Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has had a bumpy beginning, with Keira Knightley deciding not to return for what will be the fourth Pirates movie. Rumors also spread that Johnny Depp wouldn't return after admitting a "crack" in his enthusiasm after Walt Disney Studios Chairman Dick Cook left (Depp later confirmed his return as Captain Jack Sparrow). Earlier this year, Orlando Bloom opted against a return as Will Turner, but producer Jerry Bruckheimer responded by adding new cast members Ian McShane as Blackbeard and Penelope Cruz as Blackbeard's daughter. The Black Pearl has been docked in Oahu since February awaiting production, and Disney has officially announced that production on Pirates 4 has officially begun, with director Rob Marshall overseeing a story about the Fountain of Youth. Read more details about Pirates 4's Story >> Posted 06.21.10 by Ryan
Disney seems to be doing EVERYTHING in the third dimension these days, so we can't say we were surprised by Chairman Rich Ross' announcement that Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will be shot in Disney Digital 3-D.
The story focuses on finding the Fountain of Youth, hinted at in the conclusion of the previous Pirates movie. On Stranger Tides will be directed by Rob Marshall and again stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow and Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa. The cast includes newcomers Ian McShane as Blackbeard, Penelope Cruz as his daughter, and Astrid Berges-Frisbey as mermaid Syrena. Shooting begins in Hawaii this summer. Posted 05.18.10 by reelz
Despite the departures of Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley in the upcoming sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Johnny Depp told Collider that the fourth Pirates movie won't focus solely on Captain Jack Sparrow.
Yeah, there's no Keira or Orlando in there. I don't know. I don't think we'd ever throw too much Jack Sparrow in there. There will be a little bit of everybody.
Who the "everybody" Depp is referring to is starting to become clear. Just weeks after Penelope Cruz reportedly joined the cast as a character that would be a "foil and equal" to Sparrow, THR reports that Deadwood actor Ian McShane is in talks to appear as the movie's villain, the legendary pirate Blackbeard. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has revealed that On Stranger Tides would concern Blackbeard and his pursuit of the Fountain of Youth.
Rob Marshall will direct On Stranger Tides, which will go into production this summer in Hawaii. Hawaiian news stations are reporting that the Black Pearl ship has already made the trek to Oahu and is currently docked there, awaiting the production. Posted 02.24.10 by Ryan
Penelope Cruz is a hot commodity right now, having snagged Oscar nominations two years in a row (she won last year for Vicky Cristina Barcelona and is in the running this year for Nine). With high demand comes the potential for greater independence, and Cruz has chosen her projects carefully of late. Now, Cruz may make a move that would certainly demonstrate she is in control of her career. The Playlist writes that Cruz may get on board the next movie from Danish provocateur Lars von Trier.
The 53-year-old director thrives on controversy, having crafted movies that feature explicit sex and violence, misogyny, and bitter criticisms of the United States in particular. Von Trier was one of several Danish directors who helped draft "Dogme 95," a kind of anti-Hollywood manifesto.
He won major honors at the Cannes Film Festival with Breaking the Waves and Dancer in the Dark. His last effort, the brutally graphic horror-drama Antichrist, won Charlotte Gainsbourg a Best Actress award at last year's Cannes Festival, but the arguably excessive sexual violence polarized audiences.
Von Trier described his upcoming project, Melancholia, as a psychological disaster movie, and he also said that he had Cruz in mind for it ahead of time. He also said there will be "no more happy endings." That sounds like a very typical, double-edged Von Trier comment: It could be an ironic reference to his own movies, which tend to end with everybody in agonizing pain, or it could be a jab at Hollywood disaster movies, which always resolve everything nicely and happily by the closing credits.
