Monday, June 30, 2008

More Public Enemies at the race track

As people begin to check in with us on our main forum, we've heard that off track betting continues at Santa Anita as director Michael Mann goes up against the midnight filming deadline tonight for Public Enemies. We've just been told that Johnny's chief security man, Jerry, is an extra in one of the scenes being filmed now. Jerry was also seen briefly in Sweeney Todd with Johnny.

More as we get it.

Public Enemies off to the races today

This is the last scheduled day of filming on the Michael Mann, Johnny Depp, Christian Bale film Public Enemies and as we know they are at Los Angeles' Santa Anita race track!

Here's a bit of the history of this historic racetrack. It's 1930s architecture makes it perfect for PE!

Be sure to keep a sharp eye here on our johnnydeppreads blog as we continue to post all of the news and updates as this film moves into it's next phase. So don't go anywhere. We sure aren't.

And since we are going into a long, holiday weekend here in the US, why not pick up a copy of Bryan Burrough's book that started it all ..."Public Enemies" and see what started this fabulous movie!

Stick around with us, the ride's just getting started!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Public Enemies moves to Santa Anita racetrack

Look for the cast and crew of the Johnny Depp, Michael Mann, Marion Cotillard film Public Enemies to be at the Santa Anita racetrack, in the Los Angeles area, tomorrow for filming of the remaining scenes of the movie.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Public Enemies wraps in midwest

It seems that Public Enemies has finished its midwest filming and a wrap party was held last night in Chicago. However speculation has it that there is some additional filming will be done Monday in the LA area.

Since the wrap party is now history, here's a brief write up. Please know that historically Johnny rarely attends wrap parties.

Friday, June 27, 2008

More Lockport filming for Public Enemies

Today's Public Enemies filming had Johnny Depp returning to Lockport again!,JO27_DEPP_WEB.article

Public Enemies fimed in Kankakee

It was a busy day yesterday for those trying to keep up with the Public Enemies location filming news, it kept changing! Here are some news articles with pics and a video of Johnny Depp's meet and greet last night, estimates have had the crowd at between 1,000 and 1,500 people.

No word as to where filming will be today, but we k now they are on to the LA area reportedly Sunday and Monday for the racetrack scenes on Monday.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Public Enemies filming in Kankakee

Here's an article that gives us a look into what's going on today with Johnny Depp and the Public Enemies filming.

I think this may be the farmhouse scene where Dillinger goes home to meet the family.

Public Enemies just keeps on filming

As we all count down to the last day of filming this Michael Mann movie, our Chicago "reporters" continue to fill us in on the latest talk about what's going on in their neighborhood. One of our members has just posted on the forum that Johnny Depp on set this AM, then wisked off back to basecamp just after noon. Sometime later, after changing clothes he was taken to another location, but unsure of where else they were shooting today. As of 11 PM tonight, basecamp had NOT been moved. There is some local chatter about today possibly being the last day there. But conflicting information is running rampant now. lol So as always, please remember that this is information that is not offiicial. It's just what's been seen and heard on the streets out there in the Chicago area.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Public Enemies turns Chicago into New Orleans

Following up on last nights' reports about the Public Enemies filming in Chicago, one of our regular Chicago area posters added this bit to our main forum about the filming:

"Today, Chicago looks A LOT like New Orleans... It's hot, humid and rainy. Good luck with the exterior shot, PE cast, crew and fans! Try to stay cool and dry! "

We thank her and all of the Chicago JDR "reporters" for sharing their first hand impressions with us.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Chicago to fill in for New Orleans in Public Enemies filming?

We have three Chicago residents who are beginning to report in on our JDR forum about what appears to be set construction in the area of Lincoln and Wells for possible Public Enemies filming tomorrow. Also reports are being posted about the area where extras are being told to report. They say that judging by what they can see, that it appears that this location will be filling in for New Orleans. Several blocks in the area are being closed off.

The reports about this latest location can be found by clicking the link below and scrolling down towards the bottom of page 46 as reports continue on to page 47 and on from that point. So keep reading from that point.

As a reminder, this information is being reported by people in the Chicago area and is being posted on our forum, and is not official.

Public Enemies on TCM Official blog

A great article about the filming of Johnny Depp and Michael Mann's film Public Enemies can be found on the Turner Classic Movie's official blog:

Don't forget that the movie is based on the true crime book by the same name and is written by Bryan Burrough. Read it before the movie comes out!

Public Enemies Chicago location photos

The link for some Public Enemies Chicago location pictures was kindly posted by cmraseye on our main forum. Thanks so much for sharing these with us.

