Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER New Trailer

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Black PantherOMG!!! BLACK PANTHER looks soooooo good! I love Marvel movies so I am so excited that Black Panther is coming out next February.

Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

BLACK PANTHER stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.

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Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER arrives in theatres everywhere on February 16, 2018!

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FREE CARS 3 Printable Activity Sheets

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Cars3584862619cd5cCars 3 is opening in theaters this Friday, June 16th. I can’t wait! Here are some fun, FREE printable activity sheets for your little ones to enjoy.

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CARS 3 races into theatres everywhere on June 16th!

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Pharrell’s New Music Video For DESPICABLE ME 3

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yellow lightGru and the Minions are back in Despicable Me 3. I can’t wait! Who doesn’t love the adorable Minions, right?Pharrell Williams’ new video for “Yellow Light” from #DespicableMe3 debuted online recently. The first song from the original motion picture soundtrack is available on June 23, pre-order today.

Check out #YellowLight below:

“Yellow Light” is one of five brand new original tracks Pharrell wrote and produced for the film. Watch him and the Minions journey through the streets of Hollywood in a virtual video game in the new music video. Another original Pharrell song made for Despicable Me 3, “There’s Something Special,” perfectly captures the tone of the series. Additionally, Pharrell’s anthemic “Freedom” serves as the backdrop as the Minions plot their escape from prison in the film.

Pharrell has written and produced songs and themes for the entire Despicable Me series. Despicable Me 2 featured the Academy Award®-nominated and Grammy Award-winning global smash hit “Happy.” The song inspired a worldwide movement of happiness, with its original music video spawning thousands of self-made videos from fans in dozens of countries. “Happy” has topped countless charts around the globe, with 14 million units sold. It has achieved seven-time-platinum certification in the U.S., making the song the best-selling and most successful single of 2014.

Despicable Me 3 Tracklisting:

  1. Yellow Light – Pharrell Williams
  2. Hug Me – Pharrell Williams feat. Trey Parker
  3. Bad – Michael Jackson
  4. Take On Me – a-ha
  5. Papa Mama Loca Pipa – The Minions
  6. There’s Something Special – Pharrell Williams
  7. Tiki Babeloo – The Minions
  8. Freedom – Pharrell Williams
  9. Doowit – Pharrell Williams
  10. 99 Luftballoons – Nena
  11. Into The Groove – Madonna
  12. Chuck Berry – Pharrell Williams
  13. Fun, Fun, Fun – Pharrell Williams
  14. Despicable Me – Pharrell Williams
  15. Despicable Me 3 Score Suite – Heitor Pereira
  16. Malatikalano Polatina – The Minions

DESPICABLE ME 3 – In Theaters June 30

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Illumination, who brought moviegoers Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.

After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis.  But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother—a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps—one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

Steve Carell not only reprises his role as Gru, but also takes on a second part—that of Dru, Gru’s long-lost twin.  Kristen Wiig returns as super-spy Lucy, while Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker voices new villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who has become obsessed with the evil TV character he played in the ’80s.  Gru’s most formidable and comedic nemesis to date, Bratt is out to take down Hollywood…and anyone who stands in his way.

Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.  www.despicable.me

Genre: 3D-CG Comedy-Adventure

Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker, Steve Coogan, Jenny Slate, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier, Nev Scharrel and Julie Andrews

Directed by: Pierre Coffin & Kyle Balda

Co-Director: Eric Guillon

Written by: Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio

Produced by: Chris Meledandri, Janet Healy

Executive Producer: Chris Renaud

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Disney•Pixar’s COCO – New Trailer

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coco 2I love all things Day of the Dead so I am really excited for Disney•Pixar’s upcoming new movie, COCO. It looks SOOOO good! Check out the new trailer:

Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel (voice of newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz (voice of Benjamin Bratt). Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself magically transported to the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector (voice of Gael García Bernal), and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history. Directed by Lee Unkrich (“Toy Story 3”), co-directed by Adrian Molina (story artist “Monsters University”) and produced by Darla K. Anderson (“Toy Story 3”), Disney•Pixar’s “Coco” opens in U.S. theaters on November 22nd!

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Upcoming Film Features Generations of Characters and All-Latino Voice Cast

FROM THE LAND OF THE LIVING

  • ANTHONY GONZALEZ (“Ice Box,” TNT’s “The Last Ship”) lends his voice to MIGUEL, a 12-year-old aspiring musician who struggles against his family’s generations-old ban on music. When a magical mishap lands him in the Land of the Dead, Miguel seeks out his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz, to help him return to the Land of the Living before it’s too late.
  • ANA OFELIA MURGUÍA (Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle,” “Bandidas”) voices Miguel’s cherished great-grandmother MAMÁ COCO. She is very old and fragile, but that doesn’t stop Miguel from sharing his daily adventures with her.
  • RENÉE VICTOR (“Weeds,” “The Apostle”) provides the authoritative voice of ABUELITA, Miguel’s grandmother and the ultimate enforcer of the Rivera family’s ban on music. She loves her family very much and will do anything to protect them. But when she gets angry, she wields a mean slipper.
  • JAIME CAMIL (CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” Disney Junior’s “Elena of Avalor,” “Secret Lives of Pets”) is the voice of PAPÁ, Miguel’s supportive father who hopes that someday Miguel will join him in the family shoemaking business.
  • SOFÍA ESPINOSA (“Gloria”) provides the voice of Miguel’s loving MAMÁ who gently encourages her son to embrace their family’s traditions.
  • LUIS VALDEZ (“Which Way Is Up,” director “La Bamba” & “Cisco Kid”) is the voice of TÍO BERTO, Miguel’s uncle, a hard worker in the Rivera family shoemaking business.
  • LOMBARDO BOYAR (“Happy Feet,” TNT’s “Murder in the First”) lends his voice to a friendly MARIACHI who Miguel encounters in Santa Cecilia Plaza.

