After our dear magazines staffer got into some private trouble and at the end had to quit, the magazines pages of the last year were left very empty. Sorry for that!
Today, I added far over 500 new magazine scans from June 2006 until February 2008 to our magazines section – especially Hiro3’s great Japanese magazine scans.
Sadly, living here in Germany and without scanner, I have only little chance to get the more interesting US and UK magazines into my hands –
PLEASE, if you have scans (scanned by yourself or with the people who scanned it allowing you sending it in), send them in by email to MAGAZINES (at) JOHNNY-DEPP.ORG –
also not only now that you read these news, but every time you have him in one of your magazines. Credits will be given.
What I did not have time enough to finish before Christmas, I did the last days:
the comments script is (im most parts) back up (though I still have to change some things),
and in the movies section, I installed a script, which lets you rate all of Johnny’s movies.
The JDorg myspace got a brand new layout, and Lizzy is now helping there besides Amber.
And Lizzy set up a site with Charity projects.
This is a movie about two different kinds of people: the squares versus the outsiders (forgot the name of what they were called lol), but one of the squares falls in love with the baddest of bad guys, Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker! It’s a musical comedy that’s definitely a laugh out loud with friends type of movie. Johnny Depp is one of the main characters whom he plays Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker and the girl whom he’s falling for that’s falling for him is Allison Vernon-Williams (Amy Locane). But, she’s already got a boyfriend and there’s no way her grandmother is going to let her hang out with the crowd Wade (Depp) hangs with. In the end after being thrown in jail, Allison and Wade get to be together.
“Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride” honors the life and death of Hunter S. Thompson, one of the most important writers of the past century, and the inventor of “Gonzo journalism” (and shotgun golf).
The film tells the story of Hunter’s life by providing the viewer not only with a biography of the writer and excerpts of his work but, and that is the more important thing, with statements and stories about Hunter, told by personal friends, his wifes Sondi and Anita, colleagues like Tom Wolfe and also celebrities like John Cusack, Sean Penn, Johnny Depp and others. Further, lots of photos also show Hunter’s private side, along with interviews with and clips of Hunter himself. The film makes wide use of the split screen concept, which enables the viewer to see both the interviewees and pictures of Hunter taken during the respective period in his life.
The film starts out from several statements about Hunter S. Thompson, then telling his biography from his childhood days and juvenile delinquency up to his start as a writer for Rolling Stone Magazine and his collaboration with Ralph Steadman, his long-time illustrator from “The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved” (1970) onwards, the story being told by Nick Nolte. The invention of “Gonzo journalism” gave Hunter’s life a new direction – the beginning of fame and the creation of a cult.
Fame brought with it the inevitable decision to turn Hunter’s works into movies for the silver screen. In 1980, “Where the Buffalo Roam” starring Bill Murray as Hunter S. Thompson was released, leading to the establishment of a whole new generation of Hunter fans. Based on Thompson’s books/articles “Fear and Loathing at the Superbowl”, and “Fear and Loathing On The Campaign Trail ’72”, this movie not only showed the persona of Hunter on the screen but also was a clear statement regarding his connections with politics and politicians.
In 1998, his novel “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” made it to the big screen, this time starring Johnny Depp in the leading role. Johnny, a fan of Hunter’s writing for a long time, prepared for the role by living in Hunter’s basement for three months. Both of them Kentucky bread, they shared a love for shotguns and good, hour-long conversations, and had this “mutual kind of comprehension what it means ‘to hail from the dark and bloody ground’”, as they used to call it.
Hunter, who had found a home in Woody Creek, Colorado, was surrounded by Hollywood celebrities and artists, his home being a center for “literary and intellectual discussion” and place for “reverse celebrity worship”. But his public life also posed a big strain on him. The question whether audiences wanted to see him or his alter ego, Raoul Duke, was present in his life all the time. Depressions and also a number of physical problems may have been the reason why, on February 20, 2005, Hunter killed himself with a gunshot at the age of 67.
Well, I will say right from the start that this movie may be one of Johnny?s least liked films; which may also make me less popular since it is one of my favorites. While seeing Johnny all dolled up in costume may not be something new to most of his fans, hearing him speak in a true period piece may be. Right from the start of the opening shot, Johnny who portrays, Lord Rochester, is larger than life and nasty to boot. That is basically the premise of the whole film; this is a character that Johnny doesn?t WANT you to like!! He is sexiest, rude, crude and downright selfishly mean. Guess what? There?s no upside to him at all. But look, if you love Johnny and you are a true admirer of his work, you just have to sit through this film. Lord Rochester is living in a time where everything is bleak and dreary and everyone feels about the same. He decides to live his life how and with whom he pleases, but who can blame him? Johnny of course shows his gift for revealing true emotion and deep hidden drama. Although some will find him just plain repulsive, its hard to deny that he shows a raw sexual side of himself. Not even shy about it, Johnny sticks his hands where he wants and doesn?t apologize for a second. Even if you hate him, he will be hard to resist as the women in this film show. The end is hard to watch but real and true to the nature his character lived.
