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Do you want to join Captain Jack Sparrow on his next voyage? Then why not audition to be an extra in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" ?

Do you want to join Captain Jack Sparrow on his next voyage? Then why not audition to be an extra in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" ?

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Barrett B. writes in to say:

I've really been enjoying Lady F. 's series about working on "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." That's always been my dream of mine. To an extra on a big Hollywood film like "Pirates." To stand on the set in costume and watch as the film's cast & crew make the magic happen.


Copyright 2006 Disney Enterprises

Given that you seem to be so well connected at Disney, Jim, I don't suppose that you could help me make my dream come true. Based on what you said in Monday's article, they've still got to shoot another six-to-eight weeks of stuff to finish up "Pirates III." Will they be using extras in any of those scenes? And if so, do you know anyone who's associated with this picture who can help me get a job as an extra?

Thanks in advance for your help,

Barrett B.

Dear Barrett B.

My typical answer to an e-mail like this usually goes something like this: "You do realize that I'm the guy who lives 'way the hell out in the woods of New Hampshire, right? The one that a lot of Disney executives despise? Which is why I'm really not the one you want to talk with if you want special treatment from the Mouse House"

But then -- almost within minutes of receiving Barrett's e-mail -- another note popped up in my in-box. Which read:

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN 3 OPEN CALL

Open Casting Call - Through 15 August 2006

Pirates of the Caribbean 3

PIRATES HOTLINE

818.725.2905

Sande Alessi Casting

13731 Ventura Blvd., Top Floor

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Monday through Friday, 11am – 3pm

Seeking Pirates -- men age 18+, all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities: Asian, Spanish, French, African, Syrian, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Turkish, Armenian, Arab, Persian, Caucasian, South American, Pacific Islander, Eskimo, etc...

You must be an extreme character type! We need extremely skinny, very tall, very short, hunchback, little people, unusual facial features and body types, exotic amputees, albinos, etc.

Bring your own current 3x5 photo (does not have to be professional). If you do not have a photo, we can take one for you for $2.00

It's weird how the universe works sometimea, don't you think?

Anyway ... There's your answer, Barrett. If you really want to be an extra on the set of "Pirates III," Sande Alessi is looking for some new rogues to appear in "At World's End." So if you're going to be Southern California now through August 15th, why not swing by their office in Sherman Oaks and see if you actually have what it takes to become a member of Captain Jack Sparrow's crew?

Speaking of "Pirates III" ... Last month while Jeff Lange & I were at the Licensing Show in NYC, Jeff was actually able to snag a shot of the teaser poster for the next film in the trilogy:


Photo by Jeff Lange

Pretty neat looking, don't you think?

Also, in this past Monday's story, I mentioned that officials at Walt Disney Studios were being rather closed-mouth when it came to discussing how they thought "Dead Man's Chest" might do over its opening weekend. Out of concern of repeating what just happened with "Cars."

Some JHM readers supposedly thought that I just made up that part of Monday's column. That there was just no way that an official from Walt Disney Studios would actually talk that way to a member of the press. Well, if that were really the case ... Then how do you explain this quote from Chuck Viane, the president of Buena Vista Distribution, which appears in today's "Variety"?

But Disney is staying mum on how big it thinks "Pirates" will be. "I have no idea. I am not even going to fathom a guess," Mouse House distrib topper Chuck Viane said. "No matter how you answer that question, it can come back to hurt you."

That sounds sort of familiar, don't you think?

But JHM readers ... They're not afraid to hazard a guess as to how "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" will do over its opening weekend. As of midnight last night, 170 folks have posted their predictions about this motion picture will do at the box office:

