Saturday, January 26, 2008

Johnny Depp may take Heath Ledger's role in Doctor Parnassus, and other news for January 26th

This is so far just a rumor, Director Terry Gilliman made it known that he wants Johnny to play the role, but no response from Johnny yet.
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Johnny Depp will replace Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, the latest project Heath had been working on. Director Terry Gilliman hand picked Johnny for the role.

But this doesn't mean we won't see Heath at all. The studio is saying there's a part of the movie in which Heath's character falls through a magic mirror, and they may have Johnny become the new appearance of the changed character.

It's sad that they already have to be dealing with this so soon after Heath's death, but it's great that such an amazing actor as Johnny Depp will be on board.


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HELENA BONHAM-CARTER was left red-faced on the set of SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET - because she had to kiss her boyfriend TIM BURTON'S best friend JOHNNY DEPP. The Fight Club star plays Mrs Lovett in the musical version of the classic horror story and performs a kissing scene with Depp in the movie - whilst her partner Burton directed them. And the 41-year-old actress admits that even though her partner was watching - she enjoyed kissing one of Hollywood's most lusted after male stars. She says, "I was being paid by my boyfriend to kiss his best friend." The grisly blockbuster has been highly acclaimed by critics and fans alike - with Depp nominated for a best actor Oscar at next month's (Feb08) ceremony and Bonham Carter receiving a best supporting actress nod at this year's (08) Golden Globes.
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"I told him this was a perfect role for an actor; you don't have to do anything, just stare out the window and... brood" Director TIM BURTON on how he persuaded JOHNNY DEPP to take lead role in grisly blockbuster musical SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET.

Helena Bonham Carter exclusive


Things have been a bit busy lately in the Bonham Carter household. Helena has been celebrating the release of her new film, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, which has garnered rave reviews, picked up two Golden Globes and earned Johnny Depp a Best Actor Oscar nod.

All this comes shortly after the actress gave birth to an as-yet unnamed daughter on December 15, her second child with her partner and Sweeney Todd director Tim Burton. Being pregnant during filming caused a few continuity problems and Helena reckons cinemagoers will be able to spot them, thanks to the fluctuating size of her boobs.

“The film was shot out of order, so sometimes I’ve got my normal little tangerines and other times I’m much bigger,” she smiles. “The costume designer knew instantly what was happening because it was unmistakable.”

In the classic slasher-horror-musical, Helena plays Mrs Lovett, who makes meat pies out the victims of the Demon Barber, played by Depp.

Meeting for a chat in a London hotel, Helena, 41, joked that the gory movie might have had an effect on her baby. “I expected it to come out with a little razor in its hand, or with its hands over its ears,” she laughs. “But there were happy hormones around even though I was working long hours.

“I’m convinced that whatever state you’re in during your pregnancy has a huge influence on the baby’s personality – so I hope we haven’t produced a little serial killer!”

Because she and Burton – whose films include Batman, The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory – are off-screen partners, Helena had to work twice as hard to convince people she was worthy of the role.

“I had to audition like everyone else,” she says. “I knew the score so I sang several songs – until Tim told me to shut up.”

To her relief, Burton gave her the nod, as did the show’s composer, Stephen Sondheim. Then Helena had to spend three months with a singing teacher to learn to sing properly.

“We realised it would have been pretty hideous if Tim hadn’t wanted me,” she admits. “We knew some people would think he had cast his girlfriend because it was an easy choice, but it was just the opposite because it was a potential disaster.

“I knew I had to be right on the money because it would be awful for me to be in the film and not be up to scratch. I’d never really sung before so it was quite a tall order to learn how to sing in three months.”

Filming was also tough for Helena in her delicate physical condition.

“There were lots of human body parts and blood around,” she grimaces. “By then, I was suffering from morning sickness, so all that combined left me wanting to sit down most of the time.”

In addition, Burton was sometimes a tough taskmaster.

“It was quite hard and we had certain stresses working together,” Helena admits. “I think I talk too much for his liking, but he should have given me more compliments.”

The pair have had an unconventional relationship in the six years since they met on the set of Planet Of The Apes, living in separate but adjoining houses in North London.

Whenever Helena wanted to play with their four-year-old son Billy-Ray, she popped next door to Burton’s house. And when Tim, 49, fancied a cup of tea or a bite to eat, he’d pop round to use Helena’s kitchen. Now, they’ve simplified things by unifying the properties.

“We couldn’t keep on going in and out of each other’s houses,” says Helena, “so now it’s just one strange house which has no co-ordination. My part is very tasteful and girlie, while Tim’s is quite eclectic because he’s got a more modern taste.”

But now Helena thoughts are turning back to work and next on her schedule is reprising her role as the conniving, evil Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince.

“It’s going to be interesting,” laughs Helena, “because I don’t think I’m going to feel up to getting on a broomstick and lactating at the same time.”

Johnny Depp film readying to shoot in Wisconsin

hough Universal Pictures and the State of Wisconsin have not yet made any official announcement regarding the shooting Michael Mann's historical gangster film Public Enemies in any communities around the state, the production is moving forward. The film has opened offices in Chicago, one of the primary locations slated for shoots, and scouting continues in Wisconsin. This weekend a representative of the film will be in town in search of classic vehicles for the movie. According to a radio ad, they are to be used "during filming in the Madison area."

