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Selena Gomez is like the red queen in Alice in Wonderland. It’s off with their heads for another arm of her management team in a career-shaping makeover. Now Selena has ordered her long-time management company, Hollywood powerhouse agency CAA to the chopping block. CAA represents a slew of Hollywood A-listers including Jennifer Aniston, Kate Blanchett, James Cameron, George Clooney, Robert Di Niro and Cameron Diaz. ...Read More »
Believe it or not, Johnny Depp has been lighting up the silver screen for three decades.
Since breaking out on the hit show "21 Jump Street," Depp has become well known for his eccentric roles, most notably as the suave pirate Captain Jack Sparrow. While the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise made him a bankable star, Depp owes much of his career to renowned director Tim Burton for collaborations such as "Edward Scissorhands" (1990) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1999) -- just to name two.
But there's still much to know about the international star. From his early ambitions as a musician to his surprising fear, here are 33 things you probably don't know about Johnny Depp.
2. He and his family moved frequently during his childhood, living in more than 20 different places before settling in Miramar, »
- Jonny Black
The first featurette for Disney’s Maleficent has been released! The re-imagining of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale stars Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville.
Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s icon villain from the timeless classic Sleeping Beauty. The film explores the legacy of Maleficent (Jolie), and reveals why she is driven into a world darkness. The film follows her quest for revenge, after she is betrayed. Obsessed with her desire for retribution she places a curse on the king’s newborn infant Aurora (Fanning).
The featurette features Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning, screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King), and director Robert Stromberg (the two-time Oscar winning art director of Avatar and Alice In Wonderland). All share their thoughts on the legacy of one of Disney’s most iconic villains, all whilst revealing some unseen footage.
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- Ciham Messouki
Written by Jack Paglen
Directed by Wally Pfister
United Kingdom, China, and USA, 2014
It’s been more than a decade since Johnny Depp moved from being a bundle of quirky nerves in the body of a heartthrob to a full-fledged movie star, and it may be the worst thing that happened to his career. Depp’s Mvp-like turn as the louche Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was stunning to audiences worldwide; he managed to appear in a big-budget blockbuster based on a theme-park attraction without seemingly selling out, crafting an utterly daffy and instantly iconic character. And in many ways, it has been Depp’s creative undoing. He’s able to choose whatever projects he wants now, as many of his bigger films are prone to grossing a billion dollars at the box office, even the garish Alice in Wonderland. »
- Josh Spiegel
With a little over six weeks to go until its release, Walt Disney Pictures has debuted the first featurette for Maleficent, Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg’s (Alice in Wonderland) live-action reimagining of the animated classic Sleeping Beauty starring Angelina Jolie (The Tourist) as the Mistress of All Evil and Elle Fanning (Super 8) as Princess Aurora. Check it out below… From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, »
- Gary Collinson
There's just over two weeks left until The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters, officially kicking off the blockbuster summer season. One of the films arriving in the same month doesn't take a cue from a comic book, but from classic animation. Maleficent tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the point-of-view of the titular sorceress (Angelina Jolie) who places the infamous curse on the young princess (Elle Fanning), and a new featurette talks more about the revision of the well-known fairytale. Jolie offers some insight into the character, as well as Fanning's memory from her childhood spent absorbing the film. Watch! Here's the first featurette for Robert Stromberg's Maleficent from YouTube: Robert Stromberg (a production designer on Alice in Wonderland and Avatar) is making his directorial debut with Maleficent from a script written by Linda Woolverton (The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast). Angelina Jolie plays the title villain »
- Ethan Anderton
Disney has released the first Maleficent featurette. The film tells the story of Sleeping Beauty from the perspective of the titular villain (Angelina Jolie), and how a betrayal sets off a drive for revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides. This featurette features interviews with Jolie, Elle Fanning (who plays the Princess Aurora), screenwriter Linda Woolverton (The Lion King), and director Robert Stromberg (the two-time Oscar winning art director of Avatar and Alice in Wonderland). Their interviews help provide a few more details about the story, and the featurette also has some bits of new footage. Hit the jump to check out the featurette. The film also stars Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville. Maleficent opens in 2D and 3D on May 30th. Via Disney. Here’s the official synopsis for Maleficent: “Maleficent” explores the untold story of »
- Matt Goldberg
The 2014 Cannes Film Festival lineup is out, and while it certainly includes enough highly anticipated films to fulfill any cinephile's dreams between now and the festival's May 14th kick-off, there were a few films that didn't end up making the cut -- some bigger surprises than others. Whether due to the film not being done or a strategic move to screen it elsewhere or maybe even Cannes rejecting it, quite a few high profile films are now officially major contenders for the fall festival circuit's main trio -- Venice, Toronto and/or Telluride. Here are 10 examples: "Big Eyes" Directed by Tim Burton Tim Burton -- who headed the Cannes jury two years back -- has gotten a lot of flack as of late thanks to big budget, critically panned films like "Alice in Wonderland" and "Dark Shadows." And while it seems like he is making a return to fantasy-free, low-budget »
Few actors have been as adventurous or as weird, and few have risen to stardom so fast. Johnny Depp's filmography is as strange and varied as anyone's. With Transcendence hitting theaters this week, it's time to look back over the career of Johnny Depp and craft the definitive ranking of his performances. Here are our rules: only major roles are eligible (so no A Nightmare on Elm Street or The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) and voice work in animated movies won't be ranked (so no Corpse Bride or Rango). The Brave is not ranked because it's still unavailable and unseen in North America. From worst to best, here are the 29 major Johnny Depp performances, ranked in quality. 29. Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland) This is it -- the nadir of Johnny Depp. No...