JHM reader's guess at "Dead Man's Chest" opening weekend gross
JHM reader's name
$46.6 million
Chlane
$52.5 million
Kingmob
$61.3 million
kingofswing
$67.5 million
disney my second home
$68 million
A. K. Hershey
$68.1 million
Stevie1derful
$69.5 million
i love donald
$71.3 million
kelderek
$71.6 million
Chipnme1962
$72.3 million
TerryTiger
$74.5 million
curmudgeon
$77.5 million
Topollino
$78.4 million
Ripthorn
$79.5 million
TikiBird 73
$80.1 million
pfitzsi
$81 million
ConnerLives
$82 million
outsider624
$82.5 million
colelaus
$82.6 million
OrangeWhip
$82.7 million
Gargamike
$84.5 million
t1carroll
$85 million
leodavinci
$85.3 million
Fictitious
$85.5 million
peoplemover
$86.6 million
tolkoto
$86.9 million
kronos77
$87,550,000
Rob
$88 million
mattyp0119
$88.2 million
bigWALL
$89.2 million
original19
$89.7 million
swenocha
$89.8 million
Oogie13oogie
$90.1 million
Disneyfamily
$90.2 million
englishboy
$90.3 million
LenTesta
$90.6 million
DizneeProfitEar
$91.5 million
Lee
$91.7 million
kgforce
$92.3 million
wylander
$92.3 million
Mister Glass
$92.5 million
nwe
$92.6 million
Dancing with the Stars!
$93 million
CraigSam
$93.4 million
unit42ffd
$93.5 million
shoewee
$93.6 million
outsider624
$94.2 million
RogerRmjet
$94.2 million
rjrip
$94.5 million
peanutj
$94.6 million
pschnebs
$94.8 million
abogdan
$95.2 million
dclyde06
$95.2 million
bravesfn1
$95.7 million
percy
$96.2 million
doceagle
$96.3 million
dsnypaul
$96.4 million
DwAdale
$97.4 million
Addie Boy
$98.2 million
technobrat
$98.5 million
mschwert11
$98.6 million
Moonliner
$99 million
orljustin
$99.5 million
NubtheSquirrel
$100 million
RoadDogBC
$100 million
N2DVD
$100.2 million
icrra
$100.3 million
rricg03
$100.4 million
Bixby
$101.2 million
crow
$101.5 million
rjrice6173
$101.7 million
ESVADJ
$102 million
thunderl
$102.2 million
Yensid321
$102.4 million
DisneyScott
$102.6 million
Nitemuze2
$102.6 million
brotherdave
$103 million
ckane123
$103.2 million
Cybergosh
$103.5 million
Electric Panda
$104.2 million
neon
$104 million
Bill5925
$104,444,000.44
btbarlow
$104.7 million
RidePhoto101
$105 million
supersanborn
$105 million
mawnck
$105.6 million
toddhs
$106.2 million
DisneyFanatic001
$107.1 million
swfanatic
$107.35 million
jeffsch
$107.4 million
wolverine92
$108.1 million
brer frog
$108.5 million
RRapier33
$109 million
juampi
$109.6 million
Davidgrahammd
$110 million
maskdmirag
$110.35 million
BigDaddy
$110.8 million
sgtslovak
$111 million
Smilee306
$111.11 million
fliewr
$111.12 million
craiglisa
$111.5 million
mickeyfan97
$112 million
Abigail's Uncle
$112.5 million
WDWFanatic
$112.5 million
a-mad
$112.6 million
Buck
$113.13 million
jordn613
$113.7 million
k-man
$113.7 million
volvodrivingdude
$114 million
anonymouse
$114.35 million
bhb007
$115.1 million
AuntDisney
$115.4 million
zapatabe
$115,527,014
Xited4disney
$116.2 million
kfrogpaul
$116,525,113
RichrayM
$116,985,000
cruisedude4
$117,110,708
zenifrax
$117.2 million
jocksparrow
$117.3 million
ocjedi
$117.3 million
mark4407
$117.43 million
Tomas Soderlind
$117.46 million
WelcomeHomeOKW
$117.5 million
manutdfan
$117.5 million
POTCgurl
$117.6 million
greenyskp
$117.7 million
TZA
$118.1 million
anthrid
$118.215 million
Skull Rock Pirate
$118.5 million
sure
$119 million
Livia52001
$119.3 million
pixiegirltink
$119.6 million
RenRuiz
$120.3 million
tericson
$120.7 million
futureman
$121 million
Jackthepumpkinking
$121.6 million
cbissonette
$122 million
campdisney
$122.5 million
AlexK
$122.7 million
JenLoy
$123,023,023.42
GeoffreyNeasedotcom
$123.6 million
PintoColvig
$124.3 million
Friar Storm
$124.6 million
Epcotrob
$124.6 million
ChuckBo
$124.7 million
pixiesfan37
$125 million
Skibammer
$126.2 million
AnnB
$126.3 million
indnchf
$126.4 million
MosquitoControl
$126.5 million
pacomama
$127.1 million
juanpablor
$127,217,009.42
hagen
$128.2 million
megaelch
$128.4 million
jennifer1013
$129.5 million
vishazz
$130 million
brresler
$130.5 million
mgbrooks
$131 million
GofForever
$132.6 million
muppetaphrodite
$133.4 million
blackcauldron85
$135.63 million
aggie96
$136.2 million
mnmears
$142 million
Uncle Ed
$144.4 million
Gracie
$148 million
ennsm
$150 million
Bryangiss
$160 million
C33
$167.5 million
jonyyeh
$210.5 million
dlr50th
$317 million
yensidtlaw1969
$321 million
otisney

Just a reminder: The JHM reader who comes closest to predicting the exact figure that this Gore Verbinski film earns over its first Friday, Saturday and Sunday in domestic release will win a "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" gift pack. Which includes:

The winner of JHM's latest contest will be announced on Tuesday morning after the final official box office tallies for this upcoming weekend have been posted. Thanks to all of you who decided to take part in this contest ... and good luck.

My apologies if today's column seems to be a bit on the short side. But I now have to go get on line for the first matinee of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest." After all these months of yakking about Disney's latest release, I thought that it might be kind of fun to see if the finished product was actually worth all of this fuss.

You folks have a great weekend, okay? We'll talk again on Monday ...

j

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  • I went to the midnight screening...

    ...and I'm thinking this has the potential to be bigger than I expected.  I never realized the huge high-school age following of the first film, but there I was, probably in the the 5th highest percentile, age-wise.  And when you're 23, and you can say that, that's pretty strange.

