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With all of the crazy news surrounding the Han Solo movie these days, it’s hard to accurately gauge how this movie will turn out. With Phil Lord and Chris Miller actually being fired from the project (apparently because they believed they were making a comedy), and being abruptly replaced with Ron Howard, and even rumors that Han Solo star Alden Ehrenreich took issue with the creative direction of the film… how are fans not supposed to panic?
Well, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger, there is absolutely nothing to fear. Speaking to Screen Rant, the CEO had this to say: “First of all, we have a great cast, we have a great script and we have a great director. It’s gonna be fine. I’m very excited.”
See Also: Lucasfilm were right to hire a new Han Solo director, but it’s their fault, not Lord and Miller »
- Jordan Jones
Sword fights. Everyone loves a good sword fight. They combine the best thing about chess – the strategy and fitness of a well-timed and executed move – with the ferocity of a wrestling match. Plus, they’re normally really well scored. They’re like a dance off with more equipment and less impressive footwork. With that in mind, we thought that it’s important to take a couple of minutes to go through five of the best sword fights in movies.
5. Aragorn Vs The Nine Ringwraiths – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
While the Hobbit films were somewhat “less than stellar” there’s no doubt that Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films were, on the whole, quite good. The Fellowship of the Ring especially. There were a lot of things in that film that worked really well – Saruman’s new orcs, the Balrog, the secret council, but the thing that really sold the film was the battle between Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and the Ringwraiths. It may have been short, but it set the tone for the film and it ends with an evil ghost getting a flaming torch to the face. What more does a film need than that?
4. Captain Jack Sparrow Vs Captain Hector Barbosa – Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Geoffrey Rush, playing the role of Hector Barbosa, described this fight as an epic battle between two immortals and is it ever. The choreography is pure Flynn-like. It’s over the top and quicker than a ship at full mast. Intercut with this scene is another sword fight: Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) versus the undead crew of the Black Pearl. Plus, bringing back what we said about being really well scored, Hans Zimmer is on point with the theme for both this fight and the entire scene. The series may have gone off the map in later films, but The Curse of the Black Pearl really was treasure.
3. Hector Vs Achilles – Troy (2004)
Okay, so this one is definitely a controversial choice. Classics Students hate this film because it’s not the Illiad; Lord of the Rings fans hate it because Legolas (Orlando Bloom) is a coward in it; and cinema-philes hate it because… Well, its quality is debatable. But, 2004’s Troy is notable because: every single actor seems to be chewing the scenery in every single scene and it has Eric Bana and Brad Pitt fighting with spears. Taking place the day after Hector (Bana) killed Patroclus – Achilles’ cousin-in-this-version-but-lover/protege-in-the-Illiad, it features some of the best choreography in a film that’s pretty much built upon its sword-to-sword choreography and the bankability of Brad Pitt. The fact that most of the fight is actually one that’s between two spear wielders – something which is rare in the medium, for some reason – only makes the whole thing even better. Plus, Pitt’s Achilles really lays on the smack talk. Hard.
2. The Bride Vs The Crazy 88 – Kill Bill, Vol. 1 (2003)
As the titular Bill (David Carradine) says in Kill Bill Vol. 2, Uma Thurman’s character wasn’t really fighting eighty-eight bodyguards during this fight. According to the Kill Bill Wiki, there are only forty-four of them. Still, that’s a considerable number of bodyguards for one woman to fight by herself and Thurman does it stylishly. She’s called the world’s deadliest woman throughout the film, but it’s this scene in which the thesis is tested. It’s one of the most stylish scenes Quentin Tarantino ever shot and we’d argue still holds up compared to his later work. There’s so much to say about this fight but we’ll just let the fact that the Bride fought forty-four bodyguards (as well as two bosses) and won speak for itself.
There were a lot of options that we could have gone with for our ultimate battle of the blades. Hell, there were a lot of options we could have gone with from the Star Wars franchise. But, after going through all seven films again, we’ve decided that the top of them all has to be what was – for a long time – the final battle in the Star Wars trilogy. While not as technically flashy or quick as some of the fights from the prequel trilogy, the fight between Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Darth Vader (David Prowse/James Earl Jones) more than makes up for it in terms of both emotional impact, thematic appropriateness, and score. And wow, what a score it is. John Williams is known for his scores but we think this just takes the cake.
Are there any sword-fights you think we missed? Let us know in the comments below. »
- Ian Bailey
Welcome to another edition of Over/Under Movies, the podcast in which we choose one overrated film and one underrated film — similar in tone, genre, style, or however we may see fit — and we discuss them.
I’m joined by my co-host Oktay Ege Kozak for another entry in our Director’s Series, where the films we discuss don’t necessarily match up thematically, but the through-line lies in the films’ director.
