Articles from March 2008

Pssst . . . wanna be in the movies? PUBLIC ENEMIES is casting extras in Milwaukee on Friday, Oshkosh on Saturday

If you have always wanted to be in the movies, if you have a lot of patience and some time free in the spring, and if (important if) you meet the size requirements and have “a great face,” PUBLIC ENEMIES may be looking for you! The Michael Mann film, which stars Johnny Depp as 1930s bank robber John Dillinger and Christian Bale as his FBI nemesis, Melvin Purvis, will hold an open casting call for extras on Friday, March 7 in Milwaukee and on Saturday, March 8 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Duane Dudek, film critic for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports that “auditions for nonspeaking roles in the film PUBLIC ENEMIES will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Italian Conference Center, 631 E. Chicago Street,” in Milwaukee.

“The requirements for Friday’s audition are specific,” writes Dudek. “First, the casting directors are looking for ‘people with great faces.’ Men should be no taller than 6 feet 1 inch tall, and women no taller than 5 feet 8 inches tall and no larger than a size 12. Men should wear a dark suit, overcoat and dress shoes. Hair should be kept long. Women should wear a dark dress or skirt and sweater, overcoat and medium heel. Women are advised to set their hair in curlers the night before and come to the audition with their hair brushed out. Also, you need to bring a recent color photograph of yourself.” Be sure to have a pen to fill out the registration card, too.

Jeff Bollier of The Northwestern reports that a PUBLIC ENEMIES casting call will take place on Saturday, March 8, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, at Carl Traeger Middle School, 3000 W. 20th Ave. Extras Casting Director Joan Philo said the casting call will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Height and size requirements are the same as the Milwaukee call. Ms. Philo is hoping that potential cast members will get into the spirit of the film by dressing in something other than jeans for the casting call. “We’re hoping people will dress up for us so we can get an idea of what they’d look like in a 1930s period piece,” Ms. Philo told The Northwestern. For more details, go to the Web site of the casting agency, Joan Philo Casting,, and click on the “Public Enemies” icon on the left. Many thanks to Emma for breaking the news! –Part-Time Poet

Miley Cyrus would like to make a movie with Johnny Depp, she tells Radio Disney

Teen superstar Miley Cyrus, star of HANNAH MONTANA, was interviewed by Radio Disney last month as her concert film was setting box office records in the U.S. Naturally the interviewer asked Miley a few questions about acting in films rather than television. Her replies have the “ums” and “you knows” of a 15-year-old, which we left in the transcript for authenticity’s sake.

Q: Who would you most want to be in a movie with?

Miley: I’m not sure, I really like, um . . . with Johnny Depp . . . is a friend of our family, and, um, I’d love to work with him just because of what he says to me about, you know, how much he loves what he does.

Q: Johnny Depp? What did he say to you?

Miley: Basically, he’s come to a couple of the shows and he . . . we hang out a little bit and basically, you know, just saying how much he loves, you know, the art of everything, and that, you know, me too. It’s just like, you know, he really enjoys it, it doesn’t feel like work and that’s the way I feel. It doesn’t really feel like work once I’m out on the stage.

Behind-the-scenes reports from the Oscars, where Miley presented an award, mentioned that she was “hanging out” in the greenroom backstage with Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis during the broadcast. Sounds like the best of both worlds to us! The Zone thanks Theresa for the interview; you can listen to it (audio only, it’s a radio interview) on You Tube here: –Part-Time Poet

Johnny Depp featured in this week's entertainment magazines–Oscar pictures!

Many of the March 10, 2008 issues of the U.S. entertainment magazines feature pictures of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis in their coverage of the Oscar festivities. STAR Magazine leads off their Oscar story with a full-page picture of Johnny and Vanessa holding hands on the red carpet (see page 38); OK! Magazine includes a head-to-toe photo of Johnny on a page devoted to the Oscars’ best-dressed men (page 12–JD is pictured with Patrick Dempsey and Casey Affleck); and US Magazine has a quarter-page photo of Johnny and Vanessa that begins their “Romancing the Red Carpet” feature on page 30. PEOPLE Magazine has a photo of Johnny on page 90, in a feature called “Well Suited,” and a red-carpet pic of Johnny and Vanessa on page 102. You can see scans of all these photos on the Zone’s News & Views forum. –Part-Time Poet