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Pirates 5 has Franchise’s 2nd-Lowest Debut, But…

While Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales topped the box office in its domestic debut, its estimated three-day weekend earnings of $ 62.2 million make it the second-lowest debut in the history of the franchise.

The film is projected to make approximately $ 76 million over the four-day weekend, which includes estimated earnings up through Memorial Day. While the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise’s performance has been waning domestically, the series has grown in popularity overseas. In fact, the series’ fourth entry, On Stranger Tides, is the franchise’s highest-grossing installment internationally with $ 804.6 million, despite being the first Pirates of the Caribbean film that failed to crack $ 300 million domestically.

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Blockbusters are caught in an endless cycle of bigger-is-better clichés. Budgets have swollen so much over the past few decades that moderation is now a foreign concept for Hollywood’s major studios. This phenomenon manifests most obviously in the special-effects arena, but don’t for one second assume it doesn’t also mean first-class snacks.

One “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie alone allotted a whopping estimate of $ 2 million for craft services, the department that provides meals and goodies for everyone on the set throughout production. Jack Davenport, who played Commodore James Norrington in the first three “Pirates” films, told The Hollywood Reporter in an interview published Sunday that a chef once informed him the food budget was “essentially unlimited.”

“I was like, ‘What does that mean?,” Davenport said. “He was like, ‘I don’t know, $ 2 million.’ I was like, ‘For snacks?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah?’ That sounds frivolous, but it wasn’t. He obviously had to keep people fed.”

Another “Pirates” alum, Lee Arenberg, who played Pintel, recounted the “legendary speech” a producer delivered at the end of a shoot, in which he said the caterers had prepared 170,000 meals. 

For added context: The entire price tag of this year’s Best Picture winner, “Moonlight,” totaled $ 1.5 million. 

Of course, $ 2 million is chump change given the “Pirates” movies’ ballooning budgets. The 2003 original cost Disney $ 140 million, while its 2006 and 2007 sequels climbed to a mind-boggling $ 225 million and $ 300 million, respectively. But contextualized within Hollywood history, $ 2 million is a wild sum: In the early days, actors and crew members brought their own lunches to work, brown-bag style. Now, studios will drop $ 2 million on food, but they’ll rarely greenlight the mid-budget original stories that drove the movie industry as recently as the 1990s. 

The newest “Pirates” installment, “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” opened this weekend with a $ 230 million budget, drawing in at least $ 62 million in ticket sales. Its predecessor, 2011’s “On Stranger Tides,” was the franchise’s weakest grosser domestically, but it saw the heftiest overseas revenue, exemplifying Hollywood’s reliance on foreign ticket sales. Many sequels, reboots and spin-offs have under-performed among American audiences over the past few years, but their foreign profits make that a non-issue.

The “Pirates” sequels’ scathing reviews aren’t enough to keep them down, though box-office analysts expect “Dead Men” could become the series’ weakest stateside moneymaker to date.

But hey, at least everyone on the set ate well. 

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‘Pirates 5’ Eyes Box Office Domination While ‘Baywatch’ Drowns

Box office numbers prove Disney knew what it was doing when the studio decided to make the fifth installment of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise. 

“Dead Men Tell No Tales” opened on Friday and is leading the Memorial Day-weekend box office with about $ 110 million in ticket sales worldwide. About $ 23.4 million comes from domestic ticket sales. The film had a production budget of $ 230 million and is well on its way to making that back. 

The film, which again stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, and other franchise favorites Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush and Keira Knightley, has been largely panned by critics and currently has a 32 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

In a scathing New York Times review, A.O. Scott wrote, “This movie would be a rip-off even if someone paid you to see it. Because, to be honest, it’s barely a movie at all.”

But reviews like these (and there are many) haven’t kept the viewing public out of their seats or from enjoying the film. The movie currently has a 78 percent fresh rating from audiences

While “Pirates” is expected to sail through to a $ 275 million opening-weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “Baywatch” is drowning after it opened with only $ 4.6 million in ticket sales on Thursday. Disappointing sales followed on Friday, when the film, which stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron, took in around $ 5.7 million. 

