Posts Tagged ‘johnny depp’

MIXED SIGNALS: ‘Pirates’ franchise in disarray

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

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Orlando and Keira in ‘Dead Man’s Chest’ – we could totally live without you two.

So I was attracted to this article on the Hollywood Reporter webby because of Johnny Depp. Of course. However, I kept reading because all of the discussion over the Pirates franchise. According to the article, we’re looking at a new director, a lower budget and, likely, no Orlando or Keira. Okay, that last part I could totally live with.

But seriously!? What? Did At World’s End not put enough cash in the bank? Not enough licensed merchandise? Hardly. Disney? Answers please.

AT FIRST SIGHT: This. is going. to be. amazing. ‘The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus’

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Dr. Parnassus

Film poster for ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’

Holy mother this one is up there with Alice in Wonderland. I can’t say I exactly stalk Terry Gilliam, but I do think he’s more than brilliant. Due to the simple fact that he’s behind this fantastical film, I know it’s going to be utterly amazing. The kind of amazing that I’ll watch over and over again, just like Brazil.

Now, tons of people are throwing support behind this because it’s ‘Heath Ledger’s last film.’ Which, okay, yes it’s nice to be sentimental about Heath but come on! Let’s give Terry his just desserts. So, I’m saying this here and now: it’s okay for you to go and watch this film because of Heath, but please, please recognize Terry’s genius. Okay. Happy now.

Anyhoo, the gist of the story? It’s amazingly complicated. There are deals with the devil (many) and promised children and schemes to get around deals with the devil. You can read the whole thing here: IMDB. In any case, we know the story will be intriguing and amazing. Set design and costumes as well. And the cast? Well… it’s kind of dreamy. Johnny Depp, Heath Ledger, Jude Law, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer AND Tom Waits. Wow. This is going to kick everything’s ass all over the place. You know where I’ll be on September 24th. Here’s a clip. I had nothing to do with the French subtitles, it showed in Cannes so, well, you get it:

STALKING Tim Burton: Alice in Wonderland

Monday, July 6th, 2009

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Newcomer Mia Wasikowska as Alice in classically Burtonesque scenery {{drool}}

Every now and then, a man so fabulously genius comes along that I simply can’t help but track his every move. One of these men is Tim Burton. His style is something over which to fawn (Disney meets The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – who knew it would be so spooky fantastic?), he hasn’t slowed down since Beetle Juice, he’s one of the grand-daddies of claymation AND he brings Johnny Depp hotness to the screen over and over again.

At the prospect of Alice in Wonderland Burton-style, I’m drooling a little more than usual. And, as dear Timmy is stalk-worthy in my book, I don’t see any way Wonderland could disappoint. Stay tuned for my official ratings when we Foreplay Alice in Wonderland. In the meantime, check these tantalizing visuals, courtesy comingsoon.net:

JD as the Mad Hatter

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter – looking a little too much like Elijah Wood – but I’m loving the freaky Victorian getup

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Matt Lucas (I’ll plug his hilarious new show ‘Krod Mandoon‘ here) as The Tweedle Twins

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Anne Hathaway as the White Queen – actually present in the sequel to ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘Through the Looking-Glass’, not sure how Burton will explain this one