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Watch: First Trailer For Spy Comedy 'Mortdecai’ Starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 12, 2014 12:34 PM
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Mortdecai
Johnny Depp evidently does what he pleases in between “Pirates Of The Caribbean” movies and installments of his newly-minted “Alice In Wonderland” franchise. So no matter how many chinks in his armor he's sustained via flops like “Transcendence,” “Dark Shadows," "The Rum Diary" and the now infamous “The Lone Ranger,” he always has his fallback cash-cows. One gets the impression that he considers poorly performing films as someone else’s problem: Depp appears in films that interest him and that’s that. His latest whimsy? Depp will star in “Mortdecai,” a James Bond-esque spy comedy revolving around a dapper idiot.

First Look: Johnny Depp Gets Mustachioed & Debonair In Spy Thriller Comedy 'Mortdecai'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 8, 2014 4:15 PM
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'Mortdecai'
Johnny Depp is a man of many faces, costumes, hairdos and appearances, obviously. His visages basically fall into two camps 1) looking like Johnny Depp’s “movie guy lead character” (i.e. that sort of generic look from “Transcendence” with those same round glasses he uses in so many of his “normal” roles) and 2) his wild and wacky transformations. But in this first look from his upcoming action comedy “Mortdecai,” well, maybe that appearance splits the difference.

'Secret Window' Pair Johnny Depp & David Koepp Reteaming For Comedy Crime Flick 'Mortdecai'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2013 8:35 PM
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You would think that after the flop of "The Lone Ranger," Johnny Depp would ride toward something safer, but the thing is, with "Pirates Of The Caribbean 5" and "Alice In Wonderland 2" both brewing over at Disney, he's got no shortage of paycheck, easy money gigs to cash in on. So instead, he's taking the opposite tack, reteaming with writer/director behind one of his more forgettable non-franchise entries.

5 Versions Of ‘Jurassic Park’ You Never Saw

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 11, 2013 12:04 PM
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This week marks the 20th (!) anniversary of "Jurassic Park," Steven Spielberg's adaptation of the Michael Crichton best-seller that would go on to become (at the time) the highest grossing movie of all time and a true technological breakthrough that would influence the way movies are made and exhibited to this very day (it was the first movie with a fully digital theatrical soundtrack). The movie is so ingrained in the hearts and minds of a certain generation that the 3D rerelease felt redundant – there are some of us who could easily act out every moment from the movie from memory. It's hard to even imagine but there were several, wildly different variations on "Jurassic Park" that almost made it to the screen, and we're here to dig those up like a long forgotten mosquito inside chunk of amber, dust them off, use the blood from inside the mosquito, and resurrect these versions of "Jurassic Park." Welcome to the "Jurassic Park" you've never seen.

Review: 'Premium Rush' Sputters To The Finish Line

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 23, 2012 9:00 AM
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In an age where green screen is over-utilized, and costs are managed by shooting in the Midwest, Canada, or even Eastern Europe, there’s something classy and maybe even downright quaint about a film entirely set on the streets of New York City. Permit restrictions have long ended the days of most low-budget, scrappy productions making the city their home, so it’s probably worth acknowledging that the producers of “Premium Rush” spent a good amount of cash securing the locations for their pavement-pounding chase thriller. Regardless, there’s something refreshingly low-fi about rubber against the pavement of the world’s greatest city, and for a moment you forget that “Premium Rush” is a big, dumb, studio star attraction.

So Much For A Sequel? Universal Manages Expectations On 'Snow White And The Huntsman'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 1, 2012 1:40 PM
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Today marks the release of “Snow White and The Huntsman,” and for those on the Universal lot, the occasion is one filled with quiet anticipation as the audience numbers come trickling back. Only two weeks after “Battleship” fell alongside that cinematic punching bag “John Carter” as one of this year's box office failures, the studio is now looking at its Kristen Stewart vehicle in a new light, basically pulling an about-face after so confidently exploring a vast future for it in the past few weeks.

David Koepp To Write Johnny Depp's 'The Thin Man' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2011 7:37 AM
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With "The Lone Ranger" not so much riding into the sunset as being shot dead at high noon by the folks over at Disney, Johnny Depp will have to find something else to do and seems to be using the new space in his calendar to get one of the many projects he has in development moving.

'Jack Ryan' Reboot Film, 'Moscow,' Getting David Koepp Rewrite (How Many Writers Has This Had Now?)

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 28, 2011 11:41 AM
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Jesus, how many screenwriters does it take to screw in a lightbulb, errr, get a screenplay to a proper place that studio and stars are happy with? In the case of the Jack Ryan reboot -- you remember that franchise, "The Hunt For Red October," "Patriot Games," "Clear and Present Danger," "The Sum Of All Fears," that saw Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and less successfully, Ben Affleck play CIA agent Jack Ryan as written by Tom Clancy -- it evidently takes a lot of writers.

'Men In Black 3' Starting To Sound Like A $200 Million Train Wreck

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 10, 2011 1:55 AM
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Film Greenlit With Only One Act Of The Script Ready; New Writer David Koepp Refusing To Talk To Producer Walter Parkes Considering how tricky the genre is to pull off, the original "Men in Black" still stands as one of the more successful stabs at the sci-fi comedy. It's no "Galaxy Quest" or anything, and it derails a bit in the third act, but for the most part it was inventive, genuinely funny and starred a central pair with perfect chemistry. 2002's sequel? Not so much; a bloated, unfunny mess that failed to capture pretty much any of what worked in the original. A third film is, belatedly, on the way, but a fascinating look at the behind the scenes shenanigans suggests it's going to land much nearer the second installment than the first.

David Koepp Gets Back On The Merry-Go-Round Of Writers On 'Men In Black 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2011 8:56 AM
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How much messier can the production of "Men In Black 3" get? At this rate, the making of the film is going to be far more interesting than the film itself.

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