Friday, August 12, 2005

Johnny Depp planning porn role?

Johnny Depp says his next movie might be a porn film because he doesn't want to be typecast.
Depp, whose previous roles include Edward Scissorhands and Captain Jack Sparrow, has just played Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
He told German magazine Gala: "These kind of characters are not so far from my own personality, but I don't want to become typecast as an eccentric.
"Maybe next time I should do something totally different and film a cracking porn with Tim [Burton]. That would really send my popularity down to the depths!"
One of Depp's co-stars in the latest adaptation of Roald Dahl's novel, is 12-year-old German Philip Wiegratz, who plays greedy glutton Augustus Gloop.
Wiegratz said: "Johnny Depp is really nice and funny. He can even speak a little German. But all he knows how to say is: "Who's farted?"."

Friday, August 05, 2005

Celebs give Disney a hand

Hong Kong - Hollywood heart-throbs Johnny Depp and John Travolta will reportedly join singer Julie Andrews to help launch Disneyland's new theme park in Hong Kong next month.
Andrews has been appointed the official ambassador of Hong Kong Disneyland when the House of Mouse opens the gates of the $3.2bn project, its first such venture in Asia, on September 12, the Apple Daily paper said.
She famously played Mary Poppins in the classic children's fantasy movie of the same name.
Depp, starred in Disney films Pirates of the Caribbean and Finding Neverland, and Travolta featured in 1998's Oscar-nominated A Civil Action.
Apple Daily said all three would attend a glitzy, star-studded gala on the eve of the opening of the park, which Disney hopes will draw more than 5.5 million visitors annually.
Disney has run into some obstacles in the build-up to opening day, including complaints from environmentalists about shark-fin soup - since taken off the menu - and Disneyland's fabled nightly fireworks displays.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Johnny Depp at the top of women's fantasy list

Women have selected Johnny Depp, star of the hit summer film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," as the celebrity they most fantasize about during sex. According to, Depp led the pack that included Brad Pitt, Colin Farrell, Tom Cruise and Denzel Washington.
A French-produced version of Dick Wolf 's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," using European actors and original scripts, will debut in France next year, NBC announced Monday at the TV critics' summer meetings in Los Angeles. Reruns of "CI," and of "L&O: Special Victims Unit" are already hits in France, Wolf said. No title yet, but it will include "Paris," where the new series is set... continue

"謊島叛變"開畫第3 "朱古力掌門人"蟬聯票房冠軍

【明報專訊】雖然上周五美國共有4部新片開畫, 其中伊雲麥葵格主演的科幻驚慄片"謊島叛變"(The Island), 更被視為票房冠軍之選, 事實卻是, "怪雞導演"添布頓第4度伙拍尊尼狄普的新片"朱古力掌門人"(Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), 對入場觀眾的吸引力仍然高出一籌, 上周五單日票房高達870萬美元(約港幣6800萬), 拋離收427萬美元(約港幣3330萬)的挑戰者"謊島叛變", 輕易蟬聯冠軍.
由"珍珠港"導演米高比爾執導的"謊島叛變", 請來英國型男伊雲麥葵格跟性感女星史嘉麗祖安遜飾演複製人, 為擺脫人類的殺戮陰謀而被迫展開逃亡生活, 故事頗為新鮮刺激, 可惜仍難敵"朱古力掌門人"和奧雲韋遜主演喜劇"Wedding Crashers", 屈居開畫票房第3位.
至於上周五同日開畫的3部新片, 以比利卜科頓主演的棒球喜劇"Bad News Bears"成績較好, 單日收413萬美元排名第4, 恐怖片"The Davil's Rejects"排名在"神奇4俠"之後, 成為開畫第6名, 剛獲辛丹斯電影節頒發觀眾投票大獎的"Hustle and Flow"則排第7名, 以低成本獨立電影而言.算是成績不俗.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005


【明報專訊】美國電影市道上半年疲弱不堪, 早前更錄得連續19個星期票房下跌(相比去年同期), 直至本月初"神奇4俠"上映, 終於扭轉形勢, 首次令全年累積票房止跌回升, 上周輪到尊尼狄普(Johnny Depp)主演新片"朱古力掌門人"開畫, 承接"神"片餘勢, 首周末3日票房收5540萬美元(約港幣4億3200萬), 除了登上票房冠軍之外, 更為挽救美國影業出一分力, "朱"片連同本周其餘11部上映電影的票房, 合共收1億5140萬美元(約港幣11億8000萬), 比去年同期高出7.5%, 為今年荷李活的暑假增添幾分陽光氣息!

