All 19 Tim Burton Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)

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Universal’s ‘The Invisible Man’ Reboot Lands New Director, Johnny Depp No Longer to Star

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Johnny Depp will no longer appear in Universal’s reboot of “The Invisible Man,” a source tells TheWrap.

Leigh Whannell, the director of “Insidious: Chapter 3” and “Upgrade,” has signed on to direct the remake of “The Invisible Man,” which Universal Pictures is developing based on the classic monster movie character, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.

Whannell will also produce alongside Jason Blum for his Universal-based Blumhouse Productions.

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Depp had originally joined the project back in February 2016 as part of Universal’s planned Dark Universe based on its classic monster movie characters. The franchise kicked off with Tom Cruise in “The Mummy” and was also meant to star Russell Crowe as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, as well as planned movies for “Bride of Frankenstein,” “The Wolf Man” and others.

And that plan for a shared universe is no more. However, Universal plans to still make projects based on these characters and the Universal monsters’ legacy.

These films will also be rooted in horror and will carry no budget, genre or rating restrictions, with no expectation for the films to be part of a shared universe.

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Whannell recently collaborated with Blumhouse on hit films including “Insidious: The Last Key” and “Upgrade.” Whannell is represented by Paradigm Talent Agency, managers Stacey Testro and Katie Ybarra from STI, and Myman Greenspan Fox Rosenberg Mobasser Younger & Light LLP

Variety was first to report news of Whannell’s hiring.

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Steve Carell and Jimmy Fallon Make Fun of Johnny Depp’s Cologne-Ad Face (Video)

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Dapper actor Steve Carell made the front of Esquire magazine, but not the back. That side was reserved for Johnny Depp’s Sauvage ad, which was mocked last night by cover-boy Carell and “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon.

“I was up for Sauvage,” Carell told Fallon, all in good fun. “Would you like to see my Sauvage face?”

They then did an impromptu Sauvage-face-off — Carell was not sold Fallon’s attempt. Neither was the cologne company, the NBC personality quipped.

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After that bit, Fallon and his Thursday guest talked about the time Carell finally met Kelly Clarkson, whose name he famously screamed while getting his chest waxed in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.”

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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ – The Big Twist Ending and That Lestrange Family Drama, Explained

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(Huge spoilers here for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” below. You have been warned.)

So here you are. You’ve experienced all the craziness that “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” had in store for you. And you’re totally confused by all of it because, well, every twist and turn could have probably been explained more clearly.

But it is what it is, and what it is can be really tough to digest — especially if you aren’t steeped in “Harry Potter” lore. And even if you are a lifelong Potterhead it might take a minute for all of it to sink in because of how much lore this new “Fantastic Beasts” movie is dropping on us.

So regardless of what level of “Harry Potter” fandom you’re one, we’re here to help you by distilling down the major revelations in a way that’s perhaps easier to understand than it was in the movie. So let’s get to it.

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So, obviously, the bulk of the twists and turns in “The Crimes of Grindelwald” largely revolve around Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), the Obscurial from the first movie who we all thought was dead but who actually was not. Don’t get too hung up on his survival, because it’s not explained how he made it out.

So at this point Credence is on a mission to find out who his birth family was. You’ll recall that Credence was adopted when he was very young, and that his adopted mom referred to his real mom as “unnatural.” That term is almost certainly just referring to his mother’s magical abilities — Credence became an Obscurial because his adopted mother hated magic and tried to suppress his use of magic as he was growing up.

Throughout the movie people speculate that Credence is actually Corvus Lestrange, the long lost son Corvus Sr. and brother of Leta (Zoe Kravitz). A mysterious man named Yusuf Kama (William Nadylam) is chasing after Credence on exactly that assumption — Yusuf is angry that Corvus Sr. bewitched his mother Laurena and essentially stole her, and wants to get back at him by killing the person he loved the most: Corvus Jr.

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The truth about Credence’s identity is complicated, because of a weird story that Leta tells everybody. When she was a kid, the Lestrange family was on a ship and baby Corvus wouldn’t stop crying during a big storm. So Leta took baby Corvus out of his crib, carried him across the hall to another cabin and swapped him for another baby — one who was sleeping soundly.

Moments later, while Leta was still holding this other baby, the ship began to sink, and everyone went for the lifeboats. So the Lestranges took this other anonymous baby with this, leaving Corvus with another family. While the Lestranges survived, the other family’s lifeboat capsized, apparently killing baby Corvus.

Credence is that other unnamed baby. So for a time he definitely was Corvus Lestrange, even though he actually was not.

At some point after that, this young Credence was given up or lost by the Lestranges — it’s still not clear why he ended up being adopted by the woman from the first “Fantastic Beasts” movie. That’s a mystery that presumably JK Rowling is holding back for a future movie.

