The Pirate Discovery App, the official mobile app for Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, directed by Rob Marshall, is now available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers. Available on select Verizon Wireless smartphones and tablets, the Pirate Discovery App immerses fans in a world of Pirates content before, during and after the movie is available in theaters on May 20th.
The Pirate Discovery App has exclusive content from Walt Disney Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, including character stills, character bios and movie artwork. When the movie is available in theaters, the Pirate Discovery App will let customers browse local show times, find nearby theater locations and purchase tickets directly through the app. Moviegoers can also share their Pirate experiences by creating Facebook® and Twitter™ posts from within the app.
On May 7, Verizon Wireless customers who download the app to their smartphone or tablet will see a live stream from the world premiere, a pre-film event taking place at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Beginning at approximately 8:45 p.m. PST, app users will get a sneak peek of this once in a lifetime experience delivered right to their device. Also, from May 17 to June 14, Verizon Wireless customers will have exclusive access to Disney’s mobile game for Android™ phones, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Master of the Seas,” allowing them to create virtual pirates, customize ships, embark on quests and engage in simulated battles.
The Pirate Discovery App will also introduce a built-in rewards program that enables fans to unlock exclusive film-related content and merchandise by exploring and sharing information and content from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. This rewards program will allow customers to access new video discovery and search technology from VideoSurf by simply pointing their mobile devices at a TV or computer screen to identify Verizon television and designated Web videos from the film to earn rewards that can be redeemed through the app.
“We’re all eagerly awaiting the upcoming release of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” said Suzy Deering, executive director of media and sponsorships at Verizon Wireless. “The Pirate Discovery App connects fans to the movie franchise in new ways and lets them go deep into Captain Jack Sparrow’s world.”
“With Captain Jack Sparrow returning for a new adventure in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, we wanted to find ways to connect with the franchise’s incredibly dedicated fan base, as well as bring the world of Pirates to new platforms,” said Don Gross, vice president, global promotions, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Marketing. “The team at Verizon has developed this amazing new app that allows us to do just that.”
The Pirate Discovery App is free to download for Verizon Wireless customers with select 3G and 4G Android mobile devices by texting “AHOY” to 52011 or by accessing it directly from Android Market™. A full list of devices that support the Pirate Discovery App, as well as additional access to an immersive, digital experience of the film, are available at Verizon Wireless’ official Pirates of the Caribbean : On Stranger Tides website, www.climbaboard.com.
We first introduced you to the life-size Captain Jack Sparrow LEGO sculpture at its reveal with actor Ian McShane (Blackbeard) at a Disney Consumer Products event earlier this year. Since then, we had a brief encounter with Jack once more at the New York International Toy Fair, but we were still nonetheless surprised encountering Jack at one of his first public installations — the world famous FAO Schwarz on Fifth Avenue.
Just a day or two ago, FAO had replaced all of its LEGO sculptures with new ones including a life-size Indiana Jones and a monumentally-sized Statue of Liberty.
Introduced to the public in celebration of the release of the Pirates of the Caribbean line by LEGO, Jack Sparrow did not blow into town alone as over in Times Square, one can find yet another Jack Sparrow LEGO sculpture over at Toys ‘R’ Us, which has replaced the Buzz Lightyear sculpture. Apparently Buzz didn’t go without a fight however, as Jack’s sword was missing when we saw him (for the record, it was glued in securely at FAO Schwarz — not that we tried of course).
Watch this space as we’ll be getting a hands on look at a couple of the new Pirates of the Caribbean LEGO sets later this week.
‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Full Soundtrack Preview Plus First ‘Single’ Released; Special Pre-Order Packages Offered
Ahoy me hearties! And listen very closely for the same pirates who brought ye news of PirateYourself.com have more exciting news to share when it comes to the summer blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
While they be drawing your eyes to the port side, the real show is starboard and only we be dangerous enough to dare take ye where thee ought not to go. So be prepared to abandon all hope and journey over to Pirates4Soundtrack.com where not only will ye hear the full ‘single’ titled ‘Angelica’ but you’ll also be able to sample all the full album featuring the music of Hans Zimmer and Rodrigo y Gabriela.
Ye shall also preview special pre-order packages being prepared by Walt Disney Studios which includes a CD, digital download and poster for $30 and the same without the CD for $20. And don’t be surprised if an autographed version of the package for around $80 pops up some time either. We just be sayin’, mateys. We just be sayin’.