Thursday, July 21, 2005


Movie hunk JOHNNY DEPP refuses to cement his eight-year relationship with actress VANESSA PARADIS by marrying her - because he doesn't believe in the institution.

The FINDING NEVERLAND star has two children, LILY-ROSE MELODY, six, and JACK, three, with Paradis and insists they're more convincing proof of their commitment to each other than a pair of wedding rings.

He explains, "We've been together eight years but we don't have ownership tags.

"We have a couple of kids, we just have not got a signed piece of paper."

Monday, July 18, 2005


【明報專訊】由添布頓(Tim Burton)執導, 尊尼狄普(Johnny Depp)主演的新片"朱古力掌門人"(Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), 剛於上周五在美國開畫, 票房成績反映這對4度合作的好拍檔, 仍然深受觀眾喜愛, 首日高開2050萬美元(約港幣1億6000萬), 輕易擊敗同日開畫的愛情喜劇"Wedding Crashers", 成為單日票房之冠.
"朱古力掌門人"故事講述尊尼狄普飾演的朱古力廠長韋利雲卡, 某日搞搞抽獎新意思, 邀請5名得獎小朋友參觀一向神秘的朱古力廠, 各人因此展開奇妙之旅, 小主角查理(費迪夏爾摩飾演)更與廠長發展一段超越年齡隔閡的純真友誼.

Friday, July 15, 2005

How Johnny turned it around

Johnny Depp was once on the road to nowhere fast. Not these days. He's earned two Oscar nominations in the past two years. He ranked seventh on this year's Forbes power list for actors, and he's scooping up US$35-million for simultaneously shooting Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3 over the next 10 months.
Not bad for a rebel actor who infamously trashed a New York hotel suite in 1994 on his way to becoming a promising, self-involved failure.
He can see clearly now, however. And the view from his home base in Paris is quite lovely, thank you, since he shares it with his wife, Vanessa Paradis, and their two children, Lily-Rose, 6, and Jack, 3.
Depp moved out of the Hollywood scene more than six years ago, to rid himself of his self-indulgent, substance-abusing lifestyle. Relocation did exactly that, and in the process gave him a new lease on life and the sort of movie career he never thought he would have -- a bankable box-office one.
"I mean, I never really thought about it much," says the 42-year-old, sporting a deep, dark tan from his Caribbean location for the filming of Pirates. "Someone mentioned something about some Forbes list or something, but it just made me laugh."
What his new status did, though, was more than he expected. It allowed him to re-team with friend and colleague Tim Burton when Burton was offered the job of directing the movie remake of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which opens Friday.
What a difference a few Depp hits make.
Fifteen years before, Burton, coming off his Batman success, had a difficult time getting approval to cast 21 Jump Street's Depp as the lead in Edward Scissorhands. Not now.
"It was the first time I didn't have to talk anyone into casting Johnny," says a smiling Burton, who also worked with Depp on 1994's Ed Wood and 1999's Sleepy Hollow. "In fact, before I could even open my mouth the studio goes, 'What about Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka?' I said, 'Well, OK. If you're going to force him on me, fine.' "
Less glib about casting decisions, Depp contends that he will be forever grateful to Burton for sticking by him when many had given up on him a decade ago.
"I know that over the years Tim's had to fight long, hard battles to allow me to be in a film because I wasn't particularly popular at various studios," admits Depp, whose 1990s box-office track record was considered weak.
So, armed with "a strong bond and a love and respect" for each other, Burton and Depp forged ahead with their movie translation of Dahl's caustic kids' book.
The plan was to be more loyal to the English writer's multi-layered social study than the 1971 film musical featuring Gene Wilder's madcap Wonka. However, both Depp and Burton decided the basics should remain the same:
Wonka, after a self-imposed isolation, opens his factory to a tour by contest winners -- five children who end up revealing themselves for what they are.
That includes, of course, Charlie (Finding Neverland's Freddie Highmore), the only poor child in the bunch, an innocent urchin with a disarming naivete.
Depp's Wonka shows a naivete, too, but he's not quite as disarming. And no, says Depp, there are no veiled Michael Jackson references included in his portrayal.
"When Tim and I talked about Wonka, there was no script," says Depp. "There was only Dahl's book for my notes, which was, in a lot of ways, a great gift."
The novella convinced the actor he should model Wonka's voice and behaviour after "guys like kids' show hosts Captain Kangaroo and Mister Rogers, who spoke in that kind of bizarre musical rhythm and cadence."
And the Prince Valiant haircut? All Depp. "I thought it would be kind of strange but right for him to have an almost Brian Jones bob," says the actor, referring to the haircut of the dearly departed member of the Rolling Stones.
Another Depp innovation: "Willy's references should be dated, like he locked himself in his room with a stack of Herman's Hermits records."
Not surprisingly, Burton agreed with Depp's Wonka ideas, "since we do share an absurd sense of humour."
And while Depp "knew it would be a risk to take it somewhere far away from the area that the brilliant Gene Wilder stomped on," he couldn't resist.
Just as he couldn't resist the temptation to fashion his Captain Jack in Pirates as a ragged Keith Richards, a trait so appropriate that Richards is scheduled to make a cameo in Pirates 2 as Jack's father.
"It's looking very, very good," says Depp of the Richards possibility. "I've talked to Keith about it, and he's been super sweet and keen to do it. And, boy, if that happens, talk about a dream come true."

