Johnny Depp surprised Aerosmith fans on Wednesday night when he strapped on his guitar to join the US rockers for their Boston gig.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star took time off from filming Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass to showcase his musicianship at the Xfinity Center.
Frontman Steven Tyler, from Massachusetts, introduced his high profile guest to the crowd, exclaiming: “Yo! Bringing out on stage my good friend, Mr Johnny Depp!”
The 51-year-old actor played guitar and performed an extended solo on the band’s hit song “Train Kept A-Rollin”, from their 2012 album Music From Another Dimension!.
His fiancée Amber Heard was watching the gig backstage, reports suggest.
Depp features on the studio version of “Trains Kept A-Rollin” and joined Aerosmith for a series of live shows during the year of its release.
The time has come for some serious Pirates of the Caribbean movie without the ugly looking demonic monsters sailing in the sea.
While speaking with entertainment website the Collider, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said the upcoming pirates franchise will be a straight pirate movie without any Kraken creature.
To the question, “will there be any demonic monsters in Pirates 5?” Bruckheimer answered:
“No, no. I think we’re back to more of a straight pirates movie this time.”
When asked about the possibility of featuring monster-like creatures in the upcoming movie, he simply said “Not in the script I read recently.”
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, won millions of hearts with Johnny Depp’s flawless performance as captain Jack Sparrow.
But later, the movie went off track by featuring a slew of mythical sea monsters to grab major box office collections.
While many fans loved the progress of the fantasy adventure franchise, some argued that both Depp and the movies were losing their thrill and sheen with each sequel.
Walt Disney’s latest pirate sequel is slated for a 2016 premiere and is titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
The movie will be directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandburg. Rønning earned accolades for his Norwegian sea expedition movie Kon-Tiki.
Depp and Geoffrey Rush will reprise their roles as Captain Jack Sparrow and Barbossa respectively.
Depp will select the winner of “Chinese Dream” on Friday and will bring the young Chinese contestant on a trip to Hollywood.
Expectation is rising in China ahead of Friday’s finale of Chinese Dream, as Johnny Depp is gets ready to choose the lucky person who will come with him to Hollywood to live out their dream as the popular reality talent show draws to a close.
The show, shot in the elegant and wealthy eastern city of Hangzhou, centers around making ordinary people’s wishes come true and live performances, where audiences vote for a “Dreamer” who then goes on to the next show.
During his visit to China in April, Depp was asked why he had decided to take on the role of arbiter in the show, and he told local media it was because he can relate to people harboring big dreams: When he was young, he wanted to be a rock musician, and only did movies to pay the rent, he said.
Chinese Dream started life in 2011, based for the first two seasons on the BBC format Tonight’s the Night. In the third season, Zhejiang Satellite TV changed the format, and it is now in the seventh season.
Chinese Dream goes head-to-head with Dad, Where Are We Going? on Hunan TV and regularly beats that show in the ratings.
Depp is best known here as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Carribbean franchise, which were huge hits in China, although the second part of the series, Dead Man’s Chest, was banned for its ghoulish and ghostly elements. He has a more cultish following among teenage girls for his role in Edward Scissorhands.
On a forum on the Sina Weibo service called “Depp, help me to realize my dream,” Zhiyu Xinlixue wrote: “It is a blessing from several lifetimes to be the disciple of Depp. Who will be the lucky one? Depp, if you can’t decide, you can take me.”
GIF wrote: “Ever since Edward Scissorhands, Depp is a man-god in the hearts of thousands of girls. I am so jealous that he will take a disciple and take him/her to Hollywood.”
Warner Bros. has officially announced the cast for its film about James “Whitey” Bulger, starring Johnny Depp in the title role.
The currently-untitled project, based on the book “Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob,” began filming in locations around Boston and Cambridge, Mass., this week, CBS Boston reports.
Joining Depp in the film about the Boston mobster will be Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock,” “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”) as his brother, Billy Bulger. Jesse Plemons (“Breaking Bad,” “Friday Night Lights”) will play Bulger’s longtime partner in crime, Kevin Weeks, and Sienna Miller (“Factory Girl”) has been cast as Bulger’s girlfriend, Catherine Grieg.
Other stars joining the film include “Fifty Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson as Bulger’s former girlfriend and the mother of his only child, Lindsey Cyr; Joel Edgerton (“The Great Gatsby”) as former FBI agent John Connolly; Julianne Nicholson (“August: Osage County”) as Connolly’s wife, Marianne; Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”) as FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick; and Rory Cochrane (“Argo”) as Steve Flemmi, another member of the Irish mob.
Actors Cory Stoll (“House of Cards”), Brad Carter, W. Earl Brown and David Harbour are also part of the cast, Warner Bros. said.
Here’s the studio’s synopsis of the movie: “In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Edgerton) persuades Irish mobster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger (Depp) to collaborate with the FBI and eliminate a common enemy: the Italian mob. The drama tells the true story of this unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowing Whitey to evade law enforcement, consolidate power, and become one of the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in Boston history.”
The film is slated to arrive in theaters next year.
Johnny Depp is a man of many faces, costumes, hairdos and appearances, obviously. His visages basically fall into two camps 1) looking like Johnny Depp’s “movie guy lead character” (i.e. that sort of generic look from “Transcendence” with those same round glasses he uses in so many of his “normal” roles) and 2) his wild and wacky transformations. But in this first look from his upcoming action comedy “Mortdecai,” well, maybe that appearance splits the difference.
Sporting blonde slicked back hair, a suit and even a handle bar moustache, in “Mortdecai,” Depp plays international terrorist, debonair art dealer and part-time rogue Charlie Mortdecai (well that explains the look doesn’t it?). According to the synopsis, juggling angry Russians, the British MI5, and more, Mortdecai must traverse the globe armed only with his good looks and special charm in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.
