Month: July 2010

Johnny in Geneva, July9th

The swiss website 20 minutes online writes, that Johnny was there, in Geneva, July 9th. We at translate the important parts for you:
Johnny landed on Friday Evening on a private Airport in Geneva. Vanessa played on a Jazz Festival in Montreux on Saturday. Johnny let the people make Photos and gave autographs. Afterwards, Johnny drove into the night in a limousine. If and how he followed Vanessa’s concert is unknown. Previously, Vanessa and the festival people had demented that Johnny would come, too.

Thanks to Alina for the find!

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Seth Grahame-Smith Scripting ‘Dark Shadows’ As Tim Burton Pic Gets Closer To Start Line With Johnny Depp

Thursday July 15, 2010 @ 11:53am EDT

EXCLUSIVE: Seth Grahame-Smith, who made his Hollywood entry writing novels that put a macabre twist to literary classics and historical figures, has just gotten the high profile job of writing the new draft of Dark Shadows, the Tim Burton-directed adaptation of the 60s daytime serial that will star Johnny Depp as the vampire Barnabas Collins. The film is slated to begin production in January at Warner Bros. Depp’92s Infinitum Nihil and Graham King’92s GK Films producing.

Warner Bros has been trying for several years to get to the start line on the movie adaptation of the TV series that ran on ABC from 1966-71 and had legions of schoolkids (now adults) racing home from school to be frightened by the moody and atmospheric storyline. Barnabas Collins (played by Jonathan Frid) was the central spooky figure in the groundbreaking supernatural soap. John August was the first writer hired to script the project, based on the Dan Curtis-created characters. Grahame-Smith will be scripting a new take under Burton, and got the job after scripting his own bestselling novel, Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Burton and Timur Bekmambetov bought that project out of their own money as producers, and I hear that Bekmambetov is likely to make the film his next directing effort. The book chronicles Lincoln as he navigates the North through the Civil War, with the added twist that his mother was killed by a supernatural creature. That traumatic experience forged his will to destroy vampires and their slave-owning helpers.

Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter is Grahame-Smith’92s second genre-bending novel to go the feature route. Lionsgate optioned his book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, with David O. Russell circling as director, and Natalie Portman starring as Elizabeth Bennett and producing a film that injects bloodthirsty zombies into Jane Austen’92s mannered literature.

Grahame-Smith also co-created with pal David Katzenberg the MTV series The Hard Times of RJ Berger. Grahame-Smith’s repped by WME.


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Pirates of the Caribbean Will “Sizzle” With Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz

Production on “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” entered its fourth week on Monday, and just before the July fourth holiday we got our first look at Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. And guess what ’97 he looks pretty much exactly as he did in the previous three “Pirates” flicks: dreadlocks, funky facial hair and boots engineered for maximum swashbuckling.

What is new this time around is Depp’s love interest ’97 none other than Pen’e9lope Cruz, who plays not only his potential sweetheart but the daughter of his nemesis, Blackbeard (Ian McShane). And producer Jerry Bruckheimer promised MTV News that the first time Depp and Cruz share the screen, audiences will be blown away.

“She’s so fiery and fun,” Bruckheimer said. “I can just imagine how the screen is going to sizzle with the two of them on it.”

Cruz and McShane, of course, aren’t the only new faces on the Hawaii set. Rob Marshall (“Chicago”) takes over directing duties from Gore Verbinski, who helmed each previous “Pirates” movie. While a new man is in the director’s chair, Bruckheimer said the look and feel of “On Stranger Tides” will remain the same.

“Rob has figured out the tone of ‘Pirates’ and is playing right into what the other three pictures were,” he said. “He gets it.”

That’s not to say nothing will change or that Marshall hasn’t been able to bring his own creative sense to the production. In at least once respect, “On Stranger Tides” will be a uniquely Marshall-esque experience.

“He was a dancer and a choreographer before he was a director, so he loves movement,” Bruckheimer said. “We’re going to have a lot of movement fun in it.”

Check out the full video interview here.

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Rango: A Walk-Through With Gore Verbinski


Rango: A Walk-Through With Gore Verbinski

Posted on Monday July 5, 2010, 07:50 by Sam Toy in Off The Wire

This time last month, Rango was a project we, like most almost everyone else, had only the most rudimentary knowledge of: an animated film being directed by Gore Verbinski, with Johnny Depp providing key vocal talent. Then, a few weeks back, the teaser trailer landed. Which was, to be honest, unhelpful. You know the one: that shot of a desert road, with a wind up fish (out of water, and in mid-air) slowly making its way from one side of frame to the other, which didn’92t really elicit much more of a response from anyone, beyond ’93Okaaaaaay.’94

Thank your chosen deity then that Paramount chose last week to launch the far more exciting first proper trailer. Now we talkin’92. Why? Because just twenty four hours earlier, we’92d been at the film’92s production offices, being shown all manner of eye-popping artwork, as well as several bits of unfinished-but-still-breathtaking bits of animation, complete with commentary from Verbinski himself; we’92ve now got at least some evidence to support why Rango has rocketed from largely-below-the-radar curio to one of our most anticipated films of 2011. Here are a few reasons why:

Firstly, plot. The trailer goes only a small way to introducing the story, letting you know pretty much solely that Rango (a Hawaiian shirt-wearing chameleon, no less) is a stranger to the desert. How does he get there? Well according to Verbinski, he’92s a domesticated lizard, whose entire terrarium goes out a car window when the vehicle hits a bump on a highway through the Mojave. ’93He’92s basically a thespian in search of an audience,’94 explained the director, in his production offices at Universal Studios. ’93In his terrarium, he’92s made friends with inanimate objects. Actually, when we meet him, he’92s in the process of putting on a play with those objects, when the production goes down.’94 He somehow survives a walk through the desert ’96 as would seemingly be depicted by the trailer, before he stumbles into the town of Dirt.

With the look of a town of the old west, Dirt’92s townsfolk ’96 all desert animals – are in need of a sheriff, as they’92re at the mercy of Rattlesnake Jake (briefly seen in the trailer, and voiced by Bill Nighy). As Verbinski put it ’93this town is really in need of a hero, and they get the great pretender.’94 What they trailer doesn’92t show you is Rango leading a rag-tag posse of locals on a quest to defend their community from the malicious, malevolent forces that threaten them. ’93I’92m not going to explain much more than that,’94 said Verbinski, ’93it all gets highly involved, and hopefully, entertaining.’94

Rango has a look and feel like no other fully CG animated movie to date. That’92s because it’92s the debut animated feature of Industrial Light & Magic. It’92s hard to believe that no-one had thought of it before,

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