Hollywood blockbuster Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 has started production at Village Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.
The fifth instalment in the Disney franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales, is set to start shooting in mid-February at locations in and around Australia’s most popular tourist destination.
The news comes as a relief to the local film industry after doubts whether a $US20.2 million incentive payment from the Australian government would be enough to lure the production away from South Africa and Mexico, where producers were also in discussions.
Yet the action-adventure film has docked safely on Aussie shores, with a production office already set up and cast and crew from the US arriving.
Work is said to have begun in earnest last week and casting directors are getting set to look for Australian actors to join the A-List cast, says a source employed on the production.
‘It’s with great relief I can say we’re here to say,’ she told the Daily Mail Australia.
‘The production office has been set up, work is beginning on the sound stages and we’re aiming to shoot in early 2015.
We’re exactly one month from the release of Kevin Smith’s latest feature, the man-into-walrus horror tale. Now, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Smith already has a very different followup in the works. Smith is teaming with actor Johnny Depp for a film called Yoga Hosers that will star their respective daughters, Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp.
The second entry in Smith’s Canada-centric “True North Trilogy,” Yoga Hosers follows the adventures of two 15-year old girls, Colleen Collette (Depp) and Colleen McKenzie (Smith) who go into battle after an ancient evil returns, teaming with a Montreal legend, Guy Lapointe (the elder Depp) for a Yoga-infused offense. “People always ask me ‘Are you ever going to make a comic book movie?’” says Smith. “This is it – but instead of yet another dude saving the day, our antiheroes are the most feared and formidable creatures man has ever encountered: two fifteen year old girls.” Yoga Hosers will feature much of the cast of, including Ralph Garman, Justin Long, Harley Morenstein, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez and Jennifer Schwalbach with new roles for Adam Brody, Austin Butler, Tony Hale, Natasha Lyonne, Jason Mewes and Tyler Posey. StarSTream Entertainment will finance and produce alongside Abolitta Productions, Invincible Pictures and SModcast Pictures.
When a gig prevented Elvis Costello from making a recording session for Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes– an album of “lost” Bob Dylan lyrics that Costello, Marcus Mumford and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, among others, have set to music – producer T-Bone Burnett found a worthy fill-in: Johnny Depp. The actor sat in on guitar for Costello during the recording of “Kansas City,” according to NME, after stopping by the L.A. studio where the sessions are taking place to visit the producer.
Burnett and the musicians, which also include Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith and Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens, have been working on the record since this past spring. The lyrics date back to Dylan’s fabled 1967 stay at the West Saugerties house known as “Big Pink,” where he and the Band recorded 30 songs that were heavily bootlegged until their official release asThe Basement Tapes in 1975. During his time at Big Pink, Dylan wrote the lyrics to many songs that he did not record, so Burnett & Co. have taken it upon themselves to give the “new” songs music on Lost on the River and have set about recording an estimated 50 new songs (with overlap). Song titles include “Florida Key,” “Card Shark,” “Hi-De-Ho” and “Lost on the River.”
“These are not B-level Dylan lyrics,” Burnett told the Los Angeles Times this past March. “They’re lyrics he just never got around to finishing.”
In addition to making the album, the musicians are allowing Showtime filmmaker Sam Jones to document the sessions for a special titled Lost on the River: The Basement Tapes Continued, which is set to premiere in the fall.
Depp has been especially busy with music the last few years. Last month, he joined Aerosmith in Boston to play guitar on “Train Kept A-Rollin’,” following up his appearance doing backup vocals on their 2012 album Music From Another Dimension. He also joined Willie Nelson in Boston, at a June concert, for performances of “On the Road Again” and “Crazy.” Two years prior, he played with the Black Keys at the MTV Movie Awards, surprised an Alice Cooper audience at one of the shock rocker’s L.A. gigs and crashed Marilyn Manson’s headlining gig at the Revolver Golden Gods show. He also played guitar on a cover of Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” with Manson that year.
The fifth installment of the popular fantasy adventure film series “Pirates of the Caribbean” is already being produced with several location shots including Puerto Rico and New Orleans, which both have ideal settings that are essential for the movie’s scenes, according to Deadline. It was announced that Norwegian directors Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning would be directing the film.
The producer of the films, Jerry Bruckheimer, has given few clues as to which villains and major creatures would be shown in the upcoming film. But we do know the title of the latest installment: “Dead Men Tell No Tales.”
According to Hallels, Bruckheimer has suggested that the latest installment would be a straight-up pirate movie but without a kraken-like monster. This suggests that the following films will steer away from monsters chasing Jack Sparrow and his company.
Penelope Cruz, who portrayed the character of Angelica, will not be appearing in the fifth installment. There will also be fewer appearances by Elizabeth and Will whose stories seem to have been resolved previously. The plot could revolve around Jack following Captain Teague’s words about getting the Trident.
The most likely release date for “Dead Men Tell No Tales” is July 7, 2017, Indie Wire reported. “Dead Men Tell No Tales” will follow the trend that started when Captain Jack Sparrow charmed everyone’s hearts and attention after the first film, “Curse of the Black Pearl.” Bruckheimer also said that the film would still have its share of magic, wit, and craftiness, which is what “Pirates” is all about.