Editing to add the link to this great article, and it has a terrific picture with it.,14934

Public Enemies filming rolls on in Chicago

Reports are in that after filming last night, Johnny Depp did meet with a few people who waited patiently near by. And we have another JDR Chicago member reporting that this morning extras are at the Lawrence and Laramie area. We don't know if they will film in that area, or be transported to alternate locations. We are thinking that the filming for the rest of the week will be very fluid and subject to last minute changess. More as we learn it.

Public Enemies filming in Chicago today

More first hand reports are being posted our main forum tonight, saying that Public Enemies filmed on Roscoe and Clark today, inside scenes in early afternoon, outside scenes just before 8 PM local time. Also preparation went all afternoon at the California Clipper where the extras showed up around 4pm. It's assumed that after Johnny Depp left Roscoe and Clark (about 8:30 PM), they were headed to the Clipper. Then Depp reportedly left the area. Further reports are in that he is back on set.

Go here to read this and other reports as they are posted.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Public Enemies to film tonight?

Looks like the area around the California Clipper in Chicago is being prepped for tonight's filming. They are closed today and tomorrow. No information yet if Johnny Depp is filming tonight or not.

There are some pics posted here:

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Public Enemies enters its last week of filming

As the Johnny Depp, Michael Mann film Public Enemies begins to wrap up filming, there appears to be several scenes that will be shot here and there. Literally. Internet chatter and speculation is at an all time high about upcoming locations including more scenes in the Chicago area and possibly something filmed in the Los Angeles area.

The end of the month is the targeted wrap day, just ahead of the looming actor's strike.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Public Enemies filming - quiet for the weekend

With only a reported 5 more days of filming, the following was posted on our main forum by a Chicago resident, saying that there is chatter that Monday, extras will be reporting to the Lakeview neighborhood for interior and exterior shots. We have no word about who or what is supposed to be filmed. And please remember that this is not confirmation. So those in the area? Keep a sharp eye!

Public Enemies continues to film to Chicago, Depp meets with fans

As filming continued last night/this morning on the Public Enemies Chicago set, a small group of fans quietly gathered and waited. And according to another first hand report on our main forum, they saw some of the filming, including a scene with Johnny and Marion Cotillard.

Sometime close to 2:45am Johnny came out of his trailer and visited with the waiting fans.
You can read her account here:

Friday, June 20, 2008

Drive by shooting near Chicago Public Enemies set

According to the article below, 5 people were arrested in a drive by shooting near Chicago's 'Public Enemies' set. They say that Johnny Depp was not on the set yet. Be sure to read the story below.,0,7592102.story

Public Enemies filming at Chicago's Auditorium Theater?

We've had first hand reports again on our main board today that Johnny Depp's Public Enemies will be filming at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago and that street barricades are reported to go up in time for rush hour traffic. There has been some internet speculation that these could be the "Stuben Club" scenes. We have no confirmation, but people in the area are reporting in.

This link brings up a page that shows the history of the theater and also the art and architecture of the theater.

Johnny Depp did greet fans in Pilsen area last night

According to a first hand report on our main board, we learned that there was a small group of people waiting at the Public Enemies basecamp, that items were collected for Johnny to sign and that he did come out to meet with those who were waiting.
Read the report here:

We also heard that his car was spotted in the Union Station area and that earlier in the day Johnny was filming at Ashland and 18th(Pilsen area) in what seemed to be a furniture store (?) redone to represent the Chicago Police Dept.

Supposedly only 5 days filming remains.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Public Enemies filming in Pilsen today

These pics have surfaced online and are reportedly from today's Public Enemies filming in Pilsen.

Thanks to the blogowner for posting these for us to see.

Waiting to see Johnny Depp

All of the news this AM is about people waiting to see Johnny.
Public Enemies filming in Lockport seems to be *iffy* today. Another time will tell situation.,4_1_JO19_DEPP_S1.article,4_1_JO19_DEPP_S2.article

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Lockport Public Enemies filming

According to internet chatter, the Public Enemies filming that was to occur at Lockport didn't happen this afternoon. Word out there is that filming ran long in Joliet. Everything is tentative. lol

Public Enemies filming at Lockport today

Johnny Depp and the Public Enemies crew are reportedly filming in Lockport now until 7pm local time.,061808deppforweb.article

Public Enemies films at Stateville

Johnny Depp, the cast and crew of Public Enemies have reportedly left Stateville, after filming under very strict conditions. It *appears* that they will move to Joliet today.

