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    Weekend Box Office: Disney Scores $90 Million for Pirates 4: Not $100 Million UPDATED

    It's stranger tides indeed when a $90 million opening is considered disappointing. The fourth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean is now perceived as having failed to reach the magic $100-million mark, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:The highly anticipated opening for Disney’s fourquel Pirates of t...

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    MGM and Sony Partner on Bond, Dragon Tattoo and Now, 21 Jump Street

    MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment are partnering on several projects, from James Bond 23 (November 9, 2012) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to 21 Jump Street. MGM Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum and Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton and Co-Ch...

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    Cannes Review: Why is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in Fest?

    What motivates a groggy, jet-lagged scribe to crawl out of bed for an 8:30 AM press screening of Pirates of the Caribbean? Schadenfreude. The word on the Croisette was that the fourth Pirates installment was lousy. Safe to say I wasn't expecting to have a good time. (I didn't even see Number Three, ...

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    Rob Marshall to Direct Warners Thin Man Remake with Johnny Depp as Nick; Who's Nora?

    It's official: Rob Marshall and John DeLuca will produce a remake of The Thin Man through their LUCAMAR Productions, with Marshall directing. Johnny Depp will star and Jerry Stahl (Bad Boys II) is scripting the "classy and classic project," as Marshall calls it. He is "overjoyed" to work with Depp a...

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    The Lone Ranger: Who Should Ride with Johnny Depp? Armie Hammer or Timothy Olyphant? (UPDATED)

    Gore Verbinski's 2014 Disney reboot of The Lone Ranger may put Johnny Depp in the saddle with the Winklevi, a.k.a Armie Hammer.

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    Unite for Japan: Stars Ask for Donations for Post-Tsunami Relief

    As I watched this video, I realized how upset I am about what happened in Japan. Ken Watanabe organized this plea for help, aided by Johnny Depp, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ben Stiller, John Legend, Jonah Hill, Paula Abdul, Ben Affleck and many others. The PSA launched today. Unite for Japan.

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    Cannes Update: Van Sant's Restless Opens Un Certain Regard, Pirates 4 Gets Slot

    It's prestigious for Gus Van Sant's Restless, starring Mia Wasikowska, to land the opening night slot of Un Certain Regard (May 12) at Cannes, but it isn't as lofty as a competition spot. That selection is reserved for the real "art films," the auteur slots vying for the coveted Palme d'or.

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    FilmDistrict Finally Dates Rum Diary, Starring Johnny Depp

    It was just a matter of time before FilmDistrict would pick a date for The Rum Diary, starring Johnny Depp. It's going out during the prime fall season, October 28. The film, which has long been on the shelf, marks Depp's second flirtation with the work of Hunter S. Thompson, who became close with t...

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    Rango's Verbinski and ILM VFX Master John Knoll Talk Fresh Take on Animation

    Defying every convention of the animated genre, Gore Verbinski's PG-rated $135-million Rango opened well, at $38 million. Why? As Verbinski (who jumped ship on Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean franchise after three installments) has been saying to anyone who will listen, audiences want originality....

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