Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A glimpse of Johnny Depp

This isn't really news but it's a cute report about Johnny and his affect on the people who lived in the area of PE filming.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Sam Sarkar and "Caliber" at Comic Con

All eyes have shifted to San Diego and Comic Con as Radical Publishing showcases Caliber, written by Sam Sarkar and illustrated by Garrie Gastonny. Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil will be bringing this western gunslinger's tale to film with a new take on the Arthurian legends. Caliber is to be directed by John Woo. Sam was present yesterday and graciously signed books and posted for photos with fans! What a great guy he is! Sam has more appearances slated for this weekend.

Copyright Radical Publishing

JDR has several people there and they are reporting in so be sure to keep a sharp eye on this thread on our main JohnnyDeppReads forum through out the Comic Con weekend for everyone's reports, scans and photos found here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

FBI 100 The Last Steps of John Dillinger

From the FBI's files on John Dillinger:

FBI 100
The Last Steps of John Dillinger


The Biograph Theater as re-created for the upcoming movie Public Enemies, directed by Michael Mann and starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger. Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

One of the most famous cases in our 100-year history celebrates an anniversary today: On July 22, 1934, the gangster John Dillinger was killed in Chicago, moments after leaving the Biograph Theater, where, ironically, he had watched a gangster film starring Clark Gable.

John Dillinger, Public Enemy #1

In the Depression years of the early 1930s, Dillinger’s bank robberies, shootouts, and jailbreaks earned him nationwide notoriety, but to the Bureau, he was just Public Enemy #1. And after months of pursuing him, a tip led Melvin Purvis, Special Agent in Charge of our Chicago office, to the Biograph on a hot Sunday night.

The day before, Purvis and Special Agent Samuel A. Cowley, who had been appointed by Director J. Edgar Hoover to head the Dillinger investigation, had met with a woman calling herself Anna Sage, a friend of Dillinger’s girlfriend, Polly Hamilton. She was hoping that her cooperation with the authorities would earn her reward money and keep her from being deported to her native Romania. She told Purvis that Dillinger planned to take both her and Hamilton to a Sunday evening movie at the Biograph or the Marbro.

Stakeouts were arranged for both theaters. A hand-written document from our Dillinger file, a diagram of the Biograph, illustrates the placement of some 20 men around the theater and across the street. The diagram shows the letters “A,” “B,” and “C” outside the theater box office, with an “X” next to each letter. A legend identifies the significance of the letters: “Dillinger companion,” “Dillinger,” “informant.”

A diagram of the stakeout of the Biograph Theater from our Dillinger files

The informant—Anna Sage—called Purvis at 8:30 p.m. that Sunday to say they were going to the Biograph. Two hours later, Dillinger emerged from the theater with his two companions. Purvis, standing nearby, lit a cigar. It was the signal for his men to move in. As they did, Dillinger realized what was happening and reached for his pistol. Agents fired, and Dillinger was hit. He staggered, then fell.

Dillinger’s death signaled the beginning of the end of the Gangster Era, but the nation’s fascination with those times lives on. A new movie about Dillinger, directed by Michael Mann, is scheduled for release next July. The film, Public Enemies, stars Johnny Depp as Dillinger and Christian Bale as Purvis.

Mann, a Chicago native, spared no expense to re-create the Biograph Theater and the look and feel of 1930s-era Chicago for the film. “Getting it visually right requires a lot of dedication,” he explains, thanking us for our “spectacular cooperation” in helping to make the film authentic.

The actual Colt .380 that Dillinger reached for as agents were closing in

Ross Rice, our spokesman in the Chicago field office, says that when he compared the movie sets with archival photos from those days, “you couldn’t tell the difference. I felt like I was stepping back in time.”
On Lincoln Avenue, where the Biograph still stands, the film crew “essentially rented out the entire block,” Rice says. The fa├žade of every building was redone to look exactly as it did on that steamy night when Dillinger went to see Manhattan Melodrama. Attention was paid to every detail, from the streetlights to the trolley tracks right down to replacing the bricks on the street.

Mann says the film also strives for “period-accurate psychology,” to help illuminate inner thoughts and motivations of Purvis and Dillinger. That process included talking with agents while doing research for the film. Their “zeal and passion,” Mann says, helped him understand just how badly Purvis wanted to catch Public Enemy #1.