Thursday, July 14, 2005

CATCF>>Wendy's Kids' Meal

DEPP begs daughter to become a PAINTER

Hollywood star JOHNNY DEPP is urging his daughter LILY-ROSE to become a painter even though she's just six years old.
The proud father surrounded his daughter with paint, canvases and brushes just six months after she was born, in a bid to inspire her to become an artist.
And he's keeping her childish sketches, because he's convinced they'll be valuable when she's a famous painter.
Depp enthuses, "If I had my wish, Lily-Rose would be a painter. That's why I'm keeping her sketches.
"When she was six months old, I held a paintbrush in her hand.
"By the time she was one, I was guiding her hand to paint with acrylics and also showed her how to keep her brushes clean.
"Now she's intrigued by pastels and is going through her 'purple phase'."

Johnny Depp's Marriage Dilemma

Bless Johnny Depp - he might possibly be the nicest guy on the planet.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean star has revealed that he's waiting for his long-term love Vanessa Paradis to ask him to marry her - but he's hesitant about marriage for one unselfish reason.
Johnny has admitted that he'd feel really bad about spoiling Vanessa's name.
"It would be a shame to ruin her last name! It's so perfect - Vanessa Paradis. So beautiful.
"It would be such a drag to stick her with Paradis-Depp. It's like a flat note," he confessed.
But apart from the name issue, the 41-year-old actor reckons that as far as he's concerned, they are as good as husband and wife, after their seven years and two children together.
"For all intents and purposes we are married. We have two kids together and she is the woman in my life.
"But if she ever said: 'Hey, let's get hitched', I would do it in a second," he said.
"We'll do it if the kids want us to, or maybe when the kids are old enough to enjoy it with us."

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

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Thursday, July 07, 2005

CATCF>>Wilder Retracts DEPP Criticism

Movie funnyman GENE WILDER has hailed JOHNNY DEPP as a "magical" choice to play WILLY WONKA in upcoming film CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY - weeks after attacking Depp's casting in the movie remake.
Wilder, who played Wonka in the original 1971 film, recently accused director TIM BURTON of remaking the ROALD DAHL fantasy for "pointless" financial gain.
And despite complaining Depp would not be able to improve upon his portrayal of Wonka, Wilder has now declared Depp is the perfect choice for the film.
He says, "If I were going to cast the movie, I would cast Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka because I think he is wonderful. Mysterious - always - and magical."

Monday, July 04, 2005

Johnny Depp Set for Hugh Hefner Role?

Johnny Depp is leading the race to portray Playboy boss Hugh Hefner in a new biopic about the magazine publisher's extraordinary life.
Top producer Brian Grazer is working on a script for the project at Universal and Hefner likes his choice for a lead.
He says, "We've got a first draft of the screenplay, they've talked about Johnny Depp as a possibility.
"The first order of business is to finish the script and get a good director on board. I like Johnny Depp."
Hefner admits he's sorry the film wasn't made 20 or 30 years ago because he'd have loved James Stewart or Henry Fonda to portray him.

