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Producer Jerry Bruckheimer Says Johnny Depp Will Not Be Returning as Jack Sparrow

Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer put some swirling rumors about Johnny Depp’s potential return to the Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, which Bruckheimer is trying to rebuild around a new protagonist.

“Not at this point,” he said when asked about Depp. “The future is yet to be decided.”

Bruckheimer, who just polished off Memorial Day’s Top Gun: Maverick, then went on to reveal some details about what’s next for the Pirates world, including the fact that actress Margot Robbie is the ideal choice for the films’ next star.

“We’re developing two ‘Pirates’ scripts. One with her, one without,” Bruckheimer said.

He then went on to explain that studios want big male names on the screen and that the list of women is “just not that strong a list yet.”

So, for now, Depp will not be reprising his iconic role.

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Christopher Walken Joins “Dune: Part Two” Cast

It was just announced that Academy Award-winning Christopher Walken will join Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya in Dune: Part Two as Emperor Shaddam IV.

The sequel to last year’s Oscar-winning adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name is set to go into production this year.

“I just received news from Legendary that we are officially moving forward with ‘Dune: Part Two,'” director Denis Villeneuve revealed in a statement. “It was a dream of mine to adapt Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ and I have the fans, the cast, and crew, Legendary, and Warner Bros. to thank for supporting this dream. This is only the beginning.”

The film, which is also set to star Florence Pugh and Austin Butler in addition to the return of Zendaya, Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, and Javier Bardem, already has an October 2023 release date.

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Friday Movie Release: “Firestarter,” “Love in Kilnerry”

This weekend’s box office will make movie-goers laugh-out-loud or cover their eyes, as the comedy Love in Kilnerry and horror-thriller Firestarter will be released on Friday.

Firestarter follows parents Andy (Zac Efron) and Vicky (Sydney Lemmon), who have been on the run for more than a decade, desperate to hide their daughter Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) from a shadowy federal agency that wants to harness her unprecedented gift for creating fire into a weapon of mass destruction. Andy has taught Charlie how to defuse her power, which is triggered by anger or pain. But as Charlie turns 11, the fire becomes harder and harder to control. After an incident reveals the family’s location, a mysterious operative (Michael Greyeyes) is deployed to hunt down the family and seize Charlie once and for all. Charlie has other plans. Firestarter, also starring Michael Greyeyes, Gloria Reuben, Kurtwood Smith, and John Beasley, is directed by Keith Thomas and is rated R. It will be released nationwide on Friday.

Love in Kilnerry, starring Daniel Keith, Kathy Searle, Roger Hendricks Simon, Sybil Lines, Sheila Stasack, Tony Triano, and James Patrick Nelson, finds the elderly residents of a small remote town in panic after the Environmental Protection Agency announces that the government-mandated changes to their water supply needed for their chemical plant could create a bi-product that would dramatically increase their sexual libido. The sheriff struggles to maintain order and decency as mayhem ensues. This comedy is written and directed by its star, Daniel Keith, and is rated PG-13. It will be released nationwide on Friday.

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Eva Mendes Opens Up About 8-Year Acting Break: “I Won’t Do Violence”

Eva Mendes has recently opened up about the reason behind her choice to not act in any movies for over eight years: her two daughters, Esmeralda, 7, and Amada, 6.

“I have such a shortlist of what I will do [now],” Mendes explained her new strict standards for acting since becoming a mother. “I mean, if it was a fun project [I’d do it]. But now I won’t do violence, I don’t want to do sexuality, the list is short.”

The last film Mendes worked on was a voiceover role on the animated children’s show “Bluey,” in 2021. Before that, she was in Lost River, an R-rated drama written and directed by her partner, Ryan Gosling.

“My mom was able to be there for me at home until I was about 8 or 9,” Mendes said of her dedication to focusing on her daughters, “and those memories for me, that just formed who I was, those years with her.”

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Jennifer Grey to Reprise “Dirty Dancing” Role in Sequel Releasing in 2024

Dirty Dancing is getting its long-awaited sequel to be directed and co-written by Jonathan Levine. The film already has a 2024 release date.

Even more exciting, Jennifer Grey will reprise her iconic role of Baby, as the sequel brings her back to a 1990s version of the Catskills resort. The film, according to Levine, will follow a similar plot of a coming-of-age romance of a young woman at the resort, with Baby living out her own arc alongside.

“While the original Dirty Dancing has always been one of my favorite films, I never imagined I would direct the sequel,” Levine said. “Through co-writing it, I fell in love with the characters (new and old), the world of 1990s Catskills New York, and the music, which will range from songs from the original movie to ‘90s hip-hop. I can’t wait to collaborate with Jennifer [Grey] to bring this beautiful story of summer and romance and dancing to a generation of new fans. And to the longtime ones, I promise we will not ruin your childhood. We will tackle the assignment with sophistication, ambition, and, above all, love.”

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