July 11th, 2006

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"Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man's Chest" unlocks FUN

The box office gross for "Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man's Chest" is impressive. In three days,The box office gross for "Pirates of the Carribbean: Dead Man's Chest" is impressive. In three days, this Walt Disney attraction has made more money than 82 movies previously released in the past six months. Despite free television competition from Wimbledon and the World Cup of Soccer, these "Pirates" managed to loot the American public for an estimated $132 million, breaking records set by the "Star Wars" and "Spider-Man" franchises.

Personally, I was disappointed with the original "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," despite so much positive word of mouth. With my expectations lowered, I found this "Pirates" sequel to be a lot of fun without out some of the repetitious scenes from the first movie. Johnny Depp's portrayal as the wily Captain Jack Sparrow joins the cultural heroes/antiheroes of the cinematic past; most notably Anthony Hopkins's Hannibal Lechter, Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry and Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes.

After one of the best screen entrances of recent movie memory; Captain Jack Sparrow has found a magic compass that will lead him away from Davy Jones (Bill Nighy), the ghostly captain of "The Flying Dutchman." From days past, Captain Jack Sparrow owes a blood dept to Captain Davy Jones, who seeks repayment with death.

On the idyllic Port Royale, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swann (Keira Knightley) have their wedding plans delayed by British Royal Navy. Will Turner is being used by the government to hunt Captain Jack Sparrow and retrieve his magical compass.

If you can remember these two plot threads, then you can just sit back and watch the wild ride aboard the creaky Flying Dutchman or take an excursion on cannibal island. Director Gore Verbinski pulls out all the stops to recreate the Walt Disney World experience. Minus obvious special effects, there is an outrageously fun sequence involving a giant water wheel during a fencing sequence involving three men trying to kill each other. Unlike the previous motion picture which lumbered from one set piece to another, this wacky film has more of a narrative flow to it as Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swan sink deeper and deeper into the abyss of a dead man's chest.

Nonetheless, it will help to review the previous "Pirates" picture. This new film features minor characters from the first motion picture that have more prominence in this new feature. "Dead's Man Chest" ends with a cliff hanger that should be concluded in July, 2007. However, stay past the closing credits if you want to see the fate of one of my favorite characters from both movies.

Part romance, part horror, part swashbuckling drama and wholly entertaining, "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" provides a folkloric look at our own Atlantic Ocean. Like "Superman Returns" and "X-Men the Last Stand," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" is what summer movies are supposed to be about for a matinee price.
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Moviegoers will be virtually shrunken down to size as they enter the world of The Ant Bully on Friday, July 28, 2006 at Blockbuster IMAX Theater located at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Debuting concurrently with the nationwide 35mm release from Warner Bros. Pictures, the entire film has been digitally converted into IMAX 3D and features proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology.

The Ant Bully: An IMAX 3D Experience is the second animated feature film converted into IMAX 3D, and follows the phenomenal success of The Polar Express: An IMAX 3D Experience, released in 2004. The three-dimensional images will offer moviegoers the feeling of traveling deep below the ant hill for a truly unique cinematic experience. This picture marks Playtone’s third IMAX film project, and Warner Bros. Pictures’ tenth film commitment to IMAX.

“IMAX 3D has the power and depth to engage audiences in a unique way, which works perfectly for a story like this, where you want to leave the real world behind and follow this 10-year-old kid underground into the ant colony or through the wilds of his own front lawn,” says The Ant Bully writer/director John A. Davis. “Part of his adventure is seeing things he’s never seen before and seeing familiar things from a whole new perspective, and we’d love for audiences to take that amazing journey with him.”

From Academy Award nominated filmmaker John A. Davis (Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) and producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (The Polar Express) comes the animated family adventure The Ant Bully, a witty and heartwarming animated family adventure about a 10-year-old boy, tormented by a neighborhood bully, who takes his frustrations out on an innocent ant hill in his yard until the day the ants fight back. Through a magic potion they shrink him down to their size and make him live like an ant in the colony to learn their ways – a remarkable journey into a strange new world that teaches him about friendship and teamwork and gives him the courage to stand up for himself. The film is locally sponsored by Office Depot.

Special Engagement Ticket Prices for The Ant Bully: An IMAX 3D Experience®
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Legendary Pictures, a Playtone Production in association with DNA Productions, Inc.: Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti, Regina King, Bruce Campbell and Lily Tomlin in The Ant Bully, written for the screen and directed by John A. Davis, based on the book by John Nickle. Produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and John A. Davis, the film is executive produced by Keith Alcorn, Diana Choi Sachs, Steven Shareshian, Thomas Tull and William Fay. Co-produced by Alex Johns. Music is by John Debney.

The Ant Bully will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. It is rated PG for “some mild rude humor and action.”