Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s divorce has been finalized after months of wrangling over the final terms of the break up.
The 53-year-old Hollywood star has agreed to pay Amber Heard $7 million, which the actress says she will donate to two charities.
Amber Heard, 30, will get to keep the couple’s dogs, Pistol and Boo, who were at the center of scandal when she took them to Australia illegally in 2015.
She had accused Johnny Depp of domestic abuse – a claim he denies.
According to court documents, Amber Heard said Johnny Depp had been physically abusive to her, culminating in him throwing a mobile phone at her face during a fight in February 2016.
Johnny Depp’s lawyer denied the allegations, saying Amber Heard was “attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse”. Police officers attending the scene said they had found no evidence of a crime.
Amber Heard had filed for a restraining order, but this was dropped after the majority of the terms of the divorce were settled in August.
The divorce was only finalized this week because lawyers could not agree over whether Johnny Depp should make the payments directly to the charities or not.
Amber Heard said she would donate the money from the divorce settlement to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
The actress’ lawyer, Pierce O’Donnell, said it was a “great day” for his client, adding: “All Amber wanted was to be divorced and now she is.”
Johnny Depp’s lawyer, Laura Wasser, said they were “all pleased to put this unpleasant chapter in Mr. Depp and his family’s lives behind them”.
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, who have no children together, were married for just under 18 months when they split in May 2016.
Johnny Depp has two children from a previous relationship with Vanessa Paradis.
Amber Heard has announced she will donate her $7 million divorce settlement from Johnny Depp to two charities that work with abused women and ill children.
The actress will give half to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to prevent violence against women, and half to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Amber Heard said she hoped to “help those less able to defend themselves”.
She earlier accused Johnny Depp of striking her and throwing a mobile phone during a fight. He denied the allegations.
Johnny Depp’s lawyer claimed Amber Heard had made the accusations in order to obtain a more favorable settlement.
Announcing their divorce settlement on August 16, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp said their relationship was “intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love”.
In a statement, Amber Heard, 30, said: “Money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully help those less able to defend themselves.
“As reported in the media, the amount received in the divorce was $7 million and $7 million is being donated. This is over and above any funds that I have given away in the past and will continue to give away in the future.”
She said the money donated to the ACLU would have a “particular focus to stop violence against women”.
The actress added: “I know these organizations will put the funds to good use and look forward to continuing to support them in the future. Hopefully, this experience results in a positive change in the lives of people who need it the most.”
Amber Heard married Johnny Depp, 53, in February 2015 and they announced their split in May 2016.
She then took out a temporary restraining order against Johnny Depp obliging him not to get in contact and stay 100 yards away from her.
Their settlement came a day before a court hearing into the restraining order was due to take place. The order was then withdrawn.
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp released a joint statement on August 16 saying: “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.”
Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have reached their divorce settlement.
They said neither of them intended to cause the other any physical or emotional harm.
In a joint statement, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard acknowledged their relationship had been volatile.
“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,” it read.
Lawyers for Amber Heard filed a motion on August 16 to dismiss a temporary restraining order against Johnny Depp.
News of the divorce settlement comes just a day before a hearing regarding the restraining order was due to begin.
The temporary order had ordered Johnny Depp not to contact Amber Heard, and stay 300 feet away from her, after she accused him of striking her and throwing a mobile phone during a fight earlier this year.
Johnny Depp, 53, had always denied abuse allegations made by his former wife.
Amber Heard, 30, filed for divorce in May and obtained the temporary restraining order against Johnny Depp a few days later.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, who were married for just under 18 months, also came to a financial settlement as part of their divorce.
“Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm,” the joint statement continued.
The statement said Amber Heard would be donating proceeds from the divorce settlement to an undisclosed charity.
Neither of the actors will comment further on the case.
Johnny Depp has two children from a previous relationship with Vanessa Paradis.
An Australia case to hear dog-smuggling charges against Amber Heard has been adjourned.
Johnny Depp’s wife had been ordered to appear in an Australian court on September 7 on charges of failing to declare her terrier dogs to Customs officials.
Amber Heard failed to appear but the case has now been adjourned until November 2.
