Johnny Depp Reveals He Was Freaked Out By The Fame That Came With Pirates Of The Caribbean

Johnny Depp has been open in the past about his path from indie actor to major box office draw and how originally Disney wasn’t sold on his portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. However, in a recent tell-all interview with GQ, Johnny Depp really got into detail about what happened after he became a major name in Hollywood. Overall, he said he was “freaked out” by the fame, noting,

Speaking out about his career, Johnny Depp mulled over switching from taking roles like Ed Wood or Edward Scissorhands to taking on roles that plenty of children and adults alike are familiar with. Although Depp is now-famous for turns in Alice in Wonderland and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, it was the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie that bumped him from a fairly popular lead to one of the largest stars in Hollywood, a role that did come with pitfalls. Namely, Depp revealed that working with the studios proved to be more difficult than some of his other, less expensive movies.

While Johnny Depp also opened up about Amber Heard and the myriad lawsuits that have been a major part of his life recently in the interview with GQ, some of the stuff he mentioned about acting and about working with Disney is among the most interesting. He also brought up the story about how Disney early on didn’t really get what Johnny Depp was going for with Captain Jack Sparrow, echoing comments he’d made previously mentioning that the higher-ups at Disney did not get on board until after the first movie in the franchise became successful.

Johnny Depp was clear about his direction with the character and the first movie went on to make more than $654 worldwide. Looking back, the actor mentioned he wasn’t mad at the House of Mouse for all the questioning the studio did regarding the character, but he does believe studios should know what they are getting into when they sign him on for a role. He said:

Fame has its pitfalls, but despite the drama Johnny Depp has been embroiled in, he’s seen some lawsuit wins lately and his career is still going strong. You can next catch the actor in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, which will hit theaters on November 16. Or see what else Johnny Depp has coming up with our full guide.

How Lady Gaga Helped Bradley Cooper Work Drag Into A Star In Born

While there are plenty of seasonal movie choices hitting theaters this October, the movie with the most critical buzz is Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star Is Born. The musical drama features he and pop sensation Lady Gaga as its two leads, in the third remake of the classic story. The past two generations have each gotten their own A Star Is Born, and Cooper’s vision will focus on a duo of songwriters. Coper’s Jackson Maine discovers Gaga’s character Ally singing in a drag bar, in a sequence that also features RuPaul’s Drag Race fan favorites Willam Belli and Shangela. CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell got to speak with Gaga and Cooper recently, where they revealed how Gaga helped introduce Cooper to the inner workings of drag culture, and how it was worked into A Star Is Born.

While providing a unique mcguffin for Jackson and Ally’s first meeting, it seems that drag queen culture actually ended up fascinating Bradley Cooper. And since he directed, wrote, and starred in A Star Is Born, its nice to see how specifically he approached the task– including becoming familiar with drag makeup.

CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell spoke with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga at the Toronto Festival, where they broke down the film’s meet cute. As shown in the trailers, Bradley Cooper’s Jackson Maine wanders into a drag bar after a show, simply in hopes of putting a few back. But when he sees Ally perform “La Vie End Rose”, complete with drag makeup and false eyebrows, he’s instantly enamored.

But instead of having the drag queens function largely as set dressing, two of the queens have featured roles and fully formed characters. They’re played by two of the most popular contestants to come from the reality competition show RuPaul’s Drag Race: Shangela and Willam Belli– who Bradley Cooper is sure to name drop in his conversation with CinemaBlend. It’s a moment that Lady Gaga had a hand in crafting, and gives a nod to the singer’s history with the LGBT community.

You can catch A Star Is Born, drag queens and all, when it hits theaters on October 5, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Netflix Is Making A Chronicles Of Narnia TV Show

Big budget fantasy seems to be all the rage on the small screen, as HBO continues its commitment to Game of Thrones with plans for spinoffs, and Amazon is working on a Lord of the Rings series. Netflix already had a toe in the genre with Bright and its upcoming sequel, as well as Matt Groening’s Disenchantment, but now the streaming giant just sealed a deal with a juggernaut franchise in the fantasy genre. Netflix has joined forces with the C.S. Lewis Company and will develop new TV shows and films based on The Chronicles of Narnia.

