There are lots of films hitting theaters this weekend, including new animated flick Rango. Johnny Depp lends his voice to the titular cartoon lizard, but is the movie worth the price of admission? Watch our video review before you head out to the theater!
The box office has been hurting in 2011, but as we inch closer to Summer blockbusters, the movie offerings are getting better and better. March brings out big stars like Matthew McConaughey and Matt Damon, along with Johnny Depp's kiddie flick and and a handful of action movies. Which one are you most excited about?
Isla Fisher and Abigail Breslin kept up their busy schedule of premieres and press for Rango today in London. The pair posed for pictures with some of the movie's quirky characters, but their leading man, Johnny Depp, wasn't along for the event. He did team up with the ladies last week, though, at the movie's LA debut. He was also on hand for a press conference just before the big night, where he chatted about his sex-symbol status and how his children feel about his career. He and his costar Isla are both parents to two kids, and we just got a first look at her adorable youngest daughter earlier this month. She's been away from home promoting the film, but has had support from her family, with her dad joining her on the red carpet in Berlin on Sunday.
Isla Fisher posed in a lacy dress at the Berlin premiere of Rango yesterday. Her costar Johnny Depp didn't join her on the red carpet, though she did have the film's director, Gore Verbinski, by her side. She and Johnny made a cute duo when they showed off the movie in LA last week after promoting together at the press junket. Isla's on the go until the animated feature hits theaters on March 4, but she still makes time for mom duty. We even got our first peek at Isla and Sacha's adorable younger daughter during a recent outing with Olive.
Johnny Depp and Isla Fisher were side by side at the LA premiere of Rango last night. The duo showed off their animated movie after promoting together over the weekend at a press junket, where Johnny talked about his love for making kids' movies. He took a quick break from work duties to enjoy the weather on Saturday and give us a glimpse of his hot self, which was on display again on the red carpet. Isla, in a bright blue Temperley dress, had the night off from mom duty for the event, though judging from the trailer, little Olive probably would have enjoyed the show.
Johnny Depp stepped out onto the balcony of the LA Four Seasons looking hot on Saturday — what a nice Valentine's Day treat! He took a quick break from chatting up his animated movie, Rango, at the weekend's press junket. We caught up with Johnny and costars Abigail Breslin and Isla Fisher at the event, where he shared about his sex-symbol status and his love for making kids movies. Attention was temporarily diverted from Johnny to surprise guest Justin Bieber, who was also staying at the hotel, when the pop star showed up in the middle of the interview! Johnny's been on the West Coast for the last month enjoying award season with a cameo at the Golden Globes and People's Choice Awards. He skipped out on last night's Grammys, but John Mayer was there channeling Johnny's signature look.
Johnny Depp Talks Playing a Lizard, His Sex-Symbol Status, and Gets a Visit From Justin Bieber at the Rango Press Day
Johnny Depp got lots of laughs at the press conference for his new movie Rango in LA yesterday. The actor was joined by his costars, Abigail Breslin and Isla Fisher, as well as director Gore Verbinski at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. Johnny plays the movie's title character, a pet lizard who is forced to save the day after a lie gets him in over his head. Johnny admitted that his own kids aren't all that interested in his career, and are far more into Family Guy and Justin Bieber. It turned out that Justin happened to be in the hotel, heard that Johnny mentioned him, and dropped by to say what a huge fan he is in the middle of the press conference! Johnny joked, "What am I going to tell my daughter?" Johnny, who was as gracious and funny as you might expect, also talked about tackling the challenge of playing a reptile and the reason he enjoys making movies for children. He said:
- On why he enjoys making kids' movies: "I think kids, in general, as an audience, are the way forward because they’re not sort of sullied by intellectual expectation or this or that. It’s a very pure sort of response to the work, and the great luck that I had, for example before Pirates [of the Caribbean], I had a daughter. And for about four years, all I watched was cartoons. Just cartoons. And I realized at that point the parameters were far away from what we do in sort of normal, everyday movies. You can get away with a lot more. They accept a lot more and they buy it, because they’re free. So for me that was everything in terms of coming up with what Captain Jack would be. I trust kids far more than I do adults. Kids give you their honest opinion. They tell the truth."
- On how his own children felt about Rango: "They actually call me the Lizard King, my children, they do. I force them to address me like that. [laughs] It was an odd sort of thing. 'Where you going daddy?' I gotta go to work. 'Well, what are you doing?' Well, I’m playing a lizard. You drop your kids off at school and give them a kiss, and now I gotta go be a lizard. The things I’ve done that my kids are sort of privy to — Willy Wonka — it doesn’t register. They’re far more interested in Family Guy or Justin Bieber. [Someone calls out, 'Are you a Belieber?'] Belieber? I’ve actually never heard that one, and that is my favorite. And you know what? Yes, I am a Belieber. And I shall remain so. "
- On how he feels about his sex-symbol status: "Attention is a strange sort of being anyway. If someone appreciates your work, it’s always nice if someone appreciates your work. I’ve never quite understood the other bits, where somehow you’ve been voted some thing for a magazine, and it’s a complete mystery to me. I wake up and I have to look at that head when I brush my teeth every morning and it’s weird, and it’s unpleasant at times, so I don’t know about the attention."
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Have you gotten your Johnny Depp fill yet? (Yeah, me neither.) Between the trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and the Golden Globe nominations, the actor is definitely on everyone's lips. And now here comes another reason he's so popular: the preview for Rango.
Depp voices the title character, a skittish chameleon struggling to survive in a desert of predators. We already watched the teaser this Summer, but this longer preview sheds light on the movie's storyline, as Rango stumbles on a Western town and becomes sheriff to protect it. My verdict: it's clever and a little dark, and it's fun seeing Depp's personality come through in a bug-eyed reptile. The film hits March 4, but watch the trailer when you read more
By now we're used to hearing different wacky permutations of Johnny Depp's voice, but I believe this is the first time we've heard it coming from an adorable animated lizard. He's voicing the title character in Rango, who is a strange chameleon in a strange land who's having some trouble blending in the scary desert.
Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski is behind this movie, which also features the voices of Abigail Breslin, Timothy Olyphant, Isla Fisher, and Bill Nighy. Of course, the big draw is listening to Depp freak out about the birds of prey who want to eat him. Watch the cute preview when you read more
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