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'Finding Neverland' Movie Review: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie Disney Style

'Finding Neverland' movie: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie, with the Llewelyn Davies family: Kate Winslet, Freddie Highmore, Joe Prospero, Nick Roud and Luke Spill. 'Finding Neverland' movie review: Losing reality Back in 2001, German-born director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, World War Z) brought a much welcome non-Hollywood touch to the independently made psychological drama Monster's Ball. Besides the daring (if way overlong) sex scenes, that film imparted a refreshingly realistic atmosphere that was much enhanced by Forster's minimalist approach. As the title implies, his follow-up effort, Finding Neverland (2004), has absolutely nothing to do with reality, whether Peter Pan author James M. Barrie's or anyone else's. Even so, Forster's early, no-nonsense directorial touch is sorely missing from what […]


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'Finding Neverland' Movie Review: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie Disney Style



'Maze Runner 2' to Beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass'

'Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials' with Dylan O'Brien. 'Maze Runner 2' to beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass' The 20th Century Fox release Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner, and Warner Bros.' Johnny Depp star vehicle Black Mass will be battling it out at the North American box office this coming weekend, Sept. 18-20, the last (astronomical) summer weekend of 2015. According to Variety, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will “likely” end up at the top of the U.S. and Canada box office chart. In fact, more than just “likely,” in case tracking is on target. Including Thursday evening shows, Maze Runner 2 is expected to collect somewhere around $35 million from […]


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'Maze Runner 2' to Beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass'



'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Lewis Carroll Travesty One of Worst Tim Burton Movies

'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. 'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Plenty of visuals, no substance In the interest of full disclosure, I should start this commentary on Alice in Wonderland by saying that I have never been a fan of Tim Burton's works. I've enjoyed a couple of his movies, but the vast majority of them I've found uninspiring and, really, quite boring. Burton's eye for unusual worlds, particularly in terms of art direction and costume design, is not lost on me. But how can I possibly find Tim Burton a great director when he continues to offer the same tricks, over and over again? True, Burton's stories and characters change from movie to movie. What […]


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'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Lewis Carroll Travesty One of Worst Tim Burton Movies



'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Keith Richards/ZaSu Pitts

'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' with Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film “adaptation” of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of […]


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'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Keith Richards/ZaSu Pitts



'The Lone Ranger' 2013 One of Johnny Depp Biggest Bombs

'Despicable Me 2' Despicable Me 2 easily tops domestic box office as 'The Lone Ranger' 2013 bombs July 8, '13, update: Here's a quick rundown of the July 5-7, '13, top twelve movies at the North American box office, according to studio estimates found at Boxofficemojo.com. As expected, the $76 million-budgeted Despicable Me 2, featuring the voices of Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig, easily topped the chart with $82.51 million and a five-day cume of $142.07 million. Universal's animated 3D feature was followed – at a very distant second – by Disney's The Lone Ranger. Directed by Gore Verbinski, and starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, the $215 million-budgeted comic Western in the style of the Pirates of the Caribbean […]


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'The Lone Ranger' 2013 One of Johnny Depp Biggest Bombs



'The Lone Ranger' Movie Review: Johnny Depp as Native American Jack Sparrow

Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger, Johnny Depp as Tonto. The Lone Ranger Movie Review: Pirates of the Caribbean quasi-sequel in Western garb In highfalutin' acting circles, it's said that American performers are trained to work from the inside out, crafting a character's inner life before working on external traits, like voice and clothing. Conversely, British actors are said to work from the outside in, where a character's clothing, hair, make-up, walk, posture, and even footwear serve as entry points for a characterization. Guess which of these methods Johnny Depp probably embraces? And, if so, can he stop already? Between the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of […]


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'The Lone Ranger' Movie Review: Johnny Depp as Native American Jack Sparrow



Kristen Stewart, Selena Gomez Win Kids Choice Awards

Kristen Stewart. Kristen Stewart, Johnny Depp win 2013 Kids' Choice Awards Kristen Stewart and Johnny Depp were two of the film category winners at the green-slime-infested 2013 Kids' Choice Awards held at the University of Southern California's Galen Center south of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, March 23. Kristen Stewart was chosen as favorite movie actress and female butt-kicker of the year, apparently for her physical prowess in Bill Condon's Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the final episode in The Twilight Saga and in which Stewart co-stars opposite Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. Johnny Depp was the favorite movie actor for, seemingly, Tim Burton's widely derided box office bomb Dark Shadows. Jeez, don't kids read box office reports? (Image: Kristen […]


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Kristen Stewart, Selena Gomez Win Kids Choice Awards



Johnny Depp 'The Thin Man': Budget Too Fat?

Johnny Depp / The Thin Man big-budget remake: Low-budget original Thin Man series starred William Powell and Myrna Loy and Asta as Nick and Nora Charles and Asta (above in After the Thin Man) Johnny Depp The Thin Man déjà vu: First, Gore Verbinski's The Lone Ranger, to star Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer in the title role (in that order), was to have been a megabudget Western for Disney. Then the $165 million-budgeted, Universal-distributed, Jon Favreau / Harrison Ford / Daniel Craig Western Cowboys & Aliens turned out to be a box office disappointment in North America and, more importantly, a mediocre performer overseas, where Westerns are about as popular as baseball movies. The Lone Ranger was […]


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Johnny Depp 'The Thin Man': Budget Too Fat?





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