In “Tusk,” Justin Long plays a podcaster named Wally who travels around the country to interview colorful characters for a radio show called The Not-See Party. He describes these encounters to his best friend and co-host (Haley Joel Osment), who then has to decide whether or not the stories are real or wholly made up. After traveling to Canada to meet a minor Internet celebrity who gained fame for accidentally chopping off his own leg with a samurai sword (a nod to Smith’s pal and fellow indie trailblazer Quentin Tarantino), who has unknowingly taken his own life in the interim, Wally finds himself in desperate need of a story and finds one when he gazes upon a strange personal ad placed by an old sailor (Michael Parks) looking for someone to spend time in his creaky old mansion. Wally goes to visit the old timer and winds up with a whole lot more than he bargained for. We’re not trying to be cagey; the less you know about the plot specifics, the better the WTF-worthy payoff is.[...]
The movie, too, takes on a wildly different tone when, around the third act, a wholly unrecognizable Johnny Depp is introduced as a gonzo French-Canadian detective named Guy LaPointe, who teams up with Wally’s co-host and girlfriend (Genesis Rodriguez) to track him down. With Depp’s entrance, what had been a relatively straightforward horror film is turned on its head. It’s undoubtedly the best, most off-the-wall performance Depp has given in ages, the kind of actorly feat that is so out there that it borders on the hypnotic. Depp, with little more than some well-placed prosthetics and a goofy French-Canadian accent, makes “Tusk” infinitely weirder.
Throughout “Tusk,” there are characters telling stories. They tell stories to each other, to themselves, to countless listeners over the Internet, and it’s this idea that is at the heart of the film. [...] Depp’s character is introduced the same way, with a longwinded monologue that effectively changes the shape of the entire movie.
The movie is funny and scary and odd, and Smith makes a genuine effort to provide scares, going further than you’d ever expect him to in an effort to establish mood and tone. [...] “Tusk” is being marketed as a “truly transformative tale,” and by the end of the movie’s briskly paced 102 minutes, you’ll feel that it’s Smith who has been reinvented most of all. He’s using his skill set in a different genre, with a different agenda altogether, combining autobiographical elements, spooky late-night B-movie influences and a deeper thematic exploration of the nature of storytelling, to create something wholly unique and twisted. “Tusk” will be a lot of things to a lot of people (and we expect the reaction to the film to run the gamut from rapturous adoration to repulsed indifference), but at it’s best, “Tusk” is outlandishly unforgettable.
From May to July Johnny has been busy filming action crime-drama film ‘Black Mass’ directed by Scott Cooper, based on the 2001 book Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob. Principal photography of the film began on May 19, 2014 in Boston, and wrapped-up on August 1, 2014 in Boston. The film will be released worldwide on September 18, 2015. All the photos taken on the set have now been added to our gallery.
The principal photography of the film commenced on May 19, 2014 in Boston, actors were spotted filming scenes in Dorchester. On May 27, the filming was taking place in East Boston where Johnny Depp and Jesse Plemons were spotted together on the set. On June 4, Johnny was spotted in Lynn during the recreation of 1982 murders of Brian Halloran and Michael Donahue by Bulger. On June 6-7, Johnny was filming scenes at Copley Square in Boston. On June 9, the 51st birthday of Johnny, he was busy filming scenes at location in Quincy. On June 11, shooting was underway in Lynn, where the crew was filming scenes in which Bulger, and Stephen Flemmi pick up a prostitute Deborah Hussey (played by Juno Temple) from the police station. On June 16, Depp and Plemons were spotted on the set of the film in South Boston. On June 23, Cumberbatch and Depp were spotted during the re-creation of Saint Patrick’s Day parade scenes in Lynn. On July 2, 2014, Depp and Cumberbatch were filming some scenes in Boston together. From July 8 until July 10, they filmed scenes on the Revere Beach for the film so the portion of Beach was remained closed, and on July 11 and 12 the Revere Beach Boulevard was remained closed for the shooting of the film. The Revere Beach was transformed into the Miami Beach, Florida, as live palm trees had been planted in the sand and a pizza restaurant was transformed into a Cuban cafe on Revere Beach Boulevard across the street from Beach. Johnny as Whitey Bulger and Sienna Miller as Catherine Greig were spotted on the Black Mass set on the Revere Beach on July 10, 2014. On July 21, Johnny filmed some scenes for the film at the former Anthony’s Hawthorne restaurant, located at Oxford St and Central Ave in Lynn, MA. Johnny’s fiancee Amber Heard visited him on the set of the film on July 21, the last day of filming for Johnny’s role.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Johnny Depp and Kevin Smith are teaming up for what is being dubbed a “comic book movie,” and they’re bringing their daughters with them.
