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So many digital eyes
Alice in Wonderland was definitely something. It was so something that had a lot of CGI and weirdness going on, and it was evidently something that made some money for Disney. We heard that a sequel was coming a bit ago ...

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Black Mass Trailer

First trailer for Black Mass starring Johnny Depp

Apr 24
// Nick Valdez
While Johnny Depp hasn't lost his taste for dressing up in weird outfits, it looks like he's finally using his powers for good again. Black Mass, based on the exploits of Whitey Bulger, a gangster who became an FBI informant ...

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 title and synopsis revealed

Jack Sparrow is dragged back into yet another adventure
Feb 18
// Per Morten Mjolkeraaen
It's difficult to really care about news surrounding the production of yet another Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but nonetheless, Disney has now revealed the official title and synopsis of Captain Jack Sparrow's next drunke...

Review: Into the Woods

Dec 28 // Nick Valdez
[embed]218767:42088:0[/embed] Into the WoodsDirector: Rob MarshallRelease Date: December 25th, 2014 Rating: PG Based of the Stephen Sondheim stage musical, Into the Woods is five different fairy tales weaved together into one plot. Cinderella (Anna Kendrick) wants to go to a festival but is afraid of Prince Charming (Chris Pine), Jack (Daniel Huttlestone) trades some magic beans for his cow and ends up stealing from a giant, Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford) wants to visit her grandma but gets stopped by the Wolf (Johnny Depp), Rapunzel (Mackenzie Mauzy) is stuck in a tower, and a poor Baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) can't have a child until they gather important items from these stories for the Witch (Meryl Streep) who's put a curse on their house.  Director Rob Marshall once directed one my favorite musical adaptations, Chicago. But while that film kept some of the bombastic nature of the original stage version, it was toned down in most areas out of a self-inflicted need to keep the film grounded. When that film broke out one of its numbers, it was relegated to a dream sequence far and away from the "real" world. While I've never seen the Into the Woods stage play myself (and thus this is one of the few times I have no experience with a musical before it gets adapted), I was once again worried that these woven fairy tales would lose their mysticism and be grounded in some way. I was way off the mark there. Finally exploiting the inherent wackiness of every musical, Woods is a big, showy representation of what musicals can really do. While the lack of unsung dialogue (until the final third of the film) may throw a few people off as there are no clear starts and stops, it's impossible not to get swept up in the fun.  And there's so much fun to be had from Woods. While the staging itself is a bit small (instead of coming off as intimate, it's stifling when each of these bombastic musical numbers occurs within such a confined area), the cast uses the area given well. Sure it's weird to see so many of these characters cross paths often when the woods is shown as this big place, and it's a little hokey when you recognize certain areas, but that might be more attributed to the original version. A good example of marriage between good staging and cast is when Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen perform "Agony." As the two notably attractive Princes cavort and contort around a waterfall, it's a wonderfully self aware, boy band type of performance. It's goofy, wet, and they tear their shirts open for no reason. It's fantastic. There's plenty of that self aware goofiness here and it works for the kind of fantastical tale Woods tells.  As for the cast itself, every person holds their own with Lilla Crawford and Meryl Streep stealing the show. And in terms of arrangement, every song sounds good and there is nary a faulty note to be found. Although the flowing format of the film means I can't tell you about a specific song (as it's hard to gauge the title when so many songs start and stop over each other), it at least sounds nice. But notably, the songs get away with so much adult content. Johnny Depp gets a neat turn (an extended cameo, really) as a predatory wolf who exploits the inherent sexuality in the Red Riding Hood fairytale. But in most cases, I wished the film would've gone further. In the story there are multiple deaths, inappropriate sexual advances, and violent acts hidden within the songs, but it seems there was a bit of holding back. And this held back feeling clashes with the festival vibe the rest of the film gives off.  If there's one major problem with Into the Woods, it's that while it doesn't care what you think, it really should care a little bit. With no clear stopping points, the film hits a bit of a lull at several occasions. It's not impossible to glaze over certain events, and we'd have a much stronger film had it considered a tighter edit here or there. It's especially noticeable during the third act when you realize the characters have little nuance.  But in the end, Into the Woods is a celebration of musicals themselves. An adaptation that reminds you of the kind of fun you can only get from seeing attractive people sing beautifully. Sometimes, that's all you really need. 
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I'd visit these woods again
For a Disney adaptation of a popular musical, Into the Woods has flown surprisingly under the radar. Coming out of practically nowhere, and with all of the early advertising hiding the fact that it is a musical, you'd think D...