Here's a blurb about something at Stateville (scroll down to Movie Mania)
Internet chat has them finishing at Stateville, and on to Joliet.,CST-NWS-SNEED18.article

And this is an interesting read about how businesses were compensated in Chicago.,0,3332485.story

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Public Enemies filming in Joliet - Stateville

The Johnny Depp film Public Enemies moved to the Joliet area yesterday for filming at Stateville. Security is extremely tight and filming is *expected* to continue in the Joliet area through Thursday. This film is based on the true crime novel of the same name penned by Bryan Burrough.,061708deppmovie.article

Monday, June 16, 2008

Public Enemies filming prison scenes this week

News accounts are saying that Public Enemies filming with Johnny Depp will center this week on Joliet and Crest Hill.,2_1_AU16_DEPP_S1.article

There was also a cute report about Johnny sending his Fedora to a young boy he met in Oshkosh:

And just a heads up about the possible Actors' strike, Michael Mann needs to have this film's scenes finished by midnight, June 30 to be on the safe side.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Public Enemies in Chicago on Friday night

According to several people on the net, it seems that filming last night was primarily at the Bank of America Building on So. LaSalle. People say they believe it was a scene at a restaurant, using Depp as Dillinger and Marion Cotillard as Billie Frechette.

He reportedly greeted a small number of fans and then left for the weekend.

Happy Father's Day Johnny!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Public Enemies moves back to Chicago

According to several internet reports, Johnny did a meet & greet for a few people this morning after finishing the all night shoot. It's reported that they have moved back to Chicago.

Public Enemies in Milwaukee

If things are still on schedule, they were to have left Milwaukee and should head over to Chicago for night filming. Here are a couple of articles about Johnny Depp and the filming there in Milwaukee.

Editing to add Duane Dudek on How to Meet Johnny Depp

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Public Enemies filming tonight?

They are scheduled to film tonight in Milwaukee then head out. They are under flash flood and tornado warnings. yikes

Public Enemies still in Milwaukee

No news overnight, but this site has some great(not taken during actual filming) pictures:

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Public Enemies still filming in Milwaukee

Internet chat has the Public Enemies cast including Johnny Depp continuing to film in Milwaukee through Thursday then returning to Chicago.

Here's a great video from Milwaukee:

An interesting article and some great pictures on the right side, click on the link.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Johnny Depp greets his fans on his birthday

While on location filming Public Enemies in Chicago yesterday Johnny Depp still found time after filming on his birthday to visit with some fans.

Here's a great blog with vids and pics"

And then there's this bit about him greeting fans on his birthday:

"Public Enemies" is in Milwaukee

The Public Enemies cast and crew, including Johnny Depp is in Milwaukee today for filming! Go here for more info:

More chatter about Public Enemies in Milwaukee

Be sure to read Duane's comments below the post about the Depp narrated Hunter Thompson film. Scroll all the way down.

Monday, June 9, 2008

"Public Enemies" to film in Milwaukee Tuesday

Look out Milwaukee, it appears that Johnny Depp's Public Enemies team will be filming in your city on Tuesday. Wish the guy a happy belated birthday!

Here's what Duane Dudek has to say about it:

Bryan Burrough's last installment "Happy Endings" on his time on the "Public Enemies" set

How cool is it that we have been given a gift for Johnny's birthday by Public Enemies author Bryan Burrough. It's his third installment on his Vanity Fair blog about being on the Public Enemies set and meeting Michael Mann , Christian Bale and Johnny Depp... and getting an extra treat.

Thanks Bryan for this awesome gift today. Again, your writing moves me to tears.
Happy Birthday Johnny Depp!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Public Enemies casting attractive women in Milwaukee

Public Enemies searching for attractive women inMilwaukee!!!

Date: 2008-06-07, 2:27PM CDT
Public Enemies, directed by Michael Mann and starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, is searching for attractive women for non-speaking roles. We are searching for women 5’7” and under, and under dress size 8 for a scene to be filmed on or around Wednesday June 11th.

If you are interested in this non-speaking paid extra role please send us a photograph ASAP with all your stats (age, height, weight, dress size, hips, waist, bra) and phone number to and in the subject line please put “Milwaukee woman.”

Thank you so much -- we look forward to receiving your photographs.
Location: Milwaukee

And then there's this:
This is an interesting blog post, as there are some great tid bits about the Public Enemies filming at the Aragon ballroom. .

Pretty quiet this weekend...Johnny's birthday tomorrow. :)

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Did Public Enemies film at Indiana Dunes last night?

Showing up on several forums is word that seems to originate from the poster on imdb who says he's a crew member on Public Enemies. If the info is true then last night/ this morning they were filming at Indiana Dunes State Park at Lake Michigan. Here is a link to the park's site:

It's gorgeous and *could* be a scene between Billie and John at Lake Michigan or I can't help but wonder if it *could* be a "stand in" for Florida? The pics on that site are gorgeous!

