Pirates of the Caribbean

Jan. 14, 2013 | 2:10 p.m.

‘Pirates,’ ‘Muppets’ sequel news: Disney release date update

OK, movie fans. Disney would like you to update your moviegoing calendar for 2014 and beyond. In a bit of release date housekeeping, the studio announced today updated release information for some of the biggest movies on its long-range schedule, including the next installment in the rum-soaked adventures of one eyeliner-favoring pirate. The fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie will open July 10, 2015, with screenwriter Jeff Nathanson handling scripting duties for the movie, which, like its predecessors, will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and will star Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. (The previous entry in the franchise, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directed by Rob Marshall, earned upward of $1 billion at the worldwide box office.) Two Marvel films, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” due April 4, 2014 , and “Guardians of the Galaxy,” due Aug. […]
June 06, 2011 | 6:16 a.m.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’: The filmmaking quest to find the Fountain of Youth

[SPOILER ALERT: This story discusses scenes toward the end of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”] The characters in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” weren’t the only ones struggling to find the Fountain of Youth — the filmmaking team behind the adventure film also learned that the mystical site is an elusive goal. “Deciding what the fountain would look like, that was a long, difficult process, and it ended up being one of the toughest decisions we had,” director Rob Marshall said. “My production designer, John Myhre, who has worked with me on every movie I’ve done and won Oscars for two of them,  John DeLuca, the executive producer, who is like my right arm, we all sat down and looked at 60 or more ideas for the Fountain of Youth. It was really important to us. We knew the whole movie […]
May 30, 2011 | 3:03 p.m.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ director: Johnny Depp ranks with Valentino, Gable and Bogart

Johnny Depp will be remembered as the greatest star of his time and history will rank him with celluloid legends such as Humphrey Bogart, Rudolph Valentino and Clark Gable, according to Rob Marshall, the director of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the Disney seafaring adventure that (for now) stands as the biggest international box office hit of 2011. “He’s as vivid as those great stars of the past, Humphrey Bogart and Clark Gable and Errol Flynn,” Marshall said. “Many, many, many years from now, when people look at this generation of Hollywood, he will be considered the great star of this era. He’s his own thing and he takes major chances every single time he makes a film.” Marshall, the 50-year-old filmmaker who was nominated for an Oscar for “Chicago,” said he had been told by “Pirates” producer Jerry Bruckheimer to […]
May 29, 2011 | 7:34 a.m.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Lego: Brick heroes, pig-riding and rare gaming comedy

In the old days of Tinseltown, an actor knew they had made it when their caricature graced the walls of the Brown Derby. These days, a celebrity might feel the same way about the Lego video games TT Games. Since 2005, TT Games has converted some of Hollywood’s biggest properties — “Star Wars,” Indiana Jones, Harry Potter —into games that blend action and puzzles with a healthy sense of humor, and, yes, plenty of brick building. Now Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” has joined the elite group. Hero Complex contributor Mike Winder caught up with Jonathan Smith, TT’s head of production in Knutsford, England, about giving Jack Sparrow and his cinematic crew a brickish makeover. MW: Lego Pirates of the Caribbean includes the narratives for all four films and actually came out a few days prior to the release of “On Stranger Tides” in theaters. How early […]
May 27, 2011 | 4:31 p.m.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star Penélope Cruz: ‘It’s so much fun to play a good liar’

The day before the Disneyland premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the actress Penélope Cruz lounged back on a couch in a bright hotel room in Santa Monica and put her hand over her heart in a gesture of great emotion. “Making this film had great meaning for me and I will remember it for all of the rest of my life,” the 37-year-old star said with a kind of moist-eyed conviction that you don’t typically associate with summer popcorn films. “This became much more than a movie.” The reason went beyond scripts and box office — the Oscar-winning actress and her husband, Javier Bardem, welcomed their first child, Leo Encinas Bardem, in January and that meant during the six-month shoot for “Pirates” that Disney, director Rob Marshall, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, star Johnny Depp and the rest of the cast and crew all tilted toward the needs […]
May 22, 2011 | 6:22 p.m.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ rides 3-D prices to $346 million worldwide

