Venice Film Festival Update: TIM BURTON'S CORPSE BRIDE to screen on September 7th

The 62nd annual Venice Film Festival will screen TIM BURTON’S CORPSE BRIDE out of competition at 7:30 p.m. in the Sala Grande on Wednesday, September 7, 2005. The stop-motion animated feature is already generating strong Oscar buzz in the trades, although it will not premiere in the U.S. until September 23rd. CORPSE BRIDE was directed by Mike Johnson and Tim Burton, and its voice cast includes Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Christopher Lee, Albert Finney, and Emily Watson. There has been no announcement yet regarding the talent who will appear in Venice in support of CORPSE BRIDE. Johnny will be shooting PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 3 at that time; he may not be free to attend the Venice Film Festival, but of course all his fans (and no doubt the festival organizers)are hoping he will make an appearance. The Zone thanks emma for posting the Venice date on the News & Views forum.

In related festival news, today’s Hollywood Reporter announces that CORPSE BRIDE will screen out of competition at this year’s Deauville festival. Screening date at Deauville is Saturday, September 10th. Thanks, emma!

TV ALERT–Johnny Depp's TONIGHT SHOW appearance to re-air on August 30th!

Deppheads will once again be able to enjoy Johnny Depp’s most recent appearance on THE TONIGHT SHOW with Jay Leno when the broadcast re-airs on Tuesday evening, August 30th. The interview, done to promote CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, shows Johnny relatively relaxed, sporting a newsboy cap and a black T-shirt emblazoned with the Gonzo emblem. Johnny discusses (among other topics) his involvement in the memorial for Hunter S. Thompson; his early days as a car mechanic; the vintage Packard he took to the Burbank studios; and why you should never, ever eat cocktail peanuts at a bar. Don’t go to bed too soon, because the guest following Johnny is Eva Mendes, his love interest in ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO; you can see them exchanging a quick hug in the hall as Johnny leaves the set and Eva arrives. The Zone thanks Potato Chips for sharing the news, and Chocolat for updating the date of the rebroadcast from August 26th to August 30th.