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THE WICHITAN
Nov. 14, 2007

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To have a career like Johnny Depp’s, you need serious charm, killer good looks and the ability to score key movie rolls that turn ordinary people into major movie stars. Depp is quite possibly one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood today. With movie roles that vary between teen flicks, suspenseful thrillers and all around classics, Depp truly defines the art of acting. Depp was born in 1963 and made his film debut in the movie “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in 1984. Depp has been romantically linked to many actresses in Hollywood including Jennifer Grey, Winona Ryder and Kate Moss. Currently, Depp is living with his longtime girlfriend Vanessa Paradis, with whom he has two children. Aside from his personal agenda, today Depp is most recognized as the witty, somewhat deranged pirate in the summer blockbuster hits, “Pirates Of The Caribbean.” But what other movies roles have catapulted this major movie star onto the A-list in Hollywood? This list includes just five of Depp’s most memorable, and possibly most influential, movies in his highly successful career. “Edward Sissorhands” (1990) This movie is just as the title explains it. An unfinished creation (Depp) has scissors for hands and has to cope with society around him. With Edward’s dangerous handicap, the audience learns through his trials that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes
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Johnny Depp makes movie roles his own

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges can’t stop laughing. A rapper with a powerful vocal delivery, he keeps envisioning his big head on a little person’s body, going toe-to-toe with Vince Vaughn in his new film “Fred Claus,” which opened Friday. The image recalls one of his first music videos, featuring his head on a tiny body that danced and gyrated in front of a camera, rapping and cracking up just about anybody who watched the clip. “The movie company and the director came to me about the role as the DJ in the North Pole,” he said, chuckling. “And it was funny because I had the video ‘Roll Out,’ where my head was a lot bigger than the body, so that’s exactly what they did in this movie. Technology these days, man. It was a little person’s body and a big head. I was in front of a green screen with my role trying to coordinate the neck and head movements.” This is the first time the rapper – largely known for delivering vocally powerful tongue-in-cheek, almost cartoonish rap lyrics – was able to do a comedy. Before, he’s been able to play up this trumped up caricature of what a rapper is, a stereotypical take on a guy who may have had a criminal past. “Fred Claus” was his chance to create an all-ages comedy and throw his critics – especially those who have cast his work off largely as flash-in-the-pan, offensive rap – a curveball. It also was a chance, he said, to drive home a point that’s close to his heart. “You walk away from this film,” he said of the film that taps the Christmas spirit, “with a sense of

Ludacris has nice guy spirit
giving back.” He doesn’t exactly broadcast it, but his mother, Roberta Shields, said that since he was a kid he’s been quite the little philanthropist, a role that plays out on a much bigger stage today. “It’s not like we started one day. This is something that we’ve always done. The fact that he’s able to do it on a larger scale than most is great. In (Emerson) Middle School right here in Oak Park (Ill.), he was in a program with the older generation where he did the shopping and the banking for the older people,” Shields said. “So this is not something that’s new to him. It’s true to who we are. But as he’s grown in celebrity, his ability to give more broadly has grown. This is second nature. For him, this is what he’s supposed to do.” In 2001 – a year after he signed with major label Def Jam – he started the Ludacris Foundation, an organization that teaches children how to help themselves. The kids learn how to eat healthier, to be leaders. There’s a back-to-school program in Atlanta and a similar program is in the works for Chicago next year. The foundation also has donated more than $500,000 to various grass-roots organizations, including The Little Black Pearl, a non-profit group on Chicago’s South Side that teaches young people and adults about the business of the arts. The non-profit Ludacris Foundation, based in Atlanta, has scored a number of accolades, most recently the 2007 Spirit of Youth Award from the Chicago-based National Runaway Switchboard, which he accepted the week before last at the Drake Hotel.

to Edward Sissorhands. “Sleepy Hollow” (1999) Tim Burton is at it again with this fresh twist on an eerie classic. Depp plays a reporter sent to the small town of Sleepy Hollow to investigate a chain of supernatural murders. This story is filled with romance, suspense, and tons of drama. “Blow” (2001) A true story is depicted on film as Depp takes on the real life character George Jung, the man who established the American cocaine market in the 1970s. The story follows a family through the trials of selling, buying and basking in all the glory of the cocaine market we once knew.

Ultimately ending in tragedy, this story truly portrays the truth behind the life of a cocaine dealer. “Pirates Of The Caribbean” (2003) The original in this threepart series follows the life of a slightly unhinged pirate, Capitan Jack Sparrow. This story includes captivating romance, non-stop action and all the excitement you can handle. “Charlie And The Chocolate Factory” (2005) One of the most bizarre candy makers in the world invites a few lucky kids to share in the experience of making the world’s best candy bars. Depp takes on the infamous Willy Wonka in this story that lets you explore your imagination and find the inner kid in you.

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Classic ‘Jane Eyre’ still good
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Instead of doing a review on a new and recent book, I wanted to share my thoughts on a book I believe everyone, young and old, should read: “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte. A classic that many have heard of, but few have actually read, “Jane Eyre” is a novel about an orphan who is determined to rise above poverty and her lowly station in Victorian society. It follows her throughout her childhood as she becomes a governess, where she succeeds in finding independence and love. However, there is a twist when she learns of the dark secret her lover, who also happens to be her employer, has kept from her. You know, I have always been taught not to date your boss, for it ends badly. No, I’m not going to tell you the end, so read it yourself, but keep that bit of advice your mother always gave but you never followed in the back of your mind. First off, I am a sap. No question

about that. I love romance, mushygushy stuff and especially novels that make me sigh with content. “Jane Eyre” is one of those books that you can curl up on a couch with a blanket and a bag of some fattening, sugary snack and read for hours, not wanting to put it down. Granted, there are a few chapters that start to lose your attention. They seem to babble on and on, when really you just want to get to the good parts. But bear through it and it is worth it in the end. Bronte’s writing is brilliant in that she allows you to connect with the characters and when a love interest arises … well, I at least couldn’t put the book down and I eagerly read to find out what would happen between the lovers. But it is not just a love story. It shows you that you can become something from nothing and women can definitely relate to Jane, a plain and penniless young woman, but who is also full of courage and spirit. It is definitely one of those “feel good” novels. Don’t just read the current novels, but give the old classics a shot, too.

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