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Depp to Topline Two Films, Pfister's 'Transcendence' and Levinson's 'Black Mass'

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood February 27, 2013 at 9:53PM

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").
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After donning an incredible headdress and thick eyeliner in "The Lone Ranger," Johnny Depp is ready to move onto something new.  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").

The biopic about Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger is based on the book "Black Mass: The True Story of the Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob," penned by Boston Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill. 

Until then, Depp is dabbling in other projects--like starting a publishing imprint.

This article is related to: Johnny Depp, Wally Pfister


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.