FROM THE LAND OF THE DEAD

  • GAEL GARCÍA BERNAL (Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle”) helps bring to life HECTOR, a charming trickster in the Land of the Dead who is forced to enlist help from Miguel to visit the Land of the Living.
  • BENJAMIN BRATT (FOX’s “Star,” “Doctor Strange”) is the voice of Miguel’s idol ERNESTO DE LA CRUZ, the most famous musician in the history of Mexico. Revered by fans worldwide until his untimely death, the charming and charismatic musician is even more beloved in the Land of the Dead.   
  • EDWARD JAMES OLMOS (“Blade Runner,” “Stand and Deliver”) lends his voice to CHICHARRÓN, a curmudgeonly friend of Hector’s who is sadly being forgotten—an unfortunate condition in the Land of the Dead.
  • ALANNA UBACH (“Meet the Fockers,” Bravo’s “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”) provides the voice of MAMÁ IMELDA, Miguel’s great-great-grandmother, the matriarch of the Rivera family and the founder of their successful shoemaking business. Miguel meets Mamá Imelda in the Land of the Dead and discovers she does not share his passion for music. 
  • SELENE LUNA (“My Bloody Valentine,” “Celebrity Wife Swap”) voices TÍA ROSITA, Miguel’s late aunt who resides in the Land of the Dead.
  • ALFONSO ARAU (“Three Amigos,” director/producer “Like Water for Chocolate,” director “A Walk in the Clouds”) is the voice of PAPÁ JULIO, Miguel’s late great-grandfather who he meets in Land of the Dead.
  • HERBERT SIGUENZA (“Larry Crowne,” “Ben 10: Alien Swarm”) lends his voice to both TÍO OSCAR and TÍO FELIPE, Miguel’s late identical twin uncles who he meets in the Land of the Dead.
  • OCTAVIO SOLIS playwright “Lydia, Santos & Santos”) is the voice of an ARRIVAL AGENT in the Land of the Dead’s Grand Central Station.
  • GABRIEL IGLESIAS (“Planes,” “The Nut Job,” “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature”) provides the voice of the HEAD CLERK in the Land of the Dead’s “Department of Family Reunions.”
  • CHEECH MARIN (“Cars 3,” “Tin Cup,” CBS’ “Nash Bridges”) is the voice of a CORRECTIONS OFFICER in the Land of the Dead.
  • BLANCA ARACELI (“The Bridge”) voices the EMCEE for a colorful talent show in the Land of the Dead.

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THE BOOK OF HENRY Opening June 16th In Select Cities #TheBookofHenry

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the book of henry 3The Book of Henry looks like such an amazing movie. I’m really hoping to checking it out with my friends or perhaps a date night with my hubby this weekend.

Sometimes things are not always what they seem, especially in the small suburban town where the Carpenter family lives. Single suburban mother Susan Carpenter (Naomi Watts) works as a waitress at a diner, alongside feisty family friend Sheila (Sarah Silverman). Her younger son Peter (Jacob Tremblay) is a playful 8-year-old. Taking care of everyone and everything in his own unique way is Susan’s older son Henry (Jaeden Lieberher), age 11. Protector to his adoring younger brother and tireless supporter of his often self-doubting mother – and, through investments, of the family as a whole – Henry blazes through the days like a comet. Susan discovers that the family next door, which includes Henry’s kind classmate Christina (Maddie Ziegler), has a dangerous secret – and that Henry has devised a surprising plan to help. As his brainstormed rescue plan for Christina takes shape in thrilling ways, Susan finds herself at the center of it.

The Book of HenryThe Book of Henry is directed by Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World, Safety Not Guaranteed) from an original screenplay by acclaimed novelist Gregg Hurwitz (Orphan X).

Starring Naomi Watts, Jaeden Lieberher, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace, Maddie Ziegler, and Dean Norris

Running Time: 105 minutes

MPAA Rating: PG-13

The Book of HenryCheck out why moms are falling in love with THE BOOK OF HENRY

Here are a few more clips. Looks awesome doesn’t it?
‘LEGACY’ Clip:

‘APATHY’ Clip:


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Disney’s Classic Bambi Is Out on Bluray With New Bonus Features #BambiBluray

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As you can probably tell from my picture I was so excited to find out that the Disney classic, Bambi, which just celebrated it’s 75th anniversary, was just added to the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on May 23rd and on Bluray, DVD, and On-Demand on June 6th. The collection release includes a variety of new bonus material including recording of Walt Disney discussing the challenges and triumphs during the production of Bambi, deleted scenes and characters, stories and effects that Bambi had on the Studio, and much more. The Digital HD release includes an exclusive, heartfelt feature on the incredible artist, Tyrus Wong, who inspired the film’s soft watercolor backgrounds and beautiful palette.

Bambi

“Bambi,” Walt Disney’s beloved coming-of-age story, will thrill audiences with its breathtaking animation and characters who will touch your heart: Bambi, the wide-eyed fawn, his playful pal Thumper, the lovable skunk Flower and wise Friend Owl. (C) 1942 Disney

It’s been a long time since I’ve watched Bambi and I forgot just how adorable it is. As an animal lover I especially love all the characters. The characters are so precious. This coming of age story is a family favorite and great for all audiences. Small children might get upset when (SPOILER ALERT although I’m not sure it’s a spoiler alert on a 75 year old movie LOL) Bambi’s mother dies. Ok, many adults don’t like that part either, but as sad as it is, it’s a part of life and makes for some great discussion. And the movie goes right into a cheerful spring song so it’s hard to be sad for long. The backgrounds are done in such beautiful pastels and the characters are bright and lifelike. Fun fact- Did you know that Walt Disney brought in live animals for the animators to study to make the animals more realistic? That’s one of the things that makes Bambi so special. You’ll learn about that and so much more on the bonus material of this Blu-ray.

