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Johnny Depp’s Romantic History: Amber Heard, Winona Ryder, Kate Moss, Vanessa Paradis, and More

Johnny Depp’s Romantic History: Amber Heard, Winona Ryder, Kate Moss, Vanessa Paradis, and More

Team Wino Forever! Before his rocky marriage to Amber Heard made headlines, Johnny Depp went through a slew of high-profie relationships and broken engagements to such famous women as Winona Ryder and Jennifer Grey. During his 30-plus years in the spotlight, he romanced several costars and much-younger ladies.

The Pirates of the Caribbean actor, 52, is currently going through a messy split with the Danish Girl actress, 30, who filed for divorce on Monday, May 23, after 15 months of marriage. Depp reportedly asked the judge to deny her claim for spousal support. And a few days later, Heard allegedly filed a domestic violence restraining order against Depp and brought a photo of her bruised face to court as evidence, according to TMZ. A source tells Us Weekly the restraining order was granted immediately because the amount of evidence was overwhelming.

Here’s a look back at the A-lister actor’s most famous — and infamous relationships.

Lori Anne Allison

Before Heard was even born, Depp tied the knot for the first time with makeup artist Lori Anne Allison in 1983. The future superstar was just 20 years old at the time, and Allison was the sister of one of his bandmates. The couple divorced two years later in 1985, but the marriage did give Depp his first big break in Hollywood. Allison’s friendship with Nicolas Cage helped him land his first major acting gig in 1984’s horror classic, A Nightmare on Elm Street.

Johnny Depp’s Romantic History: Amber Heard, Winona Ryder, Kate Moss, Vanessa Paradis, and More

Sherilyn Fenn

Depp met future Twin Peaks actress Sherilyn Fenn on the set of the 1985 student film Dummies. She even made an appearance on a 1987 episode of Depp’s TV show, 21 Jump Street. They were reportedly engaged, but went their separate ways after three and a half years.

Jennifer Grey

Another broken engagement. The Golden Globe nominee popped the question to the Dirty Dancing star in the late ‘80s, but the couple called off the wedding shortly after.

Winona Ryder

The actor-producer met Winona Ryder for the first time at the premiere for 1989’s Great Balls of Fire! when the actress was only 17. In 1990, they costarred in Edward Scissorhands, and Depp later proposed to Ryder. He was so in love that he opted for a “Winona Forever” tattooed on his arm. When they called it quits in 1993, he famously altered it to say “Wino Forever,” as it still reads today. Ryder recalled the end of their relationship in an interview with Elle UK in 2009 and called it “my first real breakup, the first heartbreak.”

Kate Moss

Fashionable couple! Depp first hooked up with the then 20-year-old supermodel in 1994. During their romance, the Black Mass star was arrested for allegedly trashing a hotel room at the Mark Hotel in NYC. When police entered, they reportedly found the couple sitting amid debris.

“There’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me. Johnny did for a bit,” Moss told Vanity Fair in 2012 of their relationship and subsequent breakup in 1998. “Like if I said, ‘What do I do?,’ he’d tell me. And that’s what I missed when I left. I really lost the gauge of somebody I could trust. Nightmare. Years and years of crying. Oh, the tears!”

Ellen Barkin

Always an age difference. Depp briefly dated Ellen Barkin, who is 9 years older than the actor, in 1994, and the short-lived couple made several red carpet appearances together.

Vanessa Paradis

His longest love! Depp and French model, actress and singer Vanessa Paradis were together for 14 years. Although the pair never married, they share daughter Lily-Rose, 17, and son Jack, 14. In 2010, Depp explained to Extra why they never walked down the aisle. “I never found myself needing that piece of paper,” he said. “Marriage is really from soul to soul, heart to heart. You don’t need somebody to say, okay you’re married. … If Vanessa wanted to get hitched, why not. But the thing is, I’d be so scared of ruining her last name. She’s got such a good last name.”

