Johnny Depp’s behavior on the set of “City of Lies” (with Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker), about the investigation of the murder of rap star Notorious B.I.G., has caused the Sept. 7 release of the film to be scrapped. A lawsuit filed by location manager Gregg “Rocky” Brooks for assault and battery alleges Depp hit him repeatedly when he informed him that the downtown L.A. location shooting would go well into the night and wrap late. Brooks is seeking damages for Depp creating a hostile work environment, retaliation and wrongful termination.
Depp has a small role in “London Fields,” with Billy Bob Thornton, Amber Heard (his ex-wife), Tim Sturges and Theo James, which originally was set for release in August but has been delayed because Lionsgate is suing both the director, Matthew Cullen, and Amber Heard over alleged hanky-panky with the editing and looping of the film.
Depp plays a dark wizard in “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” starring Eddie Redmayne (in theaters Nov. 6) and the lead role in the comedy “Richard Says Goodbye,” with Zoey Deutch. Also upcoming for Depp is “Waiting for Barbarians,” with “Bridge of Spies” Oscarwinner Mark Rylance and Robert Pattinson, and a romp as “The Invisible Man” in a remake of the classic 1933 film.
*** Jennifer Lopez, whose “Shades of Blue” ended after its third season, continues as a judge in “World of Dance” and has turned her attention to “Hustlers,” about a group of former strip-club employees servicing Wall Street men who scheme to get their fair share. “Second Act,” also starring Vanessa Hudgens, Leah Remini, Dan Bucatinsky, Milo Ventimiglia and Treat Williams, will be in theaters Nov. 21. Lopez also will take on the role of “Rosie” in the NBC production of “Bye, Bye, Birdie” (created by Chita Rivera on Broadway and Ja- net Leigh in the film), which has been delayed until later in 2019 because of her busy schedule.
It’s amazing that it took BBC Films to immortalize the great comedy duo Laurel and Hardy in the upcoming film “Stan & Ollie,” which will have its world premiere Oct. 21 at the London Film Festival. It stars Oscar-nominee John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy and Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel.
Ben Affleck (director) and Matt Damon (star) are teaming up again for the truecrime story about the ex-cop who rigged the McDonald’s Monopoly Game and stole $24 million in prize money, which he allegedly shared with his co-conspirators who offered kickbacks to the mastermind of the scheme. As with their Oscar-winning script “Goodwill Hunting,” many studios were in a bidding war for them and the property. Playing “Monopoly” as kids is really going to pay off for them as adults!