Saturday, July 02, 2005


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Friday, July 01, 2005

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

CATCF>>Depp Did Double Burton Duty

Johnny Depp, who stars in director Tim Burton's upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, told SCI FI Wire that he actually did double duty with Burton in London during filming. While shooting Charlie, based on Roald Dahl's beloved children's book, Depp was also voicing the character of Victor in Burton's stop-motion animated movie Corpse Bride.
"Yeah, it was very interesting," Depp said in a news conference in Nassau, Bahamas, over the weekend, where he is currently shooting the Pirates of the Caribbean sequel films. "We were just about to start [Charlie], and Tim came to me and said, 'You know, I've got this other thing that I'm thinking about doing. This stop-motion thing. And, you know, I'd like to give you the script and take a look and tell me what you think.' [I said,] 'Sure.' So I read the script [and] felt, 'God, it was amazing. It's amazing. It's brilliant.' But I had no idea he was going to be doing them simultaneously. I mean, he was literally leaving the set of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and going into the Corpse Bride ... recordings and animation [sessions]. ... It was an incredible energy he has."
For his part, Depp would record his voice part for Corpse during breaks from Charlie, in which he plays reclusive candy mogul Willy Wonka. "For me, it was like, you know, going from [assumes Willy Wonka voice] playing Willy Wonka, and then, suddenly, [taking on victor's wispy English accent], you know, going in and deciding to be Victor," he said. "It was a really strange thing. Because I would literally leave the stage playing Wonka and then ... have to find this other character on the walk to the studio. Anything with Tim is always just a blast, you know? Always."
But Depp said that he loves working with Burton, which whom he has previously made Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow and Ed Wood. "I know that I respect him so much and love him so much as a filmmaker," Depp said. "I would do anything he wanted. ... The thing I most enjoy about our relationship, aside from our friendship, is the amount of trust, you know? And the amount of trust that goes into that process, that collaborative process. Because one minute we're talking very, very deeply about Captain Kangaroo, and the next minute we're doing impersonations of, you know, Sammy Davis Jr. and Charles Nelson Reilly and you know. So it can go anywhere, you know?"
Depp added that the two also share a kind of offbeat sensibility. "One of the things I think Tim and I share is a kind of fascination with people, with human beings, you know?" he said. "The human animal. And I think we share also the idea, you know, that most people in life—most people, especially the ones that are considered, you know, super normal—if you really take a step back and observe them, watch them a bit, you'll realize that they're actually completely out of their mind, you know? Most people are really nuts. And that's fascinating to watch, you know? And I think Tim feels the same way [chuckles]." Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opens July 15.

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CATCF>>Depp: Wonka's Not Jackson

Johnny Depp, who plays Willy Wonka in Tim Burton's upcoming Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, told SCI FI Wire that he was not concerned that some viewers may see a resemblance between his reculsive candy mogul and Michael Jackson. "It doesn't bother me," Depp said in a news conference in Nassau, Bahamas. "I mean, everybody's entitled to think what they want, even while being violently wrong. [chuckle] No, you know, the weird thing is, that actually never occurred to me that there would be any kind of potential connection to Michael Jackson. It never entered my mind. And I still don't understand it."
In Burton's new adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book, Depp plays Wonka with a high, soft voice, a pale face and fluttery gestures. He admitted that some people might get the wrong idea as a result. "I mean, I guess you can on one level: the sort of the makeup and children and ... fantasy-land kind of thing," he said. "But, yeah, it seems weird to me, you know? I would say, if there was anyone you'd want to compare it to, it would be like a Howard Hughes, almost, you know? Like, a reclusive ... germophobe, controlling kind of [guy].
Depp said the inspiration for his version of Wonka, previously played by Gene Wilder, was quite different. "On this film, with Willy Wonka, it wasn't specifically any one or two guys that were models, so to speak, for the character," Depp said. "But there were memories that I have of when I was a little kid watching, like, children's shows and children's show hosts. And I distinctly remember, even at that age, thinking: Their speech pattern and the kind of musical quality of the way they're speaking to the camera and to the children, I thought then it was really strange. Even then, I thought it was super bizarre, because it was always: [assumes artificial voice] 'Hello, children. How are you?' You know? That kind of thing.
"So, ... like, guys that I watched, Captain Kangaroo and Mr. Rogers and Uncle Al and all these guys, became the main part of the ingredient," Depp added. "And then also, like, gameshow hosts that I remember seeing and watching and thinking, you know, My God, they can't be like that at home, you know? They can't actually be like that. ... Which sort of led me to believe that they put on a mask, you know, in a way. So it was that kind of ... all-important, positive smile. And so that was the other side of Wonka." Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opens July 15.