Woody Guthrie captured the mood of Great Depression America in his songs. Now, 46 years after his death, another legacy of the troubadour of the poor is about to surface thanks to a new publishing company set up by Johnny Depp.
IN FEBRUARY 1940, a gay Communist actor called Will Geer – you might know him as Grandpa Walton – got in touch with Woody Guthrie and invited him to New York. As Guthrie hitched north, Irving Berlin’s God Bless America seemed to be playing on every radio. He loathed the song.
As soon as he booked into a two-bit hotel on the corner of 43rd and 6th street – now, ironically, the headquarters of the Bank of New York – he started thinking back on the journey there from the Midwest. In his mind, he went further back too. To the trains he had ridden on three years earlier, when he left the Texas Panhandle in search of the better life in California. To the hundreds of thousands of poor farmers who had made that same journey, fleeing their dustbowl-ravaged land in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
If there was to be an anthem about America, Guthrie resolved, it wouldn’t be as anodyne as God Bless America. It would be radical, socialist even. It would highlight the division between the propertied rich and the poor waiting in line for welfare. God wouldn’t come into it, but the people would. “This land is your land,” it would begin.
Even as he anticipated the sunset of his filmmaking career recently, Quentin Tarantino is looking ahead to who he’d like to work with, and Johnny Depp tops the list. The Django Unchained director said he’d like Johnny to star in a future pic, but will only cement plans once he’s written the perfect part for the Pirates of the Caribbean actor.
Tarantino told talk show host Charlie Rose that it would be “magical” to work with the 49 year-old actor, adding: “We would love to work together. We’ve talked about it for years. Not that we get together and talk about it for years, but from time to time.”
The two appear to have mutually high esteem for the other, according to Tarantino. But the key is finding the right moment.
“We’re obviously fans of each other,” he said according to Contactmusic.com. “I just need to write the right character that I think Johnny would be the right guy to do it with. And if he agrees, then we’ll do it, and then it’ll be magical.” Continuing, Tarantino shared that he hasn’t as of yet, “written the perfect character for Johnny Depp as of yet. Maybe someday I will, maybe someday I won’t. We’ll see.”
The jokes can get pretty random on Family Guy, but this week there will be some high-powered star wattage powering one such gag: Johnny Depp. The film star makes his debut on the animated comedy by voicing one of his most memorable and sharpest characters from the big screen, Edward Scissorhands.
In the episode, which airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on Fox, Lois goes through a mid-life crisis and starts acting like someone half her age. As Chris, Meg, Stewie, and Brian wonder what’s wrong with her, Depp appears in a cutaway gag playing the titular character from Edward Scissorhands… as a night nurse. What will happen when Johnny reprises this iconic role for nearly 20 seconds? Press play and hold your babies tight.
Watch the video HERE!!!
Supermodel Kate Moss opens up to Vanity Fair about her insecurities, her modeling career and her love affair with Johnny Depp. During their romance (1994-1998), Moss says she finally felt taken care of.
“There’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me,” she says. “Johnny did for a bit. I believed what he said. Like if I said, ‘What do I do?,’ he’d tell me. And that’s what I missed when I left. I really lost that gauge of somebody I could trust. Nightmare. Years and years of crying. Oh, the tears! ”
Depp and Moss were the It Couple and Moss was far more famous than the actor in those years. Together they attended several Cannes Film Festivals and his Donnie Brasco and Don Juan De Marco premieres. They even walked the red carpet at the 1995 Golden Globe Awards.
Depp used to go backstage when she did fashion runway shows in New York, London and Paris. Asked by this reporter why he was backstage at a Calvin Klein show in those years, Depp smiled and said, “To be with my girl.”
The couple also made tabloid headlines. Most notably when, in the wee hours of morning on Sept. 13, 1994, police were called to New York’s Mark Hotel, where they found Depp and Moss sitting in their trashed, $1,200-per-night presidential suite. Depp blamed the mess on an armadillo he said was hiding in his closet but the creature was never found. The couple was billed $9,767 for the damages, according to People.
A female US academic who claims she was assaulted by Johnny Depp’s security guards while he was present can sue the US star for punitive damages, a judge ruled Monday.
Robin Eckert, a medical professor at University of California (UC) Irvine, claims Johnny and his guards became aggressive with her at a concert in Los Angeles last December. The academic had bought tickets for the VIP area at the show by Iggy and the Stooges. During a break between acts she left the area, and the confrontation occurred when she tried to return. At one point she was dragged across the floor, Eckert claims.
“This case arises from a highly painful and embarrassing attack, which occurred without cause or justification on my part,” she said in a statement to court.
“Depp witnessed the attack, however, despite being his security guards’ direct manager, did nothing to stop the attack,” she added.
Johnny’s lawyer Andrew Brettler denied that the star was actively involved.
“They can’t prove anything except that he stood there passively,” he said, adding that only two of four security guards involved in the incident were protecting Johnny.
Eckert, a 53-year-old mother of two, is suing the star and three security firms: Premier Group International, Damian Executive Production Inc. and Staff Pro Inc. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson rejected a motion by Depp and the security firms to limit Eckert’s legal action to seeking compensation, but not punitive damages.