John Dillinger killed 74 years ago today

Yup....74 years ago today, John Dillinger was shot to death outside of the Biograph theater in Chicago after watching "Manhattan Melodrama" starring Myrna Loy, William Powell and Clark Gable. He was betrayed by his lady friend at the time, the infamous woman in red.

The film based on Bryan Burrough's book Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp, as the doomed gangster John Dillinger, wrapped filming June 30 of this year and is scheduled for a July 01, 2009 release. Public Enemies is directed by Michael Mann for Universal and also stars Marion Cotillard as Evelyn Frechette and Christian Bale as FBI agent Melvin Purvis.
Author Ellen Poulsen has a nice write up about that night here:
Not sure who owns the rights to the photo above.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Stephen Dorff comments on Public Enemies and Johnny Depp

Stephen Dorff comments about working on Michael Mann's Public Enemies and Johnny Depp in this interview. The Public Enemies comments can be found at the bottom of the interview, if you just wish to read his thoughts about Public Enemies.

Sam Sarkar confirmed as Caliber's screenwriter

This article originating from Radical Publishing and Mania confirm that Sam Sarkar is the Caliber screenwriter! Caliber is a project for Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil. Go here to read more about this fabulous and anxiously awaited project. As we told you yesterday, John Woo will direct.

And this is also a must read, it's an interview with Sam Sarkar about Caliber!

And remember that Sam is to appear at San Diego's Comic-Con later this week.
Caliber cover art copyright Radical Publishing.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

John Woo tapped to direct Infinitum Nihil's Caliber

John Woo has been tapped as director for the adaptation of Sam Sarkar's graphic novel series Caliber. Radical Publishing's Caliber puts King Arthur and his knights in the Pacific Northwest of the 19th century as gunslingers and gives a whole new take on the meaning of the word "caliber".

Infinitum Nihil is listed with Barry Levine's Radical Comics and Lion Rock ( run by Woo with partner Terence Chang) as co-producers for Caliber according to Variety

Sarkar is also Director of Development for Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil production company.

Look for Sarkar to appear at the upcoming Comic-Con in San Diego this week promoting Caliber.

Caliber cover images: Radical Publishing Company.

On the Public Enemies set with a 6 year old extra and Johnny Depp

This is one of the sweetest reports regarding Johnny Depp and the extras on his film, Public Enemies. This seems to have taken place in the St. Anne filming area and gives a great account of Johnny and a young extra. And there are some nice photos too.,4_5_JO20_COLUMN_S1.article

Friday, July 18, 2008

Johnny Depp and "Public Enemies" motivate John Dillinger Day in Chicago

Apparently thanks to Johnny Depp and the Public Enemies filming in the area, the focus at the Portage Theater in Chicago this coming Sunday, July 20 will be on John Dillinger as they name it John Dillinger Day. They plan a special showing of the last movie Dillinger saw before he was gunned down outside of the Biograph Theater in Chicago where they will be showing Manhattan Melodrama starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and William Powell with ticket prices set at 25 cents, the same price Dillinger paid that fateful night, June 23, 1934.

Go here to read more about it!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Johnny Depp as John Dillinger

Great article today from the LA Times on Johnny Depp as John Dillinger and Michael Mann as the director going up against a strike deadline.

Depp as Dillinger: Mann kills on 'Public Enemies'

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Depp's Public Enemies benefits Wisconsin communities


Wisconsin communities benefit from Johnny Depp's film Public Enemies.

Public Enemies' Bill Stoneking talks about the film and Johnny Depp

This is a really fun account of Bill Stoneking's role as a bookie in the Johnny Depp film Public Enemies. He also mentions John Ortiz and Jason Clarke, who play Phil D'Andrea and John "Red" Hamilton respectively. Public Enemies is directed by Michael Mann for Universal and is based upon the book by the same name and was written by Bryan Burrough, be sure to read it before the film is released next year.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Stephen Dorff talks about Johnny Depp in Public Enemies

This is a short article, but it has some nice comments by Stephen Doff about Johnny Depp and Public Enemies.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Public Enemies through a window

Updating this post on July 22 since my original post, I've heard from the very nice and very talented gentleman who put together this great video of what looks to be rehearsals and run throughs for Public Enemies from his apartment and in his neighborhood. This is the authorized version and it's been updated, so please enjoy the great special period effects and music. It's fab!