- Jacob S. Hall
Have you ever seen a poorly stuffed animal? Like, one where the taxidermist flat out fucked up, letting faux tissue rest imbalanced on the skeleture or placing glass eyeballs protruding too far out of the eye sockets, leaving the poor passed-on animal but a mangled shell of its former self. Looking on such a disfigured beast generally conjures instantaneous disgust, a repugnancy solely caused by the unnatural look of creatures we know to look a specific way. This discomforting unnaturalness is the stuff surrealist Czech director Jan Švankmajer lives for. His lengthy oeuvre is packed with animated creatures that look as though they were purposefully aborted taxidermy projects. In the late 1980s, Švankmajer took on the task of adapting Lewis Carroll’s beloved Adventure’s in Wonderland with Alice, employing a mix of stop motion and live action to lense his white rabbit as a demented teeth chattering creature of childhood nightmares. »
- Jordan M. Smith
With Disney's Maleficent hitting theaters next month, we cannot help but think about all our favorite classic movies that have been remade into box office hits. Our leading lady Snow White was remade into Mirror Mirror, the adventurous Alice was recreated and brought to life in the 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland and we met a grown up Peter Pan in the adaptation Hook.
We are enjoying the remakes of our Disney adventures, there are a few classics we would not mind seeing be retold. We know there are too many remakes to name, but there are still a few they have yet to tackle. Take a look at the top five Disney classics that we would like to be remade with todays technology:
1. The Little Mermaid. Who does not want to see a mermaid in real life? We know we would love to see the animation of the fish talking to Ariel. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nicole P.)
Sony’s Christian drama “Heaven Is for Real,” which opens Wednesday, is the latest offering in a year with an uncommonly large slate of religious-themed wide releases.
Although there’s long been a robust DVD market and numerous indie releases, more major studios have been taking a leap of faith and embarking on extensive marketing missions this year. It’s only fitting that the senior production exec for “Heaven Is for Real,” DeVon Franklin, is an ordained minister and one of the film’s producers, T.D. Jakes, is a bishop. Jakes has teamed up with “Alice in Wonderland” producer Joe Roth for the project.
“My hope is that it’s going to appeal to the same demographic of the book, which was in the mainstream,” said Franklin, the author of spiritual success book “Produced by Faith.”
“But at the same time,” he adds, “(the story) really had a strong faith-based following. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Raf Simons' first House of Dior haute couture collection: "It was beautiful and very very moving."
In part 2 of our conversation, Frédéric Tcheng reveals the role David Fincher, Todd Haynes, Jean-Luc Godard, Claire Denis and Olivier Assayas played in the making of Dior And I. Jeff Koons' Flower Puppy inside out, Alice In Wonderland, Gertrude Stein, and glimpses of Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Lawrence and Sharon Stone at Raf Simons' first House of Dior haute couture collection pop up and a quote from Jean Renoir frames it all.
In part 1 of our conversation, the director spoke about developing musical themes for Christian Dior and Simons with Ha-yang Kim and the genesis of the project through House of Dior's Olivier Bialobos and Omar Berrada's introduction of Marina Warner's book Phantasmagoria.
