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'Lawless' And The Top 10 Prohibition Era Crime Films

8/29/2012 3:07pm EDT
Lawless follows a long tradition in Hollywood of portraying mobsters during their heydey, when they were relied on to keep America inebriated during prohibition. This list of top prohibition crime films includes flicks from the past 80 years - and here they are:

10. Bugsy (1991): This take on Bugsy Siegel's life isn't 100% accurate, but it does offer an interesting view of the evolution of mobsters when they moved west to Nevada and California to take advantage of gambling and the film industry. It received 11 Academy Award nominations, but only won 2.

9. The Public Enemy (1931): A...

Marion Cotillard's Shimmering Navy Blue Dress At The 'Inception' Premiere: Hot Or Not?

7/14/2010 2:54pm EDT
Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard may not be a household name in the United States, but she should be. The French actress showed up to the "Inception" Los Angeles premiere on Tuesday looking lovely in a long, slim fitting navy blue gown.

She has starred in the films "Nine," "Public Enemies," "A Good Year" and "La vie en rose," for which she won a Best Actress Oscar and Golden Globe award.

Fun facts about Marion:

-Her father was a mime.
-She is a member of Greenpeace.
-She once said, "Did a man really walk on the moon? I saw plenty of documentaries on it, and I really wondered. And in any case I don't bel...

TNT Renews 'Southland' For Third Season

4/27/2010 10:30am EDT
TNT has booked a third season of its critically acclaimed drama "Southland." The network has ordered 10 episodes for the third season, which is slated to begin airing in January 2011.

Created by Emmy winner Ann Biderman (NYPD Blue, Public Enemies), "Southland" takes a raw, authentic look at police work in Los Angeles. The series focuses on officers, detectives and members of a gang unit as they endure the triumphs and tragedies that populate their lives both on and off the job. The series is shot on location in the streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

"Southland's" ensemble cast incl...

The Japanese Love Johnny Depp (Photos)

12/8/2009 9:26am EST
Johnny Depp in Japan
Johnny Depp arrived at Narita international airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Japan, yesterday to promote his latest film "Public Enemies," and tons of Japanese fans lined up to get a glimpse of the actor. See more photos after the jump.

The star has been selected to receive the prestigious Career Achievement Award at the 2009 Bahamas International Film Festival (BIFF) in Nassau. The festival's patron Sean Connery will hand over the prize, which will be an extra special accolade for Depp, who owns his own paradise retreat in the Bahamas.

This year's "Sexiest Man Alive" is Johnny Depp...

25 Top Movies Of 2009 (So Far)

11/26/2009 9:44am EST
As with every year there are dozens of great movies but there are even more really bad ones. 2009 will be marked by Quentin Tarantino and Sacha Baron Cohen comebacks along with a bevy of bad movies, highlighted by Megan Fox's performance in Jennifer's Body. There were plenty of good movies and we may have the most fun making fun of the bad and helpless ones, but let's take a look at the best movies of 2009.

Most blockbuster movies are filled with overrated stars (i.e. Will Smith and Tom Cruise) and are seemingly contrived, made only to make money. Thankfully this year there were not as ...

Johnny Depp Stars As Legendary Outlaw John Dillinger In 'Public Enemies', On DVD Dec. 8

10/25/2009 1:00pm EDT
Public Enemies
Award-winning director Michael Mann transports audiences back to the era of the 1930s American gangster in the critically acclaimed crime saga "Public Enemies", coming to two-disc Special Edition Blu-ray Hi-Def, two-disc Special Edition DVD, single disc DVD and digital download on December 8, 2009 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Starring Oscar nominee Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, "Public Enemies" places you in the center of the fast and dangerous life of outlaw John Dillinger (Depp), whose cascade of heists, breakouts and charismatic press confe...

Is Excessive CGI And No Plot Becoming A Trend In Movies?

9/10/2009 11:14am EDT
Transformers 2
A few weeks ago I got to see 15 minutes of James Cameron's "Avatar" on the IMAX in 3D, and it was some of the best CGI ever seen on the big screen. For years Cameron has promised a big comeback and at least visually this movie looks like it will truly deliver when it comes out in December. And yet ... what little they revealed of the plot felt contrived, and the dialogue was stiff. A soldier sneaking undercover in another society and then falling in love with this new culture and trying to make peace between the two nations. Viewers have seen that before, but what makes "Avatar" different h...

Summer Movie Awards Part 1: Surprise Hit, Biggest Bombs & More

9/9/2009 9:53am EDT
G.I. Joe
Now that Labor Day has come and gone, the official end to summer has now passed. Yes, the days will now be shorter, the weather cooler (unless you're smart enough to live in Southern California like this column's scribe), and for some school resuming its session, but there's also a lot of good news.

