Johnny Depp doesn't rescue Public Enemies Kenneth Burns on Wednesday 07/01/2009 12:57 pm A better -- and shorter, and more vividly dramatic -- film would focus more on searing Dillinger moments. But Public Enemies is rambling and, dare I say, a little dull. >MorePublic Enemies extras celebrate Madison premiere Jessica Slicer on Wednesday 07/01/2009 10:52 am Old-fashioned cars lined East Wilson Street Tuesday night, ladies smeared on bright red lipstick and pinned back their hair and a few gentlemen even sported top hats and canes. Celebrating the release of the ultra-hyped movie, Public Enemies, locals who worked as extras in the movie along with their families and friends joined Arts Wisconsin and Film Wisconsin at a release party at the Hilton Monona Terrace. >MoreBryan Burrough brings the Dirty Thirties to life in Public Enemies Kenneth Burns on Tuesday 06/30/2009 1:00 pm Don't let anyone tell you criminality means sloppy dressing. According to Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933-34 by Bryan Burrough, legendary gangster John Dillinger was the nattiest of bank robbers. >MorePublic Enemies exhibit opens at the Oshkosh Public Museum Kyle Nabilcy on Monday 06/29/2009 3:00 pm, (2) Comments It hardly seems like it's been over a year since Public Enemies, opening in theaters nationwide on July 1, was filming in the streets and buildings of cities across Wisconsin. But while that time flew by for me, at least, the folks at the Oshkosh Public Museum were busy using it to compile and coordinate an impressive collection of Public Enemies-related artifacts and reproductions for a new exhibit. >MorePublic Enemies set builder recalls production challenges and triumphs Clare Milliken on Sunday 06/28/2009 12:00 pm When friends and family learn that Chris Kilgour worked on the Public Enemies set, they are most excited to hear about his interactions with Johnny Depp and other big name celebrities. But what the Madison set builder wants people to know is not how stars talk, walk and act when the cameras aren't rolling, but that there is a whole lot of hard work put in behind the scenes, and it all deserves recognition. >MoreWisconsin film tax credits hang in the balance Amelia Fontella on Friday 06/26/2009 Film Wisconsin has advocated forcefully for preserving the tax credits for film producers that brought Public Enemies to Wisconsin. In his budget proposal for 2009-2011, Gov. Jim Doyle proposed eliminating the credits. >MoreWorking with Johnny Depp: Public Enemies extras tell their stories Amelia Fontella on Friday 06/26/2009, (1) Comment Scott Rawson is one of hundreds of local folks who got a taste of Hollywood glamour -- and, in some cases, Hollywood cigarettes -- as extras in Public Enemies. I tracked down some of them and asked them to reminisce. >MoreColumbus, Wisconsin picks up the pieces after Johnny Depp and Public Enemies Rod Melotte on Monday 06/22/2009 2:00 pm It's been over a year since Universal Studios shot Public Enemies in my little town of Columbus, Wisconsin. On the eve of the movie's July 1 premiere, I've been thinking about what a major motion picture does to a town of 5,000. >MoreWhat's the big deal about Public Enemies? David Medaris on Friday 06/19/2009 11:00 am, (2) Comments There's something about all the hysteria surrounding Public Enemies, the blockbuster gangster movie opening July 1, that makes me recoil. Why is it that this city and state go all weak in the knees at the slightest whiff of Hollywood perfume? >MorePublic Enemies rollout continues amid tax credit debate Kenneth Burns on Friday 05/15/2009 4:39 pm Public Enemies, the Wisconsin-filmed gangster movie starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, doesn't open till July 1. But here's an early sign of more hoopla to come: Word that Point Cinema will host a screening of Public Enemies one day early, on June 30. The event benefits Film Wisconsin, the Milwaukee-based nonprofit that promotes filmmaking here in the Badger State. >MoreUniversal releases trailer for Michael Mann film Public Enemies with Johnny Depp and Christian Bale Kristian Knutsen on Wednesday 03/04/2009 1:30 pm It's been a long wait, but the first trailer for Public Enemies has finally been released. Directed by Michael Mann and starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, and many, many others, this film based upon the exploits of Depression-era gangster John Dillinger was at the center of public attention around Wisconsin last winter and