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PIRATES Invade Disneyland!! AT WORLD'S END Premiere Pics!! Ride Refit Art!! Etc!!

Merrick here...
The ever reliable, infinitely patient, and always kind BuzzLightbeer sent along a torrent of images from various PIRATES goings on - including shots from Saturday's premiere of AT WORLD'S END (the scope of the occasion surprises me for some reason). Buzz described the tone of the event as "madness", although he was quick to point out that Disney did a great job organizing the shindig. Buzz also wanted to let readers know that Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom spent a majority of their Red Carpet time speaking with fans - as opposed to schmoozing the TV cameras, tabloid reporters, etc. They appreciate their audience, and it shows. Keira Knightley wasn't present. The first few images may be something of a "Where's Waldo?" (I haven't looked too closely). For example, isn't that Ian Ziering in the lower/center of the top photo? Is this the first time Ziering has been either mentioned or shown on AICN? Probably so I should think, because it's the first time he's ever done something vaguely cool (attending the premiere, I mean...he's not in the movie that I know of). If you find more faves, drop a note in the Talkback below.

Here are some developmental images from the “Pirate's Lair on Tom Sawyer Island” – a refit that will bring the long-standing Tom Sawyer Island attraction into the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN universe. Needless to say,the final product may differ from the concept proposals.

Finally, here are some images of the character clones that'll be invading The Magic Kingdom. If it isn't already happening, they'll arrive immediately. That Sparrow guy (note the wire mic) looks pretty Sparrowy, although he reminds me of a comedian. Can't quite place who he reminds me it Pauly Shore, maybe?
As always, big thanks to BuzzLightbeer for these. His efforts and loyalty are most appreciated.

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  • May 21, 2007, 10:47 a.m. CST

    not pauly shore

    by nipponese

    He looks like Steve Zahn

  • May 21, 2007, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Corporate Focus-Grouped Entertainment Product!

    by adolfwolfli

    It never ceases to amaze me how editors of this site get so excited over this ridiculous shit. I mean, these movies, and all accompanying cross-promotions and tie-ins are the epitome of lowest-common-denominator corporate assembly-line cookie-cutter crap.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by godzillasushi

    Where is Tortuga eh? A little place for the adults to enjoy, if you know what I mean...

  • May 21, 2007, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Looks good to me...

    by Jaffa8

    Gotta get my ass over to Disneyland!!!

  • May 21, 2007, 11:05 a.m. CST

    any reason....

    by Jaffa8

    actually any reason to get over to Disney land or World is good for me....!

  • May 21, 2007, 11:09 a.m. CST

    And then the corporations...

    by manzoniman

    ...they get all corporationy, and then they make money! Let's piss all over a fun movie that makes people happy! Yay!

  • May 21, 2007, 11:11 a.m. CST

    wow, the Tom Sawyer Island retrofit looks incredibly...

    by bunkyboo

    boring, hastily designed and cheap.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Where has all the Polly's career gone?

    by BatPsycho

    washed up assclown! would make a great disney sparrow!

  • May 21, 2007, 11:19 a.m. CST

    A pirate walks into a bar...

    by manzoniman

    ....naked except for a giant steering wheel he holds in front of him. His penis sticks through the hole in the center of the wheel. "Ahoy barkeep, pour me a flagon of yer finest ale! Yar!" The bartender looks over the pirate and says "Okay dude, no problem, but what's up with the giant steering wheel?" The pirate responds "Aye! It's driving me nuts!"

  • May 21, 2007, 11:27 a.m. CST

    I look a lot like Johnny Depp

    by gunslinger7000

    if he gained 100 pounds, and generally let himself go to hell.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:41 a.m. CST

    AICN covers... A Premiere?!?

    by Saluki

    This is usually the stuff for, and E! The crowds are impressive, but this all comes off as some paid-for-promotion article. No real meat. Pirates is still my most anticipated flick of the summer (Elliot & Rossio are cool dudes), but let's now just play into the mouse's hands at every turn here guys.

  • May 21, 2007, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Ian Ziering?

    by casinoskunk

    For reals? what is that dude doing in the first pic?

  • May 21, 2007, 11:56 a.m. CST

    caves on the pirate island

    by cyberskunk

    If they do this, I somewhat hope they will re-do the cave portion. You know, that used to house or still does house the bottomless pit with the Injun Joe moaning/wind moaning. The caves for the queue of the Indiana Jones ride put the island caves to shame.

  • May 21, 2007, 12:01 p.m. CST

    I really like what Disney is doing at the El Capitan.

    by Barry Egan

    Got a mailer from them and they are deckng out the inside of the theater with artifacts from the movie. I am not horribly interested in a 3 hour Pirates movie but I may go over to Hollywood and see it there.

