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From Depp to Hardy: 9 actors playing notorious real-life gangsters

23 July 2014 8:25 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Johnny Depp was recently photographed in full prosthetics to play real-life Boston gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger in the upcoming movie Black Mass.

The 50-year-old actor was wearing a balding wig cap, fake teeth, a blue open shirt with a gold chain, and a black leather jacket as he shot the film's final scenes in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Benedict Cumberbatch recently joined the cast as Whitey Bulger's brother Billy Bulger, along with Parks and Recreation's Adam Scott, who is reported to be playing FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick.

The Scott Cooper-directed crime drama is due for release in cinemas on September 18, 2015.

Bulger spent 16 years at large and 12 years on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list before he was arrested in June 2011, aged 81. Prosecutors indicted him for 19 murders and he is currently serving two life terms.

Here are 9 other actors morphing into some of the world's most notorious real-life gangsters below: »

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"Black Mass": Johnny Depp Revealed

23 July 2014 2:15 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new set images from Lynn, Massachusetts, of an unrecognizable Johnny Depp 'uglied'- up to play killer 'Whitey Bulger' in the new crime thriller "Black Mass", based on the 2001 novel "Black Mass: The True Story Of An Unholy Alliance Between The FBI And The Irish Mob", by authors Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill:

"...written and directed by Scott Cooper, the new film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Sienna Miller and Dakota Johnson...

"...in an account of the scandal surrounding Boston underworld figure 'James Whitey Bulger and his corrupt ties to FBI agents..."

Warners will release "Black Mass" September 18, 2015.

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- Michael Stevens

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Corey Stoll Confirms Edgar Wright Cast Him in Ant-man; Talks Reading Both Versions of the Script

21 July 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Actor Corey Stoll has been on a tremendous roll in his career lately, with his work on the Netflix series House of Cards, the horror series The Strain, currently on FX, a guest arc on Season 4 of Showtime’s Homeland, and roles in the White Bulger feature Black Mass, as well as Marvel’s Ant-Man. Even though everything Marvel is always top-secret, when I got some time to chat with the incredibly versatile actor at the FX portion of the TCA Press Tour, I did get some tidbits and wanted to share his enthusiasm for what sounds like it will be a unique film about a scientist (Michael Douglas) who enlists a thief (Paul Rudd) to safeguard his size-changing technology and create a superhero with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength.  Having been cast by original director Edgar Wright, but now also having read the »

- Christina Radish

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Benedict Cumberbatch cracks the code in two trailers for WWII drama 'The Imitation Game'

21 July 2014 11:19 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I'm very curious to see how The Weinstein Company's Oscar slate pans out. There's a lot of promise but who knows how the variables will come together. The line-up stretches from the high profile (Tim Burton's "Big Eyes") to the somewhat obscure (Saul Dibb's "Suite Française"). Somewhere in between is Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game," which has always struck me as perhaps the most likely to succeed, as it were. The film tells the story of English mathematician Ala Turing, who helped crack the Enigma code during World War II and whose work went a long way toward the personal computer-infested lifestyle you enjoy today. Graham Moore's screenplay caused quite the stir when it hit the industry a few years ago, and indeed, it's a tightly drawn-up character study with a fascinating historical bent, and as well, a major opportunity for Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of Turing. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Johnny Depp Rocks Out With Aerosmith on Stage in Boston (Video)

18 July 2014 8:26 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Johnny Depp took a break from filming Whitey Bulgar biopic “Black Mass” this week to play a rock star opposite Aerosmith. The 51-year-old actor helped strum Aerosmith's 1974 hit “Train Kept a Rollin'” with Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and the rest of the band on stage at the Xfinity Center, just outside of Boston. See photos: 19 of Johnny Depp's Most Outrageous Roles This isn't Depp's first rodeo with the arena rock band, either. He jammed with them to the same tune at the Hollywood Bowl back in 2012, and helped joined the group, along with Alice Cooper, cover The Beatles’ “Come Together” at the after-party for. »

- Greg Gilman

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Johnny Depp Rocks Out on 'Train Kept a Rollin' With Aerosmith Onstage in Boston (Video)

18 July 2014 6:50 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Not every actor unwinds from a long day on set with few strums alongside Aerosmith. Photos Johnny Depp's First Trip to China Leave it to Johnny Depp to do the honors, as he joined the rock band onstage at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass., on Wednesday night. Wearing jeans and a black hat, the actor touted an electric guitar for the band's 1974 hit "Train Kept a Rollin'," the same song he played with the band at their August 2012 show at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. Depp is currently filming Black Mass, the Whitey Bulger crime drama from Warner Bros.

