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July 11, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- “Transcendence,” the upcoming Johnny Depp sci-fi film directed by Christopher Nolan's longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister, will get a boost in China from DMG Entertainment, the Beijing-based company that helped add Chinese elements to “Iron Man 3” and “Looper.” But don't look for any extra China-specific footage in the 2014 film. DMG said Thursday it had partnered with Alcon Entertainment to help finance, produce and distribute the movie in China, which is now filming stateside and will be released in the U.S. by Warner Bros.
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April 23, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Mortdecai," an upcoming action-comedy starring Johnny Depp as a roguish art dealer, will open Feb. 6, Lionsgate announced. Based on the the novels of Kyril Bonfiglioli, "Mortdecai" follows the globetrotting rake Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) as he races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Along the way, he has to deal with the Russian mob, British intelligence, an international terrorist and his "impossibly leggy wife.
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October 3, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
"The Lone Ranger" has had an arduous journey to the big screen. Between budgetary concerns that shut the production down weeks before shooting was to begin and the recent death of a crew member, the Johnny Depp-starring western has been chock-full of complications. But a trailer that the Walt Disney Co. debuted online ahead of the movie's July 3 release is full-steam ahead, all sleek imagery and fast-paced period action. And yes, you see Armie Hammer's masked Lone Ranger character riding alongside Depp's painted Tonto.
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April 20, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Team U.S.A. dominated Easter weekend as Disney's "Captain America: Winter Soldier" fended off its competition at the box office, holding onto the No. 1 spot for the third week in a row by drawing in $26.6 million. Brazil came in second with 20th Century Fox's animated family favorite "Rio 2" pulling in a solid $22.5 million. Faith was not forgotten over the holiday weekend, as Sony TriStar's "Heaven is for Real" opened at No. 3 with $21.5 million. PHOTOS: 75 images from 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' The only story of disappointment came from Warner Bros.' sci-fi thriller "Transcendence," which stars Johnny Depp and took in a meager $11.2 million.
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February 22, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Johnny Depp had a near-death experience with a horse on the set of his latest film "The Lone Ranger" that could have left him "horrifically mangled," but he lived to tell the tale. The actor is finally telling his side of the equine story, swinging by the "Late Show With David Letterman" on Thursday to give his fateful account. In the Disney film, Depp plays Native American warrior Tonto, who rides horses quite a bit in the film. Depp grew up around horses, but said that after a long day of running them at top speed, "everything went very sideways.
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April 23, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Mortdecai," an upcoming action-comedy starring Johnny Depp as a roguish art dealer, will open Feb. 6, Lionsgate announced. Based on the the novels of Kyril Bonfiglioli, "Mortdecai" follows the globetrotting rake Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) as he races to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold. Along the way, he has to deal with the Russian mob, British intelligence, an international terrorist and his "impossibly leggy wife.
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August 6, 2013 | By John Horn
On the same day that the Walt Disney Co. estimated it may lose as much as $190 million on the disastrous "Lone Ranger," a British interview with the filmmakers surfaced in which the creative team blamed the epic failure on ... American critics. REVIEW: Not even Johnny Depp can save 'The Lone Ranger' In a junket interview with Yahoo UK/Ireland, "Lone Ranger" stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer said that reviewers torpedoed the film by prejudging it.   "I think the reviews were probably written when they heard that Gore and Jerry and I were going to do 'The Lone Ranger,'" Depp said of the $250-million production, which has grossed just $177 million worldwide to date.
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April 16, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
In the new sci-fi film "Transcendence," Johnny Depp plays a scientist who survives a brush with death, though he is forced to upload his consciousness onto a computer to do so. As a leading man, Depp has endured his own share of misfortunes in recent years - at the box office and with critics - and though he remains an international star, "Transcendence," opening Friday from Warner Bros., will test whether he can rise above a string of misfires....
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March 2, 2013
Johnny Depp will next be seen in Disney's "The Lone Ranger" this summer, but after that it looks like he's giving popcorn flicks a rest. The actor, who became a giant movie star when he stole the show in 2003's "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," announced this week that he's committing to two movies that are decidedly different from his recent work. First is Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, "Transcendence," a hush-hush project set to start production in April.
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November 30, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Original shock rocker Alice Cooper played his first show in years in Los Angeles on Thursday night at the Orpheum Theatre downtown and was joined by actor-musician Johnny Depp, who's been giving his own rock chops a serious workout this year. Cooper and Depp collaborated on several classic rock hits, including the Beatles' “Revolution,” Jimi Hendrix's “Foxy Lady,” the Who's “My Generation” and the Doors' “Break on Through (to the Other Side,” before tackling Cooper's own vintage hits, including “I'm Eighteen,” “Poison,” “Under My Wheels” and, of course, “School's Out.”  Cooper was outfitted in a long black waistcoat over black shirt, pants and leather gloves with matching ghoulish eye makeup.