BONUS MATERIAL (BLU-RAY & DIGITAL* HD) INCLUDES:

BRAND NEW:

· THE BAMBI EFFECT – “Bambi” was full of innovations for its time. Let’s take a look at how those past innovations affected future Disney animated titles all the way up to today. (I love how this bonus feature shows how so many Disney movies, such as Lion King and Zootopia, were influenced by how Bambi was made. In this part they even talk about the parallels between Lion King and Bambi that I had never thought about before. Check it out.)

· STUDIO STORIES: “BAMBI” – Recordings of Walt Disney. Listen in on intimate moments where he discusses the challenges, pitfalls and triumphs during the production of “Bambi.” (This is my favorite bonus feature of the movie. Hearing the behind the scenes stories is fascinating!)

· DELETED SCENE: BAMBI’S ICE AND SNOW – Bambi coaxes Thumper and his brothers and sisters to come play on the ice during the first snow.

· DELETED SCENE: THE GRASSHOPPER – A grasshopper confronts Bambi and Thumper and finds himself in quite a predicament.

· BAMBI FAWN FACTS – Think you know everything there is to know about Bambi and his forest companions? Well, it’s time to discover some fun real-life facts about the creatures that live in the forest he calls home. (This is a great bonus feature, especially for children. There is lots of interesting information about all the forest animals in this section.)

· OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT: “AFRICA BEFORE DARK” – Oswald Short.

· CELEBRATING TYRUS WONG (DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE) – A heartfelt look at the man who played a key role in the success of “Bambi.” Much like Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle, Tyrus Wong had a unique signature style all to his own. The soft water-colored backgrounds and beautiful palettes in “Bambi” were inspired by Tyrus’ concept art paintings. (Tyrus Wong was such an innovator with the beautiful impressionistic watercolor backgrounds in Bambi that are so beautiful but don’t take you away from the characters and the story.)

CLASSIC:

· DELETED SCENES – Two Leaves, Bambi Stuck on a Reed, Winter Grass, Twitterpated

· THE MAKING OF BAMBI: A PRINCE IS BORN

o STORY: TELLING THE TALE

o CHARACTERS: DRAWN TO NATURE

o ACTORS: GIVING VOICE TO ANIMALS

o ART DESIGN: IMPRESSIONS OF THE FOREST

o MUSIC: NATURE’S SYMPHONY

o HISTORY: BACK TO THE BEGINNING

· TRICK OF THE TRADE (Excerpt)

· INSIDE THE DISNEY ARCHIVES

· THE OLD MILL: ANIMATED SHORT

· ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER

· THE GOLDEN AGE

*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer

FEATURE RUN TIME: Approximately 70 min.

RATING: Feature Film: G in U.S.; G in CE; G in CF (Bonus Material Not Rated)

 This Blu-ray also includes a collectible Tyrus Wong lithograph:
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I couldn’t resist snapping this picture of Bambi, Thumper, and Flower when I was at Epcot this week on a field trip with my daughter’s school. This beautiful display was part of the Flower and Garden Festival.

Make sure to check out my exclusive interviews of the original voices of Bambi and Thumper as well as a tour of Walt Disney’s personal office.

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A Peek Inside the Disney Archives and On the Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean Ride #PiratesLifeEvent

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20170519_093049When I was in Los Angeles a few weeks ago for the Pirates of the Caribbean premiere, we also had the amazing opportunity to check out the Walt Disney Archives. Talk about a blast from the past! There was so much memorabilia and one of a kind items that you can’t see anywhere else. Everything from items once sold at Epcot, tons of Disney books, props from movies, and even the very first ticket sold for Disneyland. Yes ticket #1 was purchased by Roy Disney and is now in the archives.

disney collageYou could really play a cool game of I-spy looking at everything in the display cases:
archives collage 2I loved seeing so many of the Disney books from my childhood. There was just so much to see and it was such an honor to be able to check it all out.
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IMG_ykb0riMe and the man behind it all, Walt Disney 😉
IMG_20170519_110912_465Here I am holding the actual Oscar that Walt Disney won. I was surprised how heavy it was- over 8 pounds! No wonder why the stars use 2 hands to hold it.
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20170519_094617We even got to see old Disneyland maps. One even depicted how Pirates of the Caribbean was originally planned to be a wax museum! I am so glad they made it into a ride as it’s one of my favorites.

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Photo Credit: Disneyland

Walt Disney posing with sculpted models that were used to create Audio-Animatronics figures for the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. This was the last Disneyland attraction Walt personally supervised. Pirates of the Caribbean celebrated its 50th anniversary on March 18, 2017, at Disneyland Park in California.

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Photo Credit: Disneyland

A trip to Los Angeles for the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales wouldn’t have been complete without a trip to Disneyland, to ride what else but Pirates of the Caribbean, of course! The Pirates of the Caribbean movies are based on this fun Disney ride so I was excited to get to experience it again. I have been on it many times in Walt Disney World in Florida where I live and I went on it once a few years ago at Disneyland. It is one of my favorite rides so I was excited when I found out it would be part of our trip.

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Photo Credit: Disneyland

Arrrrrr, gimme all your gold and treasure!

