The Return of the Lone Ranger

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

It was all over the web, the Jerry Bruckheimer, Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp project, “The Lone Ranger” was cancelled by Disney because of the high production cost of $250 million. Work was put on hold and some of the sets being build where going to be torn down again. But it looks like the budget is being brought down. While Disney wanted to bring it down to $210 million, a person close to the movie director said that the budget has been lowered to $230 million so far. According to the source the three big names agreed to cut down on their own piece of the cake. Another saving measures will be made on some of the heavy special effects that involves the supernatural that where planned for the movie. No agreement has been closed yet but it looks like Johnny Depp has high hopes that the project will continue.

Reached by email on Tuesday, Depp was cryptic about the “Lone Ranger” project. “I think everything will work out as it should,” the Oscar-nominated actor said from London, where he was at Pinewood Studios outside London working on the Warner Bros. film “Dark Shadows.” (LA Times Blog)

Looks like a little bit of a power play by Disney to show who’s boss (always the one with the money). Personally I didn’t think Disney would shut it down as the team of  Jerry Bruckheimer, Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp are way to important for the mouse.

Disney handwritten letter to Mickey creator and More Disney Auctions

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Live Auctioneers has a big auction coming up this weekend where Disney fans’ hearts will beat either a little harder or might even skip a couple of beats when they see the fantastic collection of items that will go under the hammer. There are to many lots to name but I picked a couple of my favorites to give you an idea on what to expect.

How about a “Complete Gladiator Costume from Tron” for those fans of the 1982 Tron movie. I know there are plenty and there is plenty in the auction from Tron for them. Other Tron items include “Tron Light Cycles print signed by Syd Mead” and a “Tron crew jacket and original press kit” among many other Tron stuff.

Want something special straight from the Disney Parks history. You could own a Lincoln bust prototype estimated $4000 to $6000. There are also some first day Disneyland opening tickets set to go for $1.500 or more. There are even some ride vehicles in the auction lot from Snow White and Mr Toad ride and an original 1962 Haunted Mansion door comings from the attraction.

With the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming up it’s a great moment to have some Pirates items in your auction too. This includes some amazing stuff like “Pirates of the Caribbean Keira Knightly costume”, “Johnny Depp “Capt. Jack Sparrow” stunt flintlock from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”, “Johnny Depp “Capt. Jack Sparrow” stunt flintlock from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and lots of other cool pirates items.

Tim Burton items are also being sold during the auction. There will be a whole lot of Original Tim Burton hand-drawn ink sketches for Vincent, but also items from Nightmare on Chistmas like a “Collection of 12 color storyboards from The Nightmare Before Christmas” and other artwork. But that’s just the beginning as there is some amazing Nightmare stuff to choose from, including original puppets and items used on the set and in the movie.

But the one and most important items will be a letter written and signed by Walt Disney himself. It’s the “Disney handwritten letter to Mickey creator” written by Disney to Ub Iwerk. This historical document is estimated $60.000 to $80.000 and has been in the hands of the Iwerks family up to now.

This letter documents a major turning point for Disney, urging Iwerks to leave Kansas City, move to Los Angeles and accept his offer to become Disney’s chief animator, marking the moment in time in which history was secured and the Master of Fantasy and the Hand Behind the Mouse came to an agreement that would ultimately change popular culture as we know it today. (Live Auctioneers)

A true gem for a real (and wealthy) Walt Disney collector

Other Disney items include animation production cells, concept art, drawings, Theme Park attraction posters, Club 33 chair, maquettes, and a lot more. There is also a big collection of other movie and TV items not related to Disney.

Auction starts on May 14 and will be divided over 2 days. Early bids can be placed via the site.

Lego Pirates of the Caribbean Trailer Collection

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Only a couple of weeks and you’ll be able to buy and play the new Lego Pirates of the Caribbean game. The release is set for May 10th, 2011 for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, Nintendo DS, 3DS, Mac and PC. So if you can’t wait for the movie, you can already start playing the game. May 10th to far away? Enjoy the following collection of official Disney preview videos curtsy of Disney.

The trailers include:
Teaser Trailer – a fun and humorous introduction to LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game
The Curse of the Black Pearl – Trailer highlighting the game play from the first movie in the blockbuster franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Dead Man’s Chest – Trailer highlighting game play from the second movie in the blockbuster franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

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Pirates 3D Premier Gala at Disneyland

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Disneyland Park in Anaheim will be hosting the very first outdoor 3D movie event with the exclusive premiere of the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides movie on May 7th. This special gala will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America who will get the income from the tickets. Tickets will be $1000 per person, but in return Disney will give those lucky enough to get one of these tickets a night to remember.

Guests will be able to see the film in 3D and will be invited to a party where they will be able to mingle with some of the movies celebrities. Disneyland guests without tickets will have the chance to see some of these celebrities when they arrive on the red carpet. However, this time the red carpet will be black, keeping in theme with the movie. The Disneyland Park will open at 7 am especially on that day so you can get a good spot to see the celebrities walk the carpet. Spots cannot be reserved so for those that will want to see the movie stars will be in for a long wait. (more…)

The Mermaids of the Caribbean

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

While they may look sexy it’s no big secret that mermaids can be very dangerous creatures. We’ve already had a glimpse of them in the trailer but now they can show what they got on this great new Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides poster.

Once your done looking at the eye candy, let those same eyes wander to the bottom of the poster. See what they are sitting on? Skulls and skeletons!

Looks like Jack Sparrow and his crew will get some problem with the ladies.

Great poster!

New Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Trailer

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Below you’ll find a fantastic new trailer of the 4th Pirates movie. Looks like it will be a lot of fun. The movie stars Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Kevin R. McNally, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Sam Claflin and Geoffrey Rush. The movie will be released on May 20th 2011

Pirates of the Caribbean & Haunted Mansion at Comic-Con (updated!)

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

As promised in our post about the TRON panel at this year’s Comic-Con there were two huge surprises after the official end of that panel according to Deadline Hollywood well worthy of separate coverage if you ask me.

First there was a 3D clip of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow as we will meet him in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides, the fourth movie of Disney’s hit franchise. Being the first of the series produced in 3D certainly will add an extra level to the experience of following Jack Sparrow in his search for the Fountain of Youth – which the clip sort of confirmed as one of the plot points for the movie – that is, if Jack receives all he needs for the quest, which according to him is “a bloody map…or a Bloody Mary…or both.”

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Starts Now

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer announced via his Twitter account that they have started to film the next instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Including with this news he also released 3 pictures of the set. One of them showing the director Rob Marshall arriving on the set by traveling by jet ski.

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Disney Hawaii: Resorts and Pirates

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Disney’s love for Hawaii is no big secret. They just announced the name of their latest Disney Resort; Aulani a Disney Resort and Spa. The resort will include hotel rooms, Disney Vacation Club Villas, meeting rooms and wedding facilities. Aulani translates as “the place that speaks for the great ones” or “the place that speaks with deep messages.”

Captain Jack Sparrow might not be staying at the resort, but he will be in Hawaii where the fourth movie of the Pirates of the Caribbean will be shot.

“We’ve always sought out the most extraordinary and exotic locations … Hawaii provides an amazing range of both land and seascapes, and we’re delighted to return for ‘On Stranger Tides,’” Bruckheimer said in a statement.  (Seattle Times)

Will the Hawaiian scenery will have something to do with it and will provide beautiful backgrounds there is another reason why to location has been picked.

… what made the difference was the combination of Hawaii’s tax incentive, as well as support from the film and travel industries. (Seattle Times)

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Wonderland Trailer

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

AliceWonderland1Disney has released a new HD trailer of their upcoming Alice in Wonderland movie directed by Tim Burton. The movie stars Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska as the 19 year old Alice. Alice returns to Wonderland where she meets her childhood friends and will fight the Red Queen to end her reign of terror. Other big names are Anna Hathaway, Heelena Bonham Carter and Crispin Glover. The trailer promises us another great Disney gem.

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A New Captain!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

johnnydepp-jacksparrowPirates of the Caribbean has been the success story of Disney’s live feature movies. Nobody was surprised Disney would continue the franchise for as long as they could. With Johnny Depp being partly responsible for the success as Captain Jack Sparrow it isn’t a surprise Disney wanted him back on board for the next trilogy. With the 4th movie being green lighted and Johnny on board, the movie is going to be a success at the box office for sure but could this be the end for Johnny and Jack? (more…)

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 Dates (SDCC report)

Friday, July 24th, 2009

SanDiegoComicCon2009the San Diego Comic Convention is the place to be right now if you love comics, movies, Science Fiction, Fantasy and so much more. A lot of news is always shared during this amazing event. It was to be expected Disney would come up with some news too. This one will be welcomed by the many Captain Jack Sparrow fans. The new Pirates of the Caribbean movie will start filming in April 2010 with a planned release date in 2011.

“It’s important to get the story right and it’s important to me to scale it down, because we can’t get bigger,” Aviv admitted. “The movies have subsequently gotten bigger and bigger and very complicated and they were satisfying on so many levels obviously, but I want to kind of reboot the whole thing and bring it down to its core, its essence, just characters.” He agreed that there is a lot of Captain Jack Sparrow’s back story that we haven’t seen yet without confirming or denying that we might see some of that in the fourth movie. Still no word on whether Gore Verbinski might come back for the fourth movie. (Disney’s head of Production; Oren Aviv via Comigsoon.com)

Alice in Wonderland Movie Art

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

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Alice-WhiteQueen1Disney has released some amazing pictures of the new Tim Burton movie Alice in Wonderland. If the movie will look anything near as good as the pictures do, we will be in for a real treat.  Johnny Depp is playing the Mad Hatter, but he is not the only one looking great in a “crazy” character. Anne Hathaway looks awesome as the White Queen.

There is also a picture of the Red queen played by Helene Bonham Carter and a sweet Alice picture.

The 3 big artwork widescreen pictures are beautiful and very promising too. You’ll get a first look at the White Rabbit, The Tweedles and Alice in the gardens. Click on the pictures to see the full galleries. (Via USA Today)

This looks like it will be a great movie, one to look forwards too…

Pictures copyrights Disney

Pirates of the Caribbean; At Worlds End: Review

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

swannsparrow.jpgI have just returned from my local movie complex where today was the first screening of “The Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End” movie.

While I don’t want to give away anything for those still having to see the movie here is my review of the movie without (to many) spoilers that would give away the main story…

Darker; The third part in this trilogy is a lot darker then the first one. While the first two movies put our pirates and friends in fun situations, the darker settings and story is enlightened with witty and catchy jokes. They turn the style around, but it really works well.

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No More Pirate Ships for Gore Verbinski

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

Gore’s sick of pirates. If I wrote a scene that had to be shot on water, he’d run the other way.” (Jim Hill Media)

Looks like Gore Verbinski is done with pirates (although this doesn’t come from his mouth) while Johnny Depp would happily do some more follow up movies (but only if Gore Verbinski will direct it).

For more read the Jim Hill Media article.