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Johnny Depp has found his long lost twin...well, kinda. A scientist discovered a unique, half-billion-year-old fossil and named it Kooteninchela deppi after the actor, because of its scissor-like claws, which reminded the researcher of Depp's famous 1990 character, Edward Scissorhands. "When I first saw the pair of isolated claws in the fossil records of this species, I could not help but think of Edward Scissorhands," David Legg said on the website of London's Imperial College "Even the genus name, Kootenichela, includes the reference to this film, as 'chela' is Latin for claws or scissors." But that's not the only reason Legg chose that specific name for »
Johnny Depp was already a pretty unique guy. And now he can further boast that he's the only actor to have an obscure, extinct creature that lived half a billion years named after him. A 505-million-year-old fossil discovered recently has been named Kooteninchela deppi because of its scissor-like claws, which reminded the scientist who discovered it of Depp's character from the 1990 movie Edward Scissorhands. "When I first saw the pair of isolated claws in the fossil records of this species, I could not help but think of Edward Scissorhands," the scientist, David Legg, said on the website of London's Imperial »
- Tim Nudd
Flagstaff, Ariz. — The Hollywood image of Tonto once had the Lone Ranger's sidekick wearing a thin headband and lots of dangling fringes. The latest Disney version has a shirtless Johnny Depp adorned with feathers, a face painted white with black stripes, and a stuffed crow on his head.
The character in the upcoming "The Lone Ranger" still speaks broken English and chants prayers. But Depp has said he's less subservient, honors the proud American Indian warrior and displays a dry sense of humor seen throughout Indian Country. The production even hired a Comanche adviser, making it decidedly a Comanche story, and received the blessing of other tribes through ceremonies during filming.
Yet Disney has caught flak for what some say is the perpetuation of stereotypes through a character that lacks any real cultural traits. Moviegoers will have to wait until July 3 to see how all this plays out on screen. »
Winona Ryder has admitted that she does not know if she could handle becoming an actress now.
"I have to say, I really wonder if I would become an actress if I was their age now," she said. "I've only seen part of Twilight, but I've seen their other work and they're both super talented.
"I don't know how they do it, though, in just trying to maintain some degree of a personal life and privacy."
Ryder continued: "Look, this is a story in Interview, so I do get how people complaining about privacy when they're actually doing very public things can come across as a bit hypocritical.
"But I do feel so lucky that I got to get in »
Beyonce who? Madonna, Queen of Pop, stole the show from fellow late-arriver Queen Bey at this year's splashy punk-themed Met Gala, hitting the red carpet in a Givenchy plaid jacket, a barely-there fishnet body stocking, a black wig and layers of chains and metal. Her entourage included twenty-something dancer-beau Brahim Zaibat, whose Edward Scissorhands-y ensemble included a black skirt over black pants and who clutched small versions of the flags of Israel and Palestine. Before those two arrived, the only real punk on the scene was model Kristen McNenamy, sporting a stark black Alexander Wang get-up and a
- Erin Carlson
But let's be real here: if you were Winona Ryder, you'd appreciate yourself too, right? Maybe not all the bad parts, but your movies? Oh man, if you were Winona Ryder, you would love your movies.And we know that because Winona Ryder, the real one, has confirmed it. Here's what she said when asked if she watches her movies when they come on TV:“Well, yeah! Now they’re considered golden oldies, which is awesome. I was watching Little Women recently, and I didn’t want to get up for fear of missing something. And Heathers is like my own Rocky Horror Picture Show; I recite the lines when it’s on. It may seem odd, but I think it’s because they’re really good movies.”See, if this kind of quote came from someone else -- like, say, if Anne Hathaway said this -- it would just be a mess. »
- tooFab Staff
I suspect there are some people who simply aren't built to do press. Winona Ryder has been, in every single interaction I've had with her over the last twenty three years, lovely each and every time. I spent a fair amount of time on the set of "Edward Scissorhands" when it shot in Tampa, and that was the early days of the tabloids being interested in her because of her co-star and then-boyfriend Johnny Depp. It was obvious back then that she loved the actual work in front of the camera and she loved the collaboration with Tim Burton and the »
- Drew McWeeny
I know I.m not alone when I say that in my teenage years I formed a massive crush on the pixie like Winona Ryder. There was something so utterly charming about her work in such films at Heathers, Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands that she was simply impossible to resist. I.m happy to say that we are seeing a return for this solid actress thanks to films like Black Swan and her recent turn as real life wife to Mafia hit man Richard Kuklinski in The Iceman opposite the great Michael Shannon. »
With less than a week to go before writer/director Ryan Spindell's horror comedy short The Root of the Problem screens at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival as part of its stellar shorts programming slate, we thought it was a perfect time to share the trailer which recently debuted.
