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> Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp (Oscar Movie Series) Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-'50s, when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film "adaptation" of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of the new century. He smiled – grinned would be a more appropriate word – on the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, an enjoyable (if a »
- Andre Soares
“Outlander” costume designer Terry Dresbach had the Herculean task of establishing the look of a world that’s almost as foreign to viewers as it is to time-traveling heroine Claire (Caitriona Balfe) — 18th century Scotland. She tells Variety how she adapted the costumes of author Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling novel for the screen and found the iconic looks that help Claire and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) look like the heroes they are.
When it comes to building the many varied costumes of “Outlander,” how much do you have to create in-house versus what you can rent or buy elsewhere?
About 98.9 percent. The biggest shock upon arriving in Scotland and starting this show seven weeks before shooting was that we weren’t going to be able to do much in the way of rental and that we were going to have to build hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of costumes, not just the principal cast, »
- Laura Prudom
Penelope Cruz's father has reportedly passed away. The 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' actress' father Eduardo Cruz is believed to have died early this morning aged 62 after suffering a heart attack at his home in Spain. The brother of Eduardo's wife Carmen Moreno is said to have confirmed the news to Hola! magazine. Medics were reportedly called to the family home at around 2am but could do nothing to save his life, sources told The Truth magazine. The 62-year-old father-of-four lived with his wife Carmen - who he married in April 2014 after 12 years together - and their three-year-old daughter Salma. The couple managed a hair and beauty salon together near their home in La Manga. Eduardo also had three children - Penelope, Monica and Eduardo - from his first marriage to Cruz's mother Encarna Sanchez. While Penelope has had a successful career in Hollywood, Monica »
Robert Rodriguez may be best known for his violent action/crime flicks like Sin City and Desperado, but he's also directed some successful children's adventure movies such as Spy Kids and Sharkboy and Lavagirl, making him a good fit for Warner Bros.' live-action adaptation of '60s Hanna-Barbera animated series, Jonny Quest. According to THR, he'll direct and co-write with Terry Rossio (The Lone Ranger, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The show focused on the globe-trotting adventures of young Jonny Quest and his father. They were accompanied by Jonny's dog Bandit, a Kolkatan orphan named Hadji, and government agent/bodyguard Race Bannon. It originally ran for only one season, but has since spawned '90s cartoon revivals and comic books. Rodriguez and Rossio are rewriting Dan Mazeau's original script, with Dan Lin and Adrian Askarieh on board as producers. »
Movies that make money don’t always do so because they’re good. Here’s our list of underwhelming movies that happened to overwhelm the box office.
While the box office is a good, general representation of the popularity of a film, it is not necessarily an indicator of quality. Yes, it is true that most of the highest grossing movies have also received favorable reviews from critics and audiences alike, that’s often what makes them a hit, but there are some exceptions. This is a list of those exceptions. This is a list of those movies that did spectacularly well at the box office, but ended up being an inferior product.
So why would so many people want to see a terrible film? Why would they waste their hard-earned money and fleeting free time? The answer is actually pretty simple. Many of these films share a lot of common traits. »
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Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games franchise, The Riot Club, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) is set to star in the soccer legend biopic Robin Friday, to be directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Henry-Alex Rubin (Murderball, Disconnect), it was announced today by producers Mike Young, Julian Stone and Paolo Hewitt of Rf Movie Productions Ltd. Financing partners include Global Film Partners’ Daniel Koefoed and Guirec van Slingelandt, Telegael’s Paul Cummings and 9Magnan’s Meghana Gupta.
Fortitude International, co-founded by Nadine de Barros, Robert Ogden Barnum and Daniel Wagner, will handle foreign rights and will present the project to buyers at the Cannes Film Market. De Barros will be supported by her sales team including Katie Irwin, VP of International and Samantha Peel, Director of International Sales and Marketing.
CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for Robin Friday, will represent the film’s North American rights.
Based on the biography »
- Michelle McCue
Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games franchise, Sam Claflin, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) is set to star in the soccer legend biopic Robin Friday, to be directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Henry Alex Rubin (Murderball, Disconnect), it was announced today by producers Mike Young, Julian Stone and Paolo Hewitt of Rf Movie Productions Ltd. Financing partners include Global Film Partners' Daniel Koefoed and Guirec van Slingelandt, Telegael's Paul Cummings and 9Magnan's Meghana Gupta.
