Johnny Depp on his ‘comeback’ as Whitey Bulger in ‘Black Mass’

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Fans jam Coolidge Corner to see Johnny Depp, ‘Black Mass’ stars.

In the new film , Johnny Depp plays infamous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. As “Black Mass” premiered last night at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, Hollywood was anxious to reveal the nearly $20 million it said the movie about James “Whitey” Bulger contributed to the economy during filming here, but the state was unable to say how much it gave in tax credits.Johnny Depp, Dakota Johnson and the rest of the stars of “Black Mass” came to Brookline last night for the U.S. premiere of the Whitey Bulger flick and were greeted by hundreds of cheering, chanting fans who apparently had no hard feelings about Hollywood taking on one of the uglier chapters in Boston history.

A movie about gangster James ”Whitey” Bulger’s violent reign as leader of Boston’s criminal underworld got its first screening in the state Tuesday.The city learned about Coolidge Corner Theatre’s decision to host a screening of Black Mass weeks ago, but when Johnny Depp RSVPed, it meant chaos would inevitably ensue.

The film looks at Bulger’s reign as the boss of the Irish-American underworld and the connections he forged with the FBI which used him as a paid informer in order to crack down on the rival Italian-American mafia. “I approached James Bulger as a human being who … was multifaceted and did have a side to him that was … human, loving and all that,” Depp said at a news conference. Charlie Baker’s Office and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, whose spokeswoman, Kristen Sabella, said in an email: “The 2014 filings for individual taxpayers are still being processed, and we do not yet have access to what has been filed with the Department of Revenue.” A 2014 production like “Black Mass,” if it applied for a tax credit, would appear in a Department of Revenue “transparency” report, which will not be released until next year, Sabella said.

I think around the country it will probably be largely watched because they have heard a lot of the stories or read something in the paper.” Walsh, who grew up in Dorchester, said some people might be concerned about seeing another movie showcasing violent crime in Boston, but he think’s it’s great if Hollywood wants to keep coming back to the Hub. “In a way, it’s promoting Boston,” he said. “Not in a positive light … but they don’t just make crime movies, they make other movies. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star walked the red carpet about halfway, then broke off to go across the street and greet the hundreds of fans who were chanting, “Johnny! Some gawkers held signs welcoming supporting cast members such as Dakota Johnson, but the A-lister that most people hoped to see was Johnny Depp, who plays the notorious crime boss in the film. Pulling up to Harvard Street in Brookline at 4:30 on Tuesday evening—an hour and a half before celebrities were supposed to arrive—hundreds were already lined up against a set of barricades that stretched along the sidewalks.

The Motion Picture Association of America, meanwhile, was able to provide details of the money the production spent in Massachusetts, including more than $8.5 million on the 662 local cast and crew members who were hired, $2.7 million on location fees, $820,000 on car rentals, nearly $560,000 on wardrobe purchases and more than $453,000 on catering, bakery goods and other food items. “These latest figures make clear what many local workers and businesses already know: The production of ‘Black Mass’ was a driver for economic activity every day it spent in Massachusetts,” former U.S. Johnny!” He spent about a half-hour signing autographs and posing for pictures and was joined by his co-star Johnson, who looked fab in a white and silver dress, as she pressed the flesh. However, Jesse Plemons, who played Kevin Weeks, director Scott Cooper and Scituate actress Erica McDermott, who played Billy Bulger’s wife, Mary, did walk the carpet. “It didn’t feel like work, I can tell you that much,” she laughed. “It was really exciting.

It’s his life, and I’m playing him onscreen,” Depp saying, noting that it was important that his performance capture as much as possible of the truth – Bulger’s, that of his associates and that of Bulger’s victims. But the movie has also drawn criticism from victims’ relatives, who say Hollywood is glamorizing a man who terrorized Boston for decades. “It’s amazing. Carney, Bulger “respectfully declined” to participate in the making of the film, “based on the fact that it’s a film that stems from a book that he’s not, let’s say, most enthusiastic about.

Meanwhile, helicopters hovered above the theater, which was adorned with a red carpet and large “Black Mass” posters featuring Depp in the aviator sunglasses and tight-fitting leather jacket that Bulger sported in the 1970s. Cast members began arriving shortly after 6:30 p.m., to rousing cheers from the crowd, many of whom stood on tiptoe and held up cellphones to snap photos from hundreds of yards away.

