Month: January 2012

DESPERATE HOURS a new Infinitum Nihil project

GK Films is looking to the West, acquiring E. Nicholar Mariana’s Western screenplay “Desperate Hours” with Infinitum Nihil.

GK Films’ Graham King and Tim Headington and Infinitum Nihil’s Johnny Depp and Christi Dembrowski are producing.

Screenplay, in the vein of “High Noon,” centers on a widowed rancher who bands together with his neighbors to battle a group of mobsters who have come from the industrialized East looking to overtake the Western town and collect a girl with a mysterious past. The old and new worlds collide, leading to an explosive showdown.

Infinitum Nihil, headed by Depp and Dombrowski, has a first-look deal with GK Films. The two companies produced Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” and are in post-production on “Dark Shadows” for Warner Bros. with Depp starring and producing with Tim Burton, who’s also directing. Infinitum Nihil and GK Films also share projects in development at Warners, including “Shantaram,” “Attica” “The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters” and “Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates.”

GK Films recently signed “Hugo” star Asa Butterfield to an overall two-year deal and is developing an adaptation of “Jersey Boys,” as well as the untitled Freddie Mercury story and an original screenplay by Robert Towne of “The Battle of Britain.”

Mariani is also penning “Ploesti” for Alcon and 2S, chronicling the deadliest day in U.S. Air Force History and the love story between a captured pilot and the Romanian princess who risked everything to save his life.

Depp and Mariani are repped by UTA. Mariani is managed by Circle of Confusion.


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Johnny Depp Named to IMDb’s Top 10 of the Last Decade

As IMDbPro celebrates its 10th anniversary on Jan. 25, the subscription service for industry professionals announced its Top 10 actors, films and TV programs of the last decade, as well as an in-progress redesign of the site.

Johnny Depp is named the top star of the last 10 years, while The Dark Knight and Lost earn the top slots in the film and TV categories.


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“Rango” and “Hugo” get Oscar nominations

Full list of nominees here.

“Rango” is nominated as best Animated Feature Film.

“Hugo” is nominated in 11 categories:

– Art Direction

– Cinematography

– Costume Design

– Directing

– Film Editing

– Music (Original Score)

– Best Picture

– Sound Editing

– Sound Mixing

– Visual Effects

– Writing (Adapted Screenplay)


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Johnny Depp America’s Favorite Actor, Harris Poll Reveals

As if box office returns weren’t indicator enough, a new survey has revealed that Johnny Depp is America’s favorite actor.

The Oscar-nominated “Pirates of the Caribbean” star topped the annual Harris Poll, which surveyed 2,237 adults online for a week in early December. It’s the second year in a row that Depp has finished on top of the survey.


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