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I’m not your typical movie crier. Unlike most of my friends, I don’t tend to cry at big romantic gestures or when anyone in a Nicholas Sparks movie dies. But there is one thing that will always get me, as well as most of the other people in the theater: killing an animal. I just can’t. So this week, I quite literally have a pet peeve to discuss with Hollywood.
First things first, there’s a big difference between an animal film in which one dies and a film that includes an animal just to kill it. »
- Samantha Highfill
Today we have the first photo of Johnny Depp in the upcoming "Mortdecai" crime drama, and a shot of Charlize Theron in the "Dark Places" mystery thriller. Check everything out below. Mortdecai: Art dealer, Charles Mortdecai (Depp), searches for a stolen painting rumored to contain a secret code that gains access to hidden Nazi gold. Film is directed by David Koepp (Secret Window) and co-stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany and Olivia Munn. Dark Places: A woman (Theron) who survived the brutal killing of her family as a child is forced to confront the events of that day by a secret society obsessed with solving notorious crimes. The movie is directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah's Key) and co-stars Chloe Moretz, Nicholas Hoult and Christina Hendricks. Mortdecai: (click to enlarge) Dark Places: (click to enlarge) »
Len Cariou has had great successes onstage, but he's happy television is his prime home now.
The star of such hit musicals as "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "A Little Night Music" and "Applause" is in his fourth season as Henry Reagan, family patriarch and former New York police commissioner - the position now occupied by his son Frank (Tom Selleck) - on CBS' Friday drama "Blue Bloods."
Cariou is guaranteed at least one scene a week by the Reagan dinner-table gathering, and he's happy with the job in general.
"It's a great pleasure," he tells Zap2it. "We all have a great relationship, and I think it gives the show a uniqueness for a cop show. We get to know the family members and their different perspectives, and it's a very pleasant working situation. It's like I've gone to heaven."
Cariou credits that in large part to Selleck, »
Kings of Horror is a month-long series in which ShockTillYouDrop.com's Ryan Turek (@_RyanTurek) and CraveOnline's William Bibbiani (@williambibbiani) reflect on the big screen theatrical offerings of Stephen King's works.
31 days, 31 films, 31 reviews! The series began with Carrie and will end with the Carrie redo.
Read more »
The Newsroom and Magic Mike beauty Olivia Munn is set to appear opposite superstar Johnny Depp in the big-screen adaptation of Kyril Bonfigloi’s 1970s rogue art dealer novels, Mortdecai. The film is being directed by Secret Window and Stir Of Echoes’ David Koepp, and will also co-star Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor. It’s a project being set up at Lionsgate Films as a possible mystery franchise and has a screenplay by Eric Aronson.
We’ll keep you posted as the project continues to come together. Munn meanwhile is currently filming Scott Derrickson’s supernatural cop thriller Beware The Night with Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez and Sean Harris.
- Craig Hunter
Johnny Depp, who turned 50 this summer right before the release of The Lone Ranger, continues to hint that he’s looking forward to retirement. “Are there quieter things I wouldn’t mind doing? Yeah, I wouldn’t mind that,” he told the BBC’s Susanna Reid. “I wouldn’t say I am dropping out any second but I would say it’s probably not too far away.”