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At the end of the movie, once Credence joins up with Grindelwald (Johnny Depp), Grindelwald tells him that his true name is Aurelius Dumbledore. And that Credence’s brother has been trying to stop him. The implication being that said brother is Albus Dumbledore — the Dumbledore we know from all the “Harry Potter” movies and the only other Dumbledore in this movie.

This is a whole can of worms, of course. Aurelius Dumbledore is a totally new name that we’ve never heard before, and certainly Dumbledore had never mentioned a dead brother. In fact, when the opportunity to mention a dead brother came up he specifically referenced his dead sister Ariana. So it’s entirely possible that Dumbledore didn’t know that Aurelius existed — or that Grindelwald is just making this up.

Some big new mysteries that come up because of this revelation, assuming it’s true. Let’s run through them real quick.

Who was Credence’s mother? Dumbledore’s mother, Kendra, died in 1899. Which would mean that Credence would have to be at least 28 in “Crimes of Grindelwald.” While Credence’s age in the movies hasn’t been established, it seems like a stretch that he would be that old. Ezra Miller is only 26, and he said in an interview back in 2016 that Credence was 18 in the first “Fantastic Beasts” movie. Which would make him way too young to be Kendra Dumbledore’s son.

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Percival Dumbledore is still in play as the father, however. Percival was locked in Azkaban in 1890 for attacking some muggles who were harassing his daughter Ariana, and we know nothing about his life after he was locked up — leaving plenty of room for whatever retcons JK Rowling wants to do with him. So if Aurelius is actually Albus Dumbledore’s brother, Percival would almost certainly need to have fathered him. But with who? It’s really impossible to guess. But if Grindelwald knows Credence’s identity, then the mother may be someone he knows.

The other big question is who was baby Credence traveling with when young Leta absconded with him. Whoever it was died that night. This may be the same thing as the other question, given that “Crimes of Grindelwald” makes a big thing of showing a woman swimming after and reaching for the swapped-in baby Corvus Lestrange as he sank to the bottom of the ocean. But we don’t know who that woman was — if she was Credence’s mom or a nanny or what.

Lastly, we still don’t know how or why Credence ended up being adopted. Whatever the circumstances were, they led most everybody to believe he was dead.

So the short version: Leta Lestrange swapped her baby brother Corvus for a baby supposedly named Aurelius Dumbledore, who was later by some means separated from the Lestrange family and ended up becoming Credence Barebone.

Someday this will all make sense, presumably.

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Does ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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With the release of “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” we are now officially waist deep in this “Harry Potter” prequelverse. This prequel sequel is full of non-stop twists and turns, and drops some major bombshells that will reverberate throughout Pottermore lore.

And we’ve still got three more “Fantastic Beasts” movies on the way from director David Yates and series creator/screenwriter JK Rowling. So, given the current trend of Hollywood blockbusters teasing future movies through bonus, post-credits scenes in the vein of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you might be wondering if “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” features some kind of look at the next movie hidden after the credits. You wouldn’t want to bail for the restroom only to miss such a thing, after all.

Well, if you’re in a rush to get out of the theater once the credits start rolling, I have some good news for you. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” does not feature any bonus scenes or extra content whatsoever once the credits start rolling. No mid-credits scene, no post-credits scene, no heavy breathing over the end of the credits crawl. Once the movie ends and the credits get going, that’s it.

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We should say, of course, that we always encourage all moviegoers to stick around for the credits when possible, for the sake of the many, many people who helped bring the movie to life. But if you need to get out of there, you can do so knowing that you’re not missing any cool, secret extra scenes or anything like that.

“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gindelwald,” by the way, was directed by David Yates — who was responsible for the first “Fantastic Beasts” movie as well as the last four “Harry Potter” films — and written by “Harry Potter” creator JK Rowling. It stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Zoe Kravitz, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Claudia Kim, Callum Turner and, of course, Johnny Depp.

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The Wizarding World gets a lot bigger in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” a new fantasy adventure that plays like a 1,000-page novel shoved into a 134-minute running time. It’s full of exciting new characters, revelations and storylines, but the only way you could possibly keep them all in the air at the same time would be to use a Wingardium Leviosa spell. And spoiler alert: Those don’t actually exist.

The year is 1927, and Gellert Grindelwald (Johnny Depp) has been imprisoned by the American Ministry of Magic (side note: it’s odd that Americans would call it that). He’s getting transported by thestral coach all the way to Europe (those things must have a lot of stamina), but his loyal followers bust him loose in an action set piece that would be totally awesome and thrilling if the editing wasn’t so choppy and the lighting wasn’t so dark that it’s hard to tell what’s going on.

