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Can Scruffy Hot Cillian Murphy Help Us Take Johnny Depp Seriously Again?

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | December 22, 2013 | Comments ()


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Five Things You May Not Have Heard About This Week…

5. NBC Announced Hannibal’s Glorious Return.

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I think they mean “Embrace the MadSness.” And no one is more excited than me…but why the Friday night death-slot, NBC? Let’s hope the network keeps up its support, so we don’t have to start sending random body parts. Meanwhile, I hope my man Mads is having his Academy Awards suit readied; The Hunt is up for Best Foreign Language Film, and we all know that means the other films don’t stand a chance.

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4. George R. R. Martin Kept His Schedule Busy.

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While we wait for The Winds of Winter to finish writing itself, master procrastinator GRRM busied up his schedule the next few months. Martin is booked to appear at the free Game of Thrones screenings playing at his Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, N.M., beginning January 6, 2014. That Monday will kick off three episodes a night; seating is available first-come first serve, and you can find the full schedule here.

3. The BBC Scheduled a Buffy Retrospective.

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Though it pains me deeply to bring you this news, I am compelled to inform you that on December 26th, BBC Radio will present a Buffy the Vampire Slayer retrospective. To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the final episode aired in Britain, new interviews with Joss Whedon, Anthony Head, Neil Gaiman and Rhianna Pratchett will accompany the discussion of Buffster’s legacy. You can listen to the Front Row special through the BBC site.

2. Speaking of Whedon, He’s Adding Another Villain to The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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…because one bad guy just isn’t enough anymore (Even when he’s Spader? Really?). So who’s the latest addition? Casting calls are out for a 40-50 year old physically imposing man; names being thrown around are Marton Csokas (Lord of the Rings, Rogue, Noah, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Dougray Scott. And who might these actors play? None other than Baron von Strucker. Additionally, Latino Review says *Spoiler*—swipe ahead to read: “In the film Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) work for Baron von Strucker.” The Avengers: Age of Ultron stars about fifty zillion people and hits theaters May 15, 2015.

1. Not One But Two Transcendence Trailers Dropped.


With the trajectory his career has taken these past several years…the Pirates of the Caribbean series, The Lone Ranger, The Tourist and Dark Shadows, can we still take Johnny Depp seriously? Maybe some beardalicious Cillian Murphy or the gorgeous Rebecca Hall will help? He’s got to start somewhere, right—Depp is a bit young to have hit the too-old-to-care point in his career; maybe Wally Pfister’s (Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer) feature debut can set him back on track. The concept is cool: Depp plays an obsessed AI developer working on a self-aware machine. As you can see by the trailers, his research takes an odd direction. Transcendence also stars Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany and Kate Mara.


Cindy Davis, (Twitter) ravenously awaits Mads’ return.


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  • James Miller

    Why would you post a mislabeled picture of Jan Brady (Eve Plumb) from the Brady Bunch for a story about Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

  • Walt Jr

    Cillian Murphy, creepy + sexy= the best combination!

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    I didn't watch the trailers, but I'm watching this movie. Cillian Murphy, Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany? I'm there so hard! Also I love sci-fi. And AI. And crazy shit.

  • kinoumenthe

    So… Hollywood is finally catching up to the concept of the Singularity, just when the actual SF community is starting to leave it behind ? As per usual then.

  • Guest

    So, it's J.A.R.V.I.S. against SHODAN Depp? I'm in.

  • Guest

    Do not insult SHODAN, insect.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Between Murphy and Hannibal, this is my favorite Pajiba post of the day.

  • sanity fair

    That's actually the first Depp movie that looks really interesting in years. I'm actually surprised at HOW interesting it appears to be.

  • NateMan

    Agreed. It's gonna be a rental for me.

  • space_oddity

    GRRM has also been busy with this, which was announced recently. http://www.amazon.com/World-Ic...

  • I would be more down with this if it were a huge, thick, encyclopedia type book with lots of color pictures and maps.

  • Debra Kessing

    and wouldn't that be awesome news if he had done it after he finished the frickin' series of -- you know -- the story ......

  • Debra Kessing

    "While we wait for The Winds of Winter to finish writing itself, master procrastinator GRRM busied up his schedule the next few months" << love you for this :D:D

    "Though it pains me deeply to bring you this news, I am compelled to inform you that on December 26th, BBC Radio will present a Buffy the Vampire Slayer retrospective." << not so sure about this, WHY would it pain you?

    And I am excited about Trancendence, I don't believe Johnny Depp needs help, just because he made a few shitty movies does not change the fact of his talent (and face .. mmm faace ... sorry, Homer moment) and Cillian Murphy & Morgan Freeman are simply HUGE bonuses :) So I am actually thrilled with numbers 1 through 5 -- because Joss and Hannibal need no words ...

  • John W

    That's maester procrastinator if you please.

    Rutger Hauer for Baron Von Strucker.

  • BobbFrapples

    I'll watch. I love a good technology-will-kill-us-all flick.

  • stella

    Paul Bettanys there too. Its like my Christmas wish has been granted. Thanks Nolan.

  • Bepo

    I doubt even Cillian Gingerbeard has that kind of power.

  • I don't know, he looks much better with facial hair. Without it, all I can see is Creepy Serial Killer.

  • Guest

    ... can we still take Johnny Depp seriously? Maybe some beardalicious Cillian Murphy or the gorgeous Rebecca Hall will help?

    Rebecca Hall makes everything better, she was the only thing I remember from the trailer.

    Maybe the Friday night slot for Hannibal will mean it will move over to cable for season 3 where it belongs.Or be NBC's prestige show (if the awards love starts). They can't have set the bar very high with that night / time slot.

  • I would kill to be able to have a beer with Mads Mikkelsen.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    You're in luck, the man loves his beer.

  • Guest

    I would do the same for a beer with Caroline Dhavernas.

  • rio

    "Can scruffy hot Cillian Murphy help us take Johnny Depp seriously again?"
    No.
    A time machine is his only option.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Well, since Depp technically plays SkyNet...

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