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Pirates of the Caribbean 4 gets a mermaid

Posted by LiveFor on April 15, 2010

French actress Astrid Bergès-Frisbey in her first English speaking role has got a place in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

She will play a beautiful mermaid according to producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Rob Marshall on Wednesday.

The film, in which Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow, begins shooting in June in Hawaii, Great Britain and Los Angeles. It’s due out for a May 20, 2011, release.

Bergès-Frisbey has appeared in such French films as “La Fille du Puisatier,” “Bruc,” “Extase,” “La Premiere Etoile” and “Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique” as well as the telefilms “La Reine Morte,” “Elles et Moi,” “Divine Emilie” and “Sur le Fil.” She has also appeared onstage at the Theatre Marigny in a production of Peter Shaffer’s “Equus.”

Source: Heat Vision

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Pirates of the Caribbean 4 gets a Blackbeard

Posted by LiveFor on February 22, 2010

Ian McShane is in negotiations to play the villain in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment of the Disney movie series being directed by Rob Marshall according to THR.

McShane will play legendary pirate Edward Teach aka Blackbeard.

He joins Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz in a tale that revolves around the Fountain of Youth as does the Tim Powers novel the film is based on. The sequel is due out on 20th May 2011.

McShane has previously starred in Deadwood, Coraline, Death Race and Lovejoy amongst others. Personally I think he will make a stupendous Blackbeard. What do you think?

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Pirates of the Caribbean 4 – The Black Pearl arrives in Hawaii

Posted by LiveFor on February 19, 2010

Confirmation that things are moving full steam ahead on Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides – The Black Pearl sailed to Kalaeloa Harbor, Hawaii on early Sunday morning, 15th February.

The last piece of news about the film was that Penelope Cruz was possibly going to be joining Johnny Depp in the search of the Fountain of Youth – as based on the Tim Powers novel that they seem to be using for the plot.

Hawaii News Now have a report on the ship arriving and there is some video below. Thanks to Pamela Fuendt for sending the link.

The film, directed by Rob Marshall, is due out on 20th May 2011.

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Pirates of the Caribbean 4 – Penelope Cruz could be setting sail with Capt. Jack

Posted by LiveFor on February 10, 2010

The Black Pearl is getting ready for sea again. Penelope Cruz is in negotiations to join Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment of the movie series being directed by Rob Marshall.

Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow in the search for the Fountain of Youth. As you may or may not know the story is based on the excellent book On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers.

Acording to Heat Vision, Cruz’s character details are being kept secret, though she is to be Sparrow’s foil and equal in many ways.

For Cruz, the role reunites her with Marshall, who directed her in Nine (Check out the LFF review of Nine).

While I am not Cruz’s biggest fan I could see her fitting in quite well with Johnny Depp and the whole Pirates setting.

Filming begins in Hawaii this summer. Disney plans for a 20th May 2011 release.

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Nine – Trailer. Fergie is a whore..well that’s what it says

Posted by LiveFor on November 17, 2009

Directed by Rob Marshall (who is also going to be directing Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Nine is a vibrant and provocative musical that follows the life of world famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) as he reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing the numerous women in his life including his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Penelope Cruz), his film star muse (Nicole Kidman), his confidant and costume designer (Judi Dench), a young American fashion journalist (Kate Hudson), the whore from his youth (Stacy “Fergie” Ferguson) and his mother (Sophia Loren).Out on 18th December 2009

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Tim Powers talks about Pirates of the Caribbean 4

Posted by LiveFor on October 7, 2009

timpowersThe news a few weeks ago was that Pirates of the Caribbean 4 was to be subtitled On Stranger Tides. This was the same title as a book featuring pirates by the excellent author Tim Powers.

Now in a great interview with the LA Times, Tim Powers reveals that he can now speak about the whole thing.

“I was still — as far as I understood — not free to talk about it, tThen about a week ago my agent wrote and said, ‘You’re now able to say that in fact Disney did option the book.’ That happened a while ago, it’ll be three years in April.”

Powers is intrigued to see how Hollywood will bend his historical fantasy to its needs. In the original form, “On Stranger Tides” was the tale of “Jack Shandy” Chandagnac, who is the son of a British puppeteer who gave up the family marionette tradition after his father died destitute. He sets sail for Jamaica to find the nefarious uncle who stole his father’s rightful inheritance but en route he is captured by pirates who practice sorcery — they give him the choice of joining their ranks or execution. Soon he reluctantly falls into service to Blackbeard, who is on a quest to locate the Fountain of Youth.

“I’ve watched all the movies several times, of course, and I think the clear thing they would use is the trip to the Fountain of Youth,” Powers said. “My main character doesn’t overlap with Jack Sparrow at all [in personality or circumstance]; they’re totally different characters. I suppose they might overlap the Geoffrey Rush character Barbossa and Blackbeard. The only thing I feel certain they will hold on to is the Fountain of Youth since they telegraphed that at the end of the last movie.”

