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.”
It’s through the looking glass again for Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, who are now officially set for “Alice in Wonderland 2.”
Disney made the announcement on Friday following months of speculation. Johnny and Mia will reprise their roles as the Mad Hatter and Alice, respectively, in the sequel that was once tentatively titled “Into the Looking Glass.” (Lewis Carroll’s 1865 novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” received an 1871 sequel called “Through the Looking-Glass,” both of which were used as inspiration for the 2010 movie directed by Tim Burton.)
Burton won’t return to the director’s seat for the sequel, however, instead being replaced by James Bobin, who co-created “Flight of the Conchords” and directed 2011’s “The Muppets.” The script should feel familiar to fans of original, as “Wonderland” scribe Linda Woolverton (“Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King”) will pen the sequel as well. No plot details have been revealed.
Disney set a Memorial Day 2016 release for “Alice 2,” making it the first movie to nab a spot during that coveted weekend. The only film already set for May 2016 is an untitled Disney/Marvel release.
The 2010 original, co-starring Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway, became a box office behemoth, despite mixed reviews. It marked the sixth movie to earn more than $1 billion worldwide.
Disney’s live-action adaptation of “The Jungle Book” also received a release date on Friday. The Jon Favreau-directed project will bow on Oct. 9, 2015.
He told the BBC in an interview broadcast earlier that he would hope to move on to “quieter things” in the near future.
“I wouldn’t say I’m dropping out any second, but I would say it’s probably not too far away,” said Depp. “When you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year and you realise that you’ve said written words more than you’ve had a chance to say your own words, you start thinking about that as an insane option for a human being.”
Johnny’s comments on acting echo those of Brad Pitt, who suggested he would quit acting “in three years” during a 2011 TV interview with 60 Minutes. Brad – of a similar age (49) – said he would look to develop his career as a producer.
Johnny has a few more films on his slate before retirement is an option. “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” is due in 2015, while a sequel to “Alice in Wonderland” is rumored to include an appearance by Johnny’s character, The Mad Hatter. The star has also recently signed on to play the title role in Mortdecai, a comic crime thriller about a dashing and unscrupulous art dealer.
Johnny has reportedly offered two homeless people a chance to feature in his forthcoming sci-fi film “Transcendence” after spotting them in Albuquerque, Mexico. They have been offered short roles.
“Johnny always likes to help out the community when on location. While scouting out the area around Albuquerque, he came across these two characters. He was straight on the phone to the casting director,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted a source as saying.
It is not the first time the actor has helped out people living on the streets. In 2011, he had bought a hat from a homeless person.
His film “Transcendence”, is directed by Wally Pfister. Releasing April 2014, it also includes actors like Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy and Rebecca Hall.
That atrocious final chapter aside, people love them some Jack Sparrow. (Especially Michael Bolton!) They love the gravely voice, the spacey demeanor, the marionette-like posture. And although each of these elements was birthed by Johnny Depp, in the role that turned him from cult favorite to omnipresent movie star, it seems as though a few people are willing to see them carried out by another Hollywood icon. An equally beloved, perhaps more respected, thespian — Kermit the Frog. With The Muppets… Again! brewing for 2014, some fans of Jim Henson’s felt family were inspired to put together a crossover video between the 1996 picture Muppet treasure Island, and Depp’s ongoing franchise Pirates of the Caribbean.
In the video, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, and Tim Curry all inhabit (in a rather impressive dub job) the Pirates characters, channeling fandom of both entertaining realms. Check out the parody trailer below.
The 49-year-old actor has been dating Amber on and off since he separated from his long-term partner, Vanessa Paradis, in June 2012, and forked out on a $16 million ranch in Nashville, Tennessee, in December as a love nest for his new girlfriend.
A source told The Sun newspaper:
“Johnny’s told Amber he wants to marry her and have children after introducing her to his kids [by Vanessa] Lily Rose and Jack.
“He’s bought her another horse [for the ranch] so the one he got her last year can breed.”
It was reported that bisexual Amber had dumped Johnny in January because she was tired of his moods, but the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean‘ star won her back by showering her with expensive gifts. The 27-year-old blonde – who was spotted with Johnny at a Rolling Stones concert in Los Angeles over the weekend – is determined to give the relationship another go and is hoping to spend more time with his children.