He opened up to Rolling Stone about the split in 2013. “It wasn’t easy on [Paradis]. It wasn’t easy on me. It wasn’t easy on the kids,” he said. “It doesn’t stop the fact that you care for that person, and they’re the mother of your kids, and you’ll always know each other, and you’re always gonna be in each other’s lives because of those kids. You might as well make the best of it.”

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Amber Heard Really Blackmailed Johnny Depp?

Amber Heard Really Blackmailed Johnny Depp?

Amber Heard’s lawyer is slamming an accusation that the actress is blackmailing her estranged husband Johnny Depp.

Attorney Peter Sample told The Wrap Monday that the “allegations against Ms. Heard are absolutely and unequivocally false.” The claim that she is blackmailing Johnny “has no basis in reality and is nothing but the typical celebrity muckraking for profit.” The lawyer also told the publication that the claims against Amber are defamatory and “outrageous.”

In case you missed it, comedian Doug Stanhope penned a column that was posted on The Wrap Sunday where he voiced his support for his friend Johnny. In the lengthy post, Doug claimed that “Amber was now going to leave him, threatening to lie about him publicly in any and every possible duplicitous way if he didn’t agree to her terms. Blackmail is what I would imagine other people might put it, including the manner in which he is now being vilified.”

Amber Heard Really Blackmailed Johnny Depp?

The column, however, comes just two days after Amber was granted a domestic violence restraining order against her soon-to-be ex-husband after alleging abuse and showing up to a Los Angeles courtroom with a visible bruise on her face. In court documents obtained by E! News, Amber also alleged that “during the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me.”

While Johnny has not directly addressed the accusations made by Amber, his rep released a statement shortly after the couple filed for divorce. “Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life,” Johnny’s rep told E! News. “Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly.”

As for Amber, a source close to the model recently provided a glimpse into how she is doing as the divorce drama continues. “This has been incredibly upsetting for Amber but she knows she is doing the right thing,” our source shared with E! News. “It has been very traumatic for her to finally speak out, but she needs to do what she can to protect herself.”

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Opening Friday: Dark Shadows

Opening Friday: Dark Shadows

Johnny Depp stars as vampire Barnabas Collins in an adaptation of the classic gothic soap opera.

In the year 1752, Joshua and Naomi Collins, with young son Barnabas, set sail from Liverpool, England to start a new life in America. But even an ocean was not enough to escape the mysterious curse that has plagued their family. Two decades pass and Barnabas has the world at his feet — or at least the town of Collinsport, Maine.

The master of Collinwood Manor, Barnabas is rich, powerful and an inveterate playboy… until he makes the grave mistake of breaking the heart of Angelique Bouchard. A witch, in every sense of the word, Angelique dooms him to a fate worse than death: turning him into a vampire, and then burying him alive.

Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. He returns to Collinwood Manor to find that his once-grand estate has fallen into ruin. The dysfunctional remnants of the Collins family have fared little better, each harboring their own dark secrets. Matriarch Elizabeth Collins Stoddard has called upon live-in psychiatrist, Dr. Julia Hoffman, to help with her family troubles.

Also residing in the manor is Elizabeth’s ne’er-do-well brother, Roger Collins; her rebellious teenage daughter Carolyn Stoddard; and Roger’s precocious 10-year-old son, David Collins.

Opening Friday: Dark Shadows

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The Rum Diary: Creating the Environment

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Production designer Chris Seagers and his team embarked on an intensive period of research into Puerto Rico circa 1960. “Puerto Rico, at that time, was a really depressed place,” says Seagers. “It was very poor, and the main industry there was agriculture. However, American developers were beginning to move in, bringing the oil refineries and pharmaceutical companies.

The Puerto Ricans were being pushed aside in the name of progress, which was actually pure greed. That’s what Bruce wanted to capture. It was a pretty unique transitional period. You are leaving the post-war era and entering the 60s.” “Chris is a magnificent artist,” Depp states. “He was on the money every single time; everything down to the finest detail just was Puerto Rico, 1960.” Graham King goes further: “Chris would build a set and we would use that set maybe three or four times, but the audience will never know! He’d turn it around dress it differently, etc. It was very creative, very guerilla-style filmmaking.”

