Johnny Depp named People Magazine’s sexiest man alive!

“Pirates of the Caribbean” super star Johnny Depp was named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” for the second time, Reuters is reporting.

“Whether it’s onscreen in roles like Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise or at home with his family on their private Bahamian island, the 46-year-old father of two with 25 years in show business still reigns as Hollywood’s most irresistible iconoclast,” People said in a statement.

Depp will next be seen in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” which opens in March of 2010. He is also the executive producer and star of “Rum Diaries” which will open next year.

People Magazine hits news stands Friday.

Johnny Depp Presents Keith Richards with The Rock Immortal Award at The Spike TV Scream Awards 2009

Keith Richards and Johnny Depp (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Keith Richards and Johnny Depp (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

The Associated Press is reporting that Johnny Depp attended Spike TV Scream Awards 2009.  The event, which was held Saturday at the Greek Theatre, honors the best in sci-fi, horror, fantasy and comic-inspired movies and TV shows.

Fans voted online for the winners. Some of the year’s most popular shows and movies honored were “Transformers 2,” “Twilight,” “True Blood” and “Star Trek.”

Keith Richards received the Rock Immortal Award. The Rolling Stones guitarist and rock legend was welcomed with a standing ovation as Johnny Depp presented him with the award. The show airs October 27 on Spike TV.

For more about the awards show, see the full article: Scream Awards

AFI Film Festival Hits Los Angeles October 30-November 7

"Fantastic Mr. Fox" directed Wes Anderson 20th Century Fox

"Fantastic Mr. Fox" directed Wes Anderson 20th Century Fox

“THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX”, directed by Wes Anderson and starring Jason Schwartzman is scheduled to open the AFI FEST 2009. The film is a stop-motion animated feature which will be screened at the festival’s opening night at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. The film also stars the voices of  George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson and Jarvis Cocker.

The Weinstein Company’s “A SINGLE MAN” has been selected as the closing night gala presentation.  Sony Pictures Classics’ “THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS” has been selected as AFI FEST’s Centerpiece Screening Gala presentation. The film will make its US Premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Monday, November 2, 2009.

“A SINGLE MAN” features the directorial debut of fashion designer Tom Ford from his script adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s acclaimed novel. The film follows a day in the life of a gay British college professor in Los Angeles as he attempts to cope with the death of his partner. Ford’s work helming the project and Colin Firth’s lead performance in the film have received critical acclaim following screenings at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode and Ginnifer Goodwin also star in the film. The Weinstein Company release is due in theaters on December 11. Ford, Firth and Moore are scheduled to attend.

“It is exciting to champion a talented artist like Tom Ford as he moves beyond the boundaries of one medium into another. In “A SINGLE MAN”, he delivers an elegant and beautiful personal story that will resonate with all audience members“ said AFI FEST Artistic Director Rose Kuo.

The Centerpiece Screening Gala presentation features the latest work by director Terry Gilliam. “THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS” follows the leader of a traveling theater troupe who, having made a deal with the devil, takes audience members through a magical mirror to explore their imaginations. The film stars Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Heath Ledger in his final role. The Sony Pictures Classics release is due in theaters stateside on December 25. Gilliam and Plummer are scheduled to attend.
“The mind-altering, looking-glass world that Terry Gilliam creates in “IMAGINARIUM” notes Director of Programming Robert Koehler, “is like a model for his ideal cinema, in which anything can happen and all rules are broken. If audiences thought that “THE DARK KNIGHT” was their last glimpse of Heath Ledger, then what Ledger brings to Gilliam’s fantasy-adventure will surprise them.”

AFI FEST has selected actors Christopher Plummer and Viggo Mortensen to receive tributes at this year’s Festival. Sponsored by the Skirball Cultural Center, Plummer’s tribute event will precede the screening of his film THE LAST STATION on Tuesday, November 3. Mortensen’s tribute will precede the US Premiere of the film THE ROAD on Wednesday, November 4. Both Tributes will take place at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

One of the world’s most respected actors, Plummer has won two Tony Awards (for CYRANO and BARRYMORE), three Drama Desk Awards, the National Arts Club Medal and two Emmys.

“THE ROAD” is adapted from the acclaimed novel by Cormac McCarthy.  The film stars Mortensen as a father making his way with his young son across the scorched landscape of a post-apocalyptic world. Directed by John Hillcoat from a script by Joe Penhall, the film also stars Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce and Molly Parker. The Weinstein Company release is due in theaters November 25.  Mortensen, Hillcoat and Theron are scheduled to attend.