He said he was thankful for Carney’s help. “The most difficult thing is when you’re dealing with a person who exists, and you know he’s a man, and certainly a man of honor in regards to the people he loved,” Depp said. “The responsibility is to do the right thing by that person, no matter how good the person is deemed, no matter how bad the person is deemed.

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Finding the ‘Joy’ in Jennifer Lawrence

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‘Joy’ review: Jennifer Lawrence cleans up in enjoyable biopic.

Writer-director David O. Their latest collaboration — following in the footsteps of Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle — is a biographical picture about the life and times of Joy Mangano.Jennifer Lawrence groans when she’s asked about singing the classic Nancy and Frank Sinatra duet Something Stupid with co-star Edgar Ramirez in her new film Joy. “David [O Russell, the movie’s director] texted me last night to ask if he could put it on the soundtrack and this is what I texted him back,” the actor says as she digs around for her mobile phone and reads out her response verbatim. “‘David, no!!!’ and it is three exclamation marks.In a very abbreviated nutshell, that actually happened to Joy Mangano, 59, the fabulously successful Long Island entrepreneur/inventor and HSN pitchwoman whose rags-to-riches journey started with the invention of a mop.

Russell has made three kinds of movies: offbeat romances (“Flirting With Disaster”), surreal comedies (“I Heart Huckabees”) and dramas about dysfunctional yet appealing families (“The Fighter”). In real life, Mangano is the Long Island housewife and inventor who became famous and eventually rich after bouts of near-bankruptcy, by creating and marketing her Miracle Mop. Out Boxing Day in Australia, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence in the fictionalised life story of Joy Mangano, a single mum from Long Island who made her fortune selling a mop. On Christmas Day, “Joy,” a movie inspired by her struggles as a divorced, single mother turned mogul by way of that mop, will open at movie theaters across America.

This was before she hooked up with the giant Home Shopping Network, becoming their most effective pitch person and eventually selling her parent company, Ingenious Designs, to HSN. Gross, I can’t listen to it; I have to go to bed.’ And I said yes, but it’s a groaning, reluctant yes.” It’s the kind of unfiltered moment you come to expect when interviewing Lawrence, who may now be one of the most famous actors on the planet but still blurts out whatever she’s thinking with such self-deprecating charm it’s impossible not to be, well, charmed.

Jennifer Lawrence’s performance as Miracle Mop inventor and QVC pitchwoman Joy Mangano glues the movie together, but it threatens to unravel at any time. Lawrence, 25, looks genuinely surprised when complimented about how unchanged she seems from our earlier interviews before the fame and Oscars. “But there would be no reason to change,” she says with a shrug. “I just have a job and I love my job. In the film, Lawrence’s Mangano is a colourful character, a single mom with a unique relationship and friendship with her ex-husband, and an enterprising woman who parlays her creativity into an incredibly successful business.

Mom (Virginia Madsen) stays in her bedroom and watches soap operas, until she falls for a Haitian plumber (Jimmy Jean-Louis) who fixes a hole in her bedroom floor. She landed minor roles on TV shows such as Monk, Cold Case and Medium before her 2010 indie film Winter’s Bone led to her becoming the second youngest best actress Oscar nominee in history. This is true even when the film tilts off its rocker with a bit of Russell-esque madness built into the screenplay, and with the director failing to always keep the energy going. That resulted in not only a string of critically acclaimed films, an Academy Award and another Oscar nomination, but also her very own mega-franchise as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.

Joy’s grandma (endearing Diane Ladd) delivers messages of empowerment and smooths over constant fights, but she’s opposed by the money-grubbing rich woman (Isabella Rossellini) who dates Joy’s dad and sends negative messages about her. Lawrence’s endearing habit of speaking her mind resulted in a controversial essay she penned on Lena Dunham’s website about her discovery during the Sony hacks that she was being paid less “than the lucky people with dicks” on her recent films, including American Hustle. “I completely understand when people say actors shouldn’t talk about politics and things they don’t know about, but this was my gender at stake and it was being threatened with unfairness and I thought, ‘What is the point of having this voice if it’s not to speak out for myself and for everyone else who can’t?’,” she says unapologetically.