"One of my jobs is to get background cars for the shoots, which will be in most of the scenes of the movie," says Howard Bachrach, picture car captain with Public Enemies. He explains that numerous period automobiles and other vehicles will be required for the production, as the story focuses in large part on the bank-robbing exploits of John Dillinger, played by Johnny Depp. Cars will be required both in larger-scale city scenes in Chicago and in smaller towns that will serve as settings for the film. Potential locations in Wisconsin include Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, and the Little Bohemia Lodge in Manitowish Waters.

Bachrach is seeking vintage cars, trucks and buses produced between 1930 and 1935, and will be at the Overture Center on Sunday, January 27, to speak with owners interested in auditioning their rides for the movie. "We're looking for cars with an original exterior color and condition," he says. "It's very important that the cars look like they're from that era."

Owners are asked to bring their vehicles to West Mifflin Street between the Overture Center and the central branch of the Madison Public Library between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Bachrach will photograph the vehicle and have the owner fill out an information sheet. These will be shown to Mann, who will make choices in advance of the scheduled start of shooting around the second week of March. Bachrach will contact owners whose vehicles are selected and make deals with them regarding use and compensation.

The fact that the production is scouting cars in the Madison area is a sign that Public Enemies is ready to get started. There's no word yet on when or where Johnny Depp may be coming to Wisconsin (or likely co-star Christian Bale, either), but it's clear that the film's wheels are in motion.

Tim Burton's windowless childhood

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Tim Burton has revealed his parents bricked up his windows as a child.

The eccentric gothic filmmaker - whose hit films include 'Edward Scissorhands, 'The Corpse Bride', 'Big Fish' and 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' - had to climb up to look at the world through a tiny slit as a young boy.

Burton, 49, told Australian newspaper The Age: "I had two windows that looked out to the lawn. For some reason my parents walled them up and gave me this little slit window that I had to climb up on my desk to see out of. To this day I never asked them why."

The 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' director and his partner Helena Bonham Carter now live in separate, adjoining terraced houses in north London with their two children, four-year-old Billy and a one-month-old daughter they are yet to name.

Helena, 41, previously revealed: "His side is messier and decorated with props from the films. My side is cutesy, Beatrix Potter, which is fine for him to visit but there's no way he could live in it. He thinks his side is James Bond."

Their son Billy's bedroom is in Tim's house.

Helena said: "I have the kitchen and a fire so we'll watch TV in my place.

More about Tim Burton's windowless childhood on page 2

How to get the perfect shave

Shaving is an ancient art, but is one that many men simply fail to master. Kamil Ozturk, the barber who taught Johnny Depp to use a razor in preparation for his role in Sweeney Todd, reveals the tricks to a perfect shave

Video report by Arion McNicoll and Holden Frith

The barber’s art is thought to date back many thousands of years with relics resembling razors having been found as early as 3,500 BC. And though throughout the centuries short-cropped facial hair has gained and lost favour many times over, the art of shaving has endured. But it is an art that many men simply fail to master. So what are the steps involved in a good shave? And what are some of the most common mistakes men make?

Geo F Trumper is the longest continuous barber in London dating back to 1875. The current Head Barber, Kamil Ozturk has 24 years of experience to his name and counts among his pupils Johnny Depp, who, in preparation for his role in Tim Burton’s new cinematic adaptation of Steven Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, came to Trumper’s to learn how to wield an open razor.

“Depp was very shy,” says Ozturk, “and a very serious student.”

Johnny Depp learnt the basic techniques in a single day of tuition, in a course Trumper’s runs to help men learn more about personal grooming. The barber also sells a range of men's products and accessories including shaving creams and soaps, aftershave balms, moisturisers and razors. All of which combine to form the basic arsenal for a perfect shave. The Trumper's technique follows a straighforward five step program.

1. Wash the face with hot water or apply a warm towel.

2. Prepare the face with a glycerine based gel, moisturiser or ‘skin food’ massaging against the grain of the beard to help lift the hairs in preparation for the shave.

3. Lather the face with shaving cream which may be rubbed into the beard with the fingers or a shaving brush. When using cream, place a modest amount in the palm of one hand, dip the brush into hot water and using a circular motion in the palm, build up a rich creamy lather on the brush. Wet the face, and again with a circular motion apply the lather to the beard, allowing the brush to lift the hairs.

4. Shave using a good blade that has been warmed in the sink or under hot running water, shave the face in the direction of the beard growth, rinsing the blade in hot water frequently. Never shave against the grain of the beard and always use short strokes keeping the blade perfectly horizontal, not turning as it moves around the face. Rinse the face thoroughly with cool water and pat dry with a soft towel.

5. Use an after-shave moisturiser. Products containing alcohol should not be applied to the skin directly after shaving as this may inflame the skin and cause dryness. For best results cologne and other fragrances should be applied behind the earlobes and on the sides of the neck not directly to the area that has been shaved.

General shaving tips

- Never pluck ingrown hairs with tweezers, as this will only break them, never extract the hair in its entirety. Rather push the hair out with a needle and then shave over it as normal. Within 6 weeks it should have gone back to normal.

- Shower or bathe before shaving, or warm the face with a hot flannel.

- Use plenty of hot water and shave in a warm environment.

- Brush in a circular motion to lift the beard.

- Shave with the beard, never against the grain.

- Rinse the blade frequently in hot water.

- Rinse face well with cool water and gently pat dry.

- After shaving use a moisturiser or skin food.

- Avoid applying alcohol-based products to the face after shaving.

- After shaving, rinse your brush and razor thoroughly to remove soap and flick to remove most of the water.

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