Co-written by Spindell and Mark E. Davidson, The Root of the Problem follows a nervous housewife (Alison Gallaher) who begins to suspect her dentist (Ptolemy Slocum) has a far more sinister agenda than just drilling cavities and pulling teeth after his unorthodox approach to dentistry has her second-guessing his motives.
Set in a 1950's candy colored world,The Root of the Problem hearkens back to old school Tim Burton films like Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands and will undoubtedly have you watching your own dentist a little more closely at your next check-up.
And for those of you who aren't able »
I promised longtime Tfe super fan Ryan that I would one day write up a big top ten of the 90s piece although This Is Not It. This is like those tossed back "shots" of past decades wherein we tell each other our favorites. I'll tell you my ten favorites which are wildly unstable and could be replaced by anything in the "with apologies to" list if I'd ranked on another day. Well, not the top three. I mean... let's not get crazy.
The Piano (Jane Campion) Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson) Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott) Heavenly Creatures (Peter Jackson) Beauty & The Beast (Trousdale & Wise) All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar) Trois Coleurs Trilogy (Krystof Kzielowski) T2: Judgment Day (James Cameron) Fargo (The Coen Bros) Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
Most of them weren't even nominated for Best Picture. (Sigh). Oscar is so...
With apologies to 15 more. Let's call it »
- NATHANIEL R
Beetlejuice came out 25 years ago this week. It's the movie that put Winona Ryder on the map — before Heathers, before Edward Scissorhands, and well before Reality Bites. Since then, Ryder's been a steady pop-culture presence, the best ambassador for short hair since Mia Farrow and the most fashionable criminal defendant in living memory. (She's also dated a notable guy or two.) Let's look back through a quarter century of Winona Ryder photos, shall we? »
- Margaret Lyons,Maya Robinson
The last 25 years have been incredibly great for the advancement of film as an artform. We’ve seen the potential that 3D can achieve if it isn’t being used as a gimmick, the rise of independent filmmaking take precedence unlike it ever has before and the development of digital filmmaking cutting costs and sometimes artistic merit. Some of the greatest films of all time have graced our screens in the last 25 years and we’ve also been privileged enough to see the brilliance of some truly amazing filmmakers in the process. It’s probably hard for any cinema lover born after 1988 to not remember a time when Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson, David Fincher, Wes Anderson, The Coen Brothers, Christopher Nolan and Steven Soderbergh weren’t putting out one incredible work after the other.
A lot of my favorite movies have come out since 1988 and I wrote this list »
- Dolan Reynolds
Forget The Greek. Somebody get Russell Brand to the barber! That's according to audience members who turned up at a U.K. comedy show at London's Royal Albert Hall Wednesday and demanded the funnyman cut his long locks to help raise money benefiting the Teenage Cancer Trust. According to the Daily Mirror, for the finale, Brand called a student in the packed crowd up and got to work spontaneously cutting his helmet haircut to give the kid an Edward Scissorhands-inspired goth makeover. What he didn't count on was receiving catcalls from many in attendance who expressed shock and wanted him to shed his own shaggy mane. "Cut your own hair, Russell," the newspaper quoted one heckler as »
This week's gonzo teen nightmare Spring Breakers is trumpeting the fact that two of its leads - Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez - traditionally play "good girls". But the whole "teen idol gone bad" strategy is a longstanding Hollywood tradition aimed to help transition pigeonholed teen stars into "serious" actors.
Here are a few fellas who tried the tactic, to varying degrees of success.
The squeaky-clean kid from Home Improvement took a step toward tarnishing his image by playing an evil, bisexual hooker in this gritty drama, giving a whole new meaning to "Tool Time"!
Jgl also went the hustler route for his breakout from small-screen teen stardom - only the 3rd Rock star went "the full gay" in this unsettling and excellent indie drama.