The multi-year deal between the Netflix and C.S. Lewis company is a landmark agreement, and is the first time any one company has secured the rights to all seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia series at one time. Ted Sarandos noted the series lasting appeal as a reason for Netflix’s interest in the franchise, and stated that the streaming service will be the home for C.S. Lewis’ iconic works for years to come. Netflix will serve as the producer for each project, with Mark Gordon of Entertainment One, Douglas Gresham and Vincent Sieber serving as executive producers on each completed film or television show. Netflix chief content officer

As far as which books will be adapted into shows and which will be films, it’s not entirely clear at the moment. A year ago, it was reported that The Chronicles of Narnia films were making a comeback with The C.S. Lewis Company signing a deal with Tristar Pictures to adapt The Silver Chair. Any plans for that film might be scrapped now that Netflix is planning on adding the franchise to its original programming, especially considering the company has the rights to the entire shebang. Given that, it seems likely Netflix would like to shape the entire franchise around its own vision as opposed to using plans that may have been based or stylized after the previous film franchise.

Because Netflix acquired of all 7 books, it gives the company the opportunity to shape its adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia in many ways. For example, it’s possible one specific part of a story could be drawn out over the course of a series, with one big moment taking place over the course of a film.

Another possibility is that a series could focus primarily on the story of the Pevensie children, Eustace, and Jill (whom a current Netflix star was once rumored to be portraying), while the books somewhat outside the main story like The Magicians Nephew and The Horse and his Boy could serve as standalone films. Netflix didn’t reveal how it plans to tackle the works but will have plenty of time to mull it over given the length of the deal and their lack of a timetable for when we should see one of the first projects.

The Chronicles of Narnia series and films are in development at Netflix, but audiences might have to wait a while to see them. Luckily, fall television is in full swing and there are plenty of shows premiering each and every day. Check out the latest of what television has to offer with our fall premiere guide.

Longtime Criminal Minds DP Accused Of Groping Crew Members And Making Threats

Once again, troublesome reports have surfaced surrounding a hit CBS drama, as Criminal Minds‘ director of photography Greg St. Johns is facing an abundance of accusations from current and former crew members who say that St. Johns had a bad habit of groping people’s private parts, that he was overtly rude and confrontative on set, and that many people who put in official complaints were later fired. What’s more, the accusers claim that Criminal Minds‘ producers have dismissed or ignored the issues, even when saying that something would be done about it.

19 different former or current Criminal Minds crew members spoke with Variety about Greg St. Johns, and their claims painted a picture of a highly contentious workspace. While complaints against St. Johns go back to the show’s early years, it was in January that crew members from the show received an anonymous email stating that show producers had been contact the previous month about St. Johns’ alleged workplace behavior, and the email called out “inappropriate touching of genitalia, rear ends, verbal abuse.” It’s reported that employees from the different departments were terminated from their jobs. Not to mention other crew members who verbally expressed they wouldn’t be returning to the show due to St. Johns’ actions.

While it’s not known what came of it, an investigation was held in February by ABC Studios’ HR department, after which Greg St. Johns kept his job on Criminal Minds. Things got heated once again in April, when the show’s former digital imaging technician Tony Matulic filed an official complaint against both ABC Studios and the show’s payroll company Entertainment Partners, alleging that he was fired from the show over complaints made against St. Johns for allegedly grabbing Matulic’s buttocks. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing then started up its own investigation into the matter.

Tony Matulic in particular claims that during his eight seasons on Criminal Minds, Greg St. Johns grabbed his butt once every couple of weeks, and that he also “frequently” grabbled Matulic’s inner thigh and flicked his nipples. Matulic claims St. Johns grabbed his genitalia once, and that he witnessed several other male crew members being touched in similar ways. He also said that the alleged sexual harassment behavior was actually a sign that St. Johns was in a good mood, pointing out that the DP’s bad moods made him verbally abusive and he would humiliate others as a way of bossing them around.

