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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
Crocs to cobras, mambas to cottonmouths, komodos to geckos – let's get snappy and slide in some song suggestions
Every few months sensational news items announce how a crocodile is on the loose somewhere in Britain. "Goose-killer lurks in London's River Lea near Olympic Stadium" ran one headline in 2011. Last year a huge crocodile was reportedly spotted in the English Channel. It turned out to be a piece of wood. And in February this year police were called out after someone supposedly spotted a crocodile under a bridge in Bristol. None were found. Still, while discarded terrapin pets are regularly to be seen thriving in park ponds, it's hard to beat the idea, for attention-grabbing public frenzy and what-lies-beneath terror, that some man-eating scaly monster will come up through the sewage system and bite your bits when you're on the toilet.
Reptiles also do leap out prominently in song, but they »
- Peter Kimpton
Feature Sarah Dobbs 5 Mar 2014 - 07:00
It’s been about a decade since the last episode of Angel, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off series about the vampire with a soul, aired. The final episode of season five, Not Fade Away, first appeared on Us television screens on 19 May 2004. That seems simultaneously like a very long time ago, and not very long ago at all, because time is vast and human brains are small and fallible, but it’s safe to say that in TV years, it’s a pretty long goddamned time.
The men and women behind the characters we used to spend one night a week with have gone on to other things – some bigger and better, others kind of rubbish – and unless you’re a particularly obsessive superfan, you »
We’re getting closer to Hollywood’s night to shine – the Oscars. This year’s nominations are a bevy of brilliant films, performances and crafts, the motion picture industry at its best.
The Academy Awards is the gold standard by which every other awards show is measured, because when it comes to the biggest night in film, nobody does it better than Oscar!
In anticipation of the star-studded night at the Dolby Theatre, the gang at Wamg has chosen their favorite nominees – from the Best Picture and Best Acting categories to the technical categories, here’s a close-up look at our Top 10 Favorite nominees.
Best Picture – American Hustle
By Jim Batts
The Best Picture Oscar usually goes to the film that shines a light on a social injustice, a historical event, or individuals battling injury or disease. The most wildly entertaining (sorry Marty and Leo, but three hours of arrogant »
- Movie Geeks
Director Gore Verbinski has inked a three-year producing and directing deal with New Regency.
Verbinski’s production company, Blind Wink, and New Regency have already began developing two projects, one of which is looking to begin production this summer.
“Gore is obviously is a great filmmaker who’s made huge movies,” New Regency president and CEO Brad Weston told Variety. “We want to work with the best filmmakers to generate the best projects. The deal with Gore is a continuation of that in a great way.”
As the major studios continue to finance their tentpoles — primarily sequels, reboots and films with built-in superfans — midrange original projects have sought alternative sources of funding.
“I am really looking forward to this creative partnership with New Regency. »
- Alexandra Cheney
Virtually every major studio movie released these days is seen as the beginning of a franchise (or, increasingly, part of a larger, interconnected "universe"). Few of these movies should actually warrant additional installments, and it's the intention of "Make It a Franchise," a new recurring feature on Moviefone, to argue for the continued adventures of movies that failed to merit their very own franchise. We'll also investigate the reasons, either creative or commercial, for the lack of sequels and spin-offs, and whether or not the studio had larger plans for these tantalizing nonstarters.
Last summer, a movie rode into theaters nationwide with a bullseye already painted on it.
That movie was Disney's "The Lone Ranger," which, in its troubled production history, had been shut down once due to budget overruns, and then, when it was actually in production, faced a number of problems, including a costly, overlong shooting schedule that »
- Drew Taylor
John Kahrs, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind Walt Disney Pictures' short film "Paperman," is set to direct a mysterious animated feature from Paramount Pictures titled Shedd . Details on Shedd are virtually nill, but it is said to be based on an original idea by Adam Goodman and will feature a script by Tripper Clancy. Founded in 2011, Paramount Animation was born out of the success of Gore Verbinski's Rango and the end of the studio's contract with DreamWorks Animation. SpongeBob SquarePants 2 will be the first Paramount Animation-branded feature when it hits the big screen on February 13, 2015. Also in development is Monster Trucks , currently set for release on May 29, 2015. (Photo Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / WENN.com) »
7 items from 2014
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