    Lots of high school aged kids, and plenty more will follow over the weekend, I'm sure.  Add into that the slightly older demographic...and then the parents with the younger kids (might I add...the flick's a pretty strong PG-13 at times, so maybe extremely cautious parents should check it out first...it's not horribly graphic, but many members of Davy Jones' crew could be potential nightmare fodder...and what they don't physically show they often aurally show...so yeah)...this has a lot of potential to be a big one for the House of Mouse.
  • I'll be going to see this movie tonight. My guess was $100 million.. But I hope it takes in more than that, honestly. Superman is going to be buried......
  • waaaaaahh

    No FEMALE extras needed? Sad. Plus i dont live in Cali.

    Hopefully I'll be seeing it tonight. Not so sure yet. But i cant wait.
  • YEAH!! I want to be a fine lady in a pirate movie!
  • I went to the midnight screening...

    First, the new logo is fantastic.  There were seven screens all packed at the theatre.  I'm hoping for a huge opening, but with Trailers and everything, the run time is almost 3 hours.  I don't know if it will play enough times to reach 100 million.
  • I can't wait to go and see the movie.  I wanted to go to the midnight show but can't leave the kiddies home alone.  Even thought the run time is around 3 hrs with previews there are so many showings here in FL that I think it can do well.  I think they are starting showings earlier and later to accomodate the crowds.  There are digital theaters here in FL and that is where i am going to see it.  Why not see Jack Sparrow and Will Turner as clear as can be?  
  • Did anyone else see that tease of a Transformers trailer???  Personally for me, July 4th 2007 can't come soon enough!
  • Saw the midnight opener.  The film has heart.  ;)   Other than that, it is pretty much a transitional piece to set up the third film.  A lot of the spoilers were calling for the evil chinese pirate.  What happened to him?  

    Did I enjoy the film?  Yes.  Did I like film 1 even more? Absolutely.  Film 3 had best knock some socks off as it wraps up the legend.  

    The acting (and action) are superb in # 2.  Many good laughs along the way.  So, yea, to speak truth, I did enjoy the second installment.

    There has been talk of Bruckheimer wanting to helm a  remake of the classic, 20,000 LEAGUES - a few points in this film already have me thinking he has done a lot of it.

    1.  Jack being chased on the beach by a horde of cannibals.  Put in Kirk  Douglas as Ned Land in that scene and you have a similar element to the 1954 classic.

    2.  Davy Jones plays one amazing pipe organ.  So did Captain Nemo.  Gotta admit, Davy's pipe organ is an amazing work of assembly and design, however....

    3.  The FLYING DUTCHMAN can dive and surface.  And, with her long and pointy and jaggedy bowspit, it sure brings to mind the raker arch and the wheelhouse of the NAUTILUS breaching the surface from classic footage

    4.  The Kraken.   Did I mention this film has a Kraken?  Tentacle fight sequence that is un-freaking believable!  And a mouth with sharp, pointy, chompy teeth things.  2nd cousin to the giant squid, I am sure!  It would make any other tentacle fight sequence obsolete.  Technology has far surpassed the Bob Mattey designed Giant Squid of 1954.  I mean, they fight this beasty thing in daylight hours!  The reason the 1954 20K film cut the sunset squid battle was that it didn't look right and one could see the tentacle operating wires....CGI sure took care of that!  

    And, the climatic stretch of 20K (in the first film) started with the Giant Squid battle - to re-do that battle now in a 20K redux is rather anti-climatic to the Kraken battle in POTC 2.  (The Kraken battke in POTC 2 is the "11th hour solo" that starts the climatic stretch of POTC 2 as well.....

    So - there ya go...reasons that 20K affecianados will really swarm to this film...as for anyone else...go and have some marvelous fun.  It sets the story for the third installment in truly great ways.

  • Almost forgot - if you haven't already been told - sit through the credits.  There's a little tagwagger  at the tail end of the film that is worth staying around for......
  • Greenskyp and others...hey - thre was a female pirate in the first film!  I'd give that casting office a call and see whether or not a properly attired female pirate extra wouldn't be welcome.  There were women pirates....Grainia O'Malley (Elizabethian), Anne Bonney & Mary Reilly, and many others that went to the sea in piratical trade....

  • i think the movie will make 91.1 million dollars
  • Word of warning. We just saw POTC:DMC, and it is guaranteed to give the smallest viewers nightmares!  I loved the movie, and although my wife generally liked it, she was off-put by the amount of gory, dark stuff in the film.  The first part with Jack's intro in the film is proceeded by some truely disturbing things!
  • //Almost forgot - if you haven't already been told - sit through the credits.  There's a little tagwagger  at the tail end of the film that is worth staying around for......//

    Y'know, I usually do stay through the credits, but I felt like getting out of the theatre this time, and considering the ending, I was assuming there'd be nothing after the credits.  Guess I'll have to go again...
  • one more 20KLUTS to POTC 2 similarity....the bow wake that the Kraken makes as it plows towards the Black Pearl is highly reminiscent of the NAUTILUS at collision speed.......
  • According to boxofficemojo, Pirates 2 made $55.5 million in its 1st day, a new single day and opening day record.
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