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Photo Credit: Disneyland

Photo Credit: Disneyland

Photo Credit: Disneyland

This iconic scene with the pirates trying to get the key from the dog is one of my favorites. In one of the stores at Disneyland I saw a sculpture for sale depicting the scene. If only I had room in my suitcase for it:
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I’m glad I wasn’t alive during the times that men could buy a “Wench for a Bride” in an auction!20170519_125551This is another favorite scene of mine where the pirate is being drown in the well. That sounds horrible of me to like that scene, doesn’t it? LOL

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20170519_220331If you go to Disneyland make sure to stay to see the Colors of the World show at night. It features so many favorite characters. I expected princesses but I was so pleasantly surprised and excited to see clips from favorites like Toy Story, Up, and even Pirates of the Caribbean. My beloved Captain Jack Sparrow has a part in the show. Swoon!

Speaking of Disneyland, just in time for summer Disneyland Resort and Disney California Adventure Park is launching it’s Summer of Heroes starting Saturday, May 27th. Heroes from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” film, some appearing for the first time in a Disney park, also come alongside the Avengers for all-new, epic adventures during Summer of Heroes. Beginning May 27, guests will live these exciting stories as they encounter some favorite Super Heroes together for the first time. Here are some highlights:

In Disney California Adventure:

Guests will enjoy some of the Super Hero experiences year-round:

  • Super Hero Encounters: For the first time, citizens of Terra (Earth) will come face-to- face with Groot.  They also may encounter the First Avenger, Captain America, and everyone’s favorite web slinger, the friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man.
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!”: Star-Lord fires up his old-school boom box to get a party started.  Everyone, including tree-of-few-words Groot, is bound to get in the groove and show off their moves during this awesome rock ‘n’ roll bash.

Summer of Heroes:

  • “Avengers Training Initiative”: Black Widow and Hawkeye assemble young recruits for a series of tests to see if they have what it takes to join the ranks of the Avengers.
  • Heroic Encounter: Black Widow: Black Widow arrives on the scene several times throughout the day in an armored Avengers vehicle for her heroic encounter with park guests.
  • Grab a Piece (or Bite) of the Action: Special themed merchandise, plus food and beverage items, will be available throughout Hollywood Land.

In addition, the popular “Pixar Play Parade,” presenting the colorful and exciting worlds of the Disney•Pixar pals from “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.” “Finding Nemo,” “Cars” and others, has returned to Disney California Adventure with daily performances full of fun and surprising movement and effects.

And Princess Elena, the adventurous heroine of the Disney Channel series “Elena of Avalor” and the first Disney Princess inspired by diverse Latin American cultures will greet her fans in the patio of Paradise Garden Grill.

In Disneyland:

Along with the Main Street Electrical Parade, some classic guest favorites have been enhanced and are set to return in Summer 2017. Dates will be available soon at Disneyland.com.

  • The summer months offer a last chance to view the lights, music and fun of the beloved Main Street Electrical Nightly performances through Aug. 20 feature favorites like Cinderella’s ball, Elliot, the smoke-breathing, tail-waggin “Pete’s Dragon” and the glittering “To Honor America” finale.
  • The popular nighttime spectacular “Fantasmic!” is set to re-open this summer on the Rivers of America, enhanced with new scenes and Guests will find Mickey Mouse in more scenes than ever before, and they’ll discover new roles for Genie from “Aladdin” along with characters from “Tangled,” “The Lion King” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.”
  • As work continues on a new Star Wars-themed land, set to open in 2019, the iconic Disneyland Railroad is preparing to return this summer to take guests on a tour of the They’ll enjoy a new look along the Rivers of America, with a spectacular new vista of a waterfall, rocky cliffs and a dramatic gorge below.

  • Also returning this summer are the Rivers of America attractions: the Mark Twain Riverboat, Sailing Ship Columbia, Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes and Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island.

  • In Tomorrowland, Star Wars and Disney fans will step into out-of-this-galaxy experiences at Star Wars Launch Bay, meeting some Star Wars characters and getting an up-close look at replica props and models from Star Wars movies, including the latest “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  

POTC PosterLike Pirates of the Caribbean? Make sure to check out these fun Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales activity pages!

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Exclusive with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Directors Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg #PiratesLifeEvent

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Last week we had the honor of sitting down with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Directors Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg. They were both charming and a pleasure to listen to. They have been friends since they were little boys and their friendship and rapport with each other was very apparent. Here’s what we learned:

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Photo Credit: Louise Bishop- MomStart.com

How did the movie fall into your laps?

Espen Sandberg: Yeah, it didn’t fall. We chased it. We really wanted to make this movie. And I think the basic reason as you know Joachim and I started making movies together when we were 10. Movies that inspired us back then was you know the Spielberg and Lucas and Zemeckis films. And this franchise just reminds us of that. And it has that unique blend of spectacle and humor and scary parts and also a lot of heart. So that meant a lot to us.

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The special effects were amazing. What made you decide to go with dead sharks and how did that come about?

Joachim Ronning: Well, it was in the script (Joachim joked)

Espen Sandberg: It’s a huge inspiration. (Espen joked)

Joachim Ronning: (It was) brilliantly written by Jeff Nathanson. And then it became our job to translate that and to add elements in the action sequence. The idea was on paper but that scene where he jumps over the boat. That’s all coming as we’re developing the idea. But the ghost sharks are part of the look of the ghosts basically. That was important. The design of the ghosts became a long process that we did together with Javier Bardem as well. And the production designers and the VFX supervisors. Going in and trying to find what can give it a ghostly appearance without losing the actors basically. Javier is so wonderful and you don’t want to mess it too much up. So, that’s where it started. And then the ghost sharks came from that trying to be a part of that family, so to speak.

