Category: Movies

To Hell and Back

So, after the massive disappointment of losing the trial in the UK, in 2019 Johnny decided to sue his ex-wife Amber Heard, for defamation, after she wrote an Op-Ed, claiming to be a victim of domestic violence, in 2018. Johnny was not named in the Op-Ed, but he argued that he lost out on millions of dollars of film contracts and work due to the article.

After long delays due to the COVID19 outbreak at the beginning of 2020, the trial started in Virginia on the 11th of April 2022, until the 1st of June 2022. The trial was shown on Court TV, You Tube live, and followed closely by social media.

Johnny laid his life bare, for all to see, and revealed he was actually the victim of abuse, by Amber Heard. He talked about his difficult childhood in which he and his siblings were abused by their mum and was open about his struggles with drug and alcohol addiction. It was revealed that many of Ambers friends lived off of Johnny for the years he was with Amber Heard. The court heard, through recordings that Amber made, Amber verbally abusing Johnny, belittling him and mocking him.

Johnny also revealed how losing his contract with Disney (due to Heard’s allegations) and Warner Brothers has affected his career and family.

Johnny’s legal team, led by Ben Chew, and Camille Vasquez, did an amazing job, and showed Amber up, proving Amber’s lies for what they were.

Finally, after a few days of deliberation, the jury unanimously found Amber guilty on all three statements of defamation, and it was done with actual malice. The jury awarded Johnny $10 Million in damages and $5 million in punitive damages (reduced to $350,000, due to a cap on the award by Virginia law).

Johnny was in the UK for the result and thanked the jury for giving him his life back. He celebrated at a pub in Newcastle, and then by joining his great friend Jeff Beck on his tour of the UK and into Europe.

He continued touring with Jeff through June and July, and then in August he began filming for his next film ‘La Favorite’ in Paris.

So, this is where we leave our hero for now…

Filming his latest movie, from October, joining Jeff Beck on his American leg of the tour, and developing a new film about artist Modigliani…

Truely hoping, he is enjoying his freedom, and living his life again. We can’t wait to see what you do next!

Troubling Times Ahead

Johnny’s first film of 2016 gave him the opportunity to work with his daughter, Lily-Rose, in the film ‘Yoga Hosers’, which is a sequel to Tusk. He got to exercise his comedy side by staring as Donald Trump, in ‘Donald Trump’s the Art of the Deal: The Movie’ which is a laugh or die comedy satire. Johnny gained a lot of praise for this role.

May 2016 brought the news that Amber Heard had filed for divorce, and alleged she had been the victim of domestic violence during her marriage to Johnny. This turned Johnny’s life upside down, and he vehemently denied the accusations.

Amongst all the turmoil of being accused of domestic violence, Johnny reprised his role of the Hatter in Tim Burtons ‘Alice through the looking glass’, and had secretly been signed to star as Gellart Grindlewald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
In 2017 Johnny stared in the film ‘The Black Ghiandola’ a film written by a terminally ill teenager as part of the ‘Make a Film’ Foundation, a non profit agency. Captain Jack called again, so Johnny reprised the role for Pirates 5, and he stared in an ensemble cast with Kenneth Branagh, in ‘Murder on the Orient Express’. Johnny loved be reunited with Dame Judi Dench, who he’d previously worked with on ‘Chocolat’ and is very fond of, as she is of him.

Johnny’s divorce from Amber Heard was finalised in January 2017, but unfortunately there was still a long way to go before Johnny removes her from his life…
Although Johnny, at this time, is gaining a lot of negativity in the press, due to AH’s accusations, 2018 is a busy year for Johnny. He is involved in 5 films!

He starred as the voice of Sherlock Gnomes in an animated movie of the same name, and had a cameo in ‘London Fields’ (originally filmed in 2016). ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald’ meant we got to see Johnny’s brilliance as Gellert Grindlewald.

Another film Johnny starred in this year was ‘The Professor’ also known as ‘Richard says Goodbye’. He plays Richard, a buttoned-up professor, who is told he has stage 4 cancer. The film follows how he deals with it over his final months. It’s a great, moving film.
Johnny also worked on ‘City of Lies’ which his production company produced. A film about the murder of the Notorious B.I.G. These last couple of films seem to have been buried by the film industry, due the bad press Johnny was receiving.

