Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Johnny finds a school, HBC's murderous home, and lots of oscar buzz

HBC was quoted saying 'Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' is a "portrait of her home life". by http://www.femalefirst.co.uk

The actress - who stars with Johnny Depp in the macabre musical directed by her long-term partner Tim Burton - joked the dark film is a mirror image of her relationship with the filmmaker.

Talking about the movie, Tim said: "I thought it was a light-hearted comedy musical. I thought it was quite funny. If I was an actor the role of Sweeney Todd would be the perfect part for me. You don't have to talk, you don't have to say anything, you just look out the window and look brood and be angry."

(I knew it was supposed to be comedy! No one belived me! Everyone in the theater stared when I was cracking up durring the second Johanna song when Johnny kills everyone, I guess tim and I have the same twisted sense of humor...)

To which Helena replied: "That would be a portrait of our home life too."

Tim - who has two children, a one-month-old daughter, and a four-year-old son Billy, with Helena - also revealed he soundproofed the door connecting the couple's two separate houses so he couldn't hear Helena practising her singing.

Helena said: "I had to practice every day but luckily we live in separate houses. We have a door in-between but the door was always shut."

Tim added: "I had the door soundproofed as well."


There is alot of talk of the Academy Awards, Here's one of many articles, from http://www.efluxmedia.com

Sweeney Todd Cuts Oscar Nod for Johnny DeppJohnny Depp received his third Academy Award nomination for best actor for his role as the title character in Tim Burton’s gothic musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” though no nods went to the film, its director or co-star Helena Bonham-Carter.

The nominees for the 80th Academy Awards were announced Tuesday from Beverly Hills, California, with Johnny Depp seeing his portrayal of the psychotic criminal whom he managed to make endearing to the audiences receive a nomination in the best actor category.

Depp, previously nominated for “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” in 2004 and “Finding Neverland” in 2005, will compete against George Clooney in “Michael Clayton,” Daniel Day-Lewis in “There Will Be Blood,” Tommy Lee Jones in “In the Valley of Elah” and Viggo Mortensen in “Eastern Promises.”

While “Sweeney Todd” was not nominated in the best picture category, the trophy will be fought over between “Michael Clayton,” “There Will Be Blood,” “Atonement,” “Juno” and “No Country for Old Men.”

As it is, the Coen brothers' film version of Cormac McCarthy's novel that is the critically acclaimed “No Country for Old Men” leads the race with an impressive eight nominations in major categories, as does “There Will Be Blood,” Paul Thomas Anderson's big screen adaptation of the Upton Sinclair novel “Oil!.”

Following closely is “Michael Clayton,” with nominations for best picture, best director (Tony Gilroy), best actor (Clooney), best supporting actor (Tom Wilkinson), best supporting actress (Tilda Swinton) and best original screenplay (Gilroy).

Nominated in the best actress category are Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” Julie Christie in “Away from Her,” Marion Cotillard in “La Vie en Rose,” Laura Linney in “The Savages” and Ellen Page in “Juno.”

In the best supporting actor category, Wilkinson vies against Casey Affleck in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” Javier Bardem in “No Country for Old Men,” Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Charlie Wilson's War,” Hal Holbrook in “Into the Wild” and Tom Wilkinson in “Michael Clayton.”

Cate Blanchett receives a second nomination for best actress in a supporting role for “I'm Not There,” as do Ruby Dee in “American Gangster,” Saoirse Ronan in “Atonement,” Amy Ryan in “Gone Baby Gone” and Swinton in “Michael Clayton.”

The nominees for best director are Ethan and Joel Coen for “No Country for Old Men,” Anderson for “There Will Be Blood,” Julian Schnabel for “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” Jason Reitman for “Juno” and Gilroy for “Michael Clayton.”

The organizers of the Academy Awards ceremony have been adamant that the event will take place regardless of the ongoing WGA strike, on the scheduled date of Feb. 24 at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre.

Jon Stewart is scheduled to host.


Oscar nomination winners and losers from http://blogs.reuters.com

Forecasts that this season’s race to Oscar nominations has been one of the most unpredictable in recent years proved true on Tuesday with several notable films left out of the run for 2007’s best movie, including musical “Sweeney Todd.” That film, based on the stage play of the same name, had been picked as one of this year’s favorites last fall, but in recent weeks Oscar watchers had seen it fall off the pace. But the film’s star, “Johnny Depp” did earn a nomination for best actor.

