Thursday, December 13, 2007

Johnny Depp receives eighth Golden Globe nomination

Johnny Depp received his eighth Golden Globe® nomination for his role as the revenge driven murderous barber in Tim Burton's musical thriller SWEENEY TODD. Helena Bonham Carter was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy or Drama, Tim Burton garnered a nomination for Best Director and the film was also nominated in the Comedy or Musical category.

The 65th Annual Golden Globe® Awards will be presented live on NBC on January 13, 2008.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Sweeney Todd Christmas TV spots and cast interview links

Nothing says Merry Christmas like Sweeney Todd branded TV spots from Paramount! And there's also load of cast interviews that have come to us at JDR from Paramount!

Sweeney Todd Christmas Branded TV Spots
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Variety reviews Sweeney Todd, watch this clip. Warning there are story line spoilers.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

JohnnyDeppReads reviews SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Mark Salisbury

I was prepared to like Mark Salisbury's SWEENEY TODD: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. I like the musical it was based on. I like Depp and Burton and Sondheim. What I wasn't prepared to do was love this book! Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton have teamed up again for this film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim's acclaimed musical thrilled "Sweeney Todd." Mark Salisbury's book is an in depth, informative chronicle of the making of the movie which opens here in the US this December. Mr. Salisbury's book never gets boring and the author never lectures the reader while sharing this book's story. Salisbury hit all the right notes when he wrote this companion book by layering the backstory of the legend of Sweeney Todd with the present day circumstances that put the players in the right spots at the right time to bring this version of SWEENEY TODD to the screen.

The well crafted book with 175 glossy, big pages with more than 200 photographs and illustrations and it is divided into two parts. Salisbury uses pictures and production artwork to tell the "making of" story in Part One, weaving in quotes from producer Richard Zanuck, director Tim Burton and cast members Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman as well as crew and other cast members to help the reader grasp the goings on behind the scenes. Salisbury was wise to also add his own first hand experiences while on the SWEENEY TODD set at Pinewood Studios to bring an overview of the different pieces that brought this musical thriller together. The author then has the reader "attend the tale of Sweeney Todd" in Part Two, by adding illustrations, production stills and sketches to text pieces from the script. This is no ordinary companion book, this is a companion book that brings humanity and heart to an often macabre, gruesome and bloody story. It's easy to see that this is a labor of love by the author.

Mark Salisbury is the former editor of Britain's Empire magazine and is the author of numerous movie books, many in collaboration with Tim Burton. Mr. Burton penned the forward to this book.

This is not your average glossy, trendy coffee table book. It's a must read for SWEENEY TODD fans, the fans of Stephen Sondheim, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. And it also serves as a wonderful invitation to those who've never met the demon barber of Fleet Street, to those who've never seen a musical and to those who've not yet seen the magic that Burton and Depp bring to a project, to get to know how a book can work hand in hand with a film. Mark Salisbury has written what I consider to be a Sweeney Todd primer. Get one for yourself and several as gifts. Neither Sweeney Todd nor Mark Salisbury will let you down.

Hardcover $30.00.
ISBN 13-9871844767044 - 175 pages
Publication date: December 2007
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Sweeney Todd receives five Critics Choice Award nominations

SWEENEY TODD has garnered five Critics Choice Award nominations including Best Picture, Johnny Depp for Best Actor and Tim Burton for Best Director, Best Acting Ensemble and Edward Sanders for Best Young Actor.

The Critics' Choice Awards are awarded by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The winners will be announced on January 7, 2008 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and will be broadcast live on VH1. Be sure to check your local television listings for exact time and channel location.

A complete list of nominees can be found at:

Best Picture
American Gangster
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Into the Wild
The Kite Runner
Michael Clayton
No Country for Old Men
Sweeney Todd
There Will Be Blood

Best Actor
George Clooney - Michael Clayton
Daniel Day-Lewis - There Will Be Blood
Johnny Depp - Sweeney Todd
Ryan Gosling - Lars and the Real Girl
Emile Hirsch - Into the Wild
Viggo Mortensen - Eastern Promises

Best Acting Ensemble
No Country for Old Men
Sweeney Todd
Gone Baby Gone
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

Best Director
Tim Burton - Sweeney Todd
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen - No Country for Old Men
Sidney Lumet - Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Sean Penn - Into the Wild
Julian Schnabel - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Joe Wright - Atonement

Best Young Actor
Michael Cera - Juno
Michael Cera - Superbad
Freddie Highmore - August Rush
Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada - The Kite Runner
Edward Sanders - Sweeney Todd

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Sweeney Todd's Tim Burton named Best Director and SWEENEY TODD named one of Top Ten Films of 2007 by the National Board of Review

Johnny Depp's SWEENEY TODD and director Tim Burton recognized by the National Board of Review. Burton was named Best Director and the film SWEENEY TODD was named one of the Top Ten Films of 2007

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