“I think the allegations here are sufficient; whether they can be proved or not or whether they are exaggerated is a different matter,” he said.
Johnny Depp could be adding yet another project to his already full plate. Alcon Entertainment says Johnny’s in negotations to star in “Transcendence” for first-time feature film director Wally Pfister. Pfister’s an Oscar-winning cinematographer who shot The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Moneyball, and The Italian Job, among other huge films.
Jack Paglen wrote the screenplay, with filming expected to begin early next year. Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are producing the project which is set up for distribution by Warner Bros Pictures.
According to THR, the film is supposed about a “man who creates a computer that develops a malevolent awareness.”
Alcon Entertainment’s co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove announced Depp’s potential involvement in the film: “Johnny Depp is one of the most charismatic, talented actors imaginable and we are delighted he is with us on this project.”
Pfister added, “I’m thrilled, and feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Johnny. He is a creative and intelligent artist whom I feel will bring great depth to the character and the overall narrative.”
He’s been a tipsy pirate, a crazed milliner, and a blade-fingered freak. Now Johnny Depp is trying out a different kind of role: book publisher.
The actor’s imprint will be a division of HarperCollins and will bear the same weighty-sounding name as his production company, “Infinitum Nihil,” which means “Nothing is forever.” Already slated for Depp’s imprint is The Unraveled Tales of Bob Dylan by journalist Douglas Brinkley, to be released in 2015. Brinkley and Johnny are already co-editing House of Earth, a long-forgotten novel written by the late folk musician Woody Guthrie, which is scheduled for some time next year.
If Johnny’s choice in roles is any indication, his taste in books as an imprint head will probably run eclectic and at times prove way too cool for the average reader.
“I pledge, on behalf of Infinitum Nihil, that we will do our best to deliver publications worthy of people’s time, of people’s concern, publications that might ordinarily never have breached the parapet,” said Depp in a statement. “For this dream realized, we would like to salute HarperCollins for their faith in us and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship together.”
Other public figures who lead their own imprints include Chelsea Handler, Rachael Ray, Anthony Bourdain, and Glenn Beck.
What kind of books do you hope to see from Depp?
I’m actually extremely fuming and disappointed at the same time to read that many people, also some Johnny Depp ‘fans’ spread that rumor about his death on social networking websites like Twitter and Facebook. Suffice it to say, the rumors of Johnny’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Therefore I’m glad to tell you that Johnny is alive and well!!!
The unquenchable bloodlust of social media has sadly struck again, and rumors ran rampant this week that the 49-year-old “Lone Ranger” star had died in a freak drowning accident on set.
Unfortunately, unlike the usual cliff-falling, freak-accidental celeb death hoaxes, this rumor wasn’t exactly pulled from thin air. Last month, one of his crew members working on the Disney film died of an apparent heart attack while working inside a large water tank on the movie’s Los Angeles set. His death was initially reported as a drowning.
While Johnny was in New York at the time, clearly some part of the tragic news got miscommunicated, resulting in this week’s surge of reports of Johnny’s rumored untimely demise (complete with Facebook memoriams and everything). Though Johnny is fine and well, it’s not the first time he’s been killed off by the Internet, as back in 2010 he was the (fake) victim of a fatal car crash.
Johnny Depp has decided to do less of his own stunts after injuring his back on the set of ‘The Lone Ranger‘.
Johnny injured his back shooting ‘The Lone Ranger’. The 49-year-old actor was left writhing in pain on two occasions during action scenes for the Western film – in which he plays Native American Tonto opposite Armie Hammer, who portrays the title character – and he has now realized he can’t do many of his own stunts and needs to rely more on a double.
A source told America’s Star magazine: ”While it’s been hard to accept that he can’t perform such demanding feats anymore, Johnny is seeing it. He threw out his back twice while shooting the movie and then had to push through, getting massages in between takes.”
As well as suffering with back pain, Johnny has also been struggling with insomnia on set.
The Johnny Depp Web staff wishes him nothing but the best and much health! May he get well soon!
Not much is known about Wes Anderson‘s next film, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” – Anderson has been coy about plot details, simply referring to is as “Euro” – but one thing that seemed to be known was the lead, Johnny Depp. We spoke to Anderson on Saturday to discuss the Blu-ray release of “Moonrise Kingdom.” During our conversation , “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was discussed and Anderson is still being coy about the details. Except one: It won’t be starring Johnny Depp.
The rumor appears to have stemmed from a Deadline.com report in July, and was widely carried on a number of entertainment news sites, including HuffPost Entertainment. But Anderson says the story was without merit.
Your next movie is The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which is reported to star Johnny Depp?
It’s not Johnny Depp.
Oh, it’s not?
No. There’s a lot of… You know, the Internet has a way of announcing things on its own [laughs]. You will find that even though I’m very aware of the cast that has been announced on its own devices, you’ll never find me saying who’s in the movie. Or, as far as I know, anybody else. I really don’t know where it all comes from. In fact, Johnny is somebody who I would love to work with at some point, but he’s not going to be in this movie. But I actually have not put the cast out – I have not announced the cast. We have quite a great cast.