Depp reassured Reid that his retirement plans wouldn’t upend potential sequels to Pirates of the Caribbean and Alice in Wonderland, but the actor expressed his exhaustion at the life of an actor, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Having ditched his planned Whitey Bulger pic, Johnny Depp has acted quickly to plug the gap in his schedule, pencilling in old Secret Window mucker David Koepp’s next film, Mortdecai. It appears he’ll have company in the shape of Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor, who are now in talks to co-star.Koepp is directing the script based on Eric Aronson’s script, adapted from Kyril Bonfiglioli’s books. Depp will be Charles Mortdecai, a roguish, anti-hero art dealer who must race to recover a stolen painting.It’s not just any piece of artwork: this particular daubing is rumoured to hide a code to a lost bank account that is stuffed with Nazi gold. So you know he’s not just doing it for the love of art.There’s no mention of who Paltrow or McGregor would play, but if they lock in deals, they’ll report »
First, a few words about Mortdecai, the adaptation of Kyril Bonfiglioli's The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery: It will be directed by David Koepp (Secret Window); it involves art dealers and Nazi gold; it will star Johnny Depp as the titular Mortdecai. Now Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor are also attached, meaning some very fancy actors are going to get to yell at each other about whether the painting's borders match the photographs from the insurance company. (What? Don't act like you haven't seen The Thomas Crown Affair twenty times.) Anyway, this is promising Depp-goop news, we think. »
- Amanda Dobbins
Where Johnny Depp goes, others will follow. It’s a rule of Hollywood, and so far it has worked out pretty well for Mr. Depp and those he works for. His latest vehicle – the one that will likely follow his appearance in Into The Woods – will be comedy crime film Mortdecai, and his new co-stars are Ewan McGregor and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Mortdecai follows an art dealer/roguish-type who winds up involved with MI5, Russians, and that perennial favorite, Nazi gold. Depp’s going to be the man himself, while the roles of his co-stars are still in question. The film is based on a series of novels by Kyril Bonfiglioli featuring Charlie Mortdecai, a character The Guardian refers to as an ‘amoral Bertie Wooster with psychopathic tendencies’. Well, now I want to read the books.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Well, if you put Johnny Depp in the center of a movie, other stars will likely orbit. As he gears up his next film, the comedy crime flick "Mortdecai," he's got a couple of magazine cover ready names getting ready to join him. Variety reports that Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor are in talks for the film, set to be directed by David Koepp (who previously collaborated with Depp on "Secret Window" – no comment...well actually, here's a few). Based on the series of books by Kyril Bonfiglioli, the film will tell the story of an art dealer/rogue who somehow gets mixed up in a plot involving Nazi gold, the Russians, the MI5 and more. No word yet on the roles of his co-stars, though we presume everyone involved will be playing some version of dress-up given the rather elaborate setting. Lensing will get underway before the end of the year, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In the most least surprising news of the week, Johnny Depp is pushing through a sequel to Disney’s $1 billion worldwide grossing Alice In Wonderland, just two weeks after his latest movie The Lone Ranger flopped on its arse.
Variety says Depp’s production company Infinitum Nihil has moved from Warner Bros to Disney and are now putting the wheels in motion on Through The Looking Glass that would see Depp reprise his role as the Mad Hatter from Tim Burton’s 2010 live-action/CGI adaptation, with original screenwriter Linda Woolverton again on writing duties.
Although the planned movie shares the same name as Lewis Carroll’s own follow-up to his classic tale about Alice and that fabled rabbit hole… it likely won’t resemble too much of the novel as Burton’s 2010 film was already a sequel of sorts to both Alice In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass.
- Matt Holmes
For the first time since 2004's Secret Window, director David Koepp and star Johnny Depp are getting ready to work together on a new project. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor is now in negotiations to star in Mortdecai, an in-development crime caper. The film is based on the book "The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery" by Kyril Bonfiglioli, which is being adapted by Eric Aronson (one of the screenwriters behind the Lance Bass/Joey Fatone romantic comedy/box office disaster On The Line). Depp is set to play an art dealer/rogue named Charlies Mortdecai who "must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold." According to the trade, the globe-trotting adventure will have Mortdecai facing off against angry Russianbs, MI5, his wife »
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Johnny Depp is in talks to join another film project for Lionsgate. It's called Mortdecai, and it's an adaptation of the book The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery by Kyril Bonfiglioli.
According to THR, Depp will play Charles Mortdecai, "a debonair art dealer and part time rogue who must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. He also has to juggle angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist."
The book was written in the 1970s and it could end »
- Joey Paur
After The Lone Ranger bombed disastrously for Disney, a Western red stain to go along with the sci-fi revenue anvil that was John Carter, Johnny Depp will apparently be trading in the mildly offensive tribal makeup for some non-pirate-related moustache twirling. He’s in line to star in Mortdecai, David Koepp’s adaptation of The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery, a comedic crime novel by the late European writer Kyril Bonfiglioli, finished posthumously by Craig Brown in 1996. Depp previously collaborated with Koepp on the lesser Stephen King adaptation Secret Window, while Koepp's most recent film was last summer's »
Despite being the headliner of one massive box office bomb — "The Lone Ranger" is expected to lose Disney something like $190 million (mega ouch!) — Johnny Depp's still having no trouble scoring himself new work.
