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In Theaters: 'Pirates,' 'Paris,' And Not Much Else

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 20, 2011 5:40 AM
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Yaarrghh! Mateys! It's time for another installment of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Let's Cash Some Checks"!!! Johnny's got the mortgage on his private island in France to pay off, so let's get the gang back together. Dig the dreadlock wigs out of storage and rustle up some mermaids, we've got bills to pay! So you can go see that in theaters this weekend. Or you can go see the fresh-from-the Croisette "Midnight in Paris," a delightful entry into the Woody Allen canon. Owen Wilson! He's perfect for a Woody Allen movie, why didn't we figure this out before?! Have you checked out our extensive Allen retrospective? It's tearing Playlist HQ apart! Epithets have been hurled; gauntlets have been thrown. So those are your choices for this weekend. Alternatively, you can re-read the reviews from Cannes and cry that you haven't seen "The Tree of Life" or "Drive" yet. That sounds fun too.

Review: 'Pirates of the Caribbean 4' Is a Soggy Sea Chanty That Seems Awfully Familiar

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 13, 2011 11:48 AM
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Executive producers of television series talk about needing to do a "bottle episode," usually about a third of the way through the season when they've unnecessarily overspent on the earlier episodes and need to save up so that the finale can go out with a bang. In a lot of ways "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" (yes, that's the actual title) feels like a "bottle episode" in the franchise, one in which the scale is cut back tremendously, extraneous mythology shaved away, with the lavish direction of the original trilogy (by Gore Verbinski, who helmed one of this year's very best movies, "Rango") replaced with someone whose vision is, if not entirely lacking, somewhat more made-for-TV.

'On Stranger Tides' Score Features Hans Zimmer, Rodrigo y Gabriela & Uh, Photek

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 2:50 AM
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Penelope Cruz's Brother Eduardo Also Pitched In On The SoundtrackWhile we may not be too excited about "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," the score is shaping up to be something memorable. Hans Zimmer continues his work on the franchise, however, as previously reported, he will be joined by the celebrated Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela.

'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' Script Complete But Johnny Depp Isn't Ready To Sell Out Again Just Yet

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 4, 2011 9:09 AM
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The fact that Disney is already eyeing a "Pirates 5" and "Pirates 6" before "On Stranger Tides" has even set sail in theaters is no secret. Initial plans had the studio thinking about shooting two more sequels back-to-back, while early in the new year it was revealed that Terry Rossio had indeed been hired to pen another film, but without his longtime partner Ted Elliott. Johnny Depp remained cagey on appearing again as Captain Jack Sparrow when asked not too long ago, and with the script now delivered, he's sticking to that story for now.

Which Summer Films Won't Make You Feel Like You've Been Lobotomized? The May-August Movies: Part 1

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 3, 2011 6:03 AM
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Something's in the air. The days are getting longer. The weather's getting warmer. Your IQ is dropping by the day. That's right, it's the start of the summer movie season! The critical darlings that get you through the winter moments are a thing of the past, replaced by CGI-packed blockbusters, comedies and the occasional kids' flick, designed principally as a way of tempting you into an air conditioned theater to spend money on ice cream and nachos.

New Pics: 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn,' 'Three Musketeers' & 'Stranger Tides'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2011 4:04 AM
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A bunch of new pics to start your week, so let's dive right in, shall we?

More Summer Preview Pics: 'Transformers 3,' 'Bridesmaids,' 'Smurfs,' 'Pirates 4' & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 22, 2011 7:49 AM
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Plus New Looks At 'Spy Kids 4,' 'Kung Fu Panda 2,' & 'The Change-Up'Alright, to keep it brief and short, Entertainment Weekly's Summer Preview issue is the gift that keeps on giving. We posted a bunch of photos earlier in the week (new looks at "Super 8," "Cowboys & Indians," “X-Men: First Class” and more) and to be completely eloquent about it, here's more.

'The Tree Of Life,' 'Drive' & 'Melancholia' Head Up Mouth-Watering 2011 Cannes Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 14, 2011 10:14 AM
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Almodovar, Paolo Sorrentino, Takashi Miike, The Dardenne Brothers & Lynne Ramsay; Also In Line-Up; 'Pirates 4,' 'Kung Fu Panda 2' & 'The Beaver' To Play Out Of CompetitionThis morning brought one of the moments on the calendar that every serious film lover awaits with bated breath: the announcement of the line-up for this year's Cannes Film Festival, still the most prestigious on the circuit. Year after year, some of the world's best directors hold off to debut their new films on the Croisette, and virtually every year brings at least one stone-cold classic -- along, of course, with the famous Cannes bombs. With last year's selection generally deemed to be the weakest in a while, has this year's batch (the 64th!) turned things around? We've heard the rumors for months now, and we knew that Woody Allen's latest, "Midnight in Paris," would be opening the festival on May 11th, but little solid fact otherwise. So -- how's it looking?

'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' To Play The Cannes Film Festival?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2011 1:43 AM
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Will Johnny Depp join what is shaping up to be an already star-studded Cannes Film Festival this year? According to press in France, the answer is yes.

Jerry Bruckheimer Says Future 'Pirates Of The Caribbean' Movies Will Be Stand Alone Films

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 31, 2011 3:21 AM
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Producer Says They Were Initially Scared Of Shooting In True 3DFranchises. They are the cornerstone of the modern movie industry's business strategy. They keep the lights on, keep the shareholders happy, keep the motor of a studio engine going.

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