She faces a possible 10-year jail term or a hefty fine for illegally importing the dogs into Australia and of producing a false document.
The discovery of the dogs in a Gold Coast mansion where Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were staying earlier this year sparked a public spat with Australia’s Agriculture Minister, attracted international media attention and was dubbed the #WarOnTerrier by social media.
Johnny Depp does not face any charges over the dogs.
Australia has strict quarantine laws to prevent diseases being imported into the island nation.
Amber Heard was spotted over the weekend supporting her husband at the Venice Film Festival.
The dogs, Boo and Pistol, are understood to have arrived in Australia on board Johnny Depp’s private jet in April this year.
Johnny Depp was in Australia filming the fifth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise on Australia’s Gold Coast.
At the time, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said the dogs would be put down if they stayed.
The dogs left the country unharmed a few days later.
Johnny Depp recently took aim at Barnaby Joyce at a press conference in Venice.
“I killed my dogs and ate them under direct orders from some kind of, I don’t know, sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia,” Johnny Depp said.
Amber Heard has been charged with smuggling dogs into Australia.
The incident captured global attention after Australia’s agriculture minister angrily ordered the pooches to get out of the country or face death.
Johnny Depp’s wife was charged this week with two counts of illegally importing Pistol and Boo into Australia and one count of producing a false document, the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions said on July 16.
The importation charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of 102,000 Australian dollars ($75,000). The false document charge, which relates to information on an incoming passenger card, carries a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of AU$10,200.
The scandal began in May, after Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce accused Johnny Depp, 52, of smuggling the couple’s Yorkshire terriers aboard his private jet when he returned to Australia to resume filming of the fifth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
Australia has strict quarantine regulations to prevent diseases such as rabies from spreading to its shores. Bringing pets into the country involves applying for a permit and quarantine on arrival of at least 10 days.
Amber Heard has been summoned to appear in court over allegations that she smuggled the couple’s dogs into Australia.
Johnny Depp’s came under fire in April for failing to declare Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo to authorities on their arrival in Brisbane.
Australia has strict animal quarantine laws to prevent importing infections.
At the time, a minister said the dogs would be put down if they stayed.
“It’s time Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States,” agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce said.
The dogs left Australia unharmed at few days later.
However, a subsequent Senate hearing was told that Johnny Depp and Amber Heard could be sentenced to as long as 10 years in jail, or be forced to pay a fine of up to $265,000 if they were found guilty of illegally importing then.
Johnny Depp is currently filming the latest installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise on Australia’s Gold Coast.
It is Amber Heard who has been ordered to appear in court, Australia’s department of agriculture confirmed.
“Ms Amber Heard was served with a summons issued by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions on July 14,” a statement read.
“The CDPP’s action follows an incident where a biosecurity officer attended a Gold Coast property in April and found two dogs alleged to be illegally imported.
“All animals entering Australia must have an import permit, and have undergone relevant testing and health checks signed off by a government veterinarian from the exporting country to ensure pests and diseases from overseas are not brought here.”
Amber Heard previously criticized the way the case had been handled, and suggested she would not return to the country.
“I have a feeling we’re going to avoid the land Down Under from now on, just as much as we can thanks to certain politicians there,” Amber Heard told Australia’s NBC.
“I guess everyone tries to go for their 15 minutes, including some government officials.”
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard got married on February 3 at their Los Angeles home.
They legally wed in the US days before they are set to exchange vows on his private island Little Hall’s Pond Cay in the Bahamas.
Johnny Depp, 51, and Amber Heard, 28, are slated to have a slightly bigger island wedding reception over the February 7-8 weekend, with around 50 guests, including the actor’s kids with Vanessa Paradis, Lily Rose and Jack.
Some family members and friends will stay at Johnny Depp’s house on the island, while others will camp out on his 156-foot yacht Vajoliroja.
Amber Heard will walk down the aisle in a Stella McCartney wedding dress. It’s not known, at this time, what the bride and groom wore for their more private wedding on February 3.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard started dating in 2012 after meeting on the set of The Rum Diary and got engaged in January 2014.