spring. >MoreEdgewood College students intern on Public Enemies in Wisconsin Amelia Fontella on Tuesday 06/03/2008 12:30 pm Shawn Johnson got an unexpected query back on February 11. The Director of Edgewood College Career Services was expecting a Monday like any other when a call from Chicago came into her office. Joan Philo Casting needed student interns to help with selecting extras for the production of Public Enemies in Wisconsin, and needed them fast. >MoreWhere are you, Christian Bale? Erica Pelzek on Friday 05/09/2008 Christian Bale strolled out of the East Washington entrance of the Capitol on Monday, sporting a sharply lined dark suit and slicked hair. He was here with Billy Crudup and a big Hollywood crew to shoot scenes for the gangster film Public Enemies, set in the 1930s. Vintage cars lined Pinckney Street, and extras milled around in long coats and fedoras. >MoreEnthusiastic crowd watches Public Enemies production in Madison Erica Pelzek on Tuesday 05/06/2008 12:19 pm As the Public Enemies production took over the Capitol Square on Monday, crowds gathered along the sidewalks and peripheries of the set to watch the spectacle. As the morning progressed, my fellow onlookers' morning coffee kicked in and their hunger for celebrity sightings intensified. Though many in the crowd hoped for a peek at Christian Bale or Billy Crudup, others sat patiently looking for their loved ones in the swarm of cast and crew members. >MorePublic Enemies shoot at Capitol wraps up at State Street Kristian Knutsen on Monday 05/05/2008 8:14 pm Following the morning and early afternoon shoots on the East Washington Avenue steps of the Wisconsin Capitol, the cast and crew of Public Enemies packed up and made their way to the State Street side of the building for the second major sequence on Monday. As was the case with the previous shoot, this scene featured Billy Crudup as FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and Christian Bale as agent Melvin Purvis in Washington, D.C., the latter tasked with leading the fight against the crime wave rolling over the Midwest in heart of the Great Depression. >MoreChristian Bale stars in Public Enemies shoot in downtown Madison Kristian Knutsen on Monday 05/05/2008 4:07 pm, (1) Comment As the grounds of the Wisconsin Capitol were transformed into a movie set for the production of Public Enemies, crowds gathered around the Square to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood magic on Monday. The best seat in the house, though, at least for a scene that was shot in the morning and early afternoon, might have been from the windows of Capitol offices facing East Washington Avenue, from which observers could look down on the action. >MorePublic Enemies shoot at Capitol provides lunchtime show in downtown Madison Kristian Knutsen on Monday 05/05/2008 2:33 pm Downtown workers, residents, and students were treated to a major dose of midday entertainment as the Public Enemies production continued in front of the Capitol on Monday. Gawkers gathered in force at the King Street and North Hamilton entrances to the building, as well as on the exterior sidewalk of Pinckney Street, all straining to catch a glimpse of the scene taking place on top of the Capitol steps leading down to East Washington Avenue. The talk among much of the crowd was the location and appearance of Christian Bale. >MorePublic Enemies with Christian Bale begins filming outside Wisconsin Capitol in Madison Kristian Knutsen on Monday 05/05/2008 10:51 am The epic tour of Wisconsin that is Public Enemies finally made its debut in Madison over the weekend. While an overnight shoot running from Friday evening until Saturday morning was sequestered inside the Capitol, the production made its way outside to the Square on Monday morning. Dozens of crew members, extras, vintage autos, and as the word on the street goes, Christian Bale, are present for a shoot that centers on the East Washington Avenue steps of the Capitol building. >MorePublic Enemies prepping for all-nighter at Wisconsin Capitol Kristian Knutsen on Friday 05/02/2008 2:48 pm The crew of Public Enemies is busy preparing various locations inside the Wisconsin Capitol building for shoot that that begins Friday evening and will run overnight into early Saturday morning. The center of the action will be the North Hearing Room, which has been made over into the set of a congressional hearing room in Washington, D.C. By early Friday afternoon, the interior of the