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You work as a team so often, do you have individual roles interacting?  

Joachim Ronning: (Jokingly) We only work every other day.

Espen Sandberg: It’s very easy for everyone.

Joachim Ronning: You know we don’t really know any other way of doing this then being together. For us, it’s a very natural process. And I think it’s a collaborative one. We include the actors and the crew and everyone as part of the discussion basically. And we try to create a safe work environment. You know where every idea is welcome and everybody can be a part of the discussion. And that’s important to us. I think that’s like probably one of the strong advantages that we have as a directing team.

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Was there any part of the creative talk that you really enjoyed that didn’t make it in the film? Any specific instances?

Joachim Ronning: This has been a very long journey for us. I think almost four years. Almost four years we’ve been working on this movie which is long even for big movies. And of course like in that process 1 ½ year just working on the script there’s always going to be so many different versions and ideas and the process is very long and complex. I think that probably one of the things that we had the most versions of is probably Jack Sparrow’s back story and his origin story, how he became Jack the sparrow and all of that. I remember we had like 10 or 15 versions of that. That was a long and grueling process because the mythology of Pirates of the Caribbean, the series and movies, it’s so at least I think it’s a complex mythology. There’s a lot of fans out there that knows everything. And so it was important for us to be ahead of that and not mess with any previous back stories.

Espen Sandberg: We also wanted to blend that back story of Jack also with Salazar’s. So that their relationship and the revenge story became personal so to speak.

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When you were filming the young Jack scenes was the process similar to Rogue One and filming Leah, the young Leah in terms of the CGI for his face?

Joachim Ronning : I would say yes and no because the Leah was not with Carrie Fisher but we shot with Johnny Depp. So the youthification that we call it. I’ve been misquoted in so many newspapers saying, beautification but it’s youthification. We shot it with Johnny and then spent the year in the computer basically.

Espen Sandberg: “Now we can do 21 Jump Street again!” Espen joked.

Joachim Ronning: Yeah, exactly. He was thrilled when he saw the result. He was a little like freaked out by it looking at it but he loved it. And that was a fun moment.

What was it like working with Johnny Depp? And what was the chemistry like onset?

Espen Sandberg: It’s amazing. He’s so funny. What you see with Jack Sparrow is all Johnny. He’s a genius. I mean for us he’s like up there with Chaplin and the other ones because his timing is just perfect and he has such a weird imagination. So he comes up with the craziest ideas. And for us, the highlight was always going into his trailer in the morning and going through the scenes and the lines and trying to come up with even more cool stuff to do to make it even more funny. And of course when we started shooting he would do something completely different. And everyone was sort of thrown off but that also makes it come alive and funny.

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You said that you pursued this title. Is there a specific reason you wanted to do the next installment in the series or was it just this type of origin story that you were attracted to?

Joachim Ronning: The origin story in the movie came from us actually. That was something we wanted to explore. That was something that as fans of the franchise ourselves we were curious about Jack Sparrow. We were thinking well, that could be cool and they liked that. Disney liked it. And Johnny liked it too. He was a little bit more reserved because he’s very protective of this character of course. He’s a tricky movie character, Jack Sparrow because he doesn’t really have what they call the character arc. He learns nothing during his journey. It’s not richer for the experience. So he was very curious to where we would go with it. And then creating how he got his name and all of that. It’s a little bit risky. But then when we presented it and when we started shooting he really embraced it and that was cool. So that was a big part of what we brought to get the job in the first place.

Why did you want to make this movie?

Joachim Ronning: Why we wanted to do the movie? Like a little bit like Espen was saying, when we grew up you know we were very influenced by Hollywood adventure family movies, movies that inspired us to become filmmakers in the first place. And Pirates reminds us of that. It’s very much that fun movies that gives you energy. We both have kids. And to be able to do that was also a big part of why we wanted to do this. It’s something they can relate to and be a part of. And now we’ve been doing the premieres, all over the world and they’ve been traveling with us. And that wouldn’t work if it was a horror movie. It was a big part of it to make something that we saw ourselves in when we were kids and to make something for our kids.

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Were there any other villains that you explored before settling with Captain Salazar?

Espen Sandberg: He (Salazar) wasn’t Spanish when we came but then when Javier agreed to come on, be a part of this then he became Spanish. So I think he was originally British or something like that. So that’s what changed with Javier.

What’s in store for the franchise? Will there be another one?

Joachim Ronning: I hope so.

Espen Sandberg: We wish we had that position. We are fans of the franchise so we certainly hope that it continues. We’ll see. We’re just going to enjoy this now and see how it goes. But we’re crossing fingers.

Joachim Ronning: Yeah, it’s up to the audience I think now. And then Disney will make a decision.

What are you hoping people walk away with from the film?

Joachim Ronning: I think that for us again it’s something that was very important for us that we touch upon a little bit was the emotional core of the story and the kind of family theme that the film has. And that a treasure is not always you know a chest of gold. It could be other things.

Espen Sandberg: Even for a pirate.

Joachim Ronning: Even for a pirate. And I think that was something we really fought hard to do because I was really inspired by the first movie I think in the series that had a big heart. And then of course you have the adventure and you have the scares and you have the comedy. I hope that the audience will moved by it as well.

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You mentioned you started working together basically when you were 10 years old. Are your children in the same boat? Do your kids try to make movies together?

Joachim Ronning: Yeah, I would say so.

Espen Sandberg: They’re best friends actually so they’re super close. And they’re doing a lot of creative stuff so we’ll see.

Joachim Ronning: Yeah, we have five kids between us. I have two, Espen has three.  

Espen Sandberg: Yeah, they’re 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 (years old). Yeah, so it’s a good bunch to travel with.