The wedding marks the first marriage for Amber Heard and the second for Johnny Depp, who was married to Lori Anne Allison from 1993 to 1995.
Johnny Depp was in a long relationship with Vanessa Paradis, with whom he had his children, before they split up in 2012.
Adam Sandler has topped Forbes‘ Most Overpaid Actor List for a second year in a row.
Adam Sandler came ahead of Johnny Depp and Ben Stiller, who complete the top three, to pick up the honor.
The rankings were decided by Forbes magazine after comparing actors’ estimated pay with the budget and revenue of the last three films they starred in before June 2014.
Animated films and cameos were not included in the list.
Although Adam Sandler’s latest film Grown Ups 2 took $246 million at the global box office, it didn’t make up for the more disappointing takings of 48-year-old’s previous releases, Jack and Jill and That’s My Boy.
It’s estimated that for every $1 Adam Sandler was paid, he returned an average of $3.20.
By comparison, Emma Stone – who topped Forbes‘ 2013 best actors for the buck list – returned an estimated $80.70 for every $1 she was paid for her last three movies.
Johnny Depp, 51, is second on the 2014 overpaid list, returning an average of $4.10 for each dollar he was paid.
His average was lowered by recent films The Lone Ranger and Dark Shadows.
Ben Stiller is number three on the list.
His estimated return of $4.80 owes itself to Tower Heist and The Watch not performing too well at the box office.
The top five is completed by Ryan Reynolds, with a return of $4.90 for each dollar paid, and Oscar winner Tom Hanks, who pulled in a $5.20 return.
According to Forbes, Cloud Atlas – which sees Tom Hanks taking on six roles – was an expensive flop for the actor.
Will Ferrell ($6.60), Channing Tatum ($6.70), Denzel Washington ($6.90) and Ben Affleck ($9.37) also appear in the top 10.
Sandra Bullock is the only actress to appear on the list, coming in ninth with a return of $9. Like Channing Tatum, Sandra Bullock is not considered overpaid by Hollywood standards, she lands here because of math. Huge backend payments on The Blind Side and Gravity make Sandra Bullock look overpaid.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier has topped the US box office for a third week.
Starring Chris Evans, Robert Redford and Scarlett Johansson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier made $26.2 million, beating avian animation Rio 2 into second place.
Heaven is for Real, the story of a young boy who claims to have visited heaven during a near-death experience, was number three over Easter weekend.
But Johnny Depp’s new sci-fi thriller Transcendence fared poorly.
Directed by Batman cinematographer Wally Pfister, Transcendence sees Johnny Depp playing a dying computer genius, who uploads his consciousness to a supercomputer and achieves a problematic digital afterlife.
After suffering poor reviews, the movie opened in fourth place, taking $11 million, a fraction of its $100 million production budget.
It is Johnny Depp’s third movie in a row to stumble at the box office, following last summer’s The Lone Ranger and Tim Burton’s comedy misfire Dark Shadows.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier has topped the US box office for a third week
“As we approach the summer movie season, box-office drawing power becomes more about the concept of the movie rather than its star,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak.
“It may not have been so much (about) Johnny Depp, but audiences right now like brands that they know.”
The US top 10 also contained three movies with a religious theme. Following Heaven is for Real came biblical epic Noah at 9, and God’s Not Dead at 10.
God’s Not Dead, about a religious freshman college student who debates with his professor on the existence of God, has made $48 million over the last five weeks, even though it is playing in far fewer venues than the blockbuster fare at the top of the chart.
North American box office Top 10:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($26.6 million)
Rio 2 ($22.5 million)
Heaven is for Real ($21.5 million)
Transcendence ($11.2 million)
A Haunted House 2 ($9.1 million)
Draft Day ($5.9 million)
Divergent ($5.75 million)
Oculus ($5.2 million)
Noah ($5 million)
God’s Not Dead ($4.8 million) Source: Rentrak [youtube 7SlILk2WMTI 650]
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard celebrated their engagement with an intimate party in downtown Los Angeles on Friday.