room had already been transformed, as production crew kept busy unloading and setting up lighting equipment. >MorePublic Enemies shoot scheduled for Capitol Square in downtown Madison Kristian Knutsen on Wednesday 04/30/2008 9:13 pm Preparations for the upcoming Public Enemies shoots at the Wisconsin Capitol were already underway on Wednesday evening as a police officer placed orange cones to block off parking spaces on the East Washington and Wisconsin Avenue driveways to the building. The production kicks off on Friday, May 2, and fter breaking for the weekend, the cameras are set to return on Monday, May 5 for shoots outside of the building along the sidewalks and steps facing State Street, Wisconsin Avenue, and East Washington Avenue. >MorePublic Enemies shoots scheduled inside and outside Wisconsin Capitol Kristian Knutsen on Wednesday 04/30/2008 2:04 pm More information about the Public Enemies shoots in Madison in early May is now available. The Wisconsin Department of Administration has issued the permit application filed by the production to use various locations both inside and outside of the Capitol. The shoot in the North Hearing Room and adjacent areas inside the building has been moved up to this Friday, May 2, while exterior shoots are slated for next week. >MoreOn the set of Public Enemies with Michael Mann and Johnny Depp in Oshkosh Rod Melotte on Monday 04/28/2008 2:00 pm Nearly two weeks ago, I was sitting inside the New Moon Cafe in Oshkosh waiting for a call to jump in an antique car and get to work on the set of Public Enemies. This historical gangster epic directed by Michael Mann and starring Johnny Depp as the infamous bank-robber John Dillinger was in the midst of a week-long shoot in the small Fox Valley city, the latest stop by the Universal Pictures production at numerous locations around the Badger State. There I witnessed a rookie extra -- in the opportunity of a lifetime -- display her dedication to getting it right. >MorePublic Enemies shoot scheduled for North Hearing Room at Wisconsin Capitol Kristian Knutsen on Wednesday 04/23/2008 4:40 pm After kicking off in Columbus and subsequently skipping around Wisconsin and points farther south, the big-budget '30s gangster epic film Public Enemies will be shooting in Madison over the first complete week in May. Wisconsin Assembly Sergeant at Arms Rick Skindrud confirmed today that the production will be shooting in the North Hearing Room in the Wisconsin Capitol on Wednesday, May 7. >MorePublic Enemies with Johnny Depp has broad array of shooting location options in Madison Kristian Knutsen on Monday 04/14/2008 5:30 pm Public Enemies and all of the hoopla surrounding it returned to Wisconsin with full force over the weekend. After production kicked off in March with shoots in Columbus and Darlington, the Michael Mann film about John Dillinger starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale moved on to locations in Crown Point, Indiana, as well as Chicago and Aurora, Illinois, for several weeks. It's back in the Badger State now, though, with at least a week of shooting in Oshkosh, to be followed with more in Madison. >MoreMore extras calls issued for Madison Public Enemies shoots in May Kristian Knutsen on Monday 04/14/2008 5:30 pm When an extras casting call for the new film Public Enemies was held at Monona Terrace back in February, the response from silver screen hopefuls was tremendous, thousands of people turned out to get their photos snapped in hopes of getting a chance to appear on the screen with Johnny Depp. Even larger turnouts followed at casting calls in Milwaukee, Oshkosh, and Chicago, as the new film directed by Michael Mann has captured the imaginations of movie fans throughout the upper Midwest. >MoreOn the set of Public Enemies with Michael Mann and Johnny Depp in Wisconsin Zac Shipley on Sunday 03/30/2008 2:04 pm It all started quietly last year when UW-Madison alumnus and Academy Award nominee Michael Mann started scouting locations in Wisconsin his new movie. No big deal, that guy from Scrubs came through a few years ago and Madison kept a cool head. Then we started hearing about the film, to be titled Public Enemies. Christian Bale would star -- Batman himself! That's big news. He'd portray an FBI agent pursuing John Dillinger, who would in turn by be played by Johnny Depp. Johnny. Depp. That's when people started to lose it. >MoreJohnny Depp makes people cry in Wisconsin Kenneth Burns on Saturday 03/22/2008 12:18 