Dhaka, June 25 (UNB) - Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is all set to hit the screens today. The fifth part in the Pirates series is releasing six years after the last installment titled, On Stranger Tides (2011). In Dead Men Tell No Tales (also called Salazar's Revenge), Jack Sparrow's old enemy Captain Armando Salazar returned from dead. Armando Salazar's crew (comprising of dead pirates) escape the Devil's triangle and vow to kill every pirate alive. Jack Sparrow must get the Trident of Poseidon to become the master of the sea and defeat Armando Salazar's crew. He joins hands with Henry Turner (son of Will Turner) and Carina Smyth to accomplish the seemingly impossible task, reports NDTV.
Javier Bardem is cast in the role of Captain Armando Salazar in Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Of his role in the film, Mr Bardem told NDTV: "It was fun to play this pirate. Where do you get a chance like this ever? It was a Disney ride and you got paid for it." Javier Bardem has impressed with his villainous act in films like No Country For Old Men and Skyfall. In pirates Of The Caribbean 5 he plays the role of an 'angry ghost.' He said: "It's kind of nice to unleash your inner demons."
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales also stars Orlando Bloom, who reprises the role of Will Turner while Brenton Thwaites will play the role of his onscreen son Henry. The film is directed Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg and also stars Kaya Scodelario, Kevin McNally and Geoffrey Rush.
New York, Jun 25 (AP/UNB) — When Viola Davis started her production company nearly a decade ago, she was determined to bring about change in Hollywood with a strategic mandate: Normalize people of color on screen.
"We're not social statements. We're not mythical creatures all the time ... you can literally put pen to paper and write a great story that includes people of color, and it could actually sell," the Oscar winner said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.
Now, in the era of Time's Up and #MeToo, the call for diversity on all levels has been amplified. Some actors and directors have publicly called for 50-50 inclusion riders, contractual stipulations for the diversity of a film's cast and crew. But Davis says she doesn't need a piece of paper to do the right thing, and her projects don't try to replicate diversity simply based on statistics.
"Maybe that's narcissistic of me, but I don't want to tell my daughter that because she's 12 percent of the population, she only deserves 12 percent of the pie," Davis said.
She calls her JuVee Productions a "walking metaphor" of inclusion, noting that she has people of color and members of the LGBTQ community on staff at every level.
"Women are at the forefront of just about every project," she adds.
She started JuVee Productions with her husband, Julius Tennon, in 2011 so she could have more of a voice in her own career, as well as provide more diversity on set. Before that, Davis says, she often felt left out of the conversation.
Davis spoke to the AP while promoting a documentary on diabetes, "A Touch of Sugar." The actress, who has an early form of the disease and has lost family members to it, wants to use her celebrity to help raise awareness.
"That's what I can do. I'm not a politician. I'm not a senator. I'm not in the House of Representatives. I'm not in Congress. What I am is an artist. That's how I provoke change," Davis said.
Earlier this month, she signed on to Netflix's adaptation of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," to be produced by Denzel Washington and co-starring Chadwick Boseman.
And JuVee has a slate of films on the horizon, including "Emanuel," a documentary released this month that explores life in a Charleston, South Carolina, community after a self-avowed white supremacist killed nine African Americans at a church there in 2015. The story focuses on the victims' family members, friends and community, and their efforts to heal through faith and forgiveness after the massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Church. Dylann Roof was convicted of federal hate-crime and obstruction-of-religion charges and sentenced to death.
Davis also has a feature film in development, "The Personal History of Rachel Dupree," in which she stars. It is based on the Ann Weisgarber novel about a pregnant woman struggling to survive with her homesteading family in the early 1900s.
Orlando, Jun 25 (AP/UNB) — The mouse that roared was heard.
Months after workers who play Mickey Mouse, Goofy and other characters at Walt Disney World threatened to leave the Teamsters union because of what they called "horrible misrepresentation," General President James Hoffa appointed two associates Monday to take over the local union.
A letter from Hoffa was posted to the doors of the Local 385 union hall in Orlando, Florida, saying he had begun a process known as trusteeship. Local 385 represents costumed character-performers, truck drivers and other Walt Disney World workers.
Hoffa promised to send resources to help the local union right itself, writing "it is regrettable that circumstances have reached this point."
Ralph Singer, a Disney World truck driver, said union members were "ecstatic" about the trusteeship.
"Enough people complained, and they made a great decision," Singer said. "Hopefully, they will clean house."
Teamsters spokeswoman Kara Deniz said an election will be held within 18 months so members can choose new leaders.
Separately, investigators with another, independent Teamsters office have said in court filings that they are scrutinizing allegations that Local 385's leaders created false records and committed embezzlement and obstruction. No charges have been filed.
Clay Jeffries, Local 385's president, didn't respond to an email seeking comment.
The 9,000 members of Local 385 have key roles in central Florida's tourism and transportation industries. About half are Disney workers; the rest include UPS drivers, hotel employees, food service workers, rental car employees and other drivers across 20 Florida counties.
The costumed character-performers have been Teamsters members since the early 1980s. But nearly two-thirds of the 1,000 performers at Disney World signed a petition to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters earlier this year, threatening to leave.
Among the complaints was that Local 385 leaders made a deal with Disney World officials to cut out 20 or so workers from being covered by the union. Union members also said Local 385 leaders had been unresponsive to grievances by members seeking help against the companies they worked for.
In March, Hoffa ordered a hearing in Orlando where union members were able to voice their complaints to leaders with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.
In his letter on Monday, Hoffa noted that the local union had lost more than 500 members since 2017 and that the hundreds of Disney workers were threatening to leave. Hoffa said he had asked Local 385's leaders to respond to the allegations but they never responded.
A Disney spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
New York, Jun 23 (AP/UNB) — Pixar's "Toy Story 4" brought the box office to life after a three-week sequels slump, but its $118 million debut came in below industry expectations.
The "Toy Story 4" debut still ranks as the fourth highest animated film opening ever, not accounting for inflation. But heading into the weekend, a $140-150 million opening had seemed assured for "Toy Story 4."
Adjusted for inflation, the film was shy of the $110.3 million — or about $129 million in today's dollars — "Toy Story 3" made nine years ago.
The opening for "Toy Story 4" followed a string of underperforming sequels including "Dark Phoenix," ''Godzilla: King of the Monsters" and "Men in Black: International." But "Toy Story 4" had something those films didn't: great reviews. It rates 98% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
Dhaka, June 23 (UNB) - Filmmaker James Wan has revealed that The Trench, spin-off to his 2018 blockbuster Aquaman, will be more of a monster horror film than a superhero movie, reports The Indian Express.
Introduced in the Jason Momoa-fronted Aquaman, The Trench are aquatic abominations who tormented Aquaman and Mera (Amber Heard) during one of the most intense sequences in the film.
In an interview with Comicbook.com, Wan said,”We, you know, we’re still deep in sort of crafting the script, crafting the story right now so I don’t want to get into that too much.”
“But definitely it’s one that I really want to lean into the horror of it, so it’s going to play more as a monster horror movie than it will as a superhero film, but it’s still definitely part of the Aquaman world,” he added.