January 25, 2017

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If fifth “Pirates” movie happens, who would direct?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: You just can’t keep a good pirate down.
Though Disney’s fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film didn’t set box office records in the States (earning $166 million to date), the film has made more than enough on the international market (a whopping $472M so far) to justify talk of setting sail on a fifth adventure.
The future of the franchise hangs on Johnny Depp, who would be paid handsomely for his involvement but might not want to “sell out” for yet another Capt. Jack Sparrow paycheck. However, if Disney can lure some of the directors that are being bandied about, a fifth “Pirates” movie could boats some potential.
CinemaBlend is saying that Disney once wanted Tim Burton for “On Stranger Tides,” and could try to lure him for part five if it happens. Other names mentioned are “Tides” director Rob Marshall, Sam Raimi, and Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum”).
Intriguing names, but I’d still rather see Depp go in a totally different direction and leave the “Pirates” franchise in the dust. What about you? Do you have “Pirates” fatigue? Or will you be on board for a fifth movie if it happens?
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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 […]

Johnny Depp is the “Hollywood Movie Star of the Week”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Johnny Depp isn’t in it for the money. And he isn’t in it for the fame. He’s one of the last few talents who’ll go with a project simply because it moves him on an emotional, creative level.
Most times that means collaborating with dear friend Tim Burton, as Depp plans to do shortly for an update of the ancient TV soap “Dark Shadows.” The production recently began filming in London, according to reports. Or maybe it involves him angling to make a cameo in a “21 Jump Street” feature, given the fact that his involvement with the TV drama several decades ago helped put him on the map. Again, he doesn’t have to do it. He simply thinks it would be a good idea.

Do you know what else was a good idea? Stepping back into Capt. Jack Sparrow’s boots for a fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film. Granted, another “Pirates” film wasn’t necessary. The third installment, “At World’s End,” concluded a story that at the time pulled in Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom. But Depp knew the fans wanted more. Maybe he wanted more, as well. So they moved Sparrow to the focal point of the series, set off on a quest for the Fountain of Youth, and delivered an adventure fans of the franchise will devour.
Depp, himself, appears to have taken a few swigs from the Fountain, as he has embarked on a tireless world tour to help Disney promote the fourth “Pirates.” Stops included London, France (for the Cannes Film Festival) and Hollywood, where Depp conducted interviews and, most importantly, greeted fans. Because Depp knows, above all else, that it’s the fans who have supported him all of these years, and will continue to support him for years to come.
No, Johnny Depp isn’t in it for the money or the fame. He’s in it for the fans, and this week, he gives them exactly what they’ve been asking for: More “Pirates” fun. And that’s why we are very proud to announce that Johnny Depp has been named the “Hollywood Movie Star of the Week.”

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“Pirates” sequel will set IMAX all-time screen record

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We knew Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” would be big. But we didn’t know it would be record setting.
According to a release from the IMAX Corporation, however, it appears that the fourth “Pirates” will open on 402 IMAX theaters globally, setting a new record. Here is the full press release, as well as a listing of the IMAX theaters (courtesy of ComingSoon):
IMAX Corporation and The Walt Disney Studios announced today that the action fantasy adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will be released in the immersive IMAX(R) 3D format to a record number of theatres worldwide this Friday, May 20th. This is the first film of the series to be released in IMAX and is making a considerable splash, marking the largest IMAX release ever with 257 IMAX screens domestically, simultaneous with its North American wide release. At least six supplementary theatres will launch after May 20, to be confirmed in coming days. Additionally, the movie will open day-and-date on 139 IMAX screens internationally. Advance ticket sales for the film have also been robust.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: An IMAX 3D Experience has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R) with proprietary IMAX DMR(R) (Digital Re-mastering) technology for presentation in IMAX 3D. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique immersive environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.
About Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides:
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise–this time in Disney Digital 3D(TM). Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed adventure. Crossing paths with the enigmatic Angelica (Penelope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love–or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” the ship of the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know whom to fear more: Blackbeard or Angelica, with whom he shares a mysterious past. The international cast includes franchise vets Geoffrey Rush as the vengeful Captain Hector Barbossa and Kevin R. McNally as Captain Jack’s longtime comrade Joshamee Gibbs, […]

Johnny Depp sails “Pirates” premiere into Cannes

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: For one day only, the Cannes Film Festival sailed “On Stranger Tides” as the international gathering of cinema enthusiasts hosted the red-carpet premiere of the fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.
Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz were just a few of the film’s stars on hand for Saturday’s celebration (the film opens in the States on May 20). So far, reviews on the film from working media have been mixed — a colleague who saw the picture told me it’s Depp’s show, and if you live for Jack Sparrow, you’ll like it more than most.
But will Depp return to the franchise for a fifth adventure and beyond?
“If the people get tired of it or something, that’s when it stops, I think,” the actor told reporters attending a Cannes news conference. “If people want it, I’m there.”
In “On Stranger Tides,” directed by Rob Marshall, Sparrow (Depp) reteams with Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) on a quest for the Fountain of Youth. They are opposed by the legendary pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane).
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“Pirates 5” script turned in, but is Johnny Depp on board?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We haven’t even seen the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, “On Stranger Tides,” and talk already has floated toward a fifth possible installment in the franchise.
But it isn’t just talk. “Pirates” screenwriter Terry Rossio already has turned in a script for a fifth film to Disney, and the studio reportedly has approached “Tides” director Rob Marshall about returning to the franchise for another voyage, THR reports.
So “Pirates 5” is a go, right? Well, not so fast. There wouln’t be any “Pirates” franchise without Johnny Depp in the lead role of Capt. Jack Sparrow, and the actor, according to the report, might want to put a little distance between the installments to keep them feeling special to the “Pirates” team and its fans.
“It boils down to story, script and filmmaker,” Depp told THR. “It’s not something where I would say, ‘Let’s shoot it next month to get it out by Christmas 2012.’ We should hold off for a bit. They should be special, just like they are special to me.”
That’s sweet that Depp thinks it boils down to story and script. Truthfully, it boils down to box office, and if crowds come out to support “Stranger Tides,” and are clamoring for more Jack Sparrow, you can bank on Disney opening the vault for Depp to keep this franchise afloat.
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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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Johnny Depp in two new “Pirates” one-sheets

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Disney’s about ready to let the fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” film, “On Stranger Tides,” set sail.
We’ve seen trailers, teaser clips, set visits, and more. Today, two new one-sheets featuring Johnny Depp in full Capt. Jack Sparrow mode hit the Web. We’ve got them below.
There also was some amazing “Pirates” concept art floating around the Internet the other day, which showed director Rob Marshall’s idea for the mermaid creatures Sparrow and his crew will face as they seek out the Fountain of Youth.
I’m still waiting for that blow-out scene in a piece of “Pirates” advertising that really hooks me for this sequel. I do like the one-sheets a lot. We’re just biding time, waiting to see if Depp can deliver another smash.
“Pirates of the Carinnean: On Stranger Tides” opens on May 20 in Disney Digital 3D.

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