Like the ocean it takes place on, the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise has had plenty of ups and downs. These metaphorical seas have been so rough, in fact, that some people don't even remember there was a fourth film in 2011, On Stranger Tides, even though it grossed a billion dollars worldwide. I'm happy to say the fifth film, Dead Men Tell No Tales, is probably the best film in the franchise since the very first movie... even though that's not a particularly high bar.
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The first teaser for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales was mysterious. No Captain Jack, an evil new enemy, and a warning. Now, the Super Bowl commercial has revealed much more. Including the return of a muddy Jack.
Thanks to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we can all see the future. We may not know how the adventures of Newt Scamander will turn out, but thanks to the Harry Potter films and books, we know what happens to many of the famous characters seen or mentioned in the prequel. Connecting the dots between these two time periods can be tough, but it's part of the fun, and we're here to help.
David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter film series — including upcoming spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — has a new fantasy franchise in his sights. Warner Bros. has just secured the rights to all things Willy Wonka from Roald Dahl's estate, and is teaming with Heyman to make a prequel about the character.
Video: Alice Through the Looking Glass comes out July 14, and its final trailer echoes what we've been seeing from all its advertising thus far: visually, this thing will be lush, dazzling and aggressively whimsical; plot-wise, it probably won't make a lot of sense. Also, the narration makes us miss Alan Rickman so damn much.
Biosecurity is important. Australia's border security is important. Quarantining our country against infectious diseases and bacteria is important. And that's why Barnaby Joyce's punishment for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's infamous smuggling of Pistol and Boo into Australia is this public service announcement.
When Australia elevates itself onto the world stage these days, it's rarely for something we can all be proud of. Last week saw Senator Barnaby Joyce threaten to euthanise Johnny Depp's dogs after the star bypassed the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service to bring them in. John Oliver's got wind of it, and is using the platform of Last Week Tonight on HBO to skewer the whole country.
For the rich and unfamous, the best way to hang with celebrities is to buy them. That's why Hampton Black (original name we're sure) makes life-sized sculptures, by request, of your favorite movie characters. Running from $6,500 to $8,500 and taking up to a month to complete, most of the work goes into the elaborate costuming, not the composite polyester resin, fiberglass and foam bodies. Another pic after the jump.