Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Johnny Depp's LONE RANGER begins filming


Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and International Cast Star in Thrilling Reinvention of Classic Tale Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Directed by Gore Verbinski

BURBANK, Calif. (February 28, 2012) — Production has commenced on location in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic adventure “The Lone Ranger.” The film reunites the filmmaking team of the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean” blockbusters—producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski—with Johnny Depp, who created Captain Jack Sparrow in his iconic, Academy Award®-nominated performance and contributed the voice of the title character of Verbinski’s Academy Award-winning “Rango.”

Depp plays spirit warrior Tonto in “The Lone Ranger,” with Armie Hammer (“The Social Network,” “J. Edgar”) starring in the title role. Depp and Hammer are joined by a prestigious international cast which includes Tom Wilkinson, two-time Academy Award nominee (“Michael Clayton,” “In the Bedroom”) and Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner (“John Adams”); William Fichtner (Jerry Bruckheimer’s productions of “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Black Hawk Down”); Emmy Award-winner Barry Pepper (TV’s “The Kennedys,” “True Grit,” “Saving Private Ryan”); James Badge Dale (“The Grey,” TV’s “The Pacific” and “Rubicon”); Ruth Wilson (television’s “Jane Eyre” and “Luther”); and two-time Academy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe nominee Helena Bonham Carter (“The King’s Speech,” “Alice in Wonderland”). The film is slated to open on May 31, 2013.

“The Lone Ranger” is a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice—taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

“The Lone Ranger” is written by Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” Eric Aronson and Justin Haythe. The executive producers are Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, Eric Ellenbogen and Eric McLeod.

Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski are joined by a remarkable team of behind-the-scenes artists, including director of photography Bojan Bazelli (Verbinski’s “The Ring,” “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”); visual consultant Mark “Crash” McCreery (production designer of Verbinski’s “Rango); costume designer Penny Rose (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films); film editor James Haygood (“Panic Room,” “Fight Club”); visual effects supervisor Tim Alexander (“Rango,” three “Harry Potter” films); Academy Award®-winning special effects supervisor John Frazier, a 10-time nominee whose previous collaborations with Jerry Bruckheimer have included “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor” and, with Verbinski as well, “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”; and stunt coordinator Tommy Harper (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”).

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Gore Verbinski has enjoyed tremendous box office success as the innovative director of both character-driven franchises and thoughtful genre-bending fare. Most recently, Verbinski released his first animated film, the smash hit “Rango,” starring Johnny Depp. Grossing over $240 million worldwide, the film won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, as well as BAFTA and Annie awards, and received Golden Globe® and PGA nominations. Verbinski previously helmed the hit franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean,” directing the first three films starring Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley. The films have collectively grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide since release. He made his directorial debut with “Mouse Hunt,” starring Nathan Lane, followed by the road movie “The Mexican,” starring Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini. He also directed the smash horror film “The Ring,” starring Naomi Watts.

Verbinski is also a successful award-winning commercial director, having been honored with four Clio Awards and a Cannes Silver Lion Award for his work on an assortment of memorable advertising spots. In addition, he directed music videos for bands including Bad Religion and Crystal Method.

First in partnership with Don Simpson, and then as the chief of Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Bruckheimer has produced an unprecedented string of worldwide smashes, impacting not only the industry, but mass culture as well. Bruckheimer’s films include (producing with Don Simpson) “Top Gun,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “Beverly Hills Cop 2,” “American Gigolo,” “Flashdance,” “Bad Boys,” “Dangerous Minds,” “Crimson Tide,” “The Rock,” and (producing solo) “Con Air,” “Armageddon,” “Enemy of the State,” “Gone in 60 Seconds,” “Coyote Ugly,” “Remember the Titans,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Black Hawk Down,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Bad Boys II,” “Veronica Guerin,” “King Arthur,” “National Treasure,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End,” “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” and the 2011 blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”

On television, Bruckheimer had an unprecedented 10 television series airing in the 2005-6 season, a record in the medium for an individual producer. JBTV’s series include “C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation” and its spinoffs “C.S.I.: Miami,” “C.S.I.: NY” and “Without a Trace,” “Cold Case” and the eight-time Emmy® Award-winner “The Amazing Race.”

Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Television have been honored with 41 Academy Award® nominations, six wins, eight GRAMMY® Award nominations, five wins, 23 Golden Globe® nominations, four wins, 105 Emmy® Award nominations, 21 wins, 30 People’s Choice nominations, 15 wins, numerous MTV Awards, including one for Best Picture of the Decade for “Beverly Hills Cop.”

“The Lone Ranger” will film exteriors and studio work in New Mexico, followed by locations in Arizona, Utah and Colorado.

Source Walt Disney Pictures

Johnny Depp's RANGO wins ©Oscars® !!!

Johnny Depp's animated film RANGO was awarded the Best Animated Film Award by the brilliant folks over at the ©Oscars® !!!


Director Gore Verbinski's speech as reported by the  Hollywood Reporter

What's good about Depp's acting? "I think every actor has his own process. He's just really kind of brave in pursuing this awkward moment, trying to find something that isn't rehearsed. If a line is written one way, he'll try to come at it from another way. That's something I think we have in common, the pursuit — trying to find work that is genuinely a little off."

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Disney names Night Stalker director

In an exclusive from Deadline.com Disney's tapped Edgar Wright to direct Depp's The Night Stalker.

This is a re-boot of the 1970's TV series that starred Darren McGavin as Carl Kolchak.  Johnny Depp will take on that role in the new Infinitum Nihil project. 

More info here.

Night Stalker photo source.