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Mortdecai Trailer

Trailer for Mortdecai features another "wacky" Johnny Depp

Nov 12
// Nick Valdez
Johnny Depp may have a long career of play cartoony weirdos, but it seems like these days he can't accept a job unless a role is draped in more oddness than you could shake a stick at. The latest cartoon he's involved in is ...
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Into the Woods

Newest Into the Woods trailer finally reveals it's a musical

Nov 10
// Nick Valdez
It's not like Disney has been hiding the fact their latest big budget project, Into the Woods, is based off Stephen Sondheim's musical, but they're not shouting it from the rooftops either. With the first couple of trailers ...
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Image from Yoga Hosers

First image from Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers debuts

Convenience store girls fight evil with sun salutations.
Nov 06
// Megan Porch
The first promotional image for Kevin Smith's next project, Yoga Hosers, has been released, and if you've seen Tusk, it features some familiar faces. The store clerks from Eh-2-Zed are back and look as apathetic as ever, tho...
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Into the Woods

First look at furry Johnny Depp in Into the Woods

Oct 23
// Nick Valdez
As Into the Woods continues to look fantastic with a musical trailer, great outfits, and a bewitching Meryl Streep, here's the first thing that gives me pause. Basically any film that gives Johnny Depp free reign to act like ...

See Transcendence early and free

Washington DC and Baltimore screenings
Apr 14
// Matthew Razak
Johnny Depp as a computer mind should be pretty interesting, right? I'm thinking so. While the concept behind Transcendence isn't crazy original its execution sounds like it will be. I'm very interested in it, especially...

New trailer: Transcendence

Transcendence: the dark sequel to 'Her'
Feb 12
// Isabelle Magliari
Omniscient, sentient operating systems-- can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em! I mean, what's a researcher to do when the internet houses the malevolent spirit of her dead husband's fractured psyche? Sounds like a sit...
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Transcendence Trailer

First trailer for Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp

Dec 23
// Nick Valdez
When I posted the teasers a few days ago, I wondered why Transcendence hadn't been on my radar until then. It promised a neat film about a man who bonds with a super intelligence and goes all Skynet on everyone. But with the...
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Transcendence Teasers

Two teasers for Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp

Dec 20
// Nick Valdez
I have no idea why Transcendence (starring Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman) hasn't been on my radar until now. The film sounds perfect for me. It's a science fiction thriller in which Dr. Caster (Johnny Depp) attempts to buil...

Alice in Wonderland 2 set for 2016

More like Alice in BLUNDERland, right guys? Right?
Nov 25
// Mike Cosimano
If you managed to avoid the awful first installment, you might be tempted to see Alice in Wonderland 2: Revenge of the Fallen when it comes out in theaters on May 27th, 2016. You might see that it is currently being directed ...

Disney's Into the Woods reveals its stellar cast

Sep 17
// Matthew Razak
Disney's Into the Woods is shaping up to be completely and totally awesome as we now get word that the cast for the live-action musical is indeed completely and totally awesome. You ready for this list of A-list celebs, ...
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Pirates 5 title

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 gets an official title

Featuring Johnny Depp in Pirateface
Aug 23
// Nick Valdez
The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise sure has had its ups and downs (more downs recently), but regardless of how we all may feel, it's going to keep on chugging. The fifth film in the franchise has been in production for aw...

Depp & Bruckheimer blame critics for Lone Ranger flopping

I think this is a mix of the first and second stages of grief
Aug 06
// Hubert Vigilla
The Lone Ranger is a box office flop that will lose Disney a lot of money. According to Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the reason the movie flopped wasn't its tonal shifts, poor screenplay, problematic depictions...

Johnny Depp hints at retirement from acting

Jul 30
// Hubert Vigilla
With Johnny Depp now 50 years old, there's been talk about him possibly retiring. Depp suggested an impending retirement when interviewed by Rolling Stone back in June. He told the magazine, "I can't say that I'd want to be d...

