This photos represents our first glimpse of Johnny Depp in the role of 1930s bank robber John Dillinger in Michael Mann’s film PUBLIC ENEMIES. Filming began yesterday, March 17, 2008, in the small town of Columbus, Wisconsin, where crews have been busily recreating the ambience of 1933 along East and West James Street. One of Dillinger’s bank robberies will be staged at West James Gallery, a beautiful vintage building which, in Dillinger’s time, housed the First National Bank.
Added 15 pictures from yesterday at PE set.
– Filming Public Enemies in Columbus
Lights, camera, action!
Filming begins today (Monday) in Columbus for the Johnny Depp movie “Public Enemies.”
It chronicles bank robber John Dillinger in the 1930s.
Historic Columbus, northeast of Madison, has been made to look like Crown Point, Ind. That’s where Dillinger escaped from jail while awaiting a trial.
Rubber cobblestone has been laid on the downtown streets.
Some of the buildings now have old-fashioned facades and awnings. Big crowds are expected today in a city with 4,500 residents.
Kate Lueders of the mayor’s office calls the transformation “magical.”
There will be at least one day of filming in Columbus and maybe more.
Filming is also expected in Oshkosh, Madison and Milwaukee — plus Illinois and Indiana — before production wraps up in July.
The filming will add an estimated $20 million to the Wisconsin economy.
It’s the first movie to receive new state tax filming credits which took effect in January.
NOTE: I’ve received some emails talking about the filmages, two girls saw Johnny. Did you saw him? Talk with us about this in this thread.
Warner Home Video are releasing Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street on the 19th May 2008 for an RRP of £23.99. Based on the 19th century legend of Sweeney Todd and the hit Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (Johnny Depp) returns to London after being sent to prison, unjustly, by Judge Turpin. Sweeney opens a barber shop and vows to get his revenge, not only for that cruel punishment, but for the devastating consequences of what happened to his wife and daughter.
Joining Depp is Helena Bonham Carter as Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney’s amorous accomplice, who sells “the worst pies in London.” With the help of Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney tries to rid of all the people who have ever done him wrong and hopes to be reunited with his daughter, Joanna, who is now Judge Turpin’s ward.
Commentary By Tim Burton
Musical Mayhem: Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd
Sweeney Todd Is Alive: The Real History Of The Deamon Barber
Recreating Fleet Street
Grand Guinol: A Theatrical Tradition
Now city officials in Oshkosh have confirmed several scenes of the Johnny Depp film “Public Enemies” will be shot in their downtown this spring.
But nobody’s saying exactly where.
Director Michael Mann and about 50 department heads walked through the downtown yesterday looking at locations and figuring how to make Oshkosh look like it did in the 1930s.
That’s when John Dillinger was on his bank robbery spree that ended when he was shot to death in Chicago by FBI agents. Depp is to play Dillinger in the film.
The filmmakers have already started work to prepare for filming in Columbus, north of Madison.
Another filming location is the Milwaukee Historical Society, which once was a bank and still has a vintage vault.
Johnny Depp wins in the Netherlands a Rembrandt Award for best fore-nor actor, also Pirates of the Caribbean has won one for best fore-nor movie also Keira Knightley has won one for best actress in Pirates 3. So, congratulations, Johnny!
Thanks Ilse Driehuis for the heads up!
Johnny Depp is holding auditions to find writers for his latest movie Dali, reports say.
The actor is keen to find the best possible script for the film, in which he plays Spanish artist Salvador Dali.
A source is quoted as saying: “He’s open to working with anyone – from housewives to pensioners – if the script is right.”
Al Pacino and Peter O’Toole are also in talks to portray the surrealist painter in upcoming movies Dali and I and Goodbye Dali respectively.
Dali died of heart failure in 1989, aged 84.
NOTE FROM THE WEBMASTER: I’m receiving hundred of emails about this. I don’t have an address where the scripts can be sent, or if this news is really true. Any news on this will be posted on the main page.
Johnny Depp, aka John Dillinger in the Universal film “Public Enemies,” is hitting Crown Point this spring reportedly to reprise the gangster’s bold 1934 escape from Lake County Jail.
The scene will be shot on location at the Old Sheriff’s House and Jail, 226 S. Main St., sources said. Universal declined to comment on specifics.
The front part of the Second Empire-style building housed the top cop in Dillinger’s era. The back holds the cells from which the bank robber fled in broad daylight.
Dates for the Crown Point shoot are under wraps. But director Michael Mann has targeted the old Lake County Criminal Court, 220 S. Main St., as his headquarters during a three-day stay. Reborn the Hall of Justice Bar and Ballroom in the early 1990s, the jail’s neighbor will host up to 200 actors, crew members and technicians.
Well, it’s today. And Johnny’s there. Here’s the first picture from the event:
This post will be updated when I got more pictures.
EDIT: You can find HQ pictures in the gallery. Johnny didn’t win the Oscar, but he still is a winner to us all.
Also, ‘Sweeney Todd’ Wins Oscar for Best Art Direction. Congratulations for all crew.
2008 Academy Awards
‘Idiot,” Johnny Depp likes to joke, is the German translation of his surname. The swooned-over film actor, who picked up his first Golden Globe for his all-singing portrayal of Sweeney Todd, has, over a 24-year career, gained a reputation for playing the outsiders, rejects and oddballs – the idiots. Big-bucks, twinkly-eyed romantic leads have never held any allure.
Instead, Depp has transmogrified into pallid Edward Scissorhands, kohl-eyed pirate Captain Jack Sparrow and Cry-Baby Walker, the delinquent of John Waters’ 1990 Cry-Baby. He has cross-dressed in Before Night Falls and Ed Wood, shaving his legs for the latter.
Sweeney got 8 SAG nominations, and POTC has 4.
*BEST HORROR FILM:* SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET
*BEST ACTOR:* JOHNNY DEPP
*BEST ACTRESS:*HELENA BONHAM CARTER
*BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:*ALAN RICKMAN
*BEST DIRECTION:* TIM BURTON
*BEST WRITING:*JOHN LOGAN
*BEST COSTUME:* COLLEEN ATWOOD
*BEST MAKE-UP:*PETER OWEN & IVANA PRIMORAC
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End:
*BEST FANTASY FILM:* PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD’S END
*BEST COSTUME:* PENNY ROSE
*BEST MAKE-UP:*VE NEILL, MARTIN SAMUEL
*BEST SPECIAL EFFECTS:*JOHN KNOLL, HAL HICKEL, CHARLES GIBSON, JOHN FRAZIER
Also, Sweeney wins Costume Designers Guild Awards for period film!
Costume Designers Guild hands out annual awards
‘Blades of Glory,’ ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘The Golden Compass’ win top film honors.
Congatulations to all cast & crew!