The full track list as follows:
1. Guilty of Being Innocent of Being Jack Sparrow
2. Angelica Featuring Rodrigo y Gabriela
4. The Pirate That Should Not Be – Rodrigo y Gabriela
6. South of Heaven’s Chanting Mermaids – Rodrigo y Gabriela
7. Palm Tree Escape Featuring Rodrigo y Gabriela
9. Angry and Dead Again – Rodrigo y Gabriela
10. On Stranger Tides
11. End Credits
12. Guilty of Being Innocent of Being Jack Sparrow Remixed by DJ Earworm
13. Angelica (Grant Us Peace Remix) Remixed by Ki:Theory
14. The Pirate That Should Not Be Remixed by Photek
15. Blackbeard Remixed by Super Mash Bros & Thieves
16. South of Heaven’s Chanting Mermaids Remixed by Paper Diamond
17. Palm Tree Escape Remixed by Adam Freeland
18. Angry and Dead Again Remixed by Static Revenger
Or if you prefer, head over to Amazon.com where you can pre-order the soundtrack which will be released on May 17, just in time for the film.
Goldline International, Inc. announced today that the company is sponsoring an antique gold coin giveaway as well as the distribution of exclusive, limited quantity Disney “Pieces of Eight” tribute coins in celebration of the four week run of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at Hollywood’s historic El Capitan Theatre. The El Capitan engagement will run from May 20 through June 22, 2011. An exclusive collection of props and costumes direct from the movie will be on display.
“We are proud to join with the El Capitan Theatre in honoring the Pirates debut with these exciting giveaways,” said Scott Carter, Chief Executive Officer of Goldline. “The historic 8 Escudo coins that will be given away match the time period of the film perfectly and have considerable value as physical gold coins, adding to the excitement to this exclusive run.”
Goldline is also sponsoring a national no-purchase-necessary sweepstakes with a Grand Prize of an authentic 1792 Peruvian 8 Escudo gold coin with an estimated retail value of approximately $2,800. The antique Peruvian 8 Escudo prize coin has been independently graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as “XF 45,” meaning the coin is in “extremely fine” condition. According to NGC, coins of this grade have well defined design features with only light wear evident throughout. The coin has been encased in a sonically sealed coin holder by NGC to ensure its authenticity and condition.
To enter the sweepstakes, visit www.goldline.com/coin-contest before June 30, 2011 and enter your contact details. There is no purchase necessary to enter the sweepstakes. Limit one entry per person. The winner will be chosen by random ballot in July. Full official rules are available at the site above.
In addition to the sweepstakes, Goldline is giving away four authentic 18th century Mexican 8 Escudo gold coins to lucky El Capitan patrons attending Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides film during its four-week engagement. Three of these historic gold coins have an estimated retail value in excess of $2,000 and one (to be given away the final week) has an estimated retail value of approximately $2,800. Each week, the El Capitan will select one showing of the film randomly and a winner live before that show begins to identify the lucky recipient of a coin.
While supplies last, patrons of the El Capitan will receive a soft drawstring bag containing two “Pieces of Eight” tribute coins during the Disney film’s four week run. These alloy coins, designed exclusively by Disney for the El Capitan showings, have a look reminiscent of coins common to the period depicted in the film.
Exclusively at the El Capitan Theatre see a collection of set props and costumes from the movie! El Capitan tickets can be purchased at www.elcapitantickets.com.
Walt Disney Studios has released this new featurette exploring the relationship between Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and Blackbeard’s daughter, Angelica (Penelope Cruz). Re-united in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the two share a rocky past which has rendered Angelica the ability to be considered a virtual Jack Sparrow herself.
Along with plenty of new footage, their relationship is explored hereby producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Rob Marshall and stars Depp, Cruz and Geoffy Rush.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sets sail in theaters nationwide on May 20, 2011. For more information on the film including television spots, internet activities and more, follow this live bookmark.
Via the official Pirates of the Caribbean Facebook page, Walt Disney Studios recently announced the official Pirate Skull Creator app available at PirateSkullCreator.com. The app allows you to start with the infamous silver skull from the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides poster and customize it with everything from hair to jewelry to physical damage to teeth and eyes. When complete, you’ll have the option to export your creation to your Facebook page or save it in various sizes and formats including desktop and mobile wallpaper sizes.