I tend to believe this guy, he's been pretty spot on so far, but there's always the possibility that he's feeding us all "a line" so I guess we all have to make our own judgements about any info out there. ;)

Since it's Johnny Depp's birthday on Monday, they are supposed to have several days off. Who knows how many "several days" are? LOL Not me.

Friday, June 6, 2008

More from Public Enemies' author Bryan Burrough

Public Enemies' author Bryan Burrough has been reporting on his "Vanity Fair" blog about his experiences on the set of the Johnny Depp movie based on his true crime book.

This is a link to his next installment:

Bryan, if you're out there? This is a blast to read!
Tick-tock....hurry please

Public Enemies finally in Milwaukee?

These news items say that it seems like Johnny Depp, Michael Mann and the cast and crew of Public Enemies may finally make it to Milwaukee this month.

As always the key word here about dates is "tentative."

Public Enemies needs more prison guards and inmates

We had a similar casting call last week, but I am posting this in case they do need more people in the Johnny Depp, Michael Mann film.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Has "Public Enemies" filming ended at the Biograph?

Internet postings on forums out there say the Public Enemies cast and crew wrapped Biograph filming last night/this morning. And that, as suspected, Christian Bale seems to have finished his work on Public Enemies as he is needed on Terminator 4 in New Mexico. Also chatter around the net that Johnny Depp and the Public Enemies group will return to the Aragon Ballroom.

Public Enemies casting call for real bartenders

Craigslist shows this casting call for real bartenders!
Real male bartenders needed for Public Enemies (Chicago)
Reply to: see below
Date: 2008-06-04, 11:15PM CDT

Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, is searching for real male bartenders to work in a one day shoot as a paid non-speaking extra. This scene is happening fast. If you are flexible and might be able to free up your life for a day next week please send us a photograph of your face ASAP. Please include your height and weight and jacket size along with your phone number.
Send to in the subject line please put “bartender.”
Thanks so much – we look forward to receiving your photographs!

Location: Chicago it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests Compensation: extra rate
PostingID: 708177445

More Biograph filming last night

It's being reported on a Chicago forum that the Public Enemies group was doing more filming with Johnny Depp at the Biograph theater last night, that is until a thunderstorm popped up.

More Public Enemies at the Aragon Ballroom

Public Enemies has been filming at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago and using extras that post on the Chicago swing dancing forum posted below, they are reporting about last night's filming, be sure to scroll down. We all know Johnny can't dance. LOL But it's reported that singer vocalist Diana Krall is fabulous in the scenes.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

"Public Enemies" author blogs about his experiences on set

Public Enemies author Bryan Burrough was on the Chicago set of his book turned film and is writing about his experiences in his Vanity Fair blog. "Watching Johnny Depp Die" is the first installment and can be found here:

**If you haven't read Bryan's book, go get it. It's the least you can do for a guy who had to get white walls.** ;)

Tuesday night in Chicago with Public Enemies

Reports have "Public Enemies" and Johnny Depp filming at the Portage Theater and at the Aragon ballroom in Chicago the last couple of nights. No meet and greets.

More internet chat about Christian Bale being needed on set for "Transformers" out west, seems PE might be running a weensie bit behind and they are trying to get his scenes on PE completed.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Chicago's Aragon getting a 1930's look

Apparently Johnny was spotted back on the "Public Enemies" there in Chicago set last night/this morning after his award win in LA over the weekend.

Here is a great pic of the Aragon undergoing a facelift for that 1934 look.

Monday, June 2, 2008

"Public Enemies" still in Chicago

Johnny Depp fans are still excited over his 2 big wins last night at the MTV awards. BUT today there is a lot of chat about what's going on this week. It's been widely rumored that we have seen the end of the meet and greets. Makes sense actually. Not sure. BUT I can't encourage people to go if the studio has put an end to them. Go or don't go, but don't be disappointed if there isn't one. Who knows what will happen as time goes by?

It looks like Chicago's Portage theater and, as I said earlier, the Aragon Ballroom should be up next as it's been said that the Portage will double for the Biograph interior and not Aurora, WI's Paramount as we thought earlier. And I just have one of those nagging feelings that they haven't finished at the Biograph.

As always, more tentative chatter as we get it.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Johnny Depp wins two MTV Movie awards tonight

Johnny Depp took home two MTV Movie Awards tonight, for two different characters, one for Best Comedy performance for Capt. Jack Sparrow in POTC:At World's End and the other for Best Villian for Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd.

Johnny was on the UniveralStudio lot tonight (despite the raging fire today) and it's said that he "got the biggest ovations of the night while shyly accepting" his awards.

Fire on Universal lot

This is a terrible fire, but is almost contained at this time. They just said that nothing was destroyed that can't be rebuilt.