pm He shook this town up when he came, the youthful-looking fortysomething who, on a platform of change, drew throngs of admirers and roused weary young Wisconsinites out of their winter doldrums. >MoreOur Man in Columbus: Johnny Depp is in Wisconsin Rod Melotte on Tuesday 03/18/2008 3:20 pm, (1) Comment I return to the base camp and wait for Johnny Depp. He actually arrives around 8:20 a.m., and as he exits his black SUV is met by director Michael Mann. Hand shakes and hugs are shared all around, and then Depp looks towards us and tips his hat, waves and smiles. Then he's whisked away to start the shoot. And all is right with the world. >MoreOur man in Columbus: Prepping the town for Public Enemies with Johnny Depp Rod Melotte on Friday 03/14/2008 2:28 pm Columbus is hopping with movie buffs from around the world. They wander the streets looking in all of the windows of the "new" shops which carry all of the latest products needed to survive and thrive back in 1933. The detail in the construction is truly amazing. And this is only the outside of the buildings. >MorePublic Enemies with Johnny Depp coming to Madison Kristian Knutsen on Tuesday 03/11/2008 10:40 am Michael Mann, director and producer of the John Dillinger gangster film Public Enemies, was joined by other principals on the production team in a visit to Madison on Monday to scout potential locations downtown, including inside and outside the Wisconsin Capitol building. A publicist said later Monday that shooting is planned for Madison. >MoreBlogging the preparations for Public Enemies in Columbus begins Kristian Knutsen on Thursday 03/06/2008 12:28 pm Both the City of Columbus and its residents are preparing for the Public Enemies shoot scheduled for the Columbia County town on March 17. The city government has already giving assistance to crew for the Universal Pictures production in dressing its downtown's historic buildings for filming, and is preparing to shut down multiple city streets for a ten day period beginning on Monday. Meanwhile, a few residents are writing about their experiences seeing the movie transform their town. >MoreFilm frenzy: Madison and the rest of Wisconsin await the arrival of Public Enemies and Johnny Depp Kristian Knutsen on Thursday 03/06/2008 10:32 am Wisconsin is burning up in the midst of full-blown movie fever this week, as the film Public Enemies arrives in the state for the first of what is expected to be many shoots around Wisconsin. The downtown of Columbus, a small town located less than 30 miles northeast of Madison, is being transformed by production crews in preparation for shooting over the next couple weeks. Its residents, along with numerous movie fans, expectant extras, the media, and people simply hoping to glimpse the film's star Johnny Depp are getting ready for the opening of what can easily be considered the biggest Hollywood production ever in Wisconsin. >MorePublic Enemies with Johnny Depp coming to Wisconsin, confirms Doyle Kristian Knutsen on Tuesday 02/26/2008 2:21 pm It's official. After weeks of speculation, visits by Hollywood scouts and casting calls, Governor Jim Doyle officially announced a deal with Universal Pictures to bring the film Public Enemies to the Badger State this spring. The production will be shot in multiple locations around Wisconsin, spending upwards of $20 million while receiving approximately $3.9 million in tax credits under the state's new film incentives program. >MoreMadison and Wisconsin movie hopefuls inundate Public Enemies extras casting call Kristian Knutsen on Thursday 02/21/2008 6:07 pm The line in the Exhibition Hall at Monona Terrace was already hundreds strong when I arrived there at the 10 a.m. start time of an extras casting call for Public Enemies last Saturday. People of all ages and backgrounds were there for a chance at appearing in a 1930s gangster tale that is scheduled to be shot in Chicago and around Wisconsin this spring. This high-profile production is generating some serious enthusiasm amongst movie fans in the state, particularly as witnessed by the turnout of hopefuls at the downtown Madison convention center. >MorePublic Enemies starring Johnny Depp to hold extras casting call in Madison Kristian Knutsen on Thursday 02/14/2008 11:28 am, (3) Comments Public Enemies, the Depression-era gangster film that is being produced and directed by University of Wisconsin alumnus Michael Mann this spring, will hold an open casting call for extras in at Monona Terrace