I don’t usually write about the free swag that is sent to /Film HQ, but we often receive promo items from movie studios trying to promote their latest films. To be honest, most of the time it comes in the form of a t-shirt, poster or little toy trinket.

Today Walt Disney Pictures sent press around the nation a package containing a glass skull decanter to promote Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. I’m not sure exactly what I’m going to use this thing for, but it’s definitely a keeper. It looks like Disney had these specially produced by a Hong Kong-based company named The Pilgrim Limited. The package also came with a small two ince by two inch post card which reads “See You At The Fountain”, a reference to the fountain of youth, which is at the center of Captain Jack Sparrow’s newest adventure. I’ve included photos after the jump.

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If you’re looking forward to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and planning on taking a trip to Disneyland in California over the next two months, you are going to want to keep reading. Beginning March 25 and continuing through May, Disneyland is hosting a 3D sneak preview and stage show centered on the characters in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Captain Jack Sparrow will train you as a pirate, lead you onto Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, and then treat to an exclusive, extended 3D segment from the film along with live performances from the characters (not played by Johnny Depp and Ian McShane, of course). Get more info about the event after the jump. Read More »

Walt Disney Pictures have released a new movie trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. This full length trailer certainly adresses some of the criticisms of the first trailer, expanding the scope of the story a bit. We also get mermaids and a peek at Keith Richards, who is reprising his role as Jack Sparrow’s father. Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Here’s the first one-sheet for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, in which Rob Marshall takes over directing duties from Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp returns to the role of Captain Jack Sparrow.

That character is front and center on the poster, as it has been four years since the release of the last Pirates film. Suppose it is time to remind audiences of Jack Sparrow, and a colorful new poster is the best way to do it. See the full image after the break. Read More »

Captain Jack Sparrow has had to defeat some formidable foes in his adventures across three Pirates of the Caribbean movies. If it’s even possible, those foes become have become more varied and weirder in the fourth film, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Jack not only has to get by the greatest pirate to ever live, Blackbeard, he’ll have to defeat gorgeous mermaids and zombie pirates along the way. While the final look of the zombies is a bit more menacing and realistic (see above) Disney has released some of the concept art that was created in to order fully realize the undead creatures that stand in the way between Captain Jack and the Fountain of Youth. Check out all the photos after the jump. Read More »

Walt Disney Pictures have announced today that the soundtrack for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides will feature a first time collaboration with Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, Inception, Sherlock Holmes, Gladiator, The Thin Red Line) and acclaimed guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. Simmer worked on the last two installments of the Pirates trilogy. Read the full press release after the jump.
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A lot of movie commercials premiered during the Super Bowl: JJ Abrams’ Super 8, Captain America: The First Avenger, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Thor, Fast Five, Priest, Just Go With It, Limitless, The Eagle, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Rio, Battle: Los Angeles, Cowboys & Aliens, Drive Angry 3D, and Rango. If you missed any of the commercials, click on the linked titles to watch them now!

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Here is a compilation of some of the movie commercials which have aired during the Super Bowl so far. The movies include: Fast Five, Priest, Just Go With It, Limitless, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Rio, and The Eagle. Hit the jump to watch now. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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In October, we visited the set of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Over the next few days we’ll be posting interviews we conducted on set with the cast and crew. Today I bring you a transcript of our roundtable chat with co-screenwriter Terry Rossio. Here is a short quote from Rossio:

“The key to Jack Sparrow is that he’s the trickster, so he is an archetypal character. That type of character doesn’t show up in American cinema that much. You go to Bugs Bunny to get the classic kind of tricksters. And the key to the trickster character, is that that character is environmentally based. Jack Sparrow is not that good at not getting caught for example, (interviewer laughs) you can catch him. He’s caught all the time, the thing is is that you can’t hang on to him because what he does is, he starts tap dancing, and he starts blowing smoke and he starts talking circles around you. And what he’s doing it, is he’s looking for the opportunity because the ultimate thing about Jack Sparrow is he has faith and conviction in himself that the world is going to turn his way eventually. Maybe not now, maybe now he’s down and out, maybe his ship is sinking, maybe he’s drunk, maybe he’s in prison whatever. But he knows, he has faith through long experience that if he just hangs on long enough, there’ll be a little bit of fate that will turn things his way that he can actually use to his advantage. “

Read the whole interview after the jump.

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