4 items from 2016
Over the past six months or so, we’ve had our first real glimpse at George Miller’s aborted DC movie Justice League Mortal, including concept art of Aquaman, a sculpture of Martian Manhunter, some storyboards, and images of Megan Gale’s Wonder Woman. Now the Mad Max: Fury Road director has been talking about the 2007 project to The Hollywood Reporter, explaining how it came about, and how it fell apart…
“There was a really great script. And Warners said, ‘Let’s do it. Let’s do a Justice League.’ I really was attracted to it. But there was a writers strike looming. We had to cast it very quickly, which we did with Warners’ casting people. And we cast it really quickly and we mounted it very quickly. And it depended on a start date and it depended on some basic rebate legislation that had just got through a new Australian government. »
- Gary Collinson
It’s been a rough couple of years for the once great Johnny Depp. After starring in several stinkers like Mortdecai, The Lone Ranger, The Tourist and Transcendence, many people wrote off the A-lister as being past his prime. Last year, however, saw a bit of a return to form for Depp with Black Mass, and now he’s looking to keep that momentum going as we’re hearing he’s signed on for Triple Frontier.
The project has been floating around Hollywood for a while now, with Kathryn Bigelow attached to direct for a very long time. Back then, Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, Will Smith, Christian Bale and more of the industry’s finest were all linked to roles. Eventually, Bigelow left and A Most Violent Year director J.C. Chandor replaced her. While Hanks is still said to be interested, Depp is the first one to come on board in an official capacity. »
- Mark Cassidy
We’re seeing big cinema releases almost every weekend now. But is this a good thing?
Do you remember during 2014, where lots of fans stubbornly declared Captain America: The Winter Soldier the best film of that summer despite its opening in March/April? It was joined by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in trying to steal a march on the competition, but clearly when you think big blockbusters, they’re associated with a certain time of year. And given how for the studios, summer season occupies a full third of the year from May to August, and Christmas the sweet period from November all the way through to New Year, that should be plenty of room for the Avengers, Star Wars and Jurassic Parks of the world, right?
Except that there are plenty more 'tentpoles' (big releases to prop up the studio’s bottom line) being made and »
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Johnny Depp has played everything from the world’s greatest lover (“Don Juan DeMarco”) to the world’s worst director (“Ed Wood”), constantly reinventing himself onscreen with daring choices. Because he’s become one of the biggest stars in the world, it can be easy to forget he is also a remarkable actor, immersing himself so deeply into characters as to become virtually unrecognizable. Such is the case in “Black Mass,” in which Depp portrays legendary Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger with such chilling authenticity that, as director Scott Cooper reveals, those who know the real deal were unnerved when they visited the set.
Last weekend, the three-time Oscar nominee was on hand at the Palm Springs International Film Festival to accept the Desert Palm achievement award for his work in the film, where he thanked his wife, actress Amber Heard, “for living with all these characters, »
- Jenelle Riley
4 items from 2016
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