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It looks like Black Mass director Scott Cooper may have lined up his next project, with Deadline revealing that he’s in talks with Warner Bros. about directing the spy thriller White Knight, as well as rewriting the original script from Bill Dubuque (The Judge).
White Knight follows a disgraced Secret Service agent who takes a job protecting the family of an arms dealer, putting himself at the center of a global CIA manhunt. It’s said that Warner Bros. is viewing the project as a potential franchise in the same mold as James Bond and Bourne.
- Gary Collinson
American filmmaker Scott Cooper has made rather divisive features in his career so far. With Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace, his latest picture is the epic biography of the notorious Boston criminal Whitey Bulger. Though all three of his eclectic projects are bound together by one thing -having remarkable casts – as it
- Stefan Pape
After 23 studio releases, master filmmaker Ridley Scott begins each new project the exact same way. The iconic director, whose fall blockbuster “The Martian” has earned Scott his best reviews in years, still sits down and sketches out every single shot in his movies the old-fashioned way — on paper.
“I start quick on pencil and then I fill in with these gray felt tips with a fine felt tip. I do the whole film,” Scott says. “ ‘Black Hawk Down,’ that was a nightmare, 11 cameras. I’d do each fragment of what I wanted. There were three cameras in each corner. So, I would just put my head down and sketch, ‘This, this, this, this.’”
Scott’s approach appears to be consistent over the years, but many of his peers, such as Todd Haynes and Danny Boyle, have their own perspective on tackling new films. Haynes took on the directing duties of »
- Gregory Ellwood
Three-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp and filmmaker Scott Cooper, the director of “Crazy Heart” and “Black Mass,” will appear together on Sunday night at AFI Fest Presented by Audi. “A Conversation with Director Scott Cooper and Johnny Depp” is sponsored by Vizio and in partnership with Variety. The Q&A will be moderated by Variety‘s deputy awards and features editor Jenelle Riley.
The event will take place at 6 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Free tickets are available at the At&T Box Office and online at AFI.com/Afifest.
Cooper and Depp will be discussing their collaboration on “Black Mass,” now in theaters. The film tells the story of notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger (played by Depp) and how he came to power in Boston, largely thanks to his cooperation with FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton.) The ensemble includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, »
- Variety Staff
Music biopics come in every shape and size, and considering some have earned award season acclaim — “I Walk The Line,” “Crazy Heart,” “Ray,” et al. — they’re not going away any time soon (even when their conventions gets spoofed by films like “Walk Hard”). Late ‘80s rappers N.W.A. got their due this summer, and the next major music biography film is "I Saw the Light," which centers on legendary country western singer Hank Williams. The film chronicles his meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life. It stars Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “Crimson Peak”) as Williams and Elizabeth Olsen (“Oldboy,” “Godzilla”) as his wife, Audrey Mae Williams. Based on the book “Hank Williams: The Biography” by Colin Escott, the picture tells the story of the legendary performer, who rose high and died young at the age of 29. Many assumed the »
- Edward Davis
With gangsters, wigs, makeup, thick Boston accents, and a period setting, Black Mass was an opportunity for some actors to really act. Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, and Peter Sarsgaard, to name a few, gave very large performances. Sometimes they were grounded and human, sometimes they weren’t. Whatever the case, writer/director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) put together an excellent cast, but one of […]
- Jack Giroux
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Three-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp (“Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Finding Neverland,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) stars as notorious mobster Whitey Bulger in the drama “Black Mass,” directed by Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”).
- Movie Geeks
Hit the deck! Rat-a-tat-tat!! These are the sounds of a cinema staple, the gangster genre. From the early silent days, “thugs with dirty mugs” were the source of many a “hit” at the box office, of course. Soon after the Brothers Warner began their studio, they quickly became the premiere producers of these “blood and thunder” morality plays, featuring a “murderers’ row” of movie icons headed by James Cagney, Edward G Robertson, and Humphrey Bogart. In the waning years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, these thrillers often merged with the biography genre with the stories of real-life 20’s and 30’s criminals like John Dillinger, Bonnie Parker, and Clyde Barrow, and, the big man himself, “Scarface” Al Capone. With the phenomenal success of The Godfather, these “public enemies” were back in vogue, continuing even to this day. Now the Warners are back in the true tale gangster biz, but they’re »
- Jim Batts
'Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials' with Dylan O'Brien. 'Maze Runner 2' to beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass' The 20th Century Fox release Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner, and Warner Bros.' Johnny Depp star vehicle Black Mass will be battling it out at the North American box office this coming weekend, Sept. 18-20, the last (astronomical) summer weekend of 2015. According to Variety, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will “likely” end up at the top of the U.S. and Canada box office chart. In fact, more than just “likely,” in case tracking is on target. Including Thursday evening shows, Maze Runner 2 is expected to collect somewhere around $35 million from 3,790 sites, while Black Mass should take in $22 million or so from 3,188 theaters. 'Maze Runner 2' vs. 'The Maze Runner' Maze Runner 2 will then open only about 10 percent ahead of the original, »
- Zac Gille
The polarizing nature of Johnny Depp may soon be getting a little less so, thanks to his mesmerizing performance in Black Mass, the new film depicting the story of infamous Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. Indeed, the buzz surrounding the movie surrounded talk of a return to form for Depp, whose work for the better part of the past ten years has been scrutinized as indulgent, excessive, overly reliant on costuming, and generally worthy of scorn by many people.
