Previously, it was thought that perhaps Orlando Bloom would sit out the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise — with Brenton Thwaites on board for the upcoming sequel, it seemed that the (younger) leading man torch was being passed to someone new. Bloom’s return has been rumored for months, but Disney made it official during their live-action presentation at D23.
Disney’s 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland was an international box office juggernaut, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who actually liked the damn thing. Still, over $1 billion at the box office goes a long way to helping a studio forget that they had somehow managed to release Tim Burton’s worst movie (no easy feat), featuring Johnny Depp’s worst performance (which is even more impressive). So when you gaze upon the first posters for Alice: Through the Looking Glass and wonder “Why is this movie a thing?”, remember that the answer is a Scrooge McDuck-sized vault of cash.
The new Black Mass trailer pulls the focus back from Johnny Depp’s performance as the notorious gangster Whitey Bulger, showcasing an ensemble of actors that has to be seen to be believed. And like any movie set in Boston, each and every actor wield their accents like bricks. This isn’t a Boston movie – it’s a Baahstin movie and everyone in the cast is seemingly trying to one-up the others when it comes to dropping their R’s.
I’m still not entirely sold on Black Mass, which promises to teach us how to take Johnny Depp seriously again. Depp ditches the silly hats in favor of a bald cap to play the role of notorious crime boss Whitey Bulger, and judging by the trailers, this could be a legitimately good Depp performance. Could. Maybe. We’ll see.
Before it was a massive movie franchise, Pirates of the Caribbean was just another ride at Disneyland. But, it wasn't just any ride. Built in 1967, Pirates of the Caribbean was actually the last ride that was personally overseen by Walt Disney before his death in 1966. This is just one of the facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which sets sail with Captain Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean!
It wasn't long ago that Johnny Depp, a highly respected actor, starred in the first Pirates of the Caribbean and became a huge A-list star. But, instead of taking his newfound fame (and wealth) and using that to star in some more challenging roles, he’s starred in a bunch of Pirates sequels, Tim Burton movies and Mortdecai. Had Johnny Depp lost his touch?, people asked. If this new Black Mass trailer is to be believed, no. Absolutely not.
Last night at CinemaCon, attendees got a sneak peek at Black Mass, the highly-anticipated new film from director Scott Cooper, which tells the story of notorious criminal Whitey Bulger. Johnny Depp plays the role of Bulger, trading in his silly hats for a bald cap in the new crime drama, which certainly looks like a step in the right direction for the actor.
Between Johnny Depp suffering an injury and forcing production on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales to shut down for a month and then later supposedly skipping his flight back to the set after his injury healed, all of the recent chatter surrounding the latest Captain Jack Sparrow adventure has been weird and negative. In a reveal that surely has absolutely nothing to do with all of the recent rumor-mongering, producer Jerry Bruckheimer has revealed our first look at Depp in the film.
In year already filled with high-profile box-office flops, Mortdecai is definitely in the running for the most spectacular of the bunch, challenged only by Jupiter Ascending. If we were to count every reason this Johnny Depp comedy bombed with critics and audiences, we’d need a few hands, but we can boil it down to one key factor: It looked about as obnoxious as movies can get. But Lionsgate seems to think that the film’s R-rating may have been to blame, hence their unusual decision to recut the film into a family-friendly PG-13 version for its VOD release.
After years of false starts and delays, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales finally began filming in Australia yesterday. And that’s not a moment too soon for the franchise’s star, Johnny Depp, who hasn’t headlined a hit since 2011’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. So, this brings up two important questions. First, will a fifth Captain Jack Sparrow adventure resuscitate Depp in a post-Mortdecai world? Secondly, can new directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning inject new life into a series that ran out of steam two movies ago?