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Johnny Depp’s favourite actor is “the greatest actor of the last two centuries”

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There are several reasons that Johnny Depp is in the news right now, and none of them are due to his acting ability. In truth, few actors have transcended their profession as extravagantly as Depp. While he made his name first as a colossal heartthrob, finding roles within Platoon and Cry-Baby before being launched into fame with Edward Scissorhands, Depp soon turned his attention toward exploring the more artistic side of Hollywood, peppering his CV with art-driven pieces amid box office blockbusters. It’s something that is shaped by his favourite actor.

Depp has received critical and commercial success, earning nominations for ten Golden Globe Awards (winning one) and three Academy Awards. In addition to acting, Depp has also worked as a musician. He has performed in numerous musical groups, including forming the rock super-group Hollywood Vampires along with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry. Depp was initially drawn to music when he was gifted a guitar by his mother at the age of 12 and began playing in various bands. Depp’s wife (at the time), Lori Anne Allison, worked as a makeup artist and introduced him to Nicolas Cage. It was Cage who advised him to become an actor.

Soon enough, Depp would become a global star, reaching parts of the earth with his movies that he likely never dreamed possible. Despite his recent public issues with Amber Heard, the name and face of Depp will live long in the cultural tapestry of society. The same can be said for Depp’s favourite actor of all time too, Marlon Brando. The duo bare some striking similarities, too, not even including their shared credits within 1994’s Don Juan DeMarco.

Once referred to as “the actor of the century”, Brando’s image as Stanley Kowalski in the film adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desirewould set him up for a career like no other. Compounded by his doe-eyed portrayal of Johnny Strabler in The Wild One, something he shares with Depp and Cry Baby, Bando would curate a Hollywood filmography littered with successes. None were as successful as his role as Don Corleone in the empirically outstanding The Godfather by director Francis Ford Coppola.

Brando would work with the famed director just seven years later on Apocalypse Now as Colonel Kurtz. During the shooting, Brando would prove himself to be a unique figure on the acting set, a notoriously private individual; he would engage in strange practices to get his performance just right. Following Brando’s success in Apocalypse Now, the actor forged his own strange path, appearing in few films of note, aside from the infamously bad The Island of Dr. Moreau in 1996, before his early death at the age of 80 in July 2004.

While Brando’s acting chops can never be disputed, it wasn’t simply his performances that led Depp to call Brando his favourite performer during a conversation with IMDB: “Marlon Brando is maybe the greatest actor of the last two centuries. But his mind is much more important than the acting thing. The way that he looks at things, doesn’t judge things, the way that he assesses things. He’s as important as, uh… who’s important today? Jesus, not many people… Stephen Hawking!”

In a previous interview, Depp noted: “There’s only a couple of actors that I can think of that I would be fascinated to find out what their thoughts are — Marlon Brando is one of them. He’s obviously an amazing actor — possibly the greatest — but what fascinates me about Marlon Brando is his brain and his thoughts.” And, again, during a later interview, Depp would note, “I worshipped him [Marlon Brando], and I still do,” before explaining the first time he met his hero.

“Marlon and I met on the phone because I wanted to Don Juan DeMarco with him,” continued Depp. “We spoke for three hours on the telephone, I was in New York, and he was in Los Angeles. I went back the next week, he invited me for dinner; we sat, and we talked, and it was… we connected on many levels, especially the fact that no one wants to be a novelty.”

While we’re not sure if the two men are equally matched in performances, Depp and Brando have shared a remarkable amount of similar roles, grievances and idiosyncrasies. You can see Depp display many of those similarities in the clip below.

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Chicago prosecutor drops sex abuse charges against R. Kelly

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R. Kelly arrives for a hearing on sexual abuse charges in Chicago on May 7, 2019.Kamil Krzaczynski / AFP via Getty Images file

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told reporters that her office believes “justice has been served” against Kelly, who has been convicted in federal court.

An Illinois prosecutor dropped 10 charges of sex abuse against the singer R. Kelly on Monday, saying the cost was one of the factors she weighed in her decision.

Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is already serving a 30-year prison sentence on charges of federal racketeering and sex trafficking after he was convicted in New York last year.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told reporters that her office believes “justice has been served” with the two convictions. She said her office’s “limited resources and court time” were the ultimate factors, noting that it found the accusations to be credible.

“Mr. Kelly is looking at the possibility of never walking out of prison again,” Foxx said.

Kelly is set to appear Tuesday in Cook County Court, where the charges will be formally dropped. The state has accused Kelly of sexually abusing four people, three of whom were minors.

Foxx announced the state’s case in 2019, saying the incidents occurred from May 1998 to January 2010. Kelly had faced three to seven years in prison for each charge if he were convicted.

The women in the case were identified in the indictment only by their initials. Multiple women have come forward with allegations over the years.

Lifetime aired a six-part docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly,” in January 2019 in which multiple women alleged Kelly subjected them to mental, physical and sexual abuse. Foxx urged potential victims to come forward to speak with her office about possible criminal activity after the series.

Foxx said Monday that she consulted with the women in the indictment before she decided to drop the charges, acknowledging that some might be disappointed.

“I know firsthand how difficult it is for you to tell your stories,” Foxx said. “Four years ago, I stood at this podium and shared my story of having been a survivor and my full understanding of what it means to have to go before strangers to discuss what is arguably one of the most horrific experiences one could have. And these women, all of them Black, came forward, believing that they would be heard.”

Kelly also faces state charges in Minnesota, where he has been accused of soliciting a minor for sexual purposes and engaging in prostitution with a minor.

In the New York case, Kelly was convicted on nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking. Jurors found that he set up a criminal enterprise that enabled him to recruit and transport underage girls for sex.

Months later in Chicago federal court, he was convicted on six counts of sexual exploitationand enticement of a minor. He is scheduled to be sentenced on those charges Feb. 23.

Kelly’s attorneys have said he plans to appeal both federal convictions.

Source: NBC NEWS

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50 GB Of Unreleased Michael Jackson Songs Stolen And Leaked

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Renowned music engineer Brad Sundberg’s laptop was stolen this week during a break at one of his “In The Studio With MJ” events in Brussels, leading to the leaks of several unreleased songs by the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Sundberg’s laptop contained a significant amount of unreleased material by the iconic singer, predominately from the late 1980s and early 1990s. He would play them for fans who attended the events over the years.

The stolen songs, which were recorded during Michael’s “Bad” and “Dangerous” eras, have now surfaced on various online platforms, causing a frenzy among the fans. This is not the first time that unreleased material by Michael has been leaked, but under the circumstance of the theft, it’s certainly the most shocking and disappointing.

Fans have urged others to refrain from sharing or downloading the leaked songs, as they were not intended for public release and may contain unfinished versions of the tracks, as well as damage any plans for potential future releases.

We at MJWN are deeply saddened by the events. We hope those involved will be brought to justice. We will not be posting any links to the stolen material, nor naming the songs that have been leaked.

Michael’s Estate has yet to release a statement on the matter.

Source: MJWN

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‘Addams Family’ Tv Actress Lisa Loring Dead at 64

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Lisa Loring, the first Wednesday in 1964's 'The Addams Family', dies at 64

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