How did your partnership begin?

Espen Sandberg: Through dance. We were break dancers. We were 10. And we immediately started making movies instead. And luckily we didn’t pursue the dancing career. We went for the moviemaking.

Joachim Ronning: We were in elementary school, my dad bought a video camera so that’s why we kind of drifted into that and became very interested in film.

Do you have any of those early films?

Joachim Ronning: Oh yeah, absolutely. It’s hilarious. And we were talking like this (in a high pitched voice).  

What’s it like being part of such an iconic part of Disney history? Is this what you’ve wanted to have that kind of feather in your cap?

Joachim Ronning: For sure. No, it’s a dream come true. I think we grew up with this in movies.

Espen Sandberg: And it’s so much bigger than us. It’s amazing to go to China and there’s thousands of screaming fans. It’s such a global phenomenon and it’s because they love the universe. They love the characters. And for us to be a part of that and keep that story going is really cool.

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Last week as part of the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales press trip we had the opportunity to sit down with the beautiful and talented actress, Kaya Scodelario who plays Carina Smyth. It was such a pleasure to listen to her speak about what it was like wearing a corset, working with Johnny Depp, being the only woman in a male dominated main cast, and lots more. There are a few spoilers below so heads up. Here are some of the things we learned:
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On Wearing A Corset

There’s something really cool about a corset, it does feel quite empowering actually, because you have to sit up strong. The first day is awful.  And I’d get my husband to secretly loosen it up at lunchtime so that I could eat and stuff.  But it does feel very strong. I like that Carina’s dress, it isn’t perfect, it’s actually tattered and old and ripped up and dirty. That helped me understand a bit of her back story.  I think this is a dress that she’s held onto because it’s kind of the only one she has, and she’s managed to make it as practical as possible to her.  

On Getting Her Role as Carina Smyth

I was actually I heard about it years ago, maybe four years ago they had a first draft of the script and the character was two characters, because they still hadn’t really decided what they wanted to do with her.  And then it came back around couple years later and I was shooting in Albuquerque with my Maze Runner guys.  And I had to do a self tape and I didn’t have enough time. So I said boys please help me. And I had all the Maze Runner boys doing this audition tape for me, which was really sweet of them.  And then I flew to Los Angeles to meet with Brenton. We sat down and did a chemistry read. We just got on really well. He’s a really nice guy. And as an actor we kind of bounced off each other and we really enjoyed fleshing out the scene, working out what we wanted to do with it, and it went from there.

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On Being the Only Main Female In a Male Dominated Lead Cast

I’ve been incredibly, I shouldn’t say lucky because it should be like that- but the guys have never made me feel like the only woman, especially on Maze Runner, especially with this, they always treat me exactly the same.  I’ve never felt like, you know, I’ll walk on the set and they’re like the girl is here, we have to stop farting. They continue to do that anyway. I’ve grown up with guys, I love them my best friends are guys and I like that energy.  I think they can- once they get over you being a woman, it can actually be kind of bonding and nice and but yeah it was interesting.  And the last two movies have been very male dominated.

On the Differences Between the Set of Maze Runner Movies and Pirates of the Caribbean

The Maze Runner Boys were family so we can kind of push the boundary a little bit more, the jokes are a bit dirtier and a bit riskier.  And we have that kind of connection where no one will get offended, we can just kind of say anything.  With this I didn’t really want to push the boundary with Johnny Depp too much but it was a lot of fun.  But there’s also Maze Runner we shot for a relative small budget for what it is and in a very short amount of time. But this you have a responsibility to make sure the work is the important thing.  So I think we were all very focused and we wanted to finish our days and do the best we possibly could.  But there were definitely moments of fun in between.  

On Working With Johnny Depp

It’s wonderful.  I mean when you watch the movie, you get to see the one take that’s selected, we get to see the fifty five other ones that he comes up with on the spot.  And he’s just a genius, he really is, there’s a reason why he’s so successful.  And he’s good at what he does.  And his improvisation. My first day on set with him I had to be really serious in a scene and I just laughed and laughed and laughed. I was like “I’m going to get fired, there’s no way they’re going to put up with me”. He really just brings it every single time.

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On Being a Strong Female Character in a Male Dominated Storyline

Every role I look for a woman that I would have liked to have seen at thirteen on the big screen.  And it’s a huge responsibility because people forget in blockbusters that we’re not simple, there are multi layers and there’s a lot going on and she has a lot of that. I mean, she’s an orphan, she’s a survivor.  She’s also stubborn and argumentative and she’s also funny and flirty and there’s so much to her.  And I’m grateful that they wrote her this way. Usually with a film this size, unfortunately there isn’t time to layer out a character too much because there’s so much going on.  I made a real effort with her to try and hit all those beats, it’s something that I hope my son grows up watching and respects in women and understands in women, that we aren’t just the Disney princess or the love interest or the damsel in distress and she’s certainly not any of those things.

On Studying Astronomy For Her Part

Yeah I did some basic stuff. Unfortunately I had about three weeks between being cast and then moving my life to Australia for six months and learning lines. With my dyslexia it takes me a lot longer to learn a script.  So I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked to really research it.  I made sure that I was comfortable with the timepiece that I have to use. I made sure I knew how that worked and all the ins and outs of it. But since promoting it, it’s something that I feel like now I’d actually really like to get into a little bit more.

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On Doing Her Own Stunts

I do I really love to do all that stuff. It’s not things you do every day in life.  If you get the opportunity to do it, especially when you have a great crew that you know it’s going to be safe and it’s going to be done the proper way.  But I actually injured my shoulder. I popped out something in there on the Black Pearl of all places.  So afterwards it was kind of tough. We had about four weeks of filming still so I had to wear a sling in between takes and I had to go quite easy on it. But I did all the swimming. I swam in the Australian ocean with the sharks and every other thing that can kill you there. And it was a lot of fun. I love having the opportunity to do that stuff.