Like “Pirates 5,” “Baywatch” was also trashed by critics and its fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes from professional reviewers currently sits at 19 percent. Audiences ― the few who have seen the movie anyway ― appear to enjoy the film much more. The audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes is currently at 71 percent fresh.

But even if “Baywatch” is drowning, it’s not completely dead in the water. According to Deadline, the film is on track to earn around $ 26.8 million over the four-day weekend. Considering it cost less that $ 70 million to make, the film will more than likely make its money back, especially once it opens in foreign markets. That’s why producers are already talking about a sequel. 

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For Those With Absolutely No Interest in Pirates

Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, titled her book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. In her new memoir, A Fighting Chance, Elizabeth Warren recalls how, during her 2012 campaign for the United States Senate, she would frequently introduce herself to young girls by making eye contact as she said “I’m Elizabeth and I’m running for Senate because that’s what girls do.”

Much has been written about how the power networks in Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley essentially operate like old-fashioned sausage factories, with much of the tech industry oozing near-toxic levels of a “bro” mentality. In her recent article entitled What Are Misogynist Geeks So Afraid Of? Amanda Marcotte (the author of It’s a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments) writes:

“You see, as a big punk and indie rock fan, I witnessed something similar happen in the 1990s in that scene. Women who wanted to play instruments in rock bands got a lot of shit from dudes. A lot of men who otherwise thought of themselves as progressive and enlightened would immediately bunch up the second they saw a woman playing guitar. This woman could do something they couldn’t do, or could do it better. The possibility that they weren’t inherently better just by virtue of being male was raised. So they tried to shut it down, reassert themselves and their social superiority (usually through sexual harassment, which is the cheapest and easiest way for a man to assert his male privilege). It sucked. Women fought back. Sexist dudes heckled louder.

Eventually, however — in no small part because the ugly attempts to assert male privilege started to evolve into bands like Limp Bizkit (showing exactly how much of an intellectual embarrassment misogyny really is), the women started winning. Nowadays, you go to clubs and women are up there playing. By and large, they are left alone. Occasionally some asshole will try to say something, but it’s a lot better than it used to be, by a long shot. The number of women on stage in punk and indie clubs seems much higher to me than it did when I was in my late teens and early 20s.”

Founded in July 2008, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp is the kind of summer program Marcotte might have loved to attend in her youth. The following documentary by Lily Yu, Judy Lee, and Jeremiah Mellor was recently screened during the 2014 San Francisco International Film Festival.

But what if you’re a spoiled teenage girl who finds herself in the following predicament:

  • Because of your family’s extreme wealth, you have no friends.
  • After staying out all night, every night, haunting the club scene and getting very little sleep, you’re prone to frequent bouts of narcolepsy.
  • Having been indicted for running a lucrative Ponzi scheme, your father (a Bernard Madoff type) is headed off to jail.
  • Although your big dream in life is to be hired as a drummer in a rock band, you ain’t got no talent.

The answer should be obvious: You end up as the protagonist in a new musical — but not just any musical. A musical with all this intrigue and a telltale tattoo, too!

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Poster art for Sleeping Cutie with Jesse Caldwell as
the Father and Marissa Joy Ganz as his daughter, Lucy

The creative team for Sleeping Cutie: A Fractured Fairy Tale Musical knows its theatre history well. Not only have they named the show’s musical finale “Deus Ex Machina” (after a stage gimmick that was quite popular in ancient Greek theatre), they’ve obviously learned a lesson from the pre-Broadway tryout of 1962’s hit musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

When Forum was foundering during its Washington tryout, Jerome Robbins was brought in as a show doctor to help the creative team (Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove, and Larry Gelbart). Most people were unaware of the backstage tensions caused by his presence. Jim Brochu describes what happened in his one-man show entitled Zero Hour.