Surprise nominations included Tommy Lee Jones scoring a best actor nomination for “In the Valley of Elah,” an anti-war movie that bombed at box offices and, as a result, left Jones largely out of the Oscar race until Tuesday’s nominations. Laura Linney also staged a comeback in the best actress race for “The Savages,” another movie that had high Oscar hopes early in the season but failed to make its mark at box offices.

Big winner: teen pregnancy comedy “Juno,” its director Jason Reitman and star Ellen Page. They earned nominations for best film, director and actress, respectively.

But were they your favorites. Let us know what you think hit or miss in this year’s Oscar sweepstakes.


Tim Burton jokes about his relationship with Johnny Depp

from www.contactmusic.com

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"We were married in Las Vegas in 1980. We had a double wedding with Joan Collins and Michael Jordan. I'm getting teary eyed just thinking about it!" Director TIM BURTON jokes about his close relationship with JOHNNY DEPP.


RUMOR: Lily-Rose, Jack Depp to attend british schools? http://www.celebrity-babies.com

With properties situated around the globe, actor Johnny Depp is rumored to have chosen England as the place where his children -- Lily-Rose, 8 ½, and Jack, 5 ½ -- will obtain their education. According to a report in today's Mail on Sunday, Johnny has enlisted the help of Countdown presenter Carol Vorderman in his efforts to find the best school possible; Carol lives close to the $2.5 million home Johnny and longtime partner Vanessa Paradis purchased near Bath, England last year. Said an unnamed source,

[Johnny and Carol] have met up a few times and their kids get along well. He is set on sending the children to British schools. Carol's go to Clifton College in Bristol and Johnny may check it out.

Lily-Rose and Jack are Johnny's children with Vanessa. Carol has two children, Katie and Cameron, with ex-husband Patrick King.

An Interview with Johnny Depp from http://www.examiner.co.uk

I’LL admit it here – I have shaved a grown man before, laughs Johnny Depp, who lathers his customers before gruesomely slitting their throats as the eponymous murderer in new musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, out Friday.

“He is alive,” says Johnny of his ‘client’. “He’s walking round to this day.”


An article about Johnny from http://driving.timesonline.co.uk

Born in Kentucky in 1963, John Depp, better known as Johnny, is a Golden Globe-winning actor and star of almost 50 films, including Edward Scissorhands, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Pirates of the Caribbean. He lives in France and Los Angeles with Vanessa Paradis, the French singer and actress, and their two children

Johnny DeppRead the rest at the Link!


Helena Bonham Carter thinks Johnny Depp’s singing voice is “incredibly sexy” (we all do Helena!) from www.showbizspy.com

Helena Bonham Carter and Tim BurtonActress Helena Bonham Carter thinks her Sweeney Todd co-star Johnny Depp has an “incredibly sexy” singing voice.

Helena - who stars alongside Depp in the new Tim Burton film ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street’, discovered a whole new side to the actor when she first heard his “naked” vocal talents.

She said: “Johnny’s singing voice is incredibly sexy. He really sings from the gut and it’s a very emotional role. His singing is very naked and very touching.”

Helena also said it was hard working under the instruction of her long-term partner, director Tim Burton.

She added to Britain’s Independent newspaper: “I’ve learned not to talk so much and basically just obey him because he’s the chief at work. It can be difficult living and working together.

“It depends on the day. Sometimes we revert to a couple and our relationship at home on set, which isn’t help


An exclisive interview (video) of JAYNE WISENER and JAMIE CAMPBELL BOWER

In an exclusive interview the talented duo talked about Depp, Burton and the lengths they will go to for an onset prank!


An Interview from http://www.newsshopper.co.uk with Tim Burton about Sweeney Todd

IT'S usually the actors of films, not the directors, who are the stars and attract the majority of the attention.

But one definite exception to this case is Tim Burton. Most people know of the eccentric director of brilliantly gothic fairytales, doomed romances and sweet ghost stories.

The intriguing auteur attended the press conference for his most recent release Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Here's what he had to say.

What was the appeal of Sweeney Todd for you, Tim? Why did you feel it would transfer well to film?

Well, I was still a student when I first saw it so I didn't know if I would be making movies or working in a restaurant. I had no idea what I'd be doing and I didn't go to the theatre much and I didn't even know who Stephen Sondheim the writer/composer behind Sweeney Todd was.

I didn't know anything about the show, I just wandered into the theatre and it just blew me away because I'd never really seen anything which had the mixture of all those elements. I went three nights in a row because I loved it so much.

