Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
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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
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
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 façade 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.
Monday, July 21, 2008
And remember that Sam is to appear at San Diego's Comic-Con later this week.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
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 http://www.variety.com/VR1117989053.html
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.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Go here to read more about it!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
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
Wisconsin communities benefit from Johnny Depp's film Public Enemies.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
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
Friday, July 11, 2008
scroll down, http://johnnydeppreads.com/index.php?showtopic=5570&st=855
Thursday, July 10, 2008
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 Keeping It Real For “Public Enemies” Role Opposite Johnny Depp
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Happy Independence Day USA!
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
About 12 minutes into this audio piece, Bale talks about PE, playing Purvis and Michael Mann.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
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.
The final meet and greet on the final day of filming.