Jack Sparrow is back –though not quite as we remember him!

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Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: SALAZAR’S REVENGE. The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon.

Joachim Ronning, co-director of the upcoming movie, said that the swashbuckling adventurer that we know and love isn’t the same old Jack.

“He’s lost his luck. And luck was a big part of his lifestyle. He’s lost his way. He’s lost his horizon. He’s not on the ocean anymore when we find him. He’s a land pirate and he’s miserable. He’s alone. He’s not Captain Jack anymore, he’s just Jack.”

Whether this new approach to the series’ lynchpin will help the franchise return to its former glory will of course remain to be seen, but at this point in proceedings, a different angle on the character might not be the worst thing in the world.

As long as he gets his mojo back at some point of course… Read more

From back alleys to legends – Meet King Arthur

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The young Arthur runs the back passages of Londonium with his crew, not knowing his royal lineage until he grabs Excalibur. Instantly confronted by the sword’s influence, Arthur is forced to make up his mind.

This new King Arthur movie, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is filmed in director, Guy Richie style, even though original intention was to make a somewhat more classic film. That idea didn’t last long and this latest Richie movie is filled with his usual quote cuts, fast pace and tongue in cheek humour.

Charlie Hunman who plays Arthur told Entertainment Weekly “It was challenging, to begin with because there was an uncertainty about the tone. Guy’s [initial] intention was to make something that was outside of his wheelhouse, and make a more classic, straightforward, and somewhat somber film — which is obviously not what we ended up with.” Read more…

Something weird is happening… Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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If you’re looking forward to the latest happenings in the Galaxy, you may find this news story on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 very interesting…

For a while, we’ve been hearing that not all of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 takes place in space. New details courtesy of an extended skit on Jimmy Kimmel last night, however, have given us a few more details that might explain a few things as to why we’ll be heading to Earth in the new movie.

In last night’s show, Kimmel sent his right-hand-man Guillermo to the set of the movie for a potential cameo role. The clip is mostly behind-the-scenes interactions with the cast of the show, but near the end… Read more from Gizmodo

Carrie Fisher to appear in final Star Wars Movie

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Let’s face it Star Wars wouldn’t be Star Wars without Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia.

After months of speculation about Carrie’s future in the sci-fi saga, Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother, has revealed that Disney bosses want to bring Princess Leia back for Episode 9. And he said he and Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, have granted the studio rights to use recent footage for the finale. It is understood that CGI will not be used to recreate Leia.

“Both of us were like, ‘Yes, how do you take her out of it?’ And the answer is you don’t,” said Fisher… “She’s as much a part of it as anything and I think her presence now is even more powerful than it was, like Obi Wan — when the saber cuts him down he becomes more powerful,” he said. “I feel like that’s what’s happened with Carrie. I think the legacy should continue. I’m not the only part in that equation, but I think the people deserve to have her. She’s owned by them.”

Read more from the NY Daily News article

Fast & Furious 8 Gets a Big Thumbs Up!

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The early signs are looking good for the latest Fast & Furious movie, with those who’ve attended the first screening giving it a big ‘thumbs up’.

The story of the Dominic Toretto and his multi-cultural gang crew continues in Fast & Furious 8, beginning the new trilogy of Fast movies 8, 9 & 10

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage… and to bring home the man who made them a family.

The question is –can Vin Diesel and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson put aside their differences after their falling out last summer?

A lot’s happened in the past six months so you’d be forgiven for forgetting about the reported feud between Fast & Furious 8 co-stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson.

During the high-octane sequel’s production last summer, Johnson lashed out at unnamed male co-stars branding some of them “candy asses,” with TMZ later reporting that franchise stalwart Diesel was the target of Johnson’s words… Read more from this article in the Independent

CHiPs – Dax Shepard, California Sun and Motorbikes

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If you’re old enough… or young enough to remember the hit American TV series of the same name, you’ll love the new Dax Shepard movie.

Jon Baker and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello have just joined the California Highway Patrol in Los Angeles, but for very different reasons. Baker is a professional motorbike rider who’s trying to put his life and marriage back together. Poncherello is a cocky, undercover FBI agent who’s investigating a multi-million dollar heist that may be an inside job. Forced to work together, the inexperienced rookie and hardened veteran begin clashing instead of clicking while trying to nab the bad guys.

A self-admitted enthusiast of all things motorized and fast, Shepard talks to Moviefone about his latest movie CHiPs, Stunts and more…

Given you had that sort of mostly blank slate to start with, tell me about your process in building a movie out of that. What did you want to do with it?

“I’m always looking for anything that can combine motorsports and comedy, because all my free time is spent doing, if I’m not with my kids, I’m doing something that you put gas in. What I wanted to make was Bad Boys and Lethal Weapon. Those are the action-comedies that I love.

That was the singular goal. I think over the last 10 years, the action-comedies tend to be really comedies, and then they have a little bit of throwaway action. I was more interested in like getting the motorcycle chases right than I was worried about, say, Peña and I being funny or something…  read more

Beauty and the Beast Enchants Irish Audiences

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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ENCHANTS IRISH AUDIENCES AND BECOMES THE HIGHEST GROSSING OPENING 3 DAY WEEKEND OF ALL TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE IRISH BOX OFFICE WITH €2.2M IN IRELAND OPENING WEEKEND.

THE TALE AS OLD AS TIME BECOMES #1 FILM GLOBALLY

IRISH EXAMINER *****

RTE LYRIC FM *****

GEEK IRELAND *****

THE IRISH SUN *****

BUZZ.IE *****

IRISH INDEPENDENT *****
RTE.IE *****

THEMOVIEBIT.COM *****

MOVIES.IE *****

“A SUMPTIOUS SPECTACLE” – RYAN TUBRIDY, RTE RADIO 1
“SPECTACULAR” – IRISH EXAMINER
“HITS ALL THE RIGHT NOTES”- IRISH INDEPENDENT
“WHETHER YOU ARE TWO OR 82 THIS MOVIE IS FOR YOU” – RTE LYRIC FM
“ENCHANTING AND DELIGHTFUL” THEMOVIEBIT.COM
“A FILM OF WONDER AND ROMANCE” – METRO
“ONE TO SEE IN THE CINEMA” – BUZZ.IE

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Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is on track to open with a magical £18.4M at this weekend’s UK box office making it the 5th highest grossing 3 day opening of all-time and the highest grossing 3 day opening weekend for a PG movie. The Saturday box office of £7.9m was the second highest grossing Saturday ever, only behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In the UK/Ireland it also delivered the biggest Disney live-action opening of all-time, the biggest March opening weekend of all-time and #1 opening of 2017 to date.

At the US box office the film has taken $170m – making it the #7 debut of all time, the #1 March debut ever, and the #1 PG movie debut of all time (surpassing Finding Dory). It’s also the highest US debut ever for a Disney Live Action title. It’s the seventh Disney release to open over $150M. Saturday’s gross of $62.7M marks the #4 Saturday
of all time. In excess of $350M globally. Critics and audiences have praised the live-action musical, proving this classic story is really a tale as old as time.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST now has the biggest opening ever for a musical in Ireland and the UK ahead of Universal’s Les Miserables (£8.13m).
Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST is a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.