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Lionsgate Chairman Says Johnny Depp's 'Mortdecai' A Potential 'Pink Panther'-Esque Franchise

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2014 12:45 PM
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Because we live in a time when there's going to be at least four "The Amazing Spider-Man" movies, and "The Transporter" is getting an origin story, it's no surprise that studios want franchises. Basically, the thinking is that audiences would prefer to see a story they already know, rather than something original (which in the eyes of studios, is potentially risky). Which brings us to franchise grandaddy Johnny Depp, who is the swashbuckling billion dollar man behind four "Pirates Of The Caribbean" movies (with a fifth on the way), while also the face of the "Alice In Wonderland" series (with "Through The Looking Glass" coming in 2016). So naturally, Lionsgate wants a bit of that pie.

Whitey Bulger Pic 'Black Mass' Back On With Johnny Depp, Tom Hardy To Co-Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2014 8:43 AM
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At one time set to be directed by Barry Levinson with Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton starring, the Whitey Bulger drama "Black Mass" was shut down and seemed like one of those projects that may be forever troubled. Well, scratch that. Last month, it burbled back to life with Depp circled and "Out Of The Furnace" director Scott Cooper attached to helm, and just a couple of weeks later, the project is moving full steam ahead.

Lindsay Lohan, Johnny Depp, Will Smith & More "Honored" With Razzie Nominations For Year's Worst Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2014 11:57 AM
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With Hollywood set to unveil the Oscar nominations tomorrow morning—the same day as the Sundance Film Festival kicks off—the folks at the Razzies are doing their annual thing of thumbing their nose at the industry by unveiling their nominations of the year's worst. And big shock here is really how tame most of their targets are this year.

Johnny Depp May Circle Back To Whitey Bulger Pic 'Black Mass' With Scott Cooper Directing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2014 6:34 PM
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Okay, here's a quick recap: you might recall that this summer, Johnny Depp was slated to shoot the Whitey Bulger pic "Black Mass" with director Barry Levinson and co-star Joel Edgerton, but then things went south. Production company Cross Creek Pictures asked Depp—who they were already paying $20 million—to take a pay cut (along with everyone else), when budget went from $50 to $63 million. They couldn't manage to renegotiate his contract and the movie fell apart. But it may be coming back to life.

Johnny Depp Eyed For Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2014 12:33 AM
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After landing two legendary actors for their Marvel-verse in Robert Redford ("Captain America: The First Avenger") and, yesterday, Michael Douglas ("Ant-Man"), can the comic studio make magic happen by landing one of the biggest movie stars on the planet?

Watch: First Full-Length Trailer For Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence' Starring Johnny Depp Boots Up

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2013 8:17 PM
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"....singularity, is a theoretical moment in time when artificial intelligence will have progressed to the point of a greater-than-human intelligence, radically changing civilization, and perhaps human nature. Since the capabilities of such an intelligence may be difficult for a human to comprehend, the technological singularity is often seen as an occurrence (akin to a gravitational singularity) beyond which the future course of human history is unpredictable or even unfathomable." So goes the the first couple lines of the Wikipedia entry on the subject, and the question is: can Wally Pfister turn that thematic material into a big screen, mainstream success in "Transcendence"?

First Look At Johnny Depp In Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence' Plus Official Synopsis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 12, 2013 12:39 PM
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Embarking on his feature directorial debut, Wally Pfister has employed one of the key tactics he's learned from his many years working with friend and collaborator Christopher Nolan: secrecy. Until now, much of the project was shrouded in mystery, but with a spring release date and a marketing campaign now getting rolling, the shroud is being lifted.

Further 'Lone Ranger' Fallout: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Delayed Beyond Summer of 2015

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 10, 2013 6:22 PM
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When the news broke yesterday that "Ant-Man," Disney and Marvel's adaptation of the superhero second-stringer directed by unproven mainstream quantity Edgar Wright, would move from a relatively pressure-free early November release date to the prime time summer slalom of 2015, we wondered if some other Disney project might be moving out of that same crowded field. After all, the studio has "Star Wars: Episode VII" and "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" due out the same summer, plus another installment in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise. Well, the other shoe had to drop and today it was announced that 'Pirates 5' is being delayed.

Joel Edgerton May Star In Johnny Depp's Previously Deep-Sixed Drug Addict Crime Flick 'Shantaram'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 5, 2013 6:59 PM
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While some projects die on the vine and enter the hallowed "what if" halls of legendary projects that never got made, some eventually come creaking back to life. The latest lucky one to defy the odds is "Shantaram," a former Johnny Depp-led project that Warner Bros. is reviving. And while Depp has stepped back in the producers chair for his Inifinitum Nihil production shingle, he has handpicked a new lead: Aussie Joel Edgerton whose stock in Hollywood just keeps rising and rising.

Update: Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah,' 'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5' Gets A Title

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2013 4:18 PM
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While our heads are currently focused on the fall festival season that's about to kick off, some updates have arrived on a couple of blockbuster pics on the watery horizon, so let's get right to it...

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