This week, Smith will start principal photography on Yoga Hosers, an action-adventure movie that will star Depp, his daughter Lily-Rose Depp, and Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith.
The movie is Smith’s follow-up to Tusk, which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival in September, and is the second installment in Smith’s True North trilogy of movies that are steeped in Canadian myths and culture. In fact, the entire cast of Tusk is returning for Hosers, including Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman and Harley Morenstein. New to the cast are Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Austin Butler, Adam Brody, Tyler Posey and Jason Mewes.
Hosers, written by Smith, centers on 15-year-old yoga nuts Colleen Collette (Lily-Rose Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Harley Quinn Smith), who have an after-school job at a Manitoba convenience store called Eh-2-Zed. When an ancient evil rises from beneath Canada’s crust and threatens their big invitation to a Grade 12 party, the Colleens join forces with a legendary man-hunter from Montreal named Guy Lapointe (Depp) to fight for their lives with, according to the producers, “all seven Chakras, one Warrior Pose at a time.”
Smith, a comic book geek who has written titles for Marvel and DC and who once wrote a Superman movie script, said he considers this his entree into the comic book movie genre. “People always ask me ‘Are you ever going to make a comic book movie?’ ” Smith said. “This is it — but instead of yet another dude saving the day, our antiheroes are the most feared and formidable creatures man has ever encountered: two 15-year-old girls.”
Said StarStream CEO Kim Leadford: “The timing couldn’t be more perfect as so many production companies are struggling to find content to fill a serious void in the market of female superheroes and antiheroes. And it’s pretty exciting to have their dads making the film with them.”
The first official teaser trailer for Johnny’s upcoming action-comedy crime film, ‘Mortdecai’ has been released by Lionsgate a few days ago, and it looks really fun! A poster for the film, three production stills as well as captures from the trailer have all been added to the gallery. Be sure to check them out! And if you have not already, visit the official site of the film.
Juggling some angry Russians, the British Mi5, his impossibly leggy wife and an international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
Also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Jeff Goldblum and Paul Bettany, Mortdecai is released in cinemas February 6th 2015.
‘Transcendence’ has been released on Blu-ray about a month ago, so today I have added 582 Blu-ray screencaptures of Johnny as Dr. Will Caster to our gallery. I thought it was a great, enjoyable, thought-provoking movie that deserved much more credit than the critics gave it. And what did you think of the movie? Let us know in the comments!
The trailer for the highly-anticipated movie musical version of Into the Woods has just been released! Johnny plays the Wolf, and we get a glimpse of him in this teaser trailer. The film will hit theaters on Christmas day.
The first still of Johnny as The Wolf from the upcoming musical version of Into The Woods has been released and added to our gallery:
Everything in modern filmmaking is making the transistion from analog to digital: sound, editing, visual effects, cinematography. And soon, maybe even our movie stars.
That’s how it looks in the new poster for “Transcendence,” the upcoming science fiction thriller with its roots in the real theories of how man and machine may someday come together. Depp plays Dr. Will Caster, a brilliant scientist working towards the singularity — or what he calls “transcendence” — where computers become so advanced they can perfectly replicate or even exceed the capacity of a human brain.
When an anti-technology activist shoots Dr. Caster to derail his research, his wife (Rebecca Hall) insists on making him the first subject of the experiment. But her efforts to keep his intelligence alive after his body dies creates a new and unpredictably dangerous form of life.
“Transcendence” marks the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, who is the Oscar-winning cinematographer of Christopher Nolan’s films “Inception,” “The Prestige” and “The Dark Knight” trilogy. And while his film takes place on the edge of the technological frontier, Pfister still prefers to do some things the old-fashioned way. Pfister has always insisted on shooting with film and not digital cameras.
“Transcendence” open[s on] April 18.
Finally, the first trailer for Johnny’s upcoming movie project Transcendence was revealed on YouTube. Feel free to check it out on our website below on this post. To my mind the trailer looks pretty interesting. I’m looking forward to seeing this movie.
The first official images have arrived online for Transcendence, the directorial debut from Wally Pfister, giving us a first look at Johnny Depp and some of the rest of his assembled co-stars.
The new film casts Johnny as an expert in Artificial Intelligence, whose life’s work is to create a sentient machine capable of human emotion.
An intriguing line of work then, but a controversial one, and it isn’t long before Johnny’s character is targeted by anti-technology extremists.
However, their interference only serves to provide the final piece in the jigsaw, as Depp himself undergoes the “transcendence” that finally brings his work to fruition…
The new images give us a look at Johnny’s character both pre and post transcendence, while also giving us some idea of the visual aesthetic Pfister has gone for. Shiny sci-fi goodness, ahoy!
Co-starring Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy and Paul Bettany, Transcendence will open in the UK on 25 April 2014.