Fortitude International, co-founded by Nadine DeBarros, Robert Ogden Barnum and Daniel Wagner, will handle foreign rights and will present the project to buyers at the Cannes Film Market. will be supported by her sales team including Katie Irwin, VP of International and Samantha Peel, Director of International Sales and Marketing. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for Robin Friday, will represent the film's North American rights.
Based on the biography The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw »
Inspector George Gently topped the ratings outside of soaps on Wednesday (May 6), according to overnight data.
The drama series brought in 5.90m (27.9%) at 8pm, while Peter Kay's Car Share followed with 5.15m (24.1%) at 9.30pm.
On BBC Two, Coast Australia interested 910k (5.0%) at 7pm, before Inside the Factory: How Our Favourite Foods Are Made was seen by 2.14m (10.4%), and Charlie Brooker's Election Wipe gathered 1.87m (8.6%) at 9pm. Qi followed with 1.35m (7.9%) at 10pm.
ITV's Give a Pet a Home continued with 2.03m (9.9%) at 8pm (1190k/0.5% on +1), while Newzoids amused 1.57m (7.0%) at 9pm (149k/0.9%). The Delivery Man averaged 1.10m (5.2%) at 9.30pm (76k/0.6%).
Channel 5's The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door shocked 1.20m (5.9%) at 8pm (60k/0.3%), before Autopsy brought in 842k (3.8%) at 9pm (72k/0.5%).
"Do you feel the power of the Gladiators? Can you face the challenge of the champions? Do you have the courage of the heroes?
"Do you have the will or the skill? Do you have the strength, the speed the heart to be a winner? Deep down in your Soul?"
These were the fundamental questions posed by ITV's original Gladiators, to both the audience and brave contenders who dared to take part. While this particular writer longed to be Lightning (her backflips were to die for), all the seemingly superhuman powerhouses were forces to reckon with - only occasionally tamed by strict referee John Anderson.
Sam Claflin ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides") is being eyed for a role in the upcoming "Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One" film. Riz Ahmed ("Four Lions," "Nightcrawler") is in talks to join the cast as well according to The Wrap.
Gareth Edwards directs the spin-off feature which also stars Felicity Jones and possibly Ben Mendelsohn. The project has been described as an action-centric heist film involving a group of resistance fighters who unite to steal the plans to the original Death Star.
Claflin has generally played supporting roles in major blockbusters, but the part he is being eyed for here is said to be much more substantial. "Star Wars: Rogue One" is currently targeting a December 16th 2016 release date. »
- Garth Franklin
Las Vegas - Warner Bros. is still the grand old lady of Hollywood and the studio brought out a slew of stars for its annual CinemaCon presentation. They also, unlike some of their sister studios, pretty much went through their entire slate for 2015 and dipped a toe into 2016. What really got us percolating, however, were the first signs of a Johnny Depp comeback. Depp, who hasn't had a real hit since 2011's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," wasn't physically in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, but his appearance in an extended preview for Scott Cooper's "Black Mass" was revelatory. "Mass" is a biopic about the notorious Boston mafia boss Whitey Bulger who spent 16 years on the run from the FBI. The footage begins with Depp as Bulger at what appears to be a card game or dinner. He begins to joke around with John Morris (David Harbour). Within minutes, »
- Gregory Ellwood
With filming underway on Guy Ritchie’s medieval action adventure Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur, a batch of set photos have arrived online from the production in Conwy, Wales, and you can take a look at the images here courtesy of Coming Soon…
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole his crown and murdered his parents, and become King.
- Gary Collinson
"Furious 7" just keeps picking up momentum, racing to a jaw-dropping $526.8 million global box office total since its April 3 debut.
The latest installment in the wildly popular "Fast and Furious" franchise landed in the number one spot in every territory in which it debuted last week, topping the box office charts in the U.S. ($147.2 million), Mexico ($21.5 million), and the U.K. ($18.7 million), among many others. It's now the third-biggest international opener of all time, behind only "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" ($314 million) and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" ($260.4 million).
And according to industry insiders, "Furious 7" is on track to add even more cash to that impressive haul. It's currently figured to make about $60 million domestically this weekend; add that to its current $183.7 domestic total and $343.1 million global total, and it seems there's no stopping this flick.
- Katie Roberts
Furious 7 rode into theaters this weekend, smashing box office records to the tune of $143.6 million domestically, the highest opening weekend in April history. The action-packed sequel also took in over $240.4 million internationally, the biggest international opening in Universal Studios history, with a worldwide tally of $384 million in just the first weekend alone. The domestic opening weekend gross stands as the ninth highest all time, just above The Twilight Saga: New Moon's tally of $142.8 million.
