January 21, 2017

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Kristen Stewart will have Ian McShane as a dwarf

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: At least one of Kristen Stewart’s seven dwarves will have a potty mouth.
That’s because “Deadwood” star (and current “Pirates of the Caribbean” villain) Ian McShane has been cast as one of Snow White’s pint-sized partners in Rupert Sanders’ “Snow White and the Huntsman.” McShane joins previously cast Stewart, Chris Hemsworth of “Thor” and Charlize Theron as the evil queen.
But THR says McShane isn’t playing Grumpy, Sneezy, Doc or Dopey. He’ll play Caesar, the “leader of the dwarfs.”
Now that Universal has revealed casting for its “Snow White” version, it’s time for Relativity to counter with some new regarding its production, directed by Tarsem Singh.
Until then, Sanders’ picture has an August production start, and Universal will release the film on June 1, 2012.
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This Week In Movies by Pete Hammond ‘Pirates of Caribbean’

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: It was a week for setting records on wide release and specialty fronts as the Cannes Film Festival (where I’ve been the last two weeks) ended but two of its big premiere titles exploded at the domestic and international boxoffice. Disney’s fourth go-round with Pirates of the Caribbean was on the weak side domestically with about $90 million and the studio apparently was hoping for at least a tad more than $100 million. Poor Mickey , right? Not really since the business is basically international now and this Rob Marshall-directed sequel with Johnny Depp back in his signature role as Captain Jack chalked up the best ever international bow not only for those Pirates but just about everyone else with $256 million adding up to a stunning worldwide total of $346 in just three days. There has been four years instead of the usual two between Pirates sequels and the delay may have affected stateside enthusiasm for the series. Still $90 million smackeroos is a bountiful treasure by any measure. The filmmakers told me they had to find a way to reinvent the series since the storyline between Orlando Bloom and Kiera Knightley had been played out in the poorly reviewed second and third chapters. Now they have been jettisoned in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides replaced by new characters including Penelope Cruz as a con lady pirate with a past emotional involvement with Jack Sparrow and Ian McShane as the legendary Blackbeard. Chicago director Rob Marshall brings almost a rhythmic quality to the swordplay and action scenes that makes this version move along with more verve than the previous two. Of course Depp is the secret weapon and he never disappoints in the role that brought him a SAG award for Best Actor and an Oscar nomination. Plus he seems to be enjoying himself and even suggests that another sequel should be set on the actual Disneyland ride itself and the characters can just go around and around. He’s kidding. I think. Disney , new chief Rich Ross and producer Jerry Bruckheimer really need this one to work and based on its opening its right in line to become the biggest selling Pirates yet thanks to the rest of the world. It’s B+ Cinemascore rating also indicates fairly good word of mouth ahead even if critics balked giving it a […]

“Pirates” actually sails on familiar “Tides” — Sean’s review

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Johnny Depp prepares to set sail for a fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” adventure, though several key cast and crew members from the original three films have dropped anchor. Gone are Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley and director Gore Verbinski. In their place stands Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, director Rob Marshall and a whole lot of 3D imagery. Before you plunk down gold coins on “On Stranger Tides,” read our review of the fourth “Pirates” film, which opens everywhere today:
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (** out of 4)
No one – not Johnny Depp; not producer Jerry Bruckheimer; not Walt Disney, himself – would have predicted that we’d be discussing a fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film when the studio gambled on a big-budget summer tentpole film based on a theme park ride.
The film easily could have sunk to the bottom of the box office like a treasure chest filled with doubloons. Instead, “Pirates” surfed on the tides of some inspired lunacy and earned boatloads of cash, even scoring Depp his first Oscar nomination for his gonzo portrayal of perennial drunk Capt. Jack Sparrow.
Sequels followed, and audiences continued to flock, even as the stories grew more convoluted and the effects overpowered the once-original characters. But this franchise, now sailing into its eighth year, clearly has a dedicated fan base, and it’s for them (and only them) that “On Stranger Tides” has been created.
It’s no secret that Depp modeled his Sparrow after legendary rocker and rumored pirate Keith Richards. The Rolling Stones rocker even cameos once again as Sparrow’s deceitful pirate pop. So it makes sense that the “Pirates” franchise now resembles a Rolling Stones concert in the year 2011. People show up expecting to hear the same old hits they’ve enjoyed for years, and the men on stage (or on the screen) are happy to play to the crowd without giving them any surprises. That’s “Tides.”
That’s “On Stranger Tides” in a nutshell. The band is back together – primarily Depp, Geoffrey Rush (as Barbossa), and the pirate-based costume and sets – but the rock-n-roll anarchy has faded away. The newcomers don’t amount to much more than session musicians asked to keep the same beats that drove the previous three films. While on a quest for the Fountain of Youth, Sparrow (Depp) encounters Blackbeard (Ian McShane) and his lovely but lethal daughter, Angelica (Penelope Cruz). […]