Capturing location photography was critical for both Robinson and Depp. “We didn’t shoot on sound stages because Bruce Robinson just doesn’t feel it,” Depp says. “He’s an animal of the street. He likes to be in an environment that’s not necessarily structured for cinema, but for feeling and emotion. It’s what you’d call available stimulus. Bruce was pretty adamant about the idea of shooting in locations and there’s nothing better for an actor than to be in that world.”

The principal location that Robinson was looking for was Sanderson’s beach house, which represented the essence of the story. It had to be the quintessential Caribbean paradise, aquamarine water, sugar white sand, waving palm trees, and beautiful sunsets. The film did not have a large budget for construction. However, it was soon obvious that the only way to get the combination of an exquisite beach house and the glorious beach location was to build it. The location department was fortunate enough to find the perfect spot at the Governor’s beach property, located just outside the town of Fajardo in Puerto Rico.

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“The concept behind the design of Sanderson’s house was that the first time Kemp walks through the door he sees that perfect horizon line. It’s just the ocean and that house!” explains Seagers. “It’s everything he has ever dreamt of. The house, the girl, the ocean, the boat! Initially, he is in awe of the whole thing; but as we progress through the movie he becomes more and more disillusioned.”

Set decorator Rosemary Brandenburg was ecstatic when she saw Sanderson’s house. “Chris Seagers told me that he had once worked with an architect who specialized in recreating that ahead-of-the-curve 1960 style,” says Brandenburg. “It was a real tour de force of architecture and a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to dress it.”

Another significant set was that of Sala’s apartment. Robinson and Seagers wanted to use an actual location in Old San Juan. “We needed it to be a complete contrast to Sanderson’s house, which was state of the art architecture for that period,” says Seagers. “The location was extremely hard to find because the view from the window was so important. In one of the scenes, Kemp and Sala are watching a neighbor’s television in the opposite building using binoculars. We looked at practically every empty building in Old San Juan before we found the house on O’Donnell Street. We essentially took a derelict house and ripped everything out of it.”

“We had to bring in appropriately aged and crusty furniture for this bachelor pad. Sala lives there with his chickens, and occasionally, a roommate, Moberg, who sleeps on the couch,” says Brandenburg. “Since Sala has an extra room, he invites Kemp to stay.”

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Another notable set was the San Juan Star newspaper office, Kemp’s place of employment when he arrives on the island and where he meets most of the principal characters in the story. Finding the right location in old San Juan was key. “Bruce wanted to see some landscape, and show 1930s windows,” says Seagers. “We were walking through Old San Juan one day and suddenly saw this 1930s building. When we went inside, we found a series of offices on the sixth floor. There were a few air conditioning units and roofs to deal with, but, for the most part, it was perfect. Our biggest concern was whether they would let us gut it, and lo and behold, they did. “We took out all the walls to make it all one big space.”

The dressing of the newspaper was an intricate business for set decorator Rosemary Brandenburg. “We had a list of ten or twelve different desks that we were creating,” she says. “They were for the society columnist, the fashion reporter, the sports guy, and the business guy. We painstakingly went through archival volumes and scanned actual articles of the time to use as dressing on their desks.”

“In the movie, Kemp has been hired as a replacement to Madame Lazanga,” says Brandenburg, “so initially, the desk was fully tricked out. Madame Lazanga was purported to have been a drag queen. So when we first see the desk, it is full of astrology gear, feather boas, hats; all kinds of flamboyant stuff. When Kemp takes over, it all gets stripped away.”

In addition to the newspaper offices, one of the key visuals in the film was the printing press. Seagers was very skeptical about the prospects of finding a period printing press. “One day we heard that The San Juan Star had closed down,” says Seagers. “We tracked down the proprietor who invited us over and there it was. It wasn’t exactly period, but printing presses have not really changed that much. It had everything we needed, the conveyor belts, even the rolls of paper. All we needed to do was to repaint it and add some details to make it more historically accurate.”

While Seagers and his team were at the printing press, they were allowed to go up to the archive office. “Incredibly,” says Seagers, “there were these wooden pallets with bound archival copies of The San Juan Star going back to the late 50s. It was all there. All the reference material we needed in one place. Fortunately, the owner agreed to let us use the archival material for the Star newspaper office set.”