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- Ashley Lee

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Amber Heard Supports Fiancé Johnny Depp During Surprise Performance With Aerosmith!

17 July 2014 4:48 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Concert date night for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard! Last night at Aerosmith's concert at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Mass., Depp surprised fans by joining Steven Tyler and his bandmates on stage during their encore. While his 28-year-old fiancée watched from the audience, the 51-year-old actor grabbed a guitar and helped Aerosmith play "Train Kept a Rollin," their final song of the night, a source tells E! News. According to the eyewitness, fans "went nuts" when Depp popped up on stage to give concert-goers—and Heard—a performance to remember. The star-studded musical moment was made possible by the fact that Depp is currently filming Black Mass, the upcoming movie »

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Johnny Depp Rocks Out with Steven Tyler & Aerosmith in Boston

17 July 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Johnny Depp is making the rounds on the Boston concert circuit. Just a few weeks after he took the stage to accompany Willie Nelson on guitar, Depp performed with Steven Tyler and the rest of Aerosmith at their show Wednesday night at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts. "He played guitar on the encore," one concertgoer told People. Dressed casually in jeans and a black knit cap, Depp strapped on a guitar to play "Train Kept a Rollin" with the band. His fiancée, Amber Heard, was also rumored to be backstage. Depp is in Boston to wrap up filming Black Mass, »

- Megan Johnson

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Johnny Depp Rocks Out with Steven Tyler & Aerosmith in Boston

17 July 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Johnny Depp is making the rounds on the Boston concert circuit. Just a few weeks after he took the stage to accompany Willie Nelson on guitar, Depp performed with Steven Tyler and the rest of Aerosmith at their show Wednesday night at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts. "He played guitar on the encore," one concertgoer told People. Dressed casually in jeans and a black knit cap, Depp strapped on a guitar to play "Train Kept a Rollin" with the band. His fiancée, Amber Heard, was also rumored to be backstage. Depp is in Boston to wrap up filming Black Mass, »

- Megan Johnson

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Martin Scorsese’s Silence May Get Awards-Friendly 2015 Release Date

14 July 2014 1:37 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Somehow, the 2015 Oscar race is already looking almost as promising as this fall’s. David O. Russell will be reteaming with his Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle star Jennifer Lawrence for the biopic JoyAlejandro González Iñárritu will finally unveil his Tom Hardy/Leonardo DiCaprio revenge thriller The Revenant, Steven Spielberg will be in the mix with an untitled Cold War thriller set to star Tom Hanks and Scott Cooper is also set to release his Whitey Bulger pic Black Mass, which stars Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton. Now, we’ve got another exciting addition to the latter half of 2015 – Martin Scorsese’s Silence is being tentatively planned for release next November.

After years in development as one of Scorsese’s dream projects, Silence is finally gearing up to shoot later this year, and Paramount is gunning for U.S. distribution rights. Should Paramount land the movie, as seems likely, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Is That Really You, Johnny Depp?

12 July 2014 11:15 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Thanks to the magic of makeup, Johnny Depp has transformed into a balding and considerably older man! The actor looked barely recognizable while filming scenes with Peter Sarsgaard for Black Mass in Revere, Ma, on Friday. At one point, Johnny flashed a big smile and, in the process, showed off a set of false teeth. Johnny is going all out to portray real-life gang leader Whitey Bulger, who is serving more than two life terms for several crimes, including 11 murders. We first saw Johnny trade his dark features for a lighter complexion in May, when he debuted the new look on the film's set in Boston. Amber Heard is one person who doesn't seem turned off by the temporary changes. In June, Johnny's fiancée gave him a sweet kiss when the two linked up on set. Keep reading to see the actor's latest pictures, and then check out Johnny's weirdest and wackiest movie looks! »

- Nick Maslow

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Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson to headline Forever, Interrupted

12 July 2014 1:36 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

THR reports that Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson will headline another book-to-screen adaptation, Forever, Interrupted. 