Yet another teen heartthrob caught a case of gay hustleritis »
Just a few weeks ago at the CineMayhem Film Fest, this writer had the pleasure of screening indie filmmaker Ryan Spindell's latest horror comedy short, The Root of the Problem, which hilariously taps into everyone's inherent fears of the dentist.
Co-written by Spindell and Mark E. Davidson, The Root of the Problem follows a nervous housewife (Alison Gallaher) who begins to suspect her dentist (Ptolemy Slocum) has a far more sinister agenda than just drilling cavities and pulling teeth.
Last week it was announced that The Root of the Problem would soon be heading to the East Coast as an official selection of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival as part of its stellar shorts programming slate, and to mark the occasion, Dread Central recently chatted with Spindell »
Beverly Hills, Calif. -- In the animated feature film category at this year's Oscars, there's a film set in medieval Scotland, another that features old-school video game characters, one that relies heavily on dry British humor, while the other two take inspiration from the supernatural.
It's not exactly kid stuff – and that's how the directors like it.
"I think this year with these films – and so many more – the envelope for animation is being pushed," said "Brave" director Mark Andrews at an Academy Awards event Thursday night honoring the animated feature film nominees. "We keep seeing more risky, deep films that we wouldn't have seen 10 years ago coming out. I wanna be one of those guys pushing it more and more and more because it's not only an awesome medium, but there's so many more stories that we can tell."
The Scotland-set "Brave," a darker fable from Pixar about a rebellious red-headed princess named Merida, »
Frankenweenie director Tim Burton is teaming up with his go-to scorer Danny Elfman for a live concert celebrating their big-screen musical collaborations. The show, set for Oct. 7 at London's Royal Albert Hall, will mark the first time many of Elfman's iconic scores for Burton's films -- including Batman, Edward Scissorhands and Alice in Wonderland -- will receive a public performance, courtesy of the BBC Concert Orchestra. Story: THR's Composer Roundtable: Danny Elfman Reveals He Doesn't Like Working It also will be the first time in nearly 18 years that the former Oingo Boingo frontman will sing live, with Elfman re-creating
- Seth Abramovitch
Oscar season comes to an abrupt end at the end of February which frees up our time. One of The Film Experience's most popular series, a communal viewing party of sorts, returns for another season. Byoe (Bring Your Own Eyes) to these blog-a-thon like events wherein participates choose their single favorite shot from movies from all eras. Watch, Read, Converse -- It's Edumucational!
Wed March 6th The Wizard Of Oz (1939) since Oz, the Great and Powerful is about to hit and we might need this as a lovely antidote.
Wed March 13th Barbarella (1968) ...I've been itchy to revisit
Wed March 20th ???
...and more to be scheduled including, as ever, a mix of genres, eras, and anniversary celebrations. It's a great way to have a virtual visual conversation from other cinephiles, catch up on classics you've never seen, revisit »
- NATHANIEL R
Thn are excited to announce that the Royal Albert Hall is set to host a World Premier of Danny Elfman playing the music Tim Burton and he’ll sing live in public for the first time in 18 years! On Monday 7th October, the exclusive event is also set to feature Tim Burton’s original artwork, plus drawings and designs from his films, some of which have never been seen by the UK public before.
Danny Elfman’s famous Tim Burton film scores will be brought to life on stage by the BBC Concert Orchestra, whilst being enhanced by visuals on a big screen from Burton’s original production artwork, sketches and drawings. With a range of films from a fascinating back catalogue of classics such as Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Alice In Wonderland, this concert explores the collaborative relationship between music and storytelling and the »
- Dan Bullock
As anyone with even a passing interest in film production knows, the path from a screenplay’s inception to an actual film being shown for audiences around the world is often tumultuous at best. There are dozens of storie out there – both triumphant and traumatic – of excruciating film production periods, where the final film that emerges bares only a passing resemblance to what the creators had originally envisioned.
There are other cases where a story never even gets that far, and the film languishes in what is candidly referred to as “development hell,” usually before being cancelled and forgotten completely.
So which films floundered in pre-production before going belly-up and disappearing from the hearts and minds of their studios and filmmakers? What are the stories and cinematic experiences that we, the viewers, will never get the chance to experience?
Here are the 10 cancelled films that sounded like the they had »
- Adam Mohrbacher
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