Furious 7 bested its predecessor, 2013's Fast & Furious 6's opening weekend gross of $97.3 million internationally and $162 million internationally. Director James Wan's sequel, which marks the final film from late star Paul Walker, took in $61.1 million on Saturday in just over 10,000 international theaters, Universal's highest-grossing Saturday of all time. The sequel was the #1 movie in 64 international territories, 26 of which were the highest-grossing opening weekends in those countries' history, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, »
Furious 7 took the 14-year-old Fast franchise to the next level this weekend with a stunning $147.2 million debut. That opening ranks ninth all-time behind The Avengers, Iron Man 3, the final Harry Potter, two Dark Knight movies, two Hunger Games and Spider-Man 3.The movie also opened to an incredible $245 million overseas; that's without any help from China, Japan and Russia, where it will open in the next few weeks. So far, Furious 7 has earned $392 million worldwide, and is very likely on track to earn over $1 billion by the end of its run.At the domestic box office, Furious 7's $147.2 million debut is 55 percent higher than Captain America: The Winter Soldier's $95 million, which was the previous April record holder. This is also the biggest debut in the franchise thus far, up a whopping 51 percent over Fast & Furious 6. Furious 7 earned $13.3 million on IMAX screens alone, which »
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However, the princess story still managed to put up impressive numbers, picking up $41.1 million over the weekend and pushing “Cinderella” to $253.1 million globally. Among notable openings, “Cinderella” bowed to $2.5 million in South Korea, debuted to $1.2 million in Argentina and premiered to $900,000 in Colombia.
In China, “Cinderella” has made $52.4 million in two weeks, making it the second-largest Disney live-action release behind only “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.”
Domestically, “Insurgent” opened to $54 million, missing estimates that had it debuting to between $57 million and $60 million. The positive news for Lionsgate, the studio behind the futuristic adventure, is that its foreign numbers are topping those of its predecessor “Divergent,” outpacing the earlier film by more than 30%.
DreamWorks Animation got a jump start on its stateside rollout of “Home,” debuting the alien adventure to $19.2 million in nine markets, »
- Brent Lang
The cast of NBC's Heroes Reborn is slowly coming together, with Once Upon a Time star Robbie Kay signing on for an unspecified role in the upcoming event series. He will join original Heroes star Jack Coleman and Zachary Levi, who were both seen in the brief Super Bowl trailer that debuted back in February. Robbie Kay is coming off a turn as the villainous Peter Pan in ABC's Once Upon a Time.
We reported in July that Heroes Reborn will primarily focus on new characters, but no specific story details have been released. Series creator Tim Kring also added in July that Heroes Reborn will be set after the events of the original Heroes, which was canceled in 2010 after a four-season run. We also reported last month that Zachary Quinto, whose breakout performance as Sylar in Heroes helped jump start his career, will not be back for the limited series. »
Disney confirmed they will "absolutely prohibit" the depiction of 'smoking', including cigarettes, cigars and weed, for all PG-13 rated productions that fall under their company umbrella including Marvel Studios films.
But will the Disney ban also extend to prohibiting the depiction of excessive violence, evident in past films designated with a PG-13 rating, including "Lone Ranger" with its scores of onscreen deaths and cannibalism ?
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- Michael Stevens
Just yesterday, we brought you the first set photo from Guy Ritchie’s medieval epic Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur, which found star Charlie Hunnam posing opposite the director on the first day of production. Now, Warner Bros. has unsheathed a synopsis for the pic, which will serve to launch a franchise of six blockbuster films, all to be spun out of Arthurian lore.
According to the studio, which does not mention the official title of the film despite it being previously referred to as Knights of the Roundtable, Ritchie’s take will unfurl thusly:
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. »
- Isaac Feldberg
With principal photography getting underway on Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur here in the UK, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures have released an official synopsis for Guy Ritchie’s take on the Arthurian legend, as well as a behind-the-scenes image of the director alongside his leading man Charlie Hunnam…
The bold new story introduces a streetwise young Arthur who runs the back alleys of Londonium with his gang, unaware of the life he was born for until he grasps hold of the sword Excalibur—and with it, his future. Instantly challenged by the power of Excalibur, Arthur is forced to make some hard choices. Throwing in with the Resistance and a mysterious young woman named Guinevere, he must learn to master the sword, face down his demons and unite the people to defeat the tyrant Vortigern, who stole his crown and murdered his parents, and become King. »
- Gary Collinson
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