The insider added:
“She’s smitten with him but won’t take any nonsense. She wants him to calm the late nights and whisky drinking before they plan a wedding.
“They’re going to stay with the kids at his house in Plan de la Tour in the south of France, so it’s full steam ahead again.”
Johnny Depp has collaborated with his ex-girlfriend Vanessa Paradis on a new song.
The American actor split from the French singer-and-actress in 2012 after a 14-year romance. Neither has spoken about the reasons for the break-up and it’s thought they have remained civil for the sake of their children Lily-Rose and Jack.
The strength of their friendship has now been revealed, with the news Johnny appears on Vanessa’s new record.
Her album “Love Songs” is due out next month and includes the track New Year. Credits on the LP state the song is the work of Vanessa, Johnny and their daughter, as well as Ruth Ellsworth Carter.
At the moment there is no further information about the track and when it was recorded is unknown.
Johnny Depp might be an uber-famous Hollywood actor, but he isn’t ready to let go of his love of music just yet. Last night, Johnny headed to The Late Show to talk about his upcoming movie “The Lone Ranger” and then took the stage to rock with pal Bill Carter.
First things first, Johnny sat down for a quick chat. In his typical fashion, Johnny was decked out in layers of necklaces, scarves, and his signature hat. He discussed moving to L.A. with his band, the Kids, back in the day and then becoming an actor purely out of the need to pay rent. “You realize at some point you’ll have to deal with the inevitable,” Johnny said. After telling pal Nicholas Cage about his money situation, Depp met up with Cage’s agent and went on his first read: A Nightmare on Elm Street. And the rest is history.
This July, Johnny is starring alongside Armie Hammer in The Lone Ranger, a movie that required a lot of horseback riding, which wasn’t a problem for the Kentucky-born actor… until things “went very sideways.”
Watch Johnny explain his encounter with an equine “death machine,” and than check out his guitar skills on Bill Carter’s song, “Anything Made of Paper” about the West Memphis Three.
Johnny Depp is attached to play notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in director Barry Levinso’s “Black Mass“. Bulger — South Boston’s most violent criminal who used his political connections and became an FBI informant to protect his turf — was the inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s character in “The Departed”, and he was captured in June 2011 after 16 years of being on the Fed’s Most Wanted List.
First-time screenwriter Mark Mallouk adapted the 2001 book “Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob“, written by former Boston Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill.
“I could not be more thrilled to have the biggest star in the world and Academy-Award winning director Barry Levinson to finally bring this incredible story to the big screen,” says Cross Creek Pictures president Brian Oliver, in a statement. “We have been working on this project since we originally optioned the book in 2005. Black Mass expertly details the twists and turns of this highly complex story, painting a vivid portrait of Boston’s underbelly and its corrupt political machine, as well as exposing the worst scandal in FBI history. It’s also an examination of loyalty to family, Irish heritage, and South Boston.”
The film is scheduled for a May 2013 start date, and will be distributed in the U.S. by Universal.
Bulger’s story is also the subject of a potential biopic from Ben Affleck and Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter, with Matt Damon possibly playing Bulger and Affleck directing.
The long awaited World of Warcraft movie is finally moving forward, and with a director that is both exciting and surprising. Duncan Jones of “Moon” and “Source Code” fame has snapped up the directing gig. Originally helmed by Sam Raimi, the project was dropped by the Evil Dead director so he could concentrate on his Oz movie. Honestly, we thought this project was long dead, but Jones and Warner Bros. are planning on starting production on the movie adaptation of the role-playing game in 2013!
Jones is a surprising choice, but it makes sense. The director is a rabid gamer, plus now is the time for Jones to prove himself with a big budget production. The trades are reporting that the budget for this movie is more than three times larger than Source Code. We’re excited, and hopefully there’s enough time for Jones to dust off the old script.
In response to the news, Jones took to twitter, posting, “So the gauntlet was thrown down ages ago: Can you make a proper MOVIE of a video game. Ive always said its possible. Got to DO it now! ;.”
But wait, the crazy news doesn’t stop there! According to Tracking Boards, the studio allegedly wants Johnny Depp to star in the movie. But let’s be honest, I’m sure the studio wants Depp to star in every movie they make, so take that with a giant grain of salt.