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Talking Tech and 'Transcendence' with Johnny Depp and Wally Pfister (VIDEO)

You can always bet on a lively press conference with Johnny Depp, but the recent tech talk about "Transcendence" and the inevitability of uploading human consciousness into a super computer brought out his more vulnerable side. Depp admitted, among other things, that he's too clumsy when it comes to texting and that his role as an AI scientist-turned megalomaniac was difficult without a flamboyant mask to hide behind.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 16, 2014 1:37 PM
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'Transcendence' Review Roundup: Mind-Blowing, or Just Brain-Dead?

Reviews are in for Wally Pfister's directorial debut "Transcendence," the ambitious sci-fi film starring Johnny Depp as a scientist whose efforts to create the ultimate artificial intelligence machine land him square in the middle of an ideological war.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 16, 2014 12:56 PM
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'Transcendence' Director Pfister Talks Perseverance: "Do not give up"

I learned at least six things from the "Transcendence" Panel at the Las Vegas National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB) that won’t likely be reported in the mainstream press. Did you know...
  • By Valentina Valentini
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  • April 8, 2014 8:40 PM
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Talking Johnny Depp's Oscar-Nominated Makeup and Hair in 'The Lone Ranger'

When it came to Johnny Depp's trippy Tonto in "The Lone Ranger," there were two makeup and hair challenges: the middle-aged Native American as well as the old man (a tribute to legendary Dick Smith's Jack Crabb from "Little Big Man"). We get the lowdown from Oscar-nominees Joel Harlow, who's become Depp's go-to makeup guy, and hairstylist Gloria Casny.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 7, 2014 2:28 PM
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Wally Pfister Talks 'Transcendence' with LA Times: "If People Are Expecting Nolan Lite, I Think They'll Be Surprised"

Wally Pfister, best known as Christopher Nolan's Oscar winning cinematographer, will this year make his directorial debut with sci-fi actioner "Transcendence," arriving April 18 and starring Johnny Depp as an ailing scientist who downloads his brain into a supercomputer. Pfister sat down with the LA Times to talk his first time in the director's seat, getting advice from Nolan, navigating inevitable comparisons to Nolan, and more. Highlights below, plus the film's trailer.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 10, 2014 1:16 PM
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Johnny Depp's Crime Comedy 'Mortdecai' Heads Into Production, Adds Paul Bettany and Olivia Munn to Cast UPDATED

UPDATE: Principal production has begun in London on action-comedy "Mortdecai," starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor, adapted from the series of three novels by Kyril Bonfiglioli.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 21, 2013 11:43 AM
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FIRST LOOK: Meryl Streep as The Witch in Disney's 'Into the Woods' UPDATE

UPDATE: The first image has arrived from Rob Marshall's adaptation of Sondheim's "Into the Woods." As first looks go, this is a great one: Meryl Streep as The Witch, with claws and all, who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty can be restored.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2013 11:20 AM
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Lionsgate Pacts with Odd Lot Entertainment on Multipicture Agreement Including 'Mortdecai,' starring Depp

It all started with "Ender's Game." Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment have formed a multipicture co-producing, co-financing, and distribution agreement, including David Koepp's "Mortdecai," starring Johnny Depp.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 19, 2013 5:56 PM
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Holiday Box Office: 'Despicable Me 2' Leads Strong Two-Day Total; 'Lone Ranger' Trails Distant Second

The Fourth of July holiday box office was dominated by Universal's "Despicable 2," which did just under half of the total business for the top 10 films for Wednesday (its opening day) and Thursday. Box office boomed for one of the best summer boosts above last year so far. The two-day take was around $130 million. The roughly $60 million total for Independence Day -- an uneven holiday with all the competing activities -- was record level, and in terms of total attendance (after adjusting for ticket price increases and surcharges) the best since 2007 (which saw the release of the first "Transformers").
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • July 5, 2013 3:47 PM
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Johnny Depp Loves Buster Keaton: Check Out the Great Silent Comedian (MANY CLIPS)

Great Silent director-star Buster Keaton is revered by the likes of Jackie Chan and Johnny Depp, who channels him in "The Lone Ranger" and even borrows some of his train stunts from his classic "The General." Orson Welles once stated that "The General" is "the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 2, 2013 2:46 PM
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