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Matthew McConaughey’s journey from rom-com stud muffin to Oscar-winning actor is officially complete. Six years ago, he starred in Fool’s Gold and Surfer, Dude. At Sunday night’s Oscars, he took home the Best Actor prize for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, the culmination of a string of career-rehabilitating roles that included Magic Mike and Mud. McConaughey was always a popular star, and his frivolous, formulaic romantic comedies likely served as golden handcuffs for several years of his career that left him in a creative rut. Give him credit for recognizing that and then actually doing something about it. »
- Jeff Labrecque
The production surrounding Scott Cooper’s Black Mass has been a bit of a doozy. The movie has been in the works for a while now, first with Barry Levinson at the helm before it hit a few roadblocks. Production shut down completely last May over a salary dispute with Johnny Depp, then started up again earlier this month with Depp firmly back in place as the lead. However, Levinson got left behind and was replaced with Cooper, who then brought on Tom Hardy for a supporting role. Now, we have word that the film finally has a release date, but has lost Hardy and replaced him with Joel Edgerton (who was cast in Hardy’s part originally). Phew! Still with us?
- James Garcia
Filming will take place in Boston starting late April. With Warners taking on the project, they've advised that they will not proceed with another Bulger film they had in development with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon attached.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Often in Hollywood, it's a game of massaging egos versus making decisions that are smart for the bottom line, and Warner Bros. had some tough decisions to make this week. The studio was given the opportunity to come aboard and co-finance "Black Mass," the Johnny Depp-starring flick based on the life of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger. But in doing so they had to kibosh a similar project by one of their golden boys. Deadline reveals that WB has meanwhile scuttled plans for the long-developing Bulger pic being developed by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, with the the former directing and the latter starring. The story goes that the pair were given a heads up before the announcement went public, but the timing was still unfortunately as Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire") had just turned in his latest draft. Naturally, feelings were hurt. And WB will certainly want to make sure »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Update, 12:04 Pm: By Warner Bros jumping aboard the high-profile Johnny Depp-Joel Edgerton pic Black Mass, it means the studio won’t be taking on another Whitey Bulger project in its own backyard: the one that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon had been developing for a couple of years as a starring vehicle for Damon via their Warners-based Pearl Street Films. I’m hearing that Affleck and Damon were given a day or two advance notice that the studio was putting its eggs in the Black Mass basket, but that news came just a day before the latest rewrite was turned in by Aaron Stockard, who worked with Affleck on The Town and Gone Baby Gone and who rewrote the script by Oscar nominated The Wolf Of Wall Street scribe Terence Winter. There was much enthusiasm, then radio silence, and then…Naturally there are bruised feelings that Warners »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Twice in the past five years Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson has attempted to make a film about a real-life gangster – Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father and then Black Mass – and on each separate occasion the respective project has hit a roadblock, only to begin moving forward again, with a new director. The latter crime/biopic is now progressing at a pace to reach the finish line (read: hit theaters) next year.
Black Mass is about Whitey Bulger, the infamous Boston crime boss who spent decades eliminating the competition by ratting them out to the FBI – in part through his childhood friend-turned federal agent John ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Just weeks after star Johnny Depp was confirmed to star in Black Mass, Warner Bros. has signed on to co-finance and distribute the James 'Whitey' Bulger biopic. The studio is eyeing an October 2015 release slot.
Our report from earlier this month also revealed that Tom Hardy was in talks to co-star as FBI agent John Connolly, a childhood friend of Bulger who helped the gangster get rid of his competition. However, Joel Edgerton, who was initially attached to play Connolly when Barry Levinson was set to direct, has come back to take on the role. Oddly enough, Johnny Depp was also attached to the first incarnation of this project, although he dropped out in May, reportedly because he was holding out for more money. The actor re-entered negotiations in December.
Make up your mind please Johnny! Back in May 2013 it was announced Depp was no longer attached to Black Mass due to, what else, money but it looks like new backers Warner Brothers have coughed up the dough because the actor is back onboard to play notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in the Scott Cooper directed crime drama.
