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This news appears to confirm a report from last week via Twitch that said Anderson had approached Depp — as well as a host of other big names including Owen Wilson, Bill Murray, Edward Norton and Jude Law — to appear in a yet-to-be-titled project. With the news of Depp's casting, it seems likely that "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is this previously name-unknown project, so here's to hoping the rest of the potential casting from that initial report comes to fruition as well.
Anderson's latest, "Moonrise Kingdom," arrived in theaters in May, and at the recent San Diego Comic-Con, the trailer screened for Depp's film "The Lone Ranger," which is set for a July 3, 2013 release.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
It is about 30 degrees hotter than Creede and the cast and crew miss our climate, although not the smoke-filled skies which wafted over from the Little Sand Fire daily.
Restaurant, shop and lodge owners in Creede are happy with their through-the-roof-sales, which are doubled and tripled from a year ago.
Set builders have been pumping money into the mountain town’s economy since April.
In South Fork, crews stayed at local motels and ate frequently at area restaurants. When crews were not eating out, they purchased food to cook with at local grocers.
Both Creede and South Fork depend on sales tax revenue for their annual budgets and what they accrue is each town’s operating budget for the entire year.
There are no exact figures yet; however, rumor has it that Creede is showing abut a 200 percent increase in sales tax revenues. Creede hoped to pave their roads this fall without a bond and looks like they will accomplish this lofty goal. Folks lucky enough to be in Creede last Friday evening have photos on the internet to show what they were doing because they were meeting Johnny Depp.
It came as quite a surprise to everyone when the incredible actor decided to come out and spend time with the locals, but Depp apparently wanted to show his appreciation for the folks in Creede and the surrounding area.
The economic impact of Disney’s "The Lone Ranger" throughout the valley is said to be enormous. Of course, this does not include what the actual movie will do for the entire San Luis Valley in terms of ongoing tourism visits when the film is released on July 3, 2013.
There is a down side, as well.
Since all the lodging was taken up, the normal amount of tourists could not come. A fishing guide in town had seven full-day fishing trips scheduled at $420 each, but they all had to cancel due to lack of housing,
Most of the folks associated with the film were very nice, but townspeople say that the whole affair has disrupted early summer business.
The Creede Elks, who have bingo on Monday evenings were out about $1,000 because the film had the Community Center leased.
However, looking ahead, it is hoped that "The Lone Ranger" will finally get folks to notice the beautiful San Luis Valley.
What more can the Tourism Board ask for, especially when they do not have to spend a dime to entice people to visit? And the San Luis Valley Film Commission has one more movie to tout as they work to get more films to come.
Those who live here already know that, once tourists see the Valley, wherever they come from, they will return again and again.
The Oscar-winning producer Richard Zanuck passed away aged 77. The legendary Hollywood producer - who was behind movies such as 'Driving Miss Daisy', 'Deep Impact' and more recently, 2010's 'Clash of the Titan's - died of a heart attack at his home in Los Angeles last Friday.
Johnny has said about this his lost:
"The tragic loss of this great legend, this warrior, is too shocking for words. He was family. He was the first producer that I ever experienced actually producing. He would shield the filmmaker from all unnecessary distractions and delicately build an actor's confidence on a daily basis. An incredibly strong and vital force on and off set, with a genuine kindness toward everyone, regardless of their position. He was the last of a breed. My condolences to his dear wife, Lili, whom he adored, and to his family, who meant the world to him. You will forever be in our thoughts, Dear Richard."Zanuck produced "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in 2005 and "Dark Shadows" in 2012.
In a brief cameo, Depp voices Edward in one of the show’s cutaway gags. It did take a second for the actor — who watches the show with his kids — to get back into that vulnerable character from two decades ago, though. “When he was in the booth, he said that he felt like he hadn’t done that voice since he did it in front of the camera,” notes Family Guy executive producer Mark Hentemann. “He was able to snap right back into Edward Scissorhands once we pulled up a clip from the movie.” Adds Hentemann: “He was amazing — and demonstrated extraordinary patience with all the fawning women in our office who swarmed him.”
Family Guy returns for season 11 on Sept. 30.
SAN DIEGO — Johnny Depp made a splash at Comic-Con, and he wasn't even there.
About 6,000 fans at the San Diego Convention Center Thursday got the first look at "The Lone Ranger," which stars Depp as Tonto.