I wouldn’t count myself among the voices who lament Depp’s recent roles (I don’t think his performances have lost anything, but the movies themselves may not be as good as his early work — then again, I found Mortdecai hilarious, so you needn’t listen to anything I say), but as Bulger, he makes it virtually impossible to find much fault in his portrayal of the criminal-turned-fbi informant.
- Darren Ruecker
Three-time Oscar nominee Johnny Depp stars as notorious mobster Whitey Bulger in the drama Black Mass, from director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart). The film explores how a deal between ruthless gangster Whitey Bulger and FBI Agent John Connolly enabled Bulger to expand his criminal empire with complete impunity, as Connolly – blinded by his own ambition – shielded him from investigation, ignoring the rising body count.
Cooper has said, “I wanted to explore the bonds of brotherhood and the bonds of loyalty, but also the unbridled ambition, avarice and hubris that drove these people. It was important to me not to simply tell a story about criminals that happened to be human, but to tell a story about humans, reprehensible or not, who happened to be criminals. And never losing sight of the fact that, in Boston in the 1970s and `80s, certain lawmen and criminals were virtually indistinguishable.”
To achieve that tone musically, »
- Michelle McCue
Next month sees the return of one of the UK’s most prolific film festival, The London Film Festival (Lff). Taking place between 7 and 18 October, the festival will show over 230 films in more than 16 venues over the capital.
Showcasing an array of high-profile films, this year’s Lff will screen some of the early contenders in next year’s award season, as well as critically acclaimed offers from around the world.
Here are the choice picks of this year’s festival:
This long-awaited film adaptation, based on a novel by J.G. Ballard, will be one of the films with a gala screening during Lff 2015. Directed by Kill List’s Ben Wheatley, the film sees Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Irons star in this satirical take on modern living.
Awarded the Best Director prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsein delves into the »
- Katie Wong
For some, Labor Day signals a Monday off from school and work, the final hurrah of the summer and college football games galore.
But for Oscar watchers, the three day break heralds the beginning of the Awards Season with film festivals being held at Venice (Sept. 2 – 12) and Telluride (Sept. 4 – 7).
Getting a shot in the arm from the weekend festivals were Spotlight, Steve Jobs, Black Mass and The Danish Girl. Below is a sampling of the films in play this awards season that screened over the busy holiday weekend.
The Danish Girl (Nov. 27)
Based on the book by David Ebershoff, The Danish Girl is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne [The Theory of Everything] and Alicia Vikander [Ex Machina]), and directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve »
- Michelle McCue
Here’s the thing: Johnny Depp never went anywhere. That’s how filmmaker Scott Cooper put it when we chatted following a screening of “Black Mass” here Sunday afternoon, and it speaks to something that is already on the verge of annoying me this season.
Sure, “Johnny Depp’s comeback” is a fun narrative, but it’s also a rather facile one. While the actor has certainly been taking on roles in paycheck movie after paycheck movie, and while many of them have been artistic misfires, his commitment to his characters has been remarkably consistent.
I look at stuff like “Alice in Wonderland,” “Dark Shadows” and “The Libertine,” for a few examples, and yeah, I recoil. But Depp was equally possessed in every outing. Also, sure, the bloated franchise extension of the iconography he created in the original “Pirates of the Caribbean” film has worn thin, but he still crafted something for the ages there. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Venice — A decade ago, Johnny Depp appeared to be fast closing in on his first best actor Oscar. After having acquired a reputation through the 1990s as one of Hollywood’s most singularly creative leading men — giving award-caliber performances in the likes of “Ed Wood” and “Donnie Brasco” — his first nomination was a belated one. He was 40 in 2003: It was a testament to how much respect Depp had earned during his formative years that the Academy finally welcomed him to the club for his flamboyant gonzo turn in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.” It was, needless to say, the polar opposite of an Oscar-chasing vehicle. You don’t get nominated for a jokey Disney summer blockbusters unless your peers really, really like you.