2019 Johnny played Cornol Joll in ‘Waiting for the Barbarians’ and in 2020 he starred as W. Eugene Smith, the Photo journalist, who revealed the effects caused to the people of Minamata, by pollution being dumped into their water supply, by a large corporation. Johnny gained great praise for his portrayal, with some critics calling it ‘his best role in years’.

In 2020 alot of Johnny’s time was taken up by a court case he had brought against ‘The Sun’ newspaper and Dan Wotton, in the UK, after they labelled him a ‘Wife Beater’ on their front cover. This case did not have a Jury, so the decision that the accusations ‘were mostly true’ was decided by the Judge alone. Devastating news for Johnny. He moved to appeal, but unfortunately this was denied.

Latest and Upcoming Projects updated

I updated the latest and upcoming projects which also appear in the side navigation, going from the latest untitled King Louis XV movie back to Sherlock Gnomes in 2018. Tell me if I missed something.

 

Jeanne du Barry

The life of Jeanne Bécu who was born as the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished seamstress in 1743 and went on to rise through the Court of Louis XV to become his last official mistress.
About Louis XV: His reign of almost 59 years (from 1715 to 1774) was the second longest in the history of France, exceeded only by his predecessor, Louis XIV, who had ruled for 72 years (from 1643 to 1715).[2] In 1748, Louis returned the Austrian Netherlands, won at the Battle of Fontenoy of 1745. He ceded New France in North America to Great Britain and Spain at the conclusion of the disastrous Seven Years’ War in 1763. He incorporated the territories of the Duchy of Lorraine and the Corsican Republic into the Kingdom of France. Historians generally criticise his reign, citing how reports of his corruption embarrassed the monarchy, while his wars drained the treasury while producing little gain. His grandson and successor Louis XVI would inherit a kingdom in need of financial and political reform which would ultimately lead to the French Revolution of 1789 (Source: Wikipedia)

The project will be produced by Pascal Caucheteux and Gregoire Sorlat’s Paris-based Why Not Productions. Meanwhile, Wild Bunch International is currently handling its world sales.

Johnny Depp portraying King Louis XV in new movie

Johnny Depp landed the first big role after the divorce and dometic violence allegiations drama (#johnnydeppisinnocent). After speaking out against cancel culture and accusing Hollywood of boycotting him,Johnny is set to portray King Louis XV in French director Maiwenn’s upcoming film, Variety reported.

The film is produced by Pascal Caucheteux and Gregoire Sorlat’s Why Not Productions, with Wild Bunch International handling world sales. Production will begin this year’s s, maummer, most time set at the Versailles Palace.

The movie’s title and plot have not yet been revealed, King Louis XV, who was nicknamed “the beloved,” ruled for almost 60 years before dying, after being accused of corruption.ui

Waiting for the Barbarians

 

Waiting for the Barbarians is a 2019 action drama film directed by Ciro Guerra in his English-language directorial debut. The film is based on the 1980 novel of the same name by J. M. Coetzee. It stars Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson, Gana Bayarsaikhan, and Greta Scacchi.

The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 6, 2019. It was released on August 7, 2020, by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

Despite receiving mixed reviews from film critics, who criticized the film for its execution, the film was positively welcomed from audiences who praised its story, emotional weight, cast performances (especially those of Rylance and Depp), musical score, the tone, action scenes, the screenplay, and the directing.

Plot

The Magistrate (Mark Rylance) manages an outpost on the desert frontiers of an unnamed Empire. His careful management has kept the peace for many years and there are only minor misunderstandings. All that changes with the arrival of Colonel Joll (Johnny Depp), who is acting as part of a mysterious plan set in motion by the centre of the empire. The Magistrate tries his best but Colonel Joll remains antagonistic. Colonel Joll insists on interrogating an innocent man and his nephew for sheep rustling. Colonel Joll is determined to follow his process for getting the truth, which requires brutal torture. The Magistrate doesnt understand Joll, or his methods, or his goals. Colonel Joll then forces the tortured nephew to escort him and a detachment of soldiers to his tribe, where numerous women and elderly men are taken into custody as “prisoners of war”.