The Battle For A More Conscientious Tonto

Jul 05 // Liz Rugg
2013's The Lone Ranger marks the first time in history that an actor playing Tonto has received first billing. It's also the first time the character has been fleshed out in any sort of sense. In The Lone Ranger, we see an Indian who from an authenticity standpoint is initially infuriating. He is described as Comanche but looks and acts completely on his own, not adhering to actual Comanche practices and dress. For instance, the raven Tonto wears on his head is not a real practice of the Comanche people or any historical Native American group for that matter. The idea of the raven hat began, according to Depp, with a painting by artist Kirby Sattler which features a Native American man with a raven directly behind his head and the same facepaint as Depp wears as Tonto in the movie. The character in the painting is fictional and so is Depp's Tonto. However, the movie works very diligently to create a detailed back story for Tonto, explaining him and really creating a singular mythology of his own. Note: spoilers ahead! It is eventually revealed that Tonto is actually an orphan -- his family band was murdered by white men after the young Tonto showed the men where a large silver mine was located near their camp. When this back story is explained to Reid, the Comanche leader telling him the story explicitly says that Tonto is an outsider, has probably lost his mind due to this past traumatic event, and that some of the spiritual jargon that Tonto has been telling Reid is made up. This puts Depp's Tonto in an interesting place. Depp's Tonto is inauthentic, period. But the movie frames his character in a way where it acknowledges that he is inauthentic and gives a relatively reasonable explanation for it, making it all somehow acceptable -- swallowable?  -- that Tonto would act the way he does and have his own unique character traits, such as mimicking feeding his raven hat over and over again. The rest of the Native Americans portrayed in The Lone Ranger are more like the depictions of Native people we're used to seeing from Hollywood. They are one-dimensional side characters and are on the screen about as much as the Black house workers or the Asian silver miners. Despite having a brief moment where the Comanche leader and his gang break out into laughter at Reid's character, a rare humanizing moment, the Comanche people are depicted as a solemn, noble and doomed group of Indians who are eventually slaughtered by the misguided United States Army. The particular battle scene between the Comanche and the army is also treated very typically; the Comanche group drives its attack down a hill headfirst towards a single firing line and machine gun, even though they snuck up on the army and had the upper ground, and in reality the Comanche were extremely adept at warfare. This sort of easy, abbreviated and recognizable depiction of Native Americans is what we usually see from Hollywood throughout film history, and at large, the Comanche people in The Lone Ranger are really not breaking out of that. However, in Tonto we have Verbinski's attempt at a breath of fresh air. Even though Depp's Tonto is recognized as acting on his own and not trying to fit within a particular real Native American tradition, this does not make it un-critiqueable. Some people may have a problem with the idea of Johnny Depp, a man of no real Native American ancestry playing a character that is supposed to be Native American, but unfortunately this sort of ethnic role playing happens all the time in the film industry. This issue goes back to the early era of filmmaking, where, for example, D.W. Griffith cast a squinting white actor as "the Yellow Man" in the 1919 film Broken Blossoms. More recently, Memoirs of a Geisha caused a controversy because it employed actresses that were Chinese to play roles that expressed traditional Japanese life. Both actresses Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi were called traitors by both Chinese and Japanese people, and the film itself came under fire for being insensitive. Critically though, the film was very well-received and both Li and Ziyi's performances were praised. This sort of ethnic fudging does not necessarily ruin a movie, and from an acting standpoint ideally a movie should have the actors best suited for a role in every sense, but what makes The Lone Ranger problematic is that it becomes another movie made by people outside of a cultural group about a cultural group. Depp's Tonto may have a plot that allows some excusability, and his character may be a slight step forward in terms of a well-rounded Native American character in a Hollywood action flick, but The Lone Ranger is yet another movie with a colonial viewpoint. It's another flashy movie made for American popular culture with a colonial gaze on the Native American and on our shared history.  And ultimately, that's my problem with The Lone Ranger's depiction of Tonto and of Native Americans. In Tonto, Depp was able to craft the kind of superficial shaman-like character he seems like he's always wanted to play, but his character isn't solving any issues facing the treatment and representation of Native Americans in Hollywood. In fact, in many ways it reinforces them. Depp's Tonto may be well-intentioned, but it fails to portray Native Americans as anything more than a vanishing people infused with magical properties, endlessly romanticized and fictionalized by those who consistently undermine them. But, you know, at least they gave him screen time. [For more on Native Americans in film, I recommend the documentary Reel Injun by filmmaker Neil Diamond, as well as following the writings of Ojibway film critic Jesse Wente.]
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An analysis of the characterization of Tonto in The Lone Ranger
The portrayal of Native Americans in film has been problematic for a long time. Going back as far as John Ford's 1939 western Stagecoach, the Native American has been stereotyped, truncated and even vilified by traditional Ho...

