News Nuggets: Will ‘Black Mass’ and gangster Whitey Bulger be Johnny Depp’s Oscar ticket?

Kevin Polowy profiles the upcoming gangster film “Black Mass,” saying this is finally “the Johnny Depp movie we’ve been waiting for.” A new trailer shows Depp as real-life ruthless mobster Whitey Bulger, one of the most infamous people ever in American organized crime. Could this be Depp’s ticket to a first Oscar win? Directed by Scott Cooper (who helped Jeff Bridges win an Academy Award for “Crazy Heart”), the film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, Adam Scott, Jesse Plemons, Peter Sarsgaard, and Dakota Johnson. It opens nationally September 18 and is a likely candidate to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival the week before. Yahoo Movies

With no big film wanting to open a week before “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the box office leader is once again “Furious 7” with another $18.26 million. Holdover “Paul Blart – Mall Cop 2” is in second place with $15.5 million. Newcomer “The Age of Adaline” starring Blake Lively and Harrison Ford debuts in the the third spot with $13.37 million. Thompson on Hollywood

Make your ‘Dancing with the Stars’ predictions now and win $100 for best score

Dancing With the Stars” will air a special episode Tuesday night celebrating its 10th anniversary on ABC. Over 50 of the past celebrity contestants and pro dancers will take part in the program. That list includes seven NFL stars, Apollo Anton Ohno, Amy Purdy, Marlee Matlin, Kelly Monaco, Patti LaBelle, Amber Riley, Lil’ Kim, Gladys Knight, and Lea Thompson. USA Today

John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Schwartz will receive special Tony Awards at the 2015 ceremony. Mitchelll is the creator of the Tony-winning musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” Schwartz, the composer of “Wicked,” will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Awards for his charitable work. Previously announced is that dancer, director, actor, and choreographer Tommy Tune will receive a life achievement award. Deadline

Complete list of 2015 Daytime Emmy Awards winners

Sunday’s Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony is now the most-watched live event in the eight-year history of the Pop Network (or its previous name TV Guide Channel). It earned 900,000 for the telecast. The show also ignited fans on social media and was the second-highest discussed program on Sunday night. TV by the Numbers

Actress Jayne Meadows Allen, widow of TV legend Steve Allen, dies Sunday in California at age 95. She began her Broadway career in 1941 before co-starring in films with Katharine Hepburn, Gregory Peck, David Niven, and William Powell. She was a three-time Emmy nominee who made many guest appearances on television and was a regular panelist on “I’ve Got a Secret.” Her sister Audrey Meadows (“The Honeymooners”) died in 1996. Deadline

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Don Mankiewicz dies Saturday in California at age 93. He was the son of Oscar-winning writer Herman J. Mankiewicz (“Citizen Kane”). His own nod came for the Robert Wise film “I Want to Live” (1958), which starred Academy Award winner Susan Hayward. For television, he penned the pilots to “Marcus Welby, M.D.” and “Ironside” as well as episodes of “Star Trek,” “Playhouse 90,” “Mannix,” and “McMillan and Wife.” Variety

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