Everyone is making a big deal about comments that Johnny Depp made in an interview with the BBC about his career. From the sound of it, he has a very rational explanation for why he doesn't see himself acting for much longer. "At a certain point, you know, you start thinking when you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year and you realize you've said written words more than you actually had a chance to say your own words, you start thinking of that as an insane option for a human being.

Is Johnny Depp retiring? He's certainly making another "Pirates of the Caribbean," as well as another "Alice in Wonderland," and he's definitely not the first actor in recent memory to start talking about stepping out of the spotlight. So we thought we'd check up on a few recent retirees to see what they're up to.


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It's official. When "Star Wars: Episode VII" returns us to that galaxy far, far away, it will take us back with the familiar themes of John Williams, who will return to score the first film of the new trilogy. A press release and an accompanying video made the announcement over the weekend.

Hiring Williams is definitely a good step to getting back the faith of the "Star Wars" diehards that were miffed by the choices George Lucas made with the prequels, but if J.J. Abrams and company really want to bring back the good feelings of the original trilogy, there are a three specific themes that Williams should recreate.

Also, click past the jump for a Spotify playlist of William's best "Star Wars" themes.


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So we may be playing favorites a little here, but "Linsanity," the critical lauded documentary from this year's Sundance, was directed by Evan Jackson Leong, a former MTV News staffer. That's pretty cool. It was one thing to have a colleague's movie go to Sundance, but it's another thing to have the movie be great by all accounts.

After impressive runs at Sundance and SXSW, according to Variety, "Linsanity" is now scheduled for a limited run to start on October 4 in over a dozen major cities.

"Linsanity" follows Asian-American basketball superstar Jeremy Lin as he starts his character in the NBA. Leong followed Lin for months, even before he came off the bench of the New York Knicks to become a surprise star.

Check out a clip from "Linsanity" above!


Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler, the star and director of the indie hit "Fruitvale Station," respectively, are riding high. Their true-life tale has been doing exceptionally well in limited release, and it has, more or less, snapped up every festival award it has encountered. With their first collaboration a bona fide success, the duo may have just found their next project, and it is freaking amazing.

According to Deadline, Coogler is set to direct "Creed," a spin-off of the "Rocky" series that would follow Apollo Creed's grandson, and Jordan is now in early talks for the starring role.

The report says that "Creed" is Coogler's dream project, intends to make it his follow-up to "Fruitvale Station," and was the director's own idea.

Pretty cool, right? That's only half of it.


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District 9

Wired just published a new, fascinating profile of "Elysium" and "District 9" director Neill Blomkamp that has a lot of people talking.

Blomkamp is an interesting guy after all. His first feature film, a sci-fi movie about aliens, was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture. That movie, "District 9," also ended with a maddeningly teasing promise. Christopher Johnson, the "prawn" desperate to get home, told Wikus (Sharlto Copley) that he would return in three years with a cure for whatever was turning him into an alien.

Well, last year, the third anniversary of that promise came and passed without a word from Christopher Johnson or Blomkamp about the tentatively titled "District 10," but the director has given an update about that project and the news may excite hopeful fans.


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Angry Birds Star Wars

"Angry Birds Star Wars" at first seemed like the straw that would break the merchandising juggernaut's back. Could "'Star Wars' sell out any further?" many fans asked, but the mobile game tie-in ended up being the best version to date of the outrageously popular app.

That's why we're so excited for the recently announced "Angry Birds Star Wars II," the new game from Rovio that will incorporate many new features, characters, and levels that any fan of the film series will recognize.

Check out the new trailer for "Angry Birds Star Wars II" after the jump!


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Entertainment Weekly unleashed their enormous San Diego Comic-Con preview upon the world last week, and hidden among the new images from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" was this little gem from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."


As you'll no doubt recognize, this is the same ensemble that Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) donned for her high fashion spread, one of the very first images we saw from the much anticipate sequel.

"Catching Fire" will have a big presence at Comic-Con, which starts this Thursday, July 17. A Hall H panel is already on the books, and there have been vague promises made about "talent" making appearances to help promote the movie.

Whoever ends up showing up (please, JLaw, please, JLaw), MTV News will be bringing you all of the updates from Comic-Con starting this Wednesday, so stick with us for all the geeky goodness.

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Day of the Dead

By Andie Lowenstein

As zombies continue to reign on the big screens, George A. Romero's classic 1985 film "Day of the Dead" is being brought back to life once more. "Texas Chainsaw 3D" producers Lati Grobman and Christina Campbell are teaming with Millennium Films and Taurus Entertainment for a second try after the film was revived back in 2008. Campbell Grobman Films is currently holding meetings with screenwriters about the best method of adapting the 1985 original about military personnel and scientists hiding from the zombies in a bunker.

"Contrary to other recent zombie remakes, our Day of the Dead will honor Romero's original vision by reviving the slow, brooding zombie that terrorized so many of our childhoods," Grobman told Deadline. "The trend of the fast, agile, 'sprinting' zombie creates a lot of great jump-out-of-your-seat moments, but it doesn't compare to the psychological fear and tension that builds when going up against Romero's original undead army."

This isn't the first time filmmakers have taken on Romero's flesh-starved corpses.


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It's safe to say that Ben Affleck's return to the side of good is complete because we're cheering about the news of his latest role.

According to Deadline, Affleck is set to play Nick Dunne in David Fincher's adaptation of the hit Gillian Flynn book "Gone Girl." The "Se7en" and "Social Network" director had been attached to helm "Gone Girl" since earlier this year, but it wasn't certain whether it would be his next movie, which it now appears to be.

"Gone Girl" tells the story of Amy Dunne, a woman who goes missing on the day of her fifth anniversary, and all signs point to her husband, Nick. The role of Amy has yet to be cast, despite the fact that Reese Witherspoon is one of the film's producers. The Deadline report claims that Witherspoon is "only producing" at the moment.

Since the "Gone Girl" has its fair share of twists, we're going to save the spoilers for after the jump, but if you're among the initiated, read on to hear just why Affleck is so freaking perfect.


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Peter Jackson finally surfaced from the never-ending pick-up shoots of "The Desolation of Smaug" and "There and Back Again" to release a new video blog and disappoint San Diego Comic-Con bound nerds everywhere.

"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" will not make an appearance at SDCC later this month in any way, shape, or form, according to Jackson.

"The problem is that I'm so busy shooting, working six days a week trying to get these pickups done that every hour that I spend focusing on a really great reel for Comic-Con—and it would have to be great—would be hours spent away from the vital job of making the second and third 'Hobbit' films as cool as they can possibly be."

But there was still some fun to be had with the blog and things to learn, which we discuss after the jump!


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