TV ALERT–Richard D. Zanuck documentary airs on Turner Classic Movies tonight

The long-awaited documentary on producer Richard D. Zanuck’s amazing career, Don’t Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck, premieres on Turner Classic Movies tonight, Wednesday, May 8, at 8 p.m. EDT. We heard last year, after Mr. Zanuck’s death, that Johnny had contributed an interview for the documentary. Mr. Zanuck produced several films starring Johnny Depp and directed by Tim Burton: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street; Alice in Wonderland; and Dark Shadows.

After the documentary, TCM will air Driving Miss Daisy, one of Zanuck’s Oscar-winning Best Pictures, followed by a re-airing of Don’t Say No Until I Finish Talking (at 11:30 EDT/8:30 PDT).

Johnny Depp mourns the death of special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen

The death of special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen yesterday at age 92 brought an outpouring of mingled affection and grief from the film community. Johnny Depp was one of the luminaries contacted by Entertainment Weekly’s Geoff Boucher yesterday and asked to comment on Harryhausen’s passing. Johnny responded, “There isn’t anything I can say about Ray Harryhausen that hasn’t been said throughout his brilliant life, suffice to salute that Ray was a band-apart, and will be forever loved for his unique genius, and rightly so. It was an honor to have spent time with him. My thoughts are with his loved ones.”

Harryhausen’s brilliant stop-motion animation created dinosaurs and monsters for The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, One Million Years B.C., The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, and Clash of the Titans (1981 version). His imagination and painstaking craft continues to inspire new generations of fantasy, sci-fi and horror filmmakers to bring their dreams to life.

The Zone thanks Emma for sharing Johnny’s interview; you can read more about Ray Harryhausen’s death on the Zone’s Pit General Discussion forum.