f you’ve checked out our first Buzzmeter, you’ll see that I buck the pundit tide and boldly predict that “Sweeney Todd” will win the Oscar for best picture.
No, I haven’t seen the film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim Broadway classic yet, but I have now heard from enough viewers to feel confident that I’m making a shrewd, if recklessly early call. They’re all deliriously passionate about it — in fact, they’re as mad for it as Sweeney is for his revenge-wreaking razor — and so far it’s the only film on the scene to inspire this kind of joy.
“Sweeney Todd” does that to people, even though they’re actually rooting for a deranged chap to slash men’s throats. It’s a proven recipe for Oscar victory, tattling on Hollywood’s sick dark side. Let’s recall that the last musical to win best picture — “Chicago” — also asked viewers to cheer on characters to get away with murder.
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In 2000, celebrity photographer Henny Garfunkel began taking Polaroids of her famous subjects at film festivals around the world. Since then, Garfunkel has collected signed snaps of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. The photographer’s work is currently on display at the Walter Reade Theater’s Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery as part of the New York Film Festival.
“I know Johnny because I shot the still photography on the John Waters movie Cry Baby in 1989,” says Garfunkel, who caught Depp in this slightly askew pose at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival. “He’s very fun and very spontaneous. He’s up for anything.”
The Film Society of Lincoln Center will show clips from the upcoming film version of Sweeney Todd as part of An Evening with Tim Burton, to be held at 8pm on Wednesday, November 14 at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
This special event will include a conversation with the director and a screening of clips from his various films. Sweeney Todd, which Burton has adapted from the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical, will open officially on December 21 with a cast led by Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Alan Rickman.
Tickets are $40-$60. For information, visit www.FilmLinc.com.
I was travelling this weekend and today, when I came back home, saw that a new Sweeney Todd trailer was released!
“He never forgot. He never forgave!”
Added to our gallery a scan from Ukranian Viva magazine. Check it:
Garth Franklin of DarkHorizons.com reports the up-coming Tim Burton movie-musical adaptation of Sweeney Todd will receive an MPAA R-rating due to the amount of violence and gore in the film.
“Word was that Sweeney Todd, Tim Burton’s film version of the Stephen Sondheim musical about a barber who slashes throats and his cohort who bakes their remains into pies, had a lot of violence and gore. So, talk began that it was to be cut down to a PG-13 by executives hoping to cash in on Johnny Depp’s bankability with the teen crowd,” states the website, “The good news is the cuts aren’t being made, the MPAA has passed the film with an R-rating for ‘graphic bloody violence’ which sounds like Burton’s vision is remaining intact.”
While riskier parts of Burton’s film may remain intact, speculators say this may also make it more difficult for underage musical theatre- and Depp-fans alike to buy tickets.
WOW! WOW! Double Wow!
Is all I can say after watching the Sweeney Todd trailer. Definitelly, it’s one of the most great characters Johnny will play. And his London accent? Damn, come soon, Christmas!
Also, added 136 caps from this movie into the gallery. Enjoy!
Vintage Videos give us a video from Johnny in a “The Lemonehads” song (It’s a Shame About Ray), as a weirdo loner.
I didn’t knew this video. You can watch it here: