“Pirates of the Caribbean” Franchise is Not Dead Yet

pirates2017Disney began cranking up the publicity machine for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales by releasing the first advance poster and a teaser trailer for the fifth installment of the adventures of Capt. Jack Sparrow.

Interestingly, franchise star Johnny Depp is nowhere to be seen in either. Perhaps the studio’s marketing people (wisely) assume that everyone has a very clear image of Jack Sparrow already, and what they need to do is start introducing the new elements.

The clip focuses on this installment’s new villain, Captain Salazar, played by the wonderful Javier Bardem (SkyFall), who always place a brilliant baddie — and even won an Oscar for playing one in No Country for Old Men. Check it out:

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The Desolation of Smaug — the Sneak Peek

It’s trailer! It’s a sneak peek! It’s a sneak-peek trailer! But definitely is not a trailer for a trailer! This long trailer may help whet your appetite for the second chapter in the four-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Hobbit, dubbed The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

There’s less Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and a bit more Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) than in the last clip, so I guess it balances out the newbies. I think the quick-cutting in this clip was overdone; I feel like I barely glimpsed anything over the course of the three minutes because it all went by so quickly.

What do you think? Are you excited for this movie, or do you think squeezing four films out of one (epic) novel is a bit too much?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens Dec. 13, which is actually much closer than you think! We’re already into November…

First ‘Desolation of Smaug’ Trailer

The first trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has unspooled, and unsurprisingly, it is practically desolate of dragons. Oh, sure, there’s lots of shots of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) notching arrows and threatening to shoot people in the face from point-blank range, but he’s not even supposed to be in this movie.

Yeah, as you can see, we see as little of Smaug as possible. C’mon, you don’t think director Peter Jackson is going to give us the money shot on some random June afternoon, more than six months before his movie premieres, do you? I’m surprised we see as much of the blacked-out beastie as we do.

As for the rest of the footage… well, I see story elements that were in the book (like the dwarves in the barrels), but the rest of it looks like lots of running around to kill time. In other words, it looks a lot like The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.