This, of course, is enough to please the landlubbers. But we be pirates here at the Kingdom of Stitch and common knowledge isn’t enough to satisfy our hungers. So avast, me hearties and listen to what else we managed to unearth while pillaging the house of mouse.
The popular app from days long gone has return with a new twist. Now you can Pirate Yourself the On Stranger Tides way with PirateYourself.com. Simply webcam, Facebook or upload a photo of yourself, tweak it and then piratize your self the way your mother intended you to be. The controls be a bit awkward at times, but it’s well worth it. Photos and accessories can be place, resized and rotated as desired, leaving plenty of options for those that command it.
We also managed to find an online game called Battleship Galleons that allows you to choose a ship captain from the film and then battle a friend on the high seas. Although they don’t seem quite ready to be played, we found two versions: an international version which currently lets you play against the computer and the domestic version which seems like it would let you select a Facebook friend to compete against but does not appear to be working at this time.
The summer issue of Disney twenty-three magazine hits stands May 3, filled with features that will take readers from the depths of the sea to the edges of outer space. In the swashbuckling cover story on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, director Rob Marshall and actors Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane and Richard Griffiths take D23: The Official Disney Fan Club into the action-packed world of the highly anticipated film.
The piece gives readers the inside scoop on Captain Jack Sparrow’s latest adventure with an eight-page spread of gorgeous images from the film and fascinating nuggets from the set. Readers will discover what select cast and crew have to say about Johnny Depp returning to his iconic role; learn what inspired the screenwriting team behind the earlier Pirates films as they reunited to lace together legends of the fearsome Blackbeard, the Fountain of Youth and sirens of the sea; and uncover why director Rob Marshall says of the 106 days of shooting: “You’re undergoing your own adventure as you’re filming one.”
Disney twenty-three’s summer issue also includes an exclusive interview with George Lucas, the force behind Star Wars and Indiana Jones, discussing his participation in the various park attractions inspired by his films. Readers can expect to be immersed in the creative process as Disney twenty-three reveals multiple concepts for rides that were never made. More specifically, readers will be privy to the unique brainstorm that brewed the new Star Tours ride and learn about a distinctive new twist in the experience.
In “What a MARVELous World!,” Stan Lee talks about his excitement to be working with Disney Imagineers. “It’s great for Marvel to have access to Disney’s brains, because they’re pretty smart, and it’s great for Disney to have all these characters, with their built-in audience. It’s one of the wisest things that either company could have done.” Readers will also find a comprehensive look at Stan’s history that might well serve as a Marvel 101 class. The article’s glimpse into future plans for this historic team-up shows why Disney, Marvel and fans alike are looking forward to super hero-sized results.
Just in time for summer road trips, John Lasseter introduces readers to Cars 2, in which Lightning McQueen, Mater, and a whole fleet of new characters race across the country on an international adventure. In true Pixar fashion, Cars 2 will zoom to the big screen alongside the brand new animated short Hawaiian Vacation featuring characters from the Toy Story films. This issue also celebrates Walt Disney’s own motor mania with a look back at some of Walt’s personal cars as well as a few favorites that have played special roles in Disney history.
There’s much more in the summer issue of Disney twenty-three , including:
- THAT WILLY NILLY SILLY NEW BEAR: Voice actor extraordinaire Jim Cummings is a natural when it comes to voicing Winnie the Pooh. He’s been doing it ever since he was a kid and is adding to his resume with the upcoming Winnie the Pooh movie.
- JUSTICE FOR ALL: Disney Legend Bill Justice, who passed away in February, left a big imprint at Disney working on projects ranging from Bambi and Mary Poppins to the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland.
- ARIEL’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN: Legendary Disney animators Glen Keane, Mark Henn and Andreas Deja see their characters come to life in 3D at The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, coming soon to Disney California Adventure.
- PASSING THE TIKI TORCH: From the Enchanted Tiki Room to the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean films, the work of two laid-back Southern California craftsmen is carved into Disney lore.
- A WALK WITH WALT 1940: WISHING UPON A STAR: The first year of the new decade saw creative and celebrated breakthroughs, including the release of Fantasia. But there were storm clouds on the horizon.
