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12 items from 2003


Depp Is the Sexiest Man Alive

21 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Once Upon a Time in Mexico star Johnny Depp has topped People magazine's coveted Sexiest Man Alive list. The title was claimed by Ben Affleck a year ago. Others in the new People hot hunks list include Nelly, LL Cool J, Justin Timberlake, Brad Pitt, Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, George Clooney, Nick Lachey and tennis ace Andy Roddick. »

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Rodriguez fills second 'Bill'

20 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Filmmaker and burgeoning film composer Robert Rodriguez will compose music for pal Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Kill Bill-Vol. 2. The Texas-based filmmaker -- who not only writes and directs his movies but also edits, shoots, creates visual effects and composes them -- made the announcement Wednesday during the first day of the second annual Hollywood Reporter/Billboard Film and TV Music Conference at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. For most of his lecture, Rodriguez discussed how he made the leap from filmmaker to composer on such films as Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. But he also talked of how composers need to empower themselves and try to get in earlier in the process. »

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September to remember at b.o.

30 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Action-adventure and horror films provided much of the octane that helped fuel the record gross at the national boxoffice this month. The total boxoffice for September neared the $500 million mark for the first time, while estimated admissions proved to be the second-highest on record. Not bad for what's typically a rather sleepy month at the boxoffice. Sony's Once Upon a Time in Mexico was the top-grossing film, and another Johnny Depp starrer, Buena Vista's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, finished in the third spot. Two films from the horror genre made a strong presence in the upper strata as well. United Artists' Jeepers Creepers 2 posted the second-largest tally for the period, while Screen Gems' Underworld staked out the fourth slot after only seven days. The two films were from specialty labels at MGM and Sony, respectively. »

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Col taps Giannetti exec vp production

25 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Columbia Pictures production exec Andrea Giannetti, who most recently spearheaded development of such projects as Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, has been promoted to executive vp production at the studio. Giannetti, who reports to co-presidents of production Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach, is currently working on Tim Burton's fantastical adventure Big Fish starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney and Jessica Lange. She also is overseeing development on the action thriller RPM; the comedy Scared Guys; Hot Wheels, a feature film based on the Mattel pop culture phenomenon to be directed by McG; The Dinner Party, with Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher attached to star; and a feature film version of the TV series I Dream of Jeannie. »

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Legions drawn to 'Underworld'

22 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Underworld easily overshadowed the competition at the boxoffice this weekend as the R-rated release from Screen Gems left a mark on the top spot after sinking its teeth into a surprisingly robust estimate of $22 million. While the Kate Beckinsale starrer was expected to top the charts this weekend, the tally was far above the film's prospects heading into the frame. The debut of Underworld is the record for the distributor, topping Resident Evil ($17.7 million last year). It marked the eighth No. 1 opening for Sony this year and was the fifth-biggest ever in September. The Len Wiseman-directed picture, about a romance and a war between vampires and werewolves, was the second straight $20 million-plus opening for the studio after last weekend's $23.4 million debut for Once Upon a Time in Mexico. With five films opening in wide release this weekend, and with their respective business ranging from frosty to sizzling, overall it was a strong session and welcome news for what has been a sluggish month. The total estimate for the top dozen films was a sensational 37% higher than the comparable frame last year. The Hollywood Reporter forecasts the total for all films this weekend to be in the low- to- mid-$100 million range, up considerably from last year's $79.9 million. »

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Hayek Becomes New Face of Coca Cola

22 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Frida star Salma Hayek has signed up as the newest face of popular soft drink Coca Cola. Taking over the reigns from Simon Cowell and Missy Elliott, in a new TV ad the Mexican stunner is seen munching food and guzzling the soda in the kitchen of a posh restaurant before rushing out to join her table of pals. Once a waiter brings her a plate with an extremely small portion of food, she quips, "Oh no thanks, I'm watching my figure." The commercial debuts in America on Monday. Hayek is currently on screens in Once Upon a Time in Mexico opposite Antonio Banderas and Johnny Depp. »

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Johnny Depp Signs for 'Fear and Loathing' Follow-Up

18 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie hunk Johnny Depp has signed to star in a follow-up to hit film Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. Depp will join Fear and Loathing co-star Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hartnett and Nick Nolte in The Rum Diary - based on another of cult writer Hunter S. Thompson's hit novels. The film, which will reunite Johnny and Benicio on screen for the first time since the 1997 comedy, will also be directed by Puerto Rican-born Del Toro. Depp currently has two box office hits in release, Pirates of the Caribbean and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. »

