Pirates Jumps the $400 Million Mark

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

In less then a weeks time the new “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” has easily surpassed the $400 million mark. With this it sets a very big new record as the first movie that reached the $400 million target the fastest.

It made $104.4 million in North America and made about three times that much, $310.8 million, in other territories.

Other movies that are going strong at this time are Universal “Fast Five” with a grossed total of well over $500 million, Twentieth Century Fox’s “Rio” with over $450 million in total and Paramount’s Marvel production “Thor” that is also on the $400 million mark.

Good times for the movies!

Mermaids and Zombies in the New Pirates Trailer

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Disney released the first trailer of the new Pirates movie: The Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides. With mermaids and zombies already showing in the new trailer this movie can’t go wrong. The trailer looks fun and Johnny Depp has already been given the chance to make you laugh at it. Enjoy the trailer below and see if the last couple of seconds can make you laugh out loud. I sure did. Can’t wait to see this movie and hope the next trilogy will be as entertaining as the first.

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Pirates in 3D

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Disney has announced they will shoot Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 3D. The fourth movie is following the trend of big block busters to go for the popular 3D treatment.

I guess in the future it will be more surprising news when a movie will not be made in 3D. No complaints though, I love 3D.

Release is still set for May 20, 2011.

Mad Hatter Johnny

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

A first picture of Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter from the upcoming movie Alice in Wonderland movie can be found on a fan based website. The movie is directed by Tim Burton and has a target release date of 5 March 2010.

The movie will use a mix of live action and performance capture and will be released in 3D.

Mia Wasikowska , Anne Hathway, Helena Bonham Carter, Matt Lucas and Crispin Glover co-star

Picture copyrights Disney (via Johnny-Depp.org)

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…

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.

$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…

Picture Copyrights; Disney

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)

Pirates Gold

Monday, May 28th, 2007

It will be to nobodies surprse that pirates of the Caribbean will be the highest grossing movie of all, time breaking all previous records during an opening weekend. There is only one question… with how much doubloons.

Most industry observers agree that “At World’s End” should break boxoffice records this weekend. It’s just a matter of how many and by how much. (Hollywood Reporter)

With the weekend coming to its end we will get the results soon and after that it will be interesting to see who will be able to catch the Pirates record…

Pirates Premiere Tickets; going once, going twice… SOLD OUT

Monday, April 30th, 2007

piratespremiersoldout.jpgDisney’s ”Pirates of the Caribbean; At Worlds End” World Premiere tickets, benefiting the “Make a Wish Foundation”, sells out in just 14 Days. People from all over the world ordered tickets and will be able to see the movie in Disneyland Anaheim.

Ticket buyers from countries such as Australia, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Canada and Mexico, and 35 U.S. states including Hawaii raced to log on to www.piratespremiere.com and purchased tickets to the event at $1,500 apiece. (Business Wire)

They’ll be enjoying the 3rd Pirates movie while helping children with life-threatening medical conditions fulfilling a dream.

(No tickets but still want to help too. Visit the Make a Wish Foundation website)

Captain Jack Sparrow

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

featurette-p-iii-1.jpgIf you would like to see some nice featurettes click on the picture; You’ll find 2 great little videos where some of the secrets of the new Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End are revealed.

They are real fun and will keep us Pirates fans busy until the release (25 May). Although, I don’t think it spoils it for me, if you want to be kept surprised maybe wait to see these until after you’ve seen the movie as some key scenes of the movie are shown.

The Captains Are Not Ready for Battle

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

piratesiiichowyunfatpict1.jpgIt looks like it that May 25th will be a very tight fit for the Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End premiere. The movie isn’t ready yet as some special effects still need to be put in place.

“It’s a race to the wire for all the special effects. But, in its current state, it’s quite spectacular,” a source explained… (Deadline Hollywood Daily)

The production already costs $300 million and Disney is even saying that it will top this amount with at least another $50 million before the final cut is ready. A final cut that might run up to a close 3 hours once finished and will bring closure to the (let us hope) first Pirates trilogy.

While I normally avoid opening weekends and big crowds I don’t think I’ll be able to wait this time and might be among the first too see it. (Although saying “first” might be naming it wrong as we will be thousands and thousands and thousands…)

“Disney Lesson 4: Encourage failure” by Michael Eisner

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

piratescurse1.jpgMichael Eisner spoke to a group of Toronto businessmen about his 21 years at Disney and how he changes a $7 billion revenue into a $20 billion one.

He had a couple of “Disney” lessons to spill: Here his lesson on Failure

DISNEY LESSON #4: Encourage failure
“Failure is not a corporate death sentence,” he says, “and punishing failure leads to mediocrity. If people are afraid to take risks, you risk being bland and mediocre.”

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