Well ladies this is the film that you have all been waiting for. Johnny Depp plays a romantic lead that will take your breath away. There is no describing the hypnotic web that he weaves in this great tale. Brought in by the tide of the river, as like a mythical creature, Johnny comes into the life of a lonely Chocolateer. Placed in France, Johnny is at home in this environment. You can see his true ?old soul? as he does less acting, and more revealing of his true nature here. Caring and sensitive, with a protective swing, he plays a gypsy named Roux who is a traveling free spirit. An outcast in the beginning, Roux assists to bring out the good in all the village folks. This movie will bring you to tears and laughs and can be enjoyed by the whole family. With very few, rescue me Johnny roles, this is one that will be a favorite for the swooners, as well as those in need of a true soft, hanging with your girlfriends story.
I always write these little reviews with a no spoilers policy, but this is fair warning; TEAR JERKER ALERT. While this is a totally different side to Johnny, I personally think that everyone will love it. Johnny plays, J.M. Barrie, the writer and inventor of Peter Pan. Short-cropped hair and clean-shaven, Johnny is the fresh-faced author who lives in his own dreamland. A wonderful tale of ?true love? this story expresses the nature of friendship and understanding. Barry, meets a family that is missing the essential link that he can provide and they in return inspire him to write the most famous story ever told. Artistically driven and very upfront in the character portrayals, the meaning behind this film will not be lost on even the youngest viewers. Flanked by awesome costars, Johnny will cause you to never look at Peter Pan and Neverland the same again. A family favorite in our house, Johnny shows his gentle side and reaches out to all ages in this film.
Merry Christmas first of all to you!
And Welcome back to Johnny-Depp.org.
As a little Christmas present to all visitors, we re-vamped the whole site. I hope, you like the changes and keep visiting the site.
here a list of the changes:
- 5 new skins, although I could not completely let my favourite pics go
- the navigation now at the top in 7 subcategories: Johnny, Projects, Galleries, Fanlisting, Goodies, WWW and Johnny-Depp.org (site info)
- a sitenavi with the most recent projects
- all sites have been over-worked to better fit into the new layout and have a more…modern?…look
- Both, The Johnny himself page and Johnny-Depp.org got a real FAQ where you can ask questions that you want to know .
- the movie sites got more info and a better overviews (though we could not finish it before Christmas 🙁
- the fanart section is now under goodies and got now “sets” with avatars and signatures belonging together
- we have some reviews by Lizzy, especially one brand new Sweeney Todd review
- ALOTof more info in the Johnny section
- the shop was removed and replaced by astores
- and a lot more…just remember, that we needed a whole month for all the changes.Even though the changes seems like a short list there are quite a few and we are still adding everyday!!
While we in Europe still have to wait, our staffer lizzy4depp had the chance to watch Sweeney Todd. Twice!
And the first thing she did at home was, writing this wonderful review for us all:
click here to read it!
“…Whoever said that Johnny only sings in this movie obviously missed this piece, in which as his hands connect with the blades, turns into a poetic dance…”
It is wonderful to read, and you do not need to fear any spoilers. She did not tell anything about the story itself.
As the opening credits and music fill the screen, my mind is full of visions of the dark, violent bloody mess that may await me. Afraid to look at the screen but to enamored to look away, I hold my breath in anticipation of Johnny Depp’s entrance as this “demon barber.” I don’t have long to wait as the opening shot brings him right to the front of the screen as his newfound singing voice fills the air, something that is in no way a comparison to the listening of the soundtrack. The cinematography, a typical Tim Burton appearance, is familiar; yet beautiful in a strange compelling way. The biggest surprise is that the next hour and 55 minutes is not as much a scary horror-fest, as the press have painted it; but yet a scattering of giggles and laughter stemmed from the witty-sided humor that is peppered throughout the film. Helena is a shining star in this tale, standing out amongst the backdrop of the gloomy London streets.
The most fulfilling scene in this artist mural is the first song by Sweeny to his razors. Whoever said that Johnny only sings in this movie obviously missed this piece, in which as his hands connect with the blades, turns into a poetic dance. His beautiful fingers caressing and grasping the silver as he proceeds to sway his arms and gracefully move across the screen in something that resembles no less than a waltz, with the razors as his partner. Throughout the story you can see that Johnny is more than comfortable with these tools of Sweeny’s trade, a reminiscent of Edward’s hand or Jack’s sword that have always become an extension of himself. His singing his strong and true with an unwavering conviction. The audience experienced a hushed silence following the climatic ending that echoed of the classical film area, with Johnny in a more than masterful pose that will stick in your mind as his greatest exit in any film.
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