‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ starring Johnny Depp sinks like a stone: movie review

The latest “Pirates” sequel is no treasure. Let’s bury it anyway. The fifth-go-round for the franchise has a few rollicking action scenes, filled with roller-coaster drops and loop-de-loop editing. Which makes sense — the whole series was spun off from a theme-park ride. But like a day at Disney World, getting to those thrills can mean some long and pretty uncomfortable waits. By now, the whole thing may be more about funds than fun to Johnny Depp, but he’s back again, with Jack Sparrow spending practically the entire movie drunk. Well, that’s one way to get through it. He’s on the hunt for a new treasure, Poseidon’s Trident. Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario are the immediately forgettable young leads tagging along, and Geoffrey Rush returns as Jack’s old nemesis Barbossa. One new, and welcome, addition is Javier Bardem as Salazar, a very dead but still very angry Spanish captain. He and his ghostly crew are terrific — dusty sailors full of holes, and filled with bloodlust. But the script is confused, trying to retro-fit the franchise with a whole mythology of family ties and ancient curses. After 14 years of this, it’s hard to keep track of who hates who, or why, and the exposition drags things down like an anchor. Directors Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg — who seem to have gotten this sea-faring gig because they made “Kon-Tiki” — crowd the screen with CGI and guest stars. A cameo by Paul McCartney is not only mirthless, but pointless, although it’s fun to see two veterans of the original movie show up, too. Seeing them only reminds of the original, lighthearted appeal of the series, though, which is that twas a pirate picture, arrr, something we hadn't had in many a moon. By now “Pirates” has become just another big loud blockbuster that busts nothing but your eardrums. Let Continue Reading

Johnny Depp is completely missing from the new ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ trailer

Johnny Depp is lost at sea in the new "Pirates of the Caribbean" trailer. The star of the Disney franchise is missing in the dark new preview for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." Instead, it features Javier Bardem as the creepy Captain Salazar in search of Depp's signature character, Captain Jack Sparrow. "Find Sparrow for me and relay him a message from Captain Salazar," Bardem says in the clip. "Tell him, 'Death comes straight for him.'" The film will be Depp's first return to the big screen since his bombshell divorce with Amber Heard was finalized in August. The pair's split was highly publicized after Heard accused him of physical and emotional abuse. The terms of the agreement took months to sort out. Heard was eventually awarded $7 million, which she will donate entirely to charities. It's unclear if the divorce drama and abuse accusations are the reasons why Depp is left out of the trailer — but it mostly could be chalked up to the movie's plot, which centers around Salazar's search for revenge against Sparrow. "Dead Men Tell No Tales" — also referred to as "Salazar's Revenge" — is due out in May 2017. Orlando Bloom will also return for the fifth installment of the franchise. Continue Reading

‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ begins production in Australia

Ahoy Matey! "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," begun production in Queensland, Australia Tuesday. Johnny Depp will return to his famous role as Captain Jack Sparrow, and will be a target for the movie's villain Captain Salazar, played by Javier Bardem. Orlando Bloom will return for the fifth film, after skipping out on the last move, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." Bloom will keep his role as Will Turner and is rumored to have a big part in the newest movie. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" is slated to take sail July 7, 2017. Continue Reading

Orlando Bloom confirmed for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’

Orlando Bloom is back aboard for the latest "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie. Disney confirmed the dashing actor would reprise his role in the upcoming fifth installment of the franchise, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif., over the weekend. Bloom was one of the swashbuckling franchises' original stars, playing courageous blacksmith Will Turner. The 38-year-old Brit appeared in the first three films but was absent for the fourth, 2011's "On Stranger Tides." Disney also revealed the title card for the new film, which wrapped shooting in July and is set for a summer 2017 release. Continue Reading

Orlando Bloom in talks to join ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Don’t Tell Tales’

Orlando Bloom may be on board for another voyage with the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise. The British actor told a panel at Oz Comic Con in Brisbane, Australia, that he's in talks to rejoin Johnny Depp and the gang for the upcoming "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." "There have certainly been some discussions about it and I'm open to it," he told the crowd during the weekend panel, according to Yahoo! Movies. Bloom, 33, added that he enjoyed the voyages on the first three movies with Depp and director Gore Verbinski — though he disembarked for 2011's "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." "I had a great time working with Johnny; one of the reasons I jumped at the opportunity was because Johnny was involved," Depp said at the convention. "I was such a massive fan of Johnny Depp growing up so to get up close and personal to Johnny and see how he worked as an actor was just a massive gift." There are other factors besides the likely treasure chest he'd be offered to reprise his role as blacksmith-turned-reluctant pirate Will Turner. Bloom said his choice of work will depend on proximity to his three-year-old son, Flynn — his child with ex-wife Miranda Kerr — who will be going to school in California. After several false starts, "Dead Men Tell No Tales" is likely to unfurl its sails in the coming months in Australia, with a planned July 7, 2017 release date. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO. Continue Reading

Review: Johnny Depp’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ rights ship with ‘Dead Men’