Bulger was captured in 2011 after 16 years on the run and 10 atop the FBI’s most wanted list. Joel Edgerton will co-star as childhood friend John Connolly who, as a high-ranking FBI agent, gave Bulger inside information to help him remain the king of the Boston crime scene. Bulger’s story is no stranger to the big screen as both The Departed and The Town are believed to be based on the career criminal.
- Victoria Bull
Depp had departed “Black Mass” over money last May. His attachment to the project made it one of the most prominent titles for sale last year at Berlin and Cannes. His departure also underlined the uncertainties in the world of independent financing these days.
Producers on board for “Black Mass” are Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson, John Lesher through his LeGrisbi banner and Depp’s producing partner Christi Dembrowski at Infinitum Nihil. Exclusive Media, which has been going through a restructuring, is no longer involved.
Oliver said last year that he had been trying to make the Bulger movie since 2004.
The project is based on the book “Black Mass: The True Story of an »
- Dave McNary
We've got a couple of casting stories for you this morning. First up, Joel Edgerton has signed back on to play corrupt FBI Agent John Connolly in Scott Cooper's Black Mass. The film stars Johnny Depp as notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger and centers on how he amassed his power with the help of his childhood friend Connolly by turning informant on rival operations, and then being warned by Connolly when the feds were closing in. Edgerton signed on almost a year ago, and remained when Depp dropped out, but eventually left the project as well. Depp signed back on three weeks ago, and there was the possibility of Tom Hardy playing the Connolly role, but now Deadline reports that the part is Edgerton's again. Production is set to begin in two months in Boston, and Warner Bros. is eyeing an October 2015 release. [Update: Deadline adds that, since WB has picked up Black Mass, it has dropped Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's planned Whitey Bulger film, which was to star Damon and be directed by Affleck and just had a new draft of the script turned in by Terrence Winter.] Hit the jump for the first »
- Matt Goldberg
Johnny Depp's latest mafia movie seems to be set to go with Warner Bros helping on the money side of things. According to a report from Deadline, Depp-as-Whitey-Bulger is moving forward in the Scott Cooper-directed film, "Black Mass." Depp previously starred in the based-on-a-true-story mafia film "Donnie Brasco" back in 1997, a movie directed by Mike Newell and also featuring Al Pacino. "Black Mass" looks to have Depp potentially star opposite Joel Edgerton as FBI agent John Connolly. At one point, this movie was in the works with Barry Levinson attached to direct, but the deal fell through. Whitey Bulger was a Boston mob boss who worked as an informant for the FBI, but used information from the government to remove his competition. He ended up on the run for a number of years before being caught in 2011 and sentenced to life in prison. Warner Bros. is co-financing the »
- HitFix Staff
The Johnny Depp-starring Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass, which has been in the works, both with and without Depp, is finally taking solid shape. Warner Bros. has just signed on to co-finance the ambitious historical drama, with an eye toward releasing it in October 2015. In addition, it looks as though Joel Edgerton - and not Tom Hardy - will play the crucial second leading role in the film, that of Bulger's childhood friend John Connolly. Edgerton was involved in Black Mass at an »
- Eric Walkuski
The powerful, intense and gripping family drama Out of the Furnace, from writer/director Scott Cooper, will be available on Blu-ray/DVD on March 11th. Collider spoke to him about the release and got some great insight on his process, how he works with actors and what he wanted to achieve with that film, and we will run that portion of the interview closer to when it’s due out. In the meantime, we also spoke to him about his next project, which he’s currently prepping, and wanted to share what he had to say about that. Black Mass will tell the true story of James “Whitey” Bulger and what placed him on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List, and it will star Johnny Depp in the lead role. During the exclusive phone interview, Scott Cooper talked about getting to the root of the psychology and behavior, how he »
- Christina Radish
Dubai-based distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment did brisk business at the European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin last week, locking in deals on a number of buzzed-about market titles.
