do so.
“Lopan” by Jeff Delgado
This week, we came across the work of digital artist Jeff Delgado, whose pieces of art not only capture the very essence and soul of the films he’s »
- Jerry Smith
While Johnny Depp prepares to give us another quirky character in Mortdecai, remember the good ol' days of... Cry-Baby (1990) Director: John Waters Stars: Johnny Depp, Amy Locane, Traci Lords The bad boy leader of a ne'er-do-well gang of misfits falls for a prim and proper upper class girl, creating tension and trouble in 1950s Baltimore. Much singing ensues. The same year he fell in love with Tim Burton and made Edward Scissorhands, Johnny Depp also worked with »
- Jason Adams
Johnny Depp’s latest film, Mortdecai, looks like an absolute train wreck, and since Lionsgate has decided not to screen it for press we’ll all find out together this weekend if that initial assessment is valid. Well, some of you will find out — I’ll be skipping it because it looks like an absolute train wreck. Tim Burton also has a new film in theaters, and while it’s not quite wowing audiences it appears to be a step in the right direction after the disappointments of Dark Shadows and Alice in Wonderland. Depp’s career is a mixed bag of fantastic, awful and average films, and examples of each can be found in his eight collaborations with Burton. Most people tend to point to Edward Scissorhands and Ed Wood as their best pairings, but I’m oddly partial to their 1999 gothic comedy, Sleepy Hollow. It’s one of Burton’s rare R-rated films and fully »
- Rob Hunter
Johnny Depp has had a remarkable career. After debuting – and dying – in A Nightmare on Elm Street back in 1984, he was just one of the guys in the ensemble Platoon, the rockabilly heartthrob in Cry-Baby, and the star undercover cop in TV’s “21 Jump Street.” With Edward Scissorhands came his career-changing role, blossoming him to the top of the A-list where he’s remained as a bonafide movie star ever since.
This week he’s back on the big screen in Mortdecai (and surprise! Tim Burton is nowhere to be found). As moustachioed art dealer Charles Mortdecai, Depp is searching for a stolen painting that’s been linked to a stolen bank account of Nazi gold.
- Rachel West
The Tim Burton movie, Edward Scissorhands came out in 1990, so it’s totally possible that unless your parents sat you down to watch a “classic” this might not even be on your radar. Though we love Tim Burton and Johnny Depp (and our mom makes us watch a lot of old movies for our “own cultural good”) we hadn’t gotten to this one yet. But thanks to Idw we are now fully Team Edward! In our review of Issues 1-3, we let you know who Edward Scissorhands is and why he’s totally awesome.
- Maddy and Anya Ernst
Tim Burton is perhaps one of the most unique and exciting filmmakers working today. With a vision inspired by classic horror and a dry wit, his films are often fiercely entertaining and endlessly clever. Of course, that’s not to say that there aren’t dark spots on his filmography. Like every filmmaker he’s had his missteps but even when the movies don’t quite work Burton manages to create films that are visually stunning and artistic. With the recent release of Big Eyes and a possible sequel to Beetlejuice in the works, examining Burton’s work and influence is more important than ever.
17. Planet of the Apes (2001): Even when a Burton film has issues there are usually some redeeming factors (see Darks Shadows’ amazing style) but, oh man, one really has to look hard to find something good in this disaster of a movie. Sure, the makeup »
Kate or Die “Little Ghost” (2014-present; updates whenever)
Written and drawn by Kate Leth
In November 2014, Kate Leth decided to switch over the format of her Kate or Die! from autobiographical to a young adult story starring various ghosts, monsters, and beasties. The story was later titled “Little Ghost” and currently has eleven chapters. The last update ends on a cliffhanger, and Leth posted on her website that it will be continued in 2015 with updates coming between her various projects, like Bravest Warriors and Edward Scissorhands. For now, “Little Ghost” is an adorable teen monster mystery with a diverse cast of characters and lush coloring that you’ll wish had more installments.
The basic premise of “Little Ghost” is that a bunch of Universal horror-type monsters (who happen to be cute teenagers) are going to a big house party thrown by Lucy, a happy girl with a veiny, heart shaped head. »
- Logan Dalton
"I think that people are going to … see it as a departure for Tim's work," says production designer Rick Heinrichs about "Big Eyes," the new film from quirky auteur Tim Burton, known for his fantastical vision in such films as "Batman" (1989), "Edward Scissorhands" (1990), and "Sweeney Todd" (2007). (Watch our complete interview with Heinrichs below.) -Break- Christoph Waltz on Oscars and his 'volatile' role in 'Big Eyes' [Podcast] "Big Eyes" finds the director working in a much more realistic tone, telling the true story of painter Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), who for years allowed her work to be credited to her charlatan husband Walter (Christoph Waltz). On paper, this seems like a far cry from the director's past tales of eccentric loners, yet Heinrichs, who won an Oscar for Burton's "Sleepy Hollow" (1999), doesn’t quite see it that wa...' »
Tim Burton's filmography is full of strange, off-kilter movies, and embracing that sense of zaniness and weirdness is what has made him a successful director. But by relying too much on style over substance, and by continuing a creative partnership with Johnny Depp that's spanned decades, Burton fell into a rut and nearly devolved into self-parody in recent years. After a string of live-action films that range from misfires to creatively bankrupt catastrophes, Burton's new film Big Eyes shows that not only is the director still capable of telling a story with a relatable human at the center, but he actually excels at it. Swapping a bug-eyed Depp for an expressive Amy Adams, Burton dials back his trademark quirkiness and delivers his most affecting film since Big Fish.
Adams plays Margaret, a single mom with a young daughter to support. In 1958 San Francisco, this isn't exactly a socially acceptable »
- Ben Pearson
13 items from 2015
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