When Tony Matulic brought his discomfort up with Greg St. Johns during Season 12’s production, the director of photography was allegedly not pleased. By the end of the season, Matulic claims he was told he wasn’t being asked back for Season 13 that fall because St. Johns was said to have eliminated the job of digital imaging technician, even though the position is a regular one on many TV shows.

While Tony Matulic’s complaints against Greg St. Johns were the ones that sparked the most recent investigation, they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Many of the crew members interviewed alleged that they were touched below the belt by the employer, and that they witnessed others being pawed in the same way. One staffer said that during Season 11, he was standing near the crafts service table when St. Johns came up behind him and pulled his gym shorts down, revealing his backside and genitals to the crew members standing around. The staffer claims he complained about the incident later, and was subsequently fired, allegedly for not getting along with St. Johns.

CBS only recently fired former NCIS: New Orleans showrunner Brad Kern following an additional investigation into his allegedly volatile workplace behavior on that set and others. That, after CBS ousted former CEO Les Moonves was removed for his own set of allegations. Plus, CBS News recently fired longtime 60 Minutes producer Jeff Fager for telling one employee to “be careful” about how she covered the network’s ongoing scandals, saying that others before her had lost their jobs in trying to harm his reputation.

Blumhouse’s Halloween Really Thought Out Its Violence

The horror genre has been on a serious roll for the past few years, as new and challenging properties have hit theaters, and become both critical and box offices successes. Many of these hits come from Blumhouse Productions, including Get Out, Split, and The Conjuring franchise. Now, Blumhouse is turning its focus to the classics, with a new Halloween movie arriving in theaters in a matter of weeks. The upcoming slasher will be a canon-defying new sequel, with Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter both returning in various capacities. One question fans seem especially curious about is how violent the R-rated project will be. While the original had almost no gore, the Rob Zombie movies relied heavily on it. Producer Jason Blum recently spoke to the violence in Halloween, and how carefully it was crafted, saying:

First Vice Trailer Shows Christian Bale’s Full Dick Cheney

For several decades, Dick Cheney was an architect of policy and bureaucracy, through various administrations, and in Washington D.C.’s political culture. This eventually culminated in his ascension to the post of vice president under George W. Bush’s administration, a moment that saw the office being granted the greatest level of power and involvement it ever saw. And now that story’s about to be told through the lens of filmmaker Adam McKay, as you’ll see in the first trailer for his film, Vice, which you can see below.

While we had already our first look at the footage of Christian Bale’s insane transformation into Vice’s Cheney yesterday, actually watching him play the role is a totally different experience. In particular, hearing his take on Dick Cheney’s voice is as spot on, despite how recognizable Bale has become in the last decade. This fact is only exacerbated by the fact that director Adam McKay’s got a hell of a supporting cast backing Christian Bale’s clearly killer performance.

Co-starring in Vice alongside Bale are Amy Adams as Dick Cheney’s wife Lynne, Steve Carell as former colleague Donald Rumsfeld, and Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush himself. Each member of the cast gets their moment in the trailer, and giving cinephiles their first full look at what’s sure to be an awards contender this year. All three co-stars have positions to challenge Bale’s work as Cheney, and as we saw with Adam McKay’s last film, The Big Short, he knows how to keep everyone’s plate full and spinning, while telling a singularly threaded narrative. And for those of you playing at home, Carell’s casting in particular feels like a sweet reference to the eventual fate of his Anchorman character, Brick Tamland.

Adam McKay is certainly no stranger to this type of film, especially when The Big Short saw him nominated for tons of awards–with a big win coming for his work as a co-writer on the film’s script. Given the director’s history and Vice‘s concept, the movie seems destined to take on a reputation as one of the political firebrands that’ll be making the rounds this winter. McKay’s views on politics are certainly not private, and if Vice is half as political as The Big Short, we’re in for an equally interesting film that could start out as a comedy, before sliding into something much more dark and disturbing.