Having already worked together many times, in a wide variety of projects, do you and Johnny still surprise each other on set?

Obviously seeing Johnny sing, I've never seen that in the many years we've worked together. So yeah, it's always something new. A journalist told us in America we've been working together for 10 decades. So we're a lot older than we look! We've actually known each other since before the invention of cinema; we have quite a long, good relationship that way.

What are your thoughts on the awards such as the Golden Globes being cancelled, due to the writers' strike?

I have to answer that one! I don't know, I haven't spent much time there and it's different just hearing about it from over here, so I'm not really in tune with what's happening. The only thing I can say is awards shouldn't have an impact on a film in terms of people seeing it, though in some cases if films are different or fall into strange categories like this one, awards probably helps awareness of a film. So that's, I guess, the sad part about it. Maybe films which are different won't reach as many people but I don't really know what to say.

Because a lot of things are changing and while the strike's going on and people aren't writing and things aren't being done, people then just go and watch YouTube, so in some ways I wonder if something shouldn't be worked out quickly because otherwise the thing that everyone's worried is going to happen is going to happen anyway. I find it very complicated and I really don't know what to make of it all.

Tell us something about the creation of the blood for Sweeney Todd. Is it true it was actually orange?

Well the blood, as everyone here can attest to, especially Alan Rickman, is our own recipe, very sticky, very sweet and burns your eyes.

I think it took Alan a couple of weeks to get it out of his underwear. But it's our own secret recipe.

What is your interpretation of the Sweeney Todd character? Because no matter how many people's throats he slices or how cold he is towards Mrs Lovett played by Tim's partner Helena Bonham Carter you never quite hate or dislike him.

We always just saw him as a sad character. We didn't see him as a villain or anything. He's tragic. When you meet him he's basically a dead person. The only thing that is keeping him going is one single-minded thing, which is tragic and you don't see anything else around him.

What draws you to such dark tales?

Well, I thought this was a light-hearted comedy musical. I guess I'm the wrong person to ask because I thought it was quite funny.

You've assembled a fairly impressive cast for this film. What were they like to work with?

All I can say is, this is one of the best casts I've ever worked with. All of these people are not professional singers and to do a musical like this, which is one of the most difficult musicals, well, they all went for it. Every day on the set was a very special thing for me because hearing all of these guys sing wasI don't think I can ever have an experience like that again. So I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all.

How important do you think the music is in Sweeney Todd?

One of the things I love about a musical is you listen to a soundtrack and it tells you the story and we didn't want it to be what I call a traditional musical where there's a lot of dialogue and then singing.

It felt like a silent movie with music. That's why we cut out a lot of choruses and extras singing and dancing down the streets because each of the characters is repressed and has their emotions sort of inside and through the music was the way to let them express their feelings and was sort of the structure we used for it.

When I first saw the show, the imagery which is quite dark and harsh set with the music which is quite lush and beautiful was something that I'd never seen before and was the reason I wanted to do it.

What was it like to have your actors singing on set?

Very painful for the crew. You can't just lip-synch because you see the breath and the throat. Every take had to be belted out.

It was very enjoyable for me to have music on the set and to see them walking around and see them act in a way I've never seen before. Just walking across the room, sitting in a chair, making a pie, using a razor, whatever, they all did it in a way that you could sense was different if there hadn't been music.

Helena said it was odd to be paid by her boyfriend to fall in love with his best friend in this film but that you all handled it ok

It's a very incestuous business to be in!

Your book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy has a huge following. Do you have plans to do anything else like this?

I still do little things, I have a backlog of stories and when I get enough of them I'd like to do another book like that because it was quite fun to do. So between projects I'm working on it.

There aren't many, if any, 18-certificate musicals. Was there ever a possibility is might have been something else?

It was an amazing thing for a studio to do. We were going to do an R rated musical with lots of blood, with no professional singers, about a serial killer and cannibalism and they go, Great!' That was unheard of. I've never had that happen in my life before. That gave me hope there are still people in Hollywood willing to try different things. So that was a very positive thing.

The first meeting I went into I said, Blood is a part of the story' because I'd seen productions where they try to scrimp on it, be more politically correct and the productions really lost something, so it was one of the first things I said to them and they accepted it.

The show's three hours long and we weren't out to film the Broadway show, we were out to make a movie so we try to keep the pace like those old melodramas and because it's such a simple story you kind of get what the story is, so I felt the pace had to be more what it is. Sondheim himself is not a real big fan of movie musicals so he was really open to trimming it down and honing it down.

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