One of the biggest challenges for Seagers and his team were the carnival sequences. “We had to recreate the island of St. Thomas in Puerto Rico, which is very different,” says Seagers. “We found an old colonial town in Vega Baja. It needed some work, but it had the bones of what we needed. It had a beautiful plaza and gorgeous colonial architecture. Some of the municipal offices were inside the main building. They allowed us to create the Colonial Hotel and an upper bar area with a beautiful view of the plaza. The town of Vega Baja proved to be very useful to us.”

Two scenes of particular concern to the production were the cockfights. “The roosters are an essential element to Sala’s character,” says Seagers. “Bruce was always very concerned about how this would be shot. It was never about seeing a fight. It was about showing the ballet of their movements, the artistry of it all. The birds we used were exquisite, and beautifully kept. We did a lot of research about what we wanted to photograph. We needed to see the birds leaping into the air, and spreading their wings.”

A lot of work went into making sure that the filmmakers could achieve the shots they wanted without any harm coming to the birds in any way. In order to achieve that goal, the production invited the American Humane Association to supervise all the animal action including the cockfighting. Officer Laura Sweet worked on the initial training period, and the first sequence, and they also brought in Officer Gina Johnson to assist her in the first scene because of the number of animals involved. Avian Veterinarian Antonio Riveras was brought in to monitor the birds for stress and heat exhaustion.

“It was very important for us to adhere to the American Humane Association’s guidelines,” says executive producer Patrick McCormick. “We wanted to make sure that no animals were harmed in any way. We had to start figuring out ways to stage these cockfighting events so that we were totally sure the birds were safe. We wanted everyone involved to be assured that their health and welfare were never endangered.”

“In a cockfight, the bird’s natural spurs are clipped before the fight,” explains McCormick. “They are replaced with artificial metal ones, so that every bird has the same size spurs, and the spurs are what cause the injuries. We created soft rubber spurs to replace them. The other thing we talked about was their beaks. We figured out we could tape them without impairing their breathing, as long as it was for a very short period of time. Initially, we thought this would be sufficient. However, we learnt from the A.H.A., that it was an issue if the birds touched in any way because this constituted fighting,” says McCormick. “So, in addition to the rubber spurs and taping of their beaks, we had to figure out how to restrain the birds.”

Laura Sweet from the A.H.A. worked with trainer Eric Colon for several weeks to devise a method of creating the shots without the birds ever touching. With the aid of the costume department and prop-master Drew Petrotta, and costume designer Colleen Atwood, they devised an ingenious harness which fitted under the feathers. The harnesses were then attached to monofilaments, which allowed the animal wranglers to control the birds so they never got close to each other. The scenes were closely monitored by the A.H.A reps and by first assistant director Peter Kohn. They only allowed seconds for each take, and only one or two takes for each shot. The hard work paid off and the filmmakers were thrilled with the footage. All the roosters used in the movie have been relocated to a life of ease on a ranch in Canyon Country, near Los Angeles.

Getting the props right on the film was extremely important. “We did a lot of research particularly regarding the photographs and written material. We wanted to get the details right,” says prop-master Drew Petrotta. In addition to the usual reference sources, they used many of Hunter S. Thompson’s own photographs, many of which featured the writer with his pipe, his typewriter and various bottles of liquor.

“The most important prop in the movie was the typewriter,” says Petrotta. “We probably looked at about twenty different ones before we found one everyone was happy with. There was quite a range of typewriters during that period. We were looking for something that Johnny was comfortable with, that Bruce liked aesthetically, and that was similar to what Hunter would have used.”

“However, I think it is the sunglasses that we notice most in this movie,” says Petrotta. “Johnny came to me with a pair that he liked and we duplicated them many times. He really has an eye for what he looks good in. Also, the character of Paul Kemp smokes quite a bit in this movie. Johnny doesn’t smoke so we created period packaging and filled them with herbal cigarettes that don’t contain any tobacco.”