As an experienced dancer, director and choreographer, Robbins quickly identified the problem: The opening number “(Love Is In The Air”) wasn’t working and needed to be replaced. The audience needed to be told what Forum was all about at the beginning of the evening in order for them to understand the inspiration for its particular style of low comedy.

The opening number that Robbins devised (“Comedy Tonight”) became a Broadway classic. After Forum opened to rave reviews in New York, it received the 1963 Tony Award for Best Musical and ran for 964 performances,

Faced with so many fairy tales that have become cultural landmarks (not to mention popular adaptations of the Sleeping Beauty legend for ballet, animation, and updated versions of the story for film and stage), Diane Sampson (who wrote the book and lyrics for Sleeping Cutie) decided to set the tone from the beginning with an opening number entitled “What This Isn’t.”

With the tone of the piece firmly established, she was able to introduce a cast of characters familiar to modern audiences.

  • The Father (Jesse Caldwell) is a classic swindler who, faced with many years in jail, is having major regrets about the number of lives he has ruined. The person he is most concerned about, however, is his teenage daughter who seems alone and directionless.
  • Mary (Stephanie Prentice) is the archetypal housekeeper-guardian left behind to look over Lucy while her father is in prison.
  • Lucy (Marissa Joy Ganz) is a spoiled brat whose mother disappeared when Lucy was very young. As a result, she has never had to think of anyone’s needs but her own.

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Marissa Joy Ganz is Lucy in Sleeping Cutie
(Photo by: Mellopix.com.)

Supporting characters that cross paths with the principals are handled by proteans Man #1 (John Patrick Moore) and Man #2 (Buzz Halsing), And then there are the two love interests:

  • Charlie (Luke Chapman) is the blind lead singer in a rock group which is auditioning female drummers for their band. He quickly falls for Lucy’s questionable charms.
  • The Woman (Gwen Loeb) is a patient in a rehabilitation center for people with psychological problems who has been chatting online with Lucy’s father and pushing for a chance to visit him in prison.

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Gwen Loeb is a woman of mystery in Sleeping Cutie
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Co-produced by Playground and Off A Cliff Productions, Sleeping Cutie recently received its world premiere at San Francisco’s Thick House. In her director’s note, Cindy Goldfield writes:

“Directing a new musical is a funny thing. A lesson in trust, intuition, patience, and inspiration. My favorite part of the process (with the input of the playwright, composer, and the actors) is discovering the basic core themes which generally are present even in early drafts… the playwright’s voice ringing out even when they may not be able to articulate it themselves. Forgiveness. Retribution. Acceptance. Renewal. Fate. Recovery. Compassion. The themes of this play are big and lush, sometimes humorous and sometimes scary. Not your usual fare for a traditional musical … which this is not. In working on Cutie, what struck me were the internal struggles of the characters. The courage in reaching out for connection, trusting an intuition, finding strength in vulnerability. These universal human themes inspired me at every turn.”

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Buzz Halsing, Jesse Caldwell, and John Patrick Moore perform
“The Carlo Ponzi Shuffle” in Sleeping Cutie (Photo by: Mellopix.com)

Sleeping Cutie features a clever, well-crafted book by Diane Sampson, clearly-defined characters and some delightful plot twists. Why then, did I leave the theatre feeling strangely unfulfilled? Perhaps it was because I couldn’t remember a single note (much less a complete song) from Doug Katsaros’s highly functional but not particularly memorable score.

The problem may have more to do with its execution on opening night than its basic composition. While each of the actors had a distinct voice, there seemed to be an odd imbalance at crucial moments. Marissa Joy Ganz’s Lucy tended toward shrillness while Gwen Loeb’s sweet soprano allowed her songs (“How I See It” and “Then and Now”) to resonate with more empathy. Unfortunately, John Patrick Moore’s upper range was simply not up to the vocal demands of Katsaros’s music.

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John Patrick Moore, Luke Chapman, and Buzz Halsing are part
of a rock band in Sleeping Cutie (Photo by: Mellopix,com)

Keeping in mind that this production was mounted on a shoestring budget, these are minor quibbles which can probably be fixed with more money and better musical preparation.

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