According to Us Weekly, Johnny Depp, 50, and Amber Heard, 27, enjoyed a party at The Carondelet House. They reportedly arrived an hour after guests, which included Marilyn Manson, Steven Tyler, Mandy Moore, Pirates of the Caribbean producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and Rick Ruben.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard celebrated their engagement with an intimate party in downtown Los Angeles
Amber Heard wore a white silk spaghetti-strap “vintage dressy” ensemble for her big night, with her blonde locks down.
Johnny Depp went for a casual black suit and matching top hat.
Amber Heard’s sister arrived with the couple, as well as Johnny Depp’s 11-year-old son, Jack.
Johnny Depp has admitted that he is an avid watcher of none of than larger than life reality toddler, Honey Boo Boo.
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo… I could be called a fan,” Johnny Depp revealed in an interview with Extra TV host Terri Seymour.
While he has played some of Hollywood’s eclectic roles from Captain Jack Sparrow to Edward Scissorhands and Willy Wonka, Johnny Depp admitted that he is in awe of the stars of the TLC reality hit.
“I’m a little frightened of the show. That’s the thing… they’re probably great people, but there are bits that happen that just I am mesmerized by,” Johnny Depp told the English broadcast reporter, who is Simon Cowell’s ex-girlfriend.
A spin-off from beauty pageant show, Toddlers & Tiaras, seven-year-old Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, her mother, June Shannon (Mama June) and father Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, from rural McIntyre, Georgia, have skyrocketed to worldwide infamy with their outrageous redneck ways and brash talking in thick southern accents.
Johnny Depp has admitted that he is an avid watcher of none of than larger than life reality toddler, Honey Boo Boo
The series draws in millions of viewers but has been strongly criticized for being both exploitative and offensive.
A reviewer for Forbes magazine in the US even slammed network TLC as trying to “portray Alana’s family as a horde of lice-picking, lard-eating, nose-thumbing hooligans south of the Mason–Dixon line”, adding that “it falls flat, because there’s no true dysfunction here, save for the beauty pageant stuff”.
Along with Honey Boo Boo, father-of-two Johnny Depp admitted to Rolling Stonemagazine that he watches “the trashiest television imaginable”, and may have more TV-time in the future if he cuts back his acting career.
“I can’t say that I’d want to be doing this for another 10 years,” the actor revealed.
Thoughts of retirement pop up “every day”, he said, but nothing’s imminent.
“I think while I’ve got the opportunity and the desire and the creative spark to do the things that I can do right now, I should do them.”
Meanwhile, moviegoers in America are rushing to the cinema to see Johnny Depp’s latest hit. The 3D film, which features the voices of Steve Carrell, Kristen Wiig and Russell Brand grossed $4.7 million, while Disney’s big budget adventure coined in less than half that at $2 million.
Johnny Depp opened up about his split from Vanessa Paradis, his former partner of 14 years with whom he has two children, admitting the break-up last June “wasn’t easy” on anyone.
Johnny Depp, 50, told Rolling Stonemagazine: “The last couple years have been a bit bumpy. At times, certainly unpleasant, but that’s the nature of breakups, I guess, especially when there are kiddies involved.
“Relationships are very difficult. Especially in the racket that I’m in because you’re constantly away or they’re away and so it’s hard. It wasn’t easy on her. It wasn’t easy on me. It wasn’t easy on the kids. So, yeah. The trajectory of that relationship – you play it out until it goes, one thing leads to another.
“So for whatever reason that ceases, it doesn’t stop the fact that you care for that person, and they’re the mother of your kids, and you’ll always know each other, and you’re always gonna be in each other’s lives because of those kids. You might as well make the best of it.”
Johnny Depp admits Vanessa Paradis break-up last June “wasn’t easy” on anyone
Johnny Depp, who was famed for his tumultuous making and breaking up with British model Kate Moss, says he handled his relationship meltdown with more maturity this time round.
He said: “In terms of the breakup, I definitely wasn’t going to rely on the drink to ease things or cushion the blow or cushion the situation.
“Cause that could have been fatal. I felt it was my duty to be real clear throughout that. I had something pretty serious to focus on, really, which was making sure that my kids were gonna be cool.”
And he added that his children are doing well.