TV is back, football is back, and summer movie season is finally at its end. Yes, no more summer movies, no more endless weekends filled with event films that shatter theater speakers and routinely melt screens with too much rambunctious action. It's a thankful end to a season that routine...

Sarah's Cinema Musings: This Summer's Hits & Misses

8/3/2009 9:52am EDT
The Ugly Truth
Ok, we are almost through the summer season of film, and I, for one, feel like I am trying to resuscitate an almost dead corpse. Sure, there were hits, good films, and technical blockbuster hits, but were they really great or just great within their summer context?

The Blockbusters

Just because a movie generates revenue at the box office does not necessarily translate into a successful well-loved film. X-Men Origins: Wolverine for instance, didn't exactly start the season off with a bang. Star Trek was loved by both fans and non-fans; something that was a bit of a worry before th...

Fashion Star Of The Week: Marion Cotillard

7/10/2009 8:56am EDT
Marion Cotillard
Summer is the season for blockbuster movie premiere madness; and, where there are movie premieres one can expect to see great fashion as well. One fanciful lady on the red carpet during the UK premiere of the movie 'Public Enemies' on June 29th, was French actress and one of the stars of the movie, Marion Cotillard. Her very svelte frock was eye catching indeed. Ooh la la!

The Outfit: A Vivienne Westwood strapless red dress made out of satin, with a corset bust line.

Sassy Factor: The cutout neckline of the dress which lends to an ultra femme appearance.

Accessories: Love ...

This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

7/6/2009 9:36am EDT
Last week, I chose to see "Public Enemies," which is a decision I definitely do not regret. Johnny Depp is electric as John Dillinger, oozing the charm and finesse of the real life American bank robber and folk hero. Christian Bale also does a solid job as the FBI agent Melvin Purvis, a man singularly obsessed with catching Dillinger.

My main complaints are that the movie does not develop the roles of the other gangsters very well, and at points that the cinematography leaves something to be desired. There are some really shaky handheld shots, which are nauseating. Other than that, ...

Sarah's Cinema Musings: Do Film Critics Matter?

7/3/2009 10:50am EDT
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
Posing this question is damning because I critique films and other productions, but it is relevant. This past week, after the release of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Public Enemies, the issue of film critics came to a particularly strong head. I do not read film reviews. This is something that happens during the process of studying film. As we critics-in-training collected credit hours watching and analyzing countless "art" films and auteur films (and drooled over the likes of Francois Truffaut and Alfred Hitchcock), we got swelled heads, thinking we knew best.

Like lite...

Johnny Depp Thrills Sick Kids With Captain Jack Visit

7/3/2009 8:29am EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp thrilled sick children at a London hospital on Wednesday by dropping in unannounced, dressed as a pirate.

The actor has been in the U.K. capital this week to promote new movie Public Enemies, and took time out from his busy schedule to visit Great Ormond Street Hospital to cheer up young patients.

Dressed as his Pirates Of The Caribbean character Captain Jack Sparrow, he visited several wards - including the one his daughter Lily-Rose stayed in when she was treated for kidney failure in 2007.

A source tells WENN, "Johnny was so friendly with all the children on the ward...

Johnny Depp To Play Michael Jackson In Biopic Movie?

6/30/2009 3:05pm EDT
Johnny Depp pinstripe suit picture
Johnny Depp wore a slick pinstriped suit to the London premiere of 'Public Enemies' and talked about playing Michael Jackson in a movie.

"Obviously hearing about the sad passing of Michael Jackson, for all of us, is very very tragic. Some children lost a father, some parents lost a child, some brothers and sisters lost a sibling and that's obviously very sad. I had great respect for what he's done, his work over the years, he's a real genius," Depp remarked.

And the actor famous for his eccentric roles addressed rumors that he is set to star as Jackson in a biopic movie, "As far as p...

Will 'Public Enemies' With Christian Bale And Johnny Depp Make The Top Gangster Movie List?

6/30/2009 10:10am EDT
Public Enemies
It's hard to draft this kind of list with "Public Enemies" so close to reaching its port of call at your local theater, since it's bound to shake the list up a bit. But so far as it goes, the Mob genre has a few golden standards that have set the bar high enough to make any director quake in their concrete boots at the prospect of taking the plunge. These films have a built-in mechanism that causes them either to take complete control of the empire or erupt like a car bomb. It's the requirement for these movies to champion the 'bad guy' as the hero of the film, casting them in a sympathetic...