  • May 21, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST


    by YakMalla

    That guy in the second picture in the pea green jacket about 2 inches to the south-southeast of the tallest castle tower in the background with his back to the camera and about a little less than an inch east of the white banner is, I believe, none other than Tommy Staples, best known for his work as the boom operator on "Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?". Ah, to have been there.

  • May 21, 2007, 12:05 p.m. CST

    he looks like bobcat goldthwaite to me

    by TheBaxter

    hmmm... don't bobcats eat sparrows?

  • May 21, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST

    The final pictures are sad ...very sad.

    by ludmir88

    but this is show business.

  • May 21, 2007, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Hire a Better Jack Sparrow Imitator!

    by mooniteman

    That guy looks awful This guy is much better:

  • May 21, 2007, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Very Cool...Always On Top Of Your Game AICN!!! Thanks.

    by ElectricDreams

    This is great, a nice way for fans who are in the mid-west or back east to get a feel for the experience some of us here in California take for granted w/ premieres and large studio events around town. I cant wait to see the Pirates Lair island. An insider told me at Disney that Friday nite they were still putting finishing touches on the print they showed Saturday nite, talk about cutting it close! Great pics, kudos to your sources. -ED

  • May 21, 2007, 12:42 p.m. CST

    i´ve seen the movie this morning

    by CuervoJones

    Press-screening. Beautiful but boring movie.

  • May 21, 2007, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Ian Ziering was there because...

    by ElectricDreams

    Those Disney events are always loaded up with current Disney Channel, ABC and ABC Family stars there to promote their current or upcoming projects usually. Though NBC's HEROES star Masi Oka was there, but thats because he worked at ILM on Pirates 2. I dont see him in the pic, but I thought I'd let you know regardless. -ED

  • May 21, 2007, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Damn, Kyle McLachlan's career really hit a wall.

    by Pvt. Duke

    (2nd last pic)

  • May 21, 2007, 1:14 p.m. CST


    by Pound Sand

    He's also gotta dance with the stars

  • May 21, 2007, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Let's get it over with...

    by Mr Gorilla we can all move on from this lame-ass franchise. People say that this is 'Star Wars' for kids these days. Wrong. This is 'Warlords of Atlantis' or maybe even 'Hawk the Slayer' for kids these days.

  • May 21, 2007, 1:34 p.m. CST


    by ElectricDreams


  • May 21, 2007, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Pauly Shore as Captain Jack Sparrow

    by Mullah Omar

    Fifteen years ago it would have made perfect sense, not only because Pauly already had the same wardrobe, but because his talent was on par for what anyone would reasonably expect from a movie based on a theme park ride.

  • May 21, 2007, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Some pics of the screen set-up moments after AWE ends

    by gotdane

  • May 21, 2007, 2:30 p.m. CST

    I can't wait!

    by Magnum Opus

    For this shitstorm to blow over, so Pirates can fade into the oblivion of irrelevance which is reserved for this bottom tier of Hollywood's refuse.

  • May 21, 2007, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Sparrow looks like Dominic Monaghan

    by mr teaspoon


  • May 21, 2007, 3:46 p.m. CST

    Sparrow=Bobcat Goldthwait

    by MemBirdman

    At least in the first pic

  • May 21, 2007, 3:48 p.m. CST

    While I'm glad to see pirates...

    by Mosquito March

    ...achieve some fashion of legitimacy as a box office draw - Disney, Bruckheimer, et al, have done virtually nothing to counteract the "gayness" of pirate movies. However "dark" these movies may be getting, they're still a big friggin' cartoon that has replaced parrots and patches with acting like Keith Richards as the de rigeur pirate schtick. The sheer number of POTC-themed parties and weddings alone show how lame and toothless this series really is, and has traded in one set of silly romantic fantasy-oriented notions with another. What's disappointing is that there are so many amazingly compelling stories to be drawn from actual maritime history about actual pirates, and we'll probably never see them, because THIS is what is what fat bitches want their weddings to be. This is what 5-year-olds want on their birthday cakes. Decades on, that damned ride is still spoiling everything. Fuck it.

  • May 21, 2007, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Where are the REVIEWS??

    by Romoehlio


  • May 21, 2007, 5:55 p.m. CST


    by BannedOnTheRun


  • May 21, 2007, 7:35 p.m. CST

    lame article

    by onefatman

    not a single actual image of anything about the movie or the stars. Seriously there's a crowd, a lookalike and the plans for a place in disneyland. False advertising!

  • May 22, 2007, 4:41 a.m. CST

    I'd rather watch 'Cutthroat Island' again.

    by Mr Gorilla

    Seriously. At least that had Frank Langella sword-fighting.

  • May 22, 2007, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Looks pretty cool

    by vezner2007

    Disneyland has been boring for quite a while now. Good to see that they are getting a breath of life with these pirate movies. BTW, World's End looks awesome!