New MORTDECAI Trailer and Poster: Johnny Depp Attempts to Save the World for Queen, Country, Travel and Living Expenses, and Reasonable Overhead

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Lionsgage has released a new Mortdecai trailer and poster, and I continue to be charmed by this film.  The film stars Johnny Depp as the roguish Charlie Mortdecai, an art dealer who finds himself in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.  This new trailer also fills us in on the supporting characters including Mortdecai’s wife (Gwyneth Paltrow), handler (Ewan McGregor), Jock Strapp (Paul Bettany, and yes, the character name is a bit much), and a potential mistress (Olivia Munn).  I know Depp has gone from being an exciting actor to self-parody, but he looks like he’s having a blast with the character, and hopefully that enthusiasm will carry over to the rest of the picture.

Hit the jump to check out the new Mortdecai trailer and poster.  The film opens January 23, 2015, and also stars Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Goldblum, and Oliver Platt.

New MORTDECAI Posters Feature Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn, Ewan McGregor, and Moustaches

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Lionsgate has released four Mortdecai character posters online, and all of them feature the title character’s dapper facial hair.  The film stars Johnny Depp as the roguish Charlie Mortdecai, an art dealer who finds himself in a race to recover a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold (everyone wants Nazi gold these days).  My hope for Mortdecai is that it just manages to be a fun romp rather than a reminder of how hard Depp tries to do wacky characters.

Hit the jump to check out the Mortdecai posters.  The film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Goldblum, Oliver Platt, and Paul BettanyMortdecai opens January 23, 2015.

JAMES WAN PRESENTS DEMONIC and AMITYVILLE Fall off Release Schedule; MORTDECAI Moves up a Fortnight; THE AGE OF ADALINE Delayed until April

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Here’s a look at the latest release date shuffle:

  • The Weinstein Company / Dimension Films horror projects Amityville and James Wan Presents Demonic were previously slated to bookend the new year, but have now been moved to TBD status.
  • Lee Toland Krieger’s romantic drama, The Age of Adaline, starring Kathy Baker, Amanda Crew, Harrison Ford, Blake Lively, Ellen Burstyn and Michiel Huisman, moves to an April 24, 2015 release date.
  • David Koepp’s Mortdecai, starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth PaltrowEwan McGregorOlivia Munn, Aubrey PlazaJeff GoldblumOliver Platt, and Paul Bettany, takes the vacant January 23, 2015 release date.

Hit the jump for more on each film.

First MORDECAI Trailer Has Johnny Depp as a Debonair Rapscallion alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Goldblum, and Ewan McGregor

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Lionsgate has released the first Mortdecai trailer, and it looks rather amusing.  The film stars Johnny Depp as the roguish Charlie Mortdecai, an art dealer who finds himself in a race to recover a stole painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.  None of those plot details are mentioned in this trailer.  Instead, it quickly conveys the goofy character, and even though this is yet another oddball/eccentric part for Depp, at least it comes off as quite entertaining.

Hit the jump to check out the Mortdecai trailer.  The film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn, Aubrey Plaza, Jeff Goldblum, Oliver Platt, and Paul BettanyMortdecai opens February 6, 2015.

Olivia Munn Talks DELIVER US FROM EVIL, THE NEWSROOM Season 3, MORTDECAI, and Working with Jon Stewart and Johnny Depp

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Press junkets are weird.  First, you walk into a room in a fancy hotel where you come upon a complete stranger whose face you know well, and on whom you have been given a dossier.  Then, you sit down and for about four minutes this person is basically contractually obligated to answer your questions.  You talk, but it’s not really a conversation because both your questions and, generally speaking, his or her answers are scripted riffs.  This situation is even more strange if you initially knew this stranger’s face from a talk show where you saw her conducting interviews of her own.

This is the situation I found myself in when I sat down with actress Olivia Munn to discuss her role in director Scott Derrickson’s new, semi-fact-based religious thriller Deliver Us From Evil.  The Jerry Bruckheimer production, which also stars Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, and Joel McHale unfolds as a mix between Serpico and The Exorcist and is now playing in theaters nationwide.  During our discussion, Munn was forthcoming and seemingly unscripted. We talked about Jon Stewart taking a chance on her for The Daily Show, the shocking twist ending of The Newsroom, how her geek knowledge could have helped out during the action scenes, working with Johnny Depp and mustache fetishes for the upcoming Mortdecai, and more.  Hit the jump to watch the full interview, and be sure to check out our previous Deliver Us from Evil interviews with Derrickson, Bruckheimer, Ramirez, and real-life counterpart Ralph Sarchie.

Release Dates for WHIPLASH, MORTDECAI, THE ONE I LOVE, DESERT DANCER, HECTOR AND THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS, and MR. TURNER

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Rapid fire release dates coming at you:

  • The One I Love, August 15 – Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss, and Ted Danson star in Charlie McDowell’s feature directorial debut.
  • Desert Dancer, August 15 – Reece Ritchie and Freida Pinto star in the biopic of Iranian dancer Afshin Ghaffarian.
  • Hector and the Search for Happiness, September 26 – Simon Pegg plays a psychiatrist who sets out on a global quest to find out if happiness exists.
  • Whiplash, October 10 – Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star in the Sundance darling about a talented young drummer and his ruthless instructor.
  • Mr. Turner, December 19 – Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Luck) directs the late-life biopic of British painter J.M.W. Turner, played by Timothy Spall.
  • Mortdecai, February 6, 2015 – Johnny Depp stars opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor about a suave art dealer’s race to recover a stolen painting said to lead to an account full of Nazi gold.