“Some people said, ‘Powers are you worried that they’re going to mess up your book?’ and I always think of something James Cain, the author of ‘The Postman Always Rings Twice,’ said when people asked what he thought of the things Hollywood had done to his books; he pointed to the bookshelf and said, ‘They haven’t done anything to them, look.’ That’s my attitude. Just take all the fun stuff and, of course, any checks…. It strikes me as unrealistic to look at it in any other way.”

Interesting stuff. Glad to know Powers has given his blessing and if the fourth Pirates film is half as good as the book then we should be in for something very special.

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Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides – Is this the plot?

Posted by LiveFor on September 22, 2009

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I was recently sent an interesting link by Pam Fruendt. It is to a site about Disney Casting that mentions open auditions for the fouth Pirates of the Caribbean film.

Near the bottom of the post is what appears to be a plot synopsis for the fourth film:

The 4th film in the series follows the exploits of Captain Jack Sparrow, who travels to the new world after the death of his puppeteer father to confront his uncle, who apparently has made off with the family inheritance. During the voyage, he gets to know a woman named Beth Hurwood and her father, an Oxford professor. Before they arrive, their ship is waylaid by pirates and, with the help of the professor and his assistant, the captain is killed and Sparrow is forced to join the pirate crew. There is, however, a sinister plot being concocted by the professor involving his dead wife, his living daughter and Blackbeard. Blackbeard and vodun magicians whisk everyone away to dreamlike lands where the Fountain of Youth itself awaits. Jack Sparrow must put a stop to these plans and save Beth Hurwood.

Sounds pretty good doesn’t it. However, here is the plot synopsis for Tim Powers book, On Stranger Tides.

This book follows the exploits of John “Jack Shandy” Chandagnac, who travels to the new world after the death of his puppeteer father to confront his uncle, who apparently has made off with the family inheritance. During the voyage, he gets to know a woman named Beth Hurwood and her father Benjamin Hurwood, an Oxford professor. Before they arrive, their ship is waylaid by pirates and, with the help of the professor and his assistant, the captain is killed and Chandagnac is forced to join the pirate crew. The reader discovers a sinister plot being concocted by the professor involving his dead wife, his living daughter, the Fountain of Youth, and Blackbeard. Chandagnac, now known as “Jack Shandy”, must put a stop to these plans and save Beth Hurwood.

The plot does sound good but as you can see they have just changed the name from that of the book. If they are using the books plot then I have no problem with that as it is a wonderful piece of fiction.

What do you think of the plot? Does anyone know if the rights to the Tim Powers book has been bought by Disney for this?

Many thanks to Pam for sending me the link.

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Disney gets rid of Cook and may have lost Jack Sparrow

Posted by LiveFor on September 20, 2009

hb5_04Disney lost or ludicrously got rid of Dick Cook who was head of Walt Disney Studios for 38 years.  Word has it that Disney CEO Robert Iger made the decision. The photos above shows Iger on the left presenting Cook with the AJC Human Relations Award back in 2007 (courtesy of MovieWeb).

THR reports that Cook left, and that report has become the Disney party line. “To wrap up my Disney experience in a neatly bundled statement is close to impossible,” Cook said in a statement. “But what I will say is, during my time at the studio, we have achieved many industry and company milestones.”

/Film have a good analysis of the whole thing and point out that Nikki Finke shows a different side, saying that Cook was fired – “Iger has no reason to be happy with the label…Choices have been made that not only are unspectacular, but even poor. Not only have the movies lost money, which can happen to anybody, but they’ve also diminished the live action brand.”

Disney’s recent film releases have been a mixed bag, critically and financially. In a May conference call with analysts, Tom Staggs, Disney’s CFO, remarked, “Some of our key theatrical releases, including Bedtime Stories, Race to Witch Mountain, and Confessions of a Shopaholic performed below our expectations and well short of last year’s slate, further dampening results.”

However, Cook has had a big impact on Disney over the yeas. DreamWorks signed with Disney was because of Steven Spielberg’s relationship with Cook. “Steven worships Dick,” an insider told Nikki Finke, and now that he is no longer part of the company, Spielberg is “devastated.”

This all happened over the weekend and it may have a knock on effect for a number of projects including Pirates of the Caribbean 4.

The reason why his departure may effect it is because he was one of the main reasons Johnny Depp played Captain Jack Sparrow.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times Depp said of Cook, “He’s instantly trustworthy. And you generally don’t meet people at the studios you trust. When things went a little sideways on the first ‘Pirates’ movie and others at the studio were less than enthusiastic about my interpretation of the character, Dick was there from the first moment. He trusted me.” Cook also called Depp before the news was announced of his departure as he wanted to tell Depp himself.