Johnny Depp's Best & Worst Films - Do You Agree?

6/30/2009 9:36am EDT
Pirates of the Caribbean
The problem with an actor like Johnny Depp is finding movies in his history that aren't fantastic. Then you have to consider the movies that aren't that good, but that he was great in anyway (which covers basically everything else).

The truth is, this Kentucky-born actor is one of the best in his or anyone's generation, and he also is an accomplished producer, director, screenwriter, and yes, even has quite a set of singing pipes. Good thing he's just so unattractive or he might just be the perfect Hollywood hunk ... oh wait. He's gorgeous. Damn you, Johnny Depp!

Here's a look at so...

Opening July 1: Public Enemies

6/30/2009 7:00am EDT
Public Enemies
Based on author Bryan Burrough's ambitious tome -Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-43, director Michael Mann's sprawling historical crime drama... Continue Summary

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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

6/29/2009 10:48am EDT
Public Enemies
I saw "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" last week, and I really enjoyed it. Apparently among critics I was in the minority on that one. The film certainly wasn't perfect, but I didn't think it was nearly as bad as people were saying.

The surprising thing for me though, was how divided people's opinions were about it. For the most part I found that people who viewed the film fell into two camps: those that loved it and those that hated it. I didn't really encounter a many people who fell in between.

July starts out a bit slow this week with "Public Enemies," "Ice Age: Dawn of...

Johnny Depp Doesn't Watch His Movies ('Letterman' Pics & Video)

6/26/2009 9:40am EDT
Johnny Depp Letterman Video Pics
Johnny Depp was on the 'Late Show With David Letterman' last night promoting his new gangster movie 'Public Enemies' and admitted he doesn't watch his own movies. Check out photos and video below...

In classic Johnny Depp style, when asked by Letterman if he has seen 'Public Enemies,' Depp suavely responds, "No, I have not." He elaborates, "In a way, once my job is done on the film, it's really none of my business. I stay as far away as I possibly can [from the finished product]. If I can I try to stay in as profound a state of ignorance as possible. I don't like watching myself."


Johnny Depp Tips Waiter $4,000

6/25/2009 11:27am EDT
Johnny Depp
During a visit to a Chicago restaurant with some "Public Enemies" co-stars, Johnny Depp left a waiter a $4,000 tip, according to Access Hollywood.

Depp, co-star Marion Cotillard and director Michael Mann ate at Gibsons Steakhouse around 11:30 p.m. Depp paid the bill, reportedly $4,400, at about 2:30 a.m. Depp left the sizable sum to make sure the waiter who stayed so late into the night was compensated for his time.

Depp and his friends ordered items including shrimp cocktails, Clams Casino, and some expensive bottles of wine.

The waiter, Mohammed A. Sekhani, told RadarOnline, "I ha...

Johnny Depp Promotes 'Public Enemies' In LA (See Photos!)

6/24/2009 9:53am EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp arrived at the premiere of "Public Enemies" in Los Angeles yesterday. In the film, Depp plays Depression-era gangster John Dillinger. Christian Bale also stars. See more photos after the jump...

Image © AP Photo/Matt Sayles

While filming "Public Enemies," Depp learned a bit about his stepfather. Depp was surprised to hear his stepdad had been locked up in Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet, Illinois - the very prison chosen as a location for the film.

Image © AP Photo/Matt Sayles

According to Christian Bale, he and Depp didn't really get to know each ot...

Johnny Depp - Still Hot?

6/19/2009 11:27am EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp arrived for the opening of "Public Enemies" in Chicago yesterday sporting his usual blue-tinted glasses and a black pinstriped suit. Does the actor still have what it takes? See more photos after the jump...

Image © AP Photo/John Smierciak

In director Michael Mann's sprawling historical crime drama "Public Enemies," Depp plays notorious bank robber John Dillinger, who is pursued by top FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale).

Image © AP Photo/John Smierciak

What does Johnny do during his down time? His long-term partner Vanessa Paradis and their two children, d...

This Year's Remakes & Sequels: Not Living Up To Expectations

6/19/2009 9:56am EDT
Terminator: Salvation
Take a look at the box office chart below, ranking the top ten films of the year so far:

1. Star Trek - $232,557,467

2. Monsters vs. Aliens - $195,246,609

3. Up - $191,041,612

4. X-Men Origins: Wolverine - $176,270,686

5. The Fast and Furious - $154,669,230

6. Paul Blart: Mall Cop - $146,336,178

7. Taken - $144,958,654

8. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian - $144,596,100

9. Angels and Demons - $123,708,539

10. The Hangover - $115,000,000

Notice something missing? Notice a lot of things missing? Namely, many of the high-profile remakes and sequels (Requels, to co...