On that note, the movie's budget is a fairly small $5 million, and one of the movie's producers said the project will feature "some special effects, but nothing compared to Hollywood." Melancholia should go into production later this year, and Von Trier is shooting for entry into the 2011 Cannes Festival. Posted 02.09.10 by reelz
With next-to-no plot points revealed in the first Sex and the City 2 trailer, we went searching the cast list hoping for clues. While none were to be found, we did stumble upon some casting choices that have us
The supporting cast list offers up possibly the most unlikely trio of women on the big screen: Miley Cyrus, Penelope Cruz, and Liza Minnelli. Seriously. Did they throw slips with the names of all famous women into three generational hats (or turbans) and randomly draw? Or is this some marketing-fueled attempt to expand the audience? And if so, could it possibly work? Weigh in by posting a comment below.
Given the wedding scene shown in the trailer, the rumor of a Stanford Blatch–Anthony Marentino union extravaganza with Liza as the "entertainment" seems a whole lot more likely. Posted 12.31.09 by reelz
The family comedy/adventure movie G-Force has assembled an impressive cast of voices for producer Jerry Bruckheimer's first 3-D movie. Nicolas Cage, Jon Favreau, Penelope Cruz, Sam Rockwell, and Tracey Morgan are amongst the voices talents behind the highly-trained, guinea pig spy force. A huge number of clips have just been released online. Watch one below or visit here to catch more clips and see interviews with the cast members. Posted 07.15.09 by Ryan
It's summer. Time for baseball, gin and tonics, and movies (not necessarily in that order). Here are 10 women who are getting us to ask theater managers: "Can ya turn up the air conditioning?"
Check out our list of the 10 Hottest Chicks from the Summer Flicks. Yes, Megan Fox made the list. See the other 9! Posted 06.18.09 by reelz
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4:58PM Hey, Ryan here live in the press room at the Academy Awards. The show has yet to officially start, with a half hour of red carpet interviews left before the show begins, plenty of time to get your Oscar Bingo Cards ready.
5:39 With the red carpet portion of the show done, it's time to see what Hugh Jackman can do as host of the Academy Awards. Plenty of jokes about his home country, and the usual host opening number. He might not be a comedian, but I can't imagine Billy Crystal pulling off the dancing so well.
5:43 Now that Jackman's obligatory Wolverine plug is over , it's time to see an Award, starting with Actress in a Supporting Role. And the award goes to...Penelope Cruz for Vicky Christina Barcelona.
5:52 Time to award the writers. Dustin Lance Black wins for Original Screenplay for Milk with an emotional and politically-minded speech. The Oscar for Adapted Screenplay is next, with Simon Beaufoy's script winning for Slumdog Millionaire, in what could be the first of many Slumdog Oscars.
6:05 The fairly new catagory of Best Animated Feature Film is next, with three whole movies nominated: WALL-E, Bolt and Kung Fu Panda. And the winner, no surprise to anyone, is...Bolt. I'm kidding! Of course, it's WALL-E.
6:10 An early favorite for best speech of the night goes to Japan's Kunio Kato, winner for Animated Short Film, who thanked a variety of people including "Mr. Roboto." Cue the band with STYX! No? Oh, ok. Well, anyway, great speech, Kunio.
6:24 With 10 nominations for Slumdog Millionaire and 13 for Benjamin Button, the running tally for the two most nominated movies stands as 1 for Slumdog to 2 for Button after Button wins for both Achievement in Art Direction and Makeup.
6:25 Twilight sighting! I couldn't tell what was happening when Robert Pattinson was on stage due to all the high-pitched screaming in the press room.
6:30 Emotions still run high backstage for Dustin Lance Black. "Harvey gave me his story and it saved my life," he said. The same could be said for Penelope Cruz, however, she continued where she left off at the end of her acceptance speech, speaking mostly in Spanish. If she had said "The library is green" I definitely would have understood it, but I'm pretty sure she didn't. Wait, she spoke in English! Cruz mentions that she wondered about the "tone" of Vicky Christina Barcelona, but "never doubted the genius of Woody Allen."
6:34 Make that 2 to 2! Slumdog wins another, this time for Cinematography. Posted 02.22.09 by Ryan
In Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Maria Elena is very unstable -- emotionally, mentally, psychologically. What was it like for Penelope Cruz to play this woman on the edge? Find out in our interview with Cruz, who talks about the challenges of the performance that's generating Oscar buzz. Posted 08.22.08 by reelz