Dates via Box Office Mojo.  Hit the jump for more on each project.

Olivia Munn Talks DELIVER US FROM EVIL, MORTDECAI with Johnny Depp, and the Final Season of THE NEWSROOM at WonderCon

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From filmmaker Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose), Deliver Us From Evil tells the story of the real-life series of disturbing and inexplicable crimes that police officer Ralph Sarchie (Eric Bana) began investigating in New York.  As frightening events occur around the city, Sarchie teams up with an unconventional priest (Édgar Ramírez) who is schooled in the rituals of exorcism.

While at WonderCon to promote the film’s July 2nd theatrical release, actress Olivia Munn (who plays Sarchie’s wife and the mother of his child) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how she got involved with this project, why she only likes horror movies if they’re based on a true story, creating a great family core at the center of the film, why having Magic Mike and the first season of The Newsroom come out at the same time changed the way people saw her, as an actress, and getting to a place where you can change the Hollywood game.  She also talked about how they’re half-way through the final six-episode third season of the HBO series The Newsroom, that HBO won’t let the cast out of their contracts because they’re hoping show creator Aaron Sorkin will decide to do more, and how much fun she had making Mortdecai with Johnny Depp.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Jeff Goldblum Talks THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, Being Part of Wes Anderson’s Universe, Preparing for His Role and Its Challenges, MORTDECAI, and More

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Jeff Goldblum, who first worked with Wes Anderson on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, was thrilled to reunite with the director again on his new comedy-drama caper, The Grand Budapest Hotel.  Goldblum plays Deputy Vilmos Kovacs, the attorney representing the estate of the late Madame D (Tilda Swinton) whose sudden and mysterious death kicks off the main action of the story and sets in motion a scramble to lay claim to her vast fortune.  The charge is led by her son Dmitri (Adrien Brody), the film’s ruthless and darkly comic main villain.  The impressive cast also includes Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Ed Norton, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson and Tony Revolori.

At the film’s recent press day, Jeff Goldblum spoke about being a part of the Wes Anderson universe, why he considered it a fantastic privilege and found the collaborative experience creatively inspiring, what the rehearsal process was like, his preparation for the role, what he brought to the character, and why he liked the challenge.  He also discussed his recent internet fame, his upcoming film Mortdecai with Johnny Depp, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany and Gwyneth Paltrow, and plans to perform with his jazz band at Rockwell in Los Feliz.  Hit the jump to check out the interview.

MORTDECAI Adds Aubrey Plaza, Oliver Platt and Jeff Goldblum

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David Koepp’s action comedy Mortdecai started filming a couple of months ago, and now some new cast members have joined in the fun.  Lionsgate and OddLot Entertainment announced today that Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class) and Jeff Goldblum (The Grand Budapest Hotel) have signed on to the Johnny Depp-led picture.  Based on Kyril Bonfiglioli’s anthology, Mortdecai follows a charming art dealer as he traverses the globe in an effort to reclaim a stolen painting rumored to contain a code to a bank account full of Nazi gold.

Also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Olivia Munn and Paul BettanyMortdecai doesn’t yet have a release date but is expected to open some time this year.  Hit the jump for more.

Filming Begins on David Koepp’s Action-Comedy MORTDECAI Starring Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Ewan McGregor

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Lionsgate has announced that principal photography has begun on MortdecaiDavid Koepp‘s action comedy stars Johnny Depp as the roguish Charlie Mortdecai, an art dealer who finds himself in a race to recover a stole painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.  The official plot synopsis adds some fun details like “angry Russians”, “Mi5″, “international terrorist,” and an “impossibly leggy wife”.  It sounds a bit madcap and it could be a pretty fun flick.

Hit the jump for the press release.  The film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany, and Olivia MunnMortdecai will likely open some time next year.

Natalie Dormer Joins THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 and 2; Olivia Munn Negotiates for MORTDECAI; Domhnall Gleeson is UNBROKEN

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Here’s today’s casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Ewan McGregor and Gwyneth Paltrow May Join Johnny Depp in MORTDECAI; Abigail Breslin Set Opposite Schwarzenegger in MAGGIE

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The cast for director David Koepp’s (Premium Rush) crime drama Mortdecai is coming together rather quickly.  Johnny Depp signed on to star in the adaptation of author Kyril Bonfiglioli’s novels just a couple of weeks ago, and now Variety reports that Ewan McGregor and Gwyneth Paltrow are in talks to join the cast.  Depp plays an antihero art dealer who finds himself in “a race to recover a stole painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi gold.”  No word on which characters McGregor or Paltrow would play in the Lionsgate pic, but they are in line to co-star.  Filming is looking to get underway later this year after Depp wraps the musical Into the Woods.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning Arnold Schwarzenegger’s zombie movie.

Johnny Depp to Star in Lionsgate’s MORTDECAI for Director David Koepp

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With his not-so-hot box office performance of Disney’s The Lone Ranger now behind him, Johnny Depp is setting his sights on an adaptation of a different sort.  Depp is in negotiations to star in Mortdecai, an adaptation of author Kyril Bonfiglioli’s novels about a wealthy art dealer and anti-hero.  The film is said to be based on the posthumously-published novel The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery, completed by author Craig Brown.  David Koepp (Premium Rush) is set to direct.  Hit the jump for more.

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