Several months later, Grindelwald is still at large, and Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) still isn’t allowed to leave England to pursue his zoological studies. His brother Theseus (Callum Turner) is engaged to Newt’s high school crush, Leta Lestrange (Zoë Kravitz), and wants Newt to join him as an Auror, a.k.a. the magic police (for all you Muggles out there).

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Newt is still a kind, quiet soul, unable to meet most people’s gaze when they talk to him, let alone take sides in a war. So he refuses to join the Aurors, even though it would mean he could finally leave the country, and he even refuses his old professor, Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law), who wants Newt to travel to Paris to track down Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller), who’s been missing since the end of the first “Fantastic Beasts” and still has a sinister, all-powerful magic parasite inside him called an Obscurus.

Okay, try to keep all that in your head, because we haven’t even set up the plot yet. Newt reunites with his old Muggle pal Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), whose memory wasn’t as erased as we were led to believe, and who is now engaged, illegally, to his psychic witch girlfriend Queenie Goldstein (Alison Sudol, “Transparent”), whose sister Tina (Katherine Waterston) is already in Paris, searching for Grindelwald.

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It gets more complicated. Much more complicated. J.K. Rowling wrote the screenplays for these “Fantastic Beasts” movies, and one gets the distinct impression that she’s actually writing whole novels first and then never showing them to anybody, shaving off bits and bobs for time, and trusting her loyal audience to ascribe importance to everything, even if it gets short shrift on screen.

This could have been a serious problem, since director David Yates has a tendency to treat his “Wizarding World” movies like illustrations instead of adaptations, giving audiences the gist of what happens but forgetting to toy with our emotions or to reintroduce us to the characters and their wonderful world. But “The Crimes of Grindelwald,” though dense to a fault, always takes time to explore glorious moments of magic, to add levity to the grimmest moments, and to give almost all the characters time to shine. Emphasis on “almost.”

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Newt remains one of the most distinctive heroes in blockbuster cinema, a quiet introvert who approaches every character and every beast with love and understanding and no small amount of awkwardness. Redmayne seems to have a firmer grasp on what makes Newt work, and the way he loosens up and gets more comfortable when he’s in his element. He tames giant, terrifying monsters like they were ornery housecats, and extends his hand to even the most malevolent wizards, even though he can barely talk to his friends.

The new characters don’t always fare so well, with seemingly important characters like Leta Lestrange and Nagini (Claudia Kim), who is cursed to gradually transform permanently into a giant snake, given important-sounding backstories but then precious little to actually do. Even Credence Barebone — for whom everyone is searching, and whose story seems to drive the entire “Fantastic Beasts” franchise — disappears for large chunks of screen time, making him seem too much like an afterthought.

Dumbledore, finally making an official appearance in these prequels, is a welcome return to the series. Jude Law captures the quick wit, easy charm and cloying inscrutability of the character, who is already considered one of the greatest wizards in the world but who refuses to face Grindelwald himself. “We were closer than brothers,” Dumbledore says, as he watches memories that evoke, but still refuse to openly admit to, the character’s obvious homosexuality, which is turning into an enormous distraction.

This inability to confront this wide wizarding world’s lack of representation is compounded by the treatment of Nagini, who is introduced as a sideshow attraction at a magical circus, then gets precious little opportunity to reveal who she really is, and why she’s more than just an example of awkward foreshadowing for her appearance in the “Harry Potter” franchise.

It’s hard to keep all these characters and storylines going, and the failings are annoying because the rest of the movie is fascinating and thrilling. After an awkward start with the first “Fantastic Beasts,” these “Crimes of Grindelwald” finally capture the promise of this new series, to view the world of magic and wonder through the eyes of adults instead of children, and to explore shadowy corners without completely losing track of just how delightful it all is. The actual investigation conducted by Newt, Tina, and just about everybody else is an intriguing adventure with exciting revelations. They just probably would have made more of an impact if the movie wasn’t so rushed for time that key elements feel like afterthoughts instead of lodestones.

“The Crimes of Grindelwald” probably had enough plot to drive a four-hour mini-series, but even so, what we get is often absorbing and grand. The sense that this magical world is actually, well, fantastic is finally back in the series. Although the film turns grim, and eventually evokes truly uncomfortable memories of the build-up to World War II — and, frankly, today — the delightful cast, exciting new creatures and dazzling new spells make it an enchanting place to visit; it’s just so scary and confusing that you probably wouldn’t want to live there.



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James “Whitey” Bulger, the notorious Boston mob boss who was also the subject for Johnny Depp’s 2015 crime film “Black Mass,” was found dead in a West Virginia federal prison on Tuesday, according to U.S. Department of Justice. He was 89.

Employees for the Federal Bureau of Prisons told the New York Times that Bulger was beaten to death by at least two inmates. Bulger had arrived at the Hazelton Penitentiary on Monday.