Review: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ – an arduous journey that offers few rewards

HollywoodNews.com: As far as cultural phenomenon are concerned, I admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film series; when I caught the first one a few months after its release, I found myself bored by almost everything in the film except for Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow, and the second and third installments were an exercise in diminishing returns somehow writ increasingly large. All of which is why ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ lived up to my subconscious expectations, in spite of having no conscious ones: a joyless, mediocre exercise which nobly attempts to resolve the problems of its predecessors, but which in ignoring its own further drowns this once-interesting franchise in cynical, repetitious audience pandering.
Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow, the rascally pirate from the previous film, who this time teams up with a former girlfriend named Angelica (Penelope Cruz) to search for the Fountain of Youth at the behest of her father, the evil pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane). In the meantime, Sparrow’s longtime foe Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) became a privateer for King George and is determined to get to the Fountain first – that is, if the two of them don’t kill each other en route, or worse yet, if a fleet of Spanish conquistadors doesn’t take both of them out.
That the above paragraph encapsulates all you need to know about the plot is a testament to how uncomplicated the film is, and yet at more than two hours, there’s not a single detail that cannot be explained, explored, repeated, repeated again, or otherwise discussed damn near to death in the dialogue. The previous two films suffered criticism that their stories were too complicated and too confusing, and while what happens and why it happens is still as befuddling as ever, screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio attempted – in quite frankly the laziest way possible – to avoid any possibility that the audience will not know what’s going on at any given time. But they neglect to make the audience care what’s going on at any given time, mostly because of endless streams of expository dialogue that talk about what’s happening instead of simply setting up the action.
The famous story of the first ‘Pirates’ film was that Disney was initially horrified by Depp’s performance as Jack Sparrow, until ‘Curse of the Black Pearl’ made a mint as a […]

Ian McShane boards Singer’s “Giant Killer”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: He’s about to terrorize Johnny Depp in the next “Pirates of the Caribbean” adventure. Now it appears Ian McShane has his next job locked up, as well.
McShane will play Blackbeard, rival to Depp’s Jack Sparrow, in Rob Marshall’s “On Stranger Tides,” which arrives in theaters on May 20. After that, however, the “Deadwood” actor will climb into a regal throne to play a king in Bryan Singer’s “Jack the Giant Killer,” an adaptation of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale.
Heat Vision reports that McShane will join Nicholas Hoult and Eleanor Tomlinson, who have been cast as farm boy Jack and the princess he seeks to rescue, respectively.
Singer also has signed Stanley Tucci as a villainous adviser to the king. Supporting parts have been carved out for Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy and John Kassir.
Currently in pre-production, “Jack and the Giant Killer” is targeting a 2012 release, and reportedly works from a screenplay by writing heavyweights Christopher McQuarrie, Darren Lemke and Mark Bomback.
Let’s hope it’s more “James and the Giant Peach,” and less “Where the Wild Things Are.”
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“Pirates of the Caribbean” poster has itself a silver skull

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum. The first official teaser for the next “Pirates of the Caribbean” has arrived. Ho hum?
OK, to be fair, there’s nothing inherently wrong with this teaser, which was posted over the weekend at IMP Awards.com. It lets people know that there’s another “Pirates” on the way. It tells them the anticipated sequel will open on May 20, and will be presented in 3D and IMAX. And the poster’s design mimics “Pirates” posters from the original Disney films, establishing some form of continuity.
But where’s Johnny Depp in character as Jack Sparrow? Where is Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa? No early glimpse at female co-stars Gemma Ward, Judi Dench or Penelope Cruz?! Or even a hint of Ian McShane’s Blackbeard?
There’s still plenty of time to tease. And I’m positive there will be more materials leaking over the next few months. But the “Pirates” campaign has set sail. Off we go!