Public Enemies' vintage cars at Iola Car Show

Here's a great article about some of the awesome cars that had been used in Public Enemies They recently were gathered together for exhibit at the Iola Car Show.

And this blog has some really great photos! (scroll down)

Public Enemies was directed for Universal by Michael Mann and stars Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard and Christian Bale. The film was shot on location from March through June mostly in the midwest. As we reported, Public Enemies is scheduled to be released July 01, 2009.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Johnny Depp as John Dillinger in People magazine

This week's PEOPLE Magazine has a pic of Johnny Depp as Public Enemies' John Dillinger that judging from his costume, appears to be from the Santa Anita race track shoot on June 30th.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Universal truck spotted in the Chicago area

One of our members just posted in out main forum that they spotted a Universal truck pulling a pretty old car in a trailer today. Fill in shots? Background scenes? We know they often do this after the principle photography has finished, wonder if if's got anything to do with Public Enemies?

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Public Enemies made it to Lockport, an alternate ending

We know that Public Enemies filming has wrapped, but these stories are beginning to appear, this one has some great pictures too.

Use this link to read how "Johnny Depp finally films scene at Homer resident's restaurant after movie makers canceled weeks ago."

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Christian Bale talks about Public Enemies

There's more today from Christain Bale about his role as FBI Agent Melvin Purvis in the Johnny Depp, Michael Mann film for Universal.

Christian Bale Keeping It Real For “Public Enemies” Role Opposite Johnny Depp

Public Enemies' Johnny Depp donates to Oshkosh Habitat for Humanity

Before Johnny Depp finished portraying John Dillinger in Michael Mann's film Public Enemies he took the time to sign photos of himself as Captain Jack Sparrow to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s upcoming community build project. According to Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh, a framed and signed Depp photo and a prize package that includes two seats aboard an EAA For Tri-Motor flight will be awarded to one lucky fan this summer through a special sweepstakes.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

After completion thoughts about Public Enemies

The crew member from Johnny Depp's and Michael Mann's Public Enemies who posts as "Herenotthere" on the imdb community boards has added some interesting thoughts the last few days about the filming and what could come next.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

More location pictures

More Public Enemies location pictures have surfaced and are located on a flickr account. Possible plot spoilers in the pics, as a note, they are not of actual filming, but are of Johnny Depp and others on a farm location during what seems to be the filming process. We respect the owners' copyright and so I'll just include the link back to them.

Friday, July 4, 2008

A Public Enemies extra tells her story

Now that Johnny Depp's Public Enemies filming has wrapped, another great account of an extra for the Aragon Ballroom scene has surfaced.

Happy Independence Day USA!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

A private look at 'Public Enemies'

This article gives a different view of the filming and the attention to detail that went into the filming of Public Enemies. It also talks about Johnny Depp and his interest in art and history as told by a local Chicago artist and gallery owner.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Christian Bale speaks about Public Enemies

In this audio interview for his upcoming film Dark Knight, Christian Bale talks about Public Enemies, Michael Mann and portraying FBI Agent Melvin Purvis, the man who hunted John Dillinger who's portrayed by Johnny Depp.

About 12 minutes into this audio piece, Bale talks about PE, playing Purvis and Michael Mann.

Depp held private wrap party for Public Enemies

I thought this was an interesting read, seems privacy may have been a reason for Johnny Depp to hold a private Public Enemies wrap party in Chicago last week, at Gibson's. Read the blub about it in this People magazine column. Scroll down:,,20209806,00.html?xid=rss-caughtintheact

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Public Enemies is a wrap

According to reports by the handful of people there, Johnny Depp did meet with fans last night at Santa Anita. This site has some photos from the day.

This blog is written by a JDR member who had her Johnny experience yesterday, it's her story and some great photos! Thanks Minxie for sharing to freely!

Now the job's begun for Michael Mann to make this the fabulous film that we know it can be.

Stick around for more news as Public Enemies enters the next phase. And we'll have all of the news about teasers, trailers, ads, screenings ....etc...just like we always do. Don't go anywhere.

Public Enemies a wrap in California?

According to reports on our main forum this's a wrap for Public Enemies! Just a very few tried and true fans waited at the Santa Anita racetrack today for filming to conclude and were rewarded when Johnny Depp's SUV stopped for the handful of people, pictures were taken and autographs were given.

The final meet and greet on the final day of filming.