“They’ve been incredibly understanding, incredibly strong throughout the whole ordeal. And it’s hard on every side. You know, Vanessa’s side, certainly not easy. My side, not easy. The kids are the most complicated,” Johnny Depp explained.
“The thing is, kiddies come first. You can’t shield them, because then you’d be lying. So you can at least be honest with your kids, and you say the absolute truth to your child – that was very important to not pussyfoot around.”
Johnny Depp has revealed the real reason for always wearing tinted glasses, admitting he is “basically blind as a bat” in his left eye.
Johnny Depp, 50, told Rolling Stonemagazine that he has been suffering from eyesight issues from birth, and is forced to rely heavily on his prescription glasses.
Johnny Depp revealed that he has been suffering from eyesight issues from birth, and is forced to rely heavily on his prescription glasses
In addition, Johnny Depp said that he is near-sighted in his right eye, and neither condition can be treated.
The actor explained: “Everything is just very, very blurry. I’ve never had proper vision.”
And while Johnny Depp is able to rely in his glasses in his personal life, when it comes to his film roles it’s more difficult.
In his most famous guises such as Jack Sparrow, Edward Scissorhands and the most recent Tonto in The Lone Ranger, Johnny Depp is forced to go without his glasses while filming – meaning he can only see a few inches in front of him at any one time.
Johnny Depp, who celebrates his 50th birthday today, was hailed as the world’s sexiest man, but he still has not achieved the stable home life he longed for.
Sources told The Sunday People part of it is that Johnny Depp always acts like a teenager with women, rather than a middle-aged dad of two.
And his psyche must owe a lot to a childhood in which his volatile parents uprooted him 30 times in 15 years.
Johnny Depp has loved and lost some of the world’s most beautiful women, including British supermodel Kate Moss.
He was shattered when his 14-year relationship with French singer Vanessa Paradis, 40, ended last year.
Yet Johnny Depp soon fell into the arms of bombshell actress Amber Heard, 27. He is already calling the beauty his soulmate and talking of marriage.
But friends are saying it is a relationship that won’t last. Old schoolmate Yves Bouhadana said: “Johnny falls in love at first sight. When he falls for a girl he really falls for her.”
Yves Bouhadana, who was in a teenage band with Johnny Depp and is still friends with him, added: “He wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s is a genuinely nice guy.
“He doesn’t act around his friends. What you see is what you get.”
Johnny Depp is worth more than $350 million and his agents can command $20 million for a film role.
But his childhood was far from idyllic. He was the youngest of four and witnessed constant rows between his dad John, an engineer, and waitress mum Betty Sue. When the family moved from Kentucky to Florida all of them lived at first in a single motel room.
They moved on average every six months and young Johnny constantly changed schools. The marriage unraveled slowly and painfully and by the time Johnny Depp was 13 he was smoking d**e, drinking heavily and deliberately cutting his arms to hurt himself.
Talking later about his marks, Johnny Depp said: “My body is a journal, in a way. Every important event is marked there.”
His parents’ marriage ended when he was 15.
Johnny Depp’s first and most lasting love was music. His mother bought him a guitar for his 13th birthday and he spent hours learning to play.
He made friends with a group of like-minded boys, including Yves Bouhadana, and they formed heavy metal bands.
They discovered groupies and Johnny Depp lost his virginity in the back of a van after a concert at a school.
He described it as “forgettable” and it even put him off casual s**.
While band mates picked up all the girls, Johnny Depp concentrated on his music. Then he fell head over heels in love with make-up artist Lori Anne Allison after a 1980 gig in Florida. He was 17 and she was 22. He proposed marriage almost immediately but they did not tie the knot until Christmas Eve 1983, in Miami. Johnny Depp was 20.
Johnny Depp, who celebrates his 50th birthday today, was hailed as the world’s sexiest man, but he still has not achieved the stable home life he longed for
Yves Bouhadana, now a 49-year-old sales executive living in Ohio, recalled: “She was absolutely beautiful. Still is.”
“Lori was his first serious relationship and he couldn’t wait to marry her. She is a very private person and doesn’t like to talk about the marriage. They are still friends.
“That’s the great thing with Johnny. He hasn’t changed since we were at school. We all still get together.”