Since the news Depp said that his involvement in the fourth Pirates film is not rock solid as it once was. “There’s a fissure, a crack in my enthusiasm at the moment.”

That’s the crazy World of the studios for you. Big decisions have knock on effects to many things and who knows where this will stop. I think Iger may have been a bit hasty in getting rid of Cook. I don’t think his nice guy effect had been looked at properly. That is the thing about Disney, they do okay for a while and then decisions in the boardroom slowly knock everything back a step.

STATEMENT FROM RICHARD W. COOK, CHAIRMAN, THE WALT DISNEY STUDIOS

I am stepping down from my role as chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, effective immediately.

I have loved every minute of my 38 years that I have worked at Disney…from the beginning as a ride operator on Disneyland’s steam train and monorail to my position as chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. To wrap up my Disney experience in a neatly bundled statement is close to impossible. But what I will say is, during my time at the Studio, we have achieved many industry and Company milestones. Our talent roster is simply the best in the business. I believe our slate of upcoming motion pictures is the best in our history. But most of all, I love the people, my colleagues, my teammates, who are the most talented, dedicated and loyal folks in the world. I know that I leave the Studio in their exceptional hands.

I have been contemplating this for some time now and feel it’s the right time for me to move on to new adventures…and in the words of one of my baseball heroes, Yogi Berra, “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”


STATEMENT FROM ROBERT A. IGER, PRESIDENT AND CEO, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

“Throughout his distinguished 38-year Disney career, Dick Cook’s outstanding creative instincts and incomparable showmanship have truly enriched this company and significantly impacted Disney’s great legacy,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger. “We thank Dick for his tremendous passion for Disney, and his many accomplishments and contributions to The Walt Disney Studios, including a very promising upcoming film slate. On behalf of everyone at Disney, we wish him the best with all the future has to offer.”

Could Depp’s words have an effect on Cook’s return to Disney? Was he pushed or did he leave of his own free will?

What are your thoughts on the while situation?

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Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – The name of the fourth film

Posted by LiveFor on September 12, 2009

pirates4-stranger-tides-logo-tsrimgDisney have finally announced the title for the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film – Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

It is a nice title, but as many other sites are pointing out, it is also the title of a brilliant book by Tim Powers (who also wrote the amazing Anubis Gate amongst other) and that is also about pirates.

In fact the main character is also called Jack. Here is the books synopsis.

Puppeteer John Chandagnac, bound for Jamaica to recover stolen money from his uncle, becomes Jack Shandy after pirates attack his ship and force him to join their crew. Shandy’s struggle to accept his new life grounds the story for readers, even as Blackbeard and vodun magicians whisk everyone away to dreamlike lands where the Fountain of Youth itself awaits. The chaotic sea battles sing, though at times key events happen so quickly that they get lost in the shuffle as Jack tries to comprehend where he’s going and what’s at stake.

I highly recommend the book. It has been a favourite of mine for many years (the cover had a great zombie pirate which immediately drew my attention). Sadly my copy was left on a bus one fateful morning when I was heading to work and hadn’t woken up properly.

The fourth Pirates film has long been rumoured to involve the search for the Fountain of Youth which is again very similar to the Tim Powers book. Now I am not sure if this is all coincedence or if they have bought the rights to the book or whether it is out and out plagarism. It is only a title so far so it may just be because it has a cool sound.

Personally I would love to see the book made into a film as it has voodoo magic, clones, swashing of many buckles, chases and much, much more. There was also a great scene where they headed towards the Fountain which would make for a wonderful piece of cinema.

It is due to shoot in April or May 2010 for a release in Summer 2011 release.

What do you think of the title and have you read the Tim Powers book?

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Pirates of the Caribbean 4 may go Steampunk

Posted by LiveFor on August 25, 2009

steampunk_pendantThe always excellent Jeffrey Wells over on Hollywood Elsewhere had this interesting post about what we may be seeing in the new Pirates of the Caribbean film. The fountain of youth plot has been mentioned a few times, but as far as I am aware this is the first time any mention of the villain of the piece has been mentioned. Of course it is all still early days for the film so take this as a rumour for the moment.

The thumbnail plot for Jerry Bruckheimer’s Pirates of the Caribbean 4, a connected friend confides, is a search by Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and other parties for the fountain of youth. This is the same MacGuffin plot that George Lucas was supposedly considering for an Indy sequel. There will also be some kdin of Captain Nemo-type villain utilizing new-style technology. Sounds like they’re invoking the “steampunk” style we’ve seen gain more and more of a foothold in genre conventions, including Comic Con.

How do you feel about Steampunk making its way into the PotC universe? I do love a bit of steampunk so as long as the designs are good then it should look lovely – although thoughts of Wild Wild West do spring to mind.

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