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Johnny Depp joined by familiar rocker in “Pirates” sequel?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The publicity machine for next summer’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel – the fourth in the bank-busting franchise but the first without Gore Verbinski at the helm – is about to lift anchor.
Here’s what we know about the film. It will be subtitled “On Stranger Tides,” and will be filmed by director Rob Marshall in 3D. Johnny Depp is returning as Capt. Jack Sparrow, though Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom opted out of the anticipated blockbuster. They’ve been “replaced,” so to speak, by Penelope Cruz, Gemma Ward, and Ian McShane as Blackbeard the pirate. But Geoffrey Rush remains a holdover, reprising his role of Barbossa so he and Sparrow can search for the Fountain of Youth.
Depp turned up on screen at Comic Con to tease the sequel, though no real footage was shown. Then there was that heartwarming story of the eccentric actor appearing in character at a British school when a student wrote him requesting his assistance in a mutiny. We also learned, via Collider, that a “Pirates” trailer would be attached to Disney’s “Tron: Legacy” when it opens in December.
Today, The Playlist unearths some more unique – though, admittedly, predictable – casting news. Digging through a Yahoo feature on Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, the site learned that the rocker will reprise his role as Sparrow’s father in “Stranger Tides.” He and Depp certainly hit it off. Here’s hoping Marshall finds more for Richards to do if he’s going to bother burying him in make-up and pirate garb.
More “Pirates” news at it floats across our radar. The teaser will be online in months, which should trigger more information. “On Stranger Tides” will open on May 20, 2011.
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Renee Zellweger’s “Case 39” releases new images

HollywoodNews.com: Renée Zellweger and Bradley Cooper’s upcoming thriller movie called “Case 39” doesn’t hit theaters until October 1, but until then the studio has just released a handful of images to give a sneak peak at feature film.

In “Case 39,” family services social worker Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger) thinks she has seen it all… until she meets 10-year old Lilith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland) and the child’s cruel and dangerous parents. Her worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to harm Lily, their only daughter. Frightened for her life, Emily enlists the help of Detective Mike Barron (Ian McShane) and takes Lily in while she continues the search for the perfect foster family. Just as it seems as though Lily is on her way to a more loving home, under the guidance of Emily and psychiatrist (Bradley Cooper), dark forces surrounding this young girl come to light and, little do they know, their attempts to protect her will only bring on greater horror…
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Renee Zellweger-Bradley Cooper film ‘Case 39’ gets dusted off for bow

HollywoodNews.com: After what appeared to be a shut case on the Paramount film “Case 39,” the studio will finally be releasing the film on October 1.
“Case 39,” directed by Christian Alvart, is a thriller that stars Renee Zellweger, Bradley Cooper and Ian McShane. In the film Zellweger plays a social worker who tends to a 10-year old girl who may not be as innocent as she looks. The film has already bowed in such countries as Mexico and Spain where it has grossed $15 million.
Paramount’s marketing for the film, per Variety, will be geared toward the Hispanic market after the film’s success in Latino territories. The Hispanic market is one of the fastest growing moviegoer segments.
“Case 39” will be released through the Paramount Vantage label which has been getting a resurrection this year after being dormant since its “There Will Be Blood” heyday. “Middle Men” also went out under the niche logo earlier this month.
“Case 39” was lensed in Vancouver in late 2006. It is reportedly the movie where Zellweger and Cooper first hooked up as a couple off the set. The film was originally scheduled to bow in February 2008 before being moved to April 2009.
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Jerry Bruckheimer posts first official photo from new ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film on ‘Twitter’

HollywoodNews.com: Here is the first official picture from the set of the latest ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ movie.
The shady picture of Johnny Depp dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow was posted on ‘Twitter’ by the movie’s producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
The fourth movie in the hit franchise ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ is currently being filmed in Hawaii and is due out next May.
The film also stars Ian McShane as Blackbeard, Penélope Cruz as his daughter, and Geoffrey Rush as Captain Hector Barbossa.
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