A key element in the style of The Rum Diary was its use of period cars. Picture car coordinator Steve Mann was brought in to work with local Rick Gonzalez, and together they assembled the wide array of cars needed. Mann was pleasantly surprised to find that the island had a wealth of cars from that period, in very good condition. “We found a Lincoln Town car, and some really nicely restored old cars,” says Mann. “Of course we had to age them down a bit to make them look old and dirty, but we cleaned them up before we gave them back to their owners,” he says smiling.

“We found the red 1958 Chevy Corvette on the island,” Mann says, “and then had to match it to the 1959 model, which Sanderson drives in the film. The two models are very similar. There are just some chrome pieces and the hood that are different. It’s got a powerful engine. It’s all made of fiberglass and it goes really fast,” he laughs. “It’s a pretty sexy car and there is a big scene revolving around it.”

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Johnny Depp Career Milestones

Johnny Depp Career Milestones

Johnny Depp began his career as a musician with the rock group ‘The Kids’, which took him to Los Angeles. When the band broke up, Depp turned to acting and earned his first major acting job in A Nightmare on Elm Street. He followed that with roles in several films including Oliver Stone’s Academy Award-winning Platoon before landing the role that would prove to be his breakthrough, as undercover detective Tom Hanson on the popular TV show 21 Jump Street. He starred on the series for four seasons before starring as the title character in John Waters’ Cry-Baby.

It was Depp’s compelling performance in the title role of Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands that established him as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents, and earned him his first Golden Globe Award® nomination for Best Actor. He was honored with another Golden Globe Award® nomination for his work in the offbeat love story Benny & Joon, directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik.

Depp reunited with Burton for the critically acclaimed Ed Wood and his performance garnered him yet another Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor.

Depp starred and made his feature directorial debut opposite Marlon Brando in The Brave, a film based on the novel by Gregory McDonald. He co-wrote the screenplay with his brother D.P. Depp.

As Captain Jack Sparrow, Depp recently reprised the role for a fourth time in Rob Marshall’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. The other films include Gore Verbinski’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, which earned more than $1 billion, making it the third largest-grossing movie of all time and Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl. He received his first Academy Award® nomination, as well as a Golden Globe Award® nomination, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award® nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award® for his portrayal of Sparrow in Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl.

Depp received his second Academy Award nomination, as well as a Golden Globe Award® nomination, Screen Actors Guild Award nomination and BAFTA Award® nomination for his role as J.M. Barrie in Marc Forster’s Finding Neverland, in which he starred opposite Kate Winslet and Freddie Highmore. In 2004, Depp starred in The Libertine as 17th-century womanizing poet John Wilmot, the Earl of Rochester.

In 2005, Depp collaborated with Burton on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical, and Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, which received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Film in 2006. In 2008, Johnny received his third Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor for Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, winning a Golden Globe Award® for the role.

In 2009 Depp starred as real-life criminal John Dillinger opposite Christian Bale and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard in Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, and in 2010, he starred as the ‘Mad Hatter’ in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland for which he received a Golden Globe Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Music.

This year, in addition to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Depp also starred in Gore Verbinski’s Rango, and just completed filming Tim Burton’s DARK SHADOWS, in which he also produced through his production company Infinitum Nihil.

Other screen credits include Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s The Tourist, David Koepp’s Secret Window, Robert Rodriguez’s Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Albert and Allen Hughes’ From Hell, Ted Demme’s Blow, Lasse Hallström’s Chocolat, Julian Schnabel’s Before Night Falls, Sally Potter’s The Man Who Cried, Burton’s Sleepy Hollow, Roman Polanski’s The Ninth Gate, Terry Gilliam’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as well his The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Mike Newell’s Donnie Brasco with Al Pacino, Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man and Jeremy Leven’s Don Juan DeMarco, in which he starred opposite Marlon Brando and Faye Dunaway, as well as Lasse Hallström’s What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Emir Kusturica’s Arizona Dream and John Badham’s Nick of Time.

