Despite The Tourist performing well-below domestic expectations, no one would argue the drawing power of Johnny Depp. The famously reclusive actor generally stays out of the spotlight long enough to pick and choose whatever projects he wants to do and then he usually does them incredibly well. A few years back, Depp had a reputation for being so choosy with his roles that he probably never would have agreed to a big budget sequel, let alone two of them.

Fast-forward to 2011 and Johnny Depp has his fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides peaking up over the horizon (it opens May 20) and in a new interview he says that he’d even be game for a fifth installment. Just in case, Disney has already rehired Terry Rossio, who co-wrote the first four films, to write a script for a fifth. Read the exact quote and more after the break. Read More »

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We’ve just seen the first trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and it sets up the basic concept: Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) ends up working with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz) to find the fountain of youth, with famed pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane) an an unusual accomplice/rival. Meanwhile Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) is working with the crown in some measure. Oh, and there are mermaids and zombies.

Now director Rob Marshall, who is new to the series, has given up a few more details. Read More »

Disney has released the first trailer for the fourth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, On Stranger Tides. It announces new director Rob Marshall and new characters played by Ian McShane and Penelope Cruz, and uses the series’ ringing score to great effect. Watch it after the break. Read More »

Walt Disney Pictures has premiered the first official production photos from the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, in the latest issue of USA Today. Check them out now after the jump.
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RadarOnline has snapped the first set photos of Penelope Cruz in costume for Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Oh yeah, and Johnny Depp is in the photo as well. Where was Jerry Bruckheimer’s twitpic? Missing in action.

In the movie, Cruz plays Blackbeard’s daughter, who has been described as “Sparrow’s foil and equal in many ways.” She is “a woman from his past” that “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.”

Head over to Radar Online for more set photos.

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That headline might seems like a strange clash of conflicting stories, but they’re closely tied together by one thing: back in February, news bubbled up that Penelope Cruz would be taking the lead in Lars von Trier‘s sci-fi disaster movie Melancholia; then one day later, we heard she wouldn’t be doing it all and had signed on to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides instead.

I was rather disappointed. It was too easy to see her choice as either greedy or, perhaps worse, cowardly. And as a fan of both Cruz and von Trier, I had instantly become keen to see their collaboration. Rats.

Now, though, it seems that Lars von Trier has filled the role with Charlotte Gainsbourg, his collaborator on Antichrist. This is interesting in part because von Trier doesn’t appear to have repeated his lead actors before, unless you count Jens Albinus’ characters in both The Boss of it All and The Idiots as leads. Not only does this mean von Trier wants to work with Gainsbourg again, it means she wants to work with him.

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How often are Lars von Trier and a tentpole franchise like Pirates of the Caribbean part of the same story? Yesterday we mentioned that Penelope Cruz looked like a lock to star in Melancholia, the next film from Lars von Trier. Now it seems that she won’t be doing that after all, in part because she’s brokering a deal to star alongside Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Read More »

Penelope Cruz to Lead Lars von Trier’s Melancholia

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In October of last year Lars von Trier revealed his next movie, Melancholia, a ‘psychological disaster film’ with sci-fi overtones. In true von Trier fashion he revealed little else about the movie, promising only “no more happy endings!” If you’ve seen Antichrist, or any of his other films, you know that a von Trier happy ending might just mean that one character suffers a bit less than the others.

Now it seems that Penelope Cruz will be doing the suffering in Melancholia. Hey, suffering won Charlotte Gainsbourg a best actress nod at Cannes last year, so why not? Read More »

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