Johnny Depp wanted to make it as a rock guitarist and Lori Anne Allison supported him as a make-up artist when they moved to Hollywood with his band The Kids.
But musical success and happiness eluded him. The Kids opened for the Ramones, Iggy Pop, The Pretenders and Talking Heads but the band failed to get a record deal and his marriage fell apart within two years. Biographer Cristopher Heard said: “It ended just simply because of the stress of failure.”
Johnny Depp and Lori Anne Allison were evicted from several apartments and were divorced in 1985. But Lori Anne Allison had introduced him to actor Nicolas Cage and the two became mates. Nicolas Cage persuaded him to get an agent.
Success came quickly with a memorable role in 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street, which became an unexpected hit.
Soon Johnny Depp was engaged to Twin Peaks beauty Sherilyn Fenn but they split after two years, blaming work commitments.
Never on his own for long, Johnny Depp dated Dirty Dancing’s Jennifer Grey and – following a familiar pattern – proposed.
But that relationship also lasted only two years and Johnny Depp quickly hooked up with fiancée No4 Winona Ryder, his co-star in 1990’s Edward Scissorhands.
Work got in the way again and after splitting from Winona Ryder he moved on to Kate Moss.
Kate Moss was 23, a supermodel, and he was a 33-year-old film star. The relationship was volatile. Johnny Depp once caused $10,000 damage to his New York hotel room after a row with Kate Moss.
And he was devastated when they broke up in 1998 after four years together.
Johnny Depp said: “I cried for a week after we split. I didn’t give her the attention I should have done. I was a horrific pain in the butt to live with. I’m a total moron at times. I let my work get in the way.
“I will never let it happen again. I think you could say I have truly discovered the meaning of loneliness.”
But within weeks Johnny Depp was spotted out with Vanessa Paradis. And three months later she was pregnant. Their daughter Lily-Rose Melody Depp was born in 1999 and the couple’s son John Christopher “Jack” Depp III came along in 2002.
With homes in France and the Bahamas, they looked settled. But in the later years Johnny Depp started to spend more time working in Hollywood and the split from Vanessa Paradis was announced in June 2012.
True to form he quickly sought solace with Amber Heard. His frends said Johnny Depp was once again acting like a teenager in love. The pair had two bust-ups in the early stages but have since calmed down.
One friend said: “Johnny always goes overboard with women. He has whisked Amber off to his island in the Bahamas and has already introduced her to his children. When they’re apart he sends her poetry. It is very sweet but everyone worries about him getting hurt again.”
This weekend there are several 50th birthday celebrations for Johnny Depp.
Rolling Stone Keith Richards insisted on being there with Johnny Depp and Amber Heard to toast his pal’s landmark.
The friendship began after Johnny Depp revealed he modeled his Pirates of the Caribbean character Jack Sparrow on Keith Richards, 69.
Johnny Depp has dropped out of Black Mass, the notorious gangster Whitey Bulger biopic, after being asked to take a $10 million pay cut.
Johnny Depp, 50, was to have been paid $20 million to star in Black Mass which told the story of Boston mobster Whitey Bulger.
But after producers shopped the film to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival in France and failed to attract a large number of bids they asked Johnny Depp to drop his usual $20 million fee. The actor refused to agree to the paycut – and has walked away from the production.
Producers of the film to be directed by Hollywood veteran Barry Levinson had wanted to trim their budget down to $60 million.
Johnny Depp has dropped out of Black Mass, the notorious gangster Whitey Bulger biopic, after being asked to take a $10 million pay cut
According to theHollywood Reporter pre-sales of the film at Cannes had been “soft”.
Whitey Bulger was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for over 10 years and wanted for murder.
He was captured in June of 2011 after his girlfriend was spotted visiting a beauty salon.
The FBI had placed adverts in beauty magazines asking people to be on the lookout for Whitey Bulger, 83 and his girlfriend Catherine Greig.
The pair were arrested in California.
Whitey Bulger was wanted for the murder of at least ten people and was said to be the basis for the Jack Nicholson character in the film The Departed.