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April 17, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Though its plot and premise are pure science fiction, "Transcendence" goes pleasingly against the genre grain. A story of the possible perils and pleasures of artificial intelligence that stars Johnny Depp, "Transcendence's" ideas are at least as involving as its images, if not more so. And as written by Jack Paglen and directed by Wally Pfister, this film is intent on not limiting itself to simplistic questions of pure good and evil. As "Transcendence's" narrative of the battle between pro and anti-technology forces unfolds, justice is done to the complicated factors at play here.
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April 16, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
In the new sci-fi film "Transcendence," Johnny Depp plays a scientist who survives a brush with death, though he is forced to upload his consciousness onto a computer to do so. As a leading man, Depp has endured his own share of misfortunes in recent years - at the box office and with critics - and though he remains an international star, "Transcendence," opening Friday from Warner Bros., will test whether he can rise above a string of misfires....
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April 11, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Shortly before he began shooting his new artificial-intelligence thriller "Transcendence" last year, filmmaker Wally Pfister flew Jose Carmena and Michel Maharbiz, a pair of UC Berkeley scientists, to his office in Los Angeles. Professional consultants are common on Hollywood movies, but they're not usually this advanced - Carmena studies neuroscience and Maharbiz is a nanotechnology specialist - and even fewer go deep into the weeds with directors. For ‎10 hours, the men pored over the script with the intensity of lab researchers on the verge of a major discovery.
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March 24, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
When promoting a big-budget summer film, there are plenty of stops at which movie stars are expected to shill their product. Actors hole up in fancy hotels for press junkets, trade banter with David Letterman and fly overseas to walk red carpets. But many also appear at a less talked-about event: CinemaCon, a Las Vegas conference attended by about 3,000 movie theater owners, studio executives and concession distributors. This week, some of Hollywood's biggest names - Clint Eastwood, Johnny Depp, Cameron Diaz, Dwayne Johnson, Adam Sandler - will head to Caesars Palace to show off footage from their coming movies and mingle with exhibitors.
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March 2, 2014 | By Christy Khoshaba
We watch these big-budget, big-star feature films time and again, and we learn to appreciate the actors and recognize them as Hollywood's most famous stars. Sometimes we're such fans that we see movies just because of them. Brad Pitt. Will Smith. Tom Cruise. Hollywood's very best, it seems. But, while all have been nominated for Academy Awards, none have won the little gold statue we call Oscar.  [ Update: On Sunday night, Brad Pitt won an Oscar for co-producing "12 Years a Slave.
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February 13, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are packing on the PDA since news of their reported engagement broke in January. The celebrity pair stepped out for the premiere of Heard's latest film, "3 Days to Kill," at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood on Wednesday. The McG-directed action flick stars Kevin Costner as a dying CIA agent trying to reconnect with his teenage daughter, played by Hailee Steinfeld. Heard plays a femme fatale FBI agent who offers Costner's character a mystery drug in exchange for a three-day killing spree.
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November 8, 2013 | By Christy Khoshaba
With all the "Pirates of the Caribbean" treasures out there, now there's one that might take the cake. Oh yes, cake. The world can feast its eyes on a nearly life-size cake of Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow, coming in at 5 feet, 5 inches. (Depp the actor is 5-feet-10.) It's made from crisped rice and marshmallows and topped with royal and fondant icing and edible paint. PVC pipes and stainless steel support the statue.   British rookie cake baker Lara Clarke conceived the "Pirates of the Caribbean" creation for the Cake International competition in Birmingham, England.  "One of my friends was on the phone and said I should enter Cake International," Clarke told the BBC , which has photos of the cake.
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October 16, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Johnny Depp will launch a publishing imprint with Harper, a division of HarperCollins, called Infinitum Nihil. That's the same as his production company, which has had a hand in the films "The Rum Diary" (adapted from the novel by Hunter S. Thompson), "Hugo" (adapted from the children's book by Brian Selznick), and "Dark Shadows" and "The Lone Ranger," both film remakes of old television shows. Since graduating from "21 Jump Street," Depp has chosen roles that are a mixture of pop culture and literary adaptations.
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January 10, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
If you're suffering Hollywood career doubts and need a little advice, there are worse people you could turn to than Christopher Nolan. That's the situation Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister found himself in several years ago when he debated making the high-concept science-fiction film "Transcendence" his directorial debut. Pfister had shot all but one of Nolan's movies and had worked closely with the helmer on his superhero tentpoles. But Pfister wasn't convinced that this script, with its big ideas and action pieces and a budget that would eventually approach $100 million, was the right fit for him. "I told Chris, 'I think it's a good project.
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January 2, 2014 | By David Horsey
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are being accused of glamorizing a criminal in their new movie, “The Wolf of Wall Street” - a charge to which generations of actors and filmmakers could plead guilty. The criticisms began with an open letter to the film's director and leading man from Christina McDowell, the daughter of Tom Prousalis, an accomplice to Jordan Belfort, the con-man portrayed by DiCaprio in the movie. Belfort bilked millions of dollars from investors before getting caught, spending a short stint in prison and hitting it big with the memoir on which “The Wolf of Wall Street” is based.
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