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In particular, Broward & Miami-Dade County, and the cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood & Aventura. Trust me when I tell you, this part of Florida is NOT the Land of Lincoln. Photo in upper-left is Hallandale Beach's iconic beachball-colored Water Tower on State Road A1A, September 2008; March 2018 photo below of North Beach, looking left-to-right, looking north, HYDE Condominium, Etaru Japanese Robatayaki restaurant, and Hollywood Beach in the distance, with umbrellas. All photos by me, © Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ahoy, me hearties... 9 days to go: Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (trailers): Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane

Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides -Official trailer #1:

Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides -Official trailer #2:

Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp,Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane (as Blackbeard -her father) and Geoffrey Rush (as Barbarossa). Jerry Bruckheimer Films in association with Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Rob Marshall, opens in the U.S. on Friday May 20th.

The official YouTube Channel for the fourth film in the Pirates series is easily THE single best-designed media promotional resource for a film I've ever seen, and could well become the industry template for all future blockbuster releases, as they've literally thought of everything a fan could want to see or know, inc. Twitter updates from producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

The videos are set to run automatically, so all you have to do is go to the URL and watch the various ways that Rob Marshall, Jerry Bruckheimer & Co., the Mouse House, and the Lego folks combine to find ways to entertain you.

It's damn impressive and shows what can happen when you have so many smart and savvy people who want to give the consumer a value for his entertainment dollar.

If this YouTube Channel doesn't persuade you to see the film, nothing will.


The Jack Sparrow escape scene -by chandelier!- was filmed in Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College.

And before you ask via email from your corner of the world, far from the ocean-side city I live in, no, the fountain of youth is NOT located here in Hallandale Beach, otherwise, things here would be very, very different -better!

First Day of Filming - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides


From the genius that was Walt Disney!

From Disneyland to the Big Screen - An exclusive look at Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides


Jack Sparrow (feat. Michael Bolton)
Text Colorhttp://youtu.be/GI6CfKcMhjY


The Peter Mountain/Disney Enterprises photo of Penelope in costume in this LA Times story, which I hadn't seen anywhere else before, is just AMAZING!

Los Angeles Times

The Actors: A seagoing Cruz's adventurous turn Penélope Cruz plays a take-charge swashbuckler in the latest installment of the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' franchise.
By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
May 1, 2011
Penélope Cruz has won an Oscar, worked with such famed directors as Woody Allen and Pedro Almodóvar and counts Tom Cruise and Daniel Day-Lewis among her famed costars. But in a roughly 15-year career spanning two continents, the Spanish actress had never tackled a particular acting challenge: swashbuckling on a pirate ship.
Read the rest of the article at:


Fandamonium - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides


World Premiere - Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Disneyland, Anaheim, California, May 7, 2011.



Los Angeles Times
Disneyland prepares for the 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' premiere A 3-D screen on Tom Sawyer Island, food for 2,000 people, musical acts — it takes a seaworthy crew.
By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
May 6, 2011

For the last few weeks, after Disneyland has closed its gates for the night, a team of workers, including eight divers, has labored through into the morning in Frontierland and New Orleans Square, ferrying building materials to Tom Sawyer Island and sinking support structures into the floor of the surrounding "river."

Meanwhile, at corporate headquarters in Burbank, Laura-Lee Hartung has been combing through her list of a select 700 guests, checking such details as whether Disneyland's catering chef has prepared a menu that meets the needs of a visiting girl with certain food allergies. And Kevin Frawley has been lining up a cast of nearly 100 musical acts and other entertainers for a one-time-only show with a pirate theme.

Read the rest of the article at:


Los Angeles Times

Ministry of Gossip
'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides' premieres outdoors at Disneyland with Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz
May 8, 2011 11:43 am
By Jessica Gelt

A grown man cried after failing to nab Johnny Depp's autograph along the 2,700-foot-long black carpet that lined Main Street in Disneyland on Saturday, leading to the world premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stanger Tides," which also stars Penelope Cruz and Geoffrey Rush.

Nearly 25,000 rabid fans had waited, some for up to 10 hours, to catch sight of stars such as Depp, Cruz, Rush, Ian McShane, Kevin McNally, Sam Claflin, Jodie Foster, Martin Short, Teri Hatcher, Kirstie Alley, Joey Lawrence, Cat Cora and more as they arrived at the premiere over a period of two hours Saturday evening.
Read the rest of the article (plus photos) at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2011/05/pirates-of-the-caribbean-stranger-tides-johnny-depp-penelope-cruz.html


Lots of photos of Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz and the rest of the cast plus celens attending the film premiere at Disneyland:


Pop Sugar
(with lots of photos)
Johnny Depp Plays Host For a Special Oprah Screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

USA Today
Knightley on 'Pirates': I wanted to do something else
By Arienne Thompson, USA TODAY
May 10, 2011 10:00 AM


Report: Disney Planning 'Pirates of the Caribbean' 5 & 6
December 03, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

Screenshot by South Beach Hoosier, i.e. yours truly, who snapped this during a Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals broadcast.