Johnny Depp, one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, will next be seen in The Lone Ranger which opens in July. He plays Tonto, the native American partner of the Lone Ranger.
Pictures of Amber Heard have emerged showing The Rum Diary star when she was a fresh-faced teenager, right at the time her rumored beau Johnny Depp had established himself as one of Hollywood’s leading men.
And even as a teenager in Austin, Texas, Amber Heard, 26, had the million dollar features that would make her one of Hollywood’s hottest young starlets.
Of course one striking difference is her hair color, which was a mousy blonde rather than the platinum locks she is now famous for.
Amber Heard was also a cheeky girl who loved sticking her tongue out and making faces for her friends.
This is highlighted in some images taken when she went to a friend’s swimming pool party when she was 15, as she loved hamming it up for the cameras.
Opening his heart about his bisexual Playboy Club star daughter, 62-year-old David Heard did not want to speak about Johnny Depp rumors, saying: “I do not have any comment about anything like that.”
However David Heard did say he is pleased at how well she has done for herself, adding: “I’m proud of her. She’s hard-working, steadfast to her job and doesn’t do anything but go to auditions and meetings.
“She hardly does anything else, she wanted this for her career since she was 12-years-old, from the time she was a little girl.”
Amber Heard, when she was a teenager, right at the time Johnny Depp had established himself as a star
As he revealed Amber was always determined to become a star.
Like Johnny Depp, she was a high-school dropout that left $12,000-a-year private Catholic school St Michaelís Academy at the age of 16 to pursue a career in front of the camera.
David Heard said: “She did modeling first and went to New York. She came home because I begged her.
“But I couldn’t stop her when she was 18. I begged her not to go but she knew what she was doing, and she was right. She’s a very talented actress.”
David Heard lives with his wife Paige in the outskirts of Austin in the same modest detached home to which they moved when was Amber was around nine.
He still runs his own building contracting business but hopes to soon retire.
And while he said he is proud of his daughter’s Texan roots, she rarely returns now.
David Heard said: “She was born in Austin and raised in Austin. Now she only comes back when she has to.
“She was raised here but she loves travelling the country and the world. She was in China last week.”
David Heard does get to go to LA and visit his daughter “a couple of times a year, to events like the SAG Awards and premieres, I’m usually her date”.
But now it seems he may now have superstar competition to fight off for his daughter’s hand now.
Meanwhile one of her childhood friends said that while Amber Heard was always ambitious, she was a shy girl who ended up being given a less than flattering nickname due to her looks.
Her classmate Meghan Brindley said: “She had a nickname because she was pretty. Some people used to call her <<Amber seen and not Heard>>.
“She also once mixed up the term feminism in theology and so people made fun of her for that, she said something like <<I’m against women’s suffrage>>, it was like uh-oh.
“So just silly little things like that. You know we’ve all made innocent mistakes like that.
“She was very quiet, she always seemed almost like her mind was just off somewhere else and she always said <<I’m going to go and be an actress and that is what I want to do>>.”
As Johnny Depp grows closer to his Rum Diary co-star Amber Heard, it’s being reported that the actor was spending time with other beautiful women as his 14 year union with Vanessa Paradis crumbled.
Johnny Depp, 49 , was forced to deny rumors that he was involved with his Dark Shadows co-star Eva Green who he shared a sensational, supernatural love scene with in the Tim Burton flop.
But a report suggests that Johnny Depp has struck up a more serious bond with his pretty publicist, Robin Baum.
“Robin and Johnny spend a lot of time together obviously because of work but their relationship seems to be getting much closer than just business,” a source told RadarOnline.com.
“Robin is twice divorced and a mom but she and Johnny really seem to have some kind of crazy connection that goes way beyond a professional level.
“They travel a lot together for work and get to spend a lot of time together and they definitely have a total flirty vibe between them. I would put money on them having more than just a friendly relationship.”
A new report suggests that Johnny Depp has struck up a more serious bond with his pretty publicist, Robin Baum
They added that Johnny Depp’s partner Vanessa Paradis was aware of the close relationship between her partner and Robin Baum… and wasn’t happy about it.
