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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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Transcendence
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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Felony Joel Edgerton
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...

Thanks To $190 Million Loss On 'The Lone Ranger,' Disney May Remove Jerry Bruckheimer's Final Cut On 'Pirates 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2013 6:19 PM
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We can't imagine that the mood around the conference table with Disney execs, star Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer is all that cheery. With the studio revealing this week that they're getting ready to take a $190 million hit on "The Lone Ranger," it seems to have resulted in the stars of the film lashing out at the press, with both Depp and Armie Hammer accusing critics of having their knives out for the movie before it even opened. As silly as that suggestion is, at the end of the day, money talks and right now Disney isn't ready to risk a couple hundred million more on what could be a costly mess from Depp and Bruckheimer.

Johnny Depp Blames Critics For 'Lone Ranger' Flop, Damon Lindelof Mourns Blockbuster Formula & No One Likes 3D

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 6, 2013 9:39 AM
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From “Man of Steel” to “Star Trek Into Darkness,” incoherence in Hollywood filmmaking has attained new heights in the past few summer months, to the point where a mid-level actioner like “2 Guns” can garner appreciation simply by not leveling a city in its final reels. The center of fault seems clear—the studios and their paralyzing business models—but a recent slate of industry dealings has instead exposed confusion and frustration in all ranks.

Johnny Depp Says He's Sees Retirement On The Horizon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2013 9:03 AM
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The last few years or so has seen a few high profile actors look toward the horizon, planning to put their feet up and walk away from movie sets. In the fall of 2011, Brad Pitt said that within three years he'd move away from acting to focus more on producing and development, while earlier this year Leonardo DiCaprio announced a "long, long break" from his day job to focus on environmental issues. And now, Johnny Depp is eyeballing a point in the not too distant future where he'll hang up his Jack Sparrow fathers.

10 Great Modern Day Actor/Director Collaborations

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 17, 2013 2:17 PM
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10 Actor/Director Collaborations
The hallowed halls of cinema are littered with iconic and unforgettable director/actor collaborations. The muses that feed the filmmaker, the director that inspires the actor. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune, Ingmar Bergman and half his repertory including Bibi Anderson, Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow, Werner Herzog and his toxic relationship with Klaus Kinski, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Monica Vitti and Michelangelo Antonioni, Spike Lee and Denzel Washington, Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart—no matter what time period of movies you look at, no matter whether it be high or low art, the classic collaborations are countless.

Everyone Relax, Disney Still Hearts Johnny Depp, Lines Him Up For 'Alice In Wonderland 2' (Obviously)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2013 5:26 PM
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Yes, so "The Lone Ranger" flopped hard, but honestly, who thought that was even possible? Even with the not-so-hot reviews going into the opening weekend, the general consensus seemed to be: Johnny Depp + "Pirates Of The Caribbean" director and producer = extra-large-parking-spot-required-for-dump-truck-filled-with-cash. However, that didn't really pan out at all. Is Depp's star fading? Would Disney really be ditching the star who has made them literally billions of dollars because of one movie? Whatever happened, the mouse house isn't too concerned at all and are eagerly firming up the walls of Depp's home at the studio.

The Underseen & Undercelebrated Roles Of Johnny Depp’s Career

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 11, 2013 1:00 PM
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“I didn’t sell out, I bought in,” is one of our favorite movie quotes, and we’ll leave it to you to decide if it applies to a certain oddball-turned-A-lister. The career of Johnny Depp is an interesting one, to say the least, and with the outright flop of “The Lone Ranger” last weekend (which did less opening business than “John Carter” did), Disney (and presumably Depp too, to a degree) are likely still feeling the burn of that failure. “Remember when Johnny Depp could do no wrong and was one of the most adventurous actors on the planet creating a body of work that most actors could only dream of?” we wrote recently of Depp’s career. It seems like another lifetime ago, but Johnny Depp was once a relatively uncompromising actor who decided to eschew Hollywood in favor of his own weird and wonderful path.

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