Universal Pictures has released the movie trailer for Michael Mann‘s Public Enemies, the story of legendary Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger (Johnny Depp)—the charismatic bank robber whose lightning raids made him the number one target of J. Edgar Hoover’s fledgling FBI and its top agent, Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale), and a folk hero to much of the downtrodden public. Depp vs. Bale? Sounds like my kind of Summer gangster movie. Watch the trailer after the jump, and tell me what you think in the comments below.
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Universal released a movie poster and 19-second trailer preview for Michael Mann‘s Public Enemies earlier today. The trailer will hit the web on Wednesday or Thursday, but why wait when you can see this new 30-second preview which aired during tonight’s Entertainment Tonight (yes, 11 more seconds). Check the clip out, complete with annoying ET voiceover, after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Universal Pictures has released the first movie poster for Michael Mann‘s Public Enemies on MSN. Some people are comparing the poster to The Dark Knight Joker banner. The trailer will hit theaters on Friday, along with the teaser trailer for The Wachowski Brothers-produced Ninja Assassin. After the jump you can watch the Entertainment Tonight advertisement featuring a brief preview of the trailer which will be on tonight’s show. I’ve heard that the Public Enemies trailer will be online either Wednesday or Thursday.
During the credits of the 81st Academy Awards, video clips were shown for many of the films that will hit theaters in 2009. You might have turned off the television after Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture and missed everything. Or maybe you just want to see the awesome Terminator Salvation footage or the first look at Public Enemiess again. If so, don’t worry, we have the whole 3-minute clip embedded after the jump.
Posted on Sunday, February 15th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Michael Mann‘s Public Enemies was test screened on Thursday night in Sherman Oaks, CA. It was a blind screening, which means that they didn’t give the name of the film when soliciting for moviegoers. A bunch of reviews have been floating around the message boards. You can read five reviews after the jump. Be warned, some of the reviews contain spoilers. Some are marked, but others are not.
Posted on Sunday, November 30th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Empire Magazine has the first two photos from Michael Mann‘s upcoming period crime drama Public Enemies. Based on Brian Burrough’s book “Public Enemies: America’s Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-43,” the film focuses on the government’s attempt to stop John Dillinger and his gang. Johnny Depp plays Dillinger, and Christian Bale plays famed FBI agent Melvin Purvis.
Update: /Film reader Christopher M sent over two more photos:
Empire has an exclusive interview with Michael Mann in their January issue. Public Enemies is set to hit theaters on July 1st 2009.
Posted on Tuesday, July 1st, 2008 by Hunter Stephenson
These last few months have seen a crop of photos showing Johnny Depp as proto-gangster John Dillinger in Michael Mann‘s Public Enemies (July 1st, 2009). Here’s another via Collider showing the actor/character in more casual time-appropriate attire, complete with ruby red shades. Nice pants. The site has other photos of Depp with a Corona and co-star Stephen Dorf, who plays one of Dillinger’s fellow bank robbers, Homer Van Meter.
If you’re wondering, no bloggable photos have surfaced from the set of Christian Bale playing Melvin Purvis, the ambitious FBI head who lead the crackdown resulting in Dillinger’s 1934 death outside a Chicago theater. The film is based on the real events as depicted in Bryan Burroughs‘s non-fiction account of the same name.
Discuss: In your opinion, what is Michael Mann’s best film? With this cast, do you think he’ll top it? Any favorite bank robber flicks?
There’s a lot of minor news breaking today and falling in between the cushions of Slashfilm’s buttery soft couch. I’ve decided to reach in and present the tasty morsels for your enjoyment. Don’t like some of ‘em? Well, your dog doesn’t discriminate and if it does, surprise, it’s a kitty.
