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Pirates 5 “Dead Men Tell No Tales” begins filming Down Under


We learned a few months ago that Queensland, Australia had won the right to host production for most of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth entry in the blockbuster movie series inspired by the classic Disney theme park attraction. The previous four films have reaped $3.7 billion at the box office, so there are high hopes for this next film.

The news today is that production has officially begun and we have the first look at the cast and plot for the new film. Plus, we already have a picture from the set in Australia.

Joining Johnny Depp, who will reprise his creation of Captain Jack Sparrow, will be Oscar winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner,” British television’s “Skins”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “The Giver”) and Golshifteh Farahani (“The Patience Stone,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”). Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs and Stephen Graham as Scrum.

As for the story, this is what we’ve learned:

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas

Okay. So it’s another McGuffin chase. It’s probably a good idea not to stray too far from the winning formula.Read More »Pirates 5 “Dead Men Tell No Tales” begins filming Down Under

Johnny Depp on his role as Tonto in The Lone Ranger


Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are frequent film collaborators, including the hugely successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise which stars Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. Bruckheimer had been intrigued with the idea of relaunching the classic TV show The Lone Ranger as their next franchise, but the project was languishing in development until Depp stepped in.

Depp figured that the best way to get the ball rolling would be to get into character as Tonto. He rounded up two close friends—makeup artist Joel Harlow and photographer Peter Mountain—and set about creating his distinctive version of how Tonto would look in the hope that it would convince Bruckheimer and the studio, Disney, to give The Lone Ranger the green light.

He based his ‘look’ for Tonto on a painting he’d seen of a Native American warrior and added his own, unique, flourishes. The result was spectacular and it convinced Bruckheimer—and indeed Disney Studios— that it was time for “The Lone Ranger” and Tonto to ride back onto the screen.

“I was doing ‘The Rum Diary’ with Bruce (Robinson) in Puerto Rico, and I had already found a painting of a Native American warrior with these stripes down his face,” Depp explained.Read More »Johnny Depp on his role as Tonto in The Lone Ranger

New Poster and Trailer for The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger will ride into theaters on July 3rd and everyone will see if Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp can recapture the magic of the early Pirates of the Caribbean films. In the meantime, we get our first look at a new poster for the film today and Yahoo Movies has released a teaser trailer to the pre-game Super Bowl ad coming this weekend:Read More »New Poster and Trailer for The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger – New Trailer

A new trailer for The Lone Ranger was released today and it reveals a lot more of the wild, gritty world created by the team that brought us the popular Pirates of the Caribbean films. Of course, it’s not just the creative team, but it’s… Read More »The Lone Ranger – New Trailer