Pirates of the Caribbean Medley by Epica (Interview with Mark Jansen)

Monday, May 4th, 2009

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On May 11th Epica will release their newest album “The Classical Conspiracy” taken from their live performance in Hungary. On the album you will find “classic” Epica numbers performed by an orchestra and classic music performed by Epica. Epica is a fantastic band who create a mix of rock, (symphonic) metal and “film music like” compositions with the classic trained voice of the beautiful Simone Simons. I am a big fan of their music and can’t wait to put their newest work into the CD player.

epica-classicconspiracyEpcia already proofed that metal can be mixed with Disney by performing at Disneyland Resort Paris in the past, but this time they add a Disney tune to their CD, a Pirates of the Caribbean Medley. Once I saw this play list for the new European version of the CD I contacted Mark Jansen from Epica and asked him about this project.

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No More Pirates Life for Gore Verbinski

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

pirates3pAfter 3 Pirates of the Caribbean movies it’s been enough for Gore Verbinski. He has no more interest in directing a fourth movie for Disney’s pirates franchise. Instead of going on the high seas again, Verbinski will focus on his other project, including “Bioshock”…

“I had a fantastic time bringing ‘Pirates’ to life, and I am eternally grateful to Jerry, Johnny and the rest of the creative and production team,” Verbinski said. “I’m looking forward to all of us crossing paths again in the future.” (Variety)

The 4th movie in the Pirates series is in development but hasn’t been green lighted yet. However it is expected to go ahead and a first release date is set for 2010. Johnny Depp would return as everybody’s beloved Captain Jack Sparrow.

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Disney Fun in Mid Air

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Did you read my story about the next Disneyland Concept? I even dreamed about a Disney magic filled flight. Well, it looks like one airline company, Kingfisher Airlines, has the same idea and will add special Disney entertainment named “Little Wings” to its flights.

The program is starting of with a magazine targeted to the very young with Winnie The Pooh and Mickey Mouse, but not forgetting the older children by offering Cars, High School Musical, Hannah Montana among other Teen stories.

Later in the year there will also be in-flight entertainment. Although that is not a new concept, and some Disney movies or series already made it on plains, Kingfisher Airlines is looking to add a full channel of Disney Magic.

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55 million Dollars

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

Johnny Depp will be the next actor that can call himself the best paid one. To come back and reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow he will get a check for 55 Million dollars. Not a bad paycheck, isn’t it? I didn’t think so. But I do think that it is to much. Who needs 55 million to play one role? Nobody, not even the best Jack Sparrow in the world!

With so many actors strugeling in the industry I would love to see one top actor to be a little more humain and strike another kind of contract deal. How about signing a 55 million contract for a role where you keep 1 million and have it stated in the contract that the other 54 million will be equally divided between all the extras, technicians and other lower paid people on the set. Nobody who is already rich needs another 55 million added to his or her account, but all the other people would welcome that little extra to get some bills paid.

55 Million dollars for one movie, for any movie, for any role… way to much. But that is just my 2 cents.

Disney’s Future Projects with Johnny Depp

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

Latest rumors suggest that Johnny Depp will be returning for Pirates of the Caribbean 4. However, before any work can start on the 4th installment Johnny signed on for several other Disney projects.

He will team up with the always amazing Tim Burton who will work on yet another stop motion picture. This time we will get (a hopefully darker version of) Alice in Wonderland. Johnny will be voicing the Mad Hatter in this adaption of the story.

Another project involving Johnny Depp is a movie version of The Lone Ranger. Johnny Depp appeared on the Walt Disney Studios showcase Preview day in Hollywood, dressed as Captain Jack, marching in on the theme music of the Lone Ranger. (Source Hollywood Insider). However Johnny is not up for the titel role but will play Tonto. Tonto is a American Indian who finds the Lone Ranger after his group where ambushed. He nurses the Lone Ranger back to health before they go after the Lone Rangers attackers.

Before you comment on Johnny Depp playing a native American; Depp has German, Gypsy, Cherokee and Irish blood running in his vains…

The Rock in Space…

Friday, September 19th, 2008

After the success of the Pirate movies Disney is looking to do it all over again. This time they want to go to space and use Tomorrowland as their base.

A good movie, or in this case concept, will also need some good actors. While Johnny Depp made the pirates what it is today, it’s going to be Dwayne Johnson that will have to proof himself that he will be able to do the same for Disney next space odyssey. Good choice? You know what! I do think so. Dwayne is a man with many talents and has proven himself worthy as a entertaining pro wrestler (The Rock) as well as an actor. While most of his movies have not been box office number ones, they are entertaining and fun to watch…

Goodbye Audio Animatronics

Monday, June 16th, 2008

If you say Audio Animatronics its very likely you will use Disney in the same sentence. Walt pretty much invented the figures, improved them and made it part of Disney’s most important inheritance. Imagineers have been updating, re-inventing and shown the world some amazing new advanced Audio Animatronincs. Look at the road it made from using the term for the very first time in 1961, opening the Enchanted Tiki Room in 1963 and the trademark filed in 1964. Look at the New York fair (again 1964) with the Audio Animatronic of Lincoln, It’s a Small World, Carousel of Progress and a list that kept on growing and growing every year with rides as Pirates of the Caribbean to Lucky the Dinosaur and up to Toy Story Midway Mania today…

This weekend however a internal memo where Disney informed employees that they will start outsourcing some of their Audio Animatronics to third parties was forwarded to OC Register.

