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Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp surprised California Disneyland visitors of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride on Wednesday evening. Depp appeared dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow during the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction, interacting with passengers of the ride and speaking with fans outside of the ride. Stunned visitors could not believe that it was the real life Captain Jack Sparrow acting with the regular animatronic pirates. In one fan-shot video you can see Depp break character to assure passengers that it was indeed the real Johnny Depp.
53 year-old Depp was there to promote the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, Dead Men Tell No Tales, which opens next month and is the fifth movie in the series. People Magazine Notes that this is not the first time that Depp has gotten into the Captain Jack Sparrow costume off-screen. Depp visited Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, »
There’s not many places on Earth more bright, glitzy and glamorous than Las Vegas. With its famous shows, many casinos and constant parties, it’s no surprise that the city in the desert is popular with Hollywood and the film industry. Situated just 263 miles east of Los Angeles and the film community, Vegas has attracted the attention of movie producers for decades.
Founded in 1905, not too long after the birth of the movie industry itself, the City Of Las Vegas first appeared in a motion picture in 1952. The film was The Las Vegas Story, a Howard Hughes production starring Jane Russell and Victor Mature that was a suspenseful thriller involving murder and intrigue. It was quickly followed by the likes of Crashing Las Vegas and Meet Me In Las Vegas a few years later, but it was the arrival of the 1960 Rat Pack film Ocean’s 11 which really united »
- David Agnew
The rights to a new anthology series titled Electric Dreams has been picked up by Amazon Studios. The series, which is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Bryan Cranston, will feature adaptations of the famed sci-fi work of iconic writer Philip K. Dick.
Dick’s work has been adapted many times for the screen, perhaps most famously with Blade Runner, an adaptation of his story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – the work which this new series gets its title inspiration.
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- Samuel Brace
The series was set up last May by Sony TV with the U.K.’s Channel 4. The 10-episode drama will feature adaptations of works by the revered science fiction author, who penned the story that inspired 1982’s “Blade Runner.”
Dee Rees, writer-director of HBO’s “Bessie” and this year’s Sundance favorite “Mudbound,” has been recruited to write one of the episodes. Other scribes on board include Tony Grisoni (“Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”), Jack Thorne (“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”) Matthew Graham (“Life on Mars”), David Farr (“The Night Manager”) and Travis Beacham (“Pacific Rim”). Moore and fellow executive producer Michael Dinner (“Justified”) are also set to write.
“Electric Dreams” hails from Cranston’s Sony-based Moon Shot Entertainment banner. The »
- Cynthia Littleton
Adam Schroeder, whose producing credits include “Chronicle” and “Sleepy Hollow,” will produce under his Adam Schroeder Entertainment banner alongside Rob Paris (“The Blackcoat’s Daughter”) of Paris Film. Highland Film Group will handle international sales, and introduce to buyers next week at the Berlin Film Festival. UTA Independent will rep the U.S. rights.
Russell will portray a star athlete who undergoes an experimental surgery that permanently attaches a cutting-edge bionic arm and leg to his body after he loses his own in a car accident. But when he realizes the advanced intelligent prosthetics may have a destructive mind of their own, he begins a desperate fight to save himself and everyone around him.
“We’re going to explore the most current and innovative science and technology in this film, »
- Dave McNary
Counterclaim against Depp’s mismanagement suit alleges actor in ‘financial turmoil’, with catalogue of spending including $30,000 a month on wine
Former managers for the actor Johnny Depp have alleged he spent $3m firing the late author Hunter S Thompson’s ashes from a cannon.
“All I’m doing is trying to make sure his last wish comes true,” said Depp at the time. “I just want to send my pal out the way he wants to go out.” Depp played gonzo writer Thompson in the 1998 movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – the two men remained friends until Thompson’s death in 2005.
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- Catherine Shoard
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