Hmmm, if you’re looking a little sideways at that, we can’t blame you. For an action-comedy, that all sounds a little bit silly and possibly too frothy, then again it’s based on a successful trilogy of books, so you know Lionsgate is hoping for a franchise.
The movie also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, and Olivia Munn. The real worry frankly is director David Koepp. He’s one of the biggest and most successful screenwriters for hire in the world (“Jurassic Park,” “Carlito’s Way,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Panic Room,” “Spider-Man”) and it’s likely that if all of us had 10 more lives to live, we’d never be as successful as he has been in Hollywood. That doesn’t negate the fact that the last time Depp and Koepp teamed up, we got the disastrous “Secret Window” (2004) which today still stands as one of the worst movies Johnny Depp has ever been in. So proceed with caution and keep your enthusiasm in check. “Mortdecai” opens February 6, 2015 via Lionsgate.
LOS ANGELES — Johnny Depp would like to transcend being Johnny Depp.
“I don’t want to look back in 30, 40 or 50 years and have my grandkids say, ‘You did a lot of stupid s—, Granddad. What an idiot you were, smiling for the cameras and playing the game.”
He adds with a laugh, “I’d rather they say, ‘Wow, man, you’re nuts.’ ”
Depp, 50, runs a hand through his black shirt and tries to explain his current movie.
“I see this film as a man chosen by God to grow a long beard. He knows the rest of the world will be slaughtered, but the animals will come to him,” he says, adding, “Just wait. That’s ‘Noah!’ Oh, ‘Noah.’ Oh no, no, no!”
There are those who meet their heroes and go, ‘Aw, fuck.’ and I’ve never had that, luckily. I was never disappointed by the people I’ve admired. – Johnny Depp
Even more than the other superstars of his generation (the Pitts, the Clooneys, the Cruises), Johnny Depp has built a personal mythos as complex and compelling as his career. In a sense, he’s managed to position himself as the beatnik troubadour of American cinema. After his early roles, as the cute boyfriend in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and the cute narc on the late-’80s cop show 21 Jump Street, Depp fought against his matinee-idol image. In his first headlining role, in John Waters’s cult greaser comedy Cry-Baby (1990), the actor sent up his own pinup status, playing a high school toughie with his tongue planted firmly in cheek. And, even as he became grist of young-Hollywood tabloid mill (dating the likes of actress Winona Ryder and model Kate Moss), there seemed to be another Depp hiding beyond the spotlight, an inquisitive artist who sought out his creative heroes, including Marlon Brando, the Beats, his good friend Hunter Thompson, and Thompson’s partner-in-crime, the artist Ralph Steadman (with whom Depp appears in this month’s For No Good Reason, a documentary about Steadman’s life and work).
With his star turn in Tim Burton’s eerie fantasy Edward Scissorhands (1990), Depp began putting together the menagerie of oddballs, outcasts, and misfits (Ed Wood , Don Juan DeMarco , Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow , Raoul Duke in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ) that would define his reputation as Hollywood’s unpredictable master of disguise. And, for much of the past 15 years, those complicated sideshow characters of Depp’s have been the main attraction in a series of CGI circuses (as Willy Wonka and the Mad Hatter in Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  and Alice in Wonderland , respectively, and as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean series).
Now, aged 50, Depp may be reinventing himself yet again. Escaping the makeup trailer in this month’s techno-fable Transcendence, the actor plays a present-day artificial intelligence researcher whose mind is incorporated into a computer system—his character, in other words, disappears into a network of his own design.
Or maybe Johnny is just the same old Johnny—the Johnny who, with his band the Kids had a dream come true by opening for Iggy Pop in the early ’80s. The actor and the musician then met again on the set of Cry-Baby and have been friends and collaborators ever since (Pop even scored the lone movie that Depp directed, the 1997 drama The Brave). Last February, Pop, who now lives in Florida, phoned Depp, who was at his home in Los Angeles, to talk about heroes, guitar solos, getting into character, and getting away from it all.
Read the whole interview over at interviewmagazine.com
After the “Late Show” host revealed he was hanging up his talk-show hat in 2015, Depp joked, “I was planning to announce my retirement,” before getting serious about his engagement to Amber Heard.
It was a night of important life-changing announcements on the Late Show when Johnny Depp joined David Letterman on Thursday.
After Letterman spent the beginning section of the CBS show making a lengthy revelation of his impending retirement, he began his interview with the actor in his normal manner, but Depp wanted to talk about the host’s big news.
“Apparently, you just announced you are retiring,” said the Transcendence star, who said he regretted wavering.
“It was only because I was planning to announce my retirement. Now that is ruined because no one cares,” he joked.
Letterman soon got back to business by talking about their respective kids, and the unusual sparkler on Depp’s wedding finger.
“I have a female engagement ring,” confessed the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, who was first spotted wearing the ring while in Beijing on Monday. “Yes … it was too big for my girl … Amber [Heard].
“She is wearing the other one,” explained the actor, whose two-day promotional trip to China earlier this week was a whirlwind of guitar playing, sculpting with artists and even some talk about his latest sci-fi thriller.
“The ring is too large for her, but it fits you perfectly,” commented Letterman.
“I think people are too scared to comment, ‘Why is a grown man wearing a woman’s engagement ring?’” joked Depp, about the unusual feminine jewelry that glittered on his left hand.
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Earlier on the Late Show, Letterman revealed that 2015 would be his final year. “Roughly, I have spent half my time behind this desk. More importantly, that means I spent half my time in makeup,” he told the audience. “You can’t but think about the passage of time; it is the way of life.”
After recounting a long story about fishing with his son and trying to identify a golden eagle, he said, “That’s when I thought, if you spend most of your day trying to ID birds, should you really be hosting a network television show?”
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