The most important lesson from the new Pirates of the Caribbean? Ghost sharks should have been added a long time ago.After three movies of diminishing quality and a wholly forgettable fourth chapter, Disney’s buccaneer-filled franchise rights the ship with fifth installment Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (*** out of four; rated PG-13; in theaters nationwide Thursday night). Johnny Depp’s drunken Captain Jack Sparrow stumbles into yet another seafaring adventure, which has its rocky moments but also offers an engaging tale with family legacies, above-average swashbuckling and a fantastic new villain courtesy of Javier Bardem.Directed by Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg (Bandidas), Dead Men catches up with Sparrow while he's down on his luck, with his shrunken flagship the Black Pearl tucked in his pocket. Jack’s plans to steal a bank safe in a colonial British village goes awry but his shenanigans introduce him to a pair of youngsters on converging paths.Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) has been searching for Jack since childhood to help break the curse of his father Will (Orlando Bloom), doomed to captain the Flying Dutchman for eternity, while scrappy astronomer Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario) is seeking the legendary Trident of Poseidon armed with a diary full of clues. The powerful Trident is Henry’s best way to get his dad back, though Jack finds it mighty helpful, too: The wobbly hero inadvertently unleashes the ghostly Captain Salazar (Bardem), an anti-pirate Spanish Navy officer who’s hellbent on killing Jack for sending him and his crew to a fiery doom.The quest is a mélange of switching allegiances and random mutinies that bog down the film’s middle. Jack’s rapscallions have shifting loyalties, Pirates antagonist Hector Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) returns, and Henry and Carina’s growing relationship drowns in this dizzying whirlpool of Continue Reading

Dead man must pay crash victim 2.5M

Dead men tell no tales - but they can still be held responsible for their misdeeds in life.Jamal Ford had insisted he did not blow a red light causing an accident in September 2004 that left another driver with brain damage.That was before Ford was shot to death last year in East New York, Brooklyn.Fortunately for the severely injured driver in the accident, Troy Martino, two witnesses driving behind him on Pitkin Ave. at Hinsdale St. in Brooklyn came forward to say he had a green light, paving the way last week for Martino, 41, to receive a $2.5 million settlement from Ford's insurer."We can't make him [Martino] whole again, but at least the rest of his life will be comfortable," said his attorney Sanford Rubenstein.The settlement will cover the costs of continuing rehabilitation for Martino, who suffers short-term memory loss due to the severe head trauma from the accident.  Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

NYPD cop used dead man’s credit card to buy herself a diamond ring: DA

Dead men tell no tales — and they don’t buy cops diamond rings. Prosecutors say an NYPD officer on a call helped herself to a corpse’s credit card number to buy herself some bling. Ymmacula Pierre “is accused of disgraceful conduct by using the credit card information of a dead man to buy expensive jewelry,” said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Pierre, 30, was indicted on criminal possession of stolen property, identity theft and official misconduct charges for the brazen theft, which prosecutors said happened in Greenwich Village in July of last year. Pierre was called to an E.14th St. apartment to make a “wellness check” on a 65-year-old man with medical issues who’d failed to show up for work, prosecutors said. Pierre, who was assigned to the Sixth Precinct station house, discovered architect Ken Sanden dead inside. She used his Samsung Galaxy phone to contact his niece, and vouchered some of his property, including his Mastercard, prosecutors said. She also allegedly jotted down Sanden’s credit card and email information for herself. Two days later, Sanden’s card was used to buy a diamond ring online from Zales for $3,282.58, authorities said. The cop was never able to put a ring on it —the credit card company notified Sanden’s niece about the suspicious charge, and she was able to stop it from being shipped, the DA’s office said. Investigators found the purchase from beyond the grave had been made from a computer in Queens owned by Pierre’s boyfriend, whose address she’d listed as her emergency contact, prosecutors said. The same computer was used to access the dead man’s email, the DA’s office said. The address the ring was supposed to be sent to was one Pierre had used a reference on her NYPD application, Continue Reading

‘Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ filming temporarily delayed over Johnny Depp’s hand injury

The crew of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” have been forced to temporarily drop anchor in the wake of Johnny Depp’s hand injury. On Monday, producers delayed production after finishing the scenes that didn’t require the franchise’s marquee star, according to media reports out of Australia. A source told the News the production will resume in mid-April. The fifth installment of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” with a purported budget in the $250 million, had been thrown into uncharted waters after the 51-year-old Depp returned to Los Angeles on March 11 to undergo surgery to put a pin in his finger, after an injury sustained off set. The shutdown affects several hundred Australians working on the production, Sydney’s Morning Herald reported. Disney, the studio behind the film, has not pushed back the release date of July 7, 2017. Continue Reading

Johnny Depp mysteriously injures hand while in Australia for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,’ will need surgery

Johnny Depp will have to ease up on the swashbuckling exploits after injuring his hand while in Australia to film the fifth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, the Daily News has confirmed.  Depp, who plays Captain Jack Sparrow in the hit series, was not filming when the injury occurred, a source told The News. There are no details on how Depp hurt himself, but it was serious enough that the actor will return to the U.S. for surgery, according to The Wrap, with production on the film only "minimally impacted" by his injury. The release date for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," which co-stars Javier Bardem, remains July 7, 2017.     Continue Reading