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Will Ferrell Will Produce 'Overnight,' Kevin Bacon Joins Johnny Depp's 'Black Mass' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2014 9:40 AM
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Even though they lost, the United States soccer team is moving up to the next round at the World Cup, and Will Ferrell didn't even have to bite anyone. So now he can get back to the business of making movies, and the always-busy actor has yet another project brewing.

Benedict Cumberbatch & Adam Scott Join Johnny Depp & Joel Edgerton In Gangster Pic 'Black Mass'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 21, 2014 8:11 PM
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Ok, here's a pairing you don't see everyday. While Johnny Depp and Guy Pearce together and side-by-side in the Whitey Bulger gangster pic "Black Mass" would have been a terrific paring, "The Rover" star has had to drop out for scheduling reasons. Alas, nothing to fear here Cross Creek Productions has found a more than viable replacement with in-demand actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

Juno Temple, Jesse Plemons Join 'Black Mass,' Sam Worthington And Anna Kendrick Eat 'Cake' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2014 3:52 PM
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Anytime Johnny Depp is making a movie that doesn't require feathers or gaudy makeup we're interested, and thus "Black Mass" has our full attention. And the cast for Scott Cooper's film just keeps getting better and better.

Ellen Page Joins John Belushi Biopic, Dakota Johnson Enters 'Black Mass' With Johnny Depp & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2014 4:23 PM
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Ellen Page is getting busy, with a couple projects in the cooker that will be worth keeping an eye out for.

Guy Pearce Joins Johnny Depp's 'Black Mass,' Hal Hartley's 'Ned Rifle' Adds Aubrey Plaza & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 14, 2014 12:25 PM
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We're only three actors in, and "Black Mass" is already serving up an abundance of dudes we really like. When he's not falling over backwards into Helena Bonham Carter's closet for costumes, Johnny Depp does some of his most fascinating work, while Joel Edgerton usually owns whatever he's in. And with the pair already signed up for the gangster pic "Black Mass," they're letting one more major talent into their midst.

Warner Bros. Boards Johnny Depp's 'Black Mass' But Kiboshes Ben Affleck & Matt Damon's Whitey Bulger Pic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 28, 2014 4:42 PM
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Often in Hollywood, it's a game of massaging egos versus making decisions that are smart for the bottom line, and Warner Bros. had some tough decisions to make this week. The studio was given the opportunity to come aboard and co-finance "Black Mass," the Johnny Depp-starring flick based on the life of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger. But in doing so they had to kibosh a similar project by one of their golden boys.

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.

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 May Star In 'Black Mass' After All, But Everything Is Complicated

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 9:20 AM
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Last week, it was reported that Johnny Depp was bailing on the Whitey Bulger gangster flick "Black Mass," after he refused to take a 50% paycut from his usual asking price of $20 million, to the hardly liveable amount of $10 million. But as these things usually go, that's hardly the full story or even the end of the story, as the actor has a "a 95 percent chance" to return to the project. Or not at all. You see, things are pretty complicated...

Johnny Depp Doesn't Work For Less Than $20 Million, Exits Gangster Flick 'Black Mass'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 9:16 AM
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According to the always reliable source known as The Internet, Johnny Depp's net worth is in the ballpark of $350 million. Whatever the actual figure is, dude has money to spare and then some, and hell, he owns his own private island in the Bahamas. They say getting rich is easy, but staying rich is hard, and for Depp, that means you have to stick to your principles. So if your fee is $20 million, you don't dare cut it just because some indie movie is having a bit of trouble getting financing together.

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