Month: May 2006

Deep Sea 3D: The IMAX Experience crosses $10 million early in run

PRNewswire-FirstCall – IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that Deep Sea 3D continues to post impressive box office results after the first thirteen weeks of the film’s run. The highly acclaimed IMAX(R) 3D release has now grossed an estimated total of $10.2 million worldwide for a cumulative per screen average of $178,759.

“Moviegoers around the world continue to respond to the unique and highly entertaining experience created by the incredible team of talented filmmakers responsible for Deep Sea 3D,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment.

Deep Sea 3D was shot by award-winning Director/Cinematographer Howard Hall, produced by Toni Myers, executive produced by Graeme Ferguson and Brad Ball, and co-produced by Michelle Hall. The film offers audiences astonishing up-close encounters with some of the world’s most exotic undersea creatures. Deep Sea 3D is co-narrated by Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet.

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Depp buys rights to The People’s Act of Love

The Evening Standard – 23 May 2006 – Author James Meek’s first novel, The People’s Act of Love, won the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize for the book ‘that best evokes the spirit of a place’, and guests were told that it had just been optioned by Johnny Depp to make into a film.


New York, NY: Canongate (2006)
The People’s Act of Love
by James Meek

Johnny Depp says:

“As with any great work, James Meeks’ The People’s Act of Love is bound to raise comparisons – and as in almost all cases, being wrangled into that snare is a trap that should be avoided at all costs. This incredible book should and will rest on its own laurels as a treatise on the complicated nature of love and humanity. The author has himself earned every brilliant word, sentence and chapter of this divine masterpiece.”

*Our thanks to Johnnydepp-zone and Johnny Depp Reads for this information.

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Weir will roll with Johnny Depp in the City of the Light

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The Australian director Peter Weir – famous by titles as Master and Commander, The show of Truman and only Witness – is the elected by the American producer Warner Bros to film their movie on the India whose filming anticipates to carry out this year and the next one in the installations of City of the Light, as confirmed yesterday next sources al audiovisual precinct of Alicante.

A representative of the American [Warner Bros.] will finalize today in Valencia the details on this great production with the general director of Large Projects of the Generalitat, Luis Lobon, and representatives of Productions Aguamarga, the firm that markets the audiovisual complex alicantino.

The plans of filming of the Warner preven 10 months of work in the studies and outsides of City of the Light, where he would be necessary an effort extra to become a gigantic set that reproduce large settings set in the India. It has transcended in film media, this movie will carry for title Shantaram, stars Johnny Depp and is based on a novel of Gregory David Roberts that counts the history of a heroin addict that escapes from a prison of Australia and is going to stop to the suburbs of Bombay, in the India, where will work in a hospital of the suburbs.

The budget of the movie will patrol the 80 million euro and the beginning of the filming is foreseen for ends of year.

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Disneyland’s 50th anniversary celebration

Magical – Disneyland’s 50th anniversary celebration continues this summer with the re-opening of Walt Disney’s most beloved theme park adventures – Pirates of the Caribbean.

The attraction will feature the addition of two of Hollywood’s most infamous buccaneers, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and his nemesis Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush). Joining the wildest crew that ever sacked the Spanish Main, Captain Jack and Barbossa add an exciting new twist to the attraction’s original storyline as they race to be the first to claim a cache of plundered treasure. Also making a guest appearance is the ghostly Davy Jones (Bill Nighy) from the second movie in the series, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. New special effects will also be added to enhance the Pirates of the Caribbean theme park experience.

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The Turning Point

Santa Cruz – Nobody thought much about the sight of two blond women crying in each other’s arms in the parking lot of Mountain Elementary School on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001 – By PEGGY TOWNSEND Sentinel staff writer.

Lots of people had cried that day at the news that three hijacked planes had plowed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and a fourth had nose-dived into a Pennsylvania field.

But this was different.

This moment would shift the lives of those two women, and possibly the lives of thousands of children and families, in a whole new way.