Anne-Katrin Titze: Did Raf say 'yes' right away to have you follow him with cameras?
Frédéric Tcheng: No, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Ahead of its release next month, Walt Disney Pictures has released a batch of fourteen images from its upcoming live-action Sleeping Beauty reimagining Maleficent, which sees Oscar-winning production designer Robert Stromberg (Alice in Wonderland) directing Angelina Jolie (The Tourist) as the iconic Mistress of All Evil. Check them out here via Stitch Kingdom….
From Disney comes “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal—an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces an epic battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. »
- Gary Collinson
Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, spread some royal magic when she attended a tea party at a children's hospice in New Zealand Saturday. Prince William's wife, who is a champion of the hospice movement at home in the U.K., where she is patron of East Anglia Children's Hospices, was keen to see one on her travels to New Zealand. Visiting the Rainbow Place home in Hamilton, the 32-year-old duchess met children with life-threatening illnesses as well as those suffering from grief and loss, or coping with parents who are terminally ill. She also toured a Mad Hatter's tea »
- Simon Perry
Ever since Disney grossed a billion dollars on Alice in Wonderland back in 2010 (something I’ll never understand), the House of Mouse has been eager to create live-action adaptations of all their animated classics. From The Jungle Book to Cinderella, the studio is digging deep into their catalogue in hopes of bringing back some of their most beloved films.
We’ve known for quite some time that Disney was looking to put together a live-action take on Beauty and the Beast, but until today, we hadn’t heard anything other than that they had hired a writer. Now, thanks to Film Divider, we’re learning that Bill Condon is rumored to be in talks with the studio to direct. This news should be taken with a grain of salt, as it hasn’t been confirmed by any type of official source. However, if you give it some thought, it actually makes some sense. »
- Matt Joseph
Though it’s taken a few years to come to fruition, Disney’s billion-dollar-grossing Alice in Wonderland kicked off a new trend for the studio in 2010. It has slowly been working on live-action adaptations of some of the studio’s classic animated films, and we’ll see the next one this May in the form of Maleficent, which tells the Sleeping Beauty story from the villain’s point of view. After that, we have Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella set for release in March 2015, Jon Favreau is directing a live-action take on The Jungle Book for release in October 2015, and there is also a redo of Beauty and the Beast in the works. While Disney set a writer on Beauty and the Beast early last year, we haven’t heard much more about the project in the interim. However, if a new report is to be believed, the studio may »
- Adam Chitwood
Next month, Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland) will return to television with Fox’s 24: Live Another Day, a 12-episode update of the acclaimed espionage thriller series. Set four years after the explosive events of 24‘s eighth and final season, Live Another Day finds Jack laying low in Europe, still hounded by the CIA. When he catches wind of a planned terrorist attack in London, the former agent leaps into action, determined to prevent global chaos even as his pursuers draw closer.
Fox has unveiled a decidedly cinematic trailer for the series today, which reveals a lot more about the set-up for Live Another Day, as well as new additions to the cast. Check it out below:
For newcomers to the series, season eight saw Jack slaughter high-ranking members of the Russian government who were involved in a shadowy conspiracy. In Live Another Day, the CIA is clearly still holding a »
- Isaac Feldberg
The sequel to Disney’s 2010 live action reboot of Lewis Carroll’s famous children’s novel Alice in Wonderland – tentatively entitled Through The Looking Glass – has quietly been trudging along into pre-production without much fanfare as yet. However, It looks like we will all be seeing a new character come May 2016 in the guise of the Mad Hatter’s father, who is to be played by stage thespian Mark Rylance.
Rylance’s previous big screen outings are few and far between but include the likes of The Other Boleyn Girl, Anonymous and Intimacy. Much of his acting career has been spent on stage including various stints at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre , London.
Set to return is Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter with Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) the only previously announced new face due to appear as an unnamed villain. The movie is to be directed by »
- Gavin Logan
We already know that Johnny Depp will return as the Mad Hatter in Disney's "Alice in Wonderland" sequel, called "Through the Looking Glass." And now comes word that his character will have a father. The studio is currently in talks with Mark Rylance to join the film as Mad Hatter's dad. Rylance is best known for his work on stage, but has appeared in such films as "Anonymous" and the upcoming "The Gunman," starring Sean Penn. "Through the Looking Glass" will be directed by James Bobin (The Muppets) and will bring back Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Helena Bonham Carter as the evil Red Queen. It's set to hit theaters on May 27th, 2016. »
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