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Note to Hollywood: Johnny Depp is Not a Movie Star

So Mortdecai had a predictably god-awful opening weekend. We could have seen that coming, as the marketing campaign seemed to be predicated entirely on people wanting to see a Johnny Depp movie. Is there any evidence that people do in fact want that? Or to put it another way: In the wake of Johnny Depp’s…

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Did Johnny Depp Just Rip off Wes Anderson?

Last week, the new trailer for Mortdecai was unveiled, and we got a better look at the lead character played by Johnny Depp. In some ways, he appears to be a typical Depp weirdo: eccentric, charming, a bit annoying, but mostly harmless. More notably, the character feels awfully familiar. Wasn’t it just earlier this year…

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How to Watch “The Lone Ranger”

So The Lone Ranger comes out today, and I kind of feel like I already saw it. It’s a western by way of Pirates of the Caribbean, right? Same director (Gore Verbinksi), same producer (Jerry Bruckheimer), same star (Johnny Depp), and if the trailer is any indication, it will feature the same type of breathtaking,…

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Success Casts a “Shadow” over Johnny Depp and Tim Burton

“Dark Shadows” pairs director Tim Burton with his muse Johnny Depp for their eighth film. Their first two films together,  “Edward Scissorhands” and “Ed Wood,” were their best, and it has been a slow and steady descent since then. It would be easy to say “Dark Shadows” is their weakest film, but we would then…