The holiday movie season just got a little more interesting: “The Tourist,” directed by the wonderfully named Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (who made the even more wonderful Oscar-winner “The Lives of Others”) and starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie, was just added to the December release schedule, on the 10th. (It had earlier been thought to be held for 2011.) Shot earlier this year in France and Italy, the film is a thriller starring Depp as a broken-hearted tourist and Jolie as a mysterious woman he encounters. Among the screenplay’s co-writers are Julian Fellowes (“Gosford Park”) and Christopher McQuarrie (“The Usual Suspects”). I don’t know much about the film beyond that — there appears to be no trailer yet — but it sounds potentially delicious, particularly with popcorn. I suspect Depp and Jolie might have screen-melting chemistry; at minimum, they’ll certainly be pretty to look at.
And, speaking of Depp . . . here’s a favorite scene from “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” a huge hit in theaters four summers ago. Love how Jack Sparrow puts his own spin on “marr-ee-ahge,” and his response when challenged to seize the moment and do the right thing: “I love those moments . . . I like to wave at them as they pass by.”
(I’m off tomorrow, but plan to catch up with a few movies this weekend; see you Monday for “Mad Men.”)