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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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Can Runaway Western 'The Lone Ranger' Make Its Money Back? Review and Round-Up

The scuttle from the set of the prodigiously expensive "The Lone Ranger," the latest movie from the producer, writers and director behind the lucrative "Pirates of the Caribbean" series, was that Gore Verbinski was yet another runaway director run amok, not unlike Michael Cimino on "Heaven's Gate," lavishing millions of dollars on building two working 250-ton 19th-century style trains (hydraulic, not steam) to run on a five-mile oval track with a stretch of double tracks, among other things.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 1, 2013 1:46 PM
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WATCH: New 'Lone Ranger' Trailer, Starring Depp and Hammer -- 'If These Men Represent the Law, I'd Rather Be an Outlaw'

Check out the new trailer for Gore Verbinski's "The Lone Ranger," starring Armie Hammer as the title character and Johnny Depp as his partner in outlaw shenanigans, Tonto. This fourth trailer for the film continues to emphasize Verbinski's kooky visual style (sort of like a live-action "Rango," for which he won an Oscar), while also ramping up the mile-a-minute action. Helena Bonham Carter makes an appearance with a miniature rifle spitting bullets out of her shoe. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 23, 2013 11:49 AM
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CinemaCon: Disney Showcases Mighty Labels, 'Lone Ranger' Trailer and Q & A Live Stream, 'Monsters U' (VIDEO)

It's hard not to be impressed with the Disney empire that Bob Iger has assembled at the movie studio. It's a label strategy that assumes that if you buy the best and the brightest properties and manage them well you will come out ahead--from John Lasseter's Pixar and Ike Permutter's Marvel to Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks and Kathleen Kennedy's Lucasfilm. At the CinemaCon Disney presentation, new studio chief Alan Horn, who took over the Disney reins from ousted rookie Rick Ross, was well-known to the exhibitors, as he had been the warm and genial head of Warner Bros. for 11 years. He started out, rather oddly, stating his support of the long windows status quo, given boss Iger's known desire to squash ancillary windows and other studios' hard work behind the scenes to push back on this issue.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 22, 2013 6:00 AM
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Casting Watch UPDATE: Morgan Freeman On Board for Wally Pfister's 'Transcendence,' Starring Depp, Hall, Bettany and Mara

The cast continues to grow for Wally Pfister's directorial debut, "Transcendence." Morgan Freeman is in final talks to star alongside Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and Kate Mara. The sci-fi film centers on a scientist (Depp) whose brain is posthumously uploaded to a supercomputer.
  • By Beth Hanna and Sophia Savage
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  • April 12, 2013 12:10 PM
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Depp to Topline Two Films, Pfister's 'Transcendence' and Levinson's 'Black Mass'

After donning an incredible headdress and thick eyeliner in "The Lone Ranger," Johnny Depp is ready to move onto some new projects. First he will star in "Dark Knight" cinematographer Wally Pfister's directorial debut, "Transcendence." Then he plans to shoot "Black Mass," to be directed by Barry Levinson ("Wag the Dog," "Rain Man").
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 27, 2013 9:53 PM
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As Berlinale Kicks Off, Watch Hollywood Speak Deutsch [VIDEO]

With the opening of the Berlin International Film Festival (February 7-17), check out these videos of Hollywood stars who speak German. Bradley Cooper's fluency in French? Passé. Deutsch is where it's at -- just ask Keanu Reeves, Kirsten Dunst, Leonardo DiCaprio and more.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 7, 2013 11:42 AM
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