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The Lone Ranger Trailer

Trailer: The Lone Ranger

Apr 17
// Nick Valdez
The final trailer paints The Lone Ranger as Pirates of the Caribbean (given all the Bruckheimer vibe) with a Jonah Hex skin. It's got the Ranger's origin story and how he meets Tonto (as a man who has been to the other ...

New character posters for The Lone Ranger

The Winklevoss twins gained some stubble!
Apr 08
// Logan Otremba
Today Walt Disney Pictures has released new character posters for their upcoming film, The Lone Ranger. The posters feature Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger and Johnny Depp as Tonto. We get to see a very up close and personal ...

Trailer: The Lone Ranger (Japanese)

"Lone Rangea"
Mar 14
// Nick Valdez
This new trailer for Disney's The Lone Ranger (starring Armie "Arm & Hammer" Hammer and Johnny "I'm always Jack Sparrow" Depp) may be turning Japanese-a, but it still has a bit of English dialogue and quite a l...

Super Bowl TV spot for The Lone Ranger

It could be worse, kemo sabe
Feb 04
// Hubert Vigilla
Now if memory serves, this TV spot for The Lone Ranger marked the transition from normal commercials to Super Bowl commercials. It was a long spot, essentially a trailer for people watching on TV, and you know what? It doesn...

List of film propaganda broadcasting during Super Bowl

World speechless in awe of the Hollywood machine's restless rhetoric.
Jan 30
// Nathan Hardisty
This Sunday, February 3rd, there will be many balls kicked in America's annual celebration of the Wounded Knee Massacre; the glorious Super Bowl. Paramount, Universal and Disney have all announced their plans to broadcas...

Terry Gilliam comments on Johnny Depp's Don Quixote

"We're going to have to sort this one out"
Dec 11
// Hubert Vigilla
Last week we reported that Johnny Depp is working on a Don Quixote film for Disney. Depp had been attached to Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote years ago. Both Hey U Guys and Red Carpet News TV had a chance to i...

Trailer: The Lone Ranger

Dec 11 // Hubert Vigilla
Newest trailer for Gore Verbinski's expensive western epic starring Johnny Depp
A new trailer has just come out for The Lone Ranger, Gore Verbinski's big-budget action-western starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, and Helena Bonham Carter. While I don't think it's as good as the first trail...


Johnny Depp working on a Don Quixote film at Disney

Dec 05
// Hubert Vigilla
Johnny Depp has apparently started work with Disney on a modern retelling of Don Quixote, that wonderfully cursed picaresque novel by Miguel de Cervantes. The screenplay for the untitled project is being written by Steve Pink...

Trailer: The Lone Ranger

Oct 03
// Nick Valdez
From the looks of this trailer and the gorgeous scenery images from the other day, if The Lone Ranger is terrible because it features another (so far) weird Johnny Depp accent (still mad that he's playing a Native American re...

New Lone Ranger images of Depp and Hammer look dusty

Oct 01
// Nick Valdez
While I'm not a hugest fan of The Lone Ranger and the thought of Johnny Depp playing Tonto upsets me, I have to concede that these seven new images from the film (releasing whenever the hell it bloody feels like) make the set...

Johnny Depp will be in Wes Anderson's next film

Jul 17
// Hubert Vigilla
Wes Anderson's next movie is The Grand Budapest Hotel, a European story that draws on Anderson's own experiences in France. Not only does the film reteam Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson, it brings a new face into Anderson's stab...

Lone Ranger production in heap trouble, kemo sabe

Jun 14
// Hubert Vigilla
You may recall that The Lone Ranger was put on hold a while back in order to scale down the $250 million budget. They cut it to a meager indie movie budget of $215 million, supposedly by nixing the werewolves or supernatural ...

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