in Madison on Saturday, February 16. This follows a casting call for vintage cars that was held at the Overture Center in late January. Needless to say, excitement among movie fans and hopefuls in town is building. >MoreMarion Cotillard set to join Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in Wisconsin Kristian Knutsen on Sunday 01/27/2008 10:46 pm Movie fans in Wisconsin can now add several more actors to the cast of Public Enemies that's set to shoot in Chicago and multiple locations in Wisconsin this spring. As reported by Variety on Sunday night, French actress Marion Cotillard will be joining the cast as Billie Frechette, the gun moll of the film's main character John Dillinger, who will by played by Johnny Depp. >MoreCar owners turn out for Public Enemies call in Madison Kristian Knutsen on Sunday 01/27/2008 7:54 pm A steady stream of classic car owners made their way to the Overture Center on Sunday to an open call for Public Enemies from Universal Pictures. Set to shoot from March through May in Chicago and in multiple locations around Wisconsin, this kind of period piece requires an authentic setting, which is why a studio scout was in town to take a look at old-school vehicles. >MoreJohnny Depp film readying to shoot in Wisconsin Kristian Knutsen on Thursday 01/24/2008 3:37 pm Though Universal Pictures and the State of Wisconsin have not yet made any official announcement regarding the shooting Michael Mann's historical gangster film Public Enemies in any communities around the state, the production is moving forward. The film has opened offices in Chicago, one of the primary locations slated for shoots, and scouting continues in Wisconsin. This weekend a representative of the film will be in town in search of classic vehicles for the movie. According to a radio ad, they are to be used "during filming in the Madison area." >More
Lawton promotes creative industry growth in Wisconsin Kristian Knutsen on Tuesday 01/22/2008 4:02 pm The new film incentives for Wisconsin are already bearing fruit barely two weeks after going into action was the message delivered by Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton at a press conference held Tuesday afternoon to promote the growth of the "creative industry" in the state. >MoreJohnny Depp and Christian Bale make Wisconsin swoon with Public Enemies talk Kristian Knutsen on Monday 01/14/2008 11:19 am Wisconsin movie fans and media alike have been animated over the last few weeks with word that a major film from Universal starring Johnny Depp could be shot in the state this spring. The film is Public Enemies, a gangster epic set during the massive Depression-era crime wave personified by John Dillinger, Bonnie and Clyde, Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd, Lester "Baby Face Nelson" Gillis, Alvin Karpis and the Barker family. It is being directed by Michael Mann, a UW alumnus who discovered movies in Madison during the golden age of cinema on campus in the '60s. >More
One Madison man stands in as Baby Face Nelson during May shoot for Public Enemies at Mirror Lake State Park "Movie Star Wife"
"That's right ladies and germs, there was a Michael Mann sighting in Columbus a few days ago" Rod Melotte
"For the last few weeks, the area right behind my place of work has been teeming with film crew from Public Enemies" "GW"
View a photo essay of the transformation of a Chicago street for a Public Enemies shoot "Sandy"
"Landing a minor role in a movie requires the right look -- and lots of patience" for Madisonians appearing in Public Enemies Kathy Flanigan @ MJS
"Three vintage Lincoln cars slated to appear in Public Enemies, a movie being filmed in Wisconsin, were prepped for the big screen by local car restoration business An American Classic"Lake Country Reporter
Public Enemies "has several of what have become Mann's signature touches: filming in the area where a story is set, material of a biographical nature and characters that are outsiders" Duane Dudek @ MJS
"At this very moment, someone is making a movie somewhere in the state of Wisconsin" Duane Dudek @ MJS
"Everyone knows that when you become an extra in a movie you are pretty low on the totem pole with respect" Rod Melotte
"Public Enemies, Michael Mann's upcoming film about Chicago gangsters in the 1930s, began filming in Lincoln Park" "Brian"
"The scoop yesterday on the set of Public Enemies while they were filming a robbery scene at the Uptown National Bank in Chicago" "The Boots Girls"