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Pirates Sails to New Overseas Record

Pirates Sails to New Overseas Record

Key territories included the United Kingdom ($19.5 million), Germany ($19.4 million), Japan ($18.2 million), France ($14.8 million), South Korea ($12 million), Italy ($11.5 million), Australia ($10.3 million), Spain ($10 million), Mexico ($9.8 million) and Brazil ($6.1 million).

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides off-set its domestic franchise dip with an unprecedented estimated $256.3 million foreign debut. That topped Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as the highest-grossing start ever overseas, and it was also up 20 percent from Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’s $216 million.

Further illustrating their rapid growth and increased importance to the foreign marketplace, Russia and China were Pirates’s top territories with $28.6 million and $20 million, respectively. On Stranger Tides is already the top Pirates movie ever in China, and it’s just a day or two away from reaching that mark in Russia as well.

The movie also had strong launches throughout the rest of Europe and Asia, and set industry records in Latin America, the Middle East, Norway, Turkey and Ukraine. Key territories included the United Kingdom ($19.5 million), Germany ($19.4 million), Japan ($18.2 million), France ($14.8 million), South Korea ($12 million), Italy ($11.5 million), Australia ($10.3 million), Spain ($10 million), Mexico ($9.8 million) and Brazil ($6.1 million).

Including its $90.1 million domestic take, On Stranger Tides registered a $346.4 million worldwide start. That ranked slightly ahead of At World’s End but behind Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ($394 million) and Spider-Man 3 ($381.6 million) among worldwide launches.

The big question now is whether On Stranger Tides can surpass At World’s End’s $654 million overseas total. It’s obviously off to a strong start, though it will likely fade fast over the coming weeks against stiff competition from The Hangover Part II, Kung Fu Panda 2 and X-Men: First Class.

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Box-Office: Pirates Rides Smaller ‘Tides’

Box-Office: Pirates Rides Smaller 'Tides'

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides swooped in with the top-grossing weekend of the year so far. The supernatural swashbuckler claimed an estimated $90.1 million at 4,155 locations, edging out Fast Five’s $86.2 million launch. That was also the 12th highest-grossing May opening ever, but, since close to half of On Stranger Tides’ gross was from 3D presentations at a record 2,747 locations (and due to today’s general ticket prices), its estimated attendance level would rank 27th.

Relative to its predecessors, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides sank: At World’s End drew $114.7 million on its first weekend in May 2007 (not including $13.2 million in Thursday night previews), while Dead Man’s Chest raked in a then-record $135.6 million opening weekend back in July 2006. Adjusted for ticket price inflation, those grosses would be the equivalent of $131 million and $163 million, respectively.

Since the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie was the franchise establisher, its early grosses were in a lower league, though still bustling ($70.6 million in its five-day launch, or $92 million adjusted). On Stranger Tides’s start was also less than that of the last Johnny Depp spectacle Alice in Wonderland, which began with $116.1 million.

On the plus side, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ opening held better relative to its predecessor than Shrek Forever After’s did on the same weekend last year. On Stranger Tides was always destined to debut lower than At World’s End and Dead Man’s Chest, given the mixed reaction to those movies and how the audience lost interest with At World’s End.

Sealing the deal was On Stranger Tides’ lower key approach: it came off as just another Pirates movie in its marketing and lacked stand-out visual and character moments. Distributor Walt Disney Pictures’ exit polling indicated that 54 percent of On Stranger Tides’ audience was male and 54 percent was over 25 years old (the age 26-34 group was most represented at 24 percent, followed by 18-25 with 22 percent).

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Golden Globe surprises and snubs

Golden Globe surprises and snubs

Halle Berry and Johnny Depp get unexpected nominations as two Oscar darlings are spurned.

The British monarchy tale “The King’s Speech” led Golden Globe contenders Tuesday with seven nominations, including best drama and acting honors for Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush.

Other best-drama nominees were the psychosexual dance thriller “Black Swan,” the boxing saga “The Fighter,” the sci-fi blockbuster “Inception” and the Facebook chronicle “The Social Network.”