Written by Taylor Jenkins Reid, the novel tells the story of Elsie Porter, an average twentysomething who falls head over heels in love with a man named Ben Ross. Within weeks the two have eloped, but their happy ending is cut short when Ben is killed instantly after his bike is hit by a truck nine days after the wedding. Elsie must then face Susan, the mother-in-law she’s never met and who doesn’t even know that Elsie exists.

Johnson will take on the role of Elsie, and the producers could not be more ecstatic about her casting. According to Amy Baer, who runs production house Gidden Media:

“Taylor’s book is exquisitely written and heart-wrenchingly honest. Great romantic drama is so hard to execute, and Taylor nailed it. And Dakota will be exquisite as Elsie, »

- James Garcia

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Dakota Johnson Will Be Forever, Interrupted

11 July 2014 8:11 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Next February, actress Dakota Johnson will likely be launched to Twilight-era Kristen Stewart-esque levels of mega-stardom when she appears as Anastasia Steele in the hotly anticipated Bdsm romance Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the runaway bestseller by E.L. James. With legions of fans to please and her career to think of, Johnson has every reason to be thinking about her future as an actress past Fifty Shades – and now, she’s locked down another book-to-film adaptation sure to endear her to a very different crowd, with word that she’ll star in Forever, Interrupted.

Based on the acclaimed debut novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Forever, Interrupted centers on a young woman who is swept off her feet by the man of her dreams. It’s love at first sight, and they fall deeply in love, eloping with five months of first laying eyes on one another. Then, just as quickly, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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50 Shades of Grey's Dakota Johnson to star in Forever, Interrupted

10 July 2014 9:53 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Fifty Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson has been recruited to appear in a big screen adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid's Forever, Interrupted: A Novel.

The 24-year-old will play the lead role in the romantic drama, which tells the story of a young woman who elopes after a whirlwind romance and must then face the sudden death of her husband.

In face of the tragedy, she must come to terms with the loss of her lover while also forming a relationship with his mother, who had no idea she existed.

Amy Baer is set to produce through Gidden Media, with Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe serving as executive producers alongside Johnson, John Middleton and Roy Lee.

"Taylor's book is exquisitely written and heart-wrenchingly honest," Baer said.

"Great romantic-drama is so hard to execute, and Taylor nailed it. And Dakota will be exquisite as Elsie, who has to »

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Star Dakota Johnson Joins 'Forever, Interrupted'

10 July 2014 7:41 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Gidden Media and Good Universe announced today that Dakota Johnson is attached to star in the film adaptation of Forever, Interrupted, the acclaimed debut novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Amy Baer will produce through her company Gidden Media. Johnson will also serve as executive producer alongside Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe, and John Middleton and Roy Lee. Erin Westerman will oversee the project on behalf of Good Universe.

Forever, Interrupted tells the story of a young woman who elopes after a whirlwind romance and then must face the sudden death of her adoring husband. She must come to terms with his loss while forming an unlikely relationship with his mother - who didn't know she existed.

Producer Amy Baer had this to say about the story in a statement.