Today’s box office is ruled by tricky tides — pricey tickets, especially for 3-D and Imax screenings make historical comparisons a slippery business — which is why “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” can described as a record success (the film scored the biggest international opening of all time with $256 million in theaters beyond the U.S. and Canada) and also a bit of a disappointment (it fell short of the domestic opening weekend performance of the second and third “Pirates” films). To make sense of it all, we turn to Ben Fritz of The Times’ Company Town blog, who goes into the numbers: Captain Jack Sparrow no longer rules the high seas at domestic movie theaters, but took home record-breaking booty overseas with the biggest international opening of all time.  “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” debuted to $90.1 million in […]
May 22, 2011 | 12:55 p.m.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’: Geoffrey Rush as the Barbra Streisand of buccaneers?

Geoffrey Rush has been aboard the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise from the start so of course he watched with intense interest as Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer looked to replace director Gore Verbinski, who abandoned ship (so to speak) after the third film in the swashbuckling series. Rush says now he could not be happier with the new captain of the ship, Rob Marshall, whose background with Broadway and films such as “Chicago” put him in tune with Rush’s own rhythms. “Rob and Gore are just opposite sides of the same coin really,” said Rush, who plays Hector Barbossa in the franchise. “I think Gore probably comes from more of a rock ‘n’ roll and comic book angle and Rob is more from a musical theater and musical film, choreographic  background. They overlap with their finely tuned comedic sense and sense of the absurd. They have a strong […]
May 22, 2011 | 8:17 a.m.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’: Johnny Depp can’t see the appeal of 3-D — literally

When it comes to 3-D,  Johnny Depp just can’t see the appeal — literally. The star of the new 3-D spectacle “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” — as well as last year’s billion-dollar hit “Alice in Wonderland” — says that due to an eyesight defect, the stereoscopic effect of 3-D cinematic images is lost on him. “I’ve never seen the movies in 3-D,” Depp said. “I actually can’t see in 3-D. I’ve got a bum eye. So I’ve never been able to watch the movies and see what everybody else sees. “I don’t see things normally, I never have. I wouldn’t know what 3-D was if it hit me in the face. I’m more interested in 4-D and 5-D anyway. I’ll just bypass the 3 and go straight to the 4 and the 5.” The 47-year-old may have issues with depth perception but he doesn’t […]
May 22, 2011 | 6:10 a.m.

‘Pirates’ review: Johnny Depp keeps the ship afloat — barely

Is it time for Jack Sparrow to sail off into the sunset? After seeing the fourth installment in Disney‘s “Pirates of the Caribbean” mega-franchise, Los Angeles Times film critic Betsy Sharkey writes in her review that Johnny Depp‘s kooky pirate charm keeps “On Stranger Tides” afloat, but the film is “not seaworthy, nor Sparrow worthy, for that matter.” Sharkey gives props to a few sparkling moments, including creepy mermaids and a cameo by the Rolling Stone‘s Keith Richards, but said that despite Oscar-nominated director Rob Marshall‘s efforts at the helm, overall, the movie lacks fun. Sharkey blames a bloated, overly complicated plot and bizarre production design. “Now if all that sounds like a promising place to work a lot of 3-D magic, then boy are you in for a major letdown,” Sharkey writes. “The Ds in this instance stand for dark and dismal and disastrously claustrophobic.” Here’s […]
May 19, 2011 | 4:35 p.m.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’: ILM delivers mermaids who are both beauty and beast

When Oscar-nominated director Rob Marshall came aboard as the new captain of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, he was immediately possessed by the siren call of one particular element in the script — beautiful mermaids. No one needs to explain cinematic possibilities of dangerous lust and predatory women to the director of “Chicago” and “Memoirs of a Geisha,” and when he took over the Disney buccaneer franchise he zeroed in on the script’s presentation of the magical aquatic creatures as a place to make his mark. “They are beautiful, seductive women but they use that beauty to lure men to their deaths,” Marshall said with an approving grin. “They are women but they are also animal. These are creatures and carnivores and they want to feed.” And when they feed, sailors in salt water are the main course. Marshall made the mermaids a paramount priority for Ben […]
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