DARK SHADOWS: RETURN TO COLLINWOOD By Kathryn Leigh Scott & Jim Pierson

Just in time for the movie's release, a chance to anyone who'd like to get an idea of what the classic Dark Shadows series was about!   

Kathryn Leigh Scott, who played Josette DuPrés, vampire bride in “Dark Shadows” announces
publication (April 1, 2012) of DARK SHADOWS: RETURN TO 
COLLINWOOD, co-written with Jim Pierson, an in-depth look at five
decades of the classic Gothic horror soap opera that made sympathetic vampire
Barnabas Collins a pop culture phenomenon and prompted the big-screen
revival starring longtime fans Johnny Depp, directed by Tim Burton.

With a foreword by Jonathan Frid, who created the role of Barnabas Collins,
this new book includes hundreds of rare photographs and behind-the-scenes
anecdotes from Kathryn Leigh Scott (Josette DuPrés), Jonathan Frid (Barnabas
Collins), Lara Parker (Angelique Bouchard) and David Selby (Quentin
Collins), who appear in cameo roles with Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
and Michelle Pfeiffer in the new Gothic epic feature film Dark Shadows to be
released May 2012. With the ongoing fascination for all things vampiric, this
book, about the making of the new film and the history of the original series, is an enticing volume for new and old fans alike.

In its heyday, the original Dark Shadows daytime series (ABC-TV, 1966-1971)
attracted 20 million viewers. The spooky, literate, romance and horror-driven
show had universal appeal -- and came to be known as the program “kids ran
home from school to watch.” Reruns and DVD releases of all 1,225 episodes
have spawned new generations of Dark Shadows fans, who attend annual Dark Shadows Festivals where cast members reunite to celebrate the show’s
unending popularity.

Authors Kathryn Leigh Scott and Jim Pierson have previously collaborated on
five top-selling books about Dark Shadows and a coffee table book about the
career of its creator, the late producer-director Dan Curtis.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Gore Verbinski talks a bit more about Lone Ranger

In an interview with IndieWire.com Gore Verbinski speaks about Rango and several of his other projects. Here's a bit about his next project, Lone Ranger, with Johnny Depp.

There are slight plot spoilers in the article, so if you don't want to know, don't click the link. ;)

Gore Verbinski talks about Rango and Lone Ranger...and other projects here.

Depp spotted leaving the Fig & Olive in West Hollywood

Johnny was spotted at the West Hollywood restaurant, Fig & Olive on Feb., 12, apparently he was attending the Foo Fighters' Grammy party.  He was also seen chatting with the legendary former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney.

Photo thanks to Evochka and Mim!E on our main forum source.

Info about party found here on E! Online  and here at People.com.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Casting call info for Johnny Depp's LONE RANGER

Here's an update on casting calls in March and April for Johnny Depp's LONE RANGER.

Here's more info about the upcoming casting calls:

Casting ALL TYPES in:

Durango, CO
Friday, March 23, 2012
Your arrival time: 2:00pm, 3:00pm,
4:00pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm
Fort Lewis College
Department Of Theater
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, CO 81301

Casting MEN ONLY in:

Alamosa, CO
Sunday, March 25th 2012

Your arrival time: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm,
2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm
Adams State College Theater
Main Street
Alamosa, CO 81101

Casting MEN ONLY in:

Colorado Springs,CO
Monday, March 26th 2012

Your arrival time:
3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:00pm, or 6:00pm
UCCS/University Hall
3955 Regent Circle
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Casting ALL TYPES in:

Moab, UT
Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Your arrival time: 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm,
2:00pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm
Moab Valley Inn
711 S. Main Street
Moab, Utah 84532

More information found  here and  here  -  so be sure to watch those sites for more updates!

Lone Rango image: Walt Disney Pictures

THE BAFTAs - RANGO Best Animated Film - 2 BAFTAs for HUGO

Congratulations to RANGO - voted Best Animated Film tonight at the BAFTA Awards.

HUGO won Best Production Design and Best Sound.

Congratulations also to HUGO director Martin Scorsese for being named 2012 BAFTA Fellow, 
Academy Fellowship!

A list of all BAFTA winners here.

RANGO poster image - Blind Wink Productions, GF Films, Nickelodeon Movies

HUGO poster image - Paramount

New photo of Depp as Barnabas Collins

 Now all we need is a look at 
his fangs!!!

Thanks to Mim!E for posting this on our main JDR forum!!  

Dark Shadows image:  Warner Films

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Depp at Sunset Tower?

This could be true...you never know...

Source; New York Post

Johnny Depp and a male companion had a secluded dinner at the Sunset Tower Bar — but it was his own security which gave him away. The two sat alone Tuesday night on the empty patio at the West Hollywood hotel bar, which had been cleared of other tables because of earlier rain. Diners didn’t notice the pair outside, but did spot two large bodyguards lurking. When two women dining in the restaurant stood up to head to the patio to smoke, one bodyguard stopped them and said, “No pictures.” A witness told Page Six, “One of the women was surprised and laughed, thinking the bodyguard was trying to be flirty with her.” But when the guard followed them outside and stood in between her and the table of men, she noticed Depp. She was heard saying, “I would have never known” (if the bodyguards hadn’t caused more of a spectacle than the A-list star). The bodyguard pulled a curtain around the men, but Depp soon asked him to open it again. Depp was seen leaving alone in a black SUV, with his standout security duo by his side.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Tim Burton Exhibit opens in France

Opening in Paris beginning March 7 through August 5, the Tim Burton exhibit is at the Cinematheque in Paris! The event, which had a great run here in the US last year, is now in  France. 

For more info:



Thanks to Mim!E for sharing this on our main forum!