Nominees in the Globes’ other best-picture category, for musical or comedy, are the Lewis Carroll fantasy “Alice in Wonderland,” the song-and-dance extravaganza “Burlesque,” the lesbian-family tale “The Kids Are All Right,” the action tale “Red” and the romantic thriller “The Tourist.”

Bonham Carter, a supporting-actress nominee as Queen Elizabeth II’s mother in the 1930s-era “The King’s Speech,” said the Globe nominations had some medicinal value for her and romantic partner Tim Burton, director of “Alice in Wonderland,” which had three nominations. She and their children were nursing colds at their London home, while Burton was suffering from kidney stones.

She was uncertain if the Globe nomination might help secure her the same honor at the Academy Awards, whose nominations come out Jan. 25. But she had stronger expectations for co-star Firth, a best-actor nominee as King George VI, the reluctant monarch struggling with a lifelong stammer.

“I’ve had a Golden Globe nomination before and then didn’t get an Oscar nomination,” Bonham Carter said. “But I presume Colin will get one, and I presume Colin will win.”

“The Social Network” and “The Fighter” tied for second with six nominations each. Among nominations for “The Social Network” were Jesse Eisenberg as best dramatic actor, Andrew Garfield as supporting actor and David Fincher as director.

“The Fighter” earned four acting nominations, best actor for Mark Wahlberg and supporting honors for Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo. Its nominations also included a directing slot for David O. Russell.

Wahlberg, also a producer on “The Fighter,” stars as Boston-area boxer Micky Ward, who overcame family strife to get a title shot in his mid-30s with help from his half brother (Bale), a former fighter whose life unravels amid crime and drugs.

“Micky Ward was one of my heroes growing up. Doing what he did against all odds, he’s just a very special individual,” Wahlberg said. “Growing up in that neck of the woods and his family being so similar to mine and all the struggles, it’s very inspiring.”

“We were hopeful for a couple, but to get this number was unexpected, exciting, and when it comes to the actors, so well-deserved on their front,” said “The Fighter” producer Ryan Kavanaugh. “Everyone brought their A-game.”

Johnny Depp earned two nominations, as best musical or comedy actor for “Alice in Wonderland” and “The Tourist.”

Along with Eisenberg, Firth and Wahlberg, best dramatic actor contenders are James Franco for the survival story “127 Hours” and Ryan Gosling for the marital tale “Blue Valentine.”

Nominees for best dramatic actress are Halle Berry for the multiple-personality drama “Frankie and Alice,” Nicole Kidman for the grieving-parent tale “Rabbit Hole,” Jennifer Lawrence for the Ozarks crime yarn “Winter’s Bone,” Natalie Portman for “Black Swan” and Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine.”

The news of her supporting-actress nomination for “Black Swan” came as a wake-up call for Mila Kunis, who co-stars as Portman’s ballet rival for a production of “Swan Lake.”

“It’s good news to wake up to, for sure,” Kunis said. “Being woken up at 5:30 in the morning, it was very funny, people were screaming on the phone, and my poor dogs were like, ‘What’s happening?'”

Along with Fincher and Russell, directing nominees are Darren Aronofsky for “Black Swan,” Tom Hooper for “The King’s Speech” and Christopher Nolan for “Inception.”

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Nolan’s sci-fi hit also earned nominations for screenplay and musical score, but its cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, was snubbed for acting slots.

Joel and Ethan Coen’s Western “True Grit,” starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, was shut out completely.

Joining Depp in the musical or comedy actor race are Paul Giamatti in the curmudgeon chronicle “Barney’s Version,” Jake Gyllenhaal in the romance “Love and Other Drugs” and Kevin Spacey in the Jack Abramoff saga “Casino Jack.”

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‘Pirates of the Caribbean 4’ sneak peek

'Pirates of the Caribbean 4' sneak peek

Captain Jack Sparrow pursues the fountain of youth in the “Stranger Tides” trailer premiere.

Captain Jack Sparrow has been betrayed, marooned, imprisoned, cursed, sentenced to hang, and eaten by a giant sea monster. And each time he still came out on top. So you didn’t think he’d stop at just three movies, did you?

