Movie News in 60 Seconds: Johnny Depp Insults Wichita; The People Still Love Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks; Monster Hunting ‘Killer Pizza’

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Johnny Depp Insults Wichita; The People Still Love Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks; Monster Hunting ‘Killer Pizza’

Nov 09, 2011

The Rum Diary


We’re Sure He Didn’t Mean It: Movie star Johnny Depp has insulted the city of Wichita, Kansas. In an interview with The Guardian, he said “regardless of what [The Rum Diary] makes in, you know, Wichita, Kansas, this week — which is probably about $13 — it doesn’t make any difference. ... a lot of times, outside the big cities in the States, they don’t want that,” referring to The Rum Diary as “an intelligent film.” A Wichita exhibitor retorted: “That’s just sour grapes. Last time I heard, it didn’t do well in New York, either.” (The Wichita Eagle)

The People Have Spoken: Forget the critics, forget the members of the Academy, the people have spoken, and they still love Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks, darn it! The nominations for the 2012 People's Choice Awards have been announced, and Roberts and Hanks are included among the five favorite movie icons. (Los Angeles Times)

Would You Like Anchovies With That? A 14-year-old boy gets a summer job at a pizza parlor that’s “actually a front for a monster hunting enterprise” in Killer Pizza, a novel by Greg Taylor. Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen) has completed a script, and MGM is in talks to acquire it for a Goonies-style adventure. (Deadline)

Influential Designer Passes Away: Costume designer Theodora Van Runkle, 83, has died. She designed the outfits worn by Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde, influencing a generation of fashionable young women, and then dressed Dunaway in elegant costumes in the following year’s The Thomas Crown Affair, among many other films; she earned three Academy Award nominations. (The Hollywood Reporter)

The Singer and the President: We told you a couple of weeks ago about Elvis & Nixon, an upcoming film starring Eric Bana as the musical legend and Danny Huston as the U.S. President, who once met at the White House. The project appears to be moving forward, with Huston evidently confirmed, actor Cary Elwes set to make his directorial debut, and sales outfit K5 International picking up rights outside the U.S. (Screen Daily)

Dept. of Unusual Lawsuits: An Oregon man has sued Lionsgate, claiming that he has been forced to change his hairstyle because his image was used without authorization for the character played by Russell Crowe in The Next Three Days. The man is suing for $250,000 in damages, plus a percentage of the film’s gross sales, plus attorney fees and court costs; no word on whether he is also seeking reimbursement for the price of the tickets he bought to see it. (The Wrap)

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