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Depp Gives Singer/Songwriter Babybird A 2010 Boost

6 December 2009 3:06 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Johnny Depp has given British hitmaker Babybird a big boost by insisting the singer/songwriter's 2010 album Ex-maniac will be the album of the year.

The movie star was asked to list his 'Essentials' for U.S. magazine Entertainment Weekly and admits he already can't live without his friend's new album.

Depp says, "He's a national treasure, if you're British. For everyone else, he's a diamond waiting to be found. Lyrically, he's black as night, brilliant and sharp as a razor."

The Pirates of the Caribbean star also listed longtime partner Vanessa Paradis' latest album, Divinidylle, among his favourites, calling it "the most beautiful soundtrack to our life en famille".

And there's also mention of his onscreen Pirates father Keith Richards' Unknown Dreams and Rum, Sodomy & The Lash by The Pogues.

Depp also namechecks Emir Kusturica's Time of The Gypsies and Underground among his favourite films, calling the Serbian filmmaker, "one of the last true auteurs". The actor is in talks to play Mexican bandit revolutionary Pancho Villa in Kusturica's next film.

Also on the star's top film list: his own Ed Wood, Jim Jarmusch's Down By Law and cult British movie Withnail & I, which he can freely quote.

He adds, "(That's) probably the funniest f**king film I've ever seen." »

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Son of Birthday Suits

24 November 2009 4:27 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Celebrating the cinematic personalities born on 11/24. Even if you're not cinematic, you're probably a personality. Wish yourself a happy one in the comments. There's no way there's been no Scorpios (or now) Saggitarians reading. Speak up when it's your big day!

Garret, Shirley and 'Izzy'

1913 Geraldine Fitzgerald actress (Wuthering Heights, The Mango Tree, Rachel Rachel)

1942 Billy Connolly, comedian, actor, 'Mr. Brown' (he who was beloved by Judi Dench) and 'Barry' (he who was poisoned by Michelle Pfeiffer)

1949 Manuel De Sica composer (The Garden of the Fitzi Continis), Son of Vittorio

1954 Emir Kusturica two-time Cannes winning Serbian filmmaker behind Underground & When Father Was Away on Business (Oscar nominee)

1964 Garret Dillahunt, terrific actor who has lately specialized in the skin-crawlingly creepy (The Road, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and the endearingly pathetic (No Country For Old Men and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) but a »

- NATHANIEL R

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EFP announces 2010 Shooting Stars jury

11 November 2009 12:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Cologne, Germany -- Veteran German producer Karl Baumgartner of Pandora Film ("Underground" "Tulpan"), British casting director Leo Davis ("The Queen") and Czech actress Anna Geislerova ("Beauty in Trouble") are among the members of next year's Shooting Stars jury.

The group, which also includes Italian director Giuseppe Piccioni ("Giulia Doesn't Date at Night") and U.S. film journalist Steven Gaydos, will select ten European up-and-coming actors from the 21 submissions made by national members of Shooting Stars organizer European Film Promotion (Efp).

The 10 finalists will be presented at the 2010 Shooting Stars event Feb. 13-15, running alongside the 60th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 11-21). »

- By Scott Roxborough

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Pancho Villa pic on the horizon

23 March 2009 9:06 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Guadalajara, Mexico -- Serbian filmmaker Emir Kusturica is planning to shoot his next film in Mexico, a Spanish-language picture about Mexican revolutionary hero Francisco "Pancho" Villa.

The two-time Palme d'Or winner (for 1985's "When Father Was Away on Business" and 1995's "Underground") made the announcement Sunday at the Guadalajara International Film Festival before presenting "Maradona by Kusturica," his documentary about Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona.

Before the screening, Kusturica received a career achievement award and told an enthusiastic crowd that he would be filming his biopic on Mexican soil.

"On these kinds of occasions, it's typical to say empty phrases like 'thank you very much' and 'I'm very pleased,' but I'm not going to say that," he said. "Instead, I'm going to say that I'm going to make a film in this country, in Spanish. It's a film about one of my idols, Pancho Villa, and his friends."

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- By John Hecht

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