Walt Disney Pictures just released the first trailer for Capt. Jack’s fourth adventure, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” And while several of the elements that made the original three films one of the top five trilogies of all time are the same, much has changed.

Johnny Depp is back, of course, as Jack, along with Geoffrey Rush as his old nemesis, Barbossa, and Kevin R. McNally as his first mate, Gibbs. But Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley do not appear in this installment. Instead, Jack confronts new threats, including a legendary pirate, and a woman from his past that reignites an old flame. Jack will have to face them all as he pursues the ultimate hidden treasure: finding the Fountain of Youth.

Watch the exclusive trailer premiere for “On Stranger Tides” below, and then scroll down to see what changes are in store for Jack in the new movie.

Jack Takes London
Captain Jack is out of his element as he finds himself on dry land in England and a captive of the British Crown. Richard Griffiths — who plays Harry Potter’s uncle Vernon Dursley — appears as King George II.

Barbossa Switches Sides
Captain Barbossa, last seen at the end of “At World’s End” running off with the Black Pearl, is back, but he’s out of his pirate gear and in a naval uniform. And with that pegleg it looks like he lost a limb somewhere along the way.

Meet Angelica
Penelope Cruz plays Angelica, who has a history with Jack and her own agenda. She’s Spanish, like the actress playing her, and she’s obviously capable with a sword and not afraid to stand up for herself. She must get that from her father, Blackbeard.

The Pirate All Pirates Fear
Ian McShane is Blackbeard, the real-life pirate (born Edward Teach) who terrorized the seas in the early 18th century aboard his ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge. He’ll stop anyone who tries to get to the Fountain before him.

Beautiful Threats
Mythological creatures don’t have to be ugly to be treacherous. To reach the Fountain, Jack will sail through “mermaid waters.” And these aren’t like Disney’s other little mermaids. They tempt sailors to their soggy deaths.

Supernatural Dangers
Every “Pirates” movie has some sort of paranormal adversary, like the cursed crew of the Black Pearl and Davy Jones’ fishy fiends. The last movie even had a goddess, th vengeful Calypso. In this one, Jack faces the walking undead — zombies.

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Angelina Jolie responds to war victims’ criticism

Angelina Jolie defends Bosnian directorial debut

Angelina Jolie says her debut film as a director wasn’t meant to stir controversy.

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has hit back at criticism of her directorial debut, saying most people back her portrayal of a love story between a Serbian man and Bosnian woman on the eve of the 1992-95 Balkans conflict.

Speaking in Paris ahead of next week’s premiere of a very different film — romantic action comedy “The Tourist” in which she stars with Johnny Depp — Jolie said her intention had never been to stoke controversy with her movie set in wartime Bosnia.

Bosnian victims of sexual violence during the 1990s have written to the United Nations , for which the Oscar-winning actress is a goodwill ambassador, saying she didn’t deserve the position and did not know enough about the ethnic conflict.

“There’s one person who has a gripe,” Jolie said.

“The absolute majority of the people, population, the cast, prime minister, president have been extremely supportive,” she said, adding that 95 percent of the film’s cast had lived through the war.

Jolie has described her movie, which is still untitled, as a love story between a Serbian man and a Bosnian Muslim woman on the eve of the 1992-95 war in which 100,000 people died.

The production team has cut back on filming plans in Bosnia, however, moving some scenes from Sarajevo to be shot in Budapest, after a Bosnian minister canceled the filming permit in October, citing incomplete paperwork.

The move came after the minister met with female victims of the Bosnian war who said they objected to details of the plot.

Jolie, who also wrote the screenplay, said she had initially set out to just write to express her frustrations over how long the international community took to intervene in conflicts.

“It kept leaning toward Yugoslavia at the time, I wanted to learn more about it and the people, the more I read and learnt I was drawn to that part of the world,” she said.

“I met artists from that part of the world and found they were extraordinary for what they’d gone through, so I wanted to give them a platform.”

The ” Tomb Raider ” star has asked women war victims in a letter to hold judgment until they have seen the film in which she said “there are many twists in the plot that address the sensitive nature of the relationship between the main characters.”

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