My first post mentioning Johnny Depp was on September 14, 2008 titled,
Johnny Depp shows up for ballgame, Dolphins don't!
That featured some of the first articles about him in South Florida newspapers, circa mid-1980's.


A great mini-history lesson of sorts on pirates was written by foreign policy analyst and best-selling author Max Boot in the July/August issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, titled, Pirates, Then and Now - How Piracy Was Defeated in the Past and Can Be Again.

I'll excerpt this portion since it pertains to one of the main characters in the film, Barbarosa, played by Academy Award-winner Geoffrey Rush.

Piracy was once a far more serious problem than it is today. In a history of piracy published in 1907, Colonel John Biddulph, a retired British army officer, wrote of the early 1700s:

From the moment of losing sight of the Lizard [the southernmost post in England] till the day of casting anchor in the port of destination an East India ship was never safe from attack, with the chance of slavery or a cruel death to crew and passengers in case of capture. From Finisterre to Cape Verd[e] the Moorish pirates made the seas unsafe, sometimes venturing into the mouth of the [English] channel to make a capture. Farther south, every watering-place on the African coast was infested by the English and French pirates who had their headquarters in the West Indies. From the Cape of Good Hope to the Head of the Persian Gulf, from Cape Comorin to Sumatra, every coast was beset by English, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Arab, Malay or other local pirates.

There was no peace on the ocean. The sea was a vast No Man's domain, where every man might take his prey.

Biddulph was not exaggerating. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, pirate communities flourished in and around the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Pirates were also prevalent in East Asia, with the seas around the Malay archipelago -- modern-day Indonesia and Malaysia -- infested for centuries by pirates such as the fierce Dyaks of Borneo and the Ilanun of the Philippines. Koxinga, a Chinese pirate and anti-Manchu rebel, at one point led as many as 100,000 men, and in 1661 he seized Taiwan from the Dutch. In the early eighteenth century, a confederation of 40,000 pirates based in Canton dominated the South China Sea, first under the leadership of Cheng Yih and then, after his death in 1807, under that of his widow, Cheng Shi, a former prostitute better known as Madam Cheng.

The North African corsair Barbarossa -- known as Khayr ad-Din in Arabic -- born to a Turkish father and a Greek mother on the Aegean island of Lesbos, was even more successful. In the early sixteenth century, he conquered Algiers and Tunis and, with the blessing of the Ottoman emperor, turned them into bases for sea raiding, which they would remain for the next three centuries. Although commonly called piracy, this activity was more properly known as "privateering," the term for state-sanctioned piracy. Morocco and Tripoli, the other states along the Barbary Coast, joined in this lucrative business, which involved hijacking ships from Christian nations, selling their cargoes, and either ransoming the passengers and crew back to their families or selling them into slavery. In the early sixteenth century, Algiers alone was estimated to have a hundred sailing ships manned by thousands of sailors all engaged in privateering. With such a formidable force at its disposal, Algiers was able to hold 30,000 Christian captives (including, at one point, the Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes). These Muslim corsairs were matched by Christian adversaries from the Knights of St. John, who used bases first in Rhodes and then in Malta to plunder Muslim ships around the Mediterranean. Europeans also took many Muslims as slaves; Barbarossa's brother served for a time as a galley slave to the Knights of St. John.
Seriously, where else but my blog would you get the real back-story on a guy like Barbarosa?

And in case you didn't ever think about it before, you know that reference to "The Shores of Tripoli" in the U.S. Marines Hymn, i.e fight song?
Who do you think the Marines were fighting then?

To quote Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley): "Pirates!""



The Decatur House is located just around the corner from The White House (and across from Lafayette Park) is one of my favorite places in all of historical Washington, D.C., so the next time you visit Washington, make sure you make time to check it out.
You won't be sorry.


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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy
Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of now-closed ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016 Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015
Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue atop Mount Corcovado way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. To the right is the world famous beach of Ipanema and to the left is the equally famous beach of Copacabana. In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio looks like, up close, plus the Amazon area of Brazil that Esther grew up near in Manaus, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

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