Among the company’s near-20 film acquisition haul for Middle East, North Africa and Iran were Bankside’s Backtrack, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neil; Automatic Entertainment’s Jean Claude Van Damme action film Pound of Flesh; Cmg duo Where the Devil Rides, starring Jennifer Carpenter and Rufus Sewell; and animation comedy Sly Cooper 3D, from Tmnt director Kevin Munroe.
Front Row nabbed comedy A Birder’s Guide to Everything, starring Ben Kingsley and Kodi Smit-McPhee, from Screen Media Venture; Catherine Keener drama War Story from Visit Films; UK comedy Bill from Independent; and documentary Cocaine Cowboys: Reloaded from Magnolia Pictures.
Per Front Row and Gulf Film’s output »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Berlin’s 2014 European Film Market saw a late sales rally, one record claimed, a few hot sellers and even some surprises. But as one producer-distributor put it, there were “not enough good screenplays nor good directors nor buyers.”
“It’s not just that this market is so slow,” Constantin’s Martin Moszkowicz continued. “There are far too many markets in the year. Two markets should go.”
Im Global announced many major-market sales on “Labor of Love,” reteaming M. Night Shyamalan and Bruce Willis. Toymaker Mattel’s hoped-for live-action franchise “Max Steel,” another Im Global title, sold most of the world, said Im Global’s Stuart Ford.
K5 rolled out a second Willis title, the futuristic “Vice.”
- John Hopewell and Patrick Frater
First he was on board. Then there was a deal disagreement and for a while there, it appeared that Johnny Depp wouldn’t end up playing notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. Now, thanks to some fresh overtures and the presence of Crazy Heart’s Scott Cooper in the director’s chair, Depp has signed on to star as Bulger in Black Mass, with the producers talking to Tom Hardy about playing corrupt FBI agent and long-time Bulger friend John Connolly.This one was first floated back in early 2013, with Barry Levinson directing and Depp in discussions to play Bulger from a script by Mark Mallouk. That in turn was adapted from Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill’s book, subtitled The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI and The Irish Mob. The film will track Bulger’s life, masterminding a violent gang in Boston while also reportedly »
Johnny Depp cast in Black Mass. The casting of Johnny Depp in Black Mass answers the question of who will star in the Scott Cooper directed film. Johnny Depp will play real-life Boston mob kingpin Whitney Bulger. Tom Hardy is rumored to play Bulger’s FBI handler John Connolly. On [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Johnny Depp is confirmed to star in the Whitey Bulger mob film Black Mass. He was attached to the project last year, but was reported to have dropped out of the project. He got interested again when Scott Cooper came on board to direct it, and now it's official. Depp will play Bulger in the movie, and Tom Hardy is in early talks to play his FBI handler, John Connolly.
The story revolves around the ruthless Boston kingpin who inspired movie characters such as the one Jack Nicholson played in The Departed and the one Pete Postlethwaite played in The Town. The movie is based on the 2001 Dick Lehr/Gerald O’Neill New York Times bestseller Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob.
Bulger was also an FBI informant so he could help discreetly take down a rival gang. In the end, »
- Joey Paur
The biopic tells the story of Boston mob kingpin Whitey Bulge of The Winter Hill Gang.
Hardy is linked to the role of FBI Agent John Connolly, a childhood friend of Bulger's who reveals inside information, according to Deadline.
Bulger topped the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List before disappearing for a decade. He was arrested in California in 2011.
One of the most recent troubled productions in Hollywood, it looks like Black Mass is finally going into production this summer.
Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger) had long been rumoured to be involved in the film, with Barry Levinson (Rain Man) set to direct and Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby) set to co-star. But after years of production issues, which saw both Levinson and Edgerton leave the project, it looks like finally the film will roll under the direction of Scott Cooper, acclaimed director of Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace, which is in cinemas now.
Depp is confirmed for the film to star as Whitey Bulger, one the FBI's most-wanted men and leader of The Winter Hill Gang, who was involved in racketeering and murder. In a strange turn of events, Bulger was also an FBI informant. But after being told by his childhood friend turned FBI agent John Connelly, »
- Gary Collinson
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