The next film will allegedly start with a pirate wedding. However, Bruckheimer has not given the names of the people who are getting married. With a scheduled premiere so far away, many plot details and other plans could still be in the works. It could take at least two more years for fans to get any specific details about the movie.
Johnny Depp has taken a break from filming Whitey Bulger crime drama Black Mass to take part in secret recording sessions with Paul McCartney, Alice Cooper and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry.
Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper, guitarist Perry (63) said: “It’s the great ego leveller. I was in the studio with Alice Cooper and Johnny Depp, playing guitar, and the three of us are looking at each other like, hey, we’re sitting here with Paul McCartney! And we’re all looking at each other like open-mouthed kids.
“At 72 he can still hit all those notes. However, the Aerosmith member refused to disclose any more details. “It’s a project that we’re keeping under wraps for now.”
Depp joined Aerosmith on stage at their gig in Mansfield, Massachusetts to play guitar last Wednesday night. He jammed along with the band’s 1974 hit, Train Kept a Rollin’, which he also played with the band at a 2012 show at the Hollywood Bowl in LA.
The actor is currently filming Black Mass, a new drama about Boston-Irish crime boss Whitey Bulger, which is set for release next year.
The movie also stars Adam Scott, Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple, Jesse Plemons, Kevin Bacon, Sienna Miller and Peter Sarsgaard.
Johnny Depp surprised Aerosmith fans on Wednesday night when he strapped on his guitar to join the US rockers for their Boston gig.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star took time off from filming Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass to showcase his musicianship at the Xfinity Center.
Frontman Steven Tyler, from Massachusetts, introduced his high profile guest to the crowd, exclaiming: “Yo! Bringing out on stage my good friend, Mr Johnny Depp!”
The 51-year-old actor played guitar and performed an extended solo on the band’s hit song “Train Kept A-Rollin”, from their 2012 album Music From Another Dimension!.
His fiancée Amber Heard was watching the gig backstage, reports suggest.
Depp features on the studio version of “Trains Kept A-Rollin” and joined Aerosmith for a series of live shows during the year of its release.
The time has come for some serious Pirates of the Caribbean movie without the ugly looking demonic monsters sailing in the sea.
While speaking with entertainment website the Collider, producer Jerry Bruckheimer said the upcoming pirates franchise will be a straight pirate movie without any Kraken creature.
To the question, “will there be any demonic monsters in Pirates 5?” Bruckheimer answered:
“No, no. I think we’re back to more of a straight pirates movie this time.”
When asked about the possibility of featuring monster-like creatures in the upcoming movie, he simply said “Not in the script I read recently.”
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, won millions of hearts with Johnny Depp’s flawless performance as captain Jack Sparrow.
But later, the movie went off track by featuring a slew of mythical sea monsters to grab major box office collections.
While many fans loved the progress of the fantasy adventure franchise, some argued that both Depp and the movies were losing their thrill and sheen with each sequel.
Walt Disney’s latest pirate sequel is slated for a 2016 premiere and is titled Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.
The movie will be directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandburg. Rønning earned accolades for his Norwegian sea expedition movie Kon-Tiki.
Depp and Geoffrey Rush will reprise their roles as Captain Jack Sparrow and Barbossa respectively.
Depp will select the winner of “Chinese Dream” on Friday and will bring the young Chinese contestant on a trip to Hollywood.
Expectation is rising in China ahead of Friday’s finale of Chinese Dream, as Johnny Depp is gets ready to choose the lucky person who will come with him to Hollywood to live out their dream as the popular reality talent show draws to a close.
The show, shot in the elegant and wealthy eastern city of Hangzhou, centers around making ordinary people’s wishes come true and live performances, where audiences vote for a “Dreamer” who then goes on to the next show.
During his visit to China in April, Depp was asked why he had decided to take on the role of arbiter in the show, and he told local media it was because he can relate to people harboring big dreams: When he was young, he wanted to be a rock musician, and only did movies to pay the rent, he said.
Chinese Dream started life in 2011, based for the first two seasons on the BBC format Tonight’s the Night. In the third season, Zhejiang Satellite TV changed the format, and it is now in the seventh season.
Chinese Dream goes head-to-head with Dad, Where Are We Going? on Hunan TV and regularly beats that show in the ratings.
Depp is best known here as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Carribbean franchise, which were huge hits in China, although the second part of the series, Dead Man’s Chest, was banned for its ghoulish and ghostly elements. He has a more cultish following among teenage girls for his role in Edward Scissorhands.
On a forum on the Sina Weibo service called “Depp, help me to realize my dream,” Zhiyu Xinlixue wrote: “It is a blessing from several lifetimes to be the disciple of Depp. Who will be the lucky one? Depp, if you can’t decide, you can take me.”
GIF wrote: “Ever since Edward Scissorhands, Depp is a man-god in the hearts of thousands of girls. I am so jealous that he will take a disciple and take him/her to Hollywood.”
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