On Input and Improvisation Of Her Character

With this the words are always great, what’s on the page is always the best thing possible and we have these incredible writers that know what works for these movies. But I am very instinctual and that’s how I like to work. I like to improvise and I like to make sure that the dialogue fits my voice and my character’s voice. They were really great about it, the directors are really open, every morning we’d sit down and run through what we were going to do for the day. They’d ask if I had any issues with any of the dialogue, if there’s anything I felt would work better.  There was a day where Johnny actually came into my trailer beforehand and reworked an entire scene with me, which I was amazed at, that they still do let you have that creative freedom.

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SPOILER ALERT- On Tapping Into Emotions To Bring the Final Scene With Barbossa To Life

Well I have a real personal connection with all that.  My father lived far away from me and he’d always say if you look up at Orion’s Belt, we’re both looking at the same star. And he passed away. So it was very easy for me to tap into that moment. Also getting to work with an actor like Geoffrey.  When you look in his eyes, he’s wonderful.  He’s just a really giving actor.  And for me a film like Pirates, you don’t expect to have that really strong emotional beat, especially as an actor, to get a chance to in the middle of all this craziness just kind of go quiet. And really focus on that relationship. It was an honor.  And I think we both- we really thought it was important and we wanted to treat it with as much respect as possible.

On the Audience Takeaway of the Movie

I hope that they understand that this is an adventure for the whole family. It’s something that should be seen on the big screen and the best technology possible.  We spent six months making this and two years in post production for a reason.  That’s how it should be seen and that’s how the whole family will enjoy it at its best.

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On Having Dyslexia 

Well the biggest thing for me was just knowing that I wasn’t the only one.  I remember when I was twelve and I was diagnosed, I was really freaked out by it because I didn’t understand what it was.  For me it meant I’m dumb, that’s all I knew. I thought “well this just means that I can’t ever achieve what other people can”.  And then they had a poster up in my school saying Tom Cruise has dyslexia. And that instantly to me was like, oh okay, well he’s doing all right.  Maybe I’ll be okay. It’s just about having an open conversation about it.  There are great resources out there, my school was wonderful, they gave me extra time in exams. I had a one to one teacher in classes for my reading because that’s where I really struggled. Just have an open conversation about it and then to find support groups and to make sure that the school also understand what it is. Because it’s kind of a taboo subject. We don’t really know much about it.  So the more we can discuss and the more resources we can bring into schools, I think the better.

On Her Favorite Disney Classic Movie

I was always obsessed with the Dalmatians. I don’t know why I just loved A Hundred And One Dalmatians and I actually had a Dalmatian themed bedroom growing up. My poor mother had to paint like white walls and black splotches everywhere. I’ve always loved the animated Dalmatians movie and then also the live action I think was really, really good. I’ve always loved that.

"PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES"..The villainous Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) pursues Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) as he searches for the trident used by Poseidon..Pictured: Kaya Scodelario (Carina Smyth)..Ph: Peter Mountain..© Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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SPOILER ALERT- On What She Would Like To See For Her Character Going Forward

I would really like to see her exploring her love of the stars and astronomy.  And going out to the ocean.  Also this new identity that she has, she’s the daughter of an infamous pirate. I think that’s it’ll be cool to see whether she takes that on or not. What she does with that new kind of mission in life.

On What She Would Like Her Son To See For Her Character Going Forward

I’d just like him to be a bit more interested. I took him to a screening with his little baby headphones and he just seemed to look at his feet the whole time. “Oh toes!” So I just hope by the time we do the next one that he’ll actually like to interact with it a bit more.  I think he’d like to see mommy wielding a sword and getting to do some more action-y stuff. I think that would be really cool.

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Brenton Thwaites as Henry

Brenton Thwaites, who portrays Henry Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has been a fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies since he was a young boy growing up in Queensland, Australia. No one was more delighted than he to discover that not only had he been cast as the young lead of the film, but that it would film almost entirely in Queensland, Australia! Last week we sat down with him for a Q&A session. He was so friendly and warm. Just look at that charming smile:

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How did you become involved on the film?

I auditioned a multiple amount of times with Ron and Chris here in L.A., and then I met the directors at a place in Venice Beach. Then the movie got put on hold for awhile and I re-auditioned about a year later. I met Jerry Bruckheimer and the producers and got the part.

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What’s it like stepping into a role having Elizabeth Swan and Will Turner as your parents and having to take that story on?

I feel as though as it was kind of easier than not having them because they provided such a backstory for my character.  We start the movie, Dead Men Tell No Tales, with the boy version in my character, basically saying I believe there’s a treasure that can break your curse and I can spend more time with you.  And he says, okay, well if there is, go find Jack Sparrow.  He can help you find it.  So I feel like the goal and obligation for my character has already been set and that gives Henry a lot more drive and focus for the whole movie.

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What was it like working opposite Johnny Depp, the iconic Captain Jack Sparrow?

It was terrifying. It’s still terrifying. It’s always terrifying because you never know what he’s gonna say or do and it always results in humiliation for me.  You are always entering a scene thinking this guy now has done five movies worth of Jack Sparrow. And he’s on the ball, irreverent, and impulsive.  You just anticipate what he’s gonna do and say, so that’s great because as an actor it kind of improves your acting in the sense that you’re always open and free and relaxed to go with the flow, but it’s also pretty terrifying.  

So what’s a typical day on set?  

