Johnny Depp

The Oakdale Leader - - ENTERTAINMENT - Photo credit: De­posit­pho­tos By Tony Rizzo

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 Janet 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!

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