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Jack Sparrow’s Life at Disneyland

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

As Disney fans we only (mostly) see the magic, as Disney Geeks we want to know how everything works, As a Disney employee you can get the real story. Those stories can make some interesting articles with some nice stuff, weird surprises and (unfortunately) sometimes bad stories too. One of those stories was pointed out to us by an associate editor of Lamag.com.

If you’re a Disney (Theme Park) fan and love anything Pirates, especially Jack Sparrow, you wil have fun reading the article. Some guest might even recognize themselves (and to the girls and woman out there, if you do, that isn’t a good thing this time :-) )…

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Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Another great Disneyland Resort Paris with lots of magic has come to its end (it always to early to go home, whatever Disney park you are visiting at the moment). My good friend Andrea invited my to accompany him and I could not say no to that. 2 Disney nuts at Disney equals a lot of fun.

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The Pirates of the Caribbean Pocket Model Game

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

piratesgamewizkids.jpgToday WizKids announces that they signed a deal with Disney to create a “Pirates of the Caribbean” PocketModel Game. I love the games of Wizkids and have been playing their Marvel HeroClix, DC Heroclix and HorrorClix games since the beginning. (For those knowing the game; I own both the Galactus and the Phoenix figures.)

The also created the game Pirates; a game where players can battle it out using construct 3-D pirate ships from pieces punched out of a styrene card. (WizKids) This however is a game I haven’t played yet, although it did look intriguing.

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Will Jack Sparrow be Swashbuckling in New TV Show?

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Apparently Disney is looking into making a “Pirates of the Caribbean” TV show where they would explore the many adventures of a young Jack Sparrow. The information came from a source that shared the news with the United Kingdom Daily Star. (There is no Online version of this news)

I would take this news with a grain of salt for now, but I couldn’t let this news go without telling you Pirates fans about it. You never know, there might be some truth in it.

Even so, I don’t see Johnny Depp being part of this; neither as the character of Jack Sparrow or the voice over of the character, as this spin of might even become an animated version.

Transformers vs. Pirates

Monday, July 9th, 2007

taiwanesetransformerposter.jpgThe Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End did a great job at the box office but there is a movie out there trying to do it better and is looking at breaking the record. Pirates III did about $114 million in its opening weekend, but with a count on 3 ½ days and a $100 million counts the battle is on; Transformers looks like it will get into a fight with the pirates to do better, but will they succeed?

While I did love the Pirates III movie and gave it a great review, I never thought I would be doing the same for Transformers. I thought we would get another big budget movie where the effects are everything and the story and acting will be secondary, I was well surprised when I left the cinema. Sure, both pirates and Transformers is filled with the big budget special effect used in so many movies that try to make the big bucks with the cinema goers, but while Pirates proofed character development and story can be part of such a movie, I never thought I would see this in the Transformers movie.

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Parents Leave Child waiting in Hot Florida Sun

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

hotsun.jpgAs a parent, reading things like this makes me very angry. Your first priority as a parent is your child. If that means you can’t ride an attractions; then there is always another time. What you can’t or shouldn’t do just to be able to visit the attraction is leave your child behind, waiting outside. Unfortunately some parents seam to have other ideas on this and have no problem leaving their child in a stroller in the sun while visiting the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction.

A mother and father are facing child neglect charges after deputies say they left their young child in the hot sun at Disney World. (Central Florida News)

Unfortunately things like this are not “one offs”. I’ve seen a couple running to Big Thunder Mountain once, both running into the queue line, leaving their kid outside the gates. The Cast Member, standing there, jaw’s dropped right open (as did mine). They didn’t return or say anything to the kid; they just ran on to ride the coaster…

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$500 Million Pirates Treasure

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

chowyunfat-out1.jpgIt only took 20 days for Pirates of the Caribbean; at Worlds End to pass the $500 million mark. The world wide success is helping to get to these monster earnings. For example opening day in China was good for $1.3 million.

The Pirates at China don’t come without an extra price though. To be able to show the movie in China the price of “censorship” needs to be paid. I could fill a whole blog telling how I feel about censorship or maybe it is just an angry reaction to the fact that it was parts of Chow Yun Fat role that had been cut. He was partly cut out of the movie because they didn’t like how the Chinese pirate was portrayed on screen…

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Pirates, Muppets, Lions and Darth Vader

Thursday, June 14th, 2007

muppetspirates1.jpgWhat if Mufasa was Darth Vader? Or what would happen if the Muppets would invade the world of the pirates?

You can find out on YouTube where you will find a trailer of the Pirates of the Caribbean; At Worlds End that includes a bunch of the Muppets and a great little video where Darth “Mufasa” Vader talks to Luke.

You can check out the videos made by Leprechaunproduction here (Via Brokehoedown)