“She knew that Johnny and Robin were together a lot and she didn’t like it, but there was nothing she could do because it was a working relationship she was told,” the source said.
But currently, bisexual actress Amber Heard, 26, is a “regular visitor” to the New Mexico set of The Lone Ranger where Johnny Depp is currently filming.
And Johnny Depp, who made an official announcement that he had split from partner of 14 years Vanessa Paradis on Tuesday, is even said to have bought Amber Heard a horse so they can ride together, according to a report in Globe magazine.
A source claims Johnny Depp is smitten by Amber Heard, and reportedly said: “When I first saw Amber, it was like seeing an old-time movie star like Lauren Bacall.”
Amber Heard who was born in Austin, Texas, previously worked as a model and before starring in The Rum Diary alongside Johnny Depp had had small roles in a number of films.
She attended a Catholic school in Austin until her junior year, then the ambitious teen left to pursue a career in Hollywood.
Amber Heard was active in her school’s drama department and appeared in local commercials and campaigns.
While she was raised a Catholic, after the death of her best friend died in a car crash Amber Heard declared herself an atheist.
Amber Heard, 26, has described her role as Johnny Depp’s love interest in the film, The Rum Diary, as “the best experience of my life”.
She gushed to magazine Dazed about Johnny Depp: “He’s such a wonderful presence; he is enigmatic and compelling and a true artist, seriously intelligent and incredibly sensitive.
“Everybody on set respects and likes him, which says a lot about an actor. It’s a grueling job at times and the stress level that everybody feels in the industry is intense – but it doesn’t affect Johnny.
“It seems like he has time to look everybody in the eye and I like that, it was wonderful to see.”
Amber Heard’s profile is set to rise as she recently joined the case of thriller Paranoia as the female lead alongside Gary Oldman, Harrison Ford, and Liam Hemsworth.
She also recently landed a role as an assassin in the sequel Machete Kills.
Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp had not been pictured together in public for months, but the Dark Shadows star insisted last month that there was no truth to talk of a split.
Despite Johnny Depp’s denials, a number of publications carried pictures and reports that he and Amber Heard enjoyed a trip together to Las Vegas on a private plane.
According to new reports, Vanessa Paradis is set to receive from her 14-year long partner Johnny Depp one of the biggest pay-off between a non-married couple.
Johnny Depp, 49, is said to be paying Vanessa Paradis $150million in a bid to keep the split as amicable as possible for the sake of their children.
Johnny Depp is reported to be worth at least $320million and has an extensive property portfolio.
The couple has a mansion and apartment in Los Angeles and owns the island of Little Hall’s Pond Cay in the Bahamas.
In Europe, the couple’s main home is in Plan-de-la-Tour in southern France, as well as a house in Paris, a canalside palazzo in Venice and Johnny Depp is said to have been the mystery buyer of a house in the Norfolk village of Burnham Market.
Although the pair and their children Lily-Rose, 13, and Jack, nine, were based in their Hollywood home in recent years, Vanessa Paradis, 39, was spotted house-hunting in Beverly Hills a few weeks ago.
Vanessa Paradis is set to receive from her 14-year long partner Johnny Depp one of the biggest pay-off between a non-married couple
Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis only confirmed their split on Tuesday following months of speculation, but it is believed they had been living separate lives for months.
Last month, Vanessa Paradis visited a number of properties with price tags of between $7 million and $11 million.
She appeared glum as she looked around the properties on May 23 and there was no mistaking the strain of the relationship breakdown has taken its toll.
The French star was seen looking at a number of properties in Malibu and Beverly Hills including a seven bedroom home which is listed at $7,995,000.
The home boasts 7,580 square feet, eight separate bathrooms, media and game rooms, a wet and a dry saunas, a pool and spa.
Vanessa Paradis was also seen looking at a six bedroom home which cost a cool $10,995,000.
The master bedroom offers two separate baths, two terraces and a study and the property also has a separate guest house.
Two weeks ago, Johnny Depp was seen cutting a lonely figure as he hopped onto a jet on his way to New Mexico.
As late as last month Johnny Depp had denied there was any rift between himself and Vanessa Paradis, despite reports stating that they were living separate lives dating back to January.