Continue reading Podcast: Over/Under Movies Sinks ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’ & Shines On ‘The Weather Man’ at The Playlist. »
- Ryan Oliver
After the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales number one debut this weekend, it has been revealed that the budget for snacks alone was $2 million dollars on the first installment of the franchise. The number one weekend for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 was enough to bring Disney's monster franchise up over the $4 billion dollar mark worldwide, even with less than stellar stateside numbers and the effect of the Manchester terrorist attack on the European box office. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl debuted in 2003 and became the fourth highest grossing movie of that year after critics estimated that it would be an epic, over budget box office bomb. But what did the crew eat? What about the craft services? Fans the world-over have been asking that question for the past 14 years and now we finally have an answer.
The Hollywood Reporter recently »
Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, most box office analysts predicted that Disney's family-friendly adventure Pirates of the Carbbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales would have no trouble taking down the R-rated comedy Baywatch at the box office. The only question was how much would these Pirates beat the lifeguards by, and today we have our answer. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales easily took the top spot with $62.6 million over the three-day weekend and $77 million over the four-day holiday weekend. While it was certainly an easy win, it also proves that this franchise has lost some of its luster.
Box Office Mojo reports that this pirate adventure opened in 4,276 theaters, pulling in a solid $18,018 per-screen average. While a $77 million opening would be huge for most movies, it is actually the second worst debut in Pirates franchise history, just behind the $46.6 million debut of the first movie, »
29 May 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl surprised a lot of people. Few were predicting that a high seas adventure, based on a theme park ride, with zombie pirates and a quirky side-kick named Jack Sparrow would actually work. But a 79 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, more than $650 million at the worldwide box-office, and an Oscar nomination for Johnny Depp proved otherwise.
Since then however, the magical formula that made that first film sail so successfully seems to have eluded the franchise. Rake in millions of dollars though they continue to do, critic and audience members alike seem »
- Chris Hartwell
The fifth instalment of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise set sail this past weekend, with Dead Men Tell No Tales opening to $270.6 million worldwide.
The film claimed $62.2 million domestically, the lowest opening for the series since the first instalment Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl opened with $46.6 million back in 2003. Neverthless, this pushed Disney beyond the $1 billion mark for the year in North America, while the film added a further $208.4 from international markets, including a whopping $67.8 million from China, and a record-setting $18.1 million in Russia. It is expected to pass the $300 million mark today.
See Also: Three Ways to Fix the Pirates of the Caribbean Franchise
It certainly wasn’t plain sailing for Baywatch at the box office this weekend though, with the R-rated comedy debuting to a disappointing $22.7 million in North America. Given that Paramount Pictures has plans for a sequel, the studio »
- Amie Cranswick
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) is easily one of the best Hollywood blockbusters of the last twenty years. That film by director Gore Verbinski mixed a fun and sprawling plot with incredibly entertaining and surprisingly three-dimensional characters. It is an immensely re-watchable movie with its quick-witted dialogue and memorable action set pieces. It was a huge surprise back in 2003, and Disney didn’t know it at the time, but they had a gigantic blockbuster franchise on their hands. Even though the second and third installments, Dead Man’s Chest (2006) and At World’s End (2007), are polarizing films, I was, and remain, a huge fan of both. They continued the adventures of all the great characters from the first installment and each felt incredibly different in tone and style. Then there was the garbage fire fourth installment, On Stranger Tides (2011), which felt completely like a cash »
- Scott Davis
It’s been nearly 15 years since the first Pirates of the Caribbean film hit theaters. Against all odds — and against the expectations of pretty much everyone around — Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl managed to be a cool pirate movie, and a huge sensation across the board. The rest is franchise history. They followed up that freshman effort with Dead Men’s Chest, At World’s End, and finally, with On Stranger Tides.
It’s 2017, and it’s been a full six years since the last Pirates film. While the series has definitely had its critics — with many believing the first film was the only real good one — there’s no denying the global appeal of these movies. They’ve either managed to crack $1 billion worldwide, or at the very least get close to it. There’s something there that’s worth capturing.
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- Joseph Medina
Critics be damned, it looks like Disney has another hit on their hands with Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow and audiences around the world are as eager to see him as ever, as the latest Pirates adventure looks like it is going to clean up this weekend at the box office. While there is a wide gap in projections, it looks like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales could be taking in as much as $285 million globally this Memorial Day weekend.
According to Deadline, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 could bring in anywhere between $230-$285 million globally for the four day weekend. That is a pretty wide margin from the low end to the high end, but if the movie can do anything in the $250 million range worldwide, that would be a huge win for Disney. The last movie in the franchise, »
Since the release of the original Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), the series has never really been able to recapture the magic of the film that started it all. Though they have always been entertaining, the characters always seemed to be supporting the huge action sequences and special effects. Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge looks to have taken note, as the latest entry does well to not only develop the characters, but connect them to the previous entries. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Captain Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) and the motley crew are joined on board by two new faces – Henry Turner (Brendon Thwaites) and Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), who are a welcome addition to the cast, as they bring an adventurous energy that Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly brought to the original. Their back stories work well to add more depth, although »
- Philip Rogers
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Takedown of the Day: Logan is so good that Honest Trailers has trouble making fun of it and can't even get Deadpool to say anything mean about it: Franchise Recap of the Day: In anticipation of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Hal Rudnick of Screen Junkies recaps the first four movies: Vintage Image of the Day: In anticipation of the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, here's a classic behind the scenes shot of Keira Knightley on the set of the original installment, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, in 2002: Movie Parody of the Day: Witness Darth Vader fandom within the...