When he first entered the political dramedy circuit, Adam McKay might have been a surprise contender that needed some selling to the general public. But watching the trailer for Vice, and keeping his recent history in mind, this looks like a confident progression of genres for McKay. The end result will be released to the public starting this Christmas, but if you’re wondering about any other politically charged biopics headed your way throughout the rest of this year, we’ve got you covered with our 2018 release schedule.

Will The New Mutants Be R-Rated? Here’s What The Producer Says

Before cinematic universes and comic book movies became common, there was 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise. The property is still going strong, although there have been a series of delays for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Gambit, and The New Mutants. The latter is directed by Josh Boone, and is teased to be the first horror-inspired comic book movie ever. As such, fans of both horror and superheroes are left wondering what The New Mutants might be rated, especially now that Fox has had success with R-rated projects like Logan and Deadpool. Longstanding X-Men producer Simon Kinberg recently spoke to the upcoming movie’s rating, saying:

While The New Mutants is far from being officially rated by the MPAA, it seems that Josh Boone, Simon Kinberg, and everyone involved is open to the highly anticipated project getting an R-rating. We’ll just have to see how hard the project ultimately goes in its moments of horror and jump scares.

Simon Kinberg’s comments to Collider are sure to excite the hardcore X-Men fans out there, who have enjoyed seeing R-rated projects on the silver screen. While the superhero genre is almost exclusively PG-13, that all changed with the insane box office performance of Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool. While the MCU is keeping things a little more family friendly, it’s fun to see the OG superhero franchise taking big risks. Especially when it includes a horror movie set within the X-Men universe.

Aside from the concept itself, The New Mutants has a ton of excitement surrounding the film’s cast. Game of Thrones fan favorite Maisie Williams, Stranger Things‘ Charlie Heaton, and Split actress Anya Taylor-Joy all play young mutants, who may have the potential for future crossovers. Plenty of Williams’ fans would love to see her Wolfsbane interact with Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey. And technically, Taylor-Joy’s Magik is Colossus’ sister. So the possibilities seem endless. As long as Fox doesn’t push The New Mutants back again. That trailer is just too good to wait on.

The New Mutants is currently set to arrive on August 2, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Wait, Did Rebel Wilson Hint At Pitch Perfect 4?

If you saw Pitch Perfect 3 sometime after it hit theaters last spring, you probably already know that the third movie in what is currently a trilogy really wraps things up for the movie’s major characters. Each of the ladies in the a cappella troupe has plans for the future that give them goals beyond singing competitions. Still, the franchise leads love spending time together and some of the leading ladies have already stated they would be happy to see Pitch Perfect 4 happens. Therefore, when Rebel Wilson took to social media to share this fun reunion photo, I got super pumped. But take a look yourself.

In the image, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow and Chrissie Fit are hanging out and throwing up the number four as part of Anna and Skylar’s birthday celebration, which of course led to Wilson’s fanbase speculating that Pitch Perfect 4 might be on the way. Unfortunately, Wilson’s post doesn’t explicitly state another movie could all be happening. In fact, for all we know the four could simply imply the four women who posed for the Pitch Perfect-oriented picture.

Still, Rebel Wilson had to have known exactly what she was doing when she posted a picture with some of the Pitch Perfect 3 ladies and the number four. When Pitch Perfect 3 came out, there was some question as to whether or not there would be enough interest for a third film to pull a major profit. While the third movie did gross fewer dollars than the second movie, it brought in over $184 million worldwide on a $45 million dollar budget–more than the $115 million the first movie made worldwide. So, there could definitely be an appetite for another movie and we already know The Bellas love working together.

In fact, Pitch Perfect 3 director Trish Sie has already spoken out about why the franchise deserves another movie, noting a few months ago that the franchise doesn’t suck and should continue until the movies start dropping in quality. Anna Kendrick has also been happy to speak out about wanting another movie, as well, and from the looks of these images some of the other actresses are into the idea too.