"Taylor's book is exquisitely written and heart-wrenchingly honest. Great romantic-drama is so hard to execute, and Taylor nailed it. »

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'Fifty Shades of Grey's' Dakota Johnson to star in 'Forever, Interrupted'

10 July 2014 2:57 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Fifty Shades of Grey" lead Dakota Johnson is attached to star in the film adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid's "Forever, Interrupted: A Novel."   The drama centers on a young woman who is struggling to accept the sudden death of her new husband, while striking up an unexpected friendship with his mother.   Amy Baer will produce through her company Gidden Media, while Johnson will also executive produce alongside Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe, and John Middleton and Roy Lee.   "Taylor’s book is exquisitely written and heart-wrenchingly honest," Bae said in a press release. "Great romantic-drama is so hard to execute, and Taylor nailed it. And Dakota will be exquisite as Elsie, who has to deal with the sudden loss of a great love. She is a deeply thoughtful, sensitive and smart woman and actress.”   Added Kahane, “We’re thrilled that Dakota has come on board as a partner in the film, »

- Dave Lewis

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Star Dakota Johnson on ‘Forever, Interrupted’

10 July 2014 2:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gidden Media and Good Universe have tapped “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson to topline the movie adaptation of “Forever, Interrupted: A Novel” by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Amy Baer will produce the romantic drama through her Gidden Media. Johnson will exec produce with Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe, and John Middleton and Roy Lee.

“Fovever, Interrupted” is the story of a young woman who elopes after a whirlwind romance and then must face the sudden death of her adoring husband — and come to  terms with his loss while forming an unlikely relationship with his mother.

Baer called the novel “exquisitely written and heart-wrenchingly honest…And Dakota will be exquisite as Elsie, who has to deal with the sudden loss of a great love. She is a deeply thoughtful, sensitive and smart woman and actress.”

Johnson recently wrapped on Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass” opposite Johnny Depp »

- Dave McNary

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Johnny Depp's Black Mass Has New Release Date, Needs A New Title

2 July 2014 8:44 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The life of the Johnny Depp drama Black Mass has been a complex one, from point of contention to, now, potential Oscar nominee. Warner Bros. has placed their Black Mass flag in the fourth quarter of 2015, and with it hopes not only for box office success but maybe even Oscar gold. Black Mass has locked down a September 18th, 2015 release date, according to The Hollywood Reporter . The movie is based on the non-fiction tome Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, The FBI And A Devil's Deal by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill. Oddly enough, the bigger surprise is that the film is no longer called Black Mass, and is in search of a new title. Which makes sense: Black Mass is a term used for something of a reverse Christian mass, used to celebrate the occult. People who know this would think the movie were about the supernatural. People who didn't »

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Casting: Dastmalchian, Harbour, Fonseca, Platt

2 July 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Ant-Man

David Dastmalchian ("The Dark Knight," "Prisoners") has signed on to play a role in Peyton Reed's "Ant-Man" movie at Marvel Studios.

It's a role the studio is reportedly keeping under wraps. The actor will join an ensemble headed by Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Michael Pena. [Source: Deadline]

Black Mass

Tony-nominated actor David Harbour ("The Equalizer ," "A Walk Among The Tombstones") will play corrupt FBI agent John Morris in Scott Cooper's Whitey Bulger biopic "Black Mass" at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Morris, Morris, along with fellow agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) allowed Whitey to evade law enforcement and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history. [Source: Deadline]

The Escort

Lyndsy Fonseca ("Kick Ass," "Nikita") has scored the lead role in the romantic comedy "The Escort". Will Slocombe directs the film which is currently shooting in Los Angeles and also stars Bruce Campbell, Tommy Dewey, Rumer Willis, Rachel Resheff, »

- Garth Franklin

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Bob & Carol & Depp & Tilda

2 July 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The New Yorker on Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice by Paul Mazursky. I love that movie so much

Nyt Rip the influential filmmaker Paul Mazursky (Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, An Unmarried Woman, Enemies: A Love Story

THR The Academy sues the estate of art director Joseph Wright. His family auctioned off his Oscar for My Gal Sal (1942) for $79,200. (God, imagine how much an Oscar for a famous movie or actor would get!) But auctioning off Oscars is a big big no-no. AMPAS freaks out every time.

Bryan Singer tweets a treament of X-Men: Apocalypse

Daily Mail Johnny Depp on the set of Black Mass. Lots of old age makeup

X-Finity Matt Bomer implies that his Montgomery Clift biopic is on indefinite delay

The Wire Joe talks that Eric/Jason sex scene on True Blood and what a failure the show has been in terms of the gay. Co-sign every word.

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- NATHANIEL R

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