October’s Max Payne video adaptation continues to build a curious borderline-honor roll of a cast, with Chris O’Donnell (Robin) climbing out of the Where Are They Now File to star alongside Mark Wahlberg (title role), the foxy Mila Kunis (uh, assassin love interest), Beau friggin’ Bridges (mentor) and Donal Logue (not playing Jimmy the Cab Driver). O’Donnell will play nipple-free “executive Jason Colvin.” Exciting, innit? Now, if only the film was rated R. (EW)
Javier Bardem, the biggest star in born again director Francis Ford Coppola‘s follow-up to Youth Without Youth, Tetro, has either dropped out or been replaced on a huge creative whim. Coppola will recast the role of Bardem’s mentor to Vincent Gallo’s title character with Carmen Maura, whom you may have caught in Volver. Hmmm, Coppola could have certainly used the awareness of the Oscar winner. Too bad. (HR) As we all do when a job falls through, Bardem is said to be considering a role as a respected wine critic in a film entitled The First Emperor starring naughty monkeys Helen Mirren and Hugh Grant. (DH)
The horror! Another fresh face from The O.C. has washed ashore on Crystal Lake. Amanda Rhigetti, an 8, is close to signing on as the female lead in Platinum Dunes’ Friday the 13th. How about a cameo by Adam Brody’s head? (Variety)
Latino Review sum up Sam Raimi‘s script to his upcoming Drag Me to Hell with three words: Predictable as hell. Slashfilm previously summed up the entire movie even more succinctly with: Justin Long. Obviously we’re too smart to add “as hell” to that. However, that was before we caught Long’s performance in The Sasquatch Gang (now on DVD), which was maddeningly chuckle-inducing. “Predictable as hell” it is, then.
Billy Crudup is that guy you call when your film is looking good. He’ll play J. Edgar Hoover (kinky) in Michael Mann‘s Public Enemies, which stars Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and the Dorf and has as much chance as sucking as UNC losing the Final Four. Jinx? Hardly. [Variety]
Where’s my sickly neighbor from 1988’s inhaler? Joshua Jackson says he will not be playing Fletch in the remake. Chevy Chase’s is one of my favorite Chevy Chase films. I say cast Michael Cera and let Jason Lee choke on a furball. [MTV]
The new film from Heathers writer/legend Daniel Waters opens tomorrow in select theaters. It’s called Sex and Death 101. Here’s an interview with Waters that’s so chockfull of amazingly pretentious, pseudo-intellectual name dropping it makes us realize how rarely we come across screenwriter interviews like this anymore. More Waters, please.
Hard hitter producer Graham King (The Departed, Blood Diamond) and Warner Bros. hope to bring the Hugo Award-winning sci-fi series Hyperion Cantos to life on screen via a script by relative newcomer Trevor Sands. I’m not familiar with author Dan Simmons‘s works, but the plot is said to be set on a planet called Hyperion that has lucid blue skies, “electricity-spewing trees,” and a mysterious region called the Time Tombs, where time travel evidently goes down amongst artifacts. And a very pissed off monster guards them. Ooh la la. Sands will combine the first two novels, Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion in his script. An original, brainy sci-fi film? All for it. Any fans, please sounds off in the comments below. (HR)
Posted on Friday, January 11th, 2008 by Hunter Stephenson
When Hollywood needs a bankable actor to snag a Wild West outlaw, Pablo Escobar or a few thousand Terminators, they send for Christian Bale, so why not send him after John Dillinger? This summer’s Dark Knight is in talks to star in the 2009 mobster drama Public Enemies for director Michael Mann. Bale’s rumored for the role of FBI agent Melvin Purvis, who became an American hero in 1934, the year his relentless manhunt for Dillinger culminated in the 31-year-old gangster being shot dead after he fled from a movie theater by Purvis’ men. To fire off another few rounds of cool, Johnny Depp is already signed to star as Dillinger, his first mobster role since 1997’s Donnie Brasco. Other gangsters yet to be cast include Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson.
Don’t tap my phones or have me tailed, but I’d like to see Bale in a role where he isn’t the stoic cat to a flamboyant mouse, or in the case of the terrific Rescue Dawn, a stoic, half-crazed mouse that surprisingly didn’t eat a cat. Even with Nolan’s Batman films, it seems like Bale is always the icy match to another actor in the opposing corner. I almost expect his films to have a “versus” on the posters. In my mind, this started circa 2005 with the quickly swept away Harsh Times. Does his agent have a Jordan vs. Bird complex? That’s better than a Space Jam complex, but it’s still curious.
Yeah, I guess I’m pining for a Patrick Bateman-esque role, where he, oddly, felt more thawed out than in Equilibrium. Can you imagine the dude in something like Music and Lyrics? Would you wonder the whole time whether his character was going to bust into a Mr. Blonde psycho shuffle? As for Depp, so many of his recent roles have slipped in and out of an ornate straight jacket, I almost expect his Dillinger to wear rouge and talk to peacocks; mobster as Little Edie Beale.
This film had me sold at Mann and Depp, so attaching another four reputable letters is okay with me.