Nearly five years later, the two Soquel moms – Lori Butterworth and Devon Dabbs Maggard – are heading a program that is fighting to change the way critically ill children get hospice care and are rubbing shoulders not only with powerful politicians but also Hollywood heavyweights like Johnny Depp, Toby Maguire and the former head of the Screen Actors Guild Melissa Gilbert.

They have helped write a California bill that would begin the process of changing children’s hospice rules and will be the focus of a Senate hearing next month. They have organized a statewide coalition of health agencies to push for children’s hospice care, set up a model for the program here in Watsonville and now head an organization with a $500,000 budget.

And sometimes, they find themselves sitting beside a dying child’s bed or holding a parent whose daughter or son has just died, and weeping.


On the day they met, Maggard was a documentary filmmaker and Butterworth was the founder of a support organization for families of kids with cancer called Jacob’s Heart.

Both had been unable to contact relatives in cities the Sept. 11 terrorists had hit; both had broken down with worry.

It wasn’t long before they were huddled over cups of coffee, talking about their lives, their kids, about Butterworth’s work with children with cancer and then finally a topic that was to be at the core of their lives for the next five years – a federal rule which forces parents of terminally ill kids to stop any treatment intended to save their child’s life in order to qualify for the hospice care benefit.

Energized by the emotions of that day, the two women, who look enough alike that they could be sisters, decided to do a little research. Before they knew it, they were attending conferences, making calls to children’s hospital officials and renting a hole-in-the-wall office in Soquel to start their drive to change a 30-year-old federal rule that had been put in place mostly for adults.

The law said that in order for someone, including a critically ill child, to get the hospice care benefit – 24-hour on-call help from a nurse, a social worker, a chaplain and volunteers,

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Warner Bros studies to roll ‘Shantaram’ in the City of the Light

According to an article published by the website, they say that the filming of the Johnny Depp’s Shantaram may be filmed in Alicante, Spain in the Ciudad de la Luz (City of Light.) The Ciudad de la Luz is the new “Hollywood on the Med” the most modern audiovisual major film studio in Europe…

The secretary of Economy, Estate and Employment, Gerardo Camps, announced yesterday that Warner Bros studies the filming of Shantaram in the City of the Light.

Gerardo Camps carried out these statements after being met in Valencia with the executive producer of the Warner, Chris Brigham, the director of WB Europe, Roy Button, and the line producer, Jose Luis School. Shantaram, the last production of Warner, will include a next budget to the 120 million euro and will be set in the India.

If the City of the Light receives finally this filming, the eighty percent of the same one would be carried out in the studies, while the remainder would take place in natural environments located in streets and corners of the city of Alicante and its outskirts. The filming will be prolonged during thirty weeks and only in the area of the technical team the participation of three hundred people will be needed.

[For more information on Ciudad de la Luz (City of Light) visit the International website.

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The Libertine on DVD on July 4

SANTA MONICA – PRESS RELEASE – Genius Products, Inc. and The Weinstein Company bring one of the years most controversial and salacious films, The Libertine, to DVD on July 4, 2006. Two-time Academy Award nominee Johnny Depp stars as John Wilmont, the second Earl of Rochester, a passionate rebel whose ideas challenged a kingdom and whose escapades scandalized a nation.

The availability of The Libertine DVD is timed to coincide with the theatrical release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest in early July for the suggested retail price of $28.95. The Libertine features 10 deleted scenes, the making-of featurette “Capturing The Libertine,” and a feature-length commentary with director Laurence Dunmore.

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Depp, Clooney best at signing fan autographs

LOS ANGELES – MSNBC – Johnny Depp has the write stuff when it comes to signing autographs while Cameron Diaz is the worst, according to a new list Friday from Autograph Collector magazine.

Depp, followed by George Clooney, topped the magazine’s 14th annual survey of Hollywood’s best and worst signers. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star also was rated best last year.

“Many stars become bad signers once fame and fortune hits, but not Depp. He’s even signed autographs for crowds at the airport while carrying luggage,” said Steve Cyrkin, editor and publisher of the Santa Ana, Calif.-based magazine.

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