Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides

Whether you’re into boxing, singing rodents, or BDSM, there’s something in here for you. After the jump:

  • Michael B. Jordan gets into fighting shape for Creed
  • The Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 cast continues to grow
  • The Sharknado labor strike rains down upon DC
  • Fifty Shades stars want bigger paychecks for the sequel
  • Spectre adds Stephanie Sigman as another Bond girl
  • A knife attack and an injury threaten Pirates 5
  • Nick Hornby shares his thoughts on a High Fidelity sequel
  • Neill Blomkamp has more stuff to say about Alien
  • Bradley Cooper did one day on the Wet Hot prequel

Michael B. Jordan has always been in good shape — his signature roles include a high school football star and a bona fide superhero — but he’s getting flat-out jacked for the Rocky sequel Creed. The actor shared a photo of himself training for the boxing drama.

Creed is shooting now for release on November 25, 2015. Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale) is directing. [Instagram]

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip has picked up Kimberly Williams-Paisley in an unnamed role. The CG / live-action hybrid sends the rodents on a journey to New York, after a mix-up leads them to believe Dave (Jason Lee) intends to dump them after proposing to his girlfriend. Walt Becker directs. The Road Chip arrives December 23. [Deadline]

Like the Sharknado itself, the Sharknado protest is on the move. Picketers interrupted the Sharknado 3 shoot in front of the White House this week, criticizing The Asylum’s refusal to let its production crew members enter a union contract.

According to the IATSE, their actions have forced the company to “rewrite a number of scenes, extend their shooting schedule, and scale back production.” At this point, the strike has gone on long enough that Sharknado 3 no longer looks likely to make its planned July debut on Syfy. [Deadline]

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 has hit some rough waters Down Under. A man dressed as a pirate, complete with a live parrot on his shoulder, threatened a security guard on the film’s Gold Coast set. Local police arrested him shortly afterward. Thankfully, there are no reports so far of his having harmed anyone.

In unrelated news, star Johnny Depp has injured his hand while on location in Australia. Production will be “minimally impacted” as he returns to the U.S. for surgery and then recovers. The film will shoot around Depp’s lead character for the next few weeks.

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 began filming last month and is still on track to wrap this summer for release on July 7, 2017. Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning are directing. [THR, Variety]

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