Typically a day on a set for me is I get out of the house at seven; I run down for a quick surf. I get out of the water at eight, rush home, I’m half an hour late. I get picked up eight o’clock so my driver speeds down the highway and risks our lives trying to get to work on time. And then I get made up and sit in the trailer for five hours and then we start working.

The logistics, sets change, and everyday there was something crazy happening.  For this one they like to give the directors all the tools to play around with so we would all come to work. Javier would get made up. Geoffrey would get in makeup. We would all be ready in case they wanted to do some improvised shot or something. They could kinda use any actor at any time.  So it was cool way of shooting but it meant that I got better at my guitar very quickly.  (Oh what I would give to be serenaded by Brenton with his guitar!)

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Since filming you’ve become a father. So what is it like now having done a few Disney films that your baby’s going to see one day?

Well, it’s great being a part of Disney because as a studio it really plays for the younger audiences. I did Maleficent which was released in 2014. It is something I can’t wait for my daughter to see.  Pirates may take a while just because it’s quite scary.  Maleficent is, as well, but there’s moments in Pirates where I even get scared. So I think it might take a while.  I don’t know when- maybe until next year when she’s two.  

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So you came in the fifth movie  and you’re a real newcomer to this whole universe. Do you feel like they value your input as a newcomer?

I think they did value my input as an actor- as an newcomer.  There were so many different characters coming into this one to make it a fresh new thing and I think all the old-school dudes really wanted to make it fresh and exciting. It’s something they hadn’t done before.  So Javier coming on board, myself, Kaya, and the two new directors who- that primarily done independent films were supported and encouraged on this one.

Did you do any special training for your role?

Just sword fighting.  I had a few hand combat fights that we more or less did on the day and the sword fighting stuff we trained three weeks before the principal photographer. I also had to do a little accent work, but I’d done it many times before so I kind of just started right in with that British RP dialect.

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You were recently named the breakthrough performer of the year.  How does that feel?

It’s great. When I first heard of CinemaCon and that I was to get that award, I had no idea what it was to be honest. I did a bit of research and looked at the guys that had received that award in the past five/ten years and kinda just went, “wow, I don’t think I’m in that caliber of actor with those guys”.  But to be even considered or thought of in that same group of actors is really exciting.

You had a lot of scenes with Johnny Depp.  Was he doing things to make you laugh?

Everything. If you guys look closely, me and Kaya, behind the scenes are like this, [covering his face to not laugh], just trying not to laugh. I was looking down and away.  I was shaking [trying not to laugh].

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Photo credit- Louise Bishop at MomStart.com

What was it like when you first walked onto the set and see it all?  What were you thinking; what were your emotions?

I was thinking, “wow, it’s really rained” because my first day on the set, it had been pouring for months or weeks and the town of St. Martin which was a farm town called Maudsland, which was about twenty minutes west of the studio, was covered in mud.  Everything was [muddy and] they kinda used it in the movie which is really cool and dramatic and adds to the dirtiness of the pirate’s world, but I remember thinking I’m gonna have to get some new shoes.   It’s squelching and you’re squelching around.  I had a scene where my character Henry is hiding behind a pillar and he’s spying on Jack Sparrow. I remember thinking, “wow, what a perfect way to start the movie, to see Jack Sparrow drinking rum in the middle of the street, and the whole, whole parade of red soldiers trying to catch him.”

How many locations did you film at and did you have a favorite location?

We shot at about five or six different locations; mainly the studios.  I was talking about Saint Martins Square twenty minutes west of the studios where all the mud was.  We shot there for a good month and a half and we shot in Northern New South Wales. They had a beautiful beach- both Hastings Point for our entrance into Saint Martins, I think the coastal element.

And my favorite location was up on Hamilton Island, shooting out on the Great Barrier Reef.  We had some days we shot at a beach called White Haven Beach which is beautiful squeaky beach.  When you walk on the sand, it squeaks which is not so good for the sound, but it’s great for effect, and it looks beautiful, and I think we had the most fun right there. Javier’s like a five year old kid.  As soon as he finishes a scene, he stripping off,jumping in the sea, playing, and fighting in the sand.  It was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen.

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Photo credit- Louise Bishop at MomStart.com

Once the film is put together and you got to see what they did, can you tell us what that was like for you?

The visual effects side of things for this one was mostly behind the actor’s consciousness.  In Maleficent, it was a lot of work that we would have to do with our imaginations to be specifically creating creatures that weren’t there.  On Gods of Egypt, we did the same thing, but on Pirates, we were lucky because all of Javier’s makeup and all the ghosts were there.  They looked fantastic. The sets were real. They had beautiful set pieces that allowed us to play and feel like we were actually in the space.  The CGI (computer generated imagery), I was surprised to see Javier’s hair. It was mainly in the background, the CGI stuff which gave it this great depth of field when you watch it.  But for us, we were luck that we had so much given to us on the day.   

Speaking of set pieces, did you take anything from the set?

I didn’t, but if this ever gets back to the producer, I would’ve liked to have taken a rowboat because my mom’s in the corner over there; I told her before we wrap the movie that I would bring her a rowboat home and make a veggie garden out of it.

What is your hope that audience takes away from the film?

I just hope they’re entertained. This kind of movie with all the genres slotted into this two hour gap. It’s the kind of movie that never loses its drive and has so many action pieces, set pieces,comedic elements, romance,supernatural. There’s something for everyone in this movie.  So I hope everyone takes something from it and connects with the characters.

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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: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” 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, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced.

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PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES opens in theaters everywhere TODAY!

Disclosure- I was invited by Disney to attend this all expense paid press trip but all opinions are 100% my own.

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