Into the Woods Movie

In the mid-’80s Stephen Sondheim wrote Into the Woods, a musical that became immensely popular in part because it weaved together things that are familiar to everyone: fairy tales, sex, and death. There’s infidelity in the production, and some strange licentiousness, and at least one very familiar figure doesn’t make it out alive. Its a story about people making choices that aren’t always great. Not like it’s all right there on the surface, and on the stage, but it’s nearly impossible to miss the metaphor for sexual awakening in the first encounter between Little Red Ridinghood and the Big Bad Wolf.

Now Into the Woods is becoming a Disney movie, from director Rob Marshall, with actors such as Meryl Streep (above) and Johnny Depp in the cast. So what happens when Disney makes a movie adaptation of Into the Woods? If you guessed “sanitization,” you guessed right. Read More »

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With Disney’s Maleficent opening in theaters Friday, it’s the perfect time to remember that a new trend will continue. The trend: Disney reimagining its classic animated films in live action. Cinderella is out next year and then the one that started the revamp pattern, Alice in Wonderland, will get its sequelAlice in Wonderland 2 will be called something like Alice: Through the Looking Glass. James Bobin (The Muppets) is directing and original stars Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska will return.

Rumors have run rampant that Sacha Baron Cohen could be playing a role and, apparently, they’re true. He’s also being joined by Rhys Ifans, who’ll be playing the father of Depp’s Mad Hatter. Read More »

johnny depp harry houdini

Johnny Depp is getting in on the superhero game. Kind of. The A-list actor is in talks to portray Harry Houdini in Lionsgate/Summit’s The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero.

As the title suggests, this isn’t about Houdini as a mere escape artist. No, in this version of events, he’s also a secret spy who’s “part Indiana Jones and part Sherlock Holmes.” More details after the jump.

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With Edgar Wright no longer directing Ant-Man, the question becomes, “what’s next?” The Cornetto Trilogy is done, so Wright has a few options. One big one is an adaptation of the TV show, The Night Stalker, starring Johnny Depp. Wright was attached to the property a few years back but it seemed incredibly far away at the time, with both The World’s End and Ant-Man ahead of it in the queue. With one completed and the other gone, Deadline reports Wright could go back to work on the Disney adaptation which follows a tabloid crime reporter whose investigations edge into the supernatural. Read More »

Whitey Bulger Benedict Cumberbatch

The bad news about Scott Cooper‘s Whitey Bulger biopic (formerly titled Black Mass) is that it’s just lost Guy Pearce. The good news is, it’s just added Benedict Cumberbatch as his replacement — and Adam Scott, Sienna Miller, and Julianne Nicholson besides.

The quartet join a star-studded cast that also includes Joel Edgerton, Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple, Rory CochraneJesse Plemons, and Johnny Depp as Bulger himself. Hit the jump to learn whom the new actors are playing.

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Transcendence review

In his directorial debut, Christopher Nolan‘s longtime DP Wally Pfister serves up a dire warning about all the things that can go wrong when someone other than Christopher Nolan tries to make a Christopher Nolan movie. Transcendence is Inception, in spirit if not in plot, only without the heart, style, intelligence, or grace.

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johnny depp tusk

Kevin Smith has worked with some pretty big-name actors in his time, and it looks like he’s booked the A-list-iest of them all for his next film Tusk. According to star Justin Long, Johnny Depp has signed on for a supporting character in the offbeat monster movie.

Tusk will be Depp’s first movie with Smith, and it seems like the perfect place to launch their professional relationship. Depp clearly has a taste for the bizarre, and what’s more bizarre than a tale about a guy trying to create a walrus-man hybrid? Hit the jump for details on Depp’s character.

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Mark Rylance Through the Looking Glass

A larger-than-life personality like Johnny Depp deserves a larger-than-life movie dad. In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, a music legend played his father. In Through the Looking Glass, he’s going to get a theater icon.

Mark Rylance has just boarded Disney’s Alice in Wonderland sequel, joining Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen. James Bobin (The Muppets) is directing. More on Rylance’s role after the jump.

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