He lost to Sean Penn, of course, but it was a close-run thing; Depp had pulled off an upset win at the Screen Actors Guild awards, »
- Guy Lodge
Fox & Disney
Summer blockbuster season is well and truly over, and as those post-summer blues set in, remember that the rumblings of Oscar season are already beginning, what with the Venice, Toronto, Telluride, London and New York Film Festivals unleashing many of the year’s most anticipated films over the next few months.
Though there are a ton of highly-anticipated movies that could go either way (Everest, The Martian, The Walk, Mockingjay Part 2, Pan, Crimson Peak, Creed, The Good Dinosaur, Snowden and many more), this list is focusing primarily on movies which are seemingly on a collision course with greatness, either due to some terrific marketing so far, an incredible cast and crew, or early reviews from the festival circuit.
From the year’s biggest blockbuster to small-scale dramas with 5% of their budget, these movies are going to be on everyone’s lips over the next few months, and they »
- Jack Pooley
Scott Cooper's true crime drama "Black Mass" had its world premiere at the Venice film festival on Friday. And the first wave of reviews are heaping praise Johnny Depp for his performance as Boston mob boss Whitey Bulger, who acted as an FBI informant for more than three decades. Cooper -- whose first film, "Crazy Heart," won Jeff Bridges the Best Actor Oscar in 2009 after four losses -- could be a good luck charm as well for Depp, a three-time also-ran at the Academy Awards. -Break- Depp has contended three times already for Best Actor ("Pirates of the Caribbean," 2003; "Finding Neverland," 2004; "Sweeney Todd," 2007). Now, for this change-of-pace performance in "Black Mass," he sits in fourth place on our Oscar prediction chart for Best Actor, with the backing of three of our Oscar experts and one of our editors. Critics singled out Depp in their rave reviews ...' »
The icy blue eyes of notorious Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger stare out from the screen in Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass” like the gaze of some confident jungle predator calmly lying in wait, holding his ground until the moment he moves in for the kill. And that same coolly calculated composure extends to every aspect of how the actor playing Bulger embodies the role, or rather disappears into it. But if Johnny Depp’s mesmerizing performance — a bracing return to form for the star after a series of critical and commercial misfires — is the chief selling point of “Black Mass,” there is much else to recommend this sober, sprawling, deeply engrossing evocation of Bulger’s South Boston fiefdom and his complex relationship with the FBI agent John Connolly, played with equally impressive skill by Joel Edgerton. Something of an anti-“The Departed” (which was partly inspired by the »
- Scott Foundas
With exactly one month to go until its theatrical release, Warner Bros. has pumped out the latest TV spot for Scott Cooper’s Whitey Bulger crime drama Black Mass, showcasing style, crime, and a performance that could mark a return to form for Johnny Depp.
Assuming the role of the infamous Bulger, Black Mass will have Depp play the sociopath who ruled Boston from the shadows, simultaneously operating as a FBI informant and pulling the strings in the city’s criminal underbelly. Even before today’s sneak peek, the first trailers for Cooper’s drama hint at a deep and complex role for the Hollywood A-lister, and the film harbors all the dramatic potential for Depp to sink his teeth into the meaty role. Sporting a hair piece and dental prosthetics, The Pirates of the Caribbean stalwart is nearly unrecognizable in the lead role, and we’re excited to see »
- Michael Briers
'Fantastic Four' 2015: Miles Teller as Reed Richards aka Mister Fantastic. Box office: 'Fantastic Four' 2015 bombs, 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' to pass $100 million mark Derided by critics and fans alike, 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four is about to become one of 2015's domestic box office bombs. After earning a paltry $11.3 million on Friday – including Thursday evening shows – the Josh Trank-directed, Fox-meddled (and -muddled?) Marvel superhero flick will likely gross less than even the most modest, downgraded expectations. In fact, don't be too surprised if the Christopher McQuarrie-Tom Cruise actioner Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation tops the North American box office chart this weekend (Aug. 7-9, '15). Fox's only hope is that Fantastic Four lives up to its name at the international box office – despite the fact that this latest superhero entry is in old-fashioned 2D, whereas audiences in several key overseas markets prefer their »
- Zac Gille
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