September 10, 2012 |
TORONTO -- Amid the endless waves of hoopla and hype at a festival like the one that has taken over the city of Toronto, it's sometimes easy to forget the power of a bona-fide movie star. And then, you encounter Johnny Depp. Late Saturday afternoon, a huge crowd waited outside the Ryerson Theatre for the arrival of Depp , who was appearing in support of the documentary “West of Memphis.” The film centers on three teenagers who were convicted of murdering three 8-year-old boys in Arkansas and spent 17 years in prison for the crimes before being released last year; of course, the so-called West Memphis Three already were the subject of a series of documentaries that transformed them into figures of outsider resistance and social injustice.
May 11, 2012 |
"The Avengers"will take a big bite out of the opening of"Dark Shadows,"as the superhero blockbuster is set to dominate the box office for the second consecutive weekend. After launching with a record-breaking $207.4 million - the biggest opening weekend ever, not adjusting for inflation - "The Avengers" isn't likely to lose steam at the box office any time soon. In its second weekend, the film featuring beloved comic book characters such as Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk is expected to collect an additional $90 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
June 26, 2006 |
The most popular ride at Disneyland on Saturday afternoon was the red carpet for the "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" world premiere. It was also the longest. The red carpet was more than 1,000 feet, unrolled straight down Main Street, snaking by Fantasyland and stopping at Adventureland.
February 20, 2008 |
GONE are the days when Tim Burton had to fight to cast Johnny Depp. For "Edward Scissorhands," the studio wanted Tom Cruise; for "Sleepy Hollow" the name in the frame was Brad Pitt. The turning point came when "Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" went mega, earning Depp not only an Oscar nomination for lead actor but also a place on the A list.
December 7, 1995 |
In "Nick of Time," assassins kidnap an accountant (Johnny Depp) and his daughter from Los Angeles' Union Station at 12:15 p.m. and threaten to kill the girl unless the man murders the governor by 1:30. (Rated R) The title alone might spoil the suspense for more experienced moviegoers. But for those who haven't yet seen the word "suspense" on their vocabulary lists, "Nick of Time" can be a true, edge-of-the-seat, life-and-death thriller. "I liked it.
January 15, 1991 |
Once dismissed as a television star with a teen following, Johnny Depp is earning new respect this season as the cutlery-equipped creation of scientist Vincent Price in "Edward Scissorhands." With his weapon-like hands and scarred, pallid face, Depp has been drawing critical praise for his haunting portrayal in Tim Burton's hit fantasy. It's a far cry from the undercover cop Tom Hanson he played on Fox network's "21 Jump Street."
January 2, 2008 |
PERCHED together on a couch in a London hotel room, both suffering from the flu, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp make for a brilliant comic double act, sharing jokes, finishing one another's thoughts, laughing like naughty schoolboys, goading each other into mischief. Theirs is a special relationship that extends far beyond professional respect and into the deeply personal. "He's blood," says Depp, who is godfather to Burton's 4-year-old son, Billy. "He's family."
December 4, 2007 |
The nearly three-hour "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" (Disney, $35) sails onto DVD today with a lavish two-disc set that includes among its extras a riotous interview between the film's star, Johnny Depp, and Rolling Stones guitar legend Keith Richards, who has a cameo in the adventure as Capt. Jack Sparrow's father. Depp based his character on Richards, so to watch the two together is like watching a doppelganger.
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February 23, 2004 |
Johnny Depp, in a genuine upset, was named best lead male movie actor for his comedic turn as the flamboyant Capt. Jack Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," on Sunday night at the 10th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Depp, a no-show at the ceremony, also is nominated for an Oscar, but has been considered a longshot for both awards.
August 8, 2003 |
"Eccentric" is not usually the first word used to describe a movie star's galvanizing performance. "Sexy," "tough," "romantic," "powerful," "charismatic" are far more common. In fact, "eccentric" often has been a code word for unpredictability or downright weirdness -- not words associated with box office success in a blockbuster world. But Johnny Depp has changed that this summer. His turn as Capt.