Disney unveiled the brief clip at the conclusion of its panel presentation that included glimpses of Tim Burton's "Frankenweenie," Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful" and the video-game romp "Wreck-It Ralph," which features the voices of Sarah Silverman and John C. Reilly.
"The Lone Ranger" is directed by Gore Verbinski, who worked with Depp on the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films and the animated "Rango." It is set for release next summer.
Comic-Con continues through Sunday.
The manuscript, which Guthrie finished in 1947, follows a West Texas couple who, in their effort to build adobe homes as protection against treacherous weather, fight against banks and lumber companies.
Mr. Brinkley stumbled upon mention of the work while researching a piece about Bob Dylan for Rolling Stone. “As a Woody Guthrie fan, I didn’t know about this novel,” he said. “There are two great biographies” of Guthrie, by Ed Cray and Joe Klein, he added. “They’re fantastic, readable books, but ‘House of Earth’ isn’t talked about in them. I went on a hunt for it.”
With help from the Woody Guthrie Foundation and the singer’s daughter, Nora, he found the manuscript last fall. The published book will be about 250 pages, Mr. Brinkley said.
In an essay for The New York Times Book Review, Mr. Brinkley and Mr. Depp write:
Pitched somewhere between rural realism and proletarian protest, somewhat static in terms of narrative drive, “House of Earth” nonetheless offers a searing portrait of the Panhandle and its marginalized Great Depression residents. Guthrie successfully mixes Steinbeck’s narrative verve with D. H. Lawrence’s openness to erotic exploration. When the Library of Congress folklorist Alan Lomax read the first chapter he was profoundly impressed. For months Lomax encouraged Guthrie to finish the book, saying he’d “considered dropping everything I was doing” just to get the novel published. “It was quite simply the best material I’d ever seen written about that section of the country,” he wrote.
Mr. Brinkley met Mr. Depp in the mid-1990s through their mutual friend Hunter S. Thompson, for whom Mr. Brinkley is literary executor. They previously teamed up to write the Grammy-nominated liner notes for “Gonzo,” a soundtrack accompanying a documentary about Mr. Thompson.
Then there's his personal life: Back in June, Depp announced that he had split from his long time girlfriend, Vanessa Paradis, after 14 years together. The pair have two children.
All of which is to say: Depp needs a bit of a comeback. And judging from two potential new projects, he might have found one.
According to TwitchFilm, Depp has been approached by none other than Wes Anderson to appear in the director's next film. Depp could potentially join a cast that would include Anderson favorites Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe and Edward Norton, as well as Jude Law and Angela Lansbury. In an interview with Vulture earlier this year, Anderson said that the film was set in Europe and that he co-wrote the project with a friend who wasn't in the film industry.
That's not all for Depp. According to the New York Times, Depp will co-edit House of Earth, an unpublished novel from singer Woody Guthrie. The famed folk artist wrote the story back in 1947.
This return to the off-center, indie-ish roots of his past doesn't mean Depp is leaving Hollywood blockbusters behind. Despite budget woes, "The Lone Ranger" will arrive in theaters next summer; Depp could also star in another "Pirates of the Caribbean" film should one ever get off the ground at Disney.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
Perhaps Depp’s foray into literature proper is a logical next step. This week, Depp writes our back-page essay with Douglas Brinkley, the historian and author of “Cronkite.” Together, they are editing a book by Woody Guthrie, the folk singer who would have been 100 years old on July 14. The book, “House of Earth,” his only novel, will be published next year for the first time.
“Growing up in Kentucky, I was raised on bluegrass and country music,” Depp said in an e-mail interview. He’s listened to Guthrie all his life, although “it is thanks to Bob Dylan that the man and his music became solidified in my lexicon.” Music has also figured in Depp’s acting career: he based his character Jack Sparrow, in the mega-franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean,” on Keith Richards.
“He’s the coolest guy I’ve ever met,” Depp said of Richards, calling his recent memoir, “Life,” a “brilliant read.” A fan of books by musicians (among his favorites: Steven Tyler’s “Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?,” Dylan’s “Chronicles”), Depp is currently bringing his love of music to the screen, working on a film in Richards’s honor.
If he could portray a musician himself? “Junior Kimbrough,” Depp said. “However, failing that, I wouldn’t mind slipping into the skin and bones of Harry Partch. One of our greatest, pioneering artists, who is rarely given the respect, let alone the appreciation, that he so richly deserves.” As for Woody Guthrie, he “represents the soul and the sound of the America that I love.”