- D SOCIETY: Disney President and CEO Bob Iger takes to the skies to photograph the Disney Dream, John Stamos and the Massey brothers get onboard, and Super Bowl champ Aaron Rodgers visits Walt Disney World.
- PHOTOfiles: Disney twenty-three ‘s 10th installment of rare pictures from the Disney Photo Library shows Walt embracing Audio-Animatronics ® at the Enchanted Tiki Room , Sean Connery “bonding” with Autopia, and Daryl Hannah making a big splash!
- GOOD MOUSEKEEPING: Now in each issue of Disney twenty-three , this new column features classic Disney comics originally published in the 1930s and early 1940s in Good Housekeeping magazine. This month’s featured cartoon is from July 1937 and portrays the trio that sailed off in a wooden shoe: Wynken, Blynken and Nod.
And there’s even more for Disney fans to explore. As with every issue of Disney twenty-three , Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club receive an added bonus. This issue comes with one of two scented Cars 2 air fresheners featuring either racing star Lightning McQueen or his devoted best pal Mater. These limited-edition gifts will be sent only to members. To become a D23 Member, and learn more about membership and the spring issue of Disney twenty-three, visit www.disney.com/D23.
Beginning May 3, Disney twenty-three is available at select retail locations for $15.95.
‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ Premiere to Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs; Tickets on Sale
The Walt Disney Company is donating proceeds from the highly anticipated World Premiere of Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, it was announced today by Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. The first-ever 3D outdoor event will take place on May 7th at Disneyland® Park in Anaheim, California, with all of the film’s stars expected to attend along with many Hollywood celebrities.
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in the action-packed adventure.
Individual tickets for the premiere event are priced at $1,000 and are now available for sale at www.piratespremiere.com. Disney is donating 100% of the proceeds from the ticket sales directly to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, whose mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
“The 3D World Premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides at Disneyland Park is going to be our biggest and best yet,” said Rich Ross, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. “Disney has been a longtime supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and we’re thrilled to share such an extraordinary event with this important organization that gives so many kids a chance to embark on their own adventures.”
Disneyland Resort president George Kalogridis comments, “We’re proud to once again serve as the host venue for another ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ premiere and assist Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Millions of our guests have followed Captain Jack Sparrow’s adventures on screen and here at the Disneyland Resort, and we’re excited to join with The Walt Disney Studios to launch him on another journey.”
The special premiere benefit event continues the longstanding relationship between Boys & Girls Clubs of America and The Walt Disney Company, which started more than 50 years ago when Walt Disney was made an honorary member of the organization’s board of governors.
In addition to the funds raised by the premiere ticket sales, Pirate’s Booty, leader and manufacturer of all-natural snacks, has collaborated with Walt Disney Pictures to create a limited edition Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides– themed package for its best-selling product, Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar, and will be donating 5 cents to Boys & Girls Clubs of America for each bag sold between April 1 and July 31, 2011, with the goal being a $100,000 contribution.
Leaders in technology are also collaborating with Disney to make the spectacular outdoor 3D movie event possible: XPAND 3D will be leveraging their new INFINITY Large Screen System for the 3D experience, and each guest will receive a pair of Pirates of the Caribbean–branded XPAND Universal 3D glasses; Christie® will be providing their Christie CP2230 digital cinema projectors to present the movie in stunning 3D clarity; and as exclusive telecommunications sponsor for the premiere, Verizon will be integrating their technology throughout the event.
Walt Disney Pictures’ and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opens in theaters May 20, 2011, in Disney Digital 3D™.
Earlier today, actress Penelope Cruz, who takes on the role of Blackbeard’s daughter, Angelica, in Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides (May 20, 2011) was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce when she was awarded her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On hand to celebrate were co-star Johnny Depp, who referred to Cruz as ‘the Ricky to my Lucy,’ film producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Rob Marshall and Cruz’s husband, Javier Bardem.
An Academy Award® winner, Penelope Cruz has proven herself to be one of the most versatile actresses by playing a variety of compelling characters, and most recently, becoming the first actress from Spain to be nominated and to win an Oscar®.
First introduced to American audiences in the Spanish films Jamon, Jamon and Belle Epoque, in 1998 she starred in her first English language film, The Hi-Lo Country for director Stephen Frears opposite Woody Harrelson, Patricia Arquette and Billy Crudup. In 1999, Cruz won the Best Actress award at the 13th Annual Goya Awards given by the SpanishAcademy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for her role in Fernando Trueba’s The Girl of Your Dreams.