The Boston Globe had reported earlier that Bulger was killed by an inmate with mafia ties. The Department of Justice said in a statement that the FBI has opened an investigation into Bulger’s death.

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According to the Justice Department, Bulger was found unresponsive at 8:20 a.m. ET at the U.S. Penitentiary Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia. Officials said life-saving measures were initiated immediately by staff, but that Bulger was subsequently pronounced dead by the Preston County Medical Examiner.

“The Federal Bureau of Investigation was notified and an investigation has been initiated. No staff or other inmates were injured, and at no time was the public in danger,” the statement read.

Bulger was the leader of the dangerous Boston-based Winter Hill Gang. He was convicted in 2013 of participating in 11 murders that stretched from Massachusetts to Florida to Oklahoma.

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Bulger was one of the nation’s most-wanted fugitives for 16 years before he was captured in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2011.

He was serving a life sentence for racketeering, extortion conspiracy, money laundering, possession of unregistered machine guns, transfer and possession of machine guns, possession of firearms with obliterated serial numbers and possession of machine guns in furtherance of a violent crime.

Along with Depp’s portrayal of Bulger in Scott Cooper’s “Black Mass,” the mob boss was the inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s character in Martin Scorsese’s 2007 Best Picture Oscar winner, “The Departed.”

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Johnny Depp will star as a real-life war photographer W. Eugene Smith in “Minimata,” which takes place in Japan in 1971.

Andrew Levitas will direct the film based on the book of the same name by Aileen Mioko Smith and W. Eugene Smith and adapted by David K. Kessler.

“Minamata” will start principal production in Japan and then in Serbia in January 2019.

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Per the film’s description, Depp plays W. Eugene Smith, a war photographer from World War II, who in 1971, goes up against a powerful corporation responsible for poisoning the people of Minamata, Japan. With the glory days of World War II far behind him, Smith has become a recluse, disconnected from society and his career. But an old friend and a commission from “Life Magazine” editor Ralph Graves convince him to journey back to Japan to expose a big story: the devastating annihilation of a coastal community, victims of corporate greed and complicit local police and government.

Armed with only his trusted Nikon camera, Smith must find the images that will bring this story to the world. At first, no one wants to help him and his enemies wish him dead, a new threat at every corner. But to finally stop hiding behind the lens and earn this broken community’s trust may prove to be Smith’s greatest challenge.

HanWay Films will handle international sales and distribution and will commence sales at the American Film Market. CAA Media Finance will handle U.S. rights.

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“Minamata” is developed by Depp’s production entity Infinitum Nihil and is produced by Sam Sarkar, Bill Johnson and Andrew Levitas. Jason Forman and Stephen Deuters will executive produce. Heads of department include César Award-nominated cinematographer Benoit Delhomme, production designer Tom Foden and Kevan Van Thompson, who line produces and EPs.

“Working with Johnny to give voice to those who have been silently suffering is a responsibility we do not take lightly,” Levitas said in a statement. “Much like Eugene Smith in 1971, we could not feel more privileged or humbled to be tasked with the mission of bringing this incredible story to the world.”

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Depp’s Infinitum Nihil banner announced a production partnership with Andrea Iervolino for the film “Waiting for the Barbarians,” in which he will also star.

Depp and Levitas are both represented by CAA.

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Johnny Depp has set his next project, forming a production deal with producer Andrea Iervolino to develop and produce digital content.

Their first project is “Waiting for the Barbarians,” in which Depp will star alongside Mark Rylance and Robert Pattinson. Depp will produce via his Infinitum Nihil banner, and Iervolino through his new blockchain platform TaTaTu.

Ciro Guerra (“Embrace of the Serpent”) directs the film scheduled to begin production later this month in Morocco.

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Alongside TaTaTu, the movie is being produced by Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s AMBI Media Group, as well as Michael Fitzgerald and Olga Segura.

“Johnny has the ability to conceptualize material in a way that few can, and is unburdened of conventional industry formulas that dictate the projects that get made, traditionally,” Iervolino said in a statement. “As we make strides to embrace disruptiveness, Johnny will be a key collaborator with us and we are tremendously excited to back his visions and instincts on stories to bring to life.”

“In this era of democratized entertainment, I admire the imaginative ethos of Andrea and look forward to collaborating together in a liberating, progressive manner that will befit the principals of our respective entities,” Depp said in a statement.

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TaTaTu launched just six months ago and has quickly begun acquiring content and creating original films and series, including the documentary “Freidkin Uncut” about filmmaker William Freidkin, as well as a Lamborghini biopic starring Antonio Banderas and Alec Baldwin, a documentary Jeremy Renner and the drama ‘The Sound of Freedom’ starring Jim Caviezel and Mira Sorvino.

Depp will next be seen in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” Depp is represented by CAA.

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