FINDING NEVERLAND news–an interview with director Marc Forster

A recent article by Bob Rivers blends background on J. M. Barrie and details of the plot of FINDING NEVERLAND with comments made by director Marc Forster at Sunday night’s Seattle screening of the film–the result is a very informative and entertaining read. The article confirms that Forster gave a Thanksgiving release date for FINDING NEVERLAND. About Johnny, Rivers writes, “Central to the movie is Johnny Depp, the recent Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee, who as much as any leading modern actor, seems to have kept his own childlike spirit vibrantly alive. Says Marc of Depp: ‘Johnny is perfect to represent a man who never wants to grow up because you can see that he has this very accessible child inside him from the choices of movie roles he makes. He brought something very special to the role, underplaying it in a way that really pays homage to the man we both believe Barrie wanted to be.'” Thanks to Emma for bringing this story to the Zone. You can read the entire article on the News & Views forum, but beware–there are many FINDING NEVERLAND spoilers!

Johnny Vegas to join Johnny Depp in POTC sequels?

According to the latest UK rumor, Johnny wants British comedian Johnny Vegas to join him on the Black Pearl for the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN sequels. The two met when Johnny Vegas performed a cameo role in THE LIBERTINE last spring. The article quotes Depp as eager to have Vegas around to enhance “the comic element” in the sequels:”Johnny would be great. He could play the first mate. I’m sure he’d be up for it.” We suspect this rumor is mere wishful thinking by Johnny Vegas’s publicity reps–Johnny has not been giving any interviews to the press lately. Thanks, Emma, for keeping the Zone rumor mill up-to-date!

Captain Jack Sparrow outpolls Mary Poppins!

The summer 2004 Disney Magazine readers’ choice awards names PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN as their favorite live-action film of all time! Captain Jack beat out enduring favorite MARY POPPINS to take top honors–yet more proof that Johnny’s portrayal of Captain Jack is an instant screen classic. FANtasticJD, who broke the story on the News board, posted a charming cartoon of Captain Jack duelling with Mary Poppins: his sword vs. her famous umbrella. Thanks!

This just in . . . Johnny Depp is sexy!

This month’s award for Stating the Obvious goes to In Style magazine’s 7th annual “What’s Sexy Now?” poll. Entertainment Tonight reports that the issue, which goes on sale Friday, names “the boyishly handsome Johnny Depp” as “the Sexiest Actor over 40.” But why drag an age barrier into it? People magazine had the right idea last November, when they proclaimed Johnny “The Sexiest Man Alive. . . .” Thanks to Alias 4, Rainey, and DeepinDepp for the information.