The real question would be where a fourth movie could go, given we’ve seen The Barden Bellas compete in college multiple times and then on a USO tour. It’s difficult for me to come up with a plot that would enable the women to reunite on the big screen once more, but that may just be why I’m not a comedy screenwriter. In real life, the Pitch Perfect leads do reunite on the regular, and in general the franchise has always been about the chemistry the women in the group have on the big screen (and clearly in real life.) Because they dynamic is what draws people in, a lot of fans would probably be happy to see a Pitch Perfect 4. (Especially if the next movie brings Bumper back, amiright?) Now, we just need to wait for Universal to announce it. Stay tuned, and see what’s hitting theaters coming up with our full schedule.

The Walking Dead Characters Most Likely To Get Killed Off In Season 9

Spoilers below for The Walking Dead comics that coincide with this and future timelines for the TV series, so be warned.

For a character to meet a gruesome death on The Walking Dead, it’s as natural as a moth being drawn to a flame or a Savior being drawn to a leather-wearing sadist. Even though the AMC hit has a new showrunner leading the narrative charge, The Walking Dead won’t be shying away from major deaths in Season 9. And on top of all the new characters coming in, we can probably expect to see quite a few currently familiar faces being wiped out of existence.

From the news that has already surfaced (such as Andrew Lincoln’s big farewell) to the comics that we can use to draw our conclusions, all possibilities are on the table now. So let’s take a look at the Walking Dead characters that are most likely to die in horrific situations. Naturally, we’ll start with the most surefire pick of the bunch.


Chances of Dying: 99% probability and counting

Why Is It So Likely?: Andrew Lincoln’s Rick Grimes has long been considered one of the only unkillable characters on The Walking Dead, but those assumptions were proven wrong when it was revealed the actor himself chose to exit the show to spend more time with his family. His death wouldn’t seem quite as guaranteed had the actor merely been dealing with a scheduling issue, as is the case with Lauren Cohan. And to be fair, Rick might get spared and allowed to live out in the wilderness, never to be found again. But he won’t be, because that would be the cheapest move imaginable.

Did It Happen In The Comics?: Rick is still alive and mostly well in the comics, although he has suffered quite a few more permanent injuries than his television counterpart. Perhaps TV Rick could lose a hand before losing his life entirely.

Why Is It So Likely?: Gregory is about as useful to all the other Walking Dead characters as a dry bowl of cereal is to a cow, and that analogy makes as much sense as keeping Gregory on the show for 17 more episodes. To his credit, Xander Berkeley is excellent in the role, and is capable of being as irksome and petty as the role constantly calls for, but I don’t see how he even made it through the time jump without Maggie turning him into horse feed.

Did It Happen In The Comics?: That it did, once Gregory finally went too far with his petulance. It’s unclear if the TV show will play things out in the same manner, given how ghastly the entire situation was on the page, but I’m pretty sure we’ll get some version of it.

Why Is It So Likely?: Now that Oceanside is one of the go-to communities in the post-Negan world, we’re going to see a handful of those characters more in Season 9. Which almost necessarily means that one of them is going to die before much longer. And, honestly, Beatrice’s quasi-victimization here is more process of elimination than anything else. Cyndie probably won’t bite it, since her grandmother Natania died last season, and Kathy has even less of a visual presence, so Beatrice it must be.

Did It Happen In The Comics?: Nope, since Beatrice and the rest of the Oceanside women were not part of Robert Kirkman’s original Walking Dead narrative. It is possible that her death, should it happen, will be a remixed version of someone else’s death from the comics.

Why The Eternals Movie Could Be Important For Marvel After Avengers 4

Fans and critics spent years discussing the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s “villain problem,” and when the situation was broken down it was pretty logical. After all, we’re talking about a franchise built on the backs of its heroes, and, with some exceptions, it left the one-shot adversaries feeling temporary, disposable, and sometimes straight-up uninteresting. Fortunately, that is an issue that has fell by the wayside recently thanks to strong, compelling, and dynamic baddies, and it was this past summer that we saw the brand’s best antagonist yet, Josh Brolin’s Thanos, get his moment in the sun after six years of build-up.