- Christopher Campbell
When Disney announced that they were making a multi-million dollar blockbuster based on a Disney land ride, the whole world rolled their eyes. Then Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl was released, spawning a three billion dollar grossing franchise and giving the world Captain Jack Sparrow. While the series may have gone down in people’s assumptions with each installment, Johnny Depps fifth outing as the incorrigible captain, Salazar’s Revenge (or Dead Men Tell No Tales for our American friends) is expected to be a welcome return to form, being one of the front runners for top grossing movies in 2017. So, while we wait for that movie to set sail, here are five things you never knew about the pirates of the Caribbean franchise. 1. The iconic Captain Jack Sparrow could have been very, very different. When he was cast as the character, Johnny Depp had »
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23 May 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The five-part franchise began in 2003 with Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl. The first three films followed the adventures of William Turner (Orlando Bloom), Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) and Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp).
Based on a Walt Disney-themed ride, the movies take place in the 17th century, where pirates are free from the ruling powers of the British Empire, The Spanish Empire and The East India Company. The themes in the movies touch upon old legends centered around the sea. Along the way, the pirates run into fictitious creatures and ancient curses on their »
- Kara Haar
MaryAnn’s quick take… The franchise finally overstays its welcome with this cacophony of CGI spectacle, a contrived and confusing plot, and a newly cruel and stupid Jack Sparrow. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the original trilogy…
I’m “biast” (con): …but started to lose a little patience with the fourth film
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Okay, make it stop. This amusement-park ride has gone on long enough. It is no longer any fun. I’m feeling a bit nauseated, in fact.
I adored the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy: they were smart, fun popcorn flicks that worked as clever updates on the classic Hollywood swashbuckler, all adventure and movie-movie romance and total, wonderful nonsense. With the third installment, 2007’s At World’s End, the series even managed to whip up some satirical zing, in its plot about gig-economy independent-contractor pirates versus »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Pirates of the Caribbean Salazar’s Revenge Review: The fifth Pirates film hits cinemas this week, but is it any good?
It’s been almost fifteen years since the first Pirates of the Caribbean film arrived in cinemas. The film, based on a popular ride at Disney’s theme parks, took the world by storm and proved that audiences still loved a pirate yarn. Then came two sequels in reasonably rapid succession (2006 and 2007), and with the narrative completed, we thought that was the last we’d seen of Captain Jack Sparrow. Then in 2011 we got another trip around the oceans with Sparrow, this time without his sidekicks, Elizabeth and Will. It lacked the pizzazz of the original trio, but despite lukewarm reviews, went onto the generate a massive box office meaning that film five wasn’t far away. »
- Kat Hughes
When Disney first announced plans to build a feature film out of its venerable Pirates of the Caribbean ride, there was little reason to expect anything more than a grab for quick cash and a few Disneyland cross-promotional opportunities. To just about everyone’s surprise, Gore Verbinski’s 2003 “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” was an inspired piece of old-school popcorn entertainment; more clever, more fun, and fundamentally riskier than it had any right to be.
Now, 14 years and four films later, the “Pirates” franchise has finally delivered exactly what cynics had expected all along. Containing only the faintest traces of the spark that turned this once unpromising idea into a nearly four billion-dollar enterprise, Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is a mercenary, visually unappealing exercise in brand maintenance. The franchise has lost a bit of »
- Andrew Barker
Gravitas Ventures has released the first trailer and poster for Score: A Film Music Documentary, which is in theaters on June 16th. Music is an integral part of most films, adding emotion and nuance while often remaining invisible to audiences. Director Matt Schrader shines a spotlight on the overlooked craft of film composing, gathering many of the art form's most influential practitioners, from Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman to Quincy Jones and Randy Newman, to uncover their creative process. Tracing key developments in the evolution of music in film, and exploring some of cinema's most iconic soundtracks, "Score" is an aural valentine for film lovers.
What makes a film score unforgettable? Featuring Hans Zimmer, James Cameron, Danny Elfman, John Williams, Quincy Jones, Trent Reznor, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Thomas Newman, Randy Newman, Leonard Maltin, and the late James Horner and Garry Marshall, Score: A Film Music Documentary brings Hollywood's elite »
Johnny Depp needs to have his head examined when it comes to his spending — or at least that’s the claim in new court documents filed by the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s former managers, who suggest that the actor “may suffer from a compulsive spending disorder. The new papers, filed by Joel and Robert Mandel of The Mandel Company, state that the pair “did everything possible to protect Depp from his own irresponsible and profligate spending.” “In retrospect, it appears that Depp may suffer from a compulsive spending disorder, which will be proven in this action through a mental examination. »
- Tim Kenneally
My first thoughts upon hearing that Disney would be turning their Pirates of the Caribbean ride into a feature film probably went along the lines of "that's the worst idea I've ever heard," except perhaps with a few expletives thrown in for good measure. Somehow, Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl wound up being a... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
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