Confirming her status as an international actress, Cruz landed a series of coveted roles. She appeared in Billy Bob Thornton’s All the Pretty Horses, Fina Torres’ Woman on Top, Alejandro Amenabar’s Open Your Eyes, and Maria Ripoli’s Twice Upon a Yesterday. Additionally, Cruz co-starred in Pedro Almodovar’s Live Flesh and the critically acclaimed All About My Mother, which was awarded the Golden Globe® and Oscar® for Best Foreign Film.
Next up for Cruz was a role opposite Pirates co-star Johnny Depp in Blow for director Ted Demme and Captain Corelli’s Mandolin opposite Nicolas Cage, followed by starring opposite Tom Cruise in Cameron Crowe’s thriller Vanilla Sky. She then tackled Masked & Anonymous, Fan Fan la Tulipe (which opened the 2003 Cannes Film Festival) and Don’t Tempt Me. She received rave reviews for her performance in Don’t Move (Non ti Muovere) in which she was honored with a David Di Donatello Award (Italian Oscar) and the European Film Award for Best Actress.
To add to her already diverse choice of film credits, she starred in films including Gothika, Head in the Clouds, and Sahara. In 2006, Cruz starred in Volver, which again teamed her with director and dear friend Pedro Almodovar. Critically-acclaimed for her role as Raimunda, she won the Best Actress awards at the European Film Awards, the Spanish Goya Awards, the Cannes Film Festival, and received both Golden Globe® and Oscar® nominations.
Her recent credits include Elegy opposite Sir Ben Kingsley and Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona opposite Javier Bardem and Scarlet Johansson. Cruz won an Oscar®, a BAFTA, a New York Film Critics Circle and a National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
In 2009, Cruz and Almodovar were back in action for the fourth time with Broken Embraces, for which she again received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Lena. Also that year, she teamed up with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall for the first time and starred alongside Daniel Day Lewis, Nicole Kidman and Marion Cotillard in the film version of the musical Nine. Her standout portrayal of Carla garnered Screen Actors Guild®, Golden Globe® and Academy Award® nominations. Her third Oscar® nomination made history as it marked only the third time in Oscar history where the winner of the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress was nominated for the same award again in the following year.
Cruz is involved in the following charities: Worldwide (RED) campaign lead by Bono and Bobby Shiver, Artists for Peace and Justice in Haiti (APJ), UNICEF The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). She had the honor of working with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity; volunteering in a leprosy clinic in India and she also worked with the Dalai Lama for the House of Tibet in Spain.
Walt Disney Studios has been kind enough to supply us with these images from the event which we are pleased to present below. Click on any of the thumbnails to see the image in its larger form.
Photos by Eric Charbonneau/WireImage for Walt Disney Studios.
For more information on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, follow this live bookmark.
Walt Disney Studios Netherlands provides us with a couple of gems today for Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides, in theaters nationwide on May 20, 2011.
First up is a podcast video hosted by Geoffrey Rush, focusing briefly on the history of the Disneyland attraction that inspired the franchise. In addition to the ride background, including a televised introduction to the attraction by Walt Disney (Pirates of the Caribbean was the last attraction that Walt personally worked on), the podcast also shows quite a bit of footage from the film plus behind-the-scenes footage which includes Johnny Depp (in full Captain Jack Sparrow makeup) making a grand entrance via helicopter. Because it comes from overseas, the podcast is subtitled, but is entirely in English (we will replace it with a non-subtitled version as it becomes available).
Next up is a new trailer for the LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean video game from Disney Interactive Studios and TT Games. Composed of essentially all game footage (with the exception to some title games), it focuses on the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest portion of the game, which allows players to experience all four films in the franchise in LEGO form. So be on the lookout for plenty of LEGO Davy Jones and even a re-creation of the final scene involving the Kraken (with a little surprise).
The video game will be available on all gaming platforms including Nintendo 3DS.
In related news, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Rob Marshall have recently announced there will be a fifth film in the franchise and Depp is attached to reprise his role.
UPDATE #1 – 4/1/11 – Swapped out video game trailer with HD English version.