Mortensen’s career highlights include notable films roles in “THE LORD OF THE RINGS” TRILOGIES and, “EASTERN PROMISES” for which he received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.

“Viggo Mortensen and Christopher Plummer are two actors and film artists of the highest order,” said Kuo. “They share that rare trait of being looked up to by audiences and film fans around the world as well as being greatly respected by their peers.”

Other highlights among the complete film schedule announced today include Jonathan Demme’s music documentary “NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW” (with Demme and Young confirmed to attend) and the screening of two films connected by legendary art director and longtime AFI Conservatory Distinguished Lecturer Robert Boyle, who turned 100 on October 10. Those films are AFI Conservatory Alumnus Daniel Raim’s (Production Design ’99) documentary SOMETHING’S GONNA LIVE and Alfred Hitchcock’s classic NORTH BY NORTHWEST, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

On Monday, November 2, AFI FEST, in conjunction with Warner Home Video will present a special screening of Hitchcock’s NORTH BY NORTHWEST. The first Hitchcock film to be released on Blu-ray, the film has been restored and remastered for its 50th anniversary. As part of the Gala event, director William Friedkin will attend to moderate a Q&A with Boyle and the film’s stars Eva Marie Saint and Martin Landau.

AFI FEST continues its unique and successful association with the American Film Market with 23 of the features in official selection at AFI FEST represented by distributors at AFM, unfolding concurrently with AFI FEST from November 4–November 11.

AFI FEST 2009’s overall lineup will showcase 67 features (54 narrative, 13 documentary) and 27 shorts for a total of 94 films from 32 countries.

The Festival is headquartered at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. All screenings from October 30–November 5 will take place at the Grauman’s Chinese and Mann Chinese 6 theaters in Hollywood with the final two days of the Festival (November 6-7) screening at the Laemmle’s Monica 4-plex in Santa Monica.

A limited number of free tickets to all Festival screenings are available online at AFI.com/AFIFEST or by phone at 866-AFI-FEST . Early entry to all screenings can be secured by becoming a patron of the Festival and purchasing an AFI FEST Patron Pass. For more details, visit AFI.com.

Fourth “Pirates of The Carribean Movie” announced at D23 Expo

JohnnyDeppComic-ConJohnny Depp surprised fans at Disney’s D23 Expo opening day. The popular actor appeared on stage with Disney Studios Chairman, Richard Cook, to announce the fourth Pirates movie, titled “Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides”. The popular actor went onstage on a pirate ship in a nod to his film alter ego Jack Sparrow.

The fourth movie in the Pirates series is expected for a Summer 2011 release.

The D23 Expo continues at the Anaheim Convention Center through September 13.

For more information on D23, visit: D23 Expo Schedule

Johnny Depp, Chris Daughtry Surpised Guests At Comic-con

Johnny Depp Photo: AP

Johnny Depp Photo: AP

Johnny Depp surprised fans at the Disney 3-D panel by joining director Tim Burton at the end of his “Alice in Wonderland” presentation. Other surprise guests throughout the 4 day event, were Chris Daughtry and Dominic Monaghan. A former LOST star, Monaghan, will be joining the cast of ABC’s highly anticipated new show, Flash Forward and showed up as a surprise guest towards the end of the panel.

Chris Daughtry, whose band Daughtry currently has the number 1 album in the country, walked around the event incognito before playing the Wrath of Khan event party at The Hard Rock Hotel later in the evening.

The final numbers aren’t out yet, but thanks to panels and autograph sessions for “Twilight:New Moon”, Heroes and Glee, the event might have set a new record for the number of girls attending. Many were camped out as early for the Wednesday night and Thursday events.

Next years Comic-Con is slated for July 22-25, 2010.


First Look: Tim Burton’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’ Trailer at Comic-Con

Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland

Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland

 

Comic-Con goers got a first look at the trailer for Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” starring Johnny Depp. Depp made a surprise appearance today at the Disney 3-D panel where Burton  was doing a presentation for the film. “Alice In Wonderland” is scheduled to open, March 5, 2010. 

For a look at the teaser trailer, click here: ALICE TRAILER

Movies To See This 4th of July Weekend

There seems to be something playing for everyone this long 4th of July weekend. Here’s a look at some of the movies playing out in theaters…

The Proposal with Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds and Betty White

Public Enemies with Johnny Depp, Christian Bale,  Marion Cotillard and Channing Tatum

Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen with Shia La Beouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson

Ice Age 3: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs with (the voices of) John Leguizama, Ray Romano and Denis Leary