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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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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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is currently in limbo, thanks to Disney CEO Bob Iger. Iger did a conference call on Tuesday and made it rain with news. He mentioned The Incredibles 2, Star Wars Episode VII, and also mentioned that, despite directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg  being attached, the studio has yet to green light the long-in-development fifth film in the mega-blockbuster franchise starring Johnny Depp.  Read More »

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Here’s the latest full trailer for Wally Pfister‘s Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp as an AI designer who is killed in “real” life, but preserved as a digital consciousness. Pfister makes the leap from cinematographer to director here, but you can still see visual traces of his long run shooting for Christopher Nolan. This film looks like the dark thriller counterpart to Spike Jonze’s Her, as Depp’s character is killed at the hands of anti-tech terrorists, leading his consciousness down a pathway where it can expand well past the limitations of human biology. Read More »

‘Transcendence’ Poster Is Wired

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Briefly: We’ll get a second trailer for Wally Pfister‘s first directorial effort, Transcendence, later this week. For now you can check out the first poster for the film, which looks like the sort of image that might have decorated a paperback copy of a William Gibson novel twenty years ago, or maybe a cover of Wired. It’s essentially a graphic interpretation of that creepy image above, in which Johnny Depp‘s head is wired up for some serious computer interface. Read More »

Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary

The Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass got a fresh jolt of life last month when Scott Cooper entered talks to direct, and now it’s taking another big step forward as casting gets underway. In the lead role will be Johnny Depp, who previously signed on and then quit the project last year, while Tom Hardy is in early talks to play his FBI handler John Connolly. Get more details on the project after the jump.

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Scott Cooper

You may remember that one of the films about Whitey Bulger that has been making its way to the screen is Black Mass. If things had gone a different way than they did in the end, Barry Levinson would be shooting it soon with Johnny Depp in the lead role and Joel Edgerton supporting. But the budget ballooned, the producers tried to cut costs, and when Depp was asked to slash his asking price, he bailed. The movie effectively died then.

Now Out of the Furnace and Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper is in early talks to revive the film. And Deadline says that Depp could come back to work with him. What ruthless irony it would be if Depp took less money this time out than he had originally planned to under Levinson.

The film was set in motion by a Mark Mallouk script based on the book ‘Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob’ by Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill. Cooper would rewrite, but hopefully he’ll stick to the core story, in which Bulger consolidated his power by working as an FBI informant who turned over info on his rivals through collusion with a childhood friend who ended up in the Bureau.

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