Next up for the screen chameleon is a pic called "Mortdecai," which will feature Depp as Charles Mortedecai, a debonair art dealer-slash-rogue who per Lionsgate "must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold."
The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news, adds that there'll be some other zany characters in the mix of mischief, including one "impossibly leggy wife" (just imagine the armchair-casting coming off of that descriptor).
The film, adapted to script by Eric Aronson from the '70s Kyril Bonfiglioli novel series "The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery," will »
- Amanda Bell
Just last week, many were left wondering what happened to the old Johnny Depp? Now, that guy might be coming back: According to TheWrap, Depp is attached to star in "Mortdecai" for writer-director David Koepp ("Jurassic Park," "Mission: Impossible"). Depp and Koepp previously worked together on the film "Secret Window."
The film, based on the book "The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery" by Kyril Bonfiglioli, is a comedic crime thriller. Per TheWrap, Warner Bros. was developing the property for years before bowing out; Lionsgate will now distribute "Mortdecai."
"It's a very funny series of books and a very interesting character," Depp told BuzzSugar during an interview back in June.
The quirky comedy represents a shift for Depp, who has languished under heavy make-up to diminishing returns in recent films like "The Lone Ranger," "Dark Shadows" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End." Not that Depp is leaving the big-budget features »
- Christopher Rosen
International superstar Johnny Depp is currently having a hard time at the Us box-office following the spectacular bomb, The Lone Ranger. He’s almost completed work on Wally Pfister’s sci-fi thriller Transcendence, which is a much-anticapted blockbuster. Now we’re hearing Depp is in negotiations for the lead role in Lionsgate‘s Mortdecai. It’s an adaptation of the 1970s series of novels by Kyril Bonfiglioli, centred on the adventures of “debonair art dealer and part-time rogue Charles Mortdecai“, set to be directed by screenwriter-turned-director David Koepp from a script by Eric Aronson.
Koepp penned the likes of Jurassic Park, Carlito’S Way and Mission: Impossible, but he’s failed to really make an impact since moving behind the camera. It’s the supernatural thriller Stir Of Echoes (1999) easily the impressive stand-out, while last years Joseph Gordon-Levitt bicycle thriller Premium Rush, surprisingly sank without trace.
Both Koepp and Depp »
- Craig Hunter
Johnny Depp is in some serious negotiations to star in Mortdecai, an adaptation of The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery novel, written by Kyril Bonfiglioli. If negotiations work out, Depp will reteam with his Secret Window helmer David Koepp, who’s already attached to direct the movie for Lionsgate. Head inside to find more details… So, at this moment we know that Koepp is on board to direct the project from a script written by Eric Aronson, which revolves around a debonair art dealer and part-time rogue who: …must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a...
- Jeanne Standal
Johnny Depp has entered talks for Mordecai.
The Lone Ranger star is negotiating for the lead role in Disney's adaptation of The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery, reports The Wrap.
Kyril Bonfiglioli's book centres around art dealer and rogue Charles Mortdecai, who is set on the trail of a stolen painting that contains a code for a hidden bank account full of Nazi gold.
The 1999 novel was completed by Craig Brown after Bonfiglioli's death.
Depp can currently be seen in Disney's The Lone Ranger, which is lining up to be a major critical flop for the studio.
Watch a trailer for The Lone Ranger below: »
Update: As we first reported, Johnny Depp is slated for the lead role in a film adaptation of the comedic crime novel The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery. Today, The Wrap reported new developments in the project: director David Koepp, who also collaborated with Depp on Secret Window, and writer Eric Aronson are now on board, and the film has also moved from Warner Brothers to Lionsgate. Our original story follows. Johnny Depp is planning to star in a big-screen version of the comedic crime novel The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery. We recently interviewed Depp in Santa Fe, Nm, as he promoted The Lone Ranger, and he told us he's hopeful the project will be his next. "There's a great series of books by a guy named Kyril Bonfiglioli called The Mortdecai Trilogy," he said. "There's one called The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery, and it's a very funny series of books and a very interesting character. »
- Lindsay Miller
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