Upon learning that Lawrence would be playing her mom, Miranne says, “I braced myself so I wouldn’t fall on the floor.” As for Mangano, she says Lawrence playing her “made me feel old, number one. Lawrence hangs out with a posse of celebrity girlfriends, including Amy Schumer and singer Adele, but the reason is simple. “The friendship gets expedited a lot when you meet someone you know beyond a shadow of a doubt has no agenda,” she says. Draining her savings and taking out loans, she started off small, selling her mops to local boat owners. “She persuaded QVC to take a thousand, but sales were poor and they tried to send them back,” says Mason. “She suggested letting her demonstrate it herself, and the channel agreed.” Sales skyrocketed and Mangano’s career as a QVC pitch woman was launched. That’s so amazing there aren’t even words.” Mangano and her three children didn’t view “Joy” until the Dec. 13 premiere in Manhattan, though a family outing to see “Trainwreck” included a trailer.

This is, after all, the self-confessed reality-show junkie who confessed in a recent Vogue interview that on the night of her 25th birthday party, friends surprised her with a visit from reality queen Kris Jenner, who presented her with a cake inscribed, ‘Happy Birthday, you piece of shit!’ The only time she seems tongue-tied is when asked about her relationship status, after a four-year stint with X-Men: First Class co-star Nicholas Hoult and a year with Coldplay singer Chris Martin before their breakup earlier this year. “Next!” Lawrence says in a no-nonsense voice, pausing as she decides if she’ll continue that thought. For one thing, Mangano’s childhood is not that interesting for a film, despite some flashbacks to her as a youngster (when she is played by 10-year-old Isabella Cramp, who does actually look like we imagine Lawrence could have at the same age). A satire on the acquisitiveness of the public? (Here, QVC foists unnecessary things on gullible viewers who could better save their money.) Russell doesn’t seem to know. And, of course, the grave ending would be a lie: Mangano is very much alive at the age of 59, still inventing, still pitching products, still a superstar of the American home shopping universe. There’s the Clothes It All luggage system, essentially a rolling suitcase with a removable garment bag, and the Super Chic vacuum, which releases fragrance into the air.

If I even casually say something to a reporter, that quote haunts me for the rest of my life,” she says, “so I am never, ever, ever talking about boys again!” I don’t think any of us brought enough tissues!” A good portion of the film was shot last winter in Boston, and though the always-busy Mangano was twice scheduled to visit the set, snowstorms made travel impossible. He has mixed genres successfully before, as in the anti-war comedy-drama “Three Kings,” but the blender often grinds to a halt in “Joy.” Just as we’re getting used to the realism of Mangano’s fight for respect, Russell photographs Rossellini as if she were a gargoyle.

One of her creations, the thin and velvet-covered Huggable Hanger, remains a bestseller for HSN, at more than 300 million sold, and was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey. Yet in “Silver Linings Playbook,” Cooper, De Niro and Russell all supported her with fine work; here they lay back and make the movie a one-ring circus where she has to be acrobat, bareback rider and clown.

He had a presence all of his own.” At one point, Miranne says, “Jennifer grabbed Joy’s hand and said to David, ‘Look at the nails, a French manicure.’ ” (That manicure is a Mangano signature.) Lawrence revealed that in studying for her part as Joy, she watched recordings of the inventor’s early pitches on HSN, including ones for “Huggable Hangers” and found her so compelling that she wanted to buy them on the spot. There is something special when creative people get together.” Mangano’s take on Lawrence? “She’s beyond her years, so brilliant, hysterical and so talented.

Critically, Russell’s sense of wonder and beauty turns elegiac moments — especially when Joy Mangano becomes fully realized as a woman and as a business executive — into scenes of great beauty. Lawrence recently said on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” that the movie was “half Joy Mangano’s story and half [Russell’s] imagination and other powerful, strong women who inspired him.” The director mined much of his Mangano material by phone.

The cast includes Edgar Ramirez, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Isabella Rossellini, Susan Lucci (in a mock TV soap opera that gives Joy some of its silliness) and even Melissa Rivers as her late mother Joan Rivers. There’s no situation Joy cannot overcome or circumvent.” At a Newsday photo shoot at Mangano’s luxurious but serene 42,000-square-foot mansion on 11 acres in St. As for parting advice for the ambitious? “If this movie inspires even just one more person to believe in themselves and to go after their dreams, then it’s made a very special impact in this world.

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