Christian Bale & 'Public Enemies' Co-Star Johnny Depp Kept Their Distance

5/11/2009 9:37am EDT
Christian Bale
The teaming of Johnny Depp and Christian Bale may be this generation's equivalent of Heat, where Robert De Niro and Al Pacino first faced off. Like the previous Michael Mann film, Mann's Public Enemies also keeps the two stars mostly apart. Depp plays John Dillinger and Bale plays Melvin Purvis.

"We don't know each other in the slightest," said Bale. "I met him at the script read-through. We chatted for 5 or 10 minutes. Other than that, I had two scenes with him, one in which he's in a jail cell. I have a tendency, and it seemed like he was happy to do the same, I have at tendency to n...

Starpulse's Explosive Summer Movie Preview

5/1/2009 10:06am EDT
Star Trek
Since the dawn of the American cinematic blockbuster in the late 1970s and early 1980s, moviegoers have eagerly waited for May - the unofficial beginning of summertime. This summer is no different. Films, and most popular media, are social mirrors, and this summer season supports that. The large box office contenders all deal with very similar themes: escapism and the support of the lone, outlaw hero figure (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek, Terminator Salvation, Up, Transformers 2, Public Enemies, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Inglourious Basterds, et...

'Celebrity Madness' - Vote For The Final Four!

3/30/2009 1:00am EDT
Three Number Ones Remain
It's the Elite Eight! After numerous upsets in the Sweet 16 round of voting we've cut the field down to just eight women and eight men; and you're sure to be surprised by who's still left in the tournament! Cast your votes in this round for your favorite celebs to determine the Final Four celebrities in Starpulse's first annual "Celebrity Madness" tournament! Here are the final eight matchups of the tournament - four womens' & four mens'!

-Click to see the: results of the first round, the results of the second round! and the results of the third round!

For more information on t...

The Men & Women Merge In 'Celeb Madness' Sweet 16 - Vote In Part 1!

3/27/2009 12:26pm EDT
Kate Beckinsale
On we move to the Sweet 16! Cast your votes for your favorite celebs in this third round of action in Starpulse's first annual "Celebrity Madness" tournament! With rounds one & two over, you've narrowed the field of 64 down to 16 and we've got 16 more matchups for you to vote on in both our men's and women's brackets!

For this round there will be two parts with eight matchups in each, four women's matches and four men's.

-Click to see the: results of the first rounds and the results of the second round!

For more information on the "Celebrity Madness" tournament and to get u...

Jeffrey Dean Morgan Upsets #1 Brad Pitt - Here's 'Celebrity Madness' Round 2! (Pt. 1)

3/23/2009 1:35pm EDT
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Cast your votes for your favorite celebs in Round 2 of's first annual "Celebrity Madness" tournament! With round one over, you've narrowed the field of 64 down to 32 and we've got 16 more matchups for you to vote on in both our men's and women's brackets!

Round 2 will consist of four parts with eight matchups in each one for you to vote on. Links to both men's and women's below.

-Click here to see the results of the first round!

For more information on the "Celebrity Madness" tournament and to get updated & printable brackets, go HERE.

The Matchup


Play Starpulse's 'Celebrity Madness 2009 - The Men' (Round 1, Group 1)

3/19/2009 12:05pm EDT
George Clooney, Patrick Dempsey, Kenny Chesney and Johnny Depp
Cast your votes for your favorite male & female celebrities in's First Annual "Celebrity March Madness" showdown! In the spirit of the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments, we bring you two celebrity tournaments throughout the month of March that will determine the number one male and female celebrity - chosen by YOU!

All you have to do is cast your vote in the poll under the picture for one of the two celebs in each match-up! At the end of the round, we'll tally the votes and get the next round underway. There's even a bracket (updated after each round) with all...

Johnny Depp, Christian Bale & Marion Cotillard Star In 'Public Enemies'; In Theaters July 1

3/8/2009 10:00am EDT
Public Enemies
In the action-thriller Public Enemies, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann directs Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Academy Award® winner Marion Cotillard in the story of legendary Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger (Depp)—the charismatic bank robber whose lightning raids made him the number one target of J. Edgar Hoover's fledgling FBI and its top agent, Melvin Purvis (Bale), and a folk hero to much of the downtrodden public.

No one could stop Dillinger and his gang. No jail could hold him. His charm and audacious jailbreaks endeared him to almost everyone—from his girlfriend Billie F...