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‘G.I.Joe Retaliation’ Set Visit Interview: Lorenzo Di Bonaventura

Can you talk about the difference between this and the first film?

Lorenzo: I think tone is probably the biggest difference. Paramount came to me with John as the way to do it and looking at his past work I wasn’t sure what that meant in terms of what he’s done and how that would apply to what this was. And so we really talked a great deal initially about, one, he grew up with Joe and he really understood it and so I knew immediately that he had an internal grounding in it that was really good. It wasn’t a fantasy to him. It was part of his childhood. So there was this innate understanding and we talked a lot about tone and what he liked and what he liked about Joe growing up and what he would try and apply to it today – versus what we had done originally.
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'Pirates' Director: Johnny Depp 'A Major Dancer, Like Fred Astaire'

'Pirates' Director: Johnny Depp 'A Major Dancer, Like Fred Astaire'
THR: Coming from a background in choreography, did that help you mount the action pieces?

Marshall: I felt very at home doing action. Choreography and action are very similar. Through phsyicalization, through something active, you're trying to tell a story and also develop character. In addition to handling all sorts of things like movement and large numbers of people, the action sequences felt like big production numbers. And we had a fantastic stunt coordinator named George Marshall Ruge, and we found we spoke the same language.

THR: Johnny himself almost dances his way through the role in the previous movies.

Marshall: I always say, 'Johnny, you're a major dancer, like Fred Astaire,' and he says 'You're crazy.' But I mean it, he's one of the greatest dancers I have ever worked with.
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Conjures Little Magic

Chicago – On a good day, Nicolas Cage can be one of the most exciting and enjoyable actors in the business. Whether he’s angrily reciting the alphabet in Robert Bierman’s 1988 satire “Vampire’s Kiss,” or hallucinating about iguanas in Werner Herzog’s 2009 comic masterpiece “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” Cage has proven to be the most fun to watch when granted the opportunity to cut loose.

Unfortunately, Cage’s most profitable films have nearly always been his weakest, thanks to the master of commercial mediocrity, Jerry Bruckheimer. The man is incapable of producing a picture that doesn’t have his dumbed down thumbprint engraved on it. His so-called family entertainments are nothing more than watered down versions of his standard action blockbusters sold to adults, with a few cutesy in-jokes thrown in to give audiences the impression that they’re watching a Disney movie (a Buzz Lightyear alarm clock here,
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Roundtable with The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Visual Effects Supervisor, John Nelson

What’s most difficult to create and animate: fire, fluid water, or creatures like that tiny animated dragon?

John Nelson: Animated characters like the little dragon need to act and are animated by character animators. Fire, water and the like are done with a technique known as fluid dynamic simulations. The simulations are tricky because they are not animated but governed by constraints and you can get everything right and then change one of the constraints and have it look completely different. For the little dragon, the challenge was to get the performance of the little guy while also keeping the metal looking like metal and not have it turn into plastic. I think he looks like real metal and gives a good performance.

Would you say that today’s CG FX are more dependent upon a supervisor’s technical knowledge, artistic knowledge, or a third field I haven’t even thought of?
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‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ – Plot revealed

To celebrate the beginning of production (in Hawaii no less) on the latest entry in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides, Disney have released a statement. Whilst the majority of it is merely back slapping praise and the usual cast and crew breakdown, the statement does officially reveal the films plot:

In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love–or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more: Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

The statement
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Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Update

The press release from Walt Disney Pictures Studios:

Walt Disney Pictures’/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Comedy Adventure “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” in Disney Digital3D(Tm) Begins Production.

Johnny Depp returns to his Academy Award(R)-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, joined by Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, IanMcShane, Kevin R. McNally, Astrid Berges-Frisbey and Sam Claflin in Fourth Entry of the Blockbuster Franchise.

Production has commenced on location in Hawaii, the United Kingdom and Los Angeles on Walt Disney Pictures’ and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ sweeping comedy adventure “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directed by Rob Marshall (“Chicago”), the fourth entry in the blockbuster franchise which has already reaped $2.7 billion in worldwide box office from the previous three films, and the first to be filmed and presented in Disney Digital 3D(Tm).

Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award(R)-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow,
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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Plot Details Emerge

New details on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Production has commenced on location in Hawaii, the United Kingdom and Los Angeles on Walt Disney Pictures' and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' sweeping comedy adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago), the fourth entry in the blockbuster franchise which has already reaped $2.7 billion in worldwide box office from the previous three films, and the first to be filmed and presented in Disney Digital 3D(Tm). Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, newly joined by Academy Award winner Pen&#233lope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Rob Marshall's "Nine"), Ian McShane (HBO's Deadwood) and newcomers Astrid Berges-Frisbey and Sam Claflin. Also rejoining Johnny Depp and Captain Jack are Academy Award-winner and three-time nominee Geoffrey Rush (Shakespeare in Love) and Kevin McNally (first three Pirates of the Caribbean films,
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Plot Description Revealed For Pirates 4. Surprises Include Pirates, Ships And 'Arrrghs'

Disney has finally revealed plot details for its forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The book is titled after the book by Tim Powers but that seems to be where the similarities end. The movie shares two things with the book - they both have Blackbeard and they both have a ship called the Revenge. Here's more from Disney: ?Walt Disney Pictures'/Jerry Bruckheimer Films' Comedy Adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" in Disney Digital3D(Tm) Begins Production.Johnny Depp returns to his Academy Award(R)-nominated role ofCaptain Jack Sparrow, joined by Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, IanMcShane, Kevin R. McNally, Astrid Berges-Frisbey and Sam Claflin in Fourth Entry of Blockbuster Franchise..Production has commenced on location in Hawaii, the UnitedKingdom and Los Angeles on Walt Disney Pictures' and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' sweeping comedy adventure "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,
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Story Details for Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Ever since we've been reporting on Disney's next Pirates film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, we've been using the story synopsis from the book that the movie is being based on. The fourth Pirates film started filming in Hawaii last week, and Disney sent out a press release letting everyone know that Rob Marshall in now shooting. The press release contained the first official synopsis of the film, which tells you what adventure Johnny Depp will be involved with this time.

In this action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise, Captain Jack Sparrow crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), and he’s not sure if it’s love–or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate
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