Johnny Depp to Star in Upcoming Wes Anderson Movie! And This One's NOT Family Friendly! 

And I say, it's about darn time! Forget Captain Jack and Barnabas Collins, heck even throw Tonto out the door, this is a Depp casting news I'm welcoming with open arms!

The actor is working with the fantastic storyteller, Wes Anderson, for the director's follow-up to the equally fantastic "Moonrise Kingdom" called "The Grand Budapest Hotel." (Check out my interview with Wes Anderson for "Moonrise Kingdom" right here)

Deadline reports that Anderson will be working with Scott Rudin and Steven Rales for "Budapest." So with Depp's confirmation, will the other big name stars follow? Stars such as Edward Norton, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, and Angela Lansbury? This one is supposed to be NOT family friendly and will also feature Owen Wilson and Bill Murray.

I can't wait!

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Perfect! Amanda Plummer to Play Wiress aka "Nuts" in "Catching Fire" 

First it was Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, now, "The Hunger Games" sequel, "Catching Fire," is adding a new cast member to play Wiress. Amanda Plummer, perhaps more known as the gun-toting Honey Bunny in "Pulp Fiction," is going to play the former Hunger Games victor Wiress in the sequel. Lionsgate, in their press release, describe Wiress as, “[t]he character’s eccentricity earns her the nickname ‘Nuts’ from fellow tributes, and though she doesn’t communicate traditionally, her observations and contributions prove invaluable in the Quarter Quell.”

Plummer will be perfect! I can imagine her riding a chariot wearing a lightbulb-inspired outfit! This casting is inspired!

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Manny the Mammoth Guy Beats Spider-Man! "Ice Age: Continental Drift" No. 1 with $46M! 

Move over Spidey, you've just been snowed! "Ice Age: Continental Drift," the fourth installment of the popular franchise, claimed the No. 1 spot with $46 million. Featuring the voice work of Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, John Leguizamo, and Dennis Leary, "Ice Age" unseated previous weekend's box-office champ, "The Amazing Spider-Man."

The reboot of the Marvel property settled to No. 2. Starring Andrew Garfield as our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and Emma Stone from director Marc Webb, "The Amazing Spider-Man" captured $35 million for the second spot.

Just like "Spider-Man" which made its debut outside the U.S., "Ice Age: Continental Drift" opened outside the U.S. one week prior to its North American debut. So far, its overseas total added to $339 million. And get this, the "Ice Age" franchise has a combined box-office total of $2.2 billion worldwide!

"Spider-Man" might have fallen 40% from its massive opening, but the reboot has earned more than $200 million domestically. Overseas, "The Amazing Spider-Man" has earned $67 million for a worldwide total of $521.4 million.

Meanwhile, Universal's "Ted" continued to shine! Seth MacFarlane's R-rated comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and a dirty teddy bear made $22.1 million for a third-week total of $159 million.

Another R-rated film that's making big business at the box-office is "Magic Mike" starring Channing Tatum and Matthew McConaughey. The male stripper saga earned $9 million and is inching towards the $100 million mark.

But the good news of the weekend belonged to indie darling "Moonrise Kingdom." From director Wes Anderson, the fantastic film made an additional $3.7 million at just 900+ theaters.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of July 13th:

1. "Ice Age: Continental Drift," $46 million ($95 million internationally)

2. "The Amazing Spider-Man," $35 million ($66.6 million internationally).

3. "Ted," $22.1 million, ($9.7 million internationally).

4. "Brave," $10.7 million, ($6.5 million internationally).

5. "Magic Mike," $9 million, ($3.3 million internationally).

6. "Savages," $8.7 million, ($1 million internationally).

7. "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection," $5.6 million.

8. "Katy Perry: Part of Me," $3.7 million, ($1 million internationally).

9. "Moonrise Kingdom," $3.7 million, ($270,000 internationally).

10. "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," $3.5 million ($4.6 million internationally).

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So Long Richard D. Zanuck! Thanks for the Fantastic Films! 

Super producer Richard D. Zanuck has passed away. The guy who gave us some of the best films in cinematic history such as "The Sting" and "Jaws" died of a heart attack at his Beverly Hills home according to THR. He was 77.

Zanuck also produced the Oscar-winning film "Driving Miss Daisy," as well as "The Verdict" and "Cocoon." He recently collaborated with Tim Burton and Johnny Depp in "Alice in Wonderland" and "Dark Shadows."

It's pretty much safe to say that Zanuck gave the world Steven Spielberg by letting the then-unknown director helm "Jaws." And honestly? That film still holds up to this day!

Here's what Spielberg has to say about Zanuck (from THR):

"In 1974, Dick Zanuck and I sat in a boat off Martha's Vineyard and watched the mechanical shark sink to the bottom of the sea,” he recalled. “Dick turned to me and smiled. ‘Gee, I sure hope that's not a sign.’ That moment forged a bond between us that lasted nearly 40 years.

“He taught me everything I know about producing. He was one of the most honorable and loyal men of our profession, and he fought tooth and nail for his directors. Dick Zanuck was a cornerstone of our industry, both in name and in deed.”

Awww...very well said! Goodbye Mr. Zanuck, and thanks for the celluloid memories!

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Daniel Radcliffe to Grow "Horns" 

Daniel Radcliffe's first film post "Harry Potter," the Gothic thriller "The Woman in Black" made money at the box-office, so now, the actor is wisely choosing another thriller to star in. According to THR, Radcliffe is joining the production of "Horns" based on Joe Hill's novel.

Hill is, of course, the son of the fantastic Stephen King and is making a name for himself as an author. "Horns" is Hill's second published novel and it tells the story of Ig Perrish whose girlfriend dies from a mysterious rape. One morning, Ig wakes up to find horns growing from his head and learns that he has diabolical powers at whim.


Alexandre Aja is set to direct from a screenplay by Keith Bunin. Production is set to begin this fall.

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