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Mucho dinero for 'Mexico' with a $23.4 million debut

16 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The guitar-wielding, gunslinging mariachi character in Sony's Once Upon a Time in Mexico struck a powerful chord with moviegoers this weekend in North America as the Western-styled actioner debuted in the top spot with $23.4 million in tow. Warner Bros. Pictures' Matchstick Men opened in second with $13.1 million, followed by the debut of Lions Gate's Cabin Fever in third with $8.6 million. The R-rated Mexico, the third film in the El Mariachi series, was written and directed by Robert Rodriguez and stars Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Johnny Depp. Mexico's debut nearly equaled the final domestic gross of the second film, Desperado ($25.4 million). In addition, it marked the third-biggest opening in September and was the seventh time the distributor has opened a film in the top spot this year. »

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Mucho dinero down 'Mexico' way: $24 million opening

15 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Three new wide releases and an exceptionally strong limited debut breathed some much-needed life into the boxoffice this weekend, providing welcome relief after last weekend's languid returns. The boxoffice shootout in North America this session was easily won by Sony's Once Upon a Time in Mexico as the Western-style actioner from helmer and writer Robert Rodriguez chambered an impressive estimate of $24 million on its debut in 3,282 venues. The ensemble film, featuring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Johnny Depp, marked the third-biggest September opening ever and was the seventh No. 1 bow this year for the distributor. The opening for the R-rated Mexico, the third film in the franchise, exceeded even the most optimistic expectations heading into the weekend and nearly matched the entire domestic gross for Desperado ($25.4 million), which was the second film in the series. Desperado debuted to the tune of $7.9 million in August of 1995. »

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Two Johnny Depps for the Price of One

15 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Johnny Depp loved working on the set of his new movie Once Upon A Time In Mexico so much, he begged director Robert Rodriguez for another part. Depp wrapped up his part in the film in just eight days, thanks to movie-maker Rodriguez's famous speedy approach to movies, and he simply didn't want to go home to France. Rodriguez says, "He'd never shot a full movie in eight days and at the end of that he was like, 'Is there anything else I can do, man?' He said, 'Who's playing the priest?' and I said I hadn't cast it yet. He said, 'How about I do a Marlon Brando voice and dress up as someone else? Can I do the priest before I leave?' So there's a confessional scene which wasn't supposed to feature Johnny Depp." »

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Rodriguez nabs ShowEast award for filmmaking

9 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Robert Rodriguez will be honored with an Award of Excellence in Filmmaking on Oct. 2 at ShowEast, which kicks off Sept. 29 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Rodriguez most recently wrote, directed and produced Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over, the Dimension Films release that has grossed more than $108 million since it opened July 25. Sony Pictures will release his next film, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, a Columbia Pictures/Dimension co-production starring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek and Johnny Depp, on Friday. Mexico is the third film in a trilogy that began with his feature debut, El Mariachi, which was shot on video for just $7,000 and went on to win the audience award at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. Columbia Pictures acquired the film for distribution and also produced its 1995 sequel, Desperado. Rodriguez's other credits include From Dusk to Dawn, The Faculty and the first two Spy Kids movies. "We are delighted that Robert Rodriguez will be receiving this award from the nation's exhibitors at ShowEast," said Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of ShowEast. "It is very exciting to honor him, not only in recognition of the highly successful 'Spy Kids' series, but for his wide range of success and versatility." Rodriguez will receive the award at a luncheon co-sponsored by Miramax Films and Nielsen EDI. »

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More Than Just a Cameo for Depp

2 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Heart-throb actor Johnny Depp was shocked when he saw his new film Once Upon A Time In Mexico - because he didn't expect to be in it so much. Depp stars as a corrupt CIA agent in the third installment of the El Mariachi saga, about a mythic guitar-slinging hero, played by Antonio Banderas, who fights to save the Mexican people. But Johnny says his own role was actually a lot bigger than he first thought: He says, "I thought it was like a cameo. You know - a bit, a small little in and out thing. Suddenly, it was my agent or my sister, someone saw the movie and said 'Man, you're through the whole thing'. "I had no idea - especially after nine days of shooting." »

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