Colonel Joll departs the next day, which prompts the Magistrate to immediately release the prisoners and send them home. A few months later, a former prisoner with two broken ankles (Gana Bayarsaikhan) is seen panhandling in the streets. The Magistrate gives her food and shelter, and attempts to heal her broken ankles. Some of the soldiers mistake this act of kindness for an act of lust, believing that the Magistrate intends to keep the girl as a concubine. The Magistrate learns of all the tortures and hardships the girl has gone through, including the death of her father. He asks her to stay at the fort, but promises to return her to her people if she does not wish to stay. The girl chooses the latter.

After a long and arduous journey through the desert, the Magistrate approaches the nomads in the mountains hoping to restore relations with them, but the nomads are upset and only the Magistrate’s reputation and the knowledge that he helped one of their own keeps the tribesmen from butchering him and his escorts. The Magistrate returns to find Officer Mandel (Robert Pattinson), Colonel Joll’s underling, has been assigned to command the fort. Officer Mandel immediately takes the Magistrate into custody, accuses him of treachery, and strips him of his office.

The Magistrate is eventually released, but when he tries to help “prisoners of war” being mistreated by Mandel’s soldiers, the soldiers beat and abuse him. He is then brought in for questioning and accused of consorting with the enemy for helping the nomad girl. The Magistrate is publicly shamed and has his home and possessions confiscated, while Colonel Joll departs with a large force to wipe out the mountain nomads. The Magistrate, now disheveled, poor, homeless, and ostracized by his countrymen, is taken in by one of his former servants (Greta Scacchi), who feeds and clothes him.

One morning, a horse carrying the corpse of one of Colonel Joll’s men walks into the fort. Officer Mandel walks away in fear and quickly resigns his command. The local European colonists feel betrayed and abandoned, fearing that the barbarians will take revenge on them without any soldiers to man the fort. As Officer Mandel and his men depart, the Magistrate takes advantage of the chaos to move back into his original home. Soon enough, Colonel Joll returns with only a handful of survivors. The Magistrate goes to see a pensive and defeated Colonel Joll sitting in his carriage, seeming completely detached from reality while his soldiers hastily gather provisions and horses. As the colonists angrily pelt them with stones, the Colonel and his men depart the fort later that evening.

The Magistrate returns to a town bereft of young men, where boys play-pretend to stand guard around scarecrows dressed as soldiers by the gates of the fort. The movie closes with a shadow approaching the Magistrate standing alone in the courtyard, and a cloud of dust on the horizon – dust thrown up by an army of apparently nomadic warriors headed towards the fort.

Cast

Mark Rylance as The Magistrate
Johnny Depp as Colonel Joll
Robert Pattinson as Officer Mandel
Gana Bayarsaikhan as “The Girl”
Greta Scacchi as Mai
David Dencik as The Clerk
Sam Reid as The Lieutenant
Harry Melling as Garrison Soldier 4
Bill Milner as Garrison Soldier 5

Production

It was announced in October 2016 that filmmaker Ciro Guerra was working on an adaptation of the novel Waiting for the Barbarians, which would see him make his English language debut. Mark Rylance was announced to star in the film.

In May 2018, Johnny Depp was stated to have contacted Guerra in regard to appearing in the film. Robert Pattinson was revealed as being cast in the film as well.  Depp confirmed in October he would star in the film, and revealed filming was to begin at the end of the month in Morocco, later pinpointed as being October 29. Production concluded on December 14, 2018.

Release

Waiting for the Barbarians had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 6, 2019. Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film, and released it on August 7, 2020.

Critic

Waiting for the Barbarians holds a 54% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes based on 91 reviews with an average of 6/10. The website’s critics consensus reads: “Admirable in theory but disappointing in execution, Waiting for the Barbarians struggles to turn strong performances and worthy themes into affecting drama.” On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 52 out of 100, based on 19 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.

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