Rum Diary Poster Premieres: Johnny Depp’s Rum!

The Rum Diary poster has arrived and judging by its composition, the underlying fuel behind the story is visibly rum. Johnny Depp starring in a film with rum at its center and it’s not based around pirating?

Rum Diary Poster

Movie Fanatic recently debuted The Rum Diaries trailer and the response was immense. Audiences are eager to witness Depp back in a role crafted from the mind of Hunter S. Thompson. The actor previously headlined Terry Gilliam’s page to screen adaptation of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. And some have said that Depp was channeling a bit of Thompson in his performance in Rango.

In the film that debuts October 28, Depp is a writer, Paul Kemp, who ventures to Puerto Rico for a position at a newspaper. He is joined by a stellar cast including Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins, Giovani Ribisi, Aaron Eckhart and Amber Heard.

Beyond Fear and Loathing and the Rango inspired characterization, Depp’s passion for Thompson knows no end. He narrated Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson documentary on the esteemed author’s life.

Contagion Q&A: Laurence Fishburne Fights for our Survival

Laurence Fishburne has been fighting the cinematic fight for decades. In fact, the Oscar nominee’s first film was in the war classic Apocalypse Now. Through Boyz n the Hood, The Matrix and now Contagion, Fishburne excels at portraying characters that must persevere, despite all the cards stacked against them.

Laurence Fishburne, Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Ehle in Contagion
Fishburne is Dr. Ellis Cheever in Contagion, a man at the center of an international epidemic that threatens to wipe out the world’s population. He is the head of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) as news breaks that a character portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow has returned from a trip to Asia and died 48 hours later. Soon two deaths becomes four, four explodes to 400 and before long, audiences are on the verge of witnessing 40 million succumb to the mysterious illness.

The film is managed with grace by director Steven Soderbergh, who has made a star player out of Fishburne’s character that sits in the midst of a true ensemble film. As he goes, the story follows.

Fishburne visited with Movie Fanatic to talk Contagion, whether he’s someone who is taken aback by the idea of germs wiping out the planet and how amongst the chaos of Contagion’s action, the former CSI star most treasured his time acting opposite his movie fiancé, played by Sanaa Lathan.

Movie Fanatic: How did you wrap your head around playing someone at the center of an unprecedented human race crisis, who still has the presence of mind to think and help the people he loves? How complex was that to play?

Laurence Fishburne: It wasn’t really that complex to me once I talked to Dr. Lumpkin (of the CDC) who had real strong opinions about how all of this should play out. He was with us every day and he really is committed to what he does. He loves what he does. So we’d be working and he’d be on his phone and he’d go, “Let me show you this.” It’d be something that could potentially be an outbreak. Almost every day, he’d have some new disease that the CDC is tracking and keeping an eye on. So it became really easy just to sort of go, “Oh, right. So the stakes for this thing — you do are always here.” [Fishburne motions his head way above his head.] The personal stuff that I have as Ellis Cheever with telling my fiancé soon-to-be-wife Sanaa Lathan to get out of town, to leave, to pack up, to not talk to anyone, that’s really easy. Any human being in this situation is going to do that.

Laurence Fishburne in Contagion

Movie Fanatic: You mention Sanaa Lathan, what a treasure she is as an actress. Were the scenes with her as much fun to film as we had watching?

Laurence Fishburne: It was wonderful playing with Sanaa — thanks for saying that, it’s nice to know that feeling is there. It’s beautiful. It was as nice playing with Sanaa as it was playing with Jennifer [Ehle].

Movie Fanatic: The science aspect of the film was so impressive. I’m sure Dr. Limpkin helped, but you and Jennifer nailed it…

Laurence Fishburne: I did that for a long time [on CSI]. [Laughs] But I think it’s how I got this job, so it wasn’t all bad [coyly smiles].

Movie Fanatic: You must get dozens of scripts weekly. How did Contagion stand out?

Laurence Fishburne: I was blown away by how smart it was cause a lot of what is being made now is kinda stupid. So I was very honored to be asked to be apart of this. It’s a really smart movie.

Kate Winslet and Laurence Fishburne in Contagion

Movie Fanatic: Has this film made you a germaphobe?

Laurence Fishburne: I ain’t afraid of germs man.

[We Laugh]

Laurence Fishburne: [Continues] And I ain’t afraid of getting sick. Dying, that’s some other (expletive), but the other stuff… [smirks and then smiles].

The Great Gatsby: Leonardo DiCaprio Begins Filming

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s literary classic The Great Gatsby is heading to the big screen once again, courtesy of Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann. After Robert Redford filled the Gatsby shoes in 1974, we cannot think of a more perfect choice in the new version to don the dapper look of the 1920s than Leonardo DiCaprio. Luhrmann and DiCaprio have begun principal photography this week on The Great Gatsby which means we’re ever closer than ever to a first look!

Leonardo DiCaprio Cast in Great Gatsby

We cannot imagine what the man behind Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet will be doing with Fitzgerald’s work as this much is known: He’s got a $150 million dollar budget and is shooting the film in 3D. Yes, you read correctly: The Great Gatsby will be in 3D. Those 1920s classic cars will never look so real!

On board for the Gatsby redo besides DiCaprio as Gatsby is Joel Edgerton as Tom, Isla Fisher as Myrtle, Carey Mulligan stars as Daisy, Tobey Maguire is Nick, Jason Clarke plays George while Elizabeth Debicki scores the role of her career as Jordan.

The Human Centipede 2 Trailer Debuts

The first trailer to the grossly terrifying The Human Centipede 2 has premiered. The question is: How on earth will The Human Centipede filmmakers top the shock and awe they achieved in the first go around?

The Human Centipede 2

Judging by the preview, Centipede writer-director Tom Six has indeed upped the ante by taking audiences further into his warped cinematic mind.

IFC Films has released the trailer for the film that will arrive in time for Halloween, October 6. The Human Centipede 2 will also premiere at Fantastic Fest later this month.

Here’s the IFC Films official synopsis to give you an idea of how one surpasses one of the more shocking pieces of film of recent memory:

“The story of a man who becomes sexually obsessed with a DVD recording of the first film in the series, The Human Centipede, and uses sandpaper to pleasure himself whilst watching the film. He decides to create a “human centipede” of his own, this time comprised of twelve victims as opposed to the first film’s three.”

The Human Centipede 2 Trailer

Katherine Heigl Premieres One for the Money Poster

The fans of the book One for the Money by Janet Evanovich are watching the film production of one of her most beloved series with a watchful eye ever since Katherine Heigl was announced as the film’s star. The main character, Stephanie Plum, is iconic to the legions of Evanovich’s fans and now they have their first chance to judge: One for the Money has released the film’s first poster.
One for the Money Poster
Lionsgate has proudly released a new look at Heigl as Plum and we want to know: What do you think?

One for the Money follows Plum, a classic Jersey girl, who has been unemployed for over half a year. Desperate, she turns to her cousin for a job as a bounty hunter for his bail bonds business.

The sixteen episode book series is ripe for a movie franchise and Lionsgate and Heigl are hoping the first film’s adventure where Plum goes after a murder suspect who is a former vice cop will entice fans to sign up for more. Oh, did we mention that the man at the heart of her first bounty hunting is the man who broke her heart back in high school? Yeah, seriously — our Money is on Plum in this chase!

One for the Money also stars entertainment legend Debbie Reynolds, John Leguiziamo, Jason O’Mara and Daniel Sunjata. One for the Money arrives in theaters January 27, 2012.