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Box office preview: Johnny Depp's 'Transcendence' heads for an Earth-bound debut

Johnny Depp is back in theaters this weekend for the first time since last summer’s The Lone Ranger – but his $100 million sci-fi thriller Transcendence isn’t the only movie with a shot at the box office crown. There’s strong competition from both last week’s champ Captain America: Winter Soldier and the animated Rio 2, which could get an additional boost from kids who aren’t school-bound on Good Friday. The inspirational Heaven Is for Real and the profane A Haunted House 2 are also in the running.

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Casting Net: Brad Pitt may star in Stanley McChrystal pic; Plus, Helen Mirren, more

• Brad Pitt has signed on to produce and possibly star in The Operators, which chronicles the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal during his time as commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, The Rover) will direct and write the script based on the late Michael Hastings‘ book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Johnny Depp, Clint Eastwood, and Drew Barrymore introduce packed Warner Bros. slate at CinemaCon

It’s not yet clear if any of the stars Warner Bros. trotted out during the last panel of the CinemaCon trade show had the star power to eclipse the giant lizard that seemed to steal the show during the studio’s presentation of Godzilla, but the studio couldn’t be faulted for trying.

On hand to present just a few films from the robust slate — which includes the musical tribute to Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, the mind-bending thriller Transcendence, and the family comedy Blended — were director Clint Eastwood, stars Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman, and Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, respectively.

But with Bryan Cranston doing panic and grief better than anyone, it looks like WB’s big hit of the summer with be Gareth Edwards’ take on the iconic Godzilla. READ FULL STORY

Johnny Depp's 'Transcendence' lands prime China release date

For a first-time director, Wally Pfister has landed one of the most coveted honors in the movies business.

No, not an Oscar — which Pfister already has for Inception‘s cinematography. Instead, Christopher Nolan’s go-to director of photography has nabbed a rare day-and-date release in China and the U.S. on April 18, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Moreover, the Chinese version of the film will be available in 3-D, while it will screen only in conventional 2-D theaters in the States.

This is a huge boost for Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros., which co-produced the movie with China’s DMG. Many American blockbusters see their profits minimized by piracy in the gap between when they open in the U.S. and when they open in China, the world’s second-largest movie market. Last year, Iron Man 3, which was also co-produced by DMG, opened in China two days before it opened in the U.S., and it went on to become the Asian country’s second-biggest grosser of 2013, making $121.2 million. Fast & Furious 6, on the other hand, opened in China two months after it debuted in the U.S.; that film settled for $66.5 million.

Transcendence stars Johnny Depp as a brilliant artificial-intelligence futurist who becomes more than he ever dreamed when his consciousness is uploaded to the server. The film co-stars Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, and Kate Mara. It’s Pfister’s first directing job after shooting seven of Nolan’s films, as well as Moneyball.

Oscars 2014: Going the extra mile with the makeup of 'The Lone Ranger'

The Lone Ranger is a film of epic scope. Everything is larger than life. The characters, the set pieces, the costumes, and the makeup are all created to amaze. Spectacle is the point of a summer blockbuster, after all, but it can also be a film’s worst enemy. After its poor showing at the box office, the $215 million film is now best known as one of 2013′s biggest disasters. That stigma is a hard one to shake, and can often poison the perception of both the film as a whole and the individual accomplishments of the production.

Nobody knows this better than makeup head Joel Harlow, who is up for the Best Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar, competing against the seemingly more DIY teams of Dallas Buyers Club and Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. To look at the budget and then see how the film looks, it’s easy to assume that Harlow had it easy. “I hear people talking about how they were strapped for money and manpower and I get that, and to look at a movie like this you’d think, ‘Oh, they had every resource in the world,’” Harlow told EW. “We didn’t. For this movie, as big as it is, our core group was five people. We built all the prosthetics ourselves. We were sculpting when we weren’t filming. On the weekends, between shots, between setups, we’d go back to the trailers and sculpt.” READ FULL STORY

'Gilbert Grape' at 20: When Johnny met Leo...

One of the downsides of living in a movie landmark with a half-mile long driveway is that obsessed fans who can’t get a satisfactory peek from the road will occasionally think nothing about rolling up to your front door. Jim Lutz and Alex Carrillo have lived in their 100-year old farmhouse in Manor, Texas, since 1977, raising five children, running a jewelry business, and occasionally lending their rustic home to a movie or television production. But the tourists who come knocking aren’t imposing on their hospitality because of Roadie, the 1980 movie starring Art Carney and Meat Loaf that filmed there. And they aren’t snapping pictures because they loved the season of The Simple Life where Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie swept through. Rather, they’ve driven long distances — some come all the way from Europe — because of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, the 1993 movie that starred Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio.

In hindsight, perhaps one can understand the allure. Twenty years later, Depp and DiCaprio are huge Hollywood stars — one is Capt. Jack Sparrow and the other was the King of the World in Titanic. But Gilbert Grape barely made a ripple in theaters when it opened in December 1993, grossing only $10 million. Despite positive reviews and a prescient Oscar nomination for DiCaprio’s supporting turn as Gilbert’s mentally challenged brother Arnie, the movie was marginalized as “quirky” and endured a failed platform release and uninspired marketing campaign. “It had a terrible log-line: ‘Life is a terrible thing to sleep through,’” laments Grape’s director Lasse Hallström. “Who wants to go see a movie about someone who is sleeping through life?”

But rather than slip into obscurity, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? has grown over time into a beloved gem, not only for its celebrity leading men, but for its enormous heart — best represented by Darlene Cates, the amateur actress who played the boys’ overweight shut-in mother who never recovered from her husband’s suicide. “Gilbert Grape had its revenge as a DVD and a VHS,” says Hallström. “People found it later on and there was a period when you started picking up on the fact that people had seen it over and over again.” Like the one pilgrim to Manor from Tombstone, Ariz., who saw the movie 40 times, felt compelled to visit the Grape house, and ended up hanging around the Lutz farm for a couple of days. “It’s been a real special movie for a lot of people,” says Lutz. READ FULL STORY

Johnny Depp must be stopped in new 'Transcendence' trailer -- VIDEO

The latest trailer for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Transcendence explores what happens after Johnny Depp downloads his mind into a computer.

In the film, Depp plays a researcher named Will who gets uploaded into a computer after being fatally shot by an anti-technology terrorist group called RIFT (Revolutionary Independence From Technology). But while the fellow researchers who upload him may have had the best intentions, things take a turn for the worst when the experiment goes wrong and Will starts harboring more power than he was ever meant to.

Check out the new trailer for Transcendence below:
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Casting Net: Tom Hardy in talks to join Johnny Depp in 'Black Mass'; Plus, Will Smith, Saoirse Ronan, more

• Tom Hardy (Inception) is in early talks to join Johnny Depp (who is now officially signed on again) in the Whitey Bulger pic Black Mass. Hardy would play FBI Agent John Connolly, a childhood friend of Bulger’s who gets in trouble when he reveals inside information to Bulger about an impending indictment. Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) recently agreed to direct the film. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington back for 'Avatar' sequels; Plus, Michael Pena for 'Ant-Man', more

• Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington have finalized deals to reprise their roles as Neytiri and Jake Sully in the three upcoming Avatar sequels for director James Cameron. News of their “expected” return was first reported in August. Stephen Lang is also returning as Marine Colonel Quaritch. The three follow ups will be shot back to back and are rolling out to theaters in December of 2016, 2017, and 2018. [THR]
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New 'Transcendence' trailer and teasers: Will artificial intelligence destroy us? -- VIDEO

“Imagine a machine with a full range of human emotion. Its analytical power will be greater than the collective intelligence of every person in the history of the world,” Johnny Depp tells a captivated audience in the first full trailer for Transcendence, the directorial debut of longtime Christopher Nolan DP Wally Pfister.

When the anti A.I. group RIFT attacks a series of intelligence centers, Depp’s character is one of the casualties, suffering a radiation-laced bullet wound. From there, things get ugly and desperate as his fellow scientists try to reanimate him by uploading his consciousness.

Transcendence also released two new teasers for the film. They offer little in the way of plot, characterization, or imagery, but actually do manage to go a long way towards immersing us in this imagined world. “What happens when artificial intelligence becomes self-aware?” Morgan Freeman asks in his perfect narrator baritone